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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Collins and Streiss - Free review

Year : 2018
Genre : Pop
Label : Independent
Origin : Canada
Where to check out: > - here - <

With their track called "Free", Canadian duo Collins and Streiss gives you one thorough, unperturbed opportunity to hear and feel how their collective artistic credo bends to the meticulously formatted will of positivity. Anatomically reminiscent to a friendly, beefy church song, Free is quick to reassure you that no harm will be done to the fabric of the universe during the playtime of the declaration, and indeed all sentiments of shade are thoroughly discarded from the safe space the song seeks to convey-, and, in a sense, imprison you in.

From a structural point of view, the statement reflects the central anatomy of a collaborative effort which indeed has been made via the most conservative approach possible, resulting in an intact, yet relatively immobile core that could not have been tampered with during the process, as said core itself was the initial main idea all along. The song sounds pleasant, even. Yet, its artistic foundation is having quite hard of a time showcasing anything that freedom would be in jeopardy of. In this sense, the effort bites more than it is about to chew. No challenges are showcased herein except for the management of the unbearable realization of being devoid of those. All life-critical things and comforts are in an arm's vicinity. Everyone is safe and FREE. The irony is considerable, and might very well be of deliberate character. Hard to tell, which is the most optimal aspect of the song.

The track assumes you to be a metaphoric mirror, situated at the center of a heavily censored environment, one which is devoid from content worth critically reflecting on. The track demonstrates a sense of interesting corrosion, resulting from artistic conformity, and the most interesting part is how the narrator seem to fail to see that his diagnosis is a threat signal, and not an achievement. Or, maybe the artist IS perfectly aware, and he is adamant enough at conveying the message that he is ready to sacrifice himself in the process, even. If the case is such, then the song is pure genius. With "Free", you are "Free" to see that freedom is in danger, once everyone safely forgot its price.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Jazzgroupiez - millinaissance EP review

Year : 2017
Genre : Chillout
Label : Independent
Origin : United States
Official site: > - here - <

Jazzgroupiez's millinaissance EP is the result of a solid, well researched genre-consortium that emerges successful at establishing organic connections amidst the reverberating tints of vinyl-based smooth jazz and more modernistic, loop-based fascinations that seek no urge whatsoever to deviate from the super-submissive gravitational pull of extremely mellow chillout. The EP's strongest point lies in its insistence of adhering to a set of very clearly declared stylistic constraints, as these four + one-, brief statements of jazzy/moody breeze all express and saturate a love so deeply felt for the genre, that the listener feels as if the mere flow of time would face a challenge enduring the exhibition of one given idea, such is its notable urge to move on to caress the next one at last.

This relative haste is covertly/efficiently mitigated by a certain technique, which is permeating the effort: the EP has a keen sense of what it wants to "hunt" for in a given melodic statement, therefore it often utilizes the tactic of taking out a chunk of melodic happening/occurrence from an originally more complex pattern/melodic sequence, and it casts various harmonic lights unto the given shape, and gives you apt opportunity to observe and heed the given result with intense scrutiny. But no further agenda is embedded or hidden herein, as really, you are here exactly for the result that you are being shown already. Nothing further to see here, let's move on, shall we? - proposes the disc. Which is a reoccurring gesture that forms the basis of operation of this record. Thus, the brief playtime of these elegant entries makes more and more sense as the listener progresses on with the EP, as the creators save you the "usual hassle" of convincing you that they INDEED have came up with patterns of relevance, since they already know that they did indeed, and, even better: they know you will know and notice that, too, provided you have competent enough ears to come to said-, inevitable conclusions.

In this context, the millinaissance EP is a collection of 4 + 1 interesting experiments that seek to achieve the same effect of super-mellow auditory intrigue via the most fundamental-, and, therefore, most primordial machinations of moody smooth jazz, and the show isn't reaching an end upon completion, as the disc reaches its beginning once more without you noticing, and you find yourself on it once again, with even more curiosity.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Osea - Make me feel track review

Year : 2017
Genre : Synth Pop
Where to check the song out : >-here-<
Origin : Italy

Osea's track "Make me feel" reveals pop sensibilities rooted in an era that has shown interest in drawing pulsations that are in a constant sync with the intriguing thrills of the night. Anatomically, the piece showcases the straightforward compositional tactics, and you probably would have no qualms if to hear this statement smuggled neatly and secretly into any and all sensual compilations .

What's particularly interesting, is Osea's mixed voice singing, as he is so authentically past over any and all anxiety of how he sounds, that the mere act of witnessing him embracing his own acumen, - without any obtrusive effects unleashed, mind us - is a liberating experience, and, by the end of the logical conclusion of this elegantly simple and simply elegant effort, you find yourself being curious of a consecutive track, which hopefully is under construction already.

Check out "Make me feel" at Osea's SoundCloud here.
 
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Monday, December 4, 2017

Rahul Mukerji - Ma De Re Sha review

Year : 2017
Genre : Instrumental Melodic Rock
Origin : United States
Where to check the album out: > - here - <

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Rahul Mukerji's debut effort is a straight-to-the-point guitar album, in which the Indian-born artist showcases apt capacities and talent at coming up with Satrianiesque riffage-galore, and, not surprisingly, the music on display works the best whenever Mukerji attempts to go beyond the influential ties via sculpting out an authentic musical identity, which especially is noticeable in the track called Children of I-2, which this reviewer considers the stone cold sober high point of the release. Satriani himself would snap his famous fingers in approval upon hearing the aforementioned declaration, as the Flying in a Blue Dream-influence-, although thematically present, yields music that immediately goes for the core of playfully morose gloom, and channels content right from the heart of it. Read on to know more.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Dave Wirth - Eyelids and Oil & Open Mouth Monstrous Teeth track reviews

Year : 2017
Genre : Elegiac Country
Label : Independent
Origin : United States
Official site: > - here - <

With his two latest declarations "Eyelids and Oil" and "Open Mouth, Monstrous Teeth", Dave Wirth defines a largely unexplored territory as the basis of his current musical interest. While the songs are non-apologetically country at heart, their anatomy is prone to tenderly submit to a Pink Floydesque sensibility. One has a feeling as if listening to the music of a truck driver who already had the chance to see the best and the worst the road has to offer, and now it is due time to reflect on the results of the experiences, the results that are stigmatizing his soul and body, while he still sits in the "company" of the incoming white stripes that are relentlessly tuned to infinity, and they urge the man behind the wheel to make the best effort possible at  maxing out his human condition.

These songs are devoid of any and all rabid dynamics you would assume as pertinent to being a truck driver: the insatiable thirst for adventure-, if it ever were present, has already been assuaged by the countless satisfaction of it, and now the protagonist finds himself in a meditative position, as reflected by the characterology of this music. Drums are not even included in these songs, not in the common sense in the word, anyway: a probable symbolic parallel drawn to express the insignificance of time while on the road. A minute, a life, an eternity: each have super-similar meaning in this type of existence, that which commands its experiencer to go as mellow as comprehensible, because everything else is a pain to bear, while this mellowness can endure all, anything and everything. Maybe even 10000 more white stripes.

Wirth's signing is soulful and honest, and the revealed instrumental sounds are especially rich in timber and softness. This is the music of the truck driver who did not yet decide whether to quit his job tomorrow, while a substantial part of his psyche seems to be indicative of a dormant conviction that there is no other home for him than to being on the road. A spiritually submissive and uplifting experience.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Free From Gravity - Step Into the Sunlight review

Year : 2017
Genre : Melodic Soft Rock
Origin: United Kingdom
Label : Independent
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Free From Gravity is a UK-based ensemble of five musicians sharing a consensual love resonated towards the soft rock sensibilities rooted in the best traditions of the given genre. Think "Men at Work", but substitute said group's trademark rendition of gloom and musically intriguing grit with a more risk-evader type of demeanor that is almost exclusively focused on self-reflective and cheerful sentiments, deliberately rendered with ultra-smooth sounds and timbers that openly seek to radiate auditory warmth, and emerge highly successful at this agenda.

When Free From Gravity reveals its top form in the context of songcraft, even Dire Straits comes to mind, courtesy of the slick production standards that wisely commit to keep a constant limitation on intensity, never quite offering a glimpse towards hard-rock heft, and this diligent focus guarantees an experience that remains enjoyable for the widest demographic palette - without compromising the honesty and authenticity of the soft rock music on full-scale display. Read on to know more.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Twelve of Confusion - Worldsun review

Year : 2013 to 2016
Genre : Modern Metal/Black Metal
Label : Independent
Origin : Finland
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Black metal has numerous fields of operation that it could work supremely well on, and one of these production commitments deliberately seek to engulf the listener into the mere remnants of what once might have been a perfectly valid set of instruments, but THEN came The Black, and took most of the volumetric essence with it.

This approach emerges excellent at conveying a sense of the nietzschenian superloneliness, as you most often feel that there is something to intently behold and secretly scrutinize beneath the layer of black, but you, as listener, should not be entirely comfortable at the prospect of the veil being removed. Finland-based Twelve of Confusion is a firm admirer and practitioner of said sub-genre of voyeuristic soul-torment, and their monster length double CD effort "Worldsun" comes to burn some well defined holes into Carl Sagan's fabric of the cosmos AND into your soul, if you think you happen to have one. Let us see the temperature posthaste - read on to know more.

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