Owl Company: “Horizon” carves out blistering rhythms

Owl Company is a band from São Paulo, Brazil that combines hard rock influences from the 70s to the 90s with modern rage and brutality, creating a sound that is fresh, aggressive, and engaging. Launched in 2015 the band has built a strong presence in São Paulo, playing all the premier venues in town. Their first single “Condescend,” quickly grabbed attention locally and now the band is setting its sights on crashing international borders. Owl Company’s chosen vehicle to get them where they need to be going is their full-length debut album “Horizon”, set to drop July 14th 2017. The

Harmony Drive: “Be There” – fresh, upbeat and vibrant music!

Most times you can gauge the potential quality of a creative project just by gazing through its credits. In this case, the single by Norwegian band Harmony Drive – “Be There”, was recorded in Denver, Colorado. With help of production duo Glenn Sawyer & Rich Veltrop (Tom Petty, Ozzy Osbourne, Macy Gray), and Dave Elitch (Mars Volta, Killer be killed) on drums. The music video, filmed in Norway and the Philippines, features the multi-talented Supermodel, TV-host, and Surfer Mona Lisa Neuboeck. Of course for the potential quality to transform into effective quality you need a stunning song and band. Lars

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

Hans Glader: “The Story of Life” – ever evolving arrangements

“The Story of Life” is a dynamic collection of songs, fed with a multitude of different sounds and moods. Theoretically the album is infused with Hip-hop, RnB, Soul, Funk and Electronic influences. Technically, and practically, at its core, this is a more than flamboyant elaboration of contemporary jazz and fusion rhythms, textures and tones. This may well and truly be Hans Glader’s way of drawing the musically ignorant like ourselves into listening to, and appreciating, one of the world’s major forms of creative musical expression. Simply labeling this album under the genres of Hip-hop, RnB, Soul, Funk or Electronic, sounds like a pure heresy to me. Yes, it incorporates all of those styles in varying doses, but it has so much more at its core.

Drummer Hans Glader – a senior at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley California – who will be attending Loyola University New Orleans next fall, covering music industry studies, popular music, and musical performance – also picked up the piano and started to produce and make his own music over the last year or so.

Glader who has a deep love for collaboration put together the eleven tracks on “The Story of Life” with the emphasis on that collaborative spirit. And right from track one, “Back To Nola (feat. Joe Di Fiore & Adam Law)” the jazz fusion tendencies spring to the fore, in the ever evolving arrangement and organic instrumentation including the saxophone which is prominent throughout the entire album.

“Feel No Ways (feat. Joe Di Fiore)” switches to an easy-listening and laid-back orchestration and vocal. Shades of RnB lengthen over the eclectic slow burner, “Between The Sheets (feat. Grace Bell)”, which also features a warm and sultry organ driving the soundscape.

“Don’t Bother (feat. Martin Peru & Adam Law)” is an absolute album highlight with its mesmerizing edgy urban backdrop, and captivating lead vocal. The tight and funky “Clean Slate (feat. Joe Di Fiore & Matt Giella)” has some wonderful chord progressions and a rollercoaster arrangement that will keep you thoroughly engaged from beginning to end.

“Midnight Romance (feat. Martin Peru & Joe Di Fiore)” is a smooth and sensual ballad which highlights some delicious string arrangements and a spine tingling electric piano, also found on “Ultralight Beam”.

“We Come Around (feat. Cbeggs, Joe Di Fiore & Matt Giella)”, together with “Outro (feat. Matt Giella)”, are the quintessential hip-hop tracks on the album. While the most impressive vocal track in the bunch for me probably is “Live Like This (feat. Salem Davern & Matt Giella)”.

It becomes apparent as the album moves through each track that Hans Glader and the particular group of musicians that he brought together on the various tracks have a special sound.  You can appreciate whatever the chemistry or magic is between them on each cut and have a great time on the journey together as they develop their music into different directions.

The whole album is littered with sparkling keyboards, surefooted drum rhythms and smooth soulful vocals, giving it an extremely frothy, bouncy atmosphere. “The Story of Life” offers a vast palette of different sounds and instruments in a very accessible manner, making it a remarkably creative and interesting album. Probably unlike anything else on the market right now.


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