Jacob Aiden – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:19:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Killer’s Confession – “The Indifference Of Good Men” is bursting with unbridled energy and creative refinement http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/a-killers-confession-the-indifference-of-good-men-is-bursting-with-unbridled-energy-and-creative-refinement http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/a-killers-confession-the-indifference-of-good-men-is-bursting-with-unbridled-energy-and-creative-refinement#respond Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:15:06 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36737 Formed in 2016 in Cleveland, OH, and now singed to Wake Up! Music Group, A Killer’s Confession (AKC) is led by vocalist Waylon Reavis and consists of Morgan Bauer (drums), JP Cross (bass), Mark Alexander (guitar) and Brock Star (lead guitar). The band’s latest album, “The Indifference Of Good Men”, is the follow up to […]

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Formed in 2016 in Cleveland, OH, and now singed to Wake Up! Music Group, A Killer’s Confession (AKC) is led by vocalist Waylon Reavis and consists of Morgan Bauer (drums), JP Cross (bass), Mark Alexander (guitar) and Brock Star (lead guitar). The band’s latest album, “The Indifference Of Good Men”, is the follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed debut album “Unbroken”. The album produced by Sahaj Ticotin (Starset, Sevendust) in Los Angeles, CA, is a stunning achievement. When so much rock music in 2019 feels threadbare and recycled, here comes an album so vividly alive and inspired that it could turn even the most dismayed rock naysayer into a worshipper of guitar-driven music once again.

Seriously folks, A Killer’s Confession drop a remarkable record here, ready to build their supremacy based on instant cred and acclaim that takes some bands an entire career to accumulate. From start to finish, the band never strays from its artistic values or impedes its own undeniable urge to create visceral, fully orchestrated, heavy rock music with supreme melodic and anthemic tendencies.

“The Indifference Of Good Men” arrives at a time of a pervasive aesthetics-over-substance trend in rock, where the digital recording age has everything sounding pleasantly calculated. A Killer’s Confession first write killer songs which they play to an impressive level, and then allow the recording and production process to embellish those sounds.

Many of their contemporaries prefer to reverse that process, to dismal effect. There are also few other bands who explore the atmospherics and dynamics of their sound better than A Killer’s Confession – probably a band like A Perfect Circle, works on a similar level and intensity, in this direction. So while there are unabashed, crushingly heavy parts on this album, you’ll also find some otherworldly, more hypnotic moments that the band embraces so well.

There is no denying that A Killer’s Confession has mastered the heavy/soft dynamics, taking the listener on an ebb-and-flow journey as if they’re riding disparate waves of heaviness. The euphoric album opener, “It’s Not Too Late” thrives off its distorted moments and Waylon Reavis reaching both his upper register belting and his low-end growling.

But there’s so much more to embrace. “Numb” thrives in a mid-tempo, radio-ready way, delivering some of the more crisp sounding, ear-catching moments on the album. It also feels as though it could translate to any mainstream radio station very well. “Trust Me” opens with a spiraling guitar line that draws you in and vocal delivery that makes it a very strong cut. But there are several songs that will either grab you instantly, or grow on you over time.

Among them, the cinematic “Angel On The Outside”; the epically slow burning and nuanced “The Shore”; the massive swell of audio orgasm on “I Wish”; the rapid plethora of emotions that run through “Reanimated”; the supersonic turbulence on “H.C. Tits”; the ethereal echoing of “Render”. A Killer’s Confession know how to hit the perfect balance between melody and punishing volume, between subdued restraint one minute, and outright savagery the next.

“The Indifference Of Good Men” is built on a foundation of a carefully-controlled, tight relationship between Waylon Reavis’ natural inclination to gravitate towards deft vocal lines, and Mark Alexander and Brock Star’s sharp appetite for crunching metal guitars.

Morgan Bauer’s dexterous percussion – thunderous one minute, subtle the next, also plays a major role, alongside JP Cross’ tempting, bone-crunching basslines. In this respect, A Killer’s Confession stand head and shoulders above their programmed corporate contemporaries. The result is that they’ve produced an album that’s bursting with unbridled energy and creative refinement.

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Harlequins Enigma – “Moral Game (Remastered Hope Edition)” – a shimmering aural canvas http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/harlequins-enigma-moral-game-remastered-hope-edition-a-shimmering-aural-canvas http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/harlequins-enigma-moral-game-remastered-hope-edition-a-shimmering-aural-canvas#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2019 20:19:03 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36711 Tracks like “Moral Game (Remastered Hope Edition)” twist and turn, constantly changing shape, employing an impressive arsenal of sounds, rhythms and wonderful noises. There is a fidgety energy in the work that suggests the composer, Harlequins Enigma is already brainstorming the next idea long before he is done with the one at hand, a hyperactive […]

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Tracks like “Moral Game (Remastered Hope Edition)” twist and turn, constantly changing shape, employing an impressive arsenal of sounds, rhythms and wonderful noises. There is a fidgety energy in the work that suggests the composer, Harlequins Enigma is already brainstorming the next idea long before he is done with the one at hand, a hyperactive creativity that never settles. This is the sound of a restless creator at work. From its outset, “Moral Game” feels pretty monumental. As soon as the record churns into action, the jittering melodic keys cascade over restless percussion, as the listener is transported into a totally ethereal sonic space. The track explores this space, manipulating its shape and boundaries.

The tinkling motifs constantly shift in and out of focus, yet each sound is absolutely essential, placed in exactly the right corner of this intense, shimmering aural canvas. Each and every moment of the record has enough depth and detail to allow the listener to become utterly – and willingly – transfixed.

On repeated listens, more layers become audible, more snatches of melody and harmony breaking through the dense, rhythmic canopy. “Moral Game (Remastered Hope Edition)” was remastered due to the project leader, Åge Riisnes suffering some brain issues at the time.

“It was difficult for me to hear the track without becoming ill,” explained Åge. However, the final mix will certainly send a message across the world of electronic music. To put “Moral Game (Remastered Hope Edition)” into a genre classification would be futile as it skips through multiple categories.

Full of dynamic flourishes, the song seems to marry the more melodic beauty of the Harlequins Enigma toolset with the harder percussive style of some of their songs. However it is still an easy track to penetrate. Its pace lifts and slows and fly’s around your senses making them tingle with euphoric spontaneity.

The track’s tower of jagged rhythm, is surrounded by the menace of a pulsating beat, while undulating synth waves shift like ominous shadows in the track’s peripheries. When the final notes drift off into the ether we find ourselves quickly trying to put the pieces back together from this most enjoyable journey.

“Moral Game (Remastered Hope Edition)” covers enough ground to leave even the most hard-nosed electronic music listener satisfied. No one makes music quite like this anymore. This track sees a master craftsman return with renewed inspiration in 2019. In many ways it’s exactly what I’ve been expecting from Harlequins Enigma – and once you let the hype drain away – what is revealed, is pretty much flawless.

MORE ABOUT: Harlequins Enigma is a Bergen, Norway-based band created in 2008 by synth musician, composer, and video producer, Åge Riisnes.  Harlequins Enigma is mostly a one-man-band, but Elin Berge, Katie Leung, and Sara Jensen has served as co-members with several appearances over the years.

The primary musical creations revolve around chip-tune, electronica, techno, experimental, video game soundtracks, space, ambient, and new age genres. Notwithstanding all the health issues, which has hampered his career along the way, Åge is focused on human rights, equality, positive technology, and an affinity for a natural world.

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Local Man Dies – “Cilice” – an infectious musical arrangement and floatingly euphoric vibrations http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/local-man-dies-cilice-an-infectious-musical-arrangement-and-floatingly-euphoric-vibrations http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/local-man-dies-cilice-an-infectious-musical-arrangement-and-floatingly-euphoric-vibrations#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:51:37 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36695 Spencer Hamilton, on guitar and lead vocals, started the Local Man Dies project back in 2017, as a recording experiment. But after playing together since June 2019, the venture has evolved into a fully-fledged outfit that includes John Wasson on drums and harmony vocals, Jonny Muhl on guitar and harmony vocals, and Jamie Stafford on […]

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Spencer Hamilton, on guitar and lead vocals, started the Local Man Dies project back in 2017, as a recording experiment. But after playing together since June 2019, the venture has evolved into a fully-fledged outfit that includes John Wasson on drums and harmony vocals, Jonny Muhl on guitar and harmony vocals, and Jamie Stafford on bass. The name, Local Man Dies, is meant to be a tongue-in-cheek headline, explains the band: “The idea came from the notion of making something memorable to pass on when we’re gone from the world, and for future generations to look back on as a musical heirloom of sorts.” The band, as a four-piece unit, officially kick off their campaign with the single “Cilice”, which will eventually lead to their EP release in 2020.

The single “Cilice” was written about a year ago by Spencer Hamilton, and was meant for a Halloween 2018 release, but never made the deadline. Now with the full band at hand, Local Man Dies reworked the song and got it released in time for Halloween 2019.

“Cilice”, explained the band, is a song about a man who becomes a werewolf, and the struggle between his loss of inhibitions and the consequences that come with that, upon his transformation. The track’s title alludes to the wolf’s hide as the scratchy hair shirt, known as cilice, worn as a self-imposed punishment or penance.

This is the kind of music that somehow gets you pumped and mellowed out at the same time. The drums and guitars are distinct and have their own character; the same with every other instrument in the song. On repeated play through you can hear different parts of the song stand out and it’s a new experience following the path of each individual instrument.

The vocals and lyrics are impacting and eloquent.  This is truly music you can listen to on repeat for days and it will still be fresh and exciting. I think one of the ways it shines is the way Local Man Dies pull all the elements out of the complexity of the song.

The song builds to emotional hard hitting drops, while the prime storytelling sticks to the momentum of the beat. Low tones flow smoothly until they are harshly interrupted by the intensely paced, higher pitched soaring bridges and choruses – much like the brusque transformation from man to werewolf.

Earnest writing and exquisite scoring, avoid the pitfalls of forced melodrama. Sonically, “Cilice” highlights the individual skill of each band member, which is used to devastating effect. Local Man Dies’ incredible nuanced writing and playing is on full display here.

The song is warm and mesmerizing, with an incredibly heartrending melody and subtly complex lyrics. The track manages to take everything that is wonderful about the band and condense it into one single track. “Cilice” is not just something you hear – it is something you feel.

Regardless of the high-minded conceptual narrative, “Cilice” cuts an infectious musical arrangement and floatingly euphoric vibrations. Local Man Dies have absolutely proven themselves to be so much more than I had hoped for.

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“In The Light” – Radio Drive ft. Kevin Gullickson – collection of captivating, personal-story songs! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/in-the-light-radio-drive-ft-kevin-gullickson-collection-of-captivating-personal-story-songs http://jamsphere.com/reviews/in-the-light-radio-drive-ft-kevin-gullickson-collection-of-captivating-personal-story-songs#respond Sat, 12 Oct 2019 13:18:39 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36674 Officially released in August 2019, “In The Light”, is the 6th full studio album from Radio Drive featuring Kevin Gullickson. Kevin began recording the album at his home studio in a suburb of St. Paul, MN, late fall 2018, and continued through the winter, emerging in the spring of 2019 with his finished tracks. Kevin […]

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Officially released in August 2019, “In The Light”, is the 6th full studio album from Radio Drive featuring Kevin Gullickson. Kevin began recording the album at his home studio in a suburb of St. Paul, MN, late fall 2018, and continued through the winter, emerging in the spring of 2019 with his finished tracks. Kevin plays all guitars, keyboards, bass guitar, and does lead vocals as well as harmonies.  He used midi drums as a placeholder, and then connected with Italian drummer, Matteo Andrigo, who recorded the real drum parts in his studio in Italy. All the completed sound files were sent to Grammy nominated engineer, Bryan David of Anthem Recordings, who proceeded with the final mixing and mastering.

The sound of rock and pop gets a face-lift for the 21st century on “In The Light”. Kevin Gullickson’s charismatic and passionate vocal delivery carries this collection of captivating, personal-story songs, based on honest, heart-felt lyrics rich with cathartic emotion.

Anyone who’s felt the emotions of love, loss, affliction and hope will relate to these song which provide a much-needed break from the strictly alternative pack. With its catchy hooks, thoughtful lyricism and great instrumental work, this is a great debut album, if not Radio Drive’s best studio recording to date. There are absolutely no filler or throwaway tracks to be found the nine cuts here.

The album relies heavily on lead and rhythm guitars, as well as being riddled with big cinematic orchestral embellishments, and lush harmonies. “First Time” kicks off the album on a high note. It starts with strong, twangy guitars, setting an upbeat pace for the album with falsetto-driven vocals, theatrical verses and sweeping strings.

“Come With Me” makes a quiet entry before suddenly smashing into a strong electric rock arrangement. This song builds plenty tension and thick harmonic beds. “Moving On” has a typical hand-clapping beat with super catchy lead vocals and the ever-present melodic harmonies, which are delivered through the ever-intensifying chorus sections.

By the time we hit on the warm mid-tempo soundscape of “Life” and the multi layered depth of “Take Hold”, the first thing becomes very clear about this album is that it has been a long time since I have heard an independent recording of such consistently high quality, production-wise.

All and all this is a very sophisticated rock album. “I Have a Voice” slows things down to a slow trot. This is an impacting ballad with an affecting lead vocal and a fiery guitar solo at the end. “One Life to Give” is one of my favorite songs on the album. Forging a powerful spiritual aura, the chorus will stick in your head for days on end.

“What Went Wrong” includes a rich arrangement of orchestral instruments to add to the overall melancholy mood. Kevin Gullickson’s captivatingly high-rising vocals do the rest, to completely pull you in. “Under The Milky Way” highlights nearly everything that Kevin Gullickson and Radio Drive do well, with Kevin giving a both, dark and uplifting vocal performance, while the arrangement creates an ever-building musical environment.

It’s nearly the perfect summation of what Radio Drive does so brilliantly for most of “In The Light” – the song is plain and simply moving. Kevin Gullickson singing matches with a constantly growing instrumental performance to create a world-weary rocker with a face-melting guitar solo thrown in, just to make sure you feel the heat Radio Drive are able to bring.

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MAZE – “From Start To Perfection” – a swashbuckling assault of the senses! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/maze-from-start-to-perfection-a-swashbuckling-assault-of-the-senses http://jamsphere.com/reviews/maze-from-start-to-perfection-a-swashbuckling-assault-of-the-senses#respond Thu, 10 Oct 2019 18:01:18 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36662 Gary, Paul, Jack, Lee and Sam make up the 5 piece band from London UK, called MAZE. The band started out as a recording project, but the response and reaction they received induced them to start gigging and they have since been offered plenty of gigs for 2020. In the meantime they have released their […]

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Gary, Paul, Jack, Lee and Sam make up the 5 piece band from London UK, called MAZE. The band started out as a recording project, but the response and reaction they received induced them to start gigging and they have since been offered plenty of gigs for 2020. In the meantime they have released their 4 track EP, entitled “From Start To Perfection”. The recording is a rich quilt of guitar-driven sounds and rock influences. What’s thrilling about the production is not only are the clear punchy sonics, where each instrument is captured at its most resonant – but there’s a freewheeling sense of vision amongst the players. It’s abundantly clear throughout that the EP is meant to be listened to as an entirety and it’s a delight to do just that.

The opener, “Heading out of Nowhere” is primal, and yet expansive, fueled by overdriven guitars and a galloping rhythm.  It is a perfect overture to a grand symphony of alternative and melodic rock abrasion. The rest of the album follows suit beautifully and fiercely. “Need Someone” identifies the group’s mainstream rock ambitions.

It’s a swashbuckling assault of the senses; a channel for the band’s fractious spirit, bound together by tight instrumentation and an unforgettable chorus. The radio friendly nature of the track points toward a single release, and its succinct, perceptive lyrics are even better the second time round.

“Time is on Our Side”, is slower but not less intense. Modern and yet ancient in the power behind the music. I can’t really do the depth of this track justice in writing. You must hear it. The song has powerful vocal and guitar crescendos that build as the song progresses. Underneath, it is driven by a deep, layered rhythm section.

The bass is low and heavy and it’s mixed at a very reasonable volume where you don’t have to max out your speakers to actually hear it. It also owes its appeal to an undeniably relentless lead guitar that does the best it can to pull you in.

While the lead vocalist soars on “Can You Feel It”, each instrument bolsters the scene, adding dimension and teasing out thematic elements. The bass is heavier, drums punchier, the guitars louder, and the words are a lot clearer – you can easily belt along to the chorus, on this one.

It’s a bombastic blitz of the electric six-string and sassy vocals shot through with swagger. The record’s finest, most accessible moments comes in these closing minutes. It’s undeniably huge; a rousing, arena finale kind of track that would fit just as well on rock radio, leaving you with goosebumps peppering every inch of skin.

The last memory you’ll have of “From Start To Perfection” is pure melodic rock adrenalin, and you’ll be forced to revisit the record the earliest chance you get. Each listen reveals more, scraping back another layer. You’ll get more and feel more each time you hit play.

The gritty guitars are abundantly, but tactfully used, and the prominent vocal melodies are allowed to carry the music. The EP definitely achieves what MAZE set out to accomplish, by yanking a small piece of modern music out of its airy, starry-eyed electronic world, and injecting it with an infectious dose of rock n’ roll relevancy.

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Plastic Barricades – “One for the Road” – musical radiance and moving lyrical reflection http://jamsphere.com/reviews/plastic-barricades-one-for-the-road-musical-radiance-and-moving-lyrical-reflection http://jamsphere.com/reviews/plastic-barricades-one-for-the-road-musical-radiance-and-moving-lyrical-reflection#respond Thu, 10 Oct 2019 13:28:07 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36657 Plastic Barricades are one of the smartest bands in alternative indie rock right now. The band which has it very first beginnings in 2007 have produced enough worthwhile material in the ensuing years to deserve escaping the shadow of the underground culture. They’ve released outstanding music in terms of resonant songwriting and daring variability, and […]

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Plastic Barricades are one of the smartest bands in alternative indie rock right now. The band which has it very first beginnings in 2007 have produced enough worthwhile material in the ensuing years to deserve escaping the shadow of the underground culture. They’ve released outstanding music in terms of resonant songwriting and daring variability, and their formula has remained strongly characteristic and enjoyable. The band, which has been undergone various member changes through the years, is now stably based in North-West London. Plastic Barricades currently are, Dan Kert on guitars, keyboards and vocals, and Paul Love on drums. The band, whose debut album “Mechanics of Life” was released in September 2017 – and available on Spotify – is preparing to release its brand new album, “Self-Theories”, in 2020.

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In the meantime Plastic Barricades have dropped the first single, “One for the Road”, from the aforementioned upcoming album.  Described as an “ode to freedom of exploration”, the track was written, recorded and mixed in a backyard Shed Studio in North-West London, and mastered at Metropolis Studios in London.

The song, which was inspired by Jack Kerouac’s “On the road” novel, is supported by a music video directed by Elina Pasok. The clip uses amateur footage, filmed in the late 1950s around America, by families with their – at the time – brand new cutting edge handheld cameras.

“One for the Road”, is a satisfying audiovisual projection of breezy vibes, and some earnestly introspective thoughts on the spirit of freedom in all of its facets. The song showcases Plastic Barricades’ technical and creative maturity amid a continuation of their efficacious musical recipe. From the start, the song impresses with its production of jangly guitars and groovy beat.

It immediately dishes out warming energy before channeling its rock attitude via resonant, overlapping guitar chords and steadfast rhythm. Blended with vocalist Dan Kert’s trademark presence, a fusion of psychedelic-pop attitude and classic alt-rock swagger, it’s a more than gripping good time.

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“One for the Road” is kaleidoscopic and mind-expanding, as it entrances the listener in easygoing colorfulness and warmly chill vocals that often lift into trippy falsetto. The song is lovingly ornamented by inventive guitar licks and lusciously understated keys amongst the resolute accessibility of Paul Love’s drum beat and rolls.

While most of the four-minute-plus sequence is exteriorly appealing, the cut also manages to carve deep into your heart and soul. The subtly touching tone and temperamental shifts, gloriously cascade around Kert’s thoughtful observations:

“They’ll never know that we ran away. They will be busy finding reasons to stay behind. While we will try to find out. What it means to be alive. When our souls are painfully restless. When our lungs are gathering dust. Universe could be just trying to test us. Freedom of movement brings power to change.”  These are exquisitely poetic and profound lines that find Dan Kert voicing existential quandaries with impactful resolution.

It’s here that Plastic Barricades truly capitalize on their potential as poignant craftsmen. “One for the Road” is easily one of the band’s best efforts. Everything about this track offers something valuable, be it the fetchingly catchy musical radiance, or notably moving lyrical reflection.

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Saddle on the Bomb – “Session 1&2” – expanding the language of guitar and drums! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/saddle-on-the-bomb-session-12-expanding-the-language-of-guitar-and-drums http://jamsphere.com/reviews/saddle-on-the-bomb-session-12-expanding-the-language-of-guitar-and-drums#respond Wed, 09 Oct 2019 12:31:15 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36651 “Session 1&2” by Croatian band Saddle on the Bomb, is a double album of enormous creative and artistic depth and ingenuity, and the range of beautiful, powerful and thought-provoking music is enthralling to listen to, especially if you are a guitar enthusiast. It is not for everyone, and definitely an acquired taste. The band is […]

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“Session 1&2” by Croatian band Saddle on the Bomb, is a double album of enormous creative and artistic depth and ingenuity, and the range of beautiful, powerful and thought-provoking music is enthralling to listen to, especially if you are a guitar enthusiast. It is not for everyone, and definitely an acquired taste. The band is made up of only two members – Tomislav Poje (Drums) and Aleksandar Vrhovec (Guitar) – both of whom wrote the songs. While Vrhovec, produced, engineered, mixed and mastered the albums. My advice is to focus on the instrumental prowess on these recordings, which seem to also have sonic depth and fullness.

The combination of tracks is truly a great artistic achievement and one that will repay repeated listening. Each song reveals fascinating composition, and overall provides interesting insights into the music and the performers.

The surprising combination between the guitar and drums which often invert rhythmic and melodic interplay, is revealing and interesting. Overall one is left with the perception of Poje and Vrhovec as true artists and creators of a recording that will definitely stand the test of time.

If you’re at all curious about various forms of guitar driven music, you’ll find quite a few styles represented here all delivered with Aleksandar Vrhovec’s characteristic intensity: powerful, beautiful, tender, haunting, hypnotic, and even chaotic. Clearly this was a journey that Vrhovec needed to take in order for him to explore his own creativity beyond his past musical outings.

Alongside him, drummer Poje, who has worked with Vrhovec before, proves to be the perfect partner. His playing is hard-hitting and rhythmically solid, yet creative and nuanced, able to meander off in interesting percussive tangents without losing grip of each song’s central theme.

This is a powerful statement, both musically and thematically. Anything that Aleksandar Vrhovec works on, is a prelude to the inevitable – an exploration of sound. No matter how you look at it, “Session 1&2” is a dramatic step for the artist in a duo setting. A step that, for the true guitar fan, presents a much appreciated recording.

If Saddle on the Bomb were trying to make a bold statement with these recordings, I believe they hit the ball out of the park. I’m not going to breakdown each song, because the music speaks as a whole, for itself.

However from when you press play on track one, “Overture”, on the “Session 1” album, you understand that the band’s approach to composing is cerebral, technical and experimental, while at the same times it never lacks emotional warmth. Their contributions to expanding the language of guitar and drum playing are undoubted.

Aleksandar Vrhovec has obviously studied the music of many different styles, and his playing draws from a colorful palate of musical modes and scales. Whether leaning towards alternative, progressive or experimental rock, Saddle on the Bomb are never less than avant-garde and inventive in their approach.

At the same time, they are not averse to working up a burning groove, as can be heard on the dynamic “Sphere III” and “Terminal”. Switching to “Session 2”, is where is where instrumental guitar music takes on a whole new meaning and patient listeners will be mesmerized by the angular textures, featuring Aleksandar Vrhovec’s liquid electric guitar lines and Tomislav Poje’s kinetic drum accompaniments.

If you‘re expecting long-winded, almost endless guitar solos and maximum shredding mayhem, think again.  Songs like “Marble Eye”, “Cloud Steps”, “6/6/6” and “Mammoth”, are more about the exploration of textures, tones, rhythms and melodies.

In fact these albums sound like little other guitar music on record, and are a must for fans of the instrument, as well as a striking listen for anyone else lucky enough to bump into them. “Session 1&2” by Saddle on the Bomb reveals emotional and experimental depths rarely glimpsed in this kind of instrumental music.

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Gary Burk III – “You Got Me” – a simple recipe for good, heartfelt music! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/gary-burk-iii-you-got-me-a-simple-recipe-for-good-heartfelt-music http://jamsphere.com/reviews/gary-burk-iii-you-got-me-a-simple-recipe-for-good-heartfelt-music#respond Tue, 08 Oct 2019 11:11:14 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36646 Hailing from Western Pennsylvania, Gary Burk III draws musical inspiration from his biggest influences, Alabama, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. Gary fronts a three-piece band with his extensive collection of custom built guitars, as they perform at events across the region. When he’s not on the road or recording, Gary enjoys spending time with his […]

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Hailing from Western Pennsylvania, Gary Burk III draws musical inspiration from his biggest influences, Alabama, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. Gary fronts a three-piece band with his extensive collection of custom built guitars, as they perform at events across the region. When he’s not on the road or recording, Gary enjoys spending time with his twin boys and two daughters.  Gary Burk III, whose single “Friday Night”, reached the TOP 20 iTunes Country Charts, is back with a brand new song, entitled “You Got Me”, released via MTS Records. The previously released track also established Gary as a bankable country act willing to push himself artistically and steer into places right under the spotlight.

Gary Burk III’s new single “You Got Me” certainly doesn’t spurn mainstream country radio, but it does have a relaxed, rock-solid vibe that would stand out among the heavily processed arena-ready anthems that fill those playlists. The result is a track that finds a satisfying midpoint between the artist’s usual country and his rootsy interests.

Riding high atop an easygoing groove and knowing maturity, the track finds Gary clearly in a romantic and reflective mood, fueled probably, by the Appalachian divide’s crisp mountain air and incredible horizons. It offers up a most easily likeable vocal melody, a steady piano-driven rhythm, and crunchy guitars.

“You Got Me” offers plenty of evidence that the creative spirit Mason Douglas felt while composing this track, was real, vibrant and fertile, and that Gary Burks’ heart and soul followed suit: “You got me where you want me. Here with you my hearts done. From this moment, yeah I’m all in. I’m a soldier of your love. So baby, this ain’t maybe, cause I ain’t ever gonna leave. Girl, you got me.”

Gary sounds refreshed, enlightened and ready for another, however many years it takes, to stay besides his partner in love. It’s here that his resonating vocals shine with distinct yearning while the excellent percussion accompaniment and soaring guitar features further evoke the song’s message.

Gary Burk III presents himself as a beacon of hope for the mainstream, managing to blend traditional and contemporary sounds in a great way. He is carving out his own niche perfectly and is seeing success via audio and video streaming platforms, as he ventures down his own lane.

His, is just a simple recipe for good, heartfelt music, and that’s what Gary delivers on “You Got Me”. Another thing that captures this track’s mood, is the solid recording and production.  The instruments gain in strength as the track runs free and uninhibited – just like the love described in the song. A job well done by the Meatlocker Recording Studio.

For fans of Gary Burk III, this is the Gary you’ve all come to know and love through the songs he has released thus far. This is him being himself. This is everything you want in a mainstream country record in 2019.

This is Gary Burk III doing what he does best, which is putting out good, quality, often inspiring songs that are raised in importance since they’re something you can enjoy listening to with others. Gary’s musical efforts unite musical tastes, as opposed to dividing them.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITESPOTIFYYOUTUBE

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RAHM – “Something Different” gently builds layers of suave sound http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/rahm-something-different-gently-builds-layers-of-suave-sound http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/rahm-something-different-gently-builds-layers-of-suave-sound#respond Mon, 07 Oct 2019 18:30:07 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36640 The single “Something Different” by singer-songwriter RAHM, was produced by Yarden Ashkenazi and Dor Roeh, and features the female vocalist Shany Oshri. A software engineer, RAHM wrote the song for his wife, Anat Brown who also appears on the cover artwork, which was done by Victoria Manashirov (Photography) and Itzhak Holyland (Graphics). This is one […]

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The single “Something Different” by singer-songwriter RAHM, was produced by Yarden Ashkenazi and Dor Roeh, and features the female vocalist Shany Oshri. A software engineer, RAHM wrote the song for his wife, Anat Brown who also appears on the cover artwork, which was done by Victoria Manashirov (Photography) and Itzhak Holyland (Graphics). This is one of those songs that has some sort of spark, a creative stamp that when you listen to it, you can tell something wonderful just happened in your presence. Yes, it’s like an experience unto its own.

RAHM has a lovely lilting voice, a light instrumental touch, and a casual flair for drama. When he slows down to deliver a line like “There’s something different in your eyes tonight,” he makes the observation hit with a punch while barely lifting his voice beyond a conversational whisper.

The downtempo genre of music is quite possibly the most relaxing genre of music ever created. Add to it, RAHM’s pastoral vocal tones and Shany Osri’s higher rising ethereal interludes, and you have a song dynamically captivating, without ever turning towards bombast.

The result is a song unlike anything you’ll hear on mainstream radio, and one that is saturated in a pool of exciting ideas and musical directions. It’s at once organic sounding, then thoroughly electronic – at times stripped down, and at others fully orchestrated. Ardent and lush sounding choir-like harmonies also permeate the arrangement.

Firmly entrenched in mellow and smooth tones, “Something Different” stimulates each of our senses with an atmosphere that oozes with dreamy, yet resonant instrumentation. This is a song that is defined by its combination of breathtaking vocals, harmony and hypnotic electronic elements.

RAHM’s voice is at the forefront of the music, dictating its tempo, guiding its sway, and ultimately contributing to the success of the tracks other qualities – a delectable melody and incredibly memorable choral sequences. RAHM’s lyrics are literate, his outlook is optimistic, laid back, romantic and personal.

“Something Different” is a soft and subtle record in essence. Throughout, RAHM gently builds layers of suave sound, and additional choral uplifts – all managing to add an extra dimension to RAHM’s emotional lyrics, which is a cornerstone of the track.

The singer-songwriter’s words of enduring devotion speak to the track’s larger theme of the multi-faceted power of love. What this song accomplishes so beautifully, is a portrait of affection and empathy as inseparable requisites for love. Aspects that serve to illuminate the fullness of devotion. RAHM’s serene depictions of romantic love are powerful in their reserve.

From all perspectives, the crystalline grace of “Something Different” comes from understated genius. It highlights the power of production in the formation of the artist’s oeuvre, while maintaining a sense of wholesomeness and introspective honesty, encouraging respect for the recording in its entirety as exactly what it was intended to be: pure, timeless songwriting. This is music for anyone with a heartbeat and a soul.

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Natalie Jean – “Nostalgia de Navidad” – This will be your soundtrack for the holiday season, and beyond! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/natalie-jean-nostalgia-de-navidad-this-will-be-your-soundtrack-for-the-holiday-season-and-beyond http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/natalie-jean-nostalgia-de-navidad-this-will-be-your-soundtrack-for-the-holiday-season-and-beyond#respond Mon, 07 Oct 2019 12:45:01 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36636 What’s the next most important thing at any holiday gathering, besides food? Music. This upcoming holiday season, whether it’s a friend’s party, a work shindig, or your family’s celebration, music will be played. If you’ve heard your fair share of the classics, then it’s time to change to something different. Something you can listen to, […]

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What’s the next most important thing at any holiday gathering, besides food? Music. This upcoming holiday season, whether it’s a friend’s party, a work shindig, or your family’s celebration, music will be played. If you’ve heard your fair share of the classics, then it’s time to change to something different. Something you can listen to, and something you can dance to.  Admittedly, I am biased. I love Natalie Jean and think that the lady can do no wrong. Having said that, I can say that her latest track, “Nostalgia de Navidad” is one of her most diverse musical statements. I often judge music by its longevity in my life, and this one will return, year after year with a vengeance every time the weather chills up and the snow settles down.

Why? Well it’s in the title – this is a Christmas song, albeit with a romantic and Latin twist. This will be your soundtrack for the holiday season, and beyond. There are few artists who could meld so much musical goodness seamlessly. But Natalie Jean can, and this track proves that there is nothing she can’t do.

Focusing on her lush, gorgeous voice, and the dreamy, rhythmic instrumentation, fans will be surprised to hear how comfortable Natalie sounds within this smooth Latin groove. Subtle percussion and warm tones provide the backing but its Natalie’s voice that carries the song and drives the melody.

I always Natalie Jean was a fantastic singer but had no idea that she could sing with this confidence in Spanish. There’s something about the language that lends itself to music but with Natalie singing it’s just magic. On every song she sings, Natalie’s voice resonates with a timeless clarity and purity; and she shows us here that her voice seems unfazed by the switching of genres or styles.

After listening through “Nostalgia de Navidad” it certainly appears that the track represents the icing on her cake of talents. Long-time fans of Natalie Jean’s pop endeavors will delight in hearing her doing something completely different. They will be surprised to hear this growing talent stepping out of her usual comfort zone and singing beautifully just the same.

“Nostalgia de Navidad” is a cover of the song “Holiday Blues”, which was written and produced by Bruno Vallelunga. Natalie Jean performed, arranged, and produced the song, which was translated into Spanish by two-time Latin Grammy Nominee, Danilo Gossain. Play this song liberally, at any time, to get family and friends out of their chairs and into the dancing mood.

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Bruno Vallelunga is an active songwriter/producer/music publisher and independent record label owner (Igloo Records Ltd.) in the Montreal and Canadian music scene. Recently wrote and produced WHO WILL STOP THE NUCLEAR CLOCK and sung by Leonie Gray (Holiday Blues) to highlight the need for nuclear disarmament in the world. Currently working on a project that deals with climate change and its impact on humanity.

Danilo Gossain is a music producer, arranger and percussionist from Bogota, Colombia, graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music in Boston. Danilo has produced more than 15 albums, some of which have been awarded in different competitions. He was also a teacher in the University El Bosque in Bogota, where he taught production and recording techniques for more than two years. Danilo’s most recent achievements include two Latin Grammy nominations.

Natalie Jean (Kensington, MD) has been nominated over 90 times for her music and has won many awards. Most recently, she won the Gold Medal in the 2019 Global Music Awards for Singer/Songwriter for her song “You Don’t Know Me”. Most recently, Natalie won “Versatile Artist of The Year” at the 2019 Josie Music Awards, which was held at the DP Dollywood Theater, in TN on September 21, 2019. Natalie is also a Finalist in the 2019 KICMA Awards for Song of The Year (What Would You Do for Love? and Radio Single of The Year (You Don’t Know Me).

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – FACEBOOK – TWITTER – INSTAGRAM 

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Miles Grindey – “Make Up Your Mind” is a high-water mark by any metric you’d care to employ! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/miles-grindey-make-up-your-mind-is-a-high-water-mark-by-any-metric-youd-care-to-employ http://jamsphere.com/reviews/miles-grindey-make-up-your-mind-is-a-high-water-mark-by-any-metric-youd-care-to-employ#respond Sat, 05 Oct 2019 23:23:30 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36621 The track “Make Up Your Mind” is not only a display of Miles Grindey’s artistic skills as a musician and songwriter but it also gives the opportunity to some of the band members, in particular Ian Michael Bruh on vocals, Wayne Viar on drums, Enrico Galetta on bass and Bill Hart on keys, to shine […]

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The track “Make Up Your Mind” is not only a display of Miles Grindey’s artistic skills as a musician and songwriter but it also gives the opportunity to some of the band members, in particular Ian Michael Bruh on vocals, Wayne Viar on drums, Enrico Galetta on bass and Bill Hart on keys, to shine with a level of musicianship of incredible standards. Bruh has an exceptional presence to his vocals that’s more than big enough to compete with the rock solid band behind him, and listening to it here will totally heal your spirit. Miles smokes on the guitar, but never overpowers the mid-tempo groove and well-written lyrics. His guitar tones are full and defined on both lead and rhythm and he uses them to put his skills right out front. Miles opts for a focused “all thrill no swill” mentality here, and it makes the track go down like a classic from guitar music’s glory days.

Miles Grindey has consistently done himself proud since first hitting the scene with his debut EP, but his latest single, “Make Up Your Mind” is a high-water mark by any metric you’d care to employ. This song communicates the experience and growth Miles has accumulated to date.

He has certainly reached peaks of quality, depth and beauty in his playing never reached before. Sure, I’ve heard Miles tear his six-string apart on the album “Caught in a Storm”, but now he has added a complete new dimension to his playing, where tone and finesse play a major role.

On “Make Up Your Mind”, Miles Grindey has gone far and beyond any of his other previous studio records, in terms of craftsmanship and level of class. It is fascinating to witness the progression and maturation of a man and an artist that, through each record, has grown up in many different ways, by always challenging himself and his musical vision.

“Make Up Your Mind” is aimed at, and will appeal to, a much wider audience than just guitar aficionados. Besides his phenomenal guitar playing skills, this track shows off Miles’ formidable talent as a songwriter. Miles also let us in on a songwriting secret, stating that the track contains an “easter egg”: In the lyrics, the line, “Love is blind, said Tommy”, is a reference to the best worst film ever made “The Room” and Tommy Wiseau’s character, Tommy.

This track is perfectly tuned for mainstream rock radio, and the like, with its steady rhythm and heartfelt lyrics. “Make Up Your Mind” is a well-thought-out, well-written and exquisitely-produced single. If it doesn’t add considerably to Miles Grindey’s acclaim, then I suggest that any naysayers have their ears cleaned.

Unlike many talented guitar players, Miles doesn’t try to be flashy but uses his talents in the service of the song. In a better, bygone time, “Make Up Your Mind” would be a platinum-selling single, heard blasting out of every car stereo in town all summer long. Miles Grindey has fused a clever amalgam of hard-edged rock, alongside a tinge of contemporary pop and blues, with a thrillingly positive outcome.

The Miles Grindey Story So Far: Miles Grindey was born in Southampton, where began playing the guitar at the age of nine. During his time at school he listened to Van Halen which kept his momentum going. In 2015 Miles left home to study politics at the University of Brighton where he joined the Music Society. After meeting Jack Pout (previously a member of the group Fukushima Dolphin) at a music store, Miles auditioned as lead guitarist for the band The Bones and Arrows. They recorded a self-titled EP together before Miles left the band in 2016 to pursue a solo career.

This led to Miles Grindey releasing his debut EP, “Keeping My Sanity”, which was followed by the album, “Caught in a Storm”. In 2018 Miles dropped his first single “Ethereal Bollocks”. Following the completion of his degree, Miles returned to Southampton and began work on his second album. In November 2018, Miles left Southampton temporarily, to go to Atlanta, Georgia where he spent a lot of time in various studios working with musicians and becoming a regular in the jam scene. Upon his return to England in May 2019 he released the first single, entitled “Make Up Your Mind”, from his upcoming second album.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITETWITTERINSTAGRAMFACEBOOKMUSIC STREAMS

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Inches From Sin – “Lying To Us” ft. Natalie Jean – Features a foreboding message of Earth’s destruction http://jamsphere.com/reviews/inches-from-sin-lying-to-us-ft-natalie-jean-features-a-foreboding-message-of-earths-destruction http://jamsphere.com/reviews/inches-from-sin-lying-to-us-ft-natalie-jean-features-a-foreboding-message-of-earths-destruction#respond Sat, 05 Oct 2019 14:03:38 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36617 The multi-genre group, Inches From Sin, recently released their single called “Lying To Us”, featuring the award winning songstress Natalie Jean. The group is made up of musician, composer, and producer, Robert Brewer, who brings along his baggage of experience which includes sharing the stage with Edgar Winter, Steppenwolf, April Wine and Dan Aykroyd of […]

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The multi-genre group, Inches From Sin, recently released their single called “Lying To Us”, featuring the award winning songstress Natalie Jean. The group is made up of musician, composer, and producer, Robert Brewer, who brings along his baggage of experience which includes sharing the stage with Edgar Winter, Steppenwolf, April Wine and Dan Aykroyd of Blues Brothers fame. With a degree in Opera from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, Robert has spent more than four decades in the music business. Composer and musician, Karen Holloway Brewer is a multi-instrumentalist. Starting with the flute, piano and then Bassoon, Karen now showcases her vocals and keyboard skills in Inches From Sin.

The catchy single, “Lying To Us”, features a foreboding message warning us of Earth’s destruction, and indicts most of humankind as walking the plank towards self-destruction, and lying about it. It’s a fact that the environment is merely ours to borrow until we pass it on down to the next generation.

We have to preserve the air, forests, and the oceans so that our children can enjoy them. Some people are working hard to achieve just that, while others really don’t care, and even worse, pretend that they do, while allowing poisoned air, oil spills and radiation, among many other atrocities.

“Everyone’s crying, at least we are trying. Some of them are talking. Marches are walking. I said no, let’s not be fools, again (x2). Mother Earth she is dying. Some of us are crying. The rest of them are lying. And some of us are trying…” Inches From Sin make both the warning and the appeal clear in these lyrics.

The song creates urgency around taking action and encourages us to wake up and do something now. Melodically the song is on point, with Inches From Sin delivering sweeping vocals and harmony. Natalie Jean embellishes the track with her soulful counter melodies as she interacts in an almost call-and-response way with the lead vocals.

Most music has other interests in mind than championing causes, but in among the welter of self-obsessive navel-gazing, hedonism and despondent odes to lost love there is still a seam of eco-conscious music being made, and Inches From Sin together with Natalie Jean, present themselves nobly on that list with “Lying To Us”.

There can be no doubt, every serious movement needs music. Music gets voices heard, almost better than any other form of communication. Songs about ecology, nature and the environment, done with the thoughtfulness and artistic finesse shown by Inches From Sin and Natalie Jean, cuts right across musical genres and deep into the heart of the matter.

“Lying To Us” leaves the listener with the mindset to take action and recognize the importance of the issue at hand. The need for environmental action is an urgent one.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – FACEBOOK – TWITTER – INSTAGRAM – INCHES FROM SIN

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Spirit Swords – “Promise Me You’ll Win” (ft. Pipa Moran) – intricately crafted counterpoints and dulcet top lines! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/spirit-swords-promise-me-youll-win-ft-pipa-moran-intricately-crafted-counterpoints-and-dulcet-top-lines http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/spirit-swords-promise-me-youll-win-ft-pipa-moran-intricately-crafted-counterpoints-and-dulcet-top-lines#respond Fri, 04 Oct 2019 08:11:57 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36609 Spirit Swords is the pseudonym for the multimedia art project created by Zebulun Lego. Zebulun, who has produced music for over a decade, is a music & art producer from Gallitzin, Pennsylvania. He works with musicians, graphic artists, videographers, and authors to create content revolving around the story that Spirit Swords tells. Spirit Swords is […]

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Spirit Swords is the pseudonym for the multimedia art project created by Zebulun Lego. Zebulun, who has produced music for over a decade, is a music & art producer from Gallitzin, Pennsylvania. He works with musicians, graphic artists, videographers, and authors to create content revolving around the story that Spirit Swords tells. Spirit Swords is a story about a dystopian future about the effect that artificial intelligence and the mystical divine have on the human psyche, which is told through a variety of different mediums.

Zebulan Lego

“Promise Me You’ll Win” (ft. Pipa Moran) is the debut single from the musical aspect of the Spirit Swords project, which features Pipa Moran on guest vocals. Moran is a singer and songwriter from Oxfordshire, UK. She collaborates with several talented producers around the world on a variety of different genres of music and has been doing so professionally since 2016.

“Promise Me You’ll Win” (ft. Pipa Moran) tells a story about someone who is dying, and with their last breath, they wish the people around them to promise that they will fight on, and to promise that they will win. However if you are expecting a broody, morose instrumental and melody, think again.

Spirit Swords wrap the reflective lyrics inside a vibrant and uplifting soundscape. The track flows so well that it can be enjoyed by everyone, no matter what genre of electronic music they like or even if they don’t care for it at all. Spirit Swords has showed a tremendous amount of skill with this debut and he’s only going to get better.

To say “Promise Me You’ll Win” (ft. Pipa Moran) is amazing is an understatement. This is a track that incorporates everything you loved about electronic club sounds of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. And cranks it up some notches, focusing on the beautiful vocals of Pipa Moran; this one is so good you’ll wish it was much longer than its three and a half minute run time.

This is one of those songs that can suit almost every occasion whether it is cruising late nights, to raving at a music festival. Spirit Swords relies less on shock factor drops than his contemporaries, preferring intricately crafted counterpoints and dulcet top lines.

Pipa Moran

Once you look past Spirit Swords’ clever harmonic and melodic pivots, you’ll notice that more than many electronic tracks, it feels like there’s actually a story being told on “Promise Me You’ll Win” (ft. Pipa Moran).

This is due to Moran’s intelligent lyric sheet, which matches Spirit Swords’ excellent composing ability and production creativity as a whole. Together they target listeners’ collective pleasure centers with pinpoint aim from an impressive array of angles.

“Promise Me You’ll Win” (ft. Pipa Moran) is without a doubt masterfully executed and definitely one of the strongest releases in all of EDM this year. It has an incredibly catchy melody and goose bump inducing vocals. You can tell a lot of effort has been put in, to make this track hit hard on all levels, as it explodes into rich and expressive hues.

You can stream or download “Promise Me You’ll Win” (ft. Pipa Moran) on a number of platforms HERE.

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Official Spotify Page: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3JiNizRxlhMybd9gMaYcmn?si=T4IBaQoSTVieLF1gvfirKw

Official Site: https://www.spiritswords.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spiritswords/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/spirit_swords
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spirit.swords/

PIPA MORAN
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Official Spotify Page: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5z88TAITDhRS122WMh0ORA?si=igu68DKoQjii2MmVBsP0JQ

Official Site: https://www.pipamoran.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PipaMoranMusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/pipamoran
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SnapCrackleAndPip

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CYGNOTIC – “Cygns” represents the culmination of an upward curve seen in previous records http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/cygnotic-cygns-represents-the-culmination-of-an-upward-curve-seen-in-previous-records http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/cygnotic-cygns-represents-the-culmination-of-an-upward-curve-seen-in-previous-records#respond Thu, 03 Oct 2019 19:31:45 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36598 The electronic synthtrance-project CYGNOTIC hails from Munich, Germany. The project’s new 2019 album “Cygns”, arrives 9 years after the previous album release entitled, “Through The Gates Of Nocturnal Sleep”.  Over a decade since his Space Harmonics EP and CYGNOTIC’s ear has sharpened to a degree that rivals anyone else’s in the business. The new album […]

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The electronic synthtrance-project CYGNOTIC hails from Munich, Germany. The project’s new 2019 album “Cygns”, arrives 9 years after the previous album release entitled, “Through The Gates Of Nocturnal Sleep”.  Over a decade since his Space Harmonics EP and CYGNOTIC’s ear has sharpened to a degree that rivals anyone else’s in the business. The new album sparkles with dozens of tiny details but you never lose their outlines; CYGNOTIC’s structures are shapely are fittingly draped. You certainly notice the shifting timbres of the percussion, the deep roundness of the low end, and the shimmering slurp of the filtering synths. But for all its fleeting, phantom touches, and rich cinematic style of orchestral flourishes, CYGNOTIC keeps it legible from a distance, and enticing. The producer has steadily increased the amount of instrumentation within his sonic fields, and it helps make “Cygns” occupy an arena as smartly as it does a pair of headphones.

“Cygns”, it seems, is CYGNOTIC attempt to work his way into the foreground. Opening with the title track can’t help but grab the listener’s attention – this is rather the point of such – especially when it’s a multilayered melodic affair. The track presents an unprecedented level of richness in texture that discerning listeners can parse over multiple listens.

And with the pop undertones in tow, this work on the part of the listener, is never taxing. This is especially so with the entire album where the introspective melancholy is reconfigured into something epic, sprightly, even melodramatic.

“Second Cygn”, for instance, boasts an up-tempo beat which keeps the listener sufficiently cheerful as they negotiate the sweeping, echoing synths, the diaphanous strings and dynamic bass gurgles that all seem to work so well together.

The effortlessly atmospheric and rhythmic “Iridium Dawn”, puckers up its tom-tom banging accompaniment with strings, synths, pianos and a host of other sounds – again without sounding messy or forced. The very excellent “Dreaming In Reverse”, which layers thick, drawn out slabs of sequencers delivers soaring simplicity which blooms with perfect tuning, and is excitingly avant-garde in its own way.

“Cylight” is beautifully crafted music, colorfully orchestrated and winningly performed by the hand of CYGNOTIC. There are no frills, no excess baggage; the music is allowed to speak powerfully for itself. The emphasis on hyper-texture is enough to satisfy in “Replicant Logic”, until the beat kicks in pushing the track towards a euphoric space that gradually builds with wave upon wave of synth.

Its great achievement is that it holds our attention without veering off wildly on tangents, which is the temptation of many tracks this long. Instead CYGNOTIC, even when he’s ambitious, shows that he is as in control as one can be.

“Great Plains Of Aetherium” is another feather in CYGNOTIC’s cap for making his production into a sophisticated art form, as he continues to layer walls of electronic synths over organic drumscapes. CYGNOTIC’s compositions often require a certain degree of concentration to be truly appreciated.

Just as easily, you can find yourself mesmerized without even knowing it. Such is the case with “Electronic Devotion”. The throbbing beat of the bass allows you to keep one foot on the ground, yet at times, your mind is somewhere entirely different.

CYGNOTIC is a producer whose work can also contain a great deal of nuance, and it is certainly the case for the closing track, “Dark Lights Of Laniakea”. It’s a stunning piece if you let it wash over you.

The album “Cygns” feels as if CYGNOTIC has been working towards this album for a while, as it represents the culmination of an upward seen curve in previous records. It is a hugely impressive piece of work, and subsequent listens will reveal further layers and melodies you missed first time around.

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Calle Ameln – “HEYO” successfully taps into his country-pop leanings http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/calle-ameln-heyo-successfully-taps-into-his-country-pop-leanings http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/calle-ameln-heyo-successfully-taps-into-his-country-pop-leanings#respond Wed, 02 Oct 2019 22:29:09 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36588 Calle Ameln is a Swedish singer-songwriter with a background in hard-rock and metal, who mixes Americana, heartland rock and country styles into his earworm tunes. Currently Calle is getting set to release his brand new country-pop single, “HEYO”, due out on October 31st. And he continues to surprise listeners with a track that reaffirms exactly […]

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Calle Ameln is a Swedish singer-songwriter with a background in hard-rock and metal, who mixes Americana, heartland rock and country styles into his earworm tunes. Currently Calle is getting set to release his brand new country-pop single, “HEYO”, due out on October 31st. And he continues to surprise listeners with a track that reaffirms exactly why he’s one of the genre’s most promising artists coming from Europe. His rhythmic singing style combined with a foot-stomping beat and thick guitar strums quickly heat things up on the new track. From the moment “HEYO” begins, you can tell that something is different. The identity Calle Ameln has established for himself with his previous work remains, but he’s a gained a maturity that makes for a strong track.

“HEYO” is a reworking of Calle Ameln’s captivating formula: lyrics that rotate between raunchy, romantic and poignant; music that shares itself, aesthetically, with pop, rock and country. This time around it’s more pop, and aimed directly at the broadest possible swath of fans. But the secret of Calle’s appeal is the man himself. His voice and his charisma.

When Ameln gets behind the mic, you can be sure of full-throated melodic and emotional deliveries. “HEYO” is no different. There’s a lot of soul that lives in this song; you hear it in Calle’s voice and feel it in his lyrics. This brings a sense of strength to the storytelling.

“HEYO” shows us how an Americana and Rock singer with an unusually talented voice and unique background can produce a record which not only feels better than many other mainstream country pop records that’s played on radio, but also goes beyond the usual format you expect from every other mainstream country-pop release.

The truth is Calle Ameln has stepped up his game on this track, period. Since hearing his album release “Revolution on the Rocks”, Calle has continued to refine and expand upon his voice and style.  Unsurprisingly, the results are resoundingly positive throughout “HEYO”.

Backed by a high-energy backdrop, Calle Ameln is practically on autopilot throughout “HEYO”, delivering a strong, invested vocal.  Calle successfully taps into his country-pop leanings, while also maintaining ample rock undertones. The song is what one expects from contemporary country-pop with a gritty soul.

Like most of Calle Ameln’s songs that precede this release, “HEYO” benefits from a catchy, incredibly memorable chorus.  Once more, Calle shows off impressive, ear-catching songwriting which is absolutely infectious. And his rich pipes are tailor-made for this type of song.

Beyond the lyrics, the vocals, and the narrative, the production on the track is another selling point.  All in all, my impression is that Calle Ameln is continuing on his upward trajectory, and quite ready to burst onto country-pop radio and into the hearts of his core fans, all the while finding new admirers along the way. It takes a voice like Calle Ameln’s to pull it off and find success. You’ll be hearing a lot more from this guy.

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Hazansky – “Grandma” – a classic example of soaring, yet understated song craft http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/hazansky-grandma-a-classic-example-of-soaring-yet-understated-song-craft http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/hazansky-grandma-a-classic-example-of-soaring-yet-understated-song-craft#respond Wed, 02 Oct 2019 18:46:27 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36583 “Grandma” is the debut release of Oregon Music Hall of Fame College Scholarship recipient Joseph Matveyenko and his project Hazansky. The 4 track EP promises to be a small landmark in indie music making, and what’s all the more remarkable is that probably nobody sees this coming in the current climate of bombastic club music. […]

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“Grandma” is the debut release of Oregon Music Hall of Fame College Scholarship recipient Joseph Matveyenko and his project Hazansky. The 4 track EP promises to be a small landmark in indie music making, and what’s all the more remarkable is that probably nobody sees this coming in the current climate of bombastic club music. This has all the characteristics of signature stuff: part sophisticated jazz, part retro-soul, part contemporary singer-songwriter R&B. The EP is precise and clean, played by fantastic musicians who would be equally at home in a jazzy late night club band or a rigorous studio group. There are hip guitar phrases, slick-cat chord changes, complex arrangements, soul singing, horn interludes, and tasteful piano swells behind the throbbing bass lines. “Grandma” contains legitimate organic sounding songs.

Produced in Los Angeles by Riley Geare (of Unknown Mortal Orchestra), the recording explores self-discovery and the importance of family, and was inspired by Joseph moving in with his grandma for college. “Grandma” veers from cool balladry to deep-dish soul to lithesome rhythms without breaking a sweat or seeming to overreach.

And it certainly doesn’t hurt that the arrangements are every bit as likeable as the melodies on all songs. Joseph Matveyenko vocal is flat-out idiosyncratic, the kind of singing that will baffle fans in the American Idol era.  It’s a little sugary, a little ethereal, and a little nonchalant at the same time. And it’s a quality tone.

“Found a new home – Away from everything I’ve known – A new opportunity – To explore a city unknown to me – (Ooh) Next year I’ll be gone – Back home in California (California) – In Los Angeles – In paradise (paradise) – Living with my grandma,” are the grounded lines which open the album, on the title track, “Grandma”. The nonthreatening groove, the pastel harmonies, and the chill soulfulness – the wondrous sound of a time when the world seemed less frenetic and ominous all-around.

“Dreaming” is every bit as brooding as its title suggests. It’s a classic example of soaring, yet understated song craft as you’re likely to run across anywhere this year. The horn and harmony arrangements are impeccable without sounding canned, the playing is great, and the female vocal works up a gospel groove that is surprisingly deep and poignant.

The piano is wonderfully dominant on “Stay True”, as the soundscape shimmers and flourishes around it. Creating timeless music isn’t an easy task, but Joseph Matveyenko and Hazansky seem to have a knack for doing just that.

Joseph has a way of writing that is part personal and part storyteller. Which is fine, because by the end of each song the listener feels as though they have been on a musical trip together: “Running through the clouds – Even when we wake up – The stars are aligned – Fingers intertwined – We were only strangers in our rose-tinted love – Life was a game – Round trip – After round trip.”

The EP’s closing, piano and vocal driven song, “Better Alone”, is touching, very real and deeply honest, as Joseph sings: “You could’ve asked how are you, ooh – Or what you doin’ today – Instead you said you don’t love me – Anymore.” It’s really hard to ignore the lyrical directness the singer-songwriter wraps into the eloquence of this musical composition.

“Grandma” is one of those recordings that every real music artist hopes to make – virtually flawless, and not linked to any trends or specific time-frames. In it you can hear all the promise of Hazansky’s music; its tightness, its harmonies, and it’s impacting emotional vibes.

The EP also features Salvatore Manolo’s guitar work as well as the vocals of Andrea Thompson. This EP is a shining example of how pop culture music can be crafted and performed by blending jazz, soul and even gospel elements, without ever resorting to bombast.

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Alex Kyle – “I’ll Be Your Lighthouse” is the kind of song that immediately draws you in http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/alex-kyle-ill-be-your-lighthouse-is-the-kind-of-song-that-immediately-draws-you-in http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/alex-kyle-ill-be-your-lighthouse-is-the-kind-of-song-that-immediately-draws-you-in#respond Tue, 01 Oct 2019 13:50:49 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36557 Alex Kyle is an Award winning singer-songwriter from Lincolnshire, UK, who is currently working on his brand new album, as well as getting set to release his single “I’ll Be Your Lighthouse”. Now let me preface this article by saying that the last Alex Kyle music I listened to, was the EP “Road To The […]

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Alex Kyle is an Award winning singer-songwriter from Lincolnshire, UK, who is currently working on his brand new album, as well as getting set to release his single “I’ll Be Your Lighthouse”. Now let me preface this article by saying that the last Alex Kyle music I listened to, was the EP “Road To The River”, in 2016, and in fact it still does time in my player. Without a doubt, that’s a damn good indication of the man’s songwriting prowess. Lately songs never last out a full season, let alone 3 or 4 years.

So there must be something to it, and I can surely say that “I’ll Be Your Lighthouse” is a song with its feet planted in the trends of its time, it’s eye on the past, and its head up in the clouds, dreaming up bigger ideas. It’s a rewarding mid-tempo ballad that is also amongst Alex Kyle’s best, most fleshed-out work to date.

Big orchestral sounds, resonant pianos and gritty guitars mesh with Alex Kyle’s acoustics, in a sprawling backdrop to the artist’s uplifting narrative and soaring vocals. “I’ll Be Your Lighthouse” sounds like Kyle’s most grandiose recording in terms of arrangement and production; and it seems poised to give him a bigger public appreciation than he has received before.

Kyle has never been a typical mainstream radio songwriter in the truest sense, but the chorus on his latest, is certainly an ear-worm, for sure. Though he is tiptoeing his way into the mainstream here, Kyle’s inimitable singer-songwriter identity, however, is still here.

As with all of his material, Alex Kyle is exceptional at crafting verses that are quite pretty and poetic sounding, and even more meaningful upon closer examination. It contains a set of lines that rolls easily off the tongue, and straight into the heart.

An unexpected benefit of “I’ll Be Your Lighthouse”, is that it will induce the listener to look back on all Alex Kyle has made to arrive at this point.

Listeners will be able to grasp that Kyle manages to create stellar recordings like the aforementioned “Road To The River” – which was recorded during the summer of 2015 at The Ark Studios, Willoughby – without ever giving up his unique songwriting quirks and eccentricities. “I’ll Be Your Lighthouse” is the kind of song that immediately draws you in, and the first time you hear it you know it’ll be around for a long time.

The lines: “I’ll be your lighthouse, if you let me be. I won’t leave you stranded, or lost out at sea,” fits so perfectly into the groove and the melody that it’s hard to imagine anything else in its place. There’s real passion there, the sense that Alex Kyle is compelled to open up his soul, to declare something.

His latest single, “I’ll Be Your Lighthouse” is another masterful recording, and the production is even more expansive, which tells me that Alex Kyle is working hard, pushing himself artistically and lyrically.

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Hooked on Cronic – “Light Up” brings in some awesome vibes! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/hooked-on-cronic-light-up-brings-in-some-awesome-vibes http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/hooked-on-cronic-light-up-brings-in-some-awesome-vibes#respond Mon, 30 Sep 2019 10:11:10 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36527 From Toronto Canada, Hooked on Cronic is an EDM project by Jeremy Snow. Curiously Jeremy started out as a front man in a metal band named The Good Die Young. Ironically the engineer and producer who crafted the band’s debut EP at Low Gain Productions, would later collaborate with Snow on Hooked on Cronic’s smash […]

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From Toronto Canada, Hooked on Cronic is an EDM project by Jeremy Snow. Curiously Jeremy started out as a front man in a metal band named The Good Die Young. Ironically the engineer and producer who crafted the band’s debut EP at Low Gain Productions, would later collaborate with Snow on Hooked on Cronic’s smash first single, “Don’t Worry” Ft Logan Trearty, which was released via Daxsen Records (DMG). Along with his EDM dance anthems, Hooked on Cronic also produces Hip Hop, R&B and Pop for artists all over the world, some of which can be heard on his upcoming album “The House of Cronic”, currently in the works.

Beyond just releasing his music, Jeremy Snow aspires to building a Charity Studio and Label in Toronto for at risk youth, and children from poverty, to teach them production, engineering and songwriting skills, giving them a positive way to creatively express themselves.

On his way to achieving his many goals, Hooked on Cronic continues to release new music. His latest being the EDM single, “Light Up”. The combination of the effects, the sampling and the mixing, together with the beat, makes Hooked on Cronic’s style of music original and perfectly balanced within a genre which is generally flooded with new talent and hard to make an immediate impression in.

So clearly he is doing something right here. The producer brings in some awesome vibes in a song that has enough alternative drive to to make an impact both on the radio and in the club. Considering that there are no lyrics or vocals to speak of in the song, except for some adlib interludes, that’s a mean feat indeed.

But it’s those aforementioned electrifying vibes which vibrate throughout the entire playing time that ultimately ensnares the listener.  The funky keyboard has a scintillating chord progression that moves in upward and downward spirals, juxtaposed against a banging beat and a twisting synth motif.

Constantly in motion, the track never stagnates on any one riff, or section, for too long, making sure “Light Up” maintains listener interest. Hooked on Cronic perfectly understands that this is a vital element for what can basically be called an instrumental piece.

The script for dance records can grow formulaic, but this is not the case with “Light Up”. In addition to the other elements, it’s the awesome keyboard work that appears to best assist the rhythmic groove on this track. Once the backdrop picks up steam after the orchestral intro, Hooked on Cronic adds bright, shimmering, and aggressive synths which bring total heat to the production.

This delivers a world of sound that marries rapid-fire creativity with a soulful and funky driving beat, and bursts of melodic beauty. On “Light Up”, we get true epic moments, and sweeping intoxication that climaxes into ecstasy. Ultimately, the track shows that Hooked on Cronic is brilliant at what he does.

“Light Up” it is the first single off the upcoming LP “The House of Cronic”.

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4FLO MUSIC – “Blinded” – Musically, thematically and lyrically it is spectacular! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/4flo-music-blinded-musically-thematically-and-lyrically-it-is-spectacular http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/4flo-music-blinded-musically-thematically-and-lyrically-it-is-spectacular#comments Sat, 28 Sep 2019 22:07:03 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36510 4FLO MUSIC is musical project by Ben Partington. The singer-songwriter from Manchester, blends Motown and Soul, with R&B and flavors of the 80’s, which he fuses with hip hop. His latest release is the single, “Blinded”, which is set to be part of a forthcoming album. Right off the bat, this man’s voice, energy, style, […]

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4FLO MUSIC is musical project by Ben Partington. The singer-songwriter from Manchester, blends Motown and Soul, with R&B and flavors of the 80’s, which he fuses with hip hop. His latest release is the single, “Blinded”, which is set to be part of a forthcoming album. Right off the bat, this man’s voice, energy, style, and delivery will make you listen to this song over and over again. Partington is definitely one of the defibrillators that the music industry is always in dire need of. He has a voice like molten lead, and he’s equally comfortable singing or spitting bars. Already, from the get-go, you get a sense that this will be different to what you’re accustomed to listening to on the radio, and the intrigue begins to build as to what direction 4FLO MUSIC is going in on “Blinded”.

Described as a song about “the power imbalance and inequality in our society”, the artist never resorts to cheap melodrama or clichés. His delivery is nuanced, his lyrics profound and well thought out, as he advances his view of the world surrounding him.

His music has authenticity, creativity and most importantly, it seems to come straight from the heart. 4FLO MUSIC proves that there are still unique sounds to be made and new directions that urban music can move in. “Blinded” is a perfect illustration of Ben Partington’s intelligent disposition together with his reflective approach to making music.

The track has an instrumental that possesses both and urban edge and a cinematic ambience. Partington’s affinity for soul, retro, hip-hop and everything between, is evident throughout the track. 4FLO MUSIC throws a ton of content into this song. Musically, thematically and lyrically it is spectacular.

Along with strummed and picked guitars, and an almost alt-rock urgency, the song features epic synth tones and a pleasant electronic thump that pulsates alongside the backbone of the beat. Partington’s ability to make a song cohesive while mixing key components of several genres is special.

There’s few artists today who are capable of making a song that is this sonically pleasing, artistically complex, with topical subject matter. The fresh instrumentation also makes a huge difference, as we’ve become accustomed to a lot of overused samples and loops today.

Partington’s talent is unquestionable and any headway he makes in the business will surely be well-deserved. Listening to his latest single, one gets the feeling that there’s a great playlist waiting to be assembled from his upcoming tracks. I’ll certainly continue to follow his musical outings.

I believe “Blinded” is a high quality single that showcases the talent and versatility of 4FLO MUSIC. It shows what Ben Partington is capable of, and has the possibility to go down as an important moment in his career. In addition, the song shows that there is a new direction that this particular blend of music can go towards, and it sounds damn good when 4FLO MUSIC takes it there.

Released on October 18th, “Blinded” can be pre-saved on Spotify: http://bit.ly/2kJ5JhY

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