The Broken Islands’ new album Wars

Music gives us the tools that allow us to experience and create something new from combining what has past. The Broken Islands have taken full advantage of the freedom music gives us by resurrecting fallen genres. Genres like trip-hop and dark wave that are endangered and only see the light within niche markets. With a sound that could be the soundtrack to a futuristic dystopian film, The Broken Islands have released their brand-new album Wars and it breaks all the rules of convention.

Listen to the lead track ‘No-one Left to Kill’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6U3vkfJA8NM

Consisting of alternating lead and rhythm guitarists Will MacDonald and Kurtis Sheldan, Stephan Cameron on bass, Ty Badali on drums, Rachel Ashmore on keyboards and Rachelle Boily providing the sensually hypnotic vocals, The Broken Islands have the sound of My Bloody Valentine and the un-conventionalism of Ladytron. After taking about a year to write and record the tracks, Wars is now complete and is a beautiful, distorted collection of songs. With the help of Dave ‘The Rave’ Ogilvie (most known for his work with Skinny Puppy, Trent Reznor and Killing Joke), The Broken Islands have really put in the work to achieve their dreams. Already having played for a sell-out crowd in a local venue, they are determined to be the next big band in the alternative genre.

Taking a page out of Morcheeba’s book, Wars is something not belonging to current mainstream music but fighting against the current with a sound that is both electric and soothing depending on which track from the album you are listening to. ‘No-one left to Kill’ is a song consisting of a vibrating electric echo infused with 90s vibes. The low thumping bass blends perfectly with Rachelle’s haunting vocals to create something akin to The Cranberries. The raw emotion captured in the song is breath-taking and continues to resonate long after the song has reached its end. On the other side of the scale is ‘Crown’, a song that will leave you with a heavy devastation that can only be cured by listening to the song on repeat. ‘Crown’ takes you on a journey of both highs and lows, soaring and diving and never giving you a chance to catch your breath. The guitar solo within the song hits hard at the crescendo of the song before mellowing out once more to leave a feeling of needing more. ‘El Dorado’ offers something different again, with a slightly funky start that transforms into a trippy track of high reaching, chiming peaks. Each track belonging to Wars has been meticulously thought out and performed with an admirable precision to evoke the exact feelings intended by the band when creating the songs.

Wars is an ocean of crashing guitars and sweeping vocals that will bring you to the shore of The Broken Islands, a place where organic soundscapes meet with music gone by. Almost overflowing with deep emotion, vast tenderness and heart-breaking truth, The Broken Islands have released something that will no doubt be a milestone in rock music.

Links:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-475951978/sets/wars
Spotify: https: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5gpCj0xQj8BwdG3uXPUJRr
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvEJQKLM-qaFjTvMXxUMkWg
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebrokenislands/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/broken_islands
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_thebrokenislands_/
Website: http://www.thebrokenislands.com/

 

Review by Skye W. Winwood

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New wave of electronica music from Eztain

Who would have thought having breakfast could lead to a breakthrough in the electronica music genre? Australian music artist, Eztain, was inspired after discovering a form of free software that was being given away with his breakfast cereal!

Listen to the product of this discovery, ‘Asymmetrical’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNA5pM6mahQ

Jake Colson, otherwise known as Eztain, hails from the Joondalup area of Perth and is contributing highly to the area’s rising campaign on the global dance stage. A vibrating combination of future bass and electronica, Eztain is taking a page out of fellow musician’s, Flume, book and staying away from the generic ‘house’ sound. Finding an affinity for music at an early age, Jake learnt to play the guitar whilst still at school and was influenced by artists like Deadmau5, K. Flay and Amon Tobin to create something revolutionary in the electronica music scene. Jake found he was not only able to freely experiment with his music but use it as a form of release, a wordless communication to the world outside of his mind.

Jake’s music creates more than pleasing audio, it creates a whole other world that up until now was only ever present inside Jake’s mind. The sonic landscapes perfectly convey emotion and thought through sound alone, the music having a surprisingly personal touch to it that most electronica music seems to lack. ‘Asymmetrical’ combines sounds to create a technicolour world infused with pulsating beats and mellow synths. Jake successfully infuses a down to earth vibe into the track by keeping the sounds soothing and not overwhelming, conveying his personal connection with the music.

The song is the lead track from Eztain’s new EP, Iconoclast (VIP), which is set to be released New Year’s Day. The EP includes more otherworldly tracks like ‘Asymmetrical’ such as ‘Enhanced Vanilla’ and more intricate pieces like ‘Iconoclast,’ a combination of tracks that could prove to be the next era in electronica music.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2gXV3e7qRIhBYpTR6OGRv6

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi5XehLQ0GCtYsy_bM3dMBA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eztain/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Eztain

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_eztain/

Website: Eztain.net

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/eztain

 

 Review by Skye W. Winwood

Unapologetic new single ‘So Gay’ from LGBT artist Hunter

Even in the 21st century people are being oppressed, ridiculed and disgustingly judged for who they love or how they live. With recent events it is more important than ever that we stand together. Against anyone or anything that threatens our way of life. We must continue to support artists like Hunter who seek to break down these walls of discrimination through music. Creating liberating and fun music we can all enjoy on our journey to a more accepting world.

Listen to and watch the lyric video for the lead track from So Gay here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOyS3cF_zQA&sns=em

Already being marked as an influential flag bearer for gay rights, Hunter has had to struggle through discrimination simply to be who he is. ‘So Gay’ is almost like an exhale of breath, proudly shouting out to the world who he is whilst encouraging those in similar positions to do the same. The track not only rallies troops from all different backgrounds but calls out and puts down those who dare to stand in their way.

Originally from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and born of Indian heritage, Hunter hails from Eastern Africa – a country still threatened by the ridiculous law of illegalising homosexuality. Combined with being raised Muslim by Indian parents, Hunter had to begin his fight before he even really knew what he was fighting for. Managing to break free and begin pursuing his dream of becoming an artist. After completing his education in London, he remained in the city to further another of his passions – dance. Truly an inspiration, Hunter became a tutor and choreographer within the Asian dance industry. Already showing his creativity and knack for combing different cultures through the fusing together of Western dance styles with Bollywood.

This talent for seamlessly combining cultures flowed into Hunter’s music with the release of his first single ‘So Gay’ from his EP of the same name. An uplifting, humorous and blunt track recorded in London by Niraj Chag. A producer highly recognised for his skills in combing music from different cultures. It’s no wonder Hunter and Niraj were able to perfectly pair together to create something that has the potential to become a gay anthem.

The introduction of ‘So Gay’ sounds like a beautiful mixture of both Eastern and Western music, Hunter’s convincing American Southern growl playing over a sitar like string picking. Possibly inventing a new genre of Eastern country music. Beginning with a slow electro-blues riff before hitting a little harder into the chorus. The lyrics of the song are simple and to the point. Not wasting any time with extravagant metaphors or intricate similes. Stating simply ‘I’m gay…judge all you want’, calling homophobes out and daring them to challenge Hunter. Whilst the song is one with the theme of being accepted, it also celebrates the differences between us all. Reaching out to everyone within the LGBTQ+ community no matter their gender or sexual orientation. The lyric music video features images of soldiers marching as well as Pride parades, splicing together these two separate shows of unity but creating the undeniable message: ‘run back to your closet/you homophobic boy.’

‘So Gay’ has been given two club remixes as well as the promise of upcoming merchandise to continue supporting the fight against homophobes.

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hunter-Hunter-126407388048990/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HunterTheVoice

Instagram: hunter.the.voice

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3eJjIzxaZ2ahFwDiva9dA?view_as=subscriber

 

Review by Skye W. Winwood

Discovering Studio Killers

Even with the summer season dead and gone, the feelings and memories still remain. Leaving a craving for one last delve into a season past through the time machine of music. Our first stop on this journey back takes us to the funky, electropop world of Studio Killers. A virtual band consisting of the fictional characters Cherry (vocals and designer), Goldie Foxx (keyboard) and Dyna Mink (DJ). Even their manager has been given the character of Bipolar bear. The true identities of the artists are still up for speculation – even though some people think they have it worked out – but that just puts more focus on their music where it belongs.

Studio Killers began when Goldie Foxx and Dyna Mink wrote a song for a British girl band before it got dropped. After this the two were introduced to Cherry and the rest is a history lost in time. Most of their earlier music was composed through emails among the members until ‘Who Is In Your Heart Now?’ when the group had their first face to face meeting. It wasn’t until 2011 when Studio Killers first burst into the public with their single ‘Ode To The Bouncer’, a humorous song about a night Cherry had some issues getting into a club. The track is a mood combination of wanting to fight and wanting to dance whilst still maintaining a beauty through backing vocals and synthesised sounds. The lyrics are simple yet entertaining, easy to follow and completely relatable when you have that one bouncer that just wants to lord their power.

Listen to ‘Ode To The Bouncer’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JN_-Nkkaft0

The song gained a lot of attention through its music video on Youtube and provided the group with a substantial growth in popularity. The single showed most success in the Netherlands, Finland and Denmark, the latter two origin countries for two of the band members. Since this initial success Studio Killers have released the singles ‘Eros and Apollo,’ ‘All Men Are Pigs,’ and ‘Jenny’ until their debut album, Studio Killers, in 2013. The album is a fun fused assortment of tracks that have you lounging in the sun on the beach with ‘Jenny’ before partying the night away at the nearest club with ‘Eros and Apollo.’

Listen to ‘Jenny’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyj4JFSErrw

…and ‘Eros and Apollo’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_QnHKblsKk

Studio Killers music will take you on a trip to Ibiza or anywhere else you can enjoy music to your heart’s content without consequences (apart from maybe a hangover) even during these current cold months. The music is only part of the allure of this group as it’s obvious the same amount of work is put into their music videos and look. A unique and eye catching form of animation that is akin to the likes of The Gorillaz music videos. Fans of La Roux and a classic disco tune will find exactly what they are looking for in the form of Studio Killers.

Links:

Website: http://www.studiokillers.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/studiokillers

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/studiokillers

Souncloud: https://soundcloud.com/studiokillers

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/StudioKillers

 

Review by Skye W. Winwood

I Don’t Know How But They Found Me new single ‘Choke’

Movie references, thought provoking music and artsy style have combined in an intoxicating mixture to form genre jumping band, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me (IDKHow). Manoeuvring their way and blending through art rock, alternative, space rock and punk, IDKHow have released their second single ‘Choke’ and it’s an assortment of awesomeness.

Listen to ‘Choke’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvJjmWTg7Qo

Consisting of two members made up primary of musical talent and an indulgence for eccentric extravagance, IDKHow is probably that band you’ve seen around and now your interest is piqued. To begin satisfying your interest the band’s two members are multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter Dallon Weekes and hard rock/pop/punk drummer Ryan Seaman. Currently, Weekes is most known for his work with American punk rock band Panic! At The Disco whilst Seaman has worked with Falling In Reverse as their longest tenured drummer. Described by Weekes as a ‘little project’, IDKHow already put themselves forward as a professional, established band as proof of the combined experience between Weekes and Seaman. The formation of the band seems to have come to fruition as a ‘right time’ kind of thing with both musicians finding themselves at points in their lives when they have time to work on their own music.

Whilst fans eagerly wait for the release of IDKHow’s completed debut album, the band have been teasing fans with song drops on the wait to the release. The first song to be officially revealed to the world was ‘Modern Day Cain’, a weird and wonderful introduction into the promise that is IDKHow. Accompanied by a performance music video that leaves a sense of unnerve even whilst the music slowly draws you in until it’s too late to escape. The music video was inspired by old cable access series after Weekes spent a significant amount of time one night watching reruns. He has said when watching the people on the show he felt they thought this was their ‘big shot and that they were going to be a star’ only to be forgotten when the show had run its course. This idea plays well in the music video as both artists have close up shots of discomfort as if they are being forced to be there. An interpretation emphasised by the animatronic voice at the beginning of the song saying ‘dance, dance, that’s enough’ in sync with Weekes’ movements. It leads deeper into the idea that people will do anything for fame, even preforming in a way they are not comfortable with but the music video ends with the band acting against that.

The song itself has been cited by Weekes as about a priest character from the popular BBC series Broadchurch which would explain the biblical reference of Cain. The song is filled to the brim with artistic genius and sweeping metaphors that really strike and portray the band as something unheard of. The futuristic synthesised sound has a vibe that could have been plucked directly out of the Black Mirror soundtrack whilst Weekes’ talented, haunting vocals are hair raising. It’s no wonder the single was an almost instant hit on the top ten alternative iTunes charts.

Listen to ‘Modern Day Cain’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieThrn5Ujmg

The themes and artistry of ‘Modern Day Cain’ have bled beautifully into the band’s new single, ‘Choke’, a Muse infused heart thumping track. The almost spooky single has a twisted tune and even more macabre lyrics about feelings of disenchantment. Weekes’ charismatic vocals combined with the indistinct backup vocals accompany an overpowering beat to create a sweetly dark song of raw proportions. Nearly every line is dressed in a poetic artistry that sets the level of expectation for the band and raises the levels of trust from IDKHow’s audience.

With said audience on the edge of their seats for IDKHow’s album drop, the band can guarantee to be seeing more of the praise and exposure their music demands.

Links:

Website: https://www.idkhow.com/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPeiIDYMwZQpL7aocblfqtQ

Dallon’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/dallonweekes/status/1548472452?lang=en

Ryan’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/ryanseaman?lang=en

 

Review by Skye W.Winwood

It was the summer of 2009…

Summer has officially come to an end. School, university and work are all creeping up on us to blow away the hot summer breeze and sweep our carefree days under the rug of Autumn. Leaving nothing but our memories and the echo of songs long forgotten.

A common reaction to the passing of time is to reminisce and as I get older I find myself doing it more and more. I’m not old enough to have been born during the golden era of the 60s, the psychedelic era of the 70s or experimental era of the 80s and I was too young to appreciate the 90s until the early 2000s. Therefore I’ve decided to create a playlist of ten songs for one of the most memorable summers of my childhood and hope some of you can relate to the nostalgia.

Lady Gaga ft. Colby O’Donis – ‘Just Dance’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Abk1jAONjw

The song that started my (and many others) obsession with the American singer/songwriter Lady Gaga. A classic party tune that would guarantee to have anyone within the vicinity up and dancing. The R&B influenced, synth-pop, dance-pop single kicked off Gaga’s career in 2008 from her debut studio album Fame and received a Grammy nomination in 2009 for Best Dance Recording but lost out to Daft Punk for their just as icon ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.’ Gaga has described the song as a happy one and wanted it to help people going through hard times such as losing their jobs or homes. ‘Just Dance’ was written in ten minutes and still remains Gaga’s most famous single that has the power to transport you back to wherever you were when you first heard it.

Black Eyed Peas – ‘I Gotta Feeling’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSD4vsh1zDA

The second single from their fifth album The E.N.D ‘I Gotta Feeling’ was produced by David Guetta and has become a part of music history for classic songs. Upon release of the upbeat dance pop song it hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chat only losing out on the number one spot to ‘Boom Boom Pow’ another song by the group. The song was nominated for Record of the Year at the 52nd Grammy Awards and won the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. It was also nominated Song of the Year at the 2009 World Music Awards and therefore deserves a top spot on this playlist. ‘I Gotta Feeling’ samples the song ‘Take A Dive’ by Bryan Pringle and is built upon a heavy use of auto tune and futuristic synthesizers that was a theme throughout the whole album.

Beyoncé – ‘Single Ladies’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m1EFMoRFvY

Through countless years Beyoncé has released phenomenal music that resonates with and drives her fans crazy. Nearly any song the American singer releases becomes an instant hit and ‘Single Ladies’ was no different. Creating also an iconic video that has provided us with both an artistic, dance infused visual and numerous parodies that can even reach the same calibre of professionalism. ‘Single Ladies’ won three Grammy Awards in 2010 including Song of the Year and has been considered the best song of both 2008 and the decade. It hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has been certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry of America.

All American Rejects – ‘Gives You Hell’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxUATkpMQ8A

A song on everyone’s lips in 2009, ‘Gives You Hell’ was the lead single from American rock band The All American Reject’s third studio album. Alongside ‘Dirty Little Secret’ it has been named the band’s most successful song to date and peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as well as being certified platinum for four million shipments. The tongue in cheek song continues the band’s stereotypical ‘high school movie’ sound and contains drunken backing vocals so the chorus sounds like a ‘bunch of drunk assholes.’

Taylor Swift – ‘You Belong With Me’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuNIsY6JdUw

Back before the media started taking bites out of Taylor Swift’s career she was a sweet country singer/songwriter who released songs about unrequited high school love. No matter your opinion on her now it cannot be denied ‘You Belong With Me’ has become a classic everyone knows the words to even if they are not sure when they learnt them. Swift has said the song was inspired after overhearing a male friend of hers arguing with his girlfriend on the phone. The pop song won Favourite Song at the 2010 Kids’ Choice Awards and was nominated for Song of the Year and Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards. The music video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video in 2009 and created the iconic Kanye West interruption during Swift’s acceptance speech.

3OH!3 – ‘Don’t Trust Me’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdB3Oyd5HtU

Although now becoming a ‘where are they now?’ kind of group, 3OH!3 were hugely popular back at the end of the 2000s with ‘Don’t Trust Me’ probably being their most popular song. The pop single was certified gold by the Recording Industry of America in 2009 and reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as well as having huge mainstream success. The music video received a nomination in 2009 at the MTV Video Music Awards for Best New Artist but lost to Lady Gaga’s ‘Poker Face.’ 

Pink – ‘So What’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJfFZqTlWrQ

Released in 2008 from the American singer’s fifth studio album Funhouse, ‘So What’ has become nearly timeless in its popularity. The angry heartbreak lyrics are based on Pink’s separation from Carey Hart and infuse a musical fury that stays with you long after the track has ended. Although largely successful people were split on whether they thought it was an empowering single or just too childish to be taken seriously but critical acclaim won overall and has since been dubbed one of Pink’s most iconic songs. The song is a perfect performance marrying both Pink’s aggressive female empowerment as well as her silliness to not take herself too seriously. The song was nominated for a few awards and appropriately won Most Addictive Track at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards.

Owl City – ‘Fireflies’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psuRGfAaju4

Making a recent re-emergence in the online community Owl City’s ‘Fireflies’ is arguably still as loved and hated as it was back in 2008 when it was released. Possibly the marmite of music even those who don’t like the ‘bleepy synthline’ song have to admit how addictively catchy both the tune and the lyrics are. It was the debut single from the American electronica project and was described by Adam Young as ‘a little song about bugs and not being able to fall asleep at night.’ The single managed worldwide success and is something pure and simple that evokes nostalgia no matter your personal opinion on the track.

The Veronicas – ‘Untouched’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykW4rtW2eu0

The Veronicas themselves are probably still quite unknown despite being active since 2006 but their debut single ‘Untouched’ is a tune nearly anyone will recognise. The electropop song has been compared to both Pink and Avril Lavigne by having a foot in both the alternative and pop music genres. The lyrics of the song relate to the Australian twins (Jessica and Lisa Origliasso) feelings about separation from loved ones more so than physical separation.

Boys Like Girls – ‘Love Drunk’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0c-kC8xZ-I

The last song on my Summer of 2009 playlist is the one that was probably played the most among myself and my friends, even to this day the opening causes a smile to break out across my face. ‘Love Drunk’ was the lead single from the album of the same name by rock/pop band Boys Like Girls in 2008 and peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song received a mixed reception upon its release with some critics enjoying the pop/rock tune whilst others criticised it for its controversial similarity to The Killers ‘Somebody Told Me’ due to the choruses of both songs. The song became popular due also to the music video that featured singer/actress Ashely Tisdale from the first shot who makes all the boys in the video fall for her only to lead to a surprise ending.

Of course these are not all of the songs that made up the summer of 2009 so here are some honourable mentions:

Taylor Swift – ‘Love Story’

Jason Mraz – ‘I’m Yours’

Kanye West – ‘Heartless’

Soulja Boy Tell ’em feat. Sammie – ‘Kiss Me Thru The Phone’

Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne – ‘Down’

T.I. feat. Rihanna – ‘Live Your Life’

Kelly Clarkson – ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’

Flo Rida – ‘Right Round’

Katy Perry – ‘Hot n Cold’

Shinedown – ‘Second Chance’

Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West – ‘Run This Town’

Britney Spears – ‘Circus’

Beyonce – ‘Sweet Dreams’

Sean Kingston  – ‘Fire Burning’

Lady Gaga – ‘Paparazzi’

Jason DeRulo – ‘Whatcha Say’

Iyaz – ‘Replay’

Jay-Z and Alicia Keys – ‘Empire State Of Mind’

Shakira – ‘She Wolf’

Rihanna – ‘Disturbia’

Green Day – ‘21 Guns’

Katy Perry – ‘Waking Up In Vegas’

 

By Skye W.Winwood

Ten seconds is all Anthony Vincent needs to win you over to his music

In this day and age music stars are being created across all kinds of platforms. Signing a record deal to gain fame is a thing of the past with multimedia sharing websites such as Youtube. Anthony Vincent, better known as Ten Second Songs by his Youtube channel, has fully taken advantage of the opportunities the internet offers by creating something to showcase both his talent and musical genius. Anthony takes popular songs and preforms them in ten second snippets in 20+ different styles.

Listen to Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ in 20 different styles here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jus7S5vBJyU

Beginning his channel back in 2014 Anthony blew up the internet with his unique take on ‘Dark Horse’ currently his most popular video at over twenty-one million views! The cover includes twenty different styles by twenty different artists ranging from Frank Sinatra and Pavarotti to Panthera and Slipknot. Anthony manages to perfectly capture the unique sound of each artist so that they are recognisable even without the subtitles crediting who they are. As his channel has grown Anthony also manages to imitate mannerisms and stage personas of certain artists such as Marilyn Manson in his ‘Pokémon in 20 Styles of the Late 90s’ video. Branching out even further to include styles of Mongolian throat singing and Mozart in ‘System of a Down Chop Suey in 20 Styles Cover’ and ‘Twenty-One Pilots Heathens in 21 Styles Cover.’

Despite being able to imitate a plethora of genres and styles Anthony’s personal talent lies in the heavy rock genre, giving him the multi instrumental talent and powerful voice to seamlessly transform between styles. It’s obvious Anthony takes great pride in his work, the editing of his videos as precise and well thought out as the music itself. Anthony takes the idea of a one-man-band to a level of professionalism that astounds as he also includes videos of himself playing the instruments of each video.

Not only does Anthony provide a bounty of entertainment but he uses the popularity he has gained to interact with his fans. Holding votes for certain songs to be solely preformed in one style or voting for which song he will cover next. As well as his affinity for music Anthony comes across as a genuine guy who appreciates all the support people have given him over the years. His Youtube channel currently stands at over two million subscribers and I encourage anyone with a love of music to follow him as he continues to provide humorous, talented entertainment with a genre or style for just about anyone.

As well as covers of other artists’ songs Anthony has his own band, Set The Charge, who deserve just as much support and will be covered in a separate blog post in the future!

Popular Videos:

Linkin Park ‘In The End’ 20 Style Cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urzWY6sqVGw

Jason Derulo ‘Talk Dirty’ 20 Style Cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhTaNHYWRZ4

Adele ‘Hello’ 25 Style Cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgMAAzzQz7s

Pokémon Theme in 20 Styles the late 90s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioE3oKQ6WbU

System of a Down ‘Chop Suey’ 20 Styles Cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFwZA4fcetI

 

Links:

https://www.youtube.com/user/TenSecondSongs

https://twitter.com/TenSecondSongs

https://www.facebook.com/tensecondsongs

 

Review By Skye W.Winwood

Electro-wave cabaret ‘No Life on Mars’

Music has always been about experimentation and expression, two things some artists seem to forget when releasing new material. Berlin duo Feline and Strange are reminding us why music cannot be pinned down to one specific genre or style in their new single ‘No Life on Mars.’

Watch the concept video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewODUIWaSB0

Artists are named so for a reason – because they set out with the initial idea to create something they can release into the world. Feline and Strange are going above and beyond by not only releasing their new album Out but are promoting the style of electro-wave cabaret inspired by aesthetics of classical compositions whilst combing this with their electric punk attitude. The duo give a whole new meaning to ‘creative freedom’ by pushing musical boundaries that may not agree with every listener. The single ‘No Life on Mars’ alone embodies the odd and evocative sound of their new album Out which is a collection of ‘aggressive and depressive’ songs that epitomise the style of Feline and Strange.

‘No Life on Mars’ transports the listener on a sonic journey to a seemingly dystopian world (that is in fact our own) where it feels like your mind is being invaded. The chorus of the song repeating ‘this is your mind and I’m just an intruder/explorer.’ Which may be the goal of the duo once you know their back story: the band are extra-terrestrials, outlined in the music video by their unusual appearance, who landed on Earth in human bodies years prior with partial amnesia . The goal of their music is to recruit crew members explaining the out-of-body feeling the song can inspire. The single sounds like a dark and twisted collaboration between Muse and The Pet Shop Boys with the use of classic and electric instruments.

The haunting vocals of multimedia artist/director/opera and tango singer Feline Lang (Brigitte) penetrate the ear drums of the listener in an almost hypnotic trance, leaving a decision on the song to be made after a few replays. Combined with the interspersed piano and jarring combination of heavy drum beat of sound engineer/punk drummer/percussionist and orchestra cellist Christoph Klemke, the two are conquering new grounds in the music world. However their sound is not the only thing unlike other artists out there but their way of preforming is also something to witness. Christoph plays a fold-up cello which he made himself after cutting an electric cello into three pieces in order to transport it as carry-on luggage. As well as this studio musician and co-producer of the album, Brian Viglione, plays a dumpster for percussion on the record.

The album Out (produced by Jason Rubal who has worked with the likes of Amanda Palmer and Robert Smith) is a collection of eleven weirdly creative songs of uninhabited cynical rage and terrible sadness inspired by a wide range of topics like political and feminist issues. Combing with the drastic cultural influences of East and West Germany from the artists themselves and described as ‘Nina Hagen meets Depeche Mode and Adam Palmer’ the whole album in an exploration of a hilarious dystopian tragedy.

Listen to the weirdly wonderful and experimental album here: https://soundcloud.com/felinelang/sets/out

Feline and Strange are also out on tour. Here are the dates to check out:

July 7th: Berwick on Tweed – Airship Northstar

July 9th: Edinburgh – Frankenstein’s

July 22/23rd: Reading – Reading Fringe Festival

August 10th-13th: Llanfyllin – Phoenix Alternative Festival

September 16th: Wales Festi

September 22nd: Warsop – Snooty Fox

September 29th: Nottingham – Doghouse

September 30th: Llangollen – The Pavillion

October 7th: Leicester – Musician

October 15th: Birmingham – Roadhouse

October 20th:  London, Kew Bridge Steam Museum

October 22nd: Brighton

 

Links:

www.youtube.com/canteatro

https://soundcloud.com/felinelang

www.facebook.com/felineandstrange

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Review by Skye W.Winwood

Travel on a sonic odyssey with John Dylan and his new single ‘Get Beyond’

Music has proven to be something close to a religion for many musicians, going so far as to be deemed a form of free therapy. One artist this is true for is multi-instrumentalist John Dylan now coming out with his new single ‘Get Beyond’ from the to-be-released album Peripheral Drift Illusion. Album artwork being created by John Lennon’s band mate, Klaus Voormann, who designed the cover of The Beatles’ classic record Revolver.

Watch the psychedelic music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpy8NH6g228

John has been floating through the music world for some time being involved with underground math-rock band Mars Accelerator in the mid-90s, who played alongside Modest Mouse and released an album with the help of Steve Fisk – known for his work with Nirvana. With knowledge in producing John has broken from the genre-defying band Terrence to go solo and carry on blurring musical lines by pushing his talents as a songwriter. A tough task for any musician but John was born into music with his parents listening to the likes of Elvis Costello, Bob Marley and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Combined with John, himself, taking inspiration from bands like Nirvana and The Beatles it’s no wonder his music seems to transport the listener to another era.

‘Get Beyond’ at first can seem like an overwhelming combination of sounds before blending into dreamy vocals with a bouncing guitar riff drifting over a wah-fuelled bass line. The transition is a perfect example of how the song takes the listener on a sonic odyssey that makes a stop at many genre styles along the way. Due to this it would be criminal to confine John to one single band or artist in comparison even as it’s obvious where his inspiration shines from. Although considered a ‘rock artist’ John challenges the style as well as taking advantage of the alternative themes the genre provides, not pigeonholing himself to any single sound by using a completely digital workflow. For each single John is breaking out of the rock genre to explore hip-hop, dance and electronic by holding a ‘remix competition’ where aspiring DJs and electronic artists can sample and rework his songs with the chance to appear on the widely released version of the single.

John reacts to some remix works here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vIY83NTbOg

Pushing the boundaries of music is not the only challenge John faces as a musician as he has recently been diagnosed with a chronic anxiety disorder. However instead of letting this beat him he deals with his issues in his work as a songwriter, creating passionate music that has the ability to connect with many listeners. John has also been very open about his struggles in the past explaining how there are moments when he has to encourage himself to get out of bed and stop hiding from the world. Overcoming losing his job and house after being robbed John proves to truly be an inspirational musician and I personally look forward to his work in the future.

 

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Review by Skye W.Winwood

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