Freeloader Friday: Jennifer O’Connor, Bent Shapes & More

Jennifer O'ConnorNow that we have all moved on from music’s biggest night, it’s time to get back on the music discovery train. Good thing for us, Friday is here again and with it, brand new tracks my dear Orchard friends. Here are this week’s new releases.

Folk-lovers be delighted, singer-songwriter Jennifer O’Connor released her new track “Black Sky Blanket” from her sixth full-length album, Surface Noise. The Kiam Records‘ founder keeps the instrumentation simple yet rich, letting us appreciate fully her husky, deep voice. The light drums and discrete piano give body to this organic song.  (more…)

Congrats to our 2016 Grammy Award Winners!

la-cecile-la0036617492-20160215Earlier this week, music-lovers gathered around their televisions (or if you don’t have a TV like me, you might have been constantly updating Twitter) to watch the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. There was no shortage of big performances for Music’s Biggest Night — it was a huge night for hip-hop with Kendrick Lamar’s show-stopping medley, and the cast of Hamilton wowed the crowd with one of the most-talked about moments of the night. Lady Gaga and Nile Rodgers honored David Bowie with a killer 10-song mash up, and Alabama Shakes had a breakthrough moment with their performance of “Don’t Wanna Fight No More.”  (more…)

Welcome, Dennis!

DennisRoseIntroducing Dennis Rose, Manager, Client Relations & Product, Germany/Switzerland/Austria

Hey there! My name is Dennis Rose and I’m very happy to be part of The Orchard as a Client Relations & Product Manager. Originally, I‘m from a small town called Minden, which is near Hanover and I moved over to Hamburg in 2005. My first step into the music business was in 2007 when I started to work for Broken Silence Distribution as a trainee. In 2008 I switched over to Kontor New Media where I worked as an IT manager and later as a label manager, specialized in the Rock genre.


You Are Going To Love The Frights’ “You Are Going To Hate This”

unnamedThe Frights know exactly how you’re going to feel about their new album, released last week through Dangerbird Records. If the title You Are Going To Hate This isn’t enough of a hint, take a listen and judge for yourself. However, contradictory to the album’s title, you may fall in love with each track off their latest production. The songs will bring your inner angst to the surface, and have you jamming out to their dirty doo-wop vibe.

With 50’s inspired rockabilly references, The Frights explore topics like moving out on your own, being in a confusing relationship, and growing up, all in one emotionally charged album. There’s nothing better than reflecting on your life choices through music, right? Front-man Mikey Carnevale’s vocals along with driving rhythms and reverb-drenched riffs make each song one you’re guaranteed to love, not hate. You’ll find yourself bopping along to each song’s infectious melodies and catchy tune.


Freeloader Friday: The James Hunter Six, The Frights & More

Hold On! - The James Hunter SixI take great pride in being the “cool kid” that knows first about the latest good music. I’m no genius — Freeloader Friday keeps me in the loop. As always, it has been a busy week and I have a lot of great new music to share with you. First stop: England.

To be named “the UK’s best soul singer” by Mojo Magazine might be too much to handle for some, but for James Hunter it’s just another well-deserved nod on a long list of accolades. The singer and his band, The James Hunter Six, just released a fourth album, Hold On! While undoubtedly reminiscent of classic R&B tunes, Hunter’s latest work manages to sound fresh and contemporary. Infused with influences that range from bossa-nova to jazz, it sways, it grooves, it punches just in the right way. Listen to the smooth vocal arrangement and tight instrumentation on “Something’s Calling” and let yourself be transported to another era.   (more…)