For her latest release, classically trained singer, Georgia Polyniki, collaborated with pianist Angeliki Preza and fellow vocalist Angelo Bianco to create a stunning operetta.
Georgia Polyniki’s award-winning vocals breathe new life into the Greek lyrics, originally scribed by Theoklis Kuyalis, in her romantically sentimental score. In a time when it seems like beauty is hard to find, the true beauty of voices such as Georgia Polyniki’s shine through. British unilingual minds may not be able to decipher the poetry in the lyricism, but the tenderness of the neo-classic piano keys, the quiescence of the classical strings and the power of Georgia Polyniki’s striking vocals definitely set the amorous tone.
Georgia Polyniki’s latest release can be heard via YouTube.
Canadian Neo-classic artist and composer, Marcus Moon, released their highly-anticipated debut album, ‘Letters from the Moon’, as 2020 drew to a close. His “classical music for modern times” is an all too welcome distraction from the same modernity it reflects.
The refined decadence in the lead single ‘Wedding Waltz’ is the aural equivalent to slipping into a Jane Austen novel; it’s grandiose without becoming theatrical. Instead, through his command of vivid melodies, Marcus Moon is able to paint a neo-classic portrait which evokes emotion instead of forcing emotion upon you; allowing the timeless tones to resonate as much in your own world as they would in an imagined archaic fantasy (we all have those, right?).
Marcus Moon’s debut album is now available to stream via Spotify.
Dublin-born singer-songwriter Rae Kelly mixes heartfelt, philosophical, and evocative lyrics with a blend of mildly jazzy pop piano to produce a beautiful, delicate, and charming new single in the shape of ‘Ignorant As Icarus’. Kicking off with some real Tori Amos/Amanda Palmer vibes with the solo piano and vocal section before the rest of the band kick in, it’s an intriguing mix of repeating bass motif and keyboard behind Rae’s stunning, lilting vocal.
The delivery is divine, dropping down to an almost choral middle eight, Kelly’s vocal becoming one more instrument in the mix before slipping back to poetic, storytelling, questioning lyrics once more.
There’s some serious talent on show here, Kelly’s voice exquisite and graceful whilst her lyrics are engaging and thought-provoking; there’s no mistaking the ‘early years’ training of Kelly’s church choir experience in her confidence and soaring mezzo-soprano range, but there’s some avant-garde pop perfection on display as well, all capped off by the stunning piano and bassline of the track. Now back writing and recording after an enforced hiatus, hopefully, there’s much more to come from the sublime Rae Kelly.
Miraduel sings with such grace and honesty on his new single about how this year has sapped the energies and it’s called ‘When Evening Comes Too Soon’.
The exhausting year is taking its toll and Miraduel brings his uniquely incredible style to the fore of our minds here. His voice is effortless and you can feel his stunning energy that drifts through the window as the birds tweet in the background. It’s so easy to get lots on the path of his vocals as he gives us shivers due to his wonderful creation.
Taken off his new full album ‘Mmm…’, this a song to make you feel okay with snoozing lots during this cold and tiring year. Our minds are exhausted from overthinking and need a proper holiday to reboot. You have to cut him some slack as we are all having a tough time and awaiting 2021.
This is a rare talent who doesn’t fit into any box. He is his own genre and brings indie-folk, pop and some elements of soul with his crisp voice and the piano skills are clearly brilliant.
The ambient soundscapes wash over the dirty year and the acoustic melodies are a pleasure to listen to and your heart feels healthier after listening. A smoothie isn’t needed here to feel good, only closing your eyes and letting Miraduel calm those sad hearts on ‘When Evening Comes Too Soon‘.
Stream this soulfully sweet single on Spotify and see the music journey via IG and FB.
‘Sweet Dreams‘ Re-imagined: Exciting duo Sonophonixput 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.
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 ‘Eleanor‘ is 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.