Arlissa – Healing

Equal measures of power-ballad and disco. Magnificent!

“I wrote ‘Healing’ after I saw this quote “if you don’t heal yourself, you’ll bleed all over the ones that didn’t cut you.” It made me really take a step back and address certain aspects of my life; to stop losing myself in other people and really discover who I am. I know we’re going through maddening and worrisome times. But it’s these periods in life where we love more and are present for the people who need us. When we finally start to  heal, I hope we continue to love and support each other in the same way.”

Arlissa

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A beautiful cover of Olive’s ‘You’re Not Alone’

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This reworking by Arlissa is featured on a BBC drama, and I’m not surprised. So beautiful.

BBC Sound of 2013 longlist announced!

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sound of 2013 longlist

The BBC has just released it’s Sound of 2013 list of artists. Over the years, this has proven to be one of the most accurate predictors of who’s likely to become a household name (in the UK at least) over the next twelve months, and it’s personally a very exciting thing to see. The list is compiled by the UK’s most influential music industry tastemakers, who were each asked to note their favourite emerging artists.

While I’m familiar with all the acts on these long lists by the time they are published, I do not necessarily agree with all the talent in them (that’s the great thing about music).

Still, every year I like to benchmark this blog against the list to see how many acts I’ve championed, and I’m chuffed to see that most of these artists have been featured on Alfitude over the past year or two (although some of these posts are already so old the sound clips may not be active any more):

Other acts on the longlist also include:

  • HAIM
  • Kodaline
  • Little Green Cars
  • Palma Violets
  • Peace
  • Savages

Overall, I think this year’s list covers a much more varied and promising selection of talent compared to 2012, and it’ll be interesting to see who wins. The top five acts will begin to be revealed during the week of 31st December 2012.

Until then, I haven’t made my mind up who will make the shortlist just yet- who would you like to see win?