Artist Review: Uyoka – “Jupitersong” EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Enchanting, ambient, and strikingly cinematic with moods that can have you walking through the city streets, and feeling the vibe and aura coming at you from every direction.

There’s a lot of different ways to describe this dynamic and beautifully-crafted record. Uyoka‘s Jupitersong displays artistic merit, and production value that fits the EP’s ingredients perfectly. This has very powerful moods and innovative musical spectrums that bring out different angles of genres we know and love today. With Jupitersong, I hear an R&B and Alternative crossover with very subtle vocal textures that showcase beautifully written melodies and lyricism that parallels it beautifully. With her deep vocal tones and great use of layering her backups, I can hear musical influences ranging from Natalie Merchant, Tracy Chapman, to Alanis Morisette and Bjork.

Her opening track “Aquaheart”, we have pure emotion and an introduction to the Soul side of the record. With a chord progression that can easily play at your heart strings, it’s hard not to fall head over heels for this song. Uyoka‘s vocal textures drive this track forward and definitely keep you fascinated.

With “Love Song”, we get a very good-vibes-only stride with the straight-forward rhythm section and soundtrack-worthy vocal melodies. This one displays more of a verse-to-chorus buildup that gives this song character and wit in all the right places. A very interesting and dynamic changeup to this song’s predecessor.

“Diamonds, Silver, and Gold” is definitely the radio hit and most-likely most-notable track. It has that chorus that sticks with you long after the song is over and keeps the song structure simple and memorable. It’s a fantastic execution of something that could be called contemporary, but with likability factors that prevent this song from being generic. It’s a feel-good experience. Her song “Firestarter” sort of follows up from what’s already been structured as well, and maintains the feel-good vibe we’ve come to hear so far on this EP.

“Daydreamer” and “The Star” are great closing tracks, with a charismatic back-to-back sensibility that works for both songs like an anthem that could attach itself easily to the other. They are songs that conclude something that reminds you of a sound, vibe, and texture you haven’t heard quite yet. And by the time you finish this EP, you’re gonna add this to your list of favorites, and pass it along to your friends.

Uyoka‘s thoughts and inspirations behind the EP: “This album explores my introspective thought process, and I hope it gives listeners a chance for them to stop and think, even if it’s just for a little while. It’s so important to take that time and really get in touch with yourself. And who knows – you might also discover something new.”

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Artist Review: Nate Utley – “Infinite Potential” EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Acoustic, eclectic, and an edge you never saw coming. 

As a guitarist myself, I must say, this is an artist that knows his way around a fretboard. From star to finish, we get some of the most full sounding, detailed, and innovative guitar chords that turn progressions more into compositions with Nate Utley‘s “Infinite Potential” EP. 

But it’s so much more than that. It’s beyond your run-of-the-mill contemporary acoustic-infused solo record. We have twists, turns, and genre-bending we have yet to hear come from this type of acoustic-based approach.

His opening track “Blue Dream” is very nostalgic, and showcases Utley‘s fully-detailed guitar parts along with his perfectly mid-ranged vocal melodies as well. He makes great use of multi-layers and dualing-vocals as well, demonstrating different angles of his defining factors as a songwriter, guitarist, and lyricist altogether.

The next track, “What Up”, with a more darker edge to the guitar measures, is one of my favorites off the EP. But this is where you begin to hear something completely different. And his track “Bet” touches on this as well. We get the same dynamic guitar riffs, but add in some Hip Hop and Reggae to the mix; both in the beats that drive the song forward, the rhythmic rhyming schemes, and lyrical content that pieces it all together. It’s straight Hip Hop laced acoustic-infusion that is merciless, brilliant, and brings out a whole new realm to the genre altogether. It’s one of the best mixes I’ve heard in a long time.

The same goes for tracks “Its over” and “Blowtorch”. Songs that start subtle, but delve into the same chemistry you’ve heard thus far. Utley‘s Jack Johnson style vocals definitely add to the raw and original factors to this EPs spectrum. It sings and speaks volumes, with moments of intensity, and always with perfectly executed textures with Utley‘s mastered craft of songwriting, and with an indie-lover’s production value.

Overall, the likability factors of this EP are supercharged and relentlessly high. It’s a chillout-album with elements of something raw and original in every way. If you want some new food for the ear, then Nate Utley delivers it beautifully with “Infinite Potential”.



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Artist Review #2: Roman – “Dirty Bird” Single/Official Music Video

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Dave Welsh


We’d like to welcome back our NYC brother and Alt/Rock Singer/Songwriter, Roman, for round 2 on the Artist Reach platform with his new infectiously catchy single, “Dirty Bird”, properly accompanied by a fun, witty, and entertaining Music Video. So in case any of you have been waiting for the Roman Empire to strike again, then your wait is over.
With this track, we have the formula that Roman is known for, however just like with every artist that evolves artistically as their careers manifest, we get some new surprises, twists, turns, and the same likability factors that always end up on overdrive.

With “Dirty Bird”, not only is the song very eclectic and well structured, but Roman‘s mid-ranged and charismatic vocals that carry a humble demeanor really continue to showcase in more impressive and memorable ways, solidifying his signature sound that sets him apart from your run-of-the-mill artists that sometimes tend to struggle to find themselves due to the oversaturation of cookie-cutting post-production antics. Luckily, we do not have this downfall with Roman at all; he is not only keeping his spark of the genre alive and well, but making it better than ever.

And with all this in place, we have a very interesting dynamic in the Music Video, where no matter what you’re doing; from taking a bath to chopping vegetables to cook dinner, you can always make room for dancing. This is a humble and good-hearted video that parallels a very authentic musician that doesn’t need an arena or humongous night club to emphasize a simple thing like getting down to a good song. 

There aren’t any antics that try to put Roman in an overwhelming setting with Lamborghinis, Bling Bling, or materialistic set designs that attempt to distract you from the song by shoving an artist’s ego down your throat. It’s a video that is natural, appealing, and very effective regardless of how simple or elaborate the production design is. Real talent will absolutely do the trick no matter what content or budget you have for a Music Video, so for Roman, this song definitely shines through no matter what his budget or production costs were used. It’s another direct piece of evidence that true talent goes above all, especially musical gimmicks or materialism.

Overall, Roman is an artist that never disappoints. He has a humble sensibility, down-to-earth characteristics, and an authentic signature sound and image that is very defined and memorable. “Dirty Bird” is definitely a must-hear for the ears, and a treat for the YouTube screen. We highly recommend you check out both, the song and video. You will be glad you did.

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Album Review: Goodbye Silence – Thoughts In Boxes LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


This band is truly a breath of fresh air, and takes me back to a realm where spicey guitar riffs, a punchy rhythm section, and catchy vocal melodies were the key to great songwriting, and strong likability from the first listen. This Oregon based group has just that–those defining factors from the glory days of 90s Rock, Alternative, and elements of everything else you loved about that time period.

Alt/Rockers, Goodbye Silence, with their LP Thoughts In Boxes do exactly what I described above. They put together a collection of dynamically written, riffy, and undeniable catchy tunes that is bound to draw in all ears that come by this record. 

First thing I noticed whenever a new song started was how amazingly crafty the band is. You never hear the same track twice. Each one offers up different measures of tempo changes, riff dynamics, and vocal structures that explore a very gifted, charismatic, and nose to the grindstone vocal melodies with witty characteristics to show that this vocalist isn’t messing around. 

Album opener “Like An Ocean” starts things out great with great guitar tones that really bring out the energy in the vocal melodies, while the pounding rhythm section ties everything together. And this rhythm section has one powerful thing going for them that makes their role in the band most crucial–precision. The smooth bass lines and hard hitting drum chops really solidify this band’s energy and it’s made apparent from the very beginning.

Moving onto title track “Thoughts In Boxes”, we have an excellent ambient guitar picking riff that parallels drumstick rim shots. A fun intro that leads into a powerful yet familiar guitar progression that not only works, but has a great vocal melody to put differentiation to any other song that may use this progression. And it gets more powerful as it cruises on. Most amazing part is this song sounds almost nothing like its predecessing track, but you can tell it’s still coming from the same band.

Onto my personal favorite, “Long Gone”. This song to me has it all. Insatiable song structure, the best vocal usage thus far (both melody and lyrics), and has that feel of a hit song straight from the 90s, but also sustains staying power by integrating today’s rock sensibility. This song is very guitar-driven, and the vocal melodies are as memorable as they can get. This one takes first prize to me in every way.

Throughout this album, you hear influences from some of your favorite rockers from yesterday and today. I hear a lot of Chris Cornell-ish vocal melodies and range, but still very much original and raw with lovable charisma. You hear a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers influence in some of the riffs, but strictly just as an influence, because these riffs offer up something new and dynamic in every track. 
In Thoughts In Boxes, one thing that makes this album the gem that it is: there’s something for everyone. And like stated before, you get something new in every track. There’s nothing repetitive, everything is tight and precise, and this is definitely an album you can blast in your car quite often. It definitely belongs on your shelf of favorites. And one last thing…how genuine this band is. No post-production theatrics, no EDM-doused “experimentation” or pretentious nonsense; just a terrific Rock album you’ll be more than stoked you discovered. This band keeps it totally real, and that’s one of the best characteristics they portray. I couldn’t praise this album enough.

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Artist Review: Eleven Dollar Bills – “Waves” single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


If you want fun, catchiness, and a lovable vibe with an image to match, then Eleven Dollar Bills is all you’ll need to obtain that satisfaction. And we don’t mean the currency kind.

This cleverly named group’s new single “Waves” is riding the tide with their infectious sound, multi-ranged vocals with perfected vibratos, and a mainstream sensibility that’s bound to draw you in from first listen. 

Each measure is a blend of captivating and well-blended verses that puts the vocal melodies in the forefront; allowing you to really hear the band shine on their songwriting abilities and overall persona collectively. With some Alt/Rock pioneer influenced comparisons to Maroon 5, and Walk the Moon, there’s a whole different dynamic coming from Eleven Dollar Bills that sets them apart from everything else that surrounds their genre and the chemistry that puts it all together.

With subtle verses that build beautifully, it’s without a doubt that this song’s chorus carries the torch and will have you humming “hey!” in a brand new way. This song also has a very fun-loving Official Music Video to accompany it — showing you that this band is all about showing you a good time, and being dressed very well!

If you wanna hear a band (and song) that will most likely be rocking the industry spotlight very quickly…Eleven Dollar Bills is the name to remember. 

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Artist Review: The Saturators

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Hailing from NYC, we have more proof that some of the most talented, unique, dynamic, and versatile music comes from this city. And with Brooklyn/Harlem group The Saturators, we get the perfect example of just that kind of proof completely.

The Saturators are a Brooklyn/Harlem-based dance band that melds an astounding amount of genres to produce their own authentic and wholly unique sound. Dubbed “wet music,” the Saturators pull on Harlem’s vibrant hip-hop scene and Brooklyn’s underground basement parties and mixes it with tastes of Dancehall, Sosa, Cumbia, and 70’s funk to create their danceable and upbeat tunes that are guaranteed to get bodies moving on the floor.
And this is no lie. With their song “Not For You” (live -in-studio version), the song is not only dynamic and swingin’, but also gives you a video visual of the band’s live-show persona. They’re fun, witty, and are extremely on-point with precision and rehearsal. 

The group’s Bassist & Musical Director, Aiman Radzi, really puts the pieces together with this song, and the rhythm section especially with his uptempo and smooth bass lines that parallel’s perfectly with the drums & percussion, as the rest of the band ties in perfectly with each additive to the chemistry. As a director, Radzi really shines with the music’s direction, performance, and overall defining factors that make The Saturators the explosively dynamic sound that they are.

Each set of measures offers up interesting and very diversely well-written twists and turns, all while solidifying a sound that is recognizable, admirable, and with a unique signature. No matter what elements are placed in their song, you can still tell that it’s coming from the same band. Ranging from funk, afrobeat, jazz, swing, and just about anything that can force you to the dance floor. The likability factor for this band is ridiculously high, and I dare you to try and find a flaw with this group’s performance and Songwriting techniques. Cause you won’t find one. These guys are a complete treat for the ears, soul, and the sway of the hips.

The lyrical narratives and fun-loving harmonies will also definitely draw you in to this song. It’s a strong, charismatic anthem for the soul, and a bit of rock and roll in their energized approach. The song is compelling, crafty, and extremely addictive.

The band has a new album in the works, appropriately dubbed Wet Music, which is due out this month. We at Artist Reach highly recommend you check out the song, and pick up their record when it releases. You won’t go wrong at all.

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Artist Review: Craig Raymo

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


It’s very rare that an artist reaches out for a review, and is armed with music that is insatiably captivating and original. With Craig Raymo‘s multi-genre mind blowing single “Be Myself”, we get just that with so many clever twists where it almost can’t be put to words. This is one for the books on the Artist Reach platform.

With this track, as Plucky Duck would say…expect the unexpected. Starting off with a hand-clapping and crowd participation inspired intro, we get the perfect introduction into the dynamic and charismatic vocal approach that Raymo showcases, all while maintaining one of the catchiest hooks to prepare you for what’s to come in the following measures.

Anticipating a possible generic Pop-influenced track, we instead get a stroke of genius and mind boggling acoustic infused pre-chorus that you didn’t see coming at all. This song will put you in awe by this point, and when the powerful chorus jumps in with Raymo‘s multi-layered harmonies with perfect precision, you’ll easily understand what makes this song the gem that it really is.

This song is the perfect combination of the best of 90’s style Songwriting and today’s Pop sensibility and production value. It’s just a track that needs to be heard to be believed. You’ll have this one not only on repeat, but passed among your friends as well. 

I go way back with Craig Raymo, so in a way I was expecting nothing less than something amazing. But this track exceeded my measures by a landslide. This is a must-hear on all counts. Raymo is also Director of Publishing for company powerhouse Moho Productions. Listen, research, and reach out to a brilliant artist and person altogether.

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