Delta Station: “An Unexpected Turn of Events” – the experience is more epic and cinematic

The little 14 year old Australian genius who goes by the moniker of Delta Station, has a new album out. And, somewhat predictably, it’s another utter and perfect treat. Before you listen to Delta Station’s latest album you really should leave all preconceptions at the door. Despite the connotations of the album’s title, “An Unexpected Turn of Events” is a joyous affair. It is an album that is warm, exhilarating, and incredibly uplifting and it is his greatest piece of work to date. Delta Station has only been in the production craft since June 2016, but has already released two EPs, previous to this album.

The Valium: “Amazing Breakdowns” – walking the high-wire intersections of visceral punk-rock expression and high art perfection

The Valium hooked me as soon as I heard the first track “Too Many Dreams Of Rock N Roll” from freshly released album, entitled “Amazing Breakdowns”. This was an album that hit me in the gut and instantly dragged me along for the ride. After listening to it, I must say that this is one of the most unique, interesting and high-energy bands I have ever heard in the alternative rock scene of late. Though taken from a myriad of influences, their sound is completely their own and every song sounds unique to their band. I can’t really imagine some

Newborn: “Honey Trap” – something of a perfect alchemy

The Coney Island, Brooklyn-based band Newborn was formed by  high school friends Allen James (vocals/guitar) and Eric Weglicki (guitar/bass/vocals) and a love of rock spanning from Metallica, Nirvana, to Muse. After many years of jamming together they decided to form a band. Newborn played their first show December 2014 which was followed by the release their debut EP “Broken Virgo”. The band has since evolved musically, adding drummer Dave Goldenberg, and going from strength to strength, culminating in the release of their latest single, entitled “Honey Trap”. The song features Newborn’s most diverse lyrical palette to date. The result is a cohesive,

Gloom Influx: “First LP” – looping the listener into a nostalgic yet futuristic world

Montréal-based musician Luc Leclerc, aka Gloom Influx, delivers a unique and powerful blend of metal and synthwave, influenced by 80’s movies and video game soundtracks, heavy metal, and contemporary artists like Justice, and Carpenter Brut. Sometimes you need to listen to music that makes you feel like you are in the future in outer space and somehow the 80s never ended. And sometimes you want to add elements of robots, monsters and fear. When you want those things, there are few better than Gloom Influx . Whether you come at this album from the perspective of someone into synthwave, darkwave

Jigsaw Man: ‘No Home’ – a self-produced EP with strong stoner overtones

The 4 track ‘No Home’ EP is the debut release from Jigsaw Man, the moniker under which singer-songwriter Steven Faulkner is releasing original material. “It’s nice doing things under a pseudonym because you can be more personal about the lyrics, and because you have that separation,” said Faulkner, continuing: “In my head the lyrics belong to Jigsaw Man, so I can be more honest and personal. I can write far more honestly and I’ve certainly done that on this EP. In the past I’ve always looked for metaphor or simile but this EP is very honest.” Playing since he was a

Corlioni: “Destiny” has a genuinely refreshing effect!

In case you’re not down with the nomenclature being thrown around the EDM community currently, on his latest track, “Destiny”, electronic producer Corlioni, comfortably slides into the trend-setting genre called ‘Tropical house’. Though, it would be correct to say that the masked British producer is not really confined to that specific genre at all. Tropical house is a more relaxing yet uplifting form inside the EDM craze, a response to the grimy, dark sounds of the dubstep craze which has been losing steam for the last several years. Rather than deep bass growls that sound like a broken inkjet printer,

DJ DezZ: “SometimeZ” – a tour-de-force!

Fast forward a quarter of a century and the phrase ‘Deep House’ has become to mean something completely different from its first incarnation during the halcyon days of house. It’s hard to move in the overpopulated market of all things ‘deep’ these days, but in amongst the monotony of the same old EDM samples and generic preset bass lines are a number of artists that really are able to tickle your fancy. One such EDM producer that we believe has kept it deep, down and dirty so far in 2017, with the release of his single “SometimeZ”, is Charlie Desi aka DJ

Toni Castells: 2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal? – The emotion is very compelling

Toni Castells is a Hispano-British composer currently based in London. A lecturer at Imperial College London and the London College of Music, his sonic worlds transpire an inherited precocious classical training with an inventive use of modern technologies to create unique and distinctive soundscapes. Castells latest musical endeavor is entitled ‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal?’ which explores the prediction by computer engineer and futurologist Ray Kurzweil that the year 2045 will see the start of a new era in which human and artificial intelligence will merge, man will cease to age and so acquire the potential to live indefinitely. In the original interview with Kurzweil

POOL MOON ELEPHANT: “FLUKY ISLAND” – a relentless appetite for new music

Released June 21 via the Symphonic Distribution label, “FLUKY ISLAND” is the brand new 5-track EP from electronic duo POOL MOON ELEPHANT. A storming journey through various rhythmic styles, combining the duo’s skills to create imaginative feel-good moments, the EP spearheads a new wave of indie dance electro-inspired tracks while embracing the love for warm synths, sparkling heights, gentle electric textures and deep drums. POOL MOON ELEPHANT is the moniker under which the Swiss electronic music duo composed of Riccardo Studer and Ivan Nurchis, undertake their creative journey through the electronic world of music and animation. Both have double-decade experiences in audio-visuals, and working for film and TV

The Hooplas: “Midas Touch” – a statement of intent!

The Hooplas are a modern progressive rock group from Ocean City, MD. Twin brothers Adam (Vocals/Guitar) and Ben Martin (Bass/Vocal) started the band. While their musical influences might not be identical, they share the love of making music. Musicians Cody Bush (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Lovechile (Drummer) and Seth Paul (Synth) round out the band’s roster and form the unique, fresh sound that defines The Hooplas. From their “American Junk EP” comes the band’s latest single “Midas Touch”.The musicianship on this single is impeccable. Flawless guitar riffs changeup like Adam’s voice, from wall-shaking, twin guitar rhythm crunch, to the divine solos straight from the

Eddy Mann: “The Consequence” – sophisticated, wistful, and reflective

The past couple of years have presented the market with multiple artists reinventing the acoustic folk genre by dragging the music kicking and screaming into the 21st century. In the underground of this movement is Eddy Mann who has a number of releases under his belt, including last year’s “The Consequence”.  This is an album that has a collection of catchy acoustic-guitar driven songs built on a bed of bass and drum beats

Mann may not have scored a bona-fide radio hit with any of the songs yet, but indeed this is an album that has the capacity to produce multiple ear-friendly singles. These include “Eleven In A Boat”, “Evanesce”, “There’s In The Well”, “She’s Me”, “The Consequence” and “Howlelujah”.

Mann’s lyrics explore familiar themes of love, happiness, redemption and faith — well-mined territory for this style of music. Yet, all of this is done in the midst of mellow guitars, trippy rhythms, and percussive rhythms. The high points are many as every aspect of the album is stellar – beautiful songwriting and the production to match.

The sonic equivalent of throwing open the drapes and letting the light in, “The Consequence” is a revivifying expansion of Eddy Mann’s traditionally spare sound. Mann doesn’t discard the austere, deadly serious singer-songwriter shtick from previous releases but brings in some lush, warm canvasses upon which he reliably spins his literate, melodic Americana roots.

He generally blends techniques relied upon before, with his will to plow some new ground. “The Consequence” finds the troubadour in a somewhat sunnier mood but still very contemplative on some tracks. But regardless of the sonic homages, Mann’s trademarked dense narratives of the human heart and faith still captivate.

“The Consequence” displays that there’s more to folk songwriting than battered old guitars, khaftans and recycled ideas from the 60’s. Given the state of mainstream music today, it’s truly wonderful to find an album that you can recommend without any qualms. And this record fits right into this category.

At times Mann is a modern-day Arlo Guthrie and at others like Van Morrison – his music is sophisticated, wistful, and reflective. A literate and skillful musician, Eddy Mann’s mix of acoustic Americana and folk-rock combines in wonderful form on “The Consequence”. Mann’s songs are passionate yet amiable, cleanly done, with an assemblage of gentle balladry accompanied by an abundance of modern skill.

Mann’s riffs are unbelievably catchy, but retain a certain ethereal quality that runs throughout the album, his guitar adopting the swaying emotion of a slow waltz. He has a voice that is perfect for singing tales of love lost and hearts divided, or of wandering souls and a desperate longing for answers. And then again, he can sing the exact opposite too.

Amazingly, it can all be accomplished without the least sense of falsity, because Eddy Mann is someone who’s a truly rare breed in the popular scene these days: a real musician and a true Christian. Mann not only knows Christ, but he knows how to craft a beautiful album. Set this one aside as perfect for those lonely Saturday nights.

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