Cyrus R.O. – “Bones” is still a skillfully crafted song

I think I expected this music to be sterile and methodical. However, to my surprise, Cyrus R.O.’s new single “Bones” from his upcoming debut album “Deconvolution” is blazingly irradiated like bundle of energy that expertly marries the organic and synthetic. Underneath it all, a darker lyrical narrative dealing with “a character struggling with their gender identity, and the fear of social turmoil that comes with that.” Everything just grooves so well together; it’s a blend of sounds that I haven’t heard done this well from any progressive, jazz, or electronic artist in quite some time. It’s a masterful melding of electronic machinery with

Temperature Falls Release The Video For Their Latest Single “1-2-3”

The sound and atmosphere of Temperature Falls is built around somewhat gritty, blended organic-electronic sounding tracks that hearken the listener back to earlier times. Their latest track, ‘1-2-3’, is a seductive track that pulls the listener in with an eerie melody, sultry vocals and an ethereal reverberating atmosphere. Mixed beautifully, this is the perfect example of what to expect from this indie trip-hop/alternative rock duo from Oslo, Norway, made up of vocalist/lyricist Camilla, and multi-instrumentalist Ian J. Ward. ‘1-2-3’ is a gorgeous, melancholic song that is heart wrenchingly beautiful. Temperature Falls is one of those bands that are absolutely necessary

Pop Music Artist DAYVID Releases Music Video for “Same Old Feeling”

This song was released last Fall on his self-titled debut EP. DAYVID explains that “Same Old Feeling” was the last song written for this EP. It reflects on an old love that was like no other. “Same Old Feeling” was co-written by DAYVID and Grammy-Nominated producer Morgan Taylor Reid (Marshmello, Jack & Jack, CHROMEO). “Same Old Feeling” is available on all streaming platforms including Spotify and Apple Music: http://dayvid.lnk.to/SameOldFeeling. The production is simple with piano, vocals, and an 8-member gospel choir providing backgrounds. The lyrics and vocal performance make this song meaningful and powerful. All elements support the soaring voice

Arrows – “After Hours” – Inspired by 80’s synthwave and video game sound tracks

“After Hours” the brand new full length album by Arrows, says all it needs to about the brand of retro nostalgia this kind of music evokes. The project’s sonic palette is especially dense with layer upon layer of synth sounds stacked upon one another and wrapped up in a modern production veneer that makes it bang. Every song delivers big in the keyboard hooks department and the moods are consistently melancholy and wistful throughout. “After Hours” is Arrows hitting their stride; this is what it sounds like when a young band is killing it. Inspired by 80’s synthwave and video

PWJazy – “Heroes” – the mind of an alternative creative

LA-based performer, PWJazy, is an unusual artist. His songwriting is soulful and the arrangements are mind blowing. His voice is a breath of fresh air with all of the nonsense that has been going on for years in the music scene. His singing has a distinctive tone that has not been auto tuned or fixed up in any other manner. “Heroes”, his latest single, is a really intriguing, diverse recording. I didn’t like it when I first heard it, but the uniquely experimental alternative rock sound, the bombastic lead guitars, and the dark, mysterious lyrics somehow fuse together to produce

João Tostes – “Live Ukulele Here, There & Everywhere” exhibits dazzling musical dexterity

How often do you get to hear a full length live album of twenty instrumental songs played on the ukulele? And what if those songs were being played by an artist considered to be one of the pioneers of the ukulele in Brazil? Someone who has toured the world, taking his ukulele sound, to the most diverse countries – from Brazil to Canada, Italy and South Korea, among others. Someone who dropped a parallel career as an Information Technology entrepreneur in 2017 to fully dedicate himself to music and the ukulele. The Brazilian musician, composer, arranger and musical educator, in

Donny Richmond Continues #1 Success With “Statue Of A Fool”

Multi-award winning international recording, movie and TV star Donny Richmond is now an inductee of 4 different music Halls of Fame. His recent starring role in the movie, “Saving Faith”, released by media giant Lionsgate Entertainment, earned him a nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film from the International Christian Film Festival. Cameo appearances in the film were made by several of Donny’s fellow artists, including Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Michael W Smith, members of Rascal Flatts and The Gatlin Brothers, Olympic skater Scott Hamilton, and many others. Donny is highly respected among his music peers and fans

Oliver von K releases ambient guitar instrumental – “Ayinka V”

As the new single from 35 Year old male hobby guitarist from Switzerland,  Oliver von K, “Ayinka V” is a recording full of sweet emotionally charged moments, of quiet subtlety, emphatic life affirming melodies and sprinklings of musical flare. Bursting with fresh ideas and rhythmic vigor, this record is a highlight of the instrumental ambient guitar genre itself. If you’re like me and have crippling anxiety and it takes a lot for you to find your zen, this is the track for you. Put on your headphones and let this be the background of your day and you will be

Ambrose – “Without a Word” – brilliantly composed, produced, and imagined

Ambrose is one of those unusual musical composers you rarely come across via the mainstream media. Her work is never trite or clumsy and it always sparkles with personal genius. She never panders to modern trends or seeks to retread classic retro avenues, in search of commercial viability. She simply composes what moves and inspires her emotions. Each track on her stunning album, “Without a Word” will resonate with a different part of you. Ambrose’s works are equally beautiful and unique, as well as being particularly crafty at appealing to even the most elusive facets of your states of being.

Brand new artist Nuumelody spreads a powerful message on her latest hit “BODY”

Brand new artist Nuumelody goes out of the way to spread a powerful and empowering message about embracing yourself in her latest hit “BODY”. Her voice sounds assured and strong. With this song album, she confirms her position as a vocalist to watch in the coming months. Blending a mix of rhythmic groove, smart lyrics and soulful vocals, Nuumelody deftly displays the maturity and self-confidence that she has developed since her recording debut. Having already worked with a variety of accomplished producers, Nuumelody showcases a smooth range of emotion and mood on “BODY”, produced by Defstarz that reveals the heart

Jim & Mandy: “The Lion and The Fox” has something to satisfy your folk craving

If only one thing becomes clear after listening to the EP “The Lion and The Fox”, by Jim (McGee) & Mandy (Johnson), it is that they have the raw talent to do whatever they want to – whether it ends up being popular or not. And that appeal alone makes them worth a glance from fans of alternative music everywhere. Though I do suspect that before too long their infectious blend of stripped down acoustic-driven American roots-based music- which also has a rhythm section made up of Jack Langlinais (Drums) and Alex Camel (Bass) – will catch fire across the rest of the globe.

“The Lion and The Fox” wastes no time in cutting right to one of the band’s greatest strengths: the dual vocals of Jim & Mandy. “You’re Gonna Get Lucky”, starts off with Jim leading the chase with an emotive but sustained delivery above a beautiful acoustic strum. Leading into the chorus Jim lifts the tone, as Mandy cuts into the harmony, giving the song a sense of dynamic and unspoken eloquence.

Mandy Johnson & Jim McGee

Mandy Johnson & Jim McGee

It’s really the perfect opening track, because not only is it one of the strongest moments on the record, but it also offers listeners a glimpse of what “The Lion and The Fox” entails. The key word here is ‘glimpse’, because there is still plenty that unravels over the EP’s course that is unexpected.

One such instance would be “Walls”, a slow burner consisting of nothing but a heartfelt duet between Jim & Mandy, with Mandy taking the lead vocal, and sustained at first by a blend of warm, burnished guitars, and then drums that gently intensify, like early-morning waves on the ocean.

The album doesn’t have any off-the-wall style or abrupt changes over the course of its run-time, but it manages to avoid the type of stagnancy popularized by many folk or roots music artists today. And it does so with the magnificent “Nothing but Jacks”, that has “brilliant” written all over it, sounding as intoxicating as can be between its enchantingly engaging female-to male vocal trade-offs and a melody that could be hummed all day long without getting old. Vocally Jim & Mandy are superlative here. This is quite possibly the best track of the bunch.

Whether you like your indie music to be poignant works of slow folk, or fast-paced and lively exercises of flourishing sweep, Jim & Mandy has something to satisfy your craving. “Adam & Eve” caters to the lovers of the latter musical idiom, with its runaway train acoustic guitar rhythm. “The Start” actually closes the show down, on yet another poignant note, with the vocals once again taking left, right and center stage.

On the surface, “The Lion and The Fox”, is a master-class in lush vocal sensibilities and perceptive folk storytelling, but scratch below that surface and you’ll discover a artists whose authenticity breaths through their melody, lyrics and vocal approach, embodying a forthright sound that reaches into your heart and soul, and connects.

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