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NEW MUSIC PROFILE - POP ROCK BAND "CHASING INFINITY"

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Regulars on the Cheshire music scene, Chasing Infinity first caught my ears early in 2014, when I was studying for my Music Journalism Diploma.  I wrote an article called "Cheshire Rocks" featuring the band with three other artists.  The article eventually became published in a local magazine.  I have followed closely the band and also saw them accompany The Fireflys at The Brindley Theatre in Runcorn in June 2015.


Playing a great blend of pop rock, they formed in 2009 and released their debut album, “Chasing Infinity” in 2012.  An acoustic E.P. entitled “Chinfin Unplugged” was released in 2013 and the last album, "Inaction" which contained the brilliant "Dance With The One That Brought You" came in 2015.  Now down to a three piece band, their 80s inspired tracks are a hit with me, being a nostalgic 80s music buff!


If you love Blondie, or No Doubt, then you will love Chasing Infinity.  Bright, bubbly and infectious, they bring an enthusiasm and bounce …

NEW MUSIC PROFILE - ALTERNATIVE FOLK ARTIST "BLAIR DUNLOP"

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Blair is a British singer-songwriter who has released 4 albums to date, "Blight And Blossom" in 2012, followed by "House Of Jacks" in 2014 and the 2016 release "Gilded".  Latest album "Notes From An Island" was released in 2018.  Following his debut, the quality of the recordings prompting BBC Radio 2 to give him the Horizon Award at the Folk awards in 2013.  Also, in 2005 Blair played the young Willy Wonka in the highly successful film starring Johnny Depp.  A singer and guitarist he gives a mainstream, alternative Folk sound.


Blair in a short time as a solo artist has established himself as a rare talent in Folk circles and has toured around the globe to rave reviews.  A talented songwriter and the music strays seamlessly from pure Acoustic Folk to a more Rock and Pop style or a Country Blues feel.

This talented 24 year old is taking Folk into a different direction, there are traditional style tunes but there is always an Alternativ…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S PLAYLISTS - "BLONDIE/DEBORAH HARRY" PART 2

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A NEW FEATURE ON NEW MUSIC EAR.  THE PLAYLISTS ON MY IPOD FEATURE LOTS OF VARIOUS ARTISTS SO I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE MY PLAYLISTS WITH YOU.  HOPE YOU SEE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITES!
BLONDIE/DEBORAH HARRY

PLAYLIST PART 2

1980 saw the penultimate album (before the comeback) released, "Autoamerican".  Although containing the hit singles "The Tide Is High" and the groundbreaking "Rapture" I could only choose "Susie & Jeffrey" from the bonus tracks to accompany them here.  I found the album too experimental and not that memorable.  I could see why the next album would be the last.



Deborah Harry released her debut solo album, "KooKoo" in 1981, a year before the last Blondie album.  I only really liked "Backfired" with its funky style (thanks to Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic!) and cool video so only one song from this set appears on the playlist.


So the final album from Blondie appeared in 1982, "The Hunter". …

NEW MUSIC EAR'S PLAYLISTS - "BLONDIE/DEBORAH HARRY" PART 1

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A NEW FEATURE ON NEW MUSIC EAR.  THE PLAYLISTS ON MY IPOD FEATURE LOTS OF VARIOUS ARTISTS SO I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE MY PLAYLISTS WITH YOU.  HOPE YOU SEE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITES!
BLONDIE/DEBORAH HARRY

PLAYLIST PART 1

Blondie released "Blondie" in 1976 and were so far ahead of their time that it was full of great songs.  From the 11 tracks I chose 8 for this playlist.  The 3 singles are here, the Punk Pop of "Rip Her To Shreds" and "X Offender" as well as the delightful Motown-esque "In The Flesh".  I incuded the manic "In The Sun", the 60s inspired "Look Good In Blue" and "Little Girl Lies".  "Man Overboard", the 70s style track finds a spot as does the Country vibe of "Rifle Range".



I picked 6 tracks from the second album, "Plastic Letters" from 1977.  The Rock N' Roll style "Kidnapper" is here along with the other two classic Blondie hits, "Denis" and "(I…

NEW MUSIC PROFILE - INDIE POP ARTIST "LOLLI WREN"

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Lolli Wren is a young singer-songwriter based in Kent, London, and released her 5 track debut E.P. in 2015 called "Let Go" under the name "Wren".  Not content with one string to her bow she is also a dance, drama and singing teacher and a vocal coach tutoring singers on vocal techniques, vocal strength and performance among other things.


I first discovered "Wren" a few years ago, since her debut E.P. she has been working on new tracks, making great cover version videos for YouTube, seemingly exploring a variety of hair colours and changing her name!Check out some of her cover versions online of James Bay's "Let It Go" and Jessie Ware's "Say You Love Me".


On listening to her E.P., she has a very unusual voice, think of Tori Amos with a powerful yet cutesy vocal range of Ariana Grande with a little rasp in her voice like Stevie Nicks.  Hard to imagine? then you need to hear this lady.  The debut tracks are quite something.


NEW MUSIC EAR'S PERSONAL PLAYLISTS - "BIG COUNTRY"

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A NEW FEATURE ON NEW MUSIC EAR.  THE PLAYLISTS ON MY IPOD FEATURE LOTS OF VARIOUS ARTISTS SO I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE MY PLAYLISTS WITH YOU.  HOPE YOU SEE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITES!
BIG COUNTRY

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The incredible groundbreaking debut album by Big Country released in 1983 gives my playlist 5 tracks, including the anthemic "Fields Of Fire" and "In A Big Country".  I also included the debut single, "Harvest Home" which epitomises the Big Country sound and paves the way for the sound ahead.  Also included are the gorgeous ballad "Chance" and fast tempo almost Punk style of "Inwards".


A year later came the second album, "Steeltown", such a great album I chose 7 tracks from the albums's 10 tracks.  The band's lyric writing was becoming more and more polished as was the musical quality.  Amazingly, only the single "East Of Eden" reached Top 20 in UK, possible because it is the closest sound to the previous album…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S PERSONAL PLAYLISTS - "BILLY JOEL"

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A NEW FEATURE ON NEW MUSIC EAR.  THE PLAYLISTS ON MY IPOD FEATURE LOTS OF VARIOUS ARTISTS SO I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE MY PLAYLISTS WITH YOU.  HOPE YOU SEE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITES!
BILLY JOEL

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From Billy's debut album, "Cold Spring Harbor" I only chose one song, the Folk-style foot tapper that is "Everybody Loves You Now".



1973 brought the second album and it was the one that got Billy Joel noticed.  4 of the 10 tracks have been picked for my playlist which obviously includes the brilliant and well loved title track from which fans dubbed Mr Joel throughout his career.  Also here are the uptempo Folk style of "Travelin' Man" and the soft ballad "You're My Home".  Completing this quartet is the anthemic Soul of "Stop In Nevada".



After the disappointing backward step of 1974's "Streetlife Serenade", Billy pulled the critics back in a little with "Turnstiles" in 1976.  I took two tracks from this…