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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Press Release: Nat Smithson & Nights On Mayfair – “What Life Wants For Me” Single

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Soulfully melodic and upbeat, we get a refreshingly fun experience with every measure in the new Nat Smithson & Nights On Mayfair single “What Life Wants For Me.”

Conveying a positive message and a very versatile vocal range that is charismatic and undeniably multifaceted, Nat Smithson brings her soul-infused voice to the forefront with an edge of Pop that is melodically driven by the rest of the band. The song starts with a sweet and subtle buildup with a crafty piano riff, but when Nat starts delving into the first verse of this track, it’s off to the races and she never lets up.

With great detail of eclectic guitar parts and an unwaveringly tight rhythm section with all the necessary additives, “What Life Wants For Me” showcases a parallel of brilliant musicianship factors and production value all wrapped up into one fine-tuned package. The vocal melodies are appropriately placed and present natural overdubs as opposed to post production compression or a plethora of auto tune. This song has authenticity, and a blend of talented musicians that don’t need today’s overproduced theatrics to put out an intelligently crafted and well executed song.

There’s also an anthemic multi-genre blend that gives Nights On Mayfair endless likability factors and highly contributes to the song’s overall versatility. Its catchiness is refreshing, the feel-good nature never stops short, and Nat‘s vocals sing right to your soul. There’s something for everyone on this track and it’s an absolute gem in its own right, and you’ll definitely understand why when you take a listen for yourself.

“What Life Wants For Me” officially releases on November 7th and will be available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms. Be sure to mark your calendars – you’ll be glad you did!

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Artist Review: Matthias Daiber – “Out Of The Blue” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Blissful and dreamlike, LA-based Composer & Producer Matthias Daiber takes us through an atmospheric adventure with his multifaceted Piano and Electronic blends in his new album Out Of The Blue.

This 12-song LP is a masterpiece of its caliber and brings something new to the table with each track, all the while presenting a very recognizable signature sound that shows its presence throughout the record in its entirety and never fails to keep you transfixed on each element of every song.

Matthias‘s piano breathes life into every track with ambient electronic additives that really add a glistening touch throughout every measure. Each song is like a takeoff and landing to a perfect destination while enjoying the ride while making your way there. His approach with each track is very articulated, versatile and very well-crafted. You can’t help but feel a sense of serenity with each measure these songs offer.

The best part is the versatility and originality of the genre mix. With classic light Jazz components and very melodic key signatures that really embody a real soul to his music, Out Of The Blue really showcases every angle of Matthias‘s abilities both as a composer and performer. His ideas are authentic, the moods are very blissful, and the aura that surrounds this album provides an array of emotions that touch the soul.

Out Of The Blue is the perfect album for the innovative pianist putting a modernized touch on today’s more mainstream production value, while staying true to the humble roots of what makes piano the most theoretical instrument of our time. This is a next-level album for anyone that appreciates brilliant piano compositions and today’s more promising production formulas. The album released on October 26th and is currently available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms. You won’t regret getting a copy!

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Artist Review: Charles Robinson – “A Brave New World” LP

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

The new album by Charles Robinson, A Brave New World, brings you into a world of its own. And it is more than satisfying.

Imagine the perfect night at NYC’s Blue Note, Manhattan’s ultimate hotspot for Jazz. You walk in, order your favorite scotch on the rocks and take a seat with your friends and colleagues in the iconic lounge, reminiscing about your weekend plans.

Then your idle chitchat becomes overwhelmingly captivated by the artist performing in front of you that is delivering a heatwave of Jazz and Fusion right before your eyes. Dynamic, structured and extremely crafted to perfection for any avid Jazz lover. That artist is Charles Robinson, and he really takes you into a whole new world of Jazz with A Brave New World.

This album, a collection of tracks separated more into chapters, delves into an atmospheric ambience of classic Jazz & Fusion with a modern twist to its overall production value. From an outpouring of leads that rotate between piano, marimbas and a classic Rhodes piano sound, Robinson‘s melody choices perfectly parallel the right rhythm section that drives each song forward.

There are twists and turns, but everything is in its rightful place. The exploration of multifaceted musicianship factors goes deep within the realm of Jazz and showcases a flavor only Robinson has served up, and provides the listener with a signature sound that could be described as your favorite Jazz musician’s favorite Jazz musician. And deserves his name among the commonplace of the genres industry heavyweights.

However, when you attempt to draw comparisons, Robinson‘s style resonates with some of his artist influences including Herbie Hancock, Bernie Worrell and Robert Glasper. But more modern and more versatile – as A Brave New World demonstrates.

If you’re looking for your next favorite Jazz musician of the modern era, Charles Robinson will easily win you over. His skill is unwavering, his passion glistens through every composition, and A Brave New World brings it all right to the surface. This album is an absolute must-have for anyone that appreciates the genre.

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Artist Review: Luanne Hunt – “Backroads, Bottles & Blues”

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

If there’s one elite artist that has graced our platform with music that gets better every time, it’s Hall of Fame Country Star Luanne Hunt.

Every release of hers compliments the last, and over time you can’t help but see what an inspiring and thriving catalogue of Country hits she puts out. And she adds to it beautifully with her fresh new EP Backroads, Bottles & Blues, a refreshing and delightfully catchy collection of 7 tracks that will win your heart over, especially if you’re a fan of true country.

From uptempo riffs, piano solos and innovative vocal harmonies with the finest precision one could hear, Luanne‘s natural and angelic voice soothes your soul from start to finish throughout every track. Her opening track “The Rhythm” is the perfect entrance into Luanne‘s signature sound and really gets you to grasp onto her artistic merit and her God’s gift to creating soulful music with heartfelt lyrics. It’s also a great track for those who haven’t heard her yet, and will steal your heart away from the very first verse.

With mid-tempo classic country vibes on tracks like “Broken Branches” and “Old Tobacco Road“, we get to hear another side to Luanne‘s writing style and her versatility as a songwriter shines really bright by making use of great guitar tones and chord progressions. The simplicity of the rhythm section is another great part about Luanne‘s style that allows her to keep her voice at the forefront in all the right places, meanwhile giving every instrument the room to explore different fills, measures and tastefully written solos that make these songs incredibly crafty with top notch musicianship factors.

This EP also includes her hit single “Lightning In A Bottle” from earlier in the year, as well as a new magical country ballad “Love Led Us Here”, a beautifully crafted gem that gets the heart fluttering and the soul glowing. The highlight of every track will always be Luanne‘s voice, one that is irreplaceable and incomparable. But it’s also her classic production value that delivers an old school country flavor with elements of today’s modern sensibilities that makes her truly multifaceted.

She has a positive presence and an amazing story-telling narrative to every song on this EP, and her ability to capture the best melody for each one is what makes Backroads, Bottles & Blues a true country classic record that will be sitting on your shelf of favorites. If you already know Luanne, then you already know you’re in for a treat. If this is your first time discovering her, then you’ll be more than happy that you did. She never ceases to amaze.

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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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Press Release: Indigo – “Don’t Believe” Single

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

There are some voices that carry an essence of uniqueness and ambience when it comes to a song. Indigo Rey is one of those voices in her vibrant and subtle upcoming single “Don’t Believe.”

About the Artist:

Emerging from the Columbia music scene in South Carolina, Pop and R&B Singer/Songwriter Indigo Rey began hitting the ground running in the music realm in 2016, and since then has manifested into a versatile and multifaceted artist with her own signature sound and stylization.

Born in the surrounding area of Atlanta, Georgia in 1997 to Senegalese Immigrant parents, Indigo’s foundation for her love of music started at a very young age and always dreamed of being a star. Growing up, she became inspired from listening to all kinds of eclectic music genres including rock, pop, hip hop, R&B, folk, and anything that caught her ear.

After years of inspirations and aspirations in the world of music, she began to take her artistic merit seriously during her senior year of high school and became determined to record and release her own music. It was during this time she acquired an internship with Jelani, owner of a local Columbia, SC recording studio Studio 23. And it wasn’t long until he took her under his wing and began working with her exclusively to create the image and identity of Indigo Rey.

Fast forward two years, and a starlet in the making came out the gate swinging with her charismatic vocal abilities, catchy songwriting style, and overall musical persona. Known for her melancholy undertone, Indigo utilizes her music as an emotional expression and a way to relieve her reflective overthinking as an anchor and passageway into songwriting and performance.

And we get the perfect demonstration of her eclectic sound and vocal structures in “Don’t Believe.” A powerful song with very innovative production value that brings Indigo‘s likability factors to the forefront and musical aura into your soul.

Combining a beautiful piano progression and and ambient undertone throughout every measure, this laid back feel-good track is a soothing exercise that delves you right into Indigo‘s spirit, and delivers a captivating musical presence that any music listener of her caliber can enjoy. She truly has a voice of an angel.

“Don’t Believe” will be dropping this October and will be available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms. We highly recommend you mark your calendars.

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