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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Artist Review: Caramel Smooth Heaven – “The Shallows” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With blissful moods, dark dream sequences and subtle landscapes that encompass an atmospheric ambience, Caramel Smooth Heaven delivers an articulate demonstration of cinematic and musically crafted visuals with their single “Blue Clouds.”

Signed to Michigan-based label Kaiseki Digital and taken from their newest album The Shallows which released on October 26th and described as “an atmospheric, nonlinear experience of drowning in the ocean”, CSH is a very visceral production of emotions that captures your attention and psyche in unexpected ways.

The production value is very detailed without being too elaborate, and really connects you to the artistic realm that CSH encompasses with the signature sound that’s being showcased. It’s thought provoking, extremely innovative in its caliber and is very reminiscent of a climactic movie sequence from film creators like Darren Aronofsky and David Lynch.

The song is colorful, eclectic and never loses its pacing. It has great use of multilayering that parallels with the song’s rhythmic flow and subtle tempos, keeping every measure interesting, alive and intact with its wholesomeness and depth as a soundtrack worthy composition.

Everything you hear (and see) in “Blue Clouds” plays a role and has its rightful place in this song, and is the perfect impression for what the rest of the album has to offer. The Shallows is available now on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms, and you’ll thank us later for recommending it.

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Artist Review: Nokturnal Funeral – “Creatures Of The Night” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With haunting rhythms, atmospheric narratives and a cinematic eeriness that brings electronic music to darker realms, Nokturnal Funeral puts the perfect industrial spin on today’s EDM sensibility with the latest album Creatures Of The Night.

Conceptually, every track is its own creature in and of itself. It delves into the darkness of places our minds never go, and leaves us with a feeling of losing ourselves in the moment and giving into our most primal urges – whether we expect to or not. And that’s what makes this album so brilliant, it brings us to places we’d never go on our own. Both musically and visually.

Each track has composed production value, but has a surprise around every corner that grabs us by the throat and refuses to let go. It’s an anthemic album that is worthy of video game soundtracks and today’s modern thriller films. It has that atmosphere that really holds the power to enhance even the most semi-visceral visuals, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Nokturnal Funeral got picked up for some work in film scores.

Each song delivers a new realm of dark moods and emotions that takes us for more than just a mild rollercoaster. These tracks are climactic and cliffhanging, and have a relentless way of keeping us at the edge of our seats – whether we strapped in for the ride or not. Regardless, the strength is unwavering but not overpowering. Which is the perfect medium that sits between 90s industrial artists like Aphex Twin and Nine Inch Nails, and today’s more mainstream EDM circuit that has hit the industry like electric shock in the last decade.

Either way, Nokturnal Funeral fits right in with the climb of electronic music and just might be the new anchor to EDM’s darkest pleasures. And you won’t hesitate to indulge.

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Music Theory: Boss Piano – A Lesson In Cadences

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

It is nearly impossible for any piano player to not hear the word cadence at least once in their life. Before explaining the cadence meaning, I will start with the reference of what a musical phrase is.

As you might already know, it is a musical thought composed with four measures length in most cases, and incomplete also. A cadence is a chord progression composed usually of at least 2 chords that ends a phrase or a part of a piece of music.

The cadence has a really important role in any piece of piano sheet music because it gives a sense of resolution for that rhythm. There are some types of cadences that are authentic, deceptive, half, and plagal. They are divided into two groups: finished cadences and unfinished cadences.

The authentic cadence is the movement from the chord V to I of the key center. It is usually written V-I and is the most common and most frequently used cadence. For an example, when it comes to the C Major scale, try playing from V (G) to I (C) and you will notice by yourself how a great finish sounds, because the authentic cadence is also known as a perfect cadence and is well-known for its most finished contribution.

When it comes to the deceptive cadence, it is good to know that it’s also called the interrupted cadence. The name is very suggestive, as in this case, it ends on an unexpected chord. The music sounds reminiscent of something interrupting the piece. For this one, the most common chord progression is from chord V to chord VI, also written as V-VI. For an example, using the A Major scale, the chords are V which in this case is the key E and VI which is the key F sharp minor. Play it and listen carefully to get a familiarity to this type of cadence, so you will be able to use it in your own piano tabs.

When it comes to unfinished cadences, it is easy to anticipate that the sound will be unfinished. This happens because the unfinished cadences don’t end on chord I. By using an unfinished cadence at the end of a phrase in a piece of piano sheet music, it will give the listener the feeling that there is more to come in the next section and that the piece is not over.

In the group of unfinished cadences there is the half cadence. It is also known as imperfect cadence and it ends on chord V, while it can start on chord I, II or IV. For an example, in the G Major scale, we take the chords I (which is key G) to chord V (which is key D). Listen and you will notice that this is not the end, it’s more like a “wait for the next part” kind of feeling. When it comes to plagal cadence, the progression is from chord IV to chord I, also found written as IV-I.

Cadences are a great way to practice and develop piano techniques, and are also considered part of the little things that form the basis of piano for any player.

If you need material for rehearsal, here is a website where you can get piano sheets for free.

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Artist Highlight: Calvin West

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

In today’s music world, the internet has been a focal point and cornerstone in almost every musician or band’s career. From platforms like YouTube, SoundCloud, Facebook, and other social media outlets, there’s always something behind the scenes to help enhance a music maker’s presence.

That’s where professional lyric video artist Calvin West comes in. A man that creates innovative and groundbreaking lyrics videos for any artist, any genre and with any kind of theme. Whether it’s a song that has a certain message or atmosphere involved, West is that visionary who can put all the pieces together for you and bring your song to live through an eye-catching lyric video.

Artists have especially taken interest in releasing lyric videos on behalf of getting fans to learn the words to a song, or perhaps put out a YouTube release of a track with some kind of character to it; in case an official music video just isn’t in the cards yet.

West has worked with over a thousand musicians and record labels from all over the world, and it’s a multifaceted combination of his background and ability that keeps his clients coming back. He understands their artistic identity and strives to channel it through the lyric videos he makes, and never fails to grasp at the artist/client’s vision for a project. Which is truly what separates him from the rest.

West is also a Top Rated Seller on freelance network Fiverr, with over 1,000 five-star reviews from artists all over the world that come to him for his abilities behind the screen. It doesn’t matter the challenge, it doesn’t matter the deadline – if you hand your work or artistic vision over to Calvin West to bring your song into a whole new spectrum, this is the man that will get it done. It gives musicians and their fans to encompass a whole new perspective on a very articulate audio and visual journey unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

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Artist Review: Matthew Strachan

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


More proof that some of the best musicians are from the U.K.

Matthew Strachan, a 12-time ASCAP Award winner, is a renowned Songwriter & Composer, responsible for the music scores for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, BBC Home Front, and formed the Klaus Harmony, is a very well-known and respected musician that has his music scattered over many landscapes in many forms; Musicals, Scores, Compositions, and is a very known figure in the industry.

Critics liken him to Tom Lehrer, Leonard Cohen and Randy Newman. His creations may not all be loveable but they’re always recognisable. Exasperated bigots, angry Alpha males, lonely landladies, voyeurs and dysfunctional daredevils all have their moment in the spotlight. Matthew Strachan gives them all three minutes to tell their tale.

Strachan recently released his most recent solo effort, Serious Men. An album integrated with Blues, Alt/Rock, and great piano-riff oriented tracks. One song in particular, “Hootchie Groovey Child”, is a fun, witty, personal side to Strachan and showcases both his dynamic writing style of melodies, and humble nature of his musical persona.

With such a successful catalogue under his belt and multiple awards to show for it, I must say it has been an honor to both write Matthew Strachan‘s Bio, and write a Review for him here.

He is a musician that not only deserves your attention, but is one that should be researched. This musician has a brilliant story, and his future holds a lot of promise as he continues to carry major weight throughout the industry. 


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