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A&R Factory Present: Calming River

Delicate, tender and poignant, Calming River returns following his critically acclaimed 2015 EP with the dark and brooding new single, “For The Echoes To See”, released Friday 26th May 2017.

Intricate fingerpicking, numerous tunings and contemplative lyrics create an intimate and beautiful aesthetic showcasing the British-born, Denmark-based songwriter at the peak of his powers.

The atmospheric new single, “For The Echoes To See”, addresses the discomfort and disequilibrium of not living up to expectations inherent in modern life – “a feeling felt by many who struggle to see human values of care and empathy reflected in today’s world”,” as Calming River songsmith Joshua Malcolm explains.

Songwriter Joshua Malcolm explains, “The ethos of my work is to create challenging, artistic and meaningful work. On one level the music is deceptively simple—an acoustic guitar and vocal. But when analysed on another level, there is a distinguished complexity in the technical guitar playing, alternative song structures and reflective lyrics. My music is aimed to oppose an overly-produced and formulaic tide that washes many shores.”

The sensitive nature of Calming River’s artistry generates the rare ability to form a uniquely personal connection with his audience resulting in numerous festivals and radio sessions as far as Australia, New Zealand, Denmark and the UK. The arrival of “For The Echoes To See” embraces a poetic class that justifies the songwriter as being described as one of the best up and coming writers in Europe.

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A&R Factory Present: Vertebrae

Vertebrae, an independent alternative rock outfit hailing from London, has released their latest studio endeavor, a single entitled ‘Half The Time.’ The melodic new track has debuted with an accompanying music video, one that’s actually quite well shot. Thus, between the song and the video, Vertebrae is a bit of anomaly in the alternative indie scene: their sound and visuals are both articulate and well-produced.

Even though their self-classification of “alternative” is technically most apt for their music, it’s worth noting that Vertebrae’s sound infuses more than a bit of pop music as well. The hook of ‘Half The Time’ is absolutely brilliant, conveyed beautifully by a strong lead vocalist. For a three piece outfit, Vertebrae has a massive sound. It’s not clear how much additional instrumentation was added in the production process, but there’s an explosive nature to ‘Half The Time’ that makes it feel especially “full.”

Lyrically, ‘Half The Time’ is about as strong as any other pop-tinged alt-rock track. It delves into navel gazing and self doubt, two themes that are fairly common in the genre. The conviction of the performance, however, is top notch, selling the authenticity of the sound. Visually, the music video is spectacularly excellent. The band has even gone as far to shoot it in 4K, and it’s superb 4K, too. Was that entirely unnecessary? Probably. Is it exceedingly cool? Absolutely.

‘Half The Time’ is certainly the kind of single one could spin endlessly for a long while. The strong production and fantastic performance on behalf of all three members of Vertebrae makes the single one of the stronger alt-rock efforts to come across my desk thus far in 2017. They’d be a band worth taking a serious look at seeing live if you live locally in London or surrounding areas. ‘Half The Time’ is well worth the download.

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A&R Factory Present: LANY

Electronic music has soared to great heights over the last decade, but while many have focused their efforts on EDM, others are going back to the roots of digital recording.

From 1975’s “Love Me” to Charli XCX’s “Body of My Own” as shared on The Odyssey, modern pop, indie and alternative musicians are seeking inspiration from the 80s. Some even sound like they’re straight out of the era, composing songs that are quite honestly refreshing in the global music industry that’s currently dominated by The Chainsmokers, and any other producers that match their aesthetic. One of these groups that we’re featuring today is the three-piece outfit hailing from Los Angeles, better known as LANY, short for Los Angeles New York.

An alternative rock/indie pop band that formed back in March 2015, lead vocalist Paul Jason Klein is a former model and solo artist who flew to Nashville to meet up with Jake Clifford Goss and Les Priest. The first two tracks that debuted on Soundcloud were “Hot Lights” and “Walk Away.” Without revealing any of their identities, they released single after single, finally exposing who LANY (pronounced lay-nee) really were.

Even though no one knew or heard of LANY before the big reveal, their songs generated a massive online following, and the reason for this is because of how much of a standout they are in the music industry. Frontman Klein tells Teen Vogue in an interview, “I think the magic of LANY just happened by the three of us bringing our influences and experiences to the table and together we just formed our sound.” They may not have an exact definition of what genre they fall under, but there’s no doubt that they are pretty nostalgic over 80s electronic beats.

When we look back to the 80s, a lot of the images that come to mind are statement shoulder pads, neon lights and big hairstyles. As for 80s music, we even see it honoured in the form of digital titles. Gaming portal Slingo have indicated in their themed game Neon Staxx that the decade was defined by the blaring synthesisers, and with the number of artists listed on The Lala, including LANY, reminiscing and using that synth pop sound, it’s clear that the 80s are back with a vengeance.

Currently in the middle of their worldwide tour, kinda has been extended to the middle of July, with the remaining gigs located in Asia, Europe, Canada and the US. They expect to release their debut studio album on June 30th, with pre-orders available now on their website.

Here is the complete tracklist for their debut album:
1) Dumb Stuff
2) The Breakup
3) Super Far
4) Overtime
5) Flowers On The Floor
6) Parents
7) ILYSB
8) 13
9) Hericane
10) Hurts
11) Good Girls
12) Pancakes
13) Tampa
14) Purple Teeth
15) So, Soo Pretty
16) It Was Love

You can listen to their tracks from previous EPs on SoundCloud or Spotify, or download their songs through Apple Music.

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A&R Factory Present: Joy Downer

Joy Downer is the new project from Joy Bishop and Jeff Downer, a married duo out of  Los Angeles, CA. Inspired by duality; themes of light and dark, man and woman, mind and matter collide to set the backdrop of the sound.

Their danceable debut single, “Caught In Your Spell,” is a jangle pop love song  that opens with a shimmery, dreamwave synth and is anchored by buoyant drums and groovy rhythms. All the while Bishop’s saccharine voice sings a story of obsessive intentions ending with triumphant blasts of trumpet.  

“Have you ever met someone that made you dance the fine line of being a stalker and letting that person know you’re interested?,” says Bishop about ‘Caught In Your Spell.’

The song is off their debut EP, Radio Dreamer, which was recorded and produced by Rob Kolar (of He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister and KOLARS) at his home studio in Echo Park.

Website – http://joydowner.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/joydownermusic/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/joyydowner

Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/joydowner

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A&R Factory Present: MYFEVER

MYFEVER is a rock band residing in Atlanta, Georgia. Not that it particularly matters when you hear them. If it did, then it wouldn’t exactly make sense to you that brothers Weston and Garrett Hine have somehow managed to capture an authentic energy of West Coast and marry it to a ‘90s sensibility, all while being from Northwest Florida and still in their mid-twenties.

After ten years of playing music together, the core-member Hine brothers have attentively distilled their love of alt-arena rock into a truly memorable and truly modern expression of the genre.

To compare MYFEVER to a homogenized list of names, with the purpose of winning you over, would be pointless. Their offerings deserve more than a casual stream or well-intended earmark. This is burn-worthy music. Theft-worthy music. The point is, you’ve got a date with MYFEVER, so show up.

See The Light is the band’s debut album, released May 2015, followed by their Twin A couplet in early 2016.

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A&R Factory Present: VHS Collection

“Wide Awake” is the first single off VHS Collection’s first full-length record, which will arrive in Spring of 2017. The band recorded “Wide Awake” in Brixton London in January during a two-week session with producer Chris Zane (Passion Pit, St. Lucia, Friendly Fires).

VHS describes the track as “Dark Disco Rock” and says that the track signals a refined direction for the band in its energy, lyrical themes, and sound choices. Many of the signature themes and sounds from previous releases show up here including: New York City, desperation, arpeggiated synths and funky basslines. But this track goes deeper with a massive guitar hook, pumped up energy, and even darker lyrical themes than before.

“Wide Awake” is a party anthem, laced with dark undertones. It is a tragic love story, about the madness, obsession, anxiety, and fear that can come with a relationship and the dichotomy between being trapped and being set free by being with someone else. “Wide Awake” tells the story of a man who moves to the city and feels lost. His life is saved by a girl he falls in love with, but then that love turns to a mad obsession which keeps him up all night and eventually destroys his sanity.”

Conor Cook, VHS Collection

“Wide Awake does it all for us. It screams, whispers, yelps, shreds and breaks out the funk. Its both intimate and chaotic. The theme is one we have danced around a lot in our earlier music, madness and separation both dark and celebratory. This tune is a signature blend of all VHS elements. Big guitar. Big synths. Beeping arpeggiators and dramatic characterized vocals. It feels very much our own, but also has a few nods to some of our favorite artists.”

James Bohannon, VHS Collection

2016 saw VHS Collection put two independently released singles on the Spotify Viral Charts (“Lean” #8; “Waiting on the Summer” #14). The band also performed at major festivals last year including slots at Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, in addition to sold out shows on both coasts. VHS released its 2nd EP StereoHype last September which has been streamed over 4 million times to date.

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ANNOUNCED TOUR DATES

2/1 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall

2/9 – Washington, DC – DC9

2/10 – Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy

2/11 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom

3/3 – Okeechobee, FL – Okeechobee Music Festival

3/10 – Austin, TX – SXSW

6/3 – Bunbury Music Festival

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A&R Factory Present: WYLAND

Sometimes inevitability dictates the roads we take, leading us to fateful coincidences, Craigslist ads, and a little bit of blind luck. That’s exactly how four-piece Wyland came to be.

Marrying atmospheric rock with a modern pop sensibility and traditional strings and piano, Wyland skillfully crafts tunes that show appreciation for both the present and the past. The band has appeared alongside quite an impressive roster thus far, including Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes, and the Vaccines, to name a few.

The up-and-coming quartet has received much praise from publications like The Jersey Journal, PopMatters, The Deli and All Things Go. CMJ stated, “Wyland has an instantly digestible sound. The band blends suburban angst with city kid confidence.”

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A&R Factory Present: MOON

MOON’s latest single, “We’re So Close,” alters between twinkling synths and epic backbeats all linked by frontwoman Chelsea Davis’s captivating voice. The result is an arresting anthem of edgy alt-pop.

“Our goal with ‘We’re So Close’ was to convey a message of ‘hope for peace,’” says Davis. “We want to express a broad and positive essence to be applied to all people and situations. If we’re going to get along at all, it’s all about getting closer.”

MOON is a Los Angeles-based alt-rock act founded by Chelsea Davis (vocals/drums) and Dan Silver (guitar/synth). Together, they weave elements of shoegaze, synth-pop, and desert rock via dreamy guitars, picturesque synth work, and a solid rock backbone. Their previous single, “I Got A Fever,” charted on iTunes’ Hot Tracks as well as KROQ’s Locals Only with Kat Corbett and appeared on USA Network’s hit TV show Colony.

“We’re So Close” was recorded at Victory Road Studios and mixed by Mark Needham (Third Eye Blind, Walk The Moon, The Airborne Toxic Event) at Ballroom Studio.

Website – http://www.moontransmissions.com

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A&R Factory Present: Lavoy

Blending and layering hints of modern Alt-Pop and 80’s nostalgia, Lavoy is Alternative’s answer to Ellie Goulding.

Since their polished synth-laden take on dance party rhetoric hit the airwaves in early 2014, the charismatic collective have brought new meaning to the term ‘entertainment’, while the unassuming audience finds themselves persuaded into letting the movement take over and soon realise they’ve given way to the luring sound. Founded on and fuelled by the principles of quality dance tracks and the pure elation the 5-piece displays while performing, the alt pop visionaries that make up Lavoy are ascending beyond the forest of new industry talent with a great bit of confidence and more fervor than most seem to muster in a life time.

“Friend is about the value of others individually and the influence that relationship can have on someones life. I wanted to make a statement on the currency of friendship… that a friend is alive in this particular time to influence a moment in ones life is a powerful thing and a position of great stature. Todays world has benefited technology advancement and many other thing in great ways, but we’ve unknowingly been distracted by these things and I believe the art of friendship is becoming a lost art and has been sacrificed up in exchange for convenience and ease. This song was written when we first left our home in Alaska and is highly influenced by our friends that we left behind when the band moved to Washington. There’s nothing quite like leaving home to cause you to stop taking your relationships for granted and seeing the value in them.” – singer Tyrell L. Tompkins

Lavoy’s forthcoming EP, produced by Casey Bates (Portugal.The Man, INXS, Pierce The Veil, MxPx) will be in stores later this year.

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A&R Factory Present: Chasing Moonlight

Ten years ago a band like Chasing Moonlight couldn’t have existed. The alternative pop/rock duo encapsulates everything about making music in the age of self-producing & genre mashing. Working day & night, they built up their own studios—becoming producers, engineers & designers on their own. Using infinite colors from their creative palette, they have carved out their own genre—optimistic fuzz—an anthemic pop rock sound with hints of hip-hop & dubstep. From drums lines, crowd screams, distorted synths & passionate vocals—their sound is as if a piano has fallen down a technicolor staircase, leaving it off-kilter yet a bit more human.

The band is a meeting of two universes—Zeke Hunter & Brett Steinberg, both award winning artists who’ve been featured on radio, such as The Howard Stern Show, KISS 95.7 (iHeart Radio), Sirius XM, Hot 103.9 “Freshly Squeezed” & 104.1 WMRQ, & featured on national publications, such as PureVolume, Popdust & HYPEFRESH. Their differences paradoxically complement each other & their music reflects their essence, yet of a side they’ve never seen before. Hunter & Steinberg have always been attracted to collaboration with one another starting with the first time they met 10 years ago—immediately starting a project with a massive debut in Brooklyn the following week.

As artists who have delved into many different music, film & stage projects, they have a hunger to create lasting, boundary-pushing art. The only compass they use to guide them through new sonic territory is the pursuit of creating unique sounds with emotional resonance. Their music tells a deeply personal story that has the tenderness to get you through the darkest nights, but the drive to cut through the noise of our generation—can you hear it?

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