May 19

SORREN MACLEAN

Growing up on the Isle of Mull in the Hebrides Islands off the west coast of Scotland, Sorren Maclean began playing in bands at the tender age of 11. He recorded his debut album, Island, with Colin MacIntyre of Mull Historical Society, which led to Idlewild singer Roddy Woomble inviting Sorren to co-write his second solo album, The Impossible Song and Other Songs; they’ve been working together ever since. Sorren regularly works and records with composer Donald Shaw of Capercaillie, creating music for the soundtracks to BBC Two’s acclaimed Hebrides series and the award-winning children’s TV show Katie Morag, as well as many BBC documentaries including McQueen of Scots. Sorren’s delicate indie folk sound perfectly captures the desolate beauty of his homeland on the Isle of Mull. Possessing a warmth to both his voice and guitar playing that gives the listener a feeling of closeness, there is a definitive and accomplished quality to Sorren’s sound that allows his vocals and six-string work to share the spotlight simultaneously. Sorren’s undoubted talent has seen him transcend his own musical projects, having performed on over 20 albums, including upcoming releases from Nashville singer Eliza Lynn and one of Scotland’s finest exports, King Creosote.

LINK: www.sorrenmaclean.com

STREAM: “Way Back Home”

May 11

MIAMIGO

Brighton, UK duo Miamigo offered their first musical experience with their single "Opinions" last year. Like other new-age pop acts that captured the 80s sound, Miamigo drew early comparisons to St. Lucia, M83 and Chvrches, with their addicting hooks, mesmerizing synths and intelligent songwriting, not to mention their drum tracks that are reminiscent of Phil Collins post-Genesis days. After nearly a yearlong hiatus, Miamigo return with their second single, "Hard To Love," taken from their upcoming debut EP of the same name, due for release next month. The single has larger than life hooks and continues where "Opinions" left off. The twosome have their debut show at The Great Escape festival on Thursday and will no doubt have other performances on their schedule soon.

LINK: www.miamigomusic.com

STREAM: “Hard To Love”