Artist Spotlight: Trouvere – Beach House

Introducing the catchy and upbeat Beach House by Trouvere; a pop duo comprised of singers Greg LaFollette and Shell Snyder. Beginning as friends who were both pursuing their own careers in the music business, they eventually collaborated to write their first song (This Is Our Song) and Trouvere was born.

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Greg spoke to 20GreatSongs about Trouvere’s music and inspiration:

How long have you guys known each other and how long have you been performing together?

Shell and I have known each other for a few years now. We met while she was fronting a different band and I worked on their record in the studio. I knew then, at some point, I wanted to make more music with her. I’m really grateful for the opportunity.

Coming from Nashville, are you influenced at all by country music?

Well, we’ve both lived in nashville for around 5 years now, and country music definitely has a profound fingerprint that it puts on the city. That being said, so does a lot of the indie pop stuff that we love. We are both really influenced by a ton of great artists, so, whatever genre they may fall into, we are grateful to be surrounded by such great music and musicians.

Out of all of the songs you have done so far, do you have a favourite?

I really like the song “follow me.” There’s a level of poetry and flow in that song that I am proud of.

[You can listen to all of Trouvere’s music at http://www.trouveretheband.com/music]

Which artists would you like to collaborate or duet with?

I think it would be fun to be in the studio with Kanye. He seems like he just plays around and experiments until awesome stuff happens. I’d also love to work with Jackson Browne. He seems like he is a resident artist.

What advice would you give to other singer songwriters?

Stick around long enough to be in the right place at the right time…and have courage.

And finally, what are you working on at the moment?

We just released a Christmas record on November 5th, so we are working on promoting that and getting it in as many ears and hearts as possible.

See more of Trouvere on their website and have a listen to the rest of their music here.

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20 Great Covers: 9) For What It’s Worth by The Lone Bellow

Three piece Brooklyn-based group The Lone Bellow lend rich harmonies and a country feel to this acoustic cover of Stephen Stills’ For What It’s Worth (you can see the original here). You can check out some of the songs from their debut album The Lone Bellow on their YouTube channel – definitely worth a listen.

These guys are going to be big.

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20 Great Covers: 8) Lady Gaga Medley by Sam Tsui & Kurt Hugo Schneider

Sam Tsui and Kurt Hugo Schneider are American musicians and YouTube celebrities. Attending both high school and, later, Yale University together, Sam and Kurt started off as a duo but now do independent projects as well as working together. They have covered many popular artists such as Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars and, here, Lady Gaga.

(Their Michael Jackson medley is also great!)

You can see more on their YouTube channels (Sam & Kurt)

New Artists Spotlight: Luca – Sailors

This week’s featured song is ‘Sailors’ by Luca; an acoustic singer-songwriter from New York City. Taking inspiration from partly from dreams and partly from the personal experiences of a friend, ‘Sailors’ is a melancholic song about the war between old love and new love.

Luca caught up with 20GreatSongs to discuss her inspiration and experiences so far:

How long have you been playing the guitar and writing songs?

I remember writing my first song when i was ten. my parents were both musicians so we always had guitars lying around the house. My first musical obsession was the violin but I picked up guitar now and then as well.

Is most of what you perform original material or do you do covers as well?

I used to sing a lot of jazz and cover stuff when I lived in California but it’s all originals these days.

Where do you get your inspiration to write? And what inspired ‘Sailors’?

A lot of what I write comes from dreams. Sailors was half dream and half I was watching a friend about to throw a lot of beautiful things in his life away…this tells that story and is a sort of begging to reconsider.

Out of all of the songs you have written so far, do you have a favourite?

The newest one usually! Right now ‘Sleepers.’

[You can listen to ‘Sleepers’ on Soundcloud here]

Who are your favourite artists of all time?

Thom Yorke, Jeff Buckley and Leonard Cohen.

Most unusual situation you have ever found yourself in?

I was in an elevator with my blonde tan hot athletic looking ex in Hawaii. A bunch of girls from another country got on who didn’t speak English and all started pointing at him and screaming DAVID BECKHAM DAAAAAAVID BECKHAAAAM!!!!! They were pulling out paper and pens for autographs by the time we escaped. You don’t quickly forget the sound of ten girls screaming in very small enclosed spaces.

What are you working on at the moment?

My first album! Everything out so far is acoustic demos, if you listen hard enough you’ll hear the nyc sirens and traffic in the background…this new album should be ready in the next few months.

I’m always blogging new songs and poetry as well, thegreatpower.wordpress.com

What advice would you give to other singer songwriters?

Write every day. Make it more human. Give them stories.

Also, the wise Franz Kafka said, ‘don’t bend, don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.’ I have this written on my wall so I see it when I wake up every morning.

And finally, what would your 20 Great Songs list be? 

As of today and in no certain order…

  1. The Verve – Judas
  2. Band of Horses – Infinite Arms
  3. Kanye West – Blood On The Leaves
  4. James Blake – Our Love Comes Back
  5. Bon Iver – Holocene
  6. Erik Satie – Gymnopédie No. 1
  7. Dustin O’Halloran – Opus 54
  8. The Cure – Pictures Of You
  9. Jeff Buckley – Lilac Wine
  10. Jeff Buckley – Lover, You Should’ve Come Over
  11. Jeff Buckley – Morning Theft
  12. Ryan Adams – Wonderwall
  13. Miles Davis – Blue In Green
  14. Otis Redding – A Change Is Gonna Come
  15. Radiohead – Scatterbrain
  16. Radiohead – Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
  17. Radiohead – All I Need (Spotify version performed by Vitamin String Quartet)
  18. Radiohead – House of Cards (Spotify version performed by Vitamin String Quartet)
  19. Thom Yorke – Black Swan
  20. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K.491

If you have a Spotify account you can listen to the full playlist here: