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

Richard Lynch: “Mending Fences” – the ability to translate devotion to craft into richness of expression

In the past few years of country music, there haven’t been many great certainties to count on. There were plenty of bad of course. We could count on bro country being a parasite that infects the genre for years to come and is still to this day. We could count on more trend chasing and more outsiders coming into the genre to further muck up the sound of country music. All of these negative things we could count on to bring country down.

It overshadows some of the good things we can count on and one of those things is Richard Lynch, if you’re a classic country fan. I can only say that Richard Lynch has the true consistency in his work that is limited to a mere handful of artists. He is making records that are true to classic Country music.

On “Mending Fences”, Lynch continues to work from multiple angles while also bringing into focus perhaps the greatest of all the skills he’s cultivated over the years: his ability to translate his devotion to craft into richness of expression.

Even though it’s only April, this is definitely the Country album to beat this year. The refined simplicity of Lynch’s writing comes through early on in the recording on “When You Send an Angel a Letter”, a plaintive melody gently exposing his heartfelt words, and the title track, “Mending Fences”, a rumination mellowed by its lilting tune and Lynch’s subtle vocal shadings.

By the time you hit the 4th track, “In Over My Heart”, you realize that here’s a country artist who for over 3 decades has kept it country and plans on keeping it country for the rest of his career. Lynch is a shining example of everything a country music fan should want in their country artists: honesty, respect and quality.

For several years Richard Lynch has been a beacon of light. While some older artists have embarrassingly chased trends and have tried desperately to remain in the mainstream eye, Lynch hasn’t changed his approach at all with his music and continues to do things the way he wants to.

And his way can be heard on standouts like “Daddy’s Words”, “Crazy Man”, the album’s lead single “Cut & Paste”, “Things You Shouldn’t Do” and “Country Music Isn’t Country Anymore”. From the instrumentation to the lyrics to the vocals, these songs are a reminder of why people love Richard Lynch.

“Mending Fences” symbolizes a pillar in country music, one of the few left. It’s one of that represents the foundation and roots of country music. In other words, it’s a reminder of something we can count on. Richard Lynch, as long as he is still making music, will no doubt produce country music that we can all enjoy and respect at the same time.

Regardless of how you feel about this album or whatever grade you assign it, it should bring a smile to your face that Richard Lynch is making fantastic classic country music in 2017.

Richard Lynch is a member of the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame, the founder of the Love Tattoo Foundation for Veterans, and the host of “Traditionally Lynch” on Renegade Radio Nashville. Lynch has appeared on TV and radio stations across the USA and around the world, including RFD TV and WSM Radio Nashville.

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