Rick Jamm – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:33:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Shellee Coley: “Story Like This” finds the timeless and universal in common experiences http://jamsphere.com/reviews/shellee-coley-story-like-this-finds-the-timeless-and-universal-in-common-experiences http://jamsphere.com/reviews/shellee-coley-story-like-this-finds-the-timeless-and-universal-in-common-experiences#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:33:09 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28415 Shellee Coley is a Texas-based singer-songwriter that has released three full length albums. Her current focus is a 5 song book of musical meditations called The Becoming Project that is being released one song or “chapter” at a time by the independent label Red Tree Music Group. Essentially, Shellee has created a unique style that blurs the boundaries between […]

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Shellee Coley is a Texas-based singer-songwriter that has released three full length albums. Her current focus is a 5 song book of musical meditations called The Becoming Project that is being released one song or “chapter” at a time by the independent label Red Tree Music Group. Essentially, Shellee has created a unique style that blurs the boundaries between genres and categories. There are recognizable influences from classic songwriters like Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Lennon & McCartney and Bob Dylan, as well as from some more current acts. Coley is able to absorb them all, and filter them through her own sensibilities to produce a sound in her own special voice. And what a voice!

Known for her powerful and evocative singing, it has continued to improve over each and every new release to a maturity that is mesmerizing and, and can quite simply be described as intoxicating. She has polished her jewel of a voice to a shiny luster that I find totally irresistible, but you will too. I can’t listen to her latest song “Story Like This”, without being completely and utterly spellbound.

Shellee Coley

Shellee Coley

This song is generally mellow and low-key (with a notable exceptions during the uplifting  bridges and choruses) as Shellee Coley uses a less-is-more approach in the instrumentation anchored by her stunning voice that emphasizes her sophisticated and eloquent lyrics and songwriting craft. The impression it creates is one of an intimate performance in your living room with choice organic accompaniment, and sweet layered harmonies.

That’s not to say that “Story Like This” is a one-dimensional and monotonous folk song; on the contrary, the sequence is interspersed with full-depth production and layered instruments like keyboards, strings, electric guitars and percussion. Overall the track is cerebral, and meant to be carefully listened to and contemplated.

A quick glimpse through her catalog reveals that Shellee Coley has always written beautiful songs that have come directly from her heart, and it seems The Becoming Project continues to bare more of her soul and mindset.

It can also be noted “Story Like This” does not break the spellbinding paradigm of “The Knowing”. Though different, both these songs are fairly uniform in their overall intent, feel and vibe. Shellee finds the timeless and universal in common experiences. And she’s got the sense to trust the power of her songs and her evocative voice to carry the message to the people.

I don’t have time to write a long, overblown review, just as much as you don’t have the time or desire to read them, so take my word for it, grab anything you see by Shellee Coley and rejoice! Some artists just have it.

Shellee Coley is an incredible talent with a unique and enthralling voice – that probably deserves to be in another less fickle musical era – and all the chops to go with it. If you have heard Shelley’s music before, and it blew you away, a “Story Like This” is no different and presents yet another sumptuous musical treat.

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All Atomic: “? ? ? (Track With No Name)” debut release on Pink Dolphin Music http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/all-atomic-track-with-no-name-debut-release-on-pink-dolphin-music http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/all-atomic-track-with-no-name-debut-release-on-pink-dolphin-music#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:39:25 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28412 All Atomic is an electronic music producer and artist from Bristol, UK. He has just released his debut for indie label Pink Dolphin Music, entitled – “? ? ? (Track With No Name)”. The majority of listeners will agree that this track is perhaps one of the best examples of wickedly detailed and technically rich […]

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All Atomic is an electronic music producer and artist from Bristol, UK. He has just released his debut for indie label Pink Dolphin Music, entitled – “? ? ? (Track With No Name)”. The majority of listeners will agree that this track is perhaps one of the best examples of wickedly detailed and technically rich techno and house out there. If that is a mouth-full, it should be. All Atomic has defined the amazingly intricate form of electronic dance music that weaves clever beats into unusual and unexpected sounds to create a masterpiece of rhythmic movement and audio ecstasy. It’s just that good!

From the beginning, he starts off with a twisting synth and then builds multiple climaxes and movements with banging percussion and driving basslines.

He pulls together elevations of sounds that on the surface appear to be beats from your typical computer-driven tracks, but upon further examination, you will notice that the sounds are layers of kicks and snares that have been so intricately woven, that they start and stop in a beautiful fabric of listening pleasure.

It is hard to distinguish when one layer begins and another ends. You will be forced to just listen for when a particular sound ends and evolves into the next. He pulls out all the stops in the last few bars that force you to pay attention, remembering all the detail and hard-work thrown used to create “? ? ? (Track With No Name)”. Then, at the end, he lets you down easy so you can go about your life.

It is minimal techno with synth-wave influences that doesn’t sound too minimal, and which is perfect for detailed listening and far too amazing to merely have in the background. You have to focus, savor, and enjoy it…if you can stop dancing in the meantime of course!

Since I first heard All Atomic, he has always maintained a steadfast adherence to strong musical concepts, and has insisted on looking for new directions in electronic music.

Though the creator of several significant contributions to techno, house, and searing dubstep, All Atomic has never taken the time to rest on his proverbial laurels, and “? ? ? (Track With No Name)” is further proof that his search is in full swing.

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Ice photographer Lliam Greguez Releases 2 Acoustic Prog Punk Albums http://jamsphere.com/news/ice-photographer-lliam-greguez-releases-a-2-acoustic-prog-punk-albums http://jamsphere.com/news/ice-photographer-lliam-greguez-releases-a-2-acoustic-prog-punk-albums#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:35:20 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28408 New York City, New York – Greguez is not only a man who hits the ice with his camera in hand, but a musician who tackles an apartment studio to collaborate in a mix of acoustic and synthesized sounds. So much sound in fact that he’s released not one, but two albums to mitigate some […]

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New York City, New York – Greguez is not only a man who hits the ice with his camera in hand, but a musician who tackles an apartment studio to collaborate in a mix of acoustic and synthesized sounds. So much sound in fact that he’s released not one, but two albums to mitigate some of the imbalances that surround us.

Musically Greguez is well-rounded, using its’ power to heal as a trained creative arts therapist at a handful of children’s hospitals in the New York City Area. In conjunction with this work, he unloosed his experimental tendencies to assemble a pair of albums; Other People’s Children in English and La Yola in Spanish, the latter written by Dominican artist Luis Días. Each showcase uptempo acoustic music that could be labeled anti-pop with a unique essence accompanied by deliberative lyrics.

Engaging young patients weekly with music to improve their well-being and then switching to reclusive winter camping to capture freezing moments of a mountain stream – of which nature audio samples & photos of ice are featured on his CDs – incites a pair of albums that are full of progressive punk exploring everything from being balanced in the mind to love to political health. Those interested in hearing more from Greguez, can check him out online or get in touch via the information below.

About:
Lliam Greguez is a macro ice photographer and a creative arts therapist in New York City who fills his week doing music with chronically ill children. Needing an outlet for his offbeat ideas, he recorded and released two Acoustic Prog Punk albums which showcase collaborations that bounce ideas and sounds around like children playing in winter.

Contact: Greguez Artz Lliam Greguez Lliam Greguez & PO Box 988 New York, NY 10024 917 58-010-59

Links: Official Site: http://str12ng.com

Bandcamp: https://str12ng.bandcamp.com/

Twitter: http:///www.twitter.com/str12ng

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/swivelable/tracks

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/str12ng/albums

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3311082#ixzz4eyMqUjMF

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Cosmic Zimmer: “Drunk But Not Wasted” – an emotional album of potential radio-friendly hits http://jamsphere.com/reviews/cosmic-zimmer-drunk-but-not-wasted-an-emotional-album-of-potential-radio-friendly-hits http://jamsphere.com/reviews/cosmic-zimmer-drunk-but-not-wasted-an-emotional-album-of-potential-radio-friendly-hits#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:01:24 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28399 Dutch National, Cosmic Zimmer is originally from the Dutch Caribbean and has lived in multiple places. An IT, Commerce and Robotics specialist, he has been making music for 13 years and got his first music lessons from a teacher who studied film scoring at the Berklee College of Music. Cosmic Zimmer was convinced to use […]

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Dutch National, Cosmic Zimmer is originally from the Dutch Caribbean and has lived in multiple places. An IT, Commerce and Robotics specialist, he has been making music for 13 years and got his first music lessons from a teacher who studied film scoring at the Berklee College of Music. Cosmic Zimmer was convinced to use his musical talents by a Viennese gastronomy legend and friend, Martin who advised him to record an album. This led to the 10 track collection, “Drunk But Not Wasted”.

Cosmic Zimmer

Cosmic Zimmer

70% of the album’s instrumentals were produced during 2014 in Vienna, Austria, while the rest were completed in Holland and Germany. The album features the Moroccan ‘The Voice’ semi-finalist, Medyoneful who sings both “Life Is A Party” and “In My Life”, Virginia-based singer Roxxi Red who handles “Almost Bedtime”, Wuddy who sings “Celebrate” and “No Matter”, Deri’s amazing talent on “Pseudo Love” and the guitar solo piece at the end of “The Awakening”, and Australian-born Californian, Jemma Louis on “So Happy” and “Drunk But Not Wasted”.

Cosmic Zimmer has put together a batch of songs that cover Pop, Soul and R&B flavors. In essence, “Drunk But Not Wasted” is an album packed full of hit singles. From the fantastic R&B electronic stand-off between synth twangs and club build-ups on “Life Is A Party”, to the soulful Deri-assisted “Pseudo Love” and the pop infested “So Happy” featuring Jemma Louis.

The result is an emotional album of potential radio-friendly hits featuring star vocalists and full-bodied choruses that, when heard together, feel like a moment of reflection from Cosmic Zimmer’s view at the top.

If you’re a fan of crossover dance, electronica, pop, with various vocalists, but don’t often hear music in the genre that really excites you, maybe because so much of dance music isn’t really made to last … it’s disposable; meant to be enjoyed in the club or on the treadmill, but not meant to be still enjoyed or appreciated months or years into the future.

The album cover

The album cover

This album takes the formula from those multi-singer dance albums, but adds a different substance, full of Cosmic Zimmer’s throbbing, crisp beats complemented by a variety of current underground Pop/R&B talent.

In such, the album aims higher than just disposable dance floor filler and offers tracks that are genuinely captivating and moving – “Almost Bedtime” by Roxxi Red and “The Awakening” featuring Deri, being prime examples.

“Drunk But Not Wasted” is an excellent album. It’s not just beat-dominated music, but has great melodies and superb singers. Although the music has such a host of singers, it sounds well integrated as if it was from a single unit rather than a bunch of separate and non-related tracks and performers. I guess that’s Cosmic Zimmer’s work and he’s done an excellent job of it.

The album does offer a refreshingly intimate look at Cosmic Zimmer’s songwriting style, which mashes diverse sounds.  “Drunk But Not Wasted” also shines a light on what Cosmic Zimmer does perhaps better than many, write crossover pop songs that feel poignantly, unequivocally now, but with a classic feel.

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Arman Ayva: “R U worried?” – glistening rushes of crystalline sound http://jamsphere.com/reviews/arman-ayva-r-u-worried-glistening-rushes-of-crystalline-sound http://jamsphere.com/reviews/arman-ayva-r-u-worried-glistening-rushes-of-crystalline-sound#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:40:42 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28395 Canadian based Arman Ayva clears up any loose ends by declaring himself “another freaking lunatic” right off the cuff. I can’t vouch for the fact that he really is “another freaking lunatic”, but I can establish the fact that he is another typical independent artist embracing the 21st Century technological music idiom. Avya has no […]

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Canadian based Arman Ayva clears up any loose ends by declaring himself “another freaking lunatic” right off the cuff. I can’t vouch for the fact that he really is “another freaking lunatic”, but I can establish the fact that he is another typical independent artist embracing the 21st Century technological music idiom. Avya has no musical background. By day he is a suit and tie business analyst in the banking industry. In his spare time he first crossed his creative paths with the art of photography before discovering a $100 keyboard and GarageBand. “I have no intention to compete to any musician or make money out of it,” says Ayva. “I record a sound, I listen, and I like it, but I want to know if it is just me or will others like it too?”

Thus far Arman Ayva appears to be as rational and reflective as the average indie artist, except for the fact that he has no overzealous pretension or overblown expectations for mass planetary success. And maybe that rationality shown in today’s totally hyped-up musical climate makes him “another freaking lunatic”.

If all this sounds too confusing for you, maybe we should just concentrate on what Avya creates. And that is, jazz and classically induced pieces of music – piano driven soundscapes with plenty of strings, horns and driving percussion.

As in all free-flowing, free-association jazz arrangements, Ayva’s pieces do not follow the conventional verse-bridge-chorus-verse format of pop. Instead more like a water stream, his pieces, such as “R U worried?”, starts in one place, and then meanders gently into variants which grow into glistening rushes of crystalline sound.

In an era of intensively schooled jazz performers, it’s a frequent observation that a particular jazz player seems at ease playing just about any style. But if omni-competence in jazz is widespread, there’s more to covering this form of music without any musical background or hotshot technique at all. Yet Arman Ayva appears to have pulled it off.

Avya doesn’t play old jazz standards, pre-established samba shuffles or swing grooves, but his own eclectic compositions. Hence he doesn’t need to apply any respectful courtliness or knowing irony in his interpretations; instead he plays with devoted warmth, and a delicacy that comes from having lived his songs’ nuances.

Ayva develops his narrative with the most sparing of touches and sly turns, and his own compositions “R U worried?” and “Blown Away” shows his capacity to inhabit different rhythmic cultures as if he had been raised on them.

Neither groundbreaking nor experimental or solely for jazz purists, Arman Ayva’s crossover musical pieces make for pleasant listening, especially if you like instrumental music, and show nice changes of pace, tone and mood. As the man says, he is just “another freaking lunatic.”

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Tidido is Blocked! The 5 Best Music Websites as an Alternative! http://jamsphere.com/news/tidido-blocked-5-best-music-websites-alternative http://jamsphere.com/news/tidido-blocked-5-best-music-websites-alternative#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:37:29 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28392 Tidido is Blocked! The 5 Best Music Websites as Alternative! Tidido was one of the most important music websites that you could use to access your favorite music. But now it just doesn’t work at all. What happened to Tidido? Unfortunately, Tidido.com is closed as its assets and services were acquired by Deezer. You won’t […]

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Tidido is Blocked! The 5 Best Music Websites as Alternative!

Tidido was one of the most important music websites that you could use to access your favorite music. But now it just doesn’t work at all. What happened to Tidido? Unfortunately, Tidido.com is closed as its assets and services were acquired by Deezer. You won’t be able to access your playlists and favorites anymore, so this would be the perfect time to find an alternative to it. Since time is of the essence, we created a list with some of the best music websites that you can use as an alternative to Tidido. This way you don’t have to worry that Tidido is blocked!

Best Tidido Alternatives

MusicMegaBox
If you want to find the very best Tidido alternative, this is definitely what you are looking for! MusicMegaBox is the ultimate music collection that you can find online and it’s available free of charge. You don’t even have to create an account: you can listen to hundreds of thousands of different songs without registration. If you want music collections, MusicMegaBox has that for you as well. Here you can find music collections for parties, sports, relaxation, driving, learning and so on.
Plus, MusicMegaBox allows you to create your playlist and browse the music playlists created by other users. Some of the other great features offered here include a top 100 list as well as the ability to see the song lyrics. You can read more about MusicMegaBox in the press release.

Pandora
Pandora is a free internet radio that gives you access to a plethora of songs. Unfortunately, it’s restricted to the US and a few other regions, so you can’t access it worldwide. The loading times for songs can be high depending on your internet speed, but it can be a great option if you want free online radios.

Spotify
Just like Pandora, Spotify is not available in all regions. This is rather unfortunate, but on the other hand, you can listen to lots of music for free. You can create your playlists too, although you may have to deal with ads most of the time as you listen to your music.

Deezer
Deezer acquired Tidido, but there’s no news what it plans to do with it. Since your former playlists won’t be found on Deezer, you can easily use another service. Deezer offers access to millions of songs, and you can easily create playlists, however browsing is rather restricted and the fact that it’s automatically detecting your local language can be good or bad for some users. It’s a worthwhile option, but the user interface and a lack of music collections do show that there are better options out there.

Jango
Jango gives you access to tens of thousands of songs. Some of them are popular, others are indie, and even newcomers can share their music here. You can also find music collections. The downside is that you can’t browse the song, you just listen to it, and that can be troublesome for some users. Still, it does provide plenty of value for your time even if it includes ads sometimes.
Even if Tidido is no more, you can still find some amazing music websites that you can use as an alternative. As you can see from the options presented above, there is a lot of value to be had here. Don’t hesitate and use a website like MusicMegaBox to listen to your favorite music, as it can easily deliver the features of Tidido and so much more!

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Entertainer TONI REDD releases her new single “Underneath My Skin” http://jamsphere.com/news/entertainer-toni-redd-releases-new-single-underneath-skin http://jamsphere.com/news/entertainer-toni-redd-releases-new-single-underneath-skin#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:32:27 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28389 Atlanta, GA – The remarkable artistry of entertainer Toni Redd is showcased once again with her latest song release, “Underneath My Skin” from her album “Her Reddness”. Her dynamic powerful vocals are laid expressively beautiful over the flowing music that takes you on an unforgettable journey. Like many great female singers, Toni has a captivating voice […]

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Atlanta, GA – The remarkable artistry of entertainer Toni Redd is showcased once again with her latest song release, “Underneath My Skin” from her album “Her Reddness”. Her dynamic powerful vocals are laid expressively beautiful over the flowing music that takes you on an unforgettable journey. Like many great female singers, Toni has a captivating voice that is complementary to whatever genre she sings. The award-winning songstress renders a deeply soulful offering for discriminating fans of Smooth Jazz, R&B, and Classic Soul.

She is the recipient of Black Women in Jazz Award for Best Jazz Artist and Music Video for “Close to Me” from “Catching the Redd Eye” 2014, Black Women in Jazz Award for Woman of Jazz & Soul 2015, and a 2015 Georgia Music Award Nominee; the only female in the jazz category! A Lifetime Achievement Songwriting Award from the Writers Ball is the most recent addition to her honors.

The song is a feature Choice Cut selection for the month on soultracks.com, and a Radio promotion and marketing campaign is underway to bring her music to the masses and grow a legion of fans, it is a designated National Radio Chart Pick by Airplay Magazine.

Audiences are in for a treat wherever she performs. Among the shows included on her upcoming calendar are: April 21st at The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA, May 28th at the Atlanta Jazz Festival, and July 8th at the Old School Blues and R&B Festival, Benton Harbor, MI (with Grammy Winner Bobby Rush; and The Chi-Lites).

“When Toni Redd performs it is always a musical treat”. – – – The Atlanta Journal Constitution – – – Music Reviewer

Ms. Redd is selectively featured at numerous jazz festivals such as the Maui Music Festival, and the Atlanta Jazz Festival, just to name a few. She has performed on the Domestic and International circuit with much revered musicians such as: Najee, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, The Rippingtons, Marion Meadows, Pieces of a Dream, Alex Bugnon, Angela Bofill, Rick Braun, The Ohio Players, Morris Day and the Time, Everette Harp, The Yellowjackets, Gerald Alston, Stanley Jordan, Brian Bromberg, Steve Cole, Fattburger, Chico Debarge, Pamela Williams, The Temptations, Warren Hill, Oleta Adams, The Stylistics, Walter Beasley, Bob Baldwin, Tom Browne, and Kim Waters.

Toni Redd is dedicated to creating timeless music and is amassing a body of work to enhance a growing discography as she raises the ante, and her profile. Although music plays an integral part in her life, it is not a singular focus of her creative expressions. She is an all-around performer and actress whose voice can be heard on National Commercial Jingles, and acting credits include the independent film “Losing Grace, The Tyler Perry film, “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, and touring with the stage play “A Good Man is Still Hard to Find”.

Get to know Toni:

http://artistecard.com/ToniRedd 
http://www.toniredd.com/

Connect with her on social media, and online platforms:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Toni-Redd/152597528125246 
https://www.instagram.com/realtoniredd 
https://twitter.com/realtoniredd

Retail distributors carrying her music include: iTunes, Amazon.com, CD Baby, and Spotify.

Artist Manager Ms. Daryl M. Donald, Esq, has assembled a team of Industry veterans to collaborate in the efforts to further build the brand, explore mutually rewarding alliances, and boost the trajectory of the multi-faceted entertainer, Toni Redd.

Booking is available via: Ms. Daryl M. Donald, Esq. 
http://www.barristerprod.com 
Marketing Consultant: Fred Mills

About REAL REDD Music

Based in Atlanta, GA, the Independent music company produces music, video and related multimedia projects. It is creating a solid foundation for its artist to grow in a focused long-term environment.

 

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Sienná: “Q.o.S” – sequences that make for immersive headphone music! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sienna-q-o-s-sequences-that-make-for-immersive-headphone-music http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sienna-q-o-s-sequences-that-make-for-immersive-headphone-music#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:47:25 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28385 Sienná, a native from Kyoto, Japan, living in Oslo, Norway, who pursues her vast musical talents for songwriting, musical production, DJing, and more, announced the release of her latest electronica album, “Q.o.S”. Recognized for her distinguishably unique sound, consisting of electronic bases, avant-garde, house, jazz, traditional Japanese, contemporary Japanese, and experimental, Sienná’s latest musical creation contains […]

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Sienná, a native from Kyoto, Japan, living in Oslo, Norway, who pursues her vast musical talents for songwriting, musical production, DJing, and more, announced the release of her latest electronica album, “Q.o.S”. Recognized for her distinguishably unique sound, consisting of electronic bases, avant-garde, house, jazz, traditional Japanese, contemporary Japanese, and experimental, Sienná’s latest musical creation contains ten tracks embodying slow, groovy elements with instruments and vocals lofted over the top. All songs and texts written, performed and composed by Sienná except “Six Sense”, which has melody and texts from a Japanese traditional folk song called “Rokucho”.

Sienná

Sienná

I have followed Sienná, since 2013, and she has a unique talent to quickly put me under her spell of smooth beats and sonic experimentation. The lady is truly gifted in her ability to compose unique, fluid, and complete tracks that are far less abstract than they sound like at first listen.

The vast chasm that once separated accessibility from experimental electronic sounds in her music has all but vanished on “Q.o.S”. Here Sienná, has reached a place where even her most languid and effusive sounds and samples are easy digestible by the ear. Some tracks may be powerfully beat propelled and instantly engaging to both the ear and body, such as “Worlds Citizens”, “Quintessence”, “Sixth Sense” and “Eastern Play”.

While on the end of the spectrum, introspective and ruminative musical pieces like “Yes”, “Iwashimizu (石清水)”, “Kasuga (春日)” and the stunning vocal track, “PM”, will engage your mind and soul. This eclectic performer and producer, has built her career on a different type of accessibility.

Her songs are not easy to fall into like EDM booby traps, but they are like quicksand slowly and steadily engulfing listeners, before sucking each one into Sienná’s all-embracing world. Her latest release is an oasis of mind, body and soul relieving pleasures, offered as a refuge from the fusillade of trap and pop crossover beats sweeping through electronic music.

What Sienná has done with her avant-garde electronic confections is nothing short of innovative and intentionally exotic, meshing together dreamy downtempo soundscapes and rhythmic beats into distinctive forms that can be called ‘atmospheric electronic’.

It culminates into pulsating sequences that make for immersive headphone music. A deliberate mind trip meant to listen to and nod to in pleasure and sheer satisfaction. “Q.o.S” stands out clearly in the electronic panorama, bristling with vital, artistic compositions that feel like all colors of paint whipped, splattered and dripped across a gigantic canvas.

Sienná, doesn’t cease to find ways of delivering this blossoming beauty, as her songs glisten and puzzle all at the same time. What comes away from her latest release is that she has finally found herself from another musical perspective.

Underneath that creative brilliance and flair is a whole cluster of songs and sonic pleasures that doesn’t hide behind layers of hard-to-understand experimental abstraction, breaking free, “Q.o.S” shows off its true relatable colors without compromising Sienná’s intrinsic artistic intentions.

Website:
http://www.sienna-web.com 

Social media:
http://www.facebook.com/siennamusic
http://www.twitter.com/siennaweb 
http://www.instagram.com/sienna_web

Streaming:
http://www.soundcloud.com/siennaweb
http://www.youtube.com/siennaweb

Digital stores:
https://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/Sienn%C3%A1
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Shane Guerrette: “Wound Up” – a soulful exploration of blues-induced indie http://jamsphere.com/reviews/shane-guerrette-wound-up-a-soulful-exploration-of-blues-induced-indie http://jamsphere.com/reviews/shane-guerrette-wound-up-a-soulful-exploration-of-blues-induced-indie#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:52:07 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28381 Shane Guerrette is 20 year old singer/songwriter with big dreams and an ever-expanding fan base. Drawing on influences from modern artists such as The Black Keys and Cage The Elephant, as well as paying tribute to classic greats ranging from Led Zeppelin to Pearl Jam, Shane has blended his influences of electric and acoustic rock […]

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Shane Guerrette is 20 year old singer/songwriter with big dreams and an ever-expanding fan base. Drawing on influences from modern artists such as The Black Keys and Cage The Elephant, as well as paying tribute to classic greats ranging from Led Zeppelin to Pearl Jam, Shane has blended his influences of electric and acoustic rock into a style of his own. He brings unique modern qualities to balance the retro roots inspired rock. If you are older than 40 then this his music is bound to make you remember riffs from bands from the 70′ and 80′ but Guerrette is truly a modern rock artist with few other comparisons to present day music.

After listening to his latest single, “Wound Up” it for a few days in a row now and appreciating its qualities to evoke emotion, all that I can hope is that this young artist from Latham, NY, continues to keep it real and sticks to his roots sound.

Hopefully as he gains success he won’t stray and let the music industry machine alter the essence of his musical being. Everything is nowadays auto tuned and glossed up to perfection, in some cases to hide core artistic defects, Guerrette is raw and visceral, and this is what talent is about. He has taken the roots of blues music and re-imagined into alternative and indie rock sounds.

Shane Guerrette’s vocals are clear and soulful, with the grungy, organic sounding instrumentation putting the focus on lyrics that are simple but quite catchy.  In its best moments, “Wound Up” is as ferocious and soulful an exploration of blues-induced indie as anything in recent memory.

It’s also a record that speaks to the artist’s fearlessness, and, at least on initial impression, it suggests that Guerrette has clarity of purpose. How many 20 year-old artists do you know that prefer wielding a six-string electric guitar, to a gorgeous all-purpose laptop? For an act as young and progressive as Shane Guerrette, that kind of focus and vision makes “Wound Up” a very important self-produced rock track.

Their production is one of this recording’s strengths, as “Wound Up” gives Shane Guerrette plenty of space to roll around in his homemade artistic clay, and the overall dirtiness and lived-in soulfulness of the single’s sound is perfectly matched to the songwriting.

The song is well written, the instrumentation is spot-on, and the music comes from a dude who clearly knows what he is doing. “Wound Up” is exactly what we want out of rock music: emotion, brilliance and individuality.

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Sarantos: “First 5 Seconds” to love! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sarantos-first-5-seconds-to-love http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sarantos-first-5-seconds-to-love#respond Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:35:46 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28369 The single “First 5 Seconds”, is a fine showcase of Sarantos’ maturation as both musician and a human with heart and soul. Beautiful poetic expression forms the foundation of the collection of Sarantos’ works, and it just continues here. I especially love the instrumental. But more than anything I love the sound and quality of […]

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The single “First 5 Seconds”, is a fine showcase of Sarantos’ maturation as both musician and a human with heart and soul. Beautiful poetic expression forms the foundation of the collection of Sarantos’ works, and it just continues here. I especially love the instrumental. But more than anything I love the sound and quality of Sarantos’ voice; the expression coming through him, as well as the weight and airy playfulness of his delivery, is well-suited to this alternative folk-pop track. And though I’ve said this on many an occasion already, I will stretch my neck yet out again, and confirm that this is probably the best vocal performance he has done thus far.

Anyone who may demerit this track because it’s “not like his previous music” is a tasteless moron. For one, Sarantos doesn’t have any ‘previous music’ that is similar to anything else. Hence you could say that none of his songs are like ‘his previous music’.

But that’s his defining factor. That’s what he works towards on each and every release – a different sound and a different lyrical theme. And he does this on a regular month to month basis – a mean feat indeed! So yes, “First 5 Seconds”, is “not like his previous music” and best of all it probably won’t be anything like his ‘forthcoming music’ either!

There are many reports about love at first sight. Thus, Carla Bruni said that it was love at first sight between her and the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. She said that what happened “between Nicolas and me was not quick, it was instant. So for us, the wedding was actually very slow.”

Similarly, a woman said about her lover, “I loved him at first sight. And the very first time in my life I ever felt passionately was the moment I saw him. It was a feeling so loving, so tender, so wild, so overwhelming and breath-taking, and all-involving, a feeling I did not know before.”

Love at first sight is not easy to explain. Some people even deny that it is possible claiming it is merely sexual attraction. Indeed, how can we fall profoundly in love after one quick glance? How can such a glance make us believe that we want to spend the rest of our life in the arms of a stranger we have just seen for the first time? And that’s more less what Sarantos tackles here, but taking it beyond.

“This folk song is about love and how it might or might not change thru the years,” says Sarantos. “I thought this story should reflect how love does not actually change over time. We all remember driving our parents crazy when we were teens. Do you remember the mood swings? One moment we’re wildly infatuated and in love, the next we’re broken-hearted crying a river. Contrast that with a mature older couple who has earned their wrinkles but is still together. By the way, is there anything cooler than an elderly couple out for a romantic walk holding hands?” Watch the video to see the twist Sarantos puts on this theme. “I wanted this video to show love in many forms,” says Sarantos, “but especially how it grows deeper despite the ravages of time on the human body. Who says only young people can be fiercely in love?” 

You can still clearly get an uplifting, upbeat Sarantos vibe from the song, which brings musicianship and melodic depth to a whole new level for the artist. Even Sarantos’ voice shows increased maturity in his control and restraint, making vibrato and pitch changes far more effective.

As far as musicianship, “First 5 Seconds” features’ fantastic use of the bass and excellent keyboard work. The studio quality is utterly impeccable with real-to-life acoustic guitar and electric guitar tones that have a clean crystalline texture. From start to finish, there is a beautiful smoothness that resonates with you.

This track will certainly broaden Sarantos’ usual appeal to an even wider audience, as great music tends to do. Pick this up not only if you’re a Sarantos fan, but if you simply like excellent musicianship and vocals, plus a totally understandable and relatable theme.

OFFICIAL LINKS: Sarantos Website – Facebook – Twitter – Google+ – YouTube – iTunes – Vimeo – Reverbnation – Soundcloud

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DJ Roy Cohen: “Take Off” ft. K.O flows impeccably! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/dj-roy-cohen-take-off-ft-k-o-flows-impeccably http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/dj-roy-cohen-take-off-ft-k-o-flows-impeccably#respond Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:33:00 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28358 DJ/Producer Roy Cohen has dropped his latest single “Take Off” from his brand new album “Happy Noises”.  Best known for his critically acclaimed work with world charting band, JIVE64, and producing for the likes of Marq Aurel and David C, DJ Roy Cohen was also lauded during the Peter Gabriel “Scratch My Back” remix contest, […]

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DJ/Producer Roy Cohen has dropped his latest single “Take Off” from his brand new album “Happy Noises”.  Best known for his critically acclaimed work with world charting band, JIVE64, and producing for the likes of Marq Aurel and David C, DJ Roy Cohen was also lauded during the Peter Gabriel “Scratch My Back” remix contest, receiving an honorary mention for his remix of “Games Without Frontiers”. Originally from Tel Aviv, Cohen moved to Dublin 3 years ago and the album “Happy Noises” is his first recording done there.

Mastered in what’s called a ‘closed-ear environment’ with patented technology from Even Headphones, “Take Off” is the first song to be created in this manner. Cohen explains that this process adjusts frequency distribution and output to create the best sound possible.

The single, “Take Off”, has now been released worldwide and is on radio as well as being available through the most important digital download platforms, while the video clip in support of the single has also been published to YouTube for viewing.

“Take Off” does not deviate too far from the formula that has been so successful for DJ Roy Cohen to date. Working with a blank canvas, Cohen had complete freedom to create what he wanted and he constructed what sounds like hit material with an irresistibly, catchy melody, an energetic, synth driven break, and pumping percussion.

The vocal by K.O meshes perfectly with the song, once again confirming that DJ Roy Cohen’s instrumentals flow impeccably under the right voice.

It’s safe to say that the profile of electronic music has grown over recent years. And everybody loves a bass drop, not to mention the ability to groove to an electrifying vibe. So when somebody like DJ Roy Cohen joins the top electronic music ranks with a globally likeable track such as “Take Off”, you know that he is among the up and coming electronic stars to watch.

Cohen generally favors distinctive sounds that are clearly articulated during instrumental sections, breaks, and interludes. The most dynamic moments on this track is delivered by the palpitating basslines which push the verses and choruses forward with powerful momentum.

The track swells and builds as it works its way towards its explosive end. Much like previous songs, it’s clear to see DJ Roy Cohen musicianship, given his careful thought and seamless execution instrumentally. It’s also clear that he is on an emotional high.

And to close on an even higher and more positive note, last year Cohen married his husband after the country’s gay marriage referendum, marking what Cohen claims as “one of the joyful moments detailed in Happy Noises”. The dude is on a roll…Mazel Tov!

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Emerald Suspension – thrillingly visceral stuff! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/emerald-suspension-thrillingly-visceral-stuff http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/emerald-suspension-thrillingly-visceral-stuff#respond Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:28:52 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28354 Minneapolis collective Emerald Suspension is the experimental art collective that combined stock market and economic data to make experimental music on their album, “Playing the Market”.  Their creative spirit now takes on new life with their second full length album, “DIVINATION”. If you took all the sweet-greasy-tasty bits of techno, big beat, industrial, punk and rock and […]

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Minneapolis collective Emerald Suspension is the experimental art collective that combined stock market and economic data to make experimental music on their album, “Playing the Market.  Their creative spirit now takes on new life with their second full length album, “DIVINATION. If you took all the sweet-greasy-tasty bits of techno, big beat, industrial, punk and rock and smashed it down into one real trip of an album, you’ll end with some of the tracks from “DIVINATION”. Emerald Suspension is loud, aggressive, and in sync with its own transgressions, and with each passing track, they increasingly sound like a genre of one.

In small doses, it’s thrillingly visceral stuff. But over multiple tracks, the relentlessly pounding breakbeats, the eclectic spoken word interludes, the wayward samples and sounds can hit you like a sledgehammer. The title track “Divination” is polished, aggressive, eclectic, and shows just how talented Emerald Suspension really is. It’s a slow, strong big beat tune mixed with cyberpunk sensibilities, harsh and distorted guitars and noisy twisted synths.

“Six Feet Closer” is an awesome track with a bigger than life beat layered with industrial styled rhythms. Infused with both male and female robotic vocal interludes, the song will remind you of something out of a terrifying sci-fi movie. Once you come to appreciate the crazy and the unexpected, you’ll come to love every song on Emerald Suspension deliver.

And the reason is easily explained. For all the experimental sounds the structure of their songs are fairly conventional, it’s what’s inside those structures that differentiates itself from the mainstream pack.

This formula allows the least adventurous of us to not be frightened away by totally unrecognizable soundscapes. Yet at the same time there are truly few bands that are able to conjure up such an iconic and menacing sound as can be heard on “Mildred Pierce / Millard Fillmore”, without directly falling into some hardcore genre.

There’s no pretension to these tracks, no slick intro’s or interludes involved; all that are present here are some of the most explosive tracks ever recorded, put together in a tight and cohesive manner. There’s no carry over, no self-indulgent rehashing of themes; each track on offer is identified by its own singular and distinguished sound.

“Not Available” is filled to the brim with ingenious hooks and sounds, plus a huge pile of character making sure that there can be no chance that Emerald Suspension will be overlooked in the near future.

A steady beat plows its way throughout this song as an inspired keyboard line tumbles its way around the listener’s ears. It’s all incredibly effective, and somewhat soothing at the same time, if that sounds at all possible!

Across the board everything put out on these tracks is phenomenal, whether it be deftly distorting the hell out of guitars, or turning keyboard samples in on themselves, the production work is unrivaled at times.

Expanding on ideas introduced elsewhere, and maybe in a mixed bag of genres, it is clear that Emerald Suspension is playing with something new here. This is the sound of the future, happening right now, and the excitement of these tracks seeps through on every note, sound and noise.

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The APX: “Capture The Moment” a powerhouse of full-bodied grooves http://jamsphere.com/reviews/the-apx-capture-the-moment-a-powerhouse-of-full-bodied-grooves http://jamsphere.com/reviews/the-apx-capture-the-moment-a-powerhouse-of-full-bodied-grooves#respond Sun, 16 Apr 2017 09:54:23 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28334 Taking its name from their highly successful private event band ‘The After Party Experience’, The Atlanta-based husband/wife duo, Dee and Erika Rhodes who make up ‘The APX’, creates an electronic atmosphere infused with multiple synths, sax and vocals. They released their first single “Capture The Moment” to test the waters, while further defining their sound […]

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Taking its name from their highly successful private event band ‘The After Party Experience’, The Atlanta-based husband/wife duo, Dee and Erika Rhodes who make up ‘The APX’, creates an electronic atmosphere infused with multiple synths, sax and vocals. They released their first single “Capture The Moment” to test the waters, while further defining their sound which is a blend Nu-disco, Electro Funk and Synth Wave. With their debut E.P. set to be released later on in 2017, Dee and Erika Rhodes’ mission is to crossover the 80s culture and fuse it into the new era.

“Capture The Moment” is groovy bass-banging opus plied with electrodes, stuffed into a cannon, and shot straight through the doors of the disco, where they resurrect and reconstruct the sound that once catapulted an entire generation into delirium.

This time, however, the maturation of that aesthetic is apparent and adventurous as The APX deliver the party just sweaty and soulful enough to place a lead foot on the neck of the oft-vapid and musically homogeneous EDM that has inexplicably ruled the roost at major clubs over the past several years.

An ode to The APX’s roots, “Capture The Moment” is constructed to represent a culture that gave the world a revelatory thump and should be as endearing and intoxicating to EDM aficionados and club kids as it is a testament to the grooviest homespun rhythms around.

“Capture The Moment” is the intersection where old groove and new style meet for drinks, and stay long enough to fall in love. Dee and Erika Rhodes prove with this track that they are as innovative as they are likely to become an electronic institution — a well-oiled machine representative of the musical mastery at the heart of the Nu-Disco sound.

One that remains a powerhouse of full-bodied grooves, thumping rhythms, technologically forward composition, world-class talent, and expert pen game.

A curious band of preservationists, The APX’s versatility across their music proves the value of integrity and musical chops. They’re not cashing in on retro-styles; they’re developing them into new ones.

“Capture The Moment” is an absolute star project, filled with infectiousness and apparent beauty. Everything that makes The APX brilliant is on full display here, and the result is a wonderful song that deserves to be played on repeat.

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Andreas Pareli: “Crystal Of Ice” – movingly sincere music http://jamsphere.com/reviews/andreas-pareli-crystal-of-ice-movingly-sincere-music http://jamsphere.com/reviews/andreas-pareli-crystal-of-ice-movingly-sincere-music#respond Sun, 16 Apr 2017 08:10:57 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28329 It’s hard to describe Andreas Pareli or his music without falling prey to many a cliché or hyperbole. The Norwegian artist, who sings as well as plays the piano and guitar, makes movingly sincere ballads, tinged with Latin rhythms. Pareli really deserves and warrants any hype that may surround him. The level of talent displayed […]

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It’s hard to describe Andreas Pareli or his music without falling prey to many a cliché or hyperbole. The Norwegian artist, who sings as well as plays the piano and guitar, makes movingly sincere ballads, tinged with Latin rhythms. Pareli really deserves and warrants any hype that may surround him. The level of talent displayed is way above what most indie artists in pop music could ever even hope for. Every one of the singles Andreas Pareli has released thus far is amazing, and the balance between vocals and instruments is perfect. His songs don’t sound the same, but they are cohesive and related to one another by way of the soft tones, sweet melodies and gentle rhythms.

Anyone who has lived, loved and lost will be moved when listening to any of Andreas Pareli’s songs. Pareli is a singer-songwriter who doesn’t have to break any musical boundaries to instantly be likable.

He’s a bit folk, a bit pop, and a bit electronic and a bit rock, and these combinations are incredible in the way that he mixes them on any of his tracks. Plus his lyrics seem genuine and his voice is very unique. Those of you who love lyrics…moving, emotional, inspiring and thought provoking lyrics, will welcome Andreas Pareli into your lives.

There isn’t one of his songs which I haven’t connected with, and loved hearing over and over again. And his latest single, “Crystal of Ice”, is no exception. He holds his heart in the palm of his hand and allows us to observe it with him, and because he does, he connects with each listener who has moved through the same life experiences. He truly sings from the soul and with a voice that bids you listen:

“You’re a crystal of ice / You dance like a snowflake in the night / You’re cold as ice / And now it seems you’re out of sight / Like a crystal of ice / You freeze into dreams when I’m asleep / You’re cold as ice / Now dry your tears before I weep”

I don’t know how anyone cannot love this guy’s voice. It is unique and beautiful, and never overstays its welcome. The verses and bridge on “Crystal Of Ice” are captivating and when the chorus breaks in, the groove and chill just gets cooler.

It is such a tantalizing, mesmeric song. For me, it evokes a distant memory of a long lost love – a very powerful song, indeed. Of course Andreas Pareli has an added secret weapon which most indie artists cannot truly count in their artistic weaponry. While most are running around making quick lyric videos with stock footage, Pareli is filming epic videos worthy of major label budgets.

Again, “Crystal Of Ice” is no exception and has Pareli walking and horse-riding across the snow covered Norwegian valleys, and playing a grand piano in a concert hall – all done with sweepingly smooth quality and expertise.  Summing all the aspects of an independent music production, it soon becomes clear that Andreas Pareli has very few independent rivals who can match or better his standards.

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Purplehed: “Deeper Than The Seas” continues his triumphant legacy http://jamsphere.com/reviews/purplehed-deeper-than-the-seas-continues-his-triumphant-legacy http://jamsphere.com/reviews/purplehed-deeper-than-the-seas-continues-his-triumphant-legacy#respond Sun, 16 Apr 2017 06:26:09 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28326 The song is very strong. The production is simple, but effective, and Purplehed’s voice is a remarkable instrument. “Deeper Than The Seas” has not been hyped. It’s been around for just under a year, and developed organically. It feels like an intimate song that reflects its independent record label roots, but confident enough to be […]

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The song is very strong. The production is simple, but effective, and Purplehed’s voice is a remarkable instrument. “Deeper Than The Seas” has not been hyped. It’s been around for just under a year, and developed organically. It feels like an intimate song that reflects its independent record label roots, but confident enough to be relevant to a broad spectrum of people. Anyone who knows the pain, longing, anguish and beauty of love will be seduced by this searing, achingly beautiful ballad. Purplehed combines soaring vocals with memorable lyrics, beautiful melodies and electronics, quite unlike any other artist. Not only do his songs touch your heart, they also make you want to sing out loud. “Deeper Than The Seas” continues that triumphant legacy.

There is an astonishingly aching beauty, both in musical and lyric terms, to this song, as the story-line haunts you with its clarity, intelligence and passion. Lyrically it is extremely intelligent, resonant, and with the ability to move you like nothing you’ve heard in many a moon:

“Underneath the starry night / That bathes her in lingering light / Doused in haunting echoes of her silvery voice / I realize, I crave her smile. In my world she was / The one and only sun / She was brighter than all the stars rolled in one / I realize, I crave her smile…”

On the basis of this, his third single release, Purpehed confirms himself as a true talent in every sense of the word. “Deeper Than The Seas” is brilliant, highly-listenable and an essential addition to anyone’s collection.

I am an utter music junkie, highly constructively critical, but I cannot fault this one at all. After years of the music scene being dominated by manufactured bands and artists churned out by the suffocating mainstream music industries, Purplehed represents that category of independent talent emerging from under the radar from all over the world.

“Deeper Than The Seas” is an unbelievably well written, and well executed track that sets Purplehed apart from many of the others out there. You don’t often hear all-round quality like this from independent artists.

His songs can be very intense while his voice and the musical arrangements are always fantastic – and you know what Purplehed sings about is true because it is probably something you yourself experienced at some point in your life. I would say Purplehed is set to become a major talent over the next couple of years; if not then there is something very wrong!

MORE ABOUT: Purplehed is the stage name for Songwriter, Singer and Record Producer, Ashutosh Upadhyay, who together with Creative Director and Choreographer, Anurag Upadhyay, are the founders of Purplehed Records. A record label, based in Mumbai India, and established in 2014 to explore modern music and dance art forms with the aim of inspiring people.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – FACEBOOK – TWITTER – ITUNES – YOUTUBESPOTIFYINSTAGRAMSOUNDCLOUDGOOGLE PLUS

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Richard Lynch: “Mending Fences” – a shining example of classic country music http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/richard-lynch-mending-fences-a-shining-example-of-classic-country-music http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/richard-lynch-mending-fences-a-shining-example-of-classic-country-music#respond Sat, 15 Apr 2017 23:18:34 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28321 In the past few years of country music, there haven’t been many great certainties to count on. There were plenty of bad of course. We could count on bro country being a parasite that infects the genre for years to come and is still to this day. We could count on more trend chasing and […]

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In the past few years of country music, there haven’t been many great certainties to count on. There were plenty of bad of course. We could count on bro country being a parasite that infects the genre for years to come and is still to this day. We could count on more trend chasing and more outsiders coming into the genre to further muck up the sound of country music. All of these negative things we could count on to bring country down.

It overshadows some of the good things we can count on and one of those things is Richard Lynch, if you’re a classic country fan. I can only say that Richard Lynch has the true consistency in his work that is limited to a mere handful of artists. He is making records that are true to classic Country music.

On “Mending Fences”, Lynch continues to work from multiple angles while also bringing into focus perhaps the greatest of all the skills he’s cultivated over the years: his ability to translate his devotion to craft into richness of expression.

Even though it’s only April, this is definitely the Country album to beat this year. The refined simplicity of Lynch’s writing comes through early on in the recording on “When You Send an Angel a Letter”, a plaintive melody gently exposing his heartfelt words, and the title track, “Mending Fences”, a rumination mellowed by its lilting tune and Lynch’s subtle vocal shadings.

By the time you hit the 4th track, “In Over My Heart”, you realize that here’s a country artist who for over 3 decades has kept it country and plans on keeping it country for the rest of his career. Lynch is a shining example of everything a country music fan should want in their country artists: honesty, respect and quality.

For several years Richard Lynch has been a beacon of light. While some older artists have embarrassingly chased trends and have tried desperately to remain in the mainstream eye, Lynch hasn’t changed his approach at all with his music and continues to do things the way he wants to.

And his way can be heard on standouts like “Daddy’s Words”, “Crazy Man”, the album’s lead single “Cut & Paste”, “Things You Shouldn’t Do” and “Country Music Isn’t Country Anymore”. From the instrumentation to the lyrics to the vocals, these songs are a reminder of why people love Richard Lynch.

“Mending Fences” symbolizes a pillar in country music, one of the few left. It’s one of that represents the foundation and roots of country music. In other words, it’s a reminder of something we can count on. Richard Lynch, as long as he is still making music, will no doubt produce country music that we can all enjoy and respect at the same time.

Regardless of how you feel about this album or whatever grade you assign it, it should bring a smile to your face that Richard Lynch is making fantastic classic country music in 2017.

Richard Lynch is a member of the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame, the founder of the Love Tattoo Foundation for Veterans, and the host of “Traditionally Lynch” on Renegade Radio Nashville. Lynch has appeared on TV and radio stations across the USA and around the world, including RFD TV and WSM Radio Nashville.

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Late Cambrian: “Sweet Cambrian High” – a project of astronomical talent! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/late-cambrian-sweet-cambrian-high-a-project-of-astronomical-talent http://jamsphere.com/reviews/late-cambrian-sweet-cambrian-high-a-project-of-astronomical-talent#respond Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:50:13 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28287 Late Cambrian is a Brooklyn Based, Indie Electro-Pop band. John Wlaysewski (the collective’s principle songwriter and singer) is also a producer, currently working on Tracy Bonham’s forthcoming record, “Modern Burdens”, which can be pre-ordered HERE. Are Late Cambrian the next big breakout in electronic rock or are we just jumping the gun with only 5 songs […]

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Late Cambrian is a Brooklyn Based, Indie Electro-Pop band. John Wlaysewski (the collective’s principle songwriter and singer) is also a producer, currently working on Tracy Bonham’s forthcoming record, “Modern Burdens”, which can be pre-ordered HERE. Are Late Cambrian the next big breakout in electronic rock or are we just jumping the gun with only 5 songs at hand? Either way, it’s pretty evident that this band are carving their own path in both music and message, steering clear of some familiar tropes that their peers in the music scene seem to use to great extent.

Simply put, Late Cambrian latest EP, “Sweet Cambrian High” works on multiple levels. If you’re looking for engaging singular tracks to fill your playlist, this recording has several songs that could keep the band on radio for a long run.

But if you’re looking for a deeper connection and a full listening experience, “Sweet Cambrian High” truly takes the listener on a journey both musically and thematically, utilizing synths, drums, guitars and at times Wlaysewski’s dreamlike, at other times more aggressive, vocal approach, to make you feel like you’ve taken every step with him. Add in Late Cambrian’s penchant for building a narrative with layers and layers of melody to fill in all the ‘bleak’ spots, and you’ve got a band you can truly dig into and get the full experience.

I say ‘bleak’ spots, because Late Cambrian sings somewhat somber lyrics, over relentlessly joyous beats. You know those confusing, gorgeously sad, bittersweet moments, in your life? Well “Sweet Cambrian High” is chock full of them.

What is most impressive (aside from the EP being constantly compelling) is how Late Cambrian tweaked their sound just enough to make it feel unique in a world of music overflowing with new bands every day. The lush and slightly progressive touches are nice flavoring agents in each song, but don’t discount how damn poppy this gets at times.

Translated, this means there is so much tasty sugar, your sweet tooth won’t be able to resist. At times it’s in the shimmering synths of “Yearbook Photo”, or the funky jangling guitars in “Girl Bag Holder”, at others it’s the smooth and bouncy rhythms of “Hot Minute”.

Most times it’s in the soaring falsetto induced choruses on “Dark Heart (Where Can We Go Now?)”. For me it’s the stunning bassline, plus the entire rhythmic package on the most impressive track on the album – “Thanks For Your Time”, which also boasts all the melody and harmony Late Cambrian can muster.

Some people are brilliant at absolutely everything they do and everything they touch seems to turn into nuggets made of gold. Enter John Wlaysewski – singer, songwriter and producer – the mastermind behind Late Cambrian. And one might say that he has pretty much a full card of talents that works wonders on this recording.

Wlaysewski and his colleagues, meld music that is a melodic amalgam which leans, sonically speaking, towards electro-pop, but is actually so much more in terms of songwriting, music arranging and production. Usually when music sounds this highly digestible, there is a plethora of quality ingredients to be found its core recipe. And that certainly is the case here.

Late Cambrian is a project of astronomical talent. Every single track on “Sweet Cambrian High” is catchy and orchestrated to perfection; the production is flawless, this band is at the upper echelon of their craft.

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A Talk With Singer-Songwriter Momin Deen http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/a-talk-with-singer-songwriter-momin-deen http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/a-talk-with-singer-songwriter-momin-deen#respond Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:46:08 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28284 Momin Deen aka Muhaimin Che Din, is a singer-songwriter and a poet – based between Perth and Kuala Lumpur – heavily influenced by the likes of Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Marc Bolan, and the Beatles. We recently reviewed some of his music and discovered that he has the ability to capture the wailing pain and […]

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Momin Deen aka Muhaimin Che Din, is a singer-songwriter and a poet – based between Perth and Kuala Lumpur – heavily influenced by the likes of Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Marc Bolan, and the Beatles. We recently reviewed some of his music and discovered that he has the ability to capture the wailing pain and intensity that were so much a part of the birth of rock and roll. Sometimes he will add pop flavors at other times it will be folk or indie sounds. Generally you will be hooked by the purity of Deen’s voice, his range, and the feeling he conveys. Deen displays his mastery of a type of singing I thought had disappeared with Orbison, Elvis and Jerry Lee. It was a distinctive style. Interviewing Deen brings to the fore an artistic and personal dilemma – Is he more crazy or more genius! Either way Momin Deen will not leave you indifferent, which is the first golden rule towards achieving fame!

We were on and off about you. Which one is your real voice?
My voice usually comes off as baritone. Over time I slowly belted that high falsetto which took me about 4-5 years to crack open?

How did you do it?
Trial and error – I always wanted to belt that Buckley voice. The way I do it, is to compress my stomach at the very best of power.

So you survived the Tsunami?
Yes yes. It was at Payar Island, I was like why were the fishes missing? I swam so hard to the shore and wondered where the hell everyone else was? I asked my dad what happened: He was like “you were alone out at sea” and there’s been an earthquake, many died unfortunately.

Earthquake?
Okay. Turns out to be the biggest I had ever seen. I do not like to talk about it actually, but I felt as if I was Bear Grylls.

Well I am surprised that you’re Malaysian. Weird accent you have?
Well personally that comes from watching too much Topgear. I don’t know anything about grammar. Considering I studied in Australia, they’re quite intimidating. But I got out of it, by singing every time I spoke?

Do people criticize your music considering you sound slightly western?
A lot, and it used to hurt me. But music is subjective, if it hits your taste then go on. Look, I play music the way I do, they play the way they do. Now I’m grateful of having the ability to be criticized about the way I sing or what not. That means people are taking notice, one way or the other.

The Top 3 Shows you performed in?
Wow. Not as easy, but no three I’d say. NBT was great, second was at AFKL Malaysia, 1st would be in 2008, I remember our drummer called the girls up to dance. It was fabulous.

How’s the music scene in Malaysia?
Superb. I have no words. They can sound western-ish but it’s amazing that they can do both. It is mind blowing the amount of support they give and I cannot just compete with that.

What frustrates you in the local industry?
Well, as we said befor, the way I sing is quite western-ish, and I got critiqued by that all the time locally. It frustrates me as well as I can’t change the way I speak, as I used too. Fashion is another example, wear normal clothing, but in reality, I want to wear something that I am more comfortable with, like a suit. People must know that dressing up the way an artist wants to dress is up to them. It also frustrates me that some people take music too personally. I have to admit, I was in that hole, but I learned and felt so remorseful.

The hardest part of songwriting?
Consistency, more than anything else. I write a lot of songs but the execution is tough. It’s easier said than done as there are so many tasks that need to be done. Forcing myself to be focused and not having distractions is how I write well.

What is happening in your career now?
I’m working super hard. At the same time I am going to participate in Laureus, as well, preparing for my German exam. But whatever it is my family comes first, making sure everything is in good shape. I suppose I woke up and realized that I’m not 19 anymore.

When are you going to release your album?
I don’t know. It’s super tough. Maybe I’ll just release 5 songs first, as volume one?

Who influences you more than anyone else?
Man I don’t know, I’ll just answer Beyoncé.

What drives you to achieve anything in your life?
When people say you cannot do things. I’ll just wait and let karma do the rest.

Do you know what your weaknesses are?
I have a few, but I have accepted the fact that I am not perfect. I want to think of myself as maximizing my strengths and minimizing my weaknesses.

If you were an animal, which species would you be?
I am a friendly bear.

What instruments do you play:
Oh here we go again, triangle?

Are you coming here anytime soon?
Well maybe. I cannot promise, 31 hour flight going there? But I am quite confident for London in December. But priorities first.

Any personal advice you would like to give to people looking to succeed at what they do?
Don’t let people push you off. Even if you fall, the way you stand up again is what makes it count. Self-esteem goes a long way, believe me on this one. Things will only get better if you believe you did good. Never say you are better than any other person, and don’t assume people are naturally ‘bad’, they have the ability to make an effort to change for the better too. To sum up, always go back to basics, and when you master that your natural ability will come through.

If you were a dog, what type of dog would you be?
A German Shepard, no haha…umm maybe just a friendly dog.

Anything else you want to add?
A shout out to all people who got married and had their children safely. Let us move forward to achieve something better in our lives. Sometimes it is hard for me to balance my hobbies and priorities. Sometimes I make mistakes and the only thing I can do, is turn those mistakes into something positive. Hopefully one of those positive, and better things will be my upcoming album just as soon as I am able to finish it!

OFFICIAL LINKS: SOUNDCLOUD – TWITTER – FACEBOOK – INSTAGRAM

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Melanie Edwards Kicks off her Tour in New York on April 19 http://jamsphere.com/news/melanie-edwards-kicks-off-tour-new-york-april-19 http://jamsphere.com/news/melanie-edwards-kicks-off-tour-new-york-april-19#respond Wed, 12 Apr 2017 22:37:18 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28272 Melanie Edwards is kicking off her 2017 Tour with an appearance at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 196 Allen St. New York, NY, on the 19th of April. She will also be at Gypsy Sally’s 3401 K Street NW Washington, DC 20007, on Wednesday 31st May. Melanie Edwards is an award-winning singer, songwriter, pianist, violinist and essayist, […]

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Melanie Edwards is kicking off her 2017 Tour with an appearance at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 196 Allen St. New York, NY, on the 19th of April. She will also be at Gypsy Sally’s 3401 K Street NW Washington, DC 20007, on Wednesday 31st May.

Melanie Edwards is an award-winning singer, songwriter, pianist, violinist and essayist, best known for her hit singles, “What Happened” and “Daniel’s Lane.” Melanie started singing at the age of three and playing piano and violin at nine – she won a talent show for her original composition on violin at 15 years-old and has been a professional composer/singer/songwriter/musician ever since.

Melanie Edwards

Melanie Edwards

Melanie brought her career to New York City where her music thrived from 2005-2015. She now resides in Washington, DC where she was recently named DCs #1 singer/songwriter by The Deli Magazine.

Melanie is coming off her ninth studio album anchored by hit single “What Happened” (Produced by Louis Schwadron (David Bowie, Elton John, Rufus Wainwright); engineer Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Phish, The Ramones); and assistant engineer Adam Sachs. Mastered by Grammy nominated engineer Joe LaPorta (Imagine Dragons, FooFighters, The Killers).

Edwards bears all for her ninth album release with the gut wrenching, post-breakup single, In the same vein as melancholic artists like Damien Rice, Tori Amos, Alanis Morrisette and Adele, the words are poetic, but rich with darkness.

“What Happened” gradually builds, blending Sweet, delicate music with sorrowful lyrics to resonate with the heartbroken of the world. Melanie’s vocals are heavy with grief and despair; the heartbreak is deeper than anger.

Catch up with Melanie Edwards at the following links:

WEBSITE – FACEBOOK – INSTAGRAM – TWITTER

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