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

The singer, songwriter and author, Sy, releases a brand new single produced by Rueben Wood. The track “Get Out Of My Dreams” is the first single release written by the artist in 2018, since writing two self-help books, “A Swan Among Ducks” and “Saying Yes to (No): Learning the Power of (No) before the end of 2017. This track soulfully captures the spirit and feel of the emotional journey of grown womanhood. It is juicy, dynamic, soulful, gorgeous, and it is nourishment for the soul…and mind, as it examines the intricacies of a relationship built on want and lust. As

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

Kitson Lau: “Be By Your Side” – an expressive paean to love’s transformative powers

Kitson Lau wears many hats – a musician, songwriter, singer and graphic designer, he is also a medical graduate. Initially without any musical background, Kitson became inspired by Norwegian record producer and DJ, Alan Walker. This passion drove him to learn music and song production. And soon, with dedication and focus Kitson Lau hit the top of the China Kanjian ING 10 Charts with his Mandopop albums. Since signing to Sony Music Entertainment Malaysia, Kitson has been encouraged to record English songs, so now he is making his official debut via Sony, with the song “Be By Your Side”, which

 Nishit Gajjar: ‘Ljósop’ (The Aperture) – tranquility, balance, and beauty!

Art does not mean just paintings, sculptures, or photographs, as art also comes in the form of videos i.e films as well. In fact, the attention and interest of the audience are more efficiently captured with the help of films, due to the motion and evolution of images that unroll in front of their eyes. Practically, a film says more than one image, being a form of art that is more complex, stirring an entire set of emotions and experiences in the heart and mind of the viewer. Having all these in mind, it is no wonder that films gained a lot of terrain in the past years and fascinated us with their content ever since this art form appeared.

Most of us live fast-paced lives, always on the rush to gain more financial stability and material things, thinking that this way we will know real happiness. But, unfortunately, suffocated by our quotidian routine and concrete walls, we stray further away from happiness, feeling that something is missing even though success, financial stability, and owning various assets are part of our lives. What is missing is our habit to slow down and take time to enjoy the small details that make this world so fascinating and our lives so beautiful. Art, thus, is needed to remind people that there is more to this world than just pursuing material riches. With the help of art, we can slow down, get unplugged from the suffocating modern life, and rediscover the simple joys of life and lack of worries.

Nishit Gajjar-The Producer of the film

Nishit Gajjar-The Producer of the film

Nishit Gajjar, the producer of ‘Ljósop’ (The Aperture) decided to start this project and created a unique film to show people what they are missing while they are sunk in their ordinary lives. If we could just stop for a moment, take a deep breath, and look around, we could discover so much tranquility, balance, and beauty. We need to step away from the hustle and bustle of the modern city and find escapes where we can reconnect with ourselves and the surrounding environment. So the mission of this film is to show people what they forgot to notice while being so busy, day after day, things that exist in the world in which they live, things that are seen but not noticed anymore. The producer wanted to turn on the switch of the views toward a different perspective, one that can represent an ointment to the stress and clutter of everyday lives.

This is not the first project of the kind for Nishit Gajjar. He is a renowned screenplay writer, musician and producer from India, who has also produced Time Elapses a short film and worked on post production of viral 11 minutes movie and numerous music videos and short films. He has been featured in national and international newspapers and various film, music magazines globally. His film, Time Elapses, also had soundtrack that was entirely made on Android platform by him. Thus, he became the first producer to ever adopt such a technique, showing that he is more than capable to think outside the box and look for solutions in completely new environments. The unique aspect of ‘Ljósop’ (The Aperture) is that the background score for this film is also composed on android platform in Caustic 3 application! It is a really breathtaking and beautifully made film with a powerful background score.

The film is captivating right from the start because it manages to make you see that life has various facets we forget to notice as we are buried deep in worries and material goals. Nishit Gajjar managed to create a film that opens the eyes of people in a spiritual manner, helping them realize that happiness and fulfillment lies in the small things. A simple walk to the beach, enjoying the rain, the sunset, life in general at a slower pace, is the perfect way to escape the unease triggered by the modern society and its shallow values.

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