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This week I’m mostly listening to: Banks, Charlene Soraia and James Vincent McMorrow

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This week I’m mostly listening to…

Banks is an electronic soul singer, keyboardist and songwriter from LA. ‘Waiting Game’ is the first track to appear on her debut EP entitled ‘London’ (September 10th , 2013). The EP showcases Banks’s sultry, emotive and soulful vocals perfectly and as a result, critics and musical peers alike have been quick to namecheck the LA native in their top tips for 2014. Katy Perry is a big fan and she has excellent taste in music; she brought the amazing School of Seven Bells to my attention. Banks is a highly commercial and image-driven artist, in a similar fashion to Lana Del Rey. She appears to have the full package and I would be very surprised if she wasn’t sitting firmly in the UK album charts by this time next year.


Charlene Soraia has released a new music video for her track, ‘Standing Stone’, which is also free to download on her Facebook page. The music video was a collaboration between Soraia and her fans – she asked fans to send in pictures of themselves with family and loved ones, in the hope that they might be featured in the retrospective visual.

Soraia is preparing to release her second album ‘Love Is The Law’ later this year. Like many people, I’ve been a fan of hers since hearing her cover of ‘Wherever You Will Go’ in 2011 and it’s been great to see the development in both her songwriting and artistic style. Soraia has a close relationship with her fans and facilitates this through her various social media channels. You get the impression that she is just an ordinary, down to earth girl with an extraordinary vocal talent that even she doesn’t quite know what to do with yet. Unaffected: the best quality one can have.


‘Cavalier’ is taken from James Vincent McMorrow‘s upcoming second album ‘Post Tropical’, to be released on January 13th, 2014 (UK/US). The record features music that McMorrow describes himself as preferring to listen to. Debut album ‘Early in the Morning’ (2011) was heavily folk-influenced, whilst this collection leans more towards the softer side of R&B and has been categorised somewhere between Antony And The Johnsons and James Blake. McMorrow’s appeal for me has always been his lyrical sentimentality delivered via his stunning falsetto. He makes these songwriting and vocal qualities appear effortless and simplistic and these elements of his artistry are as prominent as ever on this record. I expect this album to do very well in 2014. / @hernameisbanks / @CharleneSoraia / @jamesvmcmorrow

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂


Written by shelleyhanveywriter

January 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm

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