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Stephen Becker: It’s all a bit surreal – releasing music in the midst of a global pandemic

New York singer-songwriter, Stephen Becker, debuted his new single Slurpee which they described as “a sweet song about relentless horrors.” Of the poetic track, Becker says: “Slurpee juxtaposes springtime euphoria with social anxiety, icees and sandcastles with middle child syndrome and political turmoil. The pervasive kick drum represents an existential anxiety about the state of things, a brain freeze in the sun that prevents you from really enjoying the sunshine.” Stephen spoke with The Fountain about the reception to the single as well some of his favourite haunts.

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The Trend: We are gonna spend the tail end of this year working on other video ideas

Vote For Me is the new single from Manchester’s The Trend, a politically charged power pop anthem that critiques democracy and delves into the political issues we all currently face. Combining catchy rock ‘n’ roll riffs, lead singer Rev’s vocals and clips from political speeches this track has it all. The band spoke with The Fountain about the track and their eager willingness to play live.

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Jessie Wagner: This is the kind of song that bottles of wine were made for

Popular touring vocalist Jessie Wagner (Lenny Kravitz, Chic, Duran Duran, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul) and frontwoman for NYC rock/soul band Army of the Underdog has dropped a new single off of her new and debut solo album, Shoes Droppin, which is out via Wicked Cool. With My Darlin, My Dear out The Fountain caught up with her about the single and her plans as well as some of her favourite venues.

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Kerri Watt: People have been so positive about the upbeat energy of the song

You Can’t Catch Me is the latest video from Glaswegian singer-songwriter Kerri Watt, and the final single to be released from her new EP, Chapter One. As with her recent DIY videos, Kerri has self-produced and edited the video, working alongside director Dr Shootz and creative director Milly Upton, the former who worked on Jessie, and latter whom worked on Kissing Fools. Kerri spoke with The Fountain about the single as well as the video.

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Lizabett Russo: The people who listened to the songs on the radio enjoyed the spontaneity

Last Night From Glasgow’s imprint ‘Hive’ is excited to release Lizabett Russo’s new album, While I Sit Here and Watch This Tree Volume 1, which was done so on 27th November. The LP will be available worldwide, digitally and on vinyl. LNFG first caught wind of the artist when she opened for Gracious Losers. She has supported other acclaimed acts such as Trembling Bells and Rachel Sermanni and Tim Edey. Lizabett spoke with The Fountain about the new record as well as her visions for a Volume 2.

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HM Johnsen: My next big thing is to release my EP

HM Johnsen is an experimental Indie/Rock Artist from Norway, singer-songwriter who embraces many styles whilst still managing to stay true to himself and his musical and lyrical vision. He recently released his latest single Stay Within Range the second track to be taken from his forthcoming EP, Serenity, which also came out earlier this month.

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Anna Wolf and Pop Morrison: I look most forward to playing ANY kind of venue purely for the sake of wanting to get back to normal

Anna Wolf is a singer-songwriter and holder of multiple awards for her piquant, poignant and highly idiosyncratic music. Pop Morrison is the alias of Jamie Morrison, currently the drummer of Stereophonics, and under this moniker, an explosive madcap music producer in his own right. The two have collaborated to create the theme song for The Unfamiliar, and spoke with The Fountain about the track as well as plans for the year.

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Paria: I’ve received a lot of heart-warming messages

Oslo-based, Iran-born pop and Urban-electronic artist/producer Paria has dropped C’mon, out now on Bøl Records. This is the second release from her forthcoming debut album: the first, Despite All Crazy already surpassed 300k streams on Spotify, no surprise for an artist with over 1 million plays in 80 countries and counting. The 23 year old spoke with The Fountain about the track as well as her plans for the rest of 2020.

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