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[MUSIC] Eric Dingus - "Is There In Truth No Beauty"

A new producer, who’s affiliated with Drake’s
OVO team, has a new instrumental mixtape out.
The Austin, Texas native has put in work for
The Weeknd and others, take a listen and check
his site for the download.  


[MUSIC] Space Apaches - "Smokin' Voyages"

Need a little bit of trippy irreverance with your dosage
of stone cold rock and roll? Well the Space Apaches look
to keep you satisfied in that regard with their newest
album release, Smokin’ Voyages. The group is composed
of veteran studio musicians that call Asheville, North 
Carolina home. (Guitarist Andrew Reed was behind the
production of one album that charted in the top 5 nationwide
as an example.) And it’s their experience plus an inner 
need to make every song they record a mission to make
the listener feel real good that sets the tone of this album,
a tone that oozes psychedelic country and rock.

Smokin’ Voyages begins with a slight bit of interstellar 
transmission before diving right into the meat of the album,
a mixture of originals and covers. “Desert Life” feels as if
it was crafted decades ago, and the harmony found on the
song is powerful. The lead single, “Smile”, has a snarling
layer of guitar work that mingles well with the copious 
drumming that adds some heft to the introspective vocals.
“Empty”, even with a message that can lead to some down
feelings, still has an undeniable rapture laden within it. With
this release, the Space Apaches are more than willing to 
make sure that the rockin’ voyage they take you on will
open you to many of the wonders we sometimes seem to
miss. The album will be available through their website next


[MUSIC] Connie Constance - "Euphoric"

Here’s a soft and illuminating track from a singer
who’s been busy on her rise to prominence. At 20
years old, Constance’s vocal presence is startling
for someone who’s been singing for a short while.
In advance of her EP, In The Grass, due out next
month, here’s the hazy “Euphoric”.



[MUSIC] Elessar Thiessen - "A Rainy Week In Paradise"

When you think of raindrops, there is an unshakable notion
that accompanies them. That notion? That they create their
own musical expression, if you take the time to listen. And it
is that same notion and feeling that lies within the latest release
by singer/songwriter Elessar Thiessen, entitled A Rainy Week
In Paradise
. Thiessen, who hails from Winnipeg, Canada, has
become highly adept at being a rhythmic translator of the 
human spirit through song. His early interest in music was 
spurred by the Canadian frontier’s demanding wintry weather,
prompting him to pick up the guitar at the age of 8. From that
point, Elessar’s journey as a compelling musician began. After
releasing a previous EP, Head, Heart, Hands to critical acclaim
and even releasing a live version, Thiessen looks to build on that
appeal with this full-fledged album.

From the opening chords, Thiessen lets you know that this 
album is meant to be a lilting but powerful aural journey. His
sound is a rich blend of rock and ambient music that switches
between a drifting moodiness and boisterous bursts of sunshine.
The overall production of A Rainy Week In Paradise smartly 
frames Thiessen’s tranquil and firm vocals with lush tones. 
“You Girl” is a bluesy, downtempo ballad about longing for the
love of a woman that feels like a wispy trail of cigarette smoke
intertwined with perfume, especially when guest singer Alexa
Dirks joins in. “I Need A Woman” is tender, and with its gentle
guitar work is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The 
album’s title track? It’s like being caught in the tail end of a
summer shower and running for cover, laughing in the midst
of it. What Thiessen has here is a splendid collection of songs
that are just like the aforementioned raindrops, in that they
add complexity and added spirit where there may not have been
much before. A Rainy Week In Paradise is available now 
through the artist’s website.


[MUSIC] Tumbler - "You Said"

Life, for many, is a whirlwind that doesn’t allow a person
to step back like they wish to truly survey how far they’ve
gotten. For those that can even in the midst of rocky
journeys, their viewpoint is undoubtedly a blend of the
sweet and the bitter. Such is the case when you sit down
to listen to Tumbler. Their debut album, You Said, is a
stirring and hazy to being pure psychedelic blend of music
that covers all of the elements that make life joyful no
matter what. The band, hailing from Epsom, England is
composed of Richard Grace, his son Harry Grace and Dave
Needham. Richard has had a love of music from his days
of playing in local clubs and pubs. That love got him through
two marriages, and he passed it on to four of his six sons.
One of them, Harry, matched his father’s passion towards
music enough to begin working with his father on some
songs. They managed to link up with Dave Needham, a veteran
musician and engineeer with a fine studio and their efforts
led to You Said coming about.

It’s no wonder that the cover art is that of Harry leaping from
the crest of a hill. You Said feels like a leap of faith that is 
undercut with assurance with each track. Richard’s voice 
carries a tone that begins bittersweet but ends as a wry 
smile. The orchestration on each track beckons the listener
to sit and partake of the simple wonders that life gives us in
every circumstance. The album opens with “Moments”, a 
song that sways like cut crystal windchimes within an open
doorway. Throughout the album, Tumbler evokes a sound 
of calming folk with enough vigor to keep you present. “Break
or Fall” is enblematic of this, with its optimistic verses and 
charging guitar melody on the hook. There is also plenty of
whimsy on the album as well, as evidenced by “Sleepy 
Bananas Are Cool”. Tumbler’s music proves that if one leaps
with joy into the unknown, the flight will be rich and lasting.
You Said is available now through the band’s website


[MUSIC] Ben Khan - "Blade(Tidal Wave Of Love)Demo"

A new track comes to us from a rising singer
and producer from England - Khan normally
has a sound that’s more uptempo but this
shows his knack for conveying emotional
range. Check it out! 


[MUSIC] bitter's kiss - "Self-Titled"

If there’s anything within the sphere of the human
existence that makes us acutely aware of how fragile
it can be and how to still forge ahead with that in mind,
it’s dealing with life’s questions at a young age. While
some take quite a few years to figure it out, others do
have it within them to get clarity about it for themselves.
And in that vein, bitter’s kiss seems to be a crystal clear
example of how to do so.

The debut release from bitter’s kiss is both a harmonious
query about life and a vehicle to articulate the hope that
lies in every situation no matter how painful. bitter’s kiss
is the work of young singer and songwriter Chloe Baker,
who has grown up with music as a key part of her life for
years. This is due in part to the heavy influence of her
father, a musician who made sure to have a full studio in
the household and helped Chloe nurture her own musical
voice. That voice rings through powerfully on this release,
laden with a sage presence and a melodic range that pulls
at a listener’s spirit no matter the topic. That stands out 
as you listen to the entire album. A song like The Rope,
which was penned after a close cousin’s suicide, becomes
a double-edged sword of acknowledging the pain and the
emptiness one has to be in that position and a plea not to
go to that drastic length. Baker’s voice is hauntingly magnetic;
the co-mingling of sadness but hope in her voice and the
lyrics pack an emotional wallop you won’t forget. Another
standout selection is “Love Won’t Make You Cry” - hearing
Chloe’s refrain evokes a charming tone not unlike Loretta Lynn
is what makes this tune golden.

What this entire album is, is a hallmark of a young woman
finding her own voice and determining the strength of her
own beliefs within it. And if this is what she can come up 
with on a debut album, it stands to reason that there will
be even more wonderful music that leaves a lasting flavor
from bitter’s kiss. The album is available now on iTunes. 


[MUSIC] Omen w/J.Cole - "Things Change"

New track from the debut album by an
up and coming MC, Omen. Cole gets down
with a guest verse… 


[MUSIC] The Liquorsmiths - "This Book Belongs To"

Summer heightens the senses, adding extra emphasis to why the 
sun makes you feel so alive. And that same feeling is exactly the 
core found in This Book Belongs To, the debut EP courtesy of The
Liquorsmiths. The folk rock trio hailing from San Diego, California
are musicians who perform with a hefty amount of magnetic appeal,
evidenced by their devout following on the West Coast. The trio(Drew
Thams, Ryan Fischer, Clayton Payne) possess a sound that is a rich
mix of folk and Americana with an alternative rock undertone that
pops throughout this EP and reflects their diverse backgrounds that
stretch from coast to coast. 

This Book Belongs To starts with the sun-kissed twang found in “Coy
With Me”. The song is lilting and breezy, and gives you a great first
impression of the band’s prowess. Thams as a vocalist exudes a sage
presence, with tonal inflections that give you the genteel quality like
Neil Young. This is highly evident on “Iris’ Song”, a soft ballad that 
frames the conversation of a couple reaffirming their commitment 
to each other - his voice coupled with Fishcher’s guitar which acts 
like a supporting brush to the canvas of the scene makes this extra
lush. And Payne’s steady and assured percussion throughout, with
an especially near-jazz tempo on “Devil I Do” ties the band’s sound
all together. The Liquorsmiths have their finger on the pulse of the
seasons with this new EP. This Book Belongs To will be released through
the band’s website on August 25th.


[MUSIC] Ransom Scenery "ear to ear"

Seething. That’s the first word that springs into one’s mind the
moment the first notes of “Slowly Spinning” play out. And it is 
a good word as any to begin to describe the sound of Ransom
Scenery. The duo from Springfield, Illinois came together in a way
that is somewhat appropriate for these times - via email. Their
fruitful collaboration has resulted in their second project, ear to ear.
Drew Lowey and Chaepter Negro have crafted a soundscape with 
this album that nudges the boundaries of what experimental
music can be. At times, they cast their sounds out like finely woven
nets on water; for example, ‘Gasm Of The Heart’ is lilting and upbeat
with a touch of ominous bass as foundation. “My Golden Shield’ is
heavy, dirge-filled with an air not unlike that from the ‘80’s New
Wave. Ransom Scenery has put together an album that is meant
to expand and connect, making ‘ear to ear’ a title that is both reflective
and truthful. You can pick up the album on their Bandcamp page.

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