The Keymakers: “Tell Me Something” – represents that urban love vibe

The Keymakers is the duo musical project from Rome Alexander and Rederic. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, the two brothers now live together in Boston. Individually, the boys have been making music for as long as they can remember. Singer-songwriter Rome, officially started his musical journey back in 2010 with his first release, and has since put out several songs to critical acclaim through various platforms. Most recently he had the idea to continue his passion almost exclusively as a writer before taking on this project with his brother. Rederic started his work in music between learning and playing piano,

The Sound And Vision International Film & Technology Festival Launches Saturday, September 22nd in NYC

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Love Ghost: “Scarlet Letter” – an at once compelling and distressful storyline

The scarlet letter is meant to be a symbol of shame, a stigma someone bears for a misdeed he or she has committed. The term often refers to public shame forced upon a person as a means of ostracizing him or her. Those branded with a scarlet letter feel the punitive vengeance of an unforgiving society. Instead it becomes a powerful symbol of identity, in the latest video of the song, “Scarlet Letter”, taken off the album “Lobotomy” by the Los Angeles alternative rock band, Love Ghost. The video tells the story of the band’s violist, Mya Greene and her

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Better Royals are energetic and groove-happy!

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Tamara Radjenovic has a clarity of tone that is beautiful to hear

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Rick Monroe: “Smoke Out the Window” – Balancing the swing of country, the grit of blues and the solid impact of rock

Rick Monroe’s ultimate goal is to be recognized as a multi-faceted performer whose very name defines who he is as an artist. No stranger to the stage, he’s performed in 17 countries and has opened for artists such as Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Aaron Lewis, Eli Young Band, Charlie Daniels Band and a whole lot more. In 2017 Monroe traveled over 100,000 miles and played over 120 shows. Now based in Nashville, the seven-time Jägermeister Country Brand Ambassador will be releasing his latest album “Smoke Out the Window” on September 21, 2018 via Thermal Entertainment. Balancing the swing of country,

KBong: “Easy To Love You” – expanding a feeling and sending it out to the world

Kevin Bong aka “KBong” is a Hawaiian born and San Diego native. The multi-instrumental artist who is well-known for his ‘key’ role in Stick Figure. Touring with the group since 2012 KBong has solidified his status as one of the top keyboards players in the current reggae scene. KBong’s debut solo studio album “Hopes and Dreams” dropped in 2014. The artist has shared the stage with bands such as Stick Figure, Passafire, Tribal Seeds, The Steppas, HIRIE, Ezzrah, Mike Pinto, John Brown’s Body, New Kingston, Micah Brown, HI Roots and more. On August 24 2018 the artist released his second

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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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