Music development platform MERSEYRAIL SOUND STATION has unveiled the 12 artists who will take part in the second semester of the project and it’s a very exciting bunch of musicians.
Representing a diverse cross section of the region’s music scene, the artists involved include rappers, folk singers, electronic producers, indie bands, punks and more besides. The Merseyrail Sound Station artist demonstrate a healthy music scene which is pushing the boundaries in a variety of styles and genres.
Following the success of Semester One, which included Bido Lito! favourites BEIJA FLO, EYESORE AND THE JINX and YANK SCALLY, the second round intake shows as much promise and we’re looking forward to hearing more from all of the artists involved. But for now here is a little introduction to each of them.
RACHAEL JEAN HARRIS
LIPA graduate Rachael has an array of tracks on her Soundcloud page demonstrating her knack for portraying real life stories to sharp acoustic melodies.
Psych rock quartet Pale Rider will be familiar to many Bido Lito! readers, the Liverpool four-piece have already won many fans with their kraut-rock stylings and the band will be looking to capitalise on their inclusion in the Sound Station programme to move to the next level of their promising career.
The enigmatic Podge impressed Sound Station with his self-released debut album combining weird and wonderful experimental lo-fi sounds with animé influences and intriguing lyricism.
WILD FRUIT ART COLLECTIVE
Another band who have already established a name for themselves in Liverpool’s underground scene, the Eggy Records collective follow labelmate Bill Nickson who took part in the first semester of the development programme. They will be hoping to get their darkly poetic tracks into even more ears in 2019.
A collaborator of semester one artist Yank Scally, Norris Green rapper StyerS is a restless creative who has the flow and ingenuity to go on to great things.
The effervescent Cosmic Shepherd takes cues from psych, dub, ambient, jazz and more and syphons it into his own idiosyncratic brand of techno.
Despite his young age, Hawaiian-born Eli deals in expertly executed folk pop which is bound to bring the LIPA student to the attention of many an industry figure this year.
A fixture at XamVolo’s Art Of Diffrnce nights, soul singer Jazmine has the potential to make great strides with her blend of jazz and rnb together with her raw talent.
SALT THE SNAIL
Making a name for themselves with a raucous live show not to mention three belter singles, Salt The Snail are leading from the front in Liverpool’s DIY punk scene.
Anthemic pop from this Liverpool based star in the making. Gallia’s limited output shows an artist who is ambitious and is not afraid to push boundaries. Perfect for the Sound Station programme.
THE INDICA GALLERY
The 60s-infused indie pop of The Indica Gallery suggests a maturity beyond their years. This band will excite fans of The Last Shadow Puppets (when they were good) and those who like their songs filtered through a kaleidoscope of moody poetics.
Birkenhead-based Munkey Junkey’s Cut Me Off is a tantalising glimpse of an artist who is sure to capture the hearts of many fans in 2019.
Merseyrail Sound Station Live takes place at Liverpool Central station on Friday 28th March.