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Jasper’s Acolytes debut single

New production venture Jasper's Acolytes is a nostalgic folk project that harks back to the acoustic folk music of the 1960s. The focus is on melodies, harmonies and acoustic instruments with minimal production and a warm analogue sound. The project aims to recapture the simpler sounds of simpler times with covers of classic songs as well as moving original compositions. Debut single sleeve (c) Songwrights Publishers. The first song, a cover of the folk classic Green Leaves of Summer, will be released on the 7th of October 2022. Lyric video >>  https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=CEc_h4vbEZc Music link - after release

McCully/Mackay return to their prog roots with new single "The Elixir of Life"

Cape Town  duo McCully/Mackay's varied output to date includes everything from heartfelt, anthemic rock to quirky synth-pop, but progressive music was always the foundation upon which Tully McCully and Gordon Mackay built this project. The band's latest single 'The Elixir of Life' is an expansive and haunting ballad and a return to the 70s progressive sound in a surprisingly literal way. The song was written by Tully in 1969 when he was 16 years old and despite featuring occasionally in the live repertoires of his various bands since then, it has never been recorded or fully realised until now. Artwork Laura McCullagh (c) 2022 "I was very inspired by Emerson, Lake and Palmer" says Tully "and I had a very specific idea for the kind of keyboard parts I wanted on the song. Nobody was ever able to play those kind of parts though, until I met Gordon. That's when I knew it was finally time to record it. I sent him the track without any keys or any instructi

Mystery Lesley Rae Dowling Single - a stunningly clear and emotional performance

Almost all  Lesley Rae Dowling (LRD) songs are lyrically a mystery. But a mix-up on the digital release of her  Split album resulted in another mystery. Three of her songs seemed to have gone missing. The delivery of a new production helped clear up the case. Tully McCully (McCullagh), long time producer of the singer-songwriter, while going through his archive, stumbled upon fragments of some of the early recordings he had made with the diva. Previously, in 2020 he got his hands on the multitrack tape of half of her When the night comes album and he did remixes of four songs. In 2021 he found some of her studio demos and created two new productions with them. None of them were the missing tracks. Single cover (c) Songwrights Publishers This year he worked with some out takes of a song that was recorded around the time of her self titled debut album but only made it onto her Split album some years later. A version of the song appeared to be one of the missing works from the catalogue