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80s

Dreading The Call: Oceans Of Tears tells the tragic story of that heart-pounding conversation on ‘Drowned In A Sea Of Tears Remix’ (feat. Nick Preymay Jr)

As he sings with that pain-filled voice which feels each moment of this dire situation, Oceans Of Tears recalls the night when the youngest son was sadly taken away too soon with ‘Drowned In A Sea Of Tears Remix(feat. Nick Preymay Jr).

Oceans Of Tears is the creation of Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based indie pop/rock artist Steve W. Boily. He develops rock and children’s musicals, songs and videos, with his 80’s and 90’s inspired music created to add depth to a world that can appear to be so shallow at times.

It is 1 of 14 songs as part of a semi-autobiographical part live rock musical concert / part stage play written by him titled “DROWNED IN A SEA OF TEARS”. This is the track that started it all. It is performed by SHAWN, the main character of the musical which shows the pain and guilt he feels when he finds out that his brother Mike had been just killed in a car crash where drugs and alcohol were involved, leaving behind a young girls and boy who would never know their dad. He feels responsible for his brother’s death and must now contact his mom and dad to let them know of their son’s tragic death.” ~ Steve W. Boily

Sung with a really passionate tone and packed with a rainy ambiance that might have you shedding a small tear, this is an emotional single that has you thinking about those who are sadly no longer with us. The stormy roads have been cruel and unkind – as you look outside the window – to remember their memory, to try and only think of the good times.

Drowned In A Sea Of Tears Remix(feat. Nick Preymay Jr) from the Canada-based indie rock artist Oceans Of Tears, is a really sad story that is made with a nostalgic feel you can’t get out of your mind. The earth can be unkind sometimes and sweet souls who are gone should still be around, as we search for answers that might unfortunately elude us forever.

See this video on YouTube and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

I’m Here To Help: London’s Ze-LuJ reaches his hand out like a true leader as he is a real ‘Friend in Need’

With a calming energy that is so effortless and one of the most peaceful songs you will ever hear, Ze-LuJ shows us what is needed in this often-selfish world that needs way more kindness on ‘Friend in Need‘.

Ze-LuJ is an indie 80’s and 90’s rhythm and blues musician based in London, England, who performs as a hobby. He makes that smoothly filtered type of vibe that has you feeling really calm and relaxed after a tough day at work or school.

His vocals are so smoothly delivered and with a style that is so rare these days. The video is simple and made to show you that he isn’t about the flash or the cash, as he just wants to make music that will truly help others get through their day.

Friend in Need‘ from the London-based indie blues artist Ze-LuJ, shows us a fresh video that is all about doing what you can to be there for your old and new friends, who might need you to survive. With a mellow electronic beat that is combined with his original bluesy vibrations, this is a track to put on when you are feeling rather low and need someone to be there for you while you recover.

Staying positive and keeping an open mind, is the only way to stay happy in these challenging times.

Stream this new video on YouTube and see more his Twitter music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Brand New Day: Calgary band Lÿnx look into the shaky mirror and ‘Shout Out Loud’

Formerly known as Lazer Blade and powered by Bullzhorn Records, Lÿnx used this horrific pandemic to reform, refocus and re-energize, and show us what they have been up to on ‘Shout Out Loud‘.

Lÿnx is a fiery Calgary, Canada-based 80’s-inspired hard-rock/glam-metal four-piece band formed by Lazer, Blade, Fangs and Flash. With a rip-roaring sound that is full of that old school fire and ferocious vocals, they make that rare sound that was ridiculously popular back in the day.

The sound is so rampaging and full of impressive energy – as they rip down the mic and shred the speakers off their hinges – they are full-on and smash in hard with a classic vibe throughout.

Shout Out Loud‘ from the uniquely inspiring Calgary, Canada-based glam-metal/hard-rock act Lÿnx, is the vivid story about trying your best to get through the day, as you need so much love from the stresses of life and nasty bills that need to be paid. This is that volume-raised-to-the-max track that needs to be heard on full, so you can get through your day and feel so much better for getting out the inner frustrations.

Stream this new single on Spotify and see more via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Find Your Spirit: Brazilian rock act Deepmoon urges us to free ourselves on ‘Save Yourself’

Taken off their latest four-track EP named ‘Dark Glass (One)‘, Deepmoon delve deeply into the real feeling of knowing what needs to happen next on ‘Save Yourself‘.

Deepmoon is a powerfully struck Brazilian four-piece rock band who are highly influenced by British bands from the 80’s. They love to create that heavy sound that strikes hot into your music palate like a warm cup of coffee, as it has you feeling uplifted for the day.

Their mood is so relentless, as they stalk the night and have us on our toes. This is a band that have seen it all before and have been through the highs and lows — their music is thrilling and with so much skillful decisiveness — as they know who they are.

You feel the strong lyrics, exhilarating sound and breathtaking vocals wash all over you like a boiling shower that refreshes your mind, as you see more clearly now and know exactly what to do next.

Save Yourself‘ from the experienced Brazilian four-piece band Deepmoon, is a story that tells us to break away from the normal world and to be at one with yourself, as that is the only way to be truly free. The mind needs to breathe in order to be at your creative peak — which is exactly what you need — to be whoever you want to be.

Stream this terrific new single on Spotify and see more on the IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

The Exciting Journey: Texas synthwave artist Mini Turbo drives quickly through the ‘Roads Unknown’

https://miniturbo.bandcamp.com/track/roads-unknown

As he boosts the speed forward with his fashionable shades on tight and his long hair blowing into the wind, Mini Turbo swerves excitedly toward the ‘Roads Unknown’, on his latest full-paced single that will have you thinking about the good days.

Mini Turbo is a talented Austin, Texas-based instrumental artist who loves to craftily mesh the sounds of progressive, funk and synthwave together like a professional chef in his prime, to cook up a sizzling experience like no other.

”If you fused Daft Punk with the soundtracks of video games made in the late 80’s and early 90’s you would get pretty close to the sound of Mini Turbo.” – Mini Turbo

This is that classic sound, the story blows in hot through the road to finding your way in this balmy world. The journey is full of holes in the ground, many detours and traffic jams – but through it all – you may find a certain peace with that feeling that you know you can’t see what is beyond the next corner, as that excites and fascinates you at the same time.

Roads Unknown’ from the creative synthwave artist Austin, Texas Mini Turbo, shows us that you can explore and melodically fuse whatever you can into one melting pot of deliciously lip-licking music. This brings you to a time that was before email and cellphones – as it flows to peacefully sooth you into your awaiting palate – to nibble on hungrily.

Stream this new single on Bandcamp and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

A debut to remember: Miss Garbo bring out long-awaited pop/rock single ‘Forgotten’

Miss Garbo is a UK based pop/rock duo that was formed by singer-songwriter Louise O’Hara and guitarist Andy Chapman who send us a true story of a love that has faded on ‘Forgotten’.

They have been performing together for just over 20 years thanks to an advert on Loot that Louise put up to find someone suitable to play music with. After meeting in Croydon, South London at Scream Studios, they clicked like a light switch and the rest as they say; is history and many live shows before 2020 have followed.

The vibrant start immediately gets you into the mood to go full 80’s with the old school guitar style that simmers through the door and into your living room. With vocals that remind you of the late great Marie Fredriksson, the energy here is tremendous and such an uplifting feeling for the tired heart.

Signed to 2C2C Music, the plan is to record a music video for this song when they can both be in the same room again. They both have a passion for making music together and no matter the circumstances, they will carry on doing what they love.

You have forgotten everything that happened as you have changed now and they haven’t. They are a distant memory now and you are now trying to work out if you are alone or if they are invisible to you. This happens when your heart isn’t in it anymore and the time to move on is here. You have been hurt too many times and are so tired of being with them, your mind has started to block them out.

UK duo Miss Garbo took their time to drop the debut ‘Forgotten’ but it was a worthwhile wait for their loyal fans and new admirers. A classic style washes over the scars of 2020 and this is a throwback to when music was pure and simple.

People change and so did you, as long as you do things with your heart, no one can really blame you. Being truly happy deep inside, is the only way to live.

Stream via Spotify, see the lyrics video on YouTube or see the duo on Facebook.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Timechyld is ready and fills us with hope on ‘Happiness Redefined’

Timechyld is a fiercely indie creative artist from Melbourne who returns with the fantastic new song called ‘Happiness Redefined‘.

Timechyld is Australian multi-instrumentalist Andrew Rozen’s lovechild. His inspirational lifelong romance with riff-driven rock and 70’s style funk and soul. Mix that into catchy hooks of 80’s & 90’s synth-pop and fuse together in a bundle of crisp notes that fills your soul up. This is a path to a better life- an artist who who knows himself inside and out. He is ready to be fully happy and has found the correct mixture. Something had to give and the tropical beats every now and then, re-enforces the happy energy.

How do you define happiness? Listening to this ear burner for hours is a good start. With the smoke filled dance soaked vibe here that reminds you of the 80’s mixed with the new school, this is a song that ticks all the boxes. I feel happy while listening to this groovy vibe of wonderful smiles. Timechyld’s ‘Happiness Redefined‘ shows a maturing artist who is happy inside.

Stream this electric energy here on Spotify.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Komputer Kid – Summer Again: Infectiously Euphoric 80s-Inspired Synth Pop

Embrace the nostalgias of summers past with up and coming artist Komputer Kid’s synthy glitchy 80s Synth Pop hit “Summer Again”.

The infectious melodies will leave you a pretty stubborn perennial earworm and plenty imagery of 80s dancefloors where big hair and dayglo spandex reigned supreme. It may be lyrically light, but that just leaves your mind with more room to explore the transcendent track which pulls in nuanced infusions of Chiptune.

The Alt-Pop euphoric danceable hit may not be everyone’s cup of tea with their retro take, but anyone who appreciates an old school analog vibe in a modernistic high-vibe production will definitely appreciate the sound which Komputer Kid distinctively offers.

You can check out Komputer Kid’s single Summer Again for yourselves via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Thought Leaders release Post-Punk single Radiator

Radiator by Thought Leaders

Thought Leaders has dropped their single ‘Radiator’ pulling in that fierce Post-Punk sound, not being afraid to inject it with heaviness and a hardcore instrumentation.

From the get go, it starts off with this eerie sound that goes into the harsh riff on the electric guitar, adding in the powerful thump on the drum, making sure they bring the volume up a lot, showing the listeners just how crazy they can be.

With the raucous vocals, tending to go to that more guttural scream and making sure to hit every high note. This really does bring a more modernised twist to the iconic genre of Post-Punk and this band sure knows how to make a killer piece of music.

Having their own unique sound, giving their take on the genre and adding in a dark and mysterious edge to it, it’s manic and there’s a lot going on, but that’s why every element that has been poured into it works so well.

Check out Thought Leaders single Radiator by heading over to bandcamp now.

Review by Karley Myall

Swami Lushbeard releases Enemy: Infusing that old school Rock sound

Hailing from Los Angeles, Swami Lushbeard has dropped their latest single ‘Enemy’, now this is one hell of a throwback to the 80’s Rock scene, but giving it a more modernised twist and it’s perfect.

Starting off with the bash on the bass drum and the pluck on the electric guitar strings as the hit on the cymbal takes place, switching to the hardcore tune on the piano and combining each element to create this loud and manic instrumentation. But also having that occasional funk sound to it with the upbeat and lively melodies that flow in and out.

Having a rather gravelly tone to the voice, adding in that heap load of energy as it courses through the sound throughout. Having these infectious harmonies and grooves and you can’t help but love them as they combine all the elements of a hit rock song together and completely smash it.

Now if you’re a rock lover, be sure to check this one out.

Listen to Swami Lushbeards Enemy by heading on over to Spotify now.

Review by Karley Myall