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Saint Germain delivers kaleidoscopic quiescence in his reflective ambient alt-indie release, ONUS

The up and coming artist, Saint Germain, proved that he’s the Chris Isaak of this generation with his gently innovative latest release, ONUS. The 21-year-old self-taught artist has been working on his ambient sonic style since 2008. There are still hints of his influences’ style in the soundscapes. Yet, instead of becoming yet another Bon Iver or Frank Ocean assimilator, he’s carved his own intricately intimate path, and ONUS unfolds as an absorbing milestone in his career.

The colourfully trippy melodies paired with the Canadian’s quiescent vocals that sit between etherealism and warm soul ensure that even after the mellow-yet-haunting-all-the-same single comes to an accordant end, it will stay with you for long after.

ONUS was written at 3 AM during a spate of situational insomnia. You can practically hear the nodes of delirium in the meditative production that was crafted as a reflection to the feeling detachedly adrift. There are as many questions in the lyrics as there are answers – making it feel so much more human than your average release. There’s nothing more humbling than soul-deep confusion, which goes a fair way in explaining why, despite its soft layers, ONUS hits bruisingly hard.

You can check out the official lyric video to ONUS by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Chasing that rush: North Carolina Pop singer Natalie Carr knows the party needs to end on lyric video for ‘Blue Lights’

Her voice is so real and relevant. Natalie Carr shows us what life is like on the run while chasing those tempting tattoos for a little bit too long on ‘Blue Lights’.

You love that feeling of danger and partying wherever and whenever you want. You know deep down however that this needs to end otherwise you will be seeing those dreaded lights a bit too close and things will change forever. You keep yourself close to that partner for the night but also have a plan to get out if the going gets too dangerous.

“I’ve found my stride in being honest in my writing, for everyday people, like myself, to relate.”- Natalie Carr

Her music is refreshingly straight forward and she gets to the core of the story without too much fuss. This is all about having fun and enjoying each moment as life comes, you wish it wouldn’t stop. However, you know that it needs to end and you should move on to better things. So many of us find ourselves stuck in this maze of bright lights, the chase that is so hot to begin with and then it burns out like a used cigarette.

With an honest R&B/Pop style that sizzles the ears, she is the ultimate partner in crime. The late nights, going on fun adventures lasts for a while and these will be memories forever. However it only takes one slip up to have this moment crash down like a pack of cards into dust and doom, locked up for something so silly that shouldn’t have really happened.

Blue Lights’ from US Pop singer-songwriter Natalie Carr is a breath-taking track and the visuals only make this song a sultry view and listen for the lost hearts out there, frustrated with lock-down days. The temptation and urge to explore again is sometimes too much to pass up. Taking time to take a step back however, is the safer but less fun way to go.

See this exciting video here on her YouTube and find out more about Natalie on her IG and Facebook.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Creative beyond words: Shrt_Lyf drops the highly entertaining ‘Pretty Eyes and Blue Levi’s’

With a video that defies belief, the quality of the song matches the unique style with a Hip Hop song that is so fresh you will need extra ice to wrap on your face. The flowing locks only make him look like a real music star, Spanish artist Shrt_Lyf is absolutely remarkable on ‘Pretty Eyes and Blue Levi’s‘.

This is all about going for the wrong girl, only to realize too late. Way too late. A true message that so many of us have experienced in our lives. With a flow like no other, this is that rare kind of music that you can just smile at. You appreciate the creative juices that are squeezed into our ears like that delicious music that wets your lips just right.

Flamboyance personified, you are transported into a different state of mind while enjoying this Indie Rap track that features different genres in the video too. There is no telling what he is going to come up with next and the full Rock band outro at the end is a sign of things to come.

Shrt_Lyf shows off his growing legend on ‘Pretty Eyes and Blue Levi’s‘ and you will be blown away by what you see whether you like Hip Hop or not. This is the kind of musician that comes around once a lifetime.

Fill your day with this incredibly entertaining video on YouTube and find out more on Facebook.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

‘Sweet Dreams’ Re-imagined: Exciting duo Sonophonix put their own blend on a classic with supremely satisfying results

Sweet Dreams‘ Re-imagined: Exciting duo Sonophonix put their own blend on a classic with supremely satisfying results as they are two such talented musicians. Form is temporary and class is permanent- these two incredible artists have created something so stunning here for us in the fire of 2020 that cools the airs and helps with the global anxiety.

Cellist Xue was born in Beijing, China and is now New York based where she works with various indie acts. After learning the piano aged 4, she moved onto the cello when she was only 9 years old.

Deborah is the pianist here and is from Salem, Oregon but now based in New York City too. She also started playing piano when she was just 4 years old and you can feel the quality here.

This is a beautiful expression of music without words and the stunning soundscape is a blessing to our tired souls. The exciting duo are two inspiring women that use their skills to make such amazing music.

‘We combined electronic elements and a touch of vocals to compliment the piano and cello.’- Sonophonix

This is an underrated duo that deserve more love and Sonophonix have been careful to put their own spin on such a classic song. Sometimes covers can sound clunky or too similar to the original. Not on this occasion. I feel so relaxed after listening to this and you will too.

With years of practice on different instruments, you can feel that these two talented musicians are in their element here and the results are marvelous. The goal of creating an atmospheric sound palette has certainly been achieved.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Producer Luke Hunt brings us a beautiful new indie-electro dream with ‘Pastel Forest’

Luke Hunt brings us a beautiful new indie-electro dream with ‘Pastel Forest‘ and this is such a tidy tune for us to enjoy in 2020.

This is a fun 8 minute instrumental-only track with no vocals. We are instead brought inside what feels like a dream where everything is bright and vivid, we are transported into something so beautiful. With a catchy beat, this is the type of song that is a bit different and made with love.

Pastel Forest‘ from producer Luke Hunt puts you in a good mood, you feel like you are with friends and having a great time. The beat is vibrant and keeps you dancing almost the whole way through. This is the type of song to put on to open minded music friends, humans who appreciate something different and with energy. A real underrated effort here and a track to really enjoy and turn up all the way to max. This is a fun family friendly song that is perfect for playlists. A real great song here that will keep you entertained.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

‘Old Enough’ from Now Defunkt is an ode to the good times

Old Enough‘ from new act Now Defunkt is an ode to past as this is a fantastic new single release.

At the start of the current pandemic, 3 friends- Scott, Steve and James created a song with the expectation that they would simply release the track and then return back to normal life.

After the virus continued, the trio, with the help of their equally talented children and also some loyal friends- are releasing a full album titled ‘Skills Are Handy, Feel is Gold‘ under the name Now Defunkt. This is a good bunch of friends and family who are doing amazing things right now with their music. Sometimes music comes from strange times to help heal us.

Now Defunkt is a creative collective producing primordial sound-box of the soul shifts. With a summer sax vibe, there is lots of sexy people cruising on roller-blades here. This is the song that makes you remember good times, when you were free and not worrying about life.

What started as a simple song evolved into a whole new crew of music and this is one for memory lane. Now Defunkt are a fresh group and ‘Old Enough‘ is a track that needs to be slipped on while with friends. This is an indie summer jam that makes everything feel okay again.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Australian songstress Kristen Plati sings with self-awareness on the stunning new single ‘Stone’

Kristen Plati sings with self-awareness on the stunning new single ‘Stone‘ and this is quite the fantastic effort from the young singer.

Kristen Plati is a soothing singer-songwriter, model and actress originally from Perth in Australia. She is currently living in New York and enjoying her American adventure. This is a young lady who likes to push the boundaries and learn new things, challenging herself to be better each and every day.

Kristen was most recently seen in the BravoTV show “Your Husband Is Cheating On Us“. She is a busy artist and doing all she can to get her name out there to the world.

Stone‘ from Australian singer Kristen Plati is a lovely escape from the real world, you feel the strong vocals here, this is a woman who sings with passion and soul. This is a song to turn up really loud and enjoy with friends or when you feel like reflecting by yourself. The voice is majestic, the lyrics are real and gritty. This is a fine song.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Singer/dancer Giora is back with the expressive video for ‘Sorry’

Singer/dancer Giora is back with the expressive video for ‘Sorry‘ and this is a vibrant effort that shows us the skills of a talented performer, no matter what the genre.

You get rare talents like Giora sometimes and the world needs to notice. This is an underground artist with lots to offer the world. This artist glides through and shows pain in this new song. You feel paid from the last relationship and it hasn’t gone away

Singer/dancer Giora returns with the new single that calls out for forgiveness on ‘Sorry‘. This is a real piece of art, the dance has been choreographed to perfection to match up with the whole concept of the song. This is the kind of creative song that seems to have been inspired a bit by 2020, things that seemed like a open goal have turned into a foul. Such is the world right now. Luckily, we have this kind of music to listen to and watch. Good intentions.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Jonathan Levy sends us a beautiful gem with ‘Lover Boy’

Singer-songwriter Jonathan Levy sends us a beautiful indie-folk gem with his news single called ‘Lover Boy‘.

This is the 2nd single from Jonathan Levy and he is in fantastic form here. He is a Tel-Aviv-based artist who speaks quite candidly about love and the constant changes that take place in a relationship. These can be good and they can be bad too, such is life. With soft undertones that show care, this is the perfect tonic in a rough year.

“The song describes the complexity of the endless changes in a relationship, both mentally and physically, while the bottom line is that no matter what, love wins all.”

This is the kind of song to play on a mellow weekend morning. A reflective piece with lots of heart and soul, this is a song to make you think. Jonathan Levy is quite stunning on ‘Lover Boy‘ as he glides in with this fine piece of art. Love does always win and we must never forget that.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

UK emcee Denzino & Sifa bring the heat with ‘Red Pirates’

UK emcee Denzino & Sifa bring the heat with ‘Red Pirates‘, a fine Hip Hop release for late 2020.

The sweet piano start puts your mind in the mood, this feel elegant and classy. The sounds of a confident UK rapper is what we are introduced too. This is that fresh sound that has made sure that UK Hip Hop is massive right now globally. This is a hot track with that cruise jam moves that are awaiting for that dance floor.

This is all about doing your own things and avoiding the hype on the internet. You have other things on your mind and you are on a mission to push hard and make that money. Getting the bag is vital right now while also finding the right loyal people to assist you in life.

Red Pirates‘ is one of those Hip Hop songs that really grab you tightly, you are bouncing to the beat and this a top effort from Denzino & Sifa. 

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen