Exclusive Review: Phillip Foxley – “I’ll Try ‘Till I Die” LP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of Phillip Foxley’s ‘I’ll Try ‘Till I Die’

I never thought I’d see a clean cut man of Phillip Foxley‘s age performing some of my favorite Rock, Punk and Indie styles. His long lengthy 29-track album, ‘I’ll Try ‘Till I Die,’ is an anthemic collection of songs with crunchy guitar, dynamic leads and vocal melodies that tie it all together into one rockin’ package; and it’s anything but a disappointment.

After releasing a vast array of singles, this debut album, though a long journey of a listen, is worth every listen. Opening track “I’ve Forgotten Something Else!” is an explosive and in-your-face catchy track with some of the best guitar progressions and vocal melody combinations that have been put together in this era. Phillip is not just another musician searching for that next groundbreaking sound that has over theatrical antics with post production; it’s good old plug-in-and-play, writing effective songs, and just going for it. His sound is reminiscent of classic 90s/2000s bands like Saves The Day, Ramones and The Suicide Machines. You hear this right off the bat, he’s not after anything innovative or seeking that next big thing, he just wants to write songs that are fun-filled, energetic and catchy enough to draw you in to his flavorful Rock sound.

Now again, there’s 29 tracks to choose from. While they all maintain consistency, each track offers new angles to Phillip‘s talent; adding in feature artists, instrumentals and different tastes of his signature sound and stylization. His piano track “Promises” is beautifully crafted with waves of backup vocals, gorgeous string arrangements and is hauntingly visceral from the very first listen. This album, literally, has something for everyone and offers up an anthemic sound that is comprised of multifaceted textures and versatile measures. It’s just one of many songs that will surprise you, but still fit among the rest of the album’s content.

Phillip Foxley is quite a find, and anyone that can resonate with the late 80s and 90s Rock sound with classic Emo and Indie flavors will absolutely fall head over heals with this record. It’s currently available on several platforms and we can’t stress enough how much we recommend picking this one up.


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Exclusive Review: American Scream – “Sink” EP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of American Scream’s debut EP

Bursting onto the music scene last year with an insatiably versatile and unique signature sound, North Carolina quartet American Scream have been hitting the ground running pretty much since the minute they solidified their formation. Tastefully blending diligent flavors of electronically-infused Synth Pop and Rock elements, the band has proven with their debut EP ‘Sink’ that original ideas are still out there and the fun nature of creating music still thrives strongly if you’re willing to pay attention – and this record is definitely an attention-grabber.

This 7-track juggernaut starts off with a solid intro track then leads right into their anchor single off this record, “Hypocrite”. Accompanied by a thematically fun music video, this song has an arsenal of catchy melody choices with distinctive vocal harmonies and ambient keyboard progressions that really drive this song into many creative directions. The lead vocals are astoundingly effective and really showcases this band’s artistic merit both collectively and individually through each member.

“Club Noises” is an absolute standout with dynamically crafty lyrics that not only resonate with the listener, but cleverly executes the message that the song conveys and makes several excellent uses out of social media references. This track also has a great genre-bending structure that combines Djent-y breakdowns and Synth-y progressions. This song definitely turns the heat up and really encompasses the energy this band brings to the table. The track “Iceberg” is a more subtle song that really delves deep into the band’s core and centerpiece. With anthemic tones and heartfelt lyrics that continue to demonstrate the band’s detail-oriented songwriting ability, this track brings forth another multifaceted angle that puts American Scream on a high pedestal, far above the run-of-the-mill contemporary artist.

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The darker and anthem-worthy closing songs “Funeral” and “The Darkness” are amazingly composed and really hone in on each member’s contributing factors to this EP. The collective musicianship qualities really spill out by the time you reach the end of this record and it really demonstrates just how much versatility this band really encapsulates. The chemistry is very apparent and the innovative techniques this record showcases really blows your mind especially after realizing that this is a debut EP from a band that formed only a year ago. It gets you morbidly curious to hear what this band has in store for their sophomore release, and really raises the bar far higher than American Scream probably realizes. ‘Sink’ is an absolute must-listen for 2020 and will likely be noted as one of the best releases of this year altogether. You can find this EP on Spotify, YouTube and other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad that you did.


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Exclusive Review: Bedroom Ceilings: “Clairvoyance Is Never Simple” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky


A lot of blood, sweat and tears goes into creating and composing music. The longer you do it, the more you develop a signature sound and niche as a musician. When you combine two musicians that hone their crafts with an aspect of composing their signature sounds into one dynamic unit, you get indie-duo Bedroom Ceilings. With their sophomore album ‘Another Bulb Burned Out’ coming close to its release date, the indie rockers have been teasing their fan base with singles from the record and building an insatiable buzz. Their newest track “Clairvoyance Is Never Simple” is one of them.

Comprised of songwriter/composer Dean Chittenden and multi-instrumentalist Ben Steer, Bedroom Ceilings comes to fruition beautifully with their ambient guitar parts, atmospheric vocal melodies and indie/folk rock approach reminiscent of Copeland, Coldplay, and even the Beatles. With a sound that has great callbacks to the early 2000s classic Emo scene, Bedroom Ceilings also bring fresh new ideas to the table that showcase their artistic merit in ways that really makes them stand out among today’s more convoluted music industry, which is a breath of fresh air.

“Clairvoyance Is Never Simple” is more of an anthem than it is just a song. The track comes together in a way that truly proves how much chemistry this duo has, and how seriously the songwriting aspect is to them. This single has an indie feel that is completely contagious, and you’ll be recommending it to your friends. This track will make you an instant Bedroom Ceilings fan, and will definitely entice you to check out their past catalogue as well as their upcoming album. The single is available now on Spotify and all digital music streaming platforms.

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Exclusive Review: Alexia Madrid – “For Me” Single.

Review by: Justyn. W. Brodsky

A little spice, a little sweetness, and multifaceted textures of acoustic guitar swells and vocal auras is what creates a soothing signature sound for the upcoming indie starlet Alexia Madrid an absolute gem in today’s musical realm. The Toronto-based artist (who also attends college in Calgary) is currently in her first active year in her solo career, and her debut single “For Me” is direct indication that she has hit the ground running and has no plans on stopping.

This talented, young artist has a soothing voice that not only projects unwavering musicianship, but her passionate vibes as well. Her well-placed melodies are effective but are also projected at the right moments throughout the song’s duration; giving us a glimpse into many different angles of Alexia‘s artistic merit that range from Pop, R&B to Soul. She’s not just another random girl that decided to wake up one day and become an artist, but instead, discovered a part of herself that was always there; a versatile songwriter and performer coming out of her own shell. And “For Me” is a song that demonstrates this part of her completely, she has debuted her craft diligently and really shines bright throughout this track and shows the world around her that she has what it takes to fit right in with the brighter circle of stars and winners that come from the likes of places like The Voice, American Idol, and those alike.

The production value of this song is elegantly put together and has glistening dueling guitar parts EDM touches, digital drums and other post production theatrics that fit this song with insatiable attentiveness to detail. And that’s one of the strongpoints to this track – it has enough detail to keep you interested, but still leaves enough room to showcase Alexia‘s impressive vocal range and melody choices, which gives this track a perfect introduction into Alexia‘s career and overall sound. Once you take a listen to this song, you’ll build enough up anticipation to hear what she has coming out next.

“For Me” officially drops April 24th, 2020, this Friday.

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Artist Review: Katie Veltri – “Catch Me” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Bringing acoustic grooves and rhythmic Blues to the forefront with sensual vocal techniques that speak to the soul, recording artist Katie Veltri encompasses new ambient territory with her newest single “Catch Me”.

“Catch Me” is definitely catchy. It’s a timeless track with jazzy guitar chord progressions that really facilitate the anthemic vocal melodies to make each measure really count. Katie‘s voice is tender, natural, and really puts emphasis on how she projects every line of her clever lyrics this song has to offer as the track plays out. The guitars also have a spiciness and aura that brings a true uniqueness to the modern rhythm this song blends in. It shares a classic feel while still embracing a modern take on today’s more versatile pop-infused genres.

Put simply, this song is very hard to dislike. It has very powerful vocals that shine bright in the forefront. Katie‘s voice not only has an impressive range, but also projects a multifaceted nature as well that really showcases her talent very effectively. “Catch Me”, accompanied by a lyric video, is a song that shares equal parts originality and familiarity – it has that classic signature sound that you’ve come to know and love throughout many years, as well as today’s more notable mainstream edge that resonates with more modern music styles. Katie Veltri will definitely reel you in with “Catch Me”.

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