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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Cranky George - Misery Road track review

Year : 2016
Genre : Soft Folk Rock, Country
Label : Independent
Origin : United States
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Misery Road is an entry from the upcoming longplay of LA based folk rock/country ensemble, Cranky George. This page has a lot of good info on the history of the group, while this review will concentrate on the single, as an indicator of what possibly you could expect from the foreseeable future, "debuting" on the 18th of November - simultaneously with the new Metallica double release. This spirit at dormant competition is something one must reckon with an intact poker face. Let's dive into the song!

Misery Road eloquently and inventively worships oldschool songcraft traditions with top tier production values, these latter meticulously balanced/arranged in at attempt to court said traditions with maximum-, though well orchestrated efficiency.

The self-reflective, ironically introverted, placid initial pacing conveys the classic country setting of parking at a fireplace in the company of a bourbon, a dead relative and a banjo - banjo not included, do you happen to have a lighter? -, yet, this trusty pulsation (pun intended) is armed with the intention to dress into moods and colors of hefty, brisk intensity.

At a given dramatic point in the song, by which you falsely think that everything has happened already, and grandpa is no risk to the society OR to your psyche as the top dog of this music-universe, the band commands the intensity up against the roof, as to let the soul reach beyond the skies, nevertheless remaining faithful to the bulk of the exhibited musical character. Clean, competent, all-voice-out lead singing is supported by a country ethos that reveals grace and elegance with sufficient power to display the heart of country classicism.

The result is an ironic, hilarious display of deliberately larger-than-life comic book country done in a truly badass, ballsy fashion. This feat could not have been pulled off without a decent frontman-, nor without sophisticated taste and competence on/at how exactly command the sounds to make them more intense, but keeping them from messing with the structure. The track is a truly pleasant experience to listen to, as it does not satisfy with merely existing, instead, it IS a successful musical metaphor FOR the flow of existence itself. An immediate recommendation for all music lovers, and don't forget, it is only a week's time until the LP debuts.

Step on the Misery Road here.

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

REP - Street Walkers track review

Year : 2016
Genre : Hip Hop, Christian Hip Hop
Label : Independent
Origin : United States
Where to chech the song out: > -  here - <

REP is back not with a vengeance, but, with a fresh review request concentrating on another track of the Co-Laborations LP.

Street Walkers is an attentively sculpted, massively mid-tempo hip hop track, pinpointing lurking danger and ambiguous remnants of hopes at every corner. The central musical attraction of the song is a nice pairment of a highly retroid slot-machine riff, - the melody itself has a luciferian Last Ninja vibe - and this motive is quick to demand for itself gargantuan support by a duo of mobsters in the form of a powerful, sneaky bass, and a clever drum passage that admires the musculature of said bass, inventively pinpointing the key points in its relentless anatomy.

The rapping is good, too, as REP knows that it is best if he is "just" a REPorter, staying away from the framing of brisk morality. Instead, he is revealing percepts and reocurring thoughts/tendencies that are amidst the pertinent components of the observed daily life of a prostitute, as you do not have to be one to know one - the lyrics reflect the position of a man who feels empathy for the prostitute, yet is in the process of seeking to decide whether the woman would prefer to be "saved" from this lifestyle at all.

What I like about this track, is how the mood of the music reflects this timeless concealed dilemma, conveying the percept that everything you think about the situation, might be utterly wrong - nevertheless both the music and the prostitute invites you to come and find out.

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

REP - Escape Room track review

Year : 2016
Genre : Hip Hop, Christian Hip Hop, Soul
Label : Independent
Origin : United States
Where to check the song out: > - here - <

Escape Room is an entry found on the latest longplay delivered by Virginia-based hip hop artist REP. Your host is not at all reluctant to express a clear and unconditional devotion towards Jesus, and Escape Room is one of those songs that emerge successful at painting elegant allegories about the state a soul MIGHT find itself in, if subjected to existence without a palpable pointer to grasp unto. The Escape Room, of course, is your body, in this metaphor. But let's not spoil the challenge and the fun of finding the key to it.

The music is quite interesting, and here is why: the bulk of the piece is an almost fragile-, though well researched sonic environment, composed mainly of bass lines that paint out the harmonic domain with inventive strokes of sounds flirting with the timing, and REP seems and sounds to be almost conscious to refrain from the utilization of such casual super-orhodoxies like a snare drum, hi-hats, or a crash cymbal. The song simply evades these elements, and, hilariously, you spend the whole time listening if they will ever show up - and there is no void to be felt upon realizing that they were NOT invited this time.

The song manages to capture a floaty feeling, and finds efficient methods at maximizing its potential with a strictly limited set of instruments and sounds utilized. The piece is a collab, by the way, and the talented singer Mikaela Juday brings you clear, soulful lead singing that is precise and brisk: there is zero trace of autotune.The chorus is awesome in character, and Mikaela knows this, too - but the music fails to realize in the background that SOME elements are yet to be brought to the table to court the lead singer as she declares the main gravitational pull of the entry. Mikaela bursts into full bloom mode in the chorus, but the music fails to recognize it. A pity.

Luckily, REP steps in to deliver a decent block of well-tempoed rapping without offending anyone. A talented artist with true musical vision, and a particularly strong sense of how to validate limitation in the context of diversity of sound. Sometimes less is more. And sometimes it is not.

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REP - Escape Room

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Phantom Pop - BETA review

Year : 2016
Genre : Massively Instrumental Jazz/Funk Fusion
Origin : United States
Official site : > - here - <

The music contained on the latest-to-date Phantom Pop full length does not bow down to the curteous routine of assuaging your everyday/average funk/jazz craving along tropes you are embarrassed to pretend you know nothing about - instead, the release delivers the funk/jazz fusion goods with such an undeniably intoxicating command of the notoriously whimsical genre, that you won't likely be given any room to be cynical in towards the stimuli upon a submissive listen, nor when you execute max-level inspection paua' towards this supersexy, all-muscle effort.

The album is massive both in its scope and in its hyper-optimized ambition - the latter being an inescapable result - almost a happy accident - of the unconditional love towards the genre which is simultaneously worshipped and insatiably exploited by the ensemble throughout this exquisite audio adventure. Read on to know more, because the cat knows where you live.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

AL-X - Fearless track review

Year : 2016
Genre : Dance Pop
Origin : United States
Official site: > here <

LA based AL-X is an upcoming dance composer/producer with a keen interest in delivering massively melodic dance music along exigent pop sensibilities, purposefully revealing the most flirtatious traditions of the style.

With rhetorics clearly rooted in the school of thought that regards easily approachable, elegantly simplistic progressions much more paramount than experimentive tendencies, the single "Fearless" could be a picture perfect statement of top-form Madonna, as the somber, contemplative moods inherent to said artist, are displayed abundantly in this 3 minute affair.

Never risking maximum efficiency with taking detours that are simply not worth winking towards in this genre, the track knows what it wants to do, and pulls it off eloquently. The melodic arch in the verse is sufficiently indicative that you are about to witness a woman's soul burts into a sonic declaration of - well - b(l)oom (and definitely not doom) - soon, while the chorus backs these promises up with a skillfully researched route taken along the full surface of the suggested structure, now revealed with optimum power.

Doubtless a well sculpted melodic dance track, with a rather abrupt, but logical end to it - so it is not hard to find the will to revisit the piece: a safe recommendation for any and all fans of the style.

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Genre:pop/electro/dance 

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Red is the New Black track review

Year : 2016
Genre : Psychedelic Rock with a Doom tint
Origin : United States

"Red is the New Black" is a particularly strong, invasive psychedelic track with a definitive doom tint to it. A somber, massive declaration that has come to me through a review order placed with no additional information attached. "Red is the New Black", and that is that, no band name, no nothing, review it please.

The music itself is situated at the middle of an optimum intersection where the timeless rules - hah - of psychedelia and current production standards meet. The hefty, supra-old school intro guitar jumps you from the speakers like Magilla Gorilla on an otherwisely desolated island, and the ensuing sonic anatomy quickly reveals a type of devotion rendered directly unto the monolithic altars of ironically sly and sinister moods and sentiments, revolving primarily around money. Oh well, money does not make you happy, but it won't make you unhappy, either.

The track bravely explores brisk avenues along bluesy building blocks, while its constant focus/intention remains to ritually kamikaze into the bowels of good old fashioned blight, a dark, dangerous and deliberately heartless territory, which is revealed with picture perfect accuracy through exquisite chord choices and tempo alterations. During these segments, the incomprehensibly uplifting-, nihillistic indifference of Dark Souls - yes, the video game - emerges, symbolic of the somber-, yet imperturbably unfuckwithable attitude that lurks beneath the music as a fueling force.

One can tell that a whole lot of love has been given during the making of this track, as the whole structure is an excellently varied expression of a well-placed curiosity cultivated towards the most delicious components of its very own anatomy. The song eloquently showcases the timeless nature of doom-tinted psychedelia, and you want it.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Astronauts of Antiquity - Future Back track review

Year : 2016
Genre : Dance / Melodic Pop
Origin : United States
Official site: > - here - <

"Future Back" is a fresh single by upcoming dance/melodic pop wizards "Astronauts of Antiquity". Composed by three key individuals, the ensemble's premiere focus is to sculpt out intoxicating, yet easily approachable soundbeds, flattered even further by a brand of lead vocals that are openly playful and tender, yet pack a punch friendly enough as to prevent the end result from falling to the other side of the horse in the expression process.

The song chooses to unfold rather super-efficiently, revealing a pleasant disco-pulsation with a whole lot of spots to park inventive-, yet not too obtruse ornaments in. The main attraction emerges as the optimum combo formed out of the imaginatively sentimentalist lyrics, supported by a type of vocal delivery that opens up quite comfortable interpretational fields to regard said/sung sentiments with both musical gratitude, and a poker face kept intact. Lead singer India does not mind releasing the timeless inner child, and the result is quite interesting, because his rigor at staying in tune is super-relentless, and even the relatively rampant pitch correction does a superb service to the track. Yes, such precedent is possible.

The music - minus vocals - is good in its own right, too, as it does not commit the mistake of reeking rigid remnants of over-production, managing to greet receptors as something that feels almost casual, while maintaining an almost exploitatve urge to progress invasively within the boundaries of the selected framework. The single is a definite success as a stimulator of interest in the trio's full lenght delivery, due to be unleashed on consensus in October.

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