I'm not too mad about the rise of piano-touting musicians who have the ability to craft both emotionally affecting and accessible music at the same time (think Rhodes, Aquilo, or Sivu) - and if you're a big of a fan of tunes like theirs as I am, you'll fall in love with Ajimal. Newcastle based singer/songwriter (and recently qualified Doctor) Fran O'Hanlon is an absolutely stunning track that builds off of a simple but breathtaking piano line, growing into something twice its original size.

In his own words, the song is about "the idea of 'self' and the inability to imagine anything outside one's own sphere of existence. It's about fearlessness and inability to imagine death. It looks at repetition; the fact that everything that we do, or that future generations do, has arguably been done before - and how to come to terms with this".

It'll be out on a 12" split with fellow North East based act Tessera Skies, and his record label Mono will be holding a launch party at the Ernest, Newcastle on 29 November. Those of you living in London can catch him for free at The Islington, and his full list of dates can be found after the track.

Listen below.

  • Tour Dates:
  • Thurs 16th October: King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow w/ Woman’s Hour
  • Tues 21st October: The Islington, London (Free Communion/Transmission headline show)
  • Sat 22nd November: High & Lonesome Festival, Leeds
  • Sun 7th December: The Sage, Gateshead w/ Jo Hamilton

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