Kill the Reflection: “Forever & Always” keeps itself tight and consistent throughout

Kill the Reflection is group from Oklahoma City, OK, consisting of Morgan Routt (Vocals/Guitar), Mark Martinez (Bass) and Starr Raven (Drums). Their new album, “Forever & Always” is currently available for pre-sale and will release on Dec 27th 2018 on digital and physical CD format with Vinyl to follow in 2019. On the album, Kill the Reflection presents an interesting musical mélange of alternative rock with excellent musicianship and vocals, as well as exceptionally strong lyrics. The instrumental work on the album is worth listening to repeatedly, and the songs are intelligent, though generally dark. “We have adopted the moniker

Son of Andy: “Looking Up” – creating lyrical atmospheres!

Detroit area native, Son of Andy got his start in 2011 and has been producing music and beats since then. His first album, “Wendigo”, was released in 2017, and his second album “Looking Up” is available for Pre-Order right now. Son of Andy takes it to another level with his latest album. He’s on top of his game and easily out does his past couple of releases. Newcomers can appreciate this just as well as previous fans. Likewise, you don’t even have to be a fan of hip hop to appreciate what’s bought to the table here. For those not familiar,

Fitzsimon & Brogan: “Big Blue World” – a full, punchy pop sound!

Fitzsimon & Brogan is a musical project based in London, whose creators therefore logically are songwriter Neil Fitzsimon, and vocalist Bee Brogan. The two setup their songwriting and production to produce, what they describe as “pure pop for now people.” Both were previously in a band called Pretty Blue Gun who featured guests musicians such as members of The Art of Noise, Dave Bronze (Eric Clapton’s bass player), Tobias Boshell (Moody Blues) and Pip Williams, who played guitar on the Walker Brothers’ track, ‘No Regrets’.  The two critically acclaimed albums were produced by Pat Collier, who produced Katrina and the

Lord Conrad: “Only You” – a journey through sound, emotion and introspection

Italian DJ, producer and model Lord Conrad, continues his prolific run with a series of acclaimed crossover hits like “Touch the Sky”, “Day After Day”, “1 Minute” and “Fight Till The End”. Lord Conrad has made it so far since his introduction to the music scene with his first release. With his innovative sound that only he can perfect, his reception is steadily growing, to beyond the strongest communication devices on the planet. Now with the release of his brand new track, “Only You”, the producer once again takes the music world by storm. His sound has drastically improved through the years, and it

Arush Dayal is a triple threat!

With a career spanning acting, singing, and writing, Arush Dayal is a triple threat. Originally hailing from India, Arush has seen a wide swath of the globe on his quest to hone his craft. He has studied at prestigious acting programs across the world including the Acting Program at the International Academy of Film and Television in Hong Kong and the One Year Conservatory at T Schreiber Studio in New York. Meisner Technique, Acting for the Camera and Commercial Acting are all facets of the industry Arush has studied in depth. He continues to perform both onstage and in front

The Frost: “Keep It Real” – There’s a classiness to this!

The Frost is a multi-genre group comprised of Leah Evans (Vocals) and Christian Gratz (Guitar, Piano). Located in Pennsylvania, their brand new single “Keep It Real” was released on December 7.  The duo emerge at a time when the ranks of sophisticated pop contenders seemed to have disappeared on a daily basis. Simultaneously chic and very creative, they thrive on the considerable charm of lead singer Evans, with her smooth chocolate voice, the instrumental talents of Gratz, as well as the pair’s impressive abilities as a songwriting unit. An absolute stand-out aspect of the new song is the way it’s

Forest Robots: “Timberline and Mountain Crest” – Inspired by natural landscapes

Let’s start of by saying that Fran Dominguez aka Forest Robots is a master at producing chilled out electronic music with heavy beats, and lots of orchestral instrumentation thrown in the mix. To call it electronic music almost seems unfair, as it implies this is music made by machines. Yes, I realize he is called Forest Robots, but this could not be further from the truth, as Dominguez’s music is pumping with life and human emotion. His latest album “Timberline and Mountain Crest” showcases 10 tracks of stunning depth, the kind of album you just throw the headphones on, turn

Edward St. Martin: “Lullaby” – blur the lines between savvy pop stylings and hard hitting kinetic soundscaping

Hailing from San Diego, Edward St. Martin has a background in film composition and classical music. His most recent single is “Lullaby”. Expectations met, superseded and immediately I hit replay. This track is going round again and I’m not the only one within ear shot of my stereo who is pleased about it. The easy laid back crossover Pop/EDM groove take is not unexpected, as I had already read that St. Martin was one for mellow tones combined with pop and soul vibes. But this track has another key element which makes a record of this nature standout. Intelligence. This

Katiah One: “Tail Spin” – an evolving, audacious artist

Soon releasing debut first EP “A Whole Lotta Water Works”, Katiah One is an artist raised on the Upper West Side of New York City. His mission is changing the common perception of the average rapper. Katiah draws inspiration from many genres including R&B and Rock, while his favorite artists include Freddy Mercury, Sam Cooke and Issac Brock.  On his latest single “Tail Spin”, taken off the aforementioned EP, Katiah deals with the deep issues of existentialism, or simply put, the meaning of a human being’s existence. Sure his talking ‘black’ talk, but you can’t go there without understanding the

Alisa Chirco: “Give Me More” – bench marked with confidence!

Alisa Chirco sure isn’t shy about revealing what’s on her mind, on her brand new single “Give Me More”, the follow up to her almost gothic-like pop ballad “Box”. Alisa sounds passionate, wanting and determined, in a driven rock song that is an anthem for empowered women. Her music here is very strong, has meaning, and is legit. The track shows that she is learning to emote in a more visceral and arguably more demonstrative way. Alisa has now escalated to being a rock chic with an attitude and bold open-confessional lyrics. A sensible direction for any reinvention is maturity, and

Late Cambrian: “Sweet Cambrian High” – at the upper echelon of their craft

Late Cambrian is a Brooklyn Based, Indie Electro-Pop band. John Wlaysewski (the collective’s principle songwriter and singer) is also a producer, currently working on Tracy Bonham’s forthcoming record, “Modern Burdens”, which can be pre-ordered HERE. Are Late Cambrian the next big breakout in electronic rock or are we just jumping the gun with only 5 songs at hand? Either way, it’s pretty evident that this band are carving their own path in both music and message, steering clear of some familiar tropes that their peers in the music scene seem to use to great extent.

Simply put, Late Cambrian latest EP, “Sweet Cambrian High” works on multiple levels. If you’re looking for engaging singular tracks to fill your playlist, this recording has several songs that could keep the band on radio for a long run.

But if you’re looking for a deeper connection and a full listening experience, “Sweet Cambrian High” truly takes the listener on a journey both musically and thematically, utilizing synths, drums, guitars and at times Wlaysewski’s dreamlike, at other times more aggressive, vocal approach, to make you feel like you’ve taken every step with him. Add in Late Cambrian’s penchant for building a narrative with layers and layers of melody to fill in all the ‘bleak’ spots, and you’ve got a band you can truly dig into and get the full experience.

I say ‘bleak’ spots, because Late Cambrian sings somewhat somber lyrics, over relentlessly joyous beats. You know those confusing, gorgeously sad, bittersweet moments, in your life? Well “Sweet Cambrian High” is chock full of them.

What is most impressive (aside from the EP being constantly compelling) is how Late Cambrian tweaked their sound just enough to make it feel unique in a world of music overflowing with new bands every day. The lush and slightly progressive touches are nice flavoring agents in each song, but don’t discount how damn poppy this gets at times.

Translated, this means there is so much tasty sugar, your sweet tooth won’t be able to resist. At times it’s in the shimmering synths of “Yearbook Photo”, or the funky jangling guitars in “Girl Bag Holder”, at others it’s the smooth and bouncy rhythms of “Hot Minute”.

Most times it’s in the soaring falsetto induced choruses on “Dark Heart (Where Can We Go Now?)”. For me it’s the stunning bassline, plus the entire rhythmic package on the most impressive track on the album – “Thanks For Your Time”, which also boasts all the melody and harmony Late Cambrian can muster.

Some people are brilliant at absolutely everything they do and everything they touch seems to turn into nuggets made of gold. Enter John Wlaysewski – singer, songwriter and producer – the mastermind behind Late Cambrian. And one might say that he has pretty much a full card of talents that works wonders on this recording.

Wlaysewski and his colleagues, meld music that is a melodic amalgam which leans, sonically speaking, towards electro-pop, but is actually so much more in terms of songwriting, music arranging and production. Usually when music sounds this highly digestible, there is a plethora of quality ingredients to be found its core recipe. And that certainly is the case here.

Late Cambrian is a project of astronomical talent. Every single track on “Sweet Cambrian High” is catchy and orchestrated to perfection; the production is flawless, this band is at the upper echelon of their craft.

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