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‘Sweet Dreams’ Re-imagined: Exciting duo Sonophonix put their own blend on a classic with supremely satisfying results

Sweet Dreams‘ Re-imagined: Exciting duo Sonophonix put their own blend on a classic with supremely satisfying results as they are two such talented musicians. Form is temporary and class is permanent- these two incredible artists have created something so stunning here for us in the fire of 2020 that cools the airs and helps with the global anxiety.

Cellist Xue was born in Beijing, China and is now New York based where she works with various indie acts. After learning the piano aged 4, she moved onto the cello when she was only 9 years old.

Deborah is the pianist here and is from Salem, Oregon but now based in New York City too. She also started playing piano when she was just 4 years old and you can feel the quality here.

This is a beautiful expression of music without words and the stunning soundscape is a blessing to our tired souls. The exciting duo are two inspiring women that use their skills to make such amazing music.

‘We combined electronic elements and a touch of vocals to compliment the piano and cello.’- Sonophonix

This is an underrated duo that deserve more love and Sonophonix have been careful to put their own spin on such a classic song. Sometimes covers can sound clunky or too similar to the original. Not on this occasion. I feel so relaxed after listening to this and you will too.

With years of practice on different instruments, you can feel that these two talented musicians are in their element here and the results are marvelous. The goal of creating an atmospheric sound palette has certainly been achieved.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Writer’s Rain sings so passionately on debut single ‘Eleanor’

Writer’s Rain sings so passionately on debut single ‘Eleanor‘ and this is a fantastically sung effort here in 2020.

Nina Sundstrom aka Writer’s Rain’s ‘Eleanoris the type of song you have to take the time to listen to. This is a sung with such maturity and you can just tell that this is a gifted artist. Her words here shows us everything that we need to know:

“When I was a teenager a friend of mine casually said the words ‘I hate it when fat girls call themselves curvy, it’s like ew no you’re just fat’. These words stuck with me to a profound and painful extent, especially hearing them at such a formative time. Having grown exponentially since then, ‘Eleanor’ came about as a form of self reliant closure and a simultaneous plea for compassion and awareness when choosing words. It is everything I didn’t know I could have said at the time and everything I have needed to say since.”

Sometimes strong friendships just end. You just drift apart as you both change and perhaps start to think differently. Your values are different and you are sadly not close now. These things happen and is apart of life.

Writer’s Rain is brilliant on ‘Eleanor‘. Her voice is so golden and she sparkles here. This is a talent that shines above all else, this is a fabulous effort full of soul. With raw piano and a real story, this is a great song to lather in. With a mature mindset and a huge passion for music, this is an artist who will be in our hearts for a long time.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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On Piano is flawless on ‘Chiar di luna’

On Piano is quite flawless on ‘Chiar di luna‘ and this is the sonic, piano beauty shines like a light at the end of a dark tunnel.

On Piano is one of the many projects by the multi-talented Italian producer Frank Iengo from beautiful Naples, and it is characterized by compositions for solo piano. The music is mainly written by Frank but in some cases he also likes to collaborate with other artists. This huge passion to work on so many projects reinforces the feeling that this is a man who loves to inspire through music.

On Piano is incredible on ‘Chiar di luna‘ and this is a stunning piano piece that is so cinematic, the world opens up and you feel alive again. This is the perfect kind of music to play when you need some inspiration from this crazy world. This is the kind of music to run a hot bath to and re-energize your soul.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Bay Area singer Phil Q is so dreamy on ‘City Lights’

Phil Q is a Filipino artist from the Bay Area and he is in High School right now. He shows growing maturity on his new single called ‘City Lights’.

After learning to play the piano at 6 years old, Phil Q’s music style has evolved to now be inspired by the date night scene in the Bay Area. He loves exploring The City, reveling and speeding down I-880 with nothing but chill-hop music, deep conversation and an empty highway in front on him. He loves the adventure, the roar of the vibrant city.

Phil Q, is born out of his love for different themes of R&B; ranging from soul and jazz, to electronic and alternative. Lots of music fuses that have injected themselves into his veins, this is a man who loves to create new music that is different. He is a creator, he watches and listens, learn new skills and becomes the best he can be at them. Right now its the guitar that he is attempting to master.

City Lights’ from Phil Q is about that fun cruise, your enjoyment of the moment and this is a quality new single here in 2020.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Kaia Black – Really: A Piano-Led Ode to Pain

Starting with a simple, four-note repeating piano phrase, ‘Really’ by Kaia Black is the simplest of songs, a one minute eleven seconds ode to pain and a lack of understanding, the final refrain a plaintive ‘I don’t think you’re sorry’.

The piano part carries the track, and, admittedly, the vocal leaves a little to be desired, the attempt at nonchalance coming across instead as perhaps lacklustre and unsettled. That said, there’s an interesting concept, the simplicity of the track itself a challenge and a change from the over-instrumented, over-produced mainstream that often counts for ‘alternative’ music.

Kaia Black is on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Birmingham’s Nathan Maurice sends tribute in tough year on ‘And All the Light That Had Ever Existed Ceased to Exist’

Nathan Maurice reflects such beauty in a tough year personally on the new single called ‘And All the Light That Had Ever Existed Ceased to Exist‘.

Nathan Maurice is a Composer and Producer from Birmingham in the UK. Fans of Nils Frahm, Phillip Glass, and Steve Reich may want to prick up their ears for the latest ambient offering of Neo-Classical electronica from up and coming composer who saunters into our world with this fine song.

This piano solo was composed after the passing of a family member and the subsequent emotions. It is for everyone that has lost someone during the pandemic. This is such a traumatic time for this artist and he does the lost family member proud here with a fine tribute.

There are no vocals on this one as we are put in a peaceful world here. I get lost in this song, the pureness is truly spectacular and we are in for a treat here despite the sad undertones.

Nathan Maurice shows us something different on ‘And All the Light That Had Ever Existed Ceased to Exist‘ and this is a rare song that encapsulates a true voyage of self discovery. This is best turned up loud with a glass of wine. Get that bubble bath going, get the candles and refresh the mind. Life is short so reach out to those close to you.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Ukranian Composer and Pianist Olexandr Ignatov explores the human psyche with their 2020 album “Messages”

Ukrainian composer, producer and pianist Olexandr Ignatov has countless accolades to their name. After the release of their Neo-Classic album “Messages”, they can also be proud to have their name behind one of the most stunning albums of 2020.

Each composition invites you to explore a different emotion, Patience, Empathy, Temperance, Loyalty, Trust, the track which hit the evocative spot the hardest for us was undoubtedly “Struggle”.

The precision in timing between the notes is almost otherworldly in the way it sets trepidation, torment and a spiralling sense of despair. Yet, it can’t be said that the piece was without any sense of beauty and resilience. It’s the perfect reminder that if you’re struggling, you’re still fighting and not all hope is lost. And with that revelation, I might have a little cry.

Struggle is available to stream via Spotify with the rest of their ground-breaking album.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Utterly, beautifully, helplessly smitten – Imagesong’s “Lost In You”

When you feature such luminaries as Jazz chanteuse Alexis Cole (possibly the greatest singer ever to hold a top-secret military security clearance), the Grammy-nominated pianist Mike Eckroth (John Scofield’s New Quartet), and saxophonist Marc Phaneuf (Quincy Jones, LA Philharmonic, Aretha Franklin, Iggy Pop…) to showcase your songwriting talents, you’d better hope that your craft is up to the same standard as your performers.

Thankfully, for songwriter and poet Connie Marotta AKA Imagesong, it is. In spades. ‘Lost In You’, from the ‘Imagesong Presents’ portfolio, is everything you could hope for; late-night laid-back New York Jazz Club cool, Eckroth’s beautifully sparse keys perfectly complimenting Cole’s sultry, smoky vocal timbre and Phaneuf’s subtly understated baritone sax fills. ‘Lost In You’ is stunning, seductive, the aural equivalent of twenty-year-old scotch on the rocks and a slowly burning Chesterfield. Gorgeous.

Imagesong’s single Lost in You is available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Micah Sheveloff shares introspective story of life with ”Guns and Cigarettes”

Micah Sheveloff is a Boston-born pianist and also a fine singer-songwriter. He has creatively merged a classical music foundation with a unique feel for popular music. Sheveloff has been a regular performer at venues across New York and is slowly establishing himself as a force on the scene. Recently he has relocated to Saint Petersburg in Florida where he continues to fine tune his craft.

Guns and Cigarettes” is a fine track and showcases Micah’s strong voice and natural music talent. His piano solo’s are quite sumptuously created to wet our music ears with some excellent melodies.

Micah Sheveloff is a quality talent and the Florida based artist is on the right track here. ”Guns and Cigarettes” is quite a sad song and the choices that we can make or break our lives. Enjoy the song with the link below and we anticipate a positive reaction to this kind of soulful music with meaning.

Stream this absolute gem here on his growing Soundcloud music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Cucurbitophobia has made a phantasmal return with their chillingly dark Avant-Garde release “Exordium”

https://cucurbitophobia.bandcamp.com/track/exordium

There was no forgetting Cucurbitophobia after being introduced to their 2019 single “Requiem”. How could we ever forget an Ambient Avant-Garde artist whose chosen title is also the name of pumpkin phobia?

After the release of their latest soundscape “Exordium”, we couldn’t resist delving into the Neo-Classically artful tones once more. The instrumental score sets up the most phantasmal Waltz-style piano score which has ever crept into your ears. With a significant lacing of ethereal effects, you’ll feel like you’ve just been dragged around a ballroom by a poltergeist. Given that that’s (probably) never happened to you in real life, you’ll have to hit play to know what I mean.

Exordium is the opening title from Cucurbitophobia’s release “Dies Ferialis (Awakening the Lemurs)”. It serves to set the tone for a dark tale of ancient evil spirits wreaking havoc in a modern world to be told. Rather efficaciously may I add. Bring on the apocalyptic festivals and the walking dead.

You can check out Cucurbitophobia’s single Exordium which was released on June 5th for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast