Artist Review: Bygone Civility – “Circling Again” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & James Henes

Infectiously catchy, top-notch musicianship, and limitless production value might be a few ways to describe Bygone Civility‘s single “Circling Again”, but we think it all combines perfectly as a way to portray this gem through the collective musician & listener’s ear.

This song really emphasizes on a lot of key factors — dynamic songwriting, quality lyrics, and versatility. This track is definitely indicative of musician’s that really have a chemistry when it comes to composition and production, because this song has endless likability factors.

Elements of the early-mid 2000s are present while we can still hear some of the iconic music we grew up listening to in the 90s era. The vocals are on point with the effective and charismatic-yet-subtle delivery, but keeps the perfect balance and composure that keeps its aura relevant, elegant, and out in the forefront appropriately.

“Circling Again” is definitely a brilliant demonstration of the members behind Bygone Civility. You can hear depth and substance contributed from each instrument and additive that is brought out authentically, and production-wise. They sustain a very natural sound and don’t marry themselves to a particular type of formula; you just hear a cast of dynamic musicians that are innovative, creative, and multifaceted with a signature sound and stylization that almost anyone can appreciate.

“Circling Again” will definitely entice you to look into more of what Bygone Civility has to offer. And we suggest you do just that. You will not be disappointed.

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Artist Review: Phoenix O’Neill – “Out Of The Ashes” EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

If talent and opportunity ever came knocking, it pretty much beat down the doors for 23-year old British Singer, Phoenix O’Neill.

And she has pretty much hit the ground running since her captivating voice and intricate, dark songs found its way to renowned producers James Sanger (Dido, Keane, Siobhan Donaghy, Brian Eno) and Paul Kilmister (son of legendary late Motörhead frontman, Lemmy Kilmister), who teamed up to form SangMister Music, who have contributed heavily to O’Neill‘s haunting and hypnotic signature sound from her upcoming EP Out Of The Ashes.

O’Neill‘s spellbinding vocals have been compared to Amy Winehouse, Elle King, and a touch of Björk, with eerie melodies similar to Massive Attack and Portishead. But we also hear a ton of new school sensibilities from other icons such as Lorde, Becky Hill, and Lana Del Rey — really giving Phoenix the balance and composure that makes her stand out most effectively, and unforgettably.

Her single from the EP, “I Need You”, brings out these many components stemming from her gifted vocal range and texture, artist inspiration & development, and a powerhouse Production team all honing their craft together beautifully — delivering us a sound that is familiar yet dynamically fresh. As soon as this track starts, you’re immediately hooked into Phoenix and her vocal aura; there’s no way around it. You will easily wonder how this artist isn’t already blown up to super stardom. But that’s why we, at Artist Reach, are privileged and honored to be one of the first music platforms to get a listen of Phoenix O’Neill‘s upcoming record that’s going to captivate every set of ears it encounters with.

“I Need You” is also accompanied by a very cinematic official Music Video that gives you a visual element that really parallels with the chemistry of the song. It’s an Audio and visual imagery that’ll really bring you to a front-row-edge-of-your-seat experience, and also really showcases Phoenix in a way that makes her most compelling, and eye catching when it comes to her overall look, style, and performance.

It’s rare that a gem shining this bright comes along with not only a versatility of talent, but also with the right people backing it as well. Hailing from the UK, from there to the rest of the world, open your eyes and your ears and give a huge welcome to Phoenix O’Neill. She will not let you down.

“Out Of The Ashes” releases on April 30th.

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Artist Review: LEX – “Right & Wrong” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

A strong Pop sensibility with R&B the way it was meant to be is a rare gem to find in today’s music realm. That’s why you’re gonna be glad you discovered LEX‘s new single “Right & Wrong”. At only 18 years of age, this rising starlet delivers up a truly ambient and captivating track that projects authenticity, musicianship, and a dynamic we just don’t hear in today’s music anymore.

This song reels you in from the beginning; an essence of enchantment and production value that showcases the charisma LEX carries herself with. With a smooth verse to grasp at our heartstrings, you can clearly hear the raw talent and perfected vocal range LEX brings out.

Her moods are subtle and charismatic in all the right places, and the chorus is an absolute payoff in both melody structure and lyrical content. This is definitely a track that will relentlessly stick in your head. It has that rare element we don’t see nearly as often anymore, and that’s staying power — a song that’ll stay with you even after it’s over, and one you can come back to time and time again. And also the ability to entice you to research more into LEX‘s catalogue.

“Right & Wrong” is a song for those who long for the glory days of classic R&B, and today’s more notable mainstream components that remind us that there is still great music out there to be discovered. When you take a listen to this track yourself, you’ll see exactly what we mean; and we have no doubt you’ll love this song just as much as we do.

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Artist Review: Emmanuel Dalmas – “Father” Single/Music Video

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

An exercise in audio and visual chemistry, and a journey into dreamlike sequences and paralleled musicianship.

That’s just one small way of describing Emmanuel Dalmas‘ captivating piano & violin-driven single “Father”, accompanied by some powerful cinematography that shows a vast array of landscapes, geography, and amazement for the eye in an effective sequential format.

This instrumental composition is one that demonstrates not only production quality, but music theory and strong musicianship components as well. With brilliant measures of melodically crafted violin and piano, this is a great modernized take on the classical genre.

“Father” is especially effective with the music video’s cinematography adding to the chemistry to bring it all together into one dynamic masterpiece. From subtle swells to strong climaxes throughout the measures, the story-telling sensation you get from Dalmas‘ composing style really sets the tone for this song and leaves a signature stylization that really encompasses raw emotions. The chemistry between the entirety of the instrumental setting is definitely soundtrack-worthy, and could work in almost any film setting if placed properly.

“Father” is definitely an anthem within. A song that puts emotions and melody into the forefront and grasps at your body, mind, and soul altogether. However, with the enchanting cinematography that rides along with the composition, you’ll get the full sensation of just how powerful this song really is.

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Artist Review: Oxaï Roura

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

This is definitely new food for the ear, with a fresh concept that is both atmospheric and unique.

Those familiar with African polyrhythms and polyphonic chants will definitely identify with French-Guianese Composer & Percussionist/Vocalist Oxaï Roura, a self-taught pioneer of his music & culture who was born in a multicultural family of artists, poets, and musicians; and began his journey into the realm of drumming at the young age of three.

Performing under a genre that mixes a diverse blend of Electronica, Sacred Afro-Brazilian Drums & Bass, and Afroamazonika, Roura‘s music offers up an ambience and atmosphere that is themed around dreams, outer space, and parallel dimensions. Music that could be described in essence with futuristic-electronic sounds, ancient mystic voices, and spiritual percussion from different parts of the world.

With the short-and-sweet vocally driven track “Back From Sirius B (Nommo)”, we get a versatile demonstration of the vocal side of Roura‘s multicultural sound and technique. And although very short in its runtime, it definitely keeps you cliffhanging and intrigued to explore more of what this artist has to offer.

With his second single, “America + Europe 21: The Secret Alien Union”, we definitely get to grasp onto more of the signature style Roura expresses in both his performance and production value. As an attribute to the solar system and the planets altogether, this space-themed track has elements of Industrial and a poetic Hip Hop sensibility that really comes together effectively. It’s something very new and diverse, but captivates a futuristic feel and can give your audio experience a visual component as well. The aura and multifaceted nature of Roura‘s musicianship is definitely at the forefront of this track.

One thing you will gather from a collective artist like Oxaï Roura is a universe of emotion, diversity, intensity, and a multicultural side to musicianship. His music is very acclaimed in his native homeland and is executed in a way that gets you more interested in what he has to offer. He’s definitely an artist you’ll want to invest your time and research into. His story and abilities will exceed your expectations.

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Artist Review: Empire Of The Ants

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Mark Sullivan

An audio and visual realm of ambience, texture, and a familiar versatile stylization.

With many years under their belts as songwriting musicians from the UK cityscapes of West London, dynamic studio-duo Empire of the Ants bring us a fresh take on stylized Electronic Rock with 90s-era Grunge and Industrial influences that are among some of the best we’ve come to know.

Their music video for “Radar” is a solid first impression of the band. With a low to mid vocal range in the forefront, this ambient and subtle track really explores a progressive edge that shows comparisons to pioneer artists such as The Cure, Muse, and David Bowie. With a driving rotund low end and attention-grabbing vocal content, this listening experience parallels perfectly with the visual experience perfectly, and really shows you a style and image that is not only fresh-faced, but pays homage to some of the best music eras we’ve come to know and love over decades.

Their second video “Sirens” brings a more upbeat side to the duo with great cinematic elements with stunning use of color. This grunge/industrial crossover sustains an energetic flow but still brings out the same ambience that really gives Empire of the Ants the signature sound that solidifies their artistic merit and persona.

Their third video, “Utopia”, is another stroke of visual gratification with excellent blends of black & white cinematography. The song is very climactic and utilizes significant structures that deliver a buildup that makes this song an effectively compelling measure-for-measure and frame-by-frame experience. This one definitely looks and feels like the heart of their sound, and showcases their originality the strongest.

All 3 of these music videos are very much worth the watch & listen. If you’re into the classic 80s/90s Rock/Industrial era with magnetic framework and production value of today’s modernization, then Empire of the Ants will be added to your list of discoveries you wished you discovered much earlier.

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Artist Review: Jimmie Smith – “Forty Three” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


A spiritual soothing of the soul with the ability to sway your hips at the same time.

That’s one of the things that came to mind with Florida-based R&B/Pop artist Jimmie Smith‘s single “Forty Three”. A groovy R&B song that immediately showcases a feel-good nature from the components of the initial beat and vocal melodies that really display the defining factors of this track altogether. Every melody fits perfectly with the song’s key signature and leaves plenty of room for Smith to bring his vocal talent’s impressive range to the forefront, which gives this song high likability factors.

Though Smith presents himself with his own signature sound, you can hear influences ranging from industry powerhouse artists such as: Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Major Lazer, Bryson Tiller, and more.

Jimmie Smith is an extremely gifted artist pushing the envelope of possibilities through distinct musical innovation. He possesses a hybrid approach to his music that remains authentic to his overall vision of a self-motivated prodigy navigating through the epitomes of the ever-changing music industry. And that’s a crucial factor among today’s artists. Because Smith is an artist that seems to understand that paying your dues and getting hands-on with the industry is very significant, and I believe that fact alone puts the up & coming artist ahead of the game, as opposed to a lot of artists these days that believe fame is an overnight endeavor (AKA “Tunnel Vision”).

“Forty Three” is a soul-soother and hip-mover all rolled up in one rhythmic package with all the right components; melody, harmony, authenticity, and god-given talent that isn’t covered up or altered by post-production theatrics. It’s the perfect song to listen to if discovering Jimmie Smith for the first time, and it’s also a breath of fresh air that a song like this isn’t drowned in auto-tune or any kind of genre-bending. It’s a brilliant song utilizing elements of R&B, Soul, Vibe, and Hip Hop ingredients, making “Forty Three” a Number One favorite!

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