Melua – debut single and music video – “Waves”

Tapio Fagerström (Bass), Ville Saarinen (Guitar), Olli Rautio (Guitar), Petri Koskela (Drums), and Jussi Rautio (Synths), make up the alternative rock band Melua, who have just released the song “Waves”, and the supporting music video by @simppafi. If you’ve been waiting for a time to check out this band, wait no more: this song is the perfect entry point. The song utilizes the band’s penchant for lush instrumentation to full effect, creating a mood and atmosphere that builds into a goosebump-raising climax. Melua strikes a great balance between the song’s poignant moments and the more soaring sections. Furthermore, they write

Melua – debut single and music video – “Waves”

Tapio Fagerström (Bass), Ville Saarinen (Guitar), Olli Rautio (Guitar), Petri Koskela (Drums), and Jussi Rautio (Synths), make up the alternative rock band Melua, who have just released the song “Waves”, and the supporting music video by @simppafi. If you’ve been waiting for a time to check out this band, wait no more: this song is the perfect entry point. The song utilizes the band’s penchant for lush instrumentation to full effect, creating a mood and atmosphere that builds into a goosebump-raising climax. Melua strikes a great balance between the song’s poignant moments and the more soaring sections. Furthermore, they write

Hei$enberg – “Text Me” employs a head-bopping flow with a throwback flair

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Nancy Diaz – “Summer Love” – cultured chord changes, cleverly orchestrated synths, and tropical rhythms

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Sabrina Matola – “For you” – is fueled by the power and intensity of her voice

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DEEPSYSTEM – “Anda Linda” – a zesty groove and a humid atmosphere!

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Neave Zaria’s ‘Never The Same’ Is Evocative Of The Golden Era Of Jazz & Blues

Neave Zaria’s latest track ‘Never The Same’ is a soft yet impassioned exploration of our deepest infatuations and frustrations. The composition is steady but energetic, and the jazz spirit comes in hot from the get-go. Zaria’s voice bears a strong resemblance to that of the greatest blues singers of all time: Etta James and Aretha Franklin. The most modern comparisons would be to Adele and Norah Jones, but even then there’s a striking vulnerability in Zaria’s vocals that makes her stand apart. It helps that the English singer is just nineteen, but she demonstrates a superb ability at striking the

Sam and Sounds Guaranteed to Make You Smile with New Single “Cloud 9”

UK indie artist Sam and Sounds has just released a brand-new single that will have you both grinning and grooving. The singer songwriter has just dropped “Cloud 9,” offering endless feel-good vibes and some much-needed positivity in today’s world. With his debut EP due to land in October this year, this track is the second teaser to what we can expect. It follows his first single release which came out in April, “Do It All Again,” that soon became an instant smash hit. Sam and Sounds has already netted an impressive 41,000 Spotify streams, with 23,000 monthly listeners and a

Cymbalik – “A New Positive”- the alchemical combination of quality, creativity, and alluring empathy

There are a lot of new producers that are coming to the scene this years, and some that have been in the game for a while, but few are as exciting has Cymbalik AKA Jose Serpas who hails out of Denver, CO. If you’re a part of the people who don’t know who Cymbalik is just yet, then expect him to be all over your music queue in the next couple of years. With his crazy beats and smooth melodies it’s expected that he makes some big jumps in the industry very soon. Cymbalik works with modern day techniques while

Roger Cole & Paul Barrere: “Sail Away” – The listener is provided with deep insight and wisdom

Roger Cole & Paul Barrere have always had the virtue of bringing out the best in each other and that is the case here again on the single “Sail Away”, taken from the album ‘Musical Schizophrenia’, out on Better Daze records.  The duo has been touching on themes of life, death, love and environment with a poignancy any writer would sell their soul for during the last few years, and on this latest track they offer ‘a mellow, curiously upbeat glimpse into the soul of a man looking for unconditional love.’

The song is somewhat different from the typical Roger Cole & Paul Barrere fare you might have. It is a little ‘softer’, more Folk-Americana orientated, in a full acoustic guitar style you would expect from the likes of America, Crosby Stills Nash and Young or Jack Johnson.  But while it doesn’t have the same ‘harder’ electric edge finish that a lot of their other songs have, there is still the same real ‘honest’ quality to the music that few modern artists maintain.

It’s melody as well as its lyrics are deeply meaningful. The listener is provided with deep insight and wisdom. All of which stem from Roger Cole & Paul Barrere’s self-reflection and ability to be creative enough at the time of putting it all to music.

Roger-Cole-Paul-Barrere-JKW-350The lyric describes the wish of a man to have someone love him until the end of his days. It is a typical male struggle with two driving natures – the spiritual nature and the animalistic nature. It is this irresolvable struggle that usually comes with a high cost of frustration and great concern during the latter years of our lives.

The song is successfully realized by both Roger Cole’s great vocal and Paul Barrere’s harmonizing. Again the musician work, completely executed by the duo, is just amazing. Cole handles bass and percussion, while both Paul and Roger take care of the guitars.

The upbeat music may deceive you into believing that it is simply a sweet song, but the lyrics will convince you of otherwise – which ultimately leads to the sometimes overused ‘bittersweet’ word. It couldn’t however be more appropriate in generally describing “Sail Away”.

Everything you likely already cherish about Roger Cole & Paul Barrere is present here, heartfelt and immaculate singing and harmonies, a strong and distinct composition from both artists, and superb musicianship. When it comes to specific songs, it’s more a matter of personal choices than objective hierarchies.

Some of the duo’s songs are particularly moving and fiercer – these are the ones I personally prefer – while other pieces are gentler but carry a wonderful dramatic undertow- case in point, “Sail Away”. Either way you’re still dealing with a thing of beauty – An example of the significant music that you can still expect in an era where everything seems to have turned grandiose, overhyped and stupid.

About Better Daze Records

Creating “music for the sake of music”, Paul Barrere and Roger Cole are the musicians and driving forces behind Better Daze Records. Wanting to avoid the guidelines set forth by big labels and distributors in the name of mainstream music, the two set out to create Better Daze Records. Through their own label, Barrere and Cole inject their own flavor of expression and creativity into each of their unique works.

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