'I'm a Ghost' by Short Empire
Right out of the gate, the listener's mind is engaged to its fullest. This song has unparalleled quality when it comes to rhythmic tones, layering and building up the vibe gradually. True vintage sounds have their place in this track, presenting the listener with a strong element of nostalgia with a pinch of a unique psychedelic effect. The bassline is melodic, running alongside the percussion. Sustained and long-tailed musical characteristics are profound and ensure the intended emotion. Smooth, soothing and passionate vocals are captivating and heartwarming, revealing the power and potential of the voice. The electronic sounds in this song, alongside acoustic guitar strumming, uplift the rhythm and intensity, taking the listener back to the analogue era.

'I'm a Ghost', elegantly merges all the diverse elements within its composition, and the lyricism brilliantly establishes the mood through its resonance, creating the captivating influence of Short Empire.

Definitely listen to 'I'm a Ghost' by Short Empire on Spotify.


About Short Empire:

"Short Empire are a London based psych-pop outfit formed in 2011. They have just released their sophomore LP 'A Basic Story' which is out now on SF Records."


Beautifully crafted, calm yet bright, 'Caffeine' is the manifestation of a perfect indie sound. A clean, mellow guitar coated with a sweet vibrato effect right beside mesmerising vocals. Establishing the chords and their interesting patterns, we are introduced gently to the emotion of the song, entering into a flawlessly built ambience. The voice reveals colourful melodies and harmonies showing the appetite to express feelings. Rhythmic patterns combined with bass is steady and heavy, keeping a balance between everything that plays on and between the beats. The silence or the empty spaces with respect to all elements contains the magic in this composition, giving scope to reverbs and delay effects to sustain their impact creating a delightful atmosphere.

The climax of the song starts to bring more motion with a layer of depth over from the bridge section. Distant vocals carry higher notes, echoing chord progressions, sit behind a sick guitar solo with nice variations toward the end of the song. Listeners are definitely going to put this song on replay.

Listen to 'Caffeine' by Branton on Spotify.

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A traditional old-school rock single with punchy drums brings a blast of emotion that runs throughout the song. Well written and composed, this song starts by giving us a combination of synth organ, deep bass and guitars. Vocals are layered with harmonies and the piano is mixed perfectly, nestled among other musical elements. The transition from verse to chorus is very smooth and reveals the overall character of this song. Popular chord progression stays consistent throughout the song. Snare pierces through the rhythmic pattern and spaces in between are filled with guitar leaks. The guitar solo establishes the musical aspect that leaves a mark on the listener's mind.

The interesting part of this song is that it becomes more and more enjoyable as you listen to it over time. With unique vocal harmonies at the end of this song, 'Broken Dreams' feat. David Boulianne produced by Daniel Damian holds the ability to make a remarkable place in rock music.

About Daniel Damian Kapuscinski

Daniel Damian Kapuscinski is a film music composer and songwriter from Poland. He writes and produces music for independent artists and films. Daniel Damian Kapuscinski is a Film Music Composer, Music Producer and Sound Mixer. He graduated from the University of West London as Music Technology Specialist in Surround Sounds and HND in Music Production at City and Islington College. He is the founder and owner of the small post-production facility Cinematic Sounds Studio in London. Daniel started his musical adventure in the early 90s in Poland with a local band called “Trays” on organ and synths instruments. Soon after he started writing his own music and pushed his ambition to become a film music composer. After a long run finally, Daniel started working on his first film score for the short film “Care”. After his first small success, more work started coming his way and bigger projects.

'Believe In Me' by YBH JayyR
With an extremely chilled vibe, 'Believe In Me' makes an entry with elements of lo-fi hip-hop melodies and tones. Dominant vocals give warmth with overwhelming emotive strength expressed through words and their delivery. Music and samples sound soothing yet powerful, keeping the balance between high energy and calm. Rhythmic patterns push the hip-hop element even further and beats leave an impact alongside instrumental pieces and vocals. Every track sounds professional and fine-tuned. The transition between each track is remarkably smooth, like chapters in a novel. Many well-defined variations add an element of surprise as well as uniqueness making this EP very enjoyable.

Creating an unforgettable ambience for listeners with solid bars, overall lyricism and a natural flow, we get a perfect representation of the passion and talent of YBH-JAYYR as an emerging hip-hop artist.

Definitely listen to 'Believe In Me' by YBH JayyR available everywhere - Stream Now.


About YBH JayyR:

"YBH-JAYYR is an emerging Hip -Hop artist, who fuses the style “Jester” Highly creative and ambitious, the aspiring rapper is determined to develop the best of his artistry. Born in Richmond Virginia as Coy Dean Jr his family moved to New York when Coy was a toddler, there they stayed until he reached 8th grade and eventually the family settled in Charlotte North Carolina. Music was a rich part of the family household; his father often ventured out to the studio taking his sons with him. The young rapper inspirations came from a variety of artists such as Michael Jackson, Young Thug & Chris Brown. (Casan-aka Slym and Cieve aka Lotto) are Jayyr’s elder brothers also on their musical journey. 

One day while working on lyrics they asked their young brother (JayyR) to pen a verse for them to see what he would come up with, Jayyr handed back the lyrics and it was then they spotted their brothers skill. Uniting their talent, the brothers coined the name “Young Blessed Hustlers”, giving themselves the option to work as a unit or independently. Since then, Jayyr has been working on strengthening his talent as an artist, with a highly creative vision he’s keen to develop his own unique style. Recently the rapper performed in Miami and has gone on to release two tracks “EYE” and “BROTHERS” which showcases the brother’s connection. The aim of this gifted artist is to continue to develop his natural music abilities, inspire his followers and make his parents proud. The journey has begun."

'Vibes for Miles' album by Scott Waters
Beginning with a hopeful, cheery spirit, Scott presents us with a wonderfully written and composed song filled with melodic vocal harmonies, surprising chord progressions sustained by bright fresh and deep sounding guitars, and a rhythmic pattern chasing the next beat. We immediately get an idea of how the album is going to progress - but there are surprises! There is a well-maintained theme throughout the album. All songs utilise and shine a spotlight on every single instrument used in the album by allowing them their own individual chance to shine alongside vocals. Jucy fillers, small cameos of various instruments throwing shades of multiple genres and crunchy guitar solos are sprinkled throughout.

To name but a few favourites, 'Gypsy Heart' contains elegant piano and string elements. 'You Are Everything' is catchy and just urges the listener to sing along. 'We Don't Talk Anymore' is a melodious and deliciously traditional heartbreaking song at the core, and 'Whiskey Nights' holds an extraordinary and impactful duet. Scott Waters' album 'Vibe for Miles' is a timeless work of art.

Stream 'Vibes for Miles' by Scott Waters on Spotify


About Scott Waters:

Scott Waters
"I grew up in a small town in Northeast Connecticut which I compare to growing up on a blank canvas. So it seemed only natural to take refuge in music. I have been writing and performing music since I was a teenager. I have worked on other artists albums over the years but now have finally recorded and released my first solo project. PEACE SIGNS AND DRAGONFLIES.

After sifting through over 100 home demos I found these 12 to be some of my favourites. I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I have enjoyed writing and recording them. It truly is a labour of love for me. During the making of this album, I found myself inspired to make music again. With a little luck, I will be back in the studio recording my sophomore album soon. Thank you for visiting my web page. Hope you enjoy the music.

Peace and Love, Scott Waters"

Carameladora - 'Home'
This instrumental conveys a familiar feeling of comfort and home. Electronic elements with a light guitar create an atmosphere that induces relaxation. A consistent rhythmic pattern supported by a synth that sustains the melody offers a feeling of hope and appreciation. This lovely soundtrack has synth and guitar plucks played soothingly alongside the rhythmic pattern that sits behind it, overall making the track feel as though it is an excellent improvisation. The chord progressions have smooth transitions and the track evolves gradually adding more depth over time. This music actually connects with the listener's mood, allowing the listener to freely travel into a wonderful world of imagination and memories.

The arpeggios take us on a faithful journey till the end making this instrumental memorable. Embracing the warmth, this delightful piece is a powerhouse of sentiments.

Definitely listen to 'Home' by Carameladora available universally - Link.


About Carameladora:

"Carameladora, a Bucharest-based artist, began creating music in 2019. Utilizing a vast array of synthesizers and ambient sounds, Carameladora creates moving meditations on nature, time, and space. She pairs her music with evocative imagery, creating an all-encompassing world through her art. While Carameladora’s art exists between the boundaries of genres, she has been influenced by a broad range of artists, both musical and otherwise. There are hints of electro-pop melodies, new age experimentation, and even post-rock explorations, all blended into one imaginative sound. Laced with romance and mystery, Carameladora’s music is the perfect soundtrack for late-night introspection."

Lady Redneck - 'Don't Take Our Guns'
Starting with an acoustic guitar and vocals mixed with a good dose of reverb, a smooth arrangement of instruments are gradually introduced and fall in line behind the vocals. The bass and drums coordinate with the guitars to play remarkable solos, licks and riffs, connecting with the true roots of the genre. As the song evolves, layers of instruments are added. The traditional structure and composition of this song ensure its familiarity to the genre fans, making it easy to sing along to, and is delivered to listeners by the means of a strong message with equally strong energy and passion.

'Don't Try to Take Our Guns' by Lady Redneck releasing on November 26th, 2021 everywhere.

About Lady Redneck:

Lady Redneck
"Stephanie "Lady Redneck" Lee is a country artist from Dallas, Texas. Her high energy performances and fun, tongue-in-cheek songs are making the world sit up and take notice of this blonde bombshell. Though she doesn’t look the part, her small-town roots and quirky personality have earned her the “Redneck” name that she proudly displays. She writes from the heart. Her songs are true-to-life and based on her real, honest moments and stories.

Stephanie Lee was born in Blackfoot, Idaho, and raised until she was 12 years old, in a little town called Howe, Idaho, population 23.  Before junior high, her parents moved to the BIG CITY of Idaho Falls, Idaho.  Stephanie Lee played in the family band, Dusty Boots, which performed all over the northwest.  She grew up playing the guitar, piano, bass, fiddle, mandolin and drums.  The family sold 40,000 CDs during their career.  Now, Stephanie is doing her own thing, releasing her own songs and earning the respect of both fans and the industry’s toughest critics.

Stephanie Lee is also a dark chocolate lover and a workout-a-holic.  She loves her family, her Savior, and her country. Now living in Dallas, she speaks Spanish and a little Cebuano.

Her single, “I Dented Your Truck” reached the top of the international iTunes country songs chart. The new single, “Don’t Try to Take Our Guns” drops on November 26th, 2021."

Introducing creative electronic tones via the synth and establishing the rhythm with a consistent beat, this song claims its identity firmly in the pop genre immediately. Strong, warm bass sits right beside punchy kick and snare drums bringing depth while the listener experiences electronic minimalism with gently mixed guitar picking during the verses. All musical elements sit perfectly behind the vocals. Sharp and hypnotising, the vocals take the spotlight as soon as they are introduced. Soothing and melodic, the vocalist demonstrates a wide range, maintaining a constant high energy. Many fillers in the form of electronic sounds, as well as beats, are added, expressing the creative and accomplished composition of this song.

Spacious harmonies take us gradually towards the end of the song where every musical element is unleashed to its highest potential, leading to a remarkable atmospheric overall sound.

A perfect new year song 'by 2022' by Tom Tikka & The Missing Hubcaps will be released on December 3rd, 2021, everywhere.

About Tom Tikka & The Missing Hubcaps:

Tom Tikka & The Missing Hubcaps
"Tom Tikka picked up the guitar at the tender age of six after hearing Paul Anka’s “Lonely Boy” in his father’s old Chevrolet. Soon afterwards, he began writing songs. Tom’s infatuation with music only deepened after his aunt’s husband Timo "Oippa" Oinonen introduced him to the concept of lead guitar and even more important to the music of such legendary groups as The Beatles and The Doors.

Tikka formed almost as many groups as he disbanded in his late teens and early twenties. Yet, when he finally signed his first recording contract on his 21st birthday, it was a solo deal and not a band effort. He recorded a three-song EP for Olarin Musiikki, a small indie label in Espoo (Finland), under the alias of Tom Spark. Unfortunately, the EP disappeared as quickly as it was released. Consequently, Tikka found himself in square one, without a band or a record deal.

Disappointed, Tom withdrew from music for a few years but began writing songs again once his brother Lappe Holopainen suggested that they form a songwriting team. Lappe had founded a group he was convinced would go far and he needed tunes for his new outfit. This group was Carmen Gray.

Carmen Gray was signed to Sony/BMG in 2005 and during the next nine years, they went on to record three albums and one EP. The group's entire catalogue (including such radio hits as “Lost In My Mind Again”, “Gates Of Loneliness” & “Life Can Be Beautiful”) was penned by Tom Tikka & Lappe Holopainen.

After Carmen Gray disbanded in 2013, Tikka formed his current group The Impersonators with poet Antti Autio. In 2017, The Impersonators signed with FBP, a German label based out of Frankfurt. Together with their producer Janne Saksa, the Josie Award-nominated The Impersonators have released tunes to rave reviews, a considerable amount of radio attention and chart success: “Rodeo” rose to #1 on the International iTunes charts and “Scarlett Hell” to #9.

In April 2020, Tom began working with MTS Records and has since released three critically-acclaimed solo EPs, one album and several iTunes hits, including the two #1 singles: "Doormat" & "With Eyes Closed".

In 2021, Tom Tikka won an ISSA award for International Male Emerging Artist Of The Year. He was also awarded four Josie-Award nominations as well as a nomination in the prestigious Hollywood Music In Media Awards."

All of My Friends - Live Acoustic by The Little Wretches
Any live performance is a real challenge for artists. The inclusion of a strong message and carrying that message throughout the piece, maintaining an equally strong composition and balance is a real test of master-craftsmanship, but The Little Wretches pull it off in grand style. The band creates a spark and establishes genre influence with this amazing single - 'All of My Friends'. The song contains a uniquely poetic and comedic way to tell the listener a story about the writer's point of view on life and diversity of thought among people. Strumming acoustic guitar playing along with a rustic-toned violin creates an interesting and engaging atmosphere.

The lyrics dominate the piece to highlight the message they carry. The singer's voice has great range and tone that directs the song to its destination - the listener's heart and mind. This song is like a musical spell that casts a feeling of hope at the end.

Listen to 'All of My Friends' - Live Acoustic by The Little Wretches on Spotify.


About The Little Wretches:

The Little Wretches the band
"The Little Wretches was co-founded by brothers Robert Andrew and Charles John Wagner. Bob wrote original songs and adapted traditional folk songs, tried to sing and accompanied himself on guitar while Chuckie worked out counterpoint melodies on violin.

“My songs are mirrors, and I often begin or end my performances by playing a version of The Velvet Underground’s “I’ll Be Your Mirror” extended to more than ten minutes in length to include some of the images that most shaped my view of the world as a young man—working men and women enslaved in pursuit of the dollar, the now-vacant void from whence the spirit fled filled with the distraction of mindless entertainment, alcohol and assorted drugs, people so numb that self-destructive violence has lost its impact and the only way they can hope to feel anything is to hurt the people they love...God wanted me to grow up to defend the weak and vanquish the evil-doers by writing songs and telling stories. And if I’m wrong, I’ve wasted my life.” - Robert Wagner

As frontman and chief songwriter/lyricist for 80s/90s seminal Pittsburgh rock band, Little Wretches, Robert Wagner rode a wave of local notoriety that led the band to the forefront of the underground music scene. The Little Wretches were founded as a folk/punk band by Robert (guitar) and his brother, Chuckie (violin).  The “classic” Mach 2 era of Little Wretches included Ed Heidel (bass), Chris Bruckhoff (percussion, wind instruments, backing vocals) and Bob Goetz (guitar), rounded out by Dave Mitchell (drums), Mike Michalski (bass) and Ellen Hildebrand (electric guitar.) This rock edition of the band performed regularly and helped the band build its massive following in Pittsburgh.  Michalski, Mitchell and Chuckie Wagner left the band, effectively ending Mach 2.

Mach 3 began with the addition of David Losi (keyboards) and Mike Madden (drums.) When Madden couldn’t tour, drum programmer Gregg Bielski took over.  When Ellen switched to bass guitar, this version of The Little Wretches entered the studio. They recorded two albums, with Angelo George playing the drums and Jon Paul Leone playing the guitar on a third. The national press, attorneys, managers, and publicists came calling, as did life’s obligations, and the Little Wretches disbanded in the late 90s.

Robert Wagner continues to perform at coffeehouses and small clubs. A Master’s Degree holder, Wagner also counsels abused, neglected, traumatized and court-adjudicated youth. He is the co-founder of The Calliope Acoustic Open Stage, an event that has lasted 15+ years. He has also recorded and released two new albums in 2020: Undesirables and Anarchists and Burning Lantern Dropped In Straw.  The former has spawned an iTunes chart-topping single and has received airplay on more than 115 North American AM/FM radio stations."

'Something Other Than You Are' by Jeremy Parsons
This song is the definition of gentleness, exploring the ideology of gratitude towards everything you have in the present. Lyrics asking what you would do if you were something other than that which you are prompt thoughts of the future or alternative imagined lives. Jeremy's easy-going voice and smooth melodic singing deliver core emotional triggers that support the overall flow of the piece. The percussive rhythm blends extremely well with the strumming patterns of the guitar with minimal varieties sprinkled just enough to add depth. Thoughtfulness can be heard in the composition, especially through the bassline and chord progressions.

The song evolves delightfully slowly, lyrically as well as musically, gifting the listener with a memorable passion and performance.

Definitely listen to 'Something Other Than You Are' by Jeremy Parsons on Spotify.


About Jeremy Parsons:

Jeremy Parsons
"Born in San Antonio, Texas, Jeremy Parsons grew up soaking in the sounds of Texas music in the dancehalls of the Lone Star State. Jeremy was always a fan of music, but it wasn't until his later high school years that he discovered his knack for it. Driven by his passion, he taught himself to play the guitar and began to write and perform music.

Over the past decade, Jeremy has played all over the U.S. and in Europe, including numerous venues in Texas. Pulling from the example of Texas performance artists, Jeremy loves to interact with his audience. He captivates the crowd with his genuine personality, unique humour, and heart-felt love of his occupation.

Jeremy draws from his personal experiences to create songs that are keenly perceptive and meaningful. The first single from his latest album, “Things I Need To Say” was the Top 40 Roots Music Report and IndieWorld Report track, "Burn This House Down." The song paints a poignant picture of heartbreak and acceptance that still remains relatable. It will stick with you long after your first listen. That single was followed up by the equally well-received, “Why is the Bluebird Blue,” also is a Top 40 Roots Report Americana single.  “Bluebird” also reached #2 on the Hits You Love pop charts. The videos for both songs were nominated and selected for numerous Film Festivals, including the Jersey Shore Film Festival, Indie’s Best Films Festival, and the Monkey Bread Tree Film Festival, an IMDB-sanctioned film festival.

After living in Nashville for several years, Jeremy has returned home to Texas.  His new album, “Things To Come” was released on January 8, 2021.  He was recently added to a Spotify Editorial playlist, resulting in over 137K streams of the title track."

'Christmas On Cellblock 9' by See Your Shadow
Begin your festive holiday with this unique song, you won't regret it at all! This song is fun and playful with the lyrics and tune ushing in the spirit of Christmas in an unconventional, quirky way. Composed extremely well, we can hear festive bells setting the rhythm right from the beginning. True to its genre, beauty in simplicity, this song follows traditional light-hearted chord progressions. Fresh and passionate vocals brighten the essence of the piece, urging us to sing along. A beautifully crafted guitar riff arrives just before the verses and after the chorus, holding the key to the already upbeat charm.

Uplifting vocal harmonies and tight drums with other percussive instruments are accompanied by exciting strumming guitars and deep notable bass, bringing richness and colourful musical variations. The bridge section toward the end of this song adds the cherry on top, retaining the festive mood and character.

Definitely stream 'Christmas On Cellblock 9' by See Your Shadow on Spotify.


About See Your Shadow:
See Your Shadow
"See Your Shadow Songwriting is a musical creation entity currently based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Run by Michael Coleman, aka The Metropolitan Cowboy, See Your Shadow is unique in the fact that it is a collaborative network of talented vocalists and musicians who make the songs it creates their star.  Michael Coleman, the artistic director of See Your Shadow Songwriting, writes and produces all the songs created and released by See Your Shadow Songwriting.  See Your Shadow was launched in Columbus, Ohio, and takes its name from Michael Coleman’s birthday being Groundhog Day.  Michael Coleman and See Your Shadow Songwriting’s lyrical writing style packs such a punch, that Michael has earned the distinction of being the only professional songwriter ever nominated for the office of Poet Laureate for the State of Ohio.

After primarily being known for its dance club music, and its work in film and television, See Your Shadow Songwriting rebranded itself and decided to switch its focus and sound to its first love, country and western.  With a new stable of vocalists and musicians, See Your Shadow Songwriting, has crafted and developed its new sound harkening back to the vivid storytelling and emotion of old school country.

Single, “I Will Tell Jesus You Said Hello” reached #1 on the iTunes Country Songs chart in South Africa while receiving national and international airplay and charting. Follow up, “My Worth” duplicated that feat."

'Freedom Road' by Cory M. Coons
The heartwarming, melodic, self-affirming vibe of this song can be felt straight away. 'Freedom Road' is splendidly written and composed by Cory M. Coons. With traditional acoustic instrumental elements, we are also treated to a slow-paced, smooth and creamy theme. As we sink into the music, drums are introduced, setting a consistent rhythm and paving the way for a mesmerising vocal performance. The transition from verse to the chorus is exceptional, adding depth and clarity, supporting the emotive lyrics. Cory's vocal range and harmonies are outstanding with natural vibrato bringing life to those sustained notes.

Flooded with emotions and passion, in spite of being soft and light, the energy of this song is layered with creative bridge sections and an impactful guitar solo that strengthens a message of liberation. Moving towards the end of the song we are gifted with a much more powerful chorus characterised by many variations showing us the highest potential of this piece in every way. The absolutely stunning, influential and remarkable song 'Freedom Road' by Cory M. Coons is a true work of art and medicine for the soul.

Definitely listen to this amazing single on Spotify.


About Cory M. Coons:

Cory M. Coons
"Cory M. Coons is a professional independent performer, musician and award-winning songwriter. With 30 years of performing and working in music, he began recording his own unique melodies and musical ideas while travelling and performing in a variety of very popular cover bands throughout the mid-to-late '90s in both Ontario and the United States. He enjoyed stints in well known local high-energy acts such as “Heads Or Tales” and “Shake The Tree”, as well as the band “U.S”, (in which he toured most of the South Eastern United States in 1998’). Then later formed his own Classic-Melodic Rock-influenced namesake “Tycoons”, releasing two independent recordings and performing throughout Eastern Ontario, Northern NY State, and Quebec in the early 2000s.

As a Roots-Rock/Americana blend of Singer-songwriter, Cory has amassed more than 170,000 plays on Spotify for his melodic brand of roots-flavoured rock. His work with famed legendary record producer Ron Nevison has earned him industry recognition from the Los Angeles Music Awards, the Producer’s Choice Honors, The Josie Music Awards, International Singer-Songwriter Association and the Radio Music Awards, among others. With a catalogue that boasts several critically-acclaimed full-length albums and EPs, as well as a handful of well-received singles.

Since 2004, Cory has released 4 full-length albums and 2 E.p’s, (with another recent E.p released in 2020), featuring the singles "Leavin" and "Good Times Gone". He released "The Long Road Home" in 2018, produced by Multi-Platinum Veteran Music Producer Ron Nevison, (Heart, Bad Company, Damn Yankees, Survivor, Styx, Night Ranger), along with fellow bandmate & guitarist/engineer Marc D. Muir. The album was nominated in 2019 for "Male Album Of The Year" at the Josie Music Awards, one of the biggest Independent Award Shows in North America.  He also received 4 nominations at the 2020 JMA's, and 3 more at the 2021 JMA's. Cory also earned a nomination at the 2021 "International Singer-Songwriter Association" (ISSA) Awards in 2021 for "International Male Vocalist of the Year".Two CMC songs have also been selected to appear in the soundtrack of the new Dream Cinema Productions Sci-Fi film "Night Mistress" currently in post-production in Los Angeles.

His latest single "Freedom Road" drops on Oct 1st, with MTS Management Group/MTS Records."



A seemingly straightforward, delightfully simple and nostalgic 80's/90's rock single, 'The Subway Song' is a smooth and light melodic performance by [ai]. Beginning with a polished, crunchy guitar solo, the dynamics of this song are anything but straightforward and are deep enough to make this song very memorable. With an easy-going chord progression through the verses as well as chorus and an interesting change of chord progressions during the bridge, the listener experiences the beauty of a traditional performance in this wonderful song. The bardic lyricism of this song definitely captures your attention. Lyrics are poetic and metaphorical, and hold wisdom and a strong message.

The vocals have an interesting natural range, tone and vibrato superbly layered with harmonies throughout the song, and are accompanied by electric guitars, a warm bassline and percussion united with acoustic drums. The guitar has some awesome licks nestled in between the chords, keeping the song bright and fresh. Gentle, punchy drums perform an array of fillers, creating an impactful transition from one section of the song to another. Every single instrument plays in parallel to the vocals, which can be heard clearly with equal dominance, which tells us how accomplished the composition and mixing are. The originality of this song is definitely a notable recognition for [ai] as every element of the piece is unique and purposeful. The fresh, upbeat vibe of this song is definitely a hit.

Addictive and refreshing, 'The Subway Song' by [ai] is now available everywhere.

About [ai]:

"[ai]—as in I, eye, aye, etc.—is an independent music collective directed by Texas-born singer-songwriter Mark Will. Based on the island of Taiwan, the backdrop for the songs on Carmina Formosa (2016) and Carmina Formosa Deluxe (2020), the group creates its sonic alchemy in collaboration with producer Zen Chien (a.k.a. the George Martin of Asia) at the legendary 112F Recording Studio in Taipei (a.k.a. Abbey Road East). If you like the bardic lyricism of Dylan, the exuberant craftsmanship of the Beatles, the raw power of the Stones, the conceptual experimentalism of Pink Floyd, the transgressive artistry of the Velvet Underground, and the DIY ethic of the Sex Pistols—well, dear listener, you may have found your new favourite band. Are you ready for the ex-pat rock revolution? All in favour, say [ai]!"

Mark Joseph album 'Vegas Motel'
Mark Joseph narrates us through parts of his life in this album, with every song brilliantly composed and performed, including outstanding musical and lyrical fabrication. The tunes are extremely melodic and full of life, partly due to retaining rawness in production. Delightfully, it almost feels like it's performed live in a Vegas motel. Casting melodic and rhythmic dynamism yet maintaining a relaxed vibe overall is something rarely experienced in the world of music, but Mark hits the nail on the head. Like a river changing its flow from time to time, Mark Joseph, as an architect of this album, has really given us the ability to visualize his experiences through his songs.

Mark's voice changes its impact based on the tone of the song which shows us his commanding control over his voice. The listener will feel like they are looking at a storyboard drawn personally by Mark. Mellow guitars playing some creamy and spicy riffs, violins unleashing the delicious, sometimes complex melodies, mild bass and room for many variations and patterns are some of the exceptional displays of talent and true knowledge of the art. We are also introduced to groovy drums, percussions and, surprisingly, a beautiful flute, brass and organ that leaves an impact. Long musical phrases demonstrate the evolving character of this album. Indeed, every sound has a purpose and intention like each chisel stroke of a sculpture carved out of a single rock.

Mark Joseph's album 'Vegas Motel' is like a book that you wish to read again and again. Definitely listen to this marvellous album on Spotify or pre-order a CD.


About Mark Joseph:

"Mark Joseph’s 2021 third full-length album, Vegas Motel, is a highly personal record rooted in the emotion of the year it was written (2020), yet reaching far beyond the confines of the times. Vegas Motel delicately emotes Joseph’s real-life experiences and relationships dating back to when he was a young man. Co-producer and drummer, JT Bates (Big Red Machine, Hiss Golden Messenger), and Engineer Alex Proctor (Grace Potter, Dead Man Winter), perfectly compliment the records musical tapestry further solidifying Joseph’s talent as a singer/songwriter and collaborator. Vegas Motel features 8 original tracks including the standout instrumental, Early Riser, featuring Ryan Young of Trampled by Turtles."

'Feel Your Pain' by James Russell
A blend of ethereal atmospheric indie-folk with dreamy elements. 'Feel Your Pain' is a medium beautifully crafted by Russell James that connects us with his message through his brilliant lyrics and melodies. Beginning with a song that drives us through a journey of emotions and sentiments, till the end, we are given a strong sense of self-discovery through emotions. This album is designed in a way that has a firm grasp of the genre but also explores a new dreamy theme layered on top. Organic instruments like acoustic guitars, drums, banjo, harmonica, piano, and violins united with wider synth pads, variable electric guitar tones and a warm bass by long-tail echos and reverbs.

These are the core ingredients of Russell's musical genius, each smoothly expressing Russell's sentiments. This album will leave an exceptional impression on the minds of many due to its unique portrayal and characteristics.

The 'Feel Your Pain' album by Russell James will be released on Friday, Dec. 3rd, 2021. Pre-save the entire album now for Spotify.


About Russell James:

"Like most musicians, Russell began playing at an early age. After years of piano and horns, Russell taught himself how to play the guitar and began writing his first songs at age fourteen. By his mid-20s, Russell had found himself was drawn to American folk music and bluegrass in particular. In 2006, Russell relocated from Pennsylvania to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Shortly after moving, he started the popular Southwestern Americana band The Porter Draw, who he would stay for eight years, releasing five albums of aggressive takes on American folk and country. In 2016, on the cusp of his first solo release “Rise”, Russell left the band and began touring the country in earnest. The folksy “Rise” was followed quickly by the EP “Seasons”, which gathered critical acclaim for its dreamy combination of folk and new wave music. At this time, Russell was selected as a National Parks Artist-in-Residence at Big Bend National Park. It was at Big Bend where Russell began the writing of his ambitious opus “Wave/Water”, which was released, again to acclaim, in April 2018. The album walked further away from traditional folk music and employed airy synthesizers, drum loops, and ethereal guitar to great effect. In Winter 2019, Russell released his first ambient album titled “Alarms”. This release included his first experiments in ambient composition and looping.

“Pay Attention” released in August 2019 is the result of two years’ worth of writing, composition, and production. Russell recorded the majority of the album at his home in the mountains of New Mexico and played most of the instruments himself. This album is a departure from Russell’s earlier work, focusing on electronic/ambient elements more than organic. It is a true combination of the dream-pop/ambient aesthetic and traditional singer-songwriter material; a genre Russell has dubbed “Dreamfolk”. During the pandemic of 2020-? Russell began work in earnest on the follow-up to "Pay Attention". He recorded the bulk of the album in his home during quarantine and was able to connect with his Albuquerque music cronies via technology to finish out the parts he couldn't do on his own. The result is a gentle, loping album containing some of Russell's best work. In contrast to his previous two efforts, "Feel Your Pain" relies more on organics and simple arrangements. "Fewer layers, more meaning," Russell has said. This album is set to release on 12/3/21. Russell is autistic and disabled.

Playing music is obviously a lifelong passion (or in autism-speak “special interest”) and he has often said it’s a compulsion to write and play. Playing music has offered Russ many opportunities he would not have had otherwise: He has toured the country extensively and gone on many adventures in National Parks and cities between shows. He loves living out of his bright-red Ford E-Series Van (he traded in his trusty Honda Element Camper, The Gray Haven early in 2019). Sleeping in nature and coming to shows smelling like a campfire or fresh off a river from fly-fishing is the norm for Russell. He couldn’t do this any other way, and he still needs a great deal of support while playing live shows. He is authentic on stage, pouring himself into his songs and the performance while being refreshingly open with his autism."

This album is a warm and rich journey accompanied by retro and old school qualities. Giving us a countdown at the opening track, listeners can quickly perceive the Indie vibe from songs. Radiohead characteristics align well with electronic accents, generating unique sounds that bring a colourful musical spectrum out of this album. With such a consistent tone distributed throughout all the tracks, we are also introduced to electric, acoustic guitars and keys that are perfectly mixed with Paul's edgy and outstanding vocals and harmonies. Unexpected and delightfully surprising chord progressions and variations in rhythmic patterns cues curiosity and heighten the listener's interest in the composition of each of the tracks.

Some songs have atmospheric or minimalistic musical elements and this approach makes the album timeless. Diving into the depths with addictive melodies sustained echoes and reverbs, warm, emotion-inducing writing, and outstanding musical style can be experienced throughout the whole album. This album is an exemplary lesson in musical master-crafting and is an unforgettable trip everyone should definitely experience.

Listen to 'Tea and Medals' by The Insufferable Paul Scott on Spotify.


About The Insufferable Paul Scott:

"Paul Scott began his career in music, writing and playing bass in angular NZ group Pop Mechanix. Despite court cases, a revolving cast of singers and multiple record labels, their single ‘Jumping out a Window’ became a staple of New Zealand pop culture. Relocating to Australia Paul formed Montana with Ken Stewart (Mr Blonde), Michelle Margherita and Steve Melville. Their first release featured 'Koolest Band' which received national airplay and high rotation on JJJ. A brief tour of the USA and a performance at SXSW led to 'Koolest Band' being included in the Hollywood movie 'You Drive Me Crazy'. The subsequent album ‘Bubblegum Love’ was released in Australia, Spain, France and the USA. Scott has since plied bass for various Australian acts, playing everywhere from community halls and malls in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to the Sydney Opera House. More recently Scott has released ‘Surrender to Robots’ also under his ‘Insufferable’ moniker which found a wide response and positive reviews which led to the creation of the new album Tea and Medals."

'What's it Gonna Be' by Rebecca Jade
'What's it Gonna Be' is a smooth dose of nostalgic 90s RnB and Soul with Jazz and Blues elements sprinkled throughout. The song starts with a relaxed, smooth melody and widespread instrumental layers that take the listener on a beautiful musical journey, slowly sinking into the glowing resonance of Rebecca Jade's vocals. Thick bass alongside a minimal beat brings a hypnotic warmth. All the musical elements fuse together so well that it's tempting to listen to this song again and again. Jazz and Blues style chord progression, as well as perfect vocal harmonies, are mesmerising. The super-melodious vocals have the power to express a complicated artistic expression, revealing the true depth of Rebecca's talent.

Vocal, as well as instrumental fillers between beats, draws emotion from every single note and leaves an unforgettable impact. The lyrics boost the vibe of the song even more and the entire track takes exceptional turns in the case of musical variety, and excellent execution from each aspect of the piece. The flow of this song is like a river with a winding path, meeting the ocean of our hearts at the end. The consistent energy of this song is outstanding and provides a perfect medium for anyone wondering what tomorrow will hold.

Keep an eye on Rebecca Jade's website (link below) for the upcoming release of 'What's it Gonna Be'. 

About Rebecca Jade

"Rebecca is an accomplished, award-winning singer/songwriter, and has been singing for as long as she can remember. Growing up in a musical home, she has been exposed to a vast assortment of artists, genres and styles from her mother, who is also a vocalist. Rebecca has been touring with the Queen of Percussion, Sheila E. since 2017 and most recently appeared in “The GRAMMY Salute to Prince” that aired on CBS in April this year; She also sang background vocals for Sir Elton John at the 2020 Academy Awards. Rebecca has over 27 years of recording studio experience. She has sung vocals on many different projects and has been featured in a variety of works, including being featured on two songs on DW3’s newest self-titled album that went #1 on the UK Soul Charts this year, and singing backing vocals on Aubrey Logan’s 2nd album, "Where the Sunshine is Expensive", which went #1 on the Billboard charts in 2019. Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact, her original project, has earned three San Diego Music Awards and her Cole Porter album with Peter Sprague earned one, as well. Rebecca earned the “Artist of the Year” award for the 2020 SDMAs. She is also an actor and model. Rebecca graduated from UC Berkeley on a full basketball scholarship with a degree in Theatre & Performance studied and earned her MBA in Marketing from the University of Phoenix. She has also advanced her musical education by studying Jazz Theory and Classical Voice at Grossmont College. She still plays ball recreationally."

'As Above' album cover by Undermine
A song for listeners who are into real brain-melting rock. This is an excellent example of old-school grunge and punk. Rocking right from the start, this track boasts a hardcore rhythm and tempo consistently throughout. Drums layered with aggressive and distorted guitars, playing those traditional power chords gives the song a bold and full character. As gritty and punchy as the instruments are, so are the vocals. The depth in the 'scream' is one of the unique elements in this song. A light touch of melody layered within bold, energetic and gritty vocals makes this song stand out. The power and potential at which this song is performed is just outstanding and would be even more imposing in a live performance as well.

Variable rhythmic patterns switching the intense impact of the song in both verse and chorus makes the talent and passion of this band really shine. The challenging pace and pitch of this track show the immeasurable force of these artists in every aspect of their art.

Check out the single 'Frost' and album 'As Above' by Undermine here.

About Undermine:

Undermine the band
"During the day, the band members are building skyscrapers in the Austin City Skyline, that they cannot afford to stay in; or working in hot kitchens when outside the temperature is 110 degrees. Undermine strikes and bites at the motto of "Potior Praelium Putatus;" a personal self-declaring allocation that you could translate from Latin into "Fuck, Fight, or Hold the light." Spreading Cowpunk in Austin, Texas, the Undermine band took shape from the roots of Austin’s living legends such as The Dicks, The Huns, 13th-Floor Elevators, Blaze, and Butthole Surfers. Eclectically distorted and infected by reality, this band prefers to self-define themselves, as one that is nowhere near as good. But considering the plethora of wannabe artists, aspiring rap stars, or 70s rock n roll cover bands raging out there, Undermines unique and eclectic touch is a sure-hitting delivery.

Sticking in your mind, and in your ears, their message is something difficult to forget or to remain unnoticed. Cody Cassell creates punk anthems for the riotous Undermine, writing songs that others could tend to decline blandly on plastic and wooden beats. Throwing intense Molotovs capable of exalting even the sleepiest of apathetic listeners, Undermine has nothing to share with cliché bands that struggle to appear tough and intellectual through a glossy patina. Their Unmissable New Album "Lost Funerals" is Out Now!!!! Give it a listen and see for yourself why this band is already making a difference! at least the Live Music Capital of the World, can still Rock... Well Kinda." Maximum RocknRoll.