Cyrus R.O. – “Bones” is still a skillfully crafted song

I think I expected this music to be sterile and methodical. However, to my surprise, Cyrus R.O.’s new single “Bones” from his upcoming debut album “Deconvolution” is blazingly irradiated like bundle of energy that expertly marries the organic and synthetic. Underneath it all, a darker lyrical narrative dealing with “a character struggling with their gender identity, and the fear of social turmoil that comes with that.” Everything just grooves so well together; it’s a blend of sounds that I haven’t heard done this well from any progressive, jazz, or electronic artist in quite some time. It’s a masterful melding of electronic machinery with

Temperature Falls Release The Video For Their Latest Single “1-2-3”

The sound and atmosphere of Temperature Falls is built around somewhat gritty, blended organic-electronic sounding tracks that hearken the listener back to earlier times. Their latest track, ‘1-2-3’, is a seductive track that pulls the listener in with an eerie melody, sultry vocals and an ethereal reverberating atmosphere. Mixed beautifully, this is the perfect example of what to expect from this indie trip-hop/alternative rock duo from Oslo, Norway, made up of vocalist/lyricist Camilla, and multi-instrumentalist Ian J. Ward. ‘1-2-3’ is a gorgeous, melancholic song that is heart wrenchingly beautiful. Temperature Falls is one of those bands that are absolutely necessary

Pop Music Artist DAYVID Releases Music Video for “Same Old Feeling”

This song was released last Fall on his self-titled debut EP. DAYVID explains that “Same Old Feeling” was the last song written for this EP. It reflects on an old love that was like no other. “Same Old Feeling” was co-written by DAYVID and Grammy-Nominated producer Morgan Taylor Reid (Marshmello, Jack & Jack, CHROMEO). “Same Old Feeling” is available on all streaming platforms including Spotify and Apple Music: http://dayvid.lnk.to/SameOldFeeling. The production is simple with piano, vocals, and an 8-member gospel choir providing backgrounds. The lyrics and vocal performance make this song meaningful and powerful. All elements support the soaring voice

Arrows – “After Hours” – Inspired by 80’s synthwave and video game sound tracks

“After Hours” the brand new full length album by Arrows, says all it needs to about the brand of retro nostalgia this kind of music evokes. The project’s sonic palette is especially dense with layer upon layer of synth sounds stacked upon one another and wrapped up in a modern production veneer that makes it bang. Every song delivers big in the keyboard hooks department and the moods are consistently melancholy and wistful throughout. “After Hours” is Arrows hitting their stride; this is what it sounds like when a young band is killing it. Inspired by 80’s synthwave and video

PWJazy – “Heroes” – the mind of an alternative creative

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João Tostes – “Live Ukulele Here, There & Everywhere” exhibits dazzling musical dexterity

How often do you get to hear a full length live album of twenty instrumental songs played on the ukulele? And what if those songs were being played by an artist considered to be one of the pioneers of the ukulele in Brazil? Someone who has toured the world, taking his ukulele sound, to the most diverse countries – from Brazil to Canada, Italy and South Korea, among others. Someone who dropped a parallel career as an Information Technology entrepreneur in 2017 to fully dedicate himself to music and the ukulele. The Brazilian musician, composer, arranger and musical educator, in

Donny Richmond Continues #1 Success With “Statue Of A Fool”

Multi-award winning international recording, movie and TV star Donny Richmond is now an inductee of 4 different music Halls of Fame. His recent starring role in the movie, “Saving Faith”, released by media giant Lionsgate Entertainment, earned him a nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film from the International Christian Film Festival. Cameo appearances in the film were made by several of Donny’s fellow artists, including Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Michael W Smith, members of Rascal Flatts and The Gatlin Brothers, Olympic skater Scott Hamilton, and many others. Donny is highly respected among his music peers and fans

Oliver von K releases ambient guitar instrumental – “Ayinka V”

As the new single from 35 Year old male hobby guitarist from Switzerland,  Oliver von K, “Ayinka V” is a recording full of sweet emotionally charged moments, of quiet subtlety, emphatic life affirming melodies and sprinklings of musical flare. Bursting with fresh ideas and rhythmic vigor, this record is a highlight of the instrumental ambient guitar genre itself. If you’re like me and have crippling anxiety and it takes a lot for you to find your zen, this is the track for you. Put on your headphones and let this be the background of your day and you will be

Ambrose – “Without a Word” – brilliantly composed, produced, and imagined

Ambrose is one of those unusual musical composers you rarely come across via the mainstream media. Her work is never trite or clumsy and it always sparkles with personal genius. She never panders to modern trends or seeks to retread classic retro avenues, in search of commercial viability. She simply composes what moves and inspires her emotions. Each track on her stunning album, “Without a Word” will resonate with a different part of you. Ambrose’s works are equally beautiful and unique, as well as being particularly crafty at appealing to even the most elusive facets of your states of being.

Brand new artist Nuumelody spreads a powerful message on her latest hit “BODY”

Brand new artist Nuumelody goes out of the way to spread a powerful and empowering message about embracing yourself in her latest hit “BODY”. Her voice sounds assured and strong. With this song album, she confirms her position as a vocalist to watch in the coming months. Blending a mix of rhythmic groove, smart lyrics and soulful vocals, Nuumelody deftly displays the maturity and self-confidence that she has developed since her recording debut. Having already worked with a variety of accomplished producers, Nuumelody showcases a smooth range of emotion and mood on “BODY”, produced by Defstarz that reveals the heart

Timeless Void: “Voidland 2 (Life and Death in America)” – drowned in mid 60s experimentation and acid-ridden atmospheres

One thing you cannot say about Ontario’s alternative rock band, Timeless Void, is that they are not generous. On their previously critically acclaimed album, entitled “Voidland”, Alex Hilson (Flute, Guitar, Bass & Vocals) and Eric St-Pierre (Production, Guitar, Vocals, Bass), delivered 18 staggering acid-psychedelic influenced tracks. Now at the end of 2015, the creative duo is back with a mind-blowing 23-track, psychedelic magnum opus, collectively called, “Voidland 2 (Life and Death in America)”.

A friend and I were recently reminiscing of a space in time before there were music downloads, Mp3’s, iTunes and iPods; a time when vinyl was the musical medium. Albums contained liner notes and lyric sheets that were printed large enough to read. Cover art was captivating and meant to be enjoyed. Individual songs were heard as being just a smaller segment of a larger collection of work. You dropped the needle, sat down, and took it in from start to finish. Like a great movie, you wouldn’t dare leave before the end. Every song set up the next one. The music was the event of that moment in time, not a wallpaper back drop. “Voidland 2 (Life and Death in America)” is of that time, transported to 50 years later. I kept listening for the pops and scratches on the record, but it never came.

Timeless-Void-vl2-350What sets this album apart from previous Timeless Void releases is the liberal use of tasty sound effects and studio tricks that complement the overall texture. They are one of a handful of bands who are truly doing interesting, odd, and new things with the rock genre. The oddest being that they are probably the only rock band of any kind, without a drummer. This is both their biggest drawback as well as their best advantage, depending from which side of the half-full, half-empty glass, you’re looking through. Either way it’s probably their most distinguishing factor, until you hear the music. Timeless Void is a lush musical feast for the ear and the head.  They are on the rock cutting edge: progressive and creative yet with some very fine instrumentation that lends a mature feel to their songs.

The one major factor which makes this album so great is that the songs are simply amazing. I don’t mean that in a real technical way, but the fact that “Voidland 2 (Life and Death in America)” will really will blow your mind if listened to properly (the real effect comes only if you’re stoned, but for a nice substitute, put it on the player, turn out the lights, kick back and close your eyes.) This is exactly where the lack of a drummer becomes positively essential to the overall mesmerizing effect – no sudden thuds, bangs and crashes to intrude into the spellbinding musical sorties, drowned in mid 60s experimentation and acid-ridden atmospheres.

Timeless-Void-vl2-coverAlex Hilson and Eric St-Pierre deliver a magnificent combination of cosmic, swirling guitar, bass and vocal sounds that are at once compelling.   The guitars put down the moods necessary and achieve some astonishing hooks and effects that last just long enough to make you care and just briefly enough to make you miss them after they pass.  They have all the makings of taking your mind on a head trip.  The vocalizing and profound psychedelic overdubs, intertwine with rock solid bass riffs to produce a musical accomplishment of rare proportion.

Art can be very interesting when produced by artists who are a bit experimental and unpredictable, and this album is an excellent example of that. A thought provoking carousel of sonic images emerges and will amaze the gifted listener. Musical arrangements flow together into a stream of endless variations. A cosmic electric symphony unfolds a panorama of kaleidoscopic vocal archetypes, while pulsating rhythms and synchronous lyrical ripplings, smooth out the rest of the trip. The music is complex in its chords, textures, tones and rhythms sans drums. The subject matter is unusual to say the least. Of the 23 tracks there are just too many to single out as highlights, though I do have a soft spot for the slower vocal numbers like “Stop & Smell The Roses”, “Our Last Stand”, “Urban Fever”, “My Shadow” and “Yours Forever”.

It’s interesting to note that the closing instrumental track, “Stuck On Mars”, features some prominent drumming. Is this a premonitory sign of things to come?  “Voidland 2 (Life and Death in America)” is a unique album, anything but a retro-induced cliché, and it deserves an in-depth listen from any serious listener of 60s acid or psychedelic music.

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