Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent is the highly anticipated debut album from Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi. The album dropped today. It features the viral sensation “Bruises” and the mega hit “Someone You Love”.

The album opens with full force on “Grace“. This track is the perfect opener and introduction for the record. The mid-tempo pop-rock track shows off Lewis’ vocals with just a bit of rasp and lets the listener know that this album is one of heartbreak, love, loss, anxiety … All of the feelings that are tough to sit in. “Bruises” is a melodic piano driven ballad. That allows for Lewis’ vocals to be front and center. The ticking clocks usher in “Hold Me While You Wait” which is his current single and focuses on the anxieties of being in limbo in a relationship. The softness and beauty highlighted in the piano and melody on “Someone You Loved” set against the fraught vocal achieves it desired effect. The album picks up the pace again on “Maybe” and “Lost On You” with Lewis changing up his vocal delivery somewhat and electric guitar being the focus on these songs. “Forever” takes inspiration from Doo-Wop elements and is one of the highlights from the record for me. “One” and “Hollywood” falter a bit, being sleepy amongst the other gems on this record. Although Lewis gets back on track with “Don’t Get Me Wrong” and “Fade“, the two most soulful and R&B inspired tracks on the album. The vocals on both matching that style as well. “Headspace” is the perfect close out song encapsulating the sound, feel, and vibe of what is “Devinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent.

Stream/BuyDivinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent” – https://lewiscapaldi.lnk.to/DivinelyUninspiredToAHellishExtent

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Yearløve is a four-piece Alternative Pop band from Nashville. The members (Logan Chase, Austin Way, Gavin Osbourne, and Kenny Walker) all draw from different musical backgrounds and genres to create a diverse sound on top of the Alternative Rock genre. This is most evident on Yearløve’s current single “I Don’t Miss You”. The song is at heart a love song but one of loss and moving forward after a break up. Lead singer, Kenny Walker reminisces about missing the good feelings with the relationship but not necessarily the person itself. This is all anchored against rumbling guitars, bold drums and some jazz elements strewn about the song in a way where it’s not dated. There are also some electronic sounds heard throughout elevating the track. To learn more on Yearløve and to stream the new single “I Don’t Miss You” then you know what to do, look no further than below.

Stream Yearløve // “I Don’t Miss You” – https://open.spotify.com/track/6sFMFu0Y5zZFBKGvvVcB5I?si=6GgtNHwoQgyGUGPrWGMfIA

Yearløve // Socials –

FB: https://www.facebook.com/Yearlovemusic/

IG: https://www.instagram.com/yearlovemusic/

Website: https://www.yearlovemusic.com

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Crywolf (the boundary pushing music project of Justin Taylor Philips) returns today with the release of “Mabúl [CEPHALOTUS Official Video]” act two in the “WIDOW’ Short Film” Series. Although it’s the first released of three parts, it is the second in the series. “Mabúl ” takes on an overall feeling of helplessness, fear, and anxiety in this evocative and haunting clip. The video although jarring is very cinematic, capturing the overall feeling of gloom. It’s no wonder since Crywolf learned how to breath underwater for four minutes with the help of dive training just for this music video. To learn more on Crywolf and to check out “Mabúl”, act two in the “WIDOW’ Short Film” series then look no further than below.

LISTEN TO THE ‘widow [OBLIVIØN Pt. I]’ Album –

https://ffm.to/widow

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Twitter

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YSSY, is a indie synth pop duo based in Toronto. The duo is comprised of singer-songwriter/producer Elliot Caroll and multi-instrumentalist/producer Simeon Abbott. They released their first single “You Stay I Stay” in January, YSSY debut EP is coming this Summer. The band also started the independent record label and music production company Spruce Sound in 2018.

YSSY have released their follow up single and it’s a gorgeous one. “Sooner” tells a story of realizing how you actually feel about someone and wanting to tell them, yet you don’t know exactly how. YSSR says it’s an almost love song. The track is full of rich harmonies, beautiful melodies, and pulsating retro 80s synths. The lyrics are heartfelt and sweet but not at all saccharine.

“There’s a double meaning to “Sooner” lyrically: you want things to move forward, but when a relationship feels this good, you also wish it could have happened earlier.” – Elliot Caroll

To learn more YSSY and to stream the track “Sooner” look no further than below …

Stream + Download “Sooner” – https://ampl.ink/dNEJQ

YSSY // Socials –

www.yssymusic.com

www.bit.ly/YSSY_YouTube

www.soundcloud.com/yssymusic

www.facebook.com/YSSYmusic

www.instagram.com/yssymusic

www.twitter.com/yssyofficial

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Lewis Capaldi delivers a heart-rendering new single, “Hold Me While You Wait”

Singer-Songwriter Lewis Capaldi is back with another beautifully delivered heartbreak ballad. “Hold Me While You Wait” which is off his upcoming debut album “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent” uniquely captures the aching realization that the one you love is still waiting for someone else to appear. Lewis’ vocals are strong and haunting on the track fully tearing into the emotion that is this song.

“‘Hold Me While You Wait’ is a song I wrote about the uncertainty of being in a relationship when your partner isn’t sure what they want. There’s an impending hopelessness to the whole thing, on both sides, when they’re not sure whether they want to be in that relationship or not, for me it’s one of the most desperate places you can find yourself in.” Lewis says of the track.

Following the major success of his current single Someone You Loved which has amassed over 300 million plays and topped the charts in both Ireland and Scotland. Lewis is headed out on a U.S. tour in June. His debut album “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent” which recorded in London, NYC and Los Angeles will be released on May 17th. To learn more on Lewis Capaldi, stream “Hold Me While You Wait”, and to pre-order his debut. Look no further than below.

Photo credit: Alexandra Gavillet
Photo credit: Alexandra Gavillet

Stream “Hold Me While You Wait”: https://lewiscapaldi.lnk.to/HoldMeWhileYouWait

Pre-Order “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent”: https://lewiscapaldi.lnk.to/lcdutahe

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Seba Kaapstad are a captivating band using their diverse backgrounds as a huge canvas for their music. The latest single “Africa” combines a mix of jazz, soul, hip-hop, and the music of Africa in a swirl of sounds. I chatted with band about music, their current single and upcoming album, creative processes and much more. You can read about it all below …

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Morning Bird or Night Owl?

SEBA KAAPSTAD: Zoe and I for sure Night Owls, on the other hand Manana and Pheel definitely Morning Birds

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What are some of your earliest music memories? It could be as a band or individually.

SEBA KAAPSTAD: As a band there was an initial moment and also our earliest music memory, when we first came upon each other and jammed some tunes together. There was such a beautiful vibe in that room and everybody was left speechless cause we didn’t expect this kind of chemistry at all levels. That was also the beginning of Seba Kaapstad.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: I love the music video for “Africa” how did you guys come up with the concept for the visuals? 

SEBA KAAPSTAD: Thank you very much, I’m glad you like it. Actually the concept for the video was created by Harry Delgas – a friend of mine –  after he listened a to the song a few times. „Africa“ is a song of contemplation and his idea was to capture this by the artists looking at their reflections in the mirror

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Let’s talk about your current single “Africa”. Can you tell me more about the creative and writing process behind it?

SEBA KAAPSTAD: We wrote the song together. Pheel and I created a rough idea for the song and sent it over to Zoe and Manana. They then sat with the beat and just improvised till they knew  what they felt like writing about at that moment. Usually the themes vary depending on what they think needs to be said. There are so many stories they like telling that they try not to limit themselves, whether its love, pain, loss or joy and identity. Africa is a song describing how Africa is a place where people from multiple cultures can call home, no matter what is going on in the continent.

 

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: How do you think having a band with such a diverse background drives your sound?

SEBA KAAPSTAD: With two members from Europe and two from different parts of Southern Africa, we almost had no choice but to experiment. And the result is a combination of African percussion and vocal sounds, combined with European and jazz harmony with hip hop and electronic elements. We as a band have similar tastes in music and what we listen to, but our backgrounds are so different, and you can hear that in our sound.  A sound combining cultures literally on different parts of the world.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Your full length release “Thina” is set be released this May. How has the recording and writing process been for it? 

SEBA KAAPSTAD: We have taken a different approach with this album. The music is more electronic and has a variety of elements that we did not explore in our debut release. However, every song is still a journey on its own. We take our listeners on a trip from the first minute, till the very last second. The writing process of our songs has been challenging at times with us having to navigate being from two continents and making it work. We write in a combination of ways. Often I will come with chords or a beat made by myself and Phil, and after a brief discussion between Zoe and Manana about what they feel the beat feels like, they write. Bouncing ideas off one another until it sounds like a good story to make a song out of. Afterwards Pheel and I will finish the song in our studio. We even do the mixing together.

 

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Dream musical collaboration?

SEBA KAAPSTAD: We hope to get „Sampa the Great“ someday for a collab cause I’m sure her style would fit perfectly to our band sound. Also working with „Anderson .Paak“ would be definitely a big dream. Both artists influenced our sound a lot. But of course there are many more we would like to work with.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Are there any artists that have been “On Repeat” for you as a band lately? What music have you guys been digging?

SEBA KAAPSTAD: There have been many artists „On Repeat“ since we have been working on „Thina“ Right now it’s „H.E.R.“, „Emily King“ or „Oumou Sangbare“ but also Bands like „The Internet“, „Jaga Jazzist“ or „Hiatus Kaiyote“.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What was everyone’s favorite children’s book as a kid?

SEBA: It’s „Der Struwwelpeter“ a book for children from 1844 ZOE: I don’t have one. Instead was being told children’s stories called „Inganekwane“ in sisZulu MANANA: Also don’t have one PHEEL: It’s „Pippi Langstrumpf“ from Astrid Lindgren

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: And what’s next for Seba Kaapstad as band?

SEBA KAAPSTAD: After the Release there will be a small tour in Europe in June and also one in November. So the focus will be on our live setup first. But we’re already writing and producing new music. I think it’s always good to focus on multiple things at the same time to keep the workflow going.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Anything else you guys would like to add? Thank you for your time!

SEBA KAAPSTAD: Thank you too for having us on your blog. We really appreciate your work there!

So that’s that you can stream the new Seba Kaapstad single “Bye” below and forget to subscribe to my emails and like always for the latest and best in music, entertainment and pop culture be sure to stay tuned with The Reclusive Blogger!

Seba Kaapstad // “Bye” – https://soundcloud.com/sebakaapstad/bye

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Brittney x