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Sunday
Aug022015

[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.

http://www.facebook.com/bitterskiss
http://www.bitterskiss.com 

Tuesday
Jul212015

[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… 

Sunday
Jul052015

[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.

http://www.theliquorsmiths.com
https://twitter.com/TheLiquorsmiths
https://www.facebook.com/theliquorsmiths
https://instagram.com/theliquorsmiths
https://www.youtube.com/c/TheLiquorsmiths
https://soundcloud.com/theliquorsmiths
https://theliquorsmiths.bandcamp.com
http://theliquorsmiths.tumblr.com/

Thursday
Jun112015

[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.

https://ransomscenery.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ransom-Scenery/1486946638229447?ref=hl
https://twitter.com/RScenery

Thursday
Jun112015

[MUSIC] Luca Bash - "The Single Drops" EP


There are artists that come along that seem to tap into their
wellspring of emotions connected to nature slightly better than
others. Once The Single Drops, the new EP from singer/songwriter
Luca Bash opens, you pick up right away that he’s one of those
artists who’s beginning to show that talent. Bash hails from Rome, 
Italy and has been involved in many art forms but music has always
captivated him most. He’s been performing since 2003, and with 4
other EP’s under his belt plus festival awards in his country, it was 
all set for him to release his latest work which is a compilation of past 
tracks carefully selected to go along with a new single. The EP is stirring,
and every track is wrought with reflection as harmonious as a bird 
alighting on a tree branch. The new single, “Your Tomorrow” features
Bash’s intonations almost like prayer - an underlying effect of the tone
of his music. ‘Little Tale’ is frothy like the bubbling layer found atop a 
fresh cafe latte. The Single Drops is a tranquil piece of music that seeks
to underline what music is to be in people - a ribbon tying all of what 
matters within. 

https://www.facebook.com/lucabash.art?fref=ts
https://soundcloud.com/luca-bash/your-tomorrow
http://www.lucabash.com/
https://twitter.com/LucaBash
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzG9-Oq_Zn1k5UFkL6Z87XQ 

Friday
May222015

[MUSIC] Danny Severance & The Pink Slips - "A New Dawn"



We here at Manifesto Magazine have been avid fans of the wonderfully
talented musician Danny Severance for a minute now, and were happy
to sit down with him a while back. After an extended period of fastidious
creation with a new group, and relocating from NYC to the sunny shores
of Los Angeles, he’s back with a new group and new single. ‘A New Dawn’
is a crisp bit of music that rushes at you slowly like the rollicking waves
of the Pacific Ocean at the break of morning, with harmony and harmony
gently issuing forth thanks to evenly timed backing that frames rather than
dominates. Severance’s performance is masterful, wedding together genres
and solidifying his voice as one of most soulful out there. ‘A New Dawn’ is 
not only a prophetic announcement of the shining talent that is Danny
Severance and The Pink Slips, it’s also a truly enriching song. The single
is available to pre-order now on iTunes, and look out for their EP, Danny
Severance & The Pink Slips: Sessions At Purchase. Find out more about
them and their music here and follow their hashtags #dannyseverance
and #DSandThePinkSlips on social media.  

Sunday
May102015

[VIDEO] Khasha Macka - "Fallen Souljah"



More than just a reggae group, Khasha Macka
are soul-stirrers with definitive purpose who have
been putting it down for the past couple of years.
They’re on the rise with a message, as evidenced
in their latest video right here… 

Thursday
Apr302015

[MUSIC] Steve Benjamins - 'Sightlines'


There’s certain singers out there who have the ability to
integrate that extra something within their sound that 
makes you pause. With Steve Benjamins, that statement
fits the bill completely and is backed further with the release
of his third EP, Sightlines. Benjamins, who hails from Toronto,
Canada, has impressed many not only with his distinct and
pristine voice but also by proving to be a great songwriter.
And to cap it off, he is also a talented multi-instrumentalist,
taking care of the bulk of those duties on this very EP. With
Sightlines, you are treated to a wispy but stirring feast of 
music that charms the spirit. Benjamins’ voice grabs you from
the opening notes of the EP’s title track. It’s gentle, downtempo
and skates a neat line between pop and folk. Benjamins sets
a tone that is calm and atmospheric on ‘Exploding Boy’ that
steadily introduces an upticking beat that adds nuance as the
chorus sets in. ‘Devotion’ evokes the same mastery one 
associates with Steve Winwood in terms of how the tune deftly
cascades. Steve Benjamins is definitely an artist that takes 
the time to ensure that you will gain some wistful clarity with
his music. Look for the album to be released on May 15th.


http://www.stevebenjamins.com
http://www.facebook.com/stevebenjaminsmusic 

 

Wednesday
Apr152015

[MUSIC] Delilah - "Delilah Sings Sarah + 1( A Tribute to Sarah Vaughn)"


Jazz music is an art form that inspires many emotions,
and can ease them depending on the artist. In the case
of Delilah, she manages to accomplish both with a deft
turn and an enthralling voice. The singer, born in Hungary,
has always had music be a part of her life thanks to being
able to perform with one of the country’s foremost musicians
at a young age. Being part of the family group that was
part of the Roma musician Bongo Margit prepared her for
further work and collaborations with other artists. In a sad
turn of events, Delilah and her family had to leave Hungary
over ethnic tensions and took up residence in Toronto, Canada
which remains her home today. There, she flourished as a 
remarkable jazz vocalist that has evoked great acclaim from
critics and fans alike. This has led to the release of her EP,
“Delilah Sings Sarah + 1 ( A Tribute to Sarah Vaughn)” Delilah
counts the legendary Sarah Vaughn as one of her inspirations,
and it shows mightily on this album. Her voice is bold, moving
and elegantly strikes a gentle mood from the first note. The EP
consists of three covers of Sarah Vaughn standards as well as 
the last song, ‘Smile’ which was taken from the great Charlie
Chaplin’s movie ‘Modern Times’ and given lyrics some twenty
years after its release. Delilah makes these songs her own in
soothing fashion. ‘Whatever Lola Wants’ seethes and teases, 
and ‘September In The Rain’ is simply masterful as it’s imbued
with the singer’s own positively sunny outlook on life. It’s safe
to say that this is not only a fine tribute, but a very solid effort
from a singer we’ll be sure to hear from years down the line. The
EP is available now through her website.


http://delilahmusic.com/
https://soundcloud.com/beautiful_delilah

Saturday
Apr042015

[MUSIC] The Unraveling - 'Revolt'  


We all want the chance at time, to get away from the 
things that bind us. To rage against routine. And so, we
often turn to music to help us channel that frustration.
In the case of the latest single by The Unraveling, it’s less
of a want than a declared need. ‘Revolt’ comes courtesy
of the band hailing from Canada, Calgary to be exact. It 
also marks a sturdy return since the lead vocalist, Steve
Moore, had to undergo an extended hiatus for personal
reasons. Both he and Gustavo de Beauville, producer and
co-founder of the group, team up again to give listeners
a blistering and seething track in advance of their upcoming
album. ‘Revolt’ is insistent as it is irresistible once the first
roaring chords open the song. de Beauville’s production
is a formidable mixture of raging guitars and harmonies
that flex from despair into near atmospheric hope. It gives
Moore’s vocals, chock full of edgy lyrics that pause at the
brink of dystopia, a steel gauntlet to drive the message home.
‘Revolt’  

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