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River of Light Mesmerizes Listeners With Styko’s Sultry Voice & Feeling Of Rock + Roll

28 Nov

Listening to Kristina Styko will mesmerize you from the very beginning. With her sultry voice accompanying her acoustic guitar, Styko brings a feeling of rock and grill with a dash of grit. Out of all the tracks on her album River of Light, the one that is a strong standout is State Line Diner and At The Edge. From setting up the narrative to describing certain emotions in story form, Styko connects with the audience that is listening to her music effortlessly. Diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia back in 2017, nothing stops Kristina Styko which makes her music even more inspiring. Spasmodic dysphonia causes speaking and singing to be sometimes difficult to articulate and get sounds out. It should not come as a surprise that her isolated Thoreau like retreat in Vermont contributes to her unique and raw sound in her music. If listeners think that this is a talented musician, her talent exceeds that of a vocalist and she has put herself in the category of producer in her studio Pepperbox and record label owner of Thunder Ridge Records. If a strong female musician that organically creates her music by her own will, does not inspire you, I do not know what will.

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Starry Sounds By Todd Warner Moore Epitomizes Americana Music

22 Sep

From the first strum of the guitar by Todd Warner Moore on his album called Starry Sounds, the feeling of the Americana way is throughout from start to finish. With the tracks cohesively uniting to form an impressive collection of work, Moore does not disappoint with the latest release. The stories ebb and flow between stories of reflecting and those of a wanderer. Hailing from Kansas City, Kansas, there is an undertone of that of an artist that one can sense in his music. A mixture of influences of the Folk, 60s, Gypsy and Latin Music, Moore makes sure to diverse his sound with the overall sound that he has carefully crafted. He has consistently been releasing music throughout his career, with 2019 being a productive year with the completion of four albums. With no song being a weak song on his album, the one that was definitely a standout is Starry Sounds. With the lyrics making reference to the moonlit beach and describing it as “an uprooted memory, left no trace” this paints a vision of whatever place that may be for the individual listening to the song, and not just a specific image. Moore allows the listener to dream up while hearing his songs the spaces and images that comes to mind. The entire album is not only strong instrumentally, but emotionally as well.

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Cass Clayton Brings Her Craft of Storytelling To Play Nice Album

14 Sep

Upon listening to Cass Clayton’s voice, you will be transported to the 90s and the sounds of crooning that is recognizable in country stars. Her sound is not country, but her stories are real and authentic. Musicians that will come to mind while listening to Cass include Stevie Nicks, Loretta Lynn, and Melissa Etheridge. On this 12 song album, the favorites include Dawes County and You’ll See. The fascinating part about the collection of songs is the variety on such a personal album. Listeners will get wrapped up in the heartfelt storytelling of one song and then get filled with a never look back attitude. With lyrics such as “see where she wants to go, look within and you will see”, there are messages of a journey and the obstacles along the way. From the writing style to the level of rawness she has in her music, this should be at the top of your list for 2019 musicians to watch.

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The Soul Numbers Album By Seneko Brings A Mix Of 60s Motown Into 2019

24 Jun

Upon listening to The Soul Numbers by Seneko, you will find yourself thinking of music of 60s motown and funk. Heavy bass and drum snares alongside the vocal talents of Stan Olshefski will have listeners drawn in even more while listening to the vibe of the songs. The songs exemplify excellent storytelling at its best as well, with Callin’ Of The Cause being a standout favorite on the newest release. With lyrics like “cell phone down the sewer, new rules to learn”, he comments not only on society in a satirical manner, but also a reminder to go back to the basics and lose yourself. Seneko characterizes their music in unique ways on the album with sounds implemented in their music arrangement such as clapping, drawn out vocals, and a varied mixture of light drum beats mixed with heavy drum beats in rock music. Whether tuning up Seneko’s music for a ride along a road trip or ready to blare at a feel good party, their style and sound not only yield good feelings, but makes you think about their music after you have stopped listening.

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Love & Change Brings The Sound of Americana & Folk From Todd Warner Moore

29 Apr

Love & Change released from Todd Warner Moore channels everything a listener loves about Americana and Folk Music. The overall album spans across different moods and vibes within the track list. When thinking of additional bands that come to mind that carry the same feel as Todd Warner Moore, different ones channel aspects of Moore’s sound. For a more contemporary aspect, Joshua Radin sounds very similar. Honing in on the Americana homage points to the vocals of The Weepies and Jaymay. With lyrics that focus heavily on the art of storytelling first meetings, tough goodbyes, and everything in between, Moore characterizes the definition of a raw musician. “Goodbye on a sunny day, brightens all the shadows in a beautiful way” is a memorable lyric as it coexists among the emotions of happiness and sadness all in one. For the music connoisseur who wants to kick it back to original and one of a kind musicianship, do yourself a favor and start streaming the playlist.

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