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.

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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

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

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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

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Luna 13 – the solid foundation for gut-ripping synths

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Dezzyano: “Hello World: The Renaissance” – a cohesive feel and tone throughout the album

Now I’ll be honest, before this album was released, I didn’t know much about Dezzyano, the rapper raised 5 mins from Atlanta on Six Flags Dr. I decided to give it a go. And I became a very unlikely Dezzyano fan. The 16 track album, “Hello World: The Renaissance” starts off strong with ‘Anita Baker’. It has an extremely catchy refrain built on a bass and horn driven soul soundscape. This sets the tone for the album, which sees Dezzyano finding different ways of telling his story with catchy hooks and intense verses. From a critical standpoint, this album has

Sarantos: “First 5 Seconds” – how can we fall profoundly in love after one quick glance?

The single “First 5 Seconds”, is a fine showcase of Sarantos’ maturation as both musician and a human with heart and soul. Beautiful poetic expression forms the foundation of the collection of Sarantos’ works, and it just continues here. I especially love the instrumental. But more than anything I love the sound and quality of Sarantos’ voice; the expression coming through him, as well as the weight and airy playfulness of his delivery, is well-suited to this alternative folk-pop track. And though I’ve said this on many an occasion already, I will stretch my neck yet out again, and confirm that this is probably the best vocal performance he has done thus far.

Anyone who may demerit this track because it’s “not like his previous music” is a tasteless moron. For one, Sarantos doesn’t have any ‘previous music’ that is similar to anything else. Hence you could say that none of his songs are like ‘his previous music’.

But that’s his defining factor. That’s what he works towards on each and every release – a different sound and a different lyrical theme. And he does this on a regular month to month basis – a mean feat indeed! So yes, “First 5 Seconds”, is “not like his previous music” and best of all it probably won’t be anything like his ‘forthcoming music’ either!

There are many reports about love at first sight. Thus, Carla Bruni said that it was love at first sight between her and the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. She said that what happened “between Nicolas and me was not quick, it was instant. So for us, the wedding was actually very slow.”

Similarly, a woman said about her lover, “I loved him at first sight. And the very first time in my life I ever felt passionately was the moment I saw him. It was a feeling so loving, so tender, so wild, so overwhelming and breath-taking, and all-involving, a feeling I did not know before.”

Love at first sight is not easy to explain. Some people even deny that it is possible claiming it is merely sexual attraction. Indeed, how can we fall profoundly in love after one quick glance? How can such a glance make us believe that we want to spend the rest of our life in the arms of a stranger we have just seen for the first time? And that’s more less what Sarantos tackles here, but taking it beyond.

“This folk song is about love and how it might or might not change thru the years,” says Sarantos. “I thought this story should reflect how love does not actually change over time. We all remember driving our parents crazy when we were teens. Do you remember the mood swings? One moment we’re wildly infatuated and in love, the next we’re broken-hearted crying a river. Contrast that with a mature older couple who has earned their wrinkles but is still together. By the way, is there anything cooler than an elderly couple out for a romantic walk holding hands?” Watch the video to see the twist Sarantos puts on this theme. “I wanted this video to show love in many forms,” says Sarantos, “but especially how it grows deeper despite the ravages of time on the human body. Who says only young people can be fiercely in love?” 

You can still clearly get an uplifting, upbeat Sarantos vibe from the song, which brings musicianship and melodic depth to a whole new level for the artist. Even Sarantos’ voice shows increased maturity in his control and restraint, making vibrato and pitch changes far more effective.

As far as musicianship, “First 5 Seconds” features’ fantastic use of the bass and excellent keyboard work. The studio quality is utterly impeccable with real-to-life acoustic guitar and electric guitar tones that have a clean crystalline texture. From start to finish, there is a beautiful smoothness that resonates with you.

This track will certainly broaden Sarantos’ usual appeal to an even wider audience, as great music tends to do. Pick this up not only if you’re a Sarantos fan, but if you simply like excellent musicianship and vocals, plus a totally understandable and relatable theme.

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