Meet WAASH! Over the past decade, Andrew Bishop has carved out his spot as one of Vancouver’s go-to pop polymaths. He’s concocted catchy garage anthems as the guitarist of Alex Little & the Suspicious Minds, acted as the sideman in the pop-noir combo Twin River, and made country-tinged solo tunes as White Ash Falls. Along the way, he’s built up an ever-growing resume as a producer.
Now, he’s channelled all of it into the new project WAASH. This project combines Andrew’s prolific songwriting talents with his love of towering shoegaze soundscapes. It’s both a culmination and an entirely new beginning. The five songs that comprise WAASH’s self-titled EP were written slowly but steadily. Andrew took plenty of time to tinker with demos and build intricate arrangements from the ground up.
Andrew’s meticulous approach can be heard in how EP opener “I Want to Be Good” ascends from the echoing strums of its intro towards a cloud-parting widescreen crescendo.
Discussing “I Want to Be Good,” Bishop states:
“‘I Want To Be Good’ was actually the last song written for my new album, WAASH. It originally made me feel uncomfortable as it was a directional shift from my previous work. Once I settled in and let things happen, I didn’t have to overthink it anymore.
“With ‘I Want To Be Good,’ I went a little softer on the tones and heavier on the synths. It’s a good example of just letting things breathe. I deconstructed my usual songwriting process, often starting with a beat or bass line rather than the guitar. I would listen to the instrumental demos before writing melodies, and then I would go sit in the park and write different lyrics. It allowed me to think about the tiniest little detail, picking apart every syllable.”
WAASH is available now via Light Organ Records.
Chris Ostler Unleashes Electrifying New EP ‘CO2’
Chris Ostler is back with a bang, releasing his latest EP titled CO2, a follow-up to his highly acclaimed CO1 album.
Renowned British musician Chris Ostler is back with a bang, releasing his latest EP titled CO2, a follow-up to his highly acclaimed CO1 album. Packed with funk-rock anthems and heartfelt messages, CO2 showcases Ostler’s signature blend of high energy, emotion, and captivating storytelling. Proudly neurodivergent, Chris wishes to help others, using music to make a positive difference in the world. Chris’ autism only serves to enhance the way he writes and plays.
CO2 delivers a dynamic collection of funk-rock tracks that resonate with sincerity and power. Building on the success of his recent singles like ‘Funk in the Trunk,’ ‘The Sun & The Moon,’ and the introspective ‘Anxious Boy,’ the EP introduces three new addictive offerings: ‘Open Road,’ ‘Who Knows,’ and ‘Jam it up Muso.’ plus an acoustic release of ‘The Sun & The Moon’. Each track is infused with Ostler’s vocal prowess and passion, accompanied by electrifying guitar riffs that leave listeners craving more.
Ostler’s songwriting prowess shines through in CO2, offering listeners a glimpse into his raw emotions transformed into beautiful chords and choruses. From the romantic personification in ‘The Sun & The Moon,’ capturing the struggle of distant souls yearning to be together, to the earnest sincerity of ‘Jam it up Muso,’ with its funky-rock vibe and harmonious guitar melodies, each song on the EP resonates with authenticity and depth.
Ostler states, “I want to share with listeners and help them relive the immensity and power of life itself; we have so many emotional experiences, some amazingly positive, and of course, some challenging, but through music we can collectively support each other and enjoy the beauty of everything we experience. If we’re writing our own melodies of life, let’s make them as colourful as possible.”
Hailing from Exeter, Chris Ostler has captivated audiences nationwide with his charismatic presence and lively performances. His talent has earned him the privilege of opening for international artists like Joan Armatrading and Chris Barron (Spin Doctors). Supported by BBC Radio stations across the UK, including Devon, Leicester, and BBC Introducing Southwest, Ostler continues to make waves in the music industry with his electrifying sound and heartfelt storytelling.
Django McLear Folkabilly Maestro Drops “Eye of the Storm”
Berlin, Feb 10, 2024 – Django McLear, the Folkabilly maestro, drops the climactic conclusion to his album “Eye of the Storm” on Feb 16.
Django McLear, the Folkabilly maestro, drops the climactic conclusion to his album “Eye of the Storm” on Feb 16. Known for his distinct style, drawing inspiration from legends like The White Buffalo and Johnny Cash, McLear’s powerful ballad echoes resilience.
As the 11th track, “Eye of the Storm,” wraps up the strategic waterfall release, depicting a journey through life’s tempests. McLear, a one-man band, showcases his multi-instrumentalist skills in this heartfelt creation. Following Folkabilly tradition, the song embraces a powerful ballad style, narrating resilience in the face of challenges. Recorded in McLear’s Berlin home studio, it follows the previous single “A Ramblin’ Man,” and combines evocative melodies with heartfelt lyrics.
“Eye of the Storm” is a metaphorical refuge in the tumult of life’s challenges. McLear’s lyrics portray an unwavering determination to stand tall amidst adversity. The song’s emotional landscape weaves through personal trials, offering a narrative of strength and growth, ultimately finding calm within the chaos. The main message is: “I don’t break.”
Debuting on Spotify and YouTube on Feb 16, the song promises a crescendo of emotion, marking the final chapter of the album’s strategic release. Django McLear plans an extensive social media campaign and live performances across Berlin post-release. “Eye of the Storm” takes center stage, serving as the emotional centrepiece in shows, embodying the essence of a wandering troubadour.
Shakira Confirms 12th Studio Album ‘Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran ’
Shakira has confirmed that her 12th studio album, ‘Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran,’ will be out on March 22nd – get all the details here!
GRAMMY® and Latin GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Shakira has confirmed that her 12th studio album, Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran, will be out on March 22nd! Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran notably marks her first album in seven years and is a dazzling testament to Shakira’s resilience and strength and music’s power to transform even the most trying experiences into precious moments.
Earlier this week, fans got a glimpse of what is to come during her Super Bowl commercial teaser. The new album boasts 16 tracks, eight new plus a remix, and seven previously released smash hit singles, including “Music Sessions Vol. 53” with Bizarrap, “TQG” with Karol G, “Te Felicito” with Rauw Alejandro, “Copa Vacía” with Manuel Turizo, and more.
Shakira shares her experience of making the new album:
“Making this album has been an alchemical process. While writing each song I was rebuilding myself. While singing them, my tears transformed into diamonds, and my vulnerability into strength.”
Shakira’s latest album marks her debut release on vinyl, featuring distinct artwork editions in Canada. The Sapphire edition will be exclusively offered on Amazon Canada. Fans can find the Emerald edition exclusively on Shakira’s official website, and all major retailers will stock the Diamond edition.
Shakira already holds the place of the best-selling female Latin artist in history, with a decades-long trajectory of trailblazing and hit-making, but has continued to solidify her legendary status in the past year due to the runaway success of her latest releases. Her success will no doubt continue with the release of her new album, as her vulnerability, confidence, and passion highlight both her personal challenges and her triumphs.
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