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Michael Vignola’s – Paradigm Drift: Cinematic Sonic Mesmerism

American composer Michael Vignola has been kind enough to treat us to a preview of his intensely anticipated upcoming album “Paradigm Drift”.

Considering Michael Vignola has worked on projects with NASA, it should come as no surprise that the multi-award-winning artist was able to conjure such an ominously alchemic composition of aural star roaming with Paradigm Drift. The soundscape is laced with gentle pulls of sonic mesmerism in a bed of synth which relentlessly feeds you disconcertment – just as you’d expect a paradigm drift to feel.

While the airwaves are in no short supply Sci-Fi inspired electronica, very few of them possess the same cinematic grip as the tracks featured in Michael Vignola’s upcoming album. You’ll feel your rhythmic pulses align with the frantic progressions which aren’t exactly subtle when it comes to pulling you along for an intergalactic exploration through foreboding tonality where the melodies may as well have their own form of gravity.

Paradigm Drift is due for official release on August 12th, 2019, until then, you can head on over to his official website and check out his previously released scores and soundscapes.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ramin Djawadi has fresh competition thanks to Nick Reynaert’s original composition “When Jon Kills Dany”

The music in Season 8 Game of Thrones has irrefutably been one of the best aspects of the show in the latest season. Ramin Djawadi could be accurately viewed as an aural deity at this point. It was a bold, bold move for Nick Reynaert to create an orchestral piece to encapsulate the whirlwind of emotions when Jon finally stuck it in Dany – the knife that is. But don’t worry, he absolutely nailed it.

Nick Reynaert’s composition “When Jon Kills Dany” was released on May 10th, 2019, not only does he have the ability to make his soundscapes bleed pensively fraught emotion, but it may also be an indicator that he shares similar foresight powers to Bran. The music which played in that scene wasn’t far off from what you can expect in Nick Reynaert’s original composition. The same haunting, mournful melodies try their hardest at rearranging your soul as they implant wistful melancholy.

You can check out Nick Reynaert’s score When Jon Kills Dany for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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JP Dehavilland – Hostalies: 100% Pure Instrumental Catharsis

If your playlists are sounding a little stale, why not infuse them with JP Dehavilland’s timelessly bewitching yet contemporarily compelling single Hostalies. The Colchester, UK self-produced instrumentalist doesn’t just know his way around a fretboard, his guitar progressions come together to take you on an ambient journey through the concordance of his intricate chord weaving.

For Hostalies JP Dehavilland teamed up with vocalist Meg Fabry who lent her ethereally light vocal ability which seamlessly sat above the instrumentals which were heavy enough to become resonant, but the overall effect of Hostalies is nothing but pure catharsis. Alongside the melodic instrumentals you can expect some world inspired infusions which takes JP Dehavilland’s sound to the next level.

You can check out JP Dehavilland’s single Hostalies for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now. While you’re there, why not check out his latest single ‘Again’ for some more aural alchemy.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Baroque And Roll!

Andrew Stables and Nick Magus’ music covers a lot of territory but it always seems to spark with an internal drama or sense of the epic. Birds, for example, is a mercurial piano piece, wandering between baroque sounds and sweeping orchestration, poignant highs and subtle reductions. To Ophelia takes this feeling of ancient music further with a crisp, classical vocal full of perfect annunciation and eloquence creating the grandeur.

 Storm Prelude is suitably distant and dramatic, brooding and occasionally bombastic and the logical conclusion of this is track such as Must Have Known which explode into slick alt-rock territory. It’s a fascinating portfolio of music, one that not only demonstrates Nick’s musical direction and Andrew’s skills not to mention his eclecticism but one which begs the question, what will they do next?

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