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A selection of ACM’s finest artists, hand-picked to finish off your week on a high. Discover more tracks on the This Is ACM playlist!
Rews – Can You Feel It
This Thursday saw ACM Guildford receive a visit from alt-rock duo Rews, who delivered an awe-inspiring masterclass full of fantastic industry advice, discussions on equality and of course, extraordinary performances. For this week’s top tracks, we’re listening to their newest number (released September 2018) ‘ Can You Feel It’. With a perfectly harmonised verse with a building vocal melody, the chorus explodes into glorious, gritty technicolour. Ruled by distortion-drenched riffage and earth-shattering drums heavy enough to make your heart rattle, we think it’s fair to say we most definitely can feel it.
Newton Faulkner – I’ll Be There
Beautifully touching lyrics, charming acoustic guitar and heart-melting vocals? It looks like ACM Alumnus Newton Faulkner is back with a new song. ‘I’ll Be There’ is the musical equivalent to your favourite pair of fluffy socks; warm, toasty, and you don’t know what you’d do without them. Get ready to be comforted as Faulkner’s dazzling vocals croon ” you’ll never be alone, I’ll be there for you / yes I swear I’ve got enough love for two”. Featuring soft guitar plucking, twinkling sounds and a backing choir, ‘I’ll Be There’ is the touching acoustic lullaby you need to wind down this weekend.
Nova Bloom – Shorter Days
ACM Student Nova Bloom has released a new album this week, and we can’t stop listening to the record’s title track ‘Shorter Days’. Beginning with a timid guitar chord progression (sort of like a quietened-down ‘Paradise City’, the track soon loses any similarity to classic rock, and grows into a indie-rock ditty, crowned by vocals reminiscent of Arctic Monkey’s Alex Turner. This song oozes luscious guitar tones, effortlessly cool vocals and a positive, happy-go-lucky feel.
Leoni Jane Kennedy – Detonation
Leoni Jane Kennedy, ACM’s Freddie Mercury Scholarship winner and talented songstress is making her way to the Boileroom this Monday for the Metropolis Blue launch, so be sure to catch her perform one of her dazzling tracks. Our current favourite? This week we’re all about ‘Detonation’, featuring crisp acoustic guitar tied against her soaring vocals, Kennedy echoes the same vintage and emotionally-charged brilliance as artists such as Janis Joplin. Catch it below:
Zara Grace – I’m Here For You
ACM Student Zara Grace is a 19 year old singer/songwriter who creates otherworldly electronic music. Her latest creation ‘I’m Here For You’ is a stunning meld of racing computerised drum beats, ethereal layered vocals and pulsing sound effects, resulting in something that is irresistibly relaxing.
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