New Jazz Album from Frances Madden Assures Us a Beautiful World


Australian Jazz Singer

Frances Madden – ‘Beautiful World’

New Jazz Album from Frances Madden Assures Us a Beautiful World

Frances Madden is an Australian jazz vocalist who’s built her audience from live shows as well as releases and will continue to do so if ‘Beautiful World’ is anything to go by.

With eight of the 10 tracks produced by ARIA award winner and music director of other great Australian artists such as John Farnham and Olivia Newton John, Chong Lim, this album is yet another refreshing album that can change any low mood into putting a spring in your step, even in these times of isolation.

This album contains a variety of jazz assorted tracks from the up-tempo titled track ‘Beautiful World’ which paints some beautiful pictures upon listening to the lyrics, I could very easily hear this placed in movies such as La La Land.

‘Side By Side’, Frances shows off her well controlled vocal as she cruises with ease, much like flowing melted chocolate, indicating her enchanting vocal ability isn’t limited; Frances could sing any genre.

The production is spacious and bright, allowing you to hear every beautiful instrument and BV’s. And how about that piano in ‘The Tango Never Lies’!

Frances’s jazz rendition of ‘I Go to Rio’, originally made famous by none other than our other Aussie crooner, Peter Allan, is a swinging ditty that would make Mr Allan proud.

A purely magical album that will have you feeling on top of this beautiful world, even in these trying times.

This album will have you to believe that we will, once again, have a beautiful world.

 

Tracey giving 10 Beautiful Worlds

🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎

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New Jazz Album from Frances Madden Assures Us a Beautiful World

Flashfires Sprinkle Some Moonshine with Champagne from Mars


Indie Band

Flashfires – ‘Champagne from Mars’

Flashfires Sprinkle Some Moonshine with Champagne from Mars

Flashfires are the four-piece band from London, who’s turning heads, and it’s easy to hear why.

Their latest single, ‘Champagne from Mars’ has instant appeal as soon as you hit play.

An easy-going understated production that’s somewhat familiar in melody and sound which makes it the kind of track I found myself wanting to hear again. Not bad for me I say.

 

Upon my first listen, I couldn’t help but draw a comparison to a mix mash of The Beatles on Broadway performing songs from a Chorus Line. Rather a strange concept I know, but this only left me thinking how clever these boys really are.

 

As the song approaches the chorus and those guitars begin-a-strumming…oh, those guitars….did you hear me say, those guitars; Sweetly produced without over-riding the vocal, is the clean lead guitar echoed all the way from Mars.

 

The skilful vocals of Alexander Gonzato breezes throughout the song, no sweat, making me feel like a glass of champagne, and I don’t really care if it came from Mars, because this track makes me feel mighty fine just as it is, right here on earth.

 

The melody shows creative flair for their song writing, as it simply allows the bubbles to keep flowing nicely. Flashfires seemed to have mastered the art of a delicate balance between self-restraint and a grungy swagger sprinkled with moonshine throughout ‘Champagne from Mars’.

 

Pour me 9 glasses of Champagne from Mars please.

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Flashfires Sprinkle Some Moonshine with Champagne from Mars

Alternative Pop Artist Alto Key is Not Colourless


Alternative Pop

Alto Key – ‘Colourless’

 

‘Colourless’ is the latest single from London alternative-pop artist Alto Key; and is Nice; really nice.

The vocals of Alto Key were the first to grab my attention. A voice that’s contrasting packed with raw emotion and well performed.

 

One aspect of a great vocal is the ability to tell the story, to allow the lyrics to sing within itself. Alto Keys vocal empowers a prominent performance. Alto Key’s performance is very clear, enabling you to hear every word integrated with a sense of urgency which is highlighted by use of his vibrato.

 

The message is one in which many struggle with in life as they attempt to find themselves, with lyrics communicating to those around to accept you as the person you are and not trying to change or modify that person.

 

‘Colourless’ is, on the contrary, chock-full of colour as the highs and lows of cinematic quality Strings sour throughout choruses, flying through and around, creating the feeling of freedom. A rather clever integration suiting the context of the track.

Like I said, Nice!

 

Tracey gives 4.5 out of 5 stars.

4.5 Star Rating

 

WEBSITE: https://altokey.com/

Alternative Pop Artist Alto Key is Not Colourless

Get Me Home with Foxy Mammals With A Nice Slow Chugg Of Simple Guitar


The Sound Of Amongst Liars Are a Loud and Fierce Powerhouse

Rock Band 

Foxy Mammals – Get Me Home

A nice slow chugg of a simple guitar riff? Groovy Baby!

On the 20th, Feb 2020 (nice), The debut single/video ‘Get Me Home’ was released on YouTube via the project known as ‘Foxy Mammals’.

This sonic creature is made up of a collective of musicians from The UK, France & Spain that give you some good Rock flavour.

Two members formed the initial concept back in 2018 & we now have a unique hive mind of five.

The video for ‘Get Me Home’ is done in a sweet arty black & white feature that helps to drive home the opening riffage that slithers into your ears.

A track on the slower side without forgiving a solid groove rock soundscape that hooks you straight in.

Vocalist, Nathalie delivers a solid soulful performance that blends perfectly with the gritty backbone of Saulo, Nikk, Juanma & Andy.

Another global layer is this track was also mixed & mastered in the US by Nick Page who has engineered for B.B.King.

I’ll Say that again…Ahem…

Grammy Nominated Engineer Nick Page who has worked with ‘B.B.(OMG) King’ mixed Foxy Mammals!

Okay, for the kids out there he’s also worked with Dave Grohl & a bunch more so basically the best mix possible has been provided here.

They will also be touring in 2020 so I’ll be keen to check out some Live gig capture as I’m sure they would put on a crisp performance.

Easily gonna give ‘Get Me Home’ 9.5 Globe emojis out of 10!

🌎 🌎 🌎 🌎 🌎 🌎 🌎 🌎 🌎 🌓

Struthy
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Sprinkle Some Italian On Your Heavy Metal


Heavy Metal Band

Scala Mercalli – ‘Never Surrender’

Sprinkle Some Italian On Your Heavy Metal

Sprinkle some Italian on your Heavy Metal!

!‘Scala Mercalli’ formed back in 1992 & have since pumped out a bunch of EPs/albums.

The five-piece from Italy’s latest 2019 album ‘Independence’ had a video release for their single ‘Never Surrender’ Feb 9th, 2020 & this was my first time listening to their sound.

A well mixed drum solo starts the track off & it lays a solid sonic road map for what’s to come.

We are treated to Thrash Metal vibes to adrenalise in no time & then a high pitched squeal introduces ‘Christian Bartolacci’!

Channeling Robert Plant with ease, the band (including two new guitarists) stomps on with a galloping wall of rhythm.

There’s no break-down or half-time coming here, Just a ping-filled guitar solo & more energy fuelled metal to fill your cup.

Their personal mention of being inspired by ‘Iron Maiden’ shone through but they are rocking their own on the Speed Metal circuit easily.

 

Nice mix of old & new school. 

8 Ribollitas out of 10.

 

Struthy’s Ribollitas 

Ranking System

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Sprinkle Some Italian On Your Heavy Metal

Another Dream, Dark and Impressive Song from Serenade The Stars


Indie Rock Pop Band

SeRENADE THE STARS – ‘DREAM’

 

Serenade The Stars is one band in which I have had the pleasure to follow and watch, and more importantly listen to and enjoy listening to the entirety of their music.

 

Quite often when sifting through music, there’s little time to listen to the entirety of a song, and recognising a good ‘thing’, a good or great artist, after 30 secs to a minute in.

This is not the case with Serenade the Stars.

 

The 5-piece indie pop rock band embrace change and seem to enjoy it while experimenting with their music, which has led to impressive stand-alone tracks.

 

Their latest song, ‘Dream’, is one that lifts you up as the chorus explodes into an impressive melody, souring through the stars. The production is smooth and grand as it begins with guitar picking and minor instrumentation, lifting into the chorus with well blended BV’s, sustained by a pad of electronic undertones before the wild and free guitar solo shows its stuff in the bridge.

 

Matthew Harman’s voice is outstanding as his vocals are seamless as he takes this song to another level. That said, the song itself, written by the band, is yet another killer.

 

As the lyrics resonate so close, to many; I would imagine. The opening verse ‘I wake up to the voice inside of me, and I’m calling out and I can’t even breathe. The coffee cup is tainted, I poured it in so gently wishing that the day would fade away.”

 

Dark and Mysterious are just a few words describing ‘Dream’, yet relatable to those who have loved and lost, yearning for things to be different; to be good again.

It has a sense of being lost within your own soul; perhaps struggling as life continues to move and shift in way’s no-one can prepare you for.

 

‘Dream’ is a surprise track from ‘Serenade The Stars’ following their impeccable ‘Reflections’ single which was released in December. You can read the review and hear Reflections here. REFLECTIONS – Serenade The Stars

 

Tracey gives 4.5 out of 5 stars.

4.5 Star Rating

 

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Another Dream, Dark and Impressive Song from Serenade The Stars

Chief State Could Easily Be Opening Up For Larger Bands


Punk Rock Indie Band

Chief State – ‘Tough Love’

Good Ol’ Fashion Bona Fide Music From Dallas Cosmas

So it’s February 2020 & I have to say Pop-Punk has been off my radar for a while.

Had the pleasure to be re-introduced via some new blood ( they formed in 2016 ) who hail from Vancouver, British Columbia.

‘Chief State’ is a five piece of young lads who have an album being released late March through ‘Mutant League Records’.

Their new collection of songs has been titled ‘Tough Love’ & just a few days ago their new single (Reprise) debuted its video.

The track opens with high energy riffage & It’s matched with the angst-coated scream of,

“I’ll Tread Light Where You Lay, I Should Be Pushing You Away”

Ah now you see, that’s what I’ve been missing!

Catchy guitar licks follow to lead into an anthemic chorus, perfect for a bunch of punters to chant along to
while the clacking of skateboards is heard in the distance.

‘Chief State’ have stuck to the structure that has made this genre popular & it must be hard to bring something fresh to the plate.

Frontman Fraser Simpson’s lyrical content is written from personal experience & ‘Reprise’ has depth I hadn’t personally felt from punk in a long time.

These guys could easily be opening for larger acts & dare I say, leave some of the dinosaur bands thinking they need to step up their game.

Looking forward to the new album release but for the single I’m giving 8.5 Maple Leaves out of 10

 

Struthy’s 8.5 Maples Leaves

Music Rating Music Review

 

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Good Ol’ Fashion Bona Fide Music From Dallas Cosmas

Good Ol’ Fashion Bona Fide Music From Dallas Cosmas


Australian Indie Artist

Dallas Cosmas – ‘Hand In Hand’

Good Ol’ Fashion Bona Fide Music From Dallas Cosmas

If you are a lover of the independent music that screams the warmth and celebration of woodstock, and the good ol’ fashion use of genuine music comprising bona fide instruments, then I suggest you take a listen to the work from Dallas Cosmas.

 

Dallas Cosmas is one of the Melbournian artists where there must be something grand in their water-ways oozing music talent organisms or something of that nature.

He is certainly no new-comer, having been the man behind many productions and musical endeavours for over three decades.

His latest release, ‘Hand in Hand’ from the album ‘Alpha Betta Gamma’ remains in line with the melancholy experience whilst rising above with commemorating melodies.

What may be a new auditory experience for millennials and Gen Z, Cosmas sits firmly in the credible era of music with the likes of Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix and Ike & Tina to name a few. (google those Gen Z and listen well)

Lavish gospel backing vocals are a stand out in ‘Hand In Hand’ in association with authentic drumming and guitar.

The rejuvenating music video shows the coherence feeling of ease as with many, in a time and world before when the widespread populace enjoyed viewing the going-on’s within the studio and recording process as a simple music video that still remains engaging and entertaining to watch.

 

Tracey gives 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

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Uncomplicated Pop Infused Folk is Poetic ‘Bliss’ from Amie K


Indie Folk Artist

Amie K

‘BLISS’

Uncomplicated Pop Infused Folk is Poetic ‘Bliss’ from Amie K

Upcoming indie artist Amie K hails from Liverpool UK and has just released her latest single ‘Bliss’ which is the first single from her forthcoming album.

Amie’s talent as a storyteller through her music is uncomplicated and refreshing, and while I’m not too sure about her age, her stories are poetic and quite mature.

‘Bliss’ is no exception with captivating melodic verses along with enchanting lyrics of self-reflection and the realisation that her existence is exactly where she is meant to be.

There’s an encouraging message as the chorus breaks open lyrically with an expanse and feeling of freedom. Amie reveals she is happy and capable of turning anything around.

Musically the production is infused with pop elements of percussive loops and rich harmonies.

What I do find gratifying, is the optimism from young artists such as Amie, writing and recording folk style music that is not lyrically or does not sound like so much of the majority of commercial music. This is a never-ending commodity as it keeps the music interesting as an artist grows revolving, exploring and allowing the music to resonate as it’s sung and performed from the heart.

After all, isn’t that what music is about?

To give people hope, striking a chord (excuse the pun) and taking the listener on a journey?  

 

Tracey gives 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

Website: https://amiekmusic.weebly.com/

Uncomplicated Pop Infused Folk is Poetic ‘Bliss’ from Amie K

Streetlight From Owen Daniel Creates A Magical Journey


Indie Artist

Owen Daniel

‘Streetlight’

 

Streetlight’ is the latest release from Belfast Singer/Songwriter Owen Daniel. It follows up his 2 previous releases “Free as a Bird” and “Drowning” with a new feel of reminiscence and memories.

 

The intro of this track is as simple as one chord from an electronic synth pad, demonstrating the simplicity of the song in many forms and all thats needed as the voice of Owen Daniel jumps in almost immediately, beginning to sing the story of his childhood.

 

Reminiscing on the freedom of the days from his childhood under the streetlight for 12 years, you can feel the reflection through a magical production of space and simplicity allowing his vocal and lyrics remain at the forefront which enables the listener to feel and relate to how times change as we grow older and grow apart.

 

‘Streetlight’ clearly shows the intention of what Owen is trying to achieve by not only allowing his story to be heard, but the feelings associated with such a time in his life with beautiful soaring vocals taking the listener on the journey with him.

 

A rather sad feeling that encapsulates the good times missed, along with tough times incorporated with the wish, of perhaps time standing still or to revisit a time in all our lives when we grew up with friends sharing everything, to then grow apart through our search for life, who we are, and where we’re going.

 

‘Streetlight’ is one of those songs which is relatable to everyone and to be able to integrate so many feelings into one song, should tell you just how talented Owen really is; not only as a singer, but as a songwriter.

This is no easy feat to bring what ‘Streetlight’ does, and I welcome you to play this track and dare you NOT to try and think of the good ol’ days.

 

Musically, as mentioned, Owen’s voice is superb. It’s free yet emotional and intense all at the same time, carrying you in another world for about 3 mins.

What a range too!! The use of falsetto, various tones and a chorus that’s emotionally charged, glorious backing vocals throughout while ending with the last few lines where we hear this super talent take it just a notch further by singing a few bass notes ending in falsetto an octave above and beyond without any effort.

 

Simply superb!  Hit Material!

Streetlight’ available 9th February Available for Pre-Save

https://linktr.ee/owendanielmusic

Tracey gives 5 out of 5 stars.

5 Stars

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Streetlight From Owen Daniel Creates A Magical Journey

 

Senivoda delivers clear message Not to Mess With Mother EArth!


Indie Band

Senivoda

 

Australian band Senivoda delivers clear earthy messages throughout their Debut album, ‘Dream & Water’ with rhythmic beats throughout the entirety of the Album.

Influences from psychedelic music of the 70’s, jazz, world music, folk and ancient songs of the indigenous people from Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

 

The fusion of sounds is quite unique with tribal beats with didgeridoos blending alongside jazz influenced sax solo’s, making this album highly engaging and meaningful.

 

As soon as the first track plays, ‘Mama’ brings a picture of the earth as your feet meets the ground while the lyrics clearly state, ‘The mother under your feet’, bringing the importance of our lands in this time of our lives to the forefront.

 

Perhaps it’s during times like these as Australia encounters its worst bushfires in history, the lyrics protrude and permeates clearly, allowing greater awareness not to mess with mother nature! This is the album to do just that.

 

My favourite track would have to be ‘Revolution Song Part B’ as I admit, I am an avid Jazz lover. ‘Revolution Song Part B’ reminds me of the great jazz R&B band, The Brand New Heavies as it’s fast rhythmical energy explodes with a zest for life.

 

Overall a strong spiritual album which world music lovers will appreciate.

 

Tracey gives 4.5 out of 5 stars.

4.5 Star Rating

 

WEBSITE: https://www.senivoda.com/

 

Senivoda Delivers Clear Message Not to Mess With Mother Earth!

 

Carley Varley Debut EP Real and Honest Music Filled With Ear worms 


Indie Artist

Carley Varley

 

Carley Varley hails from the UK and released her self titled debut EP of what I like to call real and honest music.

 

Out of the three tracks, ‘Won’t Say Sorry’, ‘Honest Conflict’ and ‘Found’, It was rather difficult to choose a favourite.

 

Each track contains different and appealing qualities from each other.

‘Found’ showcases Carley’s chilled vocals and strumming of acoustic guitar before the harmonies are introduced, lifting the song onto another level. I did find throughout the entirety of the track how it builds ever so gently into something of a beautiful soft rock ballad that flows effortlessly and with grace.

 

On the other side, ‘Won’t Say Sorry’ has a very different feel compromising of an energetic drum groove which explodes into an impressive catchy chorus which charges strong and simple ear worms throughout. Won’t Say Sorry has a familiar sound and melody which isn’t a bad thing at all.

The only downside of Won’t Say Sorry is that it finishes way too soon. Won’t Say Sorry spells BOOM to me.

 

Overall the EP is really very good with fusions of various sounds incorporating a dance rock feel.

It’s rather appealing and refreshing to hear a singer sing without over singing and allowing the quality of the songs shine through which only screams good solid song writing skills and abilities.

 

High quality EP packed with ear worms and pretty caterpillars!

 

Tracey gives 4.5 out of 5 stars.

4.5 Star Rating

 

 

WEBSITE: https://carleyvarley.com/

 

Carley Varley Debut EP Real and Honest Music Filled With Ear worms

 

Serenade The Stars Help To Prevent Suicide in Young People this Christmas


Music Video Review

Serenade The stars

“Reflections”

Ft. Morrell, Kwakz, Kong Gonzalez

Whenever a track comes in my inbox that has something to do with preventing suicide; I LISTEN.

Especially this time of year, when so many are celebrating a supposedly joyful time of year, so many more are in the darkest place as Christmas time seems to magnify the loneliness and seclusion.

I know, from personal family experience how important it is to have a song that resonates with someone who is at the bottom of the pit. When a track is played and the words are heard, it not only gives someone hope, but it also makes them think; perhaps and hopefully delaying the feeling of wanting to end their world.

Serenade the Stars have just Released Reflections in aid of Papyrus (Prevention of Suicide in young people.) The track is a rock/indie/rap track and was written by guitarist Damian Carruthers who has direct experience with suicide after losing his best friend to suicide years ago.

The lyrics in Reflections are poignant and real. As the song opens from the chorus: “There’s A Light, that shines for you and I, reflections from a mirror, shattered by our broken lives, and all the little pieces, are locked away inside of me, and as I bring them back, they still cut me from inside”.

This is followed by the verses giving a glimmer of hope as rappers, ‘Morrell’, Kwakz and Kong Gonzalez speaks of hope and fear fading with vocals/rap clear and strong which then leads back into very strong and powerful choruses that’s also musically uplifting, resembling the feeling of hope as it builds and explodes into a powerful song.

The way in which Reflections is produced, sung and rapped, is very close to perfect for such an important topic. It is heartfelt and well written and needs to be heard.

The music video states statistics of suicide in young people in the UK in 2018 and cleverly shows young people walking with signs around their necks in common places for all to see. I found this rather upsetting to see the reaction of the general public and their lack of responses. Clearly, judging by the general reaction, there is still a fear and stigma related to suicide. While some might find this confronting; all anyone needs, is somebody to hear them, reach out to, be with and talk to. A person to take notice and ask how they are. I do wonder about the filming of this video and if this was filmed among everyday people or extra actors.

Did anyone take it upon themselves to make an effort in approaching one of the young people with a sign stating, “I’m going to end my life”.

If a track like this, can gain some attention and prevent the suicide of just one person; then it’s worth it.

Spread the word this Christmas of hope and let our young people know they are not alone.

Tracey gives 5 out of 5 stars.

5 Stars

UK

PAPYRUS https://papyrus-uk.org/  HOPELINEUK: 0800 068 41 41

AUSTRALIA

HEADSPACE  https://headspace.org.au/ Call 1800 650 890

KIDS HELP LINE https://www.kidshelp.com.au/ Call 1800 55 1800

BEYOND BLUE https://www.beyondblue.org.au/ Call 1300 22 4636

LIFELINE Australia https://www.lifeline.org.au/  Call 13 11 44

LIFELINE New Zealand http://www.lifeline.org.nz/ Call 0800 543 354

SUICIDE CALL BACK SERVICE https://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au/ 

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Serenade The Stars Help To Prevent Suicide in Young People this Christmas

Serenade The Stars Help To Prevent Suicide in Young People this Christmas

Livietta Debut EP, Simple, Gracious, shrouded in darkness and sadness


Indie Artist

Livietta

“Eponymous ep”

Quite often I hear music coming in that has similar sounds and production, yet the strength of the song and vocals may be what takes it over the line. It’s when I receive music from artists who are not afraid to experiment with all of the above, my ears prick up with excitement.

 

Sure, perhaps nothing is completely original, but after hearing experimental singer-songwriter, Livietta Eponymous debut EP, she clearly isn’t concerned about perfection; but perhaps that’s what makes her music resonates deep within us; because in reality, we are all not perfect.

 

Liviettas vocals are deep and relaxed as they resonate beautifully in her lower register focusing on the narrative of each song allowing the lyrics to gleam as she prises the story of each track to become noticed and heard. Each and every track on Eponymous has its own personality and character, from the first track, ‘Amateur’ with the distorted sounds and vocal throughout, while the second track, ‘Ode ao Tempo’, sung in Portuguese accompanied by horns and trumpets, piano and strings taking the stage, incorporated with some interesting sound effects.

 

The third track, ‘Paper and Scissors’ enters with a simple and flowing peaceful piano line followed by Liviettas gorgeous vocals subtly showing what she is capable of as the track ignites from piano and cello into some very interesting beats imploding into another level.

 

There are 5 tracks on the Eponymous EP with space, simplicity and grace all within darkness and sadness, creating a beautiful EP.

If you’re a fan of the likes of Nick Cave, Radiohead and Bjork, then you will love Eponymous.

It’s hard to choose a personal favourite, but I would have to say ‘Paper and Scissors’ is right up there.

A must listen if you want to expand your horizons.

Check in our our New Music releases on Music Talks on the 27th to hear.

Livetta’s Eponymous EP is OUT on 26th November on all major streaming platforms.

Livietta Debut EP, Simple, Gracious, Shrouded in Darkness and Sadness

Tracey gives 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

Livietta Debut EP, Simple, Gracious, Shrouded in Darkness and Sadness

Cool Pop-Rock New Single from Birds In The boneyard

Cool Pop-Rock New Single from Birds In The boneyard

Indie Pop-Rock Band

Birds in the Boneyard

“I Know You’re Right” single

The sixties are back! With this new single, the Birds in the Boneyard, a cool pop-rock trio from Queens, NY, are departing from their previous “I Still Believe” hit which was much more of a 90s flavored track.

If you’re longing for The Beatles, the Byrds or the kind of bubble gum pop rock typical of the early sixties this one will delight you, with its hooky chorus, jangly guitars and Mersey-inspired back beat. It’s a fun song, easy to remember and tap your feet to.

The production is on point, with just enough vocal harmonies to remind you of the Beach Boys and easy lyrics with just the right kind of teenage love fest. To note the fun cover which is also a reminder of simpler times, and the video that accompanies this fun single, which could have been an outtake for a Hard Day’s Night movie remake.

Verdict: 5/5 beards

5 Beards Rating

 

 

Cool Pop-Rock New Single from Birds In The boneyard

BIRDS IN THE BONEYARD 

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Feel At Home with Leaving Lennox New Single “Weren’t Looking For”

Single Cover

Leaving Lennox

“Weren’t Looking For“

Leaving Lennox has recently released their new single, ‘Weren’t Looking For’.

As soon as the play button was hit, it immediately made me feel at home, easy and free.

‘Weren’t Looking For’ is an easy-going mid tempo country pop/rock song that makes you feel like smiling with vocal harmonies blending beautifully from the Leaving Lennox Duo, Mick and Lauren.

Lauren’s lead vocal is simple and very well sung, just as it should be.

If there’s one thing that now turns me off with a vocal, it’s the apparent need many vocalists feel, to over sing. Lauren knows just how to place the right amount of expression and vibrato, blending some really lovely tones to her vocal, performing the song in the way it was intended.

The strumming of guitars and lead electric swarms through and around the track before it moves into its own solo with no need for screaming or showing off.

This is the true art of allowing the song to sing for itself with clever musicianship and production.

The only downer for me, was that it ended too quickly. A really nice song with sweetest cherries on top.

Verdict: 4/5 Hearts

Music Review 4 Hearts

Feel At Home with Leaving Lennox New Single “Weren’t Looking For”

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Give It All Up For the Funky Soulful Groovy Danny Toeman


Give It All Up For the Funky Soulful Groovy Danny Toeman

RnB Artist

Danny Toeman

“Give It All Up” (Mr Showtime)

Quickly, someone turn up the volume!! What a surprise blast this track is.  A funky groove that couldn’t get me to stay still in my chair; how could you not move with such a funky soulful track. Admittedly, this funky soul groove is where my heart lies, and with those vocals by Danny Toeman clearly shows he is a true professional. 

If you like funky soul bands such as Kool & The Gang or The Average White band, then you’re going to fall in love with the cool groove high energy soulful style of  ‘Give It All Up’ (Mr Showtime)

Danny Toeman is obviously a seasoned performer and artist with his own seven piece band that is as tight as……well let just say it’s pretty damn tight. Danny’s vocals ooze rugged emotion that sours with ease throughout, from the sexy spoken lower end of his range,  flying into a high falsetto as smooth as a well aged whisky. (not saying he is old)

The backing vocals can’t go without being unnoticed. The simple and remarkable BV’s are tight and clear while the production most certainly has a vintage and funky contemporary style. 

Give It All Up has a feel good vibe that is so unforgettable, you’ll be singing it for hours after as the chorus spins around between your ears! 

 Danny has an album and live shows on the horizon, and if he came to Australia, I’d be there in a flash. 

Seriously great music. Now go get those dancing shoes on.

I’m giving it all up for Danny with 5 stars!

Verdict: 5/5 Hearts

Music Review 5 Hearts

 

 

 

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Give It All Up For the Funky Soulful Groovy Danny Toeman

Såtilå The Indie Pop Artist You Need To Hear

Sätilä The Indie Pop Artist You Need To Hear


SätiläThe Indie Pop Artist You Need To Hear

Indie Electronic Artist

Sätilä

“Like You Do”

There’s good reason why some artists create so much buzz and attention and Sätilä is definately one of them. The Finnish born, London Based artist has so far garnered over a million streams with previous releases and I’m predicting a similar result with “Like You Do”. 

Sätilä’s vocals are smooth as silk and uncomplicated as “Like You Do” builds into a dimension that takes you from one world to another. What begins with a new age electronic feel with synth sounds  are overtaken by his flawless vocal. The transition from verse to chorus is effortless, smooth and somewhat metamorphosing; and that’s just the start. 

The drive from the bass and synth lines keeps the track moving and explodes when the second verse kicks in, creating a groove that pulsates you into the simple and catchy chorus the spells H.I.T. to me. 

What I like about the style of “Like You Do”, is it’s fusion of electronic pop synths and beats combined with Sätilä‘s velvet vocals and a chorus that sticks. 

Just when you think you know where the song is going, the threshold rises into a bridge that pulls back without over reacting whilst still using the build of beats cleverly back in the mix before it’s completion of the last exploding chorus with the ear worms well and truly apparent.

If you haven’t guessed already, I really like like this and given “Like You Do” a well deserved 5 hearts! 

Verdict: 5/5 Hearts

Music Review 5 Hearts

 

 

Såtilå The Indie Pop Artist You Need To Hear

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Sätilä The Indie Pop Artist You Need To Hear

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Dandelion Charm Do It Again With New Album


Dandelion Charm Do It Again With New Album

Indie Artist Album Cover

Dandelion Charm

“Maybe Dreamers” Album

They did it again! John and Clare have perfected their sound in this new album which is both more adventurous and diverse yet still showcases the Dandelion Charm strengths at beautiful vocal harmonies, stunning arrangement and the trademark 12-string driven backbone to all their songs (they call the guitar “Olah” and it really seem that it’s the third indispensable component of their inimitable sound).

From the short intro of “The Cult of More” to the last fading out notes of “Flicker”, the listener is treated with a variety of genres, ranging from folk to classic rock to prog, even a hint of jazz, sometimes in the same tune. Perhaps their music doesn’t have the immediacy of hit songs in our era of 2 minutes digestible bits of dumbed-down-for-streaming tunes, but it has a depth that will reward extended listen, and make no mistake, you will want to listen again!

The collection clearly shows the breadth of talent of this dynamic duo, in songwriting, arrangement and production, which has been taken one notch higher with this awesome new album. With a solid theme that binds the message here, centered around an exploration of collective and individual relationships with new media, and the pursuit of fulfilment through consumption, the songs touch mature subjects and do it in style! This is music for the adults’ listeners still around, and we should be thankful for it.

Hard for me to pick a favorite song in this album, because they all have something to like, but I really love the title track for its epic breadth, delightful twists and turns and its harmonic depth. Still, I truly believe the best way to consume the album is by listening from beginning to end, the way great albums should be listened… then hit “play” again!

Verdict: 5/5 beards

5 Beards Rating

 

 

Get the song and album on Bandcamp:  

https://dandelioncharm.bandcamp.com/album/maybe-dreamers

Dandelion Charm Do It Again With New Album

Indie Rock Band Lazybones “Trash Talk” Full Of Gusto and Energy

Australian Indie Band

Lazybones

“Trash Talk”

The latest track from Brighton-based alt-rock trio Lazybones, is one hell of a fun listen. “Trash Talk”, due for release on October 9th through SaySomething Records, is unabashed, trashy rock and roll that is about  “That moment when you know you’re about to say something you’ll regret, when you’re right on the edge and you just can’t stop it.”

 

Like a poppy version of Australia’s Cosmic Psychos, Lazybones waste no time in getting into the track – not a second of the three minutes is wasted. Over the top of this lean song driven by a driving, distorted bass and pounding drums, vocalist Candi Underwood delivers her lyrics with such urgency it seems her life might just depend on it. (Again, I was reminded of another great Aussie band here – Dallas Frasca.)

 

“Trash Talk” is an excellent song, full of energy and gutsy, rock n roll bravado. I would highly recommend checking it out and (if you live in the UK) getting along to one of their live shows. I am sure that, just like this track, their performances would one hell of a fun ride.

 

Simon says 4.5 out of 5 stars.

4.5 Star Rating