Natalie Jean and Levi Moore: “The Letting Go” speaks the language of the ordinary person

A good duet, in our modern age, is a rare thing. There are plenty of features, guest verses and co-writes, and the cameo drop-in is a dime a dozen. The number of genuine duets, where vocalists share verses and tell a story together in the space of a song, is very small. If your optimism fails you, as you wonder whether there are enough great acts to keep hit radio stocked with worthy pop music duets, it’s reassuring to find that Natalie Jean and Levi Moore have a first-rate single to carry us through the next few months, all by itself. The

MAKI: ‘Waking Up With The World On Fire’ – truly majestic — grandiose, slowly unfolding, and extremely cinematic

The world is a fragmented place, with fear and hate giving rise to isolationist movements around the globe and huge portions of the population turning inward rather than outward towards each other. As such waves of bigotry spread like wildfire, the music scene becomes extremely important, not just because it means more great music, but because it connects us all together on a wavelength that hits the human heart, soul and mind even harder, faster and deeper than anger can. A creative constant in the field of communicative contemporary Instrumental music, is MAKI who focuses his ample talents on a

3 Phase – ready for genre domination!

The names Chirag Shah, Prasham Deliwala and Melvin Saldana may in themselves not ring a familiar bell in your ear right now. Probably, neither will the moniker ‘3 Phase’, nor their 6 track self-titled EP. It’s logical, it’s the law of the industry’s hype machine – cast a light on the big label clones, and leave the independent creatives in the shadows. Luckily the internet has a different set of rules.  On hearing the 3 Phase EP, the lofty ambition, the focus and dedication of this creative collective of producers, songwriters and vocal talent, makes sense – its six tracks

Sy: “Get Out Of My Dreams” – grab this R&B and Soul extravaganza

The singer, songwriter and author, Sy, releases a brand new single produced by Rueben Wood. The track “Get Out Of My Dreams” is the first single release written by the artist in 2018, since writing two self-help books, “A Swan Among Ducks” and “Saying Yes to (No): Learning the Power of (No) before the end of 2017. This track soulfully captures the spirit and feel of the emotional journey of grown womanhood. It is juicy, dynamic, soulful, gorgeous, and it is nourishment for the soul…and mind, as it examines the intricacies of a relationship built on want and lust. As

IJK: “Johnny & June” – sounds invigorated!

Alternative rock artist Imad Jack Karam, known by his initials and stage name IJK, is a Dubai-based, Lebanese singer-songwriter, who has released critically acclaimed songs and recorded with internationally known music producers in prestigious London studios. Both his singles “Space Odyssey” and “Dancing Shadows” garnered a positive reception from fans and critics alike. IJK has a style that can move between edgy modern-day alt-rock and sixties rock n’ roll crooning.  He recently published his latest single and supporting, fully animated video, for the song “Johnny & June”. So, how does this new offering cope? Very well, in truth. “Johnny &

TRVP HIPPI3Z: “On Lock” – no lack of muscular skill-flexing!

TRVP HIPPI3Z is a Canadian rap duo who just dropped their latest single entitled, “On Lock”.  Listeners beware. This product has been known to blow up and cause fires in a variety of stereo systems, due to the super-hot fire provided by this crew. TRVP HIPPI3Z is a team-up that has risen as great exemplars of righteous chaos. Their supersonic sound and hard-nosed imagery gives them a mysterious sheen, but the duo have grounded themselves via booming production, and a sonorous verbal presence, coupled with their willingness to fuck you up. Their chest-beating bravado is explosive on “IDGAF (Prod. THZ)”,

Eddy Mann: “Simple Things” will leave you breathless and in a state of euphoria

At first as a musician, I created music, then as an A&R executive I challenged it, now as a music reviewer, I explore it.  Of the three, the latter is the most difficult. Criticizing or appraising somebody else’s creation is no easy task. Enjoying it is one thing, understanding it another, and translating it is even more arduous. The funny thing is, I’ve always hated describing music. It’s such a volatile and subjective art, that nobody should really have the authority or the presumptuous audacity to judge the level of enjoyment or emotion any one piece of music is capable

Kitson Lau: “Be By Your Side” – an expressive paean to love’s transformative powers

Kitson Lau wears many hats – a musician, songwriter, singer and graphic designer, he is also a medical graduate. Initially without any musical background, Kitson became inspired by Norwegian record producer and DJ, Alan Walker. This passion drove him to learn music and song production. And soon, with dedication and focus Kitson Lau hit the top of the China Kanjian ING 10 Charts with his Mandopop albums. Since signing to Sony Music Entertainment Malaysia, Kitson has been encouraged to record English songs, so now he is making his official debut via Sony, with the song “Be By Your Side”, which

Earpiphany: “Ultraviolet Dreams and Other Songs” – multi-faceted emotions

Dan G.Hagerman aka Earpiphany is a songwriter, arranger, composer who writes many genres, including his latest pop-rock offering, “Ultraviolet Dreams”, done with Aubrey Whitfield, a talented female music producer from the U.K. who also does the vocals. The track is taken from the “Ultraviolet Dreams and Other Songs” EP. Dan lives near Los Angeles with his lovely Japanese wife of thirty-five years, Reiko, and his daughter, Holly. “We love Japan, sushi and Huskies!” affirms Hagerman. In any potential mythology built up around the music of Earpiphany on “Ultraviolet Dreams”, Whitfield may represent an irrepressibly sanguine voice and Hagerman the barbed

Emmanuel Dalmas – a natural ear for a good melody!

Emmanuel Dalmas is a multi-genre music composer from the South West of France. A company founder and high level executive in the scientific industry he started composing in late November 2016 as a weekend hobby, and continued feeling an intense growing pleasure in learning more and progressing in music composition. Dalmas has since been consolidating both his craft and catalog, with a series of single releases that move between Pop, Easy Listening, EDM, as well songs in his native French tongue. From his home studio Emmanuel produces instrumental and vocal tracks, engaging talented male and female voices to complete his

Tommy West: “Frequencies of the Sun”- His Guitar Impresses Without Suppressing The Music

Tommy West is an artist/composer/producer operating out of Nashville, TN. His style reflects 70s rock sensibilities; layers of acoustic guitars, odd tunings, familiar- yet-fresh and melodic guitar playing splashed against driving rhythms. His musical sensibilities flow from a spirit of compassion, humility, harmony, and unity resulting in a tall drink of water for a divided and burning world

For his latest album “Frequencies of the Sun”, Tommy brought in a number of talented musicians to bring depth and life to the experience, including Jeremy Warren (drums), Chris DeRosa (drums), Don Barrett (bass), and Dave LaGrande (keys).

“Frequencies of the Sun”, drips with crackling guitars, both electric and acoustic. If guitars died and went to heaven, this is what heaven would sound like. Tommy West is on fire, effortlessly weaving incredible, sparkling solos and melody lines in and out of the 11 tracks which make up the album.

Tommy has a unique approach to playing, and he seems less focused on the commercial aspects, and more on the ‘playing’. The harmonic structure of his composing is sophisticated, while his soloing leverages a rare sense of melody and phrasing. Yet at the same time his music does not lose that raw and rugged, muddy rock n’ roll sound. Tommy’s ‘virtuoso’ playing is not to be confused with guitar prodigies like Steve Vai or Yngwie Malmsteen, brilliant as they may be. The difference can be explained in two simple words – aesthetics and soul. Tommy West belongs to the latter.

Tommy can create incredible, complex, beautiful lines that extend endlessly without repeating. Not the old `guitar licks’ dribbling out, but substantial musical phrases that don’t sound mechanized but almost improvised on the spot. The type of thing you’d hear at a live concert, where the guitar player performs without the ‘cold’ constraint of the usual ‘studio’ limits.

The production and musicianship is incredible all-round on“Frequencies of the Sun”, and Tommy plays at the highest level. But just how and where does Tommy West convince me of his superior quality as a guitar player! Well, in the notes he does not play! And if you’re taken aback by this statement don’t be.

I have been studying and playing this instrument for well over twenty years now. The guitar is no longer an instrument to me – but a shrine! From coast to coast across every ocean, you will find a universe filled with guitarists who will technically blow your mind with the notes they play; each one bigger, better and faster than the one before. Just checkout Youtube and you’ll see my point

However I’ve come to appreciate guitarists for the notes they don’t play, the spaces and silences that add atmosphere, ambience and anticipation, before the next note is executed. This is what makes a good guitarist great in my book. The rule is…never, ever overplay!

Tommy West has this ‘unofficial rule’ automatically built-in into his playing. His guitar impresses without suppressing the music which is the backdrop to his prowess! As a musician I am going to steal, borrow and be inspired by it, which is probably the highest compliment I could give Tommy’s music.

The standout tracks? Well I could close my eyes and put my finger on any track and hit the nail right on the head! But to be honest a couple of tracks actually did inspire my curiosity above the norm for different reasons. Obviously the title track “Frequencies of the Sun”, then “Pyre of the Pale Horse”, “Torn”, “Big Green Universe”, “Traces of Forever”, Under the Dreaming Tree” and “Incantevole Magia della Fia”.

After listening to Tommy West throughout this album a few times, I was not surprised to already have memorized the signature tone and phrasing characteristic to his playing. Tommy’s integration of scale harmonizing puts the listener in a varied and particular mood, and takes them on a different journey on each subsequent track.

Even If you only partly enjoy the guitar as a lead instrument, give “Frequencies of the Sun” a listen and you won’t be disappointed!

tommy-west-400OFFICIAL LINKS:

Tommy West Website

iTunes

Bandcamp

CdBaby

Facebook

Twitter

About The Author

Reply