Hours alone. Low lights, late nights, and soft melodies.
This is how NH-born composer Brad Couture crafts his music from start to finish - writing, playing, recording, and mixing all his own material in the isolation of his studio. From the first hammer strike on piano string, to the last synthesizer wrapping up all in a warm blanket, his sonic structures are constructed with care - emotionally inspired and acoustically defined.
From the sparse, ambient piano arrangements stretching to full orchestral swells backed by chiming guitars, his melodically driven songs weave uplifting crescendos with melancholic introspection to paint cinematic soundscapes.
With the release of Brad’s new album, Lower Tones, Brad has drawn additional inspiration from neo-classical styles of composition, replacing some the roaring guitars and pounding drums of previous releases with the gentle swells of ambient noise and solo cello. Lower Tones provides the perfect atmosphere to plug in earphones, and unplug from the world.
This is Brad Couture's a first full length album - He wrote, played, recorded and mixed every song himself.
Roberto Horns has been writing/producing songs for over 10 years. He grew up playing trumpet (hence the Horns surname) and over the years has worked with some of the industry's best producers (Tricky Stewart, Polow Da Don, JR Rotem, NO I.D.). He plays all the instruments, writes all the songs and makes all the videos himself -- including the upcoming video for new track "Hostage". he decided to start releasing his own records about two years ago. "'Hostage' is a song for all of us that get trapped in the friend zone and can't seem to escape," Roberto explains. "It's a fun video that gives a glimpse of what dating might be like in the future."
True Gents are an 8-piece band from Scotland with a special vein of atmospheric, psych-infused jangle-pop. Formed by school-mates Euan Nicol and Toby Jeffery in 2006, True Gents would meet up in the haunting woods of lnvermay, Perthshire and work on songs late into the night upon formation. Shortly after beginning to write songs together, the duo entered and won a singer/songwriter competition at Perthshire Amber - The Dougie MacLean Festival. Over the past few years, Jeffery/Nicol have been working hard to continually progress as writers by introducing different elements into the band and adapting their styles. Working with talented local producers like Robin Wynn-Evans (Manic Street Preachers, Sam Brown, The View, Dodgy), and David Macfarlane (Red Pine Timber Company, The New Madricis), True Gents have created a back catalog of music which has received warm reviews over the years. Having gone down an alternative-folk route in the past with their self-funded EP in 2009 and their debut album 'In the Dark we Set Sail' in 2013, the band are now set to release their latest piece of work 'Blood Moon'.Their lineup changed not so long ago. Original members remaining include Jeffery/Nicol (guitar, vocals) and Ian Scobie (accordion/psychedelic keys). With the introduction of Stu (the thunder) Bennett on lead guitar, the hard-hitting Toole brothers on the rhythm section, and Rea Pirnie/Rosemary Stanford on backing vocals, the act's sound is more striking than ever. Again self-funded by the band, 'Blood Moon' will be the band's most rock-oriented sound to date with indie, folk-rock and psych-pop influences, ranging from many of the band's influences such as Turin Brakes, The Byrds, Magnolia Electric Company, Spiritualized, Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, and more.
Instant Empire is a rock group from Denver that formed nearly eight years ago. Since then, they have released three EPs and a couple LPs, the most recent of which – 'Last of the Lovers' – will be released this August. The five-piece crafted the album with a concept centering around “the relentless march of time … consumed with finding grace and beauty in life’s tiny moments.”
The band's sophomore album is a beautiful listen, with a fairly dark theme complemented by bright and wonderfully contagious melodies. One of many highlights off the release is “Slow to Reveal”, a track with multiple vocal layers rising in intensity over shimmering guitars and an ’80s-tinged polish. The hook that features the lyrics “whispers and sideways glances” is full of intensity and supremely melodic songwriting, a great demonstration of the band’s talents.
“The initial spark for this song came after spending one too many days in Vegas, and all the heat, booze, gluttony and sickness that comes with that town,” vocalist and lyricist Scotty Saunders explains. “But the song eventually took on a larger rumination on how easily we let addiction and darkness into our lives. Depending on the situations you put yourself into, or the people you surround yourself with … evil can sometimes feel tangible. ‘Slow to Reveal’ explores that idea a bit.”
A combination of retro aesthetics, enduring lyrics and alt-rock grit.
The best music happens when artists refuse to remain stuck in their own comfort zones and creative boxes. Whenever this happens, they are free to give full range to their vision, and they can really come up with something that’s groundbreaking and personable. This is certainly the case here with Tommy Red and his brand new EP release, “I Wanna Be Exploited.”
Marva Von Theo is an Electropop / Synthwave duo formed in 2016 by the Athens-based singer-songwriter Marva Voulgari and the Vienna-based composer-producer Theo Foinidis.
Their Debut Album “Dream within a Dream” was released early in 2018. The 12 songs on their Album, lean towards an electronic sound that incorporates a variety of influences ranging from the music of the 80’s until today. Darkwave sounds, Jazz harmonies, Rock and Dance drum beats resonate together and mature into something darkly romantic.