Playlist Oct 21 2016
Daniel Ward-Murphy
My beautiful predicament
Daniel Ward-Murphy is a London based singer-songwriter. Nowadays he performs with a group of musicians known as "The Words". In 2008 he released his debut fan-funded album "Until the Morning Light".
Katie Thompson
Fading fast
Katie Thompson is a singer-songwriter from Hokitika, New Zealand. She has released 2 albums ("Tall Poppy" and "Impossible") and 1 live EP ("Moving On"). The style of her music is a mix of folk, pop and country.
Lucia Lilikoi
Ground Zero
Lucia Lilikoi (formerly known as Lucia Iman) is from Mill Valley, California, originally from Spain. So far she has released 3 albums: "Lucia Iman" in 2006, "Tame the Night" in 2009 and "Vessel" in 2015. Her style has been described as "anti-pop".
Inge Maria
She walks
Inge Maria is a singer-songwriter from the Netherlands. The style of her music is described as easy listening, sometimes with a poppy or jazzy touch. She has released 2 albums, "I See You" in 2010 and "Heaven Knows" in 2013, both funded by her fans.
Ellie Williams
Fall too far
Singer-songwriter Ellie Williams from the UK has released 3 albums so far, "Unseen" (2009), "Hope" (2012) and "Osito" (2016). It took her just 50 days to raise a budget of $50,000 for her debut via crowdfunding.
Song of the Week
The Strands
The river
The Strands, formed in 2011 and fronted by British soul singer-songwriter Amanda Campbell, is a band from Santa Monica, US. Their lyrics are thoughtful and provocative. They call their genre artisanal and have released two albums so far.
This one goes out to you
Lunic is the solo project of singer-songwriter, electronic musician, and multi-instrumentalist Kaitee Page, originally from New York, currently based in Dallas, Texas. So far she has relesed 3 albums "Skeletons", "Lovethief" and "Future Sex Drama".
5 is the number
Amycanbe is a 4-piece trip-hop band from Cervia, Italy, started in 2002 by Marco and Mattia. So far they have released 3 albums ("Being A Grown-Up Sure Is Complicated", "Mountain Whales" and "Wolf") and 2 EPs ("Yellow Suit" and "The World Is Round").
Jean Cabbie & The Secret Admirer Society
It's gonna be alright
Jean Cabbie & The Secret Admirer Society is a 4-person band from San Juan, Puerto Rico, US, formed in 2004. Their genre is a blend of alternative, classic rock, power pop and roots rock. They have released 2 albums, "Good Things" and "After Hours".
Clive Barratt
One more chance
Singer-songwriter Clive Barratt comes from Blackburn, Lancashire, England. Nowadays he lives in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. In October 2014 he has released his debut album "Wall of Storms", funded online by his fans, produced by Rob Begg.
Closer to irreversible
3IsOne is a collaboration between 3 versatile singers, authors and composers from the Netherlands, Italy and France. Their songs are about society, love and relationships between people, but also darker subjects like depression and death.
Son of Theia
Earth children
Son of Theia is the alternative and experimental rock project of Evgheni Floca from Chisinau, Moldova, started in 2015. "Lighthouse" is the debut single. This autumn he will release his debut EP, titled "Caged Birds".
Bamil is the solo project of Bamil GutiƩrrez Collado from New Jersey, US. He is a Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, producer, arranger and sound engineer who has released 9 albums.
KEPLER Junction
Ocean city
KEPLER Junction is the project of two songwriters, composers and performers from Plymouth, Devon, UK: Graham and Kevin. They have played together since early 2012. They record, mix and master their music in their own studio called Cave Sonic.
Piet Louter
If we could see
Piet Louter from Kolhorn, the Netherlands started writing songs at the age of 15 and released his first single in 1977. After a long break in music, Piet discovered the possibilities of digital recording, which lead to the recording of two albums.
This week I will play one newcomer to TalentCast, some new songs I have received recently, quite some album tracks and of course the new Song of the Week winner, who gathered quite a lot of votes.
Song of the Week
The Strands
The river
The Strands is a band from Santa Monica (California, US), fronted by British soul singer-songwriter Amanda Campbell. The Strands call their genre artisanal, and their lyrics are thoughtful and provocative.

Richard Green is the lead guitarist of The Strands. He studied music at Cal State University Los Angeles with renowned saxophone and flute player, Buddy Collett. He has also toured and recorded with The Whispers. Susan Ferrari is the keyboardist, songwriter and backing vocalist. Paul, the bass player, is the founder of the band and formed The Strands in 2011.

When they play in Los Angeles and when the band is recording, drummer Lance Tamanaha accompanies the band too. Lance graduated in music composition at Northwestern University. At the New England Conservatory she began her mastery of contemporary improvisation.

The Strands have released two albums, Entanglement in 2015 and Rough out There this year, both available on CDBaby.
Charts Oct 21 2016
The Strands
The river
Rock City Seven
Rock city angels
Electric Fence
Looking for the perfect lover
Phlegraean fields
On the run
Rex Razor
Katey Laurel
Battlesong (Adam Newcomb acoustic remix)
Pure Dead Brilliant
Wanna be free