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Pop music at Aardvark Records

Great pop songs are not accidents. Great pop songwriting is a craft. Equally great arrangements bring those lyrics to life. Music and lyrics are the eternal equation for memorable pop tracks – those songs that get stuck in your head…the ones you start to hum or sing almost immediately. In a world awash with pop music and pop star wannabees, our pop artists have an honesty, an integrity to the craft of music making, that make them stand-outs in our eyes. They are true musicians, first and foremost. They’re storytellers. They have stories and experiences they strive to share through their music...stories that they hope you’ll appreciate, respect, understand, experience – and even come to love.

Callel

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Callel
"Young, talented revelations Callel are a four-piece with a refreshing urge to sound that bit different...Callel look to a super future." - The Scotsman

The four members of the indie Rock - Britpop crossover band Callel grew up in the same area of Granton in Edinburgh; they went to the same school, played in the same football team, caught the same nits…but it wasn't until years later that they got together as a band.
 
They soon found their feet on the live scene and supported Paolo Nutini, Rooney, Asobi Seksu, The Hip Parade, The Bluetones and The Holloways among others.
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Craig Alan Hughes

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Craig Alan Hughes
Everett Young
Riveraire
Craig Alan Hughes is a singer-songwriter who lives on a hilltop next to a zoo in Edinburgh, Scotland. Sometimes he gets woken up when the lions roar, but all in all it's a satisfactory arrangement.   Taking inspiration from the likes of Jeff Buckley, Sufjan Stevens and Elliott Smith, Craig is a multi-instrumentalist who performs, records and produces all of his own music.  Read the Full Story
Pop artist Everett Young is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, sound engineer, producer, and professor of political science. And he’s serious about pop.

"I love Simon and Garfunkel. I love the melodic stuff from the eighties. Paul McCartney’s melodies … everybody complains about how nobody’s doing that kind of thing anymore. It seems as if creating those songs is a lost art."

Except of course, it's not. The art of the intelligent pop song is alive and well and living in Atlanta, Georgia, as Young’s LP "The Ground" is currently proving across the airwaves. 8 years after its release - this album is still one of our best sellers.
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Steal away with Riveraire... 'Let's pack our bags and make a run for it' dare Riveraire with Brand New Day  - a heavenly hum of escapist pop.  A love of great pop melodies pulled Riveraire's Caroline Loftus, Paul Carr and Paul Nolan together. Their early writing sessions crafted a collection of timeless tunes that became Riveraire's anthemic debut album, Down to the Ground. Read the Full Story

Everett Young

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Craig Alan Hughes
Everett Young
Riveraire
Craig Alan Hughes is a singer-songwriter who lives on a hilltop next to a zoo in Edinburgh, Scotland. Sometimes he gets woken up when the lions roar, but all in all it's a satisfactory arrangement.   Taking inspiration from the likes of Jeff Buckley, Sufjan Stevens and Elliott Smith, Craig is a multi-instrumentalist who performs, records and produces all of his own music.  Read the Full Story
Pop artist Everett Young is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, sound engineer, producer, and professor of political science. And he’s serious about pop.

"I love Simon and Garfunkel. I love the melodic stuff from the eighties. Paul McCartney’s melodies … everybody complains about how nobody’s doing that kind of thing anymore. It seems as if creating those songs is a lost art."

Except of course, it's not. The art of the intelligent pop song is alive and well and living in Atlanta, Georgia, as Young’s LP "The Ground" is currently proving across the airwaves. 8 years after its release - this album is still one of our best sellers.
Read the Full Story
Steal away with Riveraire... 'Let's pack our bags and make a run for it' dare Riveraire with Brand New Day  - a heavenly hum of escapist pop.  A love of great pop melodies pulled Riveraire's Caroline Loftus, Paul Carr and Paul Nolan together. Their early writing sessions crafted a collection of timeless tunes that became Riveraire's anthemic debut album, Down to the Ground. Read the Full Story

Riveraire

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Craig Alan Hughes
Everett Young
Riveraire
Craig Alan Hughes is a singer-songwriter who lives on a hilltop next to a zoo in Edinburgh, Scotland. Sometimes he gets woken up when the lions roar, but all in all it's a satisfactory arrangement.   Taking inspiration from the likes of Jeff Buckley, Sufjan Stevens and Elliott Smith, Craig is a multi-instrumentalist who performs, records and produces all of his own music.  Read the Full Story
Pop artist Everett Young is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, sound engineer, producer, and professor of political science. And he’s serious about pop.

"I love Simon and Garfunkel. I love the melodic stuff from the eighties. Paul McCartney’s melodies … everybody complains about how nobody’s doing that kind of thing anymore. It seems as if creating those songs is a lost art."

Except of course, it's not. The art of the intelligent pop song is alive and well and living in Atlanta, Georgia, as Young’s LP "The Ground" is currently proving across the airwaves. 8 years after its release - this album is still one of our best sellers.
Read the Full Story
Steal away with Riveraire... 'Let's pack our bags and make a run for it' dare Riveraire with Brand New Day  - a heavenly hum of escapist pop.  A love of great pop melodies pulled Riveraire's Caroline Loftus, Paul Carr and Paul Nolan together. Their early writing sessions crafted a collection of timeless tunes that became Riveraire's anthemic debut album, Down to the Ground. Read the Full Story

Satya Graha

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Benny Tetteh-Lartey
Satya Graha
Steve O'Connor
Scottish folk singer-songwriter & Reggae artist Benny Tetteh-Lartey  played bass guitar & was vocalist in top Edinburgh band Makossa from 1987 to 1991. He's toured Scotland, recorded film tracks for short film "Salome" by Lucy Enfield (sister of screen writer and comedian Harry Enfield).  He's also played bass guitar and backing vocals for Dave Robb & The Filmmakers from 1991 to 1992.

He's also toured in Berlin and northern Germany and fronted BTL as bass playing vocalist 1992 to 1994 along with Phil McGowan, Killian Steele and John Mathieson.

Benny became a solo artist in 1995. He adapted the 12 string acoustic guitar bought for him by his father into an 8 string and coined the phrase "Afro Scot Rock".  He completed his first BTL album "Don’t be Sad" in 1998, sharing centre stage with acclaimed singer songwriter Nick Harper (son of legendary Roy Harper) at London's Twelve Bar in 1999.
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Every band says they grew up with a passion for music. American folk rock/ pop band Satya Graha understands the It factor with music. The Chicago-based band loves music enough to give it space and life of its own. They don’t fill every second with sound and action…they give the music enough openness to invite listeners into it and go their own way. There is no grandstanding, no pontificating and it’s all ego free; just bare boned melodic folk rock sounds with a slight twist of americana with a touch of an old country roots vibe that gives this music such an intimate feel. It's a mix of old and new that sits so comfortably together.

It's the intimacy that's the key. Playing large stadiums isn't what Graha is all about. The energy and connectedness of smaller venues is where Graha is at its best. The ability to genuinely make contact with the crowd is one of the keys that make Graha the growing success that it is. The live performances are simple magic effortlessly delivered.
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Steve O'Connor was born and raised in Liverpool, a cultural, charismatic city with a rich and famed musical heritage.  Steve has travelled extensively in his life, which has helped him to understand and appreciate the diverse cultures and traditions of the world. With musical influences such as Dan Fogelberg, Jackson Browne, the Eagles and, of course, The Beatles - to name but a few - this held him in good stead for the musical journey that lay ahead.  It wasn't until he moved to the highlands of Scotland, however, that his natural gift for song-writing began to manifest. This ancient land steeped in a music legacy all its own provided inspiration, both visual and spiritual.  It was here that Steve taught himself to play guitar and subsequently write his own music and lyrics. Read the Full Story

Pop Music News

  • Smiles all round today. The Herald Scotland gives Craig Alan Hughes' solo album "Silhouettes and Photographs" a big old thumbs up. It's been a long time since I sat down and tried to write a song. But if I ever came up with a chorus as utterly perfect as Craig Alan Hughes has done on Private Polly, working its gorgeous melody into the internal rhymes and crossover rhythms of the words, I'd put my pen down a happy man. - Alan Morrison, Arts & Culture Editor, The Herald Scotland More...

  • "Round and Round", the new Pop / Power Ballad from the UK's Riveraire, enters the US-based Franchise Record Pool's Top 40. The new single entered the chart at No 35. You can catch the chart here: http://www.franchiserecordpool.com/about.php?id=15&gen=Mainstream Check out "Round and Round" here: http://t.co/K0zJCiU

  • When we got the call that Snowworld Productions were keen to use Callel's single "Body Discovery" on their latest snowboarding DVD - Homies III - how could we possibly say no?

  • Callel's bassist, Craig Finnie, is featured in this month's Bass Guitar Magazine. Craig talks about his development as a bassist, his passions and names his bass playing heroes. You can catch his thoughts about playing 4, 5 and 6 string bass...and his thoughts about slapping too.

  • Här samlar vi ljuv musik för dina öron Musik väcker känslor, engagerar och förstärker kommunikation i olika former. Vi på Bilbolaget har köpt rättigheterna till låten Spine to shine med gruppen Satya Graha, en låt som vi kommer att leva med under en lång tid framöver. Det är en riktigt skön bilkörarlåt som vi hoppas att du ska njuta av. Click the link to read more

  • Bilbolaget, northern Sweden's largest automotive franchise, has today licenced Staya Graha's single "Spine To Shine" as part of its year-long Swedish advertising campaign. It's the second high profile broacasting synch deal for the American-based Pop Folk band.

  • "16 and Pregnant", the controversial MTV reality show about teen pregnancy, featured the single "Try To Be Quiet" from the Scottish Indie Pop four piece, Callel. The song was broadcast on a recent episode from the second series of the show.

  • We're pleased to say that the hit American comeody Hellcats has licensed the Indie Pop Rock tune "Oliver & The Dutchess". The song, released by Satya Graha, is from the album "Lyrics to Music".

  • It says everything that Callel have shared the musical stage with the likes of Paolo Nutini whilst gaining radio play on Radio One and favourable reviews in pretty much every Scottish publication there is, such is the mainstream gravitational pull of debut album 'Body Discovery'... click the link for the full review

  • The Truths and Callel will be played the Midlands' based FM station High Peak Radio (106.4 and 103.3) from 25 Octber 2010. So if you live in the area, and would like to support one or boths bands, get in touch High Peak Radio and let them know what you think...or you can request your favourite song from The Truths' album "Above all..." and/or Callel's album "Body Discovery". http://www.highpeakradio.co.uk