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Cass & Crossland – Adeline: Absorbingly Sweet Indie Folk Rock

Phoenix Arizona’s Indie Folk Rock duo Cass & Crossland made their 2020 debut with the absorbingly idyllic single ‘Adeline’. Their timeless approach to songwriting will remind you of the iconic greats while affirming that they’re the contemporaries that the airwaves have been calling out for.

The stunning harmonies find perfect balance with the transfixingly accordant semi-orchestral instrumental arrangement which simultaneously feels minimalistic and resounding. It’s the kind of track you hit play on, and you can’t quite tell if you’re consuming the track or if it is consuming you. The immersive ethereal air to the soundscape perfectly complements the romantically vivid imagery which the lyricism conjures.

With their ability to not only draw affectionate emotion from you as you listen to the track but also leave you endeared by the soul which the track contains, they’re undoubtedly ones to watch. Get them on your radar.

You can check out Adeline for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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L.A. BAND CAFÉ SOCIETY FLY IN STRONG WITH ‘DAYLIGHT STORM’

Café Society stride in with their catchy sax and drum-infused new release “Daylight Storm”.

Café Society, originally formed in Phoenix, Arizona as the power-punk trio The Convertibles in late 1981 by Chicago born and raised musician, singer and songwriter Richard Morris, the original lineup featured Morris on guitar and vocals, Burton Korer on bass and Monique Bera on drums. Inspired by local Phoenix bands The Jetzons and Meat Puppets, they played about a dozen live gigs and recorded a seven-song demo at Camelback Studios in 1982.

After raising five children and retiring from a 26-year teaching career, Morris re-formed the band in the Netherlands in 2019 with Russian bassist Andrey Zakharov and Paraguayan drummer Christian Palmieri, reviving the original 80s-esque style of Café Society and releasing the band’s first single, “Daylight Storm”.

The new band—re-formed and rejuvenated—has a vibe that is alight, musicianship of a high standard and energy that is peaceful; especially refreshing in a year with so much turmoil, this is a fantastic listen that is both healing and hopeful.

Daylight Storm” takes us on a musical journey through a dark and gloomy storm whose cheerful and upbeat energy reveals a silver lining and sunshine beyond the tempest. Simply put, a wonderful experience and a top track.

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Erich Joseph fires in with terrific ‘Arizona Heart’

Texas singer Erich Joseph returns with the fantastic ‘Arizona Heart‘.

Erich Joseph is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer based out of Houston, Texas. Picking up the guitar at age 4, Erich has been in love with music since he first tried to play. The bug was set already. From listening to everything from Frank Sinatra to Periphery and by playing in a variety of bands as a young teenager. Erich built up an eclectic music taste, and it shows in his songwriting. He is also the lead guitarist of local band Nick and the Groove. This is an artist who likes to push himself.

Erich Joseph’sArizona Heart‘ is a story of giving your all no matter what. No matter what the circumstances, you can achieve anything you want. Coming from Arizona, Erich knows what hard work is and does what he can do make sure that his standard is high. This is as fine indie-rock track for 2020.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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New York-based Jon Davis sings his heart out on ‘You Will Be Loved’

You Will Be Loved‘ is the brand new release from the quality New York-based singer-songwriter Jon Davis.

Jon Davis was born on a Hopi Indian reservation in Tuba City, Arizona and moved to Colorado when he was 2. This unique early perspective of the world lead him to begin singing at the age of 5, cultivating a love of being creative. In 2017, Jon Davis reentered the music industry in New York City. He signed his first production deal leading to his debut performance of entirely original material at Triad Theater.

This is all about being loved by those close to you and to enjoy life. Keeping secrets and running away will not help you long-term. You are responsible for your choices and will be loved by those close to you no matter what.

You Will Be Loved‘ from Jon Davis is a sterling effort from the New York City singer who has such a pure voice. It’s no wonder that he is riding on a wave right now as each release seems to hit the sweet spot.

Stream this new track here on Spotify.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Arizona’s Ledezma taps his way into the booth with ‘What Is Sound?’

What is Sound?‘ rolls in and this is a top new track from the young producer Ledezma.

Ledezma is an 18 year old electronic music producer & writer who lives on the border between Mexico and the United States. Infusing his music with the sounds of Fleetwood Mac and The Bee Gees, he taught himself to use synthesizers and beat loops very early on. This is an artist that soon figured out what he loved and went for it.

What is Sound?‘ tries to understand the effects that music can have on people and the emotions it can provoke. This is a fine song that morphs as it goes. The vocals are raw and the electro vibe takes you on a fun journey into the galaxy.

Arizona’s Ledezma does well on What is Sound?and this is a song that is well-dished late at night when you are reflecting on life. This is a producer who is on the right path and his music will only improve.

Stream here via Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Scottsdale Singer Halle Abadi impresses yet again with indie-pop stunner ”Summersong”

The sweet-sounding Arizona native Halle Abadi is back with the sun-kissed ”Summersong”. This is the ice to the warm drink as the glorious vocals immerse each and every word.

After the success of previous track ”Hero” that was very well-received, the elegant Halle with Persian and Afghan roots, dashes in with her powerfully presented pop that shows off her incredible voice. As you gaze deeper into the song while still wowed by Halle’s vocals that are angelic to my tired body and soul. This is the kind of music that is so positive to listen to and I feel energized inside.

Raised bilingual in Scottsdale in Arizona, Halle was singing as soon as she was able to speak. After starting with the piano aged 5, Halle was soon onto vocal training at 11 years old. The years of intense training is for all to see and this is a seasoned professional who is only 19 years old.

Summersong” from Halle Abadi is a spectacular effort from the US singing sensation who’s music is perfect for anytime of day. This is all about the slow dance with that special one in your life.

Stream this absolute gem here on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Soul Point ft. Aske visually flow through with the ladies in fresh summer anthem ”Cool”

Here is the happiest Hip Hop music video of 2020. No question.

Soul Point ft. AskeCool” is exactly that. This is a cool music video full of freshness and beautiful ladies. The vibe is happy and joyful, exactly how summer should be. We are in a different world, full of hate and divisiveness. We are taken back to a happier time here and this track is all about being with friends and enjoying life.

Cool” is a great track for so many reasons. The beat is perfect and I just want to be in the music video with the fun summer vibes raising the temperature. Formally from California, you can feel the mellow 420 vibes that smokes through smoothly here. This is about riding around with the real friends and keeping it chill. The world is way too tense and Arizona’s Soul Point illustrates that in style for us with Aske as they make a formidable team that need more love.

Shot & Directed by Sonny Houston of SDVisions and Produced By Kontrabandz, this is one of the best summer videos out there. I welcome more tracks like this as we start with go outside again and enjoy life.

Stream this song on YouTube now and feel the happy summer vibes.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Midxnite Ft. Hi Rez – The Point!: A smooth patch on a music marble

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A fast-paced hip-hop song flow moulded with a rather mid-tempo beat is what splashes first in your ear when you listen to the intro of this song.

Followed up pretty fast in the second line was a long stretchy lyrical stealth of music flow that’s skilfully interwreathed from pitch to pitch on the same tempo within the actual baseline of the already heightened sound.

The featured artist (Hi Rez) didn’t forget to live up to expectation, with the whole morale high and tensed, he brought his A-game on this song by giving it his all towards his part of the song.

The perfect ingredient that’s needed were all in the right quantity here. For some reasons, the best part of the song was best saved for the last. Finishing the song with special lyrical rigmarole that’s actually golden is all that’s spectacular about this song.

Both rappers further marked up their own respective territories in this song by consciously laying bare all the aesthetic musical features that have distinguished them from the everyday uneventful acts. None of the rappers slacked in making know to their audience the reason why they’ve been quite outstanding over the year.

The song is actually very short, just a two minutes rap song but the punch line was uptight and 100% bespoke. This is an interesting rap/trap music that’s worth your time.

-Lilian-Debrah.

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Crow Quilled Confessions Release Fascinating Track ‘A Human Being on the Planet Earth’

A Human Being on the Planet Earth by Crow Quilled Confessions

I recently attended a De La Sol set at a festival in Queens. I enjoyed an interlude in which a voice from the trio said that sometimes you just need to let the beat play. It’s always nice to hear how artists feel about the things they make and how they make them. It’s also nice to see how artists whose styles vary greatly can agree on certain sentiments. Such is the case with Crow Quilled Confessions. Their track A Human Being on the Planet Earth perfectly demonstrates a group who know how to let the beat play when it needs to.

For the first half of the song, there are several elements introduced that seem to orbit around the catchy, strongly-mixed beat. You might miss some details along the way if you aren’t careful, but one thing is for certain, you will feel that beat. It doesn’t seem like a drum part that needs much elaboration. It may not have much to say. This doesn’t stop Crow Quilled Confessions from letting it lead the charge into the second half, which quickly but organically reinvents its status quo with fuzzy guitars and a bass that triumphantly makes its presence known.

From here, the track becomes a ride. Suddenly the beat has taken a backseat for the exploration of all the other themes that had previously been allowing it to lead. For such a dramatic change in priority to occur while holding onto the mood and tone of the song is a major challenge. Even as the song fades out in its last 30 seconds, you can’t help but feel the beat play on in your mind. This is a song that leaves the speakers and really does affect your mind for moments at a time. It’s not overly complicated, but it’s certainly a fascinating track.

-Paul Weyer

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A&R Factory Present: J Lind

J Lind is an American singer-songwriter from Arizona. Following high school, J attended Princeton University on scholarship, where he formed an alternative rock band, Valley Academy. The group quickly became Princeton’s premier indie act, opening for artists ranging from Alus and Luke Christopher to the Grammy-nominated artist, Big Sean, before parting ways in the spring of 2016.

In August, J recorded his debut solo EP at The Chapel in Nashville, TN. Engineered by Joshua D. Niles (COIN, Taylor Phelan, Jason Gray), the record blends warm instrumentation’s with timeless folk signatures to touch on socially relevant themes. J’s debut EP is scheduled for release in January 2017, prior to a string of shows in Europe in the spring.