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The Fretbenders – Wandering Soul: An Americana Beacon for Wanderlust Dreamers to Follow Home

Taking you simultaneously to a veranda in Sicily and a back porch in Louisiana, the soundscape in the standout single, Wandering Soul, from the singer-songwriter duo The Fretbender’s seminal album, Long Overdue, is a beacon for the wanderlust dreamers to follow home.

Between the harmonicas, slide guitars and folksy vocal lines which sugar the atmosphere with compassion for the world-weary to savour, Wandering Soul is a timeless rootsy Americana offering which will nestle you within its euphonic comfort.

The husband-and-wife duo, Diane and Bob Kordas are known for their homely senses of soul and their unique roots infusions, which allow heritage sounds to resound on contemporary airwaves. Following their hotly anticipated LP, we hope there’s plenty more in the pipeline.

Wandering Soul is available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

All The Misconceptions: Alex Maes and The Connection transmits deeper than most on We

Searching for the truth and performing with so much elegant class, Alex Maes and The Connection swim away from the misconceptions on the deeply-projected new single We.

Alex Maes and The Connection is a New England-based indie RnB/jazz group that just loves putting smiles on faces all over the world.

The Connection established themselves as a versatile trio that could elevate any song, but after performing and playing Alex’s music they realized they had created a unique sound, so with Alex they decided to formally call themselves Alex Maes & The Connection. Together they have graced the stages of Rockwood Music Hall, The Narrows, and Boston City Plaza. Additionally, they have been nominated for awards in New England Music Awards 2021 (Best R&B/Soul Nominee) and New England Last Band Standing Competition 2022 (Finalists) for their lyrics, music, and engaging performances.” ~ Alex Maes and The Connection

Tingling our hearts and displaying so much poise and precision, Alex Maes and The Connection are rather spectacular on this ear-soothing single of much substance. This is that Sunday afternoon meditation soundtrack to drift away for a little while, in a world which seems to make everything so unnecessarily complicated.

We from New England-based indie RnB/jazz group is a rather thought-provoking single which will put many minds into a different mindset altogether. Serene to the core and showing us a cinematic-like story, this is a rather stunning effort which shall ease all fears away.

Listen up on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Me and You: Peanut Butta knows who she is feeling love for on MEET ME IN DI GARDEN

Wishing for love to blossom and for no drama to ruin their romance, Peanut Butta just wants to dance all night with a sweet soul with striking blue hair on the sensual new single MEET ME IN DI GARDEN.

Peanut Butta is a New England, USA-based Afrobeat dancehall wizard who certainly has those natural skills to keep the party alive all night long.

As he chills out the steamy skies with a sizzling single to be enthused by, Peanut Butta is at his peak form, with a rather eye-opening track to play loud all night. Mellow to the core and never losing our attention, we are engulfed in a release with so much star quality to be impressed by.

MEET ME IN DI GARDEN from New England, USA-based Afrobeat dancehall artist Peanut Butta is a loving anthem for those who wish to slow things down for a little while. There is so much thriving energy attached to this single it might make some blush, as the sweet reverberations make everything better again.

When you know who you want to be with, everything shall fall into place if two hearts love each other.

Check out this new video on YouTube and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Frances Baker wonders if she will ever hear the truth from her ‘Soulful Baby’

Released by Ugly Cave Records and showing us why she is indeed protected by loyal angels, Frances Baker reveals to us her stunning vocal progression on the latest gem that will have you in a reflective mood on, ‘Soulful Baby‘.

Frances Baker is a New England and Nashville, USA-based indie alternative solo singer-songwriter and music producer who performs with a graceful style you can’t easily forget.

She accompanies herself with guitar, samples, and scored midi instruments combining Lo-Fi indie guitar, dynamic rhythm, soulful singing, to create something oddly familiar.” ~ Frances Baker

Currently on tour in New York City, as she travels the country to expose her music to the masses, Frances Baker is like a heavenly wonder on ‘Soulful Baby‘ as she soars into our awaiting ears with so much kindness. Her style is so unpretentious, the lyrics introspective and the vocal qualities rather divine, as we are placed into a world that will have you floating rather peacefully as you contemplate everything you previously felt.

Soulful Baby‘ from New England and Nashville, USA-based indie alternative solo singer-songwriter/music producer Frances Baker is a sweetly sung single from a young artist who wonders if her relationship can truly make it through all the plastic and untruths. Her expressive ambience is rather calming and you might look deeply outside the window next to you, pondering that time you wish you knew the actual story to set you free forever.

Listen up to this gorgeous single on Spotify and see her career rise on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Take These Broken Wings And Learn To Fly: Lawrence Ryan releases sterling cover of The Beatles classic ‘Blackbird’ (Live)

With a terrific vocal ability and masterful guitar skills to match, Lawrence Ryan is highly impressive on his cover for The Beatles legendary single called ‘Blackbird’ (Live).

Lawrence Ryan is a soulful solo indie blues/rock singer-songwriter from Brooklyn in New York who now resides in New England. He is a skilled musician who has had experience in bands, but now performs solo.

After moving to New England, his songs and voice became the mainstay of several Northeast area bands. One of which was the blues/funk band Lux Radio. As lead singer and guitarist, he has opened for national acts such as Meatloaf and Cub Coda of
Brownsville Station.” ~ Lawrence Ryan

This is a song that was all about the U.S. race riots in mid-1968, that caused so much shock all over the world due to their intensity. The track is a metaphor of the struggle for the black civil rights movement and is sung with much vigor, from a singer who knows how important this release is.

Blackbird’ (Live) from the solo blues-filled New England songwriter Lawrence Ryan, shows us into a world that has come back after many years with tensions bursting underground, that have now surfaced into the forefront of television sets globally. He sings with a true sense of responsibility and this is a courageous effort from a quality musician.

Hear this audio on YouTube and see more of his journey via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Don’t Give Up: Massachusetts native Jade Moede enthusiastically urges us to hold onto our ‘Pride’

As he rocks into the music bar with a telling story that inspires us to lift ourselves up, Jade Moede returns triumphantly with the true story about keeping our chins to the sky no matter what the circumstances are on his relevant new single called ‘Pride‘.

Jade Moede (pronounced Maydee) is a creative indie rock singer-songwriter, award-winning visual artist, and drummer, from peaceful Cotuit, Massachusetts, in the USA. He makes that old school feel that has you feeling all cozy and nostalgic, as his wonderful ways take you to a vintage place that is way out of the matrix.

It’s almost more net art time capsuled from the early 90s than anything else.” – Jade Moede

There is such a rebel nature here that is so great to listen to and the gushing guitar riffs are so fun to embrace happily. His determined vocals swarm the mic and uplifts your mood like winning the lotto, as he takes us for a ride that has you feeling alright again after a few losses.

Pride‘ from the New England-based indie rock artist and visually creative artist Jade Moede, is that walking with an extra step type of track. The misty maze of the world can hold you back and confuse you as there are so many different paths you could take. He sings with such passionate energy and this is a song you need to hear loud, as its your right to do so.

Stream his new track on Spotify and check out the IG for more visuals plus music news.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

For sweet Mary: Jade Moede sends special love message to his wife on ‘Second To None’

Showing unwavering love to his special wife Mary on Valentines Day, Jade Moede is quite excellent on his new sweetly-textured single called ‘Second To None‘.

The authentically real New England, USA-based indie rock/blues singer-songwriter and visual artist Jade Moede, is that special soul, that spread his wings in this stunning song and shows his romantic side with a special track to mark a day that so many treasure, as cupid’s time to shine.

He makes that crisply toasted warm and tasty music, that lathers a spread of calm and pureness on your slice of breakfast in bed, to leave you in no doubt, that music with meaning is the still the best feeling in the world.

His voice grips your attention like a car stuck to the road, as he presses the throttle down with a terrific display of soundscapes, that takes you to places you can’t stop smiling about. Here is a man who sings with that tone you can’t forget, the energy is catchy and a delight of you inner senses.

Second To None‘ from New England’s singer/artist Jade Moede, sends butterfly kisses throughout this wonderfully rare piece of love that soars above all and shows his compassionate side, on such a classy track.

When you care about someone so much, to show it to the world in a great song, is the ultimate sign of romance.

Hear this wonderfully creative single on Spotify and see his visions on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Searching dimensions: The incomparable Eric Clarke grabs our ‘Attention’ on pulsating psychedelic encounter

Eric Clarke brings forth to Earth his new single ‘Attention‘, which is taken off the debut album called ‘Now, Here‘.

New Hampshire, New England native Eric Clarke is a self-aware indie singer-songwriter/emcee, producer and authentic soul with a unique story to tell us mere mortals. His entrancing music is the type of transfixing experience that you can’t put your finger on as it hasn’t existed yet- until now.

The pulsating psychedelic production gives you chilling goosebumps right away and you shiver for a few seconds while wrapped into his enthralling music video. You feel the sonic energy transform the insides of your soul as you can’t stop watching- even for a second.

His spellbinding style is one that is so fascinating and at times his deep voice gets you to lock in so tight, you might get crushed with thinking too much about what this is all about. This is a mesmerizing song- full of intrigue and mystery- this is a musician that you can’t put into any box as has made made his own.

Attention‘ from the gifted New Hampshire artist Eric Clarke is a song that you will either love or hate, his catchy single is loaded with out-of-this-world lyrics and the beat might scare you a bit.

The whole point of music is to innovate and this is a welcome music experience that you won’t forget quickly. He certainly has our attention.

See this supremely gifted artist in action via YouTube and see more on his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Looking deep within: Blues-Grassicana Folk act August First drop inspirational single ‘I’ve Learned To Love Me’

August First return with their uniquely intimate sound on their latest single called ‘I’ve Learned To Love Me‘.

The New England based Folk Bluegrass/Country original outfit August First enter our lives during these troubled times to cheer us up and send through a terrific track, that will help you dust off those boots and get you dancing again, albeit with a theme that is deep and so relevant in modern day society. This is the story of looking in the mirror beside you and liking what you see.

The peaceful banjo filters out all other distractions and you feel thoughtful while listening to this gem. The honest vocal drift like a sliding car from the speakers as the singer tells us about her battles to love herself. She grows as the song delves deep into our souls and makes you wonder why some of us struggle, while some of us love ourselves perhaps a bit too much. The constant struggle to find that balance is real and the mellow energy of the band makes this a fantastic song.

Forgetting what has happened before is difficult and whilst you do need to learn from your mistakes, no one has a time machine beside Doctor Who so the key is to look ahead and learn to love yourself and improve each day.

I’ve Learned To Love Me‘ from proudly New England band August First is a true story that gives you perspective into how power our minds really are and how they can either help or hurt deep within.

Stream this banjo-filled inspirational tale on Soundcloud and follow their social story on IG and FB.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

New England’s original artist Cufuddle returns with intriguing new single ‘Mancala’

New England, USA based producer and vocalist Cufuddle is an artist like no other and he is back with a fiery effort that shows ultimate originality on ‘Mancala‘. This is the type of song that you have never heard before due to the layers that spin your head into a web of intrigue.

Cufuddle music has an air of carelessness that refreshingly goes against the crazy fast world that we live in currently. The sound is moody, dark and you will find yourself wondering what it is all about. This is the type music that will be enjoyed on road trips or when you are starting outside the window, looking for inspiration or gazing at the stars.

Taken off the brand new full album ‘No Master‘, this is a really gritty effort from an artist who lays it all on the line with each word. You get the feeling that this is a song that was made with freedom in mind.

Mancala‘ from Cufuddle is an indie track that is in its own genre. This is a release that will turn your head and is from an artist who is staying himself and not following any fad. A song that is full of life and you won’t hear anything like it out there.

Click here for the Spotify link to hear more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen