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Video Interview: Josh Savage

We jumped on a boat in London and had a chat about "Ghosts", setbacks and more.

7 Songs: Savannah Outen

The talented Savannah talks us through seven songs and seven emotions.

Video Interview: Rhys Lewis

Check out this little chat about polaroids, important messages in songs and more.

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7 songs: Chris Stringer



Hey guys!

Today we've got the third post in our "7 songs" series and I'm so excited about it.

Without really noticing, this series is becoming one of my new favourites,
because we get to celebrate our emotions but also get to learn more about the songs other people decide to pick.

There's not a day where I don't find myself talking about music to at least one person - and I feel like this feature allows me to share these chats in a way that is quite intimate.

So, let's see who's picking songs today, yeah?


Chris Stringer is a singer/songwriter originally from Swansea, UK - now based in London.

Influenced by acts such as Bruce Springsteen and Fleetwood Mac, his love for Folk, Rock & 80s Pop was shaped by some of the best.

Chris' own sound could be described as Alternative Country which ties in Folk elements.

He has shared the stage with Nizlopi, Luke Concannon, The Blanks and more.
Chris has easily built himself a loyal fanbase with his unique, yet comforting and exciting sound.

You can now catch him with his new band, The Rocketeers.

Live dates:
3rd September 2017 - Palmers Green Festival, London (UK)
16th September 2017 - Stoke Newington Green, London (UK)
30th October 2017 - Stringer Things (Halloween Show) at Gullivers, Manchester (UK)


Alright, let's see what songs Chris has chosen to share with us!
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1) a song which makes you dance
"Us VS Them" by LCD Soundsystem

I am... not a good dancer.
Don't get me wrong; if I'm at a funk & soul event, I'll be cutting some serious shapes. This track, however, gets me moving whenever I hear it. Brushing my teeth, cooking dinner, whatever - I'll be bopping around. It's SO good. The build up, and the payoff. SO GOOD.


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2) a song that calms you down

"T.R.O.Y" by Pete Rock & CL Smooth

This song has such a great feel to it.
It's relaxing, it's got a sick sample, and the lyrics are incredible - listen to/read them, the story is incredible. No matter what kind of mood I'm in, or where I'm at inside my head, this song never fails to bring me to a good level.


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3) a song with a deep meaning
"Hurricane J" by The Hold Steady


I had a not so great time a few years back, around 2010.
This song arrived at a turning point in my life, and I will always associate it with that. I jokingly say it saved my life, but in all honesty - that's probably not too far from the truth. I joined the message board and made a lot of wonderful friends through the mutual love of this band, and the release of this song/album culminated in a London show that saw members of The Unified Scene from across the globe; if this didn't save my life, it certainly changed it.


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4) a song which makes you feel nostalgic
"Pure Shores" by All Saints


I make no secret of my love for this song. 

It's perfect.
This was a huge track from my childhood, and due to it's genre I guess it kind of got forgotten in my formative years. But nowadays I will champion this song at every opportunity, and I would it's one of the best modern pop songs ever written.


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5) a song which has accompanied you for a while
"Life During Wartime" by Talking Heads


I wanted to choose this track because, while it has only been with me about ten years, it's always there; above my desk I have a poster with the words "This ain't no party / This ain't no disco".
The lyrics tell a brilliant story and in the song I guess they're used to describe how difficult the conditions the character is in, but contrastingly those two lines can be applied to any situation where you just need to get on with it.


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6) a song from your favourite genre
"Entombed" by Deftones


I find it almost impossible to pick a favourite genre.
One because my 'favourites' shift so frequently, and two because genres shift so frequently. I guess my favourite sound is a blend of big, melodic guitar sounds with a mix of both gentle and soaring vocals; this Deftones track really matches the kind of balance I love - and is, for me, an example of Deftones at their best.


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7) a song by an artist / a band which has surprised you
"Seasons" by Future Islands


I don't think there was anyone who wasn't surprised by this track, particularly it's now-iconic introductory performance on Letterman.
Samuel T Herring is a force of nature. This surprised me on one front because of the performance (seriously, just WATCH IT) but also because it was different to what I'd usually listen to. I have an eclectic taste in music but generally pretty 'safe', and this was crazy. They are straight up one of the best bands I've ever seen live, too.


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And now that you've listened to Chris' selection, 
make sure you also check out his music.

Listen to "The Bridge" below:




Chris Stringer online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram



More 7 Songs: Savannah Outen | Vanessa from HITS



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Credits // Words Intro: Vanessa Jertschewske | Words 7 Songs & Image: Chris Stringer

Song Of The Day: "Be Your Man" by Rhys Lewis



Hey guys!

When you're writing about a song, you're most likely to have that song on repeat throughout the entire process of writing about it.

At least that's how I like to handle it, whilst I work on reviews.

And honestly - that's how you find out whether you like a song or not - because listening to the same track over and over again, can get on your nerves. I'm sure you all know what I mean.

But fortuantely, today's song did not get on my nerves - at all.

So please let me present you our SOTD.


- Song Of The Day -
"Be Your Man" by Rhys Lewis


Rhys Lewis is a singer/songwriter based in London, UK.

His sound is going to make every classic Soul lover's heart beat - combining Soul with elements of Folk, Rock and Blues, Rhys has quickly created a signature sound which will draw your attention to his work.

Spending most of the past year in studios in London, Nashville, Stockholm, Los Angeles, Berlin and Isle Of Wight, the young musician has been writing and recording songs for his upcoming debut album.
His debut single "Waking Up Without You" hit #1 on Spotify's Viral Chart and reached 170 000 streams within two weeks.

Follow-up single "Living In The City" was just as strong and has now been streamed over 1.3 million times - a statement which probably speaks for itself.

His third single "I Know The Feeling" was written for a friend who was going through a tough time. The song and its music video adddress the importance of men's mental health.

To catch one of his upcoming Europe and UK shows, make sure to click here for the dates.


And just last week Rhys released his newest track, "Be Your Man" - a powerful ballad.



"Be Your Man" starts off with a beautiful, yet fragile piano melody, which already lets you know this song is going to be an emotional one.

It's the personal and honest storytelling, that makes you feel like you've experienced the heartbreak yourself. The words sound relatable and grab your attention from the very first line until the very last.

Rhys' voice guides you through the song and you can almost feel the pain, as if you were the one experiencing it. It's raw, it's honest but still oh so soulful.

Whilst listening to the track, you can easily overlook the minimalistic arrangements, due to the song being so powerful and gripping - but the simplicity, of just the piano and the vocals, is what creates such vulnerable atmosphere.

The song ends with the same melody it started with and leaves you in an emotional, yet enjoyable state.

Once again Rhys Lewis proves that he's a talented songwriter who can transport feelings through his music.


Listen to "Be Your Man" below:




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More of Rhys Lewis on house in the sand: Video Interivew | Song Title Challenge



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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: via Rhys Lewis

Behind The Song: "Diamond Sky" by Oliver Daldry



Hey guys!

Every now and then, you'll find a song that immediately resonates with you.
It might take a while for you to figure out why, but you just feel connected to the words and the melody.

I've recently had that little moment and I'm very happy that I get to share the song - and more details about it - with you today.

Our little "Behind The Song" feature is one of my personal favourites, because we all get to learn more about the creative process behind amazing songs.

So without further ado, let's find out more about one of my new favourite songs.


- Behind The Song -
"Diamond Sky" by Oliver Daldry


Oliver Daldry is a singer/songwriter from the UK.

His sound classifies as Indie-Folk and has its main focus on acoustic guitar elements and lyrics.

Oliver started making music at the age of 14, spent a lot of time gigiging around the UK and has released his debut album, "The Boy Who Fell", at the age of 18.
The album charted at number 40 of the UK iTunes charts and has had multiple songs featured on TV programmes in the UK.

In 2015, Oliver released the "After Dark" EP, after spending time to develop his sound. The direction of that EP was darker and more ambient, but still managed to focus on lyrics.

July 2017 has seen the release of the musician's second album, "Judas Gap", which glows because of its mature sound.

We got Oliver to chat about one of the songs featured on the album, so check out his words below as he talks us through the meaning and the writing process of "Diamond Sky":

"I'd like to be a little bit vague here, partly because it's a very personal song, but I also think the element of ambiguity when listening to a new song, which allows each listerner the ability to assign their own meaning to the music and lyrics, is one of my favourite aspects of songwriting.

So with that in mind, I'll tell you the core emotions at the heart of the song, but I will try not to go into masses of detail:
"Diamond Sky", to me, is a song about my inability to deal with my own emotions. It is a description of a fight caused by my failed attempts to wrestle my own mind into submission and it also tries to describe the angst and paralysis that comes along with losing control of yourself.
At first, it seems to be quite a sad song, but I like to think that it does contain a resolution - that resolution being the comfort found in love and family.

The lyrics "Diamond Sky" refers to Bob Dylan's "Mr Tambourine Man" ("dance beneath a diamond sky with one hand waving free").
And this is because my parents used to play Bob Dylan a huge amount when I was younger, and as a result, not only am I a massive fan, but I find certain albums of his very calming, hence the line "nothing but a diamond sky will bring me peace" - in the state I am describing myself, nothing but listening to Bob Dylan will calm me down.

I write all of my songs in the kitchen at my home. I spend a lot of my time doing this and so it has become such a normal thing to me, that I forget how that might sound odd to someone else.
As with all of my songs, "Diamond Sky" was also written to completion in the kitchen.

The bulk of the song was written within a few hours, but for about a month I periodically revisited it, attempting to refine it as much as I could. The recording process was a little bit painful for me - I had the guitar and vocals for "Diamond Sky" recorded within a few days, and the guitar and vocals for the whole album recorded within a few weeks, but the rest of the production and mixing for all of the tracks took the best part of 10 months.

I've always been determined to eventually be capable of producing and mixing my own music, but it has been a long and arduous process and I still don't think I'm near the end yet. Why exactly "Diamond Sky", along with the other 7 tracks on the album, took 10 months just to produce and mix, is hard to say, but put as candidly as possible, it was mostly due to indecision and lack of experience.

After spending a huge amount of time working and reworking the tracks, I eventually sought the help of Joseph Mccann to mix the project. Joe has previously worked on releases from the likes of Everything Everything, Tom Odell and Ben Howard, so his experienced helped a lot. I was very grateful to him and I think he did a great job.

Compared to the material I have online, "Diamond Sky" and the whole of the new album in general, is quite different in style. It's much less ambient than my previous EP and focusses mainly on the lyrics and stories in the songs. All my work has always been lyric led, but I feel that you're able to focus more on the lyrics with this album as a result of the production being much simpler."


Watch the lyric video for "Diamond Sky" below:




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Credits // Text Intro: Vanessa Jertschewske | Quoted Text: Oliver Daldry | Image: Josh Redman

Video Interview: Josh Savage



Hey guys!

I think I've said it before, but I just really love the fact, that I get to decide which artists I want to work with.
Running this website on my own means that I have full control over the decisions.

That also means I get to choose which artists I want to interview, and which artists I don't want to interview.

I'd like to think that leads to more enjoyable interviews for everyone; the artists, the viewers and myself.

The most recent interview I filmed, was one enjoyable adventure.

After getting stopped by security for filming at Granary Square in London,
we had to find another spot - and so Josh Savage and myself ended up on a boat, which was also a book shop.
So if you're in London - make sure to find the "Word on the Water" boat and have a little look around, they also host little gigs on there!

Alright, now that I've set the scene for you, please let me introduce you to Josh.


Josh Savage is a self-managed and independent musician, originally from Winchester, UK - now based in London.

His sound can be described as Indie-Folk with Acoustic elements in it. You'll often find beautiful string arrangements in his songs.
So far, Josh independently released three EPs; "Mountains in Hurricanes", "Spaces" and "Quatre Épines" - the last one showcasing Josh's French roots. 

In 2015, Josh played 79 shows with Sofar Sounds - all across America and Europe, in just 5 months. You can stream the documentary made on the road on Vimeo -> "Living Room Tour".

His single "Whisper In The Snow" ft. Alice Pearl was played on Dermot O'Leary's BBC Radio 2 show by Jo Whiley and has been streamed over 260.000 times on Spotify.

Earlier this month Josh released his latest single "Ghosts" and blew us all away with it.
(Check out this exclusive acoustic performance!)

And soon Josh will be heading off on tour again - you can find out where to in the interview.


So after we climbed onto the Word on the Water boat in London, we had a little chat about "Ghosts", writing and singing in French, dealing with set backs and a lot more.

(Stay tuned until the end for some outtakes.)




Mega thanks to Josh for being such fun to film and hang out with.

And a huge thank you to James who let us film on the boat- he's possibly the coolest guy in London!



Listen to "Ghosts" below:




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Credits // Words, Image & Video: Vanessa Jertschewske

Release Of The Day: "Breathe Out Breathe In" by Cecilia Ebba



Hey guys!

It's the first day of this Summer, that I'm actually cold.
It's a super rainy and windy August day over here and it genuinely feels like Autumn - and for some reason I'm super happy about it.
As soon as I got home, I made a little playlist of songs for a cozy afternoon - and that got me thinking.

Isn't it magical how we have music for different moods and also for the weather?
When it's warm and sunny, we tend to listen to upbeat tracks.

And on a rainy day like this, our playlists get a little bit darker.
Kind of like the clouds.

Today sees the release of a track that couldn't be any better for this weather.
Make sure to check it out - even if it's sunny where you live.


- Release Of The Day -
"Breathe Out Breathe In" by Cecilia Ebba


Cecilia Ebba is a singer/songwriter, orginally from Northern Sweden, but now based in London, UK.

Her sound mixes a lot of elements and has found her own Alternative Folk signature.
Cecilia started her solo project in her bedroom studio last year and released her debut single "Sweet Summer Wine" in June 2017.

And today she graces us with another track, and we're loving it!

"Breathe Out Breathe In" greets you with a charming, yet dark finger-picked acoustic guitar.
Soon Cecilia's hauntingly beautiful vocals breathe life into the song, creating a mysterious atmosphere.

The softly howling e-guitar soon joins the party and underlines the mystery in such complementary way.

Cleverly timed percussions and powerful drumbeats complete the puzzle of elements and reveal a stunning song for rainy days and dark nights.

It's the dark feeling of the song which soaks you in immediately and doesn't let go of your attention.

This one leaves us wanting more!
We can't wait to hear what's next from Cecilia!


Listen to "Breathe Out Breathe In" below:




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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: Cecilia Ebba

Song Of The Day: "Waking Up Slow" by Gabrielle Aplin



Hey guys!

Some artists take their listeners along on their musical journey and allow everyone to see their developments and changes throughout the years.

To me, those artists are the most exciting ones.
We all grow, our tastes all change - and to see how those happenings affect an artist creatively, is just super interested.

One lady which had us convinced since day 1 - is Gabrielle Aplin.
If you've been following her for a little while, you will have noticed the ever-evolving creative process - and how she's remained original and refreshing the entire time.

She's now here with a new track and we're super excited for you to hear it.


- Song Of The Day -
"Waking Up Slow" by Gabrielle Aplin


Gabrielle Aplin is a singer/songwriter based in Brighton, UK originally hailing in from Bath, UK.

Her music is heavily inspired by the Laurel Canyon music area and combines the beauty of folk with the vibes of  pop and hints of rock every now and again.
After uploading covers and originals on YouTube, the British musician founded her own label Never Fade Records to release her first few EPs.

Later she signed with Parlophone Records and released her debut album "English Rain" in 2013, which is now certified Gold in the UK.
Her second album "Light Up The Dark" presented a more mature and confident sound, whilst still sounding very much like Gabrielle. 

Whilst touring the world, the musician is also hosting the Never Fade Sessions in London, where Gabrielle gives independent artists the chance to perform in an intimate and friendly setting.
house in the sand favourites such as Robbie Cavanagh and Martin Luke Brown have played the Never Fade Sessions before.

Last year, Gabrielle released a four-track EP called "Miss You" and surprised her fans with a Pop sound, but still remained what she's cherished for and kept her stunning singer/songwriter roots alive.


And now she's back with an upcoming EP, "Avalon".
Today marks the release of its first single, "Waking Up Slow".

(In addition to the EP, Gabrielle is heading on tour through the USA and UK soon,
find dates and tickets here.)


"Waking Up Slow" takes you on an exciting ride through atmospheres.
The beginning of the track unfolds a very mystic, mysterious feeling, which stays throughout the song, but is slightly over-shadowed by the danceable and uptempo beat.

There's something magical, fairy-like about Gabrielle's sound which just stands out and lets you know it's her. Paired with her stunning vocals and writing skills, we have no doubts in the success of this track.

A lot of her previous songs are soundtracks for those heartbroken phases, we all go through at some point.
"Waking Up Slow" however, is an anthem of hope and happiness. It's uplifting and positive, and it invites you to blast it whilst enjoying the rest of your Summer.


Listen to "Waking Up Slow" below:




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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: via Gabrielle Aplin

Performance Of The Day: "Into Yellow" by Martin Luke Brown



Hey guys!

Exactly two weeks ago I had a fabulous time, sitting in a very fancy chair, watching Martin Luke Brown play a fantastic show in London.

He opened his set with a stunning acoustic version of his most recent single "Into Yellow".
I've had the song on repeat for a good few hours when I first heard it - and this acoustic version was equally addictive.

To my delight - and your delight once you hear it - said acoustic version has just been published.

Of course that means we have to feature it today!
So check it out!


- Performance Of The Day -
"Into Yellow" by Martin Luke Brown


Martin Luke Brown is a singer/songwriter from Leicester, UK.
Genrefying his music is definitely no simple thing to do as Martin combines pop elements with soulful vocals, a folky falsetto and electrifying beats. Maybe we'll settle for Alternative.

The young musician started gigging at the age of 14, uses the keyboard and the guitar on stage and also started working with backing tracks at live shows.

Back in 2014, house in the sand was introduced to Martin Luke Brown's music and we were convinced we'd be able to watch him go and create amazing music.

Martin has released a bunch of songs so far; "Nostalgia", "Scars On Scars" and "Love Me Sober" being his some of his most recognizable singles, which made him gain a loyal fanbase.

A few songs later, Martin seems to have found a new sound, which he presented proudly when releasing "Into Yellow". Not only does it feel like "a bit of a new beginning" for him, but also for his loyal followers.
The track is a stunning ballad with a very modern twist to it and keeps the listeners on their toes throughout the entire song.

And just to make us fall for the track even more, Martin has released a live and piano based performance of the song.

The stripped back version of "Into Yellow" allows the lyrics to fill the room with their fragile beauty.
It's a peaceful atmosphere which carefully wraps you in and gives you the chance to focus on the song.

Martin's seemingly effortless soul vocals, are here to hypnotize you and guide you through the song in such carefully crafted manner.
The calm piano chords first appear rather simple, but soon hit you with so much depth and emotion, that you might need to sit down. 


Watch the live video of Martin Luke Brown performing "Into Yellow" below:




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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image & Video: Martin Luke Brown

Video Interview: Rhys Lewis



Hey guys!

When you meet people to film an interview with, you rely on their mood and behaviour - as that makes up 50% of the interview.

Over the years I've chatted to quite a few people and it's so interesting to see the different dynamics you get.
I usually always have a great time and learn a lot from each interview.

The most enjoyable chats are with those people, who are genuinely nice and easy to get along with.

Today I get to share one of those fun interviews with you and I'm super excited about that.
I'm sure a lot of you have already heard about Rhys Lewis, but for those of you who haven't - let us introduce you to him.

Rhys Lewis is a singer/songwriter based in London, UK.

His sound is going to make every classic Soul lover's heart beat - combining Soul with elements of Folk, Rock and Blues, Rhys has quickly created a signature sound which will draw your attention to his work.

Spending most of the past year in studios in London, Nashville, Stockholm, Los Angeles and Berlin, the young musician has been writing and recording songs for his upcoming debut album.
His debut single "Waking Up Without You" hit #1 on Spotify's Viral Chart and reached 170 000 streams within two weeks.

Follow-up single "Living In The City" was just as strong and has now been streamed over 1.3 million times - a statement which probably speaks for itself.

His most recent single "I Know The Feeling" was written for a friend who was going through a tough time. The song and its music video adddress the importance of men's mental health.

On Friday, the 11th of August, Rhys will be releasing his next single, "Be Your Man".
To catch one of his upcoming Europe shows, make sure to click here for the dates.


Whilst I was in London, we had a little chat about his recent gigs in the Netherlands, his single "I Know The Feeling", polaroids and more.

Note: we had to move to another spot during the interview, but technically shot this in one go - don't be confused.


Check out the interview below:



Massive thank you to Rhys for this fun chat and to Heather and Milly for arranging it.


Watch the video for "I Know The Feeling":




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Credits // Words & Video: Vanessa Jertschewske

Song Of The Day: "Better" by Declan J Donovan



Hey guys!

2017 is a great year for music fans.

I'm not sure it's the greatest year for the industry, as we're all just learning about the depths of streaming and how it affects the industry as we know it - but for all of us fans, it's great.

Music blogs and magazines are practically throwing "artists to watch" at us and it's amazing.
Inboxes are filled with promising releases and I think we should all appreciate the variety of new music that there is out there at the moment.

house in the sand is busier than ever and it's a fantastic feeling.

So, let's keep the spirits high and dive into some new music right away, shall we?


- Song Of The Day -
"Better" by Declan J Donovan

Declan J Donovan is one of those new and exciting artists, you better keep on your radar.
He's a singer/songwriter from Essex, UK, his sound classifies as Acoustic Pop.

Two years ago, Declan uploaded a demo on Soundcloud, not expecting much.
The song, which was written for his brother's wedding, ended up getting a lot of attention and has now gathered over 1.7 million stream on Soundcloud and YouTube.

His later released debut single, "Fallen So Young", is soon to hit 5 million streams online.
Declan's follow-up single, "Better", is bound to have the same kind of success.

Released via "0E0E Records", this track is going to make you feel all the feelings.

"Better" is one of those tracks, that bring out a lot of emotions within you.
It's touching and it's very emotional.

The simplicity in the beginning of the track, where it's just single e-guitar plugs and Declan's voice, sets the in such expressive, yet fragile way.

Declan's vocals are warm, souly and slightly smokey - and they carefully guide you through the song - making the lyrics even more intimate.

Soft percussions and layered harmonies deepen the intensity of the song and allow you to sink in even further, soaking up every little detail of the track.

"Better" is a beautiful song and should definitely find its way onto your next playlist.


Listen to "Better" below:




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EP Review: "Fine Love" by Martin Kelly



Hey guys!

We all have these artists, whose work we've been following for a while, right?

Ever since I've been running house in the sand, I've had a handful of acts, I have had the pleasure to watch as they continue to put out amazing work.
Not only is it wonderful as a music fan, it's also extremely inspiring to see how passionate these musicians are.

And because we think that passionate and talented musicians deserve all the noise we can make,
we're excited to share this EP with you!

Artist: Martin Kelly
Title: Fine Love
Genre: Indie, Folk
Label: Grand Hotel van Cleef
Release Date: 28th July 2017

Martin Kelly is a musician originally from Scotland, now based in Berlin, Germany.
A lot of you know Martin as one half of the duo Martin and James.

Ever since the band things slowed down, Martin has been writing and recording on his own.
His first tour and support tour with Noah Guthrie went down a treat and led to more gigs all over Germany.

Just last week, on July 28th, Martin released his debut EP as a solo artist and we couldn't be more excited about it.

Check out our review below!

Tracklist:
1) Match Already Burned
2) Far Away
3) Fine Love
4) Heart On A Wire
5) Fisherman's Blues

Opener "Match Already Burned" has the scary job of giving a great first impression of the EP.
And it does its job perfectly.
Martin's signature finger picking on the acoustic guitar guides you carefully through the track.
The simplicity of the instrumentation is beautiful, yet anything but shallow. You can clearly tell that there's a lot of life in this song, the howling but subtle e-guitar being one of those breathing elements.
Whilst the lead vocals stay in the lower register, the backing vocals highlight the lyrics and give the song more grip.

Track two, "Far Away", stands out. Whilst the verses are kept charmingly calm, the choruses grow into something big and uplifting.
The bass drum, piano and percussion, give the song a very folky feeling and will make you clap your hands in along to the beat. It's that kind of song, you immediately start learning all the words to, so you can sing along.

"Heart On A Wire" might sound familiar to some of you - we've had the pleasure of hearing this song at an early stage, whilst Martin played it on a bridge in the woods - check out his performance here.
It has kept its acoustic charm, but has been turned into something slightly louder and more vivid.
One of the most surprising elements of the song, is the strong bassline that thrives throughout the song.

To sum it up: "Fine Love" is a carefully crafted EP. Every detail is tied in neatly and put together with so much thought.
You'll find ballads to dream to and folky tracks to sing along. It's never easy to showcase your catalogue with just five tracks, but Martin really nailed it.


You should listen to these tracks: Match Already Burned, Far Away, Fine Love


Listen to "Match Already Burned" below:




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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Artwork: via Martin Kelly

7 songs: Savannah Outen



Hey guys!

Earlier this month we started a new series on house in the sand, called 7 songs.
It was created to celebrate the amount of emotions, which are caused by music.

We feel so many different emotions whilst listening to music, and I think that's one of the most magical things.

And that's exactly why we need to celebrate our emotions a lot more often.

In the first episode of this feature, I got to talk about my personal favourites - you can check it out here if you're interested.

Today we have the first guest to chat us through her songs and emotions - and I'm very excited for you to have a read.

I've known of Savannah's music for a few years and am very happy to have her share her seven songs with us.

Savannah Outen is a singer & songwriter from Portland, USA.

Her Pop sound is influenced by artists such as Céline Dion, Adele, Bruno Mars and many more.

Savannah started uploading covers and original songs to YouTube in 2007 and has reached over 118 million views by now. 

Her song "Goodbyes", released in 2008, was the highest rated song an unsigned artist has ever achieved on Radio Disney.

After her success, Savannah took a break to find her spot in the creative industry.
Her latest single "Coins" is her anthem of how she won't change to fit into a certain style.

The wonderful Savannah took some time to chat us through seven songs which cause seven different emotions.


Check it out! 
 
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My name is Savannah Outen.

Music runs through my veins, literally plays 24/7 in my life and gets me through anything.
It makes us feel so many different emotions. And there's one language that everybody understands; music.

Here are my 7 favorite songs to fit my different moods and emotions.


1) a song which makes you dance

"Rock Your Body" by Justin Timberlake

There's no denying that JT is the man to make everyone dance. He's got dozens of songs that can get me running to the dance floor, but this one ALWAYS makes me move.


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2) a song that calms you down

"The Heart Of Life" by John Mayer

Some of my favorite moments are when I come home from the studio, start cooking and blast John Mayer. He has this instant ability to calm me down.
This song in particular is so peaceful and shuts my brain off.
Whenever I'm having a hard time or bad day, I play it and like to think Mayer is singing to me.


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3) a song with a deep meaning

"Firework" by Katy Perry

The music industry is a tough wolrd and it's hard to keep going and continue to be persistent. This song means so much to me. We all have a spark within us that can make us shine. One of my favorite and most relatable lyrics, "Maybe a reason why all the doors are closed, so you can open the one that leads you to the perfect road".


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4) a song which makes you feel nostalgic

"For You" by Gavin James

I'll never forget the first time I heard this song... I was in my first apartment in LA, feeling lost, confused and homesick. It was 10pm and I went for a walk around my neighborhood for an hour with this song on repeat. It brought back SO many memories and I couldn't help but feel nostalgic.

"I wish time would slow down so I could keep your heart around. If I can't make you stay another day, I'll wait another days for you."


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5) a song which has accompanied you for a while

"The Power Of Love" by Céline Dion

This song has been with me for years. Céline Dion is my idol. Her voice, her class, her attitude, her performance... She's my queen.
I remember when my mom introduced her to me and I immediately fell in love. She was more than just a singer, she was one of the greatest voices I'd ever heard.


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6) a song from your favourite genre

"Guillotine" by Jon Bellion

I love big drums. I love great melodies. I love clever lyrics.

There are no words for the feelings this song gives me. I wanna dance, I feel SO inspired to write, I wanna sing at the top of my lungs. I've been rooting for Jon Bellion for years. It's so exciting to finally see him taking over the music scene. He's so smart, talented and knows exactly who he is.

This drop in this song gets me EVERY TIME. Literally, I scream "Oh, dang!" every single time. There's something so powerful about this production. You can't help but move and that's the best part.


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7) a song by an artist / a band which has surprised you

"Tennesse Whiskey" by Chris Stapleton

I appreciate all kinds of music, but country was never really my thing. However, when I heard "Tennesse Whiskey", my whole body was in CHILLS. The soul, groove, story - everything is perfection and I'm so glad this song exists.


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And those were Savannah's 7 songs - let us know what you think! 



Check out the lyric video for Savannah's recent single "Coins" below:




- buy "Coins" here -
- stream "Coins" here -




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Credits // Words (intro): Vanessa Jertschewske | Words (main): Savannah Outen | Image: Sara Kiesling

Song Title Challenge: Rhys Lewis vs. Josh Savage



Hey guys!

Song titles.
When you really think about it, they are quite powerful.

They're the first impression you get from a song.
They allow your mind to think about what the song may be about.
They can draw vivid images in your head.
They set a scene before the song gets to take the lead.

So, technically, song titles are pretty important.

And there are millions (probably billions?) out there.
Some are brilliant and do their jobs,
whilst others are slightly more surprising - to say the least.

To our delight, there are quite a few odd song titles out there,
which gave us the perfect excuse to challenge two of house in the sand's favourite musicians.

Before you check out the video we shot with Rhys Lewis and Josh Savage, 
make sure to get to know these two brilliant singer/songwriters.


Rhys Lewis is a singer/songwriter based in London, UK.

His sound is going to make every classic Soul lover's heart beat - combining Soul with elements of Folk, Rock and Blues, Rhys has quickly created a signature sound which will draw your attention to his work.

Spending most of the past year in studios in London, Nashville, Stockholm, Los Angeles and Berlin, the young musician has been writing and recording songs for his upcoming debut album.
His debut single "Waking Up Without You" hit #1 on Spotify's Viral Chart and reached 170 000 streams within two weeks.

Follow-up single "Living In The City" was just as strong and has now been streamed over 1.3 million times - a statement which probably speaks for itself.

His most recent single "I Know The Feeling" was written for a friend who was going through a tough time. The song and its music video adddress the importance of men's mental health.


Check out Rhys' latest single "I Know The Feeling" below:





Rhys Lewis online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram

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Josh Savage is a self-managed and independent musician, originally from Winchester, UK - now based in London.

His sound can be described as Indie-Folk with Acoustic elements in it. You'll often find beautiful string arrangements in his songs.
So far, Josh independently released three EPs; "Mountains in Hurricanes", "Spaces" and "Quatre Épines" - the last one showcasing Josh's French roots. 

In 2015, Josh played 79 shows with Sofar Sounds - all across America and Europe, in just 5 months. You can stream the documentary made on the road on Vimeo -> "Living Room Tour".

His single "Whisper In The Snow" ft. Alice Pearl was played on Dermot O'Leary's BBC Radio 2 show by Jo Whiley and has been streamed over 260.000 times on Spotify.

Earlier this month Josh released his latest single "Ghosts" and blew us all away with it.


Check out Josh's latest track "Ghosts" below:




Josh Savage online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram

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So - what do you do when you get to collaborate with two of the finest musicians around?

You read odd song titles to them and make them guess whether they are real or not.
At least, that's what we do on house in the sand.

Please make sure to check out both of these fantastic musicians, if you haven't already.


I hope you enjoy this little song title challenge!




Which song title do you think was the strangest? Let us know!

- Playlist: Odd Song Titles -


A huge thank you to Rhys and Josh who so much fun to film this with.
It was brilliant hanging out and working with you!

Another huge thank you to Heather and Milly for setting this up and helping us out filming.



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Credits // Words & Video: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image Rhys Lewis: via Rhys Lewis | Image Josh Savage: via Josh Savage

Performance Of The Day: "Bloodstain" by Wrabel



Hey guys!

There are artists you find out about and immediately put on every playlist you ever make.
Reason being that you're just fascinated by their work and their creativity.

Whenever I find one of those acts, I get a bit crazy and listen to everything they've ever released.
Please don't judge me.

Today I'm excited to share a performance of an artist I started music-stalking last year.
I'm pretty sure a lot of you are going to love it!


- Performance Of The Day -
"Bloodstain" by Wrabel


Wrabel is a solo act from Los Angeles, United States.
He combines Pop and R'n'B elements in such graceful manner.

Stephen Wrabel has been writing music for almost ten years now after discovering his love for music at an early age.
He spent a year studying at Boston's Berklee College Of Music before he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career in music.
Wrabel has also written for many artists such as Adam Lambert, Ellie Goulding and Philipp Phillips.

In 2014, the talented musician released his debut EP "Sideways" and started his solo career.
The song "Ten Feet Tall", a beautiful piano ballad, was then used by Dutch DJ Afrojack which allowed Wrabel to kick off his career in style.

His most recent release, the "We Could Be Beautiful" EP, was exactly what all Wrabel fans have been waiting for.
With five tracks, he proved once again that he's a fantastic songwriter and performer.

Wrabel recently performed his song "Bloodstain" for Mahogany Sessions and we adore it.
The creatives behind Mahogany Sessions never disappoint - they always find excellent artists and create such stunning videos.

"Bloodstain" is one of those songs which make you feel emotions, you didn't even know you were feeling.
It's honest, it's visual, it's hauntingly beautiful.
The beats carefully guide us through the performance, but it's definitely Wrabel's voice which wows us every time we listen to it.


Check out Wrabel's performance of "Bloodstain" for Mahogany Sessions below:




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Wrabel online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram





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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: Wrabel via Facebook | Video: Mahogany Sessions

EP Review: "The Apartment Diaries" by City Of Sound



Hey guys!

Do you ever get super excited because there is SO much music out there to be discovered?
I mean, within the past five years, house in the sand has shared a decent amount of new music with everyone who was interested.

But just looking at our email inbox, we know we still have a lot left to discover.
In fact, it's probably never going to end and that's quite exciting.

Not many things in life are certain, but we're definitely never going to run out of great music to listen to and share with the world.

So let's do this!!!

Band: City Of Sound
Title: The Apartment Diaries
Genre: Indie Rock, Alternative
Label: Independent
Release: 15th October 2016

City Of Sound are a three-piece from Los Angeles (CA), USA.
The independent band gracefully combines Indie Rock with Alternative elements, creating their very own signature sound.

City Of Sound are:
Jordan Wright (vocals, piano)
Andrew Leigh (guitar)
Lacey Ammar (voilin)

They have recently passed 10,000 streams on Spotify, played a headline show at LA's Molly Malone's and are currently working on an album.
On July 29th, City Of Sound will be opening for East Of Eli at the famous The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles.

Feel free to check out our review of their latest EP, "The Apartment Diaries" below.

 Tracklist:
1) Afterglow
2) I For One
3) Wasteland
4) The Show
5) Animus
6) Wake Up

EP opener "Afterglow" greets you with a stunning piano melody, which - fortunately - stays a part of the entire song. Soon the full-band sound comes alive and gives your ears a big hug, leaving you smiling.
Once the vocals join the gathering, nothing can go wrong anymore.
The song takes you on a journey through atmospheres and feelings, by changing the pace - going from soft and calm in the verses, to being loud and powerful in the choruses.

With "Wasteland", City Of Sound show us that they can also do dark and mysterious. 
The heavy percussions and howling guitar chords, paired with light piano notes and stunning violin notes, create an atmosphere which makes you want more.
The band knows how to draw sceneries with their instruments and manages to grab your attention right away.

"Animus" keeps the heavy percussions, but allows more light into the room. Said light comes in the form of an uplifting piano melody. The track is led by singer Jordan's vocals - varying from warm and soothing, to edgy and raspy.

To sum it up: "The Apartment Diaries" is a carefully crafted EP which shines bright because of all the passion and honesty that's been poured into it. It's an absolute joy to listen to and has left us feeling extremely excited for what is yet to come.


You should listen to these tracks: Afterglow, Wasteland, Animus


Learn more about City Of Sound below:




- stream "The Apartment Diaries" -
- buy "The Apartment Diaries" -



City Of Sound online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram




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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: City Of Sound

Release Of The Day: "Bad Luck" by Adam Barnes



Hey guys!

There are artists, whose music just grabs you instantly.
It's so hypnotizing, you just can't help but listen to it with all your attention.

We find it pretty fascinating whenever we stumbled upon one of those musicians
- and of course we treasure it.

So, of course, when those acts release new music, we reserve seats in the front row to cheer for them on the day of the release.

Today the fantastic Adam Barnes has released his brand new single - and you're going to fall in love with it.


- Release Of The Day -
"Bad Luck" by Adam Barnes


Adam Barnes is a musician from Oxford, UK.
His sound classifies as Folk and soaks you in with the beauty of the honesty, which he expresses oh so gracefully.

Adam has been making music since 2010 and has released a great amount of music since.
Starting with his debut EP "Blisters" in 2012, followed by debut album "The Land, The See & Everything Lost Beneath" in 2014 and another EP, "One Day We'll Be Fine" in 2015.
All those stunning pieces of music have collected over 3 million streams on Spotify.

2017 sees the Adam's return with new music in the works, and we couldn't be more excited about his new single "Bad Luck".

"Bad Luck"
welcomes you with a calm, yet very expressive e-guitar, being strummed ever so gently.  Adam's voice soon takes the lead and immediately proves to be the most powerful element of the song.

Paired with perfect harmonies, the vocals become the heart of the song and teach the listeners, why Adam Barnes needs to be on their list of favourite acts.

The beautiful usage of strings adds more depth to the song and supports the build-up towards the end, giving the song the big and powerful ending it truly deserves.


Listen to "Bad Luck" below:




- buy or stream "Bad Luck -




Adam Barnes online: Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram






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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: Adam Barnes

Video Of The Day: "Breathing" by dePresno



Hey guys!

In our new series, "7 songs", we celebrate those different emotions which are caused by music.
So many songs have the power to make us smile, cry or feel nostalgic.

And it's a lot of fun to think of those songs from the perspective of the listener - because you get to figure out what a song means to you.

But we tend to forget that those artists who wrote those songs, also feel certain emotions and connect them to those tracks.
Some might be written to deal with heartbreak, some might be written out of pure happiness.

And others might be experiments to change things up creatively.

The variety is big and that's what is so exciting.

Today we have a little "Video Of The Day" for you and can't wait for you to see it.


- Video Of The Day -
"Breathing" by dePresno


dePresno is a Pop solo artist from Bergen, Norway.

He was gifted his first ever guitar at the young age of four. Ever since dePresno has been growing a huge love for singing and playing music. Under the influence of his family, the young musician grew up listening to Dylan, Cohen, Marley and co.

His shyness made dePresno keep his love for performing to himself most of the time.
However, one of his brothers gifted him a day in a recording studio.
That day he recorded a cover version of Donovan's "Catch The Wind".

Soon things snowballed and dePresno played at festivals, got airplay from multiple radio stations and signed a deal with Sony Music Columbia Germany, which celebrated the release of his latest EP "Forever" last year.

dePresno is already working on new material and has just released a video for his most recent single "Breathing".

"Breathing" is that kind of song you're going to listen to on a Sunday morning, after you might've had a long Saturday night out.
You might feel a bit exhausted and fragile from the drink of your choice, but you don't regret anything.

It's a relaxed, yet still up-beat track - the dark beats are going to get your head bobbing.
(But don't over-do it or you'll get a headache..)
Modern synths take the lead and guide us through the song, whilst dePresno's voice tells the story in such charming and fantastic way.

His vocals are smooth, yet exciting and powerful. His tone is very warm, but he still makes the high notes sound so effortlessly good.

The video is super entertaining and suits the song so well. You might be able to relate to it, or you'll just have a good time watching it.


Check out "Breathing" now:




- buy or stream "Breathing" -




dePresno online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram







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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: dePresno press kit