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What’s Real

What’s Real

Check out the title track from Waters‘ upcoming Ryan Rabin (Grouplove producer/drummer) produced album, out April 7th (via Vagrant).  The band have spent the last six months on the road with the like of Tegan and Sara, Cold War Kids, Smallpools, Magic Man, now touring with Matt & Kim throughout April and May to support the new record.

Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine

I think you’re going to love this new song from Toronto songwriter Donovan Woods and chances are you’ve already heard it (if you’re a country fan).  He wrote “Portland, Maine”, and through his Nashville songwriting relationships, was able to have the song covered on by Tim McGraw on the country singer’s latest record.

Of course it’s a huge honour to have a beloved artist like Tim cut one of your songs,” says Woods. “He hears a lot of songs, by the best writers in the world. His version is just perfect. It was quite a bold track to include on a mainstream country record in 2014. This recording of the song is exactly what he heard when he picked it. I thought it was way too sad. Way too sad for anyone to record.”

Chains.

Chains.

Ok, this isn’t exactly new but I only just found out that Many Things even existed, and the only reason why I did was the fact that they opened for Is Tropical at Shapes, London, and I was there.  Oh the serendipity!

Many Things are three Londoners.  Michael Tomlinson, Macks Faulkron and Gabi Woo; vocals/guitar, drums and keyboards, respectively. Their music sounds old and modern at the same time, like something I could easily find in one of my parents’ twenty-something years old mixtape or in one of my most recent playlists.

“Chains” is not their latest release, but it is my favourite so far. It’s strong, powerful, hurt, passionate, so very real. So go ahead and listen to their EP ‘What We Are’, released last year, and if you have a chance to see them live, please don’t miss the opportunity. I’m keeping my eye on Many Things, and you should too.