Paul Childers – Naked Poetry

Paul Childers – Naked Poetry

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/PaulChildersMusic/

Debut albums from twenty two year olds aren’t supposed to be this good. There’s supposed to be a sense that the young artist is biting off more than he can chew, a certain amount of hesitancy, a sort of weakness in direction that shows, despite the wealth of potential, that the young artist still has some distance to travel. There’s nothing like that with Naked Poetry. Paul Childers emerges, full borne, from these twelve songs and demonstrates a singular purpose for both self-expression and entertaining his growing audience. Expect Childers to experience exponential growth in all areas with the release of Naked Poetry. It’s a particularly apt title. Childers comes through on Naked Poetry in an impactful, unvarnished fashion that has the makings of a long and iconic career ahead. Anyone who appreciates immense musicality and heartfelt songwriting will enjoy this brilliant new release.

He starts Naked Poetry off with the character study “Music Pulls You Through”. It’s a song reflective of the same essentially life-affirming message featured throughout his work It isn’t life viewed through rose colored glasses – instead, Childers writes songs that refuse to wallow in negativity and, even when the lyrics fail to reflect this, the buoyancy and sparkling textures of his performances are effective at conveying those emotions. He excels even more with the composition and performance “The Art of Being Twenty”. The title, at first inspection, might risk cliché, but Childers turns in one of his best all-around tracks with the album’s second song and it has a surprising maturity that further illustrates this is an unique performer with insight to spare. “My Love of the Rain” is the album’s longest song, running nearly five minutes, and has a nicely orchestrated quality missing from the remaining tracks. Childers gives his audience an appropriately sensitive vocal for the occasion and takes obvious care to tailor his voice as closely as possible to the musical surroundings. The groovy beat beginning the title song “Naked Poetry” is a great platform for its playful vocal melody and it takes enough twists for two full songs despite its short running time.

“No One Goes Dancing Anymore” has a similar quasi-orchestral quality at first, but it soon transforms into a light bit of R&B influenced pop music. Guitar plays an underrated role in the success of this song, but the drumming deserves a hearty round of applause as well. “Strangers” , a melancholy tale of modern love, gets a lovely treatment from Childers both from a vocal and songwriting point of view. The album’s closer, “Stay a Little Longer”, revisits some eternal themes for popular song and Childers acquits himself with tremendous skill. It has the feel of a closer as well and shows a clear sense from this young artist on how to properly conclude an album. Naked Poetry hits hard and makes its point with as little wasted motion as possible. What a performer, what a writer. It’s thrilling to think about where Childers can go from here, but this is definitely a career in the offing with the legs to go a long way into the future.

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/childerspaul?lang=en

Lance Wright

Blister – No Good Deeds

Blister – No Good Deeds

SPOTIFY: https://play.spotify.com/album/6G8Nbj0sjHlBZ07RFvW5OH?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

Blister if you have not heard of this band before then now is the time you have which is the perfect time. In fact here is a little insight into who Blister is all about. Back in the day dating back to 1996 the band got together wanting to do what any other artist or band wanted to do, make music and see where it would take them. Which is why we are here right here, right now because Blister released an album called “No Good Deeds”.
An album with so many tracks it is hard to track down just one or two to enjoy. Why because all of the tracks off this album are just that good. Going back to the band Blister though, they like many other artists or bands upon the music scene and it’s industry front have been through a lot. So much in fact, that these guys lost one of their band members to an illness. But lucky for them they were able to play shows, as well as write and record the material all needed and released on this album. While their band mate had passed before getting to hear the final product, the remaining band mates went on to release this album. It ends up being quite the release they thought it would be.

A runtime of almost 60 minutes is quite the joy ride of material to listen though. As said just being able to pick a few tracks is quite a task to do. So from here on we will just discuss this album and how it sounds as a whole, if you don’t mind that, that is. Hopefully you don’t mind because here we go. The band and album preserves the essence that is truly rock n’ roll, with punk rock flare of garage rock band essence. There is even some metal thrown in with the vocal chords doing some screaming aspects at times, making it sound just right with the other genres in effect.
That said, this album rounds off to being nothing but a solid piece of effort. It is a well rounded source wave of material that consists of the genres mentioned. You get so much energy off this album, it is hard not to want to hear it time and time again. Even its runtime is not enough time to hear it. It is like an album that does not want to end. It becomes one of those albums that just keeps going and going and going, pretty much. Which is not a bad thing, no not at all, more of a good thing. Listening to this album myself quite a few times for this review, each time through had me smiling ear to ear with excitement.

So you see that is what “No Good Deeds”, does to the listener. It gives off a good vibrations type of sense, with such energy flow, that the music takes hold of you in an instant. Blister as a whole, may not be an act you may have heard of before. But now that you have, given a listen to their album, may have you smiling ear to ear as well.

YOU TUBE: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL30YtClcqYmWDQqowGNZOLEUm7S751wg4

Sean Christiansen

Ashley J – Trapped

Ashley J – Trapped

SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/ashleyj_music

Pop songwriter/singer Ashley J launches a new chapter in her emergence as contemporary pop artist with a brand new single, “Trapped.” The inescapable and smoky single made an independent release on all digital and streaming platforms on May 19, 2017 via Ashley J’s production imprint, Bombshell Music, Inc.

There is nothing odd about this working couple’s chemistry on this single, except for the fact that I didn’t know who Ashley J was until now, but she’s not in the worst company with a producer like NMW. And if you look into her, she’s been going for some time and doesn’t appear to have anything but a great future in sight. With the last two releases under her belt, she now has “Trapped” to help carve out her destiny. It’s a spicy tune with a lot going for it, and that is expertly mixed with precision the only way he knows how. Who wouldn’t be proud, even though she wrote this song herself which cuts it either way.

Ashley sounds like right off the radio in the 80s when pop and dance music went hand in hand, and everything was all good like it still should be. That is not to say we don’t have a lot of good female pop singers, there are plenty. But that just makes it harder to stand out like this does, with or without top shelf production. But she also sounds everything that of today’s pop singers. After all, she has a wide range of influences from Christina Aguilera to country singers like Dolly Parton. But you’ll hear none of that on “Trapped” as she comes into her own and leaves the past behind on this well-crafted song.

The beat goes from subtle to crashing as the music begins and gets her to build up into the infectious chorus that swirls around with an endless hook. Her voice pushes the track but the beat drives it and the two work like magic. This is an effort to go new places as she steps it up on this, but I had to go back to know that. And that is why picking up all of her music, comes recommended. She’s going to have more and more fans if she stays on this course. More is more, as some say, while others are of the lesser variety in music, but pop holds the least grudges for its own sake. Might as well have it all, as that is what she has been delivering, and this is a solid step in an even better direction.

It takes her foundations further than on “Dare Ya” and should bring her fan base to another level as well. But the fact is she has over 100 songs written and does plan on releasing an EP next, so it’s really another beginning for Ashley. A beginning that stands apart but doesn’t erase what she has already accomplished. If being “Trapped” sounds bad, she makes it look and sound fantastic without losing the meaning of the word. That’s not easy, but it looks like she is up to any task the industry can toss at her, and this is a long bomb indeed. You won’t mind being “Trapped” into the beat on this cool new single.

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/AshleyJeanMusic/

Kevin Webber

Downie Streahl – I’m Alright

Downie Streahl – I’m Alright

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/downiestreahl/

Summer is upon the world with that said though, nothing better than listening to some music on a hot sunny weekend. Which is what is happening right here, right now with a new song called “I’m Alright”, by Downie Streahl. She is an up-and-coming artist that takes to her name that of country, pop, pop rock, plus adult contemporary genre choices to her creativity sources. Hence why she went and wrote this song we are discussing right here, right now.

“I’m Alright”, is just one of those tracks you can hear within the summer time, or any time of year really. Summer, winter, fall, or spring all the yearly seasons is what make this song work. It may sound just decent to the listener, but that’s what makes it work for itself. It sounds just decent in quality, that it is fine, like it doesn’t need to go out of its way sounding all top of the line, out of this world type of work. It is a song, that is for just kicking back, relaxing, enjoying the poetry of the words as it were.
Which brings us to the lyrical content of this song. The song going into detail about love, heartache, confusion, but facing all of that, still being able to pull through and be in short alright. Which is what we all are, are we not? Aren’t we all alright, in some shape or form no matter the time of day, week, year or any other way to place it. Yes we are alright, because it is fine to be alright, no harm in it.
Downie Streahl’s track that we are discussing here, may end up being another one of those you could just get enough of, hearing it once. While to others hearing it more than once really gives it that sense of flare. As if the song already did not have an effect with its contents within, hearing it more than once, really embraces it more. You get a kick of the music more too, it just adds in this flawless level of creativity from the artist at hand. Such a creative flow of work that rushes through the song, making it take a bow as if it were a real person. Not sure if any of this is making much sense really but it is just one of those songs that is so darn interesting, so much can be said about it.

“I’m Alright”, by Downie Streahl is a track that is a nice piece of work, if you can get it. You see where I am going here, if you like country, pop, or rock music, then you can get the material easily. Whereas if you were not a fan of said genres, then this song just would not work for you. Which is why this song and its accompanying artist tends to be a source pool of work, that is creative in a number of ways.

SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/downiestreahl

Jon McCall

Omid Master – Only You

Omid Master – Only You

URL: https://www.omidmaster.com/

Australia the place known for a variety of things, ranging from people, places, animals, to who knows what else. But what can be said about what else is the music variety. Australians Airbounre come from down under but they take the style of hard rock for the next generation take AC/DC for the here and now of the modern age of music. But this is not about them which it should be but it is not and that is okay. No this is about another Australian type of musical act a solo artist of the male kind called Omid Master with his latest release called “Only You”.

This singer songwriter of sorts started his solo career back in 2001, so for the past 10 to 15 years of his time, he has spent writing and recording material releasing it left and right, while also playing shows as well of course. But enough about his back story this is the EP “Only You”, because “Only You” can understand it. The EP consists of only 2-tracks one being “Only You”, of course, and the other is called “When I Close My Eyes”. “Only You”, kicks off this release with a rather similar style to other solo artists with everyday human names like John Mayor, or even such bands like Coldplay or perhaps even some twenty one pilots. Maybe not so much them because they tend to use the electronics within their rock style. Whereas Omid Master uses more of the pop, rock, adult contemporary style sounding more like the others mentioned, like John Mayor and Coldplay, with their sense of laid back, easy listening type of music, is what Omid Master is doing with his source of music creativity.
“When I Close My Eyes”, on the other hand sounds more or less like a song you could hear played upon the car radio or online radio. It is one of those tracks that is easy listening based with a more toned down effect that still sounds enlightening and catchy. In fact, here is something more interesting about this particular song, it is said that Omid Maser has described this song as he himself has a free sense of reality within wherever he may be and he zones into it from time to time anywhere he may be at it, whether that be at home, at work, or on a small or big stage at a concert setting. Once he lets himself into this realm of reality he calls his own in this very song that is “When I Close My Eyes”, all of his emotions flow right through and outward to all who can take in that creative mindset.

If that is not enough for you. Then Omid Master may not be the solo artist for you. Which is just fine and dandy because not everyone will partake in enjoying his music because it is not for everyone. But to those who do have a open mind set, then feel free to let this master invade it, with such a creative force, it engulfs you whole.

AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Only-You-Omid-Master/dp/B0728CK7GK

Mindy McCall

Metalepic Fit

Metalepic Fit

YOU TUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryQk7zrL9t4

Traveling as a missionary through Dubna, Russia in 2010, The Reverend was accidentally exposed to ununseptium (Uus 117), the super heavy artificial element, the heaviest metal on earth. He has an insatiable desire to bring the heaviest metal to all, leading the charge- culminating in a Metaleptic Fit. Rocking his followers with musical influences of Sepultura, Pantera, Deicide and Black Sabbath, Metaleptic Fit’s lyrics incorporate society issues and awareness of the times in which we live, from a first person point of view. And they do it with a menacing but simple manner, as did their influences. Old school metal meets its current makers on this self-titled two track sampler.

You can’t compare and always make out, but with Metaleptic Fit it’s necessary to set them apart from others up to the same mission of sorts. The guitars and drums are a machine gun force, while the vocals are wild and often hard to make out the lyrics. This is not a rare thing in power metal, as it often blends with heavier applications without stepping too far outside the box of accessibility. But you can never fault a band for wanting to set itself apart from what everyone else in the same field is doing. And this could light fires under the right places for anyone.

“Prey On Thee” wastes no time proving that ten-fold, and it just doesn’t quit with its unrelenting groove. He chants with the best of ‘em here and the rest follows. It’s a hodge-podge of divebombing drum patterns in a piledriving fashion (if such a word is appropriate for this brand metal). You can’t tell if the vocals or the backing track came first, and I have always liked that. I give it an extra point for such a result. And this track also has a maniacal ending I also like. And that is a testament to any ears that don’t listen to a lot of this style of metal.

But there is more to it than that, as a message is clearly written in the vocals, and like them or not, it deals with what a song is about. To some it matters the least, to some it can matter a lot more. It depends on how you process the notes, and that is why musicians and fans respond differently to a piece of music. If that helps in anyway, metal is as good a place to apply it as any. I wouldn’t expect to have it or serve it up any other way. Especially when this much care is taken, as you will find the mix to be of the perfect variety. But not everyone’s cup of tea contains the same flavor, so, choice is the ultimate friend.

“She’s Calling Me” gets into a similar groove pattern but it has much more musical and less vocal appeal, although the lyrics do get a point up from me as well. It’s just easier to my ears while it might fall the weaker track to anyone else. I just prefer this one by an edge. It goes the distance between the two tracks to entertain a little better, and end on a softer note. But if I really compared them further, the former track does have a cooler ending by far. But once you do that you’ll find the underlying beauty of both tracks, and enjoy them while the next Mataleptic Fit songs get written, recorded, produced and released.

10/10

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Metaleptic-Fit-187731851639027/

Elvin Graham

Faith Harris – The Time Is Right

Faith Harris – The Time Is Right

ALLMUSIC: http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-time-is-right-mw0002442940

Ann Faith Harris was born and reared in the blue collar music mecca of Buffalo, New York. Growing up in a household headed by her mother, a classically trained vocalist, Faith started singing hymns and anthems in her family church, St. Phillips Episcopal. Throughout her school years, she studied piano, sang in school choirs, ensembles, and formed several singing groups as she performed in and around the very vibrant city musical scene. After receiving her BA degree from the University of Buffalo, in Black Studies and vocal performance, Faith became the founder and musical director of a large community choir called the Imani Music Workshop.

She released this smoking album The Time Is Right, in 2012. Reflecting back upon it, this is something I’m sorry I missed. This is a good release by a real-good artist who should be further exposed to all genres, because it deserves more than the jazz and vocal tags it holds on the internet. It crosses over from pure freeform jazz to other areas of culture, to cover a wider range of listeners. But make no mistake, she doesn’t forget the traditional foundations either. You always have to have that altogether if you want to make it in jazz, but also step outside the box without disgracing the form.

Beginning with “The Time Is Right” to establish the point was a good idea, as it gives the rest of the songs some room to follow it up by getting the title track out of the way, which is often the chosen lead single. You get the feeling she means business without trying to sound preachy on this, and it continues until the very last note. And some of it even sounds like you heard it before, but you wouldn’t know from whom or where she got it. “Street Life” is one of those, and so is the following track “Brother Can You Spare A Dime.” They’re as familiar sounding as it gets. But there are also more modern stylings too.

“Morning Glory” with its bursts of sensation, is a track I find to be of the utmost effort to pull off traditional jazz and go completely unnoticed at it, and that’s what places it at the top of them all. It’s a big number indeed, that loses you in her voice and keeps you there the entire time. Just an outstanding piece of music, with everything that is good about this disc. And if that doesn’t win you over, check the next track “Here’s To You” with its much more up-tempo, reggae infused beats and rhythms. This is about where things peak and take you back down the ladder to leave you more than happy you experienced it.

“Hide Myself From View” has a more dramatic vibe that takes more exploring, even though the lyrics spell most of it out. This is a thought provoking piece that just doesn’t get fully appreciated the first time you hear it. Let it grow, because it is a grower. But also get in to the sweet sounds of “Open The Door” and “Compared To What” as they bring back to back sassy soul with high vocal notes and snappy percussion. And if that is not enough, “We Will Find A Way” is just the right ticket before finding some more “Peace” can be heard, and the final words come out of The Time Is Right Reprise. And you will play it again and again.

BARNES AND NOBLE: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-time-is-right-faith-harris/25308522

9/10

Elvin Graham

Swaylex – Scrale

Swaylex – Scrale

MP3 DOWNLOAD: http://www.mp3download05.com/download/yt/BEAkvs3pm8D

Emanuel Williams, otherwise known as Swaylex, is steadily building a following thanks to his recent spate of YouTube uploads. His instrumental tracks are his product alone – Swaylex plays every instrument in each of his three compositions and dispatches the parts in an equally entertaining and musically compelling fashion. He shows a sure sense on the track “Scrale” for just what the song needs and never overextends himself. His primary focus and the center of his talent seems concentrate on the guitar work, but the additional parts in “Scrale” aren’t some sort of afterthought. Everything comes together quite seamlessly on this track and only the judgmental would ever suppose the YouTube sound quality undermines the song’s quality. It does not. Swaylex’s artistic and musical intentions come through quite clearly and it is equally apparent that the young musician is a major talent blooming before our eyes and ears alike.

Unlike the first of his uploads, “No Rules”, this track is much more of a straight forward hard rock tune with wailing lead guitar, a powerful rhythm section attack, It shows his versatility he can move from the melodic strengths of the aforementioned song into something that depends much more on pure muscle. His talent for pulverizing listeners with riffs is every bit as strong, however, as his melodic skills but, unlike many other practitioners of the form, Swaylex never abandons his musicality. The drumming provides an excellent counterpoint for his guitar work and its habit of adding percussive flourishes in response to the guitar work creates an interesting dialogue that takes this performance to a higher level. Much like “No Rules”, Swaylex keeps his performance brief and the brevity serves the song well. Listeners will never feel cheated.

The trio of songs uploaded to YouTube has a consistent sound quality, but the drums and bass in this song are buried a little deeper in the mix than what they should be and it creates an imbalance that doesn’t affect other tracks like “No Rules”. It’s a shame, but not a fatal flaw. Instead, his audience will overlook these minor drawbacks thanks to the ear-catching power of his six string playing. The song kicks off with that distinctive fretwork and never becomes slack along the way. Instead, Swaylex has a real talent for keeping his audience’s attention and it’s a gift that might seem simple to acquire, but it’s far from the case. “Scrale” gives us a chance to hear this great young musician tackling material that will strike all the right notes for rock fans while retaining a distinctive edge that never sounds imitative or hollow. His talents as a songwriter and player are far from their infancy; instead, he comes across as a complete performer in every respect and there isn’t a single discernible lull in this performance.

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/YouTubeSwaylex/status/844325063247773697

Jason Hillenburg

The Spiders – Another Mile

The Spiders – Another Mile

NAPSTER: http://uy.napster.com/artist/the-spiders/album/another-mile

The Spiders have got the charts with their previous last single “Election Day” but will the charts see them top the last time with this time with their latest track “Another Mile”? Perhaps so or perhaps not it all depends on just how well this new song turned single with video turns out in the long run.

“Another Mile”, could be like their previous single that got radio work as well as an assortment of rotation going for it. In this case though this new song that is “Another Mile”, it is a one hit of a wonder of a classic track that could push the band to their limits with popularity. If that was not enough it seems as if the band already has quite the popularity of sorts going for them. As said before their last song did well for them so this new track could take that song and out it to shame.

This track for one thing, has this upbeat tone running through it, with catchiness glory. It becomes a track you just have a lot of fun with. You can dance to it, bob your head to it, just singing to the lyrics right off the bat, it gives off that sense to it. It makes the music working overtime if that makes sense at all. It like drives the music away from the country rock feel it gives off. It maintains a source of energy and type of beat, that keeps the music hard hitting with total emotions built right in.

Like the band themselves have said that this song is about achieving your goals. They themselves have done just that with this song alone. Plus on top of that even, them being musicians is yet another goal right there. So the goals just keep on coming from the likes of The Spiders as it were. That is saying something or other is it not. The Spiders is a band you may not like the name of but their music is a keepsake to the ears.
If you were curious at all, the band is lead by guitarist and vocalist Nick DeStefano, whose performed all over the U.S. even appearing on MTV as in the TV channel, if you still are a TV watcher that is if not then maybe you have not seen him in his previous bands. But of course that was then and this is now and The Spiders is his thing and it is going really well for him. Does not hurt to get some history insight out and about if you know what I mean.

Any way though The Spiders with their current track that is “Another Mile”, has got one man behind it who has been places with other musicians, but while he makes The Spiders his home place, with this song, there is no telling as to where this band and its track will likely go. Maybe it will cross the charts as the previous song had done or perhaps it won’t do anything at all. Only the time will tell for certain if at all.

YOU TUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nJcLro5xkk

Mindy McCall

Jupiter In Velvet – In2 the Arms of Love

Jupiter In Velvet – In2 the Arms of Love

URL: https://www.jupiterinvelvet.com/

Jupiter In Velvet has got something to say, as any artist or band it is something that is true to themselves and what can be found within their musical content. That said, this band has got a new perspective with a unique music style that is shown through their song writing and music skills. Again just like any other act, except this band has got it going on. So much so since their formation back in 2012, releasing a handful of material since, including most recent and newest to them an album called “In2 the Arms of Love”.

A 10-track album that takes the genre of music to a whole new level with one this band calls as electro dance rock straight out the U.K. So you can expect the likes of The Clash meets The Beatles, meets other such acts in the buzz like Wolfmother, Muse or Royal Blood. These acts just being in the know and now no matter where they are from they are getting discussed here and there so the same goes for Jupiter In Velvet too.
This album of theirs for one, is quite the set up, they have got such a number of tracks to pick and choose from with this release, it is rather hard to resist which is the best or worst is there is any. As for the selection picking’s that would have to boil down to such as “Bang On”, “I’m So Ready”, “Supercharged”, “Mars Ain’t That Far”, “Nowhere 2 Run”, and lastly probably “How It’s Gonna Be”. These number of pickings being rather interesting. How so you ask, well each one brings out that classic rock n’ roll energy, with such upbeat vocal chords, that the added essence of the instrumentals just makes the music more outgoing and pops out more so than it needs too.
That is what Jupiter In Velvet does you see. They have created a source of material in the form of music, and the lyrical context as well, that just pops out in certain ways. The music is able to speak with the listener in question. So much so that some of these songs off this album, really turn out to be quite relatable in some shape or form for the person listening in. Which is great and what any artist or band wants from their music right. Right in fact, it just works really well for these guys that their music becomes more effective with each listen.
“In2 the Arms of Love”, is an album of sorts. How sorted is it, well it is just sorted in a way, that makes it all work out for itself. Like the lyrics layer the music, while the vocal chords go right in tune with the music, that it just brings this rotating effect that has the music round off, to sound off like it should. Like their style choice is all here. You get the genre that they wanted to do and it can all be heard on this album, an experimentation if you will.

CD BABY: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/jupiterinvelvet16

Heather Savage