The Handsome Bandit - 'Spotlight EP'

Prepare to embark on a sonic odyssey with 'Spotlight EP' by The Handsome Bandit. This EP flawlessly melds the allure of piano-forward melodies, the electrifying vigour of rock-infused energy, the infectious catchiness of pop sensibilities, and the ethereal heights of soaring harmonies. With subtle hints of swing woven throughout, this musical masterpiece is a testament to the band's boundless creativity and unparalleled originality.

The Handsome Bandit - 'Spotlight EP'

'Fantasy' commences with an irresistible and powerful beat, enhanced by the beautiful melody of a pristine piano. The song exudes a sense of immediate clarity, thanks to its minimalistic approach, allowing ample room for the vocals to shine. Its lyrics depict a complex and troubled relationship, exploring themes of lost love, disillusionment, and a longing for escape from a reality that feels suffocating. It holds a desire to keep love away due to past pain and turmoil alongside a lack of trust and a preference for lust over the emotional connection, questioning the purpose of waking up to the realities of a relationship. The song also holds a realization that the idealized version of love they once had is no longer sustainable. The vocals by Eric Niequist skillfully weave together precise harmonies, conveying the profound and thought-provoking theme through a tapestry of emotional and sentimental tones.

As the pace quickens, we transition to 'Pages,' a composition brimming with delightful melodic surprises, compelling you with its enchanting variations. The harmonies take centre stage, creating a powerful and impactful chorus. With intricate articulations, thoughtful key switches, and a refreshing vocal delivery by Allison Hogan, this song oozes nothing but high energy, irresistible from start to finish. The intertwining of duet voices evokes a beautiful sense of introspection and contemplation, inviting reflection on the past while contemplating the possibilities of the future. The song takes you on a journey of revisiting memories and experiences, each offering a different perspective while hinting at the idea of choosing which memories to embrace or carry forward. The lyrics explore themes of the intricacies of understanding one another's needs, the allure of dreams, and the importance of living in the present while appreciating the shared journey with a sense of closure and new beginnings.

'Lost' showcases the remarkable vocal range of Eric, layered atop a captivating and intriguing chord progression. The song becomes even more alluring with its seamless transitions between distinctively composed sections, skillfully woven together to create an exquisite and engaging musical experience. The song delves into themes of self-discovery, fear of vulnerability, the complex interplay between truth and deception, and the desire for genuine connection amidst a journey of personal exploration. The lyrics touch upon the idea of maintaining a facade or hiding one's true self, acknowledging the control one has over the perception of others through one's unconscious manipulation and sleight of hand. It also has an interpretation that holds a desire to bridge the gap between their inner world and the outside world. Beautifully written and performed with passion and dedication!

'Hourglass' unveils a heightened melodic facet of this album, delicately evoking the bittersweet strings of the heart. Carrying on with the instrumental motif, the music envelops listeners with a captivating piano and the comforting depth of the bass, intertwining harmoniously with the magnetic voices of Eric and Allison. The presence of acoustic drums, resonating through the walls, accompanied by shimmering cymbals and hi-hats, not only in this song but throughout the entire album, vividly convey and illustrate the profound emotions embedded within the music. The lyrics tell the story of a young boy who, despite his fears, strives to make the most of his life and pursue his dreams. He captures moments through photographs, cherishing the opportunity to preserve the fleeting experiences he would otherwise lose. As time passes and he transitions into adulthood, he grapples with fear and finds his relationship strained. The troubled man seeks solace in his old Polaroids, hoping they will somehow heal the pain he avoids facing.

As the seasons continue to pass and time grows short, the lyrics emphasize the importance of seizing the present moment and appreciating the beauty reflected in someone's eyes. The photograph serves as a reminder during challenging times, holding a profound significance that surpasses its surface value. The lyrics then shift to an old man at the end of his days, regretting missed opportunities and longing to reconcile with his past. His world, captured only through the lens of his camera, leaves him disconnected from genuine human connection. The lyrics ultimately express the urgency of treasuring the present and embracing love, knowing that it is a precious and irreplaceable gift. The message encourages living authentically, making amends, and cherishing each moment as if it were the last.

Prepare to lose yourself in the evocative and singular soundscape of "Spotlight EP." Each track, a masterpiece in its own right, will transport you to realms unknown, leaving an indelible mark on your musical consciousness.

Definitely listen to 'Spotlight EP' by The Handsome Bandit on Spotify.

About The Handsome Bandit:

Born out of the Chicago Suburbs the band, The Handsome Bandit discovered its unique cocktail blend of Pop-Rock with a sprinkle of Swing when two creative singer-songwriters merged their artistic passions. Eric Niequist’s powerful lead vocals and edgy bass riffs weave alongside the intricate piano melodies and warm vocals of Allison Hogan. The Handsome Bandit will have you energized and enthralled with their foot stomping sing-alongs, dynamic ballads, and thunderous anthems! 
Music Includes: “Spotlight EP” 2020, “Believe You Me” 2019, and “Sneaky EP” 2010. 
Venues performed: Double Door Chicago, Cubby Bear Chicago, Reggies Chicago, Penny Road Pub, Clearwater Theater, Lily’s Chicago, Two Brothers RoundHouse Aurora.

The Handsome Bandit - 'Spotlight EP'

DJ DeT Vibe - 'Under Protection'

'Under Protection' by DJ DeT Vibe is a spellbinding journey to a mystical and fantastical world, where imagination reigns supreme. Right from the opening, the track transports your mind to a place where anything is possible, and magic is just around the corner.

The combination of stunning thumping rhythm, intricate melodies, and hypnotic atmosphere creates a cinematic soundscape. The track opens with the grandness of strings and drums, which are then embraced by the piano and other electronic accents. The mountain of sounds covered with the greenery of versatility and vision, cultivates a sonorous and dynamic feel, that keeps you engaged and intrigued throughout.

'Under Protection' is an ever-evolving adventure that reveals new fiery layers and progresses through stages, ensuring that each time you listen, there is always something new to discover. Towards the second phase, the rhythm gets stronger and more uniform as the power of electronic harmony erupts like a volcano. Colourful transitions are built by the calm and silent pieces that link the dramatic ones, contributing to an intriguing storyline.

The track inspires a sense of protection, ease, and security. The context depicted in this track of riding through a fog-covered field and a magical forest with a warrior princess also suggests a sense of adventure, with the listener feeling protected and supported on their journey through an unknown and mysterious landscape. It is a story-driven instrumental that takes the listener on a journey to a far-off, supernatural, and mythical world.

Definitely listen to 'Under Protection' by DJ DeT Vibe on Soundcloud.

About DJ DeT Vibe:

"I was with a former popular DJane for a while, and that is when my love for EDM really grew. The image was chosen for several reasons. The detective noir look was chosen for two reasons.  First, I want the focus to be on the music, not the looks of the DJ. The other is the premise of the music.  I know remixes are very hot in EDM, but I am trying to go in another direction; searching for great vibes. The music being created is original, I am trying to avoid remixes unless it is something interesting; for example, currently in the works is a Glenn Miller (big band) remix.  My goal is for each track to be more than music, my goal is for each track to tell a story, to invoke the listener's imagination."

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Fever Moon - 'God's Heart'

'God's Heart' is an album that speaks to the depths of the human experience, masterfully crafted by the multi-talented Jay Holmes. With his distinctive blend of guitar, voice, synths, and bass, Jay captures the essence of the divine, weaving together a tapestry of sound that is both transcendental and grounded. On drums, the renowned Matt Tecu brings a raw energy and precision that propels the music forward, while the contributions of Nicholas Smith on bass, Millie Chimonyo-Ntubi on background vocals, Stephen St. Germain on backing vocals, Pockets Ov on background vocals, Nick Bello on guitar solo and bass, and Miho Matsumura on accordion, add depth and texture to the sonic landscape. 'God's Heart' takes listeners on a captivating journey through a range of emotions with its dynamic blend of rocking, breathtaking, and uplifting melodies paired with soulful poetic writing. This album is an introspective and transcendent experience, highlighting the remarkable power of music to deeply move your heart. Its masterful composition showcases Jay Holmes' skill in crafting an impactful, unforgettable listening experience.

We begin with the opus, 'God's Heart', which is a riveting exemplar of the sound that amalgamates distorted guitar tone and an unrestrained melodic rendition to create a truly evocative listening experience. Commencing with a truly indie and raw and dynamic production, the song sets a reverberating style that is sustained throughout. The lyrics of the song are both introspective and poetic, while also being straightforward and emotionally expressive, deftly conveying sentiments of deep feeling. The chorus is particularly profound, with the phrase "I'm still waiting for you" imbuing the composition with a yearning and plaintive quality. The theme of the song is moving, featuring a more subdued and contemplative sound that provides a nuanced distinction. 'God's Heart' is just the start and it already sets a mindful and unique quality, characterized by an indelible rendition of indie rock and wistful writing that are sure to resonate with you.

Continuing the energy, we head on to 'Old Ghost Ruin', a song expressing the emotional unrest and the struggle to come to terms with the aftermath of a failed relationship. The imagery of "digging through the wreckage" and "kicking through that dirty dark lens" symbolises a sense of trying to move on from past pain and hurt. The music mixed with such lyricism features a more subdued and reflective sound that provides a moment of respite from the intensity of the rest of the track. The brisk rhythm of the song is complemented by the sweet and distorted guitar that includes well-crafted solos and a bassy warmth that resonates throughout. As the song draws to a close, the rhythm gradually slows down, producing a graceful outro that gives the track a beautiful finish.

In contrast to the previous tracks, 'Parasitic Sympathy' features a more subdued sound that highlights its simplicity, with familiar robust tones emanating from the guitars and drums. This song feels enigmatic, exploring themes of darkness, inner turmoil, and the struggle to find meaning in life. The song opens by expressing a kind of fascination with the devil and a desire to keep her close, despite her lack of name or familiarity. The chorus introduces the idea of a storm brewing inside, a metaphor for the uneasiness and terrors that are always lurking beneath the surface. It also describes a need for help or salvation, but fear of facing the demons. Along with the music, the final lines of the song offer a glimmer of hope, acknowledging that even the most difficult days are not wasted if they lead to growth and understanding.

At the heart of these tracks lies the vocal performance of Jay Holmes, which stands out as a defining characteristic. Holmes' commanding voice moves effortlessly through the melodies and lyrics, displaying an impressive range that can shift from a raspy, gritty quality to a more communicative and expressive tone. With profound articulations and an acute sense of emotional depth, Holmes' vocals imbue the songs with a palpable sense of feeling that truly elevates the overall listening experience.

'Foolin'', a dreamy and spacious track, showcases the versatility of the artist's musical style. It paints a vivid picture of a forbidden romance, a confession to engaging in an affair with someone else, despite still pining for their love interest. As the song progresses, the protagonist's guilt and anguish are palpable, as he laments the pain and despair he is causing. Despite this, he cannot resist the temptation to continue his deception. The lyrics express the inner conflict with raw honesty, making 'Foolin'' a truly thoughtful and memorable track.

'The Lost Boys' exudes an unparalleled indie rock essence, amplified by its dynamic guitar riffs and unwavering drum beats. The commanding low frequencies of the resounding bass imbue the track with a weighty presence that is further accentuated by the punchy kick. The song touches on the idea that there's no substitute for sin, and the cost of carrying the weight of the world can be too much for some. Its insightful narrative reflects on the loss of those who couldn't withstand the burdens of life, and how the walls of our world are built by those with stronger hands. As we raise our glasses to the lost boys who've slipped away, the song reminds us that we must carry on despite the weight we bear.

'If I Lose' culminates with a resounding acoustic guitar, its pristine notes embodying a bold and venturesome spirit that resonates in both its musical composition and lyrical storytelling. The intermittent fade of the accordion conjures an air of urgency, encapsulating the apprehension of losing something cherished, yet also an unwavering determination to confront life's obstacles head-on. The lyrics are infused with poetic metaphors, likening sweat beads to pearls of ivy and alluding to the burning of sage to dispel malevolent forces, further enriching the mystical and ethereal essence of the song.

Definitely listen to 'God's Heart' by Fever Moon on Bandcamp.

About Fever Moon:

Fever Moon started as a cherished home demo project for Jay Holmes, an American songwriter residing in Tokyo. In recent years, his creative drive has been on overdrive, leading him to deliver two breathtakingly beautiful full-length albums of epic indie rock in 2022. Now, Jay is back with a fresh collection of six songs titled 'God's Heart'. This new release showcases Jay's evolution as a songwriter and musician, with intricate instrumentation, heartfelt lyrics, and soaring melodies that take the listener on an emotional journey. Featuring guest appearances from talented artists, 'God's Heart' is a testament to Jay's musical prowess and his unwavering passion for creating music.

Jay Holmes

Frederik Magle - 'Sunset for Piano'

Piano music has the power to convey emotions that words cannot always articulate. Frederik Magle's 'Sunset for Piano' is a prime example of this. In this instrumental track, Magle takes listeners on a journey through a range of emotions, from melancholy to acceptance. The clarity of this piece is one of its most striking features. Frederik Magle manages to convey a great deal of sentiment through his use of minimalism allowing the melody to speak for itself.

The performance showcases fluidity in its composition, evoking a sense of contemplation and introspection with each passing note. The pianist's skill in controlling the pressure on the keys is particularly impressive, as is the depth and acceleration of the texture. The tonal shape of the piece is constantly evolving, lending itself to a profound and immersive interpretation.

The resonant sound of the piano creates a warm and intimate atmosphere, allowing the listener to fully immerse themselves in the melancholic melody. The rhythm is delicate yet steady, akin to the natural undulation of ocean waves. The expression is deceptively simple but belies the complex and meticulous knowledge of the instrument required to execute such a nuanced and authentic portrayal of Fredericks's ingenuity.

This well-balanced rendition where the full range of the instrument is utilized, captures the essence of a setting sun and conveys a feeling of longing for its presence, as well as a struggle to resist the onset of nightfall and the accompanying pain. 'Sunset for Piano' is a masterful tool in conveying the piece's unrestrained depth and serves as a testament to the instrument's timeless power and versatility.

Definitely listen to 'Sunset for Piano' by Frederik Magle on YouTube. You can also get the sheet music for this beautiful piece here -

About Frederik Magle:

Frederik Magle’s music has united some of Denmark’s biggest performing groups and celebrated some of the nation’s most significant milestones. As a musician, he has worked across genres and styles, represented his country at international competitions and forged an individual and distinctive path that remains unparalleled in Scandinavia. ‘I write to instil feelings and awaken emotions in the listener,’ he has said; ‘I can’t help but invest myself emotionally in the things I do.’

Born on the island of Falster, Magle was a child prodigy who was 8 when his music was performed in public for the first time. He was admitted to the Royal Danish Academy of Music a year early, the only student approved to major in both organ and composition. Grateful but restless, he left after a year and a half, eager to get to work in both capacities. Then as now, his position at an oblique angle to Denmark’s musical establishment gave him ‘a different sort of freedom’ and has sharpened his perception of his audience. 

After attending the composer workshop at Lerchenborg, Magle produced his first mature work, the organ symphony Let There Be Light (1993). A clearly argued, densely woven piece uniting elements of the French organ tradition with Magle’s own propensity for structural layering and clear goals, it was released by EMI records. There followed an organ concerto The Infinite Second (1994) and a symphony for piano and orchestra commissioned by Denmark’s most well-known export, Lego (Lego Fantasia, 1996). The same year saw the first performance of Magle’s seasonal cantata A Newborn Child (1996) – a pensive and sometimes dark reflection on the nativity for choir, organ, brass and percussion. 

Magle’s relationship with Denmark’s royal house was initiated with a work written to mark a visit by Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik to the composer’s hometown on Falster, Stubbekøbing. There followed music for the christenings of both Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix. The lucid postlude Lys på din vej (‘Light on Your Path’) for organ and brass quintet, written for the former, became the title work for another EMI album. 
Magle’s contact with the royal family led to the Cantabile Suite, settings of three poems by Prince Henrik, ‘Souffle le vent’ (2004), ‘Cortège & Danse Macabre’ and ‘Carillon’ (both 2009) for solo voices, chorus, and orchestra. Combining Magle’s trademark thematic clarity, free tonality and strong narrative atmosphere, all three were premiered by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra with vocal soloists conducted by Thomas Dausgaard, on Prince Henrik’s seventieth and seventy-fifth birthdays respectively.  

In the gap between the completion of the first song and its successors, Magle grappled with a period of a creative block from which he emerged with a fresh impetus and a new sense of direction. Working increasingly as a consultant for organ-building projects, he wrote music for the inauguration of new instruments and combined a series of 22 organ improvisations on the album Like a Flame (2010). The major work of the decade that followed, Anastasis Mass (2017) incorporated improvisatory organ interludes with electronic and rock music elements within an all-embracing, boundlessly imaginative neo-gothic take on Christian liturgy. It also furthered the composer’s joyous approach to writing for percussion. 

The fusion of Anastasis Mass was not without precedent. In 2011, Magle collaborated with the Danish Hip-Hop group Suspekt on the album Elektra, and had previously explored the space between classical and rock genres in his own work Polyphony [1998]. He has collaborated with the Danish jazz musicians Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Niels Lan Doky and John Tchicai. More recently he has worked in film, scoring Sami Saif’s documentary Tove i stykker.

Frederik Magle

In 2020, Magle’s music became the first to be heard live in concert in Denmark after the global Covid-19 pandemic shut down concert-giving activities around the world. His Fanfare for the Royal Danish Orchestra opened a concert given by the ensemble at the Copenhagen Opera House on 7 June 2020, conducted by Thomas Søndergård. A year earlier, Denmark’s biggest hospital, Rigshospitalet, installed a recording of his work The Secret Garden in a specially created space on the radiotherapy ward. 
Music by Frederik Magle has been performed by the London Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony, Royal Danish Orchestra, South Jutland Philharmonic, Riga Philharmonic and Zurich Chamber Orchestras among others. He has collaborated and toured with the violinist Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, who premiered the theme and variations work for violin and piano Journey in Time (1999) at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The notion of music’s ability to play with time adumbrated in that piece will form the basis of major new orchestras still to come. 

In 2017, Magle was appointed to his first official organist position, at St Paul’s Church in Copenhagen, where he is employed as both performer (on organ and piano) and composer. He writes music for the church’s liturgical cycle and presents regular improvisations on liturgical tunes and themes on both instruments.


'IMPERATORE' is a mesmerizing album that is a brilliant fusion of rock, metal, and opera; a woven tapestry of sounds that is both thrilling and exciting. Released by the masterful musicians of Imperatore, this album is a stunning work of art that transports listeners to a world of grandeur, passion, and beauty. The commanding vocals, thunderous guitar riffs, and orchestral arrangements all work in harmony, weaving together a symphony of sound that is as intricate as it is influential. This is a musical journey that will leave you breathless, with every note and melody a testament to the band's unparalleled creativity and talent. 'IMPERATORE' is a true masterpiece that will leave an indelible mark on the world of music, a symphony of sonic beauty that will be remembered for generations to come.

The opening track of 'IMPERATORE', 'Shadow of the Gods', is a lightning-fast powerhouse of a song that wastes no time in delivering its message of defiance and strength. The lyrics paint a picture of a long-suffering individual who has been mocked and belittled for years, but who now finds within itself an untapped reserve of power and determination. The vocals soar over the thunderous drums and searing guitar riffs, conveying a sense of triumph and liberation as one proclaims one's newfound strength. The chorus is a call to action, urging you to break free under the shadows of the gods and forge ahead with confidence and determination. With 'Shadow of the Gods', Imperatore sets the stage for an album that is as intense and thrilling as it is inspiring.

IMPERATORE's second track, 'Invisible Hands,' showcases the band's incredible musicianship and unique sound. With pounding drums and intricate guitar work, the song quickly grabs your attention and refuses to let go. The lyrics paint a vivid picture of the challenges we face in life and the internal struggles we must overcome to achieve our goals. The anthemic chorus emphasizes the importance of finding the strength within ourselves to triumph over adversity. With its explosive energy and effective message, 'Invisible Hands' is a feeling of motivation and inspiration.

IMPERATORE's third track, 'We Are One,' is a high-energy anthem that celebrates the power of unity and the strength that comes from standing together. With its heart-racing beat and grand vocals, the song inspires you to reach for the stars and overcome any obstacle. The lyrics speak of a struggle against inner demons and the importance of finding the courage to confront them head-on. The chorus is impactful, urging you to join forces and overcome adversity as one. The uplifting message and infectious energy are a standout that will leave you feeling empowered and ready to conquer the world.

IMPERATORE's fourth track, 'Second Coming,' is a strong and introspective piece that speaks to the need for redemption and the possibility of finding hope even in the darkest of times. The song's evocative melody creates a sense of urgency that underscores the gravity of the lyrics. The vocals are filled with emotion, conveying a sense of desperation and a plea for help. The lyrics speak of a world on the brink of destruction, with humanity facing the consequences of their past actions. But even in the face of this dire situation, there is a glimmer of hope, a chance for a second coming. With deeply thought-provoking lyrics and dynamic sound, this song creates and delivers emphatic and moving music.


IMPERATORE's self-titled track 'Imperatore' takes you on even greater significance. The song speaks to the power and majesty of a true leader Julius Caesar, someone who is able to rise above all others and command the respect and loyalty of their people. The references to destiny and the burden of ruling take on added meaning in this context, as Caesar was famously driven by his belief that he was destined for greatness. The chorus becomes a rallying cry, a call to honour and respect the memory of one of history's most iconic figures. With the band's one of greatest performances, 'Imperatore' is a fitting tribute to the legacy of Julius Caesar, a man who continues to fascinate people to this day.

'Angel Eyes' is a touching and heartfelt love song that captures the essence of the depth of love and trust in a relationship. The lyrics paint a picture of a love so strong that even in the darkest moments, all that is needed is to look into the eyes of the beloved to find hope and light. The song's melody is soothing and melodic, tunefully complementing the heartfelt lyrics. The music is an embodiment of poetry as the composition of this song flows and evolves with words wrapped in feelings. The chorus is especially passionate, highlighting the idea that nothing compares to the peacefulness and safety of being in the arms of the one you love. Overall, 'Angel Eyes' is a beautiful and emotional tribute to the power of love and the importance of the people we hold close to.

The seventh track 'Heaven's Arms' is a breathtakingly beautiful and spiritual song that touches the soul. The lyrics speak of the need for guidance, protection, and comfort, and the desire to be held in the arms of a heavenly being. The rhythm is interesting and different from previous tracks. The production is strong, with you transported to a place of peace and safety. The vocals are hauntingly beautiful, conveying a sense of longing and vulnerability. The song's message of hope, forgiveness, and the desire to make the world a better place is truly inspiring. It's a track that leaves a lasting impression, reminding us of the power of faith and the beauty of the divine.

The final track of the album, 'Symphony of Death,' is a contemplative and introspective piece that delves into the mysteries of life and death. The song and its lyrics are divided into four acts, each exploring a different aspect of this complex theme. The instrumental sections evoke a sense of mystery and wonder, while the vocals and other intense elements are impactful and emotive, conveying a deep sense of longing and reflection. The final act offers some answers, suggesting that death is not an end, but a transformation, and that the spirit endures beyond the physical body. Overall, 'Symphony of Death' is a poignant and thought-provoking conclusion to a remarkable album.

Definitely listen to 'IMPERATORE' by IMPERATORE on Spotify.


IMPERATORE is a band from Perth, Australia. The group is quickly making waves in the music scene with their unique sound and dynamic style, involving a combination of heavy rock, progressive, and operatic influences. The band, which was formed in 2022, released its first single, “Imperatore,” on the 15th of March 2023 and received a lot of positive feedback. Soon after, a full-length self-titled album followed. The band released “IMPERATORE” on the 14th of April 2023.


IMPERATORE is back with another magnificent track, presenting an irresistible experience through their latest release, 'Invisible Hands.' As we all know, the distinctive and expert blend of rock and opera in their musical style showcases a remarkable level of creativity and authenticity, leaving an indelible impression on the audience.

The vocal and instrumental range of this song is certain to move the soul, with a diverse range of emotions conveyed through the melodic strings and piano, striking guitars and bass, and head-banging rhythms emanating from the drums. The song goes through various phases extending the range through flawless artistry. The dedicated performances emit an unparalleled energy that transcends mere passion and devotion towards both the theme and the art itself.

The lyrics are filled with imagery and emotion, evoking a misty and mysterious atmosphere that perfectly matches the song's composition. The use of poetic language and powerful metaphors create a sense of transcendence and spiritual awakening that is both inspiring and moving.

The elevated operatic vocals add a layer of grandeur and possess transformative power, describing the feeling of overcoming obstacles through the blessings of 'Invisible Hands'. The song takes the listener on a journey of spiritual growth, inviting them to open themselves up to the possibility of enlightenment.

Definitely listen to 'Invisible Hands' by IMPERATORE on Spotify.


IMPERATORE is a band from Perth, Australia. The group is quickly making waves in the music scene with their unique sound and dynamic style, involving a combination of heavy rock, progressive, and operatic influences. The band, which was formed in 2022, released its first single, “Imperatore,” on the 15th of March 2023 and received a lot of positive feedback. Soon after, a full-length self-titled album followed. The band released “IMPERATORE” on the 14th of April 2023. The album features eight songs, each offering a distinct insight into the band’s diverse style.

IMPERATORE stays true to its name, which means “Emperor” in Italian, but delivers a truly majestic take on rock music. The production of the album is very crisp, allowing the band to showcase their massive, dynamic tone.

IMPERATORE’s music is a unique blend of Opera and Heavy Rock, creating a very melodic yet impactful formula. The band’s style is very emotional and inspiring in terms of lyrical themes and evocative soundscapes, as the songs are vividly striking and cinematic. IMPERATORE is a band that brings innovation and creativity back to the rock and metal scene.

'The Drowsy View,' is an indie rock album by the talented musician and songwriter, Jake Wardwell. This album is a testament to the incredible ingenuity and passion that can be unleashed from a small home studio. With all instruments and vocals recorded by Jake himself, 'The Drowsy View' is a stunning display of his musicianship and songwriting abilities. As you listen to this album, you'll be transported on a voyage through Jake's world. With a style that blends modernized traditional indie rock, this artist delivers a sound that's truly unique. Jake Wardwell's music is characterized by lively, energy-fueled drums that drive the rhythm forward while soaring guitar riffs and patterns shift between warm, introspective tones and more dynamic sounds. The genuine lyrics, delivered with passion and conviction, add an extra layer of depth and emotion to the music, making it impossible not to be fascinated by this album.

'this is the comedown' brings the upbeat with amplified and distorted guitars to the mix. The music feels like a living and breathing source of melodies throughout this album. This song has consistency showcased throughout its performance with vitality. It explores the feelings of disillusionment and loss that can accompany the end of a relationship and the struggle to hold on to a sense of normalcy in the face of upheaval. Jake also sings about the inevitability of the end, and the sense of loss and sadness that comes with it. Beautiful and subtle vocal harmonies in the background are immersive alongside the huge rainfall of tuneful drops of each frequency capturing such complex emotions with such elegance and grace. It is a poignant rock track that explores the ups and downs of life, and the inevitable moment when everything comes crashing down.

'harder than it has to be' is a track that cuts straight to the heart, evoking a sense of reflection and realisation. The composition delivers its meaning through a deep and resounding instrumental arrangement that perfectly complements Jake Wardwell's natural and authentic voice texture. Jake's lyrics speak of pain and frustration, of feeling like everything is more difficult than it needs to be, and the desire to break free from the weight of it. Strong and precise drums, glittering layers of guitars and profound bass blend together giving out the essence that slowly and steadily transforms the song into a tour de force of immense exuberance that propel the track forward. The lyrics explore the struggle of committing to something, whether it's finishing a phrase or keeping up with big changes. Wardwell's vocal delivery perfectly captures the sense of frustration and doubt that comes with trying to hold onto something that feels like it's slipping away. The instrumentals are equally impressive, with a catchy guitar riff and a driving drum beat that give the song an energetic and upbeat feel. The combination of the upbeat instrumentals with the introspective lyrics creates an interesting juxtaposition that adds depth to the track.

The track 'ain't about you' is a meticulously constructed piece that delves into themes through transition, specifically exploring a troubled relationship. The song is in line with the broader album's thematic direction and conveys a sense of frustration and helplessness that arises from the other person's actions. Despite attempts to remain patient, emotions get rapidly spiral out of control due to the constant stress. The acoustic guitar sets the tone at the beginning, and the beat quickly picks up, shifting the key and altering the chord progression to reflect the growing intensity of the situation. The incorporation of intricate basslines and diverse drum patterns, coupled with the introduction of woodwind instrumentation during the song's climactic moments, creates a dynamic and energetic mix with a real punch.

'wrong answer' highlights the struggles of confronting pain and uncertainty. The opening sets the tone of the song as Jake leans into the challenges that come his way, unphased by the change in the wind. The song articulates how the years seem to repeat themselves, with old feelings growing into a new wave. Extraordinary guitar playing with unique vibrant and ambient elements revolving around heartfelt voice and lyrics woven through Jake's feelings. Snare has a high impact leading the rhythm and the guitar feels smooth and fluid. The impressive guitar riff becomes memorable as it plays back and forth with vocals. The coordination of instrumental and vocals while keeping them synchronised is truly a masterful art coming from a genius artist like Jake.

'making a meadow' fills your headroom with soulful and pleasant sustaining melodies. Continuing the instrumental that communicates with listeners through Jake's metaphorical and poetic writing, we get a sound which is dreamy and atmospheric, with a lush arrangement of guitars, drums, and bass that create a rich, layered sound. The vocals are soulful and expressive, conveying a sense of longing and desperation. The instrumentation is expertly crafted, with each element of the song contributing to the overall mood and atmosphere. A subtle touch of the organ adds a spark and extends the harmony. It can be interpreted as a metaphor for growth, change, and decay, possibly representing the natural cycle of life. The song's magnificence can also represent both the beauty and fragility of life and how it is constantly evolving and changing.

'alternate endings' is where the instrumentals are subdued, with a focus on the vocals and the emotion they convey. It suggests a sense of loss and change, as well as the struggle to come to terms with it. Again, Jake's mastery over crafting new guitar riffs and solos is one of the most otherworldly experiences of this album. The chorus is a powerful reminder that relationships are not always straightforward, and there are often different outcomes to consider. It captures the feeling of helplessness and uncertainty that can come with a failing relationship. This song holds a familiar, catchy and guitar-driven sound that's reminiscent of classic indie rock.

Definitely listen to 'The Drowsy View' by Jake Wardwell on Spotify.

About Jake Wardwell:

Jake Wardwell, a resident of western Massachusetts, is thrilled to announce the release of his first solo EP. This project was a labour of love, as Jake wrote and recorded all the instruments and vocals in his small home studio. He previously played in a band called Eat Fire Spring ( and currently serves as the guitar/backline tech for J Mascis and Dinosaur Jr.

Jake Wardwell - 'The Drowsy View'

Chad George - 'Where Do I Go Now'

Chad George's 'Where Do I Go Now' is a hip hop track that explores the complexities of relationships and the struggles of a broken heart. The song is a mix of modern hiphop electronic sound with LoFi accent, creating a unique sound that complements the melancholic lyrics.

The title of the song, 'Where Do I Go Now,' is a question that many people ask themselves after a breakup. The lyrics express the confusion and uncertainty that come with the end of a relationship. Chad George's vocals capture the feeling of being lost and not knowing what to do next.

The production quality of 'Where Do I Go Now' is impressive, as Chad George skilfully blends his signature hip hop style with a dynamic mix of keys and bass that enhance the emotional impact of the lyrics. Electronically charged vocal modulations are greatly experimented upon and fit perfectly with the theme of the song.

The use of varied rhythms and cadences in the delivery of the verses creates a sense of depth and complexity in the song's narrative, allowing the listener to fully immerse themselves in the story being told. Overall, the production is a testament to Chad George's versatility as an artist and his ability to craft a powerful musical experience that resonates with audiences.

The song's theme is universal, and many people can relate to the emotions expressed in the lyrics. The struggle to recognise the person they once knew and the eventual deterioration of the relationship are issues that many face in their love lives. The song provides a voice for those struggling to let go of the emotions they feel after a breakup and a reminder that they are not alone in their journey to heal.

Get ready to have your mind blown by Chad George's latest track, "Where do I go now," dropping on May 12th, 2023! You won't want to miss out on this surefire hit, so mark your calendars and make sure you're the first to tune in.

About Chad George:

"A visionary artist with an inimitable style, Chad George is out to redefine what a modern musician is capable of. Fusing globally influenced sounds with innovative digital art, he is quickly building up an impressive discography and establishing himself as one of the most vital new voices of his generation. Chad was born in Bellingham, WA.

He had led a nomadic childhood, growing up between Jamaica, Canada, and the US. He spent this time period immersed in music, falling in love with reggae, hip-hop, and pop, and developing the genre-blending style that would later define his career. Chad would later enrol in college, first to study unmanned aircrafts, and later to pursue a business degree. Music, however, was never far from his mind. The year 2020 gave him an opportunity to finally pursue his passion. He began to devote himself wholly to his music, emerging with the debut single ‘DIAMOND DIME’ in 2021.

With its dark melodic trap style, it served as a perfect introduction to an exceptionally promising artist. Since then, he has been steadily building momentum, revealing new sides of his artistry with every release. Chad’s music is expansive, influenced by space, time, and the cosmos. He has spent years perfecting his sound, resulting in a distinctive style of art that will resonate deeply with listeners around the world. With a steady stream of new content expected for this year and beyond, Chad is poised to make a lasting impact on the music industry."

Imperatore - 'Symphony Of Death'

Immerse Yourself in Imperatore's Masterpiece 'Symphony of Death' which takes you through the intricate facets of life, death, and the universe. The song is ingeniously structured into four acts, each with a distinct theme that delivers a captivating and thought-provoking message to the audience. Through its profound lyrics and emphatic musical arrangement, Symphony of Death delivers a poignant and unforgettable experience. With their signature fusion of Rock/Metal and Opera, they introduce the power of heavily driven, distorted electric guitars, pounding drums, and fast-paced basslines, creating a powerful and intense sound. The vocal delivery is panoramic and unrestrained, mirroring the emotional intensity of the lyrics. The sound is dynamic, lively, and atmospheric.

The first act of the song sets the tone with the lyrics, talking about the afterlife and the realization that comes with it. Here, Imperatore talks about understanding the mysteries of life and death and the role of the universe in it. The 'Symphony of Death' is a metaphor for the journey of life and the realization that comes with it. The act encourages the listeners not to assume the worst and to trust in the universe.
The intricate musical arrangement of Symphony of Death by Imperatore beautifully complements the meaning of the song. It begins with a gentle combination of synths and piano, gradually building up to a dynamic and expressive melody that effectively communicates with the listeners. The classic bass and guitar tones give the music a nostalgic feel, while the mighty drums add a sense of intensity and energy. The acoustic guitars delicately complement the introspective nature of the song, providing a contrast to the heavier instruments.

The second act delves deeper into the questions that arise in our minds during our lifetime. The lyrics are about the never-ending search for meaning, the struggle to find answers, and the feeling of being lost. The act talks about the search for truth and the hardships that come with it. Imperatore acknowledges the pain and suffering that we all go through but encourages the listeners to rise above it and find their purpose in life. The midpoint of the song marks a significant shift in the musical composition, reflecting the theme of creation and destruction, the duality of life. 

The calmness at the beginning of the third act gradually builds into a storm of new riffs and rhythms, effectively transitioning the audience from the third act to the next. The music effectively mirrors the emotions of the words, taking the listeners on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. The symphonic elements of the composition also add depth and texture to the sound, further enhancing the dramatic impact of the song.

As the song progresses into the fourth act, it takes the audience on an introspective journey of rediscovery, reflecting the theme of the renewal of life. In the fourth act of Symphony of Death by Imperatore, the music takes a departure from the intense and dynamic compositions of the previous acts. Instead, it features a beautiful and delicate acoustic guitar solo that adds a sense of introspection and reflection to the overall mood of the song. It also showcases the peek level of skill that these artists have over their instruments. The acoustic guitar solo is played with precision and care, emphasizing the emotions and feelings conveyed by the lyrics of the song. It perfectly captures the sense of renewal and rediscovery, bringing the listeners a sense of peace and calmness. As the song approaches its final act, the vocals take back centre stage, delivering a never-ending stream of melodic lines that are both effective and authentic. The vocal performance is nothing short of perfection, with every note delivered flawlessly and with great passion. 

The final and fifth act of the song provides answers to the questions that were raised earlier in the song. The lyrics talk about the importance of taking action and not letting doubts and fears hold us back. Imperatore acknowledges that death is not the end and encourages the listeners to embrace the cycle of life and death. The act concludes with a message of hope and renewal.

Definitely listen to 'Symphony Of Death' by IMPERATORE on Spotify.


IMPERATORE is a band from Perth, Australia. The group is quickly making waves in the music scene with their unique sound and dynamic style, involving a combination of heavy rock, progressive, and operatic influences. The band, which was formed in 2022, released its first single, “Imperatore,” on the 15th of March 2023 and received a lot of positive feedback. Soon after, a full-length self-titled album followed. The band released “IMPERATORE” on the 14th of April 2023. The album features eight songs, each offering a distinct insight into the band’s diverse style.


IMPERATORE stays true to its name, which means “Emperor” in Italian, but delivers a truly majestic take on rock music. The production of the album is very crisp, allowing the band to showcase their massive, dynamic tone.

IMPERATORE’s music is a unique blend of Opera and Heavy Rock, creating a very melodic yet impactful formula. The band’s style is very emotional and inspiring in terms of lyrical themes and evocative soundscapes, as the songs are vividly striking and cinematic. IMPERATORE is a band that brings innovation and creativity back to the rock and metal scene.