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Delta Rae: Chasing Twisters (EP Review)

Delta Rae returns with their new EP 'Chasing Twisters', a magnificent addition to their music catalog that picks up, right where they left off. After blazing onto the music scene with their debut album ‘Carry the Fire’, they show no signs of slowing down with their latest, exhilaratingly frenzied offer.

Delta Rae demonstrate the exceptional talent of music veterans that know the sound they want to create and create it they do, with reckless abandon and fevered passion. A seamless blend of folk, country, blues, current and 70’s era rock with a tinge of pop appeal, thrown in for good measure. They are a powder-keg of talent, bound to explode into the stratosphere.

Nina Yasmineh: Seven Years (EP Review)

Nina Yasmineh’s EP, ‘Seven Years’, is an ethereal journey into existential self-discovery. The 4 track EP emits a storm of emotion that is rich in artistry. Yasmineh displays a passionate verve with her vibrant lyricism and sentient vocals. The genesis of the EP is the titular “Seven Years”. A powerful piano centered melody, elementally anchors the song, setting off its intrinsic tone. It’s a personal anthem that proclaims acceptance of one’s inner self.

The Wild Young Hearts: Pretty Girls (EP Review)

The Wild Young Hearts bring their west coast swagger to an EP filled with the infectious warmth of the California sun. There is a rollicking and self-assured keenness that shines throughout the aptly titled, ‘Pretty Girls’ EP. ‘Pretty Girls’ is filled with a spunk and liveliness that courses throughout its entire duration.

Beginning with a dazzling piano melody in the strictly instrumental, “Interlude”, the EP kicks off with a steady musicality. “Caroline” is a punkish endeavor that’s cheeky lyrics emit a startling charm. It's reminiscent of the era of 60's surfer rock, with a modernized twist.

The Bedroom Hour: Themes (EP Review)

The Bedroom Hour comes on strong with their mesmeric EP, ‘Themes’. There is a quality of other-worldliness to their sound and an 80’s synth-like eminence to the EP. Opening with “Shadow Boxer” The Bedroom Hour pulls you into the luxurious instrumentation that luminously lights the rest of the album.

“Tyrannosaur” opens with a catchy rift that develops into a haunting melody. Accompanied by an ethereal vocal performance, this song captures a lot of emotional resonance. “Themes” follows and it is a brief and intensely poignant number with fervent melodious charm.

The Avett Brothers: Magpie and the Dandelions (Album Review)

The Avett Brothers are back with their 8th studio album, it’s a follow-up that builds from the foundation of their previous album, The Carpenter. This album is more upbeat, a melodic splendor with grander sentiments of joy and more explorations into the trials and tribulations of being a musician.

The Cornerstones: Stand In Line (Album Review)

The Cornerstones will transport you to the golden era of music with their latest album, “Stand In Line”. The album is a culmination of a time where music mattered. The Cornerstones successfully hearken to the touchstones of music’s most prolific moments; with “Stand In Line” you will find the philosophical aspects of the 60’s, the defiance of the 70’s, the bravado of the 80’s and the evolutionary reflection of the 90’s.

Grim: Digital Throw-Up (EP Review)

There are moments in life when there is literally no silence and the little sounds, like flicking the light switch on or turning a faucet off can take on an almost rhythmic quality. On Grim’s latest EP, “Digital Throw-Up”, it feels like all of the nuances of such moments have been melded into its most refined form.

Matt Bednarsky: Fragments & Glimpses (Album Review)

Fragments and Glimpses  is an acoustic album from musician Matt Bednarsky. Not a lot of artists can pull off the simplicity of using a single instrument to record an album. Bednarsky manages to do just that, using only a guitar and his voice to create Fragments and Glimpses. For Bednarsky it is a risk that pays off, with this approach he lets the guitar melodies he produces and the lyrics that adorn them, speak for themselves and speak they do.

The Accord: Tomorrow Might (Album Review)

'Tomorrow Might' is the new album from UK band, The Accord. This is a rare album given the current musical landscape. Filled with blossoming instrumentation, the rhythms are filled with the soft quality of ocean waves and the steady drive of self-reflection. This is an actual band that performs with instruments. There is even a horn section!

Kismet Ryding - Look.See.Don't.Trip (EP Review)

Kismet Ryding is a British band based out of Grimsby and is composed of Mike Freeman, Josh Humphreys, Tom Humphreys and Jazz White. Their new EP is just as, if not more, energetically frenzied than any band on the planet which is a very good thing. They bring a rollicking energy and groove that are about to push rock music to another level. The guitar riffs are frenetic genius and the hooks sensational.