Itzama keep the dream alive, Zum Raggidy does the honours, Monsieur MÂLÂ share their story, Lionel Giacomini takes you to Corsica and more in today’s submissions from Groover, a platform that connects artists with critics like me for a small fee. You can find my latest Tinnitist Groover playlist on Spotify, at the bottom of this page and at the lower right of every page on this site. If you want to be in an upcoming playlist, click on the widget at right (just below the playlist) or go HERE.
Itzama | Rêverie
HOME BASE: France.
THE BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Rêverie is the second clip from the first EP to come from the new duo Itzama. This piece, floating between styles and eras, is a real utopian and uninhibited journey in the form of a sunny getaway. Accompanied by an aesthetic, original and psychedelic clip including the bromance of the duo, this surf-pop song aims to accompany your most beautiful summer melodies and your evenings on the beach.”
Zum Raggidy | Honorable
HOME BASE: France / Jamaica.
THE BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Bless up, I’m an original artist from August Town in Kingston, Jamaica, now living in France (Nancy). I grew up through and with music, being active within the sound systems culture (live performances, dubplates, charity events and community activities) since the early ’90s. I have also participated in motivating a lot of current artists, selectors and engineers, spending most of my time uniting youths of different fractions through music, with love and respect. I express myself with an outstanding style through reggae, dancehall and old school music. I work with the new label Heights Up The Light. My first release, Honorable, promotes unity through music with a striking flow, it is a conscious and positive message addressed to all cultures. It perfectly goes along with the coming summer. I’m currently working on my first album; more singles will be coming out this year.”
Monsieur MÂLÂ | Everyone Has A Story To Tell
HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Contemporary Jazz.
THE BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “After two years of research and hard work, we’re happy to release our first official content. This live session was recorded and filmed inside a cube of giant screen on which a synchronized motion design video was projected.”
Lionel Giacomini | Tenila Caru
HOME BASE: Corsica.
THE BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “From the first musical notes in his childhood to his practice today music has always carried Lionel Giacomini on his path, on his personal and irrepressible quest for freedom. After years of work with various Corsican musicians such as Giramondu, Notte, Alba and Voce Ventu, he now shares with us his own universe. His music is as an invitation to a journey towards the intimate, to explore new sound frontiers and let oneself be brought to a dreamlike world where the Corsican language belongs perfectly. Close your eyes, listen and feel the vibration of the song’s breath and the delicate life’s whisper resonating within you. The idea is to develop modern Corsican music from traditional song. The musical inspirations come from an indie-folk pop sound and from the production of contemporary song writers (Damien Rice, Bon Iver, etc.). The project is to bring Corsican music to this musical field there.”
Esther Pennell | Blindsided
HOME BASE: Canada.
THE BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Esther Pennell’s indigenous roots come from the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation of Newfoundland and Labrador. Her songs are drawn from the story of her personal life and bear witness to a profound bond with Mother Earth and a spiritual connection with the natural world. With an innovative style on the five-string banjo, Esther makes a folk fan of all who hear her play and with a voice that has been compared to Joni Mitchell you won’t want to miss the chance to see her perform or hear her sing. A beautiful piece that brings back the smooth feeling of ’70s folk music while portraying a deep love story, Blindesided gives the tone to her new upcoming album Big Dream, to be released this spring. “Blindsided is the collaborative work between myself and songwriter Rose-Erin Stokes as part of the Canadian Songwriting Challenge of 2019. This song is about that sucker-punch feeling you get when someone breaks up with you and you didn’t see it coming. I wrote this song for the naive heart in all of us. I believe that many people can relate to the feeling of being blindsided by love and rejection.”
Amy Lyhie | U Got Me
HOME BASE: Canada / France.
THE BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “A singer-songwriter originally from France, Amy Lyhie started her music career in 2014 when she reached the semifinals at the Cote d’or Festival Song in Bourgogne. She then started working on her first album Sunshine, that caught the attention of multiple local radio stations, where she stayed four weeks in a row at the top spot of the top 10 countdown with her song Alors comme ça. Her style of ukulele and guitar brings something fresh to the folk, rock, soul, and blues platform. She brought her talent to Montreal in 2019 so she could start working on her new album that is planned to have a touch of soulful, alternative and blues vibe to it.”
Mary Clare | Change The World
HOME BASE: United States.
THE BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “With a voice beyond her years and a dynamic mix of country and pop styles, Mary Clare is quickly emerging as one of the most exciting young talents in music today. At only 12 years old, her passion, enthusiasm, and talent have put her in position for a long and prosperous career in the music industry. Change the World is her debut release that she co-wrote and recorded in Nashville when she was 11 years old.”
Charlie Grant | Love Letters
HOME BASE: Germany / United Kingdom.
THE BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Love Letters is the brand-new single from Berlin-based singer-songwriter Charlie Grant. It’s an explosive, driving song about guilt, regret and how we all have an inner life and hidden longings that we often keep from those closest to us. Love Letters follows on from Charlie’s previous releases I Got the Fear, Astronaut and Stay Down and shows another side to his songwriting, this could be his strongest release yet.”
Hogwash Academy | The Jumpman
HOME BASE: Italy.
THE BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Funk-rock tribute to Super Mario. Funk bass, heavy guitar and female vocals.”