Blue Navy is the ambient/slowcore alias of artist Jake Dryzal; he writes haunting, introspective lyrics that are sung alongside heavily reverberated guitars, warm synthesizers, and occasional drums, piano, and strings.
'The Silent Diaries EP' is a collection of ethereal, lush ambient tracks Dryzal recorded during his freshman year of college. The creation of this EP was inspired the musician's unrequited love and homesickness. Musically, Dryzal was heavily influenced by the works of Angelo Badalamenti, Stars of the Lid, and Soul Whirling Somewhere (Michael Plaster).
wwoman is the project of Pittsburgh artist Gi Smee, who regards the project as “a pitstop on their way to what’s really important.” Within new track “FOA” and its soft atmosphere and piercing fuzz, there’s a palpable sense of escapism from reality. The track is described as “a journey of will through the sea of chance.” Gi explains: “This is what it feels like to float away from your home and family and planet against your will.”
Musically, “FOA” shows wwoman mesh various aspects, from lush synths and a bouncy bass line to smatterings of guitar in the second half. The rhythm section projects a hypnotic allure. The “if I found my way,” vocal hook provide is wholly effective, even in its subtle transitioning from the verses. This is a great synth-pop groover to bring you into a chilled-out weekend.
Matthew de Zoete is a musician from Hamilton, ON, who plays under the name Colour Film. THe just I launched his new single ‘Open Road’ featuring Caroline Brooks of the Good Lovelies.
"Since 2006, I have released four albums and toured throughout North America and Europe, sharing the stage with acts such as Serena Ryder, Great Lake Swimmers, and Whitehorse and performing at festivals including North by Northeast, Canadian Music Week, JUNOfest, and Stukafest (Netherlands).
The song was inspired by a bike ride I took with my wife and two young daughters in the countryside one evening. At one point, they were up ahead of me a little way and I caught a glimpse of them biking with a stretch of open trail curving off into the distance in front of them. I was struck by the idea of a person you love being an open road - taking you places inside yourself, opening possibilities, and shaping your path into the future. This thought and the mental snapshot of my family stuck with me, so I wrote the song the next day. The rhythm and melody remind me of biking with them, and we shot the video on the same stretch of trail where the song was inspired."
“Open Road” was produced by Les Cooper and recorded in Toronto.
Joseph Tyler's new track "Race Car" touts an effervescent synth-laden pop sound, reminiscent of Panda Bear and Hot Chip.
“Race Car”, as well as its accompanying single “Eternity”, was mixed and mastered by Sam Pura. The two singles follow Tyler’s debut EP, 'It’s Been Too Long', in April 2017.
“Race Car” touts a glistening, summer-friendly sort of feel that centers around the excellent “I’ve got race cars going through my mind,” hook. There’s a captivating shift at 03:37, too, that offers up some catching melodic variation.
“I began writing the music of Eternity in the midst of an evolution,” Joseph Tyler explains. “Born out of experimenting with the nostalgic and colorful sounds created by synth arpeggiators, I discovered a vibrant world of inspiration to pull from. It became the perfect backdrop for an honest look at the thoughts, feelings, and fears racing through my head at that time.”
“It’s about being in love. It’s about growing up. It’s about the ebb and flow I experience while making music. It’s about the importance of creating eternal memories with the people, places, and things that mean the most to me.”
Eternity was recorded in Joseph Tyler’s home studio, with ample help from longtime collaborator Jordan Davis.
Released earlier today, “Earthquake” is a suave new single from North Carolina act The Will McBride Group, an act who has opened for ZZ Top, Styx, Eddie Money, and more
The track marks the band’s first release since their 2014 album 'ALL IN'. The track provides a social commentary on today’s volatile times while touting a chorus that recalls “top-down, highway cruising,” with a reggae-friendly backing. It’s produced by Grammy-nominated producer John Custer.
The track’s introductory vocals – “Sleep still in my eyes,” – combine with smooth guitar licks and a slight key-like warble in the background for an enticing beginning, with a bit of psych-friendly aesthetic in the rock sound. The multi-vocal addition around 00:45 before reverting back to the verse is savvy and well-done, adding tonal variation in leading to the chorus/hook at 01:16.
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.