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

Isaac Diskin’s music is robust and hits to the core!

Isaac Diskin is an 18 year old multi-instrumentalist from Cincinnati Ohio who writes and producers all his own music. Each selection on Diskin’s self-titled debut album is steeped in a kind of 1970s mystique – this atmosphere is all encompassing from start to finish. The record does the time warp and brushes against your ear with a nostalgic bliss. Some songs are downright raw and lazy and won’t be pushed or forced to a faster pace or conclusion, which is absolutely brilliant, considering the modern day muck, racing to climb up the music charts.

Isaac Diskin is entirely comfortable in this effort which was entirely done in his bedroom. Confidence reigns supreme in his vocals and the instrumentation, and you can tell Diskin’s creatively in control. It’s a worthy effort, it’s groovy, but one which which you may not love to death on the first listen. However it will eventually, and almost certainly, set your heart on fire after multiple listens.

The album grew on me slowly because there is no sense of urgency in any of these selections. Each musical moment pauses, examines itself and reflects. Even in its most energetic or intense moments, there is a sense of ‘cool’ pervading the pieces. It’s the kind of soundtrack you play when you want to get lost in your own mind…and that of the narrator. Much like the legendary seventies albums did.

Right from the start, this album will slowly grab the listener and suck him or her into each of its musical stories. The production and recording quality courtesy of Isaac Diskin is robust and hits to the core with plenty of organic sounds like jangling acoustic guitars, and real drums, played on several tracks by Owen Berg.

Sometimes these instruments, along with the keyboards, are in your face, but incredibly warm and rich, reminding me of the well recorded classic rock records, from the 60’s & 70’s, all the while capturing a totally modern American Rock singer/songwriter.

I love the keyboards tastefully flowing through so many tracks, especially on “Nothing Seems The Same” and “Interlude Pt.1”, as well as Diskins’ guitar playing rips on “Number Four” and “Interlude Pt.2”, or both on “Silent Room”. There is an incredible depth to the songs here, with so many of Isaac Diskin influences coming to the fore.

This is really good stuff and although I can’t quite put my finger on one single thing that more than anything else attracts me to it – I liked the guitar playing, the keyboards, and the percussion, just as much as I enjoyed the melodies and the vocals. One thing is certain, Diskin certainly has a unique way of creating his own musical pallet.

His multifaceted musical style really shines in this album and doesn’t seem to range too far out in any one direction. To sum it up in 5 words: “A great way to start!” To stretch it out a bit, I’d just say that it’s really refreshing to find a young artist who thinks about conveying something real through his lyrics and music, rather than just finding neat, rhyming hooks that can be Auto-tuned to make the playlist. I had never even heard of this guy until three days ago, so I’ve probably said too much already!

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