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Dream Wife

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Dream Wife are a very talented entertaining trio consisting of Rakel Mjöll (lead vocals), Alice Go (guitar, vocals), Bella Podpadec (bass, vocals). They hail from Brighton, London, and Reykjavik. The Dream Wife name comes from a 1953 romantic comedy starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.

They were studying fine art and visual art at college in Brighton and they had the concept of forming a “fake girl band” as an art project for a gallery exhibition. So they wrote a few songs, recorded them, made a mockumentary inspired by Spinal Tap, and performed at the opening of the exhibition. And the rest as they say is history.

The pop punk trio – Alice, Bella & Rakel – Dream Wife formed within the walls of art university in Brighton. When they left uni that’s when the rocky roads of Dream Wife kicked in full speed: Their reputation as one of the best new live bands in London is already cemented following tours with Sleigh Bells, The Kills and their recent US triumphant stateside debut on tour at SXSW which earned them praise from NPR, DIY, Stereogum, Nylon, Entertainment Weekly etc. Aimed with razor-sharp pop tunes and a take no prisoners punk attitude they’re are known to elicit pure chaos at their raucous live shows.

Time for a tour of their amazing musical catalog, which considering how short a time span they have been a band is pretty amazing. The toughest part deciding what to include. So, lets listen to the music.

I’m just loving this recent single release. Full of bounce and fuzzy guitars. Smacks of the 80’s and 90’s but still very much 21st century. This one really rocks.
Somebody

Directed, shot and edited by John Podpadec. Make up and hair by Jender Anomie. Assistant Camera by Bethany Fitter. Assistant Lighting by Molly Denton. S16mm processing by Cinelab London. Filmed in Wedmore, Somerset

 

Wow! This is a great video of Dream Wife at Kex Hostel in Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves. Recorded November 6, 2016. These KEXP videos are always spot on,
and this band too. With just a tinge of the B52’s without the male voice. Great guitar again, all in all an awesome experience.
Lolita

Host: Cheryl Waters & Kevin Cole
Audio Recording & Mixing: Kevin Suggs & Matt Ogaz
Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Alaia D’Alessandro, Luke Knecht & Justin Wilmore
Director & Editor: Scott Holpainen

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This is from earlier last year, the whole group looking Pretty in Pink. But still making their great style of music. Not trying to send a message just pure punk/pop/rock music. Why are they not in the charts?
Kids

Directed, shot & edited by Aidan Zamiri, Styled by Paolina Alexandra Russo. Make up and hair by Olivia Sonia Pudelko. Assisted by Isabella Holder. Graphics by Lewis. Garments made by students of Fashion Design with Knitwear at Central St Martins. Shot at Central St Martins.

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An exhilarating live performance at the Moth Club, Hackney, featuring Fever Dream. This was a few months ago and this one captures all sorts of youthful angst. I’m sure you can guess what FUU means, and if not you’ll soon find out. This is a band with balls in the Ian Dury tradition. The Moth Club never existed in Hackney when I was in that area, I guess I was before the times. Love this track.
FUU

Shot at Moth Club at the best night ever with the best friends!

 

Last one for the day.
Friday night and the lights are low, Dream Wife are the kids to know. With their fittest friends in tow, the Icelandic-English trio descend on their favorite London basement venue with studs in their leather and a twinkle in their eyes. Decked out in MCM’s punk-infused, i-D-inspired new collection, it’s all colored eyes, dog collars and glitter; hearts will race, hair will fly, and the night never has to end if you don’t want it to.
Another great track featuring Young Karin
Everything

Director Lucy Luscombe
Producer Jack Robinson
Director of Photography Adam Scarth
Steadicam Andrew M. Fletcher
Art Director Sophie Durham

 

As a parting gift let me share their first EP with you, something for the afternoon.

EP1

Jade Helliwell

We have a real treat today, meet 25-year-old Jade Helliwell, a very talented singer / songwriter from Batley, West Yorkshire in England.

I’ll let her tell a little about herself:
Growing up listening to many styles of music, Jade always seemed to gravitate back to country music. She explains, “Like any young person I loved the latest chart music and I’ve been infatuated by my fair share of boy bands and girl power, but it was always country music that drove me to sing at the top of voice into my hairbrush microphones. First the old country greats like Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton, then later artists such as Carrie Underwood, Sugarland, Lady Antebellum and, of course, Taylor Swift”. Jade takes all of these great artists as influence, and uses them to shape her own style. But where they had the vibrant, music immersed streets of Nashville as a backdrop, Jade has the small working class towns of Yorkshire as hers. This was the influence behind her first EP release in 2012, Urban Life, Country Heart.

I first became aware of Jade Helliwell when my cousin, thanks Ian, put up a video on his FB page of a young lady who was on a night out in Leeds and she came across a street busker and asked if she could sing with him. The result was amazing. Everybody and their uncle has sung Hallelujah, by Leonard Cohen, by now. But this was an eye-opening version, just look at the guy’s face, he was amazed. He has a good voice too, he is Dawid Osial, so maybe try to find some more of his music on YouTube. The whole thing has become something of a sensation, getting pieces in all the tabloids in the UK. Where they are saying people want them to go on Britain’s Got Talent, my one word of advice, Don’t. Meanwhile just kick back and enjoy the ride.
Hallelujah

Jade was on a night out in Leeds and she saw a busker, she goes over and asks if she can have a sing…

 

So let’s take a wander around the music catalog of Jade Helliwell, there’s some gems in here I can promise you.

Such a nice catch in her voice, this is Jade recording one of the songs from her most recent EP “Forget the night”. This is one young lady who could be going places. A really great song with an amazing singer.
Ask Me To Stay

Jade Helliwell has teamed up with producer Justin Johnson (Jroom3.co.uk) to deliver her new song ‘Ask Me To Stay’ taken from her new EP ‘Forget The Night’.
Recorded at 80 Hertz studio in Manchester and Parr Street Studios in Liverpool.
Recorded with some incredibly talented musicians from across the UK this is a studio video, giving an insight into the creation of the EP.

 

Here’s a truly poignant little song wherein Jade makes you feel every part of her broken heart. Truly beautiful and heartfelt.
For Someone Else

This is a music video shot by film maker Danny Lacey for Jade’s song ‘For someone else’ from her EP ‘Urban life, Country heart’

 

For something completely different here is Jade covering “I wish I was a punkrocker” by Sandi Thom live at Abbey Road. Just Jade and her guitar, such a spirited performance. This is from a few years back, but still the talent shines through.
I wish I was a punkrocker

Don’t worry Jade, you’re so much better than a punk rocker.

 

Gonna close with another original song, this is a Fiasco Presents production. Jade was @ Loom Studios, Leeds for this powerful performance. Some singer, some song, wow.
I Don’t Wanna Lose You

Audio – Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Adam Fiasco
Video – Filmed & Edited by Tim Fiasco
Voice Over by Guy Harris

 

OK, so I lied, again. Here’s one more from the Fiasco Presents session. This one’s a cover of a Sam Smith song, and I have to be honest I had my doubts on viewing this since I’m not a Sam Smith fan. But this is a great song and I think Jade does a better version of it. Her vibrato and the crack in her voice make this something else. Altogether totally worth the listen. I’m lovin’ her voice.
Stay With Me

Audio – Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Adam Fiasco
Video – Filmed & Edited by Tim Fiasco
Voice Over by Guy Harris

 

Kylie Odetta

Today we feature a supremely talented singer / songwriter / musician, meet Kylie Odetta who hails from Greenville, South Carolina.

19-year-old Kylie Odetta has always been able to access a musical maturity that transcends her age. By 6 she was playing piano fluidly, by 12 she was recording her own material in her own iconic style and, as of 2017, has clocked in hundreds of shows that include opening slots for Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Callait and Mat Kearny.

Kylie Odetta will release her new EP “Undertow” on May 19, 2017.

In the meantime, in between time, let’s have a wander through some of her wonderful catalog.

First up, I understand this is a cover of a song by GAWVI, I hate to admit it but I have never heard of him before. I haven’t heard his version so I cannot judge or compare. But this is one beautiful song and beautifully sung by Kylie Odetta. Very simple vocal and keyboard accompaniment provide a perfect slice of entertainment.
Closer

Filmed at The Upper Room, Greenville SC
Arranged & Performed by: Kylie Odetta
Filmed by: Bryon Bench

OK, let’s get to the self penned songs, this is one very talented songwriter. And in this song Kylie proves she has the chops to perform jazz. This song has such a jazzy feel to it, and Kylie has associated herself with a very tight combo. Oh so reminiscent of the jazz singers of the 50’s and 60’s. Loving this tune. Kylie Odetta & The Trio performing Odetta’s original song “Let Me Love You”, off of the #HighDreamer EP, LIVE at Studio 101.
Let Me Love You

Song Written & Performed (keys & vocals) by Kylie Odetta.
Guitar by Andrew Brower.
Drums by D Miller.
Produced by Brad Phillips, Studio 101.
Filmed by Bryon Bench.
Mixed by Matt LaPlant.

This is a beautiful song performed with a lot of feeling, I’ll let Kylie explain the meaning behind it.
This song was inspired by and in memory of the four USC Upstate students who lost their lives in a car crash in October of 2015. It is a tribute to anyone who has ever lost someone they love. You can find the four students pictures at the end of the video. Our prayers are with all of the families and friends, and all of you listening to the song and remembering someone special to you in your heart. We will never erase the love of those we have lost! God bless. -Kylie O
Can’t Erase It

Song Written by: Kylie Odetta
Song Produced by: Matt LaPlant
Video Produced by: Bryon Bench
Video location: Furman University Daniel Recital Hall, Greenville SC

This is a track from a couple of years back, a terrific song written and performed by Kylie. The more I hear her voice the more I feel I am listening to a future star. There is a depth to this song which is awesome for someone so young.
Promised Myself

Song produced, engineered and mixed by Matt LaPlant
Kylie Odetta © 2014

Have to love a young lady who loves cats, and they obviously love her.

I’ll leave you with some more sounds from Kylie, give a listen to her EP.
The EP is mellow and broken down – it focuses on the piano and Kylie’s raspy vocals as well as selected elements of magic to create a dreamy atmosphere.
High Dreamer