Shawna Virago Transforms With Her Track Tranimal

15 Jul

Combine the edginess of Blondie and the attitude of Joan Jett, and you’ve got Shawna Virgo. Virgo makes several statements throughout her songwriting that are in your face and bold. Reflecting on history and society and having a raw and bare musical arrangement seem to be at the forefront of Virgo’s vision within the music video for Tranimal. For first time listeners, while this particular track is intense, Virago demonstrates her range in other tracks online such as Late Night Sugar. From making statements about society throughout history , the term Tranimal , and transgender identity, Virago gives listeners many things to think about. Shawna Virgo makes her presence known and has let the music world she’s going to do it her way.

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My Autumn Amor Stirs That Love Feeling In Letters To Brie

14 Jul

The vocal talents of Thomas Monroe will mesmerize you within this album Letters To Brie with a combination of anthems, dreams, and heartbreak. When listening to Monroe’s voice, you can draw similarities between John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats, Conor Oberst of The Bright Eyes, and subtle hints of Nate Ruess from fun. To hear a woman vocalist sing about heartbreak is one thing and it can be raw, angsty, and fill you up with emotion. On the other hand, a man’s point of view is refreshing and gives a different perspective. The narrative qualities combined with real conversations and a twist of a love song all make everything work on Letters To Brie.The combination of minimal musical instruments with the right balance of rock guitar and percussion work well with the impeccable sound mastering quality to make it more than just a broken heart waiting to be mended.

 

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Novagolde Rocks To The Beat of A New Galaxy

14 Jul

If you want to treat yourself to music that you can dance to, cue up in your headphones, and experience nostalgia all in one, turn your music up to all that is Novagolde. A mixture of space and galaxy rock, Novagolde rocks you to your core. Dubbed ancient rock, the lyrics vary from talking about emotions, thoughts, and memories. All of these are characteristics of good songs, but particularly songs from the 90s highlight this narrative quality to another vision. While the band hails from Madison, WI, their music stands out amongst a genre that a variety of artists have meshed their sound into. There is not a single weak track on the album, though a standout track is A Chain Reaction. Novagolde, hurry up and launch your tour. Your music is not only tantalizing to the ears,but paints an auditory experience for your listeners in the new galaxy you have created.

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Maxwell James Spins A Different Vibe For Country Folk Within Album Self-Titled

9 Jul

Upon first listening to Maxwell James, imagine a hybrid of sound between Sam Beam from Iron & Wine and Luke Bryan. Combining just the right amount of guitar strumming and drawn out lyrics, James instruments both perfectly in his album Self-Titled. The tracks on the album vary from angsty rock to feel good country, showing two different sides to his sound. With lyrics like, “roll down your windows slowly, you’ll get to know me” illustrate a storytelling quality that centers around ordinary happenings. The way that he arranges such lyrics to the music makes the qualities of country and rock music into a sound all his own. An example of this on the album is within the track Roll Down Your Window Slowly, a standout track on the EP. The merging of his unique voice, precise musical arrangement, and whipping up a melting pot of sounds will keep listeners wanting more from this Nashville based musician.

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Wrapped With Realness, Matt Epp’s Album Shadowlands Delivers Stand-Out Sound

9 Jul

With Matt Epp’s latest album Shadowlands, one can sense the tone of Americana and nostalgia all wrapped into one sound. Epp cited this collection of tracks as something very personal and different from his nine other albums that he’s released. When listening to the lyrics of this album, you can definitely sense the theme of being on a journey, self reflecting, and the inner challenges along the way. The unique and humbling aspect of the track Runaway is the rawness and realness that it has attached to it. Epp explains that it was written with his wife and in her perspective on witnessing the ups and downs that he has gone through. Having that unique approach, point of view, and twist on writing makes his music standout even more and allows listeners to connect even more to something that is so personal. Connecting on themes, important messages, and significant experiences, Epp effortlessly wins over audiences through the stories of his life.

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