Artist Review: frafri – Thank You For So Much, Sorry For So Little” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

A lot of producers & creators showcase their best work through their musical visions and audio expressions through sound, especially when it comes to the instrumental aspect. frafri‘s 15-track LP Thanks For So Much, Sorry For So Little is a clear demonstration into the mind of exactly that – the thought process and execution of instrumental expression and the moods and structures that parallel the songwriting structures as a way to get into the mind of a creator.

And that’s the kind of LP frafri has put together, a record of many visceral moods, innovative beats, and the brilliant use of guitar sequences and synthesizers that really set the tone for each track. From subtle buildups, explosively climactic measures and anthemic melody choices throughout the album, each song delves into a form of expression that steers along the lines of ominous emotions, and feelings that are thought provoking.

And that’s one of my favorite parts about frafri‘s latest collection of tracks – the ambience and versatility that really sets this album apart from anything else within its caliber. But I don’t necessarily mean “experimental” when it comes to that particular term, because these songs are diligently put together and definitely brilliantly structured. They flow together like chapters in a book, and scream loudly with narratives even though this album doesn’t have. But the biggest component to this record is the creative use of instruments – from introverted guitar parts to a vast array of keys and synths providing the atmosphere. After listening to all 15-tracks in their entirety, you begin to draw the full picture in your mind. The full picture that this album delivers a full, flavorful sound with wholesome totality – and you find yourself resonating with every measure both musically, and visually.

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Artist Review: SUPERBIG – “Sideways Love” Single/Music Video

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

SUPERBIG, since their formation in 2007, has manifested into one of the most versatile and multifaceted Alt/Rock groups in the Chicago area. Their modern dynamic and energetic signature sound has carried them throughout the duration of their career thus far, and has no intention of slowing down anytime soon. And we get a clear demonstration of their continually innovative and evolved style from their recent single “Sideways Love”.

Accompanied by a very colorful and cinematic music video, this track brings out all the goods of today’s more brilliantly executed Alt/Rock style with plenty of flavorful additives to go around. With edge-of-your-seat verses and great vocal narratives, this song’s crafty buildup takes us to one of the most powerful choruses that kicks up the energy with gang-style vocals, along with the song’s overall punchlines and unwavering catchiness. And it never lets up once it starts. The vocals have a diligent mid-to-high range approach reminiscent to older U2 albums and today’s more influential artists like Coldplay, but comprised with a band that brings his voice to greater heights with SUPERBIG‘s very versatile and eclectic contribution to the Alt/Rock genre.

As for the video, we don’t sense any complaints anytime soon. Pole dancers? Check. Curvy female bodies? Check. Atmosphere? Check. Top of the line colorful production value? Absolutely. This video immensely enhances the track-listening experience and really showcases the band’s talent, class, energy, aura, image and everything in between. It’s the type of song and video you’d have to see and hear to believe.

From crispy clean guitar riffs, smoothly written/performed vocal melodies and textures, a cruising rhythm section and top notch performance and production value – this song delivers everything you could ask for, plus so much more you never expect. This song/video, since its premier, has already garnered two airings on MTV, and also continues to expand its growth on YouTube and several other internet/social media outlets. The band has also performed at some of Chicago’s more upscale and elite venues and events, and continues to be a prominent staple among the Chi-town Rock community as they keep hitting the ground running. SUPERBIG is definitely starting off 2019 on a big note.

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Artist Review: Static RYan – “NOSHO” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

With a conjuring of ambience, versatility, and an insatiably raw sound that combines today’s indie Trap Rap sensibilities and rock elements from the iconic 90s era, UK-based solo artist Static RYan proves that his latest single “NOSHO” is innovative, clever, and anything but ordinary.

With fans describing his signature sound as a “low-fi Nirvana” kind of approach, SR brings forth a classic yet futuristic style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving his audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable in its own right. From atmospheric guitar tones, ominous digital additives and hauntingly visceral vocal structures, this song’s chemistry is hypnotically mysterious as it is cleverly innovative. It’s a diligent approach of a Hip Hop flow with grungy Rock flavors that leave room for different lyrical pathways and really shows an array of different angles of SR‘s talent.

“NOSHO” is a very consistent track, and very relevant as well. It’s appeasing enough to the underground scene, but could still easily win over the fundamentals of today’s mainstream market. The track officially releases today and will be available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms. You won’t regret picking up a copy of this track, and it’ll definitely entice you to look deeper into Static RYan‘s discography, as well as future prospects. He’s the type of artist to keep watching for, to see what next move he makes, and where it takes him.

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Artist Review: UnaVerSoul KING – “A Bottle Of Wine” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

A lot of artists focus more on the performance aspect, along with their image and presentation. But then there is the magic from behind the scenes. And elite songwriter/lyricist UnaVerSoul KING (real name Terry Davis) is one of those artists that makes that magic happen, and we get a clear demonstration of that with the single “A Bottle Of Wine”.

This acoustic track, with guitar and vocals performed by a female Canadian studio session musician, is a multifaceted yet simple song that has diligent chord progressions and intelligently crafted melodies throughout every measure. The track, solely written and arranged by UnaVerSoul KING, showcases an arrangement of glistening guitar parts with perfect parallels to the melody choices of the song. The lyrical narrative is very anthemic and has an infectiously catchy chorus that really sticks with you.

The single also has great production value that gives the song a sense of an instant classic feel. There’s no post-production theatrics or convoluted recording techniques to distract you from the song’s authenticity. It’s a track that is uplifting, fun, and delivers the impact where it’s intended; and really hits home where the heart is. It’s definitely a feel-good tune that will entice you to delve deeper into UnaVerSoul‘s discography as well as his future prospects and projects.

UnaVerSoul KING is one of those gems that really helps the artist in the forefront shine as bright as they can, with real music and real signature songwriting. His experience as a writer and his versatility working with different artists has honed his craft diligently, and will be a name you’ll be hearing much more about.

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Press Release: Thatcher Gears Up To Release Their Highly Anticipated Self Titled LP

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Some artists put out songs, others put out anthems. And with Thatcher‘s collection of anthemic tunes with their Self Titled LP, we get a demonstration of a multifaceted quartet of professional musicians coming together to create something you don’t hear every day,

With a signature sound reminiscent of U2’s early era and today’s more recent sensibilities from artists like Coldplay, Thatcher brings an array of powerful qualities to the forefront of their very versatile and visceral style on these songs. Their guitar work is very dynamic and parallels with the mid to high range vocal melodies beautifully, and tightened together with a neat and tidy rhythm section with jam band elements. It’s a mixture that is equally Indie-esque as it is mainstream in today’s modern era of bands and artists.

Their anchor single from the album, “Far From You”, is a perfect showcasing of the band’s craft and truly gives you a feel for what the rest of the album will sound like. It has that instant classic status that gives the song staying power – the power to stay with you even after it’s over, and has you coming back to the track time and time again to find new things to appreciate about the song. Thatcher‘s music also resonates with a sound that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving their audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable.

The vocals on this album have a more than impressive range with very climactic buildups that bring heavy emotion in both lyrical content and melody choices. The singer is definitely one of the strongest components of the band and has that potential to really be among the big league of today’s more iconic artists that have a true gift for their artistic merit.

The band’s first single from the album “Far From You” releases on January 15th, and will be followed up with their second single “Crimson Vision” a month later on February 15th. The songs will be available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad you discovered this band, and this single will definitely keep you anticipated for the album release.

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Artist Review: Superbird – “Cola Bottle Fizz” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Combining an onslaught of flavorful funky riffs, high ranged vocal melodies and a dynamically crafty rhythm section, UK’s Superbird starts out the new year with their explosively catchy single “Cola Bottle Fizz”.

This song is just ridiculous. And we absolutely mean that in every good way. This Power-Pop/Rock trio concocts a chemistry of funk-fueled bliss with their insanely tight knit signature style and high ranged harmonies that give off a modern Prince-meets-George Michael vibe. This band’s image is just as clever as their sound, and are a very well-deserved contribution to today’s modern realm of Rock and Pop flavors.

One factor that really jumps out at you is their insatiable energy. Superbird comes out swinging from the second this song begins and never lets up. This is the type of song you’ll be aching to hear live and you’ll imagine an all-night party where everyone gets in, everyone gets laid, and this band is the soundtrack to the entire evening; drink after drink, from dusk til’ dawn.

This band has a lot of versatility as well. While their song structures are kept pretty simple, every measure offers up something fresh yet still identifiable, delivering a sound that encompasses equal parts originality and familiarity. From smooth and hypnotic bass lines, a smashing drum kit, and guitars that parallel perfectly with the vocal melodies, “Cola Bottle Fizz” is the perfect Funk infused Rock fix. It has immense staying power – where the track stays with you even after its over. It’s also a track you’ll be coming back to time and time again.

This track dropped on January 4th and is available now on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms. The official music video for this song will also be releasing January 11th. You’ll be more than happy you discovered this track, and you’ll be thanking us later.

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Artist Review: Jacobs Ladder Here And Now – Self Titled EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Every now and then, we discover a voice that is truly versatile and triumphantly unique. Encompassing a sound that is equally exotic as it is visceral, we get a stroke of hypnotic bliss with Jacobs Ladder Here And Now‘s debut Self-Titled EP.

The artist behind this project is a trifecta of many trades, including the roles of a professional singer, songwriter and producer. Formerly with Warner Brothers, Jacobs Ladder Here And Now, now on her own uphill path as a solo artist, comes out swinging with her anthemic tracks from her debut record and brings forth a sound that really defines her and gives her identity. Combining an exotic Pop sound with dynamically melodic Indie elements, This EP delivers up a signature style perfect for the modern realm. With ambient beats and atmospheric chord progressions carrying the aura behind her sassy vocal approach, her song “Love And Understanding” casts out the perfect demonstration of Jacobs Ladder Here And Now‘s craft and musical essence.

Comprised of well-placed verses, well-paced tempos and a chorus that is dangerously catchy and reminiscent of Björk-like sensibilities, this track brings her signature vocal textures to the forefront. The song has a unique balance and composure that utilizes minor key signatures and diligently placed vocal harmonies that really give this song true character. The depth of the song goes beyond your expectations as compared to artists of a similar caliber, and really keeps you at the edge of your seat with a stunningly versatile approach that is unlike anything else you’ve heard. The same can also be said about her other track from this record, “Opening”, a song that delivers more as an anthem rather than just another track. This song is definitely a treat, and a real journey into her artistic merit that captures the heart of the project. This song, combined with the others, embraces the entirety of both the production and performance value that this EP offers up. It’s a great collection of songs that really grow on you immediately.

The best part of these tracks are the staying power – the power to stay with you even after its over. This is a record you’ll be coming back to time and time again, and will never get old. It’s the perfect contribution to today’s modern Pop and Indie elements.

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