Franco Esteve: “The Hunt” – a backdrop to life itself

Three years in the making, the loosely tied together, classical crossover, concept album, “The Hunt”, represents a masterwork for Puerto Rican multi-disciplinary artist, Franco Esteve. The award-winning filmmaker and music composer, once again forges his intense-storytelling, and vivid imagery-driven compositional skills. Esteve’s music not only engages the ears but also intrigues the mind and feeds the soul. “With The Hunt, I wanted to do something different, expressing through classical, orchestral music, the images and feelings one gets from life itself,” explains Franco Esteve, continuing: “Whether it’s the drive of ‘The Hunt’, the insomnia of ‘The Wait’, or the sadness of

Plastic DJ: “Giving Up” – Truly euphoric, refreshing and atmospheric!

The album “Giving Up” by Barcelona-based producer and singer Plastic DJ, is the very best that the blended genres of Deep House, Downtempo and Electro have to offer. The thing that sets Plastic DJ so far above his contemporaries is that he’s genuinely talented as a musical composer, and stunningly enchanting as a singer. The music is of a baroque complexity, and here’s no overpowering bass or wailing synths. It’s like listening to a dream. You’ll play this in your car when you want to relax, at home when you’re at the beach or sitting on the porch, or as

One Step From Everywhere: “Somewhere in Between” – an insistent rhythmic thrust, adorned with fiery guitar work, and soaring vocals

One Step From Everywhere is a Seattle based band that does not limit themselves to genre or style. Primarily a rock band, with a passion for playing live, they are not afraid to add shades of any style that may strike a chord within them.  Their album, “Somewhere In Between”, is a full and complete artistic statement that can function equally well as an introduction to and summation of the varied strengths of this band. The production and engineering also aids immeasurably in this regard. The sumptuous mixes place the listener deep within the instrumental interplay of a band whose

Kingdom Atlas: “Severe Spheres” – ripping rock combined with lucid moments of intense and beautiful melody

Kingdom Atlas is a Georgia-based hard rock band that was originally launched as Rising Tide in 2013by, Grant Purvis with friends Nick Blake and Adam Chiarella while studying music with them at Georgia Southern University. The lineup of Purvis (vocals, guitars) and Blake (guitars, keyboards), along with Devin Ruiz (bass), Aaron Coburn (drums) and Cody Barber who replaced Chiarella as lead guitarist in 2015, was stable until the groups disbanded in 2017 due to schedule conflicts and some members graduating. In 2018, Purvis, Blake, Coburn, and Barber reformed with the new name Kingdom Atlas to record their debut album “Severe

Tiaday Ball drops two new singles – “Current” and “Good To You”

Tiaday Ball has released two follow up singles to her first release “Favors”. The songs “Current” and “Good To You”, are both now available anywhere you get digital music from. Tiaday stated: “R&B has been the foundation of my life in music since I can remember. Gospel, soul and R&B were always playing in the house or being sung by my father who was also a singer and he loved Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Donny Hathaway, etc. One of the first songs I ever learned how to REALLY train singing along to was “A Song For You” by Donny Hathaway.

DAV!D&CLARA: “Repair” – rugged and intense!

The man and machine duo of DAV!D (David Castillo) and his computer CLARA, better known as DAV!D&CLARA, are back with a new single in 2019, called “Repair”. The track is taken from the upcoming album, “CONFESSIONS OF THE MACHINE” to be released early 2020. Much of this latest single displays a minimalist, almost survivalist element, as if every movement, gesture, and note is conserved and used for maximum effect. DAV!D’s songwriting principle seems to be “less is more”, a sentiment CLARA seems to adhere to perfectly. Together they have an artistic sensibility that’s far from common. The song is based

Catch up with Boston based group Urban Lights Band

Boston, MA based Urban Lights Band is an eclectic group of musicians and artists who harness the power of all styles of music to create unforgettable experiences. They are seasoned professionals committed to providing quality musical showcases that bring various audiences together. Their global mission is simple; aspire to inspire! If you are in the Boston area you can find them at:  May 25th 2019 – Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen- Boston, MA June 20th, 2019 – The Milky Way – Jamaica Plain June 21st 2019 -The Middle East Night Club (Corner Room) – Cambridge, MA Hook up with Urban

Royal: “Letter To Cecil” narrates his hardships, his grind and his contributions

Royal is a hip hop artist who currently resides in Hockessin, Delaware. He understands the importance of giving back and he performs at dozens of middle schools and high schools. In the past, he has donated the proceeds from concerts and albums entirely to the community, spreading his generosity to the surrounding neighborhoods. Royal has performed alongside artists such as Waka Flocka, Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, YG, and Tory Lanez. His latest project is the single, “Letter To Cecil”. Here Royal seems to be hungrier than ever and is out to remind hip-hop of the abilities that should eventually bring

‘The World We Live In’ EP by ‘Redford’ is Out Now on Glasstone Records

Simon Ratcliffe (BASEMENT JAXX): “Redford have a unique fresh and lush sound with strong heartfelt songs, gorgeous melodies – not to mention superb musicianship.” Mastered by Greg Brooker (Dejstil feat Peter Hook – Joy Division / New Order, You Love Her Coz She’s Dead, Micky Diana) Polish indie-rockers Redford have announced their arrival with a brand new single, cinematic video clip and a new Ep on Glasstone Records. The new Ep The World We Live In is on streaming platforms now, and you can watch the video for the single To The Morning below on YouTube.  With a brand

Iskar D’Abrel: “Ruins of You” – a compelling musical depth

Perhaps Iskar D’Abrel’s only misfortune is releasing his music at the wrong time.  Had he dropped the track “Ruins of You” in the 70’s, 80’s or even early nineties, he surely would have been recognized universally along with other greats of those eras.  It was a time where artists were not defined by a specific genre and allowed to approach different styles of music with a creative freedom almost totally lost today. Iskar is a master of song construction.  No song in his catalog is just a repeat of parts.  Each song is its own story; each follows its own

Towards Zero: “Reveries” – dynamic and three-dimensional!

Towards Zero is a band from Ceres, CA, who have released their debut EP entitled “Reveries”.  What the band has accomplished on their first recording is truly phenomenal. They have crafted an EP that is so impacting, yet mellow that you don’t even realize that it’s had an effect on you until it slowly starts to seep its way into random moments throughout the day. At the same time the album is truly dynamic, incorporating the best of rock, progressive, pop, electronic and indie into a tight, cohesive collection that is over before you want it to be. Though seemingly negative, this actually warrants the inevitable repeat listens that will undoubtedly follow. Crystal male and female led vocals are layered over fascinating music that seems to have a mind of its own. Trippy bubbly sounds follow with snappy appeal. You never know what to expect next but may find yourself just enjoying the ride. Jangly guitar accentuates as catchy lyrics flow into addictive grooves.

From the opening track, the sounds are entertaining, intellectual, and lucid, while several musical styles are explored. In “Intro”, the synths takes center stage and is profoundly beautiful in creativity. The vocals are especially dreamy and you’ll feel like you’re seeing the sound in psychedelic swirls.

As the second track “OMW” slides in, you’ll hear traces of wonderful, unusual new blends of sound and harmony. Where most of today’s music is canned, packaged, and corporate surveyed, this feels clean and alive. Towards Zero is anything but predictable. Other than the fact that excellence flows in abundance from their musical and artistic expressions, their music is engaging on an emotional level.

Towards Zero are not content to repeat themselves, nor are they afraid to confront difficult musical ideas that many artists don’t frequent. They are crafting music way beyond the masses. On “My Bones”, they take the luxury of intriguing solos, complex songwriting and expansive sounds, and complement them with the melodic smoothness, the warmth, and the earthly core of their sound.

The female vocals and harmonies are at their most captivating on this one as the music flows like a winding river. With great depth of soundstage and beautiful complexity this song should be listened to on headphones or a great audio system to hear the nuances Towards Zero place in there, and the crafty positioning of the instruments.

“Thief In The Night” might just be the EP’s centerpiece. The music is full of fast swells and quieter lulls; building to peaks and then releases. The guitar work and an emphasis on percussion brings moments of intensity between spaces of lush and intricate vocal arrangements. The band paint a story that is constantly chasing the flux of memory and the metaphysical concern of trust.

The tremendously infectious rhythm relentlessly driving the dynamic of the track forwards. “Viola” delivers excellent sound design and production. Its amazing ear candy for active, focused listening. The sound, from acoustic to electric, is very dynamic and three-dimensional, innovative and gorgeous.

There are artists who choose to make music because it’s their calling. It comes from their core and they have the burning desire to create something that will ignite our imagination – Towards Zero falls decidedly into this category. “Viola” allows Towards Zero to explore an almost epic avant-garde palette, incorporating bits of prog with several other styles blended into one.

As usual, the band delivers poignant and thought-provoking ideas with a superlative arrangement, enthralling melodies and vocals, and touching lyricism. My only question is: If Towards Zero have set the bar this high on their debut, where the heck are they planning to go to next?

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