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It's officially Blue Monday.

Ah yes, Monday 15th January is 2018's most miserable day according to experts. Well, whether it's exams, the back-to-work slog, dry January or the unfortunate realisation that you will never stick to your New Year's Resolutions that is getting you down, here are ten of the best tracks released in the past week that we think will absolutely, hands-down cheer you up on the saddest day of the year.

Charlie Barnes – All I Have

Having spent most of the last two years touring as a live member of Bastille, Charlie Barnes returns to his solo career with the announcement of his second full-length record Oceanography, due March 9th. 

‘All I Have’ is the first single to be released from the album, arriving closer to the end of the song-writing process, “Given that I'd just written a whole load of embarrassingly woe-is-me numbers, I was keen to try and put something together that was a bit more uplifting.” 

Will Varley – Seven Days

‘Seven Days’ is the latest track to emerge from Will Varley’s forthcoming fifth studio album, Spirit of Minnie. The track starts with a dainty acoustic hook, before Varley’s relatable lyricism reflects on the fleeting, milestone moments of his life. It was this theme that inspired the accompanying video, created using monochrome pixel art animation and influenced by the 8-bit style games that Varley remembers from his own childhood. 

A Grave With No Name – By The Water’s Edge

With a week to go until the release of his sixth studio album, A Grave With No Name, aka Alexander Shields, shares brand new single ‘By The Water’s Edge’. 

In his own words, the new single is about “when you feel both the presence and absence of someone in everything around you.” The upcoming album focuses on a short stay that Shields had at his family home in the wake of his grandmother’s death and thus explores the themes of mortality, religion and humanity’s attempt to reconcile the elemental with the domestic. Fans can expect the record to be Shield’s most intimate and poetic to date.

Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain

Courtney Marie Andrews was deemed an “overnight success” by the UK media after the release of her breakthrough third studio album in early 2017. With persistence and ambition, the Arizonian artist charmed British audiences with her angelic sound, which combines indie-folk with the timeless blend of country. 

‘May Your Kindness Remain’ is the title track from the forthcoming record, due in March. On the album, the artist says, “A lot of people are poor in America—and because of those unattainable goals, they’re also mentally unstable, or depressed or unfulfilled. A lot of people—myself included at some point in my life—are loving somebody through this. That’s sort of the theme of the record: coming to terms with depression and the reality of the world we’re living in.”

Henry Green – Another Light

Bristol-based artist Henry Green has released ‘Another Light’ in tandem with the announcement of his debut album, set to hit music platforms March 30th. 

Green has gained a cult following from his previous EPs, in which he begins to explore his capabilities as an electronic artist. He has revealed the debut album focuses on the themes of movement, coming from his own experience with drastic change and progression over the previous year.

Laden with delicate electronic sounds, ‘Another Light’ is a hazy, infectious track from yet another exciting British artist. 

Bob Holroyd – Inner Mind Sigh

Over the course of a career that has seen him release eight studio albums, Bob Holroyd has crossed musical and cultural boundaries, resulting in an extensive back catalogue that spans anything from modern classical to jazz. 

Having previously taken influence from his many travels across Asia and Africa, the artist now looks to himself for the inspiration behind his upcoming album The Cage. ‘Inner Mind Sigh’ is the latest single to be taken from the record, set for release 9th March. The track encompasses everything about Holroyd’s previous work, building up to a self-expressive, emotional ambient track. 

Stick In The Wheel – Over Again

Following on from their critically-acclaimed debut album From Here, crowned MOJO’s ‘Folk Album of the Year’, East London five-piece Stick In The Wheel return with their latest single ‘Over Again’.

Known for her honest authenticity and fierce vocals, lead singer Nicola Kearey delivers culturally switched on lyrics, based on the topic of being stuck in the seemingly never-ending cycles and loops that occur in life.

Maya Law ft. Deacon & Gabriel Glifford – Full Circle

Less than two years after self-publishing their debut collaborative album on Soundcloud, Norwich-based artists Maya Law and Gabriel Glifford come together once again on their latest track ‘Full Circle’. 

With the help of British rapper, Deacon, the pair create a thought-provoking late night city-soul-scape that defies genre barriers, coalescing elements from RnB and jazz. The track is the first in a trilogy of singles that Law will release in the coming months. 

Her contemporary sound adored by her local cult following in the East of England, Law shows maturity way beyond her 19 years when writing deeply personal, introspective lyrics, evident in the themes explored in her debut full-length record Her Or Him

Displaying not just talent, but charm and the drive to make herself distinctive in the modern music market, it won’t be long before Maya Law is performing her infectious, vibey songs to audiences across the UK. 

Jade Bird – Lottery

After experiencing something of a breakthrough 2017, which saw her nominated for the BBC’s Sound Of 2018 award, singer/songwriter Jade Bird has entered the new year in style with the release of her new song ‘Lottery’. 

Jade Bird has spoken of how empowered female role models influenced her from a young age, naming country artist Loretta Lynn, and Patti Smith as key idols. Having explored the realms of Americana and Country in her debut EP, the artist takes on a more contemporary folky sound in her latest release. 

She spent the last few months of 2017 supporting Jake Bugg on the road, another artist who is heavily influenced by the traditionally American sounds of country but has found wide success from adding a unique, modern twist.

Fake Laugh – Kinda Girl

London based artist Kamran Khan aka Fake Laugh has dropped his latest melodic, indie-pop single ‘Kinda Girl’ alongside an accompanying video.

On the inspiration behind the video, producer Felix Aaron said, “We tried to imitate this distinct TV-Show vibe from the 70’s and 80’s, where instead of green screens they used actual footage as a backdrop… Kam and I felt this sort of nostalgic and hazy aesthetic would fit well with the dreamy nature of the song.”

Fake Laugh encourages a melodic sense of escapism, presented through dreamy pop hooks. The lyrics come in the form of poignant musings, which, when combined with the 80s influenced undertones, create an atmospheric, hazy and most importantly, thoroughly catchy track. 

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