Steve Young – Hold Me Close featuring Gemma Mewse

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With a crowd funded album heading our way in 2016, British singer/songwriter Steve Young potently whets the appetite for it and simply his evocative sound with new single Hold Me Close. Featuring the rich vocal tones of Gemma Mewse alongside Young’s own, the track grabs ears from start to finish, confirming why a great many are sending acclaim and strong attention the way of the Londoner.

Before venturing into his solo exploits, Young has been a keenly sought after musician over the last clutch of years, his talents as a session guitarist seeing him work with a host of popular artists. Starting out in a London based rock band which undertook many successful UK tours, Young’s craft and prowess subsequently saw him playing with artists such as Lionel Richie, Peter Andre, Gareth Gates, and Delta Goodrem. In 2007, Young became the touring guitarist for former Savage Garden front man Darren Hayes, a gig taking him across Europe, Canada, Australia, and the US, allowing him to perform in venues like The Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Arena, and Sydney State Theatre. Also a co-writer on Darren Hayes’ 2012 album Secret Codes & Battleships as well as joining forces the same year with West End Superstar, Ramin Karimloo (Phantom, Les Mis, Miss Saigon), it had been and was a busy time, which prevented Young getting time to work on his own music.

That moment to concentrate on his personal music came the following year though and Young seized it, exploring his love of blues, rock and country thereon in. Last year saw the release of debut EP Little Things, a well-received encounter employing essences from inspirations like early Clapton, John Mayer, David Gray, The Eagles, and Turin Breaks. Since then, Young has been taking his sound to the live scene, playing Country 2 Country Festival at the London O2, Rhythms Of The World Festival, and The Edinburgh Fringe amongst many other shows. Now as mentioned ahead of his first album, Young has unveiled Hold Me Close, an appetite pleaser from start to finish which tempts even those of us with a more hellacious taste in music.

The song opens on a piano’s caress, a guitar swiftly joining the reflective lure before the strong voice of Young brings further expression and temptation. With strings soon an additional warm melancholic suggestiveness, as the song broadens with the beguiling tones of Mewse, everything blossoms into an inviting croon of melodic and country rock. Ebbing and flowing like waves on an inviting yet lonely beach, the song continues to enticingly engage ears and thoughts, with poise and beauty. Fair to say the vocals steal the show, with strings and keys in close order, but across the track everything works as one to incite and keep keen attention involved.

Written and sung from the heart, Hold Me Close is a melodic and harmonic romance sure to awaken many more to Steve Young, and anticipation for his upcoming album.

Hold Me Close is out now.

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Upcoming Steve Young live dates:

Nov 26th – West End Centre, Aldershot – with Jo Harman

Dec 10th – Coach and Horse, Wellingborough

Pete RingMaster 23/11/2015

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Jona Overground – On The Outside

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A persistent caress on the ears, the soulful acoustic pop of Jona Overground as vibrantly presented on their debut album On The Outside, is a proposition to warm up any thought, emotion, or day. Presenting ten easy going yet elegantly crafted and persuasive songs, the release makes no demands yet provides a tender persuasion of memorable and lingering propositions which melt the senses.

Formed in 2011, Jona Overground is the creation of vocalist Ann-Marie Gilkes, who has worked with the likes of Erasure, Kylie Minogue, Lionel Richie, and Tricky, and guitarist/keyboardist Jon Griffin. Meeting whilst studying music at Goldsmiths College, the pair began writing together after discovering a mutual love of classic pop, with the creation of the band coming soon after. Establishing a potent reputation on the live scene around London and the South East, the duo linked up with producer Alexander Mayor to work on their debut release, the impressive IRL Records released On the Outside.

Opener If You Were Free sets the tone of the album right away, warmly coaxing chords of guitar courted by firm if unadventurous beats styling a canvas to which Gilkes paints intimate narratives with her potent tones and delightful 0003691228_350expression. There is much more to this and the other songs of course but it is a magnetic undercoat which leads to brighter enchantment. With the leaner backing vocals of Griffin skirting his tantalising guitar prowess whilst seducing harmonies break free throughout, the song swings and sway with a gentle but forceful enticement, making for an attention awakening and ear pleasing start to the release.

The following Spin Cycle sidles up to the senses with a sultry climate and dark seduction next; its majestic melodic curves from the start reminding of Burt Bacharach composed musical shadows, and more specifically at times the song Walk On By. With a glowing shimmer of keys leading to evocative flames of melodies around the emotive lyrical expression, the song continues the impressive beginnings of the album before moving on to be replaced by the intimacy of Last Time I Saw You. Though the song does not grip as its predecessors, ears and thoughts are still captivated by the enticing melody seeping from the guitar and the glorious heat of classically bred stringed suasion which immerses the imagination. A track which impresses further with time, it adds another potent hue to the body of the release, as does the next up title track. A song which from a powerful first meeting also increases its lure which each involvement, it parades a joyful stride and vibrant energy in creating an increasing infectiousness whilst keys add their individual colour to meet the ever agreeable vocals and harmonies of Gilkes. It marks the pinnacle of the album, a plateau which embraces its successor too. Caught In A Line is a ballad which lies close to ears and emotions, its repetitive harmonies and evocative incitement of keys mesmeric whilst Gilkes smothers the senses in her intimate vocal beauty. That alone is enough to delight an already contented appetite but it is the rub of strings and keyboard additives which add unpredictable intrigue to the tale to turn a great song into something which sticks in thoughts long term.

Both the smiling gait of Let’s Pretend and the darker throatier breath of When Sorrows End keep the highs coming, the first a slice of reined in pop revelry which is still allowed to swish its melodic skirt in seductive fashion and the second a glorious embrace of deeper toned sounds and encroaching shadows which flirt with and kiss the senses from start to finish. The best track on the release, the song is an imposing beauty and quite irresistible.

My Word, Your World is a provocative call for feet and emotions next, its again heavier emotive premise still an easy bait to dance floors before the similarly flavoursome revelry of Time For Games parades its summery festivity. Employing a duet between the melodious temptation of Gilkes and the down to earth tones of Griffin, it is a song which takes a little time to acclimatise to but soon has body and soul locked into its flirty waltz of sound.

The album is brought to a close by the more than decent Fallout, though its balladry lacks the spark of certainly the previous track. It still makes for a satisfying close to a thoroughly enjoyable romance of melodic pop in its most relaxed and refreshing state. On The Outside leaves contentment and a hunger for more in its wake, and that is more than enough to light up dark days and uncertain nights.

On The Outside is available now via IRL Records through all digital stores

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8/10

RingMaster 19/08/2014

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