Almost a year ago, North London artist Seaker gifted us all with the moody stunner, "After I'm Gone." And then proceeded to slip back into the shadows, quietly toiling away on what is to be her highly anticipated debut EP. Last week, she emerged with the slow burning melancholic track 'The Waters'. Its weighty sentiments come off as equally gorgeous and devastating. Art deeply rooted in the bones, lived-in art. Once again, Seaker turns in a wholly bewitching performance, find 'The Waters' below.
Denton, Texas artist Claire Morales' 2017 is shaping up to be busy. Having followed Claire for the past few years, it seems busy is how she likes it. When she's not working on her own material, she's teaming up with a who's who of Denton area artists covering many classic tunes. And right now, she and her band are putting the finishing touches on their highly anticipated 2nd full length album. We've been told there will be plenty of rock and roll guitars to go along with Claire's chameleon like vocals. Then there's been talk of taking that new material on the road. And if that isn't enough, she and frequent collaborator Jena Pyle of Sundae Crush will be releasing an EP, Wrong Ones.
All that hard work has paid off, she and her band are playing an official showcase at SXSW this year in what could be her breakout moment.
A few weeks back, Claire and I spoke of our favorite tracks of 2016. The official Aimless Skylarking favorite songs of 2016 can be found here. Here are Claire's favorites.
What was supposed to be a 1 to 2 week vacation from Aimless Skylarking at the beginning of 2017 has turned into 6 weeks away. During the time away, I have become overwhelmingly busy with work, charitable pursuits, and maintaining a healthy fitness routine. And time has become limited and precious. That said, I'm sifting through the submissions inbox when I can, fully intending to return to share more music and photos very soon. And, oh yeah, Aimless Skylarking turned 3 this month. Happiest of Birthdays!
Thank you for all the support the last 3 years, and see you soon!
London indie-rockers Heavy Heart started 2016 with an ambitious plan, put out one song a month for the entire year. They started the year with the wistful sentiment of 'Time Will Stand Still' and then took the year on a darker journey, ending 2016 with melancholic acceptance, heartache, and peace of 'Keepsake.' In between the bookends, as the months drifted by, the band checked in at the end of each month with a new offering. Each new work focused on hot-button topics such as bullying, self-worth, exclusivity, beauty, and perfection with gratifying clarity for those who peeled back the layers. The thought-provoking collection is rich with melancholy, and it rarely relents, but the arrangements, vocal delivery, and production keeps the band from exhausting it.
For all the blood, sweat, and tears the band put into their one song a month project, May's tantalizing offering of 'Pretty Thing' continually bubbled to the top. The band emits a looseness and bravado on 'Pretty Thing', the guitars and percussion bound along with ease and Anna Vincent delivers her vocals with a sweet and unassuming delivery. But it all turns jagged and angry, the guitars growl and Anna's vocals turn venomous as if "Laura R." might be the flower cut to stand in the jar beside her. The band's year may have been largely glum, but their greatest successes came when they embraced it and fought back. In doing so, Heavy Heart has shown they are much more than just a heavy heart.
London quartet Lazy Day makes their 2nd appearance in our favorite songs of 2016 with the B-side to the single 'Disappear'. On 'All the Time' Lazy Day's Tilly takes on the aftermath of a failed relationship, the healing and moving on process as she sings "You keep on calling me/It's not what I want/It's not what I need." But healing is never as easy as it sounds, that pain and lingering doubt never seem to fade, even as the days, months, and years slip away. Tilly realizes this as she sings, "And even though I've tried to get used to my new life/Oh no, no, so much was left behind/Oh no, no, I feel it all the time." Once again, a stunning effort from the Lazy Day camp. More, please!