Jacob Aiden – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Mon, 17 Dec 2018 18:11:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Needless Sound: “Need You Here” reeks of warm organic, alternative sounds http://jamsphere.com/reviews/needless-sound-need-you-here-reeks-of-warm-organic-alternative-sounds http://jamsphere.com/reviews/needless-sound-need-you-here-reeks-of-warm-organic-alternative-sounds#respond Mon, 17 Dec 2018 18:10:27 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33950 Needless Sound is a music project from Italy (Bolzano), who recently released their single “Need You Here”. It practically reeks of the warm organic alternative sounds as the vocalist captures every essence of the poetic lyrics, and makes you wish you were there hearing him sing live. I think the highest praise I can give […]

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Needless Sound is a music project from Italy (Bolzano), who recently released their single “Need You Here”. It practically reeks of the warm organic alternative sounds as the vocalist captures every essence of the poetic lyrics, and makes you wish you were there hearing him sing live. I think the highest praise I can give is that, you’ll want to sing along, and you’ll fail. The singer’s phrasings and vocal nuances are both unpredictable and impressive, and the song allows him an ample melodic playground to use them. I’m not sure how many members this project has, but the music serves largely to promote the song, the singer and the guitarist. Collectively, they have a powerful sound with not too much flash, but a very consistent background which accentuates the vocals and guitars – both clean and overdriven in the latter instance.

Needless Sound purvey a grounded sound with all the natural zest their area of origin typically inspires. Not surprisingly their proficiency for rock, spans the international parameters, without leaving any touchstones unturned when it comes to traversing a wide divide.

Nevertheless, the music embodied in “Need You Here” maintains an unassuming, down-home perspective that is neither pretentious nor pandering. However it’s because there is so much passion spewing out of these guys, it’s completely impossible to ignore them. In the current technological music age, there is something very natural, very genuine about this listening experience.

It boldly, and cleverly addresses a sentimental subject with intelligent lyrics and combines them with their unique sound and style. The lyrics are saturated with emotional images when read on paper, yet somehow are more understated in the song itself, as the band avoid an overly melodramatic delivery.

This obviously alludes to the Needless Sound being mature and experienced in their craft. In an ocean of noise – this track stands out above the rest, exactly because of how intelligently it has been performed and produced.

Besides the gripping lyrics which abound in each verse, the music is heavily textured with organic sounds to form a solid backdrop which explodes with overdriven guitars and energy in the choruses. It feels carefully considered yet uncontrived, a bubbling mix of raw emotion and refined conviction.

Clearly Needless Sound have harnessed their gift for songwriting and as a result, their music is balanced and to the point, with all the song’s elements projected to diffuse it’s message and meaning. And here the message is one of loss and longing. The need to repossess the solace and happiness of love.

All the elements that make Needless Sound the band that they are there. The buildups through the song that take you from an easy beginning to an emotional crescendo; the distinctive vocals; the faintly dark and otherworldly sound of their music.

The intriguing layers of simple instrumentation – including the resonant bass line – that ultimately creates an aural soundscape which redeems guitar music in a decade when it seems at risk of becoming utterly disposable. It’s an absorbing, emotional record – certainly a very good one!

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RIIV: “Beautiful” – romantic, sexy and catchy http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/riiv-beautiful-romantic-sexy-and-catchy http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/riiv-beautiful-romantic-sexy-and-catchy#respond Sun, 16 Dec 2018 15:01:07 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33938 Originally from Haiti, RIIV moved to Connecticut at the age of 6. A rebellious teen, RIIV often ended up in troubling situations. It wasn’t until he landed in a group home that he gained a close knit group of friends and felt inspired to start singing. His journey in life has contributed to his ability […]

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Originally from Haiti, RIIV moved to Connecticut at the age of 6. A rebellious teen, RIIV often ended up in troubling situations. It wasn’t until he landed in a group home that he gained a close knit group of friends and felt inspired to start singing. His journey in life has contributed to his ability to create music that leaves audiences wanting more. Emotionally connected to his music, RIIV enjoys writing songs about love and making people feel something. “Beautiful” is a romantic, sexy record. In addition to dope vocals, the production work is solid, comprised of slick, hip-hop/urban drum programming, warm pads, and synths. The resulting sound is something neatly ornate, and incredibly effective.

RIIV’s easygoing tone, soulful and soaring at times, perfectly fluctuates over the course of the track and never runs the risk of sounding flat and static. Relatability, positivity, and general geniality seem to characterize the singer both as a person and a musician, as he comes across as a wholesome artist.

His unique voice and iconic style shine on this release, laying bare his emotions and feelings for all to listen to. It’s clear that with a mix of R&B pop and electronic elements, RIIV and his production crafted Suncity to showcase his incredible artistry.

RIIV’s magical pipes fills this track with a beautiful melody and incredible runs. He transports listeners into his tale of romance and appreciation, where his stunning voice covers them in a blanket of tranquility and reassurance, infectiously drawing them back into the track to listen again and again.

“Beautiful” is a beautiful arrangement of sounds. RIIV has a way of weaving elements of throwback R&B, and modern pop into an infectiously catchy beat. And he does that without being overtly saccharine or resorting to that derivative drop-that bass.

The song conveys a sort of timelessness and nostalgia by drawing from various genres. The chorus is electrifying and catchy, where the vocals soar with intensity, which perfectly contrasts the new age production style. It’s simple, but allows his soulful voice to carry the entire song.

There is no overproduction – just keys, tasty percussion and a heavenly voice draping you in warmth. Besides the musicality, the lyricism is genuine and vibrant, making listeners feel like they’re actually surrounded by these sentiments that RIIV is singing about.

All in all, RIIV impresses on “Beautiful”, and seems ready for the spotlight and to capture his place in the professional music industry. I will be jamming out to this in the car.

For a full list of where you can purchase and stream “Beautiful”, please visit www.riiv.hearnow.com. For more information about RIIV’s record label L2 Records, please visit www.L2records.com.

Links to the single (Beautiful)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kCZB67ZmYw&t=6s
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/beautiful/1443440002?i=1443440003

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Parasyche: “Insanity Origins” – a ceaselessly gripping journey! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/parasyche-insanity-origins-a-ceaselessly-gripping-journey http://jamsphere.com/reviews/parasyche-insanity-origins-a-ceaselessly-gripping-journey#respond Sun, 16 Dec 2018 01:37:28 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33918 Parasyche is a Metal band from Santiago, Chile. They started out in 2011 with Matías Becerra (Lead Guitar) and Nico España (Drums) throwing around ideas, and were then joined by Nicolás Borie (Lead Singer, Guitar) a year later. In 2016 they decided to work on releasing their first album, under the official name of Parasyche […]

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Parasyche is a Metal band from Santiago, Chile. They started out in 2011 with Matías Becerra (Lead Guitar) and Nico España (Drums) throwing around ideas, and were then joined by Nicolás Borie (Lead Singer, Guitar) a year later. In 2016 they decided to work on releasing their first album, under the official name of Parasyche adding Cristian Suárez (Bass and Vocals) to complete the line-up. Since releasing the album “Insanity Origins” the band began to promote themselves virally through social media and touring Chile. The band is currently working on their second album which is planned for release in the first quarter of 2019.

“Insanity Origins” is a completely unhinged and revelatory record. Parasyche take their progressive and thrash metal-busting specialties to the edge, set it aflame, and push it off a cliff- and do it with style. The only way an album like this can maintain any level of coherence is consistent musical anarchy – numerous styles, both vocal and instrumental, are woven together in one insane tapestry.

Most worthy of praise among the musicians, the rhythm section drummer España and bassist Suárez, who shift gears fluidly to match Borie’s every-vocal-type-imaginable abilities. Matías Becerra brings the metal to Parasyche, playing riffs that walk the line between crushing bolts and fitting nuts. Of course he can shred with the best of them too.

“Insanity Origins” is a musical triumph. It blends so many things together it’s one of the most unique and hard-hitters of the year. Listening to the album in its entirety is the way to go. The songs roll into one another providing an exciting listening experience. After your initial listen, you will discover a newfound respect for metal music.

Most perceive metal as screaming and uninspired power chords, but Parasyche, alongside a handful of other groups will teach you that taught there is so much more to metal music. Amidst the bone-crushing riffs and assaulting rhythms, they are able to instill enough inventive nuances and unpredictable dynamics to elevate this work into the realm of refined splendor.

From the opening track, “Box of Hate”, this album is a ceaselessly gripping journey. Combining challenging progressive musical textures with metal’s ferocious mindset Parasyche embark on executing the musical madness of “Vesania” – six minutes of head-banging mayhem sung in Spanish.

In addition to the irresistible melodic, textural, and philosophical gravity of the track, there’s an abundance of harsher and more arresting moments. Not least the explosive shredding and soloing. “Detonation” starts where the previous left track off.  Borie delivers every note and every scream with overwhelming amounts of passion that never cease to amaze and impress. The bass makes the guitar riffs work and it is one of the key components to the album’s overall sound.

“The Treason” opens with high powered shredding and never lets up from there. The polyrhythms that drummer España pulls off is nothing short of astounding, as he shows off his finesse and stamina. Not only does the band deliver in harshness and intensity, they also add many epic and atmospheric elements to this record.

Many of which can be heard on the slow burning “Land of Lies”, the multilayered melodic crush of “Stolen Liberty”, and the grungy progressive dynamics of “Arise”. It is a soothing calm before the storm which arrives with “Cachafaz” – a stunning masterpiece of sheer technical aggression that is the cornerstone of this album.

“Need” grooves hard with fast guitars and thick rhythms; Borie’s singing is intense as he spews the lyrics with full impact. Matías Becerra’s guitar work is at the center of the piece, and he fearlessly unleashes abrasive sonic assaults. “The Wolf Inside” is potent and power packed with intense hollow melodic riffs and bass lines, and a perfect way to close the album down.

This one is a pure electric eargasm for guitar lovers. Throughout this album, heavy guitar riffing, soloing, incredible drumming and powerful vocals remain at the forefront, with Parasyche always knowing how to get the balance right. They stick to highly technical concept while shredding their way through an emotional backdrop, displaying their instrumental and vocal virtuosity.

In their spare time Parasyche also have a passion for making videos of classic songs they cover in the most entertaining to ways, garnering them millions of views. Checkout their version of Bohemian Rhapsody – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7PR02o-T7s

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Kill the Reflection: “Forever & Always” – flair, passion and a dizzying amount of creativity! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/kill-the-reflection-forever-always-flair-passion-and-a-dizzying-amount-of-creativity http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/kill-the-reflection-forever-always-flair-passion-and-a-dizzying-amount-of-creativity#respond Thu, 13 Dec 2018 10:56:20 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33901 Kill the Reflection is group from Oklahoma City, OK, consisting of Morgan Routt (Vocals/Guitar), Mark Martinez (Bass) and Starr Raven (Drums). Their new album, “Forever & Always” is currently available for pre-sale and will release on Dec 27th 2018 on digital and physical CD format with Vinyl to follow in 2019. On the album, Kill […]

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Kill the Reflection is group from Oklahoma City, OK, consisting of Morgan Routt (Vocals/Guitar), Mark Martinez (Bass) and Starr Raven (Drums). Their new album, “Forever & Always” is currently available for pre-sale and will release on Dec 27th 2018 on digital and physical CD format with Vinyl to follow in 2019. On the album, Kill the Reflection presents an interesting musical mélange of alternative rock with excellent musicianship and vocals, as well as exceptionally strong lyrics. The instrumental work on the album is worth listening to repeatedly, and the songs are intelligent, though generally dark. “We have adopted the moniker of (Music for broken people) which to us is a precise depiction of what it means to dwell within our emotions. A tragic reminder for love of the obscure, and the maniac within,” explains the band.

While the lyrics are themselves cutting and brilliant, the vocals from Morgan Routt are perfectly suited to the material and contribute markedly to the edginess of the album. There are dark songs, but there are also spirals of hope mingling throughout. However, both the dark and the light edges rip through with an energy that is pure rock melodrama.

Kill the Reflection act on the most basic of set-ups: guitar, bass and drums. And yet, this simplest of formations makes the biggest of impacts. They often create something beautiful out of nothing, building discernable riffs and jangling guitar strums beneath a distinctive vocal to produce something utterly memorable.

“When I Was Young” sets the primary template for the album, relying on the combination of post-punk and rock, yet creating something which is inexplicably hard to pigeonhole with its moody ambience, overdriven crunchy guitar and rolling bass lines.

“Bangtail” introduces the bands alternative template with its strummed clean guitars and outward looking upbeat melodies, reminiscent of edgy R.E.M. Kill the Reflection can be defined at its most basic level as a contemporary rock album, but stands up well on its own terms – there aren’t many bands that sound like Kill the Reflection right now, nor any that approach the songwriting skill explored on this album.

By the time you hit play on the mid-tempo earworm “Hemlock”, and straight after, the mesmeric “New Memory”, you should already be hooked on both Kill the Reflection templates, which are equally captivating. In fact the grungy style of the latter track is hard to resist if you have any affinity for the nineties rock scene.

Every song on this album features flair, passion and a dizzying amount of creativity, but it’s when Kill the Reflection wrap themselves inside their warm, all-embracing radio-ready tones, such as is displayed on the back-to-back tracks, “Black Magic” and “Erase”, when they stand out from the crowd the most.

Musically “Forever & Always” is not the album for anyone interested in swashbuckling solos or insane fret board work instead Kill the Reflection stick to what they know best, harmony among instruments, excellent rhythms, and a tendency to create tangible aural atmospheres. Which is what you will find on standout tracks like “Tambourine Massacre”, “Robin” and the title track “Forever & Always”.

Clocking in at twelve songs, this album keeps itself tight and consistent throughout. The depth in Kill the Reflection’s sound comes not just through its production, and the band’s outstanding instrumental work, but through Morgan Routt’s vocal work; without moving from his comfort zone, he simply outdoes himself.

I’m tempted to say that, overall, “Forever & Always” is the best independent alternative rock release of 2018, but there are still few more days of the year left. So to be fair to any would-be contenders for the label, I’ll hang on to that affirmation for a few more days, but this is going to be one hard act to beat!

“Forever & Always” is being born on December 27th, 2018. Now until December 27th, you can pre-order the full album for only $3.99, after the release date the price goes back to standard prices. Get it while it’s hot and cheap. An added bonus album sale: “Fleeting Melodies Vol.1” & “Together… Apart…” are only $5 each.

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Fitzsimon & Brogan: “Big Blue World” – an ambitious pop album! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/fitzsimon-brogan-big-blue-world-an-ambitious-pop-album http://jamsphere.com/reviews/fitzsimon-brogan-big-blue-world-an-ambitious-pop-album#respond Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:08:49 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33881 Fitzsimon & Brogan is a musical project based in London, whose creators therefore logically are songwriter Neil Fitzsimon, and vocalist Bee Brogan. The two setup their songwriting and production to produce, what they describe as “pure pop for now people.” Both were previously in a band called Pretty Blue Gun who featured guests musicians such […]

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Fitzsimon & Brogan is a musical project based in London, whose creators therefore logically are songwriter Neil Fitzsimon, and vocalist Bee Brogan. The two setup their songwriting and production to produce, what they describe as “pure pop for now people.” Both were previously in a band called Pretty Blue Gun who featured guests musicians such as members of The Art of Noise, Dave Bronze (Eric Clapton’s bass player), Tobias Boshell (Moody Blues) and Pip Williams, who played guitar on the Walker Brothers’ track, ‘No Regrets’.  The two critically acclaimed albums were produced by Pat Collier, who produced Katrina and the Waves’ international hit, ‘Walking on Sunshine’.

The partnership of Fitzsimon & Brogan has since gone on to place their songs in Film & TV and also write a musical called “Jack Dagger”. One of their latest projects is the 13 track album “Big Blue World”, released June 22nd.

All the songs are written by Neil Fitzsimon, who also plays the guitars, while Bee Brogan handles vocals, keyboards, drums and engineering. There’s a timeless quality to this music; it could’ve been recorded pretty much anytime in the last sixty years, and yet it still sounds fresh, new, and exciting.

Because when Neil Fitzsimon’s brilliant arrangements, witty lyrics, beautifully whimsical melodies, and Bee Brogan’s perfectly coy vocal deliveries come together against a backdrop of shimmering keys, jangling guitars, and bewitching backup vocal harmonies, something magical happens.

 “Big Blue World” is the most ambitious independent pop album I’ve heard in a while, fleshing out the band’s muscular rhythm attack with big orchestral arrangements and a full, punchy pop sound, courtesy of master production. It is one of those rare, cherished albums whose every song is good, either in part or in whole.

There’s no need to skip tracks while listening to this album. Each track is equal in quality, but that’s where the equality stops. All songs have something unique about them that helps to make every listen a slightly new experience.

Fitzsimon & Brogan have traded current mainstream pop’s darkest cynicism in for more mature responses, and even life-affirmation at moments; they have exchanged its flat skewed auto-tuned vocals for strong and deliberate melodies and rich harmonies; and as far as instrumental arrangements, the cloned and repetitive manufactured beats have been replaced by buoyant organic energy.

The evolution is of course in a direction that once was pop music, for those who still have a memory of sweeter times.  Fitzsimon & Brogan also add their own brand of wit, charisma, playful melodies, and some catchy chamber pop elements.

Highlights? How about the galloping title track “Big Blue World”; the soul-pop “The Only Girl”; the acoustic driven “The Wounds Are Healing”; the exuberant “God Given Right”; the dark and wistful “Snipers Target”; the rollercoaster “Scared Of The Dark”; the near-epic “Revolution Of The Mind”. But this list could go on and on.

Even if you are not a Fitzsimon & Brogan fan just yet, this album will be one of those that you listen to over and over, tirelessly. It is simply and completely, a delight on so many levels, anyone who hears it, will be hooked indeed. “Big Blue World” is one of the finest collections of pure pop songs I have heard, from any one band, since the sixties.

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Lord Conrad: “Only You” – a perfect cocktail for the discerning listener! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lord-conrad-only-you-a-perfect-cocktail-for-the-discerning-listener http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lord-conrad-only-you-a-perfect-cocktail-for-the-discerning-listener#respond Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:44:03 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33874 Italian DJ, producer and model Lord Conrad, continues his prolific run with a series of acclaimed crossover hits like “Touch the Sky”, “Day After Day”, “1 Minute” and “Fight Till The End”. Lord Conrad has made it so far since his introduction to the music scene with his first release. With his innovative sound that only he can perfect, […]

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Italian DJ, producer and model Lord Conrad, continues his prolific run with a series of acclaimed crossover hits like “Touch the Sky”, “Day After Day”“1 Minute” and “Fight Till The End”. Lord Conrad has made it so far since his introduction to the music scene with his first release. With his innovative sound that only he can perfect, his reception is steadily growing, to beyond the strongest communication devices on the planet. Now with the release of his brand new track, “Only You”, the producer once again takes the music world by storm. His sound has drastically improved through the years, and it is now a perfect cocktail for the discerning listener.

The song takes you into a trance, far more than what you thought you could even venture into. Proving that Lord Conrad’s sound can take you to any place and at any time he wishes to. He has perfected the art of making crossover Dance-Pop music, and this is an enhanced version of his signature sound.

If you’re out on the road, at the club, or just chilling by your private room, playing Lord Conrad’s sound can take you to a place few people have been before. From the big room banger side of the spectrum, all the way to the soul-empowered deep pop grooves.

Each track he brings to the table is an honest and personal construction and it clearly reflects in the music. Emotion after emotion, Lord Conrad’s music has the power to bring tears, smiles and goosebumps to its listeners. It is a journey through sound, emotion and personal introspection. And “Only You” simply adds to that legacy.

Teaming up with superb vocals, Lord Conrad produces a big room anthem that is familiar, yet unique. It captures your heart and emotions with signature airy keys that guide you through the euphoric rises and falls. The melody pleads for clarity and offers devotion, as the symphony of synths take flight over the steady bass line.

The atmospheric vocals soar above the building tempo while beautifully complementing the gorgeous melody.  Few producers interweave a beat with male vocals as well as Lord Conrad does, and “Only You” is the epitome of this skill. With just a tinge of melancholy, the message conveys feelings of longing and hope.

The singer’s incredible voice shines brilliantly in this track and the juxtaposition with the down tempo verses and the euphoric synths is infectious, begging multiple listens. Always pushing himself as an artist, Lord Conrad’s track encompasses a vastness of sounds – from the melodic piano lulls to the euphoric highs of the big room waves of percussion, and of course the amazing vocal outing, “Only You” has it all.

Lord Conrad’s constructs an emotional production that forces the listener to feel and relate. It is a demonstration of his unique ability to weave a web of togetherness among his audience through use of sounds and lyrics. Very few producers possess this ability these days.

This feels like the point at which Lord Conrad really comes into his own and begins to establish his global musical dynasty.

OFFICIAL LINKS FOR LORD CONRAD:
Official Website: http://www.lordconrad.com/
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6UfXd-b2VsIg8UUd3YFJMw
Personal Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Conrad.Lord1
Facebook FanPage: http://www.facebook.com/lordconradnasdaqgod
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/lordconraditaly/
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Forest Robots: “Timberline and Mountain Crest” – 10 tracks of stunning depth! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/forest-robots-timberline-and-mountain-crest-10-tracks-of-stunning-depth http://jamsphere.com/reviews/forest-robots-timberline-and-mountain-crest-10-tracks-of-stunning-depth#respond Sun, 09 Dec 2018 22:37:41 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33857 Let’s start of by saying that Fran Dominguez aka Forest Robots is a master at producing chilled out electronic music with heavy beats, and lots of orchestral instrumentation thrown in the mix. To call it electronic music almost seems unfair, as it implies this is music made by machines. Yes, I realize he is called […]

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Let’s start of by saying that Fran Dominguez aka Forest Robots is a master at producing chilled out electronic music with heavy beats, and lots of orchestral instrumentation thrown in the mix. To call it electronic music almost seems unfair, as it implies this is music made by machines. Yes, I realize he is called Forest Robots, but this could not be further from the truth, as Dominguez’s music is pumping with life and human emotion. His latest album “Timberline and Mountain Crest” showcases 10 tracks of stunning depth, the kind of album you just throw the headphones on, turn the lights out, close your eyes and get lost in. Out via Emmasierra Songs, this sophomore release by Forest Robots does have a back story, as does it’s critically acclaimed predecessor, “Supermoon Moonlight Part One”. Los Angeles based composer Fran Dominguez created the Forest Robots project over a period of several years during his travels to the legendary mountain range of Sierra Nevada.

Inspired by the natural landscapes, Fran at first compiled a collection of photos and narratives, which eventually inspired the music that would lead to the Forest Robots project. The birth of his daughter induced Rodriguez to educate her about the beauty and importance of nature.

This in turn led to his debut album “Supermoon Moonlight Part One”, which had its song narratives embedded within the confines of the forest. “Timberline and Mountain Crest”, steps outside the timberline to explore above and beyond. “Sudden Bioluminescence” opens things and it’s safe to say, if you like this you’ll totally love Forest Robots’ music.

This is Dominguez at his best, a great melodic track with heavy beats, shimmering synth lines and plenty more in the mix. A track you can bob your head to and relax to at the same time. Chilled perfection. “Where The Wild Summer Storms Run”, keeps the momentum moving forward with a thumping rhythm and well-defined bassline.

A thick layer of synths do the rest. “Through The Trees And Into Wide Open Landscapes” shuffles along with a pronounced kick and snare drum, as well as a set of busy keys to fill in the colors. Thoroughly suspenseful, the beat only relaxes towards its eerie end.

“Between The Orange And Purple Horizon” is among the highlights here. Extremely atmospheric and cinematic, the track also forges a strident mid-tempo beat and familiar-sounding bassline. The poignantly played piano on “As The Sun Rises Between Timberline And Mountain Crest”, makes for another standout track that conjures up vivid imagery connected to its title.

But Dominguez keeps it varied and interesting throughout, and changes gears on “On A Desolate Shore Under A Full Moon” where he juxtaposes the sound of plucked strings with heavy hip-hop drums. This has something so entrancing, and interesting about it, that just sucks me in.

A serene symphony of notes washes over the listener on “Farewell Sudden Summer Storm Clouds”, as we find ourselves in familiar territory of a sound that is categorically Forest Robots’ own. Soothing textures and melodies, nature-inspired soundscapes, and, this time, he brought in a few surprises too.

Ultimately, the producer’s use of multiple sonic layers and deep rhythm on “When Forest Leaves Begin To Change” makes this a truly intriguing listen for any electronic instrumental fan. “It’s Quietest At The Edge Of The Crestline” closes the album with an eerie, spacey and mysterious backdrop, that will leave you pondering for a while.

This is a recording where the listener is engulfed in a stunning aural experience for the entire album’s length, with great variety in the individual songs and yet an over-arching sound that links the entire album into one cohesive and beautiful listen. You’ll love the feel of distinctiveness that everything here possesses. “Timberline and Mountain Crest” is an accessible ear-friendly recording with so many unique moments stuffed into each track.

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Edward St. Martin: “Lullaby” – an intoxicating mix of indelible ear candy http://jamsphere.com/reviews/edward-st-martin-lullaby-an-intoxicating-mix-of-indelible-ear-candy http://jamsphere.com/reviews/edward-st-martin-lullaby-an-intoxicating-mix-of-indelible-ear-candy#respond Sun, 09 Dec 2018 13:19:12 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33850 Hailing from San Diego, Edward St. Martin has a background in film composition and classical music. His most recent single is “Lullaby”. Expectations met, superseded and immediately I hit replay. This track is going round again and I’m not the only one within ear shot of my stereo who is pleased about it. The easy […]

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Hailing from San Diego, Edward St. Martin has a background in film composition and classical music. His most recent single is “Lullaby”. Expectations met, superseded and immediately I hit replay. This track is going round again and I’m not the only one within ear shot of my stereo who is pleased about it. The easy laid back crossover Pop/EDM groove take is not unexpected, as I had already read that St. Martin was one for mellow tones combined with pop and soul vibes. But this track has another key element which makes a record of this nature standout. Intelligence. This track is put together by someone with a wealth of talent, intelligence and an idea of how to make the roots of electronic music come alive and yet feel totally warm and organic.

The featured female vocalist on “Lullaby” is the perfect ally for the St. Martin sound, and combined they produce an ethereal sounding, soulful track, which stands out and treats the listener to an experience they won’t readily forget because as they won’t take this song off their playlist for weeks.

Forget your preconceptions about electronic music. While this track would probably fit in well at many late night clubs around the world, it is easily digested on your home stereo on a chilly night in. Or better still, it is perfectly suited to an epic movie soundtrack. A great record, a great experience and hats off to a great house music producer.

I listened through Edward St. Martin’s concise catalog, and it seems like he has developed a knack for picking the dreamiest sounding female singers and pairing them with amazing layers of synths and strings. The results are unforgettable, especially on tracks like “Fast Car” and “In The Ocean Of My Love”.

No doubt St. Martin will earn his spot in the energetic and flamboyant world of electronic music production, and rightfully so. His probable rise in popularity will easily be attributed to the quality and production polish that he applies to everything he touches. This is clearly what sets a track like “Lullaby” apart from the competition.

On “Lullaby”, Edward St. Martin has successfully managed to blur the lines between savvy pop stylings and hard hitting kinetic electronic soundscaping. And it’s for this very reason that this arrangement, reaches the Adrenalin levels that it does; its intoxicating mix of indelible ear candy coupled with a desirable and adorable cinematic like atmosphere helps to push the song’s sonic aura into the stratosphere.

St. Martin stretches out a swirl of sampled strings, perfectly contemplating the singer’s powerful and angelic-like nature of her vocals. A captivating and all-encompassing track, it tells you just how damn amazing the San Diego producer can be when he lets loose and goes for broke.

It’s on listening to “Lullaby” when listeners can fully grasp Edward St. Martin’s unrelenting mission to maintain an unspoken musical promise – push the boundaries and yet stay accessible to audiences.

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Alisa Chirco: “Give Me More” – compelling listening! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/alisa-chirco-give-me-more-compelling-listening http://jamsphere.com/reviews/alisa-chirco-give-me-more-compelling-listening#respond Sat, 08 Dec 2018 12:46:42 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33841 Alisa Chirco sure isn’t shy about revealing what’s on her mind, on her brand new single “Give Me More”, the follow up to her almost gothic-like pop ballad “Box”. Alisa sounds passionate, wanting and determined, in a driven rock song that is an anthem for empowered women. Her music here is very strong, has meaning, and […]

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Alisa Chirco sure isn’t shy about revealing what’s on her mind, on her brand new single “Give Me More”, the follow up to her almost gothic-like pop ballad “Box”. Alisa sounds passionate, wanting and determined, in a driven rock song that is an anthem for empowered women. Her music here is very strong, has meaning, and is legit. The track shows that she is learning to emote in a more visceral and arguably more demonstrative way. Alisa has now escalated to being a rock chic with an attitude and bold open-confessional lyrics. A sensible direction for any reinvention is maturity, and there is plenty of that on “Give Me More”.

It’s quite a typical progression; a deeper sense of introspection and inquisition accompanies the fierce identity of the song, and Alisa’s artistic aspirations benefits largely from it. Jumping straight into darker tones with pop-rock commendable enough to annul any negative connotations of the term, the haunting tones and hard edges of the track prove a considerable effort in the direction of artistic maturity.

Alisa Chirco’s infectious and alluring vocals are even beyond what you expect after “Box”. Not to mention, she proved herself to be unafraid to completely change her style of music rather than rest on her laurels. This confidence and certainty is the benchmark for how terrific this record would be.

Getting back on topic, “Give Me More” is a perfect example of Alisa’s talent, as well as the instrumentation backing this track. The musicality is showcased with daunting ease and exquisite mastery.

I find myself, after initially hearing this track, continuing to succumb to its catchy chorus, imposing rhythm, and impeccable vocal performance from Alisa. Lyrically too, the track succeeds, gaining a relatable and listenable magnetism to its merit. “Give Me More” makes a virtue out of emotional simplicity, lyrical transparency, and sonic virtuosity. It hits you like a wall of sound, manipulating your emotions and overpowering your senses with beautifully crafted verses and choruses.

Alisa Chirco now only needs to attune her image and attitude to create the perfect pop-rock match, if she hasn’t done so already. She will then possess all the advantages of a potently attractive brand and stridently independent women hell-bent on making her way in the music world.

Personally, I think that this track feels vital and fresh because of what resides inside of it. Context also has a lot of power in music, and Alisa’s motifs will fully resonate with progressive self-assured women who desire more in life and love.

The title “Give Me More” makes no bones about the narrator’s intentions. There’s no gradual immersion into the song, as Alisa reaches out and yanks you by the collar from the very start. It makes for compelling listening from a songstress just getting into her stride. Clearly, the single, like Alisa Chirco, has earned the right not to be overlooked.

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Roger Cole & Paul Barrere: “Old Folks Boogie Redeux” – gritty as granola! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/roger-cole-paul-barrere-old-folks-boogie-redeux-gritty-as-granola http://jamsphere.com/reviews/roger-cole-paul-barrere-old-folks-boogie-redeux-gritty-as-granola#respond Fri, 07 Dec 2018 18:20:12 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33835 “Ya know that you’re over the hill, when your mind makes a promise that your body can’t fill!”, this is the line that inspired Paul Barrere to write the original version of the “Old Folks Boogie”, which would subsequently feature on the 1977 Little Feat record “Time Loves a Hero”. The citation came from a […]

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“Ya know that you’re over the hill, when your mind makes a promise that your body can’t fill!”, this is the line that inspired Paul Barrere to write the original version of the “Old Folks Boogie”, which would subsequently feature on the 1977 Little Feat record Time Loves a Hero”. The citation came from a line Paul’s dad – an actor at the time – picked up at a vaudeville theater. He would often sing it around the house, so eventually Paul got hooked turned it into a song. For some time, Paul’s partner over at Better Daze Records, Roger Cole had been talking about re-recording the song with a fresher, more modern aesthetic. Which is exactly what occurred, and now Roger Cole & Paul Barrere release the new version under the title “Old Folks Boogie Redeux”…over 40 years later! And guess what, now it sounds like The Black Crowes met The Black Keys and had dinner with ZZ Top. In a world where we are saturated with self-proclaimed musical geniuses it’s great to hear real music coming from real people.

This track is bound to make you remember bands from the 70’s and 80’s but Roger Cole & Paul Barrere are actually modern rock artists with no other comparison to present day music. Well, to be fair, maybe Jack and Meg White have come close to this rawness a few times on their records. The main guitar riff will easily get stuck in your head, and the vocals sound gritty as granola.

You can tell these guys are just having a lot of fun with this song. If anything Cole & Barrere are probably going to be remembered as one of the underground acts in this time that brought blues and rock back to their core basics. The duo’s songs are well written – in this case re-written – their instrumentation is spot-on, and its music that comes from two dudes who clearly know what they are doing.

The production is one of “Old Folks Boogie Redeux’s” strengths: Inspired flourishes, like the basslines fold effortlessly into the blues aesthetic. The percussion dances along to the deep rhythm and guitar riffs, while the lead vocals always have ample breathing room.

But what really impressed me more than anything else, was not what was in the mix, but what was unexpectedly missing from it. I waited three minutes and twenty eight seconds for the explosive lead guitar solo to happen. It never did. Damn, that must have required a vast amount of restraint on the part of the players. I play guitar. I know what kind of a scintillating solo you can you can squeeze out over this inviting rhythmic foundation right here.

Hats off to Roger Cole & Paul Barrere for being able to refrain from any musical masturbation over a rhythm this dirty and enticing. Instead they toy around with track’s overall blues conventions – with its quaint narrative and its vivid imagery – using rhythm, nuance and melody, and a whole pile of sticky, gritty guitar riffs.

As always, the duo stay audacious, true to their sound, yet still continue to redefine themselves, exploring many shades of rock and blues on each of their releases. “Old Folks Boogie Redeux” is another inspired piece of work from Roger Cole & Paul Barrere.

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Ferentz and The Felons: “Hudson County” chronicles his inner dialog http://jamsphere.com/reviews/ferentz-and-the-felons-hudson-county-chronicles-his-inner-dialog http://jamsphere.com/reviews/ferentz-and-the-felons-hudson-county-chronicles-his-inner-dialog#respond Fri, 07 Dec 2018 14:02:47 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33826 During his childhood, Zak Ferentz experienced both his parents suffering with drug addiction which eventually claimed the life of this mother. A life on the streets selling drugs and getting in trouble with the police, found Zak headed down his own dark path. However he soon discovered that creating music could help him heal. Furthermore […]

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During his childhood, Zak Ferentz experienced both his parents suffering with drug addiction which eventually claimed the life of this mother. A life on the streets selling drugs and getting in trouble with the police, found Zak headed down his own dark path. However he soon discovered that creating music could help him heal. Furthermore it gave him a purpose in life and also a way to explore his creativity and bring it to tangible fruition. He subsequently teamed up with drummer Matt Waz, bass player Rob Dudziak and lead guitarist Rich Catalano to give birth to the band, Ferentz and The Felons. Together they form a tightly knit Americana- Alternative Rock outfit, and have released their debut EP, entitled “Hudson County”.

Whether acoustic or electric dominated, the group’s skills are never in doubt, and that’s definitely the case on this recording. Influenced by rock, country, blues and Americana, and often upbeat, this is a recording better enjoyed kicking back, mellowing out and letting the emotions wash over you.

The EP consists of 5 tracks in total, and it gets better by each song. Each track stands on its own and is just as mesmerizing as any other one taken from the collection. Furthermore, each track is better than the previous one you heard, even if you put the EP on random shuffle. Now explain that to someone. It’s complicated.

Hence the best move in describing the quality of this recording, is to just grab the title track and lead single, “Hudson County”, and let it play. The song wraps up all the intrinsic skills Ferentz and The Felons are able to bring to the table right now as a songwriting and performing combo. And the results are stunning.

What makes “Hudson County” such a great track (and subsequently a great EP) is Zak Ferentz knowing what he’s playing, knowing what message he wants to convey, and us knowing that it’s from the heart. And any words spoken from the heart will touch the heart, no matter what they are.

Zak is a talented singer-songwriter with a deep, sensitive passionate side that explodes forth from his music. And which Ferentz and The Felons execute to perfection on “Hudson County”. Zak clearly is not interested in labels or what others think his music should sound like, he puts forth exactly what he feels through his music, and he feels deeply.

Zak invites listeners into his soul, where a very disturbed landscape demands exploration, as he chronicles his inner dialog. He delivers a heartfelt vocal with a tinge of hopeful adaptation, which combines layered acoustic guitar, drums, bass and crunch electric guitar riffs with a catchy lead melody to create a standout track.

The powerful lyrics speaks of Zak’s discontented state of being, and the will to move on:  “Maybe I’m crazy, maybe it’s true. But this city has drained me and I don’t know what I should do. These bones in my closet, I’ll leave them for you. So I’m packing my bags and moving on to something new.”

Haunting choruses add to this track’s power making this a formidable song built upon a very relatable subject and an extraordinary lead vocal. It’s easy to get lost in “Hudson County” with Ferentz and The Felons’ engaging and gripping performance.

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Jordan Carroll: “The Wind Will Blow Us Home” resonates with both emotive and tonal clarity http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/jordan-carroll-the-wind-will-blow-us-home-resonates-with-both-emotive-and-tonal-clarity http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/jordan-carroll-the-wind-will-blow-us-home-resonates-with-both-emotive-and-tonal-clarity#respond Sat, 01 Dec 2018 04:18:08 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33764 Since starting out only a few short years ago, Phoenix, Arizona native Jordan Carroll has already promoted himself with self-headlining tours around the globe. Spanning the West Coast of the United States and Canada, as well as some East Coasts stops in Philadelphia, and D.C. before going International. Performing in Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, London, […]

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Since starting out only a few short years ago, Phoenix, Arizona native Jordan Carroll has already promoted himself with self-headlining tours around the globe. Spanning the West Coast of the United States and Canada, as well as some East Coasts stops in Philadelphia, and D.C. before going International. Performing in Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, London, Switzerland, Italy and France. After moving to Los Angeles to record his first EP at Foreword Studios in Beverly Hills, California, he then moved back to Arizona to write and release his first single, “Yours To Keep”. On September 1st, 2015 the he dropped “You Know That I Know”, a single with a whole new style and sound. Currently focused on writing and working in the studio, Jordan Carroll released his latest single “The Wind Will Blow Us Home” on November 18, 2018.

Jordan Carroll’s music is incredible. His songwriting and storytelling are superb. His songs transpose emotion into a sonic experience that pulls you in. You find yourself both sympathizing and empathizing with the feelings and experiences of Carroll and the personas he creates. It has always been that way, only now he has taken a right turn musically, and just got better by adding a ton of wistful poignancy to his artistic baggage.

The latest song, “The Wind Will Blow Us Home”, is built with Carroll’s voice and acoustic guitar as the centerpiece, but there is also other carefully picked instrumentation and beautiful strings. The arrangement truly defies a simple categorization. I suggest you just light some candles, pour a glass of red wine and find out for yourself.

The song sticks to your mind, body and spirit, if this track does not get to you, there is something seriously wrong with you. Jordan Carroll’s voice resonates with both emotive and tonal clarity. “The Wind Will Blow Us Home” is a stunning document of melodic eloquence that glides seamlessly from hushed ruminations to cinematic balladry.

Artistic without being pretentious, Carroll’s craft is anchored in melody and articulate arrangements, yet tests the listener’s honesty with dramatic turns that distinguish the record without abandoning its cerebral core. Lyrics soaked in such heart-on-sleeve honesty have the tendency to never come off contrived, while Carroll’s delivery is pure and sincere.

The character and chemistry he brings to the song, elevate Jordan Carroll’s passionate prose to poetry. However, Carroll’s voice is the true gift, a gentle instrument that simmers into a howl time and again. Three years since his previous release, “The Wind Will Blow Us Home” was well worth the wait, for within the singer-songwriter mold, Carroll shows significant talent.

The care that went into crafting each detail of the record is apparent from the outset. This song is also a reminder that even when Carroll sometimes uses the simplest of words, the poignant way he articulates them, leaves listeners feeling the weight of each syllable.

The delicacy and subtlety of this single, is something that will be a pleasure to music lovers. When’s the last time you put a new track on and felt like the speakers were grabbing hold of your ears and commanding you to listen? This music hits you upside the head every time. That’s very rare in modern music.

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Mr. Giant: “Face To Face” – sophisticated textural layering and sheer groove prowess! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/mr-giant-face-to-face-sophisticated-textural-layering-and-sheer-groove-prowess http://jamsphere.com/reviews/mr-giant-face-to-face-sophisticated-textural-layering-and-sheer-groove-prowess#respond Thu, 29 Nov 2018 12:09:46 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33743 Mr. Giant, a jazz and funk fusion band, is gearing up to release their first full-length studio album release in 2019. The band, hailing from all around the world, but currently living in Los Angeles, was founded by Bruno Neves in 2017. Having gained a large fan following during the past 2 years, Mr. Giant […]

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Mr. Giant, a jazz and funk fusion band, is gearing up to release their first full-length studio album release in 2019. The band, hailing from all around the world, but currently living in Los Angeles, was founded by Bruno Neves in 2017. Having gained a large fan following during the past 2 years, Mr. Giant is ready to share their journey in anticipation for their new album. And they do so with their 4 track EP, entitled “Face To Face”. One of the first things that really hit me when I first heard this record was the superb musicianship. Each member of the band is really on point here. There is some inherent fun in the way they play. The band are obviously together as a group to write and record music, but they also seem to desire to just be in the same room as each other and play. It would be easy to point out the lead and solo instruments as impressive, but I have to say that the drumming specifically, is outstanding. It is very tight and rhythmic and it really glues the whole group together and brings them down to earth.

The EP’s opening song, “Seven Feet Tall” is probably the most catchy and accessible. This makes it a good opener because it helps introduce new listeners of the band to what their style is like. What we hear is the result of many great musical minds and hands, pooling their expertise into the song. You only have to watch the snippets of performances that Mr. Giant filmed in front of a live audience or in the studio to see how the artists groove themselves into the music, and enjoy each other’s influence.

Instrumental solos make up one of the strongest stylistic elements of this EP, and are present on all the tracks here. Sometimes they’re long and progressively structured. At other times a quick bout of explosive fun and skill are the game.

Throughout, Mr. Giant’s flair for interesting, poly-rhythmic textures becomes very apparent, and the second track, “Electric Eel” sees the band do rhythmic turns on a dime. Add in the shimmering keyboards, weaving horns and lead guitar solos, and Mr. Giant take their levels of sophisticated textural layering and sheer groove prowess to new levels here.

Mr. Giant’s tight 8-piece ensemble, including a horn, section enable the group to express diverse musical influences, and are key to the band’s distinctly big sound on “Maze”, probably the most ambitious sounding track in the collection.

The band’s delicately layered keys, skillful guitar solos, delicious bass runs, and gorgeous horn arrangements, combined with continued rhythmic restructuring, allows the song to be a lusciously rich and passionate musical gem.

The vibrations run high throughout “Face To Face”, with each of the stellar musicians taking turns with bold virtuoso improvisations amid the collective grooves that built in energy like a freight train. You’d be surprised at how hypnotic and spellbinding their jazz fusion can be.

The grooves are deep and intense, making listen to songs like the final track, “Phy-Pho”, seem much shorter than the seven minutes and fifty seconds it really is. Rhythm is as important as melody throughout this amalgamation of tracks, and the alternating emphasis on one aspect or the other—and often the fusion of the two elements—enlivens the musicians as they play. In turn, this spontaneity commands attention because surprises abound within each track.

Jazz and its derivatives is not simple music for the average ear. It never has, and it never will be. Despite all, “Face To Face” is very easy to listen to. Mr. Giant flow together with perfect synergy, while keeping things smooth, yet multilayered and intense. If you want to listen to some stand-up instrumental music, with a great sense of groove, and the ability to put you into a state of musically-related ecstasy, then this is one of the highest recommendations that I can give.

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The Vanilla Milkshakes: ‘Breed’ – Powerful, raw and just a little unhinged! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/the-vanilla-milkshakes-breed-powerful-raw-and-just-a-little-unhinged http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/the-vanilla-milkshakes-breed-powerful-raw-and-just-a-little-unhinged#respond Mon, 26 Nov 2018 16:39:45 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33721 ‘Breed’ is a song created by Nirvana and included in the album ‘Nevermind’, released in 1991. The song was developed while they were touring Europe in 1989, and is yet another track about Tobi Vail, one of Kurt Cobain’s famous girlfriends, like many of his most memorable songs from ‘Nevermind’. The narrative seem to indicate […]

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‘Breed’ is a song created by Nirvana and included in the album ‘Nevermind’, released in 1991. The song was developed while they were touring Europe in 1989, and is yet another track about Tobi Vail, one of Kurt Cobain’s famous girlfriends, like many of his most memorable songs from ‘Nevermind’. The narrative seem to indicate his dysfunction after the breakup and desperation to get it all back. Kurt himself rather explained it as: “Getting into Middle America. Marrying at age 18, getting pregnant, stuck with a baby — and not wanting it.” It’s quite easy to fantasize over Nirvana; arguably stopped in their heyday after the death of Kurt Cobain, they were immortalized as the leaders of the grunge movement. Would we look at them the same if they were still around today?

Either way many still consider the riffs on ‘Breed’ to be the band’s biggest and baddest. It’s a hugely simple riff, three notes, with the final note having a slight bend on it, but it’s just the way it explodes that makes it so good. Many still feel that those riffs would have been more comfortable driving a punk-rock song.

The verse structure is pretty punk too, with the repeated shouts of “I don’t care // I don’t mind // Get away // I’m afraid”, further displaying the fear of being stuck in middle-class America. So in 2018, what better way to celebrate this track than have it performed by Denver punk-rock outfit, The Vanilla Milkshakes.

The Vanilla Milkshakes is an award-winning band, made up of David McGhee (Vocals/Guitar), Frank Registrato (Drums), JanKarl Hayes (Guitar) and Mike King (Bass). They’ve been knocking around the scene for quite a while now, and had the pleasure of recording their debut album – “How to Ruin Friendships and Influence Douche Bags” – in only 17 hours.

Thirteen less than Nirvana’s debut. The band has just finished a new record with Calvin Johnson (of K Records and Beat Happening), which was mixed by Calvin’s assistant engineer Pual Krogh (of Oh Blue Minium), and was mastered by Jack Endino (of Nirvana’s Bleach). You see how the parallels keep running here?

‘Breed’ is a practice song that The Vanilla Milkshakes have been covering for some years now. So when they needed a track to carry them from their previous album, “Tall People Have No Feelings”, to the upcoming new album, ‘Breed’ was a logical, and natural choice. Besides, they just kill with it their more defiant and nastier-than-thou approach.

Powerful, raw and just a little unhinged, this version of ‘Breed’ is exactly what you would expect from a punk-rock band. A little more urgency, a lot more angst. The track is perfectly calibrated for David McGhee’s strengths as a vocalist; he sounds as confident as he’s ever sounded on a The Vanilla Milkshakes record, and he drags the rest of the band along with him.

Perhaps that’s why ‘Breed’ feels like a definitive statement, one that shows marked artistic growth and a desire to obliterate musical boundaries. This will no doubt get them to the next album with ease!

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Vovkulaka: “Cemetery Voices” – a command of rhythm and atmosphere! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/vovkulaka-cemetery-voices-a-command-of-rhythm-and-atmosphere http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/vovkulaka-cemetery-voices-a-command-of-rhythm-and-atmosphere#respond Sat, 24 Nov 2018 09:52:25 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33700 Based in Odessa, Ukraine, Vovkulaka (meaning Werewolf in Ukrainian) is an international metal band, with its members coming from Ukraine, Bulgaria and the USA. The band is currently made up of VolK (Vocals, Drums), Naya G (Dance, Percussion, Drums), JuleZ (Dance, Percussion, Drums), Ivan (Guitars) and In The Box (Bass, Dubstep, EFX). Their recordings are […]

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Based in Odessa, Ukraine, Vovkulaka (meaning Werewolf in Ukrainian) is an international metal band, with its members coming from Ukraine, Bulgaria and the USA. The band is currently made up of VolK (Vocals, Drums), Naya G (Dance, Percussion, Drums), JuleZ (Dance, Percussion, Drums), Ivan (Guitars) and In The Box (Bass, Dubstep, EFX). Their recordings are musical experiences. They take you to a dark place which is quite entrancing. Their percussive rhythms do something to the center of your brain that releases endorphins. You’ll find yourself addicted to this stuff. Perhaps Vovkulaka artistry is best exemplified in their command of rhythm and atmosphere.

Their music has incredibly dense rhythmic structures, and in a way that doesn’t draw attention to itself.  Vovkulaka do their work so flawlessly they trick you into thinking the beat is simple, but a careful listen shows there isn’t anything standard about their music. It’s something you need to listen for yourself to really appreciate.

The other thing you’ll appreciate about Vovkulaka is how you hear something new every spin of one of their tracks. A new riff to appreciate, a hidden sound you hadn’t noticed before, the sheer balls of the music, and so on. They will blow your mind every time you listen to them. Those same feelings are triggered by their latest single, “Cemetery Voices”.

If you dig in and absorb the music that Vovkulaka make, you will appreciate where they are and what they do. Needless to say, this isn’t the kind of music that gets better the more you listen to it. Those looking for dark harsh metal immediately accessible and melodic, will find that instantly in “Cemetery Voices”.

For those who prefer to dig deeper and appreciate a band that practically defines a special genre of metal, which sits somewhere between black and death metal, there is a moment when their heavy bone crushing facade fades away and the incredible depth and discipline of their music is fully exposed.

Vovkulaka are ferocious, brutal, and highly listenable mainly due to VolK’s incredible vocals. He has a resonant voice that blends the harsh evil edge of a possible growl with pure melodic power. The result is an emotional, progressive, and blistering experience. It’s a sound that shakes your inner spirit into dark oblivion.

The music is simply mesmerizing. “Cemetery Voices” has a crushing groove which will allow you to enter the most dark and surreal auditory landscapes. The moods and the emotions that Vovkulaka invokes here, are brooding, eerie, fearsome, raging, and awe-inspiring in their various forms.

It’s quite obvious that the members of this band are totally uncompromising and seriously dedicated to what they do. One can just feel it listening to their music. Vovkulaka certainly takes things up a notch or two with the complexity and innovativeness of the composition, arrangement, tonal textures and sheer ensemble virtuosity.

Vovkulaka are not only masters of extremely dense and dark metal, they’re one of the few acts in that category with some real personality and a strong sense of dynamics. Vovkulaka fans should certainly enjoy “Cemetery Voices”, and those new to the band will get a concise taste of what Vovkulaka is about.

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K!NG Pablo: “Blood On My Hands” – creatively bold, and technically equipped! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/kng-pablo-blood-on-my-hands-creatively-bold-and-technically-equipped http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/kng-pablo-blood-on-my-hands-creatively-bold-and-technically-equipped#respond Thu, 22 Nov 2018 13:15:31 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33688 There are lots of artists in the rap and hip-hop game.  In 2018, the number of rap and hip-hop albums and mixtapes seem off the charts.  Furthermore, the definition of these genres has become blurred, like a number of musical styles these days.  Even with the introduction of an infinity of sub-genres, not everybody has […]

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There are lots of artists in the rap and hip-hop game.  In 2018, the number of rap and hip-hop albums and mixtapes seem off the charts.  Furthermore, the definition of these genres has become blurred, like a number of musical styles these days.  Even with the introduction of an infinity of sub-genres, not everybody has the potential to rise to the top in their corner of the world. Enter K!NG Pablo, a singer-songwriter born in New Orleans LA, and raised in Denton, TX. Growing up singing in the church and school choirs, K!NG Pablo has been producing beats and songwriting since the age of 12. He signed a 1-year artist development deal with Bentley Records in 2016. After submitting his demo to a label in 2017, he was signed exclusively as an artist to Sonorous Records.  The artist recently released his latest single, “Blood On My Hands”, which is a track destined to be on his upcoming album, “Young Rebel”.

Part of the “Young Rebel” album was written while K!NG Pablo was incarcerated, and the new single, “Blood On My Hands”, specifically tackles the question of staying true to himself and his close circle of friends while eradicating fake acquaintances. Straight up after the very first listen, as expected, the results are superb.

The cinematic production work is on-point, and the rhymes from K!NG Pablo are strong as he accentuates the song with his melodic flow.  Without a doubt his best attributes is his honesty and openness, as he tells his dramatic story on a sonic backdrop that is just marvelous. It’s another big step for him as he works to be an influential force within the genre, in his own right.

Weaving synths, operatic adlibs, shooting basslines, and juggling percussion, plus call-and-response sing-song verses push this track to the genre’s left-field boundaries. This quickly tells us two things: K!NG Pablo is creatively bold, and technically equipped to walk the urban music tightrope.

K!NG Pablo covers more creative ground in the three and a half minutes of “Blood On My Hands” than most rappers’ entire mixtapes. K!NG Pablo supplies a ruthlessly vivid narrative of cutting off friends with negative intentions, and potential  perpetrators of nefarious deeds. The artist exhibits a unique style, more than hard-hitting bars, and something that is rare in hip-hop right now; a talent for narrating.

K!NG Pablo weaves so seamlessly between the chorus melody and the flow of his verses that it took me a few listens to differentiate the two. When you hear the emotion that comes through so clearly in his voice, you’re hearing what amounts to a true moment of catharsis for him.

Though this is just an appetizer to his upcoming album release, “Blood On My Hands” serves as an amazing step forward in K!NG Pablo’s career, and for those just joining the party, an introduction to the hype you’ll be hearing up ahead. In this overcrowded rap and hip-hop marketplace, K!NG Pablo’s unflinching artistry is deserving of a massive audience.

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Kaytlyn Cate: “You’re Making My Heart Feel Like” offers promises of massive star potential to come http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/kaytlyn-cate-youre-making-my-heart-feel-like-offers-promises-of-massive-star-potential-to-come http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/kaytlyn-cate-youre-making-my-heart-feel-like-offers-promises-of-massive-star-potential-to-come#respond Sat, 17 Nov 2018 02:45:17 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33669 Kaytlyn Cate, the singer-songwriter who hails from the Cascade Mountain range of the Pacific Northwest, was called “the alt-rock genre’s best kept secret”, by Pitchfork, on hearing her first single. Since then she has been reinventing herself, and is currently hard at work on her forthcoming EP, “The Blue Hour”, with producer David Samuel. At […]

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Kaytlyn Cate, the singer-songwriter who hails from the Cascade Mountain range of the Pacific Northwest, was called “the alt-rock genre’s best kept secret”, by Pitchfork, on hearing her first single. Since then she has been reinventing herself, and is currently hard at work on her forthcoming EP, “The Blue Hour”, with producer David Samuel. At the same time Kaytlyn is also busy in the West Coast club scene and booking shows for the 2019 season, as her brand new single gains traction. A confident, empowering woman in music always makes for a great listen, and the captivating first impression of Kaytlyn Cate’s latest single, “You’re Making My Heart Feel Like” offers promises of massive star potential to come.

Essentially, Kaytlyn is musically exemplifying the feelings equated with simultaneous moments of great pleasure and desire. Her expenditure of heartfelt emotion is a valid human response, in a situation of deep introspection and fulfillment.

The songwriting captivates with perceptive sensitivity and devastating simplicity. Compared to her earlier work, Kaytlyn has developed, both a sonic and cerebral sophistication.

Kaytlyn’s vocals maintain a controlled and melancholic sensuality. She possesses a terrific bottled-up energy which simmers, ripples, and then sizzles like menacing electricity. Listening to the whole track carefully, it feels like Kaytlyn is handing over the most secret pages of her diary, revealing the truths she carries inside of her.

What sets “You’re Making My Heart Feel Like” apart from most songs about love is that Kaytlyn dares to venture deeper by exposing her feelings openly. Those feelings that usually reveal themselves whenever the power the other holds over you leaves you feeling really warm on the outside, but just a little vulnerable on the inside.

Yet Kaytlyn has no fear of exposing those feelings. The ecstasy, the self-awareness, and the most intense, passionate emotions seemingly twist and meld as they spill from her sensual vocals. The piano is gorgeous as the main complement to her emotive story telling.

Most of all Kaytlyn Cate is an extremely talented writer and performer, who is able to create a convincing narrative which captures and stays in your imagination.

“You’re Making My Heart Feel Like” possesses a beauty, and an underlying sense of mystery which creeps up on you with each listen. Ultimately, music is a sentimental experience and this track feels beyond genre because Kaytlyn went straight for emotion.

Kaytlyn Cate takes control of her life in “You’re Making My Heart Feel Like”, following the path to a freedom of love. There’s a distinct elation on this record as Kaytlyn holds nothing back. It’s an honest journey, and that’s where its power comes from. The brilliance behind the track is that it’s an effortless gradual bloom, as if being in love is as simple as describing it.

The intravenous emotion of the song is also ornamented and tempered by its poignant production which feels more compulsive, than it does calculated. And it proves itself to be a phenomenal showcase for Kaytlyn Cate, the performer. Allowing her voice and words to form the core of “You’re Making My Heart Feel Like”.

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Mike Dekleva: “Psychedelia” – an authoritative guitar tone and style http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/mike-dekleva-psychedelia-an-authoritative-guitar-tone-and-style http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/mike-dekleva-psychedelia-an-authoritative-guitar-tone-and-style#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:44:31 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33633 Instrumental rock guitarist Mike Dekleva has released his second four song EP, “Psychedelia”,on Friday, November 9, 2018. This is the follow-up to his critically acclaimed and award-winning 2015 debut instrumental EP, “Synergy.” Recorded at Paragon Recording Studios in Franklin, Tennessee, and in Dekleva’s home recording studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “Psychedelia” was co-produced by Dekleva […]

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Instrumental rock guitarist Mike Dekleva has released his second four song EP, “Psychedelia”,on Friday, November 9, 2018. This is the follow-up to his critically acclaimed and award-winning 2015 debut instrumental EP, “Synergy.” Recorded at Paragon Recording Studios in Franklin, Tennessee, and in Dekleva’s home recording studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “Psychedelia” was co-produced by Dekleva and Nashville session guitarist Robbie Calvo, and features performances by Dekleva (lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars), Robbie Calvo (rhythm guitars), Jason Webb (piano and keyboards), Amanda McCoy (bass guitar) and Grady Saxman (drums and percussion). “Psychedelia” was mixed by Casey Barker at Paragon Recording Studios, and mastered by John Mayfield at Mayfield Mastering, in Nashville Tennessee.

Mike Dekleva is one hell of a guitarist. He’s found himself his rightfully earned spot in the underground music world. He has a raw vibe in his playing, which he shines up with excellent studio production and tasteful playing. Let’s face it; instrumental guitar music can be boring for non-connoisseurs.

Players who show more style over substance, to those who play the same notes over and over again, don’t hold a candle to this guy. Mike establishes himself as one of the few rock guitarists who can play tastefully and melodically without reeking of trying too hard. Mike Dekleva can rightfully be considered one of the better indie guitar players in the world.

Possessed of an impeccable sense of rhythm and phrasing, blessed with matchless pitch and vibrato, and uniquely capable of wresting sublime, organic tones out of guitars and amps, Mike’s latest 4-song EP, “Psychedelia” will almost certainly become a benchmark for the elusive pursuit of excellence in both technique and articulation, when it comes to independent productions.

Almost every song has a hook or guitar riff that immediately grabs your attention. “Psychedelia” opens up with an instantly recognizable intro and catchy main riff which rides a high-energy funk-fusion rhythm. Mike’s liquid tone perfectly complements his elastic songwriting and arranging.

No song is ever short on hooks, and when the hard grinding riffs of “Miguel’s Last Stand” kicks in it is characterized with Mike Dekleva’s wonderful, authoritative guitar tone, a style and all-embracing approach. The track always retains focus and contains some of the most splendid guitar playing I’ve heard this year.

“Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea” is an awesome, moody guitar piece with lots of interesting build-ups, beautiful chords, and a dynamic feel. Mike is excellent at making the song crescendos, and playing really smart lines. His sound, a unique combination of clean and dirty tones coupled with a piercing vibrato, is highly impacting.

“Love Finds A Way” will impress listeners with its arrangement, atmosphere and, of course, stellar musicianship. Mike’s guitar tone and style are unique and the colors he is able to achieve on the instrument here, would make any vocalist struggle to match its nuancing and power.

Music, like all the arts in general, is able to express its very best when an artist trusts his instinct and lets the immediacy flow in his work. This is what seems to be happening on this track. A guitar music feast like the one Mike Dekleva has prepared on this new EP couldn’t finish in a better way. A composition played with such grace and conviction by Mike’s magic fingers, to leave any music lover totally breathless.

“Psychedelia” is an amazing EP, it’s one of a handful of instrumental song collections that I could put on any time and listen to all the way through. The production is outstanding, the musicianship is as good as it gets and the songs stunning. Mike Dekleva’s solo guitar work on this recording is perhaps his best yet, lyrical and articulate with the relaxed freedom and gloss only a consummate professional can achieve.

“Psychedelia” is available for purchase as both a special limited edition CD and in digital download formats from Mike’s “CD Baby” store. The EP will also be available from iTunes in “Mastered for iTunes” format. Additional information about Mike Dekleva can be found at his website, and all other links below.

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Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins: “Pawn and Prophecy” – a sound that is essentially timeless http://jamsphere.com/reviews/mike-leponds-silent-assassins-pawn-and-prophecy-a-sound-that-is-essentially-timeless http://jamsphere.com/reviews/mike-leponds-silent-assassins-pawn-and-prophecy-a-sound-that-is-essentially-timeless#respond Sun, 11 Nov 2018 23:47:28 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33615 There is no doubt that “Pawn and Prophecy” is going to garner some serious praise. This album puts the ‘classic’ back in metal in a definitive kind of fashion. The album represents the direction many true metal fans hoped and presumed the genre would go after all the ridiculous sub-genres that crawled out of the […]

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There is no doubt that “Pawn and Prophecy” is going to garner some serious praise. This album puts the ‘classic’ back in metal in a definitive kind of fashion. The album represents the direction many true metal fans hoped and presumed the genre would go after all the ridiculous sub-genres that crawled out of the woodwork over the past few years. This album basically sows the seeds for a whole new generation of power metal – one with technique, speed and aggression that has no regard for radio-friendly or corporate rock elements. There is no denying the awe-inspiring quality and intensity contained within these 8 songs delivered by Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins – a side project by the Symphony X bassist, who is joined by  Alan Tecchio (Vocals), Lance Barnewold (Guitar), Rod Rivera (Guitar) and Michael Romeo (Guitar, Keyboards, Drum programming).

Alan Tecchio sounds better than ever – his vocals right high up in the mix – and the venerable guitars cut through with conviction. There’s a nice mix of speed and traditional classic metal drumming, while Mike LePond’s bass rumble, drives the band’s rhythm as always.

Those with an appreciation for the qualities that make contemporary metal compelling along with an acknowledgement that the melodic leanings of 80’s metal were integral in pushing the message to a broader audience will find “Pawn and Prophecy”  both technically and stylistically worth embracing.

These songs are succinct and to the point – the longest song just short of 6 minutes – that’s if you exclude the final title track, “Pawn and Prophecy”, which is a nearly 22 minute song initially written for a Symphony X album. For some reason the song didn’t make the cut, so Mike dusted it off, reworked and tweaked it, into a spectacular progressive and epic metal centerpiece for this album.

Throughout the album there is a catchiness to the melodies and choruses that hasn’t been present in the genre since the nineties, and the production is just stinking clean – no muddy compression. There is plenty of guitar muscle, in both the leads and the solos, yet it doesn’t seem overdone.

I also love how this album doesn’t try to run at 200bpm the whole way through, and the band enjoys being a whole lot more expressive and theatrical. That said, the first 4 songs throw it down pretty hard and heavy. “Masters Of The Hall” may just be my favorite song, both lyrically and musically, because it has the classic metal riffage that is just so irresistible. But how cool is it to have the anthemic choral vocals in the opening bars.

The guitars in “Black Legend” are also so classic metal that you would swear you’ve stepped back 25 years in time. This song carries the spirit of the genre with a sound that is essentially timeless. And tell me that “Antichrist” doesn’t have that classic metal vibe as well? The diversity here is quite noteworthy.

You’ll notice that the word ‘classic’ keeps coming up again and again. It’s investable, because Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins’ sophomore album has ‘classic’ written all over it, in every sense of the word. The grind of “I Am The Bull” has a chugging Black Sabbath sting in its tail, and also happens to be a perfect showcase for LePond’s bass soloing. “Avengers Of Eden” brings into focus a distinct Judas Priest twist in its supersonic velocity and Tecchio’s high powered vocals.

Dense, dynamic and super tight, “Hordes Of Power” sees the band firing on all cylinders. It’s full of fantastic guitar riffs and solos, great song writing and massive hooks. There is only one way to listen to this album….loud! This is elite level material that matches anything they’ve ever done.

“The Mulberry Tree” is acoustically driven, filled with melody while still maintaining the high-energy quotient. This all leads us to the 22 minute symphony that is the title track “Pawn and Prophecy” – and showcase for their technical, arranging and performing skills.

On listening to this track, you will continue to ask yourself over and over “how the hell did they pull this off?” This is absolutely the best classic metal album that I’ve heard in years. The songwriting, playing and singing is superb. This is one of those rare records that you do not want to miss.

And if you really don’t want to miss this band in all their glory, then you’ll need to go and see them live at Headbangers Holiday Hell Feat: Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 8 PM – 1 AM EST at Dingbatz 620 Van Houten Ave, Clifton, New Jersey 07013. Tickets can be found HERE.

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