He’s also had attention from Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing, which meant he’s had playlisting from none other than Folk Radio UK, a major player in the folk scene. Find out more below…

Turtle Tempo: VALA – ‘Only One’
Manchester quarter VALA have serious potential to play multiple huge festival stages one day, and they are more than deserving of such accolade. Alex Pearson

Friday’s Finest is back on ICM once again. The song is terrifically tender with some delightful acoustic guitars and ukulele tones from the off. The new track is the title of their upcoming EP and is a great sing-along pop banger with infectious riffs and melancholic lyrics. Nexus Music Blog: Lost Like Alice – ‘When the World Waits’
As I have come to expect by now, Lost Like Alice is a formidable singer-songwriter. The track is his first release since his 2019 single ‘Rabbit Hole’. With a variety of influences in bedroom-pop, 60s and indie-rock, you’re onto a winner with these guys. Having had praise from every major radio DJ in the country, such as BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson, Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq and Tom Ravenscroft all playing it on the radio station. The single was recorded at Unit Studios in Letchworth and was mixed by Alex Bush, with the track being mastered by Greg Calbi – who’s worked with The National – with the piece of work having a community choir being featured, ‘Sing For Joy’, giving it that added layer of texture to wrap your ears around. It’s emotive, decisive and pure. Be sure to check out their entire catalogue as well their ‘Rain Club’ EP singles all recorded live. Every time I get to the chorus there is a massive sense of elation as the choir comes in and gives the track that atmospheric edge. The band said on Facebook: “We just want to preface this by saying despite the tracks lyrical content, we’ve had this track in our set since last year, so we do want to make it clear we’re not jumping on a band wagon and using buzz words to try and appear relevant in the midst of a global pandemic.”

  His vocals remind me of the stripped-back Frank Turner shows that I’ve been to, so tender yet fragile at the same time. The weekly feature alongside It’s All Indie, Turtle Tempo and Nexus Music Blog, highlights the latest tracks we’ve been digging albeit old or new. This feels like a slight departure of the normal for Ben, adding more percussion and feeling almost theatrical. It’s All Indie: Luke James Williams – ‘This Says’
Cambridge based Luke James Williams has today shared a fantastic slice of folk with his new single ‘This Says’. The man behind the mask, Ben Parker has spent a long time perfecting his craft. Mastered at Abbey Road Studios, they have just released the music video for their playful, upbeat release ‘Only One’. The music video depicts the quartet consisting of Joe, Matt, Tom and Will getting on with their fairly mundane cloudy day while the single itself consists of joyful, jangly guitar riffs, clever lyricism and distinctive vocals. This week’s features VALA, Luke James Williams, Lost Like Alice and Llovers (pictured above). Press Photo // By Milly Hutchcraft
ICM: Llovers – ‘I Don’t Wanna Be Alone’
Following up on February’s single ‘Feeling Sound’, indie pop five-piece Llovers are back with ‘I Don’t Wanna Be Alone’ showcasing the outfits strikingly good craft of soaring pop songs. Enter ‘When the World Waits’. And that’s just three of the very best elements that make Lost Like Alice an artist to know. The world might be mad at the moment but one thing is certain, you are never going to tire of listening to VALA, no matter what mood you’re in. Remember the name, Luke James Williams, he will be a big name on the Cambridge Folk Festival when it is hosted again, and if he keeps on writing songs such as “This Says” then the sky is the limit for this up-and-coming songwriter. Isolation has allowed Ben to make full use of his talent and search for more opportunities to test the waves of ideas that have emerged since the start of Lockdown.

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