Luna 13 – the solid foundation for gut-ripping synths

The award winning Los Angeles band Luna 13 is forging a new genre of music they call Black Metal/Bass Music. Their brutal yet groove based electro-metal incorporates elements of electronica, death metal, and industrial rock – all done with electronics, which means no string instruments. Music maker Dr. Luna, creates a metal sound with synthesizers and by wrapping heavy distortion around sub-bass. Luna 13 who has been performing live for a few years now, opening for death metal/industrial and electronica projects alike, came into its own when Lilith Bathory joined in 2015. Since, Lilith, the band’s front woman, has been booking modeling jobs

Dezzyano: “Hello World: The Renaissance” – a cohesive feel and tone throughout the album

Now I’ll be honest, before this album was released, I didn’t know much about Dezzyano, the rapper raised 5 mins from Atlanta on Six Flags Dr. I decided to give it a go. And I became a very unlikely Dezzyano fan. The 16 track album, “Hello World: The Renaissance” starts off strong with ‘Anita Baker’. It has an extremely catchy refrain built on a bass and horn driven soul soundscape. This sets the tone for the album, which sees Dezzyano finding different ways of telling his story with catchy hooks and intense verses. From a critical standpoint, this album has

Sick.Life: “Dreamers” – showcasing the diversity and talent of the roster

Sick.Life a collective of artists and an independent music label based in El Paso, Texas. A couple of months back they released their critically acclaimed album, entitled “Contagion”. Now off that album comes the single “Dreamers” produced by NZO, and featuring Josh Brown on the chorus and bridge, while the verses are handled in order of appearance, by Sonny Weston, Lavoe, C.Notes and E$ BFNE. For hip-hop fans growing up in the 21st century, the Sick.Life collective is simply a perfect match between raw lyrical muscle and dynamic production. I listened to the track last night with the intention of

Cassie Holt and The Lost Souls: “Curvy Girl” makes a strong statement

These days, it seems anyone can make an R&B record. However, recording a soul track takes that special intangible element that not all have. Cassie of Cassie Holt and The Lost Souls, offers cadences that move in an affable manner as she declares her sense of self-worth on her latest single release, “Curvy Girl” which tackles the theme of body positivity. She never rushes the pace. She intones in different ways to let the song build in complexity. Think of it as the aural equivalent of a Lego set. One can use the simple bricks in different styles and colors

Bloomer: “Good Morning, It’s Breakfast Time” – washed away by sunlight and a downpour of musical ideas

Bloomer is a rock band from Baltimore, MD created by musical partners Luke Boardman and Matt Zorzi. The band’s sound emerges from a mix of 70’s & 90’s Rock, Soul and American Roots Music. “Good Morning, It’s Breakfast Time” is contemporary indie rock at its finest. The music is sprawling and psychedelic. The mood can range from rocking to mellow. Bloomer is a band that has great song writing abilities and expressive improvisational abilities. Depending on the given song, the band moves effortlessly between straight rock and psychedelic infused jam-band grooves. This 4 track EP showcases both the band’s alt-rock

“Final Curtain” represents yet another progression for Roger Cole

Roger Cole is anything but predictable. Other than the fact that excellence flows in abundance from his river of musical and artistic expression, his music (usually together with his partner in crime Paul Barrere) is always engaging on an emotional level. Here on his solo effort, the single, “Final Curtain”, Cole is not content to repeat himself, nor is he afraid to confront difficult subjects or at least ideas that many artists don’t frequent. This time around there is this ongoing tug-of-war between moving on and living in the past. The time when someone needs to say no, and the

Pauline Frechette: “Always Lover” (feat. David) works its magic

Not so much a singer as a sublime song stylist, Pauline Frechette returns to release an impeccably performed love ballad simply entitled “Always Lover” (feat. David). Avoiding any pretense or extravagance, Pauline stretches her breathy voice to gently embrace the lyrics, as she brings out the ultimate best of her vocal and piano artistry. Pauline wanted you to hear the instruments, the vocals, and the emotion in the breathing etc., instead of a sonic rush of noise. She does this by allowing some ‘quiet’ in the recording. Pauline is blessed with a great voice, a distinctive and beautifully frayed tone

Lyndon Rivers: “Nothing I Can Do” creates a celebration in your head!

For fans of Lyndon Rivers who love dance music, house, and techno, this is not an EDM single. It’s not the house music that we know Lyndon Rivers to have made, with filtered sampled loops, drum machine-programmed beats, and electronic harsh noise. It’s not any of that that. You can’t fist-pump to this music; you can’t go nuts to it. Well you can go nuts, but in a different way you’re normally used to in the club. So when you listen to “Nothing I Can Do”, the new single by Lyndon Rivers for the first time, go into it with

An Old Friend: “I am, I was” reaches for stratospheric heights

An Old Friend is an upcoming Alternative Rock band based out of Long Island, New York, they have been said to be significantly ahead of most contemporary peers in their stylistic niche; they show an ability to stray from the norm and focus on truly innovative fragments, as opposed to one linear hook yearning for radioplay. Founded in 2011 An Old Friend continue a career of sustained excellence, the new 6-track EP, “I am, I was”, bursts out of your speakers and infects your heart and mind like few other modern-day recordings. Not only is the production quality of the music

Derric Gobourne Jr. “From The Outside” – authenticity and the ambition!

Derric Gobourne Jr. is an 18 year old New Jack Swing artist from Sarasota, Florida. He is a singer, dancer, rapper, songwriter, producer, choreographer, fashion designer, and actor. Derric is currently working on his third official project, an album called “Supremacy”. Derric, who has choreographed and produced for others, started dancing at the age of five and gained recognition locally as a Michael Jackson impersonator. He’s been making music since he was 11, and his biggest influences are Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, Bruno Mars, Mc Hammer, Janet Jackson and Jackie Wilson. Recently Derric Gobourne Jr. dropped his version of a

KITARI: “The Scarecrow & the Manor” – authentic carefree, psychedelic sound!

Brooklyn-based psychedelic funkers KITARI Originally formed almost a decade and a half ago in a small Upstate, NY mountain town, by middle school friends Adam Weyant (guitar and vocals) and Jared Rinaldi (bass, vocals and keys), the pair went their separate ways after graduation until the spring of 2014, when they began exchanging music ideas via Facebook and e-mail. Excited about the songs they were writing, they both relocated to NYC and quickly spawned a full set of dynamic, powerful songs. They teamed with talented drummer Jim Saint-Amour and spent a weekend in early March 2016 at Applehead Studios in Woodstock, NY, to hammer out their three-song EP, “The Scarecrow & the Manor.”

KITARI are such a wonderful band! Such a joyous, upbeat sound they have. They sound like they’re having a blast, and listening to this EP you’re right there with them. “The Scarecrow & the Manor” is guitar driven and less synth-heavy than most so called alternative albums out there, and it’s better for it.

Good vocals are real important to me when it comes to any rock induced music – if the vocals aren’t up there with the rest of the arrangements, I can’t handle it no matter how good the music is. The vocals have a diverse sound, sometimes smooth, sometimes rough and scratchy, but brilliantly so. It works with the music to create that kind of authentic carefree, psychedelic sound.

There’s not a single weak song her – the whole thing sizzles and pops from start to finish. In a world where hip-hop-pop and bubblegum robotic music seems to rule the airwaves, it’s nice to hear an actual band that plays real instruments, creates great music and manages to not fall flat after the first 2 songs of the EP. And that would have been tragic here with only three songs!

KITARI, blend in some alternative-indie flair into the psychedelia, without sugarcoating your ears with excessive pop crap. They try some really cool things and there songs are not overproduced. The most surprising thing being that this is a record absolutely brimming with fantastic melodies and hooks…without being a pop record! Evolution of artistic expression? Its early days yet, but its a great step forward.

From the moment “Ghost City Shores” kicks off you know this is going to be a strong record with an adventurous feel to it. And it is when you hit the centerpiece – in every sense – of this recording that you know you have discovered a band well worth your time. “Feast of Friends” is simply a great rock song, well thought out, well executed and perfectly sung.

I was expecting the grunting guitars, and the moody vocals, but I was surprised by the keyboards, not sure why but they caught me by surprise…in the most positive way, as did the solid bass playing. The EP closes with the title track, “The Scarecrow & the Manor”, which has its most positive point in the various vocal styles applied in the arrangement.

All the way through this EP, the slippery guitar riffs, the thumping bass, and the pounding drums all makes for layered music that is very accessible and really engaging. Can’t wait to hear where KITARI may go with a full-length album.

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