The sixth instalment of 'Hidden Gems and Forgotten Treasures' comes, once again, from Smashed Vinyl's omnipotent Jess Lynch. She has dived down through the deepest swamps of music's past and found a whole host of shiny treasures for you all to feast on this week.
Originating from Seattle, the band formed in 2006 yet has been on hiatus since 2012. An intricately stunning acoustic masterpiece. Gentle yet passionate vocals flow and twirl amongst the quirky and harmonious sound, so natural and pure. Their lyrics create such vivid stories, engulfing you entirely, with the help of their whimsical music videos. If Father John Misty comes to mind when having a listen, you are not mistaken. Josh Tillman originally drummed for Fleet Foxes before leaving to focus on his solo career. Tracks such as Mykonos, Tiger Mountain Peasant Song and Ragged Wood can be quite overwhelming to listen to as the performance is so beautifully heartfelt and passionate.
Ethereal. Carlyle has such a delicate strength to her voice which works extremely well with her varied musical styles which include classical, jazz, pop, RnB and even her own genre which she refers to as Elizabethan ska. With a true and untainted talent among the likes of Florence Welch and Amy Winehouse, ukulele playing Carlyle may appear sweet and chirpy in songs such as Baby Bloodheart, however her diverse style is shown in songs such as her compelling King and chilling take of Lauryn Hill's Ex-Factor. Unsure of how Carlyle feels about her song Pianni being referred to as 'the IKEA cat commercial song', it truly does deserve more recognition and praise for its grace and elegance. Breathtaking.
(Not to be confused with the American baseball player) Babe Ruth, a 70's Blues-Rock band from Hatfield are loaded with spirit, character and soul. Lead singer, Jenny Haan holds such a sturdy and ardent performance, which is then echoed by the rest of the band with Dick Powell on drums, Dave Hewitt on bass, Alan Shacklock on guitar and Dave Punshon on piano. Their hit song The Mexican, brings an element of funk to the mix and has been mixed, covered and sampled by many artists such as Grandmaster Flash, Sugar Ray and Jellybean. It is considered to be one of the most influential songs in hip-hop culture. Babe Ruth come together to take you on a colourful and intrepid journey that you won't want to end.