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Those Skies Above: Memphis band Dream Crusher Hope Smasher look to the heavens for inspiration on ‘Grey Foxes’

Vertebrate Moves by Dream Crusher Hope Smasher

Taken off their engrossing 5-track EP which has been bone-chillingly named Vertebrate Moves, Dream Crusher Hope Smasher are quite absorbing on their remember-this-day new single called ‘Grey Foxes‘.

Dream Crusher Hope Smasher is a high-octane synth-rock band performing with a real purpose, who is from Memphis, Tennessee.

A mash-up of misadventure, mid-life crisis and potentially credit score lowering musical algorithms, Dream Crusher Hope Smasher is the sum of its parts.” ~ Dream Crusher Hope Smasher

You feel the insides of your awaiting core take you to a place you couldn’t have expected before, as the flourishing vocals are so crisply toned like a toasted sandwich made just right. The saucy soundscape has been made with just the right flavour too, as you feel a sudden warmth wrap all over you to help you build up the previously lost energy.

Grey Foxes‘ from the Memphis, Tennessee-based indie synth-rock act Dream Crusher Hope Smasher, is a thrilling experience that is all about making it through whatever struggles you are going through. You can either sit back and let everything go through you or take a step forward to reach those goals you have set for yourself. This is a movie-type soundtrack that has been made with such elegance that it shines through all over your awaiting soul to embrace lovingly, just as those great songs do.

Hear this fine new single via Bandcamp and see more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Showing Us The Way: Black Koncept drops deep six track EP ‘Mind Of Koncept’

With his Dad on the mind constantly and his deep thoughts recalling how the past almost destroyed him, Black Koncept inspires a whole generation to stay busy mentally and to never let the haunting demons take over on ‘Mind Of Koncept‘.

Black Koncept is a Detroit, Michigan-based indie hip-hop artist and basketball fan, who is massively into anime and comic books, as he smartly blends this true love into his vastly emotive music creations.

At 16 years old I began rapping due to a crippling depression from being neglected by my father , and constantly starving every day having to steal quarters to eat.” ~ Black Koncept

There are six quality tracks here and no fillers, with particular gems being the demon-filled lead single ‘Mind Of Koncept‘ and the use-the-pen anthem ‘Michael Myers‘.

With so much pain-filled lyrics at every emotional corner which leads you into those dark days he has unfortunately experienced that no one should, the constant theme of suicide is brought up multiple times on this EP. With a consistent flow attached and his savage lyrical skill on show – he shows much potential behind the mic – as he brings us into this movie-like world which was almost over before it began.

Luckily through music, he has been able to wisely distract himself from those ominous moments from before and shows us how quickly thoughts can build up and potentially destroy everything.

Mind Of Koncept‘ from the Detroit, Michigan-based indie rapper Black Koncept, brings us inside his deepest thoughts and is a warning sign for our youth to learn from. With so many people feeling like they just can’t continue – he has found that by using his daily energies creatively – this new mindset can bring you so much freedom to advance your life, into the happy medium universe you seek for that true self-love.

Only love and light shall and must succeed.

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

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Protest Against Guns: Pleena C sings with so much meaning on the honest ‘Love Thy Neighbour’

Taken off her explosively real brand new eight-track release called ‘Get a Grip‘, Pleena C tells us that things need to change and for the anger to pass quickly, so that many lives may be bravely saved from this horrific gun issue that plagues the USA on ‘Love Thy Neighbour‘.

Pleena C is an experienced indie punk/rock singer-songwriter who has been making music since she was just sixteen. She makes that inspired music that might rattle a few cages, as her voice is loud and honest, speaking on issues that quite often get swept under the rug.

I have been writing songs since I was 16-17 years old. Inspired by powerpop and rock bands from the sixties and seventies like the Who, the Doors and David Bowie – to name just a few, I soon learned how to play the guitar and how to emulate those sounds.” – Pleena C

With a rocking start that is full of that much-missed old school fundamental energy and packed of sterling solos, she is riveting on this single and throws in down to the small-minded. She confidently believes that things need to stop standing still, and that we start to evolve to a better world, that has so much peace and love.

Love Thy Neighbour‘ from the vastly respected sixty-one years young Pleena C, shows us a self-aware woman who believes wholeheartedly that the people being reckless with guns need to stand down, and for love to take over. The paranoid nature of current society is a real issue and many lives are lost needlessly, when there should be an understanding that has people working together to find solutions. Life would be much better that way after all.

Stream the new single on Spotify and check out her Facebook for more news.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

The Moons Align: Creatrix Bassaco calms our busy minds expertly with ‘Wanewata’ EP

As her astounding water angel spirit takes us deep underwater to carefully feed our starving soul after much starvation and hurtful distress, the stunning Creatrix Bassaco seems to cure all on her awe-inspiring new four-track EP ‘Wanewata‘.

Creatrix Bassaco is a tremendously talented vocalist and music producer who is a Creative Priestess of Ivorian ancestry. She skillfully fuses lovely West African-inspired percussive rhythms and French spoken word gracefully all over this special single, to make our shuddering hearts feel so loved and cared for again.

This is a wonderful source of much-needed restoration and healing for us all. The energy felt in this dreamy release is so inviting, soulful and rather obscure — as its overall impact has your mind massaged by a mysteriously elegant and creative woman — who weaves a web of love all over your tired body.

The textured beats are all varied, with a scrumptious flow that has you imagining you are swimming underwater in the beautifully clean ocean — with vivid colors all over the place — as you bend your mind to the endless possibilities. The lovely crisp  alignment has your neck and back suddenly feeling in shape again — as you see her kind face and knowing smile — urging you to have faith in nature again.

Wanewata‘ from the fascinating talent of Creatrix Bassaco, leads us kindly into an entrancing world of the beautiful waters below, that have all the answers we need. This is that true music which snaps your curious mind away from all meaningless distractions, as she sweetly lathers our consciousness into place with an EP that has come at exactly the right time. Great music like this, really does heal up all hurtful scars and undesirable anxiousness.

Hear this intriguing EP on Spotify and see her IG for more news.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Class Personified: Italy’s Lorenzo Carulli makes his magnificent skills look ‘Easy Peasy’

Taken off his brand new eight-track album called ‘Present Past‘, Lorenzo Carulli entertains us tremendously with his signature style, that shows the world that if you have that elusive belief, things can actually be ‘Easy Peasy‘.

Lorenzo Carulli is an engaging classical pianist and composer from Lecce, who is now based Rome in Italy. He makes that rare and magnificent type of music, which gives your back shivers of delight all over your fragile spine, his world class skill level eases your mind from a torrid world and into the fields of joy.

You feel his spectacular style blending from classical to his originals, he is a master at work and clearly marvels at the chance to show the world what all those years of practicing for hours a day, have done to his flawless technique. His fingers seem to roam free and his hands are at one with the piano, their souls connected as you feel so much soul-healing from this quality performance.

Easy Peasy’ from the brilliant Rome-based pianist and composer Lorenzo Carulli, is an entertaining effort that shows you how much fun he has whilst doing what he truly loves. He takes us on a journey that makes you smile, has you bewildered by his incredible skills, and brings you to a happy place where it counts deep within.

Stream this new single on Spotify and follow the story on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

True Intentions: Exquisite New York singer-songwriter Sophia B is breathtaking on magnificent five-track EP ‘Catch Her’

To keep her soul alive during this horrid pandemic, Sophia B turned to music to perfect her sound with world class Australian producer Claire Protas, and the results speak volumes for this dynamic talent on the stupendously superb five track EP called ‘Catch Her’.

Sophia Beltran aka Sophia B is a tremendous multi-talented pop/folk/rock artist and Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts student from New York City in the USA. She carefully makes that honest music which has you feeling uplifted and thoughtful, all somehow at the same time.

There are five quality tracks here with no fillers at all. Particular highlights are definitely  ‘Boys Are So Overrated‘, ‘Somebody To Me‘ and probably the song that has your heart beating faster; ‘Everyone Has Secrets‘. Her sensational style reflects gloriously into your eager mind and you feel like you are listening to an old soul, who only wants good energy in the world.

Catch Her’ from the soulfully sweet New York City solo artist Sophia B, is a quality release from a young musician who seems to capture your hearts attention with her crisply toned vocals, as her self-aware lyrics puts your mind into a positive mood. This is a humble talent who is only going to improve after each release — as she flies up high to conquer all her goals and reach those dreams — that she has manifested with that hard work put in.

Catching her live after the restrictions are over, is an absolute must.

Hear this wonderfully talented young singer’s EP on Spotify and see more on her IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Cascades Of Crashing Wonder: Abandon the Fall hit the nail on the head again with ‘Forever’

Taken off the superbly sparkling star-gazing four-track EP ‘Infinite Seasons‘, Abandon the Fall step up just in time with the stunning instrumental single called ‘Forever‘.

Abandon the Fall is masterminded by the experienced artist, producer, and songwriter Juan Espinoza. He has creatively formulated the type of act that boggles the mind throughout, as he helps us clean out the dusty goggles that we have been wearing during this horrific pandemic, as the fabulously unique Rock/Rap/EDM sound washes over our thirsty bodies, to make us feel happy and hopeful again.

This is a sumptuous effort, full of pure goodness and wonder. Each part of the track has been carefully crafted by a professional who is totally at one with himself, as the melodies marvel the mind and has you in exhilarating raptures of excitement after a long hiatus.

Forever‘ from Abandon the Fall is a striking track that hits home hard in your consciousness, as you close your eyes and imagine the world in a better place, your heart beats faster somehow as you remember what all the possibilities are in front of you, if you just open the door a bit wider and let your body free.

Stream this powerful new song here on Spotify and see more on his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Time To Reflect: Verona composer Stefano Freddi shares emotional stories on piano-filled new single ‘Five Notes Symphony the Murderer’s Tale’

The first of four singles to be released by Verona-based Classical Pianist Stefano Freddi, ‘Five Notes Symphony the Murderer’s Tale‘ is a stunning listen that will enthrall you and help calm the mind from the current choppy waters, that are splashing ferociously all over our tired hearts at the moment.

Stefano Freddi is an incredibly talented Italian composer, who has been filling his intrinsic need for meaningful creation since he was just six years old. He delights us all with stunning instrumental wonderland that shows us his appreciation for many genres and soundscapes from all over the globe, as he always looks to push himself and learn beyond what is thought possible.

As part of an exciting four-track EP, this new single is all about taking inspiration from The Canterbury Tales, as the idea here is to share a message, warning or a moral. The need for reflection in these unprecedented times is of the utmost importance, so we may regain calm and make the correct decisions going forward.

You feel all his passion here and he sets the stage for this wonderfully crafted track that wipes away the pain of the world, but has you feeling a bit introspective from all that is currently happening around us.

‘Five Notes Symphony the Murderer’s Tale’ from Classical Pianist Stefano Freddi, is a journey through so many emotions as you feel the sense of pride in his work, and drift away peacefully into a new mental place that has you thinking more relaxed thoughts than before. This is a marvelous piece of work that will seep into your veins and have you in a different mindset.

Stream this new single on Spotify, YouTube and see more on his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

The Lonely Pandemic: K.F.M. drops reflectively real six-track EDM EP all about the ‘Exile’

With an ominously intriguing edge infused deeply inside his mysterious electronically flavored music, K.F.M. shares our frustrations of these wild locked inside times, with his new cinematic six-track EP release called ‘Exile‘.

Kevin Moses aka K.F.M. is a thriving San Jose, California-born, San Francisco-based producer, sound engineer and film student, with a deep feel to him as he makes music about current times, carefully exploring the heartfelt sensations born from isolation and being forced inside, due to this horrific pandemic.

It feels like you are in a different dimension on this fascinating release, as you somehow float above and look down to all the sadness and loneliness everywhere. Each song is flawless with no fillers, instead you feel like you are in a movie – each second feels drawn out and electric – the smooth bass grabs you with the background haunts incredibly evolving, before your very ears.

This is the story about being inside for too long, as you miss those care-free days of doing what you like, seeing who you want to and having almost no restrictions. Eventually the frustration boils over and you need to fly free again, the urge to venture far and wide takes over.

Exile‘ from the superb Cali/San Fran producer K.F.M. is a true tale of how through his film class lessons via Zoom, he created an incredible symbol of expression through his chill and downtempo lathering of goodness, for a fragile heart that is looking for healing.

Luckily, through music we can all find solace and this is a more-than-worthy listen to all of us that miss those hugs and the real human connection, flowing lovingly into our sensitive souls.

Stream this new EP on Spotify and check out his IG for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Reclaiming Their Place: Chicago’s The Gelheads drop buried-away three-track EP ‘Tail Lights’

After celebrating twenty years together as a band, The Gelheads joyously recover their old hidden-away recordings that were almost lost in the sands of time, with their new exciting three-track EP called ‘Tail Lights‘.

The Gelheads are a Chicago, Illinois-based four-piece indie-punk/rock band with a hardened edge flowing in their creative veins, as they make music that you can motivate yourself with again, powering in like old pros in with an incredibly fresh sound for us to truly immerse ourselves into.

After rising through the ranks back in 2021, the band had fantastic success after starting off at small shows first, to opening for heavyweights like Papa Roach, The Killers and even came close to working with Def Jam.

After performing live together until 2005, a long hiatus until 2020 has seen the band recover their previous recordings thanks to Andy Gerber at Million Yen Studios. A new fresh mix is here as the band emerge gleefully from the darkness, to delight their old and new fans with a comeback for the ages.

Little String‘, ‘After These Messages‘ and ‘Lie Awake‘, are all equally top shelf tracks and with passionate lyrics and a supporting sound that shows you their underrated quality, you hope that this is the start of a refueling fire for the band to reclaim and even build on their glory days.

Tail Lights‘ from Chicago indie-rock act The Gelheads, is a journey through their uplifting music that almost didn’t exist, as they bring us back to those wonderful early 90’s days, that remained locked in your mind forever. This is a quality release and surely a taste of more classics to come.

Stream this new release on Spotify and see the IG here.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen