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EP Review: "Someone Else's Dream" by Charlie Hole



Hey guys!

Do you ever discover new music and then get slightly annoyed with yourself, simply because you didn't know about a certain artist before?
I kind of feels like you've wasted time, right?

Well, we don't encourage negative feelings towards ourselves, but we couldn't help but feel a little annoyed when we realised we missed out on Charlie Hole's music for years.

But hey- we know better now and are going to make up for the lost time by blasting his new EP on repeat.

Are you with us?

Artist: Charlie Hole
Title: Someone Else's Dream
Genre: Acoustic, Singer/Songwriter
Label: Cocomack Records
Release Date: 6th October 2017

Charlie Hole is a singer/songwriter from Bournemouth, UK.

His carefully crafted music combines Acoustic and Folk elements in such elegant manner.
Charlie started making and writing music at the young age of eleven and has been going strong ever since.

With inspirations such as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits & Paul Simon, it's no surprise that we find a lot of personality and intimacy in his songs.

His debut album "The Joy of a Caged Bird" was released in 2013.
With loyal fans and praise from none other than Rod Stewart and three time Novello Award winner Andy Hill, it's safe to say we're not the only ones with his music on repeat.

And now Charlie returns with his brand new EP, "Someone Else's Dream" - so let's check it out.

Tracklist:
1) Someone Else's Dream
2) Boundaries
3) The City
4) Dog Years

Opener and title track "Someone Else's Dream" is a thought provoking and reflective track.
The verses are kept very calm and simple, with focus on a beautifully soft piano melody and Charlie's warm vocals. A subtle build-up in the pre-chorus soon enough launches into a powerful composition in the chorus; Charlie doesn't shy away from steady percussions, touching strings and supportive basslines - and it all works together so well.

"Boundaries" wins you over with romantic e-guitar notes, accompanied by slightly smokey vocals and ever so subtle backing vocals. Every element in the song found its rightful place with such elegance, that you can't help but pay full attention to each detail.

Charlie's cover version of Maggie Rogers' "Dog Years" keeps the slightly mysterious feeling of the original alive and gives it an even more comforting touch. It's one of those songs that you could put on repeat for five hours straight and not get bored of.

To sum it up: If you haven't heard of Charlie Hole before, this EP is going to make you regret it.
But don't spend your time feeling upset - just enjoy the EP which is filled with sparkling details and dreamy harmonies.
We know this is EP hasn't been released long ago - but man, we can't wait for the next one already.

 

You should listen to these tracks: Someone Else's Dream, Boundaries





- stream "Someone Else's Dream" EP
- buy "Someone Else's Dream" EP



Charlie Hole online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram




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Credits // Words: Vanesa Jertschewske | Image: Charlie Hole

Cover The HITS #6: Saint Alto



Hey guys!

One of the first things I've learned (the hard way) from house in the sand, was that things don't always go as planned and a lot of times you just have to believe in Rock'n'Roll and go with whatever happens.

It wasn't always easy to do that, but within the last 5 years, I've definitely gotten better at it.

Our Cover The HITS series sailed quite smoothly for the first few weeks, but there are always going to be some technical difficulties along the way - and so here we are, embracing them.

Today's cover is a little different compared to the others, but nonetheless - it's amazing.
And that's really all we care about.

Just to make sure you know what Cover The HITS is about, let us explain:
We love cover versions, so here we are - showcasing eight exclusive covers throughout the month of October.

You'll find a new video each Wednesday and Saturday, performed by artists we truly believe in.

To help us make this series a big (and maybe recurring) feature, we'd love for you to share it with your friends by using the hashtag #CoverTheHITS on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.


Today we have another familiar face here - we get to listen to Saint Alto's fantastic cover.


Saint Alto is the new moniker of Birmingham's Phil Barber who was previously known as one half of Winter 1982.
Refreshing Alternative Folk might be the best way to describe the sound, however, listeners are always in for a surprise.

Even though Saint Alto is still a new-ish project to the industry, BBC Introducing is already as excited about it as we are.
With a few songs out already, we've heard enough to become big fans.


Saint Alto covered 80's mega hit "Ain't Nobody" by the one and only Chaka Khan.
If today you don't feel like dancing, but simply want to relax with a cup of tea in your hands - this cover is for you.



Check out Saint Alto's cover of "Ain't Nobody" right here:




In case you aren't familiar with the original, you can find it here.



Saint Alto online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram



Big thank you to Phil for still delivering some this quality cover, even though technology wasn't on board.



more of Cover The HITS: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5





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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image & Video: Saint Alto | Audio Intro: Martin Kelly

Gig Photos: Aquilo at El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles




Hey guys!

Whilst I was preparing this post and sorting out a few things on house in the sand,
I looked at the list of concerts we've been able to cover within the past years.

When you look at it, the cities jump from New York to Stuttgart to Los Angeles.
And to a girl from a small town near Stuttgart (Germany), that just looks surreal.

I'm beyond excited about the opportunities which we get to grab and share with everyone who's interested.

Today we are jumping back to Los Angeles by checking out Melissa's photos of Aquilo.

You can learn more about Melissa here, and support her on her social media outlets:
portfolio | twitter | facebook | instagram


Melissa recently went to photograph Aquilo in Los Angeles, 
so please check out her work below.
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Date: 16th October 2017
Venue: El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles (USA)

Support: Yoke Lore





Yoke Lore online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram










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Headliner: Aquilo





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Have you seen Aquilo or Yoke Lore live before?
Let us know!





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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Photography: Melissa Rodriguez

Cover The HITS #5: Robbie Cavanagh ft. Demi Marriner



Hey guys!

With today's video we are kicking off our third week of Cover The HITS.
As always, time flies and it blows our minds - but that's old news.

The further we are getting into this series, the more I realise how much fun this actually is.
Since all artists get to pick their songs themselves, it's always a complete surprise for us when we receive the videos.
So the behind the scenes atmosphere is an absolute blast.

Just to make sure you know what Cover The HITS is about, let us explain:
We love cover versions, so here we are - showcasing eight exclusive covers throughout the month of October.

You'll find a new video each Wednesday and Saturday, performed by artists we truly believe in.

To help us make this series a big (and maybe recurring) feature, we'd love for you to share it with your friends by using the hashtag #CoverTheHITS on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.


Today we have the fabulous Robbie Cavanagh and Demi Marriner here to surprise us with a cover.


Robbie Cavanagh is a singer/songwriter from Manchester, UK.
His music can be genrefied as Americana as most of his songs are guitar and vocal based - yet there's more to him than that.

His album "The State Of Maine" consists of handcrafted, storytelling and relatable songs presented as interesting and lively tracks.

The musician keeps releasing fantastic songs as well as touching music videos and is gigging his way through the UK.
On February 24th Robbie released his new single "Godsend", which he previously performed for Mahogany Sessions, as the first single off of his brand new record "To Leave / To Be Left" which is out now. 


We simply cannot wait for you to watch their cover of Shania Twain's "Man! I Feel Like A Woman".
Every time we watch it, we can't help but sing along with the biggest smiles on our faces.



Check out Robbie & Demi's cover of "Man! I Feel Like A Woman" here:




In case you aren't familiar with the original, you can find it here.


Robbie Cavanagh online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram

Demi Marriner online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram



I'd like to send a mega thank you note to Robbie and Demi for joining this series and for brightening our day with this fantastic performance.



more of Cover The HITS: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4






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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: Robbie Cavanagh | Video: Demi Marriner & Robbie Cavanagh | Audio intro: Martin Kelly

Gig Photos: Angus & Julia Stone at Liederhalle, Stuttgart




Hey guys!

One thing I've learned in 2017 (so far), is that you stumble upon the greatest things, when you are active and grab opportunities when you can.

The way I used to run house in the sand was really focused on certain plans and not looking left or right.
Sometimes, that's exactly how you need to handle things in order to get to a certain level.

But honestly, it's so much better to look left and right.
I can quite literally save you from being run over.
(Yes, that's a metaphor, not a traffic warning.)

So for the last few months of 2017, I've challenged myself to only look left and right and forget about all things centered.
And so far I'm loving it.

One thing on the list, was to photograph shows I wouldn't necessarily focus on.

James Blunt last week was the first one of those, followed by Angus & Julia Stone.
It wasn't that I didn't like their music, no- I just didn't know it.

But I went, I took photos and I fell in love with their stage presence.

And I hope you'll enjoy the photos you're about to see.

If you do, come over and say hi to me on Twitter or Instagram.

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Date: 13th October 2017
Venue: Liederhalle (Hegelsaal), Stuttgart (Germany)

Support Act: Isaac Gracie


Isaac Gracie is a singer/songwriter from London, UK.

When you do your research about this artist, you'll find a lot of praise - written by journalists, radio promoters and media people in general - all talking about how mesmerizing, yet simple his presence is.

And then you listen to his music and end up being completely stunned by the intensity and depth it offers.

When he walked on stage with his drummer and bassist, then grabbed his guitar and started playing - he had already gotten the attention from a very curious audience.
That attention stayed with him for the entire set - due to him practically hypnotizing everyone with his powerful performance.

It's only a matter of time until this guy isn't just an "insider tip" in the industry anymore, so watch out.




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Headliner: Angus & Julia Stone


Angus & Julia Stone are a duo from Newport, Australia.

The siblings have been making music for years and have released multiple albums over the years.

Their Folk sound is nothing but absolutely beautiful.
It's one of those sounds that you'll be able to identify a few notes into the song.

I wasn't able to stay for the entire show, but I really wish I had been able to.
As a photographer, you spend the first three songs in the photo pit to document the show, so I actually spend three songs freaking out about how beautiful their backdrop and light show was.

The show was versatile, it was emotional and it was full on magical.
I really hope the photos below will allow you to understand just how stunning the entire set up was.





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And that's it for today.


Have you seen Angus & Julia Stone live before?
What did you think of their show?






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Credits // Words & Photography: Vanessa Jertschewske | **a ticket + photo pass have kindly been provided**