Portsmouth has so many brilliant solo artists and I don’t feel like I’ve ever given them the attention they deserve like bands get on here. There’s a lot of talent out there across a broad range of genres, so I decided to compile a brief list of 10 Portsmouth based solo artists that are definitely worth listening to!
This isn’t a definitive list so please be sure to suggest anyone you think I’ve missed! Enjoy!
In brief: Ban Summers creates some of the most under-rated lo-fi indie-rock and his debut self-titled album is amazing!
Best track? Lost
In brief: Singer-songwriter Crstian TR writes blues-tinged, alt-rock which is powerful and tackles topics from love, life, loss and beyond.
Best track? With You
In brief: Tom Bryan creates an exciting blend of psych, folk-rock and combines live-looping as well as beat boxing in with it to switch things up a bit!
Best track? Heavy Weather
In brief: Megan Linford is a folk-roots artist whose heartfelt music is both delicate but powerful and she takes inspiration from folk, Americana and gospel/soul.
Best track? Lessons
In brief: Drawing inspiration from 1960’s Rock ‘n’ Roll, Baroque Pop, Blues and beyond, Frank Fogden has made a nostalgic, familiar sound fresh.
Best track? All You’ve Got To Do
In brief: Fast Trains is the award-winning, forward-thinking, DIY audio/visual project from Tom Wells who creates slick, catchy indie-pop music!
Best track? Sea Change
In brief: A beat-boxing, live-looping wizard who creates a unique brand of bluesy hip-“pop” and is always entertaining live!
Best track? Tomahawk Caress
In brief: Joe Johnson is a folk singer-songwriter who makes laid-back, easy-listening music good enough for any occasion or mood. He also recently signed to Mayfield Records!
Best track? The Rest Will Be Ok
Highlights of our Modern World
In brief: Highlights of our Modern World is a musician/producer makes ambient, lo-fi beats alongside looped instrumentation which is very easy-listening.
Best track? Bruising Through Time
In brief: Devin-Jade is a singer-songwriter who writes pleasant acoustic, indie-pop which is both fun as well as heartfelt.
Best track? Running Blind