Homerik are bringing their self-titled album just in time for Halloween

As September draws to a close Samhain approaches, causing the veil between worlds to thin dramatically and allow creatures like Homerik to pass into our world. The New York trio are bringing their new album Homerik with them after three years of meticulous crafting and splicing to unleash their twisted sound upon the masses.

Ken Candelas, Andrew Petriske and Obed Gonzalez have combined to create something uniquely dark and in some tracks even on the side of disturbing. Most bands and artists on the road to success have been influenced by a plethora of sounds and Homerik are not that much different as they have their feet in progressive, orchestral metal bands. However Homerik are also inspired by the malevolent sounds of the world throughout history that they have combined with their music to create something unnervingly raw. Even more unconventionally the band’s want to challenge modern art ranges also comes from twisted video games like Gears of War. These influences have allowed Homerik to highlight the darker side of humanity and take you through the plague-infested pastures you would otherwise glance the other way from.

Whether you want to or not their addictive debut album Homerik will drag you from track to track until your protesting cries turn into screams for more. Beginning with ‘Curse of the Black Nile’, an epic monstrosity incorporating lines from one of the most disturbing Ancient Egyptian texts (The Cannibal Hymn). The track has a regal elegance that slowly descends into something more sinister the longer it plays. Crescendo-ing into a rapid heavy metal drum beat and combining with a mixture of soft and aggressive spitting of lyrics. The guttural vocals are a combing sound of the bands Rammstein and Slipknot with a guitar riff giving the band a slightly Avenged Sevenfold sound. However despite these similarities they are only slight as Homerik have created something new by combining sounds and genres other before them have not. The album then moves even further into the macabre with ‘Unforgotten Kin’, a furiously dark tale about brothers mourning their deceased sibling trapped in limbo. The whole of Homerik embodies a fully orchestral sound that delves even darker than the similar orchestral band Within Temptation and push so strongly against musical barriers they could be breaking through into new territory. The album combines three interweaving vocalists in their ranks as well as guest sopranos to create a chorus seemingly of hundreds eerily floating through each track.

The lead track from the album, ‘A Song of the Night Part 1’ is a fitting example of the way Homerik are infecting music and taking no prisoners. The track begins as a soaring, almost magical ascent into an ethereal sound before plummeting back to the core of Homerik after about three minutes. Giving a sense of false security that the track takes full advantage of. ‘A Song of the Night Part 1’ can be summarised as a spiralling nightmare you can’t help but have over and over as the track becomes stuck in your head. The single seven minute track is long enough and infused with enough musical ability that it could be separated into two but the way the band have combined the different sounds is gothically beautiful. The track is also a perfect example of the band’s video game influence as it sounds like something that would be played on a lute in a tavern with many patrons gathering around to listen. The combination of soft and hard vocals paints the image of the narrator not understanding who they are or what is going on around them, causing them to descend into this world of no control as portrayed by the almost manic playing of both drums and guitar. A swaying hypnotic track that will keep you on your toes with it’s constant tempo and instrument changes. The including of ‘Part 1’ in the title could imply how the band plan to add to this track as they progress to complete the fable like story they have begun.

Links

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1Ry0Y2JiVXjpidTHDpYVQx

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUcYLfk1tEX4vli_KWUzsBQ

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

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/homerikofficial/

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

Website: https://www.homerik.org/

 

Review by Skye W.Winwood

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Listen to the dark fairy tale of Julia Mascetti

Music is supposed to bring comfort, removing us from our own life and possible troubles for a track long reprise. So, how has Julia Mascetti managed to create something both disillusioned and beautiful with such a haunting sound it gives you goosebumps? Trending water amongst the sea of manufactured sound that has been bred for the sole purpose of profit, Julia is hypnotising many with her siren-like voice and mesmeric harp picking.

Before beginning work on her EP In Distance, Everything is Poetry, Julia was a music student at the University of Leeds. Upon graduating she moved from her home in the UK to broaden her horizons in Japan in August 2015. She began her time in Tokyo teaching English but after six months decided to start playing around with the harp for fun. Even before she began writing music Julia attracted the attention of Japanese audiences and was motivated by this interest to further explore herself as a musician. Julia started using blog posts to help her music reach a wider demographic and managed to also gain a large British following. She has since become a highly regarded blogger reporting on life for women living in Tokyo. Julia soon began preforming professionally at weddings and restaurants, constantly putting her more and more in demand to a point where she is now receiving invitations to tour with bands in a multitude of different genres.

With her Celtic folk roots in her Welsh ancestry, Julia used this fascination and combined it with her new experiences in Tokyo to create music that evokes a trance-inducing sound that will have you hooked from the first harp string. In Distance, Everything is Poetry is an ethereal and raw EP tinkling old magic and new music, combining to create a folk fairy tale that tells a story of loss, disillusion and memories. The lead track ‘In Bloom’ has the same eerie string picking as that of a composition by Danny Elfman but the Elvin like sound could belong in any Lord of the Rings soundtrack. ‘In Bloom’, much like the whole of In Distance, Everything is Poetry, is like a chapter directly out of the fairy tale Julia has created about a character confused as to what is and what isn’t real. The lyrics create simple but vivid imagery of the character’s feelings as to whether they are ‘remembering or dreaming’. Julia’s voice alone is soft but embodies an almost authoritative power that you cannot help but pay attention to when the song is playing. However in addition to her singing abilities Julia is a multi-instrumentalist with a six foot harp, smaller folk harp and small purple harp she used to play with metal bands.

Julia’s EP has a similar sound to both Kate Bush and Marian and the Diamonds and already has a rapidly building popularity that will no doubt help her make her mark in the music world with her unique approach to storytelling.

Links:

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/juliamascetti

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JuliaMascetti

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

Website: https://tokyoharp.blog

 

Review by Skye W.Winwood

 

Roger Rudenstein Introduces Opera to the Masses

If classical music to you is just something that seems to happen around other people, you could do a lot worse than listening to American composer Roger Rudenstein. Throwing the rule book out of the window, Roger does not compromise or necessarily follow the tried and tested routes followed by his contemporaries. A two-part opera on an absurd individual campaigning to be president of the United States has proved disturbingly prescient, and another opera on the post 9/11 activity in the Whitehouse was similarly scathing.

Having grown up in a musical household, classical music was always in his blood, though he did have a brief dalliance with rock music in the late 60s, with the band Tiny Alice, who, thankfully for Roger, didn’t become megastars after he left. Since then his output has been absurdly prolific, with no corner of composition off limits. A perfect starting point for those with novice ears would be his opera based on James Joyce’s Ulysses, not only being brave enough to include the rather more ‘ribald’ bits but also opting to utilise Joyce’s actual text. No horrible dumbing down or paraphrasing, you get your classic literature and your classical music fix all in one. A whole new world awaits you.

Souli Roots Targets World Peace & Christmas Number One

Having grown up in Jamaica, it has been the UK that has most recently taken Souli Roots to their hearts: from her success at open mic nights across London; taking the stage at the Hackney Empire and eventually Wembley’s SSE Arena as part of 2013’s X Factor line-up, Souli now has a new target in her sights – World Peace.

Listen to World Peace Expression here: https://soundcloud.com/souliroots/world-peace-expression-available-now

Featuring ethic percussive sounds, atmospheric electronic swirls of textured background and Souli’s powerful vocals, there are echoes of Miriam Makeba’s indigenous African delivery as well as the more mainstream sound of Bob Marley and the Wailers political statement songs.

Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/souliroots

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/search/results/world%20peace%20expression

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/souli.roots.1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/souliroots

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/souliroots34/

 

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

Discovering The Decemberists

“On the lam from the law/On the steps of the capitol” were the first lyrics I ever heard by The Decemberists and I haven’t been able to stop listening to them since. The indie rock band quickly caught my attention with their unique and quirky take on music and once more I am surprised it has taken me nearly ten years to discover them. What makes The Decemberists so different from other bands is their niche way of creating a story through their music along the lines of folk stories. Some songs not even having a repeating chorus but a flowing story that is unlike any other narrative based song such as ‘My Mother Was A Chinese Trapeze Artist.’

Listen to the story here: https://soundcloud.com/thedecemberists/my-mother-was-a-chinese

Even though I have only recently begun listening to their music The Decemberists have been around since 2000 and are an American band from Portland, Oregon. Colin Meloy (lead vocals, guitar and main lead on song writing) left his band Tariko before moving to Oregon where he met Nate Query (bass) and was soon introduced to Jenny Conlee (keyboards, piano, organ and accordion). The three scored a silent film together which would set them up for a style of music heavy in creating a vivid picture inside the listeners mind of not only the story but also the characters created. By this time Meloy had already met Chris Funk (guitar and multi-instrumentalist) due to the fact Funk was a fan of Tariko but didn’t become an official member of The Decemberists until their third album. The band circulated through a number of drummers for their albums Castaways and Cutouts and Picaresque before finally inditing John Moen into the band for The Crane Wife.

The name ‘The Decemberists’ is a reference to the December revolt in Imperial Russia in 1825 and Meloy has always stated he wanted the name to evoke drama and melancholy. The name is completely fitting as the musical style of the band can range from upbeat pop to instrumental ballads but nearly all songs are an arrangement of whimsical, dark and political tales that can evoke events and themes from history such as ‘The Bagman’s Gambit.’

Listen to ‘The Bagman’s Gambit’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3oe4vlkoHE

From the years 2002-2010 the band were highly active and released six albums (Castaways and Cutouts, Her Majesty the Decemberists, Picaresque, The Crane Wife, The Hazards of Love and The King Is Dead). In 2003 the band changed labels from Hush Records to Kill Rock Stars and re-released their first album before moving onto their second. In 2004 ‘The Tain’ was released, an eighteen and a half minute single inspired by the Irish myth Tain Bo Cuailgne. The lyrics of the song do not directly quote the epic apart from ‘the mirror’s soft silver tain reflects our last and birthing hour.’ The song itself is haunting in an unexplainable way by its moments of upbeat tune and Funk’s guitar riffs combining with Meloy’s vocals to create something similar in sound to Love Spit Love. The music video created for the song is both mesmerising and unnerving in its shadow puppet-esque style.

Watch the music video for ‘The Tain’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOYZuaLg0J0

After self-producing ’16 Military Wives’ in 2005, the band’s equipment trailer was stolen but fan’s showed their unwavering support by contributing to a replacement fund along with the help of an organized fundraiser and other musicians such as Lee Kruger (The Shins) and The Dandy Warhols. Later that same year The Decemberists were singed to Capitol Records and were making plans to record their major debut with producers Tucker Martine and Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie) the following year. 2006 saw the release of the band’s third album but first with Capitol, The Crane Wife, and opened up a whole new world of opportunities for the musicians. The release of the album was accompanied by an appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and began touring on October 17th. The album was voted favourite album of the year by NPR (National Public Radio) listeners and still remains one of the band’s most critically acclaimed records.

In 2008 the band began releasing a series of singles called Always the Bridesmaid every month until the end of the year. They followed this with a limited tour and performed in support of presidential candidate Barack Obama at a rally at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Oregon. The following year The Hazards of Love was released under Red Light Management and was initially intended to be a staged musical. However after some thought it was deemed the story would not work in a stage format and instead was played from start to finish during live shows. The album was inspired by Meloy’s fascination with the British folk revival in the 1960s and after finding a copy of Anne Brigg’s 1966 EP of the same name. The Hazards of Love tells the mythical story of a woman and her shapeshifting love, his fey queen mother and a cold blooded rake. The album includes guests vocals from Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond), Shara Nova (My Brightest Diamond), Jim James and Robyn Hitchcock (My Morning Jacket) and Rebecca Gates (The Spinanes). The sound of the album is a range of accordion infused pieces to heavy mental thunder.

Listen to an example of both here:

‘Isn’t It A Lovely Night?’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBIA2j9Xh14

‘The Queen’s Rebuke/The Crossing’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeUHUYaT-WU

By 2011 the band had been nominated for Best Rock Song at the 54th Grammy Awards for their song ‘Down By The Water’ and had a No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with their 2010 album The King is Dead. After such a rise in so many years the band decided to take a hiatus during which time they featured on an episode of The Simpsons as hip new music teachers at Springfield Elementary. 2014 was the year of their return to The Decemberists and released What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World in 2015. Since their success and to celebrate the band’s return January 20th was officially declared ‘Decemberists Day’ in the band’s hometown by the mayor.

Still active, I eagerly wait for the band’s new music and encourage anyone with a taste for something just a little different to follow me down into the rabbit hole of The Decemberists.

Links:

http://www.decemberists.com/

https://twitter.com/thedecemberists?lang=en

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

https://www.facebook.com/thedecemberists/

 

By Skye W.Winwood

Pink Milk will take you on a trip with their new album Purple

Pushing the boundaries of music should be a requirement for all artists. To break out of their box and explore fresh, new areas and ideas never before touched upon. Unfortunately this is not the case and although the music of today does provide some good tunes, I feel, along with others, that there is something missing. Pink Milk are proving they could possibly be that something with their new album Purple.

With an other-worldly sound Maria Forslund (vocals and drums) and Edward Forslund (guitars and bass) are something completely new by exploring a sound deemed old. Their break through single ‘Detroit’ put the band on the map of music and the radar of critics. Earning benevolent praise from the likes of Clash Magazine, Shortlist, Kerrang! Radio, Virgin Radio and BBC6 Music Radio. Their first album is a collection of monstrous, cinematic wonders drawing together twisted and dark ideas that evoke clandestine rituals and smoke-filled corridors. Their music has been described as ‘haunting beautiful’ and ‘fascinating’, comparing them to the likes of The Cranes and Cocteau Twins for their approach to recording.

Purple is a heavy heated, 80s infused album that is the product of three years hard labour and uncontaminated by outside influences off the coast of Sweden in the Baltic Sea. Pink Milk’s debut album will hypnotise and seduce you with its displays of additive, darkly atmospheric sound. The whole album blends together perfectly with the expert use of synthesisers and electric guitars to create a sound right out of The Lost Boys or Legend. A magical, haunting collection of songs that takes the listener on a journey through a world they could never even think to exist.

Although the album overall has a similar sound running through it, each individual track showcases the genius of Pink Milk. Such as ‘Kill 4 U’, a hypnotically harsh track that spirals down a dark path as Maria’s voice pleasantly haunts the inside of your mind. A vocal comparison that is a combination between Alanis Morissette and The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan. The album also includes a cover of Foreigner’s ‘I Want To Know What Love is’ but completely reinvents the song into something harrowing and almost unrecognisable from the original.

Watch their brooding video for ‘I Want to Know What Love Is’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqN-igtQ66M&feature=youtu.be

Pink Milk have created a completely unique and refreshing sound that reminisces long forgotten 80s movies but the band are unlikely to find themselves as easily forgettable any time soon.

 

Links:

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/pinkmilktheband

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6pfkVhn2nBIYUEu9nKHdLV 

Youtube Channelhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvRWoJAz6IGcGmuw3qqah9A

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pm_theband

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

Website: http://www.pinkmilkmusic.com

 

Review by Skye W.Winwood

New track ‘Reload’ by J.J Leone is bringing back the personal connection to music

When fame becomes just a part of everyday life, many artists become lost in management and production teams. J.J Leone is redefining exactly what it means to be an independent artist in the modern day music scene. A daunting prospect for many aspiring artists, to go it alone, but J.J is laughing in the face of this fear with his new track ‘Reload.’

Listen to ‘Reload’ here: https://soundcloud.com/j-j-leone/reload

J.J has risen in the music scene with increasing promise from his first Top 20 EP Rebuild and has sold out the legendary Ronnie Scott. As well as playing for thousands at festivals such as Sundown Festival and Sofar Sounds.

Beginning his career by recording in a DIY style in his own bathroom has continued into his success as J.J is still completely self-managed. Writing, preforming, producing and managing every aspect of his own success and still finding time to communicate with his audience. Something utterly admirable considering the hardships independent artists face these days, trying to make themselves noticeable as an individual among the crowds of many. J.J has managed to more than get himself notice with both his familiar and unique R&B/Soul sound. Overall his musical sound can be narrowed down to a typical modern R&B sound sprinkled with soul-pop however the guitar based nature runs a shadowy sinew through ‘Reload.’ This synth sewn track alone completely transforms the music into something not only extremely pleasing to listen to but also something that continues to resonate long after the echoes of J.J’s voice have vanished.

Being an independent artist doesn’t hold J.J back in any form, even pushing him to explore and interpret subjects or emotions other artists tend to avoid. His young, almost pure, sounding voice leaves the subjects of his songs to strike the listener. The sound almost childlike in some aspects and bringing home that issues in this world will continue to affect the growing generation if nothing is done about them. J.J also draws on his own personal experiences for his writing such as during the beginning of his career when he would busk on street corners. An artist with a clear goal and direction for his music who has the possibility to transform into a voice for those who do not have one.

See J.J live at Septemberfest and Razorlight on September 22nd!

 

Links:

Soundcloudwww.soundcloud.com/j-j-leone​​

Facebook: www.facebook.com/iamjjleone​​

Twitter: www.twitter.com/iamjjleone​​

Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/jjleone​​

Website: www.jjleone.com

 

Review by Skye W.Winwood

Modiwo are on a mission to heal the world with their new track ‘Never Give Up’

Artists use music to create a name, gain fame, money or support but some use the expression music provides to heal either themselves or others. Modiwo are one group of these artists, bringing a message around the world with their recently released track ‘Never Give Up.’

Listen to ‘Never Give Up’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwAC64nlWMM&feature=youtu.be

Hailing from Transylvania, Modiwo began their musical career by providing entertainment for local orphanages and retirement homes. After becoming established in their homeland Modiwo have rose from the confines of the Carpathian Mountains to begin their breakout musical success story. After combining musical forces from Romania, Ukraine, Moldova and Hungary the band are continuing their ‘giving back’ attitude by supporting multiple charity projects all over the world.

Modiwo are fast gaining success and are using this success to continue giving back to the world. The band are currently involved with a charity called Fruit Fusion which allows audiences attending their gigs to pay with fruit instead of money. These proceeds are then donated to local orphanages in conjunction with The Bureau of Children’s Rights Protection. A single show can deliver nearly 700kg of fruit and Modiwo promote this by also living their own lives through yoga, meditation and using their music as a form of relaxation therapy.

The band stand out beyond their good hearts by creating a unique dream pop sound that they embellish in their live shows through the use of alpine horns, didgeridoos and shakuhachi solos. Unlike the western music artists of today provide, Modiwo bring something almost ethereal to their music, that different spin that sets them apart from anything mundane. ‘Never Give Up’ is a perfect example of the band’s achingly beautiful sound that transports the listener into an almost dream like state. The hypnotic vocals echo in a portrayal of the emotional performance given by the interpretive dancer in the music video; the song a journey in its own right from defeat to victory.

 

Links:

https://youtu.be/U5R6-mFEqH4

https://www.facebook.com/modiwomusic/

https://www.instagram.com/modiwomusic/

http://modiwo.com

 

Review by Skye W.Winwood

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