Out of the U.S state of Florida come Slumberjack, a rock duo (Andrew Kelly and Dave Hanson), whose blend of raw and rowdy rock music with lingering somber melodies return with their debut LP, ‘Oddly Calm,’ after their debut EP, ‘Black Lodge,’ which was well received, and introduced their sound to a growing number of fans.
While being influenced by other rock outfits such as Pile and Colour Revolt they have maintained their distinct sound of powerful whisky drenched vocals, driving beats, lush melodies, and some nifty guitar work thrown in too – it is hard to believe that there is only two of them. There are some strong tracks on the LP. Ones that stand out are ‘Progression of a Chia Pet,’ which grows on you with each listen, and ‘People Eat Everything,’ with its charming lyrics and rich melody. For rock music fans, this is a must listen to, definitely not to be missed.
They’ve just come off of an eastern U.S tour and are about to hit the roads again with their ‘Oddly Calm’ tour. While the new LP is being distributed worldwide through Sony Records / The Orchard right now.
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Donald Trump was the first victim of Beldon Haigh’s expertly written protest songs, but now he has moved onto a much more pressing issue: that of the current refugee crisis.
Without a single person to aim his protest at, this was clearly a very different task for the experienced songwriter. Back in the 80s, Beldon played in a number of bands including Mikifin and Boxing Clever and he’s transferred his experiences from this into forming his beautifully crafted songs of significance.
The new single, ‘Land of Hope’ was inspired by the horrifying image of Alan Kurdi; a 3 year old Syrian boy who been washed up on a Mediterranean beach after his family had tried to reach Europe. It was an image that caused a media storm, but it also caused a storm in Beldon who simply had to combat what he’d seen by getting it down in a song. The result was ‘Land of Hope’.
Beldon’s follow up to the anti-Trump song ‘Freedom’, features more of the same classic songwriting tendencies that Beldon has built his name on, but with a more upbeat tone than his first single. Whilst ‘Land of Hope’ may seem a little too happy in tone for a song that’s addressing a serious issue of humanitarian concern, it is this that gives the song its rousing vibe and makes it feel like people should get up and do something about it.
All proceeds from ‘Land of Hope’ are being donated to IndiGo volunteers charity who are helping the aid agencies when it comes to providing logistics and support to the refugee crisis.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
Alternative female fronted rock group Screams On Sunday (SOS) explore today’s technology obsessive society in latest single ‘The Night’ set to be released 27th January. Blending melodic guitar solos with rock rhythms, their latest single has a raw and honest sound.
The Spanish band came together via the internet and ironically discuss the idea of today’s generation being obsessed with creating an online persona, lacking real life relations in ‘The Night’. The meaningful lyrics sung in a rough but sweet manner gives SOS a unique edge.
The rockers debut EP ‘Call Reality A Lie’ received major success, leading to them gaining a large following and becoming known for their live performances that were considered “pure dynamite”.
‘The Night’ was recorded at Sound-Hub in Belper and mastered at Metropolis Studios in London. SOS find themselves improvising as it creates a more honest raw sound, meaning the production process perfects that improvised sound but still portraying what is inside.
Belgian singer-songwriter, engineer and producer Mark L. Oakes is releasing his debut album Call Me The Moon, which he tips as the perfect soundtrack for a karmic road trip.
Although he is from Belgium, Mark adopts a true Americana-folk sound in a particularly adept manner, akin to the likes of the great Neil Young and The Band. Nonetheless, this is not to say that Mark’s music is inauthentic just because he isn’t from America; he has put his own delicate and melodic stamp on a genre that is difficult to get right.
Mark’s music seems to hold the perfect balance of heavy and light textures through the use of soft string sections and heavy, yet subtle electric guitars, as is the case on ‘Aloof Again’.
Other tracks such as ‘Shredded Jeans’ employ harmonious pianos and Mark’s distinct vocals, displaying his quality as a musician for writing emotive folk-infused ballads.
Mark notes that Call Me The Moon is a sort of sonic rebirth for him; ‘a bit like the Phoenix rising from its ashes’.
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With a wealth of experience in the world of rock’n’roll, talented musician INJIN has pursued his own path releasing the captivating track ‘Tennessee’.
INJIN’s story is one of great intrigue and importance. During his early youth, INJIN simply stopped growing. His lack of height led to him being bullied during his school years, but this has only fuelled his songwriting talent. Fortunately, he was one of a lucky few who were able to receive a groundbreaking treatment at the time.
When INJIN discovered music as his passion, he began to work his talents on rearrangements of classic rock songs by bands such as Deep Purple and Pink Floyd and consequently, the influence is evident in ‘Tennessee’.
Listeners may even mistake ‘Tennessee’ for a song from the 80s due to its distinct timbre and throwback vibe. However, this is not to say that INJIN’s music is in any way dated; he has taken a classic sound and reworked it, making it accessible for modern audiences.
Resonating synths and pacific-style wind instruments evoke this 80s feel and they complement INJIN’s potent vocals perfectly. The tonal qualities of his voice can even be compared to the likes of cult 80s bands such Simple Minds and Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
Overall, ‘Tennessee’ is a deep thinker of a track that will have you lost in its swirling melodies and soaring vocals, transporting you away to another place. INJIN is a firm believer that today’s music has lost its personal touch and he certainly brings back an emotive edge in ‘Tennessee’ with his creative and unique instrumentation.