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Lebanon-born Armenian pianist Hovig Nassanian reminds us of that tragic day on April 24

Taken from his 3rd solo piano 11-track album called Tributes, Hovig Nassanian sends us into an emotional and rather intimate experience loaded with deep memories called April 24.

Hovig Nassanian is a well-respected Lebanon-born Armenian indie pianist who lives in Cyprus with his wife and young son who has also started learning the piano.

April 24 is a solemn day for us Armenians. Every year, on this day, we commemorate the death of 1.5 million of our people during World War I – the Armenian Genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. Many of our leading intellectuals, poets and musicians were killed on April 24, 1915. I first wrote this tune around 20 years ago, as part of a musical project to honor the memory of the genocide victims. The project did not materialize, but the tune has been buzzing in my head ever since…and now finally, I recorded it as a tribute to the sacrifice and suffering of my people.” ~ Hovig Nassanian

As one of the classiest acts around no matter the genre, Hovig Nassanian displays his unparalleled skillset in the best possible way with a quite sublime rendition. Mellow in nature and quite understandably restrained, at a mournful memory which will be seeped into many generations to come.

April 24 from the experienced Armenian indie pianist Hovig Nassanian is one of those hugely memorable tributes which still scar many hearts. Performed with deep intensity and bringing us a real message that so many might have forgotten, we find a moment to close our eyes and remember those who were lost rather tragically.

Listen up on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

For The NHS: Lockestock support the cause with their exciting debut single ‘Mind Blowing’

As 50% of all track sales are going to the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust, Lockestock dip our souls into the beautiful ocean with their lovely debut single called ‘Mind Blowing‘.

Lockestock are a Paignton, UK-based father and son duo who make that deeply intertwined indie-pop type music. They have strongly curated vocals and you feel uplifted by their energy.

Formed by Alex on vocals, who was in a well-known boyband back in the 90’s and his dad Kevin (formally known as Scott Wilder), an established DJ, band manager, and vocalist himself.

This debut single by Lockestock is an uplifting pop track that has the sound of riding on the party waves of a nice hot summer. The type of song full of heart you can sing along with, dance, and forget about what is going on around you for a while. Lockestock wanted to lift people, not with a track they want, but a track they need.” – Lockestock

This is a song sung with so much shooting star love, as you feel your soul brushing away the self-doubt and feeling much better again. The vocals are kind and loving – with a catchy beat meshed in handily – that has you thinking we live in a peaceful world, like we all should.

Mind Blowing‘ from the creative father and son duo from the UK called Lockestock, shows us a team that are fighting for the right thing in this rather challenging climate. With their kind gesture of donating to an organization who have been stretched mightily recently – they bring in a fresh wind with perfect timing – that just makes you want to jump into the air, as you fly free again.

Hear this fine new single on Spotify and see more on their IG music channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Protecting your son no matter what: Kenward sings the truth about being a father on ‘Safe And Sound’ EP

New father and incredibly talented singer-songwriter Kenward, firstly wanted to make a single about the feeling he got deep inside his bones when he first realized he was going to be a father. ‘Safe And Sound’ EP is the music that has arisen from this incredible moment of being a Dad, a feeling that makes him happy and guarded at the same time.

Life is different now and he needs and more importantly, wants to take care of his young one as best as possible. That bond is there and stronger than ever.

The protective bear inside of him burned brightly at first and has only gained in light in his heart since. Soon, the single became an EP and this shows his love towards his son and for him to know that he is there for him no matter what happens.

There are 4 incredibly well-written and easy-on-the-ear gems here: ‘Safe And Sound’, ‘Searching Without a Light’, ‘Hallie Gray’ and ‘Starting Looking At You’.

The first two songs ‘Safe And Sound’ and ‘Searching Without a Light’ are particular highlights as the intricate guitar melodies takes your breath away. He smooth voice is so compassionate and caring, always kind and strong at the same time. The perfect mix of a man that knows he needs to be fair but set boundaries at the same time. Easier said than done but achievable.

There are no bad songs or fillers here and each song is meaningful and from the heart. I imagine this being played on his son’s 18th birthday celebration as they laugh and smile over an adult beverage, his friends happy too and wishing their father did the same thing. His tone gets your heart strings to blow in the wind to get some fresh air; the emotion is heightened by a performance that will have you hugging those close to you that you care about. His voice goes to notes that you thought impossible and the lyrical delivery is quite frankly masterful and humble.

Life has changed for Kenward on ‘Safe And Sound’. He has stepped up to the plate with his words and he knows that he needs to back it up with actions now. Life as a kid with a strong role model that looks out for you, listens and supports you no matter what detours swerve around the corner; is only going to make that blood bond stronger long-term.

Stream this wonderful EP on Spotify and see Kenward’s journey with his son and family via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen