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Crooked Flower Channels 90s Sound In Around & Around

17 Mar

Crooked Flower showcases one of their standout tracks Around & Around from their 2018 released album Into The Light in their latest music video. With Angie Dang’s strong vocal talent, one can see how Crooked Flower is getting recognized via over 160,000 plays on the music video. When you think of the influences the band has had the following bands come to mind in sound and vocal style, No Doubt, Cheap Trick, and Lemuria. “You left me all alone, left me sitting on the side of the road” showcases just a little bit of the complex aspect of being half in a relationship and half out. Around & Around carries psychadelic visuals that make sense as you ebb and flow through the band in the video, thus making them intentional for the audience’s visual experience. The instrumental finesse of the accompanying talents of Daniel Erik on Bass, Dan Ingberman on Guitar, and Patrick Shields on Drums & Percussion all highlight the overall musicianship the entirety of the group possesses. 2019, watch out for Crooked Flower they are ready to take the rock and roll world by storm.

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Erich Mrak Spins A Beat of Sound In Latest Single Drive

16 Mar

Synth beats, the wave of hip  hop, and strong lyrics all paint Erich Mrak’s sound.  Polished and refined, the talents of his producer Bento shows through as well. With lyrics such as “down in the city, under the lights, I’ve got the time”, he sets up scenes through his music, creating an experience for his listeners. When trying to frame who his sound is like, one can place it in the realm of EDM and electro-hip hop. The bands, Cherub, Spooky Black, Foster the People and a dash of Drake all rolled into one best exemplify Mrak’s sound. Drive will be the 2nd of Mrak’s 6 singles released consecutively from January to June, culminating in a finished EP. After they are released, live performances of each song will be released as well. 2019, watch out for this musician to climb the charts without a doubt.

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Eddy Yang Brings All The Grit & Angst On In The City Track

16 Mar

Gear up your headphones and be ready to without a doubt dance along the sidewalk. Eddy Yang in his A New City EP shows not only strong vocals as a singer, but the instrumentals work together as well on his EP. From start to finish, it flows in a cohesive and well arranged way. With a mixture of self reflecting and the theme of being on a quest of self discovery, Yang not only delivers through his strong lyrics, but closing your eyes and listening, he hits on all the right emotions. With the mixture of the beat sounds as well, it puts the music in the category of rock, but also has the elements of soul and hip-hop. When thinking of bands that are similar, I would reference Goo Goo Dolls, Smashing Pumpkins, and The Verve for the rock elements of his music and City & Color, Conor Oberst, and Sonic Youth for the punk and grit influences.

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Damon Mitchell’s Song License Plate Fuels The Story of Love On Album Elise

5 Mar

With Damon Mitchell’s folk-toned lyrics in the song License Plate on album Elise, and the accompanying violin instrumental, the combination sets the scene for Mitchell’s sound. Distinct lyrics such as “time was not my friend” and “did you have to go?”, sets the scene for a narrative of looking back into time. Listeners hearing this single will think of situations that did not work out, perhaps for the best or worse of it all. The overall tone of the album Elise is a mixture of a heartfelt journal entry and a broken heart. The vocal talents of Mitchell could be compared to a modern-day Burt Bacharach and is a signature style that listeners recognize and appreciate. Overall, the most distinct observation about this album is it tells a story from one track to another, without sacrificing the loss of varying sound as you hit play and go through the songs.

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Miss Cactus & The Desert Showcases Alondra Ramirez Ladd’s Tropical Anthem In Music Video Titled Dating School

5 Mar

Miss Cactus & The Desert brings their sunburst of energy first and foremost in the music video Dating School. The environment that lead singer Alondra Ramirez Ladd creates is one that is mixed with nostalgia, dreams, and a stylistic 1970s vibe. The thematic elements of womanhood, strength, and pops of color all are noticeable and add even more of a stylistic dimension to the setting. Between the elements of tropical dance, the self assured attitude of Miss Cactus & The Desert, and the whimsical world that they create, listeners will get wrapped up in it. With lyrics such as “I’m retired from dating school, where I was just dealing with a whole bunch of fools” this further exposes Ladd’s comments about her upbringing and how she further hints to her rejecting advice that she has been given her whole life. The exciting things about this video are too numerous to list out, but listeners will quickly realize that with the upcoming release of the EP Oasis, Miss Cactus & The Desert has turned the page to something greater than your standard music video.

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