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SOULEYE: “Follow Your Heart”

I may be a cynical bastard in general (lol), but that doesn’t keep me from enjoying music that is exuding pure joy and positivity. SOULEYE’s track “Follow Your Heart” does just that. An infectious blend of electronic and rap influence, SOULEYE has a very welcoming sound. In some ways his music reminds me of Matisyahu, but that is just a personal feeling. In any case, I hope you are as pleasantly surprised as I was with this track.

SOULEYE can be found at http://www.souleye.net

 

Album review: “Hope” by a passage to the stars

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The greatest thing about being involved in the electronic genre as long as I have is variety. There are so many different artists out there with their own defining visions of what electronic music should be.

In the case of Portuguese artist a passage to the stars (real name Ricardo Alves), his music is a cosmic journey that elicits joy and mystery simultaneously. What is so fascinating about his album Hope is the understanding of simplicity. There is never too much sound, but just enough to give you a well-rounded experience.

In many ways a passage to the stars is a throwback to artists like Tangerine Dream and Jean-Michel Jarre. There is a similar minimalist approach and equal focus on melodic phrasing as well as soundscapes. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with this record.

Hope can be found at http://apassagetothestars.com/hope/

Album Review: “An Eclipse of Images” by Daniel Barbiero and Massimo Discepoli

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The best kind of music these days is music that defies convention. It’s music that is bold, fresh, and ultimately brave. This bravery can be displayed in numerous forms, but first and foremost the sound must be the focus. In my mind, the bravest music is that which is unable to be boxed into a single genre.

This music is exactly what I find when I listen to An Eclipse of Images. A cooperative project between Italian percussionist Massimo Discepoli and American experimental double-bassist/composer Daniel Barbiero, the record seeks to present musical “ hybrids meticulously built up of acoustic and electronic elements both composed and improvised.”

It does just that. The brilliant interaction between the double-bass, percussion, and electronic synth sounds create an experience that constantly leaves you in different musical worlds. You hear jazz, avant-garde classical, ambient and so much more within this record that each listen brings a new perspective.

It is a truly wondrous thing.

An Eclipse of Images can be found at http://www.acustronica.com/an-eclipse-of-images.html

Adversity: “Living Now”

You may remember the PR firm for punk bands What Happened To Your Band due to the music featured here or the interview I did with WHTYB?’s founder Valentine Klp. Thanks to her recommendation I got pointed in the direction of the awesome French punk band Adversity.

Their video, which I am sharing with you, has recently won KROD Records’ “best video” award for 2016. It’s easy to see why this video won. First of all the song “Living Now” is a personification of what great punk ought to be. It feels like a cross between the Bouncing Souls and Rise Against, and the results are fantastic.

The video itself personifies the independent punk spirit that draws its fans and musicians toward the genre. If you want to know more about Adversity and their music feel free to visit the following urls:

http://www.krodrecords.com/artists/adversity/

https://www.facebook.com/weareadversity/?fref=ts

 

Album review: Losing Landscapes by Chelsey and the Noise

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One of the most interesting trends in music right now is the resurgence of electronic music like that of the trip-hop golden years (i.e. the 90s). One problem I notice, however, is that the radio is becoming absolutely saturated with these electronic groups and only a few stand out from the crowd. What should an electronic group do so that they aren’t typecast as “just another indie electronic act?”

Enter Chelsey and the Noise with their EP Losing Landscapes. Described in their bio as utilizing “deep analog synths, glitch inspired beats, and aggressive vocals to create a darker breed of electronic music,” this duo of Chelsey Hice and Brent “the Noise” Watters creates a much needed fresh take on the electronic genre. 

The album is dark and infectious melodically. The instrumentals are well-composed, the vocals are extremely unique, and ultimately the songs have an immense amount of artistry behind them. Losing Landscapes is kind of like early Nine Inch Nails meets Phantogram and the Cure. It is the 80s, 90s, and modern era of alternative, industrial, and electronic music rolled into one EP.

Chelsey and the Noise is such a breath of fresh air amongst all of the copy-cat acts that are arising in the indie-electronic scene. This duo from the Bay Area is absolutely worth your time.

Losing Landscapes can be found at:

https://chelseyandthenoise.bandcamp.com/releases

Compilation Review: Sunrise Square 01-09

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Ambition is sometimes what drives composers insane. Sometimes we get such grandiose ideas that, when we put it together, it turns out to be too great to materialize. Other times, however, these “big” ideas become a large, continuous conceptual work of art. It is the latter that Sunrise Square falls into.

01-09 are, as indicated, nine separate collections of songs (in various numeric groupings) that form one ultimate compilation. It is an extremely vast work but absolutely worth going through as a music reviewer. Sunrise Square’s music is described by the Connecticut-based composer as:

“‘impressionist dance music’ influenced by Wolfgang Voigt, Detroit techno and Hiroki
Azuma’s interpretation of ‘otaku culture’.”

What occurs, to my own ears, is a mixture of ambient, house, and other electronic styles that manages to give off a calm, dance-able musical experience. You can either engage or tune out, and the music accepts either direction.

The three years that Sunrise Square took to make this music was time well spent. I think that there is something for every electronic music fan in this compilation.

Sunrise Square 01-09 can be found at:

http://www.sunrisesquare.bandcamp.com

 

The World Wide Web of Music Influence

http://www.readers.com/blog/music-influence/

Hey guys! At the link above you’ll find something that I thought was intriguing. It’s a giant diagram that shows the multi-faceted connections and influences of different artists from totally different genres. Sort of the 6 degrees of separation idea taken to the extreme. Anyways, have a nice day!

-Derek