Wash In Ur Sin – Daya Red
This song is striking with a sophisticated simplicity. It builds beautifully, oozing a cool authenticity. The passion in the vocal juxtaposes with the effortless feel to the writing. The singer demonstrates a fabulous vocal range and dexterity and gives the feeling of something special. The judges were unanimous in naming this the winning song.
Be Your Friends – Will Hedges
With a catchy hook and great lyrics, this song is choc full of nifty moves. The strong, driving guitars give the song a killer start, reminiscent of LCD Soundsystem and Soulwax. The judges were unanimous in their love of the song but felt a more euphoric chorus would have given the song the extra something it feels like it needs. This band have a potentially exciting future.
Air Miles – Greg Soney
Instantly catchy with a strong lyrics and fun feel, this song is riddled with great ideas. The judges heard neat, West Coast rap influences and shades of Smashmouth – combining in a cute way. From a purist perspective, the strength of this song may come as much in the smart, glossy production as the all important writing.
Where Did The Night Go – Greg Poole
Really strong start to the song. Nice dreamy feel about the music. Can imagine this going down very well live and with the right producer, this could be very sharp. Effortless sounding vocals. Has an ease and a sway to the melody that creates a very strong mood.
Dear Heart – Laura Kidd
A beautiful piece of writing. Never quite lands where you expect it to which is compelling. Very strong, melodic chorus. Kept at least one of the judges humming it all day.
She’s Gone – Jamie Holmes
Lovely use of lyrical rhythm in the verses juxtaposed with a languid, soaring chorus taking the song to a different level.
Dying Day – Daya Red
Brilliant use of drama and passion in both the writing and delivery. Chorus is particularly strong with a complete, writerly understanding of song motion and narrative voice.
Panic Attack – Terence F. McKenna
A song that that draws you in from the first chord. Brilliant use of repetition in the chorus means you feel like you know the song from the first listen. Will be looking out for more from this artist. This was a very, very strong contender and caused a few arguments among the judging panel!
The Quiet Storm – Anthony Taffe
Lovely, hypnotic, troubling song. Some strong ideas in the lyrics supported by a trance-like melody.