Mirel Wagner 'The Dirt'

Listen to Ethiopian/Finnish singer Mirel Wagner's new single "The Dirt," off her sophomore album 'When The Cellar Children See The Light.'

Last we heard from Finnish-based, Ethiopian-born singer Mirel Wagner she was out with visuals for "Oak Tree," the morbidly romantic lead single off her upcoming sophomore album When The Cellar Children See The Light. This week the emotive folk songstress returns with a haunted follow-up single off the record, “The Dirt.” Channeling a Poe-like poignancy, Wagner vocalizes the pains of possessing unattainable earthly desires. Her voice, cloaked in a sense of serene longing, steadily marches along until cut off at the bridge by a howling electric guitar. It's a strummed desperation that gives off the bluesy chills. Wagner once told us in an interview “you don’t always need to shout to make an impact.” With her latest she proves her point yet again with another bare-boned and minimalistic heavy blow. Listen to "The Dirt" below. Wagner’s When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day LP is due out August 11th/12th in Europe/US from Sub Pop and August 8th in Finland from Kioski.

Mirel Wagner Tour Dates

26 July - Finland, Helsinki Radio Helsinki Klubi @ Fregatti

8 August Finland, Helsinki Flow Festival

15 August - Finland, Helsinki Luomustrudio @ Linnanmäki

21 August - Finland, Helsinki Showroom Jussi Karjalainen Exhibition opening

30 August - Germany, Berlin Torstrassenfestival

13 September - Belgium, Gent Big Next Festival

14 September, Netherlands, Amsterdam MC (Grote Studio)

1 October - Finland, Espoo Sellosali

3 October - Austria, Vienna Porgy & Bess (Waves Festival)

4 October - Slovenia Ljubiljana International Festival of Contemporary Arts - City of Women

10 October - Finland, FI Turku Dynamo

11 October - Finland, Tampere Telakka

13 October - Finland, Helsinki KOM-ravintola

17 October - Finland, Oulu 45 Special

18 October - Finland, Jyväskylä Musta kynnys

23 October - UK, London St. Pancras Old Church

25 October - UK, Bristol Simple Things Festival

30 October - Switzerland, Geneve La Graviere

31 October - Switzerland, Le Locle Le Lux

1 November - Switzerland, Zürich El Lokal

11 December - France, Bordeaux Winter Camp Festival @ Krakatoa (w J. Mascis)

12 December - France, Paris Winter Camp Festival @ Maroquinerie (w J. Mascis)

Photo credits: Deeds Art

Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video)

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