D-Witt flexes the pen of a budding cinematic storyteller

I recently heard about an artist called D-Witt from Rockford, IL.  Illinois is the home of some prestigious sons who have left unforgettable marks on hip-hop’s history. I’m expecting an unfiltered rebel who is unafraid to bare his soul and burn down buildings. A fearless heart is a quality that makes fearless art, and I hope that’s exactly what D-Witt has arrived to present us.  So I press play on the first track called “Enemy”. The sound is open and strong-willed. There’s no doubting that D-Witt has something to say. The amount of care that goes into his lyricism stamps

Mortinus – “Star Chariot (Yellow Odyssey)” and “Oceania” – gently beatific music

As the months pass slowly into years, it becomes increasingly plain to all concerned that Danish electronic music producer, Mortinus is taking his craft very seriously. He has been extraordinarily prolific and has maintained an enviable level of quality in his releases. When approaching his two singles “Star Chariot (Yellow Odyssey)” and “Oceania” the question that arises is how will Mortinus sound fare in the altered musical terrain of 2020? Well the two new singles, are fine examples of some of the best ambient, chillout, downtempo and cinematic instrumental music being made today. Mortinus’ sound is alive and well, and his

Stiff Lauren – “Faith In Me” demands the spotlight!

Fearless and uncompromising, Stiff Lauren is back to deliver a triumphant track about having faith in yourself no matter what. Stiff Lauren is a hip-hop artist who is no stranger to speaking what’s on his mind. Since he hit the scene, he’s never been one to hold his tongue or been one to fear throwing the first punch. Whether or not you’ve followed Stiff from the beginning, one thing has been apparent through the highs and the lows: he’s talented and confident – his latest single “Faith In Me” is a perfect example of that. Stiff Lauren once again takes

Phreckle$ is carving out a music presence with “IDFWP”

Phreckle$ is an independent solo artist out of Los Angeles, California. She writes all her own songs, and produces professional quality artistic music videos. A precocious talent, Phreckle$, played trumpet at 9 years old in the school band, by 12 she was performing at the Carnegie Hall, and a year later she started going to punk shows. At 17 she was playing bass in 3 different punk bands. At the age of 22, she was discovered as a model and is now an internationally signed model working with the top photographers and magazines in the industry, which has put her

“No Mas” oozes with Nancy Diaz’s palatable understated sass

Canadian born Latin pop recording artist Nancy Diaz has been navigating her way through the Canadian music scene since 2011 with her pop single “Summer Addiction” along with official music video. Her sexy and sassy fusion of English/Latin music has led to the release of many well received singles, garnering her critical acclaim and audience satisfaction. Apart from firmly establishing herself among her musical contemporaries and peers, Diaz has also made her mark in the modeling world posing for magazines, fashion labels and fashion photographers such as Cliché Magazine, Deniori Couture and Monarch Photography. Directly involved in quite a few

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

Ann Paul: “STAY” – elegant pop structures with choruses that will remain stuck in your head

It’s not easy to find really excellent singer-songwriters anymore, but in Ann Paul the talent has been found as she’s an amazing artist. Her arrangements are kept fairly simple and the words flow smoothly. Sometimes she’ll remind you of a straight acoustic folk singer voice… and then at other times there’s a shot of rhythm mixed into the arrangements which just lures the listener into her mellow groove. Ann is an artist from New York who currently resides on the North Fork of Long Island. She was drawn to music at an early age and taught herself the basics before studying classical guitar as a teenager. She began to write songs while in college and has continued to work on her song writing ever since. Ann has just released her second album, entitled “STAY” through Innsbruck Records. The songs are available for licensing through SONY/THE ORCHARD.

Twelve tracks in total, each resembles Ann’s typical airy, smooth sound. First is “One Minute” which features the sweet melodic hook: “Give me just one minute / You say it isn’t clear / Just one minute / Because your heart landed here.” The sound of Ann’s voice slowly drawing you in. Once the mood is set, the signature acoustic guitar played by Andrew Carillo, who also produced the album, makes itself heard on “The Road Less Taken”, blended with an electric piano and a steady drum beat to build the tempo.

This only helps to amplify the blissful sound associated with all of Ann’s music. Next up, is one of my favorites, “For Certain”, which starts with an ominous line: “The weather has taken a turn / I can’t really define.” This is a nostalgic song reflecting on a love lost with just a flicker of hope embedded in its root.

Ann Paul’s use of elegant pop structures with choruses that will remain stuck in your head is the vessel she uses to compliment her soft, soothing vocal style. On each song she brings diverse elements to that core formula, to alter the mood, timbre and style. Something you can instantly perceive on the bluesy “Seed Of Doubt” or the lovely Americana induced “Dusty Train”.

But the key to most of these songs is that they don’t simply sound like containers for a catchy hook. You won’t find cheap, processed beats that only pop seems inclined to use, on this album. Instead in its place is warm, organic live instrumentation that much better suites a voice like that of Ann Paul.

In a time when labels are perfectly content to load an album with a few singles and a bunch of filler, it’s refreshing to be able to listen to “STAY” from beginning to end without having to skip any tracks. It’s also amazing how Ann smoothly switches from a crunchy rocker like “This State of Love” to bare-boned acoustic soundscape like the titular track “Stay”.

Listening to “Oh Darling” and “Don’t Think”, I realize that melodically Ann’s songs sound deceivingly ‘simple’, yet they speak so uniquely to her voice that someone else singing her songs would lose that ‘heartwarming simplicity’ effect she has.

As the album draws to a close, I am attracted by the final two songs, especially “The Great Artist” which is so eloquently performed, I am forced to hit replay a number of times. The music is warm, nuanced, intensely hued, and from the heart.

Ann Paul is a refreshing and gifted artist, while her music stands on its own merit with no need for bells and whistles. If you like organically driven music with dominant acoustic guitars and genuinely beautiful vocals search no further.

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