February 26, 2022

PostmodernGypsies - 'Ages'

PostmodernGypsies - 'Ages'

'Ages' is a lovely jazz instrumental that gives an immersive experience. At its lead, we have a melodious saxophone which is characterized by improvisation that builds a great ambience. It has a sophisticated flow that sounds cosy and sensuous. Its playing style and heart-touching composition highly involves the profoundness that drives the feelings of this song. A smooth and passionate piano adds playful and rhythmic support through its chord progressions. Its tone and fluency balance the mood and stay consistent throughout the song. Bass has heaviness in its tone. The bassline follows the theme with its foundation over the root notes encased with variations. The acoustic drums perform beats that are firm and straightforward while every other element has a significant and thoughtful rhythmic flexibility. This song embraces the core intricate qualities of jazz and fabricates a strong medium to connect with the listeners.

Definitely listen to 'Ages' by PostmodernGypsies on YouTube.

About PostmodernGypsies:

"PostmodernGypsies are a father & son Jazz Duo from St. Louis, Missouri. Fred Hilligardt (father) was Songwriter for Motown Records in the late 1970s & Adam Hilligardt (son) is the second half of the Indie Pop Duo, Neil and Adam."

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February 24, 2022

Chaplin's Dream - 'Salt of the Earth'

Chaplin's Dream - 'Salt of the Earth'

A gush of intense power flows through this song right from the beginning. Its consistency in being virtuosic is not just in its toughness but even its melodic aspect. The strong impact of music stays faithful to the lyrics performed by impeccable vocals. We can experience both, the punchy and aggressive characteristics as well as the tunefulness which makes this composition unique. Constantly evolving through its patterns and variations, we can feel the energy of all instruments and the vocals combining to become a singularity. The drums have tight and slam the soul out of the rhythm. The kick, snare, cymbals and especially the toms unite to build a force that drives the song. With it, comes the fine-tuned guitars and bass that covers all ranges and dynamics of this song. Numerous impressive riffs and a sick guitar solo with a creative mix of tones especially that tremolo effect makes the song stands out immediately. With such depth in music, we are also introduced to the emphatic vocals that are intriguing, vigorous and extremely passionate. The range of vocals and their harmonies are performed with accuracy. 'Salt of the Earth' is truly an all in one sound packed with a broad fusion representing art in its free form.

Definitely listen to 'Salt of the Earth' by Chaplin's Dream on Spotify.

About Chaplin's Dream

Hailing from Shumen, Bulgaria, Chaplin’s Dream is an up and coming independent metal band with a penchant for infectious dynamics and hard-hitting narratives. Made up of four distinct individuals – Ivaylo Todorov (vocals/guitar), Daniel Petkov (guitar), Venelin Antonov (bass) as well as Svetoslav Dimitrov (drums) – the quartet was founded in 2015. Being avid storytellers, Chaplin’s Dream is influenced by real life, drawing inspiration from personal experience, spirituality, history, and current events that allows them to evoke a strong emotional response in the audience. Offering a distinct mixture of heavy grooves seasoned with progressive, stoner, and thrash elements and hummable melodies, Chaplin’s Dream have managed to create a consistent brand which is one of the reasons to keep an eye on this band. Their debut EP titled Chapter I came out in 2016. In 2017, the band released their first full length and performed at various venues throughout Bulgaria. They took part in several festivals in Bulgaria and Romania such as Mindya Rock Fest (2016), We Are Going to Maglizh (2016), Soundart Festival (2017), Shumen Rocks (2017), Sofia Metal Ring Fest (2017), and Rock’N’Iasi Indoor (2018) to name a few that allowed them to amass a loyal following over the years.  

In February 2022 Chaplin’s Dream released Salt of the Earth – the debut single from their upcoming second album recorded in The Rounders recording studio.

Armed with big dreams and plenty of energy to spare, Chaplin’s Dream seeks to positively influence the world and connect with like-minded individuals through the universal language of music.

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February 23, 2022

Karen Harding - 'Something Special'

Karen Harding - 'Something Special'

'Something Special' is an outflow of melodic and dulcet beauty. The cosy rendition of musical elements produces a sound that preserves the sentimental core of this song. Thoughtfulness through encouraging and inspiring lyrics combined with Karen Harding's splendid and exquisite vocals add an immeasurable emotional value to this song. Vocals are intelligently layered with attractive and creative harmonies that cover all those gorgeous consonant notes giving more depth to this song. The voice holds the power to engage and absorb the listeners through its characteristics. The ability of Harding's voice to effortlessly perform vibratos and have strong command over the volume is a true musical talent that speaks for itself. The dynamic and positive vibes of this song are supported by an uncomplicated and effective rhythmic pattern in the form of a very soft kick and percussion. This song definitely delivers an uplifting message with easy-to-follow music and Karen Harding's stunning and enchanting vocals.

Definitely listen to 'Something Special' by Karen Harding on Spotify.

About Karen Harding:

Karen Harding

"Following the success of her first three releases, I Didn’t Realise, I Heard Somebody Talking and Anxiety, Karen Harding is releasing the catchy indie-pop track, ‘Something Special’ on Friday 11th February 2022. ‘Something Special is a song written as a conversation to an individual who cannot see how special and valuable they are. They are riddled with self-doubt and low self-esteem. From the outside, the writer wants to tell them how much they are truly appreciated and how special they are. “Christmas Day 2021, I was unwell and missed all the festivities. Instead, I was able to spend the day creating the 16-layer song ‘Something Special’. I wanted to portray a sense of freedom and gratitude within the song and felt that nothing felt more like freedom than the sound of the ocean waves rolling in. If you listen carefully, you can hear this subtly throughout the song.” Mastered by Pivotal Music’s Joshua Hennessy, ‘Something Special’ is Karen Harding’s first fully self-recorded and produced release.  With music ranging from the singer/songwriter genre to indie pop, Karen Harding’s alluring vocals can be likened to the emotive sounds of Sarah McLaughlin, Sara Bareilles or Eva Cassidy or the more pop-based feel of Gabrielle Aplin, Adele and Ella Henderson. Music has always been a part of Karen’s life, beginning piano lessons at the age of 6 and singing lessons at 14. She has played at many cafes and bars around the northeastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in a combination of solo, duo and band performances, that have contributed to the sound that you hear today. Building her repertoire, with 4 single releases under her belt and an upcoming EP in the works, Karen has been steadily growing her following and name, having won the November 2021 Bendigo Bank sponsored Independent Songwriter Talent Show on Radio Eastern FM in Melbourne, Australia, for her single, ‘Anxiety’, being named the featured artist on WNI Radio for their ‘Musically Fed’ charity program and feature artist for Aussie Grown Radio’s radio program. Karen Harding’s music has also had recent attention and plays on Bree Noble’s ‘Women of Substance’ podcast, online radio shows including ‘Good Music Radio’, ‘DTong Radio’, ‘382 Radio’, ‘Eagles Nest Radio’ and ‘Oz Now Radio’ and has been gaining attention through her plays on local Australian community radio. Stay tuned for Karen Harding’s upcoming EP release, due to be announced over the coming months."

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February 22, 2022

Brooke Surgener - 'Gimme Gimme'

Brooke Surgener - 'Gimme Gimme'

Exceptionally smooth and spacious, this song projects the true colours of the indie genre. The music is a wonderful mix of electronic and live instrumental that sounds well balanced and polished. It has breathing room for reverbs and delays that make the sound even wider. The arrangement of musical elements is free of distractions and builds a strong melodic structure that gently follows the lead vocals. Along with the music, the magical vocals perfectly illustrate the feelings and emotions of this song. The luminous and rich tone of Brooke Surgener's voice covers a variable range and energy that thoroughly fits with the narrative of this song. The voice precisely balances the dynamics between excitement and calmness which is simply the thoughtfulness behind the performance. Rhythm is introduced immediately setting the momentum for the listeners. The pacing is set by drums, percussion and flawless synchronisation of all the instruments. Listeners will instantly become enchanted by the relatable and addictive lyrics and composition of this new upcoming single.

'Gimme Gimme' by Brooke Surgener is will be releasing everywhere on March 1st, 2022. You can pre-save it right - here.

About Brooke Surgener

Brooke Surgener is an indie folk/ pop singer-songwriter with a bright voice that leaves a significant impact. The award-winning Erie native has been writing and performing since the age of 10. She is also a multi-instrumentalist, creating catchy sounds using instruments ranging from guitar, piano, mandolin, ukulele, and banjo. Best known for her expressive music videos, Brooke is also an award-winning cosplayer who likes to tell stories combining her passion for song and well-known characters. She portrays famous characters ranging from “The Little Mermaid” in her cover of “Kiss the Girl”, to her original music from songs like “Be Your Babe” as she portrays characters from the well-known video game “The Legend of Zelda”. The chill/folk vibes of the artist’s solo acoustic performance fall nothing short of magnetic and alluring.

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February 18, 2022

Doug Cash - 'For all the times'

Doug Cash - 'For all the times'

'For All the Times' is a fresh tune with an engaging and sing-along style theme. Once again we get to experience the depth of Doug Cash's songwriting wrapped with melodic composition. There is complexity in the rhythm and notation that fulfils the purpose of keeping the song interesting and high in energy. It also reveals Cash's musical knowledge and dedication towards creating such a catchy song which is full of precise detailing performed through vocals as well as the music. The inclusion of the duet, adds not only a distinctive style and range but also highlights the emotional and expressive nature of this song. Strumming acoustic guitar beneath the vocals has a gentle flow and clarity. Shades of folk, blues and even rock at a point in the song can be heard through the flute, harmonica and electric guitar blending into each other. The satisfying and effortless tone of such a natural-sounding song has become Cash's signature. It has a layer of calmness and harmony that co-exists with an enthusiastic rhythmic pattern. Instruments are arranged delightfully in places where they encourage feelings through their creative and dynamic performance while also supporting the vocals and the ambience. Doug Cash has once again gifted listeners with an exceptional medium that holds great sentimental value through this warm and euphonious song.

Definitely listen to 'For all the times' by Doug Cash on Spotify.

About Doug Cash:

"Singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, producer, performer. Doug Cash is the Oscar Micheaux of rock & soul. Doug Cash is either old school's revenge or old school's last gasp. Between 3 of his social platforms, Doug has over 2 million plays and streams. Heavily influenced by Sly & the Family Stone, The Beatles, James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Weather Report, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon and Yes. Raised on Big band ( Basie, Ellington, Miller, Goodman) and bebop (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Cannonball Adderley) Doug was groovin' with the muse before he could walk. From Louis Armstrong to Kate Bush, his tastes and influences are wide and varied. Doug has spent over 30 yrs on stage throughout Northern and Southern California. He also has spent multiple decades in the studio building his publishing catalogue in multiple genres including Pop, rock, country, blues, soul, dance, hip hop, metal, electronica, orchestral and reggae. Doug's music can be found on Spotify, Youtube, Amazon, Apple, Tik Tok, Deezer and all digital outlets. Simply Google Doug Cash. DC Pryor President Pryor 2 What? Records & Music Publishing."

Doug Cash

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February 11, 2022

Status Foe - 'Falling Awake'

Status Foe - 'Falling Awake'

'Falling Awake' is a fleshed-out rock album with fire-spitting magnetic music. Its various, all-powerful and dynamic themes carry unexpected twists and turns through its melodies and rhythm. The harmony between nostalgic and modernistic tones give this album its unique sound. Snappy and tight drums bring beats to life, striking guitar riffs are vibrant and full of motions. Variable guitar tones are used cleverly for each song and set the mood and atmosphere. Heavy picking and pitch bending along with long and short guitar solos landing with a sudden change in the rhythmic pattern characterise Status Foe's style of surprising the listeners. The roaring tone of the bass in the mids play awesome basslines boosting the thickness of the track. Extended musical sections and thoughtfully used reverbs and delays makes the sound spacious when needed. Instruments like keys or pedal steel add wonderful layers of melodies while keeping the core intact. Lastly, the vocals, are driven by unrestrained energy defining the freedom and capability of its range through its passion and fervency.

Status Foe brings their original and distinctive performance with their album 'Falling Awake' on April 20th, 2022. Stay tuned on their social media to know more.

Colby Holmes: Vox, Bass, Keys, Guitar, Chad Prifogle: Drums, Larry Anderson: Guitar, Warren Kost: Bass, Pedal Steel.

About Status Foe:

"Status Foe is an Indianapolis-based band with a sound that’s timelessly Midwestern and somehow also completely futuristic and genre-bending. All hailing at their origin from Indianapolis, Status Foe is composed of four life-long dedicated musicians, each with more than 20 years of live musicianship under their belts and a musical history that began in their first years of life. As a unit, the guys have spent the last couple of years sharpening their tone and perfecting their signature hypnotic sound for this latest album release, Falling Awake. For each of them, this album is a celebration of musical self-expression, emotion, and all the highs and woes of life. It’s the culmination of years of dedication to craft, experience earned, and purposeful, disciplined musicianship."

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February 06, 2022

VRL - 'Kill 4 U Die 4 U'

VRL - 'Kill 4 U Die 4 U'

Starting with electronic synth sounds, we are immediately introduced to the theme of the song. With a powerful and punchy kick and snare accompanied by hi-hats, we get a firm and saturated sound for the rhythm which is also well compressed and snappy. The electronic bass covers even more lows by its deep, swelling tone. Along with the electronic side of the music, we also have edgy, thin and bright guitars. Combining electronic and live intrumental with an ideal balance is creatively done in this song. Transitions and variations are smooth and allow all the instruments to dominate simultaneously, keeping the song engaging throughout. Vocals and harmonies performed by multi-talented VRL are strong and full of energy. The voice effortlessly performs many expressions unleashing the quality of VRL's talent. As intense and passionate as it sounds, the vocals are also dynamic and vibrant and definitely does justice to the composition and lyricism.

'Kill 4 U Die 4 U' by VRL will be released on February 14th, 2022 everywhere. Stay tuned on VRL's social media to know more.

About VRL:

"Valerie (she/they), also known by VRL, is an LA-based voice actor, musician, and creative. They rose to prominence in VO after receiving a BAFTA Nomination for playing Edith Finch in the critically acclaimed What Remains of Edith Finch. They have also starred in Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Tower of God, Smite, and many more. She will be releasing her debut EP this year."

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February 06, 2022

Suraaj Parab & Sandeep Kulkarni - 'Ascolterò'

Suraaj Parab & Sandeep Kulkarni - 'Wistful Thoughts Vol.1'

If music is the ocean then 'Ascolterò' is one of the most endearing drops of it. The song itself is a challenge full of complex composition with a melody that overflows with soft piano, alongside the vocals. The piano has a delicate and soothing range of tonal shades. Soulfully played by Suraaj Parab, it stands on its own with a delightfully unpredictable flow, resonance and harmonics. Its charming and sustaining sound travels with vocals throughout the song like a true accompanist. Along the journey, the song meets grand and rich strings pouring more emotion, uplifting the warmth and thoughtfulness. At the core of this song, the voice of Sandeep Kulkarni carries breathtaking depth. The uniqueness of the voice is beautifully portrayed through its pure thundering bass and ability to effortlessly move between high and low octaves. The addition of subtle vibratos and pitch bend in the singing elevates feelings and also reveals the skills and knowledge of the singer. The voice and piano blend together so well that they almost become one. The mix has a great balance of frequencies and control of the dynamics. Every musical element including the vocals compliments each other making the song sound otherworldly. While looking through the lyrical aspect, we get to know the introspective meaning behind this song, how a soldier reflecting on his personal life, yet comparing his thoughts to his current harsh reality brings a flood of sentiment. 'Ascolterò' is an inner battle depicted perfectly by passion and love for music.

Suraaj Parab & Sandeep Kulkarni, in their own words:

"This is the first time we are doing this genre. Sandeep doesn't speak or read Italian. This is the first time he's singing in Italian and also in an Operatic style. We got the lyrics written by Josephine W after Sandeep told her the idea behind the lyrics you can see below. Sandeep then had to learn the song and the correct pronunciations to be able to deliver this."

A word from Suraaj Parab:

"My name is Suraaj Parab. I am a multiple award-winning Western Contemporary Classical Music Composer, Pianist & Bassist from Mumbai, India. I have two albums, One EP, Seven singles, press and media coverages from seven different countries around the world along with fourteen different international music awards from the USA and UK. I grew up listening to artists like Yanni, Yiruma, Richard Clayderman, Alan Silvestri, John Williams, and many more. They are the main influences behind my music I am the only Composer, Pianist from India who has been elected as a Voting Member of the Prestigious Grammy Awards."

Suraaj Parab

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A word from Sandeep Kulkarni:

"My name is Sandeep Kulkarni, and I am a Singer, Songwriter, Voice - Over Artist, and former RJ living in sunny Southern California, SoCal, as we like to call it. I grew up in Mumbai (Bombay) and was part of the city’s rock music scene from 1992-1999. I was the lead vocalist for “Mayhem” – a heavy metal band with a broad fan base. During my tenure with Mayhem, we regularly performed at major shows, such as Independence Rock and IIT Mood Indigo, to name a few. We also performed outside of Mumbai at various shows across the country. Currently, I am the Lead Vocalist for the SoCal-based Band “Rusty Rickshaw” where we experiment with everything from Rock, Folk, Indie, Fusion, etc. We have already released some original songs, and we are working on an EP right now. Furthermore, I am working on my originals and collaborating with Suraaj Parab while lending my voice to his neo-classical originals"

Sandeep Kulkarni

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February 05, 2022

White Boy Rick - '8 Track: Untitled'

White Boy Rick - '8 Track: Untitled'

First of all, this is not the generic hip-hop music that you hear in your everyday life. This is something special and extraordinary. Every track in '8 Track: Untitled' has so much to give in the form of music and Rick's singing and rapping. Yes, this artist performs vocals and raps simultaneously, it is impressive! Rather than just traditional industry beats that are used in this genre, we get a taste of various complex and stylized samples that are deeply melodic and emotive. The effects like reverb, delay and doubling over music and voice are done too thoughtfully, giving it a sentimental value. While holding the softness through its exquisite mix of sounds, we can get the tough and sturdy beats leading the rhythm. Over time you will realise that the White Boy Rick has absolutely no boundaries when it comes to being expressive, as many tracks carry the shades of classical, blues, trap and even funk genres showing the diversity of music that supports the vocals and rap. There are many variations keeping the album fresh and engaging through energy and flow. From a lyrical perspective, all tracks have a personal connection to the artist and have profound feelings. Various emotions are detailed and portrayed exceptionally well and with a surprising collaboration of other artists, the album just feels complete.

Stream Now - '8 Track: Untitled' album by White Boy Rick on Spotify.

About White Boy Rick

I'm a Rapper/Producer who's been working on my craft and mastering it. I've been releasing music for 3 years and have been passionate about it for longer. My only goal is to inspire others and more than that provide for my family doing what I love most.

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February 03, 2022

Hex Amore - 'Slide'

Hex Amore - 'Slide'

'Slide' brings the force and the flow of the darkwave genre. Smashing snares and boomy kicks chased by massive rhythmic synth brings life into the mix. The punchy dynamics of the traditional rhythmic pattern surely is hypnotic and is an explosion of energy. There is a layer of effects underneath the beats stylizing the kick and snare merged by sharp hi-hats. The intensity of the music is at its peak and the width of every element is expansive. Variations are placed flawlessly keeping the music highly engaging while boosting the mood. On the other hand, this song is characterized by a sense of tranquillity. In contrast to the music, the vocals are calm and mystic. It is amazing how the combination works throughout the song. The vocal performance is submerged in passion and emphasises the feelings that add more meaning and life to this song.

Definitely listen to 'Slide' by Hex Amore on Spotify.

About Hex Amore:

"Hex Amore is a dark wave electronic duo, Louis Wylie is the lead vocalist and co-songwriter and Reno Powers is the Multi-instrumentalist co songwriter-producer. Their music can be compared to Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, and sisters of mercy. They have two releases on all digital outlets and are working on new material."

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February 02, 2022

Dick Aven - 'Fly Into the Fire'

Dick Aven - 'Fly Into the Fire'

'Fly Into the Fire' is a song that expresses emotion through intricate music and soothing vocals. Every instrument impressively performs its element with detail and articulation, which fosters the essence of this song. The unique and notable transition between chord progressions is ingenious and beautifully crafted. Melodies are sustained with the help of guitars and the piano that are wide and have a dynamic sound that favours the feelings in this song. The bass has its own unique flow alongside minimal, tight beats leading the rhythm. With numerous variations played throughout the song, it almost feels improvised while sounding natural and vibrant. The saxophone has a special place in this song besides vocals with its prominent solo performance that adds more colour to the theme. Dick Aven's voice is unrestrained and enchanting. It empowers the words and the tune by simply being exquisite. Vocals are backed by harmonies that are beyond delightful, blending with all the different remarkable musical elements of this song.

Definitely listen to 'Fly Into the Fire' by Dick Aven on Spotify.

About Dick Aven:

"Dick Aven is a saxophonist, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist originally from Birmingham, Alabama. He attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa from 1983 through 1987 on full scholarship. There he played saxophone in the jazz band under legendary director Steve Sample. He has been part of The Tuscaloosa Horns since 1984. He toured with Peabo Bryson as a featured saxophone soloist while living in Atlanta after college. In the 90s he moved to California and was signed to Capitol Records as a singer-songwriter performing in a duo known as The Cages. They played on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno twice in 1992, and also toured the United States. Dick has recorded numerous albums as a solo artist and continues to play the saxophone with a variety of other acts. He currently lives in Franklin, Tennessee, and tours with outlaw country artist Jamey Johnson. Dick’s latest solo album (2015) is called “The Fool I Am”. Dick Aven is a musician with a passion for innovative music falling somewhere in between the intimacy of folk and the experimental nature of progressive."

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