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AM Dandy – Golden Dew: Prepare to Meet Your New Post-Rock Guitar Hero

AM Dandy’s latest single “Golden Dew” is the kind of track which makes you wonder just how wrong our ranks of guitar heroes are. International fame doesn’t equate to talent, and AM Dandy prove it with their mesmerizingly intricate guitar licks.

Putting vocals over Alessandro Meynardi’s fretboard mastery would be an aural sin. It’s incredibly rare for a guitar-led instrumental soundscape to be so restoratively transfixing, but the alchemy was definitely present in Golden Dew.

Any fans of Hendrix and Steve Vai will definitely appreciate the work of the up and coming Italian guitarist and composer who is currently based in Boston USA. The experimental influences of Frank Zappa are also prevalent throughout the epic (I despise that word, but sometimes it’s the only one that works) soundscape.

You can check out AM Dandy’s latest single from September 25th via SoundCloud

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Strap Yourselves in for the Aural Adventure of Your Lifetimes with Terzo’s Cinematically Ingenious Single “Sea of Trees”

If you love nothing more than hitting play on an explorative composition which will heighten your senses as you listen to the unpredictable ingenuity found within the instrumental progressions, you’re in for a treat with Terzo’s latest single “Sea of Trees”.

Hearing ominously quivering piano strings being pulled against a bed of downtempo Eastern European acoustic folk guitar is one of the most aurally arrestive experiences I’ve ever had. The New York-based artist’s single simply demands repeat attention to give your mind the opportunity to fully explore every layer in the cinematic arrangement.  The instrumental track has very little need for vocals thanks to the potently powerful emotion which bleeds from this conflicting, pleasantly disturbing offering of Fusion.

You can stream and download Terzo’s single Sea of Trees for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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John Evergon – Seeds of Change: Meet Your New Progressive Guitar Hero

With a rhythm which will confuse your own heartbeat, it’s safe to say that John Evergon’s latest guitar piece “Seeds of Change” will leave you arrested. Breath-taking seems like an understatement for the first single from the Portland-based instrumentalist’s upcoming album “Constellation of Thoughts”.

You may think that’s a surprising name for an instrumental album with no lyrics, yet, the guitar progressions don’t leave much room for vocals. Seeds of Change will leave some of the most highly self-acclaimed of guitarists with plenty of fingerpicking envy.

John Evergon’s ability to create sound a rich, warm melody which is constantly evolving is practically unparalleled – especially amongst those so fresh from inception.

As you listen to Seeds of Change unfold, your brain almost wants to believe that it is ingesting more instruments than the guitar alone as your mind tries to keep up with the sporadic jumping between fingerpicking patterns and timings.

Capturing the potent amount of emotion which is orchestrated by an acoustic guitar is almost impossible. Although, it’s fairly telling that my chest feels infinitely heavier after listening to the explorative track.

You can check out John Evergon’s latest release Seeds of Change for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dom Robson-Tull offers poignantly bruising alchemy through their second single Cycles

When you stumble across an instrumental piece curated through concordance which leaves you feeling slightly emotively bruised, you know you’ve just discovered an aural gem.

Which is exactly what we found with Dom Robson-Tull’s second single “Cycles”. The UK-based multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer, and producer created a compelling progressive single which carries elements of Neo-Classical, yet, in a cinematic style he brings his soundscape well truly into the contemporary.

Even with the lack of lyrics in Cycles you can feel the constant momentum being fed through the seamless shifts of the instrumentals treating you to a poignant hit of resonance. Circles switches between light trickling piano melodies and reverberantly unapologetic hits of the drum gives the track plenty of texture and depth. Each soft note leaves you in pure anticipation for the reassurance of the bassier tones. Quite honestly, it’s a rollercoaster of a single which will have you left trying to figure out how to find the rhythm of your own breathing again after it’s faded out.

If you get to the end of Cycles without the feeling that you’ve been captivated by the unrelenting rhythms and the urgency found within the single, then I have some slightly bad news – you may be a little bit dead inside.

You can check out Dom Robson-Tull’s second single Cycles for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tyler Dorsch – “Love Song”: A Debut of Arrestive Instrumental Catharsis

There has never been an album more aptly titled than Tyler Dorsch’s debut release of “If Words Fail Waves Will Speak”.  The up and coming artist composed seven instrumental tracks which are emotionally charged through entrancing progressions of the electronic effect. The reverb which swells and sails through the singles provides a hypnotic offering of arrestive catharsis which is in all honesty unmatched by anything I’ve heard this year. Even void of lyricism, the momentum contained within tracks such as “Love Song” will leave you sobered by the deeply melancholic expression as the ominous notes of the piano rest against the oceanic amounts of reverb. With the masterful production of Love Song as with the rest of the tracks on the radio-ready album the commercial potential for this record will undoubtedly see Tyler Dorsch breaking from the underground soon.

You can check out Love Song for yourselves along with the rest of the cinematically arresting singles from the album by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Moon Sugar – Skyward: A Seamlessly Improvised Infusion of Funk, Rock & Jazz

If you’ve never felt able to recreate that feeling of waltzing into a Jazz bar and drinking in the improvised sound at home, well the good news is, now you can. And it’s all thanks to the New York-based instrumental band Moon Sugar who seamlessly fuse Funk, Rock and Jazz into their improvised compositions.

With their single “Skyward” you’re treated to ten transiently blissful, yet decadently intricate minutes of unrestrained expressive aural alchemy. There is no danger of any soundscape created by Moon Sugar to ever fall into the background music category thanks to the high-octane punches pulled by the rhythmically blessed powerhouse.  I can only imagine how much energy is delivered through their live shows, but NYC residents have a good chance of catching them play their shows. Their previous shows have seen them take to the stage at Shrine, Pianos, Club Bonafide and many more.

You can stream and download Moon Sugar’s single from their latest album “the Observer” by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Gianluca Magri – Reborn: Meet Your New Guitar Hero

Reborn is the stunning instrumental track by Gianluca Magri, his fretboard mastery will leave you slick with envy for his rhythmically soaring command of a fretboard, or you know, just in a state of pure beguilement of the relentless fluidity of the instrumentals as they stretch on for four minutes. Reborn is a soundscape which was born through the pious kneeling to the roots of Classic Hard Rock, I’m sure even the snobbiest of Rock fans won’t be able to find fault with the solid, concordant masterpiece cooked up by the Italian guitar hero.

Whilst in parts you may feel like you may be listening to the coolest video game soundtrack ever, there is an excellent progression in the mix which allows you to become truly immersed before you’re even half way through the track. When the instrumentals at that fierce, precise and succinct there really is little room for vocals to be added into the mix.

You can check out Gianluca Magri’s instrumental Rock masterpiece from his latest EP out for yourselves by heading over to YouTube, or you can download the full album from Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Drunk – Queen of the Caribbean: Progressively Poignant Rock with a Jazz-Infused Symphony

The official music video for Drunk’s latest instrumental wonder of a track Queen of the Caribbean creates a bewitching visual experience behind the pensive instrumental sound. It goes beyond music, It’s an installation of art. And yes, I may sound pretentious when I say that, like I’m someone that goes to watch bands in art galleries (It’s only happened once I promise), but to truly appreciate Queen of the Caribbean as it was intended, you’re going to have to check out the video.

The sequence of nostalgic old home-video footage that was utilised in the music video adds to the almost heart-wrenching effect of the track. After I read the line under it         ‘the ghosts of your family still love you’ well, I was nearly an emotional wreck. Drunk clearly aren’t a band that scratch the surface with their Progressively poignant Rock Sound.  There’s an undeniable ethereal edge to the sound, which from checking out Drunk’s other lyrical tracks, this track is anything but typical of their earlier work. I can’t recommend that you check out the video enough.

So, grab the tissues and head over to YouTube to enjoy Drunk’s melodic, jazz-addled symphony of a track.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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August Planet – Metropolis; This is a sound project which erupts a sci-fi chills

Okay, to start with this is no ordinary work. Believe me, this is track right here is totally different from what you thought it could be in every sense of it. The album “Metropolis” is a music project from August planet. It’s more of an instrumental sound music project with different beat and concepts.

Metropolis as a sound music project is a multi-dimensional work that cuts across different music genre in a subtle way.

This type of work can be likened to Adam Young’s “Ayoungscores” music project which is skewed towards creation of magnificent soundtracks and different celestial collection of smooth soothing sound of music beats. Just in same way August’s “Metropolis” is a sound project which tends to interprets with a lot of nature’s synchronic linguistics.

To understand more what this type of work is, just think of an original music written to accompany motion picture, just especially for Sci-Fi movies. The musical genre that was covered in this album transcend from Downtempo to Instrumental Hip-Hop, and then down to a little bit of infusion of Electronica.

This type of music work isn’t for everybody because the revelation of a person’s love of music is different for everyone.

This album draws inspiration from important moments in history and tends to interpret them through musical sounds only.

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Lilian-Debrah

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DareRick Instrumentals: 12 Whole Minutes of Transient Melodic Bliss

https://youtu.be/iGrgQPrr3Q0

DareRick Instrumentals has just dropped a sensational 12 minute Trap & Techno mix for fans of Urban Electro to get behind. Whilst the mix is a little slow to start, once you get a quarter of the way into the track, you wish the mix would never end.

The sounds grow more and more palpable as the beat progresses and swirls and fades, playing chaos with your mind through the transient drops and the succinct melodies that are created in this down beat minimalistic track. It’s the perfect beat to zone into and out from, its surrealist vibe almost has an orchestral edge to the composition until it thrashes back and forth between it’s rhythmic snares. The mixtape is one of the most unpredictable tracks I’ve listened to in a long time, although it has to be said; this mix wouldn’t be out of place on a Resident Evil soundtrack with it’s occasional hints of instrumental doom being thrown into the mix.

You can check out DareRick Instrumentals Presents via YouTube, where you can also find a stunning array of his later work using the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGrgQPrr3Q0

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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