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

Marshall Artz Productionz – “Go Missing” ft. SeanQ – is incredibly hypnotic, with crystal-clear production

Released Aug 28th, “Go Missing” Prod. by Marshall Artz Productionz, is the producer’s 3rd single release since June. The track will be featured on his upcoming 2021, self-titled LP “Marshall Artz Experiment”. The song features singer-songwriter SeanQ, from Dallas, Texas. The producer’s blend of R&B-inspired neo-soul and smooth chill sounds becomes its own entity within the hip-hop and urban music world. Marshall Artz Productionz work should gain high appraisal through its colorful and subtly amped vibes that play to any genre lover’s ears alike. After listening to this track, I expect that the outpouring of demand for more of the

Evie Calabasas – “STARGIRL” – strong, sensitive vocals and soul-baring songs

Evie Calabasas is a 20 year-old singer and songwriter. She started playing guitar at the age of 6 and started singing at 15 years old. After attempting to be part of band on numerous occasions, Evie finally opted for a solo career. Her first solo project, the 3 track EP “STARGIRL”, has its title inspired by the first song she ever played live.  It is a tempered and exceptional record. It shakes, rattles and rolls with minimal, almost absent percussion, a dominantly strummed acoustic guitar and occasional keyboard interludes. Above all, is Evie Calabasas’ voice, which delivers an untethered, sweetly

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 game sound tracks, Arrows only started creating synthwave music in 2019. That same year founding member, Brennan Hales, released the debut EP, “CPU Says No”. The single, “Thinking of You” followed, and was featured on the Ukraine synthwave label, Retro Wave Touch’s “Best of 2019” Compilation Album.

While Arrows was also up for “Best New Musician” by Retro Wave Touch. Shortly after releasing “After Hours”, which also featured singer Savannah Jane, founding member Brennan Hales was joined by Jordan Tanguma, which now made Arrows a duo.

Throughout “After Hours”, Arrows display a layered soundtrack, creating atmospheres that dictate the progression of each track. By focusing on an extensive range of motifs for each composition, the project is able to bring in and out multiple layers on a whim, giving an abundance of sonic changes without losing momentum.

Keeping within their primary synthwave influences, Arrows uses cycling melodies and modulating synths to sweep you away into the record’s landscape. Starting out with the opening tracks, “1P Pres Start” and 8-Bit Lifestyle”, and for the majority of the record, Arrows keep their sonic vision strong with an abundance of diversity and references for both synthwave and videogame music fans.

“Wings” is a neon drenched soundtrack of a distant future, based on a foundation of solid songwriting. “II. Above Us” swirls with slow mystery as it leads us into the powerful resonant tones of “Bright” ft. Jason Klobnack. “Visions” rides a bumping bassline and slapping drums, all awash with crunching synth motifs. It roars out of the speakers in a blaze of sonic blast.

The “III. Understand” interlude quietly introduces us to the album’s centerpiece – “Terrified” ft. Savannah Jane. This is a stunning and soulful vocal track, ready for any radio station. The main thing to take away from this track is that Arrows, despite having a defined stylistic playbook, are not ones to stay grounded to any particular sound, trend or cliché.

Here they showcase their abilities to navigate the luscious sounds of modern mainstream while still retaining their gorgeous retro synths. “Last Night In London” is another beautifully constructed mid-tempo tune, while “IV. Midnight” explores the band’s more delicate and emotional side.

This is certainly a synth-driven album but don’t be fooled. This is also an album full of real emotion. “Waking Up” sounds clear, crisp and polished, and it’s a beautiful mix of simplicity and complexity. While at the surface level, this song might seem quite simple, there’s actually a myriad of little changes going on throughout, and if you listen to it with a keen ear, you will get exponentially more out of the experience.

The title track, “After Hours”, comes at the very end, and once again, great swathes of sound cascade, creating a mesmerizing atmosphere. The track is energetic and raucous, and has a punchiness to the beat that makes it all encompassing for its run-time.

Overall, “After Hours” is electronic, retro-futuristic music that is coated in a thick layer of nostalgia, 80’s longing and a truckload of synthesizers. Propelled by serious ambition and layered songwriting, the synthwave-inclined Arrows duo create an album that demands the listener’s attention.

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