Lake of the Lion embodies embody emotive sounds and textures

Lake of the Lion is the brand name and moniker for Luxembourg music composer and producer, Daniel Kohnen, who is steadily building up his catalog and increasing his fan-base with regular new releases. In recent years, ambient instrumental and soundtrack scores have been following a certain trend. Composers seem to have this motif of creating overblown pieces with harsh lead instruments blasting out from the blue and background strings creating suspense with their melodies. Sure it was fun for a while, but within that little span of time listeners were just begging for it to stop because composers had this

Natalie Jean and Levi Moore: “The Letting Go” speaks the language of the ordinary person

A good duet, in our modern age, is a rare thing. There are plenty of features, guest verses and co-writes, and the cameo drop-in is a dime a dozen. The number of genuine duets, where vocalists share verses and tell a story together in the space of a song, is very small. If your optimism fails you, as you wonder whether there are enough great acts to keep hit radio stocked with worthy pop music duets, it’s reassuring to find that Natalie Jean and Levi Moore have a first-rate single to carry us through the next few months, all by itself. The

MAKI: ‘Waking Up With The World On Fire’ – truly majestic — grandiose, slowly unfolding, and extremely cinematic

The world is a fragmented place, with fear and hate giving rise to isolationist movements around the globe and huge portions of the population turning inward rather than outward towards each other. As such waves of bigotry spread like wildfire, the music scene becomes extremely important, not just because it means more great music, but because it connects us all together on a wavelength that hits the human heart, soul and mind even harder, faster and deeper than anger can. A creative constant in the field of communicative contemporary Instrumental music, is MAKI who focuses his ample talents on a

3 Phase – ready for genre domination!

The names Chirag Shah, Prasham Deliwala and Melvin Saldana may in themselves not ring a familiar bell in your ear right now. Probably, neither will the moniker ‘3 Phase’, nor their 6 track self-titled EP. It’s logical, it’s the law of the industry’s hype machine – cast a light on the big label clones, and leave the independent creatives in the shadows. Luckily the internet has a different set of rules.  On hearing the 3 Phase EP, the lofty ambition, the focus and dedication of this creative collective of producers, songwriters and vocal talent, makes sense – its six tracks

Sy: “Get Out Of My Dreams” – grab this R&B and Soul extravaganza

The singer, songwriter and author, Sy, releases a brand new single produced by Rueben Wood. The track “Get Out Of My Dreams” is the first single release written by the artist in 2018, since writing two self-help books, “A Swan Among Ducks” and “Saying Yes to (No): Learning the Power of (No) before the end of 2017. This track soulfully captures the spirit and feel of the emotional journey of grown womanhood. It is juicy, dynamic, soulful, gorgeous, and it is nourishment for the soul…and mind, as it examines the intricacies of a relationship built on want and lust. As

IJK: “Johnny & June” – sounds invigorated!

Alternative rock artist Imad Jack Karam, known by his initials and stage name IJK, is a Dubai-based, Lebanese singer-songwriter, who has released critically acclaimed songs and recorded with internationally known music producers in prestigious London studios. Both his singles “Space Odyssey” and “Dancing Shadows” garnered a positive reception from fans and critics alike. IJK has a style that can move between edgy modern-day alt-rock and sixties rock n’ roll crooning.  He recently published his latest single and supporting, fully animated video, for the song “Johnny & June”. So, how does this new offering cope? Very well, in truth. “Johnny &

TRVP HIPPI3Z: “On Lock” – no lack of muscular skill-flexing!

TRVP HIPPI3Z is a Canadian rap duo who just dropped their latest single entitled, “On Lock”.  Listeners beware. This product has been known to blow up and cause fires in a variety of stereo systems, due to the super-hot fire provided by this crew. TRVP HIPPI3Z is a team-up that has risen as great exemplars of righteous chaos. Their supersonic sound and hard-nosed imagery gives them a mysterious sheen, but the duo have grounded themselves via booming production, and a sonorous verbal presence, coupled with their willingness to fuck you up. Their chest-beating bravado is explosive on “IDGAF (Prod. THZ)”,

Eddy Mann: “Simple Things” will leave you breathless and in a state of euphoria

At first as a musician, I created music, then as an A&R executive I challenged it, now as a music reviewer, I explore it.  Of the three, the latter is the most difficult. Criticizing or appraising somebody else’s creation is no easy task. Enjoying it is one thing, understanding it another, and translating it is even more arduous. The funny thing is, I’ve always hated describing music. It’s such a volatile and subjective art, that nobody should really have the authority or the presumptuous audacity to judge the level of enjoyment or emotion any one piece of music is capable

Kitson Lau: “Be By Your Side” – an expressive paean to love’s transformative powers

Kitson Lau wears many hats – a musician, songwriter, singer and graphic designer, he is also a medical graduate. Initially without any musical background, Kitson became inspired by Norwegian record producer and DJ, Alan Walker. This passion drove him to learn music and song production. And soon, with dedication and focus Kitson Lau hit the top of the China Kanjian ING 10 Charts with his Mandopop albums. Since signing to Sony Music Entertainment Malaysia, Kitson has been encouraged to record English songs, so now he is making his official debut via Sony, with the song “Be By Your Side”, which

Earpiphany: “Ultraviolet Dreams and Other Songs” – multi-faceted emotions

Dan G.Hagerman aka Earpiphany is a songwriter, arranger, composer who writes many genres, including his latest pop-rock offering, “Ultraviolet Dreams”, done with Aubrey Whitfield, a talented female music producer from the U.K. who also does the vocals. The track is taken from the “Ultraviolet Dreams and Other Songs” EP. Dan lives near Los Angeles with his lovely Japanese wife of thirty-five years, Reiko, and his daughter, Holly. “We love Japan, sushi and Huskies!” affirms Hagerman. In any potential mythology built up around the music of Earpiphany on “Ultraviolet Dreams”, Whitfield may represent an irrepressibly sanguine voice and Hagerman the barbed

Field Of Giants: “We Are” immediately impacts the listener with its solid rhythmic angles

Field Of Giants are a hard rock band from the UK. The band independently recorded and released their debut album, “We Are”, in November 2015. Since then the band has gained audiences from across the globe. To thank fans, the Field Of Giants has made 2 tracks available for FREE at their website: http://www.fieldofgiants.com.  Field Of Giants is amazing. They write complex, heavy, emotional music, which never sounds corny, and they can flat-out run a chill down your spine. This debut album is a straight, overdriven rock approach to their brand of music, which will capture a vast variety of rock fans. The one thing I can pick right out is that I like the guitars on “We Are”. It is used to great effect; keeping the flow of the songs together, and playing complicated and varied riffs.

The vocals too, are simply astounding: singing soft and beautifully, then conversely going all out and yelling. During all of the yelling, however, the voice is able to keep the high quality of its tone. That’s very rare to find these days. And last but certainly not least, the heart-pounding drums are able to pick a song up from a slow melody to all-out rage, and then slow it back down again. If Field Of Giants continue on the path that this album will certainly be beating out for them, this group will be something special indeed.

Field Of Giants

Field Of Giants

Actually, “We Are”, immediately impacts the listener with its solid rhythmic angle, the drumming style is absolutely mind-blowing and the tone is to die for. The meticulous grooves on “Let Go”, a song with a phenomenal atmospheric undercurrent that emphasizes tranquil passages, is filled with sporadic bass throbs, and glistening guitar work. The effective guitar expressions are in a league all their own. Field Of Giants’ music is riff-based, marked by plenty of visceral rock nuances, so you won’t find miles and miles of overblown guitar solos. The guitar work of Field Of Giants is simply one of a kind.

The verses and choruses of “Make My Day” are so well-written and infectious that it won’t let go days after you stop listening to it. And I really, really love the haunting lyrics. It conveys direct thoughts with zero pretenses, which, in my opinion, is a big plus. I wish I could describe each track in great detail, but it would be impossible to do so without missing vital moments. Though, at face value, “We Are” may seem a simplistic and concise grunge-induced alternative rock album, repeat listens expose great details. You may be as surprised as me when you start enjoying the numbing guitar drills on the bleak “Folded Paper” or effect-laden guitars paired with ominous instrumental interludes on “Back Door Theories”. This track is one of those cuts, where you hear so many changing chord progressions and vocal tone changes that your head spins.

“Untitled” is arguably the most brooding number on “We Are”, But it’s the slowly-picked guitar and the ever-expanding vocals of “Stay” with its dense atmospherics building on through its languid moments before venturing into a hard-hitting rock parts, which impresses really me. However, if it’s grinding relentless rock, with soaring, melodic vocals that you crave, then don’t miss knockout tracks such as, “Stay Awake”, “Waiting for Something”, “Fake”, “Forget Your Words” and “Hollow”. But truly each track, as well as the above-mentioned ones, resonates with vocal beauty and lyrical artistry.

Rarely does one find a band that speaks to listeners, on their debut release, like Field Of Giants does. Do yourself a huge favor and start listening to this wholly impressive and powerful band. However, be warned, everything else you listen to from that moment onwards may sound pathetic in comparison!

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITESTOREFACEBOOKTWITTERINSTAGRAMYOUTUBE

About The Author

Reply