Nicky Ash: “Beautiful” – a masterful job of balancing the modern and the classic in her sound

South African born singer-songwriter and recording artist, Nicky Ash, has been performing since she was four years old back in 2001. She has gone on to win awards as well as receive critical acclaim for her works and performances. A qualified make-up artist, currently studying Cosmetology, 20 year old Nicky has linked up with accomplished music producer Dante Lattanzi of Caelum Music Production who is managing her as well as producing her upcoming EP, to be released in the first quarter of 2018. They have now dropped the single “Beautiful”, written by Nicky for her mother – “A strong, independent

Alien Skin: “The Wicker Man” – there’s space and dynamics to the instrumentation

In August of last year we reviewed George Pappas aka Alien Skin, a long-time keyboardist and co-songwriter with chart topping Australian band Real Life, who had a multi-million selling ’80s smash with the track, “Send Me An Angel”. Having made the transition to electronic music in the early 80’s, influenced by the Gore/Wilder version of Depeche Mode, Pappas is an authentically schooled musician when it comes to things analog. Alien Skin’s critically acclaimed album ‘1980 REDUX’, recaptured the glorious sounds of real vintage analog synths and rhythm boxes, as well as the authentic auras, atmospheres and moods, of a period

Trey McLaughlin Music Announces The Official Release Date For Trey Connor Video “My Ghosts”

Trey McLaughlin Music (TMM) announced today that Trey Connor will release the official music video for “My Ghosts” on Saturday April 14, 2018. This video relates the story told on the 5th track of Connor’s debut EP; that everyone faces demons, and too often, the darkness that haunts a person, is not apparent to those around them.  We should all be aware that many people who appear to be living life effortlessly, are often waging a silent war with their inner demons, in the darkness, and alone.  Fans can learn more about the upcoming release by monitoring the artist’s social media pages

WiseguyEnt Presents The New Album Reposing Jay – “Sumthen Diffrant”

REPOSING JAY is a member of the label WiseguyEnt and a stand out artist originating from and representing Dallas. His musical content consists of consistently well-versed conscious compositions! REPOSING JAY is an authentic MC that embodies old school Hip-Hop, R&B, enlightenment and self-preservation. “I’m an artist from Dallas who embodies conscious raw rap. However, I also feel that I bring a Hip-Hop and R&B Wave that’s different than artists of today. I enjoy using my raw vocals cause it’s authentic, no one can duplicate your voice,” says REPOSING JAY. “I take pride in knowing that my sound is unique and

Davy Knowles and 1:9 Technology Announce the Release of Interactive 360 Live Concert Virtual Reality App

Jacksonville, FL. Blues Guitarist Davy Knowles – dubbed the “modern-day Blues Man” has accomplished a lifetime of achievements at just 30 years old. His music was selected to broadcast from Mission Control into space on the International Space Station. He has shared the stage and/or played alongside with countless legends including Joe Bonamassa, George Thorogood, Buddy Guy, Kid Rock, Joe Satriani, Warren Hayes, Jeff Beck, Chickenfoot, Sammy Hagar, Peter Frampton, The Grateful Dead and more.  He was on the bill on Bonamassa’s prestigious “Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea II” cruise. He produced and released a documentary called “Island Bound” featuring

Pastor Peter B. Unger Writes “Blood On Our Hands a Tribute to Florida Shootings

As with most songs written and released, there’s usually some kind of motive behind them. Nothing could have a stronger message or meaning than a recent song written about the horrific shootings in Florida. Pastor Peter B. Unger has been driven by the passion of his singing and songwriting from an early age, so there’s also no better way for him to express these feelings through his music. In a recent interview Peter Said: “As I looked at the faces of those lost in the last school shooting I experienced a deep sadness; sadness as I tried to fathom the

Kazeloon Releases official video for “Rock It (She Luv my Roccet) Freestyle”

KazeLoon Records, Planet 9 Music, Roseland Ent., The Pac Records, & K.D Lean Inc. announces the release of Kazeloon’s official video “Rock It (She Luv my Roccet) Freestyle”. Asian American Trap rapper KazeLoon real name Jason David Yonai and business partners are releasing his official music video “Rock It (She Luv my Roccet) Freestyle Prod.By Genius Boy of Chicago. In less than a few days this official music video release has accumulated over millions of views already on Vimeo. KazeLoon’s music video features appearances by Mya, K.D Aubert a.k.a K.D Rose, Allyson Felix, Diana Gordon was formally known as Wynter

Kilo M.O.E – “Rambo” features Cyco Thah Urchin and is produced by Chinaman Hustle

With a respectable catalog and dedicated work ethic, Kilo M.O.E is able to keep his name among indie music’s heavyweights. Produced by ATL’s Chinaman, “Rambo” features Chicago/Milwaukee artist Cyco Thah Urchin riding shotgun over the hardcore bass-heavy trap beat, delivering a death blow to those stepping in the way of Kilo M.O.E. Cyco Thah Urchin is also Kilo M.O.E’s Engineer and Producer of several projects already in rotation. The OG heavyweight pairing linked up 5 years ago by way of Urchin’s embassy radio brand. The two are gearing to heat up the summer with a new project they revealed, known

AKA Louis: “POEMes CRISToLIENS #2: Wall Painting (A Tribute to Graffiti)” – places of sentient and divine energy

“POEMes CRISToLIENS #2: Wall Painting (A Tribute to Graffiti)” is another Musical Poem by AKA Louis, the 2nd of the CRiSToLIAN POEMs series. After ‘Creteil, the City of Dawn’, AKA Louis pays tribute to the graffiti’s and tags that decorate the walls of his city, the capital and the surrounding areas. Just like CRiSToLIAN POEMs #1, “Wall Painting” is also a poetic movie you can watch on YouTube. Once again, the master of French underground ambient music has woven his web of intricate patterns, deep resonant bass and subtle counterpoints to create an amazing sonic journey, capturing images in the

J Tizzle: “System Override” – several layers of intricacies

J Tizzle’s sound connects with our primal impulses while indulging our yearning for the technological. Synthy, bass-driven melodies with dark heavy beats, sometimes intertwined with samples, etch out tracks that are full of raw energy. It usually takes more than just a few listens to notice all the intricacies this South Bend born producer carefully crafts into each of his cuts. J Tizzle (Jeffery Townsend Sr.) stunned us with his previous releases, the debut album “Cosmic Journey” (2014) and the EP “The Chill Zone Vol 2”, the EP, “Transition” (2015), followed by “The Chill Zone Vol 2” (2017). Now in

T.C. Crosser: “The Book of Arius – Act I” – versatility, sensitivity, and humility

After years of composing, playing and producing indie and punk, pianist T.C. Crosser moved towards combining chamber strings and rock/pop to tell narrative stories with instrumental music. The composer has also scored music for commercials (such as Microsoft), television (such as Visionaries: Inside The Creative Mind), and performance art companies (such as Leslie Seiters Dance). His latest release, “The Book of Arius – Act I”, is a four movement narrative for string quartet which explores three distinct points in T.C. Crosser life. The recording was done using a 14 mic array for the string quartet and then processed through a unique recipe of guitar amps, effects pedals, and a custom built plate reverb room. Now before you go off thinking about screaming electric guitars and banging drums, after reading rock and pop, remember this a classical ensemble, to all intents and purposes.

“The Book of Arius – Act I” is a beautiful, haunting, and somewhat melancholic recording, even when the strings swirl and jump. But I suppose that’s just the lugubrious effect violins and cellos have on me, no matter how they’re played. It is usually appropriate for a quartet to expand the harmonies and embellish the melodies of a musical piece, hence what would be dittos in pop music are transformed into quasi sonatas, rondos, chaconnes, and renaissance gigues in classical music. In essence, more robust and flamboyant substance.

Even if you know nothing about T.C. Crosser and the string quartet playing on these movements, after listening to the recording, it is clear that their capital strengths are versatility, sensitivity, and humility. Throughout this release, their inexhaustible flexibility, as well as their clearly attentive and humble collaborative spirit, show that this group of musicians, namely – Maria Im (Violin I), Jannina Norporth (Violin II), Kallie Ciechomski (Viola) and Caleigh Drane (Cello) represent the acme of musical professionalism.

The opening piece, “Movement I (White Sulphur Springs)”, is an enjoyable listen at the surface level, with beautiful moments couched in rich and deep textures, and also provides an engaging emotional journey, if you’re is so inclined.

The second piece, “Movement II (River City)” has moments of contrasting character – at times being deliberate and rhapsodic, and then having punchier contrapuntal textures. As in the first movement, the great delicacy with which the quartet approaches these contrasting pieces shines.

The opening notes in the third movement, “Movement III (Goose Creek)”, showcases the warm yet balanced acoustic environment found throughout this disc.  The listener gets a complementary balance of proximal sounds and warm resonance; this results in a beautiful, non-distracting sound environment that serves primarily to showcase the supreme delicacy and deep preparation of the composition.

“Movement IV (Hell’s Kitchen)” is perhaps where the versatility of the quartet is most obvious. The ease and dexterity with which they execute these dramatically different characters is impressive and delightful.

At any time, throughout this recording, the quartet gives the listener the impression of coherence, which is not least attained by the consistently outstanding arrangements of the songs. The typical string quartet sound is further enhanced by the use of the effects pedals and processing which gives us a tightly hewed consonance that is singularly beautiful and intriguing. And somehow, T.C. Crosser’s work takes on a much larger scale than one expects from four instruments.


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