Releasing today, Justin Levinson's "I'll Make It In Hollywood" is a beach-y, sugary '60s pop tune. Heavily influenced by The Beatles and Beach Boys, it's a playful number -- though written with a subtle cynical undertone, over-exaggerating the ease of rising to stardom and retiring in Malibu.
"I really wanted to release a bright/ beachy summery track at the beginning of the year," Justin explains. "Like the previous record, we kept a lot of the '60s pop inspired sound... big vocal arrangements, wurly and mellotron. Though the song may appear to be about a fella who is quite confident he's going to hit the big time in Hollywood, there is actually a bit of a subtle cynical undertone. I tried to tap into some of the hardship creatives go through in a lighthearted manner."
Jacob Faurholt is one of Denmark’s most prolific songwriters. He releases music both solo and under the moniker Crystal Shipsss. His music ranges from lo-fi home recordings, 90es inspired indie rock to ambient drone metal.
A Lake of Distortion, Faurholt’s 6th solo album, is a collection of fragile folk songs and fuzzy lo-fi pop carefully sequenced to work as a whole. It consists of 10 twisted love songs filled with joy and anxiety. The album was mainly written, recorded & mixed in Faurholt’s bedroom (in between work and other daily obligations) and the intimacy and urgency from that setting is apparent throughout the album. After recording the basic tracks Faurholt invited musician friends to work on the songs, among others Soren Brothers (Man Meets Bear), William Kudahl (Infants), Claus Frøhlich (Younolovebunny), Samuel Gray (Sam Gray Singing) and Jens Christian Madsen (Tjaere+Fjer). The recorded tracks were exchanged between them by e-mail. The albums short, melodic and fragile songs draws references to Bee Thousand era Guided By Voices, early Sparklehorse, and Daniel Johnston who is namedropped on the albums last song “Listening To Devil Town”.
Inspired by classic soul records, a collection of electric pianos, and today's affordable recording equipment, Robert Ledet is producing music that merges old school R&B sounds into an updated production style. The Mississippi native has a degree in Architecture that took him to Music City (Nashville, TN) to design buildings and make music. Every sound on Guttersoul was written, engineered and performed by the artist.
Robert Ledet’s self titled EP was released on August 2, 2016. The second EP "Guttersoul" came out December 15, 2017.
"Some great Hammond/Wurlitzer-driven contemporary soul rock seasoned with a good dose of humour and vintage flavors by Nashvillian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Robert Ledet. Definitely worth more than a listen!"
Kode Maya are an alternative-indie duo from Österbotten, Finland, comprised of.Henrik Sundström and Sebastian Jacobson.
The project started in 2014 as a one-time-fuzzrock-session, but eventually turned into a band with a more softer sound. In the Spring of 2016 their self-titled debut album was released, all songs recorded like poor musicians recorded in the old days, on a Tascam 4-track Recorder. A month later Loophole Factory EP came out, a more loopier lofi-sounding EP. A year later, Kode Maya's second album, ʼSkahftung, Baby!ʼ Was released. This time the 4-track was left at home, but the rest of the gear was brought to a small cottage in south of Österbotten, a little village called Skaftung. The whole album was written and recorded in two weeks.
In the summer of 2017, Kode Maya decided to work on just a couple of songs for two months, and see what happens when youʼre not in a hurry. The result is the newly released single ʼMosquito/Surrenderʼ. Kode Maya is a nostalgic duo, always using references from the music and culture that was popular during their upbringing, or even before. Hopefully not done in obvious ways, references from everything from Deftones, Steely Dan, Beastie Boys and Thin Lizzy, to old Swedish television shows can be heard on the new tracks. The skilled drummer Daniel Hjerppe was hired to play and record the drums. All the other instruments are handled by Henrik and Sebastian.
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.