FuzzKill – “The Get Better” reaches all the expected heights!

FuzzKill is a four-piece rock band that started in Boston, MA. Introduced to one another through musical theatre, the band’s sound is firmly rooted in early 2000’s pop-punk influences. They released their debut studio album, “Happen”, in early 2019, and their sophomore album, “The Get Better”, just dropped on September 19th 2020. We have all heard the biggest punk bands of the 90’s and early 00’s. Their music mainly consisted of driving drums, distorted pop-punk guitar work and a set of memorable lyrics to go with the angst-filled high energy vocals. Today punk bands are a rarity, and any good

Dan Friese – ‘Jane Songs’ is something to be treasured!

Dan Friese is an Oregon-based songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist. In April of 2020, he released his debut EP, ‘Happiness’, a collection of self-reflective psychedelic indie-folk tracks. His first full-length effort, ‘Jane Songs’, was released on September 18th, and is available on all major platforms, along with the singles “Streetlight” and “I Can’t Say”. There’s a lot to appreciate on the new album, and Dan’s voice is arguably the most attractive aspect. Moreover, his vocals are often enhanced by inspiring songwriting and raw emotion, not to mention a wealth of down to earth acoustic guitar strumming. Dan Friese has an organic,

INTERVIEW: C.E.N. – the voice of the people

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and currently a resident of Dallas, Texas, C.E.N’s natural proficiency over poetry allowed him to produce meaningful and profound lyrics. Although he initially took the initiative to become a music artist for fame and fortune, he later realized that all he desires as a musician is to be respected and valued for the art he brings to the table. His music is deep lyrically and spiritually. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started? C.E.N.: I was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and was raised in a

Hitrocker – “Project One” – breathtaking sound design!

Hitrocker is a German based producer who creates mainly within the EDM subgenres of House, Electro and Deep House. His first album, entitled “Project One” was released at the end of July, while “Project Two” is also out now. When I clicked on the playlist of “Project One”, I was met with song titles that were merely numbers – such as “Project 1.1” or “Project One.Four”. This falsely led me to expect generically themed instrumentals, simply meant to rock the dancefloor. Wrong. Well not totally. They do rock the dancefloor. But they also do a whole lot more. These are

Rashod Holmes Announces New Single ‘The One’

The soul singer relives how he met his wife and started his family on a tender new song. Rashod Holmes is known for bringing romance to life with his evocative voice, but he has never told as personal a story as the one he tells with his latest single. ‘The One’ is a true life love story that acknowledges the struggles and triumphs that go into building a long-lasting relationship. “I found the one for me” Rashod sings. “She is the girl of my dreams.” While Rashod is convinced that he has found the perfect partner, there is much more

Billy Ray Rock – “Get The Funk”- hitting up all the classic tenets of funk

Washington State Singer-Bassist, Billy Ray Rock, plays more than 10 instruments and produces and performs every instrument you hear in his music. From Rock to R&B and Dance, Billy delivers them all. His single “Get The Funk”, simply adds another delicious flavor to his sonic menu. His unearthly bass chops, resonant vocal wobble and inner funk DNA is scorching hot, while it straddles the genre’s trademark grooves. Blaring horns and slapping drums accompanies the party-styled adlibs, as the track treads its momentum. If you’re looking the glossy high-tech dance-club funk perpetuated by bands like Chromeo, then this is not the

Vincent Krennerich – “Verlassene Stadt” – plenty of delicate aural color

Vincent Krennerich is a composer, songwriter and pianist from Germany. The artist, who has featured on our pages before, has released his double-side single, entitled, “Verlassene Stadt”, which translated, would mean ‘abandoned city’. The second track, contained in this set, is called “Morgengrauen”, which in English, would mean ‘dawn’. However if you heard these compositions, there would be no need to translate them, as Krennerich’s music describes itself rather poignantly. Though stripped back and basic solo piano, the key to the success of both these recordings, is the propensity Vincent Krennerich has in composing subtly fine melodies. Both tracks have

Hybrid Blues fuses stellar musicianship, heartfelt songwriting and soul-stirring vocals

Out of Aotearoa (New Zealand), Hybrid Blues are a 4-piece band, made up of Mike Everard (guitars, vocals), Adam Pendred (bass), Mark Schaumann (drums) and award winning front-man, singer-songwriter Roy Hudson. The band signed to SGNB Records USA, has just released its self-titled blues-based album. No two songs on “Hybrid Blues” sound the same. The record not only showcases Roy’s abilities as a singer and a songwriter, but also highlights the wide range of influences that have impacted on his music. The album takes you in so many different dynamic directions that it can feel a little dizzying, while the

Marshall Artz Productionz – “Go Missing” ft. SeanQ – is incredibly hypnotic, with crystal-clear production

Released Aug 28th, “Go Missing” Prod. by Marshall Artz Productionz, is the producer’s 3rd single release since June. The track will be featured on his upcoming 2021, self-titled LP “Marshall Artz Experiment”. The song features singer-songwriter SeanQ, from Dallas, Texas. The producer’s blend of R&B-inspired neo-soul and smooth chill sounds becomes its own entity within the hip-hop and urban music world. Marshall Artz Productionz work should gain high appraisal through its colorful and subtly amped vibes that play to any genre lover’s ears alike. After listening to this track, I expect that the outpouring of demand for more of the

Evie Calabasas – “STARGIRL” – strong, sensitive vocals and soul-baring songs

Evie Calabasas is a 20 year-old singer and songwriter. She started playing guitar at the age of 6 and started singing at 15 years old. After attempting to be part of band on numerous occasions, Evie finally opted for a solo career. Her first solo project, the 3 track EP “STARGIRL”, has its title inspired by the first song she ever played live.  It is a tempered and exceptional record. It shakes, rattles and rolls with minimal, almost absent percussion, a dominantly strummed acoustic guitar and occasional keyboard interludes. Above all, is Evie Calabasas’ voice, which delivers an untethered, sweetly

Models + Architects mix gorgeous chord progressions with earthy vocals!

A chance invitation from a local architect to attend a friend’s designer show in Riga, Latvia gave Models + Architects their name. An Ann Arbor based indie band, formed in 2014, the band features Chris McCleary (Vocals/Guitar), Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks (Electric Piano, Mellotron, Organ), Gary Burroughs (Drums) and Mark Bishar (Bass). 2016 has seen the release of the band’s 4-track self-titled EP.

Models-Architects-frontLush vocal lines and complimentary keyboard quirks transport the listener into the euphoric world of the Models + Architects. They have a unique blend of melodic, alternative indie that transcends classification and stays fresh from song to song. “My Terrain” which opens the EP with a hopeful air and melancholy yet captivating slow bounce, is one of the best EP or album openers I have heard in years. It has just the right tone, texture and mood to be powerfully permeating without being overwhelming.  Other true gems are buried deeper into the track list with the acoustic-guitar driven “Cinematic Poetry”, the freaky keyboard interludes of “Fresh & Pride”, and the electric crunch of “Honeybee”. There is no doubt that this EP is the beginning of something great. So before we go any further, I would recommend adding this to your collection right now so you can brag about being down from the beginning!

Any group that can bring forth an EP both musically and lyrically diverse, while paying homage to a broad spectrum of influences yet maintaining total individuality, clearly deserves a 5 star rating. From track one, Models + Architects maintains an enchanting flow that is missing from most releases. This is music that you only think you have heard before. It spans the spectrum of creativity, and does it with a talent and panache that seems rarer and rarer these days. Models + Architects mix gorgeous chord progressions with earthy vocals, delicately unobtrusive percussion and bass, and well-blended keyboard sounds into something that is almost achingly beautiful to experience. It would be presumptuous to say Models + Architects will turn the world of indie rock or pop upside down, but it’s true that they will shine a much brighter light on a darker part of it.

Models-Architects-backThese songs are warm and friendly to the ear. The lyrics are not unusually cryptic but lush on imagery and have a frank, honest and deep impacting tone to them, due to the exquisite vocal deliveries by Chris McCleary. Models + Architects seem to capture both mainstream accessibility and sublimely voguish atmospheres in their songs, with the same nonchalant ease that bands like Keane or Coldplay do. There is something in them that is just remarkable. The first listen doesn’t only impress but it hooks you. And when you listen to it again, you’ll find yourself even more interested. By the time you’ve listened to it for three days straight, every song sounds so sparklingly unique, vivid, soulful and just beautiful, that you’ll want to purchase copies for your closest friends.

The strange thing is that Models + Architects is not musically over-complex or ultra-challenging, nor is it genre-bending or groundbreaking. What it is, though, is one of the most pure, genuine, well-written alternative-indie EP’s I have heard in a very long time. The songwriting and lyrics are honest and extremely catchy. Models + Architects also use their instruments extremely well in the way the keyboards add flavor without sounding contrived, and the guitars are genuinely pure and sweet too, while the rhythm section does just that!

This EP has a really inviting feel to it. The melodies flow with ease and nothing seems forced. There’s almost a sort of an ethereal feeling throughout, but it’s not a feeling of distance. Instead, the songs invite you in and make you want to fall into the existence that is Models + Architects.


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