Severed Stars

Severed stars are a Spanish based rock act, hailing from Zaragoza, that comprise of members from the Uk, Spain and France. They write poetic lyrics with the intention to create their own brand of “Alternate Rock” The band themselves play a fusion of prog/ and Alt rock that convey some powerful and emotional music, which could delight any listener with their epic passages, heavy drums and highly energized guitars. They have been compared to bands like Tool, My Bloody Valentin and Helmet.

Severed Stars consists of:
Robin Blackmore: vocal, guitar and songwriter
Ramon Castillon: guitar
Remy Daragon: drums
Gary Rackham: bass and bv's

Severed Stars recently released debut EP “Stormcloud Songs “last March

http://severedstars.com/ This is account is beautifully designed to match the creative minds of the band themselves with a couple of videos for new fans, as well as a nicely organized photo gallery, which features a category of recording sessions, and another of live gigs. My only criticism would be there is no biography of the group for listeners to understand who they are.

https://www.facebook.com/SeveredStars/ This is another good site from Severed Stars with a lyric video as the band’s background profile pic. I feel this really encapsulates the band's aura, where you will find updates and review of their latest singles, as well as a more informative video section for new fans.

Barefoot Modern

Alternative rock act Barefoot Modern are four young college friends from Boone, California. Yet, this is only the beginning of the story of these talented musicians who came to be. Diminutive Lead singer Tegan Dean started entering talent shows at the age of 8 singing country songs in between soccer practice, her warm vocal range will surprise many, along the classically trained drummer Caleb LeJeune, guitarist/keyboardist Robert Beverly, and bassist Hunter Evans, who spent much of their adolescence learning the stand-up bass, piano, and guitar, respectively.

They started writing at 15-year-old , and soon formed their own garage-grunge band The Bliss Trip, gaining widespread media attention and opening for national acts such as Rainbow Kitten Surprise and Jonas Sees in Color. Caleb would sing vocals, while Tegan joined in on harmony. They soon swapped roles, and before long they formed Barefoot Modern as the four started college, the guys at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and Tegan at nearby Leas-McRae College. Barefoot Modern sing beautiful melodies entwined with a harmonious rhythm section that combine to create an enchanting collection of pop songs. The band recently released debut album “Younger Years”

https://www.facebook.com/barefootmodernband/ This is a nice site that truly shows the band’s bubbly personality. The reader is gripped instantly by the background picture of the band enjoying Christmas. The videos and pictures support this exterior image with a couple of cover tracks including Led Zeppelin’s whole lotta love, plus some nicely shot images of the band posing.

https://twitter.com/barefoot_modern This is another good site that formulates a personal touch..The band share quite a few bits of new from friends, as well as updates of their own. This gives me the feeling that they are inviting the listener into their lives.

 


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Leon Marshall

Leon Marshall is a singer/songwriter from Harrogate, England, influenced from musicians as diverse as Elvis, Ed Sheeran and Cypress Hill. He has performed at the famous Harrogate Blue Bar, as well as performed regular Open Mic circuits. In his spare time, he runs a successful Cleaning business with his partner, as well as card playing, whiskey drinking and smoking his favourite tobacco. Hs debut EP “feel the Rain” last June, which was accompanied by a lead single” Bad”.

Leon plays country tinged guitar music with a basic strumming patterns interloped with foot tapping rhythms

http://www.leonmarshall.co.uk/ This site features some good photos of Marshal enjoying the fine things in life, as well as some videos of the star playing covers. There is a nice about section that lists his accolades, as well as an option to book him for gigs.

https://www.facebook.com/leonmarshallmusic/ This site feels more personal with some photos of Leon’s rehearsal equipment, as well as performances at local venues, as well as posters of the singer’s latest gigs. There are no videos for fans to enjoy, though.

 

Horizon Arcs

Horizon Arcs is an American rock band, formed in 2014. The band began writing original music a year later. They are heavily influenced by acts such as Weezer, Foo Fighters and Sublime and soon started touring around the states in order to generate interest with appearances, including the Midwest alternative rock circuit including Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, Toledo, and Nashville. .

The band released their first single "Bad Radio" in 2016, and followed up in 2017 with the release of their full album "Anybody Listening". The band’s music is high energy Punk with intelligent lyrics, heavy guitars and an accessible sound for any music fan

http://horizonarcs.com/ An easy site to maneuver, This is a good webpage for any ardent fan with a link to their music, some lovely colourful pictures, and lyrics to read.

https://www.facebook.com/HorizonArcs This is a fun insight into the band behind the scenes. There are some great photos of the band enjoying themselves, as well as videos of the band that fees like a personal interaction with the fans

https://twitter.com/horizonarcs This is another great account for fans with regular updates plus opportunities to listen to their latest tracks (plus an TOSP mention).

 


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Justin Kleinhoffer, better known as J Klein, is a 28 year old Singer/songwriter/musician, has been performing as a solo artist since 2004 , also performing as a member of the the Chicago-based duo "Etna & The Mammoth", as well as a touring partner with EFFIC. Klein has established himself as a live performer, as well as an accomplished producer, engineer and session guitarist, vocalist, mandolin player and keyboardist

Klein is the winner of the 2015SSA songwriter of the year, as well as performing at countless music venue, clubs, coffee houses, bars, festivals and many more places.

Klein recently released his first full length debut album “ Path Thru the Low Tribe”, produced and mastered by L. Nix Mastering, part of the famous Ardent studios in Memphis, Tenn.

http://www.jkleinmusic.com/home.html This is site has been designed in a professional manner to really underline the pedigree of Klein with some well- shot images of Klein playing guitar. There is information about upcoming gigs, plus an informative bio. There are also videos of Klein performing plus lyrics from his new album

https://www.facebook.com/J-Klein-615835831810620/ This feels like it involves fans with festival updates, plus videos taken by Klein onstage. Klein also includes photos from his guitar collection, which feels like an intimate gig at home between the fans.

 

 

Written by Anselm Anderson - UK / Lancaster

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Sunday, 10 June 2018 00:00

Alone Together- EP Review

Alone Together are an Indie/ Pop band from East Los Angeles formed in 2015 by lead Vocalist/ Rhythm Guitarist Calista Del Toro and Backing Vocalist /Bassist Chloe Guzman at the age of 15, whom are joined by lead Guitarist Anthony Guerra and Drummer Jacob Guzman. They have built a reputation on strong performances and winning several Best of Band competitions. Last year, they released their debut self-titled debut EP, a vibrant buzz of dynamic rock and tunes that are as addictive as sugar candy. Alone Together express that type of female- fronted bands that made Paramore a success in the Mid 2000’s. They are a cohesive unit capable of writing effective pop songs and music based on basic progressions, which produces a frenetic and loveable sound.

Opener Out is impactful with its groove- oriented Pop. Calista’s vocals conveys all the emotion that is relatable about not giving up on your dreams. The slide guitar guides the listener like a compass directing the ear. A catchy chorus and a tight drumming pattern that creates a rhythmic structure that you can’t help but feel hooked.

Show Me is a Guitar-Oriented track that is more energetic and boisterous than the opener . The addition of Chloe Guzman’s harmonious backing vocals makes this track more commercially assessable for a teenage audience, which starts with a rolling rumble of power chords that progresses into a melodic bridge and heartfelt lyrics that is fast, effective and full of charm.

The Package is a more placid track about moving on from a previous relationship. There is a more mid- tempo pace here that suits the soft nature of Del Toro’s vocal lines. I feel this blends well with more ballads like this one in comparison to the more up tempo rock songs. The overall tone and progressions are intimate, which I felt is personal. The guitar harmonies build to a screeching halt that conveys moving on whilst the choral singing by the group is a nice refrain to wrap up this enchanting track.

And Finally, Lonely LuLu is a mellow track rich in texture and melancholic tones. I feel the juxtaposition of lead vocals and backing supplement one another to give a sound that is as every bit as isolated as the lyrical content. I feel this is a good track to end on because of the feeling conveyed upon completion. The acoustic guitar and distorted electric guitars combine with the driven bass pedal effect that feels like the listener is entering a journey with the band.


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Alone Together will be next appearing at Tribal Café, W Temple St, Los Angeles on June 16th.

 

About The Venue

TRIBAL CAFE ESPRESSO HEALTH BAR
“Healthy Food for the Masses”

Tribal Café Espresso Health Bar is a health-driven, fast-casual café offering a unique, multi-branded menu with 3 distinct food categories: the Tribal Deli, the Tribal Juice Bar and the Tribal Espresso/Tea Bar.

Tribal Café Espresso Health Bar serves healthy, affordable and innovative California comfort food cuisine designed for both the vegetarian and traditional food lovers.   We offer a menu of well-conceived simple foods– delicious Buddha Bowls, Green Salads, Sandwiches, Wraps & Burritos, Fruit Smoothies & Green Smoothie Meal Replacements & Fresh-Squeezed Green Juices.

Our emphasis is on healthier ingredients, more generous portions of fresh leafy greens & fresh-cut veggies and fruits on top of nutritious meat and plant-based proteins and ancient grains.

Our forceful objective is to promote our healthier food offerings to make an impact in our collective fight against the epidemic of degenerative diseases brought about by the typical “western” diet we were induced to consume for years.

Premised on a vision to offer “Healthy Food for the Masses”, our pricing structure leans towards the “affordable”. Our long-range goal is to expand and fill the ever-growing need for truly-nourishing food and drinks in the “food oasis” that is the general Los Angeles community, specifically in the poorer, underserved areas of the city.

FORESTEATER + THE PERT CREATURES + ALONE TOGETHER
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For more information on the band please visit http://www.alonetogetherband.com/ for upcoming gigs, colourful images of the group performing, merchandise and further songs too.

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One minute and fifty seconds. That´s all it took for me to fall in love with the Slovakian Stringbow Trio. When that short video hit my Facebook timeline, I knew it was time for me to pay attention and listen carefully. The record was from a live performance at a summer festival in Trnava, one of the many cities in Slovakia where the band performs their irresistible mixture to always crowded, enchanted audiences. Suddenly, the video is gone, followed by another one and before you know it, the internet ocean drowned you again. But not this time, I thought. I had to learn more about those extraordinaire musicians! First, I could find they came from Topolcany, a city founded in the 9th century that used to be a regional market centre during the Middle Ages and a crossroads of trade routes. Classy, all right! That explains the cosmopolitan flair of the Trio formed by: Adam Halás (21), Violin; Rastislav Sumega (20), Guitar and Lukáš Deviatka (20), Upright bass. But who were those guys? Searching for the 1:15 video post once again, I came to Adam, the violin player and voice of the Trio, when it comes to international relationships:

(GF) How would you describe the repertoire of the Stringbow Trio? By the way, how did you guys come to that name?

(AH) The name of the band was created by the words string and bow, meaning the violin bow. Our repertoire consists of songs from all over the world, including famous compositions, which are arranged in an original way. We also like to play songs from Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, in French string jazz style. In other worlds, it is music without borders.

(GF) I would definitely say you guys get a touch of Latin Jazz in your tunes, too. It is really impressive!

(AH) It´s just creativity and music fusion, but I would say that, if there´s something special about our style of playing, it is the fact that the Trio consists only of string instruments. I believe that this unusual formation gives our music a unique sound.

(GF) Your live videos show a very dynamic stage performance and I would say you´ve probably known each other for a while. How did you guys meet and when did the Trio started?

(AH) We are classical trained musicians, so we all met at the Conservatory. That´s where we started to make music together. Although we also perform as soloists in Chamber orchestras, jazz groups, tango orchestras and many other formations, the Trio itself started performing internationally in 2017, after we got the price at the New Faces of Slovak Jazz competition.

(GF) Future plans?

(AH) The Trio will record its first album. We don´t have a release date yet, but we will come with more information by the end of the Summer. You have something to look forward to!


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Written by Geisa Fernandes - Brasil / Rio de Janeiro

The repertoire of this jazz singer and awarded songwriter from Rio de Janeiro reveals influences of Brazilian popular music, the French chanson and Latin American rhythms, but most of all, Geisa Fernandes is a jazz singer. Billie Holiday aficionada (back in college folks used to call her "Lady Doc"), this PhD holder and Comics researcher was a former vocalist of several bands in São Paulo. 

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Friday, 24 August 2018 15:44

Liron New Single Review

Once again Liron wows us all with her silky and sultry vocals. The newest single “Bad Intentions” brings out the powerful person inside us all. The song battles the nature of toxic relationships and how hard it is to walk away from them. It's aimed at both genders as toxic relationships affect us all and the song itself could be hailed as a self empowerment anthem.

Similar to the last single “Piña Coladas”, Liron carries on the fast paced beat and the radio pop sound. However, the story behind the song carries a trace of heartbreak and understanding that was missing in the previous tracks. The powerful story enables the listener to feel the emotions that Liron was going through when writing the lyrics. I'm sure you’ve all gone through a period of time with a certain somebody that didn't feel right or just wasn't working out in general. This song tackles the pain and fear of breaking away form something that you've known and been comfortable with for so long. The mature theme of the song allows listeners of all ages to relate to the feeling of heartbreak which is common during life.

Lirons vocals reach a new high in “Bad Intentions”. I mentioned before that in the earlier tracks, Liron lacked the power and confidence behind her voice, but recently we’ve seen a new side to the vocal all together. Gone is the Musician who once wrote about puppy loves and hid behind the beat of the song, and is now replaced by a Musician who is proud and self assured, who writes about the self emancipation of men and women alike.

Bad intentions includes everything needed to make a great pop song. The vocal compared with the past paced tempo creates the perfect dance track. The softer vocal compared to the snappy Paced tempo creates a layer of sophistication unseen on her previous works before “piña coladas”. The difference keeps the listener induced in a musical coma when the sound reaches their ears.

Once again Musician Liron has gone above and beyond the expectation we had for her next single. Bad intentions sounds like a pop song you would hear of the radio today and overall a Liron has done a great job perfecting her sound. I thoroughly enjoyed the latest single and I'm ready for the next!

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Monday, 27 August 2018 14:56

Ryan Webb Review

Ryan Webb is Singer/Songwriter from London, England with an abundance of talent waiting to be released upon the world. I was approached a few months ago to write a review of his latest EP from his wife/ manager, Sonya. I jumped at the opportunity after listening to his music. Webb has been compared to Muse’s Matt Bellamy by his local newspaper Uxbridge Gazette , which described him as “With what appears to be an endless supply of air in his lungs” ( Hughie Dixon, Uxbridge Gazette).

Webb formed his band in 2015 and released Stop The World in June. The album was produced by Pete Maher (The Rolling Stones, The Killers and Liam Gallagher).

The album is 9 tracks of blistering guitar skills and heart- warming emotion that is transparent to the listener throughout. Webb produced, wrote, played and mixed the album in a 3-4 months’ timescale.

Webb is able to write introspective lyrics from a philosophical standpoint about the many troubles that face us in everyday life.

Stop the World begins with Before I Die, a mellow track with dark overtures. Webb seems to be reflective on seeking answers in life. The simple guitar chords create stark and delicate textures that supplement Webb’s musings . I feel this melancholic effort acts as a platform to what is to come from the remainder of the album.

Guilty is a more heavier rock track more appropriate for rock radio stations. This leans more towards the Matt Bellamy comparisons with the harmonic wizardry on electric guitar on display.

Immortal takes the perspective of a man who feels like he is living in perpetual motion. The lyrics are enchanting, the music more progressive. The backbeats of a thick bass sound that slithers along toward a climax of a beautiful instrumental that feels like the listener is marching along towards immortality.


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The album begins to gather pace and make strides with incorporations of different genres that reflect Webb’s influences.

Insomnia is the standout track with a heavy riff that reminds me of Soundgarden with an added snarl to the vocals.

Lucky Ones continues this entrance into more heavier rock, which I feel suits Webb’s vocals more. Because plays to his strengths as a versatile vocalist .The lyrical content looks at the juxtaposition of the world we live in compared to those less fortunate. The high energy riff builds nicely towards a frenetic guitar solo that becomes a part of the diet onwards.

Runaway and Stop The World are the right choices to finish the album. They are easy listening tracks with relatable messages. The most striking thing about the tracks are the inclusion of electrified guitar solos that adds a certain finesse to Webb’s craftsmanship as a musician.

Overall, Stop The World is a finely crafted example of song writing and strong usage of instruments and s production values that would really go places on commercial rock radio.

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Sunday, 22 October 2017 01:12

Spotlight On International Music

My love for Jam band music is innate within me as a person but for the past few years I have been delving further and further into music from all around the world. These influences and musical contributions to humanity itself are far-reaching and grand in the scheme of things. Music is the language of us all. It is the root of the universe and the rhythm of life itself. American music has influenced people from all over the world but the industry can be very selfish and close-minded. In this editorial, I would like to encourage all of my readers to listen to and engage in new music and especially, music from other countries, you never know what's going to speak to your soul.

While Afro-beat is not new by any means lately, I have been seeing a resurgence of this West African tradition, which takes it influences from Jazz and other Western musical derivatives. Felt Kuti seems to be the originator or at least the most famous of all Afrobeat artists from the 1970s and beyond but there are many new artists doing the same thing that possibly don't get as much recognition. Besides Fela’s son Femi and grandson Seun, who keep this tradition alive, The Antibalas have emerged from Afro-beat, Reggae and Latin music combined. If you want to explore new music and rhythms start The Antibalas, they are one of the most original and danceable bands I have seen in years. 

Tinariwen has taken the world by storm this year and if you haven't heard of this band, you have to check them out immediately. This band turns traditional Arabic music on its head and adds hard hitting, rock sounds and musical structures. They recently did their first tour of America with resounding success. 

 

We never seem to talk about Australian music enough and they seem to have taken the psychedelic tradition from the 1960s on to the next level. A few bands come to mind when I think of the new psychedelic Australian musical and cultural movement. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard are psychedelic rock meets progressive punk mixed with Celtic rhythms not heard in popular music today. It's really hard to describe King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard so, it's best just to listen to them. They are the only band to have a completely atonal album and their music videos are completely wild and eccentric. They toured North America this year and sold out almost every performance. I'm sure you will hear more about them soon. The Babe Rainbow is another Australian act that has caught my attention with their groovy, smooth, psychedelic flow. Songs like ‘Planet Junior’ and ‘Secret Enchanted Broccoli Forest” can immediately take you back in time and are great examples of how this band incorporates sitar and ambient sounds.

 

 

If you're interested in World Music and International Music, I suggest you check out these bands and see where it takes you. I am also interested in expanding my musical knowledge and if anyone has any other international bands that I should check out, please feel free to drop me an email or comment. 

Keep Your Ears And Heart Open,

Robert Fadley

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Saturday, 28 July 2018 13:06

Superfecta- Disconnect Abum Review

 

 

 

Superfecta are a Hard Rock act from London that have been around since 2011. I had the pleasure to cover them a few months back, and was impressed by their raw energy . I was humbled to cover this new release for the band when I enquired a few months back about writing a review for them they happily responded and received this opportunity . The overall quality of the band’s music and work ethos creates a combination of stylings like classic rock, hard rock and grunge. The album’s title refers to the disconnect people feel within society and technology , which was recently released . The band are led by Roberto Negrini (Vocals) Danun Todd (Guitar) Carl Highman (bass) and Matt Vella (Drums). The thing that impressed me the most about Superfecta is the chemistry within the music that blends each instrument into a cohesive rendition of fist- pumping and emotive music. The music was made to be edgy, heavy and breath bating with structured melodies and teeth rattling drumming: they are a band worth looking out for.

 

   

 

Opener Leviathan is an example of melodies combined with emotional breakdowns in signature and driven rhythms that will lead the listener hooked. This is a perfect start full of the ingredients of classic rock and guitar- oriented rock

Mannequin is another hard hitting track that will appeal to a hardcore rock audience. The band show a consistency with a thumping guitar sound, and bass galloping along to a climax. The vocals change in range and direction that fits in nicely with the guitar solo at the end.

Nothing Remains and The Abyss continue this solid performance with some strong song writing and guitar effects that add another dimension to the band’s high octane density.

Break the Frame is a more slow tempo track with dark elements that is reminiscent of early AIC.

Blackout picks up the intensity once more with this upbeat track. The band fail to back down from engaging lyrics and evolving riffs that maintains the velocity throughout

The album concludes with A Little Secret with it’s contagious guitar parts and groovy bass lines

Two thirds is a fitting finality with it’ melodic patterns and distorted guitars. This is a timely reminder of when good rock albums were made. The production is is so clear you can hear every note played. Each track is diverse in sound without sounding the same. Superfecta are a band going forward

The band will be performing at Scream Lounge, Croydon, London on September 15

You can find further information on the band by visiting https://superfecta.co.uk/ . This site has a colourful layout with access to gig photos and a forum for fans to interact. I feel this offers more for the fans.

  

Facebook This site is fan -friendly and provides interaction for new fans. There are news, photos, music videos and mp3’s for fans.

Twitter I feel this highlights the band’s more personal side and willingness to keep fans engaged.

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Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

The Afro Nick Song and Record Release

Back for more, the Afro Nick has returned with two brand new song releases that explore the growth and maturity of The Afro Nick's musical style. For those who aren't familiar with The Afro Nick and his unique and heartfelt song compositions, look no further than my last review here at The Old School Project. The Afro Nick has once again delivered a raw, high powered performance inspired by the classic rock legends like, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley and Santana. The Afro Nick oozes and accentuates what it means to be Rock and Roll. Having acquainted myself with his sound and recording process, I have delved into the songs “You” and “Wild Angel” with an open mind and an open hear. I will directly focus on “You”, a song that I found inspiring and powerful.

The recently released single “You” is some of The Afro Nicks best work to date. I can tell that the music is growing and evolving every time I hear his new stuff. The recording itself is very well done and mixed to perfection. Again, Afro Nick reminds me of The Black Angels or something of the like. “You” is hard-rock driven with distorted guitar parts. The chorus is ethereal and harmonious, which juxtapose as well with the excellent guitar solo. Overall, this is my favorite Afro Nick song to date. I am looking forward to checking this release out on vinyl.


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Wild Angel” is a melodic, heartfelt love song that tells the story of a man fallen from grace. This song is reminiscent of the Rolling Stones “Wild Horses” but not in the name, just a feeling that the song exudes. This song works well with “You” and both songs show a different side of what The Afro Nick brings to the table.

I talked with The Afro Nick about his upcoming releases here for The Old School Project and you can read his words below:

What inspired you to write you and can you tell us a bit about your upcoming releases?

(Afro Nick) A Few years ago, I was roaming around West Village with my girlfriend and I happened upon a small music store on West 4th street. I knew they keep vinyl’s in the basement so, I walked downstairs to take a look. There was a guy there playing a fretless guitar and he sounded really good. So, I turn to see who he is and to my surprise I see, Carlos Santana, and next to him, Cindy Blackman. I immediately ask my girlfriend, “Do you know who this guy is?” and she said “No, It can’t be him.” Just a few minutes later, I’m introducing myself to Carlos Santana saying, “It’s You! Right?”It has become one of my most memorable moments and an inspiration for my song, “You”. When I sat down to write the song, I mixed it up with a love story, but the inspiration and the main idea of the song is about Carlos and his music. “You take me, you ring love in the air, you make me high, all I need and I’ll be fine.”

The song “You” is the A side of 7” Lathe Record that I will release on June 9th. (online on June 8th) The release Show is at Nublu Classic - 62 Ave C, New York. The B side is my song “Wild Angel” that I released a few weeks ago at Rockwood Music Hall. I hope you enjoy listening and come over to Nublu Classic!  

Check out this release online here http://www.theafronick.com/store/ https://soundcloud.com/theafronick/you   https://goo.gl/Z4eQrW  and grab a copy of the Afro Nicks new compositions via vinyl ASAP. Thanks again to Afro Nick for reaching out for a second review and we look forward to hearing from our readers about these songs.

Written by Robert Fadley / USA - Harrisonburg Virginia

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Thursday, 05 July 2018 11:36

Olivia Henry Single Review

Olivia Henry is sweet yet seductive singer and songwriter. The sexy and slow tempo of her music accompanied by her sensuous vocals allow for a sultry sound. Olivia Henry’s vocal reminds me of a soul singer from the 70’s, her sound is a mix of Amy Winehouse meets June Christy, creating the ultimate jazz sounding vocal.

The latest single Gotta Run is a work of art. The mix of instruments fit perfectly together and creates a smooth sound that you can’t help but drink up. The bewitching vocals paired with the soft drumbeat in the background create an almost R&B sounding track. The lyrics depict a woman waiting for her lover until she decides that she will no longer wait. This highlights something that all women go through in life and creates a sense of self-empowerment and freedom.

The single is very different sounding then her previous tracks. The latest record is a more seductive and soulful song that you would expect to hear in a smoky whiskey bar, where as the previous tracks is more jazz sounding with their vibrant piano sound. The previous tracks I believe were all test runs working towards this latest single where Olivia Henry really honed in on her sound.


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Sadly, we don’t see much of miss Henry on Instagram, which in effect is a good thing, as when we do see her, her posts are always thought provoking as well as aesthetic, necessary within the music business. On Facebook though, miss Henry keeps all her fans fully involved with up to date and interesting posts advertising her future gigs and other opportunities. Olivia manages to keep her fans interested and excited for her future in the music world.

Ultimately, Olivia Henry has a promising future in the music world. Her unique sound paired with her sensuous image creates a thrilling listening experience. I personally am looking forward to her future releases and can’t wait to listen to them, as this single gave me an almost powerful feeling as I heard it. Keep a close eye on Olivia Henry!

Olivia will be playing Hotel Cafe's main stage for the first time on Saturday July 14th with some pretty amazing musicians.

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 10:46

Patiotic Album Review

 

Patiotic Album Review

Up and coming new wave musician Patiotic rocks the world of ambien and chill house music with his latest album “Quiet clouds”. Creating an album is quite a feat and Patiotic certainly does not disappoint. The album takes you through a range of sounds that represent the emotions felt throughout the day. Each song is representative of a different time or place which creates a interesting layer of personal emotion to the album. The fact that the musician is so open with his feelings helps the listeners to really connect with what each song is trying to convey.


Overture is a soft and compelling piano piece that portrays the pain and suffering of the different kinds of people on the the city streets. It could be the depressing future for the homeless people and the girls and boys who work the streets, or the representation of the idea about what goes on behind closed doors. The sound of the piece is similar to that of one Yan Tiersan might have composed with its subdued and melancholic melody.


One can imagine hearing “funky tribe” at a cool beach bar at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. Like the name suggests, the song has a funky vibe to it with the upbeat and mesmerising drumming pattern and the sleek melody. The song reminds me of the early evening when everyone is so full of life and happiness. The song itself has an element of daft punk to it with its effortless funky sound which is ironic as the word funk is in the title.


Transatlantic is a catchy tune that one would associate with movie soundtracks such as pirates of the caribbean or star wars. The music takes you on a journey through time with the fast paced and electronic beats. There is a hint of a banjo like sound, perhaps a reference to patiotics cultural heritage but either way it adds an element of sophistication to the track.


A calmer and more melancholic song is “closer to your love”. The wistful vocals provide a layer of heartfelt emotion that the listener can feel as well as hear. The distorted and broken vocal compliments the constant and jubilant beat providing for an emotional and exhilarating listening experience.


Some days i think we all just want to “drift” away. Patiotic creates the perfect anthem to help you get lost into when you wish to just disappear. The soothing beat accompanied by the futuristic melody makes for a calming listen. The guitar solo rips through the soft melody to create a layer of edge to the song and this compliments the ambient tone of the tune altogether.


The jazz vibe on “bossadream” takes you back to the era of latin jazz where the men and women would stay up all night and dance to their heart’s content. The easy going guitar makes for a tranquilizing extra sound on the already relaxing drum beat. The two components mixed together create a melodic and pacifying sounding track.


We all hate paperwork in general but unsurprisingly you cannot bring yourself to hate this song. The EDM vibed beat creates a futuristic sound that’s accompanied by the gentle melody in the background. I imagine this song to be influenced by the early hours of the morning when those who are still awake feel most alive, and those who are asleep dream peacefully. This track is by far the most chilled one on the album.


Everybody has many “Choices” they have to make in their lifetime and these choices define who we are and what we become. This track is influenced by the late nights and boozy times when mistakes are so easily made, especially in a city setting where everything is more readily available. The track is smooth and polished and you would definitely be making the right choice by giving it a listen.

Overall, the album is a success. Whether the tone of the song is happy or sad you are certain to feel something. It’s always wonderful when a musician can get you to personally connect to a song however it’s no easy thing to do.

Luckily for us Patiotic has managed to find the balance between a good sound and a good story.


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Patiotic Interview

1. How did you hear about The Old School Project?

I knew about Old School Project from Reverbnation, i have being selected as one of the finalist of a Contest made by Old School Project, and since then i have followed OSP. For that and much more im very happy and greatful for this interview, OSP have supported my music through FB post since then, and that is highly appreciated

2. What is your main inspiration when writing music?

My main inspiration are sounds, city noises. Everything has beats, and those beats i convert them to music. Our whole world is full of sounds, you just have to listen, and you will find a conexion between all those sounds.

3. What’s the plan for after the release?

The plan is to reach the most people who could listen my new album. I just want my music be heard, to show my work. My dream is to make music for trailers, placements on series, etc

4. Any collaborations in the future? And if so who with?

Well, in the past have collaborated with hip hop musician Phanom01, you can find that song in my Spotify profile. On the new album you will find also an amazing collaboration with Langelot where we made a deep trip hop song. I'm always looking for collaborations with singers to vocalize and make new versions of my songs.

5. What made you get into this particular style of music?

I'm immersed in music since I can remember. Listening tango with my grandfather, 60's chilean pop music because my parents, and some 80's music from my brother. So the mix of music that i have had in my head since i was a little kid was a bit extrange. Then at the age of 8 more less i started listening Pink Floyd, and that was an explosion to my mind, and then my exploration to new music and styles took me to a musical trip for almost 20 years that made what im today, a fusion of different styles between rock, pop, electronic, orchestral, and others that you can find in each of my songs

6. When did you start creating your own sound?

From the beginning. I've never made a cover, im not good for that, i love to improvise, tweek sounds, modify parameters, play with them to generate the atmosphere that i want for each song i made.

7. What is your ideal future?

It's hard to say or schedule, everyday everything changes , i love to make music, so i should say that my ideal future is to live by my music. But at this point the only thing i want is get my music heard by thousands of people

8. How have the album pre sales gone?

To be honest... nothing hehehe but i don't really care at this moment. I just want people enjoy what i do.

9. Any new music being made at the moment?

I'm always making new music. Now i'm start thinking in the new album genre, that will be a mix between rock and electronic, ElectroRock. But always making those orchestrals overtures that will be one of my cacracteristics of each álbum

10. Who created the album art and what was the inspiration behind it?

honestly i made it through a template that I liked and modified, with the corresponding authorization obviously. It represents the simplicity and tranquility that it gives to look at the clouds, to see their passage, even though everything is around with constant noise.

 

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