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.

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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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Album Review: Austin Colon – “The Path Ahead” LP

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

A lot of artists nowadays tend to put their music out impulsively or recklessly. Usually because of ulterior motives, lack of ambition, or just trying to make a quick buck.

But then there are true artists that enter the studio bound and determined to compose, create, and produce something that is captivating, intelligently crafted, and magically multifaceted. Austin Colon‘s LP The Path Ahead is one of those rare cases.

It’s true, this is a rare gem in this era of fame-hunger and impulsivity. A diamond in the rough, but shines brighter than anything you’ve seen or heard in a long time. The Path Ahead isn’t just an album you hear, it’s an album you feel.

With brilliantly produced tracks that offer up some very dynamic twists and turns, this acoustic-infused Alt/Rock record with a folky feel-good vibe has a vast array of different styles and versatile elements that’ll keep you hooked on every song. Austin‘s range is very fine-tuned and crisp with his vocal delivery, and makes very good use of both lyrical content and the melodies that bring him to the forefront.

Austin definitely had one priority straight — catchy choruses. Each track has a chorus that really uplifts the verses and keeps the flow of every track very effective. With very subtle and ambient piano tracks adding to the overall texture and progression of each song, Austin‘s musicianship factors are showcased very powerfully throughout this entire album, and really gets you to feel the vibe and aura that The Path Ahead brings to the atmosphere.

With a Bob Dylan-like influential vocal execution, we get a great glimpse into Austin‘s authenticity and natural-born talent that emulates from each track. Another key element about this album as a whole is transition; each song flows to the next in a way that reminds you of reading chapters from a book. It tells a story from many angles, hear a very distinctive narrative, but also get a taste of something different in every chapter. In a way, The Path Ahead is more than just an album, it’s a musical masterpiece of literature.

Just like Pearl Jam’s Ten, Incubus’s S.C.I.E.N.C.E., Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Californication, Austin Colon‘s The Path Ahead is an album where you never skip over one track, and you can always come back to it and fall in love with these songs all over again. They never get old, and never lose its impact.

If you just discovered The Path Ahead from this article, you’ll be very happy that you did. You can thank us later.

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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: 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: Natasha Jane Julian – “Now I Know” Single/EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


When it comes to turning heads and capturing the ears, renowned Pop recording artist Natasha Jane Julian does exactly just that with her recent EP Now I Know.

Natasha, from a small mountain town in Southern California, gained a lot of her on-stage experience as a showgirl, performing relentlessly in theatres and dance shows. When Natasha moved her stomping grounds to the landscapes of Florida, her experience in music hit the ground running when she joined forces with an eclectic band called Psychedelic Mist. 

A handful of shows and an EP later as a band, Natasha decided to spread her wings of versatility and began to find her vision as a solo artist by the time 2015 came around, and respectively departed from Psychedelic Mist. 

This is when Natasha began her Artist Development process, and decided to take time off gracing the stage to hone her craft, find her sound, her musical niche, her inspirations as well as aspirations, and even learned piano during this time, which took place around 2016, and even added learning some guitar during the process; refusing to leave a stone unturned. 

After some years of blossoming into a solo artist, Natasha Jane Julian released her debut EP in June 2016, Now I Know. The first single from this freshman-effort was her Rock-influenced track “Gemini Twin”. The EP received positive reception, critical acclaim, and eventually prompted Natasha to make her rounds throughout the cityscapes; she currently has an elite team of musicians now gigging her original songs all over the US, UK, and more.

But the one that really stands out is her EP-title track, “Now I Know”. A song that’s tight, well-put-together, and charismatic. Natasha‘s mid to high singing approach breathes life into this song and really parallels the musicianship, as well as structures. It screams with melody as well and fits every piece of the song like puzzle pieces. So I have to really tip my hat to Natasha Jane Julian. Her musical acclaim and path is very promising.

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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, while 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, we 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 layered backups, I can hear musical influences ranging from Natalie Merchant, Tracy Chapman, to Alanis Morisette and Bjork.

With 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 the 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, but 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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