Quad – “Love” embellishes each track with his personal revelations

Based in the south of Chicago, Quad started making music when he was around 14 years old and started taking it artistically seriously two years later. He produces, records, mixes and masters, using only a Blue Yeti microphone and FL Studios. So far Quad has written over 300 songs and released 1 EP, 1 Album and 8 singles. Currently training as an audio engineer at SAE University in Chicago, Quad explained that his latest album “Love” describes his personal understanding of the sentiment. The album “Love” was written and recorded over the course of 2 months after Quad was electrocuted

Acemattz & Bipha shine on “Tshanana”

Watching Acemattz & Bipha perform in any of their videos is like watching friends realize they’re onto something big time. They are accomplished rappers individually, on their own terms, and as collaborators, as a unit, their styles gel perfectly. They’re not just comfortable performing together—they are feeding off of each other, refusing to be one-upped, beaming and grinning and head-bobbing as they take turns impressing one another. By the end of each of their performances, their formation into a real show-stopping combination seems inevitable. In the new wave rap scene, there is plenty of talent to go around, Acemattz &

FuzzKill – “The Get Better” reaches all the expected heights!

FuzzKill is a four-piece rock band that started in Boston, MA. Introduced to one another through musical theatre, the band’s sound is firmly rooted in early 2000’s pop-punk influences. They released their debut studio album, “Happen”, in early 2019, and their sophomore album, “The Get Better”, just dropped on September 19th 2020. We have all heard the biggest punk bands of the 90’s and early 00’s. Their music mainly consisted of driving drums, distorted pop-punk guitar work and a set of memorable lyrics to go with the angst-filled high energy vocals. Today punk bands are a rarity, and any good

Dan Friese – ‘Jane Songs’ is something to be treasured!

Dan Friese is an Oregon-based songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist. In April of 2020, he released his debut EP, ‘Happiness’, a collection of self-reflective psychedelic indie-folk tracks. His first full-length effort, ‘Jane Songs’, was released on September 18th, and is available on all major platforms, along with the singles “Streetlight” and “I Can’t Say”. There’s a lot to appreciate on the new album, and Dan’s voice is arguably the most attractive aspect. Moreover, his vocals are often enhanced by inspiring songwriting and raw emotion, not to mention a wealth of down to earth acoustic guitar strumming. Dan Friese has an organic,

INTERVIEW: C.E.N. – the voice of the people

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and currently a resident of Dallas, Texas, C.E.N’s natural proficiency over poetry allowed him to produce meaningful and profound lyrics. Although he initially took the initiative to become a music artist for fame and fortune, he later realized that all he desires as a musician is to be respected and valued for the art he brings to the table. His music is deep lyrically and spiritually. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started? C.E.N.: I was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and was raised in a

Hitrocker – “Project One” – breathtaking sound design!

Hitrocker is a German based producer who creates mainly within the EDM subgenres of House, Electro and Deep House. His first album, entitled “Project One” was released at the end of July, while “Project Two” is also out now. When I clicked on the playlist of “Project One”, I was met with song titles that were merely numbers – such as “Project 1.1” or “Project One.Four”. This falsely led me to expect generically themed instrumentals, simply meant to rock the dancefloor. Wrong. Well not totally. They do rock the dancefloor. But they also do a whole lot more. These are

Rashod Holmes Announces New Single ‘The One’

The soul singer relives how he met his wife and started his family on a tender new song. Rashod Holmes is known for bringing romance to life with his evocative voice, but he has never told as personal a story as the one he tells with his latest single. ‘The One’ is a true life love story that acknowledges the struggles and triumphs that go into building a long-lasting relationship. “I found the one for me” Rashod sings. “She is the girl of my dreams.” While Rashod is convinced that he has found the perfect partner, there is much more

Billy Ray Rock – “Get The Funk”- hitting up all the classic tenets of funk

Washington State Singer-Bassist, Billy Ray Rock, plays more than 10 instruments and produces and performs every instrument you hear in his music. From Rock to R&B and Dance, Billy delivers them all. His single “Get The Funk”, simply adds another delicious flavor to his sonic menu. His unearthly bass chops, resonant vocal wobble and inner funk DNA is scorching hot, while it straddles the genre’s trademark grooves. Blaring horns and slapping drums accompanies the party-styled adlibs, as the track treads its momentum. If you’re looking the glossy high-tech dance-club funk perpetuated by bands like Chromeo, then this is not the

Vincent Krennerich – “Verlassene Stadt” – plenty of delicate aural color

Vincent Krennerich is a composer, songwriter and pianist from Germany. The artist, who has featured on our pages before, has released his double-side single, entitled, “Verlassene Stadt”, which translated, would mean ‘abandoned city’. The second track, contained in this set, is called “Morgengrauen”, which in English, would mean ‘dawn’. However if you heard these compositions, there would be no need to translate them, as Krennerich’s music describes itself rather poignantly. Though stripped back and basic solo piano, the key to the success of both these recordings, is the propensity Vincent Krennerich has in composing subtly fine melodies. Both tracks have

Hybrid Blues fuses stellar musicianship, heartfelt songwriting and soul-stirring vocals

Out of Aotearoa (New Zealand), Hybrid Blues are a 4-piece band, made up of Mike Everard (guitars, vocals), Adam Pendred (bass), Mark Schaumann (drums) and award winning front-man, singer-songwriter Roy Hudson. The band signed to SGNB Records USA, has just released its self-titled blues-based album. No two songs on “Hybrid Blues” sound the same. The record not only showcases Roy’s abilities as a singer and a songwriter, but also highlights the wide range of influences that have impacted on his music. The album takes you in so many different dynamic directions that it can feel a little dizzying, while the

Timeless Void: “Voidland”- brilliant, dense layers of studio psychedelia

Hailing from Ontario, Timeless Void – Alex Hilson (Flute, Guitar, Bass & Vocals) and Eric St-Pierre (Production, Guitar, Vocals, Bass) – set out to weave a dense fabric of haunting, otherworldly psychedelic rock. The band’s devotion to their self-assigned quest to create a unique and powerful sound brought them close in nature to acts such as Pink Floyd, The Flaming Lips or Jethro Tull, yet they share a keen eye for melody and song-writing with artists such as Neil Young, Bob Dylan or The Beatles at their more experimental.

Following 2013’s effort “Getting By”, the band is back with “Voidland”, a brand new studio album featuring 18 unpredictable tracks. The album also features Young Coconut – (Guitar, Ethereal Grove; wrote The Right Foot).

Voidland album cover

Voidland album cover

There is something about “Voidland” that captures the essence of sixties acid-psychedelic era. The inspired vocals, raw guitars laced with feedback and the wonderful flute which combine to make this album more than the sum of its parts. If you lived through the sixties and tripped to similar groovy sounds you will know why “Voidland” may deserve the accolade of ‘Classic Acid’.

More than any other currently released album I can think of, “Voidland” captures that essence of the 60’s rather authentically . It’s unpretentious sound and the absence of band “posturing” (common with so many groups of that era) allows the listener to time-travel back to those days and glimpse at what it was all about.

Timeless Void has perfectly captured the acid sound of the 60s without sounding the least bit derivative or precious; brilliant, dense layers of studio psychedelia but without the solid beat. Meaning Timeless Void totally drop the drums. You’ll find guitars, basses, vocals, flutes, echoes and reverbs, but no drums; which is probably what gives this band their peculiar sound. It’s like acid meets shoegaze or trippy dream-pop in some instances.

Timeless Void - Eric St-Pierre & Alex Hilson

Timeless Void – Eric St-Pierre & Alex Hilson

If you love acid or psychedelic sounds, you must get hold of this. The realization of this updated aural assault from those styles, sans drums, is far better than I could have possibly imagined. The 18 tracks on “Voidland” pay homage to the 60s and 70s, arguably the best two decades in music history and is sincerely convincing as if you found it in your grandparents attic.

From the moment you hit the opening track, Blueberry Dreams and move through standouts like Unplug & Unwire, Kill the King (Free the Land), Long for Home (Tizita), Passing Time, Syd the Kid, Truth & Salvation, Ethereal Grove and Reason with The Creator  you’ll be shrouded in a heavy cloud of effected instrumentation with little time to come up for air.

It’s fair to say that if your taste in vocalists prefers character and evocative emotion over typical beauty and technical ability, the voices here delivers by the shovel loads. The bulk of the album’s credibility lies, however, in its instrumental elements, and it is here where Alex Hilson and Eric St-Pierre typically shine.

Their sound is mesmerizing and hypnotic, while great guitar licks supplement the rhythms that are sprinkled throughout. There is a depth of symbolism in some songs and a more overt meaning in others. And despite the fact that Timeless Void can best be categorized as acid or psychedelic, there is a lot more going on (with a lot less instruments too!).

Dim the lights, turn up “Voidland”, and let the music wash over you. This group and particularly this recording are tremendous finds. For the modern-day beat-freaks and autotuned brigade, it may take a little while to fully sink in, but like the effects of a good wine, when it does, this haunting acid-rock music is thoroughly intoxicating.

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