The beautiful piano simmers through and warms your heart. We are soon introduced to a singer-songwriter and composer who is a true creative. He sings about how wicked and harsh this world is as he emanates only peace and love. The story of a man that has found his voice, to show the world his stunning music, made with years of fine tuning to get the balance just right. Jacob Whalen’s ‘Necropolis‘ will have you thinking about all of the sins of the world, and the pointless loss of life for no real reason.
With his digital artwork and virtual art shows taking up most of his time over the last 10 years, this crazy world of 2020 has unlocked a true artist, who shines like a burning candle on this release. Taken off the brand new full album- ‘Lord of Vanity II‘ -this is an ode to a fresh start, away from that familiar, stale and ultimately stagnant energy from a place that you needed to get away from. In order to fully blossom, you need to see the world and experience new cultures.
He voice is so powerful yet innocent at the same time, the passionate and emotion hangs in the air as you take on a somber tone and wonder why these things happen. The gentle background sounds only matches the energy during this special listen. This is a man who has been building to this moment and succeeds greatly.
‘Necropolis‘ from the multi-talented Dallas artist Jacob Whalen is a song that will inspire many as this is such an emotional song that delves deep into current issues in the world. This is a marvelous and vividly described song from an eloquent musician- who puts his heart and soul into everything he does. After all, being in the right town for your goals, is the smartest way to be truly happy each day.
Hear this emotional masterpiece here on Jacob’s Spotify and see more on his Facebook.
Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen
‘Goodbye, Covid-19‘ is a beautiful story from the soft but striking vocals of the extremely talented Bomethius.
Bomethius is the alter-ego recording alias of Jonathan Hodges who is a Dallas based-musician. An accomplished violinist, Hodges started studying music at age 3. Addressing doubts, fears, and disappointments from his own personal experience, Hodges recorded the first two Bomethius albums alone in his bathroom and quickly developed a unique baroque pop sound informed by melancholy, and wit. This is an artist that loves to challenge himself and make striking, real music.
‘Goodbye, Covid-19‘ chronicles Jonathan’s experience with getting married in the midst of a pandemic. It’s not really something he would recommend, but despite the fact that, him and his wife were deprived of their original venue, the majority of their close friends, and some of their family too. They found it to be surprisingly beautiful and while the world appears to be a long way off from actually saying goodbye to this virus, the song is about how good it will feel whenever we do finally get to say goodbye to Covid-19, and hello to one another — in person.
With breezy vocals and a soft piano that adds such a relaxing energy to this fine song ‘Goodbye, Covid-19‘ from Bomethius. This is one of the better songs on 2020 from such a genuine musician who shows us how crazy life has been lately.
Stream here from Bandcamp.
Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen
‘When Reality Kicks In‘ from Ferrante is a fantastic young singer-songwriter that pulls on our hearts strings here on his new track.
Coming out of Dallas in Texas, Ferrante is emerging from the young generation with his vocal delivery that makes the hair on your arms and back stand up to attention. He is soulful without being cocky, this is a genuine musician with bags of talent.
‘When Reality Kicks In‘ is all about telling the story about leaving someone behind and ending a relationship. This is a sad time but sometimes it has to be done. Ferrante wants to be together with this person but the time has come to end it. He tried to make it work but eventually things just had to end. He wasn’t happy with some things and this is something that we can all relate to.
Dallas singer Ferrante streams in with a fab track full of realness. ‘When Reality Kicks In‘ is an indie-rap track with R&B sugar coating that is sure to leave you wanting more to taste.
Stream here to hear this fine new track on Spotify.
Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen
Deidre Thornell has dropped her latest single ‘Keep on Loving Me’ a truly mesmerising piece with a heartfelt lyrical approach.
Infusing a contemporary country sound with the occasional pop twist, throughout this piece it’s extremely powerful and the emotion pours through each word sung. Having that brittle texture to the voice as Deidre pours her heart and soul into the music she produces and you can hear that every second.
Having that trusted companion of the acoustic guitar guiding the song along and combining alongside the vocals. That soft strum, nothing too drastic, keeping it simple and really letting her voice cut through and show just how well she can hit those high notes and how incredible the vocal ranges are.
A fantastic piece by Deidre, one that is filled with passion and positivity and one that needs to be added to your playlist.
Listen to Deidre Thornell’s ‘Keep on Loving Me’ by heading on over to Spotify now.
Review by Karley Myall
Texas-based band NEOS has released their single ‘People’ infusing their Indie sound through fascinating vocals and smooth instrumentals.
Starting off with the slow pluck on the guitar strings as the vocals begin to come through having this rather deep tone to them with that rough texture, intertwining perfectly with the flow of the instrumentation.
Adding in that tap of the tambourine and beginning to combine the calming tone of the acoustic guitar paired with the electric. The way the instrumentation sounds gives it this real mellow feeling, you feel relaxed as you listen even when everything does tend to heighten and begin to increase in volume.
Sounding similar to artists such as Coldplay, having that mesmerising vocal range that pulls you in straight away whilst having that powerful instrumental that brings the piece to life.
Check out NEOS’ single People by clicking here now.
Review by Karley Myall
Artist AndyJMotion dropped his single ‘Lights’, embracing his New Wave sound and having a fast pace flow and an infectious rhythm.
Having that repetition of the lyrics bouncing back and forth, using humming to kick start the Rap, the vocal ranges are fairly raspy and tend to have this rather harsh texture to them as they go from being fairly flat to stretching out to amp up the volume, and the voice does tend to crack in a rather brittle way in parts.
The overall rhythm is upbeat, it keeps the flow going steady and pulses through the vocals as it tends to stay simple but still has its own lively feeling to it, as it tends to flow in and out of other elements, coming in louder and fading out quicker. Towards the end, the guitar like sound begins to climb out of the background and give it this dose of edginess.
Be sure to check this one out by AndyJMotion it’s definitely got a catchy beat.
Listen to AndyJ Motion Lights by heading over to SoundCloud now.
Review by Karley Myall
It has to be done! There really is no way around it! Curt McGurt is a beloved mixture of Busta Rhymes and Akon with much, much more. His style of rap is jab, jab, punch and repeat! His lyric, deeply articulated and intriguing, and without missing a beat, makes his syncopation complex and flawless. His hook line, “This sh** came outta nowhere” is the only line that is questioned. No-one wakes up in the morning with chops like that. If you did, you would get dragged to church for the next deliverance service! No, Curt McGurt’s craft is seasoned, well honed, well researched and brilliantly delivered.
Like all talented philosophers and orators, McGurt carries you along effortlessly at breakneck speed, never glancing back. It sounds as though his engineer must have been in heaven because there is no evidence of cutting and splicing his vocal together. If that really was one take, it’s a masterpiece that you have to hear. This Gatsby knows how to throw a good party and I’m excited to see what comes next.
Get your note book out and pen to the ready. Listen to “Tscon” here at Spotify.
Review by Susan Harriott
DWYWU is the new single from Dallas newcomers Cobo, and despite sounding like a mining village in north Wales, it is actually a lyrical reference and anachronism from the main refrain of the song. Cobo exists at a very interesting musical cross roads, for whilst they come very much from a guitar drive, rock based place, they also play with the cool accessibility and fashionable vibes of the contemporary indie sound but also they are able to play with more commercial sonics, ones which you could never call pop but which clearly show an understanding of the tricks and dexterity which pop works on.
The result is a sound perfect for the modern market, part underground, part mass appeal. If cult and commerciality have often been at odds during music’s long journey towards popular culture then Cobo is just the band to build a bridge between the two. Okay the candy-pop dance set might not like it and the army of plaid shirted blue collar rockers might not be dissuaded from their singular point of view, but for music which, when done properly, reminds us that the two camps can co-exist and still follow their own agendas, Cobo are the go to guys.
Hassan Nowai is a Hip Hop & Rap artist from Dallas, Texas who is becoming notorious for his ability to bring tight music to life through his use of juicy old school beats.
He’s a man of many talents, he’s a music artist, photographer & designer, but is his music the full package? He’s got a strong following behind him for a reason. His unashamedly brash attitude resonates through his plethora of playful tracks. What stands out in his debut track ‘Kudos’ produced by Juan RIOS is the punchy beats that are fuelled with palpable synergy. He creates a storm through his synthesised tracks each of them is as enigmatic as the last & follows and inexplicable pace.
Hassan has a relentless rapping style which he wraps around his refined sound.
There’s an unambiguous element of contempt to his lyrics which he uses to express his disdain toward the bludgeoning rap scene but still manages to pertain a fresh sound that’s a pleasure to indulge in. The sound is not overly polished which gives Hassan’s music a quaint and almost twee style.
Check out his latest track Kudos on SoundCloud using the link below!
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An argument can be made that music of all genres are different iterations and expressions of the human soul. It’s that word though, soul, which has truly been able to define a very specific type and level of understanding and vulnerability and power in honest expression. For DEVIN, it requires only the simplest elements. A piano performance, a snap-beat and a chance to let herself shine through is all that’s needed for a soulful performance. To capture something so beautiful and so simple is a tradition of R&B, but all the more reason to respect these styles. Bring You In is DEVIN’s invitation to stop your day, clear your mind and focus on only this gorgeous sonic message.
Despite the rudimentary nature of the mix, it’s not right to discount the music as lazy. While the spotlight remains on the smooth and caring vocal performance, the piano isn’t just dropping compressed loops like a lot of musicians who strive for minimalism. There’s heart in every stroke. The snaps don’t provide much rhythmic variety, but act as a grounding element coming from something more intimate than the traditional metronome or bass and snare combo. In some ways, this incredibly basic beat can be called more intentional and romantic than layered beats with a richer sense of motion. All things said and done, this song is beautiful and worth slowing down your daily momentum to appreciate.