Last year we found Odessa's self titled folk-pop debut, a four track EP with the essentials. A little more recently, she released her self titled debut LP. It's a little confusing, and that's probably why they pulled the EP from sale. I mean, you might as well spend a few extra dollars and get the entire album, right?

Absolutely. You'll get the prior EP in the first four tracks, and even as her latest single. It seems she did something extra right the first time around, so they put together a very well made music video for Hummed Low.



I'm not sure the single is the best definition of the album's sound, but it does demonstrate some of her best areas. Her voice doesn't need too much music to make memorable melodies, and when the music does kick in, there's a certain flair to it. The musical producer played a key role.

The rest of the album might have some spare Americana rock roots, or some bluesy notes here and there, but for the most part it's folk with pop producers and Odessa's gentle vocals. She knows how to kick it up when she has to, but the real sale is in the easy-going swiftness.

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The album's just long enough to hold your attention without boring you, but doesn't beg to be heard twice. It's more of a casual listen every-so-often so that it can be savored without exhausting your tastes. Then again, that may just be me. You can give the album a stream on Spotify and see for yourself.

If you like what you hear, after you've bought the album, you might also feel like tagging along on her Facebook or Twitter.
Two years ago I heard EoM's ForAllWeKnow, and its effect on me from then to now has been such that I wasn't about to miss this latest release. Sunrain comes with significantly more lyrics (unless you want the instrumental version) and claims to be a collection of perspectives.

I kinda start to salivate just knowing I'm about to listen to an EoM beat, but what's great about this collection is the variety of rappers/their perspectives, and how well E picks them out. Today's feature track is I Don't Know, featuring Adad.



The bass is spot on, the lyrics start along with the beat, but it's that old time-y influence that not only sounds great on its own, but plays with these particular lyrics perfectly. It runs a little bit deeper than just the words, and that's consider the quality rhymes Adad brings to the table.

There's also a certain freedom to it, a very real emotion coming from each of these rappers. I'm not sure if there's just no pressure and they're being themselves, or if the beats are just that inspiring. The end result is a varied set of sounds and ideas with an extremely similar quality to finish it off.

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Sunrain has excellent replay value for the hip-hop aficionado, but that instrumental version is great too if beats are more than enough. I like addition of the rappers, I like his selections, and the track list placement. Add a the surprise track with EoM's own quality rhymes, and the occasional appreciated instrumental, and you have an album I find hard to grow tired of.

I think the reason I'm admiring this effort so much is because I'm hearing the evolution. This isn't so much a milestone as it is an anecdote or a positive memory. In the two years since his last release he's grown this much. What's in store for the next release?

The stream is free, but support the music you love by paying for it when and if you can. You can also keep up with Elements of Music on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
With the Rhodes Fender leading the way, Marc Cary, Terreon Gully, and Taurus Mateen make today's jazz trio. There's some electronic elements, there's a lot of funk, but most importantly there's plenty of room for improv. This trio make those moments work wonderfully on a studio recording; an art often only mastered in live setting.

I first heard Marc Cary on a free NoiseTrade sampler. Three excellent songs, the first of which was a single from today's Rhodes Ahead Vol. 2. That song was Astral Flight 17, and for all too long I thought that would be the featured track today. The truest gem, however, comes much earlier on the album.



Let's be real about this, even Cary knows this song is some of the best he's got on here. The track immediately preceding it is literally called "Prelude to a Hit". The brass (read: keys) opens the track up, Mateen's bass funks it up just right, well timed and evolved, and before the classic keys chime in you've been strung into the mood.

There's no need to mention the very inspired percussion, either, because you'll hear that same quality all throughout the album. Gully knows his times backwards, forwards, stretched out and spun in circles. The ease with which he performs is almost as impressive as the amount of talent he can display with just a single track.

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These guys are basically a dream team for jazz funk, leaving us all with one great full length album. There's a handful of excellent songs, and another handful of decent ones. Nothing ever goes wrong, but you do get to notice how sometimes the improvisations could have lead to something just a little more spectacular.

If you're hearing Beehive right now, you should already know if the album is gonna suit you. The stream is free on Bandcamp, but be sure to support the music if you end up loving it. Alternatively, keep up with Marc Cary on Facebook and Twitter.
They kept it clean, labeling it only as rock, and that's good because I don't need a label to understand indie pop. There's a difference here though, this is indie pop with integrity. The self-released effort is proof that you can add a little pop and a little depth without selling your core values to the dark ruler of your choosing.

They also started things off with a killer lead single. It's got the pop influence, valued talent, well made hooks, and chemistry. It just doesn't feel like this was made for the money. Then again neither does the other released track. If indie pop/rock is usually your thing, you might wanna head to their Soundcloud and check both songs out back-to-back.



Before the song starts, its title is winning me over. Dark. This deep empty mysterious thing, which is kinda what they're selling themselves as for this effort. Click play and you'll be greeted by some perfectly fuzzed out bass lines and some well laid riffage. The pop will start as soon as the percussion chimes in, and considering the quality of the percussion overall, it's hard to be upset about.

I can tell you exactly when the song won me over and made the song speak for the album towards my music admiring psyche. After exactly one minute and eight seconds of build up, after riding the edge and letting you imagine a full-on instrumental, the lyrics kick in. These aren't the best vocals of all time, honestly they're average on their own, but they seep perfectly into the mood that's been so well built.

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As a completed effort, it stands on its own for the first listen. Every listen afterwards, it actually gets better. Little things you didn't notice, especially lyrically, make for an album with tons of replay value and scarce monotonous moments. It wasn't made by accident, it wasn't put together with spit and chewing gum, this was an elaborate display of each member's capabilities and they made sure it worked out they way it had to.

That doesn't mean things will go all peaches and cream for everybody. I highly recommend a stream before the purchase if indie pop isn't normally your thing. You can find it on Spotify. If you like what you hear, I guarantee it'll age like a fine wine.

You can also keep up with the Texas based band on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
I was not in the mood for new music when I first heard Josh Garrels a few days ago. Completely reluctant to sounds I hadn't heard before, I still found a comfortable place for Josh when I heard him, and I'm pretty sure it's because of the singer-songwriter influences he shares throughout this latest effort.

Two songs into the album and he completely won me over as Colors ended. Lyrically it could carry the weight of half the album, but then there's that nice slow-jam-y funk-ish vibe coupled with some of the best vocals he has to offer. If nothing else, give that one a listen.



You'll also get a firsthand graze of the relaxed acoustic vibe and the low-lit religious tones. Let it be known this is music for everyone, it's usually very creative, it's inspiring, talented, and very well produced. Its full circle effect allows you to drift along with it for more than just a few minutes, and its that same long-term passion that pulls you so near to it.

Then, almost to compensate for the beauty, are some cliche moments that seem driven by appeal for the masses, but is actually just a really close tribute to those same singer-songwriter influences. This is purely a personal opinion, but I feel like those tributes haven't evolved to modern times. For some that could be a terrible thing, for others it's a refreshing blast of nostalgia.

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The album in its entirety feels well rounded enough, though it does have its peaks. There's undeniable moments of awesome that might shadow a song or two in its way, but all that really matters is that the album works despite that. It does work, and it's an excellent listen if the mood is right.

Josh Garrels already has quite the following, but you can join it to strengthen his musical future. Support the music by buying it if you enjoy it as much as you should. Alternatively you can keep up via Facebook and Twitter, and maybe show up to a live show if he's ever near you.
Sometimes good things come in moderation. That line could probably sum my entire thoughts on Flamingo Bay's latest garage rock effort, and it's neither a good nor a bad thing. The album, in my eyes, has enough character to string you along, enough talent to win you over, and yet somehow manages to slightly under-use its capabilities.

Proof of this is their video single, which we won't be featuring but you can check out here. I actually initially discarded the band because of it, an action I'd later repent. The music wasn't bad, it just didn't hook me. Throughout the album, though, there were quite a few gems. Among them the title track, Steak n' Eggs.



Now, Steak n' Eggs is the last track, it's that final attempt at an impression, and it works. It's got that medium-rare garage-rock feel that goes well with the apathetic stoner-rockers out there. That's not all the album's made out of, but this track does real good of sealing the deal while making the best of what everyone has to offer.

The alternative to Steak n' Eggs is the opening track, Culprit of the Tahiti Pearl, which uses its seven minutes to exhaust most of the band's progressive resources. It's a great listen, but it's farther from the album's DNA than the title track is.

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You can expect a splash of surf rock, a dab of blues, a few great instrumental tracks, and often the general sensation of an unsettled band. They're exploring a lot of sounds, which feels like they're trying to see where they fit or what they're best at. Right now it makes for a decent album at a very fair price, in the future it could make for a versatile band with a crowd pleasing repertoire.

If you like what you hear so far and you'd like to hear more, you can support the band by buying the album through the above Bandcamp link, liking them on Facebook, following them on Twitter, or if you happen to find yourself in or around Ontario, Canada, checking up on a live show.
What is avant garde pop? Confusion reigned as it was being explained to me. In the end it took my own ears to dissect the sound properly and understand what it meant. Yes, there's minor pop qualities, especially as far as amazing vocals can go, but for the most part Ghostology is an album full of different kinds of poetry, beautiful melodies, sporadic wisps of equally beautiful sounds, and jazz fusion with a strong enough accent to be noted without completely taking over.

There's no shortage of amazing tracks on the effort, so picking out a single stand-out song can be difficult. In the end, I sided with the first leaked single, Transformation Train. I was hesitant to post this one at first because this is the song that ties everything together, but in truth it's the best representation of Ghostolgy as a whole. It has everything I've already mentioned, and then some. The mixture of such varied sounds can be a lot to take in for the average listener, so if you'd like to dip your toes and test the temperature, I recommend hearing Lost in Time first.



Too many influences to count, and nearly eight minutes later, and we've definitely heard Marena Whitcher's Shady Midnight Orchestra. It can be overwhelming. It brings forth a range of emotions, a story (which after a few listens you realize is a general idea,) and a subtle misshapen hook that you won't even realize has clung onto you until it's a little too late. The odd or awkward moments, which incline more towards art than music, frame the work beautifully. The details are everywhere, and they become brighter and more delicate after each listen.

Transformation Train is basically a compressed representation of Ghostology as a musical piece. You'll get bits and pieces of everything you should expect, but the long haul the album walks you through is essential to the listening experience. By the end, it''s easy to consider the effort as a theory put into audio, draped with pretty sounds to make it easily understood or appreciated by the public.

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I wish I could speak Swiss just for the sake of easily understanding the album's finale (which is also dressed with a little Edgar Allan Poe.) It sounds like theater, and even without understanding the words you can understand the dialogue's tone, and that the emotion ranges from person to person. What a humbling experience it is to feel someone else's emotions so vividly. The truth is it's an extra few minutes of confusion to me, but it aids the overall beauty of the album. It's not just the music that feeds the listener with this one; the experience is half the effort.

You can hear seven of the nine songs from the album on the Shady Midnight Orchestra Soundcloud, and if you're really yearning for those extra two songs you can find them on Spotify. I'd recommend catching them live, and if you're in or around Switzerland that may be possible for you, but the rest of you need to create demand. Buy the effort if you're loving it as much as I am, and tag along on Facebook and Twitter to show your support.
Not too long ago, the fifth season of HBO's Game of Thrones begun, in turn creating a wide roar of happy fans in the continuation of the series. To celebrate, Alborosie and King Jammy collaborated to make a dub album inspired by the series. This is the important part, inspired. I'm not a huge fan of the show, but it doesn't sound like they used the original soundtrack much to their advantage. What they did was add "of Thrones" to their album title, probably to create some fun and embrace it's easily marketable impact, and then have a showdown between the two to claim their iron throne. We the listeners may select our king.

Gimmicks aside, Alborosie and King Jammy are dub kings of their own right. Having the two come together for an entire full length album is a treat for any dub lovers out there. If you know 'em you already know what you're in for, and if you don't, I can tell you you're in for quality instrumental tracks, deep bass lines, and an echoing relaxed vibe.



A Winter of Dub is the only track on the effort I could find that's made easily accessible to the public, and it's mixed by King Jammy. You can hear it yourself, you don't need me to point out the echoing jazz base or the classic feel to it. What you do need me for is for knowledge on the rest of the effort. With a few listens you'll start to distinguish one producer from another based on style. Dub is generally a repetitive genre, but the way their styles mesh together over the course of the album really stands out.

I tend to side my preference with King Jammy. Alborosie's got some quality in there too, but he tends to exercise repetition on areas I'd rather not indulge in, personally. King Jammy uses his experience to fill empty moments with amazing sounds that build the atmosphere with broader strokes.

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What really gets me is how hard it is to think of brutal adultery and hardcore gore and violence while listening to this stuff. The irony is a little humorous, but this is an album with some serious music backing it. Instrumentals usually fit in the background for most people, and even then this is an album with a lot of potential replay value. It's definitely worth a stream if you can afford it, and it's definitely worth snagging if you enjoyed it.

If you're interested, the full album stream is available on Spotify. If you like what you hear, or you've chosen Alborosie as your throne's king, you can find him on Facebook and Twitter. King Jammy, on the other hand, is too classic to need social mediums, so he doesn't have them.
When I listen to an album, I seek completed cohesive pieces. I live for moments where the music unites and feeds itself. Unfortunately, today's effort is nothing like that. To its favor, it does manage to entice the listener and become of itself in the process. The Morning Birds' Early Bird Specials are select songs from 2011 through 2014, essentially a band picked compilation for those of you who've found them a few years too late.

We're gonna feature the star track, Jimmy Dean. It was recently featured on Shameless, and it won't take more than a couple of seconds for you to understand how it made it to air. The song was practically made for a large net of varied ears. Catchy hooks, memorable lines, sweet guitar licks, and all without sacrificing that indie-folk production quality.


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A quick listen will give you insight onto some awesome lyrics. By the time it's finished you'll have already started singing along. Add the badass factor where you're referencing James Dean out loud, and it's hard to miss why the track is such a success.

There's a few more of these awesome successful tracks on the effort, like Bloom (which we featured upon its release alongside its remixes.) My only problem with the overall layout is that the band has grown and evolved, and that same growth wasn't portrayed very smoothly on this particular release.

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Scattered is how I'd best describe it. It's years of musical ups and downs, and on their own that's great, but as an effort it kinda lacks theme or story line. Still, you play this on, or off shuffle, and you're gonna have some of their best works together in a gift wrapped bundle. How you listen to it is up to you, but it is worth listening.

Download or not if you like what you hear you should show some support. Keep up with The Morning Birds via Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news and info.
Australian hip hop can be a scary venture for many wandering ears, but Akroyd Smart is no one to be afraid of. This young artist stars in and produces his own music, speaks intimate details about his own life, and acknowledges some of his own flaws, all for the sake of the listening public. The release is free, and if you like a good rhyme and smooth beats, the least it's worth is your time.

One of the best ways to get into him is with the debut single, Different. He doesn't produce this one alone, nique makes the magic happen with a sample that you could say puts a spell on you. I think it's that added spice that makes the Akroyd sound easier to swallow the first time around.



Most the rest of the album, much like with hip hop in general, takes a bit of digesting before you get to fully enjoy it. You need to acclimate your ears to the style, to the sway of the beats, and to the subject matter. Different is a jump start to that understanding, and it's a great track on its own, but the album as a whole is a little more impressive.

Occasionally you'll hear an under-cooked beat or a forced rhyme, but this is an occasional mishap in a 15 track debut release. To say the least it shows promise for the future, and quite frankly the album shows promise as is. I admit, my first listen was just barely impressed, but two added streams later and there's a handful of tracks I'm sure I won't be forgetting any time soon.

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Expect relaxed beats and equally charming rhymes from the Australian up-and-comer. On the more negative side, you can almost smell a lack of every-day experience, which is a fancy way of saying he sounds young but not immature. To remedy this, I say we hop him on a plane and make him tour the world, then watch him come back for the killer thought-out album I know he's capable of.

First we need to create demand, though, so download the album, share it with friends, and let his voice be heard through you. If you feel like throwing some spare change his way; individual tracks are available as name-your-price downloads. Finally, once you've got the album in your electronic device, after you're as sure as I am it's not a fading effort, show some support by following along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
I have a list of upcoming talent to watch out for. Jack Garratt was on this list, and man, did he pan out. His third EP, Synesthesiac, initially feels like everything I'm against. Pop vocals over popular production and short hooks for the ADD driven mind. It's with a swift turn that he uses the best of what's offered to make great music. Yes, there's a pop base, yes, the vocals are a little mainstream, but he's managed to pull off a quality sound while appeasing to the sound of the masses. I couldn't be more impressed.

I'm not so impressed with the latest single, Chemical (which you can stream here,) but his prior single, The Love You're Given, is today's featured track. It shows everything I love about his production first. A tranquil, inspired entrance, a gentle crescendo, and a well manipulated climax. Then there's the vocals, never over-done, always on par with the music for some amazingly fluid melodies.



There's also those progressions into pop territory that are so ironic they're hard not to love. Add some funked out bass, just enough repetition to make it all stick, and enough length to avoid insulting developed tastes. The track in its entirety shows all the potential the EP has, and then some.

The first song on the EP, Synesthesia, Pt 1, is absolutely crucial to how perfect the completed effort is. It's an instrumental track with repeated bits and pieces that help the album reach full circle by its end. It also does a fine job of showing off Jack's post-vocal talents, and making his vocals that much more impressive.

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At a mere four tracks in length, Synesthesiac is deceptively short. There's just 18 minutes of song to hold you over until the next release, or to listen before checking out both of his other releases. Regardless what you do before or after those 18 minutes of beauty, his talents will remain certain, and right now, before the giant boom he's about to give, that's a special thing to experience.

Sadly, the only way you're legally streaming this in its entirety is through Spotify. The alternative is streaming the singles on Soundcloud, and frankly, without Synesthesia, Pt 1, you're not getting all you could be. If you like what you're hearing and you're feeling like a fan, keep up with him (and see if you can check him out on tour) via Facebook and Twitter
Hip hop suffers every time some hot shot slabs a rhyme pulled out of intestinal slime and makes a chart topping hit. I've criticized it before, but I'd rather focus on the bright futures of a select few who sometimes criticize those hot shots. Among these bright individuals is Vice Soulectric with his debut EP, Vice for President.

Even some of the better urban poets out there can only hope to be able to say as much as Vice just did over the course of seven tracks, and of those, only six of them are really songs. That wit filled intro sets the theme immediately, adding a sweet spot to his own spin on various tracks.



If you're gonna limit your first listen to one or two songs, tracks 4 through 6 are D4AM recommendations. That half near the end of the album really pulls everything together as far as overall completion goes. The lyrics are always top notch, the production is very consistent, but that handful has just enough of everything to stand as an even smaller EP.

True to his rhymes, nothing on this effort is made for the commercial public. This is made for the people who listen to hip hop as a tool for education, for the expansion of the mind and perception, and as acknowledgement towards great rhymes-men like Vice Souletric himself. It's a shame, though, because that's mostly what the commercially susceptible public needs.

Regardless where you stand, if you like what you hear you should show some support. You can buy the album on iTunes, and tag along through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
It's not very often we feature remix EPs on here, but then it's not every day Captain Supernova releases a remix EP either. The '70s synth astronaut/D4AM Top Pick artist put together this release featuring the original track, three well crafted and flavorful remixes, and a slightly awkward Acapella version that I'd rather call a vocal track because of snobby technicalities.

Now I do have my favorites, but you can't dive into the remixes without understanding the original funk. Or well, you can, but it won't be as awesome. Give the original track its well deserved listen, then spring onto every other version. The Captain himself describes the versions as leaping from boogie, to jazzy, to funk.



The remixes are all fine works, occasionally stumbling to catch up with original production guidelines as would 99% of remixes ever made. The one that won me over, that just barely made out to be better than C.S.'s own work, was Akasha's remix. The bass, the percussion, the weaving in and out of Jackie Gage's vocals, and the pedestal placed on Shawn Williams' trumpet, all reached to just about perfect for me. If you don't have the time for any other remix, at least listen to that one. It's evidence that jazz can evolve electronically without losing its beauty.

I recommend you make time for this in general, too. Soak it all in because it's a name-your-price release. Snag it for free if you want, but if you do and you end up falling in love with the sway, maybe donate a few dollars, or buy the ever worthy Visions of the Unknown.

If you're just recently becoming a fan of Captain Supernova, you can find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud. Alternatively, you can stalk a lot of his work all over D4AM.
The quest for a unique sound is one that thousands of bands search for on a daily basis. Swedish alternative indie-pop band, Club K, despite fitting into a genre mold, are among the few bands that have achieved such success early on. Let M Shake is eight songs of back-to-back quality, and they're so sure of it that the effort is being offered (for the time being) on handmade CD, 12" vinyl, and as a digital download.

Today's feature track is Van Gogh. The song features a peculiar mix of influences and a lo-fi illusion that will make the song fit snugly when your mood reaches the latter end of the album. I also think it's important to note that I couldn't appreciate the song as well during its first listen. I was able to appreciate its beginnings, but ended up feeling like the vocals were out of place.



In truth, the vocals still seem out of place, but they're out of place the way your high-school nerd was before he went off and became a professor at Harvard. It's different, it might be a little hard to understand, but that detaches nothing from the genius. The way I see it, Van Gogh has a lot of blunt details that sum up to the artistic finale.

That, and a lot of very well placed progressions, time changes, and odd combinations of melody. Then again, that's what Let M Shake is made of. The album is one big clunky work of art, or the years of experimentation put into their most modern embodiment of sound.

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At first glance the effort seemed like a slightly jazzy indie effort with some decent ideas and mediocre finishing details. My first glance deceived me. The jazz influence makes the erratic melodies smooth when based on rock. The surf-rock attitude freshens the moments where the '80s influence could overstep its boundaries. Finally, the indie pop-rock base, or their use of today's sound to enhance their own, is what defines the end result. It's all just details in a tenderly crafted album, and it's all an album with enough angles and sides for you to be able to view it in a completely different light with each listen.

I recommend the stream to anyone with an inkling for free jazz, '80s punk flair, and modern indie-rock tendencies. If that's you, and you don't love it the first time around, give it another stream later. Bandcamp streams are free and this gem is meant to be heard more than once. If it's still not working, it might just not be for you, but if it is, consider grabbing the album. You can find the digital, the CD, and the vinyl on the above Bandcamp link.

If you're a fan, show your support. You can find the Swedish septet on Facebook or their website.


Club K was one of D4AM's Top Picks of 2015 for this effort.
There's this hazy moment of bliss in hip-hop, it only lasts a second, when you realize that the beats, the rhyme, and the rhyme flow have all been made for each other. Nothing comes forced, everything just slides together like butter on a hot skillet. The South Sac Mac has more than a few of those moments. The magic comes by way of German/Danish producers JR and PH7, and Sacramento, California based MC, Chuuwee.

One of my favorite tracks, DueYuu, shows some of the best and worst the three have to offer. It'll be quick to hook you, the rhymes will flow with finesse and power. There's nothing going wrong with the track, but you'll hear right away any details you might grow tired of over the course of a full length album.



If you pay just a little attention to the masterful beat-creating duo, you'll notice their most important characteristic: balance. JR and PH7 are completely aware bass feels right when it drives the hip-hop beat, but also understand when to tone it down. They allow other influences from separate musical areas, and in the process create a background that could stand without vocals, and without taxing the ears.

Then we have Chuuwee, a young talent that demands so much attention he becomes the star of the project. This doesn't mean he tackles all the heavy lifting, the beatsmiths make his verbal path so smooth it'd be insulting to insinuate such a thing. What it does mean is his charisma and poetic flow seem even more masterful when paired with the right background.

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The end result is a united team creating music out of passion. You can hear it, they did it for them because it felt right, and in turn it sounds right to us. It's not without need of a few tweaks here and there, but it's its own pedestal, and we the listeners create its spotlight.

If you enjoy the effort and like the artists, there's no better way to support than to snag a copy, be it digital, CD, or vinyl. Alternatively you can keep up with JR and PH7 on Facebook and Twitter, and with Chuuwee on Facebook and Twitter as well.
A bit of R&B, a healthy dash of hip-hop, and a thick ambient base will make Creature In The Woods' self titled EP. Don't be shy with it; it's a name-your-price release on Bandcamp, and Soundcloud will allow easy access to free individual downloads. The only reason not to give it a quick look would be a profound hatred for chilled music.

It's a mere four tracks in length, and just barely 15 minutes worth of music, but it's captivating. There's nothing too new, there's no amazing stand-out idea in any of the songs. They're just all done perfectly. Whether or not he was aiming for exactly this isn't my concern, it's the fact that it meshes so well and expands just right in its short span.


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I can't deny that first song was the key for me. The mixture of bass and synth works together like a finely lubricated machine. By the time Elisa Coia's vocals step in you'll have heard his vision, and the next three songs will feature a similar vision. It's as if Creature in the Woods dedicated the time to make sure each set of vocals had beats crafted for them. That's fine on its own, but first the beat caters to a varied set of vocals, and then the beats complement each other.

Now you can snag this for free, so there's no excuse to stop bopping your head once it's started. Remember to share the music with those who'll admire it with you. If you're loving the EP, show some love. You can buy the effort for whatever spare change you'd like, and you can keep up with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
With a name that literally translates to 'Enjoy It!', it's hard not to fall in a happy swing when listening to Disfrutalo!'s psych-progression. They're just starting off, which means along this part of the ride you'll hear some of the freshest ideas they might ever offer, and a few instances in need of perfecting. Where the band leads to could be just as interesting as their most recent self titled effort.

Out of the six tracks offered, two really stand out to me. Of those two, Freedumb is the most easily accessible to the public. The name alone will spark ideas, but hearing the music unfold is a much better experience.



Freedumb is the last track on the effort, which makes it feel like it was the cherry atop the sundae. The truth is the quality of each track varies after each play, meaning this could just as easily be a play-on-shuffle album as it could be heard in the same track list religiously.

The completed album, for me, lies in a grey area as far as completion goes. Some songs are just a little too psychedelic for me, and other songs hit a perfect sweet spot between idea and execution. Six songs and various repeated listens later, and you might not have the most memorable album in psychedelic history, but you do have a very promising introduction to a rising band.

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The self titled EP is meant to be enjoyed. It's made for listeners in search for fun, and for wandering ears that unknowingly search for exactly what these guys are offering. That being said, it's also a little under-cooked. If you're searching exclusively for trippy psychedelics and out-of-the-box mindsets, look no further, but they still need a little more creative unity before they start selling shows out.

If you'd like to catch a show or keep up, tag along with them on FacebookTwitter, and ReverbNation for the latest news, events, and general info.
Progressive metal is meant to fill epic emotions. Waves of battle, erratic motions of and away from life, or stories that would otherwise go untold without the right musical motion to propel them. Minoans is an album worthy of such expectations, and Giant Squid are a band astute enough to use their talents to the effort's necessity.

Every single song on this album deserves its own spotlight, each for varying reasons, and all reasons involving incredible amounts of talent. To allow a single song to stand out or represent the album would be terrible if only it weren't so true. That song, in my eyes, is Mycenaeans.



It's about the average length of a track on the album. It's about as enchanting, about as heavy, and about as elaborate, too. Mycenaeans has its advantage early on, developing clear melodies and using their cellist to truly inspire. Shortly afterwards, the keys will project a swift but much darker change. It's a game between musicians that ends exquisitely, much like the album will.

Mycenaeans is the closest and quickest way I've found one can understand this Giant Squid effort. It's far from what's actually in store, which means it's nothing but a quick peek at what's to come, and yet still it finds ways to provoke similar emotions as the album will on a much larger scale.

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I'd heard this album late last year for the first time, and though I had since forgotten the contents of each song and their stories, I couldn't forget the feeling. The anger, the wisdom, the beauty tangled between it all. It's the ride they take you on that I remembered, and hearing it all over again was and will continue to be a treat all its own.

Needless to say, I recommend at least the Bandcamp stream to any prog-rock fan. If you like what you hear, be sure to grab the album and spread the word. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and GiantSquidLives.com
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