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  • Michael Ellis

I remember hearing the verses think how this vocal tone was a nice raspy and heartfelt tone and delivery. When the chorus hit, I almost fell out of my chair. The massive vocal entrance that is comparable to Bon Iver meets Francis & The Lights will have you swooning.

It’s been just 9 months since Christy began to unleash his beautifully honest, heartfelt love songs on to the world, and within that time he’s gone from zero to well over a million combined streams on Spotify alone. He’s now been named as one of Amazon Music UK and Wonderland’s Ones To Watch for 2021, and is set to release his brand new single ‘This Road’ before embarking on a new EP campaign next year.

With its rustic pedalled acoustic guitar and tender brass layers, ‘This Road’ arrives just at the right time as we head into winter’s shorter, rainier days. With verses that capture Christy’s most delicate and sombre vocal performances to date, the song transforms in it’s chorus, full of wide choral harmonies, hand claps, and clicks.

‘This Road’ is, for me, echoing right back to the very first songs I wrote when I was 16.” says Christy, “I used to demo songs on GarageBand back then, now I co produced ‘This Road’. The first released song I have co produced! It is the story of a person that you can’t seem to stay away from and keep going back to even though it’s been proved to be a bad idea time and time again."

This may be the only cover video we've ever posted because i think covers are best executed when they bring a new perspective and approach to the original. Enter this duo named Color Fields who did Billie Eilish's "Everything I Wanted". They really made it their own experimental masterpiece and hit it at a new angle.

Color Fields is John Torres (guitar, bass, vocals, production) and Scott Packham (keyboards, synthesizers, programming, production). The project combines their musical interests by marrying the rawness and immediacy of John’s vocal approach & timbre with Scott’s virtuosic accompaniment and production. Though their catalog can amble between electro-indie rock, modern pop, EDM, and dance, the common thread throughout is the successful yet unexpected incorporation of John’s voice within the mesmerizing sonic landscape that Scott so skillfully produces.

When the duo began planning out their live show, they wanted to include some covers, keyboardist / arranger Scott Packham was immediately drawn towards the song “Everything I Wanted” by Billie Eilish.

Said Scott about the choice, "When I first heard the original, the side-chained, dark piano part and moody vocals had me hooked right away. Looking at our set, I felt like we had a lot of high energy songs and I knew I wanted to have a moment in our set where things broke down to just John and I in a stripped down way. “Everything I Wanted” fit in the spot perfectly as a nice intimate and moody piece that we could really do some fun things with. Billie Eilish’s voice is really delicate and vulnerable and John’s voice can really do well when getting into that territory as well. When arranging the song for the show, I played around with more elaborate and intricate reharmonizations and textural changes, but I felt like some of them lost the feel of the original too much. I wound up finding something that felt different enough to have it feel exciting without losing the vibe of the original we already loved so much.”

Enjoy this colorful cover below.

  • Michael Ellis

Ahhh so many harmonies, my favourite. We got them in the main opening vocal lead, then the background, then repeat. My ears are so satisfied. This production too is so experimental and unique, the obscure bass melodies and dreamy bells and such, it really paints a fantasy in my head.

Cramming joy, sorrow, hope and a very 21st century sense for ennui into each of her explosive pop tracks, Greta Isaac is about to embark on the release of a collection of songs written across an 18 month period of artistic and personal self-reflection. While heavyweight champions on the lyric side, Greta lifts her songs to the skies with massive hooks and virtuous instrumentals. Her first offering ‘Power’ combines a sharp message with choral arrangements and minimal background music - an almost acapella song about the effect of poisoned compliments, the sinister anger coming across in words and music.

Greta says: “This is about how I feel being looked at as a woman and how I can feel useless without the affirmation of the male gaze. Each line starts as a compliment then slowly transitions to sinister promises. The idea of being complimented about my appearance and when I haven’t accepted them, or actively challenged them, my appearance and my femininity is used as a weapon against me."

Stream this unique gem below.

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