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

Igor Laze – “Departure” – captivating forward-thinking rock!

Canadian based guitarist and vocalist, Igor Laze has released 4 studio albums with his previous band Morre and toured the world extensively in over 15 countries promoting their music. After the collective disbanded, Igor continued by pursuing a solo career and released his first solo album, entitled “Departure”. His influences are rooted in rock, blues and classical music, which he infuses with jazz and progressive structures, as well as his very own nuances – all delivered in fully layered arrangements and finger-style acoustic-guitar blends. Igor picks sounds like a musical wizard, and has developed a refined yet vibrant, organic aesthetic, taking the best elements and mixing them into wonderful styles.

“Departure” revolves around what once made forward-thinking rock so captivating: complex dynamics, a wide range of styles harmoniously compressed to form a variegated compound and digressions; lots of them. This 14 track recording is a cryptic, yet accessible sonic effort, sounding like a clever compendium of influences filtered through the talent of a brilliant independent rock composer, rather than yet another record, aping other records.

The jangly guitars and soaring mellifluous vocals on “The Mask”, the expansive orchestral shaping of “Into the Shadows” and the elegantly resonant acoustic guitar on the swirling excitement of “Paranoia” all work instantly, to make this album a gem.

Musically this triad of opening tracks sets the bar for the rest of the album, and defines many of its touchstones: powerful melodic and harmonic elements, rich progressive arrangements, sophisticated guitar playing, unfettered but ever-finessed drumming, deep lyricism, and layers of beautiful adorned vocal passages.

You will find all of the aforementioned elements in the superbly executed drive of “Segregation”. Igor Laze is an extremely talented instrumentalist, songwriter and singer, and it shows all across this album. Laze is continually looking to create a specific atmosphere for his tracks, based around both the musical mood and the lyrics.

Something that reaches its apex on “The Dream You Wished to Give”, and then is perfectly replicated on the urgently echoing backdrop of “Perfect Storm”. Another fascinating feature of these songs, is that despite the more or less complex and multi-layered arrangements, the lead vocal melodies are always dominant and extremely ear-worming.

The keyboard work on “Conscious Bounds” is simply outstanding, as are the guitars on “Right Back at You”, and Igor’s nuanced vocals together with the string arrangement, on the ballad “Reborn”. Despite a refined sense of calibration in the arrangements, the album retains a warmth and organic appeal that echoes across all of its tracks.

It’s not surprising then that this is about as close to recording perfection as one can get, and both “We’re Falling” and the gripping “Letting Go” easily play testimony to this fact. Even during the most harrowing moments, every instrument comes through in full dimension, and are balanced with a mix that is praiseworthy.

As we reach the more sublime and emoting sounds of “Love Will”, “Full Circle” and then the all-embracing sonics of the title track, “Departure”, it becomes clear that Igor Laze has fused many of his favorite influences and sounds into something intelligent, classic, and as musically proficient as any listener could hope for.

The album has all the clarity and precision of a modern record with all the analog-styled warmth and character of classic rock projects, leaving equal space for intimate acoustics and vigorous grittiness. You will be hard pressed to finder a better record of this kind in 2020…or any other year in the new millennium, for that matter.

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