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7 songs: Saint Alto



Hey guys!

When I got the idea for our '7 songs' feature, I did not know if anyone would even enjoy it.

There's always a bit of a risk with new segments,
some turn into a new favourite,
others don't. At all.

Luckily this one is doing more than well - and not just you, the readers, are really digging it.
But also the artists themselves.
Of course that's a blogger's dream, so we're going to feature the hell out of this.
You better be ready!


Let's get to know today's DJ!

Saint Alto is the new moniker of Birmingham's Phil Barber who was previously known as one half of Winter 1982.
Refreshing Alternative Folk might be the best way to describe the sound, however, listeners are always in for a surprise.

Even though Saint Alto is still a new-ish project to the industry, BBC Introducing is already as excited about it as we are.
With a few songs out already, we've heard enough to become big fans.


So let's check out Phil's 7 songs.

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1) a song which makes you dance
"Tainted Love" by Gloria Jones

It's a great song.
Such power, such rhythm.
I love the way Northern soul revived all these records and set them against the grimness of working Britain at that time.
It's pure energy and positivity but the lyrical content is so at odds with that and I love that about the song. It's a song that makes you get up and dance, but it's so much more complex than that too. Add to that an incredible vocal performance from Gloria Jones and I can't think of many better records.


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2) a song that calms you down
"8 (circle)" by Bon Iver


This was really hard to choose, because I don't think I ever really listen to music to specifically calm me down.
I'm not a very calm person, and although music does all sorts of things to me and for me, I really had to think hard about something that calms me. The closest I could get, was Bon Iver's "8 (circle)" from the album "22, A Million".
I could have picked any number of songs from this incredible album. "8 (circle), like so many of the other tracks, drowns you in a kind of warm digital fuzz. The warmth of the vocal against cold digital sounds, creates this incredible, strange, 'new and familiar' feeling, that seems to slow down time.
It's a completely new take on the genre and I get almost immediately lost in these beautiful songs.
I read that Justin Vernon struggles with anxiety and that this became an element of the production of the record.
I think it translates so delicately into this immersive songs - they are somehow full of tension, and soothing at the same time.



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3) a song with a deep meaning
"In Twenty Years Or So" by Father John Misty


For me, Father John Misty (Josh Tillman) is the best lyricist currently working.
His latest album, "Pure Comedy", is an incredible record that begins as this cutting, satirical attack on contemporary society and ends as this very human, very personal experience.
This song is the last on the album, and after so much talk of apocalypse, consumerism and religion, focuses in on a tiny life affirming moment, where for just a moment he is able to feel content.
It's a beautiful song and completes an amazing journey through the record. It makes me reflect and it makes me feel hopeful.
I'm sort of suggesting listening to the whole album, is that cheating?



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 4) a song that makes you feel nostalgic
"Red Morning Light" by Kings of Leon


This was the soundtrack to so many sticky floored, cheap drinks, indie club nights.
Kings of Leon were part of a wave of American Indie (The Strokes, The Killers, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs) that cut through to save us from such a poor period in music.
Pop Idol had just started, the charts were full of Gareth Gates, Hearsay, S Club 7, with totems of 90s Brit-Pop like Oasis losing momentum and quality.
That wave of Indie, along with new British Indie like Bloc Party, saved us and soundtracked a hundred weekends with spiky, guitar driven anthems.
Kings of Leon were the first band I saw that seemed otherworldly. They played a tiny gig at Bar Academy in Birmingham. They were so unknown at the time, they were able to come downstairs afterwards to drink at the bar.
Blunt cut fringes, long hair, beards, cuban heels, 70s leather jackets and denim flares. They were just 'something else'.
This song reminds me of all those nights out, becoming immersed in that world, that wave of music, being in bands, the pilgrimage to town on a Friday night and the chaos of the night bus home.



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5) a song which has accompanied you for a while
"Keep the Car Running" by Arcade Fire


I can't believe that Neon Bible is 10 years old.
I still think it's an incredible piece of work, and this song stays with me as an example of a great song. The take on Folk is great - a really driven song with mandolin.
The song just builds and builds, full of anxiety and urgency. It's also heartbreaking lyrically, massive sounding musically and just a great track on a great album.
I come back to it regularly - half enjoying it, half trying to figure out how it works. Pretty close to perfect.



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6) a song from your favourite genre
"re: Stacks" by Bon Iver


I'm back with Bon Iver.
In contrast to the song I went for earlier, what I love about this, is the simplicity.
I read that the songs on "For Emma, Forever Ago" were intended as demos to pitch to labels and publishers. They became the actual record and have a really beautiful, loose and haunted quality to them.
I love songs that cut straight through and connect with you whether you want them to or not.
This song stops me in my tracks every time, it's almost painful to listen to, it goes straight through me, it affects me.
Whether you can call songs that do that 'a genre', I don't know. But Folk, the confessional, painful songs of great singer/songwriters, really appeal to me - and this is as good as it gets.
I think I'm suggesting you listen to the whole album again, flouncing the rueles.
What a maverick.



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7) a song by an artist / a band which has surprised you
"Thursday Girl" by Mitski


Mitski's album, "Puberty 2", was something I came across by total chance.
The album blew me away - it's such a strange mix of crunching, turn of the millennium guitars, almost Emo or Metal influenced, with something much more complex lyrically and tonally going on.
It's confessional, honest, full of hooks, odd songs, Pop songs - and it's just a brilliant piece of work.
"Thursday Girl" is dark and beautiful, almost like a hym, but broken, contemporary and rooted in a very human, modern experience.
A brilliant song by a really exciting artist.


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What did you think of Phil's selection?
Make sure to listen to his music too.


Check out "Tell Me Something":




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Previous '7 songs' features: Chris Stringer | Savannah Outen | Vanessa from HITS




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Credits // Words Intro: Vanessa Jertschewske | Words '7 songs' & image: Saint Alto

Song Of The Day: "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" by Rod Stewart feat. DNCE



Hey guys!

We love collaborations.
Especially when we wouldn't expect them to happen at all.

You know, when a combination of people working together seems so random, but ends up being genius.
When I first read about today's SOTD, I couldn't quite imagine what it was going to sound like, but I'm super glad I listened.


- Song Of The Day -
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" by Rod Stewart feat. DNCE


When renowned acts re-work their songs and release a different version of their classics, you might question if the new sound is going to convince you.

So, let's take a look at the 2017 version of Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy", featuring DNCE.

Now, we are pretty sure that most of you are familiar with Sir Rod Stewart.
He is one of the most successful British artists of our time and has managed to stay relevant for decades whilst still going strong.

For those of you, who haven't heard of DNCE it yet, please let us introduce you:
DNCE are a four piece outfit based in Los Angeles, US.

The band found together through a couple connections and is now here to share their funky Alternative sound with us.  

DNCE are:
Joe Jonas (vocals)
JinJoo Lee (guitar)
Cole Whittle (bass, keyboard)
Jack Lawless (drums

Their debut single "Cake By The Ocean" ended up double-platinum and allowed the band to enter the pop industry with a bang.

After releasing their debut EP "SWAAY", touring with Selena Gomez and winning "Best New Artist" at the MTV Video Music Awards, DNCE have created a lot of buzz for their debut album "DNCE" which they released in November 2016.

With an ever-growing fanbase and the big media loving their sound, DNCE haven't slowed down. "Kissing Strangers" ft. Nicki Minaj was one of 2017's catchiest tracks.


So - what happens when timeless legend Rod Stewart grabs one of the most exciting new bands?


The re-imagined version of "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" made the wise decision of keeping the key elements; the funky bass line and iconic synths.
2017 has definitely been an influence on the track, giving the entire track a slightly more modern vibe.

Instead of Rod Stewart's smokey vocals, Joe Jonas' smooth voice takes the lead in the first verse and chorus.
He made it his own, whilst still keeping the all too familiar sound alive - adding a refreshing and quite impressive range to the song by showcasing the stronger elements of his voice.

But of course, we need the master of the track - Rod himself. He takes over with a grand entrance and is there to guide you through the song, as effortlessly smokey and cool as ever.

Although Rod Stewart makes the song what it is, DNCE's signature is still very present on the track. With their funky guitar riffs, attention grabbing beats and controlling bass performance.

We think this re-imagined version can definitely get the seal of approval.
We're digging it.


Watch the official lyric video for "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" below:




- buy or stream "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" -



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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: via Rod Stewart online

Video Of The Day: "Mr. Big" by dePresno



Hey guys!

I don't want to be that person, but I think Summer has left us.

At least in my neck of the woods, it's been pretty Autumn-like and actually really freezing these past few days.
That can be super exciting and I love getting my Autumn playlists ready, sipping a cup of tea.

But sometimes you just miss Summer.
And for me, the best way to remember the warmer months, is to put on a song that sounds just like a late Summer night.

Of course, as always, I'm here to share it with you.


- Video Of The Day -
"Mr. Big" 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.


In October we'll be treated with a new EP, but for now we're going to focus on taster "Mr. Big".

"Mr. Big" is one of those tracks, that take your bad mood and turn it around.
It's those funky synths paired with catchy rhythms, that will brighten up your day within seconds.

The lightness of the instrumentation reminds you of what Summer felt like and leaves you with the sweet memories of the warm weather and carefree nights.

dePresno's vocals are, without a doubt, the highlight of the track.
Ever so deep, ever so controlling - in the most charming manner though.
You'll gladly listen to every word he sings, following the storyline.

The song invites you to move, so follow dePresno's lead and shake that booty. 


Check out the video for "Mr. Big" here:




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





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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: via Sony Music GER

Release Of The Day: "Slave" by Puppet Rebellion



Hey guys!

It's Friday.
Which means it's the last work day for many.
But really it means that we receive a lot of new music.
New Music Friday is a thing.

Over here, at house in the sand, the hype levels are usually sky high on Fridays.
We love sharing brand new tracks with you,
so let's do what we do best.


- Release Of The Day -
"Slave" by Puppet Rebellion


Puppet Rebellion are an Alternative fieve piece from Manchester, UK.

Formed in 2013, the band has managed to build a loyal and excited online following, as well as a great live reputation in the North of England.
With support slots for band such as Catfish & The Bottlemen and Reverend and The Makers, the band's live performance has convinced critics from all over the place.

BBC Radio, Dermot O'Leary and BBC Introducing have all praised the band, but it doesn't really surprise those, who are familiar with Puppet Rebellions sound.

So far the band has released three EPs, "Chemical Friends", "No Means Yes" and "Life is in Your Hands".

Puppet Rebellion are:
Oliver Davies (vocals)
Craig Gibson (guitar)
Dave Wimbush (guitar)
James Halliwell (bass)
Henry Rogers (drums)

Today they're here to share their brand new single "Slave" with us.

"Slave" is catchy, in the coolest way possible.
It has "North of England" written all over it, showing off the cool and badass sounds in such casual manner.

Distinctive vocals, a straight forward rhythm section and controlling guitar elements
somehow manage to create a sound that's carefree but not careless.

It's expressive and laid back at the same time.
It grabs your attention and takes good care of it, leaving you wanting more.


Watch the official video for "Slave" below:




Puppet Rebellion online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram





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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: Puppet Rebellion

Interview: Novatines



Hey guys!

There is one question I get asked all the time.
Literally, all the time.

And it is - "What's your favourite kind of music?"
There have been times in which I've said "Folk" or "Rock" - or both, because I couldn't ever decide.

But I have a new answer. A true answer.
My favourite kind of music is "honest, energetic and passionate".

And that's exactly the kind of music we feature on HITS.
So let's not waste any precious time - ladies and gents; please meet Novatines.


Novatines are a five piece from Bath, UK.

They are brand new, they are loud and they are ready to take over.
None of the statements above are exaggerated - and you will figure that out yourself as you get to know the band.

We're excited to be one of the first sources to introduce you to this exciting Rock band.

Novatines are:
Jamie Beale
Tom Cory
Callum Moloney
Ben Lythe
Tom Turner

Having just launched their debut single, we've had a chat with the guys and learned more about their writing process, their live shows and more.
 

Check it out below!


HITS: You guys have just released your first single, "Medicine". What was the overall reaction like?
Novatines: The reaction has been great - we've been called one of the UK's hottest new guitar bands and it's only been a couple days...

HITS: You get to pick three words to describe the band - which words do you pick?
Novatines: Huge fucking vibe.

HITS: How much time do you usually spend working on a song before you release it?
Novatines: Depends on the song - we come from an old school band ethic... it should come naturally. If you have to work really hard and practically ply it out with a crow bar - chances are, it won't be a good song.
Some ideas take time to really manifest themselves, but we've always let them come naturally... and we never work on anything that we aren't incredibly excited by.

HITS: What can fans expect from your live shows?
Novatines: We record live to give people an honest window into what we really sound like. There are no smoke and mirrors - it's loud, energetic and never a boring show.
It's always really disappointing when you hear a band on record and it's sparkly and incredible... then you see it live and it's practically an entirely different thing all together - we want to sound like us, all the time.

HITS: We're really digging the visual vibe you've presented online. So, how involved are you when it comes to the artwork and photography?
Novatines: We are incredibly involved in all that stuff, most of it is designed in house - it's important to have a firm hand on the wheel with it all, because we know what we are, better than anyone else does. We work with a few photographers and directors, but we are always heavily involved with the concept and direction. We are a group with something to say, good or bad.

HITS: What's next for you guys?
Novatines: Lots of shows, lots of writing and lots of noise.


Now that you've learned more about the band, let's take a look at their debut single, "Medicine".


There are some songs that grab your attention and don't let go of it.
"Medicine" is one of them.
The loud and soaring guitar riffs are demanding and know exactly what they want - your full attention - and they get it.

Heavy drums don't just support the strength of the song, they are the strength. The perfectly timed beats give the song so much power and allow the moody and tight bassline to unfold into the key element of the track.

The gripping lead vocals underline what the band's sound is all about - confidence, power and passion. Paired with yet another attention grabbing element, the chants, "Medicine" presents itself in the most exciting manner.


Listen to "Medicine" below:




Novatines online: Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram




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Credits // Words & Questions: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image & Answers: Novatines

Performance Of The Day: "Fix It" by Liam McClair



Hey guys!

I don't know about you, but I love a good series.

Whether that's a TV series (highly recommend "How To Get Away With Murder"),
a creative photo series,
or a series of music performances.

I just appreciate the idea of creating something cohesive, yet diversified.
You sort of get to see the creative process behind a project as you get to see how a series develops.

Today we're chatting about a video that is part of a series, so check it out!


- Performance Of The Day -
"Fix It" by Liam McClair


Liam McClair is a singer/songwriter from Manchester, UK.
His sound can be classified as acoustic/folk with raw pop elements.

Most of Liam's recordings are guitar based and vocals focused.
 But you'll still find piano ballads and harmonica instrumentals paired with supportive percussions whilst listening to Liam's repertory.

With strong live performances Liam has convinced crowds all over the UK and even made it to Belgium, Holland and Germany to play his music.
 Music fans from all over the world are drawn to his sound. He has supported acts like Newton Faulkner and Echo & The Bunnymen.

Once you're familiar with Liam's sound, you'll find yourself coming back to it again and again - it's timeless.

 In the last few months, Liam's online following has been gifted with the "Unplugged Originals" series.

Liam and videographer Rich Williams filmed 10 fantastic unplugged performances, which are all available to download for free on Liam's website.
We've already blogged about the first video, remember?

But all good things must come to an end, and so "Fix It", video number 10, is the last one of the series.

"Fix It" features the Chorlton Ladies Singing Group and is "a song about giving a relationship time and working together to iron out the creases. In our very immediate and instant world where we get what we want so quickly in commerce and entertainment I wanted to write about working hard at something and seeing the fruits of your efforts", as Liam writes on his website.

Liam's warm and comforting vocals are the focus of the track, they tell the story so vividly and carefully. 
 
Accompanied by soft finger picking on the acoustic guitar, you'll quickly realise that Liam can win you over with simplicity.
The Chorlton Ladies Singing Group provides the song with subtle, yet gorgeous harmonies and adds to the depth of the lyrics.

The atmosphere is hopeful, it's positive and it's caring - and it leaves you hitting that replay button immediately.


Watch the performance of "Fix It" below:



- you can find a free download of the song here -


Catch Liam live at Manchester's Whiskey Jar on November 3rd for his "We Should Talk" Launch.



Liam McClair online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram





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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image & Video: Liam McClair

Song Of The Day: "Happiness" by Smoke Rings



Hey guys!

There are those rainy days, on which I absolutely love having calm music in the background.
I think I've written tons of posts about that.

But there are also those rain days, on which I need a pick-me-up.
You know, something lively and encouraging. Something that keeps you motivated, something with some sort of spark.

Today is one of those "please send me a pick-me-up" day.
And that's why today's track is one to get you excited.


- Song Of The Day -
"Happiness" by Smoke Rings


Smoke Rings are a five piece from Melbourne, Australia.
Their sound ties in Brit-Pop elements with sparks of Alternative-Rock, leaving them with their unique signature sound.

Smoke Rings are:
Lauren Heron (keyboard, percussion)
Shane O'Keeffe (vocals, guitar)
Jon Wright (guitar)
Elliott Weston (bass)
Liam Gough (drums)

It all started when Lauren and Shane wrote and demo'ed a bunch of songs on a cold Winter day in Canada.
After taking the songs home with them, they introduced them to their friends Jon and Elliott, whom they started rehearsing the tracks with.
Soon enough, the musicians found dummer Liam, and the puzzle was complete.

They released their self-titled debut album in August 2016 and then began to play their way through Melbourne, with shows including St Kilda Festival, Northeast Party House, Big White, Good Boy, Jarrow and many more.

In June 2017, they followed up with a limited 7" Double A Side, "Go To Hell".

And now they are here with a brand new video for their latest single, "Happiness".

"Happiness" definitely showcases the band's Brit-Pop influences and gets you grooving immediately. It's the mixture of catchy riffs and badass percussions, paired with a funky bassline, that has the power to win you over within seconds.

The lead vocals do exactly that, they lead you through the track and make sure you don't get lost in the instrumentation. With the little help from subtle backing vocals, you end up with a brilliantly crafted piece of music.


Watch the video for "Happiness" below:




Smoke Rings online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram





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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: Wilk via Smoke Rings PR

Spotify Playlist: Vanessa's picks // September 2017



Hey guys!

We have embraced 2017 and just created a Spotify account for house in the sand.
We're now where the cool kids are, whoop!

To celebrate our debut, I have accepted the challenging task of creating our first ever playlist.

It's a "personal picks" kind of list.
The playlist is filled with songs that I listen to, when I'm not reviewing anything for HITS.
I've realised that my personal music taste likes to have a mixture of new and exciting acts, as well as those acts I've loved for years - kind of like a safety blanket.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE discovering new music, but sometimes I just want to sing along to tunes I know well.

So, this list below makes me super happy.
It's playing whenever I get the chance to play it.

It starts off with "Rose-Colored Boy" by Paramore, which I have loved since I first heard it in May.
I've loved Paramore for a good seven or even eight years. This song makes difficulties sound so good and for that I love it. Rose-Colored Boy makes me dance, even when I'm feeling terrible. 

Wrabel's "The Village" is one of the most powerful, most emotional songs I think I've ever heard.
We have such outspoken and clever artists out there, who stand up for their beliefs and who stand up for humanity- and we need to celebrate them.

Amber Run aren't really a "insider tip" anymore, but I still feel like mentioning the acoustic version of "Fickle Game". I fell in love with the lyrics and think that this intimate setting showcases them in such brilliant way.

"Top To Toe" by Fenne Lily was one of those lucky discoveries I stumbled upon on Soundcloud.
I remember being completely hypnotized by Fenne's stunning voice and immediately hitting the replay button. Multiple times.

I don't really use the term "that's my jam" often, but it describes how I feel about "Knife Edge" by Martin Luke Brown. That beat and groove can get me moving so quickly. Martin is one of those exciting acts that keep on evolving and never fail to amaze.

Jon Bellion is one of many discoveries that have surprised me so much. There are so many details in "Guillotine", the first time I listened to it, it blew my mind.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: "Weathered" by Jack Garratt is one of my all time favourites and gets me emotional 99.9% of the time. I highly recommend you listen to that song and pay attention to the lyrics, as well as the backing vocals. Just thinking about this song makes me emotional.

Yes, I've added Taylor Swift's new track, "...Ready For It?". I like it. I think it's exciting to watch an artist try out new styles and I'm digging this one. You may throw your sticks and stones now.

"Darkness" by Oliver Daldry is one of those tracks I listen to at night, when I'm getting ready for bed. It calms me down without ever boring me. 

If I remember correctly, "Your Lips" was the first track I listened to when I found out about Josh Savage's music. And three (or four) years later, it's still one of my favourites of his - so of course, it's featured on this playlist.

"Burning Flame" by The Franklin Electric is my most recent discovery. I love it when a submission is exactly my cup of tea and I get to add a new band to my favourites. The more I listen to their music, the more songs I'm going to add.

"Gift" by Madeline Juno. A German song. Can you believe it? I can't.
I know most of you aren't German, but I just wanted to add this track, because I never listen to German songs. There's something about my own language that I don't enjoy in music, but Madeline has proven me wrong with this incredible track.


Maybe these teasers made you curious?
The full playlist is below and I'm pretty sure you'll find at least one track you'll love.



Have a listen:



I'd love to hear what you think, so feel free to drop me a comment or get in touch via one of the channels below. :)

If you enjoyed it and want to save it, you can follow the playlist on Spotify.



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Credits // Words & Image: Vanessa Jertschewske

Gig Impressions: Charlie Hole in Vanessa's living room




Hey guys!

After having the best time hosting my first ever living rooom show in June,
(Missed it? Check it out here.)
I knew I would be hosting more in the future.

And last week, we did it again.

The fabulous Charlie Hole was touring Germany and decided to stop by in my very quiet hometown.

So I gathered some people I like to listen to some music I like.

Below are photos and a video from the evening, so grab a cup of tea and let the fairy light atmosphere relax you.

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Date: 1st September 2017
Venue: Vanessa's living room, Germany

Headliner: Charlie Hole




Charlie Hole is a singer/songwriter from Bournemouth, UK.

His carefully crafted music combines Acoustic and Folk elements in such elegant manner.
Charlie started making and writing music at the young age of eleven and has been going strong ever since.

With inspirations such as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits & Paul Simon, it's no surprise that we find a lot of personality and intimacy in his songs.

His debut album "The Joy of a Caged Bird" was released in 2013.
With loyal fans and praise from none other than Rod Stewart and three time Novello Award winner Andy Hill, it's safe to say we're not the only ones with his music on repeat.

Charlie recently released his new single, a cover version of Maggie Rogers' song "Dog Years".


Listen to Charlie's music below:




Charlie Hole online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram





Just like the last time, we hosted the gig in my living room.
With some fairy lights, flea market lamps and handpicked flowers, the cozy atmosphere was complete.

Everyone invited was looking forward to discovering new music and supporting independent artists.
I think my favourite part of living room shows, is how calm and casual they.

You basically get to sit on a comfy chair or even your own couch, whilst a talented musician performs his songs for you.

Charlie did an absolutely brilliant job and I was impressed how well he worked the quiet crowd.
His entertainment skills were "on point" (tried sounding hip there!), and his music wow'ed everyone.

I mean, I could just go on and write some more, but I think you'll get a good idea of what the evening looked like from all the photos and the video below.


Hope you enjoy!



























Here's a video from the show:




And that's it.

I hope you enjoyed this little post.

Have you ever been to a living room show?


Huge thank you to all the lovely guests who made this evening so lovely.

And of course - a massive thank you to Charlie for the music and the fun!




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Credits // Words, Photography & Video: Vanessa Jertschewske

Song Of The Day: "Blame" by YØUTH



Hey guys!

September is here and we're getting ready for the busiest season in the music scene.

Festival season is coming to an end and tour season is about to start.
That means there will be more gigs, more releases and - you guessed it - more posts.

We're extremely excited about Autumn 2017 and can't wait fill house in the sand with more of our favourite finds.

So let's get the season started, shall we?


- Song Of The Day -
"Blame" by YØUTH

YØUTH is an Alternative project.
Behind the moniker is Julian Dente, a Nashville based musician.

Julian spent a lot of time growing up on a tour bus, watching his parents and their friends perform night after night.
This early introduction to music, has led to Julian picking up instruments at the young age of seven.

With a natural longing to create music, it's no surprise that Julian plays the piano, guitar, drums and bass.
He played in multiple pop-punk bands throughout high school and is part of a handful of Nashville bands nowadays.
However, Julian decided to keep YØUTH to himself and has created his very own outlet.

In his music, you'll find elements of nostalgia, self-doubt, addiction and guilt - but you'll always be accompanied by a spark of hope. 
 
The upcoming album, "Blame", will be out on October 20th.

To shorten the wait, title track "Blame" is out now, so let's chat about it.

"Blame" is atmospheric, it's dreamy, yet it's very real.
The build-up in the song is one of those elements, you didn't know you could adore this much.

It all starts of calm and slow paced, but you can already tell that the song is up for something bigger and louder.
The beginning keeps it simple with guitar and drums being the supporting instruments. Julian's voice guides you through the first verse and chorus, before a loud guitar riff and an even louder drumbeat kicks in and lets you know it's here to stay.

The song takes you on turbulent journey but steadily holds your hand, providing you the spark of hope, which YØUTH stands for.


Listen to "Blame" below:




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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: via Bullhorn Publicity