Jacob Aiden – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Mon, 27 Jan 2020 19:11:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Alien Skin – “New Romance: 1984” – a distinctive sound that not many can pull off today http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/alien-skin-new-romance-1984-a-distinctive-sound-that-not-many-can-pull-off-today http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/alien-skin-new-romance-1984-a-distinctive-sound-that-not-many-can-pull-off-today#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2020 19:06:34 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=38022 George Pappas, who performs as Alien Skin, is a former member of Real Life. The Australian synthesizer band that topped 80s charts with their million seller, Send Me An Angel. Alien Skin’s latest album “New Romance: 1984” seems to continue where his previous release left off, but it’s more than just a synth-pop album. In fact […]

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George Pappas, who performs as Alien Skin, is a former member of Real Life. The Australian synthesizer band that topped 80s charts with their million seller, Send Me An Angel. Alien Skin’s latest album “New Romance: 1984” seems to continue where his previous release left off, but it’s more than just a synth-pop album. In fact much of the album centers around moodiness and feelings of haunting darkness. If you’re prepared for intensely atmospheric synth-driven tracks then you’re in for a treat. Also, Pappas’ voice has leapt up another notch, giving the album a stronger feeling of passion and undoubted class. The analog synth sound which rises to near meteoric proportions around the recording is perfect for Pappas’ voice. Apart from a couple of songs, Alien Skin skillfully avoids the temptation to move to overly up-tempo rhythms and remains locked into heart stopping pieces of music.

From the opening tones of first track “The Rubber Room”, an intense slab of powerful bass lines and mellifluous vocals, to the rising phoenix-like sound of “She Looks A Lot Like Martin Gore From 1984”, and the shifting dynamics of “She’s Glass”, “New Romance: 1984” quickly establishes that there is plenty of life in Alien Skin yet, and that he may also have found a perfect partnership in these tempered soundscapes that will bear rich fruits for the picking in years to come.

Alien Skin sounds emotionally powerful and drives “When The Wind Blows Mary” forward over a cinematic sounding landscape of well-crafted instrumentation. The best songs are those where the tempo is slowed right down, a prime example being “Darkroom Sanctuary” where Alien Skin is accompanied by a resonating bassline, soothing synths and a beating drum and it is beautiful in its tuneful simplicity. “She Lives In Tunnels” puts Alien Skin’s name, and his searching, dependably anguished croon, out front for all to behold, amidst gritty synth riffs, loping rhythms and a spirit that glows.

The lusciously orchestrated “Dreams Of A Boy” provides fine backing to allow George Pappas’ voice to sound as good as it has ever sounded in his entire solo career. “Stay Away From The Lollipop Clown”, benefits from superior songwriting and an easy, natural chemistry between music and vocals. The underlying melodic layers in this song have smooth, clean, fluid lines that are stacked by synth stylistics and new romantic laden electronica.

On “Waiting For Heaven”, Alien Skin’s lyrical motifs are introspective while hovering above the emotions being displayed in the lyrics. The music produces a swirling sieve of synth-textured atmospherics around Pappas’ melodic vocal rises and falls.

Alien Skin fuses a number of retro elements into his music while being steadfast to the nostalgic and inflaming synth chimes. The songs on New Romance: 1984″ show large factions of ’80s new wave and synth pop with dark formations. It is music that doesn’t feel dated but uncovers roots from the past backed by Alien Skin’s refined handling of his shimmery vocal keys.

As an artist George Pappas, alias Alien Skin is a serious performer, and this is a serious album. There is something incredibly raw and authentic about “New Romance: 1984″. Outside of the legendary Depeche Mode and Gary Numan, who are still around doing their thing, it’s a distinctive sound that not many can pull off today. The album is set to be released February 21st on the ScentAir Records label, Moscow.

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Short Wave Craft – “Why” – a magical soul-warming experience http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/short-wave-craft-why-a-magical-soul-warming-experience http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/short-wave-craft-why-a-magical-soul-warming-experience#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2020 11:58:13 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=38003 The Short Wave Craft project brings together London based producer and mix engineer, Dominic Owen, who has written music for The Notorious B.I.G, Lil Kim, Rakim, and Julian Marley among many others, and Tom Carr, a songwriter, recording artist and session musician who operates between Prague and Berlin. Owen also fronts his own project The […]

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The Short Wave Craft project brings together London based producer and mix engineer, Dominic Owen, who has written music for The Notorious B.I.G, Lil Kim, Rakim, and Julian Marley among many others, and Tom Carr, a songwriter, recording artist and session musician who operates between Prague and Berlin. Owen also fronts his own project The Love Theme, while Carr is also part of the Italian collective, The Airbags. Together Owen & Carr, as Short Wave Craft, bring a chilled-out sound, influenced by the soundscapes of classic film soundtracks, late 60s ‘wall of sound’ recordings, as well as post 70s disco and electronica. Their debut single “Why” is out now, and a follow-up EP is set to release this summer.

“Why” sounds like some kind of dream therapy rather than a simple music track. And a dream is really the closest analogy to describe the single — a collage of sounds that create an overall experience without articulating any specific information or purpose. Leaving you an open source to figure out the personal why’s in your life.

With any intention aside, this track showcase Short Wave Craft’s prowess as technicians. They layers samples, ambient-sounding vocals and instrumentation to create a relaxing atmosphere which moves into consistently hazy textures. They’re at their best when they focuses on the softer side of the electronic spectrum.

In the current days of producers born from Garage Band, iPhone apps and MacBook-powered productions, there is more pressure than ever to prove you have skill and the ear to create something more than a mashup of random sounds with equal beat signatures.

Just like filling in a color-by-number painting doesn’t make you an artist, squashing loops together and slapping an epic drop on it in the middle doesn’t make you a producer. The Short Wave Craft collaboration push themselves out of the glut of the emerging EDM artists’ aesthetics, and are ready to accomplish something special by rising above the noise found on dance floors and rave parties across the globe.

The song Short Wave Craft create, is intriguing and hypnotic. You could imagine a crowd slowly swaying back and forth like a neon sea, eyes closed and lost in their own shared experience, listening to “Why”. It can be a crowd pleaser, but is mainly aimed at being a highly personal trip.

The song is driving, but understated. The atmosphere is mellow and accessible, and there is very little time wasted on an intro or build-ups. This reserved quality gives the track something of a dual identity.

When played over a loud system with heavy bass, it could sound like a perfect thing to slow-move to. If played over a small pair of headphones or a car stereo, the music relaxes to the point of being meditative. It makes an already adorable piece of work like “Why”, even more accessible.

Dominic Owen and Tom Carr of Short Wave Craft have manipulated and controlled each aspect of “Why” with dexterity and delicacy to create a magical soul-warming experience.

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Mind Over Matter – “Human” displays ravenous dynamics! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/mind-over-matter-human-displays-ravenous-dynamics http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/mind-over-matter-human-displays-ravenous-dynamics#respond Sun, 26 Jan 2020 21:19:47 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37988 Three years ago, and after 100 concerts and international attention, Peter Scherfig (guitarist) and Armin Kavousi (lead singer) parted ways with the project SuitsBLVD to create what now is Mind Over Matter. Three years in the studio, collaborating with new producers and talented musicians – both in Denmark and in England – has resulted in […]

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Three years ago, and after 100 concerts and international attention, Peter Scherfig (guitarist) and Armin Kavousi (lead singer) parted ways with the project SuitsBLVD to create what now is Mind Over Matter. Three years in the studio, collaborating with new producers and talented musicians – both in Denmark and in England – has resulted in their cinematic nu-rock / metal album entitled “Human”.  The band is planning a sonic revolution: “The purpose of the music is to spread a message of collective consciousness and ‘Mind over Matter’ to the next generation. The message is to deal with old norms and systems and start an intellectual revolution among the young as well as old metal heads.” When expectations are set so high by a band so quickly, you’re usually set up for disappointment. There are many examples of this in the history of music. But by putting pressure on themselves to perform, Peter Scherfig and Armin Kavousi aka Mind Over Matter, have crafted a nu-rock album that will stand the test of time.

The beauty of “Human” lies into its universal accessibility. It takes everything that makes the band so exciting and unique at the crossroads of nu-metal and cinematic metal, irons out the creases, adds a lick of mainstream sensibility and crisp production and becomes a record that rips hard and fast with driving rhythms and bone-crushing riffs.

These 1o songs possess the ability to incite raging mosh pits, but can get the average music fan singing along as well. Very few bands perfect that, but Mind Over Matter manage it without breaking a sweat on their debut release.

The band also demonstrates that they know exactly what they are doing as well. From the pulsing piano-driven intro of the cinematic rocker “Nascency”, through to the ravenous dynamics of “Gravity” and the sonically crushing “Kingsmen”, every single element of this record is near perfect in execution and direction.

It leaps between savage riffing, heartfelt crooning and edgy rapping, showcasing Armin Kavousi’s hard spat bars and devasting vocal crescendos. Every small detail works in perfect harmony to create a sound that screams power. Kavousi is as fierce as he is mellifluous, invigorating a generation of listeners to rediscover the endless possibilities when heavy rock is unified with rap.

“Human” may belong to the nu-rock genre, but it is its own beast entirely. There simply isn’t much else like the raw, pure guitar rage that Peter Scherfig puts into sections of “Atoms Of Life”, “Revelation. Now” and then the stunning title track “Human”, which blends melody, harmony, and pounding, explosive volatility.

Kavousi rolls on this track, his verses raucous almost as if they were a foreshadowing an apocalypse. Which is exactly what happens on the devastating “Chemical Skies”, garnished with harsh vocals and industrialized riffs. In between there is the expanding lusciously layered power balladry of “Earth” and “Seven Seas”. The latter track, again bringing to the fore Scherfig’s pure guitar prowess, as he unleashes a fiery melodic lead solo.

In 2020, Mind Over Matter is a pioneering the forceful return of nu-metal with their nu-rock format, in an ingenious and creatively hard-hitting blend of heavy rock, rap and melodic crooning. “Human” is a phenomenal debut, with a number of wonderfully wicked standout tracks.

In terms of overall vision and technical synchronization, the level of focus throughout this album results in a unified energy that demonstrates a band firing on all cylinders. No question, the ascending energy level on each track demonstrates a vendetta to produce top-notch material from top to bottom!

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Suraaj Parab & Sandeep Kulkarni (Ft. Amit Mhatre) – “Parasite” create a transcendent atmosphere http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/suraaj-parab-sandeep-kulkarni-ft-amit-mhatre-parasite-create-a-transcendent-atmosphere http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/suraaj-parab-sandeep-kulkarni-ft-amit-mhatre-parasite-create-a-transcendent-atmosphere#respond Mon, 20 Jan 2020 04:33:53 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37891 “Parasite” is an epic symphonic rock song, written, performed, recorded and produced across 3 countries. The artistic collaboration was formed between Suraaj Parab (India), who produced, composed, and arranged the music; Sandeep Kulkarni (U.S.A), who wrote the lyrics and sung the song; Amit Mhatre (India) who features on drums, and finally, Oliver Wagner (Taiwan), who […]

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“Parasite” is an epic symphonic rock song, written, performed, recorded and produced across 3 countries. The artistic collaboration was formed between Suraaj Parab (India), who produced, composed, and arranged the music; Sandeep Kulkarni (U.S.A), who wrote the lyrics and sung the song; Amit Mhatre (India) who features on drums, and finally, Oliver Wagner (Taiwan), who mixed and mastered the song. Initially Sandeep hand written the lyrics about corrupt politicians around the world, sometime back. But the song didn’t quite fit into what he was doing at the time, so he shelved it, until finally revealing it to Suraaj, who instantly fell in love with the song a decided to develop it into his first original vocal song. Sandeeps’s lyrics and vocals, matched with Suraaj’s arranging and playing skills, reveal this epic as a song that perfectly shows the potential of this project. Rare are the musicians who can convey to the listener the passion they feel about what they have created.

Suraaj Parab

I absolutely love the very essence of this project – at its core it is so beautiful, and so true to the most admirable human ideals. I cannot possibly describe how much creativity and passion was required to create the transcendent atmosphere of “Parasite”. It is the soundtrack to artists’ vision of a corrupt political world, and every word and sound the listener hears represents a part of the story they had in mind.

The lusciously layered instrumentation, vocals, and overall texture perfectly capture a powerful uplifting feeling, and the rather dynamic flow of all the music fits exactly to what the story should convey. And it becomes clearer the more you hear it.

This is a stunning track – the production and engineering is extremely tight, the melodic lines mesh between the instruments and percussion in such a way that it all sounds like an incredible single multi-timbral instrument, expanding and evolving into a giant wash of emotional sound.

Above it all the incredible Sandeep Kulkarni sounds like he could front Metallica with ease. His voice is both deeply ardent and stirringly resonant right from the get go, as he opens with the lines: “You are walking away with all my dreams. You are talking away things you don’t mean.” Reaching a cutting apex as he warns “No more talking keep on marchin’. Gotta live stand up and fight.”

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Amit Mhatre on drums, is not just a simple timekeeper, but he adds dynamics and nuance to the arrangement riding and pushing its peaks and valleys, making sure the shifting momentum maintains positive thrust throughout.

Suraaj Parab has immense talents both as a composer and performer. His broader expertise, far-reaching musical taste and penchant for writing music that, even when made with greater accessibility in mind, possesses the kind of sophistication and depth that makes his idea of a rock record into something far more substantive. His classically informed pianism inundates the track with impressive stylistic shifts, anchored by the vigorously persuasive orchestral strings.

Together Suraaj Parab & Sandeep Kulkarni ft. Amit Mhatre, do honor to a currently underappreciated and sophisticated part of the rock world. Incredibly compelling, “Parasite” is a track that deserves multiple listens from start to finish.

About Suraaj Parab: He is an internationally acclaimed, multi award-winning contemporary classical composer, pianist, and bassist from Mumbai, India. With 2 albums and one single to his credit, Suraaj grew up listening to Yanni, Yiruma, Richard Clayderman, Alan Silvestri, andJohn Williams among many others.

About Sandeep Kulkarni: He is singer, songwriter, voice-over artist and former RJ, living in Southern California, with over 800 shows to his credit. Originally from Mumbai, he has been part of a few bands in the US. Currently the lead vocalist for the SoCal based band “Rusty Rickshaw”, Sandeep is also the owner of “Karmik Studios”.

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Website – https://www.suraajparab.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/suraajparab
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/suraajparab
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/suraajparab

Sandeep Kulkarni Links:
Website – https://www.sandeepkulkarni.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/sandykmusic
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/karmikyatra
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/sandykmusic

 

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Francesco Mariano – Polished production matched by the levels of subtle nuance http://jamsphere.com/reviews/francesco-mariano-polished-production-matched-by-the-levels-of-subtle-nuance http://jamsphere.com/reviews/francesco-mariano-polished-production-matched-by-the-levels-of-subtle-nuance#respond Sun, 19 Jan 2020 17:59:33 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37871 A Conservatory graduated musician and composer, Francesco Mariano plays double bass, flute, guitar and synths in his own compositions which blend various styles, including ambient, new age, soundtrack and electronic music. Mariano’s work cannot fall neatly into a box. While loosely considered electronica, it harbors a more natural, more introspective quality than traditionally contrived electronic […]

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A Conservatory graduated musician and composer, Francesco Mariano plays double bass, flute, guitar and synths in his own compositions which blend various styles, including ambient, new age, soundtrack and electronic music. Mariano’s work cannot fall neatly into a box. While loosely considered electronica, it harbors a more natural, more introspective quality than traditionally contrived electronic music. Fittingly, this is something which itself seems to develop organically across the course of the artist’s growing catalog of singles.

The feeling of constant motion is entrenched in Francesco Mariano’s compositions, it’s also manifest in the fleeting appearance of his unusual use of vocals, while the transient effects that populate the tracks insidiously are a testament to the music’s level of detail. While the feelings that populate Mariano’s songs obviously stem from a personal viewpoint, they’re felt universally, making his records potentially more accessible to most.

Their polished production matched only by the levels of subtle nuance that reveal themselves with each listen. As delicate as they are confident, Mariano’s arrangements are no less than compelling. Each song is a perfectly crafted, emotive piece of work.

“Room 107” features shimmering electro keys, intricate percussion, and a funky groove, spiced with flourishes of big band brass. That Francesco Mariano is utterly at home highlighting his talent in electronica with expertly crafted drum patterns, luscious atmospheric sounds and eloquent synth sections, is made clear on “Killing Me Softly”.

“Electric Dream”, has an impressively effected vocal section, which drives the track in a beautifully hypnotic fashion, leaving the listener wishing the trip would last that little bit longer. “La Vida Fanciulla” also makes good use of the vocoder before the female vocals set in to support the insistent percussion.

Along with dropping traditional song structures, these songs often develop under their own logic, while still cohering with an accessible sound. Perhaps the best example of this refinement can be seen on the single “The Colonial”. This builds in both a cinematic and classic orchestral mode without losing the mainstream listener’s interest along the way.

Francesco Mariano’s tracks stay away from try to being the dance music end of electronica, while at the same time avoids becoming background elevator muzak. He finds the perfect middle ground on a track like “Nine Lives”. With “Wollen Sie Mit Mir Tanzen” Mariano feeds listeners an eclectic composition with plenty of playful keys and banging percussion.

“Love Affairs” is an ethereal track, with the beat and resonating bassline fully dropping in to drive the rhythm. In accordance with Francesco Mariano’s work ethic in the studio, output quality is beyond masterful. As it is, on the dynamic and dramatic “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”, which has a distinct vibe that flutters gracefully throughout the song.

Just to prove he can do it, on “High Voltage”, Mariano combines a series of rhythm bound sounds that delivers the track into the dominion of dance floor worthy electronica. This collection of singles was everything I expected and more, delivering a highly impactful assortment of different styles and sounds.

Throughout his catalog, the producer confirms the will to discover new solutions in the development of his music. Francesco Mariano gathers his experiences as a musician, creating polished pieces, in which he smoothly transits from meditative ambient to high energy electronica in flawless, graceful and majestic ways.

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Boonie Mayfield comes back with ‘Black Floyd: The One Man Band’ http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/boonie-mayfield-comes-back-with-black-floyd-the-one-man-band http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/boonie-mayfield-comes-back-with-black-floyd-the-one-man-band#respond Sat, 18 Jan 2020 15:38:04 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37851 Recording artist, songwriter, performer, video producer, director and actor, Solomon Vaughn – aka Boonie Mayfield, aka Boon Doc – hails from Colorado, USA. When Boonie Mayfield dropped his last solo studio album, the artist was staking his claim in the game as one of the most multifaceted creatives out there. Then, riding on an ever […]

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Recording artist, songwriter, performer, video producer, director and actor, Solomon Vaughn – aka Boonie Mayfield, aka Boon Doc – hails from Colorado, USA. When Boonie Mayfield dropped his last solo studio album, the artist was staking his claim in the game as one of the most multifaceted creatives out there. Then, riding on an ever elevating high, Boonie suddenly spiraled off my radar. He now emerges four years later, after a struggle with depression and burnout, to continue his forward momentum with the release of his latest EP, ‘Black Floyd: The One Man Band’, in the only way he knows how –  making the kind of music that he himself would like to hear. No trade-offs, no compromises.

And man, this guy once again confirms that he is really clever. I mean I knew he could put words and music together creatively, but this stuff, and the concepts he is playing with is awesome. Boonie used only one ‘boom bap’ styled drum-loop throughout the entire EP. He explained that he slowed the loop down, searching for that “groove and smooth yet danceable hypnotic bounce”.

He also just stuck to using 4 main instruments; the drum loop, a Wurlitzer 200, a Fender J Bass, and a midi keyboard for synths. The results, as always are stunningly compelling. When Boonie Mayfield drops a project, the respect is always earned.

Along with the fact that these songs were recorded casually throughout 2019, comes a clearer vision, maturity and levelheadedness, which are apparent on ‘Black Floyd: The One Man Band’. Boonie’s performance and technical sagacity, throughout the 4-track effort, proves he’s still sharp and poignant as ever.

In an industry that loves to glorify false bravado, Boonie’s authenticity shines bright. His passion and overwhelming confidence, is the rocket fuel for his music. Over and above his production skills, Boonie’s strongest attribute is his storytelling, so when he opens the EP with “Intro (The Bigger Picture)” which plays out almost cinematically, you’re hooked onto the story straight off the bat.

“All Day (Boot See Call Lens)” originates from a beatbox memo recording Boonie did, as well as his love for colorful 70’s funk musician and singer-songwriter, William Earl “Bootsy” Collins. Consistently providing thought provoking bars, palpable rap narratives, and a unique style of delivery that differentiates him from the stylistics of many contemporary rappers.  He spits magma-laced verses and sings anthemic hooks with the same virtuosity, as he unpacks his soul.  Boonie Mayfield’s euphonic take on the hip-hop aesthetic is reminiscent of…no one but himself.

Hard, afflicting, and soul-searching verses that flaunt the lyrical finesse of the emcee abounds on “The Doubt Monster (Wherever I Go)”, as Boonie fervidly sings his way through the dramatic and dynamic soundscape. His earnest artistic ruminations, and his introspective intellect saturating the atmosphere.

On “Dream a Mile High”, Boonie sings over a slower resonant beat with piano chords, rich bass notes, and pleasant choir-like interludes. He introduces his verses with a confident clarity, dispelling any doubt about the sincerity of his poetics. The EP closes with “Homemade Hot Fudge (The Bus-A-Bus Tribute)”, another multilayered vocal and musical arrangement, showcasing all of Boonie Mayfield’s creative peculiarities.

For Boonie, hip-hop is not just a popular music genre, but a platform to explore and develop the narratives of life and expand the elements of its sound. Therefore, although his aesthetic may not make him a mainstream best seller, it is unquestionably hip-hop, and great unboxed hip-hop at that. I find Boonie Mayfield’s work compelling, powerful, and refreshing, and I look forward to hearing the constant continuation of his sonic narratives in the near future.

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Gemtarra – “Fire Me Up” is firing on all cylinders! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/gemtarra-fire-me-up-is-firing-on-all-cylinders http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/gemtarra-fire-me-up-is-firing-on-all-cylinders#respond Fri, 17 Jan 2020 22:44:42 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37838 Formed twin sisters Gina and Tina Ciera in 2018, Gemtarra is a Philadelphia based band who get its name from the Italian words Gemilli (which means twins) and Chitarra ( which means guitar). The band who recorded their EP “Fired Up” with Grammy award-winning Producer/Engineer Phil Nicolo, is made up of Gina and Tina Cieri […]

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Formed twin sisters Gina and Tina Ciera in 2018, Gemtarra is a Philadelphia based band who get its name from the Italian words Gemilli (which means twins) and Chitarra ( which means guitar). The band who recorded their EP “Fired Up” with Grammy award-winning Producer/Engineer Phil Nicolo, is made up of Gina and Tina Cieri (songwriting and guitars), Bryan Feddish (bass), Sunny Dee (drums), Megan Glaubitz (lead singer) and Tawana Simons (percussion). Their latest single “Fire Me Up” is lifted from the aforementioned EP. There is a lot to appreciate about Gemtarra. Their music has a driving beat, with harmonized vocals and an enthusiasm that never drops out. Its music you wish to hear again and again while echoing life’s realities in a style reminiscent of better times.

Gemtarra core sound is alternative rock, bright and upbeat, also catchy and very singable. The overall production, although touched by a raw, earthy quality, is neat and uncomplicated. The track is wrapped up and presented as a very well-planned gift. There is little wasted time or space.

The vocals and guitars are the irresistible magnets on “Fire Me Up”. The lyrics are simple but universal in their appeal. Lead vocalist Megan, has a resonant and mellifluous voice with good control. When she reaches for those all-important high notes, she never fails to nail them. Harmonies and backups also sound very professional.

Sensibility–alluring, bright, and summery with its glaze of rock guitar strums and fiery solo flourishes, “Fire Me Up” ensures that the listener gets to lock into the overall groove.

Gemtarra may be a part of the new generation of alternative rock messengers; but the band is among the old-school tune-smiths in the real sense of the word, echoing sounds culled from decades ago and transforming them into modern aural artifacts easily digestible by both the old and the young generations of the genre’s connoisseurs.

Patience has certainly paid off for the band who initially started out as Prima Donna. Their latest member configuration seems to be firing on all cylinders. While not attempting to reinvent the wheel, Gemtarra also doesn’t fall into the typical pitfalls that come with writing independently.

The band didn’t spend its energy trying to replicate what other indie rock artists have been doing or strayed into indulgent experimentation. Their songs are well-constructed, catchy and sport a musical maturity. The percussion features expressive rolling loops to support the bright electric guitar riffs, while the song effectively mixes personal, human messages with earworm hooks.

Gemtarra has their heart in the right place with “Fire Me Up”. It captures a sense of urgency and energy and then moves into a more reflective moment, before picking up speed again. The track is clearly thoughtfully-made and reflects the band’s ability to evolve while also staying true to their rock roots.

This is a solid piece of work. The more I listened, the more and more I listened! Gemtarra really have got what it takes to put an organically vibrant track together.

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Darshae Kiér – “Halasana Girl” – surety and sensual swagger! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/darshae-kier-halasana-girl-surety-and-sensual-swagger http://jamsphere.com/reviews/darshae-kier-halasana-girl-surety-and-sensual-swagger#respond Fri, 17 Jan 2020 17:03:02 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37830 Despite a rough start in life, being shuffled from foster home to foster home, Miami, FL based artist Darshae Kiér, has always moved ahead in life with positive conviction and determination. He has created his sound and steadily built up a fanbase mixing pop, dance and reggaeton flavors into his music. Throughout his latest track […]

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Despite a rough start in life, being shuffled from foster home to foster home, Miami, FL based artist Darshae Kiér, has always moved ahead in life with positive conviction and determination. He has created his sound and steadily built up a fanbase mixing pop, dance and reggaeton flavors into his music. Throughout his latest track – “Halasana Girl”, Darshae’s sensitive but street-savvy personality is on display. He returns reggaeton music to its island roots and takes the listener along for the ride. This is Darshae Kiér vibrant getaway into what more the Latin music movement has to offer to Pop and World music. This is the type of sound that unites people from all walks of life under a global rhythm and an inclusive message.

The usual power he wields in his hypnotic performances is strong as ever on “Halasana Girl”. Darshae Kiér is simply irresistible with the breezy rhythm. He’s slick and slides in as a smooth operator on this mid-tempo jam. The track hints at the future of reggaeton as well, with Darshae leading the genre to new and exciting places.

He creates and curates a listening experience, a smooth soulful journey that showcases how dynamic Latin spiced music can be with the freshest sounds. He’s made it his mission to flip the script on conventions for modern reggaeton – he is less brash and loud, bringing out the sensuality and subtlety of the sound.

This is not coincidental; instead, the parts fit together in the context of Darshae Kiér’s calculated design – a steady, transcendent defiance of expectations where he has created his own Pop-Reggaeton paradigm. Darshae’s bravado coexists in an industry where it’s still a rare feat for independent artists to excel and entertain the same visibility of their mainstream counterparts.

Darshae is here to grab his space, so it’s up to the industry to make way. “Halasana Girl” effortlessly showcases the continual evolution of the artist’s sound. The seductive track employs off-kilter synths, mellifluous vocal croons, and chiming guitars punctuating each bar.

The languid, dripping rhythm of the track wraps into the instantly catchy melody before launching into the pop urban chorus. There’s surety and sensual swagger  in the way Darshae delivers the flirty narrative. “Halasana Girl” arrives at a fertile moment for global sounds in pop, with streaming spotlighting, and spreading different musical flavors.

The song’s tropical rhythm; easy danceable beat; and romantic atmosphere is geared towards turntable dominance. Darshae Kiér’s is affirming his status as a pop connoisseur – but more impressively, he is using his talents to expand the limits of what his music can do.

This creation exemplifies the quiet aforementioned evolution of the sound that fully showcases the glossy production resources at Darshae Kiér’s disposal. His vision of reggaeton is distinct from the genre’s Panamanian and Puerto Rican pioneers. He moves beyond clichéd and narrowed market labels, to produce a record that can be coded as global pop. Every detail of this excellent production was well thought out and executed to perfection.

OFFICIAL LINKS: INSTAGRAMFACEBOOKTWITTERSOUNDCLOUD

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Tatono – “Far” – ambrosial layers of bright soundscapes http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/tatono-far-ambrosial-layers-of-bright-soundscapes http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/tatono-far-ambrosial-layers-of-bright-soundscapes#respond Wed, 15 Jan 2020 17:35:13 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37790 Tatono’s travel-inspired music is created while he explores the world, and which he incorporates into his own filming for breathtaking self-composed videos. Tatono’s music has been featured across many travel shows and on highly acclaimed YouTube channels. The Bend, Oregon-based artist began musical his journey at the young age of 17, when he played drums […]

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Tatono’s travel-inspired music is created while he explores the world, and which he incorporates into his own filming for breathtaking self-composed videos. Tatono’s music has been featured across many travel shows and on highly acclaimed YouTube channels. The Bend, Oregon-based artist began musical his journey at the young age of 17, when he played drums in high school garage bands. The artist, who has been inspired by the likes of Moby and Thievery Corporation has just released his 2020 album “Far”, which he says sums up his year of 2019. Some songs on the album were made for collaboration projects for sailing charter companies, and smartly summarizes all of the creative’s luscious exotic soundscapes.

The dreamy new release, “Far”, is a lush, wistful, and stimulating ride. Oregon’s electronic groove connoisseur arrives with a sweet serenade of 10 tunes on this album. Nature has always been a big influence of Tatono’s, and this is no exception.

While he still offers his distinct vibe of break-beats and world music grooves, the ambrosial layers of bright soundscapes is what sets “Far” apart from its contemporaries. In his whimsical whirlpool of samples and sounds, Tatono uses plenty of airy wind instruments, shimmering keys, and resonant basslines, to accompany his rhythmic percussion.

The opening track, “Call Your Drop” is a lovely, floating piece. The song slowly builds on an echoey mid-range keyboard and rolling drumbeat. Eventually, a specific rhythmic algorithm begins to take shape and find the foreground.

“Near” uses an amplitude of plucked elements that blend and groove together. A marching drumbeat finds itself in the distance behind hi-hats, cymbals, and a persistently growing rhythm. “Swells” provides an ambient melody. Tatono builds most of the song structure resonating tribal-like drums; thus the listener begins to see why the theme of the album is so deeply rooted in travel, distance, movement, and shapeshifting.

The three minute long “Always Gone” begins as a delicate, mellow tune. It builds with heavy keys and slowly transforms into a much more powerful trance vibe. The bright meshes with dark, clarity becomes a fuzzy haze, and juxtaposition is found at its finest. “Nature” throws some whirling sprinkles of keys on top, as Tatono sums it all up with a heartfelt arrangement driven by thundering bass and drum loops.

In the album’s title track “Far”, the composer uses his flute instruments to their best. In this subtly jungle-driven track, the arrangement is covered in atmospheric textures more than anything else. Various instruments enter and exit, constantly driving the track’s head bobbing momentum.

Tatono has the sound and style of one who is at the forefront of travel-induced electronic music; stylistically combining a freeform of influences. He is an aficionado of soundscape storytelling, creating a sonic atmosphere that engulfs the listener. “Creating Momentum” shows a knack for minting warm, fuzzy, feel-mighty-fine grooves that shimmer and shine when matched with the right sounds.

“Glaciers” shape melancholic and wistful moods using a deep soundboard and vocal sources. Apart from the underlying themes of travel and the emotional punch, the real thrills come from how Tatono carefully expands and amplifies his elegant sonic palette on songs like “Sea Canoe” and “Mediterranean”.

Tatono makes a theme of shifting between heavier tracks and more contemplative ones throughout the record. And he is largely successful in binding the two and avoiding a discordant narrative. It all makes for an attention-grabbing record. As with much of Tatono’s work, “Far” is the result of a myriad of sounds, textures and techniques most of which were strung together expertly and imaginatively on the artist’s travels.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – INSTAGRAM – FACEBOOK – TWITTER – YOUTUBE

 

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Singer-songwriter Sandra Esparza has a voice that is both crystalline and earthy http://jamsphere.com/news/singer-songwriter-sandra-esparza-has-a-voice-that-is-both-crystalline-and-earthy http://jamsphere.com/news/singer-songwriter-sandra-esparza-has-a-voice-that-is-both-crystalline-and-earthy#comments Tue, 14 Jan 2020 23:03:31 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37786 Singer-songwriter Sandra Esparza has a voice that is both crystalline and earthy. She delivers notes like healing crystals; lustrous, pastel quartz meant to carry purposeful energy. Sandra is proof that pop songs do carry weight and meaning, especially for the songwriter. I was especially attracted to songs like “Patient For the Sun” and “Space Between […]

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Singer-songwriter Sandra Esparza has a voice that is both crystalline and earthy. She delivers notes like healing crystals; lustrous, pastel quartz meant to carry purposeful energy. Sandra is proof that pop songs do carry weight and meaning, especially for the songwriter.

Sandra Esparza

I was especially attracted to songs like “Patient For the Sun” and “Space Between the Leaves”, both of which display her honest and elegant performances which cut straight to the core. With simple guitar-strummed backing, or at times a piano, Sandra delivers clean, clarifying music which reflects her feelings and emotional state.

Even in its live and raw recording conditions, Sandra Esparza’s voice is fantastic, exhibiting great control and confidence across her entire register; great highs and lows while not overdoing it. Her voice is soothing to the soul, and plenty sassy when it wants to be, while her performances are incredibly honest and intelligent, as she resonates her emotions. She is a treat, a rare find in today’s jumble of so much glossy, sound-alike junk.

It’s almost in your face with how direct her approach and music is. It is extremely genuine and sincere without trying to give that impression like many other artists attempt to do. Clearly Sandra Esparza has the type of raw and pure talent that would definitely elevate to the next level with the right kind of musical arranging, instrumentation and production.

You can check out Sandra jamming and singing on her YOUTUBE channel, be sure to LIKE and COMMENT.

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Obsidian Tide – “Pillars of Creation” – a compelling and incredible journey! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/obsidian-tide-pillars-of-creation-a-compelling-and-incredible-journey http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/obsidian-tide-pillars-of-creation-a-compelling-and-incredible-journey#respond Sun, 05 Jan 2020 23:14:25 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37703 When I heard the intricate themes and the heavy progressive direction on the album, “Pillars of Creation”, I was enthralled. Few bands are able to merge progressive metal and melody in a heavy fashion whilst maintaining an edgy, somewhat original vibe. Obsidian Tide have solved that puzzle for the most part. Their penchant for heavy, […]

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When I heard the intricate themes and the heavy progressive direction on the album, “Pillars of Creation”, I was enthralled. Few bands are able to merge progressive metal and melody in a heavy fashion whilst maintaining an edgy, somewhat original vibe. Obsidian Tide have solved that puzzle for the most part. Their penchant for heavy, dark metal shines forth on this album, a conceptual piece filled with emotional peaks. Critics and consumers of epic rock and concept metal will be blown away by the originality of the music here. I think the Israeli band has crafted a compelling and incredible journey, both lyrically and musically, across the 7 tracks that make up this recording.

“Pillars of Creation” is an incredibly smooth album, condensed into an intense and emotionally charged experience from beginning to end, leaving nothing to speculation – this is progressive metal, at times, wearing its influences apparently – fully energetic and unapologizing.

At times it is hard to believe that this is only a three piece unit – made up of Oz Avneya (guitars and clean vocals), Shachar Bieber (bass and harsh vocals) and Erez Nadler (drums and programming) – such is the astounding power and explosion of sound pushed out by Obsidian Tide. This is by far their most mature work to date and is without a doubt, their best.

Rich in fabulous melodies, shining with amazing solos and texturally aural soundscapes, Obsidian Tide forge true artistic sound sculpting at its finest. The tunes are fresh, and all the musicians are virtuosos, yet there is never any overplaying or childish showboating.

The melodies can actually survive on their own, even without the masterful instrumentation. And that is something highly unusual in any genre of metal. Right from the opening title track, “Pillars of Creation”, the band deliver staggering vocal performances, mathematically precise instrumentation, impenetrably complex and challenging arrangements, and a willingness to embrace variation.

The extreme proficiency with which Obsidian Tide creates music has indeed made me a fan. “Seven” launches with a rolling percussive riff that develops into a twisting harsh vocal tornado. The guitar controls this whirlwind of musical psychosis with determined precision. The band is in a frenetic mood, and vocalist Oz Avneya is in melodic voice despite the heavy and contiguous rhythm that hammers under his vocal line.

“King Of A New Realm” is the first sign that we are to expect something different, yet at the same time mystifyingly familiar, from Obsidian Tide. It is eight minutes of seizure-like rhythms that defy any analysis, including a solo piano interlude which introduces a spell-breaking segment into the song.

“Portent Of Betrayal” is a cranium-shattering experience with driving guitars and harsh vocals dominating the song. By now exhausted, the listener might be left wondering what, if anything, the band could now do to offer some respite. It comes by way of the quieter introduction of “Hireath”. But it is only a brief recess, before the song explodes into overdrive.

However the arrangement allows for softer and louder sections with vividly captivating orchestrations. Obsidian Tide fluctuate between quirky ferocity and vibrant serenity with enchanting confidence and catchiness on “The Harbinger And The Millennial Vengeance”. It conjures a mesh of crushing riffs, feisty rhythms, and the band’s characteristic vocals, to immediately feel at home in their catalog.

In contrast, the ultimate “Magnanimous” is a beautifully atmospheric ode that builds masterfully from luscious delicacy to complex frenzy without subjugating its core emotion. The song again features Obsidian Tide’s innate ability to extract both melodic and power-metal aggression simultaneously.

It is filled with polyrhythms, pleading melodies, jaw-shattering guitars and bass and an excellent saxophone interlude. Bewildering, impressive and satisfying, all at the same time. Formed in 2012 in the suburbs of Tel-Aviv, Obsidian Tide are certainly no newcomers to the progressive metal scene, and with this album they prove that they do it infinitely better than most.

OFFICIAL LINKS:
Follow: https://twitter.com/obsidiantideListen
Enjoy & Share: https://soundcloud.com/obsidian-tide
Music & Merch: https://obsidiantide.bandcamp.com/
Watch & Share: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZN5tk3aptDxNBnfgYEcf3g
Last.fm: https://www.last.fm/music/Obsidian+Tide
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/obsidiantide
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/obsidiantide
Website: https://www.obsidiantide.com/

 

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Lorenzo Gabanizza – “Straight To The Heart” is a masterfully crafted, pop-rock infused track! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lorenzo-gabanizza-straight-to-the-heart-is-a-masterfully-crafted-pop-rock-infused-track http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lorenzo-gabanizza-straight-to-the-heart-is-a-masterfully-crafted-pop-rock-infused-track#respond Tue, 24 Dec 2019 11:13:37 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37683 Singer-songwriter Lorenzo Gabanizza has collaborated with some of the most well-established, prolific and sought-after artists during his career. Gabanizza, who is regarded as an incredibly skilled and clever, cerebral songwriter responsible, also looks at collaborating as a means to better his own craft and to keep it fresh. After a terrible accident in 2018, which […]

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Singer-songwriter Lorenzo Gabanizza has collaborated with some of the most well-established, prolific and sought-after artists during his career. Gabanizza, who is regarded as an incredibly skilled and clever, cerebral songwriter responsible, also looks at collaborating as a means to better his own craft and to keep it fresh. After a terrible accident in 2018, which put a temporary halt to the work on his upcoming album “Out of darkness”, the Italian music creative dropped two singles in 2019, namely “I am wrong”(February) and “Come Back to me”(June). He now aptly closes the year with his latest single “Straight To The Heart”, which is not only about romantic sentiments, but affronts the theme of hope and strength for those in need. The mastering of the single is handled by Grammy winner and multi-platinum L.A. based engineer Don Tyler, who among the others has worked with Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, and the Rolling Stones. Amongst the musicians working with Gabanizza on his new album, you’ll find Robby Pellati (Ligabue’s drummer), Max Gabanizza (Mauro Pagani’s bass player), and Luca Marcìas (Antonella Ruggiero’s guitar player).

“Straight To The Heart” could certainly be looked at as a record which centers on Lorenzo Gabanizza’s personal relationship with a love interest, but it can also be coupled with his disillusion towards society’s reliance on the detrimental effects caused by the lack of real human connection, and the emotional and physical isolation resulting in the disconnect that ultimately makes us all very vulnerable.

The singer effectively captures this mindset throughout the track, while the introspective composition radiates with Gabanizza’s powerful vocal dynamics and heartfelt narrative. “Straight To The Heart” is a masterfully crafted, pop-rock infused track that has all of the elements of a hit single with a great hook and instantly memorable chorus.

Enriching, and emotionally charged, Gabanizza’s vocals are intense and passionate.  The haunting electric guitar interludes, vibrate with soul-searching resonance, as does the layered vocal harmonies. Lorenzo Gabanizza’s deeply intense lyrics, coupled with the effective use of the female, gospel-like background singers, makes this fresh and vibrant song a real gem. There is no doubt in my mind that this track will certainly be a fan favorite and a highlight for future live performances by Gabanizza.

Underscored by a memorable melody, sweeping guitars, and a swaggering steady drum and bass rhythm, the track sees singer-songwriter Lorenzo Gabanizza cleverly skewer the instant gratification generation with a catchy chorus and a message that goes down easy with any age group.

All you need is a beating heart and a desiring soul to understand where Gabanizza is going with his narration. He is unpacking memories, experiences and lessons that he has collected, and now delivers his message of hope, strength and healing. The constant with this track, apart from the great vocals and musical arrangement, is definitely the level of lyrical content.

The magic of “Straight To The Heart” are those poetic lines that jump out and cut right through you. This track is full of those moments, and the rich orchestration is the perfect bed for those impactful lyrics. My recommendation for listening to this record is to sit down and truly hear it.

This is not a track to be played in the background. It is a song that needs your attention, and will surely grab hold of it by force, one way or another. Lorenzo Gabanizza has battled demons in his lifetime – from overcoming sexual abuse as a child, to facing the reality of depression as he got older. Hence his songs come from a deep and affected place.

Lorenzo Gabanizza is also actively involved in social issues, supporting fundraising and charitable organizations. Part of the royalties of “Straight To The Heart” will be donated to Talinda Bennington’s 320 Changes Direction. The charity was created to not only honor Linkin Park’s late lead singer Chester Bennington, but to help aid those who continue struggling with mental health.

Lorenzo Gabanizza OFFICIAL LINKS:

ITALIAN FB PAGE
https://www.facebook.com/gabanizzaofficial
WORLDWIDE OFFICIAL PAGE
https://www.facebook.com/Lorenzogabanizzaofficial
INSTAGRAM
https://www.instagram.com/lorenzo.gabanizza

SPOTIFY:
https://open.spotify.com/track/2j3kwryd8lL8TsgyxUDSTy
videoclip:
https://youtu.be/NTuLX5aD9Yc
DEEZER
https://www.deezer.com/search/lorenzo%20gabanizza%20straight%20to%20the%20heart
TIDAL
https://tidal.com/browse/album/122447642

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Robbie Agnew – “Slipping Away” – the deeper edges of auditory and emotional capability http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/robbie-agnew-slipping-away-the-deeper-edges-of-auditory-and-emotional-capability http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/robbie-agnew-slipping-away-the-deeper-edges-of-auditory-and-emotional-capability#respond Mon, 23 Dec 2019 19:57:11 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37678 Robbie Agnew is a Canadian pop singer, songwriter and actor, who became interested in singing at the age of 12. He auditioned for a school play by singing “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and won the part of a singing gangster. At 14 he joined a school talent show and sang an original song he and […]

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Robbie Agnew is a Canadian pop singer, songwriter and actor, who became interested in singing at the age of 12. He auditioned for a school play by singing “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and won the part of a singing gangster. At 14 he joined a school talent show and sang an original song he and some friends wrote. The reception of his talents was such, that Robbie became known as “the Singer”. Agnew has since continued singing, performing and entertaining in plays, concerts and competitions. All of which led to him to sign 360 Entertainment, and now the release of his debut single, entitled “Slipping Away”, which dropped on Dec 14. The official video will be released in early January, while Robbie has promised new music will be released every 2nd month.

Good things almost always result when an artist knows his strengths. This makes sure that everything is so fully, completely, and perfectly in its right place on. Robbie Agnew is guaranteed to send a chill up the spine of anyone who loves pop with a singer-songwriter twist, illuminated with a sense of heartfelt lyricism.

“Slipping Away” is a remarkably well-crafted pop track that finds the singer trying on his best vocal styles, prominently showcasing his far-reaching range and making some flagrant falsetto excursions. The song is short and to the point, hence never outstays its welcome. It’s a confident step forward that could very well usher in a new and bigger phase of a career that’s expected to flourish.

Robbie Agnew has capitalized on his emotional register, encapsulating whole worlds of loneliness, longing, and true love. Starting his professional recording career with a mid-tempo ballad, the Canadian born and raised singer understands that the music surrounding him is about both restraint and release.

He grasps that most of its momentum should be felt rather than simply heard, therefore he takes it towards the deeper edges of auditory and emotional capability. Agnew knows that pure volume and drama aren’t necessary the only elements of affecting pop music, and that most romantic emotion occurs on a rawer more profound scale.

The minimal, clean guitar-driven backdrop and accompanying percussion is all Robbie Agnew needs to unfold his narrative, in a voice that resonates and bellows with pure sentiment. Agnew uses his voice carefully, which is important because you know he’s not using it solely for his intonation to seem deliberate, but to sound truly meaningful in the process.

His performances is fleet, determined and attentive. Its elegant architecture fleshed out with a constantly evolving range of sonic details, shudders of soaring vocal currents that take center stage on “Slipping Away”. Feeling true to himself as an artist, Agnew takes a stand with his own voice. The best way to describe his execution is ‘warm and passionate’.

“Slipping Away” has a custom built sound for a serious run at success. Its warmth carries with the genuineness and sincerity in Robbie Agnew’s voice. This song does not show a single flaw in movement from beginning to end, making it difficult to not be drawn into its allure.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITEYOUTUBEFACEBOOKSPOTIFYAPPLE MUSIC

 

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Temperature Falls – “Zuzu’s Petals” is irresistible at all times! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/temperature-falls-zuzus-petals-is-irresistible-at-all-times http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/temperature-falls-zuzus-petals-is-irresistible-at-all-times#respond Sun, 22 Dec 2019 19:47:48 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37674 Temperature Falls is a trip-hop/alternative rock duo from Oslo, Norway, made up of vocalist/lyricist Camilla, and multi-instrumentalist Ian J. Ward. The two launched their project after a chance meeting and some ‘magical’ time spent together in a recording studio. They released their debut album, and a single cover of the Deftones’ “Knife Party”, during 2019, […]

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Temperature Falls is a trip-hop/alternative rock duo from Oslo, Norway, made up of vocalist/lyricist Camilla, and multi-instrumentalist Ian J. Ward. The two launched their project after a chance meeting and some ‘magical’ time spent together in a recording studio. They released their debut album, and a single cover of the Deftones’ “Knife Party”, during 2019, and now jump straight back with a brand new single, entitled, “Zuzu’s Petals”. With an unflinching adherence to a jarring, introspective aesthetic, the potency of the track is indefinable. Teasing as much as it satisfies, the single is defined by a few aspects, not least its spectacularly ominous atmosphere, but hanging over its somber backdrop is the dynamic voice of Camilla. Her chilling vocals are as eerie as they are beautiful, conjoining organically with Ian J. Ward instrumentation to achieve one of the slickest underground combinations found in contemporary music this year.

I have no hesitancy in branding the vocal performance on “Zuzu’s Petals” as one of the best of the genre this year. Throughout the recording Camilla sounds both, angelic and anthemic – her expression is heart achingly beautiful one moment, and explicitly resonant the next, while always remaining strangely irresistible at all times, as it thrives in the head of the modern listener.

The song announces itself as something new and distinct, and manages to do so with the wry, measured air of a veteran. Temperature Falls’ rumbling, submerged sound provides a near-perfect accompaniment for Camilla’s voice. The song emanates the dark but catchy pop sensibilities that will enable it to climb to notoriety.

Melding electronic synth sounds with a beat that powerfully surges forward, and melody lines that manage to remain intense and effective despite their minimal construction, “Zuzu’s Petals” proves itself intriguing for the listener. Floating effortlessly above these layers of effected instrumentation, vocalist Camilla provides one of the most distinctive elements of Temperature Falls’ music.

Her voice is always delicately yet firmly delivered. Production-wise, this track is a joy to listen to. I’m not sure how the recording process evolved, but is the song has wonderful analog warmth to it. Listening through high quality headphones or through a good sound system is a must for this track.

Music critics love to sniff out new sounds and shape music into narratives, and what is happening in this track presents a perfect opportunity for that sort of thing: Here is this collaboration of two relatively unknown Norwegian artists playing around with old trip-hop music, pop signifiers and alternative textures, and using them to create this fashionable atmospheric track.

A song like “Zuzu’s Petals” is both organic and synthetic to the point where the distinctions lose all traction, where they meld into the mysterious magnetism of the music. The alluring beat alongside the murmuring bassline and synth interludes create a fantastic backdrop for the vocals to sail overtop.

The narrative of the lyrics plays like a motion picture in your head, while “Zuzu’s Petals” presents itself as a punctuating display of Temperature Falls’ strengths. It is full of dynamics and shows us what a couple of passionate people can do when music is everything to them.

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John Penman – “The Nerve Of Some People” – stunning melodic and vocal arrangements! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/john-penman-the-nerve-of-some-people-stunning-melodic-and-vocal-arrangements http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/john-penman-the-nerve-of-some-people-stunning-melodic-and-vocal-arrangements#respond Sat, 21 Dec 2019 22:11:45 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37668 Twenty-four year old John Penman, is an artist, producer, multi-instrumentalist and CEO of Sleeping Brother Media, his record label collective. Penman, who started playing drums, piano, and bass by the time he was 5, is currently promoting his latest EP project, entitled “The Nerve Of Some People”, a blend of pop, rap, R&B, EDM and […]

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Twenty-four year old John Penman, is an artist, producer, multi-instrumentalist and CEO of Sleeping Brother Media, his record label collective. Penman, who started playing drums, piano, and bass by the time he was 5, is currently promoting his latest EP project, entitled “The Nerve Of Some People”, a blend of pop, rap, R&B, EDM and alternative urban flavors. “Inspired directly by the nerve of many people I’ve met over my life that decided I wasn’t enough, I turned negativity to positivity in this empowering record,” says Penman. This latest recording suggests that John Penman may be a little more interested in the melodious and harmonic sides of his music than most. That’s not to say Penman is lyrically under par, but that his beats are far more than simply something to deliver rhymes over. The EP strongly emphasizes its production, and it’s all there to accentuate Penman’s singing and rapping.

The maturing of his music is something a lot of artists aspire to, and judging by the sophisticated approach and somewhat cheeky lyrics, it seems Penman was able to do it effortlessly. From the minute the EP opens with exotic Caribbean-styled rhythms of “The West End”, you quickly get the impression that what differentiates John Penman from most artists is that he understands the importance of melody and since he does all of his own singing and rapping on this recording, he had the freedom to mold each song to match his imaginative lyrical themes.

This makes it feels more personal, and paints a clearer picture of the artist and what he’s thinking. So when Penman, says: “My main philosophy is, fuck who you want, drink what you want, smoke what you want, and most importantly do what you want,” it’s easy to believe him.

“Winter”, the EP’s lead single, is a slower piano driven number, which wanders into blissful territory, with multiple vocal layers. It’s hard not to get lost in this mesmerizing tune.  Penman’s harmonized, emotionally raw storytelling meets stellar keyboard drifts.

“The Nerve of Some People” is a brief connecting interlude which takes us directly to “Stay Calm (Don’t Panic)”, forging yet another stunning melodic and vocal arrangement. Penman has a sheer knack for designing complex vocal arrangements which sound so easy on the ear.

“Satisfaction” is a showcase for his rapping skills as he technically nails its breathless verses, though he still leaves plenty of room for his rich melodic choruses. Penham has a distinct talent for vocal pacing; he never rushes his words, and even when he starts rapping faster, he is still able to enunciate perfectly. This track presents a solid layer of open, intense and clever rhymes, unifying a pure pop mood piece, and a stream-of-consciousness rap voyage.

“The Nerve Of Some People” is a very conscious, focused and self-aware piece of work that accomplishes all it set out to do. It is a great example of independent solo work excellently done, demonstrating the dimensions of an artist who has an immeasurable range.

The EP is very cohesive; everything fits perfectly, which is more important than the achievement of any singular element. John Penman seems like an all-embracing artist who is well on his way to controlling his own musical destiny. Penman is flexing and stretching his skills, exploring untouched areas of his psyche and finding interesting themes to turn into songs.

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Bride Of Chaotica – “Ghosts on Television” – full musical and stylistic maturity! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/bride-of-chaotica-ghosts-on-television-full-musical-and-stylistic-maturity http://jamsphere.com/reviews/bride-of-chaotica-ghosts-on-television-full-musical-and-stylistic-maturity#respond Fri, 20 Dec 2019 14:06:19 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37653 Classic, Acid, Psychedelic, Fusion and Progressive rock sophistication with none of the pretentiousness that often steals the souls of these genres. “Ghosts on Television”, the second album by Bride Of Chaotica, is an adventure of purist craftsmanship. The magic is in the playing and the production, every tiny detail comes with its own profound meaning, […]

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Classic, Acid, Psychedelic, Fusion and Progressive rock sophistication with none of the pretentiousness that often steals the souls of these genres. “Ghosts on Television”, the second album by Bride Of Chaotica, is an adventure of purist craftsmanship. The magic is in the playing and the production, every tiny detail comes with its own profound meaning, and just when you’re amazed at how these little things alone are so satisfying, a beautiful unexpected guitar melody comes flooding in. The subject matter, covering the meaning of awe, life, beauty, love and sorrow, is all presented in a very down-to-earth, personal way we all experience but generally don’t know how to express. This is instrumental music played by a rock trio of journeymen formed during 2008, and based in Saint Petersburg, FL.

If you’ve come to this album expecting transcendental or groundbreaking pieces of instrumental music, you’re banging on the wrong door. Bride Of Chaotica stick to the dominant core values of their chosen genres. They’re honest artisans of their craft. They don’t rework, modify and revamp Psychedelic music’s tradition and idiom, they faithfully serve and represent it.

So when you encounter the opening track – a cover of “California Dreaming” – you will not be met by some hallucinatory modernistic arrangement trying to prove the crackpot ingenious of its interpreters, instead you will embrace a song you already know and love just as it is, represented soberly by three caring musicians.

The same applies to the closing track, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. Bride Of Chaotica don’t try and outdo the original version with attention-drawing embellishments or zestful enhancements, they just want you to bathe in brilliance of the song’s original authenticity. And that’s exactly what they execute.

In between there are another 12 tunes, efficiently written, arranged and played. At the same time, the songs are highly melodic, harmonically dense, catchy and extremely listenable, turning them into a part of a rock flavored oeuvre that can appeal to listeners not used to the complexities of some music. And finally, the texture of the sound and the atmosphere of the music strongly reminds you of cinematic imagery.

Bassist Robert “Red” Redmond, drummer Tim Tuthill and guitarist/arranger Bill Bechtel, create a fusion between art, musicianship, and rock sensibility. If the Bride Of Chaotica were not the craftsmen they are, “Ghosts on Television” would simply be a collection of 14 beautifully written songs. Instead it’s a lot more.

From the chiming guitars of “The Lathe of Heaven”, and “Tramerei”, to the rolling drums and bass on “Cleveland Kind of Way”, as well as the jazz- fusion flavors on “Melancholly Girl” and “The Night of the Living Swing Zombies”, there is not one second on this album that does not pack layers of sound.

Every guitar strum has with it an echoing drum, and a sustained pull on a bass string, and a whole lot more to support it, including a horn section. It is so packed with sounds that even after many listens, each play makes you listen again, as you realize how much is there that you hadn’t caught before, from only three guys.

Theatrical, epic, and playful in sound, “Ghosts on Television” manages to accomplish a rare feat for such a wide-ranging musical composition: its psychedelic without being too trippy, its epic without sounding pretentious, and it’s sweet and accessible without sounding insincere or predictable, managing to keep the listener’s attention throughout the album.  Nothing less than we’d expect from musicians who have reached full musical and stylistic maturity.

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Phinova & Anfisa – “Dedication” – multifaceted tendrils of perpetuity! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/phinova-anfisa-dedication-multifaceted-tendrils-of-perpetuity http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/phinova-anfisa-dedication-multifaceted-tendrils-of-perpetuity#respond Fri, 20 Dec 2019 11:56:01 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37646 “Dedication” is the sixth release for the Shanghai, China-based EDM duo, Phinova & Anfisa, who were nominated as the best upcoming EDM artist in 2018. As usual the duo never disappoints, this track continues their amazing producing skills. They are at the top of their music making genre, no one else even comes to shoulder […]

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“Dedication” is the sixth release for the Shanghai, China-based EDM duo, Phinova & Anfisa, who were nominated as the best upcoming EDM artist in 2018. As usual the duo never disappoints, this track continues their amazing producing skills. They are at the top of their music making genre, no one else even comes to shoulder with them. This single is a hardcore masterpiece filled with mind bending ear candy that will have sound engineers and fans alike grinning from ear to ear.

Structurally, the artists try to achieve a crescendo-style effect, building and releasing intensity and tension several times throughout the song. Phinova & Anfisa push their synthesizers to the utmost of comprehendible sonic tweakage.

From the second the introductory motifs come in, the listener is hooked by the sonic mutations achieved in the disc. It is obvious that Phinova & Anfisa takes a turn in style when the beat enters. Instead of a typical dance beat, we are introduced to a breakbeat already a lot more stimulating than most of the beats featured in current EDM hits.

The duo manages to keep the energy high through the track, displaying interesting mixes of growling dub leads, skittering electro beats, and other hard hitting synth work that are familiar to those of the electronic genre. Spiraling out of your body, your mind is pulled apart by the multifaceted tendrils of perpetuity delivered by the Phinova & Anfisa sound.

Phinova & Anfisa manage to establish their own unique voice with this sound by introducing their synth riffs and experimenting with the use of wavy and stabbing basslines and an array of musical effects and vocal chops. The duo has a lot to offer in their zone of music and listeners will find an incredible amount of enjoyment from the insane arrangements that the duo cooks up.

With this single their sound is perfected and they are just having plenty of fun with it. The eclectic feel of vicious basslines and delicious synth motifs serve the purpose of attracting attention, and converting the uninitiated towards their sound. “Dedication” is never boring and repetitive but actually engaging, something the dance club scene seems to overlook.

Phinova & Anfisa are making a name for themselves with their distinct sound, and the fact that their version of EDM delivers more than just random spacey loops and effects. Their intricate compositions feature layers and layers of vocal interludes, hard-hitting basslines, synth samples, crescendos and decrescendos, build-ups and drops.

Another thing to note is that at one point there lies a subtle melody under all the rhythmic foundations the duo keep building. As the track immerses itself into a progressing vibrant and sonorous mix of bass, synth and drums, there’s that ever-present surreal yet vivacious sentiment flowing through the duo’s veins.

There’s no sense of monotony or lethargy throughout the entire sequence of “Dedication”. Instead, there’s a real impression of cohesion here, with Phinova & Anfisa never losing their balance and keeping things diverse without becoming inconsistent.

If there’s anything else that needs to be said about the duo at this point, it’s that Phinova & Anfisa are getting ready to reign over underground EDM, and will continue to flourish in the years to come. “Dedication” is out now on all streaming platforms. Check them out on Instagram for news and updates.

Link to the single:
https://open.spotify.com/album/1t9DSZ03jQk4kUXmUIEGwW

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https://www.instagram.com/phinovaentertainment/

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Catherine Meeson – “The Call of Oma” works perfectly well in presenting the artist at her best http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/catherine-meeson-the-call-of-oma-works-perfectly-well-in-presenting-the-artist-at-her-best http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/catherine-meeson-the-call-of-oma-works-perfectly-well-in-presenting-the-artist-at-her-best#respond Thu, 19 Dec 2019 16:32:42 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37640 In theme with her previous releases from Earth Day 2017 (I Am (Song of the Earth) and World Oceans Day 2019 (Come Back), the epic electro orchestral concept album by Catherine Meeson, entitled “The Call of Oma”, was released on 11th December on World Mountains Day to highlight the environmental ethos of the album and […]

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In theme with her previous releases from Earth Day 2017 (I Am (Song of the Earth) and World Oceans Day 2019 (Come Back), the epic electro orchestral concept album by Catherine Meeson, entitled “The Call of Oma”, was released on 11th December on World Mountains Day to highlight the environmental ethos of the album and its core message to look after what we’ve got, and rise to protect all life on Earth. The album’s press notes clearly lays out its intent right from the beginning: “Referencing global mythologies, archaeological findings and earth sciences, Catherine weaves a fantastical tale about deep time through Oma the Ancient clan mother, the tale’s endearing central character. Oma bares a prophetic and timely warning of what may come again. She calls us to be ‘Guardians of the Earth, flowers of our ancestral tree’.”

Lush, gorgeous, colorful, moving, inspiring, and empowering would be only be a few of the many adjectives that would still not describe the full wonders of this recording. There is no doubt that “The Call of Oma” is Catherine Meeson’s best, most complete musical statement so far.

It prompts a feeling of wanting to stay indoors in the comfort of your abode and reflect on the mysteries of the world. Equally as moving as the music, is the lyrical and vocal content, all wrapped up in pure poetry. Catherine’s music is not like a lot of so called stars today, she is quite a unique individual with an amazing voice.

Her sound ranges from classic orchestrations to epically sung moods, and spoken poetry set to wonderful music, flavored by electro, ambient and cinematic soundscapes. But what makes this recording even more incredible is that Catherine Meeson has composed all the music and written all the lyrics.

Like her alter ego throughout the album, Oma, Catherine seems to come from a different time and age, with a personal view to a rich tapestry of prophetic imagery. She has the musical talent to illuminate her songs with impactful meaning; the artistic maturity to create original works within a complex genre, and the intelligence to market herself and her vision with class.

Musically, lyrically and technically “The Call of Oma” works perfectly well in presenting the artist at her best. As soon as the album opens with the title track, you will quickly become engrossed with her cultured and tasteful musical excursions. Within the framework of her inspirations, Catherine Meeson utilizes, among other things, her considerable erudition as the impetus for her craft.

Unlike most musicians, there is truly a profound story and message behind each and every one of her songs here. She introduces a fusion of diverse musical and styles into her art. Hers is the music and words of what could be our ancestors – the deeds, loves, sorrows and joys of living on this planet, carried on the wings of divine music.

Track after track, the rich, multi-layered music she composes in the background is what really makes this album brilliant. Not that her voice by itself isn’t lovely. To point out one, or a number of single tracks, as the best, is foolish, within a body of work such as this.

How do choose the best, among the stars in the sky? All the songs are startlingly, eye-popping, jaw-dropping good, especially if you admire cinematic-like productions. For me, “The Call of Oma” evokes plenty of sentiment, it is comparable to watching a powerfully emotional movie – it reaches and touches you. Whereas the brilliance and beauty of Enya is ethereal, airy, and superficial; Catherine Meeson is darker, stronger and more extreme. She is truly a masterful artist.

For all interested fans, the booklet telling the story of the whole album (narration and lyrics) is only available directly from the artist’s website or from Bandcamp.

Check out the videos from the album featuring Oma the Ancient clan mother

The Call of Oma- https://youtu.be/UR6DM2OOfiE

Come Back – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZlEXT8WEfc

I Am (Song of The Earth)- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcENfQaSEQ4

THE CALL OF OMA ALBUM LAUNCH @ Lentil as Anything High St Thornbury Saturday 11th January 2020.

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Sofia Evangelina – “Smile” effortlessly energizes anybody who listens to it! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sofia-evangelina-smile-effortlessly-energizes-anybody-who-listens-to-it http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sofia-evangelina-smile-effortlessly-energizes-anybody-who-listens-to-it#respond Thu, 19 Dec 2019 00:40:08 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37619 R&B Soul and Pop artist Sofia Evangelina released her second single “Smile” on December 6th. The track, produced by Roy Hamilton III (Britney Spears, Michael Jackson.), showcases a more refined Sofia. On her previous songs, in spite of the huge potential, it was clear that they were sung by a young girl who was still […]

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R&B Soul and Pop artist Sofia Evangelina released her second single “Smile” on December 6th. The track, produced by Roy Hamilton III (Britney Spears, Michael Jackson.), showcases a more refined Sofia. On her previous songs, in spite of the huge potential, it was clear that they were sung by a young girl who was still in the exploratory stages of her artistry. You couldn’t really attach a certain sound to her the way you could to some of her older, and more successful pop contemporaries. Now on this new release, she has totally eliminated that difference as well. And she is still in her teens!

Sofia’s rapid rise to this high level has been unexpected, stealth almost. Certainly no one could have predicted such an extraordinary trajectory since she entered quietly, but assertively, into pop music’s consciousness in 2018 with her single, “This Is Your Song”, which achieved an LA Music Critics Award.

Riding on the consciousness and success of her music, Sofia Evangelina became an Ambassador of international anti-bullying youth organizations, as well as a Gen-Z influencer aspiring to inspire empowerment and standing up for what is right, through her actions and music.

The theme of her latest Gospel flavored R&B song, “Smile”, remains entrenched in her deep concern for positivity and optimism in the world. “We find the faith to carry on when we smile,” sings Sofia, firmly believing that’s all it takes to ignite our inclination towards affirmative action. With empowering and commanding lyrics, the song effortlessly energizes anybody who listens to it.

What makes “Smile” so special is the way that its message has been packaged, by both Roy Hamilton III and Sofia Evangelina. The producer designs an earthy, organic backdrop, with jangly guitars and luscious layers of gospel-styled harmonies, while the singer drops a heartfelt performance, emotionally nuanced to perfection, while running through the highs and lows of her vocal cords.

Sofia effortlessly switches between her suggestively smoky vocals on the verses to the bold and thoughtful statements she shoots on the chorus, her vocals steadily rising above production while keeping up with the growing sweeps of harmony. Sofia sings with intimate delicacy, but forceful conviction, and proves the versatility of her voice.

“Smile” radiates with eye-blinding brightness as Sofia Evangelina rounds off what’s already been a stellar two years for the multiple award-winning Canadian artist. She delivers one final punch, before the festive season sinks in, with her latest single, further cementing her status as a rising pop force.

The resonating beat and chiming guitars ripple underneath Sofia’s compelling vocals to evoke a keen determination that’s instantly captivating. “Smile” is melodic and affecting track, soaked in honesty and empowerment that confirms her ongoing maturity as an artist and songwriter.

The song’s deeply evocative lyrics demonstrate a wisdom that stretches beyond her years; this, together with the track’s smooth instrumentation, makes it poignant and relatable. “Smile’ is a song about compassion, empathy, and understanding. Sofia Evangelina is an artist with purpose, a young girl determined to challenge and address human issues, to empower her young fanbase.

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