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Jess Brough: Art is within everybody

I spent some time scrolling through the Fringe of Colour website and was immediately hooked. Seeing that their team aligned with their message, which aligned with the work they share was magical. Here is a platform created by people of colour, hiring people of colour, sharing art by people of colour from Scotland and beyond. It was like finding a rare Pokémon card as a kid. I expected the same old but instead found something glittery and new.

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Laytha: We hope to release another few singles and then finally our debut album

Laytha have just dropped new track, What Will I Gain. An indie-folk act informed as much by the future as they are by the past, Laytha’s combination of stunning narratives and addictive song composition has helped them establish themselves as one of the brightest new talents in Ireland. The band spoke with The Fountain about the new music and plans for the remainder of the year, as well as some of their favourite venues.

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Em: Say What You Mean is a heartfelt, melancholic and ethereal record

Everywhere she goes, Billboard AC Top 30 singer/songwriter Em carries a ring on her finger emblazoned with one word: Truth. This ring is a resounding symbol of her arrival into knowledge of self as a young woman who has been a recording and performing artist since the age of twelve. With new single, Say What You Mean, out and word of an album The Fountain caught up with Em to discuss the new music and the plans.

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Joe Turner: Noir was a step in a new direction for me

Born and raised in Croydon, Joe Turner is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting young producers around. He grew up in a house filled with soul music and a dash of nineties electronica. His grandfather, a jazz pianist, was a major influence from whom he’s undoubtedly inherited the musical talent that saw him writing his first song at just eleven years old. With new tracks out emerging from new EP Reflections, The Fountain caught up with Joe about the new music and planned gigs for the foreseeable.

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Gavin Thorpe: I am looking forward to releasing the album out on the 17th September

Bristol based singer-songwriter Gavin Thorpe is back with brand new single Rise Above, which was released on 16th July 2021 via Distiller Records. The follow up to Gavin’s Talk Club EP, which featured the Radio 2 play-listed From Now On, Rise Above is the first single to be taken from the forthcoming Rewind project, an album featuring twelve tracks, spanning over twenty years and collecting together re-recorded tracks from Gavin’s five albums. Gavin spoke with The Fountain about the new music and divulged the date of the album release.

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JULIA: I have just finished a new single and there is a potential EP

Fife’s up and coming pop sensation has been turning heads across the globe during the pandemic with her catchy hooks and new singles. Following on from an appearance on The Voice UK, JU?IA didn’t hold back. Releasing her second single Can’t Stop Missing You in January 2021, she continued to show that she was not going away anytime soon. And now with new track Mine out, The Fountain caught up with her to discuss plans, venues, and new music.

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Ebony Buckle: It’s always a wonderful feeling when something you write reaches someone

Ebony Buckle is a London-based singer/songwriter, originally from her tropical seaside home of Townsville, Australia. Writing and performing with her husband, musician Nick Burns, who also produces her music, Buckle uses captivating stories to hold a mirror up to herself and the world. Reflected in these songs is our humanity – our wants and needs, our struggles to fit in or break out. With new song Wild Woman out, Ebony spoke with The Fountain about the new music and further plans for the year.

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The Pocket Gods: It’s been really positive with lots of indie airplay and even some Twitter love from actor Robert Carlyle

Cult St Albans band, The Pocket Gods, have released their ultimate summer indie anthem, Sunny Day. Written about surviving a very hot Summer living in the city where “the grass has turned to dust”, the pairing of Noel Storey and Mark Christopher Lee deliver a quirky, catchy and universally relatable new cut. With this new release Noel and Mark spoke with The Fountain about the reception to the track as well as the venues they look forward to playing again soon.

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Felix Saunders: It’s picked up some nice airplay across the UK as well as globally

Felix Saunders is a singer songwriter that hails from the Western Isles. He plays the kind of music that is usually heard in smoky back rooms as the sun comes up. Where people spill their most vulnerable secrets and try to wash them away with each drink they take. He also fronts dirty blues rock band The Howling Lords. However, he has a new solo track out, Sinking Fast, and therefore spoke with The Fountain about the solo music as well as his hopes for the rest of the year.

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