Sober Season: “You Fool” will captivate legions of ardent followers

Sober Season was created in Barcelona, Spain by two childhood friends – José Valle and Max Mir. They jokingly started to play metal to create a project for their Spanish class, but after realizing metal wasn’t their genre, they kept creating songs until they found out folk-rock was more of their thing. While watching a Talent Show they met Olivia de Rezende and invited her to join the band, thus completing the Sober Season lineup – José Valle (Lead Singer, Lead Guitar, and composer), Max Mir (Drummer, pianist, and co-composer) and Olivia de Rezende (Backup Singer). Sober Season, who has

Kyrre Bjørdal Sæther: “Lost In Love” – a feverishly cohesive earworm

Kyrre Bjørdal Sæther is multi-instrumentalist from Norway. Kyrre who has studied at the prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) in Liverpool, United Kingdom, where he specialized as a singer and songwriter, has been writing music since his teens. He released his debut album “On My Own” in 2004, and then had a 10 year hiatus before making a comeback. Signed to independent label KBS Productions, Kyrre recently released his brand new single “Lost In Love”, a song he had written in 2016, but rearranged for the single version, giving it a fuller, edgier flavor. Though he had some help

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

Wolvo: “Nothin Right” ft. DAYVID – towards the pop realm of charting electronica

“Nothin Right” by Wolvo is a massive pop dance banger with singer DAYVID on vocals. The lyrics as well as the melodic voice have quite an eclectic effect against the backdrop of the growling synths. DAYVID sings like an instrument, and adds an extra dimension to the heavy percussion and exotic tinkling keys. There’s romance, evocativeness, space, and longing. You can hear it as DAYVID sings “Ain’t nothing right without you” in the chorus section. It’s the one line that’s clearly repeated in the song to create a hook-like attraction. Wolvo here, is stepping between the vastly popular tropical house

Sismo Releases Debut Studio Endeavor, ‘We Crash And Burn’

Sismo , an international music collaborative helmed by French songwriter and guitarist Xavier Cevrin , has released its foray into the industry, a dynamic new single called ‘ We Crash And Burn .’ The infectiously catchy and exceedingly suave track elegantly walks the line between pop sensibility and dance floor prowess, making it a tune that’s sure to ignite clubs and radio stations around the globe. Chronicling the fiery end of a passionate relationship, ‘We Crash And Burn’ is a relatable, anthemic single that’s beautifully orchestrated with an array of tactful beats and synthesizers. The sonic landscape of Sismo’s debut

Blupa Music: “Repetition Of Life” & “Mama Earth (We Shall Meet Again)” provide more strength to the cause

Blupa Music is the retro pop expression of Norwegian guitarist, singer, songwriter and audio recording artist Geir Erlend Roev. He has just released two digital singles – “Repetition Of Life” and “Mama Earth (We Shall Meet Again)”, as well as a double-sided vinyl edition of the same tracks. It’s hard to believe music that sounds at times “so simple” can be so creative. This is music from the heart that will feel good in your soul. Blupa Music has been carving out his own singular niche since his nascent days. He struck creative gold from that point onward, veering from

MC²: “It’s ok” ft. Mojo prod. by Tek Nalo G – groove and flow without preachiness

Louis “LQ” Iverson and Keith ”Smeazy” Passmore, combine the experience, wisdom, and knowledge of everyday life with the mastery of Hip Hop and Soul Music to make up the duo MC². As prior military members, the group got its start in Washington, DC. Now as civilians, and dedicated to the creation of music as well as other avenues of creativity and entertainment, both MCs reside in San Antonio, TX. Smeazy, originally from Raleigh, NC and LQ, from Wichita, KS, find their music influences from artists and groups such as A Tribe Called Quest, Little Brother, BlackStar, Common, J DIlla, The

Burnz: “Life” – a story of internal and external experiences

Burnz, an American hiphop artist from Charleston South Carolina, has dropped his autobiographical single, entitled “Life”. His insights and observations concerning himself, and subsequently his generation can be read from his lyrics sheet as pure prose. Even backed by a solid sonic collage, the signature combustion is still his own. This track jibes with a coast-to-coast aesthetic, as well as golden-era rap sound. Burnz laces this track with lessons learned and memories plucked from his entire life and he places the microscope close to his grind, sharing the harsh beauty and reality of it. Instead of shying away or avoiding certain

Free From Gravity: “Step Into The Sunlight” – an infusion of creativity and fresh air

Free From Gravity fill space with such perfection. It seems every beat, every syllable, and every phrase is calculated and prescribed just the right instrumentation and fill. Not every gap is filled with predictable guitar strums, hums, or piano doodling. If any instrument repeatedly fills space, it will nearly always take on a different sound every time. This band is an infusion of creativity and fresh air in what has become a stale, boring musical landscape. They arrived right on time all the way from Portsmouth, UK. Free From Gravity are needed in the world. They have chops. They have fun,

Lil J the white rapper from Westwood

Lil J is a white rapper from Westwood MA and a current student at Bryant University. He writes over both classic and original hip-hop beats. Rap is his true passion, almost to the point of obsession. He says his music can be considered “clowning”. After the release of his “Idols” EP, where he paid homage to his heroes and idols, Lil J came back with the follow-up, “Idols 2”, which over and above containing songs to his idols, also discusses Lil J’s dreams as a rapper.  He is following that up with his new mixtape, “Stoner Chick” which which dropped on 2/14. How long have you been in

Symphonic: “RearView (feat. Zé)” – a marvel of digital-age hip hop

Denver based rapper, Symphonic, who hails from Detroit, MI is breaking down barriers and pushing boundaries as far as he can. Now doing that musically, would be a fairly easy task, with respect to what Symphonic is trying to accomplish, within a genre generally plagued by heavy-handed bigotry. Symphonic, is openly declared gay rapper who says that: “The only goal I have is to break down any barrier and defy any stereotype one may have about what a gay rapper should “look like” or “be”. This is my beginning and I’m honored to share my craft with the world.”

It sounds hallucinating to think that in 2017, one would still need to declare his or her sexuality, to help fight ignorance and inspire others to rise above narrow-minded discrimination. But such is the case, especially as Hip hop carries the stigma of still being one of the genres that more than any other seems to ridicule the role of women and homosexuality in society.

It is tough enough for any underground artist to musically make an impression in this over-saturated marketplace, adding the ‘gay’ label is almost like committing artistic suicide, as it is almost certain that you will be ostracized and discriminated against.

So it takes an immense amount of courage to come out in the open, for any artist. However if you have your mindset in the right place and your goals clearly laid out, as Symphonic has, then anything is possible.

Just for the record, sexually, I adore threesomes and anything voyeuristic; I hope my peers and colleagues don’t think that impairs my reviewing qualities!  Seriously folks, what interests me and what should interest you is what Symphonic brings to the table, both musically and lyrically.

On his track “RearView (feat. Zé)”, which was written by D. Taylor, Z. Taylor & J. Cormier, and produced by XaviorJordan. The track is by turns oblique, smolderingly direct, confrontational, witty, melodic and gorgeous: a vertiginous marvel of digital-age hip hop. Symphonic wraps his metered flow in an enchantingly woozy delivery and pivots between the spaces of the rhythmic beat at will.

On “RearView (feat. Zé)” the mood on oscillates from light to dark, exultant to somber, yet achieving a sense of sonic sweep that builds to its climax in the chorus. The beat sounds abstractly minimal, but reveals itself to be lush and atmospheric by the time the track’s duration has come to an end.

There’s something radical about that, and it affirms Symphonic’s greatest strength: He refuses to be pinned down in any one angle of your mind.

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