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Robyn Cage

I was introduced to an amazing talent this morning, courtesy of Noisetrade.
Robyn Cage hails from Salt Lake City, UT but with her flaming locks and her awesome sound I’m thinking there has to be some Gaelic blood somewhere in her history.

Keep reading and I’ll give you a link to find some awesome music from Robyn Cage.

Robyn Cage’s expressive voice and impassioned live performances have captivated audiences from Boston’s Symphony Hall to the stages of NYC. A professional actress, trained at the Boston Conservatory and praised by The New York Times and Variety, Robyn turned to songwriting in 2009 and recorded her “Raining Sideways” EP with producer Alex Houton. In 2014 Robyn teamed up with two-time Grammy-nominated producer Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, Sarah McLachlan) to record “Burning Now”, then headed to L.A. to record with Grammy-nominated and Juno Award-winning producer Dan Burns (Carina Round, Early Winters). Robyn relocated from NYC to her mountain home in Park City- her music is a synthesis of New York’s culture and Utah’s desert wilderness.

So are you ready for some music? You betcha. OK let’s get to it.

First up Robyn’s most recent video release, and the title track from her latest album.
A terrific video shot in the desert out west, beautiful scenic backdrops abound.
Robyn’s voice is simply awesome, and I’m sure if she says it’s gonna rain, it’s gonna rain.
Love it.
Born in the Desert

Directed, Filmed & Edited by Bryce Johnson
Song by Robyn Cage and Cari Cole
Music Produced by Dan Burns

CREW
Director: Bryce Johnson
Production Assistant: Darryl Dobson, Laura Johnson
Drone footage: Jake Johnson
Props: Nan Kemp, Kevin Kemp
Photographers: Carla Boecklin, Victor Rybovich, Darryl Dobson
Hair & Makeup: Amy DeVore
Wardrobe & Styling: Hannah Reilly

 

Next up a really beautiful song of longing with the ethereal voice of Robyn Cage.
This will just warm your soul. And probably be on your play list for a long time.
Burning Now

Cast:
Girl: Robyn Cage
Guy: Paul D. Hunt
Song by Robyn Cage and Darryl Neudorf
Music Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Darryl Neudorf
Vocals Engineered by Eric Limburg and recorded at @ The Granger School of Music
Vocal Arranging by Cari Cole

 

For some reason as a young singer you have to perform covers, maybe it’s so that the listener can compare it with something they know and it makes them comfortable. So here we have Robyn doing a very daring cover of a David Bowie classic. And certainly putting her own stamp on it. This brings out the power of her voice which has been subdued to this point on the earlier songs. And boy what power it has, I’m just loving this.
Plus another standout video.
Space Oddity

Directed by Bryce Johnson
Makeup by Amy DeVore
Song mixed and mastered by Jarryd Wark
“Space Oddity” by David Bowie

 

One more cover, since I cannot resist anyone covering this song, an old favorite.
I love the fact that Robyn attacks it in the same way that Nina Simone did, this is the way to perform this song. Her voice is perfect in this live performance at the Secret Circus Studio. And her piano playing is brilliant. Love it, love it, love it.
Oh man, that final note, wow, chills.
Feeling Good

“Feeling Good” written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse for the musical The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd in 1964. Nina Simone recorded the song for her 1965 album I Put a Spell on You and it became a standard.

 

The toughest part of this journey through Robyn’s catalog has been which to include and which to leave out. Tough decisions, so much good stuff here.
But we have to close, so going to close with another of Robyn’s brilliant original songs.
This is a beautifully crafted song, very unique. And of course there is a wonderfully shot video to highlight the song. Robyn’s voice lust to beautiful for words. Enjoy it.
The Arsonist & The Thief

Directed, Filmed & Edited by Bryce Johnson
Song written by Robyn Cage
Music Produced by Dan Burns

CREW
Director: Bryce Johnson
Co-starring: Dustin Crump
Production Assistant: Nan Kemp
Makeup: Amy DeVore
Wardrobe & Styling: Haute Attitude

Check out more of her videos here.

 

Oh yes, I didn’t forget. Treat yourself to a free download of Robyn’s amazing album at Noisetrade. But don’t be cheap, leave a tip. I assure you the music is worth it. And you can listen to it before you download it.

Get it here.

📷 Carla Boecklin Photography

Babe Punch

📸 Jessica-Rose Lena

Meet Babe Punch. An alternative rock band from the Nottingham/Derby area in the UK.
They are still in their late teens so they have plenty of energy to burn off.

With their grunge and punk influences, they have been described as having a “venomous and angry sound” and making “a racket that goes way beyond their years”.
Babe Punch are:
Molly Godber (vocals)
Carys Jones (guitarist)
Miles Cooke (guitarist)
Abbie Roberts (bassist)
Adam Fletcher (drummer)

And they certainly live up to the name, when you first hear their sound you will certainly feel the punch. The Babe Punch that it is.

Time to check out the music, enough of the background.

So here it is. Your new favorite band. Hailing from the Midlands, pop-punksters Babe Punch are about to unleash their debut single ‘Control’ this July 7th – a riotous and confident belter of a song from the teenagers, that has already led them on to stages that include the Y Not and Dot To Dot Festivals.

And you are in luck, I have an advance sneak peak chance for you to listen to it. It’s simply amazing.
Control

📸 James Robert Birtwhistle

Check this out, @ Nottingham Trent University Students Union, Nottingham on 28th May 2017 Babe Punch destroys Chris Isaac classic, but in a good way.
Enjoy it and I bet you can’t keep your feet still.
Wicked Game

Let’s check out an earlier appearance at Future Session studios. This was a couple of years ago and at that time the line up was Molly Godber, Carys Jones, Abbie Roberts, Erica Hardy Fry and Adam Fletcher. Young wild and full of teen energy and guitar shredding skills.
Second Hand Slave & Drain

Filmed at the Notts TV studios on 25th November 2015.
Director: Paul Wallis
Video: Alon Gani, Amy Bettney, Jon Cooke, Stephen Jones
Audio: Ben Hickingbottom, Joni Butley, Ryan Prokaza
Editor and Audio Post: Paul Wallis
Production Manager: Sam Nahirny
Production Assistant: Katie Beard
Presenter: Mark Del

 

And we’ll close with Babe Punch performing live at Rough Trade Nottingham as part of the Hockley Hustle,  it is a shortened version of their new single as featured at the top of this post.
Control