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Ariana Molkara showed us the epitome of country-pop class in her coming of age debut single, Birdies Gotta Fly By

With all of the class and arcane beguile of a Parisian Chanteuse, the alt-country pop singer-songwriter Ariana Molkara has made a theatrical yet intimately captivating entrance with her debut single, Birdies Gotta Fly By.

Cinematic scarcely covers the luminous production, which comes complete with pianos that would leave Ben Folds weak at the knees paired with infectiously upbeat percussion and orchestral strings to amplify the bitter-sweet coming of age sentiments expressed in the profoundly flawless single.

If this is her coming of age single, Ariana Molkara has a seriously bright future ahead of her.

Birdies Gotta Fly By was officially released on June 3rd. You can hear it for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Stefano Freddi Meets the Piano in His New Jazz Blues Album

One of Verona’s most timelessly untainted pianists and composers, Stefano Freddi, has bestowed a boatload of romanticism on the airwaves with his new four-track jazz-blues album, Stefano Freddi Meets the Piano.

Contrary to the title, Freddi and the piano have been long acquainted; he started learning at six before making a stage debut at 14 and never looking back. Before making his 2021 debut, Freddi graduated in jazz piano at the E. F. Dall’Abaco State Conservatory of Music in Verona. He also played keys for symphonic pop orchestras and artists including Marco Carta, Stevie Biondi, Denise Dimé, Antonella Ruggero, Annalisa Minetti, Cheryl Porter, Durga Mc Broom, and Lorelei Mc Broom.

The release starts with the dreamy timbered jazz piano in Misty, which instantly kicks you into easy-listening mode as you drink in the intricately arranged jazz piano romanticism. Track three, Lover Man, gravitates around a slightly more intense aural reflection of passion before the concluding single, Days of Wine and Roses, is enough to prove that there is no such thing as unrealistic romantic expectations.

Stefano Freddi Meets the Piano will officially release on June 2nd. You can check it out for yourselves on SoundCloud and Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Timo Arthur listened to the story that changed his viewpoint about romance with, ‘I Wish I’d Thought Of That’

Showing remorse for not trying extra hard to keep the one that he truly loved, Timo Arthur is rather incredible on his latest single that will sway your heart in wishing you could have made it happen on, ‘I Wish I’d Thought Of That‘.

Timo Arthur is an accomplished Milford, Connecticut-born indie-blues musician who has performed all over the world and is a Berklee College of Music graduate.

After expressing interest in music at age eight, his parents gave him a guitar for Christmas. He gave his first performance at age 10 at a school talent show.” ~ Timo Arthur

Like a masterful underground legend who lets his music do the talking, Timo Arthur brings us a truly elevated song which could change your mindset into what is actually conceivable if you do whatever it takes to get your lover back from the cold wilderness.

Hailing from a musical family, his mother was a semi-professional concert cellist, and also played piano and flute at home, while his father played guitar, piano, and percussion at their home as well.” ~ Timo Arthur

I Wish I’d Thought Of That‘ from Milford, Connecticut-born indie-blues musician Timo Arthur is a vocally advanced song from a well-respected artist who performs with such class and grit, while taking our minds into this animated picture. Showing us inside that moment when he recognized that there was actually another option to the one that he chose, this is a relevant track for so many who have lost that tenderness in the winds of change forever.

Listen up to this new single on Spotify and see more on his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Robert John Hanson wonders if he should break the rules this one time on, ‘Another Move’

After showing us inside that sad love with his previously well-received single ‘Blue Cocktail‘, Robert John Hanson feels that he could stay just one more day to see what will happen with, ‘Another Move‘.

Robert John Hanson is a Liverpool, UK-born, Rhode Island, USA-based indie blues singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and music producer who makes electrically timeless harmonies that shall take you into a happier place.

After moving to the US at age 13, he remained loyal to the British sound and style in music and soon started playing guitar and writing his own songs.” ~ Robert John Hanson

With his supreme storytelling experience and introspective lyrics, Robert John Hanson is in sterling form with an outstanding single that shows you deep inside his mindset that is designed to never have him heartbroken again.

Written in the aftermath of a close friend’s sudden death The Bitter Suite songs engage the depth and edge of love and loss and the elusive search for a happy ending.” ~ Robert John Hanson

Another Move‘ from the Liverpool, UK-born, Rhode Island, USA-based indie blues singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and music producer Robert John Hanson is a candid single loaded with quality guitar playing and a romantic ambience filled with a true story. Sung with that signature gritty style that has you edging the volume upwards, this is a track that will make you think profoundly about who you let close to your heart.

Hear this top new single on Spotify and see more on his IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Imbibe with Dr Todd’s latest scuzzed up blues-rock hit, Give Me a Shot

Austin’s scuzz rock troubadours Dr Todd got intoxicatingly punch drunk in their latest off-kilter hit, Give Me a Shot. The riotously clever cocktail of no wave and blues-rock is potent enough to rival the frenetic fever of the Cramps and the Legendary Shack Shakers, but all reminiscences are extremely fleeting in the hedonistic anthem, which unravels to the tune of heavy distortion, resonator guitars, rock n roll attitude and whiskey fumes.

Based on Give Me a Shot alone, if you have the chance to see Dr Todd live; take it. Or at the very least, imbibe in the high energy catharsis.

Give Me a Shot hit the airwaves in May 2022 through Romgod Records. It is now available to stream on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The Rochester roots-rock renegade Brian Lindsay has delivered the ultimate riff-licked ‘Revival’

Ahead of his fourth album, Revival, the NYC roots-rocker, Brian Lindsay, teased the modernity-weary, whiskey-soaked soul within it by giving us a sneak peek of the title single, which throws you right back to the time when lighters were held in the air instead of iPhones.

His virtuosic yet humble approach to songwriting is one of the best escapes from the 21st-century that you could possibly ask for. Between the deep yearning romanticism and the swoon-worthy soaring guitar licks, you get the affirmation that Brian Lindsay is the real revival deal. As much as he taps into Springsteen and Ryan Adams-Esque high energy melodicism, he leans into his signature rugged yet smooth intoxicating aural juxtaposition style.

Revival was officially released on May 20th. You can check it out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify or via his official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Nina Duschek has released her sultrier than Setzer swinging blues-rock debut single, Married to the Art

There is no love affair like the one an artist can have with their craft. For definitive proof, turn to the sultry, swinging blues-rock proclamation of passion, Married to the Art, by the Italian born and raised singer-songwriter & busker Nina Duschek.

The Setzer-Esque genre crumble knows exactly when to drip a little salacious magnetism before switching it up through the playful reggae-infused guitar rhythms. As for the vocals, Duschek is one of the most beautifully unapologetically authentic artists to have appeared on our radar this year. Her vibrant free-spiritedness is organically infectious. Naturally, we can’t wait to hear what follows.

Married to the Art is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Robin Lewis speaks for the malaised in his Waitsy Americana acoustic rock single, No Light

Armed with his trusty resonator guitar and Gibson 63, the BMI published folk singer-songwriter & producer, Robin Lewis, has released his Americana acoustic rock heartbreaker of a Waitsy release, No Light, taken from his moody and retrospective lockdown-born album, Everyone Has a Story.

No Light was compassionately composed for listeners all too accustomed to the days which become signified by malaise. In all sincerity, it imparts solace in the reminder that the sun sets on even the darkest of days. Lockdown releases may often get tarred with the same trite brush, but No Light will be resonant for years to come. It’s a stunning exposition of the collective state of our consciousness; now that we know the ‘new normal’ generally blows and there’s no putting the gloss back on the facade of our modern existence. We honestly couldn’t be more psyched to have Lewis on our radar. We’d advise that you reserve him space on yours.

No Light, taken from Robin Lewis’ album, Everyone Has a Story, was officially released on May 16th. You can check it out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

Rhode Island-based blues artist Robert John Hanson shows us inside that sad love with, ‘Blue Cocktail’

Sung with that introspective insight that shows you his true experience in a rugged world that can take your mind away from where you should be headed, Robert John Hanson reminds us of a moment that so many have felt before on a late night in town with, ‘Blue Cocktail‘.

Robert John Hanson is a Liverpool, UK-born, Rhode Island, USA-based indie blues singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and music producer who is inspired by that classic rock sound.

Hanson has lived in L.A. and New York where he played with Spinal Reflex and Grandma Tootle.” ~ Robert John Hanson

On a reflective song that millions will certainly relate to as they order another drink to try and wash away the loneliness, Robert John Hanson is at his gritty best with a vocally impressive performance and lyrics that will dig deep in your heart.

He has played with and produced music for the Kelly Walsh Band, and most recently the prog-rock band, Coma Toast.” ~ Robert John Hanson

Blue Cocktail‘ from Liverpool, UK-born, Rhode Island-based indie blues artist Robert John Hanson is an honest single from a hugely experienced musician who has clearly lived a life that is packed with stories. He guides us into that bar where she is calling your name – and you wonder if you should reply or just walk away – with that probable regret you will feel if you didn’t find out if there was a real connection available. This is a single for all those who are still looking for romance, as being alone will always make your soul a bit colder.

Listen up to this new single on Spotify and see more via his IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Richard Bandini knows that there is absolutely nothing they can do now on, ‘A Hymn to the Beauty of Silhouettes’

A Hymn to the Beauty of Silhouettes by Richard Bandini

With a sad tale about how sometimes things just turn empty even if you wish it was the opposite, Richard Bandini sends us into a highly meditative mood to think deeply into a moment that has passed with, ‘A Hymn to the Beauty of Silhouettes‘.

Richard Bandini is an experienced Spanish-American Chicago, Illinois-based indie singer-songwriter who draws on his knowledge from three decades in the game.

Laidback licks that flirt with blues and country and guitars that borrow from the bayous.” ~ Richard Bandini

With a sombre picture that shall have you gazing more profoundly into your soul, Richard Bandini sings with such understanding and is at his best on a single that features so much sentiment and heartfelt affection.

Born to play and create, he has never looked back since he started playing with his brothers in a group called Kaplan at age 14, performing at international festivals such as Festimad, Benicassim, or BAM.” ~ Richard Bandini

A Hymn to the Beauty of Silhouettes‘ from Chicago, Illinois-based indie singer-songwriter Richard Bandini is a song that will have your heart beating faster and your thoughts brought back to a time that you wished you had gotten over. The love is gone as you desire that you could have changed that specific moment when it all flipped around, from a happy time in your life. There are impassioned vocals on offer with a deep lyrical arsenal, that sends you into a sad mindset where many a tear shall be shed.

Hear this new single on Bandcamp and see more via the IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen