Jacob Aiden – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Wed, 11 Dec 2019 18:08:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ramirez Coiva – “I’m Walking Away” – full of heartfelt emotion and a well-constructed tune http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/ramirez-coiva-im-walking-away-full-of-heartfelt-emotion-and-a-well-constructed-tune http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/ramirez-coiva-im-walking-away-full-of-heartfelt-emotion-and-a-well-constructed-tune#respond Wed, 11 Dec 2019 18:02:41 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37512 Ramirez Coiva regards himself as a Citizen of the World, who has been writing and making music since 2000. His single “I’m Walking Away” was written and recorded in Istanbul (Turkey), a couple of years ago. The song is a hybrid between the alternative rock guitar sound of the past and a look toward a […]

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Ramirez Coiva regards himself as a Citizen of the World, who has been writing and making music since 2000. His single “I’m Walking Away” was written and recorded in Istanbul (Turkey), a couple of years ago. The song is a hybrid between the alternative rock guitar sound of the past and a look toward a more modern, sleeker pop sound. One thing is clear on this track, there are very few people that can match Ramirez Coiva’s all-embracing songwriting talent.

Regardless of style, whether it’s heavy guitars or strings, keyboards and drums, a great song is a great song, and the foundation of “I’m Walking Away” is superb songwriting. Coiva’s penchant for coming up with the perfect sing-a-long chorus is infectious.

It is true that life experiences are unique but when it all boils down we all have quite similar situations – or at least share a universal hope for a better tomorrow. That is what “I’m Walking Away” is really all about, and with that Ramirez Coiva takes you on a journey full of heartfelt emotion and a well-constructed tune: “I see the sun, but I feel the rain. I’m walking away, I’m walking away”, he sings.

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Coiva’s introspective struggles remain ever-present and the track is richer for it. The signature melancholic notes of his voice are poignant, while the marching drum beat and the thumping bass feel polished and hopeful. It is clear from the start that this is a personal and intimate record, and Ramirez Coiva demonstrates throughout the track that he is an outstanding and deep lyricist.

Ramirez Coiva’s vocal performance complements the drive of the rhythm, the strings and guitar riffs perfectly, giving listeners an unforgettable auditory experience. The singer-songwriter seamlessly blends pop and rock to create one of his best recordings to date. It’s fair to say he knows how to write and arrange a song.

Pop-rock doesn’t get much catcher than with “I’m Walking Away”, fueled by a chorus that builds up fast and loops round and round again. Full of wooing layers, it’s a truly irresistible joy that comes with this song, despite its introspective lyrics. Lyrically, his work is excellent and this song is full of single lines that stay in the listener’s head for days and days

In a seamless transition, the dynamic string orchestrations add a solid edge of confidence and strength on top of the composition. The strumming guitars throughout gives the song a punchy feel, and there’s a real passion to the way the vocals are presented in this piece. “I’m Walking Away” oozes swagger and ownership, and the hook in the chorus is terrific.

It is a really nice radio-friendly track from an artist that resembles something from the late nineties and early 2000s in the best way possible. It’s richly organic sounding and a far cry from the sterile programmed computer music, we’re currently accustomed to. Musically, this track shines in the way the guitar and string arrangements are so well put together.

However, the single best part of Ramirez Coiva’s songwriting is the way that he builds everything in the song, (whether it be lyrics, musical arrangement or sustained backing vocal parts) towards an extremely catchy, enjoyable and inspiring chorus.

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Lylantz – “Nevermore” shows us how raw and intense he can be! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lylantz-nevermore-shows-us-how-raw-and-intense-he-can-be http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lylantz-nevermore-shows-us-how-raw-and-intense-he-can-be#respond Mon, 09 Dec 2019 19:37:31 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37496 Born in Chicago, IL, bred off the concepts of existentialism, archaic writings and spirituality paired with an undying love of the night to whom he dubs his paramour, At-N “Lylantz” Ausara-Lasaru is an American vocalist, composer and producer. For all of his energetic raps and charismatic lyricism, and supersonic soundscapes, Lylantz is still far too underrated. […]

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Born in Chicago, IL, bred off the concepts of existentialism, archaic writings and spirituality paired with an undying love of the night to whom he dubs his paramour, At-N “Lylantz” Ausara-Lasaru is an American vocalist, composer and producer. For all of his energetic raps and charismatic lyricism, and supersonic soundscapes, Lylantz is still far too underrated. He cannot be grouped with any class of rapper, whether vintage or freshman. His style has probably gone unnoticed by the mass media thus far because everyone has their attention on the saturation of wack rappers currently being showcased on radios and streams. He’s not even part of the new wave of rappers flogging the charts. As diverse as all of them are, Lylantz is a totally different breed.

Out of the flock of new rappers that have emerged over recent years, Lylantz is the most unpredictable, and easily one of the most creative. He’s capable of lyrical slaughter, but also of being loud and abrasive. 2019’s epic 17 track recording, “Nevermore” which is the artist’s second album and entirely self-produced, showcases these abilities.

He’s got more than enough references, social commentary, mosh-pit energy, punchlines, and unique flows in his bag of tricks. He’s tweaked his persona and music artillery. His latest project is a mind-boggling artistic journey. This album’s energy is through the roof, as Lylantz delivers his bars like a maniac. He wrestles with darkness and demons and unspoken truths, bringing to light blistering production along the way.

It’s Lylantz unabashed, relentless assault on the psyche that is the most thought-wrenching. The unique collaboration between his skittering vocal growls and high pitched yells doesn’t pull any punches. It’s another instance of Lylantz holding a mirror to society’s ills.

After the quietly dark opening of “In Our Wake” ft. Abby Fox, he shows us how raw and intense he can be on “Folklore”. At times his delivery can be devastatingly melodramatic, as it is on “The Raven”. Lylantz has got a dangerous pen and his volume can be overbearing for the weak-hearted.

It’s this style of execution that can make it hard to get into Lylantz in one listen. In fact some tracks require several listens before its genius can be appreciated. The visceral and theatrical slow burn of “Alone in the Dark”, is one such track. Even Death Metal fans would be in awe of such a menacingly evil sounding delivery.

Moving forward through “Frost”, “Blink” ft. Addison Flux and “Blackwaters”, Lylantz brings multiple musical personalities into existence, using shifting tones and timbres to create a virtual vocal posse who can drop in for a few bars at a time. The production remains stunning throughout, bringing driven agro-filled moments and astounding atmospheres.

While difficult to hear and instantly process, the lyrics are a clear mark of emotional depth and maturity once you decipher them. Most times, like for example on “Maiden”, “Blade” and “Bloodbath”, you do not even need to comprehend the lyrics, as Lylantz’s tones and nuances walk you through the narratives of his vivid storytelling.

The artist consistently uses his mesmerizing flows to poignantly articulate his thoughts and feelings. His adlib squealing is as compelling as the verses.  Lylantz’s signature blended flows immediately punch through the beats and evolves cohesively throughout each song. You can catch his vast collection of flows on contrasting tracks like “Sweepstakes” and “Paradigm”.

Right up until the final tracks, these songs go through a series of violent switches and distorted detours before screeching to a halt. The chaotic and aggressive performances is simply Lylantz fully realizing his potential. In a trap culture that’s been dominated by underwritten, and under performed pop tunes, it’s refreshing to hear an album bereft of anything average or within the norm.

Lylantz’s approach to rap music is at odds with the rest of his scene. He’s a firebrand of passion and aggression, which solidifies him as an extremely original and unique rising star not to be taken lightly. I’m intrigued to see where he goes from here.

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Ambre IV – “Into The Dark” is ready made for pop star status! http://jamsphere.com/videos/ambre-iv-into-the-dark-is-ready-made-for-pop-star-status http://jamsphere.com/videos/ambre-iv-into-the-dark-is-ready-made-for-pop-star-status#respond Fri, 06 Dec 2019 22:56:08 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37426 Ambre IV has sultry and impressive range that will keep you listening to her lyrics on repeat. Her soulful voice and stunningly emotional lyrics on “Into The Dark” brings listeners into her world of both empowerment and regret that can surely resonate with everyone for one reason or another. She proves to her audience that […]

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Ambre IV has sultry and impressive range that will keep you listening to her lyrics on repeat. Her soulful voice and stunningly emotional lyrics on “Into The Dark” brings listeners into her world of both empowerment and regret that can surely resonate with everyone for one reason or another. She proves to her audience that not only is she a powerhouse vocalist, but also has the skills and musicality to show her emotional side through hauntingly beautiful vocals and an instrumental that will put you in a somber yet reflective mood.

Needless to say Ambre IV’s delivery is fierce, in a song about a toxic relationship where you forget who you are and decide to follow someone else instead of following yourself. The verses have a soul-stirring and soaring quality with instantly catchy melodies. The punchy chorus serves a groovy rhythm and growling bass line.

There are massive hooks, and that sense of real life which gives you a lift and stays in the head. The groove in the chorus is infectious, and instantly a catalyst for foot tapping, head nodding, and busting a move on the dance floor.

Ambre IV impresses with her expressive lead vocals on “Into The Dark”. She has a distinct instrument that is ready made for pop star status.  Beyond that, the songwriting is catchy, profound and extremely engaging.  The focal point is matters of the heart, and their sometimes sad consequences, something she absolutely excels at.

On the strength of the material in this single and video clip, you can expect her to be a dominant force in the coming years. The closer you get to her voice the more distinctive and tantalizing she sounds. With this impressive statement under her belt, we now know Ambre IV is a songstress of huge promise and ability, one whose future development should be watched closely.

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Monjyoti – “Neighbor Syndrome” – Beautiful, unsettling, uplifting and powerful, frequently at the same time! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/monjyoti-neighbor-syndrome-beautiful-unsettling-uplifting-and-powerful-frequently-at-the-same-time http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/monjyoti-neighbor-syndrome-beautiful-unsettling-uplifting-and-powerful-frequently-at-the-same-time#respond Wed, 04 Dec 2019 14:43:11 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37396 Monjyoti Bhattacharyya known by his stage name, Monjyoti, released his second official single “Neighbor Syndrome”, taken from his upcoming album, “Hypnosis”, recorded in collaboration with music producer Papu Gogoi. I don’t even need to hear the rest of the album. This single is simply a dexterous, dynamic and sublime smorgasbord of instrumentation and lyrical canny, […]

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Monjyoti Bhattacharyya known by his stage name, Monjyoti, released his second official single “Neighbor Syndrome”, taken from his upcoming album, “Hypnosis”, recorded in collaboration with music producer Papu Gogoi. I don’t even need to hear the rest of the album. This single is simply a dexterous, dynamic and sublime smorgasbord of instrumentation and lyrical canny, on a level I’ve not heard in a long time. Music can’t always be this good because we would have nothing by which to benchmark its ingenuity. There are sections that are nice mellow journeys to somewhere else and there are downright monstrous sections that make you think everything you know is about to explode.

Monjyoti’s music is reminiscent of the great Progressive Rock bands of the 1970s, but he is able to move beyond the genre and make something more modern, more experimental, and all his own, out of it. If Monjyoti doesn’t deserve some attention from “Neighbor Syndrome”, I don’t know what does. There’s a modern sheen here, and perhaps a heavier, darker one.

There’s something very haunting about this record; I wish I could put my finger on it but I can’t. Though the track is meticulously structured, Monjyoti approach is open and abstract. The overall mood, in fact, is one of exploration, in my opinion – exploration of the human soul and the world with which the individual psyche must grapple.

From the absolutely gorgeous and achingly beautiful harmonies and melody, to the orchestrated strings, and the fiery guitar work by Writuraj Gogoi, this is simply a masterpiece. Monjyoti really puts so much care and effort into every aspect of an album and it really, really shows.

There isn’t any waste of music on this work, each note is a perfect fit. Monjyoti is one of the authentic artists on the music scene. He doesn’t just think about the music, he thinks about the presentation. He thinks how you will feel every second of the song, and he really captures every nuance of his musical and lyrical intentions on record.

Beautiful, unsettling, uplifting and powerful, frequently at the same time, “Neighbor Syndrome” will mesmerize you. It comes as a real breath of rarefied air that demands your full attention and repeated listens, in order to uncover all it has to offer.

Playing this track on a great system reveals the magic that Papu Gogoi ( Music Producer), Diganta Bordoloi (Mixing & Mastering) and Ripu Mohan (Recording) performs on this mix, with the soundscape coming at you from both inside and outside the circle of speakers. All the musical layers, different atmospheres and the lush arrangement serves one single purpose – to simply amaze its listeners. The powerful and pristine vocals by Monjyoti, does the rest.

Whether or not you are a fan of Monjyoti’s work or someone who hasn’t heard anything from him before, I highly, highly suggest you grab this single. If you are a progressive rock fan who is feeling something of a gap which you’d like to fill, then this record is for you. This is the best independent progressive and/or experimental rock single release of 2019. Period.

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lIne – “I wanna kill you in the shower” – flawless imagery and razor-sharp wordplay! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/line-i-wanna-kill-you-in-the-shower-flawless-imagery-and-razor-sharp-wordplay http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/line-i-wanna-kill-you-in-the-shower-flawless-imagery-and-razor-sharp-wordplay#respond Tue, 03 Dec 2019 12:17:48 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37377 Kristoffer Hilmarsson, the artist behind -lIne-, has been in several band line-ups before the forming this project. Hilmarsson has also performed at almost every open stage in his home country, Sweden, as a solo artist. In May 2019 he decided to move his career to the next level by creating -lIne-, and has released 3 […]

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Kristoffer Hilmarsson, the artist behind -lIne-, has been in several band line-ups before the forming this project. Hilmarsson has also performed at almost every open stage in his home country, Sweden, as a solo artist. In May 2019 he decided to move his career to the next level by creating -lIne-, and has released 3 singles since then, including “I wanna kill you in the shower”. From the opening jangling jazz guitar intro of his first single “Where You Are”, to the last reverberant notes of his latest release, “Lovely”, you’re subjected to an incredible journey that seamlessly straddles a devastating range of emotions and tones. Few artists have displayed so many influences and yet sounded so wholly original.

How many guitar-straddling troubadours have succeeded in writing a lyric as simple but as overwhelmingly vivid as, “He said, I hate you because you breathe. A waste of sperm the world didn’t need”? How many singer-songwriters have matched that perfect triumphant vocal climax in in the chorus: “I wanna kill you in the shower?” The answer, to my ears, both of which have been around the block, is not many.

Kristoffer Hilmarsson aka -lIne- is probably one of the most interesting and talented musicians to come out in recent years. Due to amount of range Hilmarsson’s voice possesses, he is able to single handedly change the mood, or evoke some otherwise unseen emotion, in the various points of his songs.

The effects of the above statement, is seen excellently on this track. He begins the song with some mellow, easy-flow singing and then during the bridge and chorus he extends himself into a melody that would trip most vocal chords of whom we consider good singers.

With his ridiculous vocal range, of what sounds like three and a half octaves, and his lusciously smooth music production, the single “I wanna kill you in the shower” will certainly garner critical acclaim and will probably also gain high respect from his peers.

Throughout the song –lIne’s- constant change of singing tone, makes the mood of the listener swing with the lyrics the artist is delivering. The organic instrumentation on the track and throughout the song is also superb and helps create the perfect backdrop for Hilmarsson vocal expertise.

Lyrically, Kristoffer Hilmarsson is a very talented individual. While the song seems to be simply centered on a problematic relationship, it’s not the relationship you immediately think about. After a couple of listens, Hilmarsson’s flawless imagery and razor-sharp wordplay, will enlighten you on the song’s core theme, adding another dimension to the ingenious beauty of this track.

Hilmarsson’s utter originality and emotional bareness in lyrical conception is what makes –lIne – so impacting, and what will harness new fans into the strange yet beautiful music he creates. The lyrics and music complement each other so nicely that it leaves you completely stunned of what’s just happened after listening to it. Especially once you’ve unraveled the lyrical enigma…

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Omar Bowing – “Paradox” weaves something magical, monolithic and malevolent all at once! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/omar-bowing-paradox-weaves-something-magical-monolithic-and-malevolent-all-at-once http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/omar-bowing-paradox-weaves-something-magical-monolithic-and-malevolent-all-at-once#respond Tue, 03 Dec 2019 02:22:45 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37373 Atmospheric, ethereal, moody, dark, progressive … these are all words that come to mind listening to the opening bars of “Paradox” – the latest track from Omar Bowing, featuring singer Tyson Yen. The music is as one would expect from this consummate composer and Guitarviol player – engulfing and entrancing. Using a whole host of […]

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Atmospheric, ethereal, moody, dark, progressive … these are all words that come to mind listening to the opening bars of “Paradox” – the latest track from Omar Bowing, featuring singer Tyson Yen. The music is as one would expect from this consummate composer and Guitarviol player – engulfing and entrancing. Using a whole host of rock driven instrumentation, it should not be surprising that the soundscape is lush, expansive and blasting.

“The idea of the song,” explains Bowing, “is about the recognition of the power of a Paradox to challenge or even destroy a concept, idea, belief, etc., that is already considered to be a fact. So what is a “truth”, who could we trust to be telling a “truth”, could we even trust ourselves? Our vision, awareness and understanding are limited to what we are willing to see, believe, work on, explore and learn,” says Bowing.

Well folks, this is easily the best piece of alternative rock work of this type, to come out this year by anyone. Period. I have been a fan of Omar Bowing for a while now, and I can positively say he has just about topped everything he has ever done with “Paradox”. The interesting thing here is the song crosses and brings together many influences, and places them together in an extremely unique blend that is only Omar Bowing.

He is simply brilliant. It may take some time for people to realize it, but one day they will. This is a fantastic release for die-hard fans of high quality, intense alt and progressive rock compositions, which blend a myriad of styles and instrumentation that will keep you entertained and wanting more. And Omar Bowing does it all in one 5 minute song.

“Paradox” is simply breathtaking in its composition and emotive power. It is all at once ominous, precious, theatrical and densely intricate. It traverses all the avenues and back alleys of Bowing’s Guitarviol sound. Haunting in both breadth and scope, it delivers the listener inexorably through its soaring transitions, with a willingness that far exceeds its length.

The Omar Bowing musical itinerary covers all of rock’s logistics, as he weaves something magical, monolithic and malevolent all at once. He really allows the music to shine through, while singer Tyson Yen delivers his vocal lines with such conviction, and with such ascending emotion. The poetry of the words sung, seeks nothing less than the transcendence of the ordinary.

I haven’t been very impressed with what we broadly call ‘popular music’ in the new millennium. Most of it sounds cloned, emotionally barren, and broken in some fundamental way, and because of all that, pointless. Omar Bowing’s “Paradox”, is such an amazing remedy to that feeling that I just cannot stop listening to it.

Somehow, Bowing always finds a way to satisfy every kind of musical craving I have in a way that few others can. There is certainly something to be said about an artist that can evoke all those feelings, emotions, and cravings the way Omar Bowing does.

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Ex-Girlfriend – “Creepy” – confidence, raw talent, and attitude! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/ex-girlfriend-creepy-confidence-raw-talent-and-attitude http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/ex-girlfriend-creepy-confidence-raw-talent-and-attitude#respond Thu, 28 Nov 2019 21:55:08 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37303 Ex-Girlfriend is a new independent artist based in Los Angeles. Inspired by the 90s and early 2000s she brings elements of the music style from those decades, and puts them in her music with a modern twist. “It has always been a true goal of mine to be able to release music that someone could […]

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Ex-Girlfriend is a new independent artist based in Los Angeles. Inspired by the 90s and early 2000s she brings elements of the music style from those decades, and puts them in her music with a modern twist. “It has always been a true goal of mine to be able to release music that someone could listen to,” says Ex-Girlfriend, “and relate to it, feeling a sense of comfort in the way music has always done for me my whole life.” “Creepy” is her debut single release.

I loved every single second of this recording, Ex-Girlfriend has talent and she doesn’t sound like all the pop princesses out there, she sings from the soul and that’s what hooked me. I am so tired of all the music that sounds exactly alike, you listen and don’t have a clue as to who you just heard because they are all engineered and produced to sound exactly the same.

Ex-Girlfriend has a beautiful smoky, crisp voice that cuts you like a knife and pulls you towards her in the best way possible. You will find your senses exploding upon first contact with “Creepy”. The insistent rhythm, the banging drums, the crunchy guitars, showcases the fact that Ex-Girlfriend is an artist who makes music on her own terms, affording the track with whatever it needs to aid her vision.

What you hear is a songwriter talented well beyond her years and a vocalist with the chops to back up her ambitious blend of bravado and sultry charm. Her lyrical content and the force with which she layers her arrangement provides an alluring rock template on which she is able to flex her singing muscles.

“Creepy” illustrates her unique ability to be brutally honest without coming across as too earnest or naïve. You can’t buy that kind of confidence, especially impressive for an artist who’s just on her debut release. From the moment the track starts there is a vibe to it. It’s serious. It’s a bit dark. It’s biting, and it’s all centered around a potent vocal line and a thumping drum beat.

In fact, the powerhouse vocal presence, skilled guitar work, and alternative rock edge make this track one that will appeal to new and old fans of the genre alike. Ex-Girlfriend proves that she knows what it means to rock.

“Creepy” feels like it was made for the music system of a convertible speeding down the California highway. The track affirms that rock and roll is anything but dead. Ex-Girlfriend’s powerhouse vocals and lyrical bite, captures an authentic rock and roll spirit and struts with a direct and unapologetic feminine energy.

It is a ready-made alternative rock anthem full of emotional resolve, which has become a rarity in modern day music. The confidence, raw talent, and attitude differentiates Ex-Girlfriend from her contemporaries. Despite that, there is nothing presumptuous or cocky about her. She’s just pure talent that will kick your ass, leave you exited, and have you begging for more.

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Danaher – “Control” – The overall atmosphere created is extremely mesmerizing http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/danaher-control-the-overall-atmosphere-created-is-extremely-mesmerizing http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/danaher-control-the-overall-atmosphere-created-is-extremely-mesmerizing#respond Thu, 28 Nov 2019 12:39:00 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37289 Born in Southern California, Los Angeles based solo artist Danaher has dropped his debut single release, entitled, “Control”. It is available on all streaming platforms since Friday (11/22). The artist promises to release his next track in January, with the perspective of doing so every 2 months. How many electronic/pop artists do you know that […]

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Born in Southern California, Los Angeles based solo artist Danaher has dropped his debut single release, entitled, “Control”. It is available on all streaming platforms since Friday (11/22). The artist promises to release his next track in January, with the perspective of doing so every 2 months. How many electronic/pop artists do you know that make you groove while telling a compelling story? This guy produces a product that has the ability to draw you in with its gently soaring melody, and subtly swelling soundscape which takes you to a special place.

Danaher isn’t the first artist to delve into creating slick soundscapes with his music. Others have all done it before with varying degrees of success. However, even a casual listen reveals that Danaher possesses an uncanny skill for creating well-crafted slices of pop.

Once you press play, “Control” quickly establishes the artist’s modus operandi as finely woven layers of keyboards, guitar, and warm soulful vocals float above the smooth backdrop so crisp and clean you could eat off it. ​The pulsing basslines and guitar motifs, all buffed to a shiny chrome finish, wash over the song without ever burying its infectious melody.

At this point, it might seem like Danaher is all concerned with form and function, and style over substance. His sounds are crisp and clean, crafted and balanced to within the narrowest margins of error. But a closer listen to the narrative, reveals that Danaher is also concerned with deep, relatable storytelling.

The track also showcases Danaher ability for mixing vocals into his music, adding human warmth to his songs. The female vocals is given the same luscious treatment as the music, adding a wistfulness that blends brilliantly with the song’s warm analog-like sound.

And for added measure, a fiery electric guitar deftly winds its way between the beat and keyboard driven atmosphere. The chorus is the track’s most epic moment, as well as its most adventurous. Danaher jettisons part of his laid-back style, opting for a thicker, more urgent sound, giving the song a more propulsive feel.

It’s for this motive that I often find myself listening to this same song 4 or 5 times in a row, as I quickly get addicted to the effortless grace the track exudes in its finest moments. The precision execution, production and engineering behind tracks like “Control” never seems to wear out, no matter how many times I’ve listened to it while travelling between home and office, and the track’s softer moments gives it a subtle warmth that’s totally affecting.

Everything on here meshes so well. The song is a prime example of how the pure mind of an artistic newcomer can truly lead to a tectonic shift for an entire genre. “Control” is accessible to a wide listener base because of its enchanting mood and catchy pop qualities. The overall atmosphere created is extremely mesmerizing. Definitely one of the best pop songs of its kind that I have heard this year.

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Berani – “All Day We Demonstrate” carries the torch for Zouk Bass! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/berani-all-day-we-demonstrate-carries-the-torch-for-zouk-bass http://jamsphere.com/reviews/berani-all-day-we-demonstrate-carries-the-torch-for-zouk-bass#respond Thu, 28 Nov 2019 10:24:39 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37283 Berani is an electronic beat-maker from Byron Bay on Australia’s east coast. He directs his skill-set within a varied palette of styles, from Hip Hop and EDM through to Electro Pop, Future RnB, chill and downtempo sounds. It is also a proven fact that he is extremely prolific, having already released twenty singles since May […]

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Berani is an electronic beat-maker from Byron Bay on Australia’s east coast. He directs his skill-set within a varied palette of styles, from Hip Hop and EDM through to Electro Pop, Future RnB, chill and downtempo sounds. It is also a proven fact that he is extremely prolific, having already released twenty singles since May 2019. We recently caught up with Berani’s Zouk Bass track, entitled “All Day We Demonstrate”. “What is Zouk Bass?” No the question should not be, what is zouk bass, but rather “What happened to Zouk Bass?” The first global explosion of this style happened in Lisbon during early 2013.

For a few while, it felt like the electronic world was witnessing a musical revolution. There was a sense of hope in the air: maybe those early tracks made by the new architects of zouk bass would rescue dance music with added global appeal, returning the spark that emerged in its beginnings.

It somehow took a while for zouk bass to truly be heard inside the clubs that were already consuming all types of tropical music, and somehow it got relegated to the peripheral dance-floors along the way. Now in 2019, Australia’s Berani attempts to give the style new life on “All Day We Demonstrate”.

It’s a sound, the roots of which derive from Africa and the Caribbean, and which has been updated with modern electronic bass sounds. Zouk Bass is usually at 90bpm but it can range from 85bpm to 100bpm. Here Berani shows his originality, by taking the pace to 105bpm. Strong percussion plays a key part in this style, and is dominant on this single.

Many of us in Europe and America need new challenges, new things, and new sounds to keep us feeling refreshed and maybe to feel that somehow we are progressing on the dance floor. And this is exactly what Berani brings with “All Day We Demonstrate”.

It differs from traditional dance music in many ways, and can be boiled down to the structure of the rhythmic and melodic subdivisions. The slower and steady rhythm, sounds more complex and you actually feel transported into clubs somewhere in Africa or the Caribbean, as Berani takes you away from the usual, formulaic House or Techno based productions.

For zouk bass to truly carry the torch for global club music, it needs more of the rest of the world in on it. It needs to find producers in other scenes that share a common goal of slowing down dance floors, and Berani takes on this challenge perfectly with “All Day We Demonstrate”.

The track is exactly what you need to set the dance floor on fire with its sweaty drum beat, dirty basslines and melodic synth wobbles. It is also definitely a special treat for all the global bass music heads out there. “All Day We Demonstrate” is born out of a desire to produce a world-beating musical force, and Berani wants to do so firmly on his own terms.

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Gentry Fox – “RDSV2” conveys lyrical prowess, raw storytelling chops, and poised technical skills http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/gentry-fox-rdsv2-conveys-lyrical-prowess-raw-storytelling-chops-and-poised-technical-skills http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/gentry-fox-rdsv2-conveys-lyrical-prowess-raw-storytelling-chops-and-poised-technical-skills#respond Wed, 27 Nov 2019 12:20:13 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37270 Gentry Fox’s debut solo project “RARE DEMO SHIT (vol.1)” aka “RDSV1” was released independently on his label SUB|ROK RECORDS in August 2014 to critical acclaim, and since then the rapper, hip-hop recording artist, record producer, actor, director, designer, label executive, and visionary entrepreneur, has been scrupulously conceiving, recording and producing the follow-up. Five years later, […]

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Gentry Fox’s debut solo project “RARE DEMO SHIT (vol.1)” aka “RDSV1” was released independently on his label SUB|ROK RECORDS in August 2014 to critical acclaim, and since then the rapper, hip-hop recording artist, record producer, actor, director, designer, label executive, and visionary entrepreneur, has been scrupulously conceiving, recording and producing the follow-up. Five years later, we have the 16 tracks which make up “RARE DEMO SHIT (vol.2)” aka “RDSV2”. Described by the Wyoming rapper himself, as “a musical narrative about a small-town hip-hop artist and his journey of self-discovery through life, love, fear, and death,” this album is considered the official sequel and spiritual successor to his debut project.

Debut albums are always crucial. It’s a first impression that really shows what you are capable of. But then it’s the sophomore release which determines your overall status. It can make or break you, by confirming or denying your initial commitment.

Gentry Fox has already proven himself as a fantastic lyricist, and shown that his music can speak for itself without of having to rely on gimmicky sounds and weird features. And now he certifies that initial impact with “RDSV2”. One thing that is immediately noticeable when looking through this album is that there isn’t a single guest feature. An absolute rarity in the current scene, where features abound.

Gentry Fox shows how capable of holding down tracks he is. And when I say ‘holding down’, I don’t simply mean rapping. I mean, the lyrics, production, arrangement, mixing and mastering, as Fox does it all. Heck, he even handled the artwork and scratching. “RARE DEMO SHIT (vol.2)” is without a doubt one of the best solo albums in its genre we’ve seen in 2019.

Firstly because it’s a true solo album in every sense, and secondly because it’s so damn good. Every now and then someone special comes along. You find yourself a student of the craft that is working his education to do something undeniable. That someone is Gentry Fox.

It’s hard to keep up with quality artists when we’re fed so much filler, but the minute you press play on the opening track, “Resurgence”, you know you’re onto something great. Gentry Fox is a breath of fresh air in a redundant landscape dominated by one-trick ponies with auto-tuners.

His lyrical flow dominates, but so does his storytelling, as he paints picture after picture throughout this album. The cinematic opener is inspirational, heartwarming, as well as disturbing, perfectly encapsulating what to expect as listeners voyage through the album. And if that isn’t impressive enough, the gritty thump of “Affirmatory” should convince you.

The perfect blend of old school and new school, backpack and boom-bap, classy and raw, lyrical and catchy, the tracks on “RDSV2” explore new horizons while never straying from Fox’s roots. Almost everything he touches is perfectly well-rounded.

From kaleidoscopic banging standouts like “Assimilation” and “Absolution”, or slower nuanced cuts like “Otherground”, “Synesthesia” and “Sayonara”. However, it’s on the catchy mid-tempo numbers where Fox excels. In particular on “Solstice”, “Wanderlust”, “Valhalla” and “Destiny”. From start to finish, this album is strong, as each track continues the overall narrative.

As usual, Gentry Fox’s lyricism stands out right the way through as the Rock Springs native spits killer lines. It’s his voice, which anchors an already solid recording, and is crucial in getting the album up and running on all cylinders.

Throughout, Fox conveys lyrical prowess, raw storytelling chops, and poised technical skills. Furthermore, his charged instrumentals, balance the emotionally driven content. What more can you ask from an album in 2019?

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Freaky Little – “Manifesto” – the artistic creativity abounds all over this record! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/freaky-little-manifesto-the-artistic-creativity-abounds-all-over-this-record http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/freaky-little-manifesto-the-artistic-creativity-abounds-all-over-this-record#respond Tue, 26 Nov 2019 18:50:24 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37253 Future funk is rising, and as funk music and all of its funkiness is jumping onto the music scene in all sorts of ways, this may have been an investment made by music creators that is steadily to the creation of one of the next big music trends. Future funk combines old funk and disco […]

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Future funk is rising, and as funk music and all of its funkiness is jumping onto the music scene in all sorts of ways, this may have been an investment made by music creators that is steadily to the creation of one of the next big music trends. Future funk combines old funk and disco elements with new-school electronic techniques. Music has always been a medium able to create something accessible which then allows listeners to sink into something deeper and more complex, and future funk does a magnificent job of that. Its beat and rhythmic momentum draws you in, which in turn allows the producer to introduce you to sounds and flavors with a more profound scope. One such creative is Haviv Rosilio with his project Freaky Little.

Haviv Rosilio

“Manifesto” is a dark synth, hip-hop and funky music single by Freaky Little. The song is taken from the soundtrack of “TRANSMUTED” – a short ART film by Haviv Rosilio. The film was shot mostly in Tel Aviv, Israel and some abandoned ex-military facilities. It expresses a concept of humans whose DNA got infected and altered.

They become freaks of nature, while maintaining life in an underground bunker, and resisting all sorts of dangers. In some ways, Freaky Little is the perfect example of a gateway project, as it easily lets you branch out into a different corner of the music universe. Far away from the clichéd and cloned sounds we’re so used to.

On “Manifesto”, Freaky Little shows us yet another evolution within electronic music. The sound is marketable, the beat is danceable, and the sound is accessible to the average music listener, yet the artistic creativity abounds all over this record. And the video, may I add.

What’s not to love about a genre full of creativity? People need something new to move to it seems, and this revolutionized electronic sound by Freaky Little, is just what people need, and that will become more apparent over time.

Electronic music and the techniques used in music are evolving in general, and people like Haviv Rosilio with his project Freaky Little only show creatives can bend and mold styles into new things, letting never before seen genres find a place in the forever-growing ecosystem of music that exists.

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With signs of intrigue already showing up on music websites, video platforms, and social media, the word can only spread further, and maybe soon Freaky Little will be a household name, or at least one with a very strong notoriety in the underground.

Haviv Rosilio seems like someone who has always pushed the boundaries of his own creativity, establishing himself as a craftsman, within the visual arts, design, decorating and music, among other things. He is one of the few acts who defines his own music genre with a hybrid blend, and it should allow him to attract crowds, who are always hungry for innovation.

The release of “Manifesto”, combined with video clip signals a landmark in not just current independent electronic music, but underground contemporary music as a whole. By building his audiovisual style from the ground up, Haviv Rosilio and his Freaky Little project, found a way to incorporate classic vintage elements with ultramodern production styles for an intoxicating combination of sound and vision.

“Manifesto” features elements derived from electronica, hip-hop, funk, and even pulls from synthwave styles. Fans of Freaky Little will see more than innovation, they’ll see the future!

Links: SPOTIFYYOUTUBE

Projects by Haviv Rosilio:
https://amorfix.wixsite.com/havivrosilio
https://filmfreeway.com/HavivRosilio
https://vimeo.com/manage/videos
https://youtu.be/tavponFykFk

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Jas Frank & the Intoits – “In Early Mornings” – the intricacies of an abusive relationship http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/jas-frank-the-intoits-in-early-mornings-the-intricacies-of-an-abusive-relationship http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/jas-frank-the-intoits-in-early-mornings-the-intricacies-of-an-abusive-relationship#respond Tue, 26 Nov 2019 16:28:48 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37248 Jas Frank & the Intoits’ debut album “The Girl from Cherry Valley” was unquestionably one of my favorite albums, which I initially heard at the beginning of February 2019. It gave me something I felt like I’d been missing for so long from the music scene. Finally here was an album woven not just of sounds, […]

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Jas Frank & the Intoits’ debut album “The Girl from Cherry Valley” was unquestionably one of my favorite albums, which I initially heard at the beginning of February 2019. It gave me something I felt like I’d been missing for so long from the music scene. Finally here was an album woven not just of sounds, but of stories, one that felt intimate and visceral, that made me nostalgic for something I couldn’t even quite articulate, but something that left me aching and wistful all the same. Jas Frank & the Intoits have developed to be a progressively excellent band, one who embraces the old, broken down spirit of rock n’ roll and utilizes the technologies of electronics. Moving from luscious intimate production to more jangly rhythmic excursions, overall, the album was musically focused with a strong sense of lyrical clarity throughout.

Now from that same album, Jas Frank & the Intoits have released the single “In Early Mornings” alongside an accompanying music video. Described as “an attempt to portray the complexities and the intricacies of an abusive relationship,” the video for the song was released on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

The album cover artwork

Jas Frank & the Intoits – a music project from Croatia, comprised of Jas Frank, Marko Gacina and Slaven Bolanca – make their message clear right from the opening verse: “In early mornings, when the town’s still asleep. You’re ignoring that you’re in way too deep. You find excuses for the man. Although you don’t know will you make it through another day.”

Striking a dark, rich and deep tone, this is where the band excels, within a tragic song that simmers and burns on an almost playful beat. It is exactly this contradiction between the lighthearted bouncy musical backdrop, the soft and sweet engaging melody, together with the harrowing narrative of an imminent danger, which perfectly describes the general modus operandi of an abusive relationship.

Contradiction builds and builds until it spirals, crashes and cascades, into a tragic end. Full of desperation, remorse, and trepidation, the song is eloquence defined. “In Early Mornings” is an astounding record. It underscores the emotional power of storytelling through a tender voice and an exquisite musical arrangement.

Much of how we choose to consider the music that surrounds our lives comes from how well it can impact us on a personal, emotional level. The listener is inclined to cling to each delicately placed syllable and note that is articulated within “In Early Mornings”. As an innovative and conscious group, Jas Frank & the Intoits capitalize on their lyrical proficiency, all the while mastering their extremely specific sound.

The band have carved out a niche that is uniquely their own – vivid lyrics and vocals, which alternate between low, velvety and soaring. The music can be either gentle or decidedly more assertive, depending on what the situation calls for. Delicate at times, rough and gritty at others, Jas Frank & the Intoits are so full of confidence and energy you may mistake them for a band that has been around for decades.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – YOUTUBE – SPOTIFY – SOUNDCLOUD – TWITTER – INSTAGRAM

 

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Mallika Mehta – “Finally Free (Libre, Libre)” screams radio A-list! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/mallika-mehta-finally-free-libre-libre-screams-radio-a-list http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/mallika-mehta-finally-free-libre-libre-screams-radio-a-list#respond Mon, 25 Nov 2019 22:01:12 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37236 Mumbai’s rising songstress Mallika Mehta, who has garnered an incredibly positive reception from critics and fans alike for her previous works, is getting set to release her brand new EP, “Evolve: The Story of Her”. In the meantime she has dropped her latest single, “Finally Free (Libre, Libre)” on all platforms from the 24th of […]

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Mumbai’s rising songstress Mallika Mehta, who has garnered an incredibly positive reception from critics and fans alike for her previous works, is getting set to release her brand new EP, “Evolve: The Story of Her”. In the meantime she has dropped her latest single, “Finally Free (Libre, Libre)” on all platforms from the 24th of October 2019. Mallika, also known as the Adele of Mumbai, is an amazingly talented singer and songwriter. Her voice can be deep and sultry, or perfectly pitched pop. Her lyrics no doubt speak to the souls of many, many people out there who have been in love, who have lost it, and who are trying to move on.

The artist who doesn’t require a stage name because her birth one is so striking, really sets out to introduce herself to audiences with her releases. Usually when artists write about themselves, they’re expected to really bare their souls. Which is what she actually does.

On first listen to any of Mallika Mehta songs, what’s most striking about them is how the songstress manages to keep them texturally interesting. Of course, throughout her music there are increases and decreases in intensity. But Mallika never relies on these to keep the listener hooked — that’s where her detailed songwriting, satisfyingly complex melodies, and vocal finesse comes in.

“Finally Free (Libre, Libre)” is a track to rival the best efforts of Mallika’s big-name pop contemporaries: a slinking baseline, a banging beat, and vibrant, layered synths. The result is a track brimming with confidence, not only in her own voice and her eye for a chorus, but in the emotive quality of her lyrics.

When Mallika Mehta reaches for the personal, she sounds like she’s doing so because that’s where her best music emerges from, not because she thinks that’s what authentic artists do. The opening syncopated synth, rushing chorus and sophisticated lyrical structure of “Finally Free (Libre, Libre)” makes it assuring to see Mallika has comfortably anchored herself in the category of pop innovator with this record.

The song’s gigantic chorus and memorable hook screams radio A-list, whilst Mallika soars through the arrangement. This is Mallika rediscovering her inner self – free from the burden of a relationship, and able to stand firmly on her own two feet.

And obviously, the song is transcendent, it’s airy excitement a searing three minutes and forty one seconds of euphoria. “Evolve: The Story of Her” is set to be Mallika Mehta’s debut EP, but it already feels like she’s been around forever.

Mallika takes themes of emotional conflict and makes them accessible. Her lyrics are filled with stories from her life, and the EP chronicles the contrasting phases of a relationship. Mallika has spent the last 3 years building expectation via some incredible singles.

The Indian born singer-songwriter has been making waves across USA, Europe and the greater globe since she began working on her first English track, “War Solo” in 2016. She demonstrated a natural spark for pop with early cuts, including the thrilling “Flame Is Gone”. Now with the release of “Finally Free (Libre, Libre)”, and the upcoming EP, Mallika Mehta is aiming to take her already flourishing career to the next level.

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Unintended Strangers apply their sublime magical formula to Christmas songs http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/unintended-strangers-apply-their-sublime-magical-formula-to-christmas-songs http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/unintended-strangers-apply-their-sublime-magical-formula-to-christmas-songs#respond Mon, 25 Nov 2019 18:57:51 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37230 What more can I say about the Indie/folk duo Unintended Strangers, comprised of Robert Griffin (U.S) and Chloe Danz (New Zealand) that hasn’t been said already? We know that they met over the internet by chance during November 2017, and that they’ve been composing, performing and releasing superlative music, without ever having met since then. […]

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What more can I say about the Indie/folk duo Unintended Strangers, comprised of Robert Griffin (U.S) and Chloe Danz (New Zealand) that hasn’t been said already? We know that they met over the internet by chance during November 2017, and that they’ve been composing, performing and releasing superlative music, without ever having met since then. Beautiful and contemplative, this is a musical collaboration that one comes across, once in a blue moon, and that one never tires of. Unintended Strangers, are such a talented duo that only seems to be getting better. Or rather, evolving, not getting better, since all their previous releases are just as excellent as the subsequent ones. There is such thoughtful lyricism, melody, and poignancy on their songs. A sense of melancholia pervades throughout their catalog, but of the uplifting, peace-in-occasional-solitude kind. Upon listening to Unintended Strangers, nature, the passage of time, the transient nature of relationships and our very existence comes to mind.

Now Unintended Strangers apply that sublime magical formula to 5 Christmas songs which will be released on an EP. The duo have decided to drop the songs, one per day from November 27 to Dec 1. The also smartly had kids draw up the cover art for each song, from which a winning artwork will be chosen on December 15, to represent the EP cover.

So what about the music? The caliber of songs are what you would expect from this kind of collection: From “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night” to “December”, “Wintersong” and “Spirit of Christmas Past”. However the interpretations will delight and surprise.

Chloe and Robert both have wonderful voices independently and in harmony with each other. They are both also incredible musicians who make beautiful instrumental music that accompanies their vocals perfectly. Currently there is no better Indie-Folk duo around in my opinion.

The only musical experience better than listening to any of Unintended Strangers recordings, including this one, is seeing them in live performance, which seems impossible for the moment. I don’t know what the exact order of the songs will be on the EP, but as soon as I pressed play on “Jingle Bells”, the clichéd phrase “this is a hard act to follow”, just swooped into my mind.

All of the duo’s personal and intimate characteristics were indelibly stamped on the song. Gone was the up-tempo bluster and bombast, in its place a magical kind of melancholy beauty. The harmony between the two is captivating and eminently listenable; it’s easy to detect the seamless teamwork and understand why Unintended Strangers are so captivating.

Theirs is a crystalline clear sound like the oscillating snowflakes in a hushed forest. “Silent Night” is quiet and simple in structure, with a dominant piano and two voices in a style that steadily builds somewhere between soul, gospel and folk. Yet, it has a sneaky, deceptive emotional power which could bring you to your knees.

Unintended Strangers’ rendition of “December” – a track you might have heard performed by Norah Jones –  is as striking and eloquent as you’re expect it to be. Chloe Danz is just such a phenomenal singer, she is never in awe of anyone who might have performed a song before her.

Together Chloe and Robert know how these songs should be restructured, where to put the spaces, where to build, and where to change the dynamics. The confirmation of this statement comes when the duo interpret “Wintersong” – a track originally co-written and performed by the immense talents of Sarah McLachlan. Once again Unintended Strangers show immense patience in their work, never rushing towards a note, or overstepping any narrative bounds. The spaces are purposeful, the sounds connoting spirituality.

“Spirit of Christmas Past” is yet another glorious interpretation, of a song made famous by Enya. Unintended Strangers impose their own personal style and elevate the composition to transcendental heights.  For all we know, perhaps certain magic occurred during the recording where Robert Griffin and Chloe Danz were just telepathically in sync.

Unintended Strangers have successfully mastered the art of long-distance partnership. Partly because they’re seasoned instrumentalists and singers, and partly because, they’re obviously so open and honest with one another – and, therefore, their listeners. That’s the real spirit of Christmas!

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

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Tracey Coryell – “My Meditation” ft. Fr. V – a melodic tour de force! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/tracey-coryell-my-meditation-ft-fr-v-a-melodic-tour-de-force http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/tracey-coryell-my-meditation-ft-fr-v-a-melodic-tour-de-force#respond Mon, 25 Nov 2019 11:17:24 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37223 Orlando, Florida based singer-songwriter, Tracey Coryell is back with a brand new single, entitled “My Meditation”. The track is taken off her upcoming album “raVel”, in the works with Producer/Engineer Lucio Rubino at Fish Tank studio. The album will be dedicated to her late husband and legendary jazz guitarist, Larry Coryell. This time around Tracey […]

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Orlando, Florida based singer-songwriter, Tracey Coryell is back with a brand new single, entitled “My Meditation”. The track is taken off her upcoming album “raVel”, in the works with Producer/Engineer Lucio Rubino at Fish Tank studio. The album will be dedicated to her late husband and legendary jazz guitarist, Larry Coryell. This time around Tracey collaborates with special guest writer, Fr. V – a catholic priest, artist and writer.

I think my favorite thing about Tracey Coryell and her music is the real authenticity of it all. She mixes the emotionally charged lyricism of Americana, with the true grit of Rock, and the sheer catchiness of Pop into her musical blend, which is all perfectly forged into an alluring formula on her latest single. Moreover, her honest songwriting strikes a chord and puts the listener right in middle of her songs.

Now, on “My Meditation”, Fr. V adds to the artistic equation, and the result is a song that will resonate deeply with audiences. Tracey Coryell’s voice is pure gold, and the song is so full of emotion and energy that it is impossible to not pay complete attention, regardless of what you were doing when you started listening.

Once locked into the tuneful melody, Fr. V’s thoughtful and poetically inspiring words will hit home straight away. Unless it’s made of stone, your heart will swell along with the music, as Tracey reaches aria-esque heights. Her voice can twist your heart even before you get the gist of what she’s singing about. Her power as an empath comes out fully in this song.

“My Meditation” is a melodic tour de force that moves back and forth between wordy singer-songwriter verses and a rocking, anthemic chorus. Masterminded in tandem with Fr. V, Tracey Coryell inhabits a role of poise and command, and what they offer together here, isn’t a reluctant or half-hearted gesture, but something powerful and proactive.

The lyrics are fully immersed in detailed scene-setting and characterization. The song’s chorus explodes with catharsis, big emotions that are earned by the storytelling and vocal performance, and then driven home by the detailed rootsy arrangement.

Tracey Coryell has the voice, the talent, and the songwriting skills to become an elite female singer-songwriter. Her voice is powerful, and sits comfortably somewhere between Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge. There is not a single moment that she does not rise to the occasion.

Tracey approaches the music with a rawness that makes her performance, and the record overall, sound organic and authentic to the ninth degree. Production, songwriting, lyricism, and talent aside, “My Meditation” is what it is. Outstanding.

MORE ABOUT TRACEY CORYELL: The thirty year career of this singer, songwriter, recording artist has afforded her the opportunity to record with Grammy Award winning producers in Philadelphia & Miami, and perform with such greats as her late husband, renowned jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, guitarist Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane), acclaimed jazz-rock drummer Alphonse Mouzon and the legendary Les Paul. Her children’s book was published by Eifrig Publishing in 2015 and she is a two-time recipient of the ‘Best Love Song’ award from the Songwriter’s Showcase of America (SSA).

MORE ABOUT FR. V: A Priest, an artist, a writer with a charismatic personality rooted in an irresistible and enchanting fascination for God, people and Rock & Roll and having won many international awards regarding his art. Fr V’s style of writing is deep and thought provoking, infused with the idea: “when I am before God I’m defending people but when I am before people I defend God”. His homilies, stories and poems are featured in many books, newspapers and magazines. Fr V is known internationally, appearing often on Polish TV, where they also made a documentary about him. Many articles have been written about Fr V and his originality in both American and Swedish newspapers and magazines.

Limited Edition CD Singles of “My Meditation” are available at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Bushnell, Fl.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – FACEBOOK – INSTAGRAM – SPOTIFY

 

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Joemayk – “Lost Paradise” is an indie-rock gem! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/joemayk-lost-paradise-is-an-indie-rock-gem http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/joemayk-lost-paradise-is-an-indie-rock-gem#respond Fri, 22 Nov 2019 01:55:39 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37182 Guitarist, singer-songwriter and music producer of Venezuelan origin, Joemayk, who currently resides in Madrid (Spain), has released his latest single entitled “Lost Paradise”. The track is available in both English and Spanish. Joemayk has a great rock sound and catchy songs, and is truly one of the more original yet approachable indie-rock artists out there. […]

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Guitarist, singer-songwriter and music producer of Venezuelan origin, Joemayk, who currently resides in Madrid (Spain), has released his latest single entitled “Lost Paradise”. The track is available in both English and Spanish. Joemayk has a great rock sound and catchy songs, and is truly one of the more original yet approachable indie-rock artists out there. If you liked his previous records, you’ll like the new one. I wondered how he would follow up on his EP, “Animal Soul” with its dose of furiously played melodic rock, with its perfect balance of rawness and musicality. Now I have the answer. You can expect resonant and high-rising vocals, catchy choruses, crunchy angular guitars, and a driving drum beat.

After his nearly-perfect EP, Joemayk had to really come out swinging to make an impression with his follow-up release. In my opinion, he couldn’t have done it any better. The impact of “Lost Paradise” will definitely help establish Joemayk as an influence within the underground indie rock community. The track will cement him as a representation of guitar rock revivalism.

It has an identity of its own, and this identity is most visible in its songwriting.  As soon as the guitars and banging drums start off the track, Joemayk unabashedly moves forward, takes center stage and never stops. It’s one of the reasons why this record feels so invigorating. Its congruity and tenacity are emblematic of the artist himself.

The drums is integral to its pacing, too, never using the beat for showmanship but instead as a base for the music to return to. Joemayk lyrics are some of the strongest moments of the record, so they’re worth considering in the track’s context. “Lost Paradise” is an adrenaline-fueled head-rush of precision-perfect rock about a modern romantic life.

The track keeps rolling like a locomotive, with bright vocals, and that riff swimming about in your head. The bass-line and the chorus are equally the high standard stuff on this track, as it pushes it farther and farther to achieve the best conclusion possible. The harmonies and shimmering keys, wraps things up perfectly.

Rather than simply thrashing around, the music is mature and melodic, while retaining a clever indie-rock sensibility. Joemayk’s singing, when accompanied with the right instrumentation, as it is here, makes him sound fresh and cutting-edge. “Lost Paradise” does just what Joemayk intended it to: exist on its own terms in an electronic world.

Although it’s important to consider what came before it, it’s a track with a character distinct from Joemayk other releases. It also helps strengthen the guitar-rock movement, as mentioned before, and that’s a feat that shouldn’t go unacknowledged.

So the overall question is: should you grab a copy of this? Hell, yes. It’s an indie-rock gem rarely found in the modern music world. If you want an introduction to Joemayk, my suggestion would be to start right here. “Lost Paradise” is the rare track you could imagine rocking college radio and storming barricades of mainstream charts.

OFFICIAL LINKS:

Website: http://Joemayk.com

Lost Paradise: https://open.spotify.com/track/1K6qfKSMapqXbk4U10uLv9?si=224R-J8ySGCK9S5kRq5IKQ

Lost Paradise Spanish Version (Paraiso Perdido): https://open.spotify.com/track/56hhFRwMEyooJA0lGE4VqN?si=XJ_9ZdAVQhCAASqwLMvHJg

iTunes: https://music.apple.com/es/artist/joemayk/1393830279

Facebook: www.facebook.com/joemaykofficial

Instagram: www.instagram.com/joemayk

 

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Voice in the Attic – “Warts & All” – The work of an awakening giant! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/voice-in-the-attic-warts-all-the-work-of-an-awakening-giant http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/voice-in-the-attic-warts-all-the-work-of-an-awakening-giant#respond Thu, 21 Nov 2019 23:18:43 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37176 I discovered BC Bogey aka Voice in the Attic during 2015, listening to the single “Over”, and fell in love with this project instantly. BC Bogey is a critically acclaimed songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, award-winning music video director and classically trained singer, who works with Grammy-winning musicians and sound engineers from Europe and the USA. The way […]

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I discovered BC Bogey aka Voice in the Attic during 2015, listening to the single “Over”, and fell in love with this project instantly. BC Bogey is a critically acclaimed songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, award-winning music video director and classically trained singer, who works with Grammy-winning musicians and sound engineers from Europe and the USA. The way he can easily glide through the organic chill of some songs, into the homey, campfire-like tunes, then to the fully fleshed-out modern twist of others, will always surprise me. He puts so much effort into the music and the lyrics, it’s always worth supporting him. His music is gorgeous and it gives a warm, upfront feeling with his deep, dominant voice set center-stage for maximum emotional impact.

The melodies on his brand new album, entitled “Warts & All”, are inebriating, the lyrics interesting and evocative – the production strong and full.  Musically he is writing with a broader palette than his beginnings, with expansive and fuller visions where there was once only a voice accompanied by guitar and little else. In every way I believe this to be his strongest record thus far.

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Yet having said that, this album is still as acoustic and as live as it gets with studio productions. “What you hear is just how we decided to track the sounds, the cellist, the bassist, the drummer, the backing vocalist and I made, warts and all,” states BC Bogey.

It’s definitely a step away from Voice in the Attic first album, but the artistic integrity and spirit are still deep-seeded in this record. It does all the things that you expect or want it to do. I’ve owned this album for a week or so, and I’m already obsessed. BC Bogey and his crew of highly talented musicians make such alluring music, all in a matter of 9 tracks.

I hate putting labels on music, and labelling this album can be a daunting task, but my personal filing tags says Cinematic Indie-Folk. Though it only just begins to describe “Warts & All”. Sheer awesome, is how you describe the opening track “Somehow”.

It takes only one listening for it to worm its way into your DNA: “Take me to the here/Take me to the now/I’m always somewhere else/In my mind somehow,” sees the writer affront the theme of ‘being in the moment’. A difficult status for cyber addicts to achieve. “Listen”, addresses a similar theme that plagues modern society – ‘paying attention and attempting to grab attention’.

By the time you encounter the third track, “Thought” – the first single off the album, you would have realized that this is manifestly the work of an awakening giant. It is, in essence, a tone, a mood, a universe that you’ll want to return to again and again. The following song, “Somehow”, is different to the opening track. Though sharing some chords and words, it is more wistful and melancholic in nature.

The poignant instrumental “Up”, leads you to “Blind”. Few songs have captured as much contrasting beauty, as BC Bogey’s crystal clear vocals and eloquently picked acoustic guitar leads the emotional charges of a breakup, pinpointing how the meaning of words change according to their context.

The album cover artwork

The video for the second single taken from the album, “Biz”, has garnered awards and nominations from international film festivals, which testifies to its powerful narrative and vivid imagery. Another instrumental, titled “Unknown”, takes you to the final track, “Maybe” which investigates where the future will lead us, and the part we play in that process.

It’s also interesting to know that these songs were constructed in various countries around the world, including Australia, England, Germany, Thailand and the US. The album was written, recorded, arranged, edited and produced by BC Bogey. Mixing was done by Craig Durrance, while the mastering was executed by Bernie Grundman at BG Mastering, Hollywood, CA.

Take your time with this music, it is not a quick fix to simply fill the empty void in your head – rather, toward the right listeners, it will resonate and reflect something profound, and unique to each individual set of ears.

In a nutshell, “Warts & All” is a great and captivating collection of songs that use organic instrumentation, simple melody and rhythm, as well as thought-provoking narratives, together with vocals that are more instrumental than anything else in painting a plethora of absorbing musical landscapes.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITEFACEBOOKYOUTUBESPOTIFY

 

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ECHOGLASS – “Hard” toes a line between consistency and adventurousness http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/echoglass-hard-toes-a-line-between-consistency-and-adventurousness http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/echoglass-hard-toes-a-line-between-consistency-and-adventurousness#respond Thu, 21 Nov 2019 18:50:52 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37172 The Lancashire, Blackburn-based collective, ECHOGLASS, is a musical vehicle for core members DA McKenna, Remmy and Bo, who release their creations through Darkhouse Recordings. Their work is musically and lyrically distinct, and from the beginning they have always transcended the generic constraints of UK indie pop, punk and rock. Reinventing their blended sound on each release. While […]

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The Lancashire, Blackburn-based collective, ECHOGLASS, is a musical vehicle for core members DA McKenna, Remmy and Bo, who release their creations through Darkhouse Recordings. Their work is musically and lyrically distinct, and from the beginning they have always transcended the generic constraints of UK indie pop, punk and rock. Reinventing their blended sound on each release. While most of their contemporaries are electronic based clones, ECHOGLASS’ latest single “Hard”, inspires and delights with its guitar driven engine room. Going against the current tide, the band’s music is intense, introspective and acutely observant – a wholly alternative world view. The lead vocals are distinctive and the guitar work exemplifies jangle, crunch and inventiveness. From the resonant keyboard work to the solid drumming, some of ECHOGLASS’ finest work is here.

Their innate understanding of human nature, the ugly pieces we hide from ourselves, is the DNA of many ECHOGLASS songs. An exact blend of wit and melancholy, as well as the uniquely British charm that cannot be manufactured. “Hard” is remarkably assured, with the group having figured out their signature “back to basics” sound.

The band has never sounded swaggeringly tougher. Going for the throat. Jumping into the fray with nary a thought of taking any prisoners. Blistering guitars, muscular bass and drums. Lyrics that take the words right out of your mouth and fling them in your face: “Heading down to the West End. Focused. Eager. Looking for it. Walking with your swinging arms. Purpose is your middle name.”

Musically, lyrically, and stylistically, “Hard” is in its own lane. With the bass and keys ducking in and out of the singing, in particular with the guitar trilling in the background, this is a very well put together song.  If anything it shows the musical skills of the band, and the power of the lead voice that sounds more than meaningful.

If you are at all familiar with the music of ECHOGLASS, you will know that their lyrics are part of the same school as those of the likes of Morrisey, Thom Yorke and Roger Waters; looking at everyday life with an often cynical eye. “Hard” catches fire musically from the opening bars, and will impact people in many different ways.

“Hard” provides enough meat on its bones to be a worthwhile listen for those nostalgic for the sound of the musical roots that once led to Britpop and Indie Rock. Production techniques so often obscure the bones of potentially great song craft, but that doesn’t happen here.

The lush enveloping melody, the impossibly expansive vocals, the contrast of the crunching guitars and reverberating keys are gorgeously evident. They represent ECHOGLASS at the peak of their powers. Musically, “Hard” toes a line between consistency and adventurousness. Yet for all its raw immediacy, there’s an overarching crystalline elegance that polishes the record into a stunning glaze.

ECHOGLASS is a group that has evolved over the course of each release, whether they’re leaning backward or looking forward. “Hard” sees them roll all their influences together, and it’s the kind of moment that might just take your breath away.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – INSTAGRAM – YOUTUBE

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Abeille – “Feels” lifts and lilts with warmth! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/abeille-feels-lifts-and-lilts-with-warmth http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/abeille-feels-lifts-and-lilts-with-warmth#respond Tue, 19 Nov 2019 12:47:05 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=37134 Abeille (meaning ‘honeybee’ in French) is an indie jazz-pop duo out of Nashville and Portland. This long distance project is made up of Emily Jewel and Samuel Terrazzino, who currently released their debut single “Feels”. “This song goes past the meaning of just two individuals finding each other,” explains the duo, continuing: “At the time […]

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Abeille (meaning ‘honeybee’ in French) is an indie jazz-pop duo out of Nashville and Portland. This long distance project is made up of Emily Jewel and Samuel Terrazzino, who currently released their debut single “Feels”. “This song goes past the meaning of just two individuals finding each other,” explains the duo, continuing: “At the time this song was written we had just started playing music together again after a multi-year hiatus of minimal contact. This song was the turning point in our relationship from being just friends to something more.” They have since gone from being just friends, to a couple crazy enough to endure the many miles that separate them.

“Feels” was written, recorded, mixed and mastered by Abeille, who also took care of the artwork. Fans will appreciate the sensitivity and consummate craftsmanship they bring to this roasted chestnut, seamlessly blending voice and music, making much with smooth minimal means.

Emily Jewel’s rich voice, at times earthy, at others ethereal, lifts and lilts with warmth, fluidity and spiritual immediacy. While her reading of the melody reveals a fertile imagination. The harmonies are rich and smooth, with Samuel Terrazzino blending beautifully into the vocal compartment.

The music combines walking bass lines, mid-range chords, a chunky backbeat and treble melodies that together create a remarkably lush and swinging ensemble; through delicate variations in volume, plucked harmonics, legato fingerings and a grab-bag of extended techniques, Abeille develop an original and highly effective style electronic across “Feels”.

It’s the ultimate compliment to the vocals, as Emily masterfully transforms her voice from husky and rich to a persuasive purr and back again, exploring intricate ways of returning to the contagious refrain: “I don’t get these feels for no one else.” The music follows her scalar moves with uncanny precision.

The words, hopeful, yet cautionary, tell a remarkable story of love, in spite of time and distance. Truth to tell, listening to “Feels” is akin to being wrapped in a warm comforting blanket. The timeless melody that underpins the track, and the smooth shimmering musical backdrop make the perfect antidote to all things negative. And the whole appears to be even greater than the sum of the parts.

“Feels” has an intimacy that is hard to describe. It is as enticing as it is different to the usual electronic bombast of our time. Emily and Samuel both possess considerable chops, always utilized in exquisite taste and in perfect tandem. I think they are finding paradise together, as their music allows you to let all else go and remember what is important – the ability to love and be loved.

Abeille’s music embraces Jazz, Pop and a unique interpretation of contemporary electronic, while the dual levels of vocal intimacy generate performances that are dense with rich layers of emotional subtlety.

They are, quite simply, one of the most remarkable boy-girl pairings in indie pop I have heard this year. Everything Emily Jewel and Samuel Terrazzino do together on “Feels”, has an aura of unity, strength and spiritual togetherness.

OFFICIAL LINKS: SPOTIFYAPPLE MUSICSOUNDCLOUDINSTAGRAMFACEBOOK

 

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