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Paraguayan Southern Rock troubadour Sunburned River is beguilingly defiant in his cinematic single, Go On

Paraguayan Southern Rock troubadour Sunburned River closed 2022 with the release of his heart-wrenchingly defiant single, Go On.

Starting with choral 70s folk-rock tones, the disarming single seamlessly builds around orchestrally cinematic and baroque motifs, complementing the rugged acoustic guitar timbres and the low ethereal hum of his evocative vocal timbre. If that wasn’t enough sonic beguile, the singer-songwriter orchestrated an electric guitar riff solo for the ages.

Regardless of who you revere as a guitar hero, Sunburned River’s talent while ripping through the soaring lead guitar work is breath-takingly superlative. The only thing on par with his instrumental ability is his captivatingly immersive songwriting skills.

The official video for Go On is now available to stream on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Kwun Interview: Allowing himself to fully flourish on debut release Supernatural

After impressing us with his epic debut single from October 2022 called Supernatural, Mexico/UK-based creative Kwun takes us deep with the realms of the healing arts and more with such an insightful interview to embrace. Showing us what it’s like to be a music producer and artist, we find a kind soul who just wants to make timeless music.

We appreciate you taking some time out of your busy day to speak with us, Kwun. Firstly, where are you based today and what is the music scene like currently in your local area?

Kwun: It’s a pleasure, I appreciate you taking your time too! So, I’m here in Tulum in Mexico, which is where I live for some of the year. Between here and the UK.

I really don’t know what the music scene is like here, to be honest! I was a healer in a previous profession and still tend to gravitate more towards these kinds of things. Tulum is that sort of place. That said, I have a project on right on now where I’ll be working with some local musicians so will be checking out the scene more to find the right musicians.

What’s it like to be a musician and producer? Do you feel like it’s an advantage or a disadvantage sometimes?

Kwun: That’s a really interesting question, and one that no-one’s ever asked me before! I guess I see it all as part of the same thing, like the whole creative process. The musicianship, the songwriting, the producing. It’s how I’ve always done it. So it’s neither an advantage nor a disadvantage. Though if it had to be one, then I’d go for advantage! I usually have a very clear vision of what I want the song to sound and feel like, and having the skills to see that through is a definite plus.

Though I can see benefits of working with a producer also, for sure. Would totally be up for that, for a future project. It would have to be approached with a completely different mindset though, and would be a different process altogether.

As for disadvantages, it’s has never occurred to me that it has any disadvantages. I work with a bunch of session musicians anyway, so it’s not like I play all the instruments myself. And the session musicians always bring their own flavour and flair and usually something really magical to the mix. Which I love.

In fact with my future single release, ‘Ancient Ageless & True’, I don’t actually play anything on it at all, so I just produce. And I sing. I always say I’m doing karaoke on my own track with this one!

If you met someone who had never listened to music before, how would you describe your creations?

Kwun: Well, they’re a very eclectic bunch of songs with a few rousing instrumentals thrown in. Be prepared to be taken on a journey through sound, textures, beautiful melodies, visiting many different genres on the way. We’ll work our way through from Beatlesque songs, to funk and hard rock, via some Afro-beat inspired grooves and some Jazz. Each track is different from the last, juxtaposed in such a way that will tantalise, intrigue but yet somehow sound familiar and feel like home! Some lyrics will make you think, others might move you to tears, as they have done with some of my friends who’ve heard certain as-yet-to-be-released tracks. The lyrics invoke strong emotions, putting you in touch with your humanity! And many of the tracks are journeys within themselves.

If you were in charge of the music industry for a day, what would you change first and why?

Kwun: I would open up the possibility to take more risks with artists, meaning I’d widen the range of what is let through and marketed in the mainstream. The thing is, people’s music tastes are a lot more eclectic and intelligent than what the industry would sometimes give them credit for. So that’s what I’d change.

Do you have any tips for independent musicians who are new to the game?

Kwun: Well, I’m pretty new to the game myself, but what I’d say is build a really strong team. You’ll need their help! And stay true to what you want to create, try not to be swayed by what you think others want from you. Obviously, an appropriate amount of diplomacy and playing the game is necessary. We’re all doing our job as best we can! But just be true to who you are artistically, and the rest should fall into place.

What’s the best advice you ever received?

Kwun: Well, what comes to mind right now is something my mentor, Francesca de Valance once said. She said to be more expansive and to allow myself to show up as all of me. And to not squeeze myself into a very small box! Words to that effect. It was a permission slip in a way to do more of what I was already doing.

Last of all, where can we see you live next and what goals do you have for 2023?

Kwun: No live plans as yet, I’m afraid, but I’m aiming to shoot a video of a couple of my songs here in Mexico with a live acoustic band. The band will consist of a string quartet and some of the local musicians I mentioned earlier. Not exactly seeing me live in person, I know, but hopefully the next best thing.

For 2023, I’m releasing my debut album, titled ‘Ancient Ageless & True’, after the song I mentioned earlier. There will be a few singles leading up to that, including the title song itself. I will shoot more music videos. I have a few other goals which are in the early stages of planning, so don’t want to say too much yet, but hopefully I’ll be to able to share some exciting news with you all in due course.

Hear this top song on Spotify. See more news on IG.

Interview by Llewelyn Screen

JRMR synthesised the ultimate ambient dream pop instrumental score with his latest single, wind dust.

‘wind dust.’ Is the latest stylishly synthetic single from the up-and-coming experimental music producer JRMR (Jon Munoz). The tranquil beguile of the ambiently dreamy textures allow you to key into transcendental Beach House-Esque tones for two short but sweet minutes as the shimmering reverb washes over you, bringing catharsis in every cinematic wave.

Since his 2019 debut, the Puerto Rican experimentalist has remained prolific by releasing a string of singles which set the anticipation for his first mixtape, death is an illusion that glows in the dark. With that titular nod to the philosophy of the enigmatic artist, you get a clue to the psyche from which his sonically spectacular singles were born. It is one that I, for one, can get on board with, and it seems I’m not alone in my penchant for JRMR’s experimental dream pop aesthetics. His most popular single, avarice. has clocked up over 17k streams on Spotify alone.

Head over to Spotify to add wind dust. to your playlists.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Christian Corsi pulsates a mysterious web of intrigue onto our shaken hearts with Dark Magic

Showering a beaming light of hair-raising and sinister tunes to awaken our senses alive again, Christian Corsi leads us into those secretive alleyways which might cause paralyzed pulses to vibrate frantically on Dark Magic.

Christian Corsi is a Colombian house music producer and DJ who now lives in the much-loved party capital Miami and makes those sweltering beats you fall in love with.

Taking us far inside a wild night that could change everything previously intended, Christian Corsi is fearless on Dark Magic and will send a lightning bolt of electricity into the veins of many who love songs with lots of intrigue.

Mood-altering to the core and layered with a breathtaking atmosphere that may put ice in the souls of many hidden spirits, this is a turn-me-up-now or miss out kinda track.

Dark Magic from the Miami-based Colombian house music producer and DJ Christian Corsi shall send a shiver down the spine and reignite our party boots. Baked in a high-pressure chamber that will startle the sleepy awake, this is that 4am anthem which shall stir the consciences of everyone on that drenched dance floor tonight.

Hear this action-packed single on Spotify and check out the IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Ireland-based experimental artist Guilherme Cosme is at his mysterious peak with Fantasia

Including a world class dance that will have you feeling all giddy with intrigue, Guilherme Cosme returns with probably his best song yet on the music video for his new single, Fantasia.

Guilherme Cosme is an Ireland-based experimental singer-songwriter, music producer, composer and founder member of the post-punk act, Mary Bleeds.

Found solace in art at a young age. Born and raised in Brazil, in his teens the self-taught musician begun to write songs. He trained his voice by studying the work of Jazz greats like Andy Bey and the legendary Nina Simone.” ~ Guilherme Cosme

With a real precision and a decisive nature, Guilherme Cosme seems to make special music that has that timeless edge you don’t often hear.

Fantasia from the courageous Brazilian-born alternative creative Guilherme Cosme is a mesmerizing track that shall take your mind away from the messy world and transport us into something different. Caressed with care and wrapped in love, this is a splendid single that might fascinate us more than first expected.

Listen up to this fine track on YouTube and see more vibes on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Richi Camarena let the candour pour in his single, Letter to Myself

Mexico-born singer-songwriter Richi Camarena let the candour poor in his debut EP, Letter to Myself. The title single starts by exploring the connotations of depression and the guilt it leaves us with when we’re unable to be happy for the people we love before vulnerably proving that nothing lasts forever, not even the emotions that seem impossible to escape.

The gentle piano pop ballad is a stunning testament to the 23-year-old artist’s motivation to open up with his emotions and allow his fans to follow suit. The simple piano melodies around the gentle percussive kicks give the artist’s voice plenty of space to resound and resonate before the faded outro.

Letter to Myself is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Prepare to be torn from passive slumber with Cielo Pordomingo’s orchestral alt-electro feat of world music, Wake Up

Here to tear us from our jaded slumber with her spiritual synthetics is the alt-electro trailblazer, Cielo Pordomingo, with her latest single, Wake Up.

‘Enlivening’ scarcely cuts into the alchemy that the composer, singer, and producer used to reflect her soul in the orchestrally heightened single. It’s Europop meets Depeche Mode via Bond soundtrack with a classical chamber outro; need we say anymore? If we want to do Cielo Pordomingo justice as a lyricist, definitely.

Wake Up is far more than your average cry to people letting their lives pass them by. Pordomingo practically takes you by the hand to guide you through your awakening while addressing the problem of our tendency to waste existence by branding it as just another day. At this point, if she started a cult, I’d jump right into it.

Wake Up is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Brazil-based artist Caroline Meksraitis drops mysteriously dark 2nd single all about that ‘Haunted Mind’

After soothing our ears with her lovely debut single called ‘Somebody Else‘, Caroline Meksraitis returns with her much-anticipated second release that might give you shivers with, ‘Haunted Mind‘.

Caroline Meksraitis is a Brazilian indie pop/rock singer-songwriter who has been on a mission to make music her full-time career since she was just 16 years old.

Caroline has always had a very special relationship with music and grew up under the influence of big names in the music industry like: Queen, The Beatles, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift.” ~ Caroline Meksraitis

With her debut EP on the way soon, Caroline Meksraitis sends us into a whole new world of intrigue on ‘Haunted Mind‘ with a vocally superior single to truly get your tender teeth stuck inside.

Music has always helped Caroline go through different moments in life: making memories, feeling understood or even less lonely.” ~ Caroline Meksraitis

Haunted Mind‘ from Brazilian indie pop/rock singer-songwriter Caroline Meksraitis is a groovy single that shall unravel the nightmare that has engulfed this wonderful musician. Sung with a passionate intensity that shall get your imagination running wild, this is a track that shall have you turning it up all the way on full, to enter this creaking door story.

Sometimes we just need to get the darkness out, to let the light back in again.

Hear this new single on her Spotify and see her exciting life on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Guadalajara rock artist Silver Magpie falls in love with his best friend on ‘Cartoon Hero’

After searching for that all-important closure on his previous release called ‘Before You Leave’, Silver Magpie feels that their friendship needs to move to a new level before he leaves the homeland forever on ‘Cartoon Hero‘.

Silver Magpie is a Guadalajara, Mexico-born indie alternative rock singer-songwriter and poet who makes impassioned songs that will be stuck in your mind all day.

Since I was young, I dreamt of having a band. I started writing since I was maybe 13 years-old. I’ve made some attempts with other people to make something but I find it hard to pull together a group with a shared vision, so I went solo but with a “band name”, a one-man band.” ~ Silver Magpie

Showing us deep inside the cracked picture that displays the hurt that is now entrenched inside his soul, Silver Magpie is back with a soothing song that will get you thinking about the one that got away before you could actually say those romantic words.

I usually find myself dealing with some overwhelming emotions so, I like to think that my songs address people in similar situations and might help them feel less lonely.” ~ Silver Magpie

Cartoon Hero‘ from Guadalajara, Mexico-born indie alternative rock singer-songwriter/poet Silver Magpie is an emotion-filled song about that moment when you just knew that you would not be together like you previously envisaged. After trying for so long and realizing that you are actually running in circles for no reason, this is a track that shall take your mind into a hugely contemplative place. Sung with a real intensity and passionate message, this is a song that so many will find scarily familiar.

Sometimes you aren’t meant to be together, even if you once thought they were the one.

Listen up to this new single on Spotify and see more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Secret Agent – Moros En La Costa: The Psy Spy Who Surfed Me

MOROS EN LA COSTA - EP by SECRET AGENT

After branching out from being the gorilla glue of the Manchester music scene, Golden Believers Records International couldn’t have chosen a better inaugural outfit to advocate on our Brexit-blighted shores than the Mexican ‘psyspyinstrosurf’ originators, Secret Agent.

Their latest mostly instrumental EP, Moros En La Costa, is the kind of cinematically immersive feat of authenticity the average CD-buyer laments about not existing anymore. The conceptual album focuses on the espionage practices used from the cold war to the present day. While that sounds like a serotonin sucker, there’s nothing but escapist reverie here.

With no lyrics to get in the way in the majority of the tracks, you’re left with enough space to metaphysically make yourself the main protagonist in the Spy-Spaghetti Western while the warm shimmering psych surf rock elements amplify the chill of the colder post-punk tones that are always lingering to bring the overarching sense of trepidation.

If Twin Peaks’ Agent Cooper found himself across the border, I’m fairly certain the title single would be reflective of his sonic-inner monologue. The sense of intrepid espionage heightens with track two, Man in the Middle, which picks up the pace, a fair amount of sun-bleached spacey intrigue, and an almost Whovian sense of aural alchemy.

Loaded Gun, featuring vocals from Daniel Gutiérrez, is the surfy, psychy equivalent to Charles Bukowski’s infamous “love is a dog from hell” proclamation. With the hooky lyric “I need a loaded gun because I’m falling in love”, the riotous track finds a succinct way of alluding to the snake pits we throw ourselves into in the name of affection, and our proclivity to do it anyway because there is nothing like that particular poison.

Following Loaded Gun, Stasi Romeo is the calm after the visceral storm. Kompromat serves as the final standoff, and Moros En La Costa (Reprise) is the final psychedelic farewell with synths so phantasmal that they will probably need an exorcism when they next get serviced.

Honestly, I scarcely had an autonomous thought in the entire duration of the EP. And these days, accolades don’t get much better than that.

Check out Secret Agent on Bandcamp, Spotify & Facebook.

Moros En La Costa will be released via Golden Believers Records International on May 13th; pre-order & grab a copy here.

Review by Amelia Vandergast