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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
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"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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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Jim Levatte - This Ain't My Day track review

Year : 2016
Genre : Country with a Redneck Rampage tint
Origin : United States

On the surface, Jim Levatte's single "Ain't My Day" is the picture perfect representation of the most prominent redneck ballads, yet, your host is both reckless and inventive enough as to spill nitro instead of family friendly orange juice on the well behaved parade. Levatte prefers well placed, elegant irony over sunset-supported hay-sentimentalism, and challenges the redneck ethos, as opposed of being a mere-, helpless, submissive participant and observer to it.

The production choices reign in a safe spot between shotgun-grade southern rock and retirement-home pleasantries, making the track a candidate for an immediate revisit upon completion. Read on to know more.

Do you know the Guns 'N Roses song "Breakdown"? Anatomically, Jim Levatte's effort shows a greal deal of similarities with said declaration, particularly in the context of the harmonic structures and the evoked emotions. This track is more exploitative though, - which now is a compliment - as it exhibits an almost undeniable urge to deliver a status report AND call it a day ASAP, a decision that serves the longevity of the track even as a first time encounter.

Country is a great-, but uncompromisingly pretentious genre at its heart, and this pretentiousness is the sole reason that the style also reigns as a timeless one. Because pretentiousness rarely goes out of fashion. < -  Pro Tip! You are simply not supposed to say and do SOME things in country, because folks surely will give you a slanted look, and/or a good old fashion beating for bonus good measure.

Levatte knows all the tropes of the genre, thereby the reason he embarks on a journey to see the depth of the curvey mirror the redneck ethos is STILL willing to scrutinize itself in: a brave and a hilarious agenda. Had he come out with a full length fueled by the same intention, he easily could be to country what Steel Panther is to hair metal. As such, based on this track alone, Jim Levatte definitely has found a legitimate type of rhetorics to resonate through, and one remains curious to see if the artist will have enough content under his belt to fill a full length declaration with.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Heavy Star - Electric Overdrive review

Year : 2016
Genre : Heavy Metal with a Rock & Roll tint
Origin : Italy

Italy's Heavy Star brings a super-traditional method to the metal, through which a deep appreciation of the most classical and well-founded genre-tropes are observable.

Times are not seldom when the disc evokes feelings and sentiments reminiscent to those meticulously established by the original glam metal era of the '90s, only-, and THIS is a BIGASS only: there is a more eloquent definition of BALLS on display, and this consideration, luckily, is of key importance - both in the context of intensity and compositional techniques. As such, a good amount of the content will revolve around the longing for the quintessential woman. Which is perfectly valid, as there is not much else worth longing for while occupying a male body or two, anyway.

The songfract is everything in this style, and this time, it is channeled according to the strict-, yet imaginatively interpreted-, ingrained rules of the game. The band does not seek to re-invent the steel, as they are perfectly aware that it is working trustily, and they came merely to wield it. With a soberly paced flow optimized for 8 hefty declarations of elegantly concealed romance, Heavy Star is truly having a blast showcasing mature variations on this hilariously sexist - therefore fun - brand of metal, administering it with apt skills showcased in their collective acumen. Read on to know more.
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Friday, July 29, 2016

ARJUN - Gravity review

Year : 2016
Genre : Fusion Jazz
Label : Pheromone Records
Origin : United States
Official site: >here<

Arjun's latest full length release marks the completion of a massively improvisative fusion jazz trilogy that has started out with their 2013 outing "Space".

The ensemble has garnered considerable attention with their particular brand of polite harmonies and easily comprehensible rhythms, toppled by massively improvisative leads. The disc is a well balanced, introverted guided tour on sonic vistas that do not attempt to challenge the set of basic rules that will warrant a type of inevitable insant jazz fusion: the one which is immediately ready both to be played and to be listened to, once certain conditions are fulfilled.

As such, the music is joyful, riskless, and optimally naive in the sense that it does not attempt to demand the next to last trick of rampant musical imagination, instead, the album remains a stable, enjoyable guided tour on top of harmonies that reign relentlessly satisfied with their doubtless impressive anatomies, especially as they are courted with soloistic approaches that are equally quick to reveal the mechanics of thought and skills that summon them . Read on to know more.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Charles Wright - Something to Make You Feel Good review

Year : 2016
Genre : Soul, R & B with a Funk flavor
Label : Miles High Productions
Origin : United States
Official site: >here<

R & B veteran Charles Wright invites you to an exquisite listening session characterized by undeniable authenticity and a lifetime of bluesfunk experience.

On the surface, the productin ethos of the effort openly and optimally embraces the best traditions of the Motown-school of music, yet the shape of the stimuli is uncompromising "sweet" blues at heart, spiced up by a moody breeze of excellent funk flavors. The disc is not here to bring you down, it is something to make you feel good.

With the efficient help of this inventive agenda, the full length finds itself in the highly beneficial position of harvesting AND exploiting the hidden irony in blues: with song titles like "Looking for an Ugly Woman", and "I got feelings, too" - I don't know if I ever heard badasser and more ironic titles for blues tracks, to be honest - you instinctly know that you are into something special, and Wright won't disappoint in delivering the goodies throughout the spin. Read on to know more.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Angie and the Deserters - Country Radio track review

Year : 2016
Genre : Southern Rock
Origin : United States
Official site: >-here-<

Based on their single "Country Radio", Angie and the Deserters will bring you a full fledged southern rock release coated in the OH!, so sweet stench of gasoline, reeking the persistent mood of a trusty crowbar parking in a crocodile. The song bombards you with clear guitars that find tremendous joy rocking out on military-grade steroids, while the anatomy of the song emits tremendous charm as it finds inventive methods to accentuate its most prominent attributes.

Crude-, yet undeniable elegance also is a premiere component of this style, and frontlady Angie has all the traits and capacities in her acumen to deliver the message with flawless female road "paua", doing so without having to resort to limb marketing: her delivery is both gritty and, yes, you have guessed it right: impertinently sensual, yet, the promise of impending doom always lingers in her voice, as it should be Law in this style.

Fortunately the musical backdrop is exigent and well sculpted enough as to never mistake the classic southern tropes as the main avenue to explore during this stable statement, quite the contrary: although this single is a 101% ZZ Topesque guitar sizzler toppled by an amazon, the composition itself is strong enough as to warrant revisitations. This is the background music for immediate visions of an unfaithful guy being chased through the desert by a furious lady mounting a bike, armed either with a shotgun or a smile, so what's not to like?

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