Charlie Wallis teams up with EMRE to Coast into a new direction with this summer anthem

Charlie Wallis is incredibly popular on the local Open Mic scene. His delicate but passionate voice makes him stand out with his unique brand of folk stylings. So this collaboration is the last thing we were expecting.

EMRE is an up and coming producer from London, who had the vision to embrace the wondrous qualities of Charlie‘s voice over this chilled house track. ‘Coast’ is an unexpected summer anthem. It seems that even without the acoustic guitar, Charlie has big pop aspirations. This is a welcome step in the right direction.

‘Coast’ is out today and available on iTunes.

Mikey Glenister

Summer may be here, but don’t put away your winter coat just yet: you need Big Jacket in your life

The folk scene in Southend is incredibly healthy. It’s a good time to be a troubadour, with plenty of Open Mic nights springing up over the last few years. There’s never been more platforms for upcoming artists.

One of the current standout acts in this scene is Big Jacket. Led by Jordan Hemmingway, they have only been playing together since January this year and already they are earning themselves a large following. Their single release show at The Alex was absolutely rammed, but this is testament to just how good their songs and live performances are.

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Something To Think About‘ is charming song. The reassuring growl in Jordan’s voice is perfectly complemented by the delicate tones of Kyiah Marks. The subtle build to the huge crescendoing ending is a beautiful journey. They’ve stamped their sound; this is pure and honest pop music. Very welcome in our seaside town.

Big Jacket play Village Green Festival next month. ‘Something To Think About’ is available on iTunes right here.

Darren Jones brings his World Music Band to Chinnerys on Saturday night!

This weekend is clearly a good one to set up camp at Chinnerys for. Once Arcaves have brought the Friday party, Saturday 25th sees the enigmatic Darren Jones & The World Music Band take to the stage to keep the party going, for one of his biggest headline shows.

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Darren is Southend’s answer to Paul Simon and is a regular on this town’s popular open mic circuit. With his full band behind him he’s unstoppable.

This is one live show you don’t want to miss. An uplifting folk force to be reckoned with, one of Southend’s best kept secrets. Head to See Tickets to get your tickets for this must-see show!

Davey Hal

Davey Hal’s Long Awaited Debut ‘Materials Logic’ Pulls No Punches – Misery Loves Company

By Mikey Glenister

Davey Hal has been around on the highly active open mic circuit for many years now. Which is why it’s surprising that it’s taken this long for him to release a debut album. ‘Materials Logic‘ is a curious listen.

Right from the start, the grandiose piano on ‘Soothe The Grey’ arpeggiates into a pleasing set of chord progressions, culminating with some Fleet Foxes style vocal harmonies. It’s quite the introduction.

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From there, the journey takes many leaps. The quirky playfulness of ‘Night Walking‘ is almost a red herring for the personal journey that follows. For the most part, this a collection of somber but earnest looks into Davey Hal‘s soul. In each track, it seems he’s singing about someone else, possibly someone who’s caused heartbreak? The bleak nature of the things he could or would do are evident in his lyrics, presented with assured optimism.

There is nothing wrong with darkness, and the delicate piano instrumental ‘Berdou‘ meanders between the light and dark balance. Although there are happier tracks present here, it’s the melancholy moments that provide the real highlights. ‘Your Stone’ is haunting, but beautiful.

This album pulls no punches. Davey Hal wears his heart on his sleeve, resulting in a captivating set of songs.

‘Materials Logic’ is available on iTunes now.