Get Lost In The Serenity of Mingaw From Optacure

2 Feb

Close your eyes and listen to the song Mingaw and be prepared for your heart to be full. With the enchanting acoustic guitar and the vocals of Edmund Gemelo Jr and Debb, its a beautiful combination. When thinking of bands that carry similar vibes, listeners can pick up on similarities with RF & Lili De La Mora and The Fruit Bats. The overtures are so grand that the song initially takes you to that of a small scale orchestra, and then it brings you back to a serene and tranquil place. Staying true to the name of Optacure, which means Optical Cure the sense of journeying for meaning and truth carries over in the music he creates as well. To comment on the remarkable origins of this piece not only honing in on the song being created across three countries, but that Edmund moved to Queensland Australia without having any connections. In addition to the original. sound and content, this is a true statement that its creation story started organically as well.

Artist Website

https://www.facebook.com/optacure/

For More Listening:

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0ds8csdnpi5XwkWrvEbblN

The Smallest Creature Collectively Knows Who They Are With Latest Album The Magic Beans

3 Dec

Take one listen to The Smallest Creature and get ready to transport yourself into another dimension. With heavy synthesized sounds and strong vocals, they create something quite different. The album as a whole I feel sounds like an auditory story being told. A standout track from the album, titled October Song has strong lyrics such as “break away, she said the world will rise”, that paint visual metaphors for listeners that are taken on this journey. The effective use of synth and drumming throughout in a slow, rhythmic manner add a diverse texture to their sound as well. When reflecting on some artists that I would closely categorize them next to would be Soundgarden and Radiohead. Both of these bands have enough diversity in their music as a collective observation, but they are always evolving and have those similarly strong characteristics of sound. From start to finish, there is not a weak track on the album further affirming that The Smallest Creature knows exactly who they are and the capabilities and dimensions of their sound are up for the challenge of the music world.

Artist Website:

https://thesmallestcreature.com/magic-beans

Magic Beans

Better Angels From Eric H.F. Law Bridges Melodies & Reflections In One

21 Nov

Newly released album, Better Angels from Eric H.F. Law encompasses melodies and reflections in one in a seven track collection. First created when Law had first received his cancer diagnosis, the song Don’t Be Afraid evolved into a stay strong anthem for those listening to him that have been struggling throughout the pandemic and societal shifts. When reflecting on the path and order the songs take on the album, one can infer it takes on the path of the highs and lows of the unmappable journey people are going through during this time. Always interweaving his own personal story and struggles in his songs, since 2015 that desire has only gotten stronger. Inspired by the mission of musicians from the 1960s and 1970s, Law has carried on the mission of carrying his voice out to people to deliver a stronger message to the masses and Better Angels fulfills that soulful obligation and more. Listeners will find the acoustic, but song written style of Law’s music speaks with the music and without, almost an ode to spoken poetry and word.

Artist Website

https://erichflaw.hearnow.com

For More Listening:

https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/7BZtl4SWoHbyLH5IzLHqL7

Get On By From Doc Straw & The Scarecrows Channels Folk Reflecting

18 Oct

Get On By from Doc Straw & The Scarecrows channels the tone of folk music and appreciation. With lyrics such as “I got to get back on my feet and walk it out ” show the main character of the song having to push through life’s hardships no matter what. Musically, the song is filled with traits of folk music and has dashes of the harmonica, guitar, and the yearning vocal tone that folk music is known for. Continuing in on the reflecting throughout the song, the tone of being strong is spun within the lyrics as well.

In the world we are living in right now, this song hits close. No matter what people are going through insurmountable hardships, but must keep on. When listeners hear this song, I hope they find themselves in nature or in a reflective state, where they mix a tone of lamented sadness based on the world’s pandemic, but also appreciative that they are still here and they can get through this.

For More Listening:

Get On By – Doc Straw & The Scarecrows

https://docstrawandthescarecrows.com

Messages By Treasure Gnomes Pulls At Those Pining Heart Strings

18 Oct

Treasure Gnomes redefines what a love anthem should sound like. With the upbeat tempo and ebb and flow of tracks you would hear in a club, everything works together into its own masterpiece. The song originally started out as a love and hate letter to an ex. A lot of pining love songs usually set you up in the place or time where you saw them last. The unique thing about Treasure Gnome’s song is the rawness and realness of the lyrics as well.

With lyrics such as you got me leaving messages, you got me on that hang up call, saying things no one ought to hear definitely connects to that energy post breakup. As the song goes on and it morphs into the feelings of having to go on without that person connects to the almost second phase of melancholy the person going through the heartbreak will have to endure. Paired up with the fueled energetic beats and layered tracks, there are tones of anguished resilience of the heart as well.

The vocal contributions of Lachi throughout add a level of softness to the anger of a breakup or love lost. High and low the lyrics, music arrangement, and vocals all wrap up to bring you heartbreak in a song.

For More Listening:

Messages Song By Treasure Gnomes, Featuring Lachi

Soundcloud: @treasuregnomes

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