JON PATTIE: Reflections Vol.I martedì, 20 novembre 2018 21:45 by madseason
Jon Pattie - Reflections Vol.I

Austin, Texas native and Nashville, Tennessee based indie-pop singer-songwriter Jon Pattie released Reflections Vol.I - the first of a four-volume set - last November 7. The EP features three songs, including the single Won't Be Young.

"The process of making Reflections Vol.I was a lot more emotional than I had anticipated. All of the songs on the EP tackle a hard truth from not being satisfied with my career path at the time to my search for true, internal happiness," explains Jon Pattie. "All three of the songs were written when I was struggling with depression but each one has a different energy to it. Music has always been a way for me to understand my own emotions and this is especially true for this EP. I'm excited to be able to share this music with others in hopes that they can connect with the songs like I have."

About the three songs: Reflections is a folkish and very personal slow number, while State Of Mind is an intimate indie-pop track with smart arrangements.

But the real winner of the EP is the aforementioned Won't Be Young: an indie-pop rock song with a late seventies/early eighties west-coast arrangement and a soul aura, that will see you instantly reach for the repeat button once the song is over.

Jon Pattie is a very promising artist and you should check him out now, if you still haven't: stream Reflections Vol.I on Spotify and stay tuned for news about the second chapter of the set.

CZARINA: shaping the future of music venerdì, 16 novembre 2018 21:57 by madseason
CZARINA - Silence & Surrender

I already wrote about CZARINA last June, when she released her debut single Silence & Surrender. Now the talented synthwave rocker has released her highly anticipated LP Painted Holograms.

All songs on Painted Holograms were written, composed, produced, arranged and performed by CZARINA, except for Burn which was originally written and performed by The Cure for The Crow Motion Picture Soundtrack. Joe Peretore led the production and synth design for both mixes of Silence & Surrender and provided additional arrangements on tracks such as the cosmically dreamy Gravity and electrically-charged Parallel Lines.

Leaving her final touches on all tracks, CZARINA meticulously formulated a bundle of songs that illustrate exhilaration through the emotionally charged lyrics and guitar-led singles that tread the line of traditional rock and innovative new wave synth pop.

Drawing inspiration from 80s tech noir film composers such as Vangelis and Clint Mansell, CZARINA embraces electronic instruments and pushes creative boundaries. "I really think synths are shaping the future of music, creating new sounds and dynamics through technology," she says.

Painted Holograms tells a story of rebirth through songs that fuse sonic lead guitars with hypnotic vocals. Diving into her natural rockstar persona, the album features heavy synth adaptations and groovy guitar riffs.

Posting about Silence & Surrender, I wrote that the single "echoes of Eurythmics strongest moments, Lisa Dalbello's most accessible songs and cult band Device's luscious synth-wave rock." Well, I'm happy to report that we can find those similitaries in most of the song of this excellent full-length album. Add some The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, modern-day Muse and heavy doses of strong personality, and the recipe is ready.

Painted Holograms is available for download and streaming on digital music platforms worldwide so, what are you waiting for?

Rising star: TALKER martedì, 13 novembre 2018 23:52 by madseason
talker - Intimidated

Originally from Folsom, California, Celeste Tauchar started her musical project, "talker" just one year ago. Now at the youthful age of 23, Tauchar is already an accomplished artist. After earning a spot as a finalist in the highly competitive "Guitar Center Songwriter 5" competition, Tauchar performed at a concert headlined by City and Colour. Since then, she's played a number of shows with artists such as HOLYCHILD, Dan Sadin Colver, and  has extensive experience touring as a touring member of FRENSHIP.

Building on the stepping-stones placed by past grunge artists like Nirvana and Soundgarden, talker continues to innovate the genre of grunge-pop with her new single, Intimidated.

Showcasing a softer, more intimate style for this grunge-oriented artist, Intimidated begins with a beautiful acoustic introduction complimented by powerful, yet gentle, vocals. On top of the impressive vocal performance, the song's lyrics are a vulnerable confession about the struggles of feeling overwhelmed by failure. From the ballad-like introduction, to the head banging closing chorus, Intimidated is an emotional rollercoaster that can be, at times, eerily relatable.

While discussing Intimidated, talker details the process of creating what she considers to be her favorite piece of work; "Because I wasn't trying to write an amazing song, and was just trying to get my emotions out and help myself feel better, it ended up being really vulnerable and honest, and I think it's really relatable."

Written by talker, Intimidated was produced by Danny Schnair, who also played electric guitar, mixed by Jesse Ernster and mastered by Dave Harris. In the performance itself, talker provides vocals, acoustic guitar, and bass on the track, and percussionist Jake Reed plays the drums.

Intimidated is now available to stream and download on digital music platforms worldwide.
Stay tuned for news about a full EP release in the coming months.

The irresistible Retrofuturism of VHS COLLECTION venerdì, 9 novembre 2018 21:30 by madseason
VHS Collection - Retrofuturism

VHS Collection is a talented New York based electronic rock band formed by three longtime friends: Conor Cook, James Bohannon, Nils Vanderlip.

VHS Collection are known for their powerful songwriting and high-energy live performances. Their music has been streamed over 40 million times on Spotify and three singles have charted on the US and Global Viral Charts. They have performed at major festivals including Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits and have sold out headline shows across the country. 

After two EPs and a bunch of singles, VHS Collection released their full-length debut album last Friday, November 2.

Titled Retrofuturism, the album was expertly produced by Chris Zane (Passion Pit, St. Lucia, Nelly Furtado) and Tony Hoffer (The Kooks, Phoenix, Beck).

As the title of the record suggests, Retrofuturism is a "modern vintage" album, with 80's synth-wave and pop influences and a modern production.

Try Retrofuturism on your favorite digital music service clicking on the image.

COYOTE CHOIR unleash debut album Volume 1 martedì, 6 novembre 2018 20:49 by madseason
Coyote Choir on NoiseTrade

Coyote Choir is an American three-piece rock band featuring brothers Jason and Paul Watkins (vocals and bass respectively) and Mathew Linton, a veteran drummer on the Nashville music scene.

Coyote Choir independently released their debut full-length album Volume 1, last Friday, November 2.

A multi-generational mix of road-worthy influences found their way into the music of Coyote Choir, from contemporaries like Brandon Flowers and The War On Drugs to the Traveling Wilburys and Dire Straits.

The writing sessions for the album took long detours into discussions of old movies and 80's sitcoms. "There was no pressure to do anything - just this joy of connecting over all these things we love" recalls Jason Watkins. It seemed as though every new inspiration the band bonded over reminded them to pause and to reconnect with the loves that shaped them. To remember.

With their resulting debut, Volume 1, the band and producer/multi-instrumentalist Joe Causey have crafted a sound at once new and familiar. It's a savvy blend of dazzling programming and production, vintage synthesizers, and jangly, Heartbreakers-inspired guitar.

Thanks to NoiseTrade, you can stream/download 4 tracks off Volume 1 for free: just click on the image to be redirected to the NT page. For the whole thing, head over to iTunes or Spotify.

Royal Tusk - Aftermath

Canadian rockers Royal Tusk released their sophomore album Tusk II last October 26.

Tusk II was recorded in Toronto with producer Eric Ratz (Big Wreck, Billy Talent, Arkells) and is the first released on Entertainment One (eOne), with which the band signed a worldwide deal.

Tusk II includes the leading single Aftermath, a strong, hard hitting song that "was inspired by the idea that our culture (especially youth culture) is being desensitized to violence through an overload of media and information" in the words of vocalist Daniel Carriere. "While wrestling with ideas of isolation, violence, tragedy, and authoritarianism, Aftermath asks what we may see looking back when this ever-volatile present has become a distant memory."

Tusk II is a powerful collection of songs driven by loud guitars, a touch heavier than Royal Tusk's debut, highly enjoyable nonetheless.

Watch the amazing video for Aftermath clicking on the image and download/stream the whole album on all digital platforms.

ARKELLS call for connection on brand new album martedì, 30 ottobre 2018 21:18 by madseason
Arkells - Relentless

Canadian indie pop-rockers Arkells released their new, fifth studio album, last October 19 via Last Gang Records - Universal Music Canada.

Titled Rally Cry, it was produced by JUNO Award winning producer Eric Ratz (Big Wreck, Billy Talent, The Tea Party), mixed by legendary sound-wiz Mark Needham (Blue October, The Killers, Imagine Dragons) and mastered by veteran mastering engineer Greg Calbi (John Mayer, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan).

"We made Rally Cry in the midst of touring our last record, with our live show fresh in our minds each time we entered the studio" guitarist Mike DeAngelis said. "On Rally Cry, there's an urgency to recording these songs and hearing them back. It's our sharpest and most concentrated effort yet," frontman Max Kerman added. "Rally Cry is the idea of a communal heart, a connected spirit. Whether it's political songs or love songs, they share the same starting place."

Official statements aside, Rally Cry is another top notch effort showcasing a superior songwriting skill: how many acts out there can write modern-dressed, '70s influenced pop-rock songs with meaningful lyrics of this level?

So stop reading and start listining to Rally Cry: download/stream the album and check the video for the latest single Relentless clicking on the image.

JAKE FIELDS explores The Other Side Of Waiting venerdì, 26 ottobre 2018 20:37 by madseason
Jake Fields - The Other Side Of Waiting

Jake Fields is a Los Angeles & Nashville based singer/songwriter and guitar player.

For Jake Fields, all it took was $70 and a thrift store visit to drop professional baseball aspirations to dedicate his life to music. What Fields got in return was a guitar, amplifier, and an unrelenting dream to become a professional musician. After falling deeply in love with songwriting and performing, Jake Fields decided to focus his ambition towards becoming a full-time musician and eventually releasing an EP of original tracks.

Today, those ambitious goals have become his reality. Fields has recently teamed up with established producer Jim McGorman (Avril Lavigne, Weezer, Marc Broussard) to record his first EP, Someday You'll Be Mine, which is expected to drop in early 2019.

The Other Side Of Waiting is the title of Jake Fields' new single, released today and produced and co-written by McGorman: from the driving guitar that's reminiscent of early 2000s pop-rock, to the energetic vocals that have become a staple of modern pop, this release showcases Fields' innate ability to deconstruct genres and reshape them into his own unique sound.

The Other Side Of Waiting is a solid, anthemic and addictive song that should appeal to fans of powerpop bands like Until June, Rooney, Mêlée or The Feeling.

Buy/stream this little gem on digital music platforms.