Spotlight: I Am Harlequin

I Am Harlequin, aka German born and London based musician Anne Freier, releases the single ‘Onesome’ from her forthcoming EP on March 12th and is already gaining critical acclaim from BBC 6Music, Q and NME. Her originality to song writing creates an exciting and fresh listening experience whilst her tenor voice is truly unique and amazing, the producer Killahurtz best sums her up: “I Am Harlequin captures that calibre of originality in sound and fashion that I believe it takes to become a truly credible artist”. You can listen to the track below or click here to be taken directly to her webpage for more information.

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Spotlight: Man Made

Man Made aka Nile Marr is only 19 yet has accomplished so much, having shared a stage with Broken Social Scene and Bright Eyes the young musician is now heading out on tour in January and February with none other than Howler. His music is lo-fi and moody yet it is exhilarating and refreshing, a real talent that won’t be hidden for long.

Check out his Facebook page here for tour details and to stream his EP.

Man Made’s EP is also available on iTunes.

“Don’t Thank God”

“Do Your Worst”

 

Spotlight: White Rose ‘Fanimal EP’ Review

Arctic Monkeys and The Libertines clearly influence these four lads from Darlington, Co Durham. This is no bad thing as they have enough of their own stamp to create a very likeable EP. At only four tracks it clearly demonstrates the ability of the band; the lyrics and structures of the songs are strong whilst Jack Turner provides some very unique vocals which are best appreciated on the slower songs. But the real powerhouse behind this band is quite clearly the bassist Danny Miller; his bass lines keep the songs tight and compelling.

White Rose excel best on their more upbeat songs with Black Box Magic a clear standout song that really is worth the listen. The band also turn their hand very well to softer slower songs, as Melanie’s Melancholy demonstrates, although the song does lose focus at just under two minutes when it delves into realms of the clichéd, however Jack Turner’s vocals are the key element to the song.

White Rose are an unsigned band and this EP clearly shows they have so much potential and are a band to watch out for. You can stream their EP on their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/whiterosebandne.

Spotlight: DamnDogs

The former rhythm section of Jet (Chris Cester and Mark Wilson) have joined forces with Mitch McIvor and Louis Macklin to create a dance rock band named (rather badly) DamnDogs. They are producing a sound that is pretty simple yet dirty and catchy; fans of early Rapture will enjoy them. Their song Cocaine is a particular favourite of mine at the moment.

Band Of The Week – Oberhofer

This unsigned Brooklyn band don’t particularly add anything new to the indie scene but I guarantee after listening to AWY FRM U (Away From You), you won’t be able to stop humming it to yourself as it is incredibly catchy. Enjoy! .