The Gibb Collective: “Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights” – perfectly cut gems!

October marks the 45th anniversary of the Bee Gees song “Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights,” and fans of the musical super group of the 1970s, have reason to be excited. The Gibb Collective is a musical tribute, and a family legacy.  On the input of Maurice’s daughter, Samantha, the children of Andy, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb have found a way to honor their fathers by infusing new lymph  into the more than memorable Bee Gee classics of the 60’s and 70’s. And what better title for the 10-track album, than “Please Don’t Turn Out The Lights”. Though I

John-Marc Lucid: “Judas” ft. Fyah Sthar – breathes down-to-earth authenticity

Music is a very powerful and mystical force. It speaks to people on a much deeper level than conversation. It really reaches the soul. With his new track “Judas” ft. Fyah Sthar, John-Marc Lucid hits us with music that indeed does reach our souls, an intriguing melody, piercing lyrics and outstanding musicianship included. The new release by the Texas based Dancehall and Reggae artist is a joint venture with Fyah Sthar, and together they breathe down-to-earth authenticity, making for an airy, buoyant listening experience. Lucid is a creative mind that doesn’t bother about drawers or labels – his music explores

Innocent Bystanders: “Attractive Nuisance” – a roller coaster of emotion and excitement

Based in Kensington and Mission Hills, Innocent Bystanders was founded by musicians who played regularly in various bands in high school and college, who got together to form a band to play fundraising events for a local law school. They perform a wide-range of rock and soul, focused on the music of the 1960s and 1970s. The band is made up of Steve Berenson (Drums), Steve Semeraro (Electric Guitar, Vocals), Kaimi Wenger (Keyboards, Vocals), Jessica LaFave (Saxophone), Ben Nieberg (Acoustic Guitar, Vocals) Kath Rogers (Vocals) and Donny Samporna (Bass guitar). Their “Attractive Nuisance” EP of original music was recorded at

Roger Cole & Paul Barrere: “Let It Go” combines musical inspiration and travelling emotions

Meaningful lyrics, amazing songwriting, superb heart-warming yet angry sound, musical teamwork, everything is so perfect in this track. Such a gorgeous and refined melody and philosophical lyrics is worth being remembered for all of the current generation. The guitarist uses swampy resonating sound so beautifully and the drummer plays simple but tight groove, with every drum fill-in is on the sweet musical spots. The bassist backs up the music stably as the boys sing the vocals with conviction. This is one of my current desert Island #1’s in the Roger Cole & Paul Barrere catalog. Yes, the track “Let It

Markus Scott: “Live Life With No Regrets” – confidence is sky high on this project

Born in New York City, Markus Scott grew up in humble surroundings, and his family were always on the move resulting in him constantly transferring schools. He excelled at reading and writing poetry, before discovering that he could rap when he won a freestyle battle with a signed artist at a house party in Harlem. He soon learned to DJ too, and with his first check from summer youth, Markus went to a pawn shop and brought a laptop. He then brought a DAW, and microphone from Guitar Center and began researching how to mix and edit his vocals. He

Christopher Rapkin: “Focus In” – substance over style!

Composer, arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer. Christopher Rapkin is many things, including founding member of Digital Composers Guild, and a music industry consultant. During September Rapkin released his 10 track heavy guitar album, entitled “Focus In”. Listening to Rapkin on this album it also becomes clear that he could be known as a great guitar virtuoso and a perfectionist. Christopher is the guitarist who sings and he does it quite well, in my opinion even better than Steve Vai. Also he is a good composer, all of his albums are full of songs of different styles. So he’s the man

Ziggy: “Breathe” – music for a new generation of kids

Zachary Raul Reyes aka Ziggy was born in Arcadia, California, but spent a lot of time moving around since his dad was in military service, ending up in a town in Ohio called Middletown where he spent most of my elementary and high school career. Growing up, music was his life. At 13 he received his first guitar, as a gift from his mom. He took two lessons before teaching himself how to write tabs and understanding harmony. From there Reyes ventured into listening to Hip hop and metal before discovering Dubstep, which represented a complete change of direction. Suddenly

Lynne Taylor Donovan: “Sooner or Later” – a swirling pool of rich technique and tender ability

“Sooner or Later”, the new release by independent Canadian Country songstress, Lynne Taylor Donovan, is the third single from the Nashville sessions that produced her hugely successful Euro-UK #1 hit “Strong One” and the follow-up European #2 hit “Am I Dreaming”. The reigning queen of indie country music has a knack for finding a way into the hearts of her global fan base. “Sooner or Later” has a warm and deep intention, reflecting Donovan’s eloquent and versatile tidings, showcasing her country gravitas, and a swirling pool of rich technique and tender ability. A careful sensory indulgence is heard in the

Odd-Arne Jacobsen: “While I Was Crossing The Bridge” – a gift to the world

Musician, songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire, Odd-Arne Jacobsen has worked with most of the leading artists in his home country of Norway, in both theatre and music, and has also presented his craft internationally. He has had his own television show in Russia, as well as a solo concert at the Moscow International Jazz Festival, and has toured the USA, Mexico, Russia, France, China, Kuwait, Scotland, and Japan. In 1990 he undertook a solo concert of his own compositions in New York, becoming the first Norwegian guitar player ever to hold a solo concert in Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Jennifer Hope Releases “My December” for Music for Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Chester Bennington

JENNIFER HOPE LAUNCHES DOWNLOAD TO DONATE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO BENEFIT LINKIN PARK’S MUSIC FOR RELIEF CHARITY Singer-Songwriter Jennifer Hope, has released her cover version of Linkin Park’s “My December” to raise awareness, and contributions for Music for Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Chester Bennington. The track is available for download until October 27, 2017 at GoFundfMe. A one dollar donation is all that is required to receive a download code, but any additional amount is appreciated and your extended generosity can further help many in their time of need. All donations go to the charity through the

Black Malachite: “Nightfall” – a captivating series of musical sketches

The decision by any musical project to go without a vocalist will lead to either disaster or a determination to avoid redundancy. Add to that the fact that most bands live and die by the growth and maturity of their music. While niche music is a bit safer from this sort of unspoken principle, stagnation is still just one recycled hook away. With an instrumental band, that challenge becomes even more dubious. The onus for success in these situations lies solely in their music’s ability to provide an engaging, emotional narrative without the safety net of a vocalist’s easily delivered charisma.

Standouts group like Russian Circles, Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and others have made their mark by challenging themselves to continually progress, discovering every possible space in which their music can thrive. But of the many underground instrumental acts that have managed this task, Black Malachite are perhaps the most impressive.

A current of vitality and renewal lights up the project’s latest up, “Nightfall”. Here, finally, is the next phase for Black Malachite. The album is thrillingly unpredictable yet familiar in its finest moments. The foregone-conclusion crescendos of sound have been replaced with luscious peaks and serene valleys. Their fundamental sense of grandeur hasn’t totally disappeared, but it has given way for increased elemental texture and serene warmth.

“Nightfall”, is more cohesive and focused than, for example, their self-titled release dropped at the beginning of the year, which stylistically darted in more diverse directions. Though this album also delves in the ‘opposites-attract-theory’ of acoustic and electronic elements playing against each other, the distinction of the differences is less marked and more fluid.

“Nightfall” proves that Black Malachite has a slightly different outlook when it comes to instrumental music. Instead of having the usual sprawling arrangements, and elongated moments lasting an eternity that most instrumental bands are addicted to, Black Malachite takes a different route.

For this Southern Californian solo artist, who has released three EPs, and four albums, it’s a matter of collapsing those expansive sonic narratives that are inside his head, into an equally captivating series of musical sketches – 12 to be exact, each lasting between 3 to 5 minutes – and each with its own story that is still fully capable of conjuring wonder and amazement.

Resonating guitars, rich pianos and dark ambience all reside together in songs that stretch from fully fleshed-out cuts like “NightFall” and “Daybreak” to the stripped down piano arrangements of “No Longer A Weapon” and “Eon”. In between, the songs mark a promising path for Black Malachite, most notably the guitar driven standouts “Just One More…” and “In Parting, We Trust”, which are my favorites.

All in all Black Malachite retains his vitality in strong melody and careful melodramatic disposition, added to meticulous layering and guitar lines that go straight for the heart on a couple of songs. This record captures a passionate artist finding bountiful new land to explore.

There’s plenty of dynamic songwriting, which is more than enough for a rewarding listening experience. Folks who are already fans of this project are likely to be very happy with yet another solid effort, while newcomers will have a twinkle in their eyes, for finding something truly interesting to listen to.

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