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Composer and Pianist JxPrezzo Has Released Their Tenderly Explorative 4-Track EP “Seven Years”

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London-based composer and pianist JxPrezzo has crafted four delicately unique Neo-Classic soundscapes for their latest instrumental EP “Seven Years”.

After an intro track which is all too efficacious at pulling you into the release, you get to the title track which is the best example of how JxPrezzo’s tender melodies can tell a story. From tentative, explorative notes which ring with optimism to stabbing atmospheric dread, Seven Years is a deftly-orchestrated evocative rollercoaster.

As you listen to the light yet fluid textures in the soundscape, you can almost feel the tension in your body being replaced with the quiescently comforting tones. But if you’re as aurally sensitive as me, when the minor notes are hit, you won’t just hear them, you’ll feel them. My eyes may now sting a little, but that’s a small price to pay for experiencing such a gentle yet resounding release.

You can check out the Seven Years EP for yourselves by heading over to Apple Music or SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bayan – Abnormality: Psychedelically Entrancing Avant-Garde Electronica

Breaking Electronica artist Bayan has recently released their debut album “True Conspiracy” containing the psychedelically entrancing single Abnormality which was used as the soundtrack for the Indie film Pop Life.

By infusing elements of Funk, Avant-Garde, and Psych Rock into the electronically mastered instrumental soundscape, Bayan offered a Lynchian level of ingenuity in Abnormality which any fans of Glenn Branca will definitely appreciate.

Your only complaint with Abnormality is that it doesn’t last longer. It dystopically delivers everything that it says on the tin. Debuts don’t often come as hypnotically absorbing as this. We’d strongly suggest making room for Bayan on your radars.

You can check out Abnormality along with the rest of Bayan’s 2020 debut album for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od – L3<3lV:iVWh0m7h383ll70ll5;7h3F!n.:.l CUR<38.:.ll.:.?;G0.:5g.:.m8l!ngWi7h7h3 g0dD5:H3lR.:.i53R

While we’re used to beguiling doses of experimentalism when we delve into Alternative artist 8udDha bl0od’s tracks their recently released soundscape was chill-inducing.

If you could imagine the soundtrack to a Horror flick set in a Tibetan monastery, you’ll get a good idea of how their latest intensely atmospheric release L3<3lV:iVWh0m7h383ll70ll5;7h3F!n.:.l CUR<38.:.ll.:.?;G0.:5g.:.m8l!ngWi7h7h3 g0dD5:H3lR.:.i53R unfolds.

The effects used in release L3<3lV:iVWh0m7h383ll70ll5;7h3F!n.:.l CUR<38.:.ll.:.?;G0.:5g.:.m8l!ngWi7h7h3 g0dD5:H3lR.:.i53R would enamour David Lynch himself. 8udDha bl0od’s deft mastery over the art of spatial effects was palpable. From the opulent chiming of bells to what can only be described as akin to the sound of rusted chains being dragged across the floor, you’ll hear it all in this indulgently disconcerting piece.

You can experience L3<3lV:iVWh0m7h383ll70ll5;7h3F!n.:.l CUR<38.:.ll.:.?;G0.:5g.:.m8l!ngWi7h7h3 g0dD5:H3lR.:.i53R for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Colleen Orender – The Company of Older Men: Cinematically Captivating Pop

Even before I hit play on Colleen Orender’s recently release single “The Company of Older Men” I knew I was going to greet the track with adoration.

Not many Pop artists are unashamedly bold enough to tackle the not so glamorous subject of sugar daddies. But Colleen Orender managed to do it whilst simultaneously creating a cinematic track which wouldn’t be out of place in a Bond soundtrack.

Every single aspect of the production is phenomenal. It’s full of edge-of-your-seat tension, half-heartedly listening to The Company of Older Men is simply not an option. Colleen Orender’s vocals are up there with the most arrestive we’ve heard this year, and that’s very unlikely to change.

You can blow your own mind with jazz-infused orchestrally-layered epic soundscape for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Paul Myles Zambrano releases Familia (End Credits) from Slipping into Darkness (Original Motion Pictures)

Artist Paul Myles Zambrano has dropped his latest single ‘Familia’ which was the end credits for the Original Motion Picture film Slipping into Darkness.

A piece based solidly on sound and the use that it has to create this story and to endure this powerful atmosphere surrounding it. Using a slight strum on the guitar, to this enticing opera like instrumentation that creeps up on you, giving it this suspenseful feeling as the tune gets louder and louder.

Becoming rather triumphant in many aspects, giving off this rather horror-like element of the panic leading up to the destruction through the rather mesmerizing use of all instruments. A perfectly chilling end credit, illuminating the background with many forms of intriguing instrumentation.

A very peculiar piece by Paul Myles Zambrono, one that sends shivers down your spine, using the talent to create it only with sound.

Listen to Paul Myles Zambrono Familia (End Credits) from Slipping into Darkness (Original Motion Pictures) by heading on over to bandcamp now.

Review by Karley Myall

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Dom Robson-Tull – For A Friend: Accordantly Cinematic Neo-Classical

Neo-Classical multi-instrumentalist and composer Dom Robson-Tull released his latest captivatingly cathartic composition “For A Friend” on April 6th. If you’re as aurally sensitive as me, don’t be surprised if the interplays of torment and tonal optimism leave you emotionally bruised.

The Birmingham-based artist crafted a stunning piece which poignantly reflects the emotions we feel when we experience triumph after conflict. The accordantly cinematic single pairs classical strings with pensive piano keys to lay down melodies which offer a smorgasbord of weighted emotion which will stick with you for long after the track has faded to a close.

Any fans of Nils Frahm and Phillip Glass will undoubtedly want to have Dom Robson-Tull on their radar sooner rather than later.

You can check out Dom Robson-Tull’s latest single For A Friend for yourselves via Spotify.

Keep up to date with the artist’s latest releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Electronica and Neo-Classical Converge in Ben Alexander’s Strikingly Arrestive Single “Daybreak”

If you’re looking for aural escapism (and let’s face it, in these insane times you probably are), look no further than the latest release “Daybreak” from composer, producer and artist Ben Alexander.

The stunning contemporary take on neo-classical piano soundscapes is peerlessly efficacious at arresting your own rhythmic pulses and making sure that each striking note hits with masterful accuracy.

I would give you spoilers and tell you what to expect from the momentous crescendo, but I wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise of what’s in store once Daybreak reaches its climax. And quite honestly, I’m in awe. While it doesn’t bode well for this review that I’m fairly speechless, it definitely bodes well for Ben Alexander’s captivating composition.

You can check out Ben Alexander’s single Daybreak which was released alongside the other single “Upeo” on a 2-track release via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Excellent Jacket releases eleven-track sonic album ‘1000 eyes’

A sonic experiment at it’s finest, taking you on a crazy journey through their evergrowing change of sound is Excellent Jacket’s new anthology ‘’1000 eyes’’. It embarks on a discovery of unique styles, feeding of a wide range of human emotions.

Throughout you’re taken on a rollercoaster of ups and downs through a series of sounds that create short, poignant yet catchy tracks.

Some are mysterious and dark others have a more joyful element. There is a combination of sadness, confusion, and happiness and the way that in every single song it gives off a different feeling through the use of high and low tempos, it’s creative and talented.

Without even having to use vocals, they’ve managed to create something for the listeners solidly based on sound taking them through an absolute whirlwind of emotion. With the first few tracks sounding like a horror game theme tune, to infiltrate panic and confusion, with a heart-racing beat and thrilling laughs.

Excellent Jacket have created a piece of art, it’s something that gets you hooked and proves that you don’t always have to have vocals to make an excellent album.

Be sure to check it out, you can listen to the album here on soundcloud.

Review by Karley Myall

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DAGREYMATTER – Escape Run: Progressively Immersive Experimental Electronica

Canadian Experimental Electronica artist DAGREYMATTER’s latest feat of Downtempo Breakbeat Hip Hop “Escape Run” is a darkly despondent driving work of progressive ingenuity.

Their artist title gives you plenty of clues as to what you can expect on any of their singles. But Escape Run acts as the perfect introduction to their trance-inducing production style. It was quite a struggle staying lucid enough to string coherent thoughts together to review Escape Run while listening to the alchemic ambience in the full-bodied sound.

If you ask your average person to check out a track by an unknown artist, they’ll probably greet you with the same enthusiasm you’d get if you asked for a lift to the airport. It’s understandable, acquainting yourselves with new artists can be an excruciating endeavour. But with Escape Run, the payoff is instantaneous.

You can check out DAGREYMATTER’s progressively immersive single Escape Run for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud. The only criticism that you’ll have is that it didn’t stretch on for longer.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ryan Douglas Michelsen – Camaraderie: A Profoundly Evocative Neo-Classical Composition

Strap on a pair of headphones and prepare yourselves to be consumed by Ryan Douglas Michelsen’s recently released orchestral composition “Camaraderie”.

The US-based songwriter and artist has demonstrated their ability to construct intensely emotive soundscapes in the past. Yet, Camaraderie stands as a testament to their virtuosic talent when it comes to making melodies bleed emotion.

With the unpredictable crescendos, expect tension to linger in the ethereally-composed instrumental Neo-Classical work. But with their distinctive improvisational style, the best way to understand Ryan Douglas Michelsen’s epically cinematic work is to indulge in it for yourself. It will probably be in a cinema near you before long. Until then, you can use your imagination to fill in the visual gaps by allowing the orchestral instrumentals to arrest your emotions through the long, tensile notes.

You can listen to Camaradereie for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast