Martin Lucassen – ‘On My Way’ 

Cover_OnMyWay.jpgMartin Lucassen is a talented singer/songwriter from the Netherlands. His latest album, ‘On My Way’, has been released on 16th November 2018. It is a collection of 11 songs which are simply stunning in their composition.

‘On My Way’ is the third album to be released by Lucassen. It covers many different styles and genres which have been fused together to create a wonderful piece of art which will appeal to many different people.

The album opens with the song, ‘Nobody Knows Me’. First, we hear a banjo, followed by guitars and then full and luscious harmonies on both sides of the mix. The drums are hard-hitting when they enter and Lucassen’s voice is relatable and characterful. His voice reminds us of Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys but most certainly has characteristics all of his own.

It is difficult to choose but our favourite songs would be, ‘Why Today’, the opening is filled with solo vocals swiftly followed by a superbly played piano. We are also introduced to hauntingly beautiful strings on this song which are simply wonderful. As the piano part progresses it is uprising and uplifting. There are layers of carefully constructed instrumentation to be enjoyed too. Wonderful.

‘Keep Running Away’ is another classic tune, the vocals, guitars, and strings create a triad of wonderful parts, supporting each other well. Once the bass and drums enter, the style changes which is a nice juxtaposition to what we have heard before. The chorus is so catchy you will be humming it all day – I know we were!

The title track, ’On My Way’ features an a cappella beginning which has a vocoder on the vocals. The bass and guitars drive the song along magically and it truly is a stunning piece of composition.

We must mention the closing song, ‘Painted Nails’. It is a haunting song which is filled with sadness and emotion from beginning to end. The piano is a divine addition, as were the strings and the culmination of all instrumentation makes for a striking and unforgettable song.

One thing is for sure, ‘On My Way’ takes the listener on a true journey. From the upbeat beginning to the melancholic end, there are many different emotions to be felt and enjoyed. Make sure you check out this magnificent release today!

Reviewed by FVReviews November 2018

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EverIgnite – ‘Shift’ 

EI-Logo.jpgWe have had the absolute privilege to review the brand new album, ‘On Fire’ by American band EverIgnite. Based in Denver, Colorado EverIgnite have composed an album which is filled with big songs, catchy anthems and undeniable class. The album has a big Rock sound which has been reinvented for 2018 and is a masterclass in songwriting.

Comprised of: Chad Anthony (Lead Vocals/Guitars), Kris Litman (Lead Guitar), Josh Rosa (Bass) and Jackson Ruggiero (Drums), EverIgnite are a group off incredibly special musicians. They sound like a band who know each other inside out, feeding off of one another as the album progresses and weaving in and out of each other’s parts seamlessly.

Having been released Independently on 26th September 2018, ‘Shift’ is a spellbinding collection of 12 songs. The album opens with the track, ‘On Fire’. It has a distorted suited opening which sets the tone for what is to come. It is heavy Rock in nature with a  soulful, melodic voice at its core. ‘On Fire’ features beautiful harmonies, a pop-rock feel, and relatable lyrics. It most certainly has single potential.

There are so many wonderful songs on ‘Shift’ but we have tried to pick our favourites. ‘The Slowdown’ has a bold opening which falls away and the first verse is simply guitars and vocals. This is followed by guitars, bass, and drums kicking in in a big way! The double-tracked vocals and double kick drum drive the song along and the gorgeous guitar solo adds further character and depth to the piece.

We also loved, ‘Starting Over’ which features female vocals which reminded us of Avril Lavigne in tone. It has a slower tempo to what we have heard previously and the vocals are the shining star of the piece. A male voice sings the Verses with a duet on the chorus. There is also a brilliantly written and performed rap which is an unexpected and welcomed turn, further keeping the listener on their toes.

The final song, ‘Set on Fire’ is a swift change in nature. Far from the big rock sound, this song opens with an acoustic guitar and synth keyboard, very delicate. The acoustic guitar is picking arpeggio chords and the vocal performance is simply stunning. We wonder if this is a nod to the album which will follow, we will just have to wait and see!

If you do one thing today, check out this magnificent release!

Reviewed by FVReviews November 2018

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Mohammad Pourabed – ‘Agonize’

2018-06-04 15.13.14.jpgMohammad Pourabed has released his brilliant new track ‘Agonize’. It falls within the classical genre and is a thoroughly thoughtful and moving piece.

Pourabed is a New York-based musician whose impressive composition ability is on full display with this release. The piece is an impressive 5 minutes 32 seconds in length and in that time the listener is taken on a very emotional journey which for us, highlighted many different thoughts and feelings.

It begins with a solo piano which features quite substantial pauses in-between riffs, this creates an atmosphere from the get-go and allows the piece (and the listeners) time to breathe. Next, we hear arpeggiated chords that are another careful layer of texture. There are luscious harmonies to be found within the melody and these have been carefully crafted to suit the mood of the piece beautifully.

Throughout the piece, we hear the melody telling a story and is constantly taking the listener on a journey. The melody appears in different octaves at different times and we adored its placement in the higher octaves. To us, the higher octaves also gave us a sense of running, again the listener is carried along by the music.

We could feel the turmoil and distress in the middle of the piece, the dissonant note clashes and dissonant changes made us feel as though we were in the centre of the action. The title ‘Agnoize’ has been taken from the middle of the piece. We felt the agonizing in the centre of the music. The bass riff never changes and remains as a constant throughout. This is a welcomed anchor point for us, we were unsure of what would come next but the bass offers a stability.

There is a wonderful resolution in the end. The layers which have been carefully crafted slowly pull away and the ending sounds much like the beginning. We had been taken on a full circle journey and it truly is magical composition to have the skill and talent to convey this.

Unbelievably ‘Agonize’ is the very first release by Pourabed, he has set the standard for his music incredibly high! We have no doubt that the next song which follows this release will be just as brilliant with all of the talent and skill he possesses. Check out ‘Agonize’ today!

Reviewed by FVReviews November 2018

‘Agonize’ is available to listen to on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/track/0qA3FByTgWWbSB3tunUDP2?si=nMs3BePrRvGw4VgFfaEUFg

Forest Robots – ‘Timberline and Mountain Crest’ 

dw5wFtag.jpgProlific songwriter Forest Robots is releasing his second album in 8 months. ‘Timberline and Mountain Crest’ is a collection of songs which are designed to connect the listener to nature. With added elements of electronic and R&B, ‘Timberline and Mountain Crest’ is an extremely special offering.

‘Timberline and Mountain Crest’ is comprised of 10 tracks and opens with the song, ‘Where The Wild Summer Storms Run’. It is an atmospheric beginning with swirling synths starting the layers of instrumentation which create texture and charming character. We also hear intricate beats on this song. They are full of substance and quality which drives the melody along.

We adored the song, ‘As The Sun Rises Between Timberline And Mountain Crest’. It opens with silence which fades to a gorgeous solo piano with then the further addition of gentle strings in the background. It is a subdued number which is juxtaposed to what we have heard previously. The double bass is stunning and as the song progresses, the strings add a mysterious element. We could easily hear this song being used as placement in TV, film or games. A truly beautiful piece.

Other highlights include, ‘Between The Orange And Purple Horizon’. This song is so clever in its composition. Somehow, Forest Robots has managed to get the listener to see the colours in the music. When listening, the listener is able to fully relax and let their imagination run free. The song features a double kick which feels like a heartbeat and it fuels the groove wonderfully.

‘Farewell Sudden Summer Storm Clouds’ has a strong nature element and feels like the beginning of spring/summer. The synths have melodies in a major key which add to the happy, new beginning vibe.

The closing song, ‘ It’s Quietest At The Edge Of The Crestline’ again has strong links to nature. Wind and sea noises fill the audio landscape from the beginning and the recognisable synths slowly fade in. It is gentle, peaceful in tone and feels like the beginning of a new day.

This album is one which will take you outside, to new and exciting lands without having to move from your chair. The talent and skill in the songwriting are simply exquisite and we fully recommend checking out Forest Robots today!

Reviewed by FVReviews November 2018

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Jonathan Alexander – ‘17:34’  

Front CoverDallas based artist Jonathan Alexander is releasing his brilliant EP on 20th November 2018. Entitled, ’17:34’, the EP is a wonderful collection of 5 songs which give the listener a glimpse into Alexander’s life. Compelling from start to end, this EP is going to be a big hit this winter.

‘17:34’ opens with the song, ‘House On Fire / Smile On Faces’. It has an ambiguous beginning which evolves into a piece of work which is filled with imaginative melodies, luscious lyrics, and formidable instrumentation. The addition to the traditional drum kits lay in the percussion which elevate the song to another level.

We adored, ‘Better Off Without You’, from the piano and acoustic guitar opening to the layered building of instrumentation as the song progresses, this song has been composed brilliantly. The piano sounds like an old upright which is full of character. The main piano part follows the melodic vocal and together they make for an instantaneously recognisable riff.

‘Light On’ features distorted instrumentation and the drums drive the piece along magnificently. Syncopated drums feature on the track, ‘If & When’. These are further complemented with the use of delay and reverb on the double-tracked vocals. Blissful.

We also loved the title track,  ‘17:34’. It has a feel which is reminiscent of the Stereophonics. Each part of the instrumentation feeds off of one another and the subtle changes in rhythm, make for a thoroughly enjoyable listen.

All of the songs on the EP have the ability to be released as singles in their own right. They have catchy hooks and memorable melodies which will have you listening to them all day. The standard of the composition and musicianship are so high it blew us away. We could hear these songs standing tall on any playlist, placement in TV and/or film, or being showcased on the radio.

Jonathan Alexander truly is the magic behind ’17:34’. His voice is spot on during all of the songs and his tones will have you reaching for the repeat button. Alexander’s impressive falsetto is simply stunning. Make sure you check out this exciting artist today!

Reviewed by FVReviews November 2018

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APKLYPZ – ‘Golden Spiralverse’ 

Golden Spiralverse Album Art.jpgAPKLYPZ has released his superb latest single, ‘Golden Spiralverse’. Released on 2nd November 2018, the song is an enthralling and emotive listen which is accompanied by a spellbinding video.

The track opens on a kick drum, followed by a gorgeous syncopated beat. There are various melodies to be enjoyed throughout and the erratic opening soon settles into a groove. The single has elements of Trapp and Garage, with strong bass and distorted voices to be heard in the distance. Some of the melodies are hard-hitting while others are juxtaposed to this, they are delicate but just as important.

The song is built around lots of individual pieces coming together seamlessly as a whole. There is a stunning section where the beat pulls away and the delicate melody is left which then also disappears. This is followed by the beat kicking back in and the melody returns with minor inflections to it. A wonderful composition which offers something surprising around each corner. There are so many glorious layers of texture created by the innovative instrumentation, each listen introduces something new and unexpected. Just how APKLYPZ has gone about composing such an intricate piece of work, we are unsure. The effects are long lasting and the emotions provoked will stay with the listener for a long time after.

APKLYPZ describes himself as an audiovisual artist, this is well demonstrated on this release. The visuals which accompany the song are simply stunning. The colour tones he has used are mesmerising and infatuating. There are yellow colours mixed with black to create a colour pallet which is instantly recognisable as the end of summer moving into autumn. The richness and depth of detail are emotive and vibrant throughout making for a thoroughly engaging piece of art.

It is clear APKLYPZ is a seriously talented artist. Not only in the audio sense of artistry but also the visuals. He has a stunning talent which enables him to marry together both elements seamlessly and create a piece of art which is timeless.

As winter approaches we recommend checking out this excellent release. ‘Golden Spiralverse’ will take you to a warm and inviting place which will have you reaching for the repeat button all winter long.

Reviewed by FVReviews November 2018

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Luxury Eviction – ‘Master of None’ 

Luxury_Eviction_cover.jpg‘Master of None’ is the excellent new release by Luxury Eviction. Due for release on 8th January 2019, the album is a collection of emotional and thoughtful songs which speak to the soul and will have you reaching for the repeat button.

Based in Huntsville, AL, Luxury Eviction describe their music as, ‘Ambient-Electro-Folk-Rock-Cyber-Steampunk-Transgenre-Alt-Assault’, we think this is a pretty accurate description but there is most certainly even more in between.

The album opens with the title track, ‘Master of None’. It is a spellbinding song which fades in and grows in stature as time continues. It is a full band song with piano, bass, drums and stunning vocals. The vocal performance takes the centre stage and it harbours beautiful dissonant twists and turns throughout. The piano offers similar uncomfortable notes which add texture to the backing. There is a lot of reverb on the vocals, this aids the emotional performance and there are luscious harmonies to be devoured on the chorus too.

We adored the track, ‘Dragonflies in Hurricanes’, there are nice subtle touches to be heard such as the nature sounds at the beginning. The vocal performance is breathy and it lays across super synths. The synths sweep in and out of the sound leaving their mark as they go. We hear a voice which has a vocoder type effect on it and the overall feel is slow, laid back and melancholic.

‘On Your Tongue’ showcases, the skill the piano player possesses. The piano part is intricate ad and delicate, yet hard-hitting when it needs to be. The piece ebbs and flows beautifully and we found it incredibly moving.

‘Could Be Worse’ is our favourite song on the record. Located towards the end of the album, it is the pinnacle of the piece. The piano is again melancholic and dissonant creating texture as it plays on. The vocals are filled with emotion too. The bass and drums add a brand new dimension when they kick in and are the harmonies are simply wonderful. We loved the chord changes in the chorus, they are unexpected and the bridge changes to major which is a nice touch. We can hear Tori Amos’s influence on the track, yet it still makes for a sound which is undeniably Luxury Eviction.

So wash those January blues away and dive head first into this soul feeding release. You will not be disappointed!

Reviewed by FVReviews November 2018

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