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‘Fading’ – Tainted Dream

Tainted Dream, founded by Ziad Sarieddine, have released the first single from their debut LP. The band, also comprised of Jack Grossman, Courtney Grace and Warren Blackwell, create art that is designed to reflect the pain we all feel. But their music simultaneously makes us see the sharp glimmers of devastating beauty within our struggles.

‘Fading’ is the first track from their album, Flip The Page, to be released in video format. The visuals within it paint the same eerie, mystifying silhouette that the vocals cause us to envisage while listening to the song. The tinkling pianos, soft, strumming of strings and breathy, ethereal vocal create a ghostly, yet somehow vital timbre. All of these sounds mingle together to create a track that will most definitely not be Fading into the background anytime soon.

As the song progresses, it becomes clear that we are witnessing a lyrical farewell. The singer professes that there is one she will “never kiss again”. ‘Fading’, then, captures the fleeting, euphoric moments that inevitably come to an end and become distant reveries located in the past. But the entrancing melodies and hopefully instrumentals force us to find the poetic resonances in the love now lost.

As the sultry vocal and downtempo sounds draw to a close, we hear an interlude that can best be described as a whispering of souls. Then, the guitar fades into a quiet void: the end.

Listen to ‘Fading’ Here

Review By (by Alicia Carpenter)

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Vargen and Anna Vild – To Stockholm from L.A.: Piano Pop Rock

This is a collaboration of two Swedish artists: Vargen and Anna Vild. The song is called “To Stockholm from L.A.” and if you appreciate the craft of artists such as Bob Dylan or Billy Joel, there is a good chance that your eyes might weep with this one.

The track’s artwork pretty much sets the stage for what you’re about to listen to. This is a slow ballad, featuring soulful vocals by both artists. The piano is prominent throughout the whole song leading the way and there’s a subtle yet effective guitar lick on a few moments as well. Even though this song is an emotional one and manages to take you on a journey during the 3 minutes that it lasts, I think it’s lacking a crescendo; maybe a guitar solo would elevate it. On the other hand, maybe the songwriters were aiming for a steady melancholic pace and vibe for this song. It that’s the case, the mission was accomplished.

Listen to Stockholm from L.A. on Spotify

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Jenny Q Chai is set to release her three darkly lucid Schoenberg Piano Pieces

Jenny Q Chai

For her latest release, Shanghai and New York City-based Pianist Jenny Q Chai has reinvented three darkly lucid classic Schoenberg piano scores. Each of the compositions makes it all too perceptible how she has picked up rapturous acclaim and numerous awards throughout her career.

The scores may have been archaically composed in the 20th century, but Jenny Q Chai possesses a perceptibly deft ability to take soundscapes from seemingly any decade and make them as striking as they were when originally composed.

While her style lies on the side of eclecticism, with muses such as Bach, Beethoven, Scarlatti and Ravel feeding into her style, there’s plenty of profound resonant familiarity to pick up through the disconcertingly enthralling piano pieces.

The compositions will be available to listen to from November 30th via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Pop Artist Hugo Basclain Releases their Latest Pensive Alt Pop Ballad “Veins”

Australian singer-songwriter Hugo Basclain has recently released their evocatively intense Pop single “Veins”. By hitting play, you’ll throw yourself headfirst into the refreshing distinction of the uniquely compelling Ballad. With elements of Classic Pop combined with a contemporary Indie feel, it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve heard someone spill their souls through a single. Veins is a soundscape which makes very little apology about getting under your skin.

By far the most striking aspect of the single is the way in which the narrative gradually unfolds against the semi-orchestral piano-led soundscape as the lyrics become increasingly candid with each verse. It’s the perfect track to test whether your soul is still functioning or not.

You can check out Hugo Basclain’s single Veins for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Craig Greenberg – Sailed Ships: A Sweet Stormy Feat of Piano-Led Pop Rock

Craig Greenberg

Piano Pop Rock singer-songwriter Craig Greenberg is set to release his endlessly endearing jaunty single “Sailed Ships” this December ahead of his upcoming album.

With four years between releases, I think I can speak for everyone who has had the pleasure of experiencing Craig Greenberg’s masterfully evocative music in saying that it is well overdue.

Sailed Ships sits between a jadedly poised Elliot Smith song and euphoric Jim Jones riotous offering of ethereally-laced aural dynamism. While there’s some candid melancholy pouring from the lyrics, Craig Greenberg’s delivery is cathartically uplifting from start to finish. The instrumentals also layer the single in a whole host of emotion. Alongside the upbeat piano melodies, you’ll hear soaring guitar riffs and deftly intricate percussion to provide a comforting structure to this sweet stormy feat of Pop Rock

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Sailed Ships for yourselves, but in the meantime, you can head over to SoundCloud where you’ll find Craig Greenberg’s earlier released singles.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Melany Thompson – Lucy’s Lullaby: A Debut of Serenely Keyed Classical

Classical composer and pianist Melany Thompson has recently released her debut album “Memories of Home”, while each of the instrumental piano pieces offer a cathartic array of serenity, the best introduction to her distinctive approach to songwriting is “Lucy’s Lullaby”.

There’s a perceptible delicacy within Melany Thompson’s soundscapes, one which is not often found in neo-classical arrangements, but the sense of poised lightness runs right through the open and expressive piece.

Melany Thompson may have played at the Sydney Opera House at the age of 11, but I’m fairly certain that the best for this remarkably talented artist is yet to come. With the cinematic air to her sound, it would be no great surprise to hear her evocative melodies within film scores.

You can check out Melany Thompson’s single Lucy’s Lullaby along with the rest of her debut album via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Juan Sánchez – Rebirth: Deftly Sorrowful Neo-Classical  

Juan Sánchez has recently released his captivatingly masterful debut album “Rebirth”. After hearing the title track, I became convinced that this deftly sorrowful piano piece is a playlist essential, – especially now that the melancholic grips of Autumn have us.

Rebirth starkly reminds you that despite feelings of frailty, just like the melody we can surpass what has come before with urgency, power, and intensity to experience our own rebirth. There’s such an incredible amount of trepidation which lingers in the prelude, but by the time Rebirth draws to a close, you’re left with the aural resolution.

The Spanish producer, pianist, and composer’s authentic talent when it comes to melodic command is unquestionable. It wouldn’t be an over-exaggeration to say that the stylistic qualities to Rebirth allowed the soundscape to resonate as celestially cinematic.

Rebirth is available to stream along with the rest of Juan Sánchez’s album via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Neo-Classical composer Typical has made their debut with 7 unadulterated minutes of aural captivation.

https://typical4.bandcamp.com/track/typical

Many artists try to impart their presence in the music industry with eye-grabbing visuals, and myriads of distractions which pull you away from the true essence of their creativity. Washington-based Neo-Classical composer Typical took the opposite approach and allowed their debut self-titled piano piece to speak for itself.

With no lexical vocals, just a few echoed harmonies, you’re compelled to read the emotion weaved in between the urgency of the stabbing piano notes. As the piece progresses, you’ll find yourself getting caught up within the plaintive furls of the classical strings as Typical leads the piano melody into an arrangement with the power to confuse your own rhythmic pulses. Typical is a visceral composition which will immerse you in 7 minutes unadulterated aural captivation.

You can listen to Typical’s self-titled piece via Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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John White – Brown Eyes Blue: Country Inspired Piano-Led Resonance

While there may be plenty of new and up and coming artists to be excited about, nothing quite matches the experience of delving into the authentically orchestrated melodies carved out by a pianist who has spent their lifetime homing in on their talent. After performing on and producing 20 CDs, John White certainly has plenty to offer the more attuned listener with his irrefutably smooth take on Easy Listening with a Country twist.

Brown Eyes Blue is just one of the recent pieces released by central Virginia born artist, who uses muso icons such as Floyd Cramer for inspiration and influence. Yet, careful attention to his playing style will reveal that John White’s instrumental pieces revive easy listening with a playful quintessence making it all too tempting to fully surrender to the warmth which oozes from the soundscape.

Brown Eyes Blue is now available to checkout via SoundCloud, or head over to their official website and grab yourself a copy of one of John White’s albums.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Blowing The Whistle On Kitsch Piano-Pop

When we think of solo piano music, even in the more commercial world, we generally think of the high-concept and artistic direction of Kate Bush or Tori Amos or the kitsch dinosaurs that the likes of Elton John or Billy Joel have become as they became successful. Thankfully there are artists such as Martin Mayer to inject a bit of excitement and panache into the format of the pop-piano.

And it is pop, more than anything else, but it is what he adds into the formula that makes tracks like Whistler so good. It runs on a groove which borrows from a more muscular rock environment and surrounds itself with wide-screen cinematics to build tension and intrigue. But what lies at the heart of the song is a simple but dexterous combination of pop piano, classical flourish and orchestral drama. Sitting somewhere between high energy film soundtrack and commercial recital, Martin Mayer is literally changing the role and potential of the piano in commercial realms.

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