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Welcome To The River From Westrock Channels All The Country Feels Loud & Proud

22 Apr

When listening to Welcome To The River by Westrock, you can listen and feel all the crafted storytelling instantly. Of course, country music is notorious for this and Westrock does not disappoint. A standout track off the album includes Life From A Lift Chair with the musical arrangement that consists of an eclectic mix of guitar, killer vocals, and the fiddle. Some of the lyrics from the song include “Colorado, in the middle of March makes the world a little brighter, “worries fade into the sky” and it sets the environment for listeners. You can close your eyes and feel the cold air of Colorado through the lead vocals of August Huckabee. A beautiful mix of Americana and Country music, Westrock does an amazing job of setting the tone for this strong collection of songs that not only capture lighthearted emotion, but also that of an adventurer as well.

Artist Website: https://www.westrockband.com

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Ellis By 1st Base Runner Captivates Rock Into Another Dimension

22 Apr

Take one listen to Ellis by 1st Base Runner and listeners are captivated by the rock-flo style as they are pushed into another dimension. The sounds of low-fi keyboard paired up with the drums on track Near Me really entice the listener into what they are hearing. As the album progresses, so does the style of music. When listening to Ellis, the best way one can describe it would be that of a portal of sound is opened every time you get deeper and deeper in the album. Numbers really shifts the listener to a darker sound, with lyrics such as “I never learned to believe in myself”. With the synth sounds and ethereal arrangement, the track alone makes the album. When reflecting on influences of the band and who they sound like, one can draw similarities between Radiohead, Aphex Twin, and Godspeed!, but the band really does have a sound all of its own.

Artist Website: http://1stbaserunner.com

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Venus Blake Connects Us To Our Heart Through The Other Side of Midnight

1 Feb

Take one listen to Venus Blake and you will hear such a strong vocal sound that can only be described as musical darkness and magic. Some standout tracks from The Other Side of Midnight include Red Wine and Love We Lost. Overall Venus Blake’s sound mixes a blend of piano instrumentals and beautiful vocal hymns in the background of accompanying vocalists. When listeners listen to her, they will immediately notice a heaviness in her lyrics and sound. This is simply what contributes to her greatness and the overall standout quality of this album. Similar female artists would definitely be Amy Lee from Evanescence and Alanis Morrissette. With some standout lyrics from Red Wine “cry me an ocean, don’t know what else I can do”, her lyrics connect her right to the heart emotion and feeling of overall melancholy.

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Artist Website

https://www.iamvenusblake.com

Open-Mindedness From Aura Blaze Will Take You To Another World

19 Jan

Take one listen to Open-Mindedness and get ready to be teleported to another musical dimension from Aura Blaze. Hearing everything from the synth sounds setting the mood on the tracks and the writing coming from the talent of Rhode Rachael, listeners will be entangled in the musical atmosphere. Rhode Rachael does an amazing job of composing the environment complete with out of this world sounds paired up with a steady rhythm that can be best characterized as galaxy rock or psychedelic genius. When thinking of similar artists, one can think of MGMT, ELO, and The Hollies. Everything about Open-Mindedness feels like intentional greatness with a carefully crafted musical world to accompany it. 

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Artist Website:

http://www.aurablazemusic.blogspot.com

Shimmer EP From Arktik Lake Creates Auditory Ambiance Like No Other

18 Oct

Arktik Lake just released their debut EP Shimmer and it will not disappoint listeners who want to indulge in some auditory shoegaze and ambient rock. Think Simple Minds meets Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and you just have one facet of what Arktik Lake sounds like. With the themes of astral traveling, galaxies, and simply existing, this EP is one to just listen and take all of the music in. Marty Willson-Piper leading vocals and the background vocals of Olivia Willson-Piper cascading through, listeners will be surprised that this is their debut EP and everything sounds like it has been rooted for years. Listening to more of the EP, listeners get a deep idea of Arktik Lake and what really matters to them. A standout track from Shimmer called Promises We Made, includes lyrics such as “forever promises, we made, just you and me”. From the up of the guitar riff to the light drums in the background of the tracks, the band does an amazing job of not only creating auditory texture, but ambiance as well.

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Artist Website

https://www.arktiklake.net

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