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Fable – Womb (Spotify)

“Thoroughly absorbing from the beginning to the end, Fable entrances the listener with her bewitching vocals & spellbinding melodies in her new minimal dub-wise single. Womb examines the ebb & flow of the cycles of life with a pulsating beat, epic chorus & poignant lyrics. ”

-Nagamag.com

Brighton singer-songwriter Fable today unveils her brand new single ‘Womb’, out now via Naim Records. The track is the latest offering from her forthcoming debut album and follows in the wake of the trip hop and neo soul blending ‘Orbiting’, which drew praise from the likes of NME, 6Music, CLASH and more.

With its stripped-back dubwise beat and spectral sonics, ‘Womb’ ebbs and flows like the cycles of life it discusses, building from a beguiling verse into a throbbing chorus and a bridge that swarms with headbanging dread. “'Womb' talks about cycles of emotional states, the repetitive highs and lows that I experience throughout the month, and in the end finding the strength to just push forwards with things. The seasons of the female body are often not acknowledged in the structure of our lives and society lacks respect for the trials and tribulations of womanhood,” Fable explains.

“Its meaning is not limited to the Lunar cycles of the female body - we all experience flux - we're not the same molecules we were 7 years ago, and it's about finding a way to ride the waves of constant change. The track was influenced by my love of Dub and sound system culture; my Mum would play Linton Kwesi Johnson through her bump when she was pregnant with me and it's been a comfort ever since,” she adds.

Having built up a reputation as one of the UK's most promising new artists, being lauded by the likes of The Guardian, Mixmag, Q and Rolling Stone, collaborating with Orbital and playing at Glastonbury, the tragic loss of a close friend and resultant burnout and depression led to Fable taking time out from her music career in 2016 to protect her mental health. Four years later, and now an ambassador for mental health charity My Black Dog, Fable is relaunching her sound to the world, with previous single ‘Orbiting’ unveiled in February. Newly-signed to Naim Records, the label wing of the award-winning premium audio brand, she has recorded a debut album of genre-fluid, searingly honest and darkly beautiful music that spans from urgent post punk to introspective electronica, whilst posing questions that are both timely and personal, yet timeless.

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JODOQ – Hunch (Spotify)

“We found a promising work from a new young artist. "Hunch" is not the typical music single, but moves some steps away. By binding Trip-Hop with Classical waves of sound, occurs a mix with dynamic and vibrating progression... surely remarkable and worthy.”

-Nagamag.com

„Hunch“ is about the pain and heartache that comes from desperately craving for someones love and affection, who just can’t quite return these feelings. Attached, unable to get closer or to let go, trapped by your own emotions.

Deep synth-bass, drunk drumbeats and a beautiful string arrangement combined with creative sounddesign and background choirs gently hug JODOQ's voice in a complex but still catchy, dark and dreamy popsong.

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Zurich's JODOQ kicks off his career with a blast. The experts at M4music, which took place last week, are so convinced by his song „Hunch“ that they voted the track the most promising Swiss pop song of the year.

„Hunch“ is about the pain and heartache that comes from desperately craving for someones love and affection, who just can’t quite return these feelings. Attached, unable to get closer or to let go, trapped by your own emotions.

Deep synth-bass, drunk drumbeats and a beautiful string arrangement combined with creative sounddesign and background choirs gently hug JODOQ's voice in a complex but still catchy, dark and dreamy popsong.

JODOQ is the stage name of composer and singer Cédric Joël Ziegler. After studying film music composition at ZHdK, the 25-year-old now finds his way back to his roots as a singer and songwriter with this incredible debut.

Kit Kido – Bonnie & Clyde (Spotify)

“Stringy pace, clearly standing rhythm patterns and bass sound. A strong overall view of depression and melancholy shown by -Bonnie & Clyde- while having some weight of trip-hop sound. A distinct voice with synth sounds create the perfect backdrop for the most discerning listeners.”

“Тягучий темп, отчётливые партии ритм-блока и баса. Характерная общая картина депрессивности и меланхолии лишь выделают -Bonnie & Clyde- из общей массы trip-hop звучания. Приглушённый голос и звуки синтезаторов создают идеальный фон неповторимого настроения для самых искушенных слушателей.”

-Nagamag.com

Kit Kido is a contemporary torch singer that blends lyrical storytelling with digital soundscapes. Noir synth sounds, loops, guitars and a touch of 90s nostalgia create the perfect backdrop for her dystopian love stories. Between the present and the future, Kit Kido finds herself in that thin line where reality meets fantasy.

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Ghost Echo – Late Night (Video)

“Selected low bpm track for your nightime entertainment. “Ghost Echo” unlease their talent in some kind of mysterious Trip-Hop mood with Cinematic touch. Dominating beat and some superb electric guitar chords guide you through an alternate reality.”

-Nagamag.com

Dark triphop track from the debut album of Ghost Echo. Best be described as Cinematic Electro-Prog.

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GaryOAKland – All We’ll Ever Need (Spotify)

“Find the slow pace and extremely simple, but very pleasant arrangement in a single -All We'll Ever Need-. Vocal samples, downtempo rhythms and familiar chill-hop elements, which are steadily and slowly colouring the sound.”

“Медленный темп и максимально простая, но очень приятная аранжировка в сингле -All We'll Ever Need-. Вокальные семплы, ритмика downtempo и знакомые элементы chill-hop, которые размеренно и плавно окрашивают звук. ”

-Nagamag.com

‘All We’ll Ever Need’s lush keys and groovy bassline create a feel good beat, which the Californian producer deftly intersperses with scratches, chopped samples and pitched vocals - providing a unique crossover of lofi hiphop and electronica.

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GaryOAKland is a San Francisco Bay Area music producer, beat maker, and competitive Super Smash Bros. player. Starting in jazz piano, his style has evolved across genres into Lofi beats, Future Funk, and Soulful R&B featuring singer Lee Brave. Follow GaryOAKland on Spotify or on Instagram @gary_oakland

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Amaya – Demons In The Dark (Spotify)

“Taken from Amaya's EP "No Way Back" this song is a representative example of her advanced singing capabilities. Cinematic sound touch full of mystery, with a supernatural approach that is worth exploring.”

-Nagamag.com

This is the third single from Amaya from her EP "No Way Back".

'Demons In The Dark' continues the thematic direction of AMAYA’s debut EP - underscored by dark undercurrents and a sense of urgency, without any clear resolution. Blending classical influences with modern pop but with a darker tone, this new single expresses a sense of hopelessness and trying to find one's way in the darkness.

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Born and raised in Hong Kong, Amaya began playing piano and violin at an early age. Throughout her early career, she advanced her musicology studies by exploring haunting classical compositions. Now based in London, this still inspires her dramatic, cinematic style of songwriting.

Blending orchestral elements with dark pop and electronic influences, Amaya continues to evolve her distinctive and unmistakable sound today.

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Lion Child – Mixing Chemicals (Spotify)

“Not always the debut work of musicians for a long time remain in the memory of us, the audience, but the self-titled album Lion Child once again proves the opposite. Swing, add to their playlists and enjoy.”

“Далеко не всегда дебютные работы музыкантов надолго остаются в памяти нас, слушателей, но одноимённый альбом Lion Child в очередной раз доказывает обратное. Качайте, добавляйте в свои плейлисты и наслаждайтесь.”

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This song is written in metaphor about a man denying his real heart and hiding behind his work and life to avoid the love of his life. Sometimes fear can dictate an unknown path and destiny is never found..

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Three Thieves – Falling Down (Spotify)

“Selected piece in a Trip-Hop mood that can attract almost every listener. Also the singer's silvery voice add a sense of warmness in the cold days of loneliness. Do you see yourself falling down? Take a deep breath and find the hidden way to continue!”

-Nagamag.com

Falling Down ft. Aniah Alves is one of many singles for 2021 born out of the confines of the lockdown. Working remotely with Dutch vocalist Aniah Alves the track features lush pop vocals over heavy melancholic beats.

Three Thieves is a South Wales based production unit consisting of producer and songwriter Thomas Ismangil, featuring guest vocalists from around the world. The Three Thieves signature sound is known for its use of melodic pop vocals over beat based songs, with influences from classic era hip hop, house, drum and bass and garage.

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Fable – Orbiting (Spotify)

“Sit back and relax with Fable-Orbiting. Let the calm singer's voice clean your mind together with a slow beat and rich percussion atmosphere.”

-Nagamag.com

Fable kicks off her 2021 with brand new single ‘Orbiting’, out today via Naim Records. This latest offering, which premiered on Chris Hawkins’ BBC 6 Music show yesterday, continues the Brighton-based singer-songwriter’s much anticipated return and sets the tone for her forthcoming debut album, due later this year.

A hauntingly stark, yet hopeful track that blends elements of trip hop and neo soul, ‘Orbiting’ laments the outward disconnection and isolation of our modern society; Fable’s exquisite vocals sliding over a traipsing beat and eerily beautiful soundscape.

“Orbiting is quite literally and metaphorically, an observation of the earth from far away. It takes a great big step back and sees that everything is intertwined on this little marble hurtling through infinite space. In a world that's more connected than ever digitally, I can't help but feel we have been segregated in every other sense.

Aside from the obvious isolation the pandemic has brought us, I wanted to highlight the breaking down of our communities, the ever polarizing and distilling bubbles of opinion thanks to the algorithm, and our society’s alienation from any kind of humane purpose. It's very much open to interpretation but I hope it resonates on many levels, and leads with a message of love and unity,” Fable explains.

Having built up a reputation as one of the UK's most promising new artists, being lauded by the likes of The Guardian, Mixmag, Q and Rolling Stone, collaborating with Orbital and playing at Glastonbury, the tragic loss of a close friend and resultant burnout and depression led to Fable taking time out from her music career in 2016 to protect her mental health. Four years later, and now an ambassador for mental health charity My Black Dog, Fable is relaunching her sound to the world, with previous single ‘Thirsty’ unveiled in October. Newly-signed to Naim Records, the label wing of the award-winning premium audio brand, she has recorded a debut album of genre-fluid, searingly honest and darkly beautiful music that spans from urgent post punk to introspective electronica, whilst posing questions that are both timely and personal, yet timeless.

www.instagram.com/whoisfable/

ABOUT FABLE

What happens when a rising star suddenly cuts to black? Disappears from view not with the traditional, time-honoured arc of ascent and descent, but an instantaneous, seemingly-unexplained and voluntary vanishing?

The strange case of Fable is one such story. Holly Cosgrove was still in her teens when she started turning heads. Born and raised in the pretty Devon resort of Paignton, the daughter of a Glaswegian forklift truck driver, she moved to Brighton in her late teens, reinventing herself as the dark electro-rock entity Fable. An EP created in collaboration with Archive, the huge-in-Europe trip-hop/post-rock outfit, highlighted her powerful, portentous voice and immediately seized the attention. Her early live shows sealed the deal, wowing an intimate crowd at The Great Escape festival and supporting alt rock legends The Cult at their Manchester, Bristol and Brixton Academy shows. Holly was then headhunted by Paul Hartnoll of Orbital to guest on his 8.58 project, with whom she also appeared live, including a slot at Kendal Calling, and performed at Glastonbury in her own right.

Word was spreading fast, and critics were enraptured. The Guardian praised her “brooding cinematic electronica”. Q compared her to “Beth Orton swapping her six string for synthesisers while exploring her darker, more dangerous impulses”. Rolling Stone called her “independent, strong and mysterious”, and Mixmag was bowled over by her “ridiculous quality vocal”. Line Of Best Fit, Popjustice, Clash and CMU also heaped on the hallelujahs, and none other than Gary Numan was moved to rave “What a find”. The buzz around Fable was building to a rumble of breaking thunder. But, for reasons tainted with tragedy, the expected lightning-flash crescendo never came.

In early 2016 Holly lost a close friend, with whom she had previously been romantically involved, to suicide. “She was 23 when she’d had enough. I saw a frightened girl dangling above dangerous narratives, medicated up to the eyeballs, drowned by the internet’s toxicity and hung out to dry in underfunded institutions. I got very swept up in that relationship, trying to stabilise it. She went downhill, she was being sectioned every other month, and I was on the phone a lot trying to help her with that. She decided to cut ties with people who were trying to help her and keep her on a level. And she left.”

For Holly, life changed forever. “I remember that week being a real milestone that changed my perception of what's important.” One result of the aftermath of her friend's suicide was that Holly has become an ambassador for the mental health charity My Black Dog. “It's similar to The Samaritans, but the people you can call at the other end have been there, at the end of their tether. If she had had that,” Holly reflects, “a friendly stranger would have been so beneficial.”

As an artist, Fable's voice was stilled by the trauma. “When you sing, it's like a window to your soul. It's an instrument that shows all your emotions. And you can't hide anything in that. And when all that happened, I couldn't embody the thing that I wanted to embody, because I was so sad. I needed to leave it for a minute, before I ruined it for myself.”

The career which began with such stellar promise suddenly unbegan. Fable became Holly again, took herself out of Brighton, out of music, and submerged herself in regular jobs and anonymous normality. She watched quietly from the shadows while other female artists, from Christine And The Queens to Billie Eilish, rose to prominence by exploring gender-fluid identities and moody electronica. In the wake of the tragedy in her personal life, reconnecting with her artistic muse took time. “The whole thing was just so dramatically sad it forced me to take a break and do some digging in my soul garden. A few years later, my creativity came up with the flowers.”

At 24, still younger than half this year's hotly-hyped newcomers, Fable is pressing the un-pause button and ready to (re)launch. Newly-signed to Naim Records, the label wing of a prestigious high-end audiophile equipment company, she's been working with Jonas Persson, the Swedish producer whose CV includes collaborations with Justice, John-Paul Jones and post-punk legends Jah Wobble.She's justifiably proud of the new material. “It's the most truthful writing I've ever done. It's much more reflective of who I really am.”

The first fruit of Fable Mk II is lead single “Thirsty”, a melodramatic, Medusa-haired, dragon-breathed barnstormer which is already being hailed by those who have heard it as the most extraordinary thing she has released to date. “The song,” she says, “is about taking the beauty of life for granted and how over time we write things off as mundane because they’re a constant, like the sky’s always there, but actually it's a weird miracle that we even exist under it.” The stealthy, Portishead-inflected “Womb” is another standout track. “That song's about flux, cycles and change,” she explains, “moving on to the next thing out of necessity, the constant death and rebirth of your mind and your body, before we have time to analyse who we are, we’ve already changed.”

In a world of shrinking attention spans and incessant noise and chatter, Fable is defying the received logic that modern listeners can only handle music in tiny bites. “I’m going old school and releasing an album,” she proudly states. “I think people can concentrate for more than two minutes, even young people. I like pressing Play on an album, walking away, and getting on with something, while my ears are totally transported for 45 minutes.”

The versatility of the Cosgrove-Persson collaboration is demonstrated by “Unequal”, a minimal avant-R&B schaffel reminiscent of Janelle Monae meets Goldfrapp. “That's a bit of a wild card. The intention was to create this mechanical marching that quickens your heart rate, and then flood it with sharply-delivered lyrics about humanity being organised by algorithms, globalisation, and my own fears about powerful systems. The chorus is an attempt to remember the simplicity of life before the age of information.”

“The energetic party head in me,” she says, “wanted to write banger after banger”, but Holly worked to suppress that tendency in the interests of preserving unity of tone. That impulse, however, is expressed here in the thumping “5am”. But it isn't a simple hedonistic excursion. “'5am' is a bit of nervous neurosis. It's a frustrated song, it’s about having trouble sleeping, so the music needed to be driving and restless.” The turbulent “Swarm” began one grey-skied Welsh morning, listening to Radiohead and strumming the same two chords for an hour. “Then ‘Where do I end, where does the world begin?’ was scrawled in my notepad. It’s making a stab at a difficult subject. What is I? These are the things that go through your mind when you start self-isolation, before the pandemic’s even begun.”

These themes – the Generation Z worldview, wrestling with the question of what it even means to be alive when the seemingly limitless aspirations of your childhood have been betrayed by the reality of a data-dictated, ecologically-uncertain present – dominate the album. “It's harder to be human now,” Holly believes, “or more complicated than it has ever been. I’ve seen so many young people just spinning in information, feeling like they have all the knowledge but none of the power. I think I’m here to say 'Look, keep it simple, fuck all of this hype, delete your social media, empower your own experience, compare notes with your child self. What would they think? Being happy doesn’t make you ignorant to the world's problems. Love yourself and the everyday shit. It's all here.”

It's all here. Fable is rising above the horizon once again. This time, the stars are aligned.

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