It’s good to catch up with a favourite artist and find that they are going from strength to strength. That’s what has happened for Kate Dimbleby whose album ‘Songbirds’ we reviewed back in February – catch up with our track-by-track comments here.
The album features Kate’s first song, Limbo, which she is releasing as a single on 5 May. Focussing on a moment where crisis forces change, Limbo is an exquisite microcosm of transition, encapsulated in three minutes of musical perfection. If you’ve ever felt the need for something new but not known how to get there, this is your song.
Kate will be showcasing her uniquely creative acapella style in session with Tom Robinson on Radio 6 Music this Saturday, 6 May, so listen in live or catch up on the BBC iplayer. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of her deliciously warm and engaging storytelling-through-song, you’re in for a treat. Take a listen to the audio below for a sneak peek of Limbo as a single:
..and to share the energy that Kate puts into her remarkable live performances (and to prove that, despite her phenomenal talent, she doesn’t take herself too seriously) here’s a little clip from her tour:
And as an extra treat, Kate gave away a free download of ‘Life Is’ from Songbirds when we reviewed her album. If you didn’t get it then, you can download it now, along with a great collection of free music from Angry Baby now – just pop your email under the big red arrow at the top of the page.
Songwriters write songs. Filmmakers make films. Being both a songwriter and filmmaker, Mark Blacknell fuses visual with audio in his forthcoming single, “The Marching Parade”, which we were delighted to premiere it on The Revue last week and to share here too.
With over 15 years as a musician, Mark’s eclectic personal history as a war veteran and conservationist informs his style. From the marching rhythm of snares though country-infused steel guitar to R&B harmonies, the track is built on imagery. Acrobats, teenage girls, ageing stars, and desperate people all inhabit the dystopian marching parade, embodying aspects of society and characterizing issues for commentary. With layers to explore and metaphors to interpret, this is clever storytelling, offering stimulus without conclusion. Make of it what you will, or just enjoy the music. Because, whatever the depth of purpose to the lyrics, this is a mighty fine tune, too.
Whether through shyness or mystery, Florida-based Blacknell’s social media is short on biography and news. But having travelled across to London for a series of gigs earlier this year, there’s every chance that more live performances will occur through 2017. Keep your eye on his Facebook page for details. Meanwhile, his album When Rain Was Fun is scheduled for release on May 9th, and you can be among the first to hear “The Marching Band” through the audio link below. The video is also available if you would like to see Blacknell’s filmmaking skills in action.
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