RAVENSCROFT- “STAND UP” Video is the sound of a band inspired

Ralph Buso (Vocals), Brett Gorke (Guitars), Devin Baker (Bass), Pat Magrath (Drums), collectively known as RAVENSCROFT, are working on their most unique, creative, exploratory, and bone-crushing recording they have ever produced. It’s a progressive work of metal and rock art, delving deep into the nature of their craft. This six song EP “Rebel” will be released on March 25th 2018.  And there will be a release party held at The Slidebar in Fullerton California with Killset. The soaring melodies, the intense guitar solos, the deeply profound lyrics all take part in painting the picture that the band’s works regularly deliver.

Exit 22 Music: “Last Goodbye” – one of the finest musical acts in the pop-rock underground

It seems almost impossible that an artist that has been around this long – 20 years in Chris Calamera’s case, can keep making records that stand up among the best that he has ever done. Let’s be clear: “Last Goodbye” is a great song. It’s poppy, with a big melody and an insistent rock rhythm, and it’s catchy as hell. Sounds like authentic Exit 22 Music to me. This is pure Calamera from his pop-rock songwriting style standpoint, and pure Exit 22 Music, considering the breathtaking vocals and high production-value quotient. The perfect, power-pop formula. Exit 22 Music has been keeping

Lake of the Lion embodies embody emotive sounds and textures

Lake of the Lion is the brand name and moniker for Luxembourg music composer and producer, Daniel Kohnen, who is steadily building up his catalog and increasing his fan-base with regular new releases. In recent years, ambient instrumental and soundtrack scores have been following a certain trend. Composers seem to have this motif of creating overblown pieces with harsh lead instruments blasting out from the blue and background strings creating suspense with their melodies. Sure it was fun for a while, but within that little span of time listeners were just begging for it to stop because composers had this

Natalie Jean and Levi Moore: “The Letting Go” speaks the language of the ordinary person

A good duet, in our modern age, is a rare thing. There are plenty of features, guest verses and co-writes, and the cameo drop-in is a dime a dozen. The number of genuine duets, where vocalists share verses and tell a story together in the space of a song, is very small. If your optimism fails you, as you wonder whether there are enough great acts to keep hit radio stocked with worthy pop music duets, it’s reassuring to find that Natalie Jean and Levi Moore have a first-rate single to carry us through the next few months, all by itself. The

MAKI: ‘Waking Up With The World On Fire’ – truly majestic — grandiose, slowly unfolding, and extremely cinematic

The world is a fragmented place, with fear and hate giving rise to isolationist movements around the globe and huge portions of the population turning inward rather than outward towards each other. As such waves of bigotry spread like wildfire, the music scene becomes extremely important, not just because it means more great music, but because it connects us all together on a wavelength that hits the human heart, soul and mind even harder, faster and deeper than anger can. A creative constant in the field of communicative contemporary Instrumental music, is MAKI who focuses his ample talents on a

3 Phase – ready for genre domination!

The names Chirag Shah, Prasham Deliwala and Melvin Saldana may in themselves not ring a familiar bell in your ear right now. Probably, neither will the moniker ‘3 Phase’, nor their 6 track self-titled EP. It’s logical, it’s the law of the industry’s hype machine – cast a light on the big label clones, and leave the independent creatives in the shadows. Luckily the internet has a different set of rules.  On hearing the 3 Phase EP, the lofty ambition, the focus and dedication of this creative collective of producers, songwriters and vocal talent, makes sense – its six tracks

Sy: “Get Out Of My Dreams” – grab this R&B and Soul extravaganza

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IJK: “Johnny & June” – sounds invigorated!

Alternative rock artist Imad Jack Karam, known by his initials and stage name IJK, is a Dubai-based, Lebanese singer-songwriter, who has released critically acclaimed songs and recorded with internationally known music producers in prestigious London studios. Both his singles “Space Odyssey” and “Dancing Shadows” garnered a positive reception from fans and critics alike. IJK has a style that can move between edgy modern-day alt-rock and sixties rock n’ roll crooning.  He recently published his latest single and supporting, fully animated video, for the song “Johnny & June”. So, how does this new offering cope? Very well, in truth. “Johnny &

TRVP HIPPI3Z: “On Lock” – no lack of muscular skill-flexing!

TRVP HIPPI3Z is a Canadian rap duo who just dropped their latest single entitled, “On Lock”.  Listeners beware. This product has been known to blow up and cause fires in a variety of stereo systems, due to the super-hot fire provided by this crew. TRVP HIPPI3Z is a team-up that has risen as great exemplars of righteous chaos. Their supersonic sound and hard-nosed imagery gives them a mysterious sheen, but the duo have grounded themselves via booming production, and a sonorous verbal presence, coupled with their willingness to fuck you up. Their chest-beating bravado is explosive on “IDGAF (Prod. THZ)”,

Eddy Mann: “Simple Things” will leave you breathless and in a state of euphoria

At first as a musician, I created music, then as an A&R executive I challenged it, now as a music reviewer, I explore it.  Of the three, the latter is the most difficult. Criticizing or appraising somebody else’s creation is no easy task. Enjoying it is one thing, understanding it another, and translating it is even more arduous. The funny thing is, I’ve always hated describing music. It’s such a volatile and subjective art, that nobody should really have the authority or the presumptuous audacity to judge the level of enjoyment or emotion any one piece of music is capable

Franco Esteve: “The Wait” – the canvas of our consciousness

Let me start by saying I really enjoy Franco Esteve’s work. He is a master at using music to create colors and emotions for the soundtracks he has scored. He’s produced and directed commercials and music videos, but is best known for his work with The Doll Chronicles series of short films, particularly Consequence, The Doll Chronicles, which he produced and directed. He also composed the music for the series, for which he’s received accolades. Though his work is more focused on scoring for films Franco Esteve is not tied down to any one genre or style, and you might find him listening to Nine Inch Nails, Beethoven, Snoop Dogg, Led Zeppelin and John Barry to She Wants Revenge.

Franco Esteve

Franco Esteve

Born in the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, Franco Esteve has had a multicultural upbringing throughout the United States and Europe. From an early age he developed talents in music and piano, as well as acting, later moving towards other areas such production, photography, design, and film. In between his more formal commitments Franco finds time to compose pieces of music which interpret specific thoughts and experiences that intrigue his intellect or afflict his emotions.

Towards the end of 2016 he released the critically acclaimed musical composition, “Quicksand” which reflected the ups and downs we experience in everyday life. Where we find ourselves sinking deeper and deeper, the more we struggle. Now Franco Esteve has worked on a new theme that has plagued his mind – Insomnia. “The Wait” is a classical style piece of music that reflects waiting and anticipation. “It was written out of insomnia and the constant incapacity to sleep,” says Esteve. “It’s something I have personally struggled with throughout my life, and I admit a lot of my ideas flow from those hours fighting with it.”

Franco Esteve

Franco Esteve

There has never been a time when human beings enjoyed waiting. Perhaps there was a time when we had a much greater capacity to wait, but that doesn’t mean that waiting was ever a positive experience. The problem, or reality, is that life requires a lot of waiting. And waiting brings anxiety. At the same time though anything that requires growth, also requires waiting. This principle applies especially to the soul. Inner transformation, development, growth, integration, consciousness, and creativity take time. We need to wait for all of that to eventually happen.

Waiting is the canvas of our consciousness. Franco Esteve captures that consciousness as it is working, contemplating, mixing the hues and tones of our mood and attitude with time ticking away, and incarnated here by the pizzicato playing of the violin. The horns, violins and cellos all cover our insides with strokes of hope and despair, sketching the unknown, at once with dark apprehension, and then coloring it with anticipation.

Our souls are bared as we wait, and what it shows depend on what it is carrying within itself – what it reflects upon, connects with, questions, contemplates, imagines, feels, and loves, or hates. Franco Esteve’s “The Wait” perfectly interprets all these palpable anxieties of waiting. Esteve has been a storyteller throughout his career and he certainly displays that extraordinary quality with this great piece of music.

Streaming links:
iTunes: https://goo.gl/M2EN4c
Spotify: https://goo.gl/WWbdpc
CDBaby: https://goo.gl/QMz7ya
Apple Music: https://itun.es/us/qU01jb
Deezer: https://goo.gl/72keko
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2syzCRc
Google Play: https://goo.gl/RCgjN7
Tidal: https://goo.gl/PN4Q6s

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