Atsuko-Dohke

Atsuko-Dohke

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/seraphgokko

Looking at the word “liuto” would confuse most, as it’s not one of the more common instruments known round the world. Saying though it’s in the mandolin family starts to reveal the style and sound it can convey. A sound and style that Dohke, Atsuo learned to lve over time for a variety of reasons. Today his love has turned into quite the passion as he’s teamed up with pianist Yamao, Atsuko to form quite the musical duo. The two will present a show November 26, 2017 entitled Pleasure of Music No. 4. An attorney today, Dohke was once just a young man with music running through him. With that he was instructed in the late ’70s by celebrated mandolinist Mr. Hiramaya, Eizaburo.

The best way to go about describing the music about to be performed is to recommend listening to Dohke on the internet to hear live cuts of what this passionate performer is bringing to his performances. “Pilgrim March” being one of many choices to select from that I was impressed with the first time I went to listen to these masterful works. You’ll have to be really into it or might want to forget about even trying to focus on such music in the first place, but even if so, you can start by doing so here. It would be a wise choice, likely coming from any opinion.

“Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia” is a performance of beauty and majesty all the way, as you could become hooked from the second you get wind of it. Guitar lovers can easily enjoy something like this, pianos lovers too. It doesn’t matter what variety of music you like, hoping you’re a music fan of any kind it will please even the youngest audiences looking for something they’ve never heard before. “Finlandia” has the same appeal written all over it. This is miles above the average musical partaking if you will, and that’s why it’s fun to hear. Anyone can agree if they just partake in some of it.

“Swan” begins with a piano motif to set it up before Dohke’s chops fly to the wind with the greatest of ease on this hypnotizing number. It’s absolutely-fascinating, and so is “Ma Dove Sei” for that matter. Both are equally captivating with all the bells and whistles to go with them. While the piano sweeps the arrangement in one direction, the liuto drives it back the other way and vice versa as they spa with much finesse and wonder, and without fuss and bother. There is a magical chemistry between them that holds it all down like nothing I’ve heard before, to its credit.

A whole lot can be said about very little when it comes to down to it. If “Adagietto” and the cosmic symphony that is “Bacchanale,” along with “Spartucs’s Adagio” aren’t enough to make fans out of you and ultimately get people to see performed, then it’s a loss and that’s an understatement. The only critical point to be had here is that it lacks major exposure and should not be doing that. It’s not going unheard from where I’m standing, it’s rather outstanding if you want something different but not hard to swallow.

SPOTIFY: https://play.spotify.com/artist/3A6QEENt41N7uJNCeg3ijF?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

Mike Tabor

Luckydabo$$

Luckydabo$$

YOU TUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR6WPkjIlAw

Luckydabo$$ is originally from the Ivory Coast which is in West Africa. The Ivory Coast is a nation that speaks French. As a young kid, Yovan aka Luckydabo$$ played a few roles in small movies in school and performed as a music artist a few times on stage. Luckydabo$$ has a unique style and he talks about today’s issues that we see in our society. He also brings the good times and rap in French and English. Lucky is also a college student with a major in economics. He also has a certificate in Architecture, real estate. He is an engineering technician and love being an I.T . His lyrics are inspiring, his voice is for the people.

Luckydabo$$ is in a different position than most rappers, he’s in the bi-lingual position of speaking out in two languages, to crossover in both French which is his native language, and English. This gives him an opportunity to be a voice for both cultures, facing similar but often different hardships in life. It gives him a purpose in that area within his music, to express himself about the trying times we face in the world. It doesn’t matter where we come from, Me$$enger speaks loud and clear, with songs of reasonable substance that you can remember the melody and words of.

He’s also the engineer, so the production is spot on for what he’s got to offer both musically and technically. Some of the tracks take knowing French language, but the same could be said about English if this review were in French language. And that’s just one of the things that makes this music difficult but also worth writing about. He could relate to that as easy as anyone can relate to his music, so it’s a compromise worth making. And some of these songs not only contain a positive message, they also rock back and forth with just as much effort as the lyrics he does a good job writing. For instance, the first track comes recommended for its lyrics more than the music, but he worked out every note around it to perfectly match the words. Or, this comes naturally and he does it without even knowing. If that doesn’t describe the finesse he applies, then you can just call it an accident. I’m convinced that a-natural put everything he had into it, rather than found himself improvising on “Go Get It.” But your mileage may vary, if you don’t dig down as deep into as that might take. It depends on what you’re listening for, but this is an epic track compared to most of the others.

“True Story” loses itself easier, but again it depends on what you’re listening for. If I were to choose between the two, the former wins, hands down. But this isn’t bad at all either. But it’s a good thing there’s more to talk about in “Forever” which seems to come to the rescue by the time you hear it, and it sounds out everything it seems Luckydabo$$ needs to bring his music full-circle. This is almost as good as “Go Get It” and is even better if you like featured female guest appearances. “It’s Been A Long Day” and “Friday Night” are my other picks worth checking out. But there isn’t a band tune the Me$$enger is packing. “Chill in the mansion” with it, and a glass of wine.

SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/luckydabo

Todd Bauer

Don Rousell drops new single

Don Rousell drops new single

TUNECORE: http://web.tunecore.com/music/donrousell

Most would agree most popular artists out there have something truly special to give to their fans. This goes above the typical attributes like raw talent, amazing songs, nice voice, or even a very marketable look, sound & image. There’s something truly infectious at the core of these artists that simply makes us feel good when we listen to them. Whatever “it” is – they all seem to have “it”. Don Rousell is one of these artists.

Today I listened to the latest single from Don Rousell “My Wife and My Girlfriend” Venturing to the internet I get the impression this is one artist that is extremely experienced and passionate about the songwriting craft. From start to finish this exciting single from Rousell delivers and is in itself a very entertaining musical experience from start to finish. It has a Contemporary Motown, Jazz quality to it and even dabbles in classic Vocal Blues and Soul Rock It also reminds me of Billy King, Curtin LeMay and Bobby Womack among others. Any fans of any of these artists will enjoy this latest release from Don Rousell. It’s clearly marketed for those who enjoy a low but soothing Baritone vocal front. The song is priceless Pop-Blues and my hats off to Rousell for hand picking such an amazing piece to release to the world. Within this single Rousell offers up his own unique musical interpretation and bares his soul delivering what I would call pure musical mojo on Bass and vocals. It offers much in the way of passion and compelling-thought provoking message. The playing from Rousell is impressive and he is backed up by Shane Regal on guitar. The timing is spot on and just makes the whole song even more enjoyable. The overall vibe of the production is boldly honest but offers pockets of hope shining through. The song is remarkably easy to groove to.

I see Don Rousell as a polished performer. He possesses an amazing amount of experience, insight and rock solid musical instincts behind the microphone or behind a bass. The strong suit of this single is the way Rousell makes every second of this track all his own.

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

Jamie Morrison

Danny Nardini

Danny Nardini

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

Hip hop’s newest sound is the angst fueled flows of Upstate New York artist Danny Nardini. Danny’s inspiration comes from the burning desire to rectify his family’s break up and spiral downward into poverty. At the age of 14, he was working to support his mother, younger sister and younger brother. Discovering the power of music and rhyme was the pathway out of darkness for his soul and maybe for his family. Emotions born from the harsh realities he faced fill Danny’s lyrics and rhythms with a fierce presence that can’t be denied. The hip hop scene can use Danny Nardni for all he’s worth. “Don’t Act” from the EP, The Major Moves, is chock full of what the EP is all about. That is not to say that the tracks don’t vary, they do, but this-single lights the way in my opinion. The title doesn’t even get repeated too often in-order to fall cliché. It’s a strong sentiment with some good humor and explicit lyrics that don’t go as far as to turn the listener off. There’s a market for such and more, but I listen to less than more explicit music. It more than passes in that department.

Wrap your head around the whole EP and you get this song even more, but as a single it’s enough to bring you toward the EP as well. Being the most moving and obviously most radio-friendly cut it’s the perfect section to assault ears with, which it does, and more. There’s nothing too out of line in these lyrics to steer listeners away, it’s pure fun as he makes a lot of adult suggestions without sounding crass. It’s done with respect in that manner, so it’s appropriate for the track. He’s just keeping it real. If you like loops and cool sound effects, this has all of that and a kettle of chips to go with it. These aren’t the easiest times but this is also not a negative song, it’s very upbeat and smoking all the way. The cover photo goes nicely with the EP cover which is equally stylish. It reaches high marks in the art department but what’s beneath the cover is where it’s really at. This isn’t quite a party song, but it can be either played in the club or at the pool and keep ears going under any circumstances. “More-rowdy than a playpen” in parts, and extremely laid back in other parts. It has all the right grooves.

This is one cool rapper with more to go around than just another rhyme or storyline, he has a mainstream quality, with a hardcore sensibility. These are two hard elements to combine, as they tend to serve opposite purpose. What more can an artist do but run with it, and not look back. I would crank this day or night with no hesitation as it goes on my playlist. It’s distributed all over the world, so it can be found at any music download platform or store on the internet. Search it up and don’t forget to check out the entire EP, because he’s got The Major Moves and major grooves.

YOU TUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7Psex8YZ3I

Todd Bauer

Elle Casazza – Proof

Elle Casazza – Proof

Stream – https://soundcloud.com/ellecasazza/sets/proof

Contemporary pop singer-songwriter Elle Casazza attracts audiences from the jazz, soul, funk and pop scene by creating cohesively blended music, fusing all of these genres into one. Her newest album is entitled Proof, and it proves a lot about Elle Casazza and who she’s working with. This is a big band, consisting of herself on vocals, along with keys – Julian Chin, guitar – Jon Gould, drums – Jarad Kleinstein, bass & synthesizer – Ben McFadden. With a full horn section including tenor sax – Kyle Madsen, trumpet – Caleb Mitchell, trombone – Xavier Galdon, baritone sax – Ryan Tedder, french horn – Allison Tutton. Topped off by the string section including cello – Jessica Ondracek, violins – Sarah Blickensderfer, viola – Kevin Lin. If that isn’t impressive, than I don’t know what is. This isn’t just any kind of pop music, it’s retro-pop in a fantastic way.

There’s too much soul to call it just one thing anyway, her musicians get plenty of stretching out time throughout the diverse collection of songs. There really couldn’t be a better vehicle to drive an album. It kicks off with a bang on the killer opening monster “Hey” which comes on like singers of the past did, like Whitney Houston. That is a strong statement to make, but balance it with Cyndi Lauper and you get where I’m going. You can even taste a little bit of bands like Missing Persons, The Motels and even The Pretenders on this. It’s an eclectic mix of rock and synth-pop.

She turns around and finds herself a different animal of sophistication on “Save Me” and it can be exemplified along with the previous track to describe the diversity going on. A track anyone can like is the result, as it sits right up there with the rest of the songs that showcase the finest musicianship on the Proof. “You” is yet another one that displays some influences of the eighties that she obviously embodies. Stevie Wonder is one of those who shines through, but never takes away from the originality Elle possesses. There are many points where she nails her influences and then includes her own originality in one flash, and that others may not as easily pick up on.

This has a type of magic in every direction, no matter how you slice it, with my picks being “The Body Knows” with its spine shivering vocal and “Last Word” with its fun-loving pace and witty lyrics. It has a chugging guitar rhythm with synth and fast beats to make it reach out and grab you. But if you don’t like dance music with rock and soul all over it, you won’t find this to be a highlight. But different strokes for different folks is not a term that falls far from her tree of talent. Especially since Elle comes loaded with tons of diverse talent to spare, and so does her album, Proof.

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

Elvin Graham

Marc Daniels releases Redheads single

Marc Daniels releases Redheads single

YOU TUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe8Ww9APm1I

Breaking into the country-rock music scene in 2016, Marc Daniels debuted artistry as well as, his musical and emotional depth that he infuses into his songs. The Starting Line has already received media praise from Country Music Life, Country Music Junkies and continues to gain a considerable buzz. his full-length album, The Starting Line. Produced by Tom Chandler, the album pays homage to Marc’s past experiences while growing up in rural America and is comprised of soulful vocals, blazing guitar melodies and heavy basslines. The nine-song collection includes roof-raising anthems, with the new single and video, “Redheads.” After the initial smack in the face of sound that hits you when you first hear “Redheads” is hard to get over in-order to stop and smell the peaches. But once you do that, you find not only a bucket full of sweetness, you also get a funny scene built round it on the hit video clip. But you’re going to need sense of humor that any country music fan should have to get it without laughing at, instead of with. This is often misunderstood for serious acting when it’s not. It gives you a look at it from both perspectives and leaves you with a smile at the very least. But you won’t do that without seeing the video.

Looks aren’t everything, but there’s some fine summer dressed read headed girls that you can only think about if listening without seeing this. So, if looks are everything, just don’t be surprised by the time it’s over. That’s not going to happen in the song, so let it stick to the ear, or it won’t take him the prize. You’ll see, it’s all in the video but not necessarily in the track. You’ll also see and hear why he catches on fire over them, as he indicates in the lyrics, which pass for a better description of the whole thing. I have never quite understood the read-headed and blond-headed jokes, but if I were attracted and vice versa I might be able to own up to it or not, depending on my sense of humor. It’s hard to get a read on it from that angle, but it takes nothing away from the single, the video or Marc Daniels. He sings about their green eyes and all the clichés, backed by a video clip with some hilarious situations. But give that a pass if you don’t want to see comedy with your country. It’s still done in good taste if you do. But “Redheads” stands on its own two feet. I have also been getting more and more into country rock lately, the kind that bites with a big sound that has slowly been coming back, and this does the business. Marc is worth keeping an eye as he rises on his own as he recently switched gears into country for a full-length album with potential hit singles. And “Redheads’ is a cool introduction that put me onto more of his music. It can have that appeal to anyone who likes country rock artists, especially ones with obviously harder rock roots. It’s always a good foundation to come by in country, but the two aren’t that far rooted from the same tree.

RELATED ARTICLE: http://countrymusiclife.com/redheads-by-marc-daniels/

Elvin Graham

Prison Escapee – “Locket” and “Au Revoir”

Prison Escapee – “Locket” and “Au Revoir”

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

Erik David Hidde’s journey has carried him from the independent New York City music scene to Southern California where his project, Prison Escapee, promises to turn some ears with its effortless directness and ample imagination. These are not cheerful musical landscapes, but that shouldn’t imply they are despairing compositions or musically limited – the lyrics might explore themes of loss and regret, but there’s a rich humanity conveyed in both “Locket” and “Au Revoir” that opens up their dramatic potential and he achieves remarkable instances of diversity over a duo of songs many other artists and bands are hard pressed to maintain over an EP’s length of work. The electronic aspects of his work are undoubtedly key to its final success or failure, but he’s never at loss for melodic strength and other instruments make their presence felt in the release. Hidde takes an overall even handed approach to these songs while managing to achieve much different effects with each of them.

Hidde’s talents for conjuring convincing post-rock are given a chance to shine bright on the first song “Locket” thanks to the combination of a thumping synth line along with strong, though judicious, rhythm section attack. Light echo cloaks Hidde’s singing, but there’s a forcefulness coming through in his approach that’s difficult to pin down as anything except sensitively arranged post rock vocals. The song never really crescendos in a traditional sense and, instead, simmers at a steady near peak throughout. Those used to bridges, choruses, and solos announcing themselves might feel a little challenged by the lack of these conventional elements, but “Locket” is a thoroughly satisfying affair. It creates its own sort of dynamics and tension – it’s a song whose rewards are reaped by choosing to truly listen.

“Au Revoir” is a much more recognizably conventional experience, both instrumentally and in construction, but finding Prison Escapee meandering a more familiar landscape never means that he panders to those traditions. Much like the earlier track, albeit in a different way, The piano melody guiding this song is given additional uplift from more of the expertly deployed percussion and bass heard in the earlier track. Washes of synth color are much more restrained here but neatly fill in any space. Much like the earlier song, Prison Escapee shows a real penchant for writing songs that truly breathe, yet possess undeniable substance. These tracks are decidedly different sonically, but they share common ground of intent and the same guiding artistic sensibility is clearly steering each composition.”Locket” and “Au Revoir” are top notch examples of what some performers, patrolling the margins of the indie music scene, are capable of today.

BANDCAMP: https://prisonescapee.bandcamp.com/track/locket

Joshua Stryde

Joshua Lukas

Joshua Lukas

YOU TUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK254tujlF_pF_SPcjqjBkA

London based singer/songwriter Joshua Lukas has been living in the UK since he was a child. He was born in Tehran to Armenian parents. He writes from the heart with a focus on meaningful lyrics and simple memorable melodies. He believes a song can inspire, motivate, reduce one to tears or just simply act as a forum of escapism. Now armed with everything he needs, this singer-songwriter has recently released his first EP entitled Beautiful Promises containing three songs; “Beautiful Promises,” “Just Because” and “Father Gone.” The title track also has a music video that was filmed in London, showing some of its iconic sites, such as Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and London Eye. Joshua has been referred to as a “sincere artist” and that much is written all over the music of a three song EP debut that remains a fresh release for its time. The purpose is never defeated for one second on what are honestly a few serious tracks but don’t fall short of playfulness in the process. There is a true wisdom and positive message behind what he sings about, and he could go far with it, as long as he keeps telling it like it is. From the first cut to the last, this doesn’t come with any low points. It’s all high honors for him, his voice and the incredible music. Three world class numbers worth hearing.

“Beautiful Promises” is an epic effort to kick off the three, with a video that should be looked at, but it would be best to hear the track a few times beforehand. It centers around an anniversary in the video. This is great stuff and should be the lead off to what are essentially three singles. It is brooding but not haunting, with more of a warning message behind it. It’s about learning to be ourselves and to be free as we can be. The female background vocals give it a layer that perfectly matches his emotional voice. And by the time it’s over he’s saying goodbye with an awesome vocal post-fade to take it out. The rest of this EP is gravy.

With “Just Because” being the next song, but could swap with the last track all the same. It wouldn’t make any difference, because although they’re both great tracks, they properly follow the opening in any order you play them. You just can’t deny that once you hear the EP, but you also can’t deny this is another goody. It’s about second chances, and he picks up the pace on this one, but you get a lot of musical variety that the first song doesn’t explore. The track starts to go into a frantic speed before dramatically slowing up in the mid-section. And that is one of the best things you can say about what is another steady song.

“Father Gone” comes sailing in with an effortless, feather-soft texture that isn’t anything like the others on Beautiful Promises. It closes with a storytelling track that almost has an Irish feel to the guitar picking. The mid-section on this one is even better than on “Just Because” with an orchestrated piece of music that takes it over the top. It makes the final cut stand out a little higher but not as high as the opener which is worth the price of admission alone. But it’s worth noting that this is also an epic track that belongs on the same EP as the rest. And that’s a testament for any closing song to stand up to.

I-TUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/beautiful-promises-single/id1134004933

Elvin Graham

Impuritees – Nothing Matters (EP)

Impuritees – Nothing Matters (EP)

RELATED ARTICLE: http://austintownhall.com/tag/nothing-matters-ep/

Vancouver musician Impuritees (real name Duncan Lee) released his first EP, Nothing Matters, last Friday. It is full of old-fashioned nihilism, as the title would suggest. However, each track is upbeat and rather than wanting to cry into your pillow, you find yourself swaying to the rhythm. The EP as whole reminds one of what you’d find from Weezer or Tame Impala (who happens to be one of Lee’s inspirations- it absolutely shows). Smooth but at times a little boring, Nothing Matters is a strong breakout release for the artist.

The titular track “Nothing Matters” starts out strong, guitar riffs demanding that you pay attention. It sounds like it’s going to come at you and stay there, and then the rest of the song happens. The rhythm is nice but it definitely lacks the punch that you found yourself waiting for. Lee’s voice, while great to listen to, almost sounds out of place with the rest of the music. His is a sound that feels like it should be on a Coconut Records album instead of something a little too heavy on the guitar. The lyrics are about as happy as a bouncy house deflating with the kids still in it.

“Acceptance” sounds like something you’d hear on the soundtrack of an indie movie about quirky teens finding themselves. Surprisingly, that works for the track. It gives you the sense of nostalgia, causing little pangs in your heart for a situation that you’ve never even been in. The rhythm is great, and it has this amazing moment in the first verse where it seemingly slows down. It’s a track you could listen to when tired, as it would lull you to sleep without requiring you to succumb to boredom.

Starting off slow, “Speak to Me” quickly goes into something that sounds like what would happen if you merged Weezer with Arcade Fire. The song has a few moments where learning that Lee was once in a Beatles cover band is the least surprising thing you could hear. The sense of nostalgia is still strong with this song. You’ll find yourself itching to go on a road trip that has the potential to change your life, or something like that.

“Easy Way” is a chill song- its one you could add to a focus playlist without the risk of getting distracted. Lee fiddles around with his sound yet again and produces a wonderful track. Nostalgia greets us again, and you’ll be sure to feel disappointment knowing that there isn’t anything after this track. It is my favorite song on the EP.

Overall, Nothing Matters is impressive. There were some stumbles here and there, but I’m sure many listeners would love everything Lee has to offer in his newest project. His experimentation with different sounds merges into a collection of refreshing tracks. It shows who he is and what you can expect from his music, as well as a glimpse into the future. And for Impuritees, it seems very bright.

SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/impuritiesband/nothing-matters

Victoria Patterson

SkoolboyBlis

SkoolboyBlis

I-TUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1196507461?ls=1&app=itunes

Straight out of Colorado bringing you an innovative now sound mixed with a lyrical assault that will have you listening to both the music and lyrics. SkoolboyBliss features Jason who is a director, actor, performer, humanitarian, hustler, artist, writer, philanthropist, dedicated to bringing realness and awareness back to the community. Edgy innovative lyrical artist painting pictures thru sound on Throne Motivation. This is a release that deals with the hard life of crime and death going on around him with relatives and friends. It takes you through the ups and downs of it all.

But other than that, all there is to go off is the music and some background research to tell that this is no rookie on the rap and hip hop scene. As a matter of fact, he’s a killer crooner and a jack of all trades, not some new boy on the block. But if you were to take him and Throne Motivation at face value, you’d still get the picture that he’s a cream of the crop talent and force to reckon with. It’s just important not to get crossed on the particulars. Most notably the explicit content. This is for the adults in the house, that’s for sure. And if you like it honest and that’s the language you speak, this will do the business.

“No Limits” gets the ball rolling with some spoken word from your sponsors and it’s off to the show with some incendiary rapping to establish the crown from jump street. This burns right through to “Rated R” which is exactly that. Rapping about what happens if you don’t pay the piper and do right by your own. And it’s all good and well from where the groove bottoms out and he gets deep into his spiel. If that isn’t enough the SkoolboyBliss keeps going with “No Turning Back” and Greystorm get into the situation for one of two appearances. And it is double trouble when they come together.

Answering back solo with “The Comeback” you can chill to some serious reality as well as kick it to the beat of this raw but slick track which is followed by what could arguably be the better of the two moments by Greystorm in “Lipstick on My Collar.” This is where it gets a little naughty, but nothing over the line or anything. There’s nothing offensive about SkoolboyBliss, regardless of any creative lingo. It goes to show you can have fun preaching the word without turning off the masses. A thread you’ll find from beginning to end if you get this whole CD. There’s more to be found on videos, so it isn’t all he’s done.

“My Way(feat. Christina Dahl)” is another point of sale among all these tracks, some containing these guests who really bring it to life. This isn’t like everything on Throne Motivation. It has a wider accessibility range if any of the tracks do. It might go the distance over and above everything but it’s too soon to tell only having heard it a few times. But if it doesn’t sustain its apparent wings, there is always the obviously good “Higher Place(feat. 4th Quarter Ent)” with yet another guest appearance. Or the closer, featuring Jewelz, which brings the house completely down. You’ll never know until you try some.

NOISE TRADE: https://www.noisetrade.com/skoolboybliss

Elvin Graham