Barry Noakes masters multiple genres in upcoming album ‘A New Dawn’

Glasgow-based Barry Noakes has drawn together his multi-instrumental and multi-genre skills to piece together his new and upcoming part-folk, part-country, part-indie album, set to release on the first day of May!

Starting at a young age, Barry’s passion for music shone through as he began to develop his skills with a range of different instruments, beginning with the viola, violin, and piano, whilst also working on readying his vocals for a career in music. He soon came to learn that the guitar was also an instrument he had interest in, which changed his university choices completely as he chose to forgo classical music college, and instead began his higher education on an audio tech course in Salford.

He took a complete change in career paths once he graduated and pursued a career in London as a software engineer. However, this hadn’t stopped him on his adventure in the music industry as throughout his university experience he featured in several indie bands, one of which – Sugarfix – he released 2 EP’s with. He also began to further advance his skills with other instruments, as he learnt how to play the fiddle and incorporated that sound into his music making. This lead to some of his songs taking on more of a folk-sound, which can be heard on several tracks through the album!

Similar to many of us, Barry became productive with his passions throughout lockdown earlier this year and brought his multi-instrumental talents together to compose A New Dawn. The album features Barry playing all of his own instruments whilst also taking on the vocals, something that is rare in today’s age of current music. A New Dawn offers the perfect combination of indie, folk and country, whilst showcasing Barry’s advance range of musical skills, as he plays the piano, double bass, mandolin, fiddle and viola on his tracks.

You can hear that perfect combination of, in Barry’s own words, “Part-folk, part-indie, part-country, all heart” on the 1st of May, but for now be sure to follow Barry Noakes for further news and updates!





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Emily Lindsell

Jordan Dean in-tune with his influences in upcoming EP ‘Local’

Ohio-based Jordan Dean is set to release his upcoming indie-pop EP Local on March 12th, featuring lead tracks ‘Local’ and ‘Drunk’. Despite being born and raised in Cleveland, Jordan’s new tunes touch upon his primarily British influences, whilst they also master a sound that is so naturally Jordan Dean.

Local offers 5 songs that each have a slightly different premise, with each one honing back to Jordan’s musical inspirations. The eponymous track ‘Local’ and ‘Drunk’ show a resemblance to the likes of Jamie T, Arctic Monkeys, Viola Beach and The Kooks, embodying sounds that feel real and raw. Local is readily available for listeners looking to find new and upcoming indie artists that are breaking out into the music world in 2021!

Jordan has worked tirelessly over his EP, teaming up with his producer to piece together music that will draw in crowds at festivals and fill out venues:

I told my producer that I wanted to sound like a four-piece band that packed a 300-person venue and I feel like we accomplished that on the Local EP. We said it in the studio that this EP feels like a 30-minute set that you would see in a small venue, packed with people who really want to be there.”

This is definitely something I can agree with after listening through the 5 tracks, Jordan has created the type of music that would make you stop in your tracks at Leeds Festival and leave you eager to hear out the rest of his set.

While Local is more up-beat and excitable, Jordan has a range of different tempos throughout his EP, one of those being in ‘What I’m Feeling’, which is much slower than his previously released songs. ‘What I’m Feeling’ is the type of song you listen to while staring out the window, losing yourself in the lyrics and relating them to your own personal situations. This is another talent of Jordan’s, having written all of his songs himself to such a high standard.

He wrote these songs at an age as young as 18, which is impressive when he produces lyrics which resonate within you and bring you back to another time of your life, a time with less responsibility and worries.

Jordan has recently teased another song from Local – ‘Rabbit Hole’, which you can listen to here!

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