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Neo-Classical Pop

Crystal Oshana – Alone: Empoweringly Pensive Pop

Loneliness even resonates in the notes of Crystal Oshana’s latest single “Alone” which deftly fuses elements of Pop, Neo-Classical, RnB and Ambient Electronica.

Yet within the wistful pensive nature of Alone, you’ll find olive branches of optimism through Crystal Oshana’s comforting lyrical affirmations that being alone isn’t the end of the world. And it really isn’t. Being comfortable in your own solitude is one of the most empowering things you can ever do.

I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to hear such a deep, contemplative three-dimensional lyrical narrative from an artist. But I can tell you that Crystal Oshana is exactly the kind of artist we need to hear more of on the airwaves.

The four-minute downtempo track serves a smorgasbord of raw unfiltered emotion. So, despite how ambient and smooth the production is, it still unfolds as a striking track which will shift your perceptions if you allow it to.

You can check out Alone for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Masøn & Braden Mason – Jennifer Street: Pensively Progressive Neo-Classical Pop

The pensive piano notes found in Masøn & Braden Mason’s single “Jennifer Street” should be of plenty of appeal to fans of evocatively open artists such as Bill Ryder-Jones who aren’t afraid to lay their souls down over beguilingly melancholic melodies.

Even though the single has a slightly Pop Ballad feel, there’s a captivating tenderness to the single which pushes the soundscape into the realms of Neo-Classical.  There was no way of anticipating the amount of momentum which would build in Jennifer Street. Yet, the most overwhelming aspect of the aural alchemy has to be the deftness in the execution of each of the nuanced evolutions.

The single practically drips in commercial appeal. It’s going to be interesting to have Masøn & Braden Mason on our radar for 2020.

You can check out Masøn & Braden Mason’s single Jennifer Street via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

Vox System – Imzadi: Pensively Sensual Neo-Classical Pop

If you don’t shed a tear listening to Vox System’s latest single Imzadi, it’s safe to say that you are dead inside. This synthesised ballad is practically bursting with overwhelming melancholy.  Whilst the single could be loosely described as Pop artist there’s so much more to the arrangements which bleed a resoundingly sonorous aura all throughout the track. To create Imzadi Aly Frank offered her fragile vocal sensibility carries so much weight it’s impossible not to become grounded.

The mix of instrumentals in this mix is just one more astounding feat of the track. The strings, the synth, the neo-classical stabs of piano all set the perfect platform for Aly Frank’s slow and pensively sensual vocal offerings.

You can check out Vox System’s latest single Imzadi which was released on April 6th, 2018 on SoundCloud now alongside the rest of the painfully beautiful album composed and produced by the deftly talented Patrick Ceuppens. Within the album you can expect a range of eclectic diversity as Ceuppens proves just how many soundscapes he can master with his ethereally stunning aural sound.

Head on over to Facebook where you can keep up to date with all Vox System’s new releases and offerings of pure aural genius.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Kayla Rice – High: Brutally Honest, Pensively Poignant Neo-Classical Pop

Ever listened to a track so resonant you’re almost certain that it could be your own inner monologue? There’s no greater feeling, which is exactly what I experienced when I checked out Kayla Rice’s single High. The sonorously keyed piano and string arrangements used to orchestrate her soulful single have a succinct way of reverberating straight through you whilst the lyrics to the track are as raw and honest as they come. There’s no quintessentially cliché rhyming couplets, just brutal, organic passion exuded by the sensationally talented singer songwriter. Kayla Rice is a lyricist that other songwriters should pay careful attention to. Her captivating lyrics are brought to life by her pensively poignant angst and soaring, beautiful vocal styling which sets the pacing of the track perfectly to lace High with a beguiling sense of trepidation.

You can check out Kayla Rice’s 2014 single High on Spotify now, whilst the track may have been released four years ago, it still pertains to be one of the freshest sounds I’ve come across this year. She’s almost certainly overdue a new release, I can’t wait to see what she has in the pipeline for the future.

Review by Amelia Vandergast