Owl Company: “Horizon” carves out blistering rhythms

Owl Company is a band from São Paulo, Brazil that combines hard rock influences from the 70s to the 90s with modern rage and brutality, creating a sound that is fresh, aggressive, and engaging. Launched in 2015 the band has built a strong presence in São Paulo, playing all the premier venues in town. Their first single “Condescend,” quickly grabbed attention locally and now the band is setting its sights on crashing international borders. Owl Company’s chosen vehicle to get them where they need to be going is their full-length debut album “Horizon”, set to drop July 14th 2017. The

Harmony Drive: “Be There” – fresh, upbeat and vibrant music!

Most times you can gauge the potential quality of a creative project just by gazing through its credits. In this case, the single by Norwegian band Harmony Drive – “Be There”, was recorded in Denver, Colorado. With help of production duo Glenn Sawyer & Rich Veltrop (Tom Petty, Ozzy Osbourne, Macy Gray), and Dave Elitch (Mars Volta, Killer be killed) on drums. The music video, filmed in Norway and the Philippines, features the multi-talented Supermodel, TV-host, and Surfer Mona Lisa Neuboeck. Of course for the potential quality to transform into effective quality you need a stunning song and band. Lars

Delta Station: “An Unexpected Turn of Events” – the experience is more epic and cinematic

The little 14 year old Australian genius who goes by the moniker of Delta Station, has a new album out. And, somewhat predictably, it’s another utter and perfect treat. Before you listen to Delta Station’s latest album you really should leave all preconceptions at the door. Despite the connotations of the album’s title, “An Unexpected Turn of Events” is a joyous affair. It is an album that is warm, exhilarating, and incredibly uplifting and it is his greatest piece of work to date. Delta Station has only been in the production craft since June 2016, but has already released two EPs, previous to this album.

The Valium: “Amazing Breakdowns” – walking the high-wire intersections of visceral punk-rock expression and high art perfection

The Valium hooked me as soon as I heard the first track “Too Many Dreams Of Rock N Roll” from freshly released album, entitled “Amazing Breakdowns”. This was an album that hit me in the gut and instantly dragged me along for the ride. After listening to it, I must say that this is one of the most unique, interesting and high-energy bands I have ever heard in the alternative rock scene of late. Though taken from a myriad of influences, their sound is completely their own and every song sounds unique to their band. I can’t really imagine some

Newborn: “Honey Trap” – something of a perfect alchemy

The Coney Island, Brooklyn-based band Newborn was formed by  high school friends Allen James (vocals/guitar) and Eric Weglicki (guitar/bass/vocals) and a love of rock spanning from Metallica, Nirvana, to Muse. After many years of jamming together they decided to form a band. Newborn played their first show December 2014 which was followed by the release their debut EP “Broken Virgo”. The band has since evolved musically, adding drummer Dave Goldenberg, and going from strength to strength, culminating in the release of their latest single, entitled “Honey Trap”. The song features Newborn’s most diverse lyrical palette to date. The result is a cohesive,

Gloom Influx: “First LP” – looping the listener into a nostalgic yet futuristic world

Montréal-based musician Luc Leclerc, aka Gloom Influx, delivers a unique and powerful blend of metal and synthwave, influenced by 80’s movies and video game soundtracks, heavy metal, and contemporary artists like Justice, and Carpenter Brut. Sometimes you need to listen to music that makes you feel like you are in the future in outer space and somehow the 80s never ended. And sometimes you want to add elements of robots, monsters and fear. When you want those things, there are few better than Gloom Influx . Whether you come at this album from the perspective of someone into synthwave, darkwave

Jigsaw Man: ‘No Home’ – a self-produced EP with strong stoner overtones

The 4 track ‘No Home’ EP is the debut release from Jigsaw Man, the moniker under which singer-songwriter Steven Faulkner is releasing original material. “It’s nice doing things under a pseudonym because you can be more personal about the lyrics, and because you have that separation,” said Faulkner, continuing: “In my head the lyrics belong to Jigsaw Man, so I can be more honest and personal. I can write far more honestly and I’ve certainly done that on this EP. In the past I’ve always looked for metaphor or simile but this EP is very honest.” Playing since he was a

Corlioni: “Destiny” has a genuinely refreshing effect!

In case you’re not down with the nomenclature being thrown around the EDM community currently, on his latest track, “Destiny”, electronic producer Corlioni, comfortably slides into the trend-setting genre called ‘Tropical house’. Though, it would be correct to say that the masked British producer is not really confined to that specific genre at all. Tropical house is a more relaxing yet uplifting form inside the EDM craze, a response to the grimy, dark sounds of the dubstep craze which has been losing steam for the last several years. Rather than deep bass growls that sound like a broken inkjet printer,

DJ DezZ: “SometimeZ” – a tour-de-force!

Fast forward a quarter of a century and the phrase ‘Deep House’ has become to mean something completely different from its first incarnation during the halcyon days of house. It’s hard to move in the overpopulated market of all things ‘deep’ these days, but in amongst the monotony of the same old EDM samples and generic preset bass lines are a number of artists that really are able to tickle your fancy. One such EDM producer that we believe has kept it deep, down and dirty so far in 2017, with the release of his single “SometimeZ”, is Charlie Desi aka DJ

Toni Castells: 2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal? – The emotion is very compelling

Toni Castells is a Hispano-British composer currently based in London. A lecturer at Imperial College London and the London College of Music, his sonic worlds transpire an inherited precocious classical training with an inventive use of modern technologies to create unique and distinctive soundscapes. Castells latest musical endeavor is entitled ‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal?’ which explores the prediction by computer engineer and futurologist Ray Kurzweil that the year 2045 will see the start of a new era in which human and artificial intelligence will merge, man will cease to age and so acquire the potential to live indefinitely. In the original interview with Kurzweil

The world’s first 360° music clip in 4K launched with Noa Neal and her song “Graffiti”

Noa Opdebeeck was born in Antwerp, Belgium. She released her first English-language album, “NoaNeal – Naked on the inside” during 2003. In early 2008 she toured the United States, Mexico and Thailand with hundreds of musicians from 28 nationalities in the ‘Up with People’ tour. In 2009 she reached the finals of the K2 K3 talent show. In 2010 she was picked up by Live Entertainment and from 2012 she became one of the leading ladies for the VTM music channel. In 2013 she moved to the United States with her producer Ellie Wyatt to write songs and record them with well-known producer Mighty Mike.

Noa Neal

Noa Neal

In fact, “Graffiti”, her latest single was recorded in LA with Mighty Mike (Katy Perry, Carly Rae Jepsen). I was blown away at the sophistication Noa shows in this song and how she is displaying even further growth in her artistry and personal self-coming through the song and its supporting video. The melody and uplifting energy of “Graffiti” just pulls deep inside you and you really “feel” the song instead of just listening. On watching the video the experience is even more overpowering.

I love the song and was looking for a unique way to capture its spirit in the music clip.” said Noa Neal who co-wrote “Graffiti” with an international dream team: Ellie Wyatt (VK), Phillipa Alexander (VK) and Mighty Mike (VS).

In the meantime Noa Neal had been chosen by Intel for a unique project; the world’s first 360° music clip. Only a few days after Mark Zuckerberg announced his plans to treat your Facebook News Feed to an “immersive, 360-degree video experience”, the world’s first 360° music clip in 4K had been launched with Noa Neal and her song “Graffiti” as absolute protagonists, along with the 360 degree viewing experience of course! The resulting production is BIG and envelopes the viewer with a modern-day visual version of what the Phil Spector wall of sound used in the 60’s, was to audio – a true game-changer!

Graffiti cover

Graffiti cover

Although only 6 cameras were used – Facebook needs 24 – the viewing experience is truly immersive: with complete control over the camera, each viewing is completely different. Noa Neal’s “Graffiti” was produced in close collaboration with technology giant Intel.

For experienced producer Frank Molnar, this gigantic project was a fantastic challenge : “We had about 100 people cast and crew present – a stunt team, cheerleaders, skaters – band and there was no room for error since the clip was shot in only one take. A special film truck had to be brought in from France and the Intel experts provided great technical support.”

Proof of this intense collaboration with computer chip manufacturer is the “Making Of” which will have its global launch today on iQ sites, Intel’s online lifestyle and technology magazine.

Kurt De Buck, Social & Community Manager EMEA: “We are tech freaks at Intel and iQ is where we show what’s possible with technology. Creating the first 360 music video is a great example: with 64k-cameras, an impressive computer and the ‘stitching’ software we translated the enthusiasm of Noa Neal and her catchy song Graffiti into an overwhelming viewing experience.”

You can watch the result on
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LByJ9Q6Lddo
http://eyes.kolor.com/video/bd9a95b579eb5859c8d07fe0180daea0

and the normal TV music video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAueKkI2OqU

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