Journey To Earthbound #3: INFLUENCES

A few months ago everyone on Facebook was picking their favourite 9 or 10 albums.. I’m late to the party because it has honestly taken me this long to possibly narrow it down! I thought I’d do a little twist on that, as I get to the end of recording my album and look at my top influences for Songwriting, Lyrics, Style and Sound.  I think I’ve just about done it.. so here is a little review of my top 9 albums, plus some extras at the bottom.. and probably ALL OF THE ADJECTIVES I KNOW! 

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So in no particular order...

Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer, Different Park

“ Soulful, Sassy, Sad & Sarcastic” 

I loved Kacey Musgraves since hearing her at C2C fest and quickly bought all three of her albums! Be prepared to laugh out loud at her sassy, hilarious lyrics, alongside a blend of old school and modern country vibes. Definitely draw some inspiration for my own production! 

“If you can’t lose weight then you’re just fat, but if you lose too much then you’re on crack” - she quite literally cracks me up! 

Song Pick: Follow Your Arrow

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Gabrielle Aplin - Miss You EP

“Short, Honest & Dramatic” 

Loved hearing her sound progress over the past few years, Aplin has nailed it with this one. In Miss You she captures the aftermath of a breakup perfectly with a new quirky pop sound. Although the acoustic piano version is just as beautiful. Lyrically imaginative and so honest, she really paints a picture. 

Song Pick: Miss You

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Lorde - Melodrama

“Just WOW, honest, heart wrenching, bizarre lyrical genius”

Weird Pop music that I just love! It’s hard to say what stands out most, the breathtaking range of husky vocals, honest, biting lyrics or bizarre production sounds. Somehow it all ties together on this incredible melodramatic record! A huge lyrical inspiration for me: ‘Bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark’ - GENIUS!

Song Picks: Liability// Writer In The Dark// Hard Feelings .. (EVERY SINGLE SONG BASICALLY)

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Andy Shauf - The Party

“Beautifully heartfelt, introspective and observant”

Discovered this guy from a cover on instagram by Lennon Stella (who is also incredible!) and became obsessed for about a week, listening constantly. The Party is a concept album, all set on the same night at a house party. Shauf goes into almost stream of consciousness poetry with his lyrics and gives a real insight into his mind and the messy relationships between friends. ‘I’m spilling my drink as I really start, tearing one of my best friends apart’ The sound is almost like circus music, quirky and ever so slightly unnerving. I just like it. 

Song Pick: Quite Like You 

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The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow

“Harmonies to break your heart”

So sad to hear this band split up as their Alt-country sound and gorgeous vocal harmonies are so incredibly stunning! Atmospheric, mesmerising and almost erotic. Poison and Wine in particular is a beautiful song with it’s heartbreaking hook ‘I don’t love you but I always will’ repeated anthemically. 

I also love their collaboration with Taylor Swift: ’Safe & Sound’ from the Hunger Games films. 

Song pick: Poison & Wine 

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Joni Mitchell - Blue

“Intricate melodies, soaring vocals and pure poetry”

Lovely raw, acoustic sound, Joni’s are almost poetry put to music alongside a blend dramatic guitar strums and intricate finger picking. Fantastic lyrics on both of these song picks, ‘I wanna renew you again and again’ (All I Want) and ‘Part of you pours out of me in these lines from time to time’ (Case Of You). 

Song Picks: A Case Of You// All I Want

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Meg & Dia - Something Real

“Powerful melodic rock, punchy lyrics and painful subject matter”

There’s something so powerful about Meg & Dia’s harmonies over the backdrop of heavy, raw guitar sounds. I loved listening as a teenager and taking apart their lyrics to try and work out the meanings behind each song. So much emotion on every track! ‘Then he slowly saw their nightmares were his dreams’ 

Song Picks: Roses// Monster

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Catatonia - International Velvet

“My favourite Welsh band” 

My parents loved this album, a firm favourite in our car as we twisted and turned the winding roads of mid-Wales, with about 5 huge maps (yes, actual paper maps!) - causing car sickness and more than a little ‘Road Rage’. Wonderful, Welsh rock with real substance, crazy song titles and intriguing lyrics for my ten year old brain to ponder over. 

I was also incredibly lucky to have been writing recently with Owen Powell, one of the guitarists and writer of one of my favourite songs. Our co-write ‘Never Get To Say Goodbye’ is gonna be Track no. 8 on my album!!!

Song Picks: Strange Glue// Goldfish & Paracetamol (How are those for song titles!?!) 

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Taylor Swift - Speak Now

“Nostalgic, Confessional, Beautiful, Innocent, Painful - Like reading my own diary”

Of course Miss Taylor had to feature being my main inspiration and influence to start writing songs back when I was ‘Fifteen’. I love every single album but ‘Speak Now’, written solely by Swift is so heartfelt and beautiful; Pure nostalgia for me and takes me straight back to my first year of university and writing lyrics in my lonely dorm room. She connects and transports like the smell of an exes old t-shirt. ‘And I go back to December all the time’ 

‘The girl in the dress cried the whole way home’ - classic Swift!

Song Picks: Dear John// Long Live// Back To December (Oh just listen to the whole thing.. <3) 

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Extra Listening (cause who can only pick 9 right? Also I clearly have a bias towards female singer songwriters.. )

Roxanne Emery - For Weddings & A Funeral 

Colbie Caillat - CoCo 

Jade Bird - Something American 

Sam Gardner - Traumatic Honey 

Ashley Campbell - The Lonely One 

Katie Melua - Piece by piece 

Ed Sheeran - + 

Gabrielle Aplin - English Rain 

Lauren Aquilina - Isn’t it strange? 

Clare Bowen - Little By Little

Lennon Stella - Like Everybody Else

The Beatles - Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 

The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds 

Ward Thomas - Cartwheels 

Carter Sampson - Wilder Side

James Taylor - Sweet Baby James

 

 

Journey To Earthbound #2: Writer's Block, Tips & Song Titles REVEALED!

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As you may have seen on my Instagram I FINISHED MY ALBUM THIS WEEK!!! After a bluesy, empowering, girl power co-write with the hugely talented writer and performer Naomi Rae, ‘Stronger Stuff’ became the final song to make it’s way onto a collection of 12 for my debut album.. so I thought I’d write a little blog post about how I wrote this album, and tips on how to get over writers block!

 

A year ago I started scribbling lyrics down on a paper bag after a long spell of not creating anything.. I had dedicated my Summer to doing as many writing sessions with other Welsh musicians, friends and fellow artists but was still feeling quite uninspired. But sitting in Rebecca Hurn’s living room, exploring new tunings surrounded by guitars and puppies I had a little spark of lyrical inspiration and as soon as I got home I wrote the title track ‘Earthbound’.

 

In September 2017 I joined an MA Songwriting Course in Cardiff and was so excited to meet and work with even more writers and have the discipline of having to write a song every week. Soon every Sunday (I’m a last minute kinda gal..) I was scribbling out lyrics and chords and across the year I wrote 8 of the tracks for my upcoming album. It’s amazing what you can get done in a short amount of time when the pressure is on!

 

Along with the writing I was exploring new guitar sounds, bluesy playing styles, new musical inspirations and artists and jamming with other musicians to form a band. (that’ll be next week’s blog!)

 

This Summer I was very lucky to meet Owen Powell, guitarist and writer for my favourite childhood band Catatonia and together we penned one of the final album tracks: a nostalgic country pop ballad ‘Never Get To Say Goodbye’.

She’s a harmony machine
— Owen Powell, songwriter

 

So Eleri’s top songwriting tips would be:

1.    Set aside the time and give yourself a deadline

2.     Explore new musical styles and influences

3.     Don’t be afraid to write with other people

 

Thank you for your continued support… Stay Tuned for next week’s blog about recording with my best friends and forming a band!

Journey To Earthbound #1

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Sooo folks, as you may be aware from my recent online posts, I have been super busy writing lots of new songs! I’ve learned a lot, explored different sounds and really developed my style over the past year to produce some of my best work yet.

 

The plan was to release another EP in 2018, but with so many songs that I really really love, and so many stories to tell I can’t possibly choose. So I have created a full Album of work to share with you. From time spent gigging and travelling from Sweden to Chicago, but mostly along the M4, the songs are inspired by my favourite people, places and the best feeling of coming home at the end of the day. It’s an exciting project and so much bigger than anything I’ve done!

 

            I want to take you all along for the ride in this blog, with insights into everything I’ve been getting up to, co-writing sessions with new faces, days in the recording studio, writing fiddle solos with my best friends, photo shoots and videos…  and the endless hours in coffee shops brainstorming and procrastinating! (currently spilling peanut butter toast crumbs on my laptop as I type..)

 

So expect photos, videos, blog posts, gigs and a BRAND NEW SINGLE coming out this Autumn.

 

            Lots of love, and thank you for following along with me,

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Photo Credit: Lauren Pitson Photography

Collaborations!

Myself and the gorgeous singer/songwriter Laura Benjamin got together this week for some jams and filmed an Acoustic cover of one of our FAVOURITE new songs 'End Game', by Taylor Swift (a huge influence in my music!!) 

Have a little watch below and remember to Like & Subscribe to our Youtube Channels and let us know what you think! We had so much fun filming this, and massive thank you to Brewstone in Swansea for allowing us to use their loft to film!

Plenty more covers and collabs coming soon so make sure you're keeping an eye out, and let me know if you want me to cover anything in particular. Thanks for watching!

 

Laura's social:
Twitter - Laurabenjmusic
Facebook - Laura Benjamin Music
Instagram - laurabenjaminmusic

 

Eleri's social:
Twitter - EleriAngharad92
Facebook - Eleri Angharad Music
Instagram - eleriangharadmusic

 

Live on U&I Radio

Last week I did a lovely gig at The New Crown, alongside the super talented Evan Gardner and Georgia Patterson, annnnnd it was recorded by Unsigned & Inspired Radio! You can watch the video of my performance below, with some brand new songs in the mix.. new material coming soon guys :D 

Massive thanks to Big Scott for organising the event, and for his lovely review.. 

“Young, vibrant and full of life, Eleri has come a long way since we last heard her on the station a few years back. Energy is abundant mixed with pure passion. She may be small but her vocals are huge!”

Single Review 'Dal Fi' - Welsh Connections

Happy to share with you the first review of my NEW Single 'Dal Fi' by the fantastic Michael Kennedy at Welsh Connections, Oystermouth Radio! 

Diolch yn fawr :)

‘Dal Fi’ is a modern Welsh love song - perfect for St. Valentine’s Day’

Single review.
Artist : Eleri Angharad.
Title :Dal Fi (2017).

 

There's a vulnerability and yearning in Eleri's voice that you can't help but fall in love with - her songs of a lost and unrequited love touch a part of us because we've all felt it - she, however, puts it into songs. And these songs are never less than magical.
On 'Dal Fi' (or 'Hold Me' for you non-Welsh speakers) Eleri pleads to be held - but in the same breath, and in counterpoint to that vulnerability, tells us not to cry for her.
This is a young girl in love but with that love comes the realisation that all love eventually dies.
'Dal Fi' is a modern Welsh love song - perfect for St. Valentine's Day. Live in the now and live for today.
Recorded at Eastriver Studios with Kevin Jones, this is a beautifully written, performed and produced track. 
Available from February 10th at www.eleriangharadmusic.com

 

 

Dal Fi : Welsh Language Single Out Now!

Hey guys, I am SO excited to unveil my first Welsh Language single ‘Dal Fi’ released on February 10th just in time for Welsh Language Music Day! You may have heard its debut on Adam Walton's BBC Radio Wales show last month but it is now available for streaming on Spotify and Soundcloud and purchasable as a double A side single on iTunes and Apple Music! 
 

Listen HERE: https://soundcloud.com/eleri-angharad/dal-fi
or HERE: spotify:album:0DLwhfLNAvjaL5Drpu2pRs
Buy HERE: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dal-fi-single/id1199085410

This song is actually one of the first I ever wrote at the tender age of 14, and it has grown with me and evolved into something that I am finally ready to share with you. I have released both a Welsh and English version so I hope you find some meaning for yourself within the lyrics.

Happy listening! <3 

Music by Eleri Angharad
Lyrics by Eleri Angharad & Meredith Wood-Bevan
Released through Train Track Records 2017. 
Recorded in Eastriver Studio, Swansea.
Produced by Kevin Jones (Balsamo Deighton, Andy Collins)
Artwork photo credit, Alex-Jay photography

What a crystalline and beautiful voice.’
— Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales
‘There’s a vulnerability and yearning in Eleri’s voice that you can’t help but fall in love with. ‘Dal Fi’ is a modern Welsh love song - perfect for St. Valentine’s Day.’
— Michael Kennedy, Welsh Connections
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Before We Fall

A couple of weeks ago I went along to 97 Colburn Road for the wonderful Cardiff Sessions and performed a new song I've been working on 'Before We Fall'. I had an amazing time working with Ruth, Ben and Emily, all students from Cardiff Uni studying Contemporary Music and Photojournalism. 

They did a really wonderful job recording my Acoustic track and put together this fabulous little video for me. Have a listen to my new song and let me know what you think in the comments! I hope you like it, as it may well be on a new EP soon... 

Happy listening, 

Eleri

Act Against Bullying

Took a little break from gigging as I work on writing and releasing new material, and collaborating on my new band project but really looking forward to being a part of this Act Against Bullying event alongside some incredible acts!

Bullying is something a lot of children and teenagers, myself included go through in the school playground but it doesn't just end there. Bullying can happen to anyone at any stage of life and in any situation so it's important that we can come together, play music, listen to each other and know that no one is alienated.

Music is inclusive. Music is for everyone. <3

On a practical note,

The gig is at The Dragonffli, Pontypool,

Friday 10th February at 7pm

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Lovely words from Ed Townend

Absolutely thrilled to have been featured on this 'Ones to watch in 2017' list from Ed Townend at Fear and Loathing blog!

Among some great company here.. I'd best get on doing some watchable things then hadn't I! ..

Keep posted as I have some NEWS coming very soooooooon.. releases on the way and new challenges ahead!

"There are a wide selection of singer-songwriters to choose from nowadays, with bedroom recordings and the internet giving voice to many who can create. It takes a certain high standard to set yourself apart from the others. Eleri Angharad from Swansea in South Wales definitely does this with introspective and uplifting music arranged simply but well into grand demonstrations of emotion which can be realised well both with full production and alone with just voice and guitar" - Ed Townend

 http://fearandloathingblog.tumblr.com/post/155951215755/fear-and-loathing-ones-to-watch-in-2017

Stockholm Adventures

I was recently given the UTMOST pleasure of two performances in Stockholm, Sweden.. We stayed with amazingly talented songwriter Fanny Holm (and her three furry cat babies!) and shared the stage with her at Brian Kramer's International Blues Jam and at the hidden treasure of Folklore centrum! 

Folklore Centrum, run by Izzy Young, originally from New York, is an absolute gem.. think abandoned bookshop come cultural oasis.. and our totally unplugged set went down a treat. The venue is plastered in news articles, musical legends and the iconic Bob Dylan.. whom Izzy gave one of his first gigs in NYC! (Starstruck!) Izzy is perhaps THE most enthusiastic 80-something year old I have ever met and his commitment to discovering new talents is an inspiring rarity. For my first gig in the city, well actually the country, I was pleasantly surprised to play to an almost packed out venue of folks who really had no idea who I was! 

Fanny performed with a similar set up, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar and Harmonica but the style could not have been more different to mine.. deep, rich vocals and a rocky-bluesy edge to the guitar creating heartbreakingly, dark folk songs had us all stunned to silence. 

Then we took to the stage.. or front of the bookshop, and performed two sets, featuring songs from both 'All I Can Do' and 'Ticket to the Sky' EPs, my twist on oldie-but-goodie covers of The Ronettes and The Beach Boys, and I even took a risk with Upcoming Welsh single 'Dal Fi' (COMING SOON!), which went down the best of all! 

So a massive THANKYOU to Fanny Holm, Izzy Young, Brian Kramer, Jordan Shamsaee and Rhys Jones for booking the gig.. my only regret is that we could not stay longer that one weekend..

Buuuut I am thrilled to announce that we have been invited back to play again.. see you in 2017 Stockholm! 

 

 

 

Liverpool Single + Video!

New Single ‘Liverpool’ from BBC Horizons Funded EP ‘All I Can I Do’ is out now!

Eleri Angharad is thrilled to announce the unveiling her new single ‘Liverpool’ from second EP ‘All I Can Do’ released earlier this year through her own label Train Track Records. Recorded in Studio Toy, Cardiff and produced by Lee House (HVNTER, Kaycee, LUK)

‘Liverpool’ has gained attention from local radio stations, TV channels and blogs, including Subba Culture, Nation Radio, Spectrum TV and Made In Cardiff. The song is based around the memories of an individual travelling back to a city with a strong romantic significance and delves into the story of a distant past relationship.

“Liverpool” strikes as the diamond in the rough with a blend of delicate percussion, the high-pitched plunk of piano and Miss Angharad’s caramel-glazed vocals.’ – Nathan Roach, Subba Culture

Eleri has also released a self produced music video, featuring her journey to the famous city itself, to beautifully complement the single, available to view now on YouTube.

‘There’s a trend with music videos at the moment with having more of a ‘home-video’ feel which has more of a personal touch to it, and that’s really what I wanted to capture. The flashbacks and personal memories weaving through the emotional journey of this person as they return to where it all began’

Watch Liverpool Video Here: 

 

 

 

 

 

'ALL I CAN DO' EP Out July 1st!

I am thrilled to announce that my new Ep 'All I Can Do' that was funded by BBC Horizons / Gorwelion launchpad
will be released through Train Track Records on July 1st!

You can preorder a physical copy from my BRAND NEW WEBSITE -http://eleriangharadmusic.com/shop/

Or you'll be able to pre-order on iTunes very soon!

I'm also delighted to say I will be having a Launch party will be at Gwdihw, Cardiff on Tuesday July 5th, tickets will be on sale Sunday. If you only make one show of mine this Summer, please make it this one!

Tonight to celebrate the release I am streaming my newest single 'Like A Dream' plus a dance remix from Lupis/James Dotherty right now on Soundcloud and it'll be on Spotify et AL. Very soon

Like A Dream: https://soundcloud.com/eleri-angharad/like-a-dream-1

Like A Dream Remix: https://soundcloud.com/eleri-angharad/like-a-dream-remix

Photo Credit: Alex-Jay Photography
EP Produced by Lee House