It’s back! Artist Noise edition number five is here to introduce you to three artists from different paths of the music world who we highly recommend you check out. If you have any suggestions for us, make sure to tweet @CloseUpPromo.
We kicked off the year with the announcement that East London boys, Shanghai Blues have joined the CloseUp family. The four-piece burst onto the scene in 2016 with their debut single ‘Run’, an anthemic guitar-led song that got ears twitching, and their follow up ‘Night Tears’ continued to pour out pulsating riffs and memorable melodies. Their most recent release, ‘Swim’ demonstrates a darker more sombre side to their indie selections with a mellowed beat, and pensive lyrics, still rife with the unique sound they’ve crafted so well.
Shanghai Blues have backed up their musical outputs by spending 2017 touring the UK, expressing their raucous vibes across the land as they play the likes of London’s iconic Camden Barfly, Nambucca and joining Glass Caves, Theme Park and Palace on tour and gaining high support from Spotify and BBC Introducing.
If you want to catch them live, they’re supporting Y.O.U.N.G on the London and Manchester legs of their tour in March. If you’re a fan of Catfish and the Bottlemen and the likes, then Shanghai Blues will be right up your street.
Liv Dawson wrote her debut single ‘Tapestry’ when she was just 16. The sensational and stunning track perfectly flaunts her flawless vocals that ring out soul, warmth and sentiment. It comes as no surprise that she was snapped up immediately by Disclosure’s Method Records. Since then Liv has gone on to share her incredible electro-pop talent with the world and getting to work with the likes of Disclosure, Jimmy Napes (writer for Sam Smith, Clean Bandit and Mary J Blige) and Bruno Major.
Follow up track ‘Still’ is more upbeat in comparison, laced with hypnotic electro-pop beats fronted by that beautiful soft voice of Liv’s. The song’s lyrics show a vulnerable side as she sings “Your right hand still fits in mine” whilst exhibiting confidence through her incredible talent. Liv has an impressive flair in releasing beautiful pop gems with desirable and evocative lyrics as proven in ‘Painkiller’ and her most recent offering ‘Hush’, that was released in December of 2017 and leans more towards a R’n’B vibe.
Having recently played Line of Best Fit’s 2018 showcase, Liv Dawson is heading on tour to support Khalid in February and continues to gain support from none other than the legend that is Sir Elton John. If 2017 is anything to go by, 2018 will be an amazing year for Liv Dawson.
Alex The Astronaut:
Alex The Astronaut has a one-liner bio on her Spotify page that simply reads “I like making music and cute dogs. I aspire to sing my sing my songs on the moon”. As the name suggests, the Australian 21-year-old has a love for physics and outer space, and whilst her music career began to lift off (if you’ll excuse the pun) she has been studying Mathematics and Physics on a scholarship in New York, which may explain why some of her songs reference the big apple including ‘Rockstar City’ that reminisces about a time Alex played one of New York’s oldest rock clubs that is home to many legendary names.
Alex the Astronaut has a unique way of singing songs, telling a story with each set of lyrics. ‘Already Home’ was her breakout single about her journey home reflecting on the mundanities of life with lyrics that include “there’s billionaires for president, and parking fines at hospitals”. ‘I Believe in Music’ from her EP ‘To Whom It May Concern’ is a simple ballad sharing how she got into music and the impact it had on her life, with tales that stem from her 7th birthday to saying goodbye to her grandfather. It cites the lyrics “I don’t need no winged friends, just my guitar and some paper and pens, that’s right my friends, I believe in music” a sentiment that is cemented as her passion continues to strive throughout all her songs. Alex also uses her extraordinary folk numbers to make an impact too, such as in ‘Not Worth Hiding’ which is a song about celebrating individuality and expression. It teaches of earning to love and be your own person because as the title suggests, it’s not worth hiding.
A refreshing addition to the music world, Alex the Astronaut is championed massively by Australia’s Triple J and we’re hoping she’ll visit this side of the world again in 2018.
Words by @RosieChad