New hip hop track from DJ Khaled titled “ooshewanparty.” It’s a pretty straightforward party/club jam, though the track is interesting in that it incorporates a chimy backing, coming across almost like a rhythmic xylophone. It’s very hypnotic, which will effectively keep people on the dance floor entranced. Solo’s delivery and energy is consistent throughout in a solid performance.
“Let’s Make This Earth From House To Home” is a delightfully delicate indie pop release from the Los Angeles based band “Lyrics of Two.” The band was founded by poet and songwriter Marie Helen Abramyan. The song deals with universal humanist themes conveyed emotively by the singer. The sound is refreshingly organic and doesn’t contain any of the unnecessary electronic sound design or overprocessing that is so rampant in much of contemporary pop and even indie music. This release is a fine example of how substance and emotion provide a more fulfilling experience for the listener than a vapid track dressed up in slick packaging. It’s true for me anyway.
It’s easy to see how Marie Helen’s poetry style translates over to songwriting as her poems are very rhythmic and well choreographed, with timed rhymes strategically placed throughout. Her poems tend to reflect on the changing seasons. Marie is a busy bee on many fronts and just completed a children’s book titled “The Rhyming Tales Of The Helpful Friends And The Garden Show.” I recommend checking it out even if you don’t have children. Everyone should take the time to recapture a bit of childhood innocence once in a while.
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By Demand is a new track from an alternative indie rock band called “Guest Actors.” The song is from their upcoming debut LP Under Those Silent Skies, which is set to be released in October. Production wiseBy Demand has a delightfully full sound and is very well layered and mixed. The singer’s voice evokes a lot of emotion and dazzles with vibrato near the climactic portion of the song. The backing instrumental performance is very tight and cohesive, while the overall ambiance conjurs up a kind of “rainy day at the coffee shop” vibe. A romantic song which begins and ends quietly, By Demand houses an epic middle filled to the brim with bright musicality.
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Memphis based singer “Porcelan” has just released a piano balland called “The Real Thing Don’t Change.” The track was co-written by legendary songwriter / producer David Porter. The song is substantive and sparklingly melodic. It was refreshing in that stays away from the flash and effects overload that is common for up and coming artists in these genres. Like the title, the song itself embodies genuine quality. For her part, Porcelan’s voice shines right up there with the best of the best that Porter has worked with, and I especially like the way her vocals match the changing intensity of the music as it builds over the course of the song. Keep an eye our for her upcoming album.
“Control” is a new track from 1403 (the musical project of Tom Cameron.) His artistic influences are an eclectic mix, ranging from classical to EDM. This particular song strikes me as being in the vein on minimalist indie pop, with hints of Jazz and RnB flavor. Cameron’s vocals display great presence and dynamic range. There’s an unexpected bridge / interlude at about the 2:40 mark which complements the rest of the song quite well and adds some depth. This is an excellent adult contemporary release by 1403 exudes class and precision.
Samantha Bouquin’s “Contemplations on Solitude and Strings” features hypnotic compositions that provide a somewhat dark and brooding atmosphere. It’s original string quartet music. Samantha is clearly a talented composer, and this work is highly creative for this genre. These tracks are beautifully tempestuous and offer an ambiance for quiet reflection.
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American country artist Richard Lynch’s new single “Cut and Paste” (off his latest album “Mending Fences”) is an interesting song because it is a traditional country song but incorporates contemporary technological elements into the lyrics. I personally prefer this approach over modern “pop” country music which uses techno and samples in the music, while singing regular country lyrics. What’s great about “Cut and Paste” is how real it comes across in the sense of a traditional person navigating rocky relationships within the context of the modern world. The music is high quality, authentic and professional, just as you would expect with a seasoned music veteran like Richard Lynch. “Cut and Paste” was written by JK Nick Nichols and produced by Sound Control Studios in Nashville.
Brian Fitzy’s “Play God” has kind of a 90′s pop / hip hop vibe. Just the tone aesthetics of it are reminiscent of that era (in the video Brian is even wearing “A Tribe Called Quest” shirt, representing one of his primary influences.) The backing music is delightfully colorful and has an analog quality to it. For those who might be put off by the preachy edge of his message, Fitzy actually has a good voice and is a talented singer, so the song is good anyway. One can’t help but wonder if in a parallel universe he could made it in the boy band circuit.
Daytona Beach, Florida based progressive Americana rock band “GREYE” have recently put out a new album titled “Windows” with the lead single of the same name. The album cover itself is impressive. Usually these types of bands are lacking in the aesthetics department but make up for it with good music. GREYE manages to do a teriffic job in both categories. Singer Hannah Summer’s dynamic vocals shine on the lead track as well as the others. There’s no self delusion or posing going on here. These people are great musicians that have created a solid work of art. “Windows” is a well-concocted blend of country flavor and indie pop. The band is currently touring the Eastern US, and I predict they will quickly develop a following if their live performances live up to what’s on these recordings.
Rome Alexander has a new single out titled “L.Y.G.” and is a collaboration with EDM DJ/producer Rederic. The song itself is a mix of EDM and pop, and when I listened to the intro I thought it had kind of a retro, early 90′s techno vibe. However, once you get into the song and the lyrics kick in, it has more of a contemporary feel. The melody and tone of L.Y.G. is very uplifting, a trait that lives up to the nature of this genre of music. Rome Alexander does a fine job with the vocals and the phrase “never gonna let you go” actually sticks with the listener and keeps the song in your head.