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The first of our Monday music discovery newsletters. Five songs to kick start your week. Read below to gain access to the Discord server where you can join the conversation on music discovery.

1) “Guarding The Baby” – Dirty Projectors

Lovely and gentle from Dirty Projector’s latest album “Earth Crisis”. A striking short film to accompany the release of the album was also put on the internet. This is a fourth EP out of a target five for them this year – hard workers!

Album: “Earth Crisis” (2020)
Label: Domino Recording Co Ltd

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2) “Photograph” – Keeley Forsyth

Back in March, those who read my 21st monthly discoveries post will know that I was blown away by the final track on Keeley Forsyth’s “Debris” album called “Start Again”. This is another haunting track, and I can’t wait to see what’s next. It is also nice to see a Yorkshire based label taking it to the London ones.

Single: “Photograph” (2020)
Label: The Leaf Label

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3) “Siren” – Tourist

A banger. Lovely to see Tourist at the height of his powers. Tourist says of his new release, “2020 was the year I didn’t see coming. On a macro scale, a global pandemic, civil unrest and a looming decision about the world’s future, and on a more personal level – losing one of my dearest friends suddenly, and the knowledge that I’ll be a father soon. Life and death, a siren often accompanies both of those moments and it felt like the right name for a track written in these times.”

Single: “Siren” (2020)
Label: Monday Records

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4) “I Have a Love” – For Those I Love

I love the Irish accent on this track as well as the production. It feels rough around the edges in a good way and has some banter threaded in there. However, from research, I learnt that this song is a tribute to David Balfe’s best friend and former bandmate Paul Curran who passed away in 2018. Keep your eyes peeled for the debut album.

Single: “Have a Love” (2020)
Label: September Recordings Limited

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5) “Pressure” – Photay

RunPip contributor Greystones introduced Photay to me. I let this album pass me by in June somehow, but this song is a particular highlight for me when I finally got round to listening to it. The album is about the chaos of modern life and our need to stay busy, which comes across very well in this song.

Album: “Waking Hours” (2020)
Label: Mexican Summer

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