Category Archives: deliciously dark

Mishka

This is the most awesome band I have heard in a long long time.

I know very little about them, I do know they are playing a gig  on Monday 29th May at the Eleonor Arms in Bethnal Green – wish I could be there!

The band are:
Maria Atlas ~ Vocals
Julien Brunard ~ Violin
Jon Miyawaki ~ Guitar
Jake Maun ~ Guitar
Tom Williams ~ Double Bass

Shades of Django and the Hot Club.  There is some awesome playing here, all fine musicians and the young ladies voice will break your heart.

Sound & Video ~ Freeze Productions

Lia Marie Johnson

Meet Lia Marie Johnson who hails from Wahiawa, Hawaii although she currently resides in Los Angeles. Lia Marie is a very talented singer / songwriter and also apparently very well-known on You Tube. She has acted in numerous film and television shows.
I have to acknowledge my friend Shahin who pointed me in the right direction towards this talented young lady.

But last year she got serious about the music biz, and was subsequently signed by Capitol Records.
Based on her first two singles for them “DNA” and “Cold Heart Killer” this young lady is going places. She is simply amazing.

Don’t take my word for it, let’s take a little tour of her music catalog.

This is Lia Marie’s latest single, the video dropped about a month ago,
Wow! This is one heck of a song, so deep and quite a story. With tremendous vocals from Lia Marie. I think I’m in love again. Yeah, you don’t need him anymore.
Cold Heart Killer

Lyric video directed by Sarah Bahbah and produced by Possy Agency.
DOP: Stefan Weinberger
Post Production: Victor Pakpour

This was the first song I heard by Lia Marie Johnson and I was suitably blown away. Such a beautiful song about a dark subject. Obviously I’m not alone in digging it, currently has more than 8.5 millions views. The more I hear it the more in love with it I am.
DNA

Official video directed by Gabriel Younes and produced by Anthem Films and Elliot Sisson
(C) 2016 Awesomeness Music Partners, LLC

This was from a couple of years back, a cover of the Ellie Goulding classic. I truly believe I prefer Lia Marie’s version, and I have long been a fan of the Ellie Goulding version.
Love Me Like You Do

Keys: Jen Hirsh
Directed and Edited by: Eric Guerrero

Still back a couple of years was this early pop gem from Lia Marie Johnson when she was still a teenager.
A well crafted young pop tune, surprised it didn’t crack the charts.
Moment Like You

Gonna close today with a live version of one of the songs featured at the beginning of this post.
Live, this is even more powerful in its stripped down simplicity. Brilliant.
DNA

Video directed by Possum Hill and produced by Thermonuclear
(C) 2016 Awesomeness Music Partners, LLC

Beatrix Players

The Beatrix Players are an amazing trio from London who make simply beautiful music, they hail from Stoke, Melbourne & Madrid.

As an intro let me borrow a bit from their official bio.
Beatrix Players are a London-based all-female trio who make florid, adventurous music that operates at the interface between folk, singer-songwriter acoustica, prog and quasi-classical baroque chamber pop. There is a light, translucent quality to the music, and yet when it is not being hushed and reverent, it has the attack and thrust, the surging dynamism, of rock. It can be soft and intimate, but it can also be fiery and intense, epic and immense. There are tempestuous passages in their music that you can imagine being delivered by traditional rock instrumentation but it is the very absence of guitars and drums that means that there is nobody out there quite like Beatrix Players

Beatrix Players are
Amanda Alvarez (cello) from Madrid, with an Australian mother
Jess Kennedy (piano, backing vocals) from Melbourne
Amy Birks (lead and backing vocals) hails from Stoke-on-Trent

They all met in London and created a masterpiece called the Beatrix Players. Yesterday they released a masterpiece, their new album Magnified.

So, shall be listen to some of their wonderful music, you know that’s why you came.

First up the brilliant first track from the album, this is an introverted ethereal awesome piece of music by any standard. So sit back and just let it flow over you. Also enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this beautiful video.
Rushlight

Rushlight by Beatrix Players
Music & Words by Jess Kennedy & Amy Birks
Filmed by Felipe Villar – DJI Phantom 4
Still Photography – Jim Fifield
Edited by Birks & Villar

So let’s jump to track three, and this time we have a beautiful live performance courtesy of the ever perfect Sofar productions, they always get the artist at their best, always perfectly filmed.
Never Again

Beatrix Players performing “Never Again” at Sofar London on the 5th of February, 2017
Filmed by: Pavel Radu and Xenia Onta
Edited by: Pavel Radu
Audio recorded and mixed by: Ben Nash

Another awesome live performance, this time the trio is augmented by some friends [?] who between them produce a powerful piece. Every song I hear just blows me away a little bit more, I think maybe Beatrix Players are fast on their way to becoming one of my favorite groups.
Roses

Live Music Video from Dark Classical Pop Band – Beatrix Players
Filmed and edited by Jon Barker and Kyle Jones – MidTea

I think this one was their first single from the album. A beautifully crafted song, that swirling piano driving the whole piece. Warning if you find clown puppets scary watch/listen with your eyes closed.
Molehill

Official Music Video – Molehill – from the Debut Album, Magnified by Beatrix Players.
Created by Chloe Rodham Animation 
Stop motion techniques and After Effects animation. Armature construction. Plastercine sculpting. Mould making and silicon casting
Music by Beatrix Players. Words & Music by Amy Birks & Jessica Kennedy.
Music genre: Dark, classical pop.
Management & Bookings: Ian Blackaby – Ardent Music
UK Press Officer: Lizzie Evans – Evans Above PR

Sadly we must finish this magical musical tour, this is our final track for today.
Another beautiful track, with another awesome stop-motion video.
An amazing track full of darkly etherial beauty.
Lady of the Lake

Official Music Video – Lady of the Lake – from the Debut Album, Magnified by Beatrix Players.
Created by Chloe Rodham Animation
Words & Music by Amy Birks & Jessica Kennedy
Performances: Jess Kennedy – Piano, Backing Vocals & All extra parts and soundscape; Amy Birks – Lead & Backing Vocals; Amanda Alvarez – Cello
Recorded at Snap Studios, London
Engineered & edited by Ben Mclusky
Mixed by Jim Moray 
Mastered by Nick Robbins, Sound Mastering, London
Management & Bookings: Ian Blackaby – Ardent Music
UK Press Officer: Lizzie Evans – Evans Above PR

OK, ok, you got me, I wasn’t finished yet.
You have to check out the album, better yet order your own copy.
Magnified

Debut album from Beatrix Players.

released March 31, 2017

All Music & Lyrics by Jess Kennedy & Amy Birks
All tracks produced by Beatrix Players

Performances: Jess Kennedy – Piano, Flute, Backing Vocals, All extra parts and soundscape; Amy Birks – Lead & Backing Vocals; Amanda Alvarez – Cello; Robyn Hemmings – Double Bass (Walk Away, Roses); Anna Jenkins – Violin (Never Again, Mole Hill & Obey Me) & Viola (Mole Hill)