Artist Review: MiZ – “A Year Ago Today” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Acoustic, electric and all around eclectic, we get a fun and heartfelt catalogue of multifaceted tracks from Americana/Roots Rock recording artist MiZ‘s newest album A Year Ago Today.

MiZ is definitely no stranger to the industry. He’s performed his music on a vast array of tours and has opened up for industry heavyweights like Jason Isbell, Blues Traveler, The Wallflowers, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and a slew of others. And is also a two time winner of the Tri-State Indie Award for “Acoustic Artist Of The Year”. Now continuing his career after the well received success of his debut album, MiZ has emerged from the studio with his second studio album A Year Ago Today, and proves to be a very diligently crafted follow up record with all the goods.

Staying true to his signature sound of blissful guitar textures, dynamic melody placements and tasty vocal harmonies, MiZ delivers up an album of heartfelt catchiness that sings to your soul and sticks in your head. Each track is intelligently pieced together, has flavorful additives and delves into a fresh Americana sound with elements of Folk and served up with a classic Roots Rock style. All the while maintaining modern production value and musicianship factors that makes A Year Ago Today a very relevant record for today’s mainstream market.

From well blended acoustic guitar progressions, keyboard melodies to funky fiddles gliding through each measure with a tight rhythm section, MiZ‘s versatile vocal range is showcased very effectively and really stands out as a true original. Each song really shows the facets of his song writing and his lyrical content with catchy vocal melodies are a collective standout on this album. There is something for everyone on this record.

Another great component is the diversity of the tracks. It provides a sound that shares equal parts originality and familiarity, where you get something different from each song but know it’s coming from the same artist. And the attentiveness to the detail of MiZ‘s songwriting is one of the major things that makes A Year Ago Today the gem that it really is.

This is a masterful album, and if this is your first time discovering MiZ, you’ll be glad you did. It’s the type of album that’ll give you intrigue, and really entice you to look deeper into MiZ‘s music career and previous records. His true talent glows in this album, and it’s made apparent from start to finish.

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Press Release: X. ARI Slated To Release Her New Highly Anticipated Single “Something” November 16th

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Enchanting, catchy and melodically captivating, LA-based recording artist X. ARI is geared up to release her newest anthem “Something”.

And like the title suggests, it’s definitely something special. The gifted Toronto-born Alt/Pop songstress, who recently achieved success with her most recent EP Dis-Order, comes out swinging with this newest release and proves to be an enchanting follow-up to her previous single “Stay v Go”.

Her angelic voice has dynamic melody placements throughout this track and takes “Something” to a sound ahead of its time. Embracing a signature style that diligently combines Pop, Alternative and several elements of EDM, X. ARI brings forth a song that effectively showcases her versatility and artistic merit all wrapped up into one dangerously catchy package.

“Something” has lyrical content that is more reminiscent of a story-telling narrative and makes great use of post production sequences that really makes X. ARI shine throughout every measure. The song is climactic, timeless and has that staying power – where the song stays with you long after it’s over. It has a subtle buildup and really hits home once the chorus comes to the surface, and really grabs at your attention with its unwavering production value and songwriting structure.

With several milestones and accolades for X. ARI, including winning an award for “Best Female Artist” at the Artistic Echoes Indie Awards, “Something” is a magnetic song that is bound to sustain her continuity of keeping up the pace of her momentum and showing the musical world that she just gets better with every release, and is determined to win your heart. And “Something” has a little something for everyone, and will easily win you over.

The single officially releases on November 16th and will be available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms. If you haven’t discovered X. ARI yet, this song will make an extraordinary first impression, and will entice you to delve deeper into her entire catalogue of releases as well as future prospects.

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Press Release: Shina Mack Geared Up To Release His Debut EP “Fear, Love” On November 20th

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

There are some artists out there that are truly dynamic and original. Artists with soul, spirit and a vital voice to their prospective genre. We get a hypnotic R&B-infused signature sound with an ambience like we’ve never heard before with Shina Mack‘s upcoming debut EP Fear, Love.

This EP being a debut effort is a great example of truly getting it right on the first try and hitting the ground running. It’s a captivating catalogue of tracks, and really showcases Shina‘s gift of voice, authenticity and songwriting structures. If this is his first release, then I am stoked for what his subsequent releases have in store.

Fear, Love, as a whole, focuses on two specific topics: fear and love. This project is a personal reflection of struggles birthed from love in a crude world that curates fear. It embraces the full spectrum of love itself – the highs and lows, ups and downs – how truly beautiful you can and cannot be. Fear, on the other hand, is unfortunately faced by everyone and it’s something you either conquer or get defeated by. As you listen to the EP, you will hear expressions of Shina‘s own experiences and the perspectives he takes to understanding them.

Each track glistens with a mix of yesterday’s and today’s R&B feel, but also implements several modern and tasty additives from other genres that really helps showcase Shina on many different angles with every track, offering up something new every time. His versatile voice is very eclectic and real, he is humble yet poised and precise when it comes to his projection. And his melody choices are incredibly crucial and effective when it comes to really catching the listener’s ear.

This EP, especially with its designated theme and concept, also provides a lot of soul and raw emotion. Shina‘s passion is at the forefront at all times and his story telling narratives are extremely thought provoking, gripping and really gets you at your core. His artistic merit shines both musically and personally, and maintains the perfect balance and composure through each track.

This EP has that staying power – that ability to stay with you even after it’s over. Being able to come back to these songs time and time again, and finding a whole new appreciation of these songs no matter how many times you give them a listen. There are melodies that will stick in your head and lyrical messages you’ll identify with. Shina really connects with his listeners on this EP, and really entices you to invest yourself into him as an artist and person as well. You’ll be able to walk a mile in his shoes…and realize you’ve been down the same path.

Love is what we were born with, fear is what we learned here” -Marianne Williamson

Fear, Love was produced by Ryan “Top Secret” Anderson with work from Ryini beats and Unhuman. The EP also has an array of feature artists including Tre Amani, Ayce, The Indigo, and k.lef. with additional vocals from Mo god. The EP officially drops on November 20th and will be available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms. This EP is an astonishing first impression for Shina Mack and will be one of your favorite releases before the year is out. Mark your calendars, you’ll be glad you did.

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Press Release: Swedish Indie-Pop Duo Kaiak Release Official Song for FIS Cross-Country World Cup 2019

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Indie-Pop Swedish duo Kaiak come out swinging for 2019 with their smash single “Feel The High”, which has been selected for 2019’s FIS Cross-Country World Cup in Ulricehamn, Sweden.

The duo, known for making music inspired by nature, coffee and friendships, bring their collective talent to the forefront in this single with extremely impressive vocal ranges, powerful leads and elite production value that makes this song an absolute gem. Both voices play a pivotal role in this song, resonate beautifully and really live up to the song’s title “Feel The High”.

Kaiak has a Power-Pop and Indie driven signature sound that easily fits with today’s realm of influential artists and mainstream chart toppers. From melodically soaring vocals, dynamic song structures and the brilliant combination of digital mastering techniques with every instrument, Kaiak brings forth an unwavering amount of likability factors to this single and I can definitely see why this song was chosen for the World Cup.

The biggest standout is the vocal usage – the chorus-like layering and the very well placed melodies that make this song dangerously catchy. Another component is the versatility and originality. The band concocts a sound that is very distinctive between sharing elements of both Rock and electronic textures, which creates a very tasty mix. And it’s very apparent that this song was crafted with precision and tightness. It just comes together beautifully and makes their whole sound very anthemic and captivating.

“Feel The High” is definitely a song you feel. One that is really on that next-level nexus. And you’ll definitely hear the authenticity and raw emotion of this song when you take a listen yourself. You’ll be amazed at how flavorful and fulfilling this song is.

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Press Release: Serbia’s Andrej Slated To Release His Debut Album In 2019

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

It was none other than The Beatles who inspired Andrej to start making music. Growing up in a family of musicians, he was soon bound to start his music career.

From 2004 to 2010, Andrej formed, sang lead vocals and played in two bands (‘The Spiders’ and ‘Mighty Fusion’). By the time he turned 18, he had already toured the country, played live shows and gained invaluable experience in rock & roll lifestyle. Even though the bands mostly didn’t perform their own songs, Andrej has been

consistently composing and writing music ever since he was an early pre-teenage kid that had only been able to play a limited amount of chords on his entry-level acoustic guitar. Songs like ‘Never Gonna Beg for Love’, ‘Kid of Celebrity’, ‘No Girl Like You’ and ‘Enjoy The Moment‘ were made in that period. ‘Never Gonna Beg for Love’ was featured on many radio stations, and ‘Kid of Celebrity’ won the author- song competition, but besides that, the songs yielded no major success.

September 2017 was a turning point for Andrej, as that’s when he was hired by an Estonian author and lyricist Anni Pea to compose a pop/ rock tune, a result of which is a song called ‘It’s My Day’, a pop/rock track infused with country elements. Anni and Andrej soon discovered that their creative synergy, Anni’s of making enticing lyrics, and Andrej‘s of producing appealing tunes, is likely to generate enjoyable results! So they continued working together, up to this day.

In August 2018, the song ‘Love Defined‘ was released. A funky, pop/rock song confirmed that a modern take on traditional genres such as rock and funk is widely enjoyed by new and upcoming audiences. Currently, Andrej is collaborating with Anni on his first album, scheduled to be released in 2019. He is also engaged in several other music production projects.

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Press Release: Hannah’s Yard Releases New Single “With You All The Way” November 2nd

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

At the start of 2018, BBC Introducing-spotted and BBCR2-played musical collective Hannah’s Yard announced ‘all sorts of new music arriving throughout the year!’. Following on from their 2017 debut album of ‘acoustic pop’, aptly entitled “Beginnings”, Hannah’s Yard recently released a four-track EP of understated covers.

Reflections’, showcasing the incredible voice of lead singer Hannah Layton Turner, is already gaining strong traction in the world of streaming, with over 200,000 streams on Spotify and Apple Music in a matter of weeks.

Remaining true to their word, the collective, fronted by the 22 year old vocalist, are set to release a brand new song.

Co-written by Hannah, along with musical partners Barnaby Pinny and James Reader, ‘With You All The Way’ sees members of the collective reach for their electric instruments for the first time.

This up-tempo, feel-good song sees all in the Yard having fun. Supporting Hannah’s lush upfront vocals are notably Guitarist Tim Cansfield’s [Bee Gees] pocketed electric and the bass line of Michael Curtis Ruiz [Kylie] – one of the funkiest musical journeys in itself. With recent news of social media’s indirect promotion of ‘self-consciousness’ rather than ‘self-confidence’, the song’s lyrical message shouts that we need to be there for each other. Be it

family, friends, teachers, carers, work colleagues…we need to gather around those that need support…nobody should feel alone.

Hannah herself comments:

“We’ve had so much fun writing & recording ‘With You All The Way’. It’s a little different to what we’ve released in the past but I absolutely love how it’s turned out. Not only is it seriously catchy, it has such a lovely relatable message of ‘togetherness’ behind it – a little bit of fun & positivity for you to enjoy…I’m so excited for everyone to hear it!”.

and there’s more new music from Hannah’s Yard on its way towards the end of the year!

Credits

Hannah Layton Turner – Lead & Backing Vocals

Plamina Dimova – Backing Vocals

Barnaby Pinny – Backing Vocals

James Reader – Piano/Keyboards/Additional Programming

Tim Cansfield – Electric & Acoustic Guitars

Michael Curtis Ruiz – Electric Bass

Jim Fleeman – Drums

Musical arrangement by James Reader

Engineered & produced by James Reader & Barnaby Pinny at Superphonix Studios, Olney Radio mix by Neros

Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, USA

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Artist Review: Wayland – “She Lights It Up” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Captivating and soul shaking, Wayland‘s eclectic Rock ballad “She Lights It Up” will light up your life and glow you fluorescent.

“…She Lights It uuuuup…” will never get out of your head again from the very first listen of this anthem by acclaimed rockers Wayland. From having one of their anchor singles go viral, hitting the Top 10 on the iTunes Charts and relentless touring for over half a decade, this quartet of multifaceted musicians prove that brilliant songwriting and mastering your craft has its payoffs in epic proportions when you truly have what it takes.

Adding to their legacy of hit songs, “She Lights It Up” is a piano-led ballad with possibly one of the catchiest vocal melodies in any chorus you could ever hear. And that isn’t to be taken lightly. With an emotionally supercharged piano progression, soaring lead vocals doused with beautiful Country-style harmonies and instrumental additives that include steel guitars and a mandolin, this song truly hits it out of the park.

This is a ballad the way it was meant to be written, and it shows facets of each member of the band’s contributing factors when you especially watch the in-studio themed music video. The immaculate vocal range and melody placements by singer Mitch Arnold are a standout of its own, and he really puts his heart into this track with several angles of his voice being showcased throughout the song, and it’s quite the amazement to behold. Meanwhile the band fills everything else in beautifully with not only their respective progressions and rhythm parts, but their textures as well to give this song every magical touch that it needs. And it all falls into place perfectly. Seriously, it doesn’t get much better than this when it comes to perfecting a song to its absolute potential.

One thing you’ll definitely take note of is Mitch Arnold’s vocal range and overall performance in this song. The authentic realness of his voice and the band that brings it all out in its full glory is something very rare in today’s era of post production theatrics and unnecessary noise. It’s the biggest breath of fresh air you’ll feel in quite some time.

We can’t recommend this song highly enough. If this is your first time discovering Wayland, then you’ll be an instant fan after one listen of this track.

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