Artist Review: Kozie – “Fly” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Dave Welsh


A melodic exercise in insatiable ambience.

With a soothing sound with influences from artists such as ColdPlay and John Mayer, Kozie‘s single “Fly” is a song that gives you the best back rub you’ve ever felt. The vocals are very well structured, mixed, and comes with a range that makes the best of melodies possible. The chorus, especially, is a memorable and uplifting highlight that helps define the centerpiece of the song’s entirety. A song that stays with you, and makes you eager to hear more of what Kozie has to offer.

The production value is exactly where it needs to be. It’s a track of many positive moods that leads you through the artistic merit between the musicianship of the band, and the perfectly-executed vocals that tie it all together. It oozes with a dynamic form of creativity that sucks you into the realm of what this song really brings to the table. 

You can hear influences from the 80s and 90s era, along with today’s sensibility. But when you truly take this song in with a cleared head, it displays abundant talent that has a very powerful signature sound among the group’s musicianship, structures, and overall execution of something you haven’t quite heard yet. It’s a standalone gem among its genre, and has endless likability factors.
“Fly” is one of those songs that will stick with you, and will never get old no matter how many times you hear it. It’s a multifaceted and modernized classic with traditions of how music is most effective in the universal Alt/Rock sound. Once you take a listen to Kozie yourself, you’ll see, hear, and feel exactly what we mean.

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Artist Review: Guest Actors – “By Demand” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


When it comes to simple musical formulas that can leave the biggest impact, Guest Actors’ single, “By Demand”, is the one of those songs that demonstrate this method perfectly.

With a subtle and ambient sound that portrays love, sensuality, and a realm of emotion, Guest Actors, from Tel Aviv, encompass a very effective and well-executed signature sound that keeps you listening and more interested each time you listen to this single. Their traditional song structure and chord progressions in this song leave plenty of room for incredible vocal melodies that give this song the power it needs to warm your heart and soothe your ears.

It’s a track that isn’t smothered in post-production obnoxiousness. It’s a chemistry among the quartet that speaks volumes and focuses on songwriting that is more effective and astonishingly catchy rather than experimental or genre-bending. It’s a beautiful track and sounds more like an anthem rather than just another song. A very blissful showcase of moods from start to finish with an impression on you that will be anything but a letdown.

Guest Actors are a breath of fresh air. A band that lets us know that spectacular songwriting still exists and proving that it’s the simple things that can have the biggest effect on you. And that’s one of the defining factors that makes “By Demand” the gem that it really is.

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Artist Review: Alex Woods – “Fires” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


A dynamically feel-good track will never disappoint you.

That’s why Alex Woods‘ debut single “Fires” is a great track to introduce yourself with. So I gotta hand it to this young artist; he set out to make an impression, and so far I’m sold on him.

His high-range vocal structures are definitely one of the biggest highlights on this track. And the female harmonies add a lot of spice to this track, and I’m itching to hear more of what she may offer in the future. Regardless, both voices absolutely compliment each other and the lyrics definitely tell a story.

The up-tempo feel in this song reminds me of Copeland’s earlier albums, and even though this song has mainstream appeal, I think it could also be a charm among indie fans as well. Woods doesn’t try to overdose you on any one-factor; there’s a lot of versatility going on here. It’s witty, fun, and a song like “Fires” could easily warm you up.

For a debut track, I’m beyond impressed with the structures, the production value, the authenticity, and the overall nature of the track altogether. This is Alex Woods first solo effort, and even though this song is an incredible first release, I’m also interested in researching his previous musical activity; be it bands, groups, acts, or anything that can display more of his influences. Because I’m eager to find out more about this artist.

This song is absolutely well crafted and spot-on with its performance value. Check out “Fires” for yourself, and chances are you’ll be sold on Alex Woods too.



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Artist Review: Roman

Review by: Justyn Brodsky, Dave Welsh, & Martin Abrams


NYC-based Country/Indie Acoustic artist, Roman, that also encompasses a 90’s influence with his dynamic and catchy acoustic-oriented centerpiece to his music, has been building himself quite the empire lately; among fans, presentation, and overall musical inspiration and evolution as a professional musician.

And with that said, his upcoming album, appropriately titled Empire, has collectively been an anticipated release among fans, and also some of Roman‘s best material to date. 

Tracks from this upcoming LP like “Thank You” and “Without You Here” demonstrate perfect elements of what to expect from Roman‘s upcoming release. He’s been hard at work in the studio with this album and has yet to show any disappointment with the samples he’s released. His sound is versatile, eclectic, and expresses a very hybrid, emotional, and captivating signature sound that is not only refreshing but also universal in a way where almost anyone can enjoy a musical-approach in the way Roman does.

His album Empire is definitely a collection of tracks that pays homage to not only an insatiable era of music with today’s sensibility, but to his fans as well. And to anyone new that discovers Roman, will be very glad they did.

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Artist Review: Brianna Musco 

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


I’ve always had a special place in my heart for female musicians, especially those that can really master the art of the six-string. A lot of new artists come out of the gate however, by utilizing their talent in performing YouTube covers (even in live shows as well) to get their voice out there for the world to discover them before they break out into original music.

We have the perfect example of this with Indie-Acoustic artist Brianna Musco. From recording live-performance videos of herself playing her own versions of artist greats like Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, and many more, Brianna hits it out of the park with her high-quality recorded acoustic renditions of some of today’s radio favorites with her own breed of sound and texture. 

She’s charismatic, fun to watch, and upon discovery will have you captivated in her overall persona. She’s got a laid-back, free spirited approach and carries the torch with her soulfully soothing vocals that go perfectly with her acoustic approach. Add in some low-end keyboard parts, and Brianna Musco is a one-woman army with multi-talented and multifaceted qualities; rendering the listener curious with anticipation for what her original music will bring when she finally unleashes it.

This girl deserves your undivided attention in whole. There’s only a handful of Indie-Female multi-musicians that can bring the goods to the table like Brianna Musco. Discover her now so you can be one to say that you found her first.

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Artist Review: Virtual Zero

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Chi Brodsky


A 90s influence that brings us back to our glory days; no matter the genre and with an insatiable determination to absolutely be an innovative presence, possibly with a premonition or perhaps a futuristic mindset of what’s to come. Some might say…

ANDREW ZERO: Band Perspective

Virtual Zero showcases a unique cross between grunge and pop rock, changing dynamics along the way. Nobody else sounds like us. Not in Portland, not in the mainstream. Just when you think you’re listening to a grunge song, out comes the church organ, a panflute, or a choir of synthetic voices coming from our keyboardist we truly have an original sound that is hard to match. The band was first formed in 1998 from a name change from Irish Monkey. As Virtual Zero we started off as a metal band comprised with a DJ, which everyone seemed to have in the 90s. The band broke up not even making it to a set of over 6 original songs. Lead vocalist Andrew Zero (Stephens) wanted to be back in the music scene ten years after leaving it and brought the name Virtual Zero back. After several lineup, the band solidified to the lineup today in early 2016. Our debut album The Fall can be found at cdbaby.com/cd/virtualzero3 . Instead of having 6 songs as the old lineup managed, The Fall has 16 songs with a few more under our belts. With all the bands in the city of Portland offering you music, no one can touch ours. We stand alone. Are you a zero? Do people think of you as a nobody? Its only Virtual. Find your voice with Virtual Zero.”

A perfect sum-up of Andrew/Virtual Zero is a story to behold. Many hours of writing, composing, riffing, and everything in between to showcase many sides to Andrew and his full-one-man-band efforts; be it compositions, singing, releases that has aspired and inspired many, has only pushed the bar higher for Andrew and his releases/projects in the shortcoming.

With the amazement this elite musician has in store in the shortcoming, and with a new year in its beginnings, be sure to connect with them on all Social Media & Music Outlets such as Spotify, ITunes, and all other major online radio platforms as you explore them. So please keep an ear open for new music, and a watchful eye as he plans for a very busy performing schedule for 2017 and beyond.


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Artist Review: The Static Dynamic

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

  

A triumphant sound with robust energy, emotional breakdowns and great showcased musicianship makes The Static Dynamic remind us of the epic value in songwriting that bands from the early-2000’s switch touched on (i.e. Early records from Taking Back Sunday, Jimmy Eat World, From Autumn to Ashes, Straylight Run, etc.).

This female fronted Alt/Rock Quartet shows no disappointments from their most recent EP release of “Late Season”. It’s got loud and gain-fueled guitar work, a punchy rhythm section, and great layering of vocals without the theatrics of overproduction. This is a well thought out record, and has a great centerpiece to the overall sound.

“Blue Skies” in particular, is a very intelligent and beautiful anthem that has great build ups and breakdowns in the song’s emotionally driven format, and keeps you listening without losing interest in the overall dynamics of the track. It settles, it swells, it hits hard, and it just feels right. It’s a caliber of mood swings at times but sustains solid ground. It’s one of those tracks that you could easily put on repeat. Or play for a friend just to spark their interest in amazing music they may not have heard just yet. TSD is definitely one of those bands that bring fire for a first impression, and “Blue Skies” demonstrates this sweetly.

This band without a doubt has big things coming down the line. And we at Artist Reach endorse, support, and recommend The Static Dynamic in every way. There’s a charismatic, humble feel to their production value, there’s ingredients for beautiful chemistry, and just leaves you feeling glad that you discovered this band. They will easily be among your favorite discoveries so far this year. 


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