Artist on the Rise: Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Benjamin Francis Leftwich is a singer-songwriter from York, England.  Although he has 2.5 million monthly Spotify listeners, he is not as popular in the United States as he should be.  His melancholy, acoustic folk/pop sound pairs perfectly with his voice and his lyrics.  His music just as relaxing as it isn’t.  His lyrics reflect struggles of relationships, love, and loss.  His music has been featured in episodes of popular television shows, Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill, and 90210.

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Leftwich’s first album, Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm, was released in 2011 and features 10 tracks, including “Shine” and “Atlas Hands”.

After the Rain was released in 2016, and is my favorite album of his.  This album has 13 tracks, and has a more mature sound than Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm.

Leftwich is signed to U.K. label, Dirty Hit Records, who also represent The 1975, The Japanese House, and Wolf Alice.

He recently put his own spin on the smash hit “When You Were Young” by alternative rock band, The Killers.

Listen to Benjamin Francis Leftwich on Spotify here.

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Artists on the Rise: Wallows, Yellow Days

Wallows

Wallows is a three-piece alternative rock band from California, comprised of Cole Preston, Braeden Lemasters, and Dylan Minnette.  The band released their first sing “Pleaser” in April of 2017, and quickly amassed over 3 million streams, and over 150 thousand monthly listeners on Spotify.  Their next single, “Sun Tan” was released shortly after.  Early in September they released their merchandise store, which features t-shirts, hats, and sweatshirts.  A few weeks later, their third single “Uncomfortable” was released, which is my personal favorite.  Their signature distortion on the guitars and production gives the music a perfect road trip feel.  If you are into the sounds of HUNNY or COIN, you would love Wallows.  Definitely look out for them in the near future, because they are on their way up.

Listen to Wallows on Spotify here.

Yellow Days

George van den Broek is Yellow Days.  The melancholy rock is perfect for hanging out with a group of friends.  Hailing from Haslemere, England, his soulful voice pairs with his deep and emotional lyrics perfectly.  His newest single “I Believe in Love” was released in mid-September.  In an interview with Wonderland Magazine, Broek says the following about his latest single: “The song is about believing in love despite the pain that goes on when you’re with someone. For me, love is a reason not to give up on your life. The sheer power of love makes it the one most meaningful thing that you can find/experience on this earth, so regardless of the hurt as a romantic I will chase that feeling to find a true honest love.”  Yellow Days has one album, Harmless Melodies.   His first single, “Your Hand Holding Mine,” was released a year ago in October.  Since that release, he has over 370 thousand Spotify monthly listeners, and close to 35 thousand followers.  The indie rocker is going to make a splash real soon.

Listen to

Yellow Days on Spotify here.