“Train of Thought,” is a musical master piece, the opening is powerful, hard hitting, and vocally charged. The lead vocalist spews searing but harmonically charged, raw emotion; the kind of emotion that just reaches through the speakers and grabs you with intensity. Her lead vocals coupled with the background vocals catapult this piece to an entirely different height. She has a strong voice and intense voice, there’s not one wavering moment in her performance each line spills with passion and emotional climax.
The instrumentation is perfect, hard hitting drum cadence’s that lead to the climatic interlude in the track where an awesome guitar solo increases the spirit of the song. There are some nostalgic moments in the song, and a few surprises during the guitar solo that make this song worth a listen or two or ten. Powerful track from beginning to end!
Bad Saint is a solo project by Tess Freedel based in Seattle. What is so fascinating about this is that she composes all the parts of the song and has fellow musicians join her for performances and “Hanging on the Telephone,” is no exception. This girl knows what she wants and she not only shows this in the way she composes her music but also in her very straight forward, fresh lyrics. With a strong pop rock vibe and an element of punk rock thrown into the mix, this song is one of those that you will find yourself singing randomly throughout the day.
With a cool edgy vocal tone, crunchy guitar sounds and underlying synth sounds sustaining the foundation, all performed by Tess Freedel herself, “Hanging on the Telephone” is basically an explosion of vibrant sonorities brought together in a fascinating way. The vocal tone also gives the song its character and attitude and it is evident that all instrumental and vocal parts are performed with conviction and very confidently, proving that this girl is definitely ready to take over the music scene with her sparky and creative ideas and a very unique and clear artistic vision!
Emily Graye works at a wonderful collision point where the alternative meets the mainstream, were the popular meets the underground, where the infectious meets the more considered. Musically she blends electro-pop rigidity with classical-synth washes and a vocal delivery that is both ethereal and direct.
It is these contradictions which make her stand out from the pack, she has an accessibility not normally associated with artists working in similar leftfield realms but also an integrity unusual in pop circles. Lyrically she wanders between the thoughtful and the confrontational, the profound and the profane and it is the swirling juxtaposition of musical worlds, this scattergun blast of ideas and this seamless blend of sonic exclusives that definitely make her one to watch.
Summer may be coming to an end but Sacha Allen is determined to not let it go until she has to, proof of which can be found in her sunshine infused single High. The vibes are lazy, the vocals are soulful, the beats vibrant and the overall result is a tune that is perfect for dancing along but equally great to chill out to.
As her debut release this puts the Manchester singer firmly on the map. A song such of this from a seasoned, big name would have the industry movers and shakers clamouring to be associated with it, coming out of the blue as it does is an even bigger story and not only will those in the know marvel at how great the song is, they will also realise that this is just the first step and that the real story here is really Sacha’s potential.
Mind Cinema is a rather unique musical project that combines the appeal of pop with the edge of rock music and the modern aesthetics of electronica. The project’s recent single, Sleep Clinic, starts with a mellow, intimate mood. The beautiful piano chords and sparse female vocals are a recipe for success, with a moody and somewhat dramatic feel.
The song later open up with some hypnotic beats and beautiful synth swells that feel like waves crashing on an empty beach on a hot summer day. They are slow, deep and heavy, yet there is a lot of movement.
It’s definitely worth mentioning the stellar music video to this song: the highly cinematic images really match the song’s unique sound and the visual storytelling keeps the viewer glued to the screen in a very special way.
As the disparate strands of The Nyx’s sound collide and blend, mix and match, you realise that away from the lazy labelling and journo driven love of scenes and pigeonholing, it’s all just rock and roll. It always has been and as this ferocious London girl-gang fire off salvos of underground rock swagger, punk attitude, garage rock rawness and grunge intensity you can envisage the nods of approval from everyone from Joan Jet to Courtney Love to…well, even Grace Slick.
It’s fierce, sure but is full of melody, it is snarling and confrontational but in a way that comes naturally. And if Fire Breathing Lady is the track that entices you across the threshold, the remaining songs which make up their recent E.P. don’t disappoint either. Hideaway shimmers and grunts in equal measure, Myself rocks and broods and Home is wonderfully melodic and nothing short of anthemic.
The secret to the continuation and success of guitar bands isn’t going to be found in musicians hell bent on fusing their respective genres into strange new progressive hybrids or who seek to push boundaries that probably only exist in their minds. Salvation lies with bands like The Nyx, bands who aren’t looking to reinvent the wheel but are more interested in taking it out for a spin, enjoying the ride and leaving the street peppered with some hard to remove tire marks along the way.
The Nyx are no strangers to the live music scene and are set to perform on 29th June at Black Heart in Camden, followed by more unannounced dates throughout the remainder of the year. More information about the band and their upcoming live dates can be found on their social media pages.
Naïka is a singer/songwriter born in Miami, Florida, who developed an interest in music from an early age while living and traveling internationally with her family.
Naika was born from a Haitian mother and Malagasy father, and growing up with the influence of European, African and Caribbean cultures has shaped her both musically and individually, and continues to define her artistic perspective and outlook. Her music reflects a blend of pop, soul with a World Music influence.
Naïka currently majors in Performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she is pursuing her creative aspirations full time. Within her first year as a student, she was selected to tour with GRAMMY-winning artist Michael Bolton, and participate on NBC’s The Voice. Her songwriting ability also earned her a second place prize in the BMI John Lennon Foundation Scholarship in 2015.
As her academic chapter is coming to an end, Naïka’s music is beginning to flourish. After the release of her debut single “Call Me Marilyn”, the artists’ next pop banger “Ride” is scheduled to hit streaming platforms on May 6th.
Naïka continues to develop her vocal and songwriting expertise with an exemplary work ethic, that will stand her in good stead throughout her journey as an artist, wherein perseverance, dedication and hard work are essential.
Jade Naraine is 21 year old Pop artist from Toronto, ON. After her single; Cause I Can’t Take Missing You secured a spot in the 2015 top 100 on media base in the USA, she released a pop/country single called; You Decided to Stay. Country music stations began comparing her to old Taylor Swift. Jade is now back in the Pop genre to stay, with her latest radio single; “Princess.”
Princess is a song based on a true story, about a young girl who’s life spirals out of control to a point where she can hardly breathe. Within herself, she finds the strength to fight the pain, as she holds onto the same dream she had as a little girl, and tries one more time. The song was written to inspire and encourage anyone who is facing any obstacle, whether it be; bullying, physical, mental or emotional abuse, emotional trauma, mental illness/depression, PTSD, girls feeling taken advantage of, especially in today’s unhealthy world, where it’s heartbreaking to hear all of the stories… where the media teaches women and men, that women are to be put low, hurt, pain… anything and everything, to never give up, stay strong and get back up because things will get better once you become wiser and realize that all that matters in life are the good things.
Jade says “I think it’s an easy song for everyone to relate to in some way. I really hope it will reach a lot of people’s ears and remind them to stay strong and keep shining, and to protect and stay true to yourself. I also want to inspire kindness, warmth and compassion towards others. It’s really what I stand for. I wish to tell my fans, I’ve been there too and that things will get better, that I am sure of!”
Sugar Joiko is a strong, soulful musician. Her powerful range and soothing vocal talents make her a unique and fresh addition in the world of current and future music. With unprecedented confidence and the right attitude, Sugar Joiko continues to turn heads in the realm of Electronic and Pop culture.
She has been affiliated with record labels JetSet Music Group, Clipper’s Sounds, and Vous Records. She has collaborated with several artists in EDM such as Dean Mason, Ron Reeser, Made Monster, DJ Storm, Loreno Mayer, and more. Her first EP Album entitled, “DJ Save My Life” released on March 3, 2015.
Her latest album, “Motionless” released October 18th, 2016. Now available on iTunes, and more. http://apple.co/2etujvT
The independent singer songwriter community is a very difficult one to break out of. Even though the genre has its roots in the early 1970s, it’s found a massive resurgence in the last several years amongst younger performers combining it with other styles. One of the most recent artists trying to break out of that scene is Janessa Evrist, a Los Angeles-based songwriter who sings, plays piano, and pens her own work. Her debut EP ‘Fall Apart’ is due out this year, and the eponymous single is available now. Let’s delve into it!
Evrist’s ‘Fall Apart’ is a very melancholy piece of music, chronicling her transition from feeling like a broken “work in progress” to no longer caring to bother to “pick up the pieces” of herself. Though that may sound particularly abysmal, there’s a bizarre sense of individual triumph in ‘Fall Apart,’ as if Evrist’s decision to fall apart is a decision to embrace herself the way she is. Everybody is broken in some way. Thus, having broken parts of yourself is part of the human experience. ‘Fall Apart’ recognizes that.
Musically, Evrist’s performance is especially excellent. She has a beautiful voice and her soft croons are scored perfectly by her piano performance and some sparse, but stunning percussion. The song has an ethereal, dreamy quality to it, especially at moments like the section around 2:00 when tiny echoes of Evrist’s vocals cascade about the backdrop.
The music video for ‘Fall Apart’ is surprisingly good, too, and it captures the surreal nature of the song very well. The cinematography of the video is notably intriguing, and Evrist moves through a variety of lighting set-ups from well lit bedrooms to dark forests lit with greens and blues evocative of ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream.’
‘Fall Apart’ does cut through the noise of the singer songwriter scene, and it does so triumphantly with a fantastic production and accompanying music video. It’s well written and performed, and it’s also indicative of Evrist’s debut EP being a collection of music worth putting on your calendar for later this year.