‘Mirrors & Windows’ – new single from Helen Perris

Beautiful, lilting and lush, the new single from Helen Perris is a brightly wrapped pop song but with a darker core. ‘Mirrors & Windows’ takes the subject of depression and loneliness and addresses those feelings with subtle depth. However, by focusing also on the silly foibles of the human condition, Perris is also happy to laugh at the things we do to keep ourselves going.

It’s an interesting mix, something of a difficult subject matter blended with a pure pop sound, and it makes for a touchingly original song. Ordinarily, such deep themes matched by the tone (hello Damien Rice), but this is a little different and it sets it apart.

Keep an eye on Helen Perris, a talented Australian songwriter with great potential.

‘From Me To You’ Beatles cover by Jess Thristan – single out November 27th

It’s a relatively common trope now (particularly in the run up to Christmas) to take an upbeat song by a classic band and slow it down for maximum emotional impact. That’s exactly the case for this classy take on The Beatles’ ‘From Me to You’, and thankfully this is one of the best demonstrations of that method you’ll find.

Opting for a slow build and starting with simple piano and vocal, the arrangement builds towards the end to great effect. Adding layers throughout, the song has a natural crescendo which isn’t there in the original, which in comparison stays at one level throughout. Here though, there’s an ebb and flow, thanks to the extra space the song as a whole has to breathe.

Of course, you can’t possibly say this is an improvement on the original. It’s a classic for a reason. But this is a different beast which just happens to have the same lyrics, chord and melody, and it’s all the better for it.

Philip Murray Warson is ‘The Last of the Hunted’ on new EP

A specialist in lilting acoustic folk, Philip Murray Warson is a very exciting songwriter. At only 25 he’s a seasoned performer, and it shows in the maturity of his lyrics and melodies. There’s a scale, between being completely forgettable and going over the top on the cheese in trying to create something catchy. Warson does a great job of walking that line.

His new EP, ‘Last of the Hunted’, is out now on Bandcamp. Arguably more of a double A single, the EP comprises two top quality tracks of beautiful folk. One darker than the other, both lovely and laid back while delivering emotional wallop.