Valerie Warntz: “I Don’t Love You Anymore” – structured and inspired song-craft

Valerie Warntz is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter who has been musically inclined since childhood. She decided to be a musician at 9-years-old enrolling into The Sviridov’s School of Arts where studied guitar and piano. During her educational years, she won various awards and at the age of sixteen she wrote her first song “I Don’t Love You Anymore”, which she has now released as a single and music video. The song is also on her debut album “Revelation”. The track is intentionally as heartfelt as it is pensive. Lyrically, Valerie doesn’t leave anything hanging; the song sort of has its completion,

Michael A. Galianos: “My Heart Is Breaking” (Featuring Dan Exactly)

Michael A. Galianos has just released the single “My Heart Is Breaking” (Featuring Dan Exactly) with words and music by Michael A. Galianos and Dan Exactly. Michael A. Galianos is a singer/songwriter from Bergenfield, NJ. He has recorded one EP and two albums since 1997, beginning with the EP “Feel”, under the moniker of M.A.G. (Mad Ass Greecians). In 2006, he released his first full length, “Cerebral Snapshots”. In 2011, he released his second album, “Beautiful Discovery”. His sound is melodious pop/rock, along the vein of The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Big Star, with the occasional delve into the experimental.

Dustin Steen: “Mixed Genres” has a strong spiritual element

With an onslaught of pressure from modern record labels to produce high-selling records frequently and consistently, and the need to secure a loyal consumer base, an artist’s ability to experiment and evolve with his or her sound seems somewhat futile in the modern era. It seems that musicians throughout every genre are bound by the limitations of what sound will sell, often creating a disassociation between artistic freedom and production demands. With such high stakes, it takes immense talent and perhaps sheer disregard for self-preservation for an artist to experiment successfully with the many facets of the musical lexicon. Perhaps

Dakú Lights: “Illuminate” – a consistent palette of genre-melding pop offerings

London based alternative pop band, Dakú Lights, was formed in April 2016 by the three band members who are represented by their own distinct color to match their personality, with Bhavini being red, Haiiiro as pink-orange and Panda as purple. They have a unique blend of music which incorporates Pop, Kpop, EDM and Urban influences. Currently pursuing a record deal, the band is focused on producing high quality music and building their stage presence for international audiences. Dakú Lights recently released their 5-track EP, entitled “Illuminate”. The title takes a cue from the band’s name, as Dakú means ‘dark’ in

Henry Metal: “So It Hath Begun” will grab you by the balls with a cruel squirrel grip

Henry Metal might have a fine veil of satire embracing the project, but he makes just about the best tribute to the excess of the 80’s and 90’s hard rock and metal genres ever. He has just released his 9 track album, entitled “So It Hath Begun” which contains great songs, which are very easy to bang your head and sing along with. The tracks all have a grooving and slamming feel, plus cool shredding and solos. In fact Henry Metal sounds no different to any of those legendary rock and metal bands from the golden era. You either get

Aeronaut: “Skara” – excellent progressive buildups and rhythmic backflips

Aeronaut can be described as Progressive Rock, Post-Rock, Indie, or simply Alternative Rock, but that doesn’t really matter. All I know is that this project delivers very interesting, fresh, and well-rounded music. Aeronaut has a huge dynamic range, from extremely fast and heavy with smooth, powerful vocals to very relaxing and atmospheric. The music is very melodic, clear and well-produced, the song “Skara” flows and changes to new and exciting ideas. The guitars are very lush and full sounding, during both heavier and mellow parts, while the bass and drums thump and bang in all the right places. Aeronaut is

Eric Hausmann: “Soaked” manages to tap into a very specific emotional core

Eric Hausmann is a multi-instrumentalist and film composer. He has produced music for a number of Malaysian films, in addition to scoring for a variety of New York film productions. He performs live as a guitarist with Portland’s Tres Gone, and Malaysia’s Space Gambus Experiment. He is formerly a member of The Gone Orchestra and Brainwarmer. Hausmann recently released “Soaked” a seven track recording which is described as “A cross-section of Asian dub-fused rock n’ roll with deep India influences.” But it’s probably more than that, as I’m hearing post-rock, world fusion, and ambient rock influences injected into these tracks. Eric

MOOD: “The Wave” is in the right lane!

Hip-hop has changed – there’s no debating that – but change isn’t always indicative of something bad. That being said, it’s refreshing to hear more rapping, with the exception of one or two bridges, versus the continual rap/sing mix that’s permeated mainstream as of late. You’re allowed to appreciate more than one way of creating music and while a lot of rappers have the notion that they should be singing as well, there’s a place for it all, especially if you don’t have a decent singing voice. You obviously can’t disregard one lane of Hip-hop while claiming to be a

EsZ: “If You Didn’t Get This Message, Call Me” – an audacious creative effort

On his new album, “If You Didn’t Get This Message, Call Me”, EsZ aka Erron’s Attic comes out swinging from the first song, a great balance between classic Hip Hop and modern. As usual EsZ gets well thought out ideas through his songs in innovative ways; you definitely get the feeling he has the lyrical substance he wants to express. Although we’re in a dismal era of Rap currently, this could be one of those instant underground classics. EsZ catalog is filled with parables, fables, morals and lamentations, forms of storytelling that compress people and experiences into neat, digestible lessons.

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

René Puchinger: “Emotions” – gentle and pensive lyricism mixed with challenging soundscapes

Traditionally, when people think of the classical music, they associate it with the likes of old, boring, and antiquated composers of the 18th and 19th centuries. But if we look just a little harder, we will notice that the landscape and conception behind classical music written today is consistently changing. Today, if you open up newspapers and magazines, they are consistently writing encouraging words about the very best up-and-coming 21st century composers in amongst the Hip hop and pop artists. Record labels that release contemporary classical music, are ever increasing, including up and coming labels such as FatCat, Bedroom Community, New Amsterdam Records and Cantaloupe Music, the label that has had an unprecedentedly large influence over the musical landscape of today, in and out of classical music.

Another step down the ladder, in order of distribution possibilities and certainly not in order of artistic qualities, we find the independent composers who write, produce, and distribute everything by themselves. So who are these talented, courageous, and strange geniuses that are challenging the pop musical landscape of today as we know it?

Well one such being is René Puchinger, a Prague based self-taught composer of modern classical and orchestral music. He has been devoted to music composition since his childhood, and his current 2017 EP release is entitled “Emotions”.

This is an emotional and powerful recording of an emotional and powerful work. From this recording, one gets a sense of the full scope of this work, from its most intimate chamber-music-like moments to its most bombastic, expansive, quadruple-forte fury.

René Puchinger demonstrates that handled properly, writing for a full symphony orchestra is a supremely expressive and satisfying way to constructively deal with one’s feelings of loss, conflict, and anger. It would be exceedingly difficult to conceive of more emotionally potent pieces of music currently.

The 5 musical pieces, namely “Mission”, “Contemplation”, “Fade To Black”, “4” and “Defeated”, are each fairly short in length, The longest clocks in at 2 and a half minutes while none of the others reach the 2-minute mark. What does this mean in practical terms? None of the compositions overstay their welcome or ever get to the point of self-indulgence, a trap easily fallen into with so much dramatic, dynamic and bombastic sounding instrumentation at hand.

René Puchinger’s music is a breath of fresh air in the usually predictable classical music world, bridging the gap of concert hall type of writing and film scoring with excellence. Puchinger’s original music plays in some ways more like concert pieces in several places rather than a simple movie score.

His approach is of gentle and pensive lyricism mixed with challenging and slightly avant-garde orchestral techniques for suspense sequences, producing a work of strong dramatic arc and architecture. He creates a moody and ruminating musical world that envelope the listener with alternating sections of emotional thematic writing and bursts of suspenseful energy.

The end result is, as said above, more akin to a concert work although the composer ties everything together with recurring thematic constructs of which varying sentiments is the central one, both emotionally and structurally.

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