This song incorporates a backdrop of plucked strings which sounds vaguely Eastern-influenced, providing a perfect backdrop for Richard Walters’ airy vocals on this hit-worthy track from his album Regret Less. The UK-based songwriter sings in a breathy falsetto, luring us unto the song of love and longing while drawing comparisons to artists crossing the spectrum from Billie MacKenzie to Andrew Bird. If this isn’t enough to win you over, fall head over heels for his epic, haunting version of “Time in a Bottle” by Jim Croce which manages to transform a song we’ve all heard into something magnificently new. I’ve got to keep both ears on this guy in the future if I’m going to keep up!
Fans of Vampire Weekend and Stornoway need to prepare for immediate auralgasms, because Blisses B’s single “Regal Goodbyes” is going to rock your world. Their album, Thirty Days, Sixty Years, has been out since late 2010, but the San Francisco band has yet to find its well-deserved breakthrough. Still, we have this song, and what a hook it builds, twisting psychedelic pop influences in with the genre-bending explorations of artists as disparate as Paul Simon and Andrew Bird, with enough sun-drenched melodies to make it the perfect antidote for the winter blues. Check out the song, then head to the band’s website to hear the rest. You won’t be disappointed!