Artist Review: Julia Rose – “Touch My Body” Official Music Video

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Think of Katy Perry and Alanis Morissette cross breeding, and you get the charismatic and catchy touch of  Julia Rose.

Her single “Touch My Body”  (accompanied by a very dynamic and colorful Music Video) is not only something recognizably lovable with the genre it fits in, but has the perfect balance between 90s classic Pop sound and today’s sensibility wrapped up into one tasty package. 

She really sustains an amazing aura, not just with her movements and ability of being in front of the camera, but in her vocal approach as well. Her range is perfect for a song like this and it even offers up a bridge and breakdown with a middle-eastern influence as well. It’s almost like Pop Culture shock, but that’s perhaps one of the most lovable parts about the production value and song altogether.

Julia Rose plays a very colorful and sensual role in this video, but also shows a very merciless side to herself with her knack for keeping things rough and moving forward effectively as the song plays on. The concept, though a simple one, is beautifully executed, and gives you that Aronofski feeling after watching the video. 

The back drops are kept simple, but I am more than certain that it was intended completely. The characters in this video also grasp onto a type of lighting that makes everything cinematic, effective, and unique with the talent in the cutting room. The editing is on-point and parallels with the song extremely well. Which is another captivating and defining factor to the entire vibe being placed right in front of you.

Overall, in my opinion, there’s no way you could dislike this song or video. It has that modern edge-of-your-seat feel while a perfectly mid-ranged Julia Rose encompasses you with her commercial-worthy vocal melodies and brilliant vocal tones that perfectly match her sensibility of combining beauty, edge, sexuality and sensuality. This is strictly candy for the eyes and ears.

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Artist Review: Anton Cullen – “Breaking Through” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


EDM with 8-bit Nintendo Plugins and melodies? Sign me up!

Anton Cullen is an elite EDM producer and has a sound with a lot of twists and turns with his song “Breaking Through”. From clever progressions, memorable structures, and sound-effective melodies with a video-game spin, we get served a great value of production, tasty measures of melody, and brilliantly diverse song structures with buildups and breakdowns that compliment each other throughout the song’s captivating stride.

There’s a lot of unexpected fun breakdowns in this track that really showoff Cullen‘s versatility, which gives it a raw and original approach. It’s witty, danceable, and could easily be deemed as a club track or even a straight rave track you could loosen up your mind to, and just take what’s coming with its energy, aura, and nostalgic realm.

It’s something you can play just about anywhere; even your car to test out those new Sony Xplodes. Stuff like that. It’s not generic, but is very universal and holds a very unique balance in between being radio friendly, and straight-up gritty. It’s a toss up really (depending on the Disc Jockey).

No matter how you take this song in, Anton Cullen is new food for the ear. This has that sensibility that’ll definitely have you coming back to the song time and time again. The likability factors are there, so in my eyes, you’re gonna love this track too. Now go listen!

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Artist Review: Uyoka – “Jupitersong” EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Enchanting, ambient, and strikingly cinematic with moods that can have you walking through the city streets, and feeling the vibe and aura coming at you from every direction.

There’s a lot of different ways to describe this dynamic and beautifully-crafted record. Uyoka‘s Jupitersong displays artistic merit, and production value that fits the EP’s ingredients perfectly. This has very powerful moods and innovative musical spectrums that bring out different angles of genres we know and love today. With Jupitersong, I hear an R&B and Alternative crossover with very subtle vocal textures that showcase beautifully written melodies and lyricism that parallels it beautifully. With her deep vocal tones and great use of layering her backups, I can hear musical influences ranging from Natalie Merchant, Tracy Chapman, to Alanis Morisette and Bjork.

Her opening track “Aquaheart”, we have pure emotion and an introduction to the Soul side of the record. With a chord progression that can easily play at your heart strings, it’s hard not to fall head over heels for this song. Uyoka‘s vocal textures drive this track forward and definitely keep you fascinated.

With “Love Song”, we get a very good-vibes-only stride with the straight-forward rhythm section and soundtrack-worthy vocal melodies. This one displays more of a verse-to-chorus buildup that gives this song character and wit in all the right places. A very interesting and dynamic changeup to this song’s predecessor.

“Diamonds, Silver, and Gold” is definitely the radio hit and most-likely most-notable track. It has that chorus that sticks with you long after the song is over and keeps the song structure simple and memorable. It’s a fantastic execution of something that could be called contemporary, but with likability factors that prevent this song from being generic. It’s a feel-good experience. Her song “Firestarter” sort of follows up from what’s already been structured as well, and maintains the feel-good vibe we’ve come to hear so far on this EP.

“Daydreamer” and “The Star” are great closing tracks, with a charismatic back-to-back sensibility that works for both songs like an anthem that could attach itself easily to the other. They are songs that conclude something that reminds you of a sound, vibe, and texture you haven’t heard quite yet. And by the time you finish this EP, you’re gonna add this to your list of favorites, and pass it along to your friends.

Uyoka‘s thoughts and inspirations behind the EP: “This album explores my introspective thought process, and I hope it gives listeners a chance for them to stop and think, even if it’s just for a little while. It’s so important to take that time and really get in touch with yourself. And who knows – you might also discover something new.”

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Artist Review: Nate Utley – “Infinite Potential” EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Acoustic, eclectic, and an edge you never saw coming. 

As a guitarist myself, I must say, this is an artist that knows his way around a fretboard. From star to finish, we get some of the most full sounding, detailed, and innovative guitar chords that turn progressions more into compositions with Nate Utley‘s “Infinite Potential” EP. 

But it’s so much more than that. It’s beyond your run-of-the-mill contemporary acoustic-infused solo record. We have twists, turns, and genre-bending we have yet to hear come from this type of acoustic-based approach.

His opening track “Blue Dream” is very nostalgic, and showcases Utley‘s fully-detailed guitar parts along with his perfectly mid-ranged vocal melodies as well. He makes great use of multi-layers and dualing-vocals as well, demonstrating different angles of his defining factors as a songwriter, guitarist, and lyricist altogether.

The next track, “What Up”, with a more darker edge to the guitar measures, is one of my favorites off the EP. But this is where you begin to hear something completely different. And his track “Bet” touches on this as well. We get the same dynamic guitar riffs, but add in some Hip Hop and Reggae to the mix; both in the beats that drive the song forward, the rhythmic rhyming schemes, and lyrical content that pieces it all together. It’s straight Hip Hop laced acoustic-infusion that is merciless, brilliant, and brings out a whole new realm to the genre altogether. It’s one of the best mixes I’ve heard in a long time.

The same goes for tracks “Its over” and “Blowtorch”. Songs that start subtle, but delve into the same chemistry you’ve heard thus far. Utley‘s Jack Johnson style vocals definitely add to the raw and original factors to this EPs spectrum. It sings and speaks volumes, with moments of intensity, and always with perfectly executed textures with Utley‘s mastered craft of songwriting, and with an indie-lover’s production value.

Overall, the likability factors of this EP are supercharged and relentlessly high. It’s a chillout-album with elements of something raw and original in every way. If you want some new food for the ear, then Nate Utley delivers it beautifully with “Infinite Potential”.



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Artist Review #2: Roman – “Dirty Bird” Single/Official Music Video

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Dave Welsh


We’d like to welcome back our NYC brother and Alt/Rock Singer/Songwriter, Roman, for round 2 on the Artist Reach platform with his new infectiously catchy single, “Dirty Bird”, properly accompanied by a fun, witty, and entertaining Music Video. So in case any of you have been waiting for the Roman Empire to strike again, then your wait is over.
With this track, we have the formula that Roman is known for, however just like with every artist that evolves artistically as their careers manifest, we get some new surprises, twists, turns, and the same likability factors that always end up on overdrive.

With “Dirty Bird”, not only is the song very eclectic and well structured, but Roman‘s mid-ranged and charismatic vocals that carry a humble demeanor really continue to showcase in more impressive and memorable ways, solidifying his signature sound that sets him apart from your run-of-the-mill artists that sometimes tend to struggle to find themselves due to the oversaturation of cookie-cutting post-production antics. Luckily, we do not have this downfall with Roman at all; he is not only keeping his spark of the genre alive and well, but making it better than ever.

And with all this in place, we have a very interesting dynamic in the Music Video, where no matter what you’re doing; from taking a bath to chopping vegetables to cook dinner, you can always make room for dancing. This is a humble and good-hearted video that parallels a very authentic musician that doesn’t need an arena or humongous night club to emphasize a simple thing like getting down to a good song. 

There aren’t any antics that try to put Roman in an overwhelming setting with Lamborghinis, Bling Bling, or materialistic set designs that attempt to distract you from the song by shoving an artist’s ego down your throat. It’s a video that is natural, appealing, and very effective regardless of how simple or elaborate the production design is. Real talent will absolutely do the trick no matter what content or budget you have for a Music Video, so for Roman, this song definitely shines through no matter what his budget or production costs were used. It’s another direct piece of evidence that true talent goes above all, especially musical gimmicks or materialism.

Overall, Roman is an artist that never disappoints. He has a humble sensibility, down-to-earth characteristics, and an authentic signature sound and image that is very defined and memorable. “Dirty Bird” is definitely a must-hear for the ears, and a treat for the YouTube screen. We highly recommend you check out both, the song and video. You will be glad you did.

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Album Review: Goodbye Silence – Thoughts In Boxes LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


This band is truly a breath of fresh air, and takes me back to a realm where spicey guitar riffs, a punchy rhythm section, and catchy vocal melodies were the key to great songwriting, and strong likability from the first listen. This Oregon based group has just that–those defining factors from the glory days of 90s Rock, Alternative, and elements of everything else you loved about that time period.

Alt/Rockers, Goodbye Silence, with their LP Thoughts In Boxes do exactly what I described above. They put together a collection of dynamically written, riffy, and undeniable catchy tunes that is bound to draw in all ears that come by this record. 

First thing I noticed whenever a new song started was how amazingly crafty the band is. You never hear the same track twice. Each one offers up different measures of tempo changes, riff dynamics, and vocal structures that explore a very gifted, charismatic, and nose to the grindstone vocal melodies with witty characteristics to show that this vocalist isn’t messing around. 

Album opener “Like An Ocean” starts things out great with great guitar tones that really bring out the energy in the vocal melodies, while the pounding rhythm section ties everything together. And this rhythm section has one powerful thing going for them that makes their role in the band most crucial–precision. The smooth bass lines and hard hitting drum chops really solidify this band’s energy and it’s made apparent from the very beginning.

Moving onto title track “Thoughts In Boxes”, we have an excellent ambient guitar picking riff that parallels drumstick rim shots. A fun intro that leads into a powerful yet familiar guitar progression that not only works, but has a great vocal melody to put differentiation to any other song that may use this progression. And it gets more powerful as it cruises on. Most amazing part is this song sounds almost nothing like its predecessing track, but you can tell it’s still coming from the same band.

Onto my personal favorite, “Long Gone”. This song to me has it all. Insatiable song structure, the best vocal usage thus far (both melody and lyrics), and has that feel of a hit song straight from the 90s, but also sustains staying power by integrating today’s rock sensibility. This song is very guitar-driven, and the vocal melodies are as memorable as they can get. This one takes first prize to me in every way.

Throughout this album, you hear influences from some of your favorite rockers from yesterday and today. I hear a lot of Chris Cornell-ish vocal melodies and range, but still very much original and raw with lovable charisma. You hear a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers influence in some of the riffs, but strictly just as an influence, because these riffs offer up something new and dynamic in every track. 
In Thoughts In Boxes, one thing that makes this album the gem that it is: there’s something for everyone. And like stated before, you get something new in every track. There’s nothing repetitive, everything is tight and precise, and this is definitely an album you can blast in your car quite often. It definitely belongs on your shelf of favorites. And one last thing…how genuine this band is. No post-production theatrics, no EDM-doused “experimentation” or pretentious nonsense; just a terrific Rock album you’ll be more than stoked you discovered. This band keeps it totally real, and that’s one of the best characteristics they portray. I couldn’t praise this album enough.

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Artist Review: Eleven Dollar Bills – “Waves” single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


If you want fun, catchiness, and a lovable vibe with an image to match, then Eleven Dollar Bills is all you’ll need to obtain that satisfaction. And we don’t mean the currency kind.

This cleverly named group’s new single “Waves” is riding the tide with their infectious sound, multi-ranged vocals with perfected vibratos, and a mainstream sensibility that’s bound to draw you in from first listen. 

Each measure is a blend of captivating and well-blended verses that puts the vocal melodies in the forefront; allowing you to really hear the band shine on their songwriting abilities and overall persona collectively. With some Alt/Rock pioneer influenced comparisons to Maroon 5, and Walk the Moon, there’s a whole different dynamic coming from Eleven Dollar Bills that sets them apart from everything else that surrounds their genre and the chemistry that puts it all together.

With subtle verses that build beautifully, it’s without a doubt that this song’s chorus carries the torch and will have you humming “hey!” in a brand new way. This song also has a very fun-loving Official Music Video to accompany it — showing you that this band is all about showing you a good time, and being dressed very well!

If you wanna hear a band (and song) that will most likely be rocking the industry spotlight very quickly…Eleven Dollar Bills is the name to remember. 

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