Speak, Brother

One of the nicest things about running Creative Kingdom is that from time to time we get to hear previews of songs before anyone else does. It makes us feel very special!

Especially when the music involved causes involuntary head bobbing, goosebumps and even a couple moments of tears-welling-up. Which is exactly what happened when I got to listen to the preview of the self-titled EP by Speak, Brother.

Speak, Brother, is an indie folk trio made up of James, Matt and Nath, and before I tie myself in knots trying to explain to you exactly what their music sounds like, why don’t you checkout the video of their single; Dry Bones here and see for yourself.

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OK have you recovered from that beauty?

I have no idea how these three guys create such a full sound but it is incredible!

I have been playing their upcoming EP on a loop for the last few days. I know music appeals to people for different reason; some are looking for a certain sound, others like songs that link them to memories, but for me, I love songs that tell me a story.

This might be the reason why I have fallen for Speak, Brother. Their music is full of stories told with passion, authenticity and catchy melodies that you find yourself humming throughout the day.

Whilst Dry Bones is undoubtedly the showstopper, (and is available to download now!) my personal favourite track on the EP is ‘Two Bands of Gold’, it is a beautiful piece; romantic, timeless and triumphant.

I will stop gushing shortly and give you the more practical details of how you can get your hands on this EP but before I do I must just say that vocals here are incredible; full of harmonies, soothing calm one minute, rousing you to get up and do a little dance the next!!

I have a strong suspicion that this will be a band worth seeing live and if after hearing their single, you agree, you can see details of upcoming gigs here.

The Speak, Brother EP is launching on Monday 3rd November and will be available to download on itunes, amazon mp3 and the Speak, Brother website.

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Lightning

Lightning is a song that was written as a collaboration. My Aussie friend Jacob Darlinson came to me with a partially written song and asked me to help him finish it.

Song writing with someone else is a different challenge in comparison to writing on your own. There is a level of vulnerability in it as it takes courage to share creative ideas with other people, what you may think is great other people may not understand or connect with. You can clash in your styles or over where you think the song is going.

However alongside these challenges, there are a lot of positives to co-writing with people; you can bounce ideas, lyrics and melodies off one another and often come up with a much stronger dynamic to a song.’Lightning’ is an example of this. Jacob came to me with a song that was already close to being finished but was lacking a bridge. After listening to it I had a different thought of how that bridge could go, so together we created a more rounded song.

Jacob’s back in Australia now and he recently recorded this performance of our song. I’m really excited that it is going to be played at Soul Survivor Melbourne this year.