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Stuck In This Matrix: Emanle Ali drops the truth for all to hear on ‘BSOM’ (Boston State Of Mind)

With stunningly introspective real stories about what he sees in front of his eyes with important issues such as shocking systemic racism, the gentrification of the local area that destroys the heritage and the horrifying violence in his proud city, Emanle Ali raps with such impressive conviction via the eye-opening track ‘BSOM’ (Boston State Of Mind).

Emanle Ali (pronounced Ee-mon-lay) is an electrifying Boston-based hip-hop artist who seeks authenticity in each bar that he drops.

With his smartly-written lines brought to the fore and a quick rap style that is such an educated listen, Emanle Ali shows us his growing greatness with absolute aplomb. Showing us inside the gates and with visuals that guide you through the message, this is a rather special effort that needs to be heard far and wide.

BSOM(Boston State Of Mind) from the impressive Boston-based hip-hop solo artist Emanle Ali, opens the curtains to what is really going on where he lives. After seeing so many changes lately, mostly bad ones in his eyes, he urges the local community to stand up and speak up about what is actually going down. Featuring a fantastically sharp flow and a barrage of striking lyrics, this is a track you just have to take note of.

See this truthful video about the plight of the youth on YouTube and see his movements via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Empty Room: Abi Nav paces with that racing mind as he fights the tiring battle with the ‘Devil With No Name’

Influenced by John Mayer, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, and The Script, Abi Nav brings us his latest piece of brilliantly performed art with a true story about trying to brush off those pesky troubles on ‘Devil With No Name‘.

Abi Nav is a Boston, Massachusetts-based indie pop/rock singer-songwriter. He writes honest songs about struggles that we all face inside our worried souls, as he sings with such a peaceful style that you can’t help but like this incredible artist.

Abi’s raw, self-aware lyrics, coupled with his ability to write unforgettable melodies make him a songwriter to look out for. His smooth, buttery vocals along with his melody-driven guitar playing come together to create a unique sound.” ~ Abi Nav

There is much to love about such a pure musician who performs with flippers on his feet as he guides his precious heart away from the stormy seas, to instead rejoice with a beaming smile on his face. The beautifully written words are a real gem – on a soothing track that will have you finding that inner superpower – that has been lost like a kite in the woods, that needs to be found again.

Devil With No Name‘ from the Boston-based indie pop/rock-based indie singer-songwriter Abi Nav, is the story about being held captive by your insecurities, as you do your best to swim away from the pain and into the calming flow of happy days again. You will find an inspiring song indeed which also has a happy ending, to teach us that life can be okay if you try hard to tackle your own fears and never give up.

Hear this top new track on Spotify and see more via the IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Stuck Between These Walls: Catching Arrows wonder deeply when the beautiful sunshine will come back again on ‘Locked In’

With a thoughtful glance at the past which seems so sadly far away, Catching Arrows are so tired of being stuck inside on their new single which we can all relate to on ‘Locked In‘.

Catching Arrows is a proudly female-fronted four-piece teen indie rock pop band from the legendary city of Boston, Massachusetts.

You totally feel this story about being caged inside like a wild animal when the world was at its lowest for years, as you find yourself wondering when some sense of normal will return. The sound is alive here from a fired up vocalist who sings with that real meaning – that is so lacking in this cancel culture society – as she projects a message that is so true and fills your heart with so much anxiousness, about what tomorrow will bring.

Locked In‘ from the youthfully exuberant Boston, Massachusetts-based indie rock pop band Catching Arrows, is a reflective theme track for all of us who absoloutely hated being stuck inside. Featuring freshly-sung vocals from a wonderfully talented young lady and backed up by a loyal band – who keep things tighter than a kitty cat sliding through the pet door late at night – there is much to love about a group who only seem to get better and better.

Hear this top new single on Spotify and see more news from this fast-rising act on their IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Filled With Love: Boston’s Maxtallies sees his lover paint with the lights on with ‘Van Gogh’

As his eyes spark when he sees his sweet candy crush in full view, Maxtallies is at his supreme best on the latest bass-busting single from this vocally pleasing artist with ‘Van Gogh‘.

Maxtallies is a very confident rapper/RnB artist, music producer and thriving fashion model who is from the busy streets of Boston, Massachusetts.

From producing his own tracks and writing, Maxtallies seeks to positively influence the world and connect with like-minded individuals through music and art.” ~ Maxtallies

This is the terrific story of feeling the unadulterated love from someone who is painting your whole body closely, as you look at them deeply and feel their affection towards you. With purely written and meaningful lyrics that shows us that kind atmosphere at its fullest, this is an heartfelt single that will have you turning the lights on low.

Van Gogh‘ from the Boston-based model, music producer and rapper/RnB artist Maxtallies, is the type of track which has you moving and grooving all night long. This is that I-appreciate-your-skills kind of release – that has the air of love attached – and so much respect for this Queen-like figure, who he sees right before him. Featuring a sensually stimulating background and smoothly lipped vocals, you will feel your heart warming when you turn this gem up to the max.

Hear this new single on Spotify and check out the IG page for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

For Peace: Marcus Liuzzi remembers the conviction-filled tumultuous sixties on ‘Whatever Happened To Aquarius’

As he carefully opens up the memory book and shows us that standing up for your rights is the only way to go, Marcus Liuzzi recalls when marching was so frequent and still groovy at the same time on ‘Whatever Happened To Aquarius‘.

Marcus Liuzzi is a highly respected Boston, Massachusetts indie Pop singer-songwriter and theatre actor. He makes a sterling blend of nostalgic music that brings you back to a time that must be never forgotten.

This song is a reflection on how things never change – we’re still fighting the for same things year after year. Whatever Happened to Aquarius is about the tumultuous sixties, when we fought for our rights, for equality, for ideals, and for peace. We marched against the Vietnam war and police brutality. We shouted loud in the streets to make our voices heard. We never gave up, and we’re still fighting today.” ~ Marcus Liuzzi

There is so much style with groove-laced vibrations in this epic track – packed full of important lyrics for those who have no idea about the past – with a blend of vocals that has your mind alive and glowing about such incredibly real music. He sings with a real purpose, packed with a tremendously uplifting energy to educate those who feel that the fight isn’t worth it.

Whatever Happened To Aquarius‘ from the experienced Boston, Massachusetts indie Pop singer-songwriter Marcus Liuzzi, is that memory lane lane type of experience that has you feeling united as you stand. With so much hate and divisiveness around that is sadly so abundant, this is a real insight into the brave folk who stood up when the time was right. Being free is the only thing that should ever matter after all.

Hear this new freedom-inspired track on Soundcloud.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Soldier For The Cause: J’Jai shows his rifle-like skills on ‘Hand’

As he keeps it real on a track all about being okay with being alone sometimes to reflect, J’Jai knows that there are only a few true friends left while the others have shown their true colors on ‘Hand‘.

J’Jai is a Montreal, Canada/Boston-based multi-skilled military sniper, medic, and Hip-Hop artist. He makes the type of music that has been purely created to help with the trauma and sad times which can take over, if you aren’t too careful.

Anyway all I care is to get my message out to everyone, for them 2 love and relate 2 in hard times.” ~ J’Jai

Featuring sword-like lyrics that gets your attention real quick and visuals that shows you he lives the life, this is a single all about turning your life around and doing things that will make you happy. With so many irritating haters around, its best to be you and leave the rest to karma after all.

Hand‘ from the mightily respected Montreal, Canada/Boston-based rapper and soldier J’Jai, is a lock-and-aim track filled with smooth bars from an underground artist who seems to posses that rare storyteller mentality. He has gone through the ups and downs of life, seen the blue lights real close, had friends die, and has walked down roads most think are only in movies. This is a raw track with so much potential, from a Hip-Hop artist who is self-aware enough to get it. Life is about doing meaningful things, as you leave the small-talk to other people who live in their own dreamland.

See this deep music video on YouTube and find out where he goes to next on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

A Story of Haunting Guilt and Remorse: Boston’s Shotgun Waltz begs for forgiveness on the blood-on-my-hands ‘Ghost Train’

Shifting Gears by Shotgun Waltz

Taken off their July release all about living in the here and now called ‘Shifting Gears‘, Shotgun Waltz ride in with a reflective mood to that fateful day which took away a soul who should still be here on ‘Ghost Train‘.

Shotgun Waltz is a Boston, Massachusetts-based indie alt-rock roots four-piece band. They are a group that have a world class sound that has been fine tuned from many years perfecting their craft, as they combine like classic wine to make that specially flavored type of energy.

The fresh, energetic nature of Jim DeTore’s songs is reinforced by a highly capable veteran lineup featuring the arrangements of former Leonard Cohen touring guitarist Bob Metzger, as well as two veteran Boston musicians: former Lines drummer Rick Weden and Pete Abajoli from Penny Outlaw, The Melatonins and formerly Superlow.” ~ Shotgun Waltz

With a startling message which strikes right in your knotted stomach as you imagine the emotional toll this has taken after all these years of guilt – we are placed into a message of redemption – that is splendidly sung with such determination. There is much to admire here, as the band are on top form and show us their world class ability.

Ghost Train‘ from the Boston-based indie alt-rock roots four-piece act Shotgun Waltz, is the story of wishing that you could have that moment back which changed everything. Your mind goes back to the time the accident happened, as you beg for forgiveness and try to make amends in any way possible.

Performed with a real edge and a terrific soundscape, this is one of the most honest tracks you will hear all year.

Check out the Bandcamp link for this new single and see more news on his IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Paid The Price: Boston indie rock act StrangeColorSky show us brightly into those teenage dreams with ‘Freaks’

Returning with their first released music since 2019’s eight-track album ‘The Canterbury Tales‘, StrangeColorSky return from their enforced hiatus and look back at those sore eyes that have many regrets on their latest single called ‘Freaks‘.

StrangeColorSky is a four-piece Boston, USA-based indie rock band. They are fueled by Deep Eddy’s Lemon Vodka, and bring us a tasty blend of tantalizing ear-warming music which takes you to another planet entirely.

Their shoegazey, angsty, and at times dreamy music tackles the strangeness of growing up and navigating adulthood, love and loss, mental health, and more.” ~ StrangeColorSky

This is the story of having that striking surge all over your body as you realize what is actually happening – as you look up and just know – that you have taken things too far tonight. With a breathtaking delivery and a sensational soundscape which showcases their world class talent – you find yourself getting lost into their exquisitely effortless story – which has you shivering in excitement.

Freaks‘ from the excellent Boston-based four-piece indie rockers StrangeColorSky, is that haunting tale of waiting for the world to end when you are at your lowest. You had so much innocence before and that was taken from you after a while as you realized what the world was really like, as you lay back and let the moment take you inside reality. Sung with a gloriously talented vocalist and a terrific band who get the scrumptiously performed textures just right, this is a special single that reminds you of their immense quality which has been hidden away for too long.

Hear this new single on Spotify and see more in their IG music channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

You Wanted Easier Than I: Daniella Spadini burns with disappointment of false promises on her stunning 2nd single ‘7:30’

After carefully bringing us a superb shining light on her debut single ‘Part Of You‘, Daniella Spadini wonders why her ex set her fire alive and then foolishly ran away when things got a bit harder on ‘7:30‘.

Daniella Spadini is a rural Northern California-born, Boston-based, flower and dog lover, indie-pop artist and Berklee College of Music Songwriting undergrad student ’21.

After formally being in a top 40 cover band before her studies, she has been bursting to release her 2nd single and this is a marvelous effort, packed full of powerful vocals which have you breathless at times.

Inspired by her peculiar outlook on the world, 21-year-old Daniella Spadini has been writing music for as long as she can remember.” ~ Daniella Spadini

This is the story about feeling like you were so in love and then things turned so fast, as your empty heart soon felt upset from all the unreliable stories and sneaky webs, which were only undesirably dusty and liar-filled.

Sung with a reflective edge, we are reminded of Daniella’s pure voice, which leaves your neck and back twitching in utter delight.

7:30‘ from the highly promising Northern California-born, Boston-based indie-pop artist Daniella Spadini, is a radiant effort that is full of wonderful vocals which has you mightily impressed. She sings with so much freedom and love at each turn, as you turn her up and let each note take you to euphoric places.

Sometimes it doesn’t always work out as others are ultimately selfish and narrow-minded, but if you always remember what you stand for, you will always recover quicker than you think.

Hear this terrific new single on Spotify and see more on her IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Blood On The Carpet: Captivating California-based emo-folk artist Kiera Lyons watches her sad heart break into pieces again on ‘For You’

With a mind-blowing elegance which has the hairs on your arms standing up and a free-flowing style which is mightily sublime, Kiera Lyons sings with so much splendid angelic grace on her new single all about fixing your shattered heart on ‘For You‘.

Kiera Lyons is a prolific eighteen years young Boston, Massachusetts-born, Los Angeles, California-based, self-proclaimed twitchy witchy girl, emo-folk/pop artist, poet, visual artist and multi-genre creative. She loves to make meaningful music that explores her vivid mind, as she takes ideas from her dreams and turns them into reality.

Her lyrics grapple with our youth’s bitter burden: a world of decay, anxiety and depression, of alienation, heartbreak and longing at the core of Gen Z’s struggle. Her raw, unapologetic vocal performances capture the authentic spirit of her peers, while offering a powerful insight into their experience for others.” ~ Kiera Lyons

For You‘ from the wonderfully dreamy and multi-talented Los Angeles-based emo-folk/pop artist Kiera Lyons, is an absolutely outstanding song from a young artist who sings with a real love and stupendous vigor. She is a hard working musician who has been creating so much brilliant content during this horrific pandemic that doesn’t seem to want to go away – and makes a sterling effort here – which is stacked full of an honest story, most of us have felt before. This is class personified.

The heart can take a few breaks but each time it is a bit longer, until you can fully love in unison again.

Hear this expressive new single on Spotify and follow her on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen