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Find Your Peace: Toronto’s Steve Nicosia sails clamly with the ‘Ships in the Night’

With a hauntingly artistic commencement that has your complete brain feeling so thrilled and promptly alert, Steve Nicosia has us travelling on the peaceful waves beyond our mindfulness with the ‘Ships in the Night‘.

Steve Nicosia is a Toronto, Canada-based indie instrumental indie-folk musician who makes soundtracks that seem to touch the soul profoundly, as he politely pilots us with astonishing journies through our spirits like a magical time traveller.

Steve seeks musical inspiration everywhere, and his songs are a reflection of his eclectic taste. The common thread across Steve’s songs would be their gradual builds, emotional undertones, and climactic pay-offs.” ~ Steve Nicosia

Steve Nicosia is rather exceptional on a track that feels like he is guiding us beyond that rudderless temptation and onto happier seas, as he performs with a stunning style that is so free and mood-enhancing.

Ships in the Night‘ from highly skilled Toronto, Canada-based indie instrumental solo artist Steve Nicosia, draws us to a calming wave of pureness of the very highest order. No lyrics are needed here as he is in the transfixing mood to help alleviate the pain that so many are facing, with a truly wonderful guitar-packed experience to immerse happily into.

Hear this graceful effort on his Spotify music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Those Peaceful Travels: Magnus Josefsson is authentically introspective on ‘Jimmy’s House’

After concluding that it was time to drop his debut album after many years of deep thoughtful planning, Magnus Josefsson used all the experience gained from previous mixtapes with his lead single that will have you jumping for joy on ‘Jimmy’s House‘.

Magnus Josefsson is a brilliant Vienna, Austria and Fröseke, Sweden-based dreamy instrumental solo artist and music producer.

There is so much to lather in splendidly here from a kind soul who is ready to get his music out to the world, as he projects wonderous soundscapes of a higher echelon than most of us mere mortals can even fathom. The musicianship is so tight you might need a cold glass of water to calm down, as there is so much to take in here. From the catchy riffs to the mind-bending soulful ambience, this is just excellent the whole way through.

Jimmy’s House‘ from the highly efficient Vienna and Fröseke-based top-notch instrumental solo artist and music producer Magnus Josefsson, is such a calming single which seems to crystalize in your psyche and take you to places you can only see in your dreams. Each second has been made with such love and ultimate affection, from an artist who takes you on a fascinating journey to a new world of love.

Hear this lovely new single on Soundcloud and check out the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Rampaging Metal: California’s Sound Animal brings the scorching heat with ‘Botulism Cafe’

Shredding the walls down one by one with a totally intoxicating ambiance that shall heighten all your inner senses out of any self-enforced slumber, Sound Animal ravages our previously-innocent ears with his latest track ‘Botulism Cafe‘.

Sound Animal is a California-based and self-described experimental noise/drone/desert/doom Instrumental metal solo artist.

Botulism Cafe is Noise Metal. Dirty, farty grit to have fun kicking out walls with. Ballsy dissonance from an apartment bedroom.” ~ Sound Animal

There is a fiery explosion of blaring sounds from a truly possessed artist who is in the prime of his career – with the gusting winds of creativity roaring down on him – like a hungry Lion who needs a snack right now as his belly rumbles furiously. The ear-piercing energy is quite overwhelming at times, with a booming speaker-breaking force that is unlike anything heard so far in 2021.

Botulism Cafe‘ from the experimental dark doom California-based solo artist Sound Animal, is an almost eight minute experience that shall have your over-stimulated mind feeling rather enraptured with this whole experience. This is loud, brash and in your face, with no let ups for a breath at all. Exactly the way it was intended after all.

Hear this wild new track on Soundcloud and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Get lost in the twilight of jazz fusionist Ikechi Onyenaka’s latest single, City Dreams.

Jazz and Blues fusionist Ikechi Onyenaka’s latest extended instrumental soundscape, City Dreams, eases you into the twilight grooves gently before the rhythms pick up funk around the smoky jazz timbre. With the next progression, City Dreams moves towards a stormy sax blues riff that rivals the jazz-punk frontman Pete Wareham’s pipes.

In the latter half of City Dreams, psych blues tendencies start to accumulate in the single, in a way that there was no anticipating. The ambience from the intro allows the volatile expressionism to leave you broadsided by the sheer ingenuity. Is there any better feeling than that?

City Dreams is now available to stream on SoundCloud and all other major streaming platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Tim Reynolds & Michael Sokolowski take us on a Soul Pilgrimage with their latest guitar-infused electronica album.

Long-time collaborators Tim Reynolds & Michael Sokolowski have teamed up once more for their guitar & synth duet album, Soul Pilgrimage. The standout symphonic piece, Freighter Hop, carries the dark and ominous textures of post-punk in the ambiently arranged synth lines while the warm bluesy guitar notes transform it into an invigoratingly optimistic soundscape.

If anyone has what it takes to prove that the future of music will be synthesised, it is Tim Reynolds & Michael Sokolowski. Their album was released on August 25th, 2021; it is available to stream on all major platforms; the vinyl release is due on October 31st, 2021.

Stream Freighter Hop for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Nocturnal Omissions – Safety Demonstration: Dark Lo-Fi Chill-Wave.

Nocturnal Omissions

‘Safety Demonstration is just one of the standout dystopic darkwave singles that feature on the latest album to be released by the electronica artist and producer Nocturnal Omissions.

The solo artist first burst into NYC’s underground alternative scene in the early 00s before becoming Myspace famous; with five albums under his belt and plenty more EPs to boot, Nocturnal Omissions has continued to hone in on his craft. To stay true to authentic expression, each of his albums offers a different sonic twist.

Tempus Destinatum follows on from his electronic post-rock album, Transientalism which unravels as a melodic feat of lo-fi post-rock. With his latest album, he’s borrowed elements from chill-wave hip hop pioneers before infusing them with his domineeringly dark signature edge.

Check out Nocturnal Omissions via the official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Be Patient: Perth’s Trevor Gerard sends us a breezy message of hope with ‘Window Pane’

Bringing us a much-needed ray of hope when we all required it the most, Trevor Gerard is at his crystal clear calm best with his latest tranquilizing track that will put you into a mellow mood with ‘Window Pane‘.

Trevor Gerard is an experienced indie instrumental artist and music producer from Perth, Western Australia. He makes a sentimental blend of beautifully created earth-escapes for the fragile soul to nourish on, while we heal from all the recent trauma.

I put this one together for anyone feeling stuck at one place whatever your circumstances may be. Your moment will come, that window will open and let the breeze back in.” ~ Trevor Gerard

This the heartfelt message of being patient as you wait for your time, as its creation has been sent out with purpose to remind us all that not everything you want happens all at once. In fact, anything truly satisfying is definitely worth the wait as it will be much more exciting, when you achieve your manifested-to-the-stars goal.

He has previously written, produced and performed music as a member of Perth Electronic Indie outfit Our Man in Berlin.” ~ Trevor Gerard

Window Pane‘ from the Perth, Western Australia-based music producer and indie artist Trevor Gerard, is such a peaceful experience, that your whole body suddenly feels much more relaxed than before. His shining quality drifts through like the comforting breeze he intended it to be – as this is a track to play when you need to get away from all the tiresome distractions – that builds up all the unnecessary tension you need to let go.

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

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

True Tranquility: Abandon the Fall guide us to the all-embracing light on ‘Dipper’

Bringing us another sweetly-toothed gem to put under the pillow at night, Abandon the Fall return with another deliciously presented single to munch on delightfully that is off the brand new EP titled ‘In Bloom‘, with the new track called ‘Dipper‘.

Abandon the Fall is a Juan Espinoza-formed indie pop/alt-rock project based in Houston which showcases this extremely skilled artist to open up his wizardry behind the scenes as he makes such serene quality at every turn.

With a lip-licking taste that opens up your dry throat to the next gulp of that tasty juice filled with memorable music, this is an instrumental track to truly feel lifted by. The air seems enlightened as we pack our bags and climb heartily onto the peaceful train, that seems to guide us to where that smile beams the brightest.

Dipper‘ from the excellent Houston, Texas-based indie music producer and rock/pop artist Abandon the Fall, leads us into a world of true intentions and a bright light that will only bring you true happiness. With some incredibly crisp solos and a dash of riveting rock to satisfy your salivated senses – this is a wondrous effort full of that scintillating quality – you just want to jump into like a refreshing lake in the summer time.

Dipping your whole body in to find your passion again, is the best way to stay alive.

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

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Warren Davis has released his era-defining ambient EP, Oden’s Palace.

Birmingham, UK-based independent artist, Warren Davis, has released his ambient, mood-reflecting EP, Oden’s Palace, featuring the standout single, Discord. The meditative tempo makes it easy to drink in the organic flair of Warren Davis’ signature style which is defining a new era of new-age lo-fi. He leaves enough space for the listener to feed in their own emotion and imagination, but the gentle guitar melodies still lead to a higher mental plateau.

By taking inspiration from RnB, reggae, and Anime OST’s, Davis can orchestrate soundscapes that are as tonally vibrant as they are explorative and intensely cathartic. Do we even need to tell you he deserves a spot on your radar?

Discord is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

True Peace: RandyRan has us all feeling relaxed and in that happy ‘Dreaming’ state of mind

Released as the first single off his soul-calming brand new ten-track ‘Melodic Euphoria: The Lo-Fi Trip‘ album, RandyRan has our thoughtful minds sharply alive with thrilling ideas of conquering all our worries away into the awaiting distance with ‘Dreaming‘.

RandyRan is a more-than-handy lo-fi hip-hop/jazz music producer who returns to our awakened consciousness after his wonderfully electric seven-track ear-warmer called ‘808-Bit State of Mind: Level 1‘ from earlier on in 2021.

A music producer that’s inspired by ambient and nostalgic sounds. Sound is focused on primarily bringing joy, calm, or the best out of who’s listening.” ~ RandyRan

With the gentle sounds of delicious water gushing from the tranquil speakers inside the deepest part of your sensationalized soul, this is a true classic of beautiful sounds for the ages. The jazzy/hip-hop beat suddenly gets a bit darker, after first having us feeling in a daze-infused calm, when then all returns to normal brilliance again. This is perhaps a warning that life can’t always be so peaceful. as much as you want it to be.

Music to study, chill, work, sleep, or just have in the background.” ~ RandyRan

Dreaming‘ from the top shelf lo-fi/hip-hop/jazz music producer RandyRan, is a birds-chirping kind of effort which brings so much stillness to your mind, after being over-stimulated for too long. The middle sections turns us back to the true life again, as this is a story of life in one song.

We can all find that peaceful place – but it will be a road filled with potholes that need to be navigated skillfully – so that true inner calm may be finally obtained.

Hear this extremely captivating single on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen