Artist Review: Steve Andrews

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Hailing from the Wales landscapes of Cardiff and often compared to Neil Young, Indie Folk Rock Acoustic/Electric Artist Steve Andrews, is a fun-loving and colorful character with a sound to match.

This veteran musician has a very eclectic craft and tracks off his most recent effort demonstrate it clearly. His upbeat track “Living Book” and acoustic-infused catchy hit “Ever Yours” are dynamic, well produced, and share a common ground from Andrews‘ influences and original persona. 

His vocal range is perfect for the folk role, and in his homeland goes by the name of Bard of Ely, which pays homage to his roots. And you can definitely hear his roots implemented in his music, where he expressively showcases his moods, adventures, inspirations, and the great memories he has made living as an innovative, native English musician.

If you’re into an outstanding world class Folk sound with many great edges and key factors that makes an Artist truly inspiring, Steve Andrews is definitely the guy you’ll want to take a close listen to, and also perhaps research into as well. He has many stories to tell, and lives life fully through entertaining the public, attending every event and concert he can, and playing a very dynamic style of Indie/Folk that everyone can enjoy. Check into the Bard of Ely and experience something eclectic, electric, acoustic, and all around a joy to behold.

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Artist Review: Twin-Fin

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Female-fronted Rockabilly? Sign me up!

This is quite the treat, and some energy for the soul you don’t hear everyday quite like this. Twin-Fin is a blend of insatiable charisma, and an engaging showcase of musicianship that can get anyone onto the dance floor. 

With their song “Jungle Room” (which also has an Official Music Video) that starts with a very punchy and rhythmic drummer who never lets up with his spot-on blasts of energy and dynamic transitions and fills that cruise along with their stand-up bassist, we have a taste of something that’s bound to bring you into the realm of amazement as we transition into clever, clean guitar structures and captivating female vocals that stirs up a chemistry of Rockabilly that grasps you with a unique and infectious overall sound the minute it jumps into action, full swing.

This energy and signature sound never lets up, and this is something that makes Twin-Fin your above-average band. Not only is this genre very tough to write and solidify, but it’s also difficult to find team players willing to see eye to eye with their passion for not only Rockabilly, but being able to bring in their personal influences and stylistic writing and performing methods that perfectly come together as a whole, ensuring a faultless outcome with the brilliant minds of Twin-Fin. But this band has no trouble with this whatsoever. When you take a listen to the band yourself, you can feel it inside your musical soul that this quintet of star players were designed to fit this Rockabilly outfit.

With a lot of music saturating today’s mainstream, a band like Twin-Fin is bound to be your ultimate refreshment. That’s an absolute promise. Listen, love, dance, repeat.

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Artist Review: Steven Blane

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Artists like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Jay-Z have contributed iconic songs on behalf of their love for New York City, but when I was contacted by Rabbi and founder of Sim Shalom, the world’s only online Jewish Universalist synagogue and singer-songwriter Steven Blane, I didn’t know what surprises he had in store. If his intention was to give me something just as iconic as the artists mentioned in my first sentence, then he succeeded quite nicely. 

Steven Blane‘s LP of Jazzy, Swingish, and Bluesy collection of tracks titled The Best of Steven Blane (So Far) is a treat for the New Yorker’s soul in ways that almost can’t be fully described. It’s just that feeling; that feeling. A feeling that also leaves a presence within you. Whether it’s walking to the Union Square train station on a Fall, breezy evening or simply sipping some wine in one of the Village bars or Tap Rooms, Blane delivers you that same iconic sound in the league of artists that could be comprised of Sinatra, Bennett, and a riffy Johnny Cash vibe as well.

His song “I Love My NYC” is definitely Blane‘s calling to one of New York’s many city-inspired and tributed songs to the lifestyle, streetlights, and surroundings of New York’s finer moments. And it’s played and performed with that delicacy in a way where you can feel the atmosphere of the city in the song itself. Blane‘s clean, and articulately mid-ranged vocal approach is definitely a huge impact on this song’s overall signature sound. The lyrics are clever, and have great narratives that grasp you into them. It’s an attention-grabber and weaves a fabric into the city’s aura and feeling. His song “Happy New Year” also brings out this same soul behind the voice and writing style that Blane brings to the table.

Every song on this album has a smooth, eclectic, and soothing sensibility…no matter where you come from. He has a sound that has class, dynamic musicianship, and innovative measures that are always present throughout every track. The sound is versatile and diverse. And once you take a listen to Steven Blane yourself, he’ll find his way to your heart unconditionally. Whether you expect it or not.

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Artist Review: Kinderjazz

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

  

One for the kids! Charismatic, fun, diligent, and dynamic might be a few words to describe this 12-member Aussie-Swing group, but the theatrical horn players and uplifting themes is what makes Kinderjazz a group for all ears.

These folks have got a great history & foundation under their belts. Armed with some of Australia’s best Musicians for its kind, this Latin-style and bluesy-swing group started turning many heads in 1998 when they performed at the nation’s well-known Manly Jazz Festival, and has kept the momentum ever since; performing at some of Australia’s most notable Venues and Festivals: Sydney Opera House, Daring Harbour, Parramatta Stadium, Stadium Australia, Carols in the Domain 2000 on Channel 7, among many more to date.

They’re a group that you can hire just about anywhere; a family event, wedding, theme park, cruise ship, half-time show, or any place looking for a very well-polished and professional live show and charismatic energy to entertain an all-ages crowd. Their songs are catchy, theatrical, moving, and unforgettable to the ear. “Gazooba” is a fun-loving song with very intricate horn arrangements and orchestrated measures. They bring a great music theory oriented sound to their showcase of musicianship and definitely live up to the reputation of being comprised of some of Australia’s best musicians. 

They bring all the right ingredients to showcasing talent. Each player has their own character, musicianship, fashion sense, and energy to mix into a perfectly orchestrated chemistry. These 12 Musical Pioneers leave you with one big overall sound that requires untouchable talent among each team player. And when you take a listen to Kinderjazz yourself, you’ll definitely agree that this is definitely a winning team.



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