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Krigarè Spins A-Ha’s Take On Me Into Something All Her Own

11 Apr

Krigarè takes the original acclaimed hit by A-Ha’s Take On Me and makes it her own. While my loyalty lies with the original one, Krigarè makes this song her own with the angsty undertones. Instrumentally, it is not your standard pop song, but rather its slowed down, making it intentionally rock and carrying synthetic vibes with the musical arrangement. In this instance, do not write this off as simply a cover, Krigarè channels so much more within this song. Her name literally translates to the word Warrior and it shows in her music. With the strong and fearless attitude and unique approach to making music, its no surprise she has nothing short of warrior like qualities. Prior to this cover release, she began her journey in the music industry by playing piano for Kelly Clarkson at the Grammy Awards and has composed songs within the cinematic industries as well. Further adding to her warrior ship, she was diagnosed with two different cancers at 16, and has persevered joining worldwide outlets, over 75 radio stations, and some of the most popular streaming services such as Itunes, Spotify, and Pandora. No matter where she is, Krigarè wows with this cover and with her talents, story, and what is to come on her journey as a musician.

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Y. Dan Rubenstein Weaves Stories of Growth In Single Don’t Break What You Cannot Fix

2 Apr

Y. Dan Rubenstein channels his inner storyteller in the single Don’t Break What You Cannot Fix from his debut album Stolen Moments. Set to release this summer, Rubenstein is already setting a strong foundation with his diverse songs filled with jazz and Latin influence. Yet, do not compartmentalize that sound as Rubenstein intertwines traditional rock arrangements in there as well. Comparable to others within the songwriting space, musicians are taking on the world issues head on by singing about them. Through the song, he points out the themes of resistance and fighting with strong lyrics that fill heavy hearts. “It’s easier to insist than break what you cannot fix” is just one highlight of how he expresses some of the political state of America and how people view it, and promote change. While some may not warm up to hearing about current issues within music, the single expresses a mixture of concern, reflecting, and activism all rolled up into one. Musicians like Y. Dan Rubenstein may not fill your car radio’s playlist day in and day out, but I can picture at a show a whole audience being moved by his activism and musicianship driving the steering wheel of inspiration.

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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 Elise Hypnotizes Listeners In The Sound of Rock & Grit

25 Jan

Upon first listening to Elise, listeners will hear Damon Mitchell‘s heartfelt grit when singing in his recent single. “Your dark demand that I do not share, you break the ice and put it on your bruise” showcases just some of the lyrics within the song that point towards this complicated character that Mitchell sings about. The tone of his angst and the background of Elise also showcase the dark qualities of this woman that we can speculate was an ex-girlfriend. Heavily inspired by mid 60s Beatles, listeners also hear a dash of 70s grunge and rock sounds within the song as well. If you think that you will be disappointed by this EP, this single track should turn that mindset around. In addition to this enticing song to set the groundwork, stand-out artists will make musical appearances on the EP. Featuring musicians such as Charlie McCoy (Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel) and Tris Imboden (Chicago, Kenny Loggins), etc, Damon Mitchell delivers this album with all of his heart & soul.

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Maxwell James Spins A Different Vibe For Country Folk Within Album Self-Titled

9 Jul

Upon first listening to Maxwell James, imagine a hybrid of sound between Sam Beam from Iron & Wine and Luke Bryan. Combining just the right amount of guitar strumming and drawn out lyrics, James instruments both perfectly in his album Self-Titled. The tracks on the album vary from angsty rock to feel good country, showing two different sides to his sound. With lyrics like, “roll down your windows slowly, you’ll get to know me” illustrate a storytelling quality that centers around ordinary happenings. The way that he arranges such lyrics to the music makes the qualities of country and rock music into a sound all his own. An example of this on the album is within the track Roll Down Your Window Slowly, a standout track on the EP. The merging of his unique voice, precise musical arrangement, and whipping up a melting pot of sounds will keep listeners wanting more from this Nashville based musician.

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