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MUSIC RADAR: Catching the last tube with Sofar Sounds

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Dagny Daniel James and Bird Courage

Need a pick-me-up on the bus to the office? Or looking for that perfect Friday-feeling tune for the train journey home? Look no further! Each fortnight we’ll bring you our Music Radar top track, complete with a Spotify playlist, so you can plug in and get your toes tapping on public transport

By Callan De Villiers

We were lucky enough this week to attend a Sofar Sounds session in the lovely Tushar’s living room in Shoreditch. Yes, his living room. If you haven’t already heard of it, Sofar Sounds has become a global movement where artists perform intimate gigs for real music fans. You have no idea who’s performing and no idea who’s hosting. The whole idea is to experience the music as it should be experienced – no phones, no bar tabs, no talking, just listening. It’s honestly a very cool vibe (some guy literally kicked off his shoes) and it’s free to sign up, so get on that

The first artist to perform was a stunning Norwegian songbird called Dagny. All we can say is, automatic girl crush. She, together with her band, kept us smiling (and at one point tearing up) with her beautiful lyrics and very real sound. What a gem.

She has just moved to London and is now busy writing and recording. Unfortunately there is not much out there yet, but her single I Say was released earlier this year… have a listen…

Next up was Daniel James, a singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland. This handsome fellow grabbed us immediately with his stellar voice and very moving lyrics.

Also recently moved to London, this guy knows exactly what he’s doing… and what he can do. His EP the Bridge was released May 2014, take a little look at the title track…

Lastly, we had the pleasure of experiencing Bird Courage. This trio from Brooklyn, NY, is made up of Erik Meier, Samuel R. Saffery and Clinton Van Gemert. If there was ever a lesson in not judging from appearances, this was one. Their pastoral-astral sound is full of heart and depth, but at the same time is incredibly uplifting.

At one point the band used a violin bow to play a xylophone. We were not ready for that. We may have stopped breathing for a second. It was such a pleasure to catch them before they left to fly back to the states, take a listen to Stone

And don’t forget to check out Global Cool’s Music Radar Spotify playlist to keep up to date with the hottest new music when you’re on the bus/train/tube to work….


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