J Tizzle: “The Chill Zone Vol 3” – The taste is smooth and distinguishable!

As living things, we need a steady supply of certain ingredients to survive. In music, the formula is undeniably similar. A song requires both rhythm and pitch. For the musically hungrier amongst us, these ingredients are not enough. We need to add extras, such as mood, atmosphere, emotion and groove. Unfortunately, even with the proper ingredients and extras the results are not always as expected. Stagnancy spreads within the craftsman, as well as a lack of skill or emotion. Luckily one, by the name of J Tizzle (Jeffery Townsend Sr.), avoids these annoying traits. Within his songbook exists all of

Heavy AmericA: “Motor Honey (Peace)” – It’s rock. Pure and simple.

A couple of years ago, the bands to emulate in modern rock were those that flooded the radios with wickedly catchy upbeat power pop tunes. Then came the neo-metal-driven climate, where even the tame end of the spectrum became heavier. On their new single, “Motor Honey (Peace)”, Boston based three piece rock group Heavy AmericA, proves themselves among the best in the alternative rock genre with a track loaded with hooks for mainstream appeal, but with an energy and drive that keeps them from sounding like mere imitators. The new release which has all the potential to climb the rock

Scotty Seed: One of the more original and thoroughly enjoyable alternative listens of the year!

Proud of his Italian heritage and his role in the LGTBQ community as a queer artist, Scotty Seed is a musician based in the East Village of New York City. Obsessed with art, including fashion and music, Scotty, originally a Jersey boy, started taking songwriting and production seriously in his twenties. Influenced by elements of industrial, pop, grunge, PC music, electronic, and screamo music, he counts artists like Crystal Castles, Marilyn Manson, Hole, David Bowie, Madonna, and Depeche Mode among his inspirations. Fighting an ongoing battle with bipolar disorder, making music provides him with an escape from his mental health

Suburbs: “Sound of the Sea” – a rewarding new project

Suburbs is an indie rock band from Scheveningen, Netherland launched in 1995. The band that has its roots in the eighties and nineties achieved national exposure when they won the national contest “De Grote Prijs van Nederland” (The Grand Prize of the Netherlands), the largest and longest-running music competition in the country.  As of the summer of 2013 Suburbs has started a new chapter. Lead singer Arie Spaans and 2 early band members set to work to bring their old sound back. The following year they started dropping singles and video clips leasing to their mini EP “Masters” in 2016.

Martone: “Erogenous Zone” keeps the adrenaline and emotions flowing!

It was 5 years ago that pop superstar, Sam Smith, stepped up to the plate and showed the world that love songs don’t have to be heteronormative to be beloved. Smith came out publicly, stating that he wanted to be clear on what his album was about. “It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know.” He was also completely aware of how important his success is to the public narrative. Hearing your humanity represented and validated by pop culture is important, and many LGBT supporting musicians have since been stepping up to share their experiences. The

Red Tan: “Don’t You Dare!” – Vocally anchored and soulful!

Red Tan is a young widow and single mom. Living in an unfamiliar environment while suffering depression and anxiety has been a challenge that she was able to put into music on her single “Don’t You Dare!” It’s an inspirational anthem meant to help others overcome their struggles and difficulties, and achieve their goals. In the meantime it has been a healing medicine for the singer-songwriter herself, helping her to become a stronger and better person. Red Tan’s ability to create deep thoughtful music, her timeless voice, and her capacity to be so introspective, makes her extremely relatable to any

Albert J: “Grow” embraces both aural diversity and true inspiration

Albert J (formerly known as f.o.c.u.s.) is an American hip-hop recording artist residing in Tampa Florida. Moving through Maryland, DC, Virginia, NC, California and now Florida, Albert J got to experience a lot of diverse music and inspirations. From bands ranging from Sigur Ros and Coldplay to Linkin Park and Incubus, as well as many Hip-Hop influences from DMX, Kid Cudi, Mos Def and Busta Rhymes, Albert J grew up with a wide palette of sound. His 3 mixtapes “Youth Religion” (Dec 2013) “Remember” (March 2014) and “YR2” (April 2015), garnered serious attention in the Hip-hop scene, finally leading up

Knarly Jones: “Redemption” takes us on an epic journey

“Redemption”, is Detroit-based EDM producer, Knarly Jones’ second drop in a series of four releases this summer, preceded by “Atonement” which was released in June. After spending time away from music to study mathematics and physics, Knarly returns to the electronic music scene with a refined cinematic style and a slew of new releases. “Redemption” combines cinematic scoring elements with classic electro-house feel and heavy drops to create a unique sound for 2019. Knarly goes into his bag of tricks and creates an enlightening, varied soundscape that unleashes bass all over your face. With all of this to dive into, it’s

Maxime: “The Honest Me Pt.1” – a unique piece of work!

Maxime Boublil was born in Paris, France, into a musical theater family. His father Alain, wrote the musical adaptation of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, his mother was the first Cosette in Les Miserables in France. As a child Maxime played the cello and then went on to study photography Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, but he discovered what he really wanted to do, when he picked a guitar in a friend’s dorm room. After studying Music in Visual Media, Maxime went on to pursue a career as an engineer at Furstock Studios with three-time aria award-winning engineer

Absolute Doubt: “When Nightmares Become Dreams” – extreme melancholic chill!

John Francis, known by his artist name Absolute Doubt, is an up-and-coming rapper with a talent for freestyling. He works with a number of artists and producers on his latest EP “When Nightmares Become Dreams”, including Lucki, Jay Storm, and Downtime. The project imbues most of the tropes in contemporary swaggy rap music with an omnipresent breeziness that feels endemic to a luxurious daydream. The 2-song release consists of mid-tempo, gently forlorn hip-hop, padded out with New Age trap gauze. The music is pervaded by an all-embracing sonic fog. Absolute Doubt is best when he is pitted against gently fibrillating

Jean Synodinos: “love & blood” – melodies and chords all soar to celestial heights

Jean Synodinos (pronounced sin-uh-DEE-nus) slips from folk to pop to jazz to blues and more to create dynamic live performances and recordings that make audiences ask for more.  A Top 10 Finalist for Best Songwriter and Best Folk Act in the 2015 Austin Music Awards, Jean’s fourth album, love & blood”, is now a multi-media digital album available for download to the world via a dedicated website, loveandblood.org. The songs, artwork, essays, videos, and more are a love letter to her artistic collaborator and ex-husband of almost a decade, Charles Rieser, who died in December 2014.

Jean Synodinos’ music and lyrics meld into a seamless, living, breathing whole – taking on a magical essence that’s greater than the sum of its parts. And those parts are some of the most brilliantly advanced and artful musings you will find in popular music.

Jean Synodinos - (Valerie Fremin Photography)

Jean Synodinos – (Valerie Fremin Photography)

The entire album seduces me. Her meaningful lyrics are veritable experiences one can become lost in, filled with thought-provoking relevance; at once painful, at once poignantly beautiful. The music supports her storytelling, bursting with rich imagery, while the sound of her voice alone makes me swoon.

Jean’s lyrics, melodies and chords all soar to celestial heights while the rhythms of her guitar keep the whole thing anchored. One could depict this – like much of the album – as at once both cosmic and earthy. Her “End of the World” can give me a lump in my throat, but that’s no matter, since “The Morning Does Not Suit Your Eyes” (which ranks among the most intoxicatingly emotive songs I know), is a track that could easily reduce me to tears.

Jean Synodinos is an artist of the highest order. Words elude me when attempting to describe what I feel when I listen to her music. She reaches deep inside of me – and I’m never quite sure how much deeper she had to dig into herself to write these songs, which are profound personal reflections of a life lived, and not abstract impressions by a simple songwriter. This recording shows that she is an artist to be reckoned with, both as a songwriter and a performer.

There’s a simple reason for that. It’s clear that she lives and breathes art; she pours her heart and soul into everything she does, be it painting, writing or composing. The entire love & blood” project proves my point beyond any reasonable doubt. I have been working in this industry for longer than I can remember, and cannot think of any one album, indie or major, presented so exhaustively and meticulously in all of its facets.

Jean Synodinos - (Valerie Fremin Photography)

Jean Synodinos – (Valerie Fremin Photography)

Often, in the past, I have used the phrase ‘a labor of love’…rather in vainly I might add, considering what Jean Synodinos has produced with this project, dedicated to Charles Rieser, her ex-husband who died of alcoholism.

Everything about this recording is incredible – from how this project started to the very last note of the last song. I’ve heard hundreds of end-of-relationship-songs, and ten times as many heartbreaking stories, but love & blood” is different. It’s never over-sentimental or even melodramatic.

It goes beyond. Into a dimension most couples never even begin to explore while being married, let alone after they’re divorced. Jean has dared to go there and courageously reflect on her experiences…aloud!

By now you would have noticed that I haven’t spent one single word about any individual song. That’s because I don’t have to. The 8 songs that make up love & blood” well and truly speak for themselves.

Track by track explanations and literary dissections by third parties are superfluous when an art form reaches this affecting level, and when the artist herself has contemplated every possible aspect. However having said that, if you have ever loved and lost, you will be hard pressed to find another album as emotionally engaging as love & blood”.

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