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The Digital Dreamers – Matzo Ball Marriage: Obscurely Infectious Avant-Garde Pop Rock

Matzo Ball Marriage” is the eccentrically orchestrated latest single from Avant-Garde Experimental artist The Digital Dreamers. Any fans of Frank Zappa will definitely want to delve into the aural insanity which ensues after you hit play.

The growling bass notes in the prelude may lead you to believe that you’re about to be introduced to a serious Funk Rock track. But when the endearingly adrenalizing vocals kick in over the up-tempo piano notes as they electrically sail through their progressions, you’ll realise that The Digital Dreamers only takes the quality of their slightly obscure, insanely infectious sound seriously.

They’ve left quite the impression. We’re already stoked to hear what comes next.

You can check out Matzo Ball Marriage for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nick Sargentson – Possessive: Sticky-Sweet Blues Funk-laced Pop Rock

Nick Sargentson

Don’t be surprised if you feel your heart reposition itself in your throat as you’re wrapped up in the sticky sweet melodies in Nick Sargentson’s upcoming single “Possessive”.

Possessive is just one of the singles which feature on the Melbourne-based singer songwriter’s debut EP which is due for release on 20th March 2020.

If you can imagine Eddie Vedder’s seductive vocal evocative appeal mixed with nuanced vocal harmonics you’d expect from the likes of Adam Levine and Shawn Mendes, you’ll be able to get an idea of what’s on offer through Possessive.

The track simply oozes homegrown soul. Yet, despite the humble nature of the track, there’s a perceptible innovative talent which would more than justify an ego; the self-taught guitarist definitely didn’t hold back when it came to the riffs in Possessive.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Possessive, in the meantime, you can check out the artist’s earlier releases via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Big Fat Meanies – Meet Me at the Downbeat: Frenetically Funk-Driven Alt Rock

If you missed the seminal release “Meet Me at the Downbeat” from up and coming Alt Rock artist Big Fat Meanies, it’s our pleasure to introduce you to the frenetic hit.

With Ska, Punk, Rap, Funk, Rockabilly, Swing and Hip Hop all influencing the instrumental style, Meet Me at the Downbeat is a dynamically progressive track which really comes into its own through the stunning solos. Rather than just offering the usual guitar riffs, you’ll also hear drum, bass, and sax solos – each of them is as captivating as the last.

It was a bold move incorporating such a smorgasbord of sounds into their single. But perceptibly, Big Fat Meanies have more than enough talent and energy to pull it off. I can only imagine how immersive a live set would be.

You can check out Meet Me at the Downbeat for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Takeaway Sessions – Funky Lemon: Funk-Driven Alt Rock

Mr Bungle fans will definitely want to turn their attention to the eccentrically Funk-driven feat of Alt Rock which is the latest release from up and coming artist Takeaway Sessions.

With “Funky Lemon” also carrying reminiscences to artists such as Frank Zappa, it’s an aural treat for anyone who appreciates nuanced music which doesn’t take itself all too seriously. With layers of upbeat Psych infused into the guitar-led groove-deep euphoric mix, Funky Lemon is an instantly uplifting hit. And Takeaway Sessions perceptibly didn’t hold back with how much soul they injected into the highly polished mix.

Funky Lemon may offer an array of aural nostalgias, but you’ve never quite heard a Funk revival like this one before.

You can check out the latest release from Takeaway Sessions by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sneaky Pete and The Secret Weapon – LiftOff; This is a reclusive genre-pushing album.

Sneaky Pete and The Secret Weapons have returned with their second full length album ‘Liftoff’. The band incorporates everything from post-punk to funk to jazzy lounge music in their genre-pushing effort.

Needless to say, greatness is easy to spot and it’s right here on their amazing sophomore album.

The quintet have balanced their Jazz, Ska, Hip-Hop and New Orleans influences with creative song structuring on their newest LP.

The band reflects on their mountaineering lifestyle with horn driven melodies and direct lyrics.

One look at the album opener would have you thinking that the LP is just an instrumental album, that is; just an all-beat-no-vocals kind of song. ‘Clown Shoes’ is the first song on the EP and it brought back a lot of old memories… Somewhere along the line I was all meshed in the burgeoning bloom of the sound, the legendary late king of Afropop and alternative funk music; Fela, came to mind.

Things got askew a little bit faster when the second song in the album ‘Bad Bad Man’ came to play. That vocal and sizzling, unhinged, over the top delivery of funk and bravado brought by SP&SW is a thrill that can kill. They have gained a reputation for their impressive live shows and high energy performances that have led them to share the stage with the likes of Trombone Shorty, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and The Revivalists amongst others.

Liftoff is a diverse body of work featuring the funky 5/4 jam “See Ya in 5” penned by drummer Philip Walker. The magic of the saxophone was felt most on ‘See Ya In 5’ although the sound started off with a slow beat, the transcending melodic sound of the saxophone was there to make up for the overly slow vibe of the song.

‘20 Below’ is also in the same league with the previous track. Nothing really super spectacular can be pointed out from this track aside from the effect of its calming power with trumpet sounds played by Bobby Griffith and Jack Tolan on the guitar.

Liftoff isn’t gonna be complete without ‘Shelf Life’ a perfect submersion of two sonorous voices doing a duet on a single song— this track is particularly tethered to a glorious past life. The female vocalist on this particular track, Seadar Rose-Davis, is just that amazing. She further coated the song with her distinctive voice.

It mostly seems like the arrangement of the tracks are done in a way that have long instrumental beats usher in the vocal part of the song. ‘Zig Zag (I like to dance)’ is somewhat comical and the shortest song in terms of playtime. It ended too early for me. The next song sets the tone with a wobbly synth ushering in a warehouse of sounds over the next four minutes coupled with the trumpet wails that were enchanting.

One of the most melodically-conscious and enthralling soul songs in the album is ‘BAS’ it has this unique sound and soothing beat coupled with a simple pitch of magical trumpeting. The ethos of the track is its celestial ability to transfix the listeners.

The 10 tracks successfully tear through the album with traces of funk, punk, jazz, soul, and garage rock; like they were culled from a crate digger’s weekend score.

I’m summary, based on what I heard while listening to the tracks in Liftoff, the creativity of the band and their delivery; I’m rating this whole album 4.8/5.