NOTHING BUT HOPE AND PASSION has always cared about new talent, quality music and giving those a platform who deserve the attention, but even our mail inboxes are stodged way too often. However, we’ve always tried to find new ways to write about fresh and exciting music. That’s why we introduced the ‘What’s Your Sound?’ series to the NBHAP microcosm a few months back. And now we made it even more efficient, thanks to the power of SubmitHub.
What’s Your Sound? is the possibility to showcase your music, present it to our readership and a larger audience in general. Using what artists submit to us via our SubmitHub profile the NBHAP staff will pick five thematically related tracks and present them in a weekly installment. We don’t just want to throw together a bunch of music without context; instead, each new installment will have its own umbrella theme, giving artists a possibility to tell us about how their music relates to the bigger picture, while encouraging you to dig deeper and discover similar bands as you read along.
Although we live in an age where technology has been permeating almost every aspect of daily and creative life, a lot of musicians still choose to work and perform just like most artists during the past 100 years — they pick up a guitar and start singing. And after hundreds of years of folk and traditional songwriting, musicians still find ways to express their innermost feelings. The songs we’re presenting this time are not necessarily complex in nature — yet all artists have poured their heart into the words they sing and played their instruments with the same fondness they might have been treating their loved ones those tracks are about.
Gert Taberner – Fallen
Hailing from Germany, New-York-based GERT TABERNER aims to capture a concept of intimacy he sees missing from today’s interpersonal relationships. Exploring themes of hope, yearning and disillusionment at once, the tracks on his debut EP venture into the territory of artists like DAMIEN RICE, KODALINE or HOZIER. Title track Fallen is almost aquatic, as if TABERNER‘s gently strummed guitar playing had been dunked into water before being put on record. The sparse drums and bass follow in the same vein, choosing to accentuate TABERNER‘s gentle, but emotive multi-part singing rather than overshadow it. Only towards the end does the tight track open up, with distorted electric guitars crowding out a sonically and emotionally bare song.
Anders – As Before
Blessed with an angelic tenor voice that ventures into higher registers, singer-songwriter ANDERS is skilled at making the instruments interplay around him. Taking remote inspiration from country at the beginning, As Before quickly branches off into another direction, picking up drum patters, subtle electric guitars, pizzicato melodies and string arrangements that add a sense of depth and groove to the previously introspective track. His voice hovers above the instrumentation, providing a display of his musical abilities as he sketches lengthy coloratures in an elegant tone. Just as subtly, the music video shows ANDERS in a sped-up single shot as the walls around him fill up with the lyrics to the track.
Plàsi – Now And Then
Caity Krone – If You Only Knew
Grandpa Grew Trees – Falls
If you’re interested in listening to more up-and-coming artists, be sure to check out NOTHING BUT HOPE AND PASSION‘s Daily Tune Playlist on Spotify, featuring all tracks we recently covered. And of course, share your music with us via SubmitHub.