Ephect: “Just Like That” – focused on making an impression

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Lew Houston: “Safe” – a gritty flow that adds to the lyrical poignancy

Lew Houston is a hip-hop artist currently based in San Diego. Originally from Houston, Texas, Lew rose above the violence and poverty in his life by playing sports and creating music. Influenced by Southern rap styles, he began writing his own lyrics at a young age and released his debut album “The Progression” in 2016.  His latest EP “Back to da Money” is available now, and features the single “Safe”. With no forewarning, Lew gives us a sharp and compact four-minute statement on “Safe”. It’s just a quick and efficient declaration of supremacy, a warning for us not to underrate

Rodrigo Rocha gets the lead role in “SSW Of The Border”

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Marcus Christ is the American prodigy known for his hit hooks, killer songs, and melodic voice.

Marcus Christ continues to move forward in the entertainment industry. He has just recently released two single songs edited for radio play called “It’s Like” and “If I Knew”, for sale on Cdbaby.com. Marcus Christ is the American prodigy known for his hit hooks, killer songs, and melodic voice. Marcus Christ was just recently released from jail after pleading no contest to vandalism charges. As an artist Marcus Christ has had problems in the past “expressing himself”. Marcus Christ expects his double album “Prince of the Universe” to showcase various producers, but especially his own productions. Marcus Christ admits he

AMARU: “CHAMPAGNE ATTITUDE (RAP-TITUDE MIX)” is totally on fire!

AMARU – a singer-songwriter and a trained actor, originally from the Republic of Suriname residing in The Netherlands since 1991 – has found critical success with enough Pop, Rock, R&B and Electronic influenced songs that there’s plenty of demand for more, but there’s nothing like hearing the gloriously hard-nosed Dutch artist rap a beat to shreds. This is something he does not often do. Now on his latest release – “CHAMPAGNE ATTITUDE (RAP-TITUDE MIX)” – we get to savor just that. The song is rap remix of the title track of his debut album, and is a completely new version,

Hookdiggy: “On My Way” ft. Sunja Dannette – full feel-good potential

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Tony Marino: “Family and Friends” – a wildly rhythmic demonstration of every crowd-pleasing twist

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KC Sisters: “Walk With Me” – sincere, authentic and absolute!

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GentleBeatz: “Soul City” – the rhythm and flow of free form poetry

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Loyal Revival: “I Am a Seed” packs a futuristic vintage punch, which feels like a subtle kiss on the cheek!

Loyal Revival is a project consisting of 6 members, led by Loyal Frisbie-Knudsen. What began as a dare from a friend, soon turned into a 12-track album entitled “I Am a Seed”, which was completed with the help of many friends, and under the guidance of Dave Melosh at Medusa Production. The album was mastered by Emily Lazar (Bjork, Vampire Weekend, The Killers) at The Lodge in NYC, assisted by Chris Allgood.

“I Am a Seed” is a stream of lush, jangly folk pop, edged with a touch of baroque and indie-rock. It forges a rough-edged grandeur with its glorious instrumentation and vivid lyricism. Moreover there is something very warm and welcoming about Loyal Revival’s music and there is hardly a song on this album that doesn’t contain that sunniness. And even though the bittersweet songs focus on the usual heart-beating topics — family, love, loss and death — there’s a strong feeling of hopeful beauty throughout.

Loyal Frisbie-Knudsen

Loyal Frisbie-Knudsen

In fact, the lyrics are crammed with vivid and striking language. At times, the words are wrapped in pure majestic, uplifting poetry, but somehow tinged with sorrow. And there’s Loyal Frisbie-Knudsen. He sounds desolate and honest in the spare ballads, but in the more complex songs he sounds sweet, strong and truly beautiful, especially when he does that soaring thing. And I have to say, I’m a sucker for the band’s sunny chorale sound — the harmonies really make those melodies sound exquisite, and gives them a more transcendent sound than most indie folk-rock bands.

Eccentric and familiar at the same time, many of the songs are written in a progressive style, and at times you may think you are on a different track number than you actually are, but Loyal Revival don’t miss a beat in delivering an altogether solid album from start to finish. “I Am a Seed” packs a futuristic vintage punch, which feels like a subtle kiss on the cheek. The vocals are always in reverberating reverence to the past, while the playing constitutes that very same greatness. The music sounds mystically graceful and invigorating – horns and all – like it is coming from an afflictive, yet glorious and faraway place. All this is finely spun into a genius work of art unlike anything else. Making “I Am a Seed” easily one of the most original and beautiful albums to come along in a long time.

This recording really defies description. It’s at the same time very baroque and very indie-rock influenced folk. But this album does a masterful job of not overloading the production with too many influences. And the songs are extremely well constructed and performed. It is a masterpiece of arrangements and harmony, each song possessing a unique melodic algorithm that is enchanting.

You’re probably wondering why I do not mention any song titles or point out the standout track. It’s simple; there are no standouts, or better and best songs. There are even no singles or standalone tracks, in my personal opinion. This album is to be listened to in its entirety – from start to finish, if you are even to grasp the basic essence of the emotional and artful genius Loyal Revival has put to work here. Just pinpointing a track, here and there, would be the most trivial and disrespectful way to treat this consummate body of work!

If you haven’t listened to “I Am a Seed”, you should definitely try to get an earful, at your earliest possible convenience. Music is not dead. You will become a believer!

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