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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Press Release: Dropfever Set To Launch Their Exclusive Platform, Take Their Survey And Get An Artist Feature

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

The team at Dropfever is currently working on obtaining primary prominent market research done for a fresh new platform that will assist musicians in creating virtual experiences to accompany new song and album releases.

Dropfever has a groundbreaking blueprint with promising results where indies and up-and-comers can benefit highly, but it needs to amass as much feedback as possible in order to construct the best platform for both artists and fans.

Take a minute to fill out the survey below and get added to the Hall of Fame section of the website when they launch. This is an opportunity to jump on while it’s hot! It’s gonna go places very quickly.

•Link to Survey: https://iter.ly/st9n7

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Artist Review: SuZen Releases Her Ambient And Inspirationally Moving Spoken Word Anthem “Jiva Is Shiva (The Mantra Mix)”

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Inspirational, motivational and spiritually anthemic, UK-based Yoga Chant & Spoken Word artist SuZen projects her words into insatiable passion and magical solace with her newest single “Jiva Is Shiva (The Mantra Mix)”.

Presented as the opening track of her 7-track album, this track is a vocal demonstration of visceral feelings, spiritual realms and unwavering essence of self. SuZen, real name Susan Ni Rahilly, is renowned as a Yoga and Meditation teacher and author, and considers herself “trans-genre”: a multi-dimensional teacher. She is also regarded as a Master in India. And this track is a very clear demonstration of her authentic talent and ability to showcase her expertise through the expression of music, and it’s very effective and nostalgic when you clear your mind and let her voice guide you.

This track is one of her seven spiritual laws of Yoga, and is designated for men between the ages of 25 and 40, most specifically during their drive time; a time they can get space and personal time to think. And it resonates beautifully with its artistic merit and SuZen‘s craft. It’s a track that is ambient, climactic and very multifaceted in its content and parallels perfectly with its production value. Her voice is an angelic and hypnotic presence and really leads your body and mind to a deeper inner place of relaxation, resolution and clarity. The multifaceted nature of the track is very natural and versatile; it really delves into the depth of SuZen‘s character, as well as your own. And that’s one of the most compelling components of “Jiva Is Shiva” – its ability to connect with the listener and bring them to a spiritual resolution.

The track was released on December 4th, and is currently available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms. It’s an enchanting track that reflects SuZen‘s 25 years as a Yoga Teacher, specialist, and artist in her own right. You’ll never hear another one like her.

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Artist Review: Barendo – “Contradictions and Disconnections” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With keyboard-fronted melodies and viscerally dark vocals, Netherlands-based artist Barendo proves that the craft of his new album Contradictions and Disconnections is brilliantly themed and hauntingly original.

Concept albums are especially rare nowadays, especially ones that are effective and well executed. However Barendo‘s Contradictions and Disconnections is a rare gem in this caliber, and has written and composed a record that encompasses shades of both originality and familiarity. With each track sharing the theme of the title, containing a contradiction or disconnection, we get an exercise of beautifully accented progressions and atmospheric landscapes in every measure as Barendo embraces us with a signature sound that is melodically dark and full of textures.

His vocal range is very appropriate for his style, which blends artistic elements reminiscent of David Bowie and The Cure. It’s hard to put him into just one category, and that’s one of my favorite things about Barendo – his versatility. He extracts many authentic blends of several genres and never makes anything obvious about his sound. It’ll keep you guessing, perhaps debating. But all you know is that it’s very beautifully crafted, articulate, and stays true to the atmosphere of the album as a whole without being repetitive. He’s an original of his own right.

His vocal melody placements parallel each other perfectly in every track, and deliver up vocal content that is almost like whispering secrets into your ear. It’s ominous, dark, and soothingly ambient with an array of emotions when you truly listen to the lyrics. This is an album that is multi-layered and multifaceted in its concept, and Barendo never wavers from this aspect throughout every track.

Also, this is his debut album. His first release. Which is a big surprise granted that it’s gonna leave you very curious with what he puts out next. Some artists take several trials and tribulations to find their niche and authenticity, but Barendo definitely gets it right on the first try with Contradictions and Disconnections. It’s an album that is interesting, isn’t rushed, and has a lot of character depth and artistic merit. It truly knocked my wind out to know that this is a debut record, and scares me as to what tricks he has up his sleeves when he hits the studio again.

Contradictions and Disconnections is uniquely original and has endless likability factors that show several angles of Barendo‘s artistic glow. He’s like candle light, but never burns out. A glow stick that never loses its color. And delivers up a collection of songs that will stick with you throughout its duration. If you love concept albums with actual meaning behind them and songs with real musicianship qualities, then this record is a must-listen. You’ll be glad you did.

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Artist Review: Luna 13 – “Devil’s Wrath” Single/Music Video

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Dark, visceral, beautiful, and not for the faint of heart.

And we mean that with the utmost respect. Luna 13, signed with Cleopatra Records, is a Bass Music onslaught of thought provoking art, violence, beauty, and unwavering energy with their single “Devil’s Wrath”, accompanied by a cinematic and face melting music video.

The band’s iconic image and signature sound resonates perfectly with their gothic and stylistic merit. Their versatile and Black Metal take on the Bass movement shares equal parts originality and familiarity. It’s innovative and ahead of its time.

“Devil’s Wrath” is a double kick drum slaughter with electronically infused moments of rage and sonic alchemy. The visual aspect of the song definitely enhances the song’s musicianship factors, and really delves you into Luna 13‘s overall persona as artists. The consistency of the climactic vocal growls and high gain measures of Bass are the main key factors of the group’s sound and when outside looking in, it’s extremely hard to look away. Almost voyeuristic in a way, but Luna 13 definitely wants you to watch. And we will, gladly.

Luna 13 is captivating, horrifying and glamorously clever with both image and musical execution. They are definitely gonna be one of your newest guilty pleasures if they aren’t already. You’ll definitely be delving more into Luna 13‘s back catalogue, and you’ll be stalking them throughout every move they make in their future. They are the first Bass Music project to perform in the Metal Festival circuit and will be opening up for Death Metal pioneers Possessed on 1/11/19.

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Artist Review: What After This? – “Wish I Could” EP

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Dark, ominous and hauntingly beautiful, the visceral aura of What After This? conveys in the new EP ‘Wish I Could’ is a soundtrack-worthy rollercoaster of climactic emotions and musical landscapes.

The ‘Wish I Could‘ EP is the musical outcome of some nothing short of remarkably unsuccessful endeavors, of the realization that you are not what you hoped to be, of constant guilt, shame and remorse, of the ever present appalling self-pity. Nevertheless it is a somewhat naive but utterly sincere effort to express these sentiments through the music.

And that is exactly what’s at play here – expression. Where the music can also create a visual aspect, as well as emotional. Driven by melodically ambient piano progressions, suspenseful keyboard string synthesizers and rhythmic tempos, ‘Wish I Could’ brings us on a journey of expression and perspective with very thought provoking tracks that tie together several angles of emotional conflicts. It’s a record that you feel to the core and the compositions are an absolute stroke of genius whether you listen inside or outside the box.

The presence of the 5-track EP is extremely strong, cinematic and has production value that really delves into pivotal detail. Each track is an anthem in its own right, and really provides parallels between what we hear and feel. It’s the type of record that is most effective when you sit back, clear your mind and close your eyes to let this music guide you to your inner emotions. What will you feel when you hear it? What will you see? What message will these songs convey to you? That’s the part that makes ‘Wish I Could’ the gem that it really is. These songs, though portrayed by the creator, could have different meanings to those who listen. But is often better knowing the songs and their origination – and seeing how you relate to it directly.

These tracks could easily be a modern film score for today’s film industry, and this project has all the right elements in place that could make stunning visuals just from the moods that are crafted. You’ll be absolutely blown away by the effectiveness that ‘Wish I Could’ sustains.

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Career Highlights: DaGuvna

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Producers are the cornerstone to any artist’s music, and help create them their identity and signature sound that makes them the unique individuals they are. DaGuvna is an elite creator of beats that helps breathe life into Hip Hop songs for a vast array of artists, as well as his own catalogue of creations. And he’s the real deal.

Encompassing many styles that are ambient, energetic, subtle and endlessly versatile, DaGuvna creates beats that are creatively melodic and timeless. His beats express many different moods and emotions that are raw and crafty, and creates a platform for any artist from the Hip Hop and R&B caliber with a vision behind their artistic merit.

DaGuvna has been featured on other releases and has successfully contributed his work to many prominent artists that connect with his ideas and signature style behind the mixing board. One thing that stands out about DaGuvna is his authenticity – the skill set to bring new vital sounds to the table and keep the evolution of beats in its movement. His contribution to many electronically-based and beat-based songs has credited him with solid acclaim, and is evident throughout every track he creates.

DaGuvna continues to compose, create, manifest and innovate throughout the rest of 2018 and beyond. He’ll be a name you’ll be hearing much more about over time.

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