New Music: Mieke ‘Move On’

Move On by Mieke is about self-empowerment and the courage to move forward on your own terms. She says “I wrote this song about the moment when you’re finally ready to move forward- to break free of a pattern that isn’t giving you strength. To let go of things you know aren’t meant for you. Because sometimes when we finally face our monsters, they’re less scary than we thought.” Keep a lookout for more on Mieke on theaussieword.com coming soon! Continue reading New Music: Mieke ‘Move On’

New Music: Fingertips ‘Out Of Control’

Fingertips is a duo from Portugal and they’ve just released their new song called “Out Of Control.” With an indie-rock melody, the track was composed by Rui, written by Joana and produced by Mark Needham (The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees). Musically, the twosome are inspired by such legendary artists as David Bowie, U2, Depeche Mode as well as contemporaries like Muse, Lorde and Arctic Monkeys. Fingertips is no stranger to the road, having performed alongside Queen, The Cure, Nelly Furtado, George Michael and The Corrs and playing showcases in Toronto, UK, Singapore, Australia, France, The Netherlands, Japan, Brazil, China and the U.S. For 2016, they are preparing a tour around USA and Europe.

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New Music: Jonny Avery ‘Captains of Industry’

Jonny Avery is a singer/songwriter from New Zealand who mixes soulful melodies with delicate guitar work. After moving to Wellington to complete his Masters in Music at the New Zealand School of Music, Jonny released his debut solo EP ‘Atonement for Eden’. He has had a busy year, performing regularly around New Zealand. Recently he opened for Australian heavyweights Pendulum on their ‘Rhythm And Vines’ tour. Jonny’s influences include Paul Simon, Jeff Buckley and James TaylorCaptains of Industry” is cowritten by Jonny and his dad. The first half of the lyrics were penned by Jonny’s dad before he passed away in 2000. Several years later, and unaware that the song even existed, Jonny found the lyrics in his dad’s old briefcase in the basement in his childhood home while on holiday. Jonny decided to pay homage to his dad by composing a melody and bridge so that the song could be completed. Soon after, he got his band together to record the song at a local school in Wellington. It was mastered at Park Road Productions in Wellington, the same studio that worked on the post-production of The Lord of The Rings movies. “‘Captains of Industry’ is about corporate greed and the unacceptable treatment of natural resources in exchange for profit. It’s a difficult topic to sing about so I decided drape the song in irony by adding joyful beats and instrumentation. It’s best to interpret the lyrics as an accusation of unethical behaviour towards global corporations, rather then a song that actually praises them— I only mention this because people have come up to me after gigs asking me why I support such crazy ideas.”Jonny Avery  Continue reading New Music: Jonny Avery ‘Captains of Industry’

New Music: Federal Lights ‘Into The Ground’

Winnipeg’s Federal Lights isn’t a love song kind of band. Rather, songwriter Jean-Guy Roy, pens lyrics that yearn for the romantic. Produced by Rusty Matyas (Imaginary Cities, Sheepdogs), Coeur de Lion finds a sense of beauty by examining the gravity of everyday moments. A song might be about riding transit and overhearing a kid say something obvious that feels profound; it might be about experiencing the harder edges of city life and the emotional toll that can take. What ties it all together is hope – in even the most haunting tracks there’s a morsel of it. “I find it uplifting that there’s some hope in the saddest of situations,” says Roy. Continue reading New Music: Federal Lights ‘Into The Ground’

New Music: Mila Falls ‘Can’t Let You Go’

With tour slots supporting Rudimental, Tinie Tempah and Ella Henderson plus extensive radio play on Radio 1, Kiss FM and Capital in her arsenal, 2016 is shaping up to be the year Mila Falls takes centre stage with her most personal and revealing works to date. Eternally creative and keen to showcase her new sound ‘Can’t Let You Go’ places Mila’s soft, raspy vocals gently on a bed of upbeat 70’s funk beats which gives a profound sense of optimism to a track which lyrically talks of the idealistic notion of wishing for a love to be rekindled which has in reality been lost forever. The track captures perfectly the freedom and strength which arises from within when allowing oneself to be vulnerable following heartbreak. While the concept of love and loss is one which has been addressed time and again most artists portray these themes as the domain of teenage romances. ‘Can’t Let You Go’ focuses on a whole different type of loss, the pain of losing someone you have shared your entire adult life with and knowing that you will never get them back but with the knowledge that life must go on. Continue reading New Music: Mila Falls ‘Can’t Let You Go’