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

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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”

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

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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

Origen: “Two Steps From Heaven…” – Crossing Classical Music with Modern New Age and Ambient flavors

The project Origen, was founded in 1995 by composer, producer and sound engineer Alexsey Zakharenko from   Kyiv (Ukraine). At the end of 90’s, Zakharenko wrote some songs for the young singer, Tanya Lubimenko, of the Ukrainian National Opera House Milana, and later produced her debut album “They Beat a Women”. Zakharenko was amazed by Tanya’s talent and her ethereal voice that he invited her to a creative collaboration that has been going on for 15 years. In fact Tanya has appeared in various albums composed by Origen, and can be heard inTwo Steps From Heaven. The Best of Classical Crossover 1996-2013.”  This album contains the best songs from all Origen’s albums and some bonus tracks which were not included in any of his previousCDs.

Two Steps From Heaven is a very beautiful album with 16, some of which will be familiar to anyone with even a passing interest in classical music. The selections are lovely, soothing and peaceful, as Zakharenko brings Classical music into the 21st Century New Age era. This album covers the sound Origen has been doing since the start of his career. It has a very dramatic flair, and a sense of momentum and power, while at the same time exuding a gentle, soothing and ethereal nature. It is the very essence of what he achieves by crossing Classical music with modern New Age and Ambient flavors.

The album artwork

The album artwork

Two Steps From Heaven. The Best of Classical Crossover 1996-2013”  delivers a true musical experience. This collection of musical arrangements is utter perfection. The type of physical and emotional feeling that you will receive from these interpretations, both musically and vocally, is not easily expressible in earthly words. I urge you to listen and be whisked away to a place where we all belong. Each track of sounds offers something beautiful and just as indescribable. Glorious, heavenly, celestial, esoteric: these are just a few words that come to my mind when trying to explain this music.

Origen gives a thorough and personal working over to Donizetti’s Una Fortiva Lagrima, Handel’s Lascia Ch’io Pianga, Mozart’s “Lacrimosa” and “Ave Maria”, among others. He also tackles Beethoven’s sonata #8 for piano, aptly entitled here as Beethoven’s Solveig’s Song”. Obviously these pieces would never be complete without Tanya Lubimenko, whose voice is possible one of the most beautiful voices on this planet. Her singing wafted to my ears like a melodic and healing balm, the harmony and perfection of each vocal rendition so comforting and embracing. Origen and Tanya have crafted a masterful collection of music that just makes you feel better, and calmer, about being exactly whom and where you are. It is, perhaps, accurately characterized as the ambient sound of well-being.

But Origen’s music is so much more, than just recreating classics. Creating music in the purest sense, is piecing together notes which are born in the soul, take their first steps in the heart, and are given flight through a musical instrument. Nowhere is that more evident than with what Origen accomplishes on tracks such as the Kyrie Eleison”, “Dance of the Clouds Part 1+2”, “Tears of the Past”, “Heavenly Blue” and “Piano Dreams”. The songs are admirable masterpieces and pleasant music to listen to. The melodies that can be found are filled with beautiful emotions, they are gentle and interesting, and transport you to a state of complete harmony and relaxation. There are elements of early romance and impressionist periods in the compositions, but with modern approaches to score and voice among instruments. The music lets emotion lead, but does not ignore structure and sways between ambiance and melody with grace and intent.

Another aspect that really grabbed my attention is the production. There are some subtle changes from piece to piece, though the overall collection is coherent and true to the nature of the works. If you’re looking for a great addition to your music collection that can be used in a variety of situations to add a calming, relaxing, soothing ambiance, this is for you. It however, is not to be confused with simple ‘elevator’, or ‘background’ music. Origen’s crossover creations, comes from a higher artistic, emotional and intellectual place, and in turn requires a more engaging listen, to be fully appreciated. Two Steps From Heaven. The Best of Classical Crossover 1996-2013 is the epitome of what modern day classical music should sound like, if at all it desires to be adored by the masses.

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