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Just Live: South California act Hvnted return on fast-paced new single ‘The Fool’

With a full-blooded bounce that wakes you up from your previous pandemic-educed slumber, Hvnted returns with a story all about never being ‘The Fool‘.

Hvnted is a Southern California born, raised and based indie rock band. They make that kind of real music which has been designed to help us all cope with any hurt, fear and sadness, we might have been feeling lately.

Whether it’s been traveling as a band or back home, locked in our rehearsal space, we’ve met a lot of interesting people and we’ve had to deal with our share of heartache and hardship. But, we believe that these experiences have made us stronger and brought us closer together.” ~ Hvnted

Fused with the quick flick of a hungry match that wants to fire up proceedings, this is a heat-filled track with lots to lather into as you look for an escape from the dull world. There is explosive energy on all corners, as you lay back and let the lyrics guide you into a different world from before.

Our music has been a way for us to express ourselves and get it out. Our music has given us a voice. And, although these things have been pretty tough to deal with, we’ve found relief in writing about our struggles and playing our music together.” ~ Hvnted

The Fool‘ from the Southern California indie rock band Hvnted, is a full volume-d assault on the sizzling speakers that keeps up the impressive consistency the whole way though. With a stunning escapade that is filled with passionate vocals and a band that never lets up, this is a track to play real loud when you need to jump around and get back into your own skin again.

Stream this new single on Spotify and see more news via the IG music channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

He’s Ready: Southern Californian rock artist Rudy G drops debut single ‘Finally An Escrow Jay’

As he turns the page on the past and moves up to the heights which he wants to reach, Rudy G sounds rather inspired as he flies freely after being caged up for too long on ‘Finally An Escrow Jay‘.

Rudy G is an experienced Southern California-based indie rock artist, multi-instrumentalist and music producer. After being involved in various projects over the past decade, he is ready to kick-start his solo career and sounds in inspired form here.

His passion began when he discovered the electric guitar in high school, the high-energy antics of Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the emotionally intense artistry of Nirvana, later discovering the creative forces of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and The Beatles.” ~ Rudy G

As he sings with an unwavering purposeful vigor, this is a skilled musician who performs like a man on a mission. Each lyric is meaningful and his soundscape is one that is clearly influenced for his love of all things rock and punk. It feels like Rudy is keen to make up for lost time – as he plays with a strong-willed style – that is full of gutsy perseverance, which streams like a gushing lake all over this debut release.

It’s a metaphor that entails the side of us that always wishes to break the mold that binds us to complacency. We need to build the courage within us to pursue our dreams and passions. We need to do what we believe is right, despite the opposition.” ~ Rudy G

Finally An Escrow Jay‘ from the highly motivated Southern California indie rock solo artist and music producer Rudy G, is a track with renewed energy from an energetic artist with an extra bit of fire in his belly. He sings and plays with that unflinching style which totally enhances his aura, as he pertinaciously explodes into our minds to show us what is possible if you want it enough.

Believing in what is right, is the way to feeling free inside your soul.

Hear this new single on Spotify and check out the IG music page for more news.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

People Come And Go: Southern California’s Audrey Scout drops break-up fueled debut single ‘That’s Embarrassing’

Taking theme inspirations from the 70’s after a recent breakup that shocked her system, Audrey Scout realized her true self-worth on a reflective single which has you admiring her promising debut named ‘That’s Embarrassing‘.

Audrey Scout is a nineteen-years-young multi-skilled indie country/pop/folk singer-songwriter from Santa Clarita in Southern California. This high achiever is a high school’s talent show winner, current college student and pianist who sings with an old soul mentality, who has a pure vocal ability from the top drawer.

Along with the petty lyrics, it is perfect for singing at the top of your lungs and jamming out to with your friends down the freeway.” ~ Audrey Scout

People will come and into your life suddenly and attempt to fleece you of your treasured innocence so they can greedily add it to their fake chain of misdeeds – when actually all they are doing is building up that karma – which will strike them where it hurts when the time is right. This is the message of moving past all the past doubts and believing in your path, as you learn how to be wiser but to never lose what makes you special.

With sweetly textured vocals that feels honey-dipped and made with that rare love – you feel warm inside your thoughtful body and almost relieved that she has made this track – to set herself free and break away from the plastic waste that could of held onto her forever.

That’s Embarrassing‘ from the sparkling Southern California-based indie-country/pop/folk singer-songwriter, painter and keen hiker Audrey Scout, is the story of taking some time out to ponder what happened after a rough breakup. You have processed things and realized that you weren’t at fault and will learn from being played by a selfish person, who will have to answer for their mistake, not you.

Sung with a real sense of a purpose from a wildly talented artist with a real future, this is an underground gem we need to show love to right now.

Hear this highly promising single on Spotify and see more new about this wonderful talent on her IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

I Can Still Feel You In My Chest: Southern California’s NORSWRTHY fights determinedly to be free on ‘Claws’

With his much-anticipated debut EP ‘Ghost of California‘ scheduled for late 2021, the well-respected NORSWRTHY sharpens up with a subtlety impressive edge as he fully focuses on his music expression, on the cinematic-like great 2nd single release called ‘Claws‘.

Stephen “Norswrthy” Schofield aka NORSWRTHY, is a remarkable Southern Californian-based indie singer-songwriter, composer, and music producer. After years of working with other artists in various creative forms, he confidently swoops in to do something that has been on his mind for a long time.

Originally known for his photography in LOWFIELD, Stephen has been well established in the music industry having created album art for artists like Pharrell, Halsey, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor, Hailee Steinfeld, Rich The Kid and more.” – NORSWRTHY

He sings so effortlessly with such a piercing style that has you captivated the whole way through, as his stylish voice and terrific lyrics are backed up with a sound that feels like you are in another world. His energy is rather momentous and you click out of reality and move into a place where he wants to be – but knows that to be free again – he needs to forget and move on from the past. This is easier said than done – as the memories stain your mind like sticky blood on a much-loved shirt – when you know that the new path is probably best now.

Claws‘ from the multi-skilled Southern California-based NORSWRTHY, is a highly impressive release from an obviously talented artist. Nothing might be ever good enough in his mind – but to us mere mortals – this is something really outstanding.

Hear this striking new single on Spotify and have a look at his IG music page for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

That Extra Hunger: The Mantra Discord dive in with catchy debut single ‘Impressions’

As they pierce your frail speakers with a performance that will leave you awe-struck with emotions, The Mantra Discord craftily flow into our thoughtful minds with their first single called ‘Impressions‘.

The Mantra Discord is a super hungry instrumental/math-rock/experimental duo from the busy streets of Southern California.

With a supremely intricate start to proceedings, this is stacked full of wonderful guitar-driven solos that revs up your engine – this unique piece has you captivated by its every turn – as you feel like you are in a melancholic state of mind, full of darkness in your room, as you find the light again.

What separates us from other math-rock bands is that we have included strings to give our music a fuller sound and different elements just looking to explore more melancholic melodies and darker atmospheres. We take influences from modern instrumental rock bands such as Chon, Polyphia, plini, Elephant Gym, and Covet, while also listening to other bands like the Fall of Troy and Oceans Ate Alaska to give a more darker and a little heavier fill to our music.” – The Mantra Discord

Impressions‘ from the highly creative Southern California instrumental math-rock duo The Mantra Discord, is a debut track that will have you feeling you have just listened to something so different from the rest. The high skill level of this motivated duo is a blessing to the ears, as they bring us a dazzling display of musicianship to remember.

Stream this brand new vision on Spotify and see more news via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Take A Stand: Siren Valley send out powerful message about speaking up for what is right on ‘Behave’ (ft. Janell Crampton and Tina Guzman)

As they join forces to put out a real message that needs to be heard, Siren Valley are back with the visuals for Behave‘ (ft. Janell Crampton and Tina Guzman).

Siren Valley is the likable Antelope Valley, Southern California four-piece folk-pop/Americana band who play with a conscious mindset that is born from being close friends for so long. They bring joy to your smile during these horrific times that have made us seek that fulfilling emotional perspective that keeps us sane, when the world seems dark and cold.

They create their art-form so that they can bring hope to the healing, as you get washed away into their likable melodies, their close friendship is heard on each part as their music is effortless and so refreshingly honest with their joint collaboration with two inspiring vocalists, who sing from the heart.

This is the story of standing up for what is right, no matter what you were taught or told when you were young. The world evolved, but sadly some families didn’t and kept a lot of the bad old school practices which holds you back. The mission should be to fly free and expressing yourself by doing things that helps you, while developing your perspective and self-awareness.

The vocals are so enchanting and you feel the love on this message of showing that all women are definitely equal and need to treated as much in this male-dominated world, that needs to be way more supportive to basic human rights and cut out the poisonous plants that are stopping the growth, so we can all live with the same opportunities.

Behave(ft. Janell Crampton and Tina Guzman) from folk-pop/Americana band Southern California-based Siren Valley, is an eye-opening music video that shows you inside to truly motivating artists who use their platform for the right reasons. No women should ever be hurt by or be treated badly by any man. Life is meant to be loved and be loved after all.

See this new music video on YouTube and check out the IG for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Appreciating each other: Jonny Tarr’s ‘If I Didn’t Need You’ (ft. Licha) is a true love story to calm the mind

Taken off his latest 11-track album called ‘Tough Stuff‘, Jonny Tarr impresses with his wide range of incredible skills on ‘If I Didn’t Need You‘ (ft. Licha).

Jonny Tarr is a multi-talented Wales-born, Southern California-based singer-songwriter, Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts graduate, saxophone player and more. Here is a man that can loop sax, guitar, keyboard, flute, harmony, and beat-box tracks to fuse a song together like a true master.

A true musician, he can’t wait until covid is over so he can play with his band again and thrill audiences with his array of mind-blowing music experiences.

This is the story of how you so deeply appreciate her as you need her so much to provide support and by just being there, she has done more than most. When nobody else gave you a shot, she did and you care about her so much due to her sweet nature and authenticity. The kind and true genuine energy in this song between the two singers, is a touching reminder that love can be simple if you want it to be.

With vibrant vocals that are never over the top, this is a peaceful song full of hope and appreciation between two humans that just want things to be as they are and never change.

If I Didn’t Need You‘ (ft. Licha) from the supremely skilled music maestro Jonny Tarr is a magnitude of sounds and layers that consume your mind when you listen closely, and you know really early that this is truly special.

With a world that feels like it is breaking sometimes, this is a welcome reminder of true love that conquers all.

Stream this excellent new single on Spotify and see what he gets up to when gigs come back on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Space-bound music with soul: Mercury Lens are stunningly pure on mysterious ‘Nails’ (ft. Sonic Elixirs)

Mercury Lens are back with an excellent new single that gets your heart beating so much faster on the smoothly painted ‘Nails‘.

Spectacular Southern California producer Mercury Lens just dropped the debut album ‘Extrasensory‘ and is on a heart-inspiring mission to launch meaningful music all over the galaxy. With a magnificent blend of ambient, electronica, hip-hop, and film scoring, this is a work of art that demands closer inspection, as our ears need a lift after these gloomy times.

With a marvelously mysterious beat that feels like someone playing the piano up above you, the wondrous waves crashing in the distance puts you at peace with yourself. This is a calming instrumental interlude that does wonders to your mood and has to be on your visualization playlist to gather your mind so you can achieve those goals that you have always wanted to achieve.

Here is a new song with the only purpose of helping us find peace while gazing up above or in the seas of change, each second spent listening here adds to much value to your tired body and soul. With a replenishing potion so easy to sip on, as you turn this up and let it consume all your thoughts to find clarity; you find yourself again and relax from the stress of life.

Nails‘ is a quality track by Mercury Lens and scrumptiously delivers what is on the tin and more. The lively layers are wrapped up in out-of-this earth melodies that are sure to have you staring into space and wondering what else is out there.

Hear this top track on Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

The Guest Room – Bad Days: Sunny & Suave New-Soul

The Guest Room are here with a singer that carries a wonderfully sweet voice, a drummer that hits his snare drum according to the rhythm of your heartbeat, and all the other lads that I’m sure they all are superior players of their instruments. They come with their new tune called “Bad Days” to draw a smile on your face, and they’re doing so with an eclectic new-soul sound.

I’ve mentioned this already, their female lead singer’s voice is splendid. It is more like chunks of ethereal caress that she exhales with every syllable, aimed for your inner core. That surely doesn’t aim to take anything away from the rest of the band, as the songwriting excellence that they present on this song is overly satisfying, at the very least. “Bad Days” with its transitions and steady emotional flow, it’s a total must-listen for people that get down with the lounge and new-soul side of music.

Hiatus Kaiyote, Fleetwood Mac & Vulfpeck are some of their influences, according to them. I say that they are also inspired, not simply influenced, which is a big deal. Give “Bad Days” a listen here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis