Here we are, it’s September!
Some of us are back to work, others (like me) are back to school… the days are getting shorter and in Scotland’s case, we went from summer straight to winter, while my French friends are enjoying an indian summer in my hometown.
So if you’re nostalgic about the warm weather and the festival season, let’s talk about 3 songs I really like to extend that summer feeling:
The Humpff Family revival – Sorry is a useless word
If you were a music fan in the 90’s, this name must ring a bell.
The Humpff Family was a well-known act in the traditional folk-a-billy UK music scene and abroad, as they even made it to America.
Even if John Coletta (lead singer, mandolin) flew solo for a while after the band parted ways, the Humpff Family’s name and music has always been stuck in the fans’ mind. So when he decided to go back on the road with a new version of the Humpff Family, they received a warm welcome and naturally sold out the Oran Mor last year for the Celtic Connections.
If you couldn’t go to any festival this year, I’ll give you a tip: play their latest album “Revival” and it’s just like you’re there, one beer in hand, catching up with friends and dancing to the music.
I feel like the Humpff Family is definitely cut out for live performances and festivals as they create a friendly and festive atmosphere, thanks to their entertaining and catchy music. You’ll have no other choice than to get up and dance.
” You’re so fine”, ” Sorry is a useless word” and “Hummingbirds & Bees”, which is a bit different from the other tracks as it has a bossa-nova kind of vibe are my favourite songs of the album which is of course available on Spotify.
Nicol & Elliott – Wish You’d Stayed Away
I talked about Nicol & Elliott before in the French section of my blog (artistes à découvrir), but I thought I would mention them for my anglophone audience as well as I played their music all summer.
The alternative country/Americana duo released their debut single “Wish You’d Stayed Away” on March 29th on Electric Honey and I’ve been obsessed with this song ever since. Rachel’s (Elliott) fiddle parts give a traditional vibe to the music and her angelic voice blends perfectly with Andrew’s (Nicol).
It’s funny to think that what was supposed to be a one-off collaboration for the Celtic Connections last year led to this beautiful project. The chemistry between them works so well that it’s hard to believe they’ve only been working with each other for a little more than a year. It was clearly meant to be!
Whether they play in acoustic version or with a full band, their live performances are always captivating . You can feel that they are authentic and passionate about the music they deliver.
Their new single “Sweet Downfall” will be out this autumn and is just as good as “Wish You’d Stayed Away”.
Chris Greig And The Merchants – Lipstick
If you’re into melodic pop/rock tunes and if you like The 1975, 2 Doors Cinema Club or Catfish and The Bottlemen, you will love the single “Lipstick”! Click here to listen to it.
I’ve been to some of their gigs, and it’s obvious that their music takes another dimension when they perform live. Their fan base is pretty impressive as you can hear them singing along as they dance and jump all over the place.
“Your lipstick stains my mind”
Well, I don’t know about the lipstick, but the song, for sure! It’s impossible to get bored while listening to them as their melodies and lyrics are infectious. You’ll find yourself singing along after hearing the first chorus, and you’ll be humming the songs for days afterwards.
The previous single “Colours” is another example of their ability to deliver catchy melodies which will be stuck in your head.
Their EP has been out since June on Electric Honey and features “Lipstick”, “StopGo”, “Colours” and “Talking Aloud” .
What song is your favourite? Tell me in the comments!