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Creative New Music Friday: 27/01

January 2022
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It's that time of the week! Here are five of the very best artworks for this week's Creative New Music Friday including credits for all the creators involved.

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1. Anaïs Mitchell - Anaïs Mitchell

After her Broadway success with Hadestown, the indie-folk artist returns with a set of lowkey but polished, melodic gems, boasting sharp lyrics and striking emotional gear-changes. ​​Anaïs' self-titled album, her first collection of new material released under her own name in a decade, is out today.

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2 Highasakite - Mother

Highasakite is an indie pop and indie rock band originating from Norway, the band was formed when vocalist and songwriter Ingrid Helene Havik met drummer Trond Bersu whilst studying jazz at the Trondheim Jazz Conservatory. These Norwegians follow in the footsteps of earlier Scandinavians from Aha to Roxette with a massive, stadium-leaning sound.

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3. Spaceface – Anemoia

Spaceface’s upcoming full-length, Anemoia, is the result of several months spent writing new material, inspired by funk-rock classics, as well as the turn of the millennium psychedelia revival. Though it can first be perceived as a simple feat of efficient and minimalistic songwriting, the results of slick melodies, rich arrangements and groovy rhythms flow effortlessly. Each new spin reveals a new layer, until it is painted a positive, if somewhat critical, portrayal of modern life.

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4. Maverick Sabre – Don’t Forget to Look Up

The follow up to 2019’s When I Wake Up, the introspective 12-track release was conceived in lockdown and sees Maverick examine and unpick love in its various iterations. Traversing recollections of previous relationships to examining the societal pressures placed on couples, Don’t Forget To Look Up is both intimate and inquisitive at the same time.

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5. Elena Setién – Unfamiliar Minds

Basque artist Elena Setién shapes the ethereal into immediate on the stunningly pristine songs of Unfamiliar Minds. Her command of melody and resolute voice are complemented by lush arrangements that surround the listener in a world of intimate beauty. On Unfamiliar Minds, Setién reflects on isolation, confusion and harnesses uncertainty with optimism on ten ghostly wonders that capture ineffable feelings in radiant detail.