‘Matterbloomlight’ a Haunting Track that Conjures Spirits 

By JOHN DALY “Matterbloomlight” by Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz is an ode to the George Saunders novel Lincoln In The Bardo. That being said, it’s an original approach to bring up discussion and here the writers interpret Lincoln in The Bardo. Lincoln has lost his son and reports of his spirit cradling the boy have been published over the years. The Saunders story was … Continue reading ‘Matterbloomlight’ a Haunting Track that Conjures Spirits 

Monique Angele and her Angelic Voice Sing of Longing in ‘Hold On’

By DOTTIE PARIS When Monique Angele sings, the world listens. The emerging Canadian singer-songwriter lives in Melbourne, Australia now, but her music is inspired by her childhood and her dreams of the future.  She has released a new video for the song ‘Hold On,’ a single on her latest album, Alive. Watch the video for “Hold On” here:   Monique Angele’s Latest Album, ‘Alive’ Monique’s … Continue reading Monique Angele and her Angelic Voice Sing of Longing in ‘Hold On’

Maz Karandish Presents Intricate ‘Liquid Lotus’ Album to the World

By JOHN DALY On the first album from Maz Karandish, there are a lot of influences from different parts of the world.  There are nine songs on the record, each of which is related to a particular Indian Raga. Once the listener is engaged it’s apparent there are differing voice textures that sound as if they’re from India, and in fact these are from the … Continue reading Maz Karandish Presents Intricate ‘Liquid Lotus’ Album to the World

Review: Gideon King and City Blog Release ‘Upscale Madhouse’

By JOHN DALY Gideon King and City Blog release Upscale Madhouse, a cool jazzy-funk style record with a variety of great musicians all taking part. It’s a collaborative work that takes jazz one step forward and gives everyone something different to listen to.   Gideon King and Colleagues Collaborate for Great Music New York-based jazz and pop group released their first single “Fake It On … Continue reading Review: Gideon King and City Blog Release ‘Upscale Madhouse’

Night Tongue Draws The Darkness Close to the Heart with ‘Achelous + Melpomene’

By JOHN DALY Night Tongue is one of those darkwave bands that makes you feel like you are either at a gothic dagger fest or in church.  The duo has a wide-ranging synth fuzz sound on the album Achelous + Melpomeme and it’s impressive. The Australian post-punk twosome is making the rounds in Los Angeles and carries with them their experiences from down under. There’s the … Continue reading Night Tongue Draws The Darkness Close to the Heart with ‘Achelous + Melpomene’

‘End of Time’ a Blend of Avant-Garde Metal with Spoken Word

By JOHN DALY The new album, End of Time by Samuel Fishman is a creative work that summons up all the styles from avant-garde to rock with interesting results. The album is treasure trove of sound, with spoken word a la British accent, Russian-sounding violin, and — of all things — metal songs. It’s the kind of album you can put on when you’re feeling … Continue reading ‘End of Time’ a Blend of Avant-Garde Metal with Spoken Word

With Debut EP, Crushwater Proves a Gentle But Strong Music Power

By DOTTIE PARIS Crushwater moves the emotional landscape one drop at a time. Unlike its powerful name, the Crushwater band takes a smoothing approach to music, shaping stories with waterfalls of great melodies and symbolic lyrics. The band’s EP Cactus Storm is an impressive bow. A cross between Vance Joy and James Taylor with extra added classical violin, the band has an appealing EP that … Continue reading With Debut EP, Crushwater Proves a Gentle But Strong Music Power

Alien Country Blends Punk and Country on ‘Like My Life Depends on It’

By JOHN DALY The album “Like My Life Depends on It” is a strange one that works extremely well. The music is the creation of one person, Liam Marcus Torres, known as Alien Country And guess what? Alien Country is exactly what this music sounds like: Jazzy punk alien and Country music. Picture Martians having a ho-down, if you can. In addition to a great … Continue reading Alien Country Blends Punk and Country on ‘Like My Life Depends on It’

Kicklighter Brings Upbeat Sound with ‘Paper Planes Vol. 1’

By JOHN DALY He has created a song called “Howard Jones,” and it’s an appropriate name for the musician Kicklighter, who actually sounds a little like Jones. The music off Kicklighter’s new album, Paper Planes Vol. 1 is that Howard Jones style: Upbeat, bouncy and full of life. There is a range of tracks and song styles, including favorites “Bittersweet,” “Do It Again” and “They … Continue reading Kicklighter Brings Upbeat Sound with ‘Paper Planes Vol. 1’

A Backpacking Trip and a Ukelele Yield ‘Romantic Stories’

By DOTTIE PARIS Marty Thompson’s new album Romantic Stories started out with a little pink ukelele for his daughter on a European backpack trip. He never expected he would be writing an album on that ukelele, but after hearing the results maybe more people should try it too. The songs are not ukelele simple, there was obviously plenty of arranging done after the 2015 trip … Continue reading A Backpacking Trip and a Ukelele Yield ‘Romantic Stories’