When you hear someone mention ‘instrumental music’, you often think of classical, where the actual instruments are doing the speaking. Although this may have some negative connotations for some naive modern listeners, this is exactly the agenda that ambient rock band, The Outside Illusion, are pushing forward.
Releasing their new instrumental album, Silent Communication, on the 20th May, the band aim to speak to a wider audience of listeners with their emotive rock stylings.
Lead guitarist, Denis Salgado, believes that his guitar can speak just as much as any singer can with words, and this is the aesthetic that drives their music. Denis’ expert fret-work wails and screams, just like any voice might. After all, the voice is an instrument too.
Consequently, The Outside Illusion create an accessible brand of guitar led music, that isn’t just for the guitarists out there; Silent Communication is a highly listenable album, embellished with an electro-ambient edge, meaning that this is moving and emotion-fuelled music for the masses, not the few.
Check out the video for the single ‘Silent Communication’ here:
Returning with his third album in the space of less than a year, experimental hip-hop artist M3staken (M3) has dropped the final piece of his ‘trilogy’, Rain.
Listen to Rain here: https://m3ssi.bandcamp.com/releases
Having dabbled with a combination of classical piano and electronic instrumentation on his first record, Apex, M3 has honed his brand of jarring, dark and complex music that borrows many of its beats from the world of hip-hop.
Despite this, it’s a difficult task describing exactly what M3 is doing and this is what places him in a different league to other artists. He’s a natural born boundary pusher and we clearly haven’t seen the end of his exhaustive ideas quite yet. Who knows what he might be combining with his hip-hop roots next?
M3 commented that Rain is ‘loosely connected to my two previous works and it is primarily a collection of my personal favourite songs’.
Check out more on M3staken here:
How often is it that you can’t place a musician in a genre or style? Probably not very often as it’s natural to do this when we first hear music; we like to associate and put it in a little box, partly just for our own peace of mind.
However, Australia’s singer-songwriter extraordinaire, Lisa Richards, is one of those artists that simply confounds convention and causes that uncomfortable feeling, like when you can’t remember what other films an actor has been in whilst you’re watching a film. We shouldn’t blame her for this though, in fact, we should commend her for it because coming across an artist like this is not something that happens every day.
Saying this, what we can do is give you an idea of all the little fragmented pieces that make up Lisa’s undefinable style: there’s hints of jazz, a good lashing of folk, touches of blues and the slightest sprinkle of roots and americana – it’s quite the recipe.
But perhaps the most undefinable aspect of her music is her voice, and it is this that arguably makes her music so difficult to categorise. There isn’t much that can be said apart from the fact that it’s liken nothing you’ll have heard before, but it’s sweet and mind-soothing nature seems to fit with all these jigsaw-piece styles that make up her music.
Take a listen to ‘Frank Sinatra’ from her new album A Light From The Otherside which is out now. You can make your mind up for yourself, but I defy you to put this exemplary artist in a box!
The Korvids is the musical vehicle of Gordy Goudie and James Grant, the latter of whom you may recognise from 80s band, Love and Money, the ‘group who never were.’
Championing a retro sound based on the ethics of funk, soul and disco, The Korvids are creating an up-to-date form of an older sound that many will be glad to see come round again. ‘Bad Faith’ from the Korvids new self-title album exhibits a catchy dance-floor groover that those of the slightly older generation are sure to appreciate. However, it would be rude to insinuate that their music is simply for older people, as this is not the case. Within the new album, the Korvids express an experimental side too, exploring a number of electronic soundscapes that may just appeal to younger listeners.
After the success of their debut release ‘Beach Coma’, which was picked up by Sirius US radio and remixed by Balaeric legend Jose Padilla, the duo released ‘Bad Faith’, a beauteous cut of late 70s disco remixed by Love and Money and Steely Dan’s producer, Gary Katz.
The Korvids is out 28th April.
The classic celtic-rock concept album of 1977 by Joe O’Donnell is being re-issued by the legendary violinist and his band Shkayla as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations.
The reissue is set for release on 14th July and the band have already begun the celebrations by playing two lives shows at The Belgrade Theatre in Coventry at the end of March.
Gaodhal’s Vision was considered a masterpiece when it was originally released back in the 70s due to its unique instrumentation and powerful concept relating to the folklore of Ireland and its cultural heritage. As well as this, guitar god Rory Gallagher featured on the album, playing a number of intricate solos to accompany Joe’s violin. Fortunately, the reissue of the record has managed to remaster these solos, enhancing the overall sound, bringing Joe’s quality musicianship into the digital age.
Joe was a classically trained musician, but he then went on to join a number f rock bands and realised the connection between Celtic modal and Indian music. Now, with Shkayla, he blends this experience with rock, jazz and even orchestral styles.
Check out more on Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla here:
The ballad ‘Echoes of My Mind’ by Corinna Jane will give you shivers – and a couple of goosebumps too. The song, written in a moment of grief, will send your soul back down memory lane. It will provoke strong emotions as it brings back long lost and forgotten moments; feelings hidden deep behind your ‘conscious state’. You might even smile for a second before the first tear falls. The ghosts of your past will start running through your head aiming for your soul, your heart. And you will hear them like echoes of your mind.
Although I am not usually a fan of rock ballads, Corinna managed to trigger my emotions. The piano in the background and her high notes hypnotise you and for the duration of the five-minute song, you can simply enjoy the dynamic in sound, from the quiet whispering to the building of her voice. The chorus is the most powerful part of the song, where Corinna’s talent is truly unleashed.
‘Echoes of my Mind’ is that haunting song that will bring flashbacks of your buried pain. However, Corinna found a way to recover after the moments of grief and released the official video for the song this month. So, if you are prepared to go down on memory lane and hear your own echoes, just press play.
Pimlican is an intriguing artist, working with a number of other talented musicians in order to create a seemingly genre-less brand of music as it crosses so many styles.
Fusing elements form hip-hop, rap, R&B and pop, Pimlican’s music consequently appeals to a wide range of listeners in the urban umbrella.
The name ‘Pimlican’ stems from countless nights spent in the Pimlico area of London waiting for appointments with music industry hotshots. However, after forming his own record label, Belgrave Road Records, Pimlican is now looking to build on their last release ‘B’ck 4 More/ P’lya’, with the pop-hooked anthem ‘Runaw’y’.
Employing a superb vocal lead alongside innovative instrumentation and rap, it’s the kind of track you can’t just listen to once.
Check out more on Pimlican here:
Tsunami Section are bringing a retro-wave of disco fuelled music into the modern day with their debut single, ‘Keep My Spinning Wheel’.
The track, written by Oliver Fell-Holden, has been brought to life by the dynamic duo of Felicia Singson and Anna Chiara of Tsunami Section.
Those wishing to reminisce their disco-dancing days are sure to find a connection with the girls’ super-catchy track, whilst modern pop fans will be drawn to its powerful and unrelenting beat that digs straight to the part of you wanting to get your groove on.
Exploring the intriguing theme of karma and how you can always overcome it, the pop track comes from an original angle whilst still championing a killer hook and stunning vocals.
Singer-songwriter Jodie H Dunn transforms her emotional ballad ‘I Belong In Hell’ into a pop anthem with the help of Andy Whitmore at Greystoke studio. After getting signed to an unknown label who gave her major issues, Jodie found herself disheartened from songwriting. However 4 years down the line she had her first track produced, giving her a motivational boost.
Jodie was involved in music from a young age, teaching herself keyboard at the age of 9. During her early teens she was subjected to a lot of bullying, forcing her to change schools in the middle of her exams. However the bullying then developed onto social media, giving Jodie no real escape. After studying at the Academy of Music and Sound, music became Jodie’s diary whereby she expressed her emotions via her lyrics. Her songs have progressively got more meaningful, leading to ‘I Belong In Hell’ based on the idea of someone controlling you at your lowest point.
‘I Belong In Hell’ was written and performed by Jodie H Dunn and produced by Andy Whitmore, who has worked with major names such as Elton John, Peter Andre and Danni Minouge.
Alternative rocker Matt Boroff recently released ‘Thirst’ music video from his upcoming album ‘Grand Delusion’, which premiered on the rock site Vive Le Rock. Having shared a stage with artists such as Nirvana and Kyuss, touring Europe with acts such as Queens Of The Stone Age and Calexico and forming power trio Matt Boroff & The Mirrors, Boroff is no stranger to the industry.
The American-born, Austria-based musician has now gone solo, releasing ‘Thirst’ recorded at 11AD studios. The single is taken from his upcoming album ‘Grand Delusion’, set to release May 5th, featuring producer and multi-instrumentalist Alain Johannes, former Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons and vocalist Mark Lanegan.