The rock/alternative group His Dream of Lions, formulated their name after Ernest Hemingway's novel "The Old Man and The Sea," because of the ambitious spirit and moral intent of the main character's reoccurring dreams. With that being said, the four young rockers love the thrill of chasing their dreams. Having known one another through the local Fairfax, Virginia music scene, guitarist Nick Jones, and singer Seth Coggeshall came together during the spring of 2012 to form the band. After a period of relentless gigging and writing, the band's lineup was finalized with the addition of bassist Justin Mason and keyboardist Colby Witko in 2013 with the release of their EP's Part One and Part Two. Following the Part One/Two record cycle, His Dream Of Lions moved forward in the summer of 2015 to record and release their self-titled EP. Leading up to the record's release the band released a music video for "Danger Close" which debuted on Fuse.
Following their tumultuous journey thus far, the band just announced their brand new EP, Pseudo Star, due out February 2018 engineered, mixed, and mastered by Ben Green at Ivakota Studios. Off the forthcoming EP comes their new single "Love Me Like I'm Sick." Reminiscent of acts like Fun., COIN, and Colony House, the track features a sound that is a departure from the band's pop/rock style with new kinds of synths and drum sounds. Watch the brand new music video, exclusively with Baeble Music and be sure to pre-order the brand new EP here.
The band's lead singer, Seth Coggeshall had this to say about the EP:
"Pseudo Star is about that feeling. It captures that feeling not only with the subject matter of the songs, but also in the tonal extremes the record sits in between. Pseudo Star is funny, yet serious. It can at times be epic, and other times intimate. We're playing fun rock music that has moments that sound really empowering. However the lyrics, and the sentiments in the songs don't portray a confident or powerful person. Instead I sound unsure, and a little self-deprecating. Despite all this though, the point of Pseudo Star isn't to encourage listeners to revel in self-doubt, or self-pity. It's about effort in the face of uncertainty. It's hard to know where you're heading. And maybe we will always feel like were at the halfway point. Always feel like a Pseudo Star...But Pseudo Stars still shine, and that's more than enough reason to press on."
Auspiciously due on 1.1.2018, with "If All the World Were Right" there is a shot of positivity in the world. There is nothing really being sold here except an atmosphere to "believe in yourself" and "embrace your own greatness" with heavy doses of humility thrown in thanks to our struggles through dense matter. This concept album is of a journey...a journey of a Prodigal, who has to return home after being defeated by life and the world... Humility fills the album.
The new album, Andrew says, is "about my journey, but I don't think it is unique to me at all. Most of us go through really tough patches during our lives. So much of it has to do with our thinking and the emotions that result from our thinking. We are constantly thinking about how to interpret or reconcile our lives... BUT we have a choice in how we experience the world! And all it takes to improve things is to change your thinking or perception of things. Once I got ahold of that idea many years ago, Bam! My life changed! We tend to become what we think about...and it is about that simple. So I started to think positively, about all the options there are...and how I could see others in a more loving way...without judgment or without the need to call them "right or wrong"...but just accept everyone as they are...and trust in Life."
Par is the project of Nacho Adda (Montevideo, 1983) focused on conceiving spaces and concepts with electronic music. Par has 3 studio albums, 2 EP and 3 remixes albums with 4 nominations to the Uruguayan Music Graffiti Awards as well as soundtracks for several short films and drama plays.
Sueños de irme is the first single from the upcoming album of the Uruguayan electronic producer Par, to be released in 2018. It's the second time that the Montevidean artis
collaborates with the local singer / songwriter Alfonsina. (The duo already recorded together in 2012 for a version of his track Colateral). It's a return to the a more conventional song format for Par, with a track that combines the voice and guitar of Alfonsina with a minimalist beat, climatic synths and the deep groove of the bass.
SAUR are a 4-piece instrumental rock band from Lisboa, Portugal. Their first release was an EP in 2011, which combined post-rock, math-rock, stoner and experimental rock influences. They were also in the Coronado Collective, which gathered many rising bands of the Portuguese independent scene, such as JIBOIA, Sequin, Equations, Lydia's Sleep, CANGARRA, etc. After playing several shows throughout Portugal they rented a van and made a tour around Spain, France, Belgium and The Netherlands, in 2013, with their collective band mates Equations. Since then, they have been slowly working on their first album - "Âmbar" - released on 2017 Christmas day. Âmbar is the footprint of the last 5 years of their slow-paced work.
The band’s second studio album stands out as a comprehensive collection of rock songs with a diverse and experimental edge.
Davenport Rex is a music project based in Detroit, Michigan. Their sound is diverse and challenging, yet accessible and appealing. The band’s music stands out as a combination of tasteful progressive rock, with shades of various influences, ranging from alternative to symphonic hard rock, just to mention a few.
“Deux” is the most recent studio effort from the band, and it is a collection of 10 brand new tracks. With their second release, the group set out to create an intricate sound that marks significant development and growth. Opening track, “Shine”, immediately stands out for the beautiful relationship between the fascinating guitar arpeggios and the drum patterns, which lock in together perfectly. The evolving song structure is the first hint of the band’s progressive nature, which shines through even more on other tracks, such as “Bonfires” or “Someday”. On the album, there is also room for melancholic ballads such as “Stolen Heart”, which is filled with lush textures and amazing atmospheres.
One of my favorite songs on the album is certainly “Day After Day”, which strikes me as a perfect combination of the band’s most accessible songwriting and their most experimental nature. “This Old House” is another musical moment that’s worthy of being mentioned as a highlight of this album. The second track of this release is particularly striking, because the vocals have a great rock edge, yet the track has a mid-tempo mood that echoes some of the best alternative rock groups out there, including Pearl Jam or Alice In Chains, just to mention a few.
In conclusion, there are many progressive rock groups out there who try to channel different influences. The endeavor can be risky at times, because attempts at creating diverse music can sometimes fall off the mark and turn into pure indulgence. On the other hand, Davenport Rex truly managed to capture something of value with their new work, creating a genuinely kaleidoscopic collection of music that’s fun to listen to.
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.