"A couple years ago during Canadian thanksgiving I was phoned by a friend Diane and she asked me to pray for her friend, a 30 year old woman who had two children and had been just diagnosed with cancer. She had been given two weeks to live. I really didn’t know what to do, so I wrote the first half of this song. I sang it every day for those weeks and she ended up living another 2 years.
After she passed the song took on a new meaning for me. Originally it was about giving her another chance to live, but now it’s song of hope. A song that is about fighting when you feel you have nothing left. It’s about supporting your friends and being unafraid to strive for your dreams.
So why release the song now and not 4 years ago? Well there’s been a new fight for me recently. The beautiful natural habitat which is featured in this video currently has a court case where developers are trying to rezone it and rip it up. This is our fight to keep it green.
The song is about hope and supporting each other, and the music video is about supporting the people, plants, and living things in your environment."
French music and video producer Woochia processes heavily every-day sounds to create smooth and melodic techno tunes. Inspired by progressive rock bands such as Tool or Rishloo, he implements wide atmospheres and meditation sounds in his music - such as Tibetan or Inuit throat singing.
After Studying Musicology at the University of Evry and 10 years of composing computer music, his projects lead him to work with artists like Richard "Kory" Rivereau (Beyond the Dust, Rise) and Ebde (Ebde, Otter, and Snake).
The work of this multi-faceted artist, who does his mixes and video himself, has been featured in mix-tapes from "Reason France vol.3" in his early beginnings to "L'été à la ferme" by the Farworker (Champ’Caine Records).
Beside his music productions, Woochia also produces videos for his Youtube channel where he shares how he processes some of his sounds as well as some musical challenges.
Created by French music-producer Woochia based in London, this 6-tracks album - or EP - uses the soothing tones of acoustic instruments (like guitars or didgeridoo) with tones usually used for meditation (singing bowls, different types of throat singing) mixed with powerful drums and electronic bass lines to deliver a soft and melodic techno music, perfect for travelling. All the tracks of this album have been composed in trains, buses and coaches while traveling between and around London and Paris. These songs capture the feeling of being on the road, following the drift of the mind in its own imagination while the landscapes go by, behind the window.
"‘Stay A Little’, exemplifies a step in the new direction. I want to give as much as possible. Sing wherever possible. Contribute wherever and whenever possible. The music isn’t about if it fits my brand. It’s about if it fits my values. If it is coming from a place of love. This roller coaster has driven me to want to make more music, and share it with people who need a helping hand along their own journey. Now, the most important aspects of my life are love, community, sustainability, and wonder. Because life is a gift. And I want to appreciate it as much as I can. "
Based out of Orange, California, Manifest Wallace is an American hip-hop/pop artist whose calling is to inspire the world and share the message that you can achieve absolutely anything if you believe in yourself. His new single "Volcano", off his EP 'Look Around', is a testament to that inspiration.
"Volcano" came together in early January of 2017 as I was working on my EP 'Look Around' that dropped in May," Manifest explains. "At this point in my career, I believe that I am just a moment away from blowing up (or erupting) and that is what "Volcano" represents. The first verse of the song is all about the grind and how I feel I am going to blow. The second verse and outro, however, are more like streams of consciousness and I just wanted to allow the listener to interpret it own their own and really give thought into the message I was portraying."
"As far as the creative process goes, this was the first time that I didn't write any lyrics down, which allowed for me to flow effortlessly over the instrumental and create new flows in the process. I recorded "Volcano" all in one session (about 2/3 hours) along with two other songs."
Introducing California’s indie, Americana/folk band LA River Bend. Built upon intricate guitar embelishments, indie-folk facets and poetically pop melodies, LA River Bend have succeeded in creating an album of happy nostalgia. The four-piece, made up of Nate Weiner (Vocals, Guitar), Emily Elkin (Cello, Vocals), Branden Stroup (Bass, Vocals, Guitar) and Jacob Seldes (Drums) have honored traditions of Americana folk, by building the walls of their epic soundscapes, embracing the dynamics and ultimately developing an aesthetic unique to their own.
The band began life as backing Weiner’s solo album, ‘Ride The Sun’ where the group spent time rehearsing and touring up and down the West Coast. After spending hours recording and mixing tracks for this project, with long time friend Stroup and the addition of Elkin’s string arrangements, LA River Bend was born. With the introduction of their now signature three-part harmonies and Seldes on percussion, the new and improved band mastered their authentically rustic, yet beautifully atmospheric sound. Nate explains, “The addition of Seldes to the band is immeasurable, because I think our sound would have been less dimensional without his style of drumming."
LA River Bend’s upcoming EP entitled Run These Hills was entirely self-recorded by Stroup. Mastered by Grammy award-winning Eric Boulanger (Eric Clapton, Iggy Pop, Green Day), the EP has already received the stamp of approval from industry professionals. Focused thematically on the symbolism of nature based imagery, the tracks on the highly anticipated new music depicts an artfully serene feeling, reaching emotional depths. “The calming influence of nature in LA has been a huge musical inspiration to us”, professes Weiner.
Leading single, 'Summer Wind’ is the ultimate feel-good love song. Highlighting the band’s approach of exploring the new So Cal ethereal sound, the single emits a sense of ebb and flow, similar to the motion of waves crashing and sweeping against the beach. With stunning three-part harmonies, driving drum beats and catchy Californian melodies, the song builds into a fast paced, toe-tapping anthemic chorus, where you’ll find yourself incapable of keeping still.
‘Mountain’ is the perfect combination of infectious rhythms, complex layers and uncompromising percussive elements. The track features the bands shared love of world rhythms, with it’s building crescendos, sensational string arrangements and the complementing vocals of Weiner, Elkin & Stroup, the song is certain to be stuck in your head all day long. The narrative of the song derived from the band's struggle to keep pursuing music, despite the myriad of reasons why they shouldn’t.
Whilst ‘Fighting The Night’ is a poignant and emotional narrative of one trying to cope with deep loss. Struggling with the death of his father, Weiner found himself in a state of turbulence, “I was definitely ‘Fighting The Night’, exercising the demons and guilt I felt over my father’s passing.”
With an ever-growing fan base and buzzing media interest, LA River Bend are ready to release Run The Hills and deliver their collection of relaxing, vivid, nature themed music, bringing a contemporary and fresh approach to the indie folk genre.
Ali Murray is an ethereal folk songwriter/musician from the cold isle of Lewis in the north of Scotland. He writes dark atmospheric folk music with lush sweeping dreamy soundscapes and Celtic-twinged instrumentation. His new album LAND OF EVERGONE strikes a balance that is intimate and soaring, peaceful and haunting, sad and quietly joyful, delicately reverberating with Murray's dreamy voice and guitar playing.
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.