Uplifting Vibes - August 3rd, 2021


August 03, 2021

Tom Joseph - Trouble in Mind

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Well, it's pretty hard to believe, but this song is only Tom Joseph's second single. The artist comes from Austria, and offers us a magnificent indie-folk ballad, which begins with the sound of flowing water and the song of birds. The enchanting decor is set, the artist just has to do the rest and he does it very easily, thanks to a very warm voice, which is worth all the gold in the world. Very comforting, Tom gives us an optimistic message, with magnificent vocal harmonies and remarkable ease. You will enjoy this little trip in nature with these positive waves. You don't need a huge production to take advantage of the full range of Tom Joseph's talents. A few discreet additional guitar elements in the background and a trumpet tune will convince you that it's a beautiful day. A little folk jewel that will delight ears eager for lightness.

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Lennon VanderDoes - Wake Up

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Let's go from Austria to Arizona to meet Lennon Vanderdoes. Much inspired by his travels on the west coast, the artist fell in love with the indie-folk genre and made it his best ally. The artist admits that he sometimes has trouble controlling all of his positive energy and "Wake Up" is a bit like his energy. A volcano that erupts from time to time, and which gradually reveals sublime vocal harmonies. This song is definitely a hymn to happiness and will help you enjoy your day even more. Only downside, the only 3:12 of the track. We would have enjoyed it a minute longer. But nothing prevents listening to it all day and shooting the replay button. We feel in Lennon's music all the positive energy of the "Northern Pines" evoked by Ben Greenberg. This good energy, that smells of pine sap and iodine from nearby beaches, you got it? Just close your eyes, and here you are.

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Maja - Get There

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Let's cross the planet completely now and go to Australia to meet Maja. The song is about the journey of moving on from something that's not necessarily good for you. As Luna sang in "I Don't Know Where I'm Going" 3 years ago, Maja admits that she also doesn't know where she is going, but that she will get there soon. While the song is about unpredictability, I was incredibly blown away by Maja's incredible vocal performance and the warm backing vocals that accompany her. The serbian-born singer has built a rather incredible musical universe, I would say "unique", into which we can easily dive. The good news is if you want to hear more from this magician of words, her Spotify is chock-full of incredible nuggets that she's released over the past six years. And I won't hide it from you, her voice gave me chills, because, at times, I thought I heard Amy Winehouse and her incredible soul. Maja really has something special. Perhaps a very strong addictive power!

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Lewis McLaughlin - Summer

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Now here is an astonishing mix of rock and alt-folk from the UK. When we heard the first few seconds of "Summer", Lewis McLaughlin's new single, we thought, "what the hell is that?" Starting acapella, the song is built up gradually, until a final epic. Evoking the simple pleasures of youth, this song is best enjoyed on the beach, at sunset, with a few friends. The construction of the song, very original, stands out from the submissions that we usually receive, and makes this song worth lingering and listening to it several times to finally ... be completely addicted. To put in all the curious ears which want something else than what we usually hear on the radio (not on ours, of course). Unfortunately, not much is known about this incredible artist, because we had no information. We can just deduce one thing: it's a UFO and we can't wait to find out what he will release next!

Written by Niko. All songs added to our "Fresh Indie" and "Uplifting Vibes" playlists.

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