RAVENSCROFT- “STAND UP” Video is the sound of a band inspired

Ralph Buso (Vocals), Brett Gorke (Guitars), Devin Baker (Bass), Pat Magrath (Drums), collectively known as RAVENSCROFT, are working on their most unique, creative, exploratory, and bone-crushing recording they have ever produced. It’s a progressive work of metal and rock art, delving deep into the nature of their craft. This six song EP “Rebel” will be released on March 25th 2018.  And there will be a release party held at The Slidebar in Fullerton California with Killset. The soaring melodies, the intense guitar solos, the deeply profound lyrics all take part in painting the picture that the band’s works regularly deliver.

Exit 22 Music: “Last Goodbye” – one of the finest musical acts in the pop-rock underground

It seems almost impossible that an artist that has been around this long – 20 years in Chris Calamera’s case, can keep making records that stand up among the best that he has ever done. Let’s be clear: “Last Goodbye” is a great song. It’s poppy, with a big melody and an insistent rock rhythm, and it’s catchy as hell. Sounds like authentic Exit 22 Music to me. This is pure Calamera from his pop-rock songwriting style standpoint, and pure Exit 22 Music, considering the breathtaking vocals and high production-value quotient. The perfect, power-pop formula. Exit 22 Music has been keeping

Lake of the Lion embodies embody emotive sounds and textures

Lake of the Lion is the brand name and moniker for Luxembourg music composer and producer, Daniel Kohnen, who is steadily building up his catalog and increasing his fan-base with regular new releases. In recent years, ambient instrumental and soundtrack scores have been following a certain trend. Composers seem to have this motif of creating overblown pieces with harsh lead instruments blasting out from the blue and background strings creating suspense with their melodies. Sure it was fun for a while, but within that little span of time listeners were just begging for it to stop because composers had this

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

Jesse Elliot: “I Gave You My All” – is powerful work on any level

Jesse Elliot will release his debut album “I Gave You My All,” in June of 2015, featuring lead guitarist Jim McGee, bassist Ed Pratico, rhythm guitarist Brian Spitz, pianist Luke Elliot, and drummer Frank Lettieri. This exciting, fresh, creative, gritty, arousing, piece of mastery from Jesse Elliot and his friends is awesome! When it rocks it really rocks as in the opener, “Really Good To Be Alone”. But there is great depth and range to virtually all the music here. The confessional sense of “I Don’t’ Need A Reason” is heartfelt and moving.

Elliot pretty much comes out swinging and does not let down for the first 5 tracks at least. “Gotta Get Over You” and “I Only Have These Chords” play perfect testimony to his crunchy guitar-driven alternative rock style.

jesse-elliot-coverIn fact the first half of the album supplies a muscular, punchy sonic exploration of Elliot’s rocking influences, showcasing a rugged production style that melds many of Elliot’s more raucous vocals with the hard-driving guitars of Jim McGee and Brian Spitz.

The second half of the album courts Jesse Elliot’s acoustic-influenced, smoldering singer-songwriter instincts. Where more gentle melodies like “I Can’t Live Without Her”, “She’s All I’m Thinking Of” and “With That (I Love You)”, spring to the fore.

Music often says things that we don’t always say in our day-to-day existence, and that is why it is such a powerful force. Music is not only exciting to connect with, but often the lyrics can resonate with you psychologically. The crossover, singer-songwriter and rock styles that Jesse Elliot and his band crafts on “I Gave You My All,” can be mind-altering; especially as the varying moods arrive rather unexpectedly in the midst of something else. For example, straight after the mellow “Can’t Live Without Her”, and right before the acoustic-guitar picking of “She’s All I’m Thinking Of”, you’ll find the bellowing psychedelic rock sound of “Really Good To Be Alone”.

jesse-elliot-400“I Gave You My All”, is a compelling and engaging recording from a dynamic artist who crosses musical boundaries, back and forth, and sometimes even in the same song. Jesse Elliot can be a righteous and rocking songwriter who goes for the throat with impressive results. Yet at the same time, if he needs to slip into your heart through the back door, quietly and gently, he will!

There is a sense of urgency in many of the songs, while Elliot’s vocals are chilling in the way they cut to the core of emotion and yet comforting in the way they sound so familiar. This album was instantly likable for me and has only gone up from there. Jesse Elliot is also an effective lyricist and that comes through loud and clear across every track.

All-round, “I Gave You My All”, is powerful work on any level, where Jesse Elliot, together with his solid backing band, expresses himself musically and lyrically and that’s a damn good way to kick off a debut!

“I Gave You My All,” will be officially released on June 13, 2015.

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