Odd-Arne Jacobsen: “While I Was Crossing The Bridge” – a gift to the world

Musician, songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire, Odd-Arne Jacobsen has worked with most of the leading artists in his home country of Norway, in both theatre and music, and has also presented his craft internationally. He has had his own television show in Russia, as well as a solo concert at the Moscow International Jazz Festival, and has toured the USA, Mexico, Russia, France, China, Kuwait, Scotland, and Japan. In 1990 he undertook a solo concert of his own compositions in New York, becoming the first Norwegian guitar player ever to hold a solo concert in Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Jennifer Hope Releases “My December” for Music for Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Chester Bennington

JENNIFER HOPE LAUNCHES DOWNLOAD TO DONATE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO BENEFIT LINKIN PARK’S MUSIC FOR RELIEF CHARITY Singer-Songwriter Jennifer Hope, has released her cover version of Linkin Park’s “My December” to raise awareness, and contributions for Music for Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Chester Bennington. The track is available for download until October 27, 2017 at GoFundfMe. A one dollar donation is all that is required to receive a download code, but any additional amount is appreciated and your extended generosity can further help many in their time of need. All donations go to the charity through the

Jordan Everist: “Vacancy” – the perfect soundtrack for anything you can really think of doing

Jordan Everist is a creative from Portland, Oregon. His love of music began when he was 4, but really took off in his high school years. Since then he has been producing music professionally for short films, cartoons, and musicians. He also has had a series of personal projects, where he’s been able to express himself and develop his own voice. Besides music, Jordan has an interest in all things creative, which he shows through his other ventures, writing and animating cartoons, and developing video games. Odds are if you’re reading this review, you’ve heard of Everist’s music before. If

RealTalk: “The Time Machine” hosted by DJ Infamous – depth and variety to each song

On his brand new mixtape, “The Time Machine” hosted by DJ Infamous, Phoenix, AZ based artist RealTalk, delivers his visceral lifetime narratives over remixes of hits taken from the 70s, 80s and 90s, including samples by Bobby Womack, Rose Royce, Michael Jackson, Prince, Xscape , Aaliyah, Pink Floyd, and more. The mixtape delivers 12 grooving tracks with beats by a handful of skillful producers, from Dj Eric Swain, Rehab Beats, to BigMattBeatz, Kaleem Beats and MCK, as well as By 318tae who has the lion’s share with 4 tracks. The only feature is The Last Poets on the opening track,

David Vaters: “A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 2” – wonderfully orchestrated narratives

“A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 2” finds David Vaters in top form. This is a beautiful complex album that highlights the full brilliance of David’s genius, as well as the serenity and wisdom of a long, full life. Those of you who have listened to the previous, ambitious and critically acclaimed project, “A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 1 ”, showcasing a cast of a-league musicians, will know exactly what to expect. As this offers more of the same emotional experiences savored on that recording. Once again David enlightens us with his lyrical wisdom, as he warns about our

Long Island Native and 16-year-old Singer Alyssa Colón to Release “I’m Gucci”

LOS ANGELES, CA – Long Island, New York is home to 16-year-old singer Alyssa Colón. Since beginning her musical journey at age three, Alyssa has never stopped singing to her own beat. When asked about the inspiration behind her decision to pursue a musical career, Alyssa reflects on her relationship with late grandfather. A true musician himself, her grandfather would often play guitar, and eventually taught Alyssa how to sing along. This special bond is significant in Alyssa’s career, as it paved the way for her future in music. As Alyssa’s grandfather continued to coach her, she began to learn

Russell Esby: “Post-Sentiments” – The combination of the essential music and deep lyrics hit home in unexpected ways

Russell Esby is a 17 year old multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, from the European island of Malta. Russell says that writing songs and playing music is his escape from everyday life’s complexities. “Post-Sentiments” is Russell’s 6 track EP: exquisitely meandering sonics that author tranquil moods presented alongside insightful lyrical content. With a clear love of personal storytelling, and a keen eye for the problems present throughout relationships, and yet with no desire to feverishly impose his knowledge, Russell weaves a gentle spell that pushes listeners toward awareness at their own pace. If you can embrace the gentlest subplot inside yourself –

JIBE: “Epic Tales of Human Nature” is intensely immersing

The 1994 assembled Dallas TX alt-rock band, JIBE, featuring vocalist Joe Grah, guitarist Toby Bittenbender, Corey Tatro on bass, and drummer Todd Harwell, is back after an eleven year hiatus with a brand new, full-length concept album, entitled “Epic Tales of Human Nature”. Produced by JIBE and Matt Noveskey (Blue October), and mixed by Grammy award-winning producer/engineer, Toby Wright (Metallica, Alice In Chains, Korn), the recording was completed at Orb Recording studios in Austin, TX. Wow! Once every year or two, I pick up an album that is so good it dominates my music preference for weeks or even months

Woochia: “Travels” instantly feels like a quintessential, well-crafted eclectic concoction

London-based French music and video producer, Charly Sauret aka Woochia, is influenced by artists such as Tool, Heretik and Beethoven, which is a fairly good indication of the vast creative spectrum his music is composed within. Expect also, to find a wide variety of blended sounds to accompany his arrangements – like the tones of acoustic instruments (guitars or didgeridoo) with tones usually used for meditation (singing bowls, different types of throat singing) mixed with driving percussion and pumping synth bass lines, to deliver what is described as soft and melodic techno music. A former student of Musicology at the

Mortinus: “Pyramid” maintains a special aura: largely rhythmic and intricately textured

Of all popular genres, electronica has always been one of the more globally conscious, crossing oceans and transcending cultural boundaries in a wordless communication of rhythm and melody. Tempering the experimental tilt of his previous material with groovier, more graceful rhythms and an ear for ethnic melody unmatched by many in the ambient crowd, Mortinus is back with his brand new double-sided release, entitled “Pyramid”. An EP containing two tracks – “Yellow Pencil” and “Gold Pencil”. Danish electronic music producer Mortinus has a Danish father and a half Greenlandic and Danish mother, while he says that there are also traces

Changing Trains: “Gathering The Sunlight” – an effortless amalgamation of influences

Changing Trains is an independent rock band from Limerick City, Ireland. They are Paul O’Riordan (Songwriter), Hannah O’Brien (Vocals), David Carroll (Drums), Rob Carey (Bass), Podge O’Donoghue (violin) and Ronan Murphy (Lead Guitar). Their debut album ‘Theory of Everything’ was released in 2015. “Gathering The Sunlight” is the new radio edit single, taken from the same album. Changing Trains’ technical skill and ability to craft all-embracing songs is borderline genius.

changing-trains-wideThe flitting nuances and subtleties seem to come not just from musicians who love music and can sing and play, but those who have deeply lived and breathed music their entire lives as well as exposed to an incredible range of music from birth.

Thus the music has an organic and effortless appeal despite the many disparate tones which belies the tremendous talent it takes to create songs like theirs. Musically, “Gathering The Sunlight” really surprised me as it manages to both be almost immediately accessible as well as satisfying with real weight.

If you asked me to outright define Changing Trains sound, the best I could do is throw a bunch words out there and hope a few stick. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard such an effortless amalgamation of influences turned into one compelling and consistent feel. I realize I’m gushing about this band, but their obvious passion paired with the breadth of their musical soundscapes make them the type of artists that I’m sure we’ll still be hearing new music from, 20 years from now.

changing-trains-coverThe uplifting pulsing beat and guitars in this song are so relaxing yet inspiring. The singing is brightly melodic and heavenly, with layered harmonies adding even more ariose to the atmosphere. There is something just majestic about this song, and the video clip really suits the feel of the track too.

Changing Trains prove that popular music doesn’t mean dumb or derivative despite the majority of the tripe put out by their peers. Wildly unique and catchy, “Gathering The Sunlight” just gets better with every listen.

The band has somehow managed to encapsulate the sunny, radically happy specter of life and love into this fizzy and enchanting anthem of wishful thinking. In a music industry dominated by chauvinistic philanderers and chintzy temptresses, Changing Trains really impress me with their mature, thoughtful, yet playful music on “Gathering The Sunlight”.

There are plenty of hooks and harmonies for those of you who’ve been missing some positive tunes in recent music history. All backed by a band that delivers a flawless performance supported by a richly textured sound.

And let’s be honest, when last have you seen a fully dressed woman as fascinatingly alluring as Hannah O’Brien? I sincerely urge all current pop music divas to kindly put their clothes back on and watch the video clip of “Gathering The Sunlight” by Changing Trainsespecially the timeframe between 2:30 and 2:46, to fully understand the meaning of the word ‘captivating’.

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