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Keeping positive during bad times: Shyland shows us the way to survival on ‘The Quarantine Song’

Shyland is back with a realistic new song all about what is going on in his life during this crazy pandemic on the acoustic-filled indie-rock track ‘The Quarantine Song‘.

The world is a mess and we are so bored inside our homes but need to swallow our pride to get through this, as we will be stronger for it. This is the message from the private USA singer-songwriter who prefers to let his music do the talking and not to get bogged down in any one box.

He likes to work with other artists, help us to laugh, learn and enjoys being exposed to different ways of doing things. This is probably one of his more serious releases and is a truly fine song.

His voice echoes the sentiment of so many across the world who are sick and tired of this pandemic. We are all just going to have to stay positive and reinvent ourselves to survive and music like this, really helps the day go by faster as the humor is light at times, while also giving us some truthful facts.

With a chorus that keeps the mood up and an array of interesting facts, this is a song that needs to be heard far and wide in the world.

The Quarantine Song‘ from the mysterious figure Shyland is a song that tells it how it is and for that, we need to appreciate his creativity and willingness to speak about this glum topic. The way to survive is through top music after all, as it heals all mental scars.

Stream this fine single on YouTube and see his adventures via IG and FB.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Having a laugh to forget the pain: Minnesota musician Ethan Ness reflects on wild ride with ‘Moodswing’

Ethan Ness takes us on a riveting ride via his new indie-rock single ‘Moodswing’. With the ominous laugh in the background and edgy guitar strums to wake us up from our 2020 slumber, this is a song that helps us have a chuckle and vibe to good music at the same time. Taken off the brand new full album ‘IIX’, this is a track all about trying to get out of your funk that you just can’t seem to shake off like Taylor Swift.

This is the story of waking up way too early and you just can’t seem to sleep or wake up either. You are caught up the middle of the vast vortex of life. His voice is so smooth throughout and the tone is tremendous, you feel like his a likable musician with the extra bit of class that is so often lacking.

With a great sense of humor and lots of name dropping such as The Rock, you hold on during this roller-coaster ride and enjoy each second. Music like this is so rare these days as the same formula gets dragged around again and again. This is a fresh new style that makes you think about all those times you laughed in the face of having a day to forget.

Life can be crazy and your mood can different from moment to moment as 2020 throws us so many curve balls we all start to feel dizzy sometimes. Minnesota, USA singer-songwriter Ethan Ness brings us some quality music and comedy all combined on his ‘Moodwing’. This is an accurate description of the year and how you shouldn’t take yourself too seriously, or be too hard on yourself either.

Improve your current mood on Spotify and follow Ethan’s adventurous journey via his IG and Facebook.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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‘American Villain’ is the fiery new Indie-Rock political track from Seattle-based singer-songwriter Rusty Reid

American Villain‘ is the fiery new Indie-Rock political track from Seattle-based singer-songwriter Rusty Reid as he shows his frustration and ultimately anger, with how the previous four years has gone in the USA.

Rusty Reid is a true singer-songwriter who has seen the ups and downs of the music industry. After early success in his career in various bands, he moved around a lot with stints in Houston and LA. After his music career unfortunately faltered out just after 9/11 due to a few factors, he retired from the game for over 10 years. Then, the creativity came back and the hunger to make music was burning inside.

This is a true American comeback story. This is a man who knows who he is deep inside and being totally honest is one of them.

“Shortly into Donald Trump’s term as president I realized that he is truly a villain. in every sense. He’s a liar. He’s a conman. He’s a chauvinist. He’s a racist. He’s homophobic. He’s anti-science. He’s anti-democratic. He’s a thug. He’s a thief.”- Rusty Reid

Rusty Reid sings about his true feeling on Donald Trump with his new single ‘American Villain‘. He connected the dots and soon realized that something was wrong. He went with his gut and releases a brave single that is all about how things have gone backwards in the country he loves. With a gritty voice, skillful guitar playing and lots of lyrics that cut deep into the truth, this is a singer to be admired.

Here is the Soundcloud link to hear more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Chicago emcee Blac Samurai shows ever-growing consciousness with ‘Brand New’

Chicago emcee Blac Samurai shows ever-growing consciousness with ‘Brand New‘ and this is a strong effort here in the cloudy world of 2020.

Born and raised in Chicago, Brandon Watkins decided on the name Blac Samurai. This was a name that was created by the Wu Tang name generator as he is a huge kung-fu fan and the legendary Wu-Tang Clan.

You feel a bit different today. This is a brand new feeling that you haven’t had to deal with before and it feels strange. You want to feel normal again, you want to get back in the zone again.

Taken off ‘Compendium‘, this is a sterling effort, full of lyricism that is rare to hear these days with so much mumble distorting the speakers all over the world. This is that A grade music, full of skills and thought.

Blac Samurai is one of those Hip Hop artist that raps about real things and there is no flashy fake glitz and glamour here. ‘Brand New‘ is a quality track, made with that extra bit of class, filled with raps that make your mind drift away. This is a terrific single from the Chicago-based emcee and he further cements his name in the upper echelons of the Hip Hop game.

Click here for the Spotify page.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Stylish Space-Pop singer Lonesome Rhodes slide in with the honest ‘Bad News’

Lonesome Rhodes is an exciting Austin-based musician and this sound is time-travel pop which helps stir the perfect tonic in 2020 with ‘Bad News‘.

Texas artist Kevin F. Johnson is the mastermind behind this incredible sound that is show-stopping with an all ages appeal. There is lots of glitz and glamour here but you can also feel that this is a down to earth musician with talent oozing from the dance floor. The singing is so vibrant, he clearly has style and charisma. This is that happy Pop music that will get the whole family singing, the smooth sounds are incredible.

Bad News‘ is a tale of realness from Lonesome Rhodes as the story of watching your friend back is needed. She is trouble and you have warned with your words but will it be enough is not clear.

The vocals are crisp and well-sung, this is a classy performance that has you in a god place. You get the feeling that this is an artist on the rise through a music barrel, this is a scrumptious effort for our ears. Lonesome Rhodes is fantastic on Bad News.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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‘Out of My Head’ from St. Louis singer Alibra is a passionate soul-saving call to find herself again

Out of My Head‘ from St. Louis singer Alibra is a passionate soul-saving call to find herself again, deep in the foggy midst of the wild jungles underneath us currently in 2020.

Alibra is a Los Angeles native and an Alt-Dark Pop artist with a flair of a seasoned creative, deep into her art-form and expression of her world right now. She is a whirlwind of a talent and this is all about making sure your ego doesn’t rule your head. You need to be clear in mind, body and soul to be truly happy inside. There are no quick fixes.

Your vision is blurry and something weird happens. You find your perspective know what you need to do.

St. Louis singer Alibra puts on quite the show with her electric style, she is authentic and not trying to be like another else. Quite the opposite in fact. This is a strong, intelligent and gifted artist who is putting her many talents to spell-binding results on ‘Out of My Head‘.

Click here to the Spotify link.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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‘Ghost Town’ from MikePowerNYC is a real story about the world and the damage caused by humans

New single ‘Ghost Town‘ from MikePowerNYC is a real story about the world and the damage caused by humans and terrible decisions.

New York City-based Mike had to play some slide guitar because has unfortunately ripped open his finger, running it up the neck. Adversity sometimes leads to opportunity due to the ghostly sound of the slide with harmonics interwoven. Sometimes things go wrong but that is actually leading you into the right path. This is a great story about how a song was made and this insight is brilliant.

MikePowerNYC sings with such passion and grit, he is a fine singer with real stories on ‘Ghost Town‘. The world is in a strange place and it’s a scary place. This is a man who performs for the art, he loves music and this is his message to the rest of the globe. He is honest and for that, we need to listen. This is a rare indie real gem of music, sounds that show a growing frustration to the world. This is a wise poet who sings with meaning.

Click here for the Soundcloud link.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Bluesy Jack Swing from Pittsburgh makes us dance with the brilliant visuals for ‘Get What’s Mine For You’

Jack Swing from Pittsburgh makes us dance with his new release and with the brilliant visuals for ‘Get What’s Mine For You‘.

Funk, disco, soul, blues and rock are all included here and this is a washing machine full load of clean fresh music, to keep us smiling during this weird time in the world.

Their latest single ‘Get What’s Mine For You’, taken from the same titled EP and is a wonderful assortment of different genres, all packaged into one bow full of incredible music. You can’t help but like this band. They play like a proper band and this varied music is a winner with so many different fans.

With a groovy vibe, this is a fine video that shows us these Pittsburgh natives in full flow with their cool tune. With a fun video that shows us the unpretentious energy of this band, this is a great listen. Jack Swing get us to turn the volume way up on ‘Get What’s Mine For You‘. This is a band on a mission and together, you can tell that this is a tight outfit that are destined for big things.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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‘Insomnia’ is the debut space-rockin’ jam from Orlando planet wanderers Saucers Over Washington

Insomnia‘ is the spectacular new space-rockin’ jam from the Orlando planet wanderers named Saucers Over Washington.

A new side project of Grizzly Atoms songwriter, Nik Sidella, this is quite the breath-taking song. A powerful riff, the production on point, with a UFO-inspired theme that is a bit spooky, and fills your heart with inspiration to rock through the storms that await us.

Saucers Over Washington take their unique name from the now famous UFO flap that occurred in the Washington D.C. area in July 1952, their brand of shoegaze and noise rock is a joy to hear, you get lost in their music and this should be a definite playlist-adder to remember that great music is still around. It might be a bit harder to find but you can find it in abundance.

The idea for the Saucers Over Washington band name was originally conceived as an underlying concept for an album—namely a way to connect the paranormal with shoegaze music—that eventually took on a grander form as a blueprint for a new band and a new approach to both making music and connecting to an audience. This new direction is fantastic and shows how new forms of music will always appear organically. Always a better taste than music with no soul.

Lyrically, ‘Insomnia‘ explores the lead singer’s struggle with the debilitating fog of insomnia brought on by a history of horrific night terrors in childhood and the accompanying frustration of feeling like one has lost control of their own body and mind. The single is the first of two that will be released and eventually featured on a split EP with The Grizzly Atoms to be released later on in 2020.

With lots on the go, a new direction and a hunger to evolve, ‘Insomnia‘ from Saucers Over Washington is up there with the most creative music of the year.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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John O’Brien easily impresses and delivers a truly unforgettable track called “Siboney”

“Siboney” is the new single from John O’Brien where its lyrics paint a picture of love that occupies a beautiful historic beach on the south shore of Cuba. John O’Brien has been creating music for over four decades and has released a total of seven albums, to date, and continues to showcase his musicality and songwriting abilities with every new release. He has gone on to tour all around the world, and he always brings a lively and dynamic act to his performances and has recently delved into creativity with the John O’Brien Experience, creating unforgettable and timeless shows. The song, “Siboney”, has a relaxing beach feel to it, which is not surprising since the song is literally about being on a beach. It is charming, lyrically cute, and one that brings the sun. This is a track we’d love to hear on holiday, as we relax on the beach, with the surf nearby, and the sun blazing down. Lyrically brilliant, John O’Brien easily impresses and delivers a truly unforgettable track.

You can watch the lyric video here on YouTube: https://youtu.be/nc8wfraJ_ro

Reviewed by Jonathan Currinn