Updated: Oct 01, 2014 -- 5:58pm
You've heard Lorde, Hozier and Vance Joy carve their autobiographical stylings on FM 102/1 for a while now -- and we think we may have found the next person to succeed all of them: George Ezra. Ezra seems to lead the next wave of performers with recently released his debut album "Wanted On Voyage" and the first single “Budapest.”
Ezra is very calculating on how he's connecting with his ever-growning fanbase with everything he touches, starting with the title of his album -- Wanted On Voyage. It comes from a phrase Ezra saw on luggage during boat trips, and he likes the idea of his music being along with fans as they take their own voyage. Speaking of connecting with fans, after Ezra released “Budapest” he decided to make a mini four day tour from Bristol to Budapest where in each city and picked up fans along the way to make the cross continent trek with him.
Ezra looks like an average 21 year old, that's because he is your average 21 year old, but with the voice and the lyrics of someone who has lived for a hundred. He cites Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie as his musical influences and on “Budapest” and it really shows. Why a song about Budapest? According to Ezra it is a song about giving up something he doesn’t have. He liked that idea and thought it was a sweet sentiment.
-- Mark Milaeger
Updated: Sep 30, 2014 -- 4:10pm
It is time to acquaint yourself with Mikhael Paskalev.
Mikhael Paskalev (Pronounced: Mik-HAIL PAS-ka-LEV) has been making waves in Scandinavia for a while -- winning the national award for Norway's Best Signed Act in 2012.
2013's Jive Babe EP is an inspired collection blending indie rock with the singer songwriter feel. Songs like “Jive Babe”, “Come On”, and “I Spy” combine genres to make one unique sound. “I Spy” -- on both the EP and the album "What's Life Without Losers" -- is light, upbeat and to the point. Imagine if Paul Simon, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Bob Dylan and Of Monsters and Men had a baby. This song has a definite festival feel to it.