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Story of My Life Album Blends Folk & Soul Vibes

8 Jul

Story of My Life carries all the traits of a perfect folk song, while incorporating vibes of soul and bluegrass. With the vocals of Kevin West carrying the lyrics into an experience for the listener, it should not come as a surprise that West has been musical since a young age. Hailing originally from California, one can hear the beach-influenced vibes that are present in his music, best characterized by the light guitar anthems, and strong vocals. A memorable track from this album for me was One Too Many. One will notice first and foremost West’s way of crafting the story into a song and this one with the lyrics “I tried to rub away the cob webs from another late night”, and “I don’t know what time it was when I got to bed, I don’t know”. These lyrics hit the feeling of an all nighter with friends, paired up with the overwhelming excitement, recounting thoughts of when you don’t even know what time you went to bed. He paints the picture very well with his songwriting, he draws listeners in and promotes a level of coexisting with his audience as he recounts on his experiences, chances are they are also the listeners as well.

For more listening: Best of Mine

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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Riptide Channels New Wave Mood From Erich Mrak In Latest Single

8 Jun

Marking the 4th studio release of a 7 month studio campaign, Riptide is continuing the trend of an ongoing collection of songs that convey heavy emotions, stories, and the path of a great musician. Delving straight into the song to talk about the journey that a relationship goes through when you’ve done all you can do and love is fading. Erich crafts the story beautifully and compares it to a riptide, mixed with part of the narrative head space that one goes through in this hardship. While everyone’s journey with heartbreak is different, Mrak excels with connecting the emotion and heart in his latest release. Not only is it fascinating that he is releasing these songs over a calculated period of time, it makes sense. To myself as the listener, I want to get snippets of the journey that he has created for us to listen, session by session. Erich Mrak, you are challenging what musicians face as the control of music and the release of something you create is all in your hands.

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Animals From Nick de la Hoyde Will Give You The Inner Strength You Need For 2019

22 May

Just in time for Summer, Sydney based Nick de la Hoyde released his latest song entitled Animals. Within the song, he has collaborated with ZU/ZU in producing his latest hit. The base tone of the song will make you think of traditional hymns as piano keys strike. Hoyde’s voice is strong and enchants listeners. With lyrics like “blue eyes like the open water”,”love cries, but it never forgets”, his writing spins visual metaphors that are out of this world. The song does have an undertone appreciation for Animals both in the wild and in our lives as well. Animals will come before his full tracked album A Beautiful Mess, set to release in June/July. Listeners will connect with his anthemic tone of singing as it is reminiscent of Foster The People, The 1975, and dashes of Shawn Mendes. While you cannot pin down exactly what his sound consists of, being exposed to a multi-cultural household with numerous global influences definitely showcases the textured mixture of the sound he has crafted that gives him instant identity.

For more listening: Hold Me Close Single

 

 

This Beautiful Life Vol. 1 By Calvert Showcases Perfect Balance Between New Age Modern Music & Classical Music Undertones

11 May

When you start This Beautiful Life Vol. 1 in your headphones, you will immediately want to start humming along and dancing to the music that CALVERT creates. You will find familiarity in hearing a cover of Betty Who’s track Wanna Be in this album. From the synths that vibe throughout the whole EP and are reminiscent of Flo- Rida, Diplo, and many more in the EDM/DJ space, its quite clear that CALVERT is talented. The themes of the album include pushing through barriers and using strength as a superpower. He reflects as well on love, life, and loss. Listeners should not be surprised that his music has been showcased in Rent and Altar Boys. CALVERT’s voice sounds not only strong and well rounded, but it carries an empathetic quality that is infectious when you listen to his music. The album takes some twists and turns bringing in the sounds of the violin, unplanned piano melodies, and vocal runs that alot of talent lacks in the music space. CALVERT not only soars with this premiere album, but watch out for him in 2019, as I have a feeling he will not be unknown for much longer.

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