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Neo-Classic artist and composer Reid Wegrecki made orchestral strings accessible with their lo-fi ambient dreamscape “Curiosity”

Many contemporary music fans view classical music as anachronistic or inaccessible. Reid Wegrecki is on a mission to smash those misconceptions and accordantly welcome more people to the world of orchestrally-crafted ambience.

By finding the perfect balance between live orchestral instruments and lo-fi ambient electronic effect, Reid Wegrecki offers the striking nature of neo-classic strings, brass and keys while allowing her soundscapes to be commercially immersive.

For every composition, Reid Wegrecki collaborates with a rotating line up of exceptionally skilled artists. The end result is more than mesmeric. Quite honestly, it’s like nothing I’ve ever heard before. While I’m no stranger to Classical or Neo-Classic scores, their sound resonates as captivating and cathartic simultaneously. The ambience will soothe you while the nuancedly crafted melodies will leave you in awe of the talent behind the soundscape.

The perfect introduction to the artist and composer’s style is the instrumental single “Curiosity” which can be found on their tenderly absolving 4-track EP “Daydreams”.

You can listen to Reid Wegrecki’s transfixing single curiosity for yourselves by heading over to Spotify or YouTube now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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 8udDha bl0od has taken his sound to celestial new heights with his recently released single

“8!ll&73D580gU5j0Urn3Y;JAckDAn13lj0hn570n:3Arn3s7h0m1ngrAy0n7h38UllD0g5mA5h1ngDjAng05l3m0nPUmpk1n5” is the absurdly titled symphonically celestial soundscape from easily one of the most beguiling artists we’ve discovered in 2020.

Perceptibly, there’s no limit to 8udDha bl0od’s talent, we’ve heard them alchemically attack everything from Psych Rock to Alt Electronica. But this time, they’ve crafted a cinematically arrestive instrumental single. And it’s definitely one of the most progressively epic tracks we’ve heard from 8udDha bl0od so far. Be prepared to fall down a Rabbit Hole. The track kicks off with a Wagner-style orchestral electronic composition which you’ll easily be able to tie your rhythmic pulses to before an unexpected Psych Rock crescendo featuring heavily-distorted scuzzy over-driven guitar following on from the flurried orchestral notes.

We’ll never know what to expect from 8udDha bl0od next, but one thing which remains as a constant is their ability pique our interest with the preludes and leave us well and truly consumed by the outro.

You can check out 8!ll&73D580gU5j0Urn3Y;JAckDAn13lj0hn570n:3Arn3s7h0m1ngrAy0n7h38UllD0g5mA5h1ngDjAng05l3m0nPUmpk1n5 for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ryan Douglas Michelsen – Camaraderie: A Profoundly Evocative Neo-Classical Composition

Strap on a pair of headphones and prepare yourselves to be consumed by Ryan Douglas Michelsen’s recently released orchestral composition “Camaraderie”.

The US-based songwriter and artist has demonstrated their ability to construct intensely emotive soundscapes in the past. Yet, Camaraderie stands as a testament to their virtuosic talent when it comes to making melodies bleed emotion.

With the unpredictable crescendos, expect tension to linger in the ethereally-composed instrumental Neo-Classical work. But with their distinctive improvisational style, the best way to understand Ryan Douglas Michelsen’s epically cinematic work is to indulge in it for yourself. It will probably be in a cinema near you before long. Until then, you can use your imagination to fill in the visual gaps by allowing the orchestral instrumentals to arrest your emotions through the long, tensile notes.

You can listen to Camaradereie for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Martin Krampl Music – Things That Are Coming: The Most Intense Cinematic Neo-Classical Album You’ll Hear This Year

If you’re anything like me, the title to Martin Krampl Music’s debut 13-track album “Things That Are Coming” will leave you with the desperate itch to find out the nature of the things which are coming. Is it a ubiquitous threat, or is it a promise of good things to come?

There is no immediate answer which lies in the multi-layered tonality. The first single only serves to build the tension in this Classical Crossover album as dark harsh tones conflict with the light and optimistic effervescent notes. By the time the first single had drawn to a close, I was left with the affirmation that Martin Krampl may have one of the most Machiavellian composing styles we’ve ever heard.

Throwing an unexpected sample of a crying baby following a prancingly pensive piano melody in the second single was a positively Lars Von Trier-Esque move. Their ability to create urgency through perfect timing and seamless cinematic instrumental evolutions is unparalleled. Each soundscape has its own alchemy, from haunted ethereal mesmerism to dystopic Alt Rock tribalistic tones. I feel as though I’ve been put through an epic aural journey.

If anyone has any tips on how to remove your heart from your throat, it would be greatly appreciated.

You can check out Martin Krampl Music’s debut album which was released on January 17th for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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John Greska – Sailing Back to The Pier: Ever Heard a Carnivalesque Orchestral Sea Shanty?

“Sailing Back to the Pier” is just one of the eccentrically arrestive singles which you will find on John Greska’s latest album “Life as An Ocean”. The single can only be described as a feat of shimmering orchestral sea shanty chaos. Even finding those words to allude to the high-octane furore of Sailing Back to the Pier was a stretch.

It’s definitely a single which requires repeat attention to unpack the myriads of layers and stylistic influences which have been thrown into the orchestration. The Indie artist even finds a way to worm in some Jim Jones frenetic energy into the instrumental mix, which sits somewhere between the Fantasia soundtrack and what you’d hear if you went to the worlds most frenzied carnival on earth.

You can check out Sailing Back to The Pier along with the rest of John Greska’s latest album for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Matt Mosquito – Hard on Me: An Unscaled Cascade of Emotion

Matt Mosquito’s latest track Hard on Me set the record for just how much angst you can squeeze into just one track. The sickeningly talented composer, producer and remixer created the ultimate anthem for fans to stick on their rage pacifying playlists.

There’s a certain magic to this track that you can’t quite put your finger on, well, not before the sound consumes you into an overwhelming state of positive rage. Even without the vocals the beat of the Alternative Electronic Rock track is one of the most cathartic sounds I’ve ever heard it hits with such veracity it’s bound to get your heart pounding.

The lyrics to Hard on Me resonated within me so deeply, I could taste the vehemence in Joe Page’s voice as he spat out the venomous lyrics which accompanied the harsh yet beautifully orchestral track to create the perfect pissed off melody. Hard on Me was written as an ode to a doomed relationship, but it’s not your ordinary post-breakup track, it’s a masterpiece.
This track was engineered to create a pure unscaled cascade of wounded emotion by a composer with the ability to create an orchestral sound and he pulled it off better than I thought was humanly possible.

It’s safe to say he’s blown me away, check out Hard on Me via SoundCloud using the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/mattmosquito/hard-on-me

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Embers Burn Brightly

Woman, the first musical card from Embers forth coming album, is all the ammunition that you will need to convince you that pop is in safe hands, though pop isn’t really an effective enough term to pin down where this song sits generically. Yes, it has all the infectiousness and accessibility that the genre implies but there is so much more going on as well. It has the glitchy groove of a trip-hop classic, the sultry sass of a soul standard and a brooding and considered alt-rock presence.

And that is the joy of the modern musical world, as genres bleed into each other and boundaries are no longer stumbling blocks, savvy artists realise that anything is possible. Whilst many acts attempting such generic musical fusions find that the result is a watered down middle ground which seems to be a musical compromise, Embers instead seem to feel more intense and more focused than the rest and the result is a wonderful strand of dark alternative pop that for all its brooding undercurrents heralds in a bright future for music.