October 14, 2021

Outstanding instrumental, 'Dancing with Evil Intent' by Elektragaaz

'Dancing with Evil Intent' by Elektragaaz

This soundtrack by Elektragaaz is not your ordinary electronic music, it is a unique take on the way various musical elements are combined, like an abstract painting! The balance of virtual and live instruments is well defined and generates sounds that hold a special purpose in the evolution of this track. Shades of multiple genres can be heard throughout, performed on guitar, piano, brass, violins and other, virtual instruments. The rhythmic pattern is constructed with a combination of these instruments, with some on and off-beat magic layered smoothly, showing us the well-constructed structure of the track. A composition that evolves by shifting the impact of one instrument to another, yet keeping the energy consistent is very captivating. Every instrument feels like they are communicating with each other, sharing emotions and creating a super-pleasant atmosphere for the listener. All these musical elements change position, moving from background to foreground and back again which shows how well the song is mixed and produced. The subtle dance vibe is well implemented, delivering the expression that makes this track stand out. While most of the track utilises a primary chord progression, there are other chord progressions that can be heard from various combinations of instruments in certain parts of the track. Virtual instruments have a balance between sharp, bright and warm sounds adding character. It is indeed fascinating how well this track is executed, considering the complexity of musical elements involved, but it is coordinated perfectly. 

Definitely listen to 'Dancing with Evil Intent' by Elektragaaz on Soundcloud.

About Elektragaaz:

"(New York, NY) - Art meets music as the artwork of highly regarded Polish artist Ola Lubczyńska perfectly captures the seductive spirit of the lead single from the new Elektragaaz EP, the third in a series. Described by reviewers as "deliciously sinister" and "dangerous, sly, and sexy," you can hear the song on Spotify or Soundcloud. And stay tuned for the hot upcoming video of "Dancing with Evil Intent," dropping this October. The Synesthetic Picture Show Now Playing Part 3, on the AIS Records label and distributed by the Orchard, is available on all major music platforms.

Elektragaaz is a global live and virtual instrumental group featuring a mix of live and electronic music with most of the members based in the New York metropolitan area but headed by a mysterious and intensely private 19-year-old Frisian composer using the pseudonym of Poppo Redband but usually referred to as simply Redband. The group exists in both the real world and in a fictional universe, a volatile blend that can be bewitching or bewildering or both. The music too can bewitch or bewilder, drawing on such far-flung influences as classical music, hip hop, rock, club, techno, pop, dance, film noir, comic strips and video games-- all precipitated by Redband's neurological condition which causes him to see music as well as hear it. The music is arranged and produced by Trebor Lloyd of City Canyons Productions who most recently produced The Painted Caravan Trilogy for The Peter Ulrich Collaboration headed by ex Dead Can Dance percussionist Peter Ulrich."

October 14, 2021

A song of hope: 'Better Times Will Come' performed by Jeff Lake

Originally written by Janis Ian, holding a strong positive message, this fantastic cover brings us Jeff Lake's take on 'Better Times Will Come' with his mesmerising voice. 

The depth in vocals truly lifts the vibe right from the start. Starting with melodious lyrical harmonies, we get to know the true reach of Jeff's vocals. There is a consistent energy throughout, travelling from verse to chorus, accompanied by smooth, warm acoustic musical instruments like fiddle, banjo, mandolin and upright bass. The very definition of beauty in simplicity. The vocals hold vibrato and variable tonal shifts while moving smoothly through this well-composed song, showing the raw greatness of Jeff's talent. Sustaining certain musical notes is a challenge, but in this song, Jeff Lake handles the variations easily with his superb vocal range. Emotions are expressed not just through voice, but through different instruments, and can be felt delivering a feeling of hope. The uniform rhythm keeps the song wholesome with an uplifting character, making this song not just a remarkable, but a memorable one, bringing strength to our hearts. We are treated to a quick solo on multiple instruments which act as a bridge at the end of the song, adding a layer of variation. Listening to this version of 'Better Times Will Come' will definitely inspire you in hard times. 

Listen to 'Better Times Will Come' performed by Jeff Lake on Spotify.

About Jeff Lake:

"Better Times Will Come" by Jeff Lake

"Recording artist, Jeff Lake, combines elements of rock, folk, bluegrass and country music for his own brand of Americana. A multi-genre singer/songwriter, he has written music for Universal Greece recording artist, Michalis, the theme song for CBS’s Latin American Idol spinoff show, the “Nueva Estrella Awards”, as well as recent collaborations with up and coming hip hop artists, Seon and Xan Louis. As a guitarist and band-leader, Jeff has perfected his craft by playing alongside members of the Billy Joel Band, the Dennis DeYoung Band (Styx), and the Transiberian Orchestra. His career began as a frontman for hair metal band, Big Bang, opening for groups such as Winger, White Lion and Extreme. His melodic, lyric-driven songs and down-to-earth approach are gaining him an international audience.

(New York, NY) - Jeff Lake follows up his 2020 release “Cellophane Flowers” with his own solo release, “Field of Grass” - a 5 song collection of covers and originals due for digital release on 8/20/21. CDs containing a bonus track are due 10/1/21 opening with the song “Better Times Will Come” by Janis Ian.

Coming out of the gate this summer, Lake has been selected by Reverbnation as one of NYC’s Most Popular Upcoming Artists. Jeff Lake already has over 12,500 monthly listeners on Spotify via the “Penny Lane” release with Cellophane Flowers.  The new album, “Field of Grass” will be released in digital and physical outlets worldwide."

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October 12, 2021

Unleash the 'Monster' inside you with Heathensun

What an impact! Heathensun will get into your veins with those heavy guitars and thick, sharp, piercing bass, epitomising the crunchy nu-metal vibe. Groovy beats on tight upbeat drums bleed rhythm through this track, especially on the chorus. Delicious scratching/scrubbing back and forth is smooth and contributes to the rhythm extremely well. Vocals hold the same power and impact, and all other instruments and musical elements reveal their true strength as the track progresses. This track has a slight old-school feel refined by a modern touch, with ingredients mixed together so well that it uplifts your energy right from the beginning. Artistic details in the chorus, such as the guitars bringing depth with a dark melody to the already extremely impressive vocals is an amazing touch. Layered rhythmic variations, pumping with hi-hats and cymbals, piercing sharp edgy bass and guitars are all you need to go crazy with this amazing track. A melodic light synth looping in the background of the verses is a small add-on but thickens the emotion and intensity well. The lyrical arrangement that fits with the vocals, rap and rhythm will have you singing along with the vocalist. This is one band that I would love to see perform in a concert! They would blow your mind away! 'Monster' is a perfect representation of Nu Metal. Definitely listen to 'Monster' by Heathensun. Available worldwide.

About Heathensun:

'Monster' by Heathensun

"Hailing from The United States of America, HEATHENSUN is an up and coming Numetal band with a penchant for writing banging tunes and dynamic narratives. Comprised of 3 immensely talented individuals, the three-piece band is made up of Drunkndonuts on Guitar, Lo-Key on Drums, as well as Johnny Anthrax fronting the band. The members of HEATHENSUN are based out of different cities with Johnny, Charlotte NC, Drunkndonuts in Wilmington NC and Lo-Key in Greenville SC. The band was born out of the pandemic in early 2021, working together remotely to create banging masterpieces over the internet. Even though still relatively new to the scene, HEATHENSUN is already climbing the charts with their single BEACH ranked #7 on the Apple iTunes top 100 Metal USA Charts and their single JEALOUSY ranked #17 on the Apple iTunes top 100 Metal USA Charts. With big dreams and plenty of energy to spare, HEATHENSUN seeks to positively influence society with their music, and is well on their way to becoming one of the most phenomenal bands in our generation."

October 09, 2021

'Treating You Right' by RicoXMafioso

'Treating You Right' by Rico Gabon

RicoXMafioso spits fire in his new single, 'Treating You Right'. A rap with a perfect balance between melodies and lyrics keeps the the vibe fresh. The instrumentals in this track gives an emotional boost supporting the tone of vocals and the throw of words. The guitar holds the chord progression and starts a rhythmic pattern that evolves as the song moves on. Many musical elements in the form of loops are well placed to create a perfect, catchy rhythm before we are introduced to actual beats. RicoXMafioso then takes this track one step further, giving us the best of his voice. Lyrics are wrapped around the rhythm, as if each word is filling the gaps between the kick and snare, making for a smooth mix between verses and all the rhythmic elements sitting right behind it. RicoXMafioso's voice is the very essence of the entire track. His voice is impactful and shows real strength. An expression of deep desires through verbal artistry can be heard in this powerful single. Maintaining the traditional Hip-Hop base while showcasing new ideas and musical structure is RicoXMafioso great achievement in this track. Pumping bass, a tight kick with snare, and complex hi-hats keeps the song groovy and hot. The chorus has a totally different vibe, pushing extremely creative verbal and rhythmic patterns that shows the true potential of RicoXMafioso's talent.
'Treating You Right' will be released from 29th October 2021 worldwide.

A word from RicoXMafioso:

"I grew up on the West coast of Canada, ever since I was kid. Moved to Montreal by myself four years ago after coming out of a long term relationship. Ever since the break up I’ve attempted to make music in my basement but it sounded like garbage. Finally told myself it was time to invest in myself and become a real professional in the field of music. I’m 28 now and about to release the past projects I’ve been banking up."

October 08, 2021

‘Life Is A Day’ album by Chris Dela Cruz

‘Life Is A Day’ by Chris Dela Cruz

About ‘Life Is A Day’ an album by Chris Dela Cruz

“I started writing my album “Life Is A Day” out of my friend’s basement starting over quarantine in March 2020. I was feeling emotionally exhausted and pondering on how my worries felt so cyclical. It was a heavy period of reflection on connections I had built with my friends, family and self. I felt like they were fading. This is the thesis of the album. It discusses the growing distance I feel from those close to me. Each moment exists here and now, and forward only as memories. The album features audio samples from my childhood. It starts and ends in the same key to represent the cyclical nature of my experiences thus far. Loss, loneliness, sex, death, love… life. I hope this album makes you feel something.”

#1 ‘Morning’ is a song that expresses a feeling of missing love and precious memories. It’s a well composed mix of instruments, and the vocals are impactful. Every single sound has a meaning behind its implementation that connects it with the emotion Chris wants us to feel. As the song progresses, the words steadily merge with the instrumental, delivering a message of reminiscing and a longing to bring back the good times with long lost friends. Many small musical and vocal variations sprinkled all over the song increases the depth of expression. ‘Morning’ is a strong medium connecting us to our feelings which is just the beginning of this amazing album.

#2 ‘Ghosts’ comes with a perfect combination of warmth and energy. Interesting rhythmic patterns nicely layered with punchy drums, melodic bass patterns, crunchy guitars and powerful vocals. The chord progressions in this perfectly align with its lyrical meaning. The psychedelic angle of the genre on which Chris Deal Cruz has written this entire album truly shines in this song. The instrumental section extending the vibe at the end is layered with many sounds that are said to be Chris’s childhood audio samples - a truly artistic and genius touch, something many listeners will newly experience. ‘Ghosts’ is a beautiful story of estranged happiness expressed by metaphorical lyrics, it is truly the art of sound.

#3 ’Shades of Death’ is very reflective. A medium that manifests important life incidents and experiences of this talented writer. The interesting thing about this song is its composition and lyrical representation of Chris’s stories. The chord progression and musical variations along with melodic vocal narration is a perfect recipe. Further beyond the vocals, we are introduced to some beautiful jazz infused sections as well as varying rhythmic elements. Showcasing various shades of death throughout multiple years of life, this song holds memories and struggles to let go as life moves on. Chris expresses how things are fading away and yet we all try to feel alive regardless. The dark yet beautiful backbone of this song is the writer’s deep philosophical musings of life.

#4 ’Song About Home’ is a beautiful example of storytelling through music. Stringed instruments strum and sustain a graceful meditative feeling which holds our hand all the way through the song as it evolves throughout the verses and chorus, becoming more expressive and bold. Every instrument sings along with the vocals, making this song one of a kind. All these elements combine to provide the perfect platform for the writer to convey a very personal message to his listeners. The consistency of ambience generated from this song can be clearly felt, yet in contrast to the previous tracks on this EP, the vocals have a deeper tone. The addition of the violin is the sweet cherry on the top of all the instrumental layers, accompanied by the softer and wider perspective of a synth, both ensuring the song’s vibrancy, maintaining its psychedelic roots.

#5 ’Theatre’ reveals a grander jazz presence to the EP, with melodic progressions and other elements scattered throughout the song. Vocals here are harmonic. There is an interesting approach towards panning instruments, balancing the overall mix, allowing for smooth transitions. This song, like others in this absorbing EP, has a slightly loose song structure, delightfully breaking methodological rules to try something new and experimental. The vocals are well performed and tell us a simple tale of visiting a theatre with friends which further serves as a metaphor for the greatest show on earth - life. Chris, like many of us, reflects on which role he could have played, showing us the simple yet exceedingly thoughtful expression behind this song. Maintaining its indie roots and injecting a jazz element makes ‘Theatre’ a truly unique experience.

#6 ‘Interlude’ begins with a soothing clean guitar tone followed up by clean, strong vocals. The composition of ‘Interlude’ revolves around the lyrics which makes a meaningful impact. There are many significant changes and variations happening throughout as the vocals reveal a more in-depth context behind this song. This track makes for a unique transition between tracks on this EP, and is the writer’s representation, or thought, of the cyclical nature of people coming and going throughout your life, and sometimes, how we eventually forget them. The chorus is strangely addictive, layered by psychedelic synths that play beautifully alongside every other element. Creative vocal harmonies, a unique bassline and multiple drum patterns deliver the vibe. Once again, this song keeps hold of the roots of its genre. Short and snappy thought it is, it’s very catchy.

#7 ‘Undercover’ raises the lyrical bar higher. We begin with a subtle guitar tune to set the atmosphere accompanied by strong vocals. With the absence of drums for most of the first half of the song, the energy powerfully builds, holding excitement till the snare hits. There are many undercover musical elements working together behind the vocals that can be heard and felt. For example, a left panned audio sample that loops infinitely gives a hint of the pace or speed of this song. Well thought out pauses and silences broken only guitars being played in between verses and chorus etc. is a well achieved masterful touch and keeps the song engaging throughout. Slowly introducing beats at the end, this song takes a turn towards the instrumental section which brings our ride to a close. ‘Undercover’ is a song that carries an expression of obsessive love and hidden feelings, a message many of us can identify with.

#8 ‘Lone Ranger’ continues the poetic and melodic journey further into Chris’s thoughts and feelings. Warm guitar patterns and a groovy rhythm, accompanied by drums and bass which press a well-defined depth carry the pace of this song. Chris’s vocals dominate once again with his lyrical magic. This song has a different structure and overall tone than previous songs in the EP. It is straightforward but hits harder. Jazz elements, violins and synths are layered quietly throughout the song. As the song draws closer to the end, a punchy, highly-energetic instrumental section reveals the true power of each instrument as well as strengthening the meaning of the song. Chris poetically and metaphorically writes about an individual referred to as ‘Lone Ranger’, telling us the story of how this caring yet solitary character could have experienced love and care, too, if only they had shared something of the feelings they were holding inside.

#9 ’11pm for 24 Minutes’ is calm and warm. Until now we have understood the artistic and poetic form of all previous songs on this EP and this song continues to fascinate us. It is abstract and ambient with layered acoustic instruments. Reverb and delays are creatively implemented along with vocal harmonies. Holding a loose grip on rhythm but staying true to its genre, this song expresses a tale of love and missing using various musical elements, and vocal and poetic devices. In this song, we are introduced to a deeper, warmer vibe. Vocals have become softer and higher pitched, unlocking a realm of melodies expanded further by instrumentals. It gives a feeling of ease and a simultaneous struggle to find peace. Sustained notes are shared by the instruments and vocals, creating an engaging sound specific to this song. Feelings and expressions are not just plainly delivered but are a stylized representation of an artist’s true emotions and experiences.

#10 ‘Last Dance’ expresses the sentiment of not knowing how much time we have left with anyone, and holding on to the good times, knowing they don’t last. Energetic, powerful, bassy and truly indie, this song is fast-paced, lending to its lyrical meaning. Those glittery, crispy electric guitars shine to their full glory, strumming wide! Perfectly compressed and balanced distortion, heavy drums chasing the next beat, speedy synths, and vocals pouring beautiful words by the bucketful carry the composition to the next level. Delightful with a hint of grunge, this song is a new ride. We are gifted with a guitar solo connecting two sections. In some parts the synth dominates, switching up the vibe. It has become somewhat of a signature to end every song on the EP with an artistic musical passage, and this song doesn’t disappoint. We end with an experimental rhythmic jazz wind-down. Such a drastic switch is hard to achieve but is masterfully and cleverly performed. A sheer treat to listeners.

#11 ‘Night’ is the final song of this album. A metaphorical, poetic trip into the comforting cover of night and the contrasting reality of the day. The vibe is similar to some previous songs in every positive way but uniquely composed. Variable ups and downs in the form of melodies and harmonies will make us feel like this song is extremely well improvised. The structure of traditional music is well challenged again and again throughout this album as experienced in this song, too. Mellow guitars besides Chris’s sweet vocals are the definition of beauty in simplicity in music. Later on in the track, the guitars are used to break silences, transitioning to a fuller section of the song where the music almost speaks to you itself. Complex musical compositions for each instrument dissolving in each other leads this song and the EP to a graceful and hopeful conclusion, leaving us with a feeling of wanting more.

About Chris Dela Cruz
“My name is Chris Dela Cruz, an independent singer-songwriter from the Poconos, Pennsylvania, USA. I write lyric centric psych-indie rock songs with jazz elements. I have heard my sound compared to Bright Eyes, The Cure, and Arctic Monkeys. I am releasing two singles on September 10th and 24th while my debut full-length album “Life Is A Day” is set to release October 8th.”

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October 05, 2021

Marshall Oakman empowering the world with his new single 'She’s No Doll, She’s a Woman'

'She's No Doll, She's a Women' by Marshall Oakman

Marshall Oakman's 'She's No Doll, She's a Woman' is the second single from his upcoming EP, and displays writing range with its catchy sing-along vibe.

'She’s No Doll, She’s a Woman' also features the work of legendary New York based musicians Kasim Sultan (on bass), Liberty Devitto (on drums), and Paul Pesco (on guitar). 

Heading into this track we are treated to a very melodic start! Then we're introduced to artistic chord progressions with a strong message. The dominating vocals of Marshall Oakman produce powerful energy with a fresh tune. This delightfully composed and crafted song has a unique take on smooth, mesmerising piano - the very soul of this song. Keeping the strength and pace, the constantly evolving musical elements is pure genius. The chorus hits hard, sitting on a platform of lyrically meaningful verses,  allowing the chorus the perfect build up. Punchy drums set a strong beat, adding to the intensity of rhythm. Warm bass mixed with wide guitars sits right behind the piano, adding depth. Rhythmic and melodic variations are sprinkled all over this engaging song, keeping it bright and rich till the end, making for such an empowering piece of art. Not just the music, but the strong lyrics by Marshall shows us his dedication to delivering a beautiful, powerful message. 

She’s No Doll, She’s a Woman is about recognising, with appreciation, the indispensable significance and depth women have in our lives. This is underscored by stating they are not dolls, things or property. 

Definitely listen to 'She's No Doll, She's A Woman' by Marshall Oakman on Spotify.

'She’s No Doll, She’s a Woman' by Marshall Oakman cover art

About Marshall Oakman:

"Marshall Oakman is a prolific, New York based performing singer-songwriter.

At about six years of age, he first fixed his eyes on a piano. Pressing down on the black and white shapes, he discovered a timbre and texture that revealed magical keys to open doors that never close. As time passed, songs were born, flowing with a life of their own. Over the years, Oakman has honed his craft, creating a vast catalogue spanning a lifetime.

Vibrant, iconic pop/rock shimmers with Beatlesque harmonies, blending timeless themes, thoughtfully embraced and melded to magnetic melodies. Listeners find themselves hitting repeat and play, over and over again.

Marshall has energetically driven his skills as a spirited performer in regions along and beyond the East Coast such as the New York metropolitan area, upstate New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Chicago.

His recorded songs include top musicians who have performed and/or recorded with Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Daryl Hall, Madonna, Hall & Oates, Steve Winwood, Jennifer Lopez, Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Richie Sambora, Indigo Girls, Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, Blue Oyster Cult, Todd Rundgren, Patti Smith, Meat Loaf, The New Cars, Alicia Keys, Gary U.S. Bonds, and Mitch Ryder.

In line with the positive spark of his song, Nothing’s Holding Me Back, which is part of the soundtrack for the independently produced film, Townies, from Marshall’s album entitled 24/Seven, Marshall is hopeful his music will encourage and inspire fans to appreciate and enjoy the gift of life every day."

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