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Tales of Love and Hope: The Purple Shoes set to release Indie-Folk triumph

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The Purple Shoes bring an exciting twist to modern folk music with their new album ‘Small Town Fairytales’, blending the classic styles of 60s cult favourites such as Fleetwood Mac and Simon and Garfunkel with multi-textured melodies, captivating harmonies and honest, thoughtful storytelling to create an accessible, dreamy musical experience.

The group are based in South East England and consist of singer Marie Dance, singer and guitarist Michael Bickers, double-bassist Richard Dadson and drummer Theseus Gerard. After three years of travelling Thailand and acquiring a range of half finished tracks, Marie came together with Michael in Shoreham-by-Sea before travelling the UK and Ireland, honing their onstage craft and capturing the hearts of fans across the country.

‘Small Town Fairytales’ is due to be released on 18th June, consists of 12 songs written over the past two years and tells the stories of life and love through local characters that we can all recognise in our own lives. They’re not afraid to explore different styles creating a track list containing something for everyone. You can listen to the title track on Soundcloud and check out our thoughts on the rest of the album below.

Track List:

  1. Strange
  2. Good Morning (Is It Over?)
  3. Heartbreaker
  4. Small Town Fairy Tale
  5. Rain Has Gone
  6. Angel Shoes
  7. Melody’s Eyes
  8. I See You
  9. He Holds On
  10. Santa Cruz
  11. Born to Play
  12. Ophelia

The album kicks off with ‘Strange’, a funky, modern folk track which explores embracing differences and irregular thinking. The catchy melody, addictive riffs and fun blend of powerful vocals, folk-style rap and spoken word makes this track a true earworm and creates high expectation for the rest of the album. This then blends into feel good hit ‘Good Morning (Is It Over?’) which we could imagine going down an absolute storm at a live show.

Next we have the mellow, smooth track ‘Heartbreaker’ which shows a more vulnerable and emotional side to their songwriting. The blend of gorgeous harmonies and toe-tapping percussion makes this track perfect for your chill-out playlist and showcases that The Purple Shoes can, and will, tackle any style.

The laid-back folk vibe continues into title track ‘Small Town Fairy Tale’ which reminded us of modern indie folk favourites The Mountain Goats and Passenger. The ‘Rain Has Gone’ brings a message of hope and finding the way to the other side of your struggles while ‘Angel Shoes’ explores the process and importance of finding yourself through travel, perhaps inspired by Marie’s own travels through Thailand.

Track seven is ‘Melody’s Eyes’, another indie-folk earworm which blends seamlessly into ‘I See You’, telling the story of initiating a friendship with a lonely stranger through sharing life stories.

Arguably the most relatable track to our current climate is ‘He Holds On’ which follows the story of a girl who feels lost and is unsure of what to do with herself but gains comfort in others, highlighting the importance of supporting those close to you through hard times.

Coming towards the end of the album, we have ‘Santa Cruz’ which features melodic acoustic guitar and ‘Born To Play’ which shares experiences of discovering what you were born to do.

Finally, we have ‘Ophelia’ which has a comforting seaside sound and features rich harmonies and acoustics that create a warm feel, nicely drawing the album to a close.

As a whole, ‘Small Town Fairytales’ spoke to us due to it’s unique stories, messages of hope and collection of life-lessons that all of us can relate to or learn from, creating an indie-folk triumph that will allow you to unwind and remember what made you initially fall in love with music.

Make sure to follow The Purple Shoes on Social Media to be the first to dive into their must listen collection of fairytales as soon as it’s released:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepurpleshoes

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thepurpleshoes/

Website: https://thepurpleshoes.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCED8GGtys_64zXbxD4q8WOQ

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No1 Showcase: The Art Of David Hicks

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David Hicks is a photographer who is just as interested in the behind-the-scenes stories as he is in the stories themselves. A true photojournalist, Hicks aims to capture every aspect of waking life.

Whether that be everyday activities on the streets of Cuba to the passionate and dynamic tango culture in Buenos Aries, Hicks will be there to experience it and share it. He says of his tango collection: “The Tango, a now-popular dance between a man and a woman, started in its current form in the mid-1800s, after a massive migration to Argentina, mostly by men. Because men outnumbered women by quite some number, the only way for a man to get close to a woman was via a brothel or by dance. The men practiced together, as you’d have to be a great dancer to get a woman’s attention. So, this very sexual dance you see now was born out of the reality for men in those old days. Nowadays, you see it performed often, usually on the street corners of Buenos Aires, with live musicians or a pre-recorded soundtrack, and they do it for the tips!”

Follow David’s work down below:  HiXposure (@hixposure) / Twitter  HiXposure | Facebook HiXposure Photography (@hixposure) • Instagram photos and videos

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No1 News: The Mad Game Embark On Their Latest Rage Against The Machine

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It can always be a struggle when you music possesses such a crucial and pertinent message and yet you’re blocked by the damning limitations of ‘going under the radar’ – electronic animated anarchists ‘The Mad Game’ know this all too well.

The band’s debut EP, ‘Player One’, is a righteous middle finger to what they describe as ‘The Mad Game’ – the absurdities in society that have been integrated as the status quo – after tangling with governments, security services and local mafia. Their message of outrage and vitriol is a potent one found across the EPs five tracks – a mere morsel of their true potential – and is certainly enough to make listeners pay attention.

The trio’s soundscape is an eclectic one: the righteous indignation of the best punk music married beautifully to the jarring and skittish landscapes of the best electronica. The lead track, ‘Game Over ‘, in particular makes a phenomenal first impression to the animated anarchists with members Sonu, Karla and Sonya giving their respective inputs to this chilling three-pronged attack. What these newcomers nail best is their sincerity.

It’s hard to take such a venomous assault from someone you don’t genuinely believe has lived through the horrors that they detail – The Mad Game give off no such illusion. What you hear is authentic and those unaware of the band’s craft will soon learn to such things. It makes for a truly gripping and inspiring experience.

This is not a project that anyone should overlook regardless of their tastes; thoughtful, well crafted and genuine music. Not something 2021 receives in surplus.

Follow The Mad Game below: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MadGameOfficial Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madgameofficial/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/25Aqc6ubzXLDlNUw6qYV35 Bandcamp: https://madgameofficial.bandcamp.com/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUhBz3vBndOL6fV__qTn-qQ

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No1 Finds: Tunetables – A Stylish Solution To Music Storage

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“The Tunetables idea was borne,” says Rob Chappelhow, the man behind a range of ingenious new storage solutions, “out of a personal desire to have my music collection around me once again.”

That’s something all of us record-collector’s can empathise with. Now, I’ve banged on before about how, for many of us, digital streaming doesn’t cut it. Streaming services are great, but for a large number of us hard-core music fans, we want something we can hold in our sweaty hands, right? But, once you have all those lovely records, where do you put them?

Flat-pack shelving is fine, but it’s hardly inspiring. That’s where the Tunetables range comes into its own. More words from Rob Chappelhow, who explains that the idea came to him during a visit to  the Joe Strummer Archive exhibition in the basement of Fred Perry’s flagship store in Covent Garden – “Set out under an acrylic plinth was Strummer’s personal tape cassette collection…his musical heritage and inspiration perfectly showcased.”

It was totally spellbinding. I soon started to conceptualise how I could create my own version of this…a personal time capsule of life-affirming music. I wanted something that could be inherently useful, something that I would see and use every day, and that would be a talking point for like-minded music enthusiasts.”

And lo! Tunetables was born… What Chappelhow has done is to take brand new music-equipment flight-cases (the type we are well-used to seeing lugged around by roadies and musicians) and turn them into hand-crafted storage solutions for your CDs, tapes and vinyl. It’s a wonderful idea and, most importantly, they look great. As mentioned, each case is built by hand, and can be personalised with your own initials (or whatever you fancy). Storage ranges from 100 – 500 for CDs, 30 – 60 for tapes, and 75 for vinyl. That’s not a bad amount at all. I can see a lot of people going for this, from pro and semi-pro musicians to plain music-lovers such as myself. This is modern design with an old-school aesthetic. Check them out for yourself!

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