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Wait All Night: Wisconsin country act Eric Hagen and Red River Revival can’t wait to get a glimpse of her again on ‘Hope’

Taken off his striking five-track ‘Crossroads Motel‘ EP from earlier this year, Eric Hagen and Red River Revival reminds us that it is possible to catch the eye of the one who you desire no matter how long it takes on ‘Hope‘.

Eric Hagen and Red River Revival is an indie Americana/folk/blues/rock and country act based in Door County, Wisconsin. Led by Eric, this is a soulfully expressive band with an honest touch who create that perfect road trip music.

Hagen has always been around music in some form or fashion. His first words may have even been “Hey Jude”. He grew up listening to records his parents played including The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan. Many timeless records still influence his music today in combination with newer artists such as Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton.” ~ Eric Hagen

You feel the calming nature of a truly skilled singer-songwriter who has many a story to tell from his travels. His intricate musicianship is of a really high standard – as his smooth vocals have you lighting the romantic candles – and pouring another cold one with ice, to get the whole picture of this movie-like experience.

Hope‘ from the Wisconsin-based indie Americana/folk/blues/rock and country act Eric Hagen and Red River Revival, is the story of wishing that you could spend more time with her as you feel like there is a special bond. Sung with a majestic tone that towers over all your self-doubts and sadness, this is a wonderful effort that has you feeling so reflective.

Sometimes you can’t be together with that true soul who you want at first, as the timing seems to be off every time. That hope of it finally coming together no matter the time of night, keeps you coming back for more.

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

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Wish You Could Of Loved Me Better: Sensational Chicago sister duo CORA show such scintillating class on debut single ‘Homesick’

As they courageously wrote this incredible song whilst their flight home from LAX was delayed, CORA open up their hearts which were sadly broken by two selfish guys who showed their true colors eventually on ‘Homesick‘.

CORA is a captivating Wisconsin-born, Chicago, Illinois-based sister indie pop duo formed by Meghan and Caitlin Foley. They soulfully formulate a lovely blend of excellent music melodies about the struggles of being in love, with the pressures of fake social media always around, as well as the journey to finding themselves.

A few months ago we decided it was time to rebrand and change our name. We chose the name CORA which symbolizes the heart and honesty, which is what we want our music to represent, too.” ~ CORA 

This is the sad story about being with someone who seems sweet at first – but then shows you how indescribably devious they really are – as they are small-mindlessly manipulative and are only thinking of themselves. You take it on the chin for a while and hope for change but then it becomes too much, as you then know that their time is up and you need to escape quickly, before they control you like an evil nemesis forever.

With lusciously intertwined vocals and a close togetherness brewing so brightly like a shooting star, you sense that they are starting a new journey that they have been waiting for. Their mindset is now aligned and you feel like they will always communicate properly from now on. Their loving bond is alive and bright, as they sing so beautifully in unison to also help those who have been hurt by a cruel lost love.

Homesick‘ from the fantastic Chicago-based sister indie pop duo CORA, shows us music vibrations that when you turn on, has your horrid ex stepping painfully onto a sneakily hidden piece of wayward Lego. They have a dynamic fusion together that is so lovingly authentic, and send our reflective minds into a real spin of past flashbacks.

Sometimes you think that you are with the right person who will be there forever, when actually you have just found out that you need a new type. Quickly. That real love is waiting for you however, when you find that special soul waiting to connect with you, in a place you least expected it.

Stream this wonderful debut single on YouTube and see their exciting journey via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Love Is Blind: Philly? aches hungrily for the forbidden fruits on ‘Hypnotize Me’

As he truly desires for the towel to drop so that they may find the electrifying passion which has been missing, Philly? seeks for her to match the feelings that he has deep inside his bones with ‘Hypnotize Me‘.

Philly? is a seventeen-years-young Madison, Wisconsin-based indie alt-rock solo musician/rapper. He formulates that honest music that is always forthright, as he performs with a steel-fortified edge that has him showing us why he is such a worthwhile listen.

At 15 years old, Philly? took on the music industry. Starting by rapping about things that didn’t pertain to him in any manner, on beats that him and his friends made on Soundtrap, he initially gained a lot of hate.” ~ Philly?

With a focused mentality and a smoothly stirred flow that has your heart beating rather unexpectedly, this is a confident artist on a mission to get the girl no matter who, or what is standing in the way.

Possessing a highly motivated tone which is full of smartly-penned lyrics, you feel his intoxicating energy lathering all over this story of craving their touch. He believes that they are who he should chase – even if he could be mistaken by her cheeky charms – which might be meant for someone else.

Hypnotize Me‘ from the youthfully ebullient Madison, Wisconsin-based indie rock/hip hop rapper Philly?, shows us an renewed energy that has transformed him from his previous incarnation. He swirls into your mind with a catchy style which is combined with a quality beat, that easily shows the world his growing self-awareness that is packed with so much potential.

Sometimes you just want your crush to follow the clues, before you grow tired of the loneliness and move on to more welcoming waters. Blind lust can really close your eyes, to who you should really be with anyway.

Stream this new single on Spotify and see more on his IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

A Helping Hand: Black Jack reminds us that we are all family on ‘We’re Not Alone’

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As he kindly urges us all to forget the past and to work together despite our differences, Black Jack sings about the world that we live in that has faced many challenges recently with ‘We’re Not Alone‘.

Austin Hecker aka Peanut, is an emerging RnB and pop artist and Milwaukee Area Technical College graduate from Hartford, Wisconsin. After struggling with addiction issues he has found his love for music again and this is his comeback to what he enjoys doing.

Never shy about displaying his vocal talents, Blackjack started recording his efforts while recovering from active addiction in 1990s. After relapsing, active addiction has taken over his life, his interest in music died along with his heart of what he loved doing. On June 3rd, 2005, Blackjack entered rehabilitation and attend meetings for recovering from addiction. In 2020, Blackjack regained interest in music industry, started writing, recording songs”. – Black Jack

We’re Not Alone‘ from Hartford, Wisconsin-based Black Jack, is the story that we all needed to hear. You might have problems and be different to your neighbor, but deep down we are all similar. We want to love and be happy in a free and fair world, no matter what else has gone on before. This is the story about a brave man who is trying to overcome many issues, and has sent us a message to us all, that he hopes will help someone out there to be inspired.

Stream this new single on his Soundcloud and see more via his Facebook.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Got Caught Up: St Oshun wants to rewind the pulsating party on ‘The Joint’

Formerly known as The Charles Walker Band who were based in and are one of the most respected acts in Milwaukee, St Oshun change up the flow to water our mouths even more with their tasty new single that will have you reminiscing on ‘The Joint‘.

St Oshun is a Hollywood-based indie-pop act formed by Porsche Carmon and C-Dub. They makes music with a real message and strive to leave their mark on this rather odd world, that needs lots of love so that proper change can be made.

The song offers a message of empowerment to women because the woman doesn’t feel helpless because of her mistake,” C-Dub said. “She is ready to move on and learn from the experience. The song message is, ‘Yeah, I screwed up. We all do. It was fun. It was stupid. Let’s move on.” – C-Dub from St Oshun

The Joint‘ from the luminescent Hollywood-based indie act St Oshun, is a story that started all the way back in Milwaukee with their guitarist Christian. After the song evolved from a love that faded after summer to a story about the repercussions of a hot and steamy one night stand after a few naughty refreshments, this is a track that lights up your mind and reminds you of those youthful times. Moving on is the only way to deal with these moments, as stewing will only thicken the pot and makes you feel bloated.

This is a fresh new single from St Oshun that displays their quality songwriting, energetic beats and stunning vocals – all packed lovingly into one tasteful mix – that is so pleasurable for us to all consume.

Stream this fine new single on Spotify and check out their IG for more news.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Dream About Me: Emerging Wisconsin singer Poet22 powers our hearts into a romantic flutter with her beautiful ‘Crush’ (feat. Shakko)

With her first much-anticipated full-length ten-track album ‘Chrysalis‘ on the way shortly, Poet22 teases us gently with her lead single that will have your mind in a romantic state called ‘Crush(feat. Shakko).

Kala Lones aka Poet22, is a Appleton, Wisconsin-based indie RnB/soul singer-songwriter/poet. Since she was very young, Poet22 has always dreamed deeply and visualized calmly about being a successful singer, who tours the world and performs with such joy.

”It was important for me to be as honest and as vulnerable as possible with this project. I have been so blessed to work with other young Black independent artists like myself, who do what they love and love what they do.” – Poet22

She sings gloriously with such a stunning tone, each word seems so glowing and somehow effortless like she is performing right from the core of her beating heart. This is the cute story about that real feeling inside that you can’t easily explain but just know — as you don’t care if they feel the same at first — but of course wish that they returned the love.

Crush‘ from Wisconsin-based singer-songwriter and multi-talented creative Poet22, has our beating hearts in a game of intense twister, as we feel the interwoven love bow of goodness from this wonderful artist. She gives us a dazzling single that hits all the right spots deep into your preciously designed soul — as you feel all giddy and smile cheekily to yourself — thinking of that person in your life that you care about so much, as they make your heart beat so fast like no other human can.

Stream this soulful single on Spotify and see more visuals on her IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Autumn Reverie raise the standard with new electrically-charged eleven-track EP ‘Twenty Twenty’

With a sensationally healthy outbreak of thunderous music for the soul, Autumn Reverie turn the temperature up on a cold year with the brilliant ‘Twenty Twenty‘.

Autumn Reverie are a fiery five-piece Post Grunge band from Madison, Wisconsin in the USA, who have a sound that is born from that pure love of making that timeless rock music which stands the test of time throughout all generations.

With particular highlights being headline track ‘Stalemate‘, ‘Cast Away‘ and ‘Buried‘, they warm up your willing ears with that special kind of flourishing soundscape, that has you somehow happy, sad and reflective at the same time.

Their signature heavy sound breaks the windows and does a great job of annoying those pesky neighbors with bad music taste, who you don’t like anyway.

Their melodic riffs are certainly as good-if not better than advertised-and you feel their pulsating passion on each EP-worthy track. With zero fillers, they have managed to put together a collection of excellent songs that lifts the roof off and powers into your mind with gut-wrenching vocals, that has the hairs on your back standing up to impressive attention.

New eleven-track EP ‘Twenty Twenty‘ from Wisconsin grunge rockers Autumn Reverie, is that tremendous thump at your perspective, that lets you into their galvanizing world of high octane music. They tear through the boundaries with a release that shakes the hinges off the doors and lets you know that real music with meaning is still out there.

Stream this epic release on Spotify and see more on their IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

We want what we shouldn’t: Tay Drummond speaks the truth on the excellent breakup RnB single ‘Toxic’

Tay Drummond sings with such honesty on the breakup anthem for our minds to think deeply about on ‘Toxic‘.

Formally from Wisconsin, Tay Drummond is a Florida-based RnB/Soul singer-songwriter that is making big moves. He has recently learnt that lots of patience is needed to truly succeed at anything you set your mind to in life. Talent is great to have but without patience, you won’t really reach your goals.

He sings of a story that so many of us can relate to. You are with the wrong person and only now do you realize this. You thought they were all yours but you now know that the time to end things is now as they are so toxic for your soul. The trust is gone and the core is now broken.

With a passionate vocal performance, he sings about needing to take a long break from someone that you once loved. The beat is heavy but never overbearing and this is the type of song that makes an impression with fans all over the world. With more music like this, it shouldn’t be too long until a label snaps him up, as the quality is so easy to hear.

Sometimes we want what we shouldn’t have and we try and keep the light alive but the wind keeps on blowing it out. The time to start fresh is here and ‘Toxic‘ from West Palm Beach, Florida RnB singer-songwriter Tay Drummond is a trip our heart needed to move on.

Working out what your soul needs takes time and a lot of patience that seems out of reach, until you find it inside yourself.

Hear this top song on his Soundcloud, follow on Spotify and see his journey on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Wisconsin Punk band Interlay rock it like its hot on the new banger called ‘Rot’

Wisconsin Punk band Interlay rock it like its hot on the new banger called ‘Rot‘ and this is an energetic single to boost your mood in 2020.

Madison, Wisconsin-based outfit Interlay who were previously known to the locals as Wash, make things much better with a roaring effort that is shoegazey and so fresh. These bass-lines are so rugged they should be illegal, the vocals are sung with tha rare passion, the rest of the band are on top form here. They remind me a bit of South African band Julia Robert but with an extra edge and this is such a great listen. Music perfect for that small, dusty and sweat bar that everyone complains about when sober but loves after one of two beverages.

This is about the rot in the world, you are not impressed at all and wish that things were better. You know that the world is capable of so much more and music is the only thing keeping you going,

Interlay, the exciting band from Wisconsin in the US, storm in with a fine track. ‘Rot‘ is the first single from the album and for this, there is no surprise. This is a rocking track that punk fans will love forever.

Click here for the Spotify page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Wisconsin musician Evan Lane drop spectacular ‘Gravity of You’

Evan Lane is a proudly Milwaukee-based music teacher, former barista and artist who is back with the new single called ‘Gravity of You‘, this is a terrific track with flavor.

This multi-talented vocalist, violist, pop pianist and musician is quite soothing on the latest single as we are treated to a song that captures your attention right away. Taken off full 7 track album ‘Etude‘, this is a full time music lover who has so much passion for music. The love on this song is so clear to see and this indie pop journey builds up during the track.

You are drawn so much to your crush, they give you peace within when you think of them. You are drawn to them so much and want things to be happy and love-filled, not alone like 2020.

Gravity of You‘ from Evan Lane is an ode to that classic music. This is authentic and takes you to a different place. You feel peaceful and free, enjoying the feeling inside of this indie special.

Click here for the Spotify link.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen