Addisyn Chafé – ‘When We Fall In Love’ Single 

LostAddisyn Chafé is a songwriter based in Austin, Texas. She is releasing her phenomenal single, ‘When We Fall In Love’ which has been taken from the 6 song EP ‘Lost’.

‘When We Fall In Love’ opens to the sound of an atmospheric guitar. The guitar has been heavily doctored with reverb and delay which gives ambience to the sound. We are then introduced to Addisyn Chafé’s silky, smooth and angelic vocals. Addisyn Chafé has the type of voice which you could listen to her singing the phone book and it wouldn’t matter. Her voice is enticing and welcoming with passion and varying levels of intensity. She converts emotion effortlessly and is able to keep the listener’s attention easily.

The lyrics on this single are relatable and knowledgeable throughout. There are gorgeous lines such as, “Say see you laters, not goodbyes.” Always clever and never dull. They fit seamlessly with the music too. The guitars stay a constant throughout with a beautiful baseline giving colour to the piece. There are also additions of a xylophone, drums and cymbals which are all sparse in their offerings but add layers and textures without being overwhelming. All of the instrumentation is subtle but necessary. They do not overpower or overwhelm but add seasoning to the piece.

The choruses are particularly interesting, they are driving and building colours constantly. We found the vocals on these parts are also full, they are double tracked adding to the intensity and impact of the song.

‘When We Fall In Love’ is essentially a love song at its core, where the vocals take centre stage to everything else. The mix, production and mastering all make for a sound which is crisp, clear and concise from the atmospheric beginning to the fade-out ending.

We will most certainly be checking out the rest of this EP based on how much we adored the single. We will also be keeping an eye on what comes next from this talented artist. So join us and check out ‘When We Fall In Love’ today!

Reviewed by FVReviews March 2019

Rob Georg – ‘Dust’ Single 

dust_cover_finaljpg‘Dust’ is the latest single to be released by Rob Georg. This magnificent artist is based in Tuebingen and here we have discovered a song which is essentially a heavy Country Rock track which will have your toe tapping from the get-go.

The song opens to a guitar effect which fades into a big rock sound. This stamps the feel of the song from the beginning and paves the way for the vocals to enter. We found the vocal performance to be smooth yet gritty with honest and relatable lyrics. There is a strong cowboy theme running through the song with timeless, classic lyrics such as, ‘Cowboys don’t cry, we just get dust in our eyes.’ We adore this style of lyrical composition and feel it will resonate with a many people. We found the chorus to be especially catchy with the use of accented notes to engage the audience.

The drums have a big production sound to them and they provide a backbone to the song well. Especially the kick drum, which has a thick uncompromising sound. Simply divine. The bass is subtle but integral to the sound. The guitars are another shining star to the piece. They are big and imposing when they need to be but also pull back allowing for the vocals to shine in the verses. There are layered guitar pieces which add texture to the piece and on each listen we heard new parts. The use of palm muting and subtle fill-in licks are executed well and add colour to the piece.

‘Dust’ has been mixed, mastered and produced to a very high standard and we could hear this song being used on radio and/or for use in TV/Film. It is a beautifully versatile song and it is most certainly a classic song in the making. We can not wait to hear what comes next from such an exciting artist. Our fingers are crossed for an album. So make sure you check out this exciting release today!

Reviewed by FVReviews March 2019










Ren Daversa – ‘Saltwater’ 

61FWdXv1s9L._SS500_‘Saltwater’ is the debut solo release by San Diego based musician Ren Daversa. Released on Rennie D. Music, it is a collection of emotions and situations. They have been penned to audio bliss accompanied by beautiful melodies and luscious harmonies.

The album opens with the divine track, ‘Oceans of You’. It is a strong opening track which prepares the listeners for what is to come. We hear Ren’s trademark vocals and catchy acoustic guitar. There is a staccato rhythm which draws in the listener’s attention and keeps it throughout. The chorus is catchy and it will have you singing along in no time!

‘Heart to Heart’ is a standout song. It has a comfortable groove and double hit snare throughout which creates texture. The electric lead guitar is strong throughout and helps to guide and mould feeling into the track. The electric guitar always compliments the vocals and never overpowers them. Just the correct balance has been struck. ‘Firelight’ is also a song which demands your attention and will have you reaching for the repeat button. We also adored the song, ‘Cut and Dried’ which has a Joan Baez feel to it. Always a good thing! It is a song for fighters and is relatable and enjoyable.

One recurring strong point on each track is the vocals. Ren Daversa has deep emotion in her delivery and the harmonies on each song are simply stunning. The instrumentation is full when it needs to be but also cuts away to let the vocals shine when it is called for.

During these 9 tracks, 36 minutes in total, we hear music which is thoughtful, thought-provoking and well crafted. Ren’s website states how hard she has worked on her composition skills for this album. She has delivered songs which are relatable and songs which will resonate with many people. It is a beautiful piece of work which needs to be heard.

Ren is the former frontwoman of San Diego based band, ‘The Good China’. You can hear in her performance the passion and conviction she has developed from being a frontwoman and these skills have been transferred to this solo record.

Make sure you check out this magnificent release today, you will not be disappointed!

Reviewed by FVReviews March 2019

Six Mile Grove – ‘Million Birds’

Six_Mile_Grove_Million_Birds_Album_Cover_-_300x300The amazing American based band, Six Mile Grove, are back with their strong and infectious new record, ‘Million Birds’. It was released on Renas Kitchen Music on 26th January 2019. The album is a perfectly crafted piece of work with catchy and relatable songs from start to finish.

‘Million Birds’ opens with the title track. It sets the scene well, beginning with faded in strings followed by Drums, Bass and Guitars. The electric lead is smooth and melodic making the sound instantly inviting. There is a laid back feel with recognisable guitar riffs repeated throughout. We adore the mix of this song. It feels like a live recording full of heart and integrity. The mix on the drums gives the feel of the room and is truly enticing.

Each of the songs are warm and interesting from start to finish. It is hard to choose the stand out tracks because the quality is so high. We loved the song, ‘Shame On Us’. From the get-go, there is a big band feel with a marching snare. Surprisingly, this pulls away to reveal a laid back groove. The song feels textural and engaging with a wonderful slide guitar.

‘Early Morning Rain’, has a smooth and catchy vibe with harmonies which can only be described as stunning. We also enjoyed, ‘Not My Fault’ for its jangeley sounding guitar in the beginning to the characterful bass and guitars. It is a singalong track and it will have your toes tapping in no time!

One of the strongest components of the record are the lyrics. They are well constructed, intelligent and beautiful. The melodies which accompany the lyrics fit wonderfully. They are melodic and carry the songs along. The vocal performance is full of emotion and has a Nashville feel to them which adds to the overall charm.

Six Mile Grove also has an impressive back catalogue which needs to be heard to be appreciated. Their 20 years of playing together have created a band which are tight and versatile. They clearly know each other musically inside out and their playing styles complement each other superbly. They are all excellent musicians in their respective fields but more importantly, they come together as one harmonious band. Cheer up your weekend and make sure you check out this divine release today.

Reviewed by FVReviews March 2019

Raym Word – ‘Black History Month’

IMG_20190226_201411_376Raym Word is back with another genius single. ‘Black History Month’ is a hard-hitting, intelligent song documenting Raym Word’s thoughts on Black History month.

The track opens with synths and a voice from the get-go. The voice explains why this song has been produced and is a brilliant introduction to the single. The bass line is intricate and interesting throughout. The drums are syncopated and offer loose high hats to compliment the free-flowing lyrics. We adored the synths which chime in with riffs and chords but mainly leave space for the lyrics to be heard. The mix, production and mastering are all top class and there is a nice level to the bass in the mix which commands the listener’s attention. There is a very special element towards the end where two voices can be heard reading separate facts in each ear. This clever mix adds interest and diversity to the piece.

Raym Word’s rap is insightful and intuitive throughout. We were blown away by his heartfelt, honest and moving lyrics. He has a style which is laid back and hard-hitting in equal measures. The way in which Raym Word describes situations and his personal thoughts and feelings are extremely clever and accessible. There is a sense of authority stamped on this song by Raym Word. He has a platform and is using it to have a voice and be heard. He has a lyrical talent which can not be taught but is inherent within and it is on show during this single in abundance.

We must also mention the phenomenally brilliant video which accompanies this release. It really needs to be seen to be fully appreciated but there are glimpses in Raym Word’s world. Family photos, fact percentage and hard-hitting images which are uncomfortable to view but necessary to see, are all included.

We have known for a while what a credible and talented rapper Raym Word is. ‘Black History Month’ sees his abilities taken to the next level, delving into a deeply important subject matter and articulating his views superbly.

What a brilliant and significant single. Make sure you check out the music and the video today!

Reviewed by FVReviews March 2019

Raym world – Interview

We were lucky enough to catch up with Raym World. His latest release ‘Black History Month’ is a must catch listen and our review can be found here:

Check out the interview with this interesting and talented musician now!

Raym World, Tell us about yourself?

I was born in Vallejo and raised in Oakland. I was introduced to creative writing in the 9th grade by my English teacher Ms. Mac and from there I would always have a passion for it. 

What is your songwriting process?

Sometimes lyrics come to my head out of nowhere and I start to write a song. While writing the song I look for a beat to record to and finish writing to the beat. Sometimes I could finish writing a song in under an hour or I could take days to finish writing a song. My main process consists of me listening to beats and getting the feel of my mood and then I just write exactly how I feel whatever comes to mind. 

What is the best gig that you have played?

The best gig I ever played was a little over a year ago. I remember being stiff and tense I look back at that now and realize it was anxiety. It was the good feedback that I got afterwards that made it worthwhile.

Tell us about your latest release?

“Black History Month” Is about true World history. I’m tired of the narrative always being one-sided. There is no black, I can’t go to black, I can’t be from black. Black, negro, and African American were terms created to hide the true identity of the peoples who were enslaved on what is formally known as America. I even go into details about how the law, justice, and school system are all in cahoots and work against people of colour. 

What message do you think your music conveys to your fans?

The messages my music conveys is for people to stand up for what you believe in. I want my fans to know it’s okay to be yourself and express yourself. I also want listeners to critically think despite what the popular opinion is.

Who are your musical influences?

My main musical influences come from DMX and 2pac. I need to resonate with artist lyrics to be influenced. 

Who are your non-musical influences?

My non-musical influences come from life experiences and day to day life. 

What do you think are the biggest obstacles for bands/artists today?

The biggest obstacles for bands/artists today I think is getting out there and on top of that a lot of artists except more and give less. 

What advice would you give to other bands/artists starting out?

The advice I give to other bands/artist starting out is to go hard no matter what and to promote yourself.

Interviewed by FVReviews March 2019

Misato Takane – ‘Sanctuary’

Attachment_1551827830‘Sanctuary’ is the brand new single by the amazing artist Misato Takane. A youtube clip has been released on 2nd March 2019 and it beautifully introduces ‘Sanctuary’. It is a spellbinding song with lyrics which speak to the heart.

‘Sanctuary’ opens to the sound of synths. An organ plays chords with a melody over the top and then we hear the luscious vocals enter. There is a slight vibrato to Misato’s vocal performance which creates texture and emotion. The song carries a powerful message and the instrumentation is there as a solid backbone for this.

Misato’s vocal is the shining star of the piece. She has a depth and emotion in her voice which is blissful to hear. There is a further enhancement from the sublime backing vocals. They create harmonies and a magnificent audio performance. The arrangement of the instruments creates a powerful impact too. The verses are stripped down with the vocals and synths working blissfully together. The choruses are where the big sound hits with the addition of bass, drums and, guitars. There are powerful drums and claps too adding emphasis to the sound. The Instrumental parts offer rising melodies and it is here we fully appreciate the resilient synths holding their own.

The song has been written by Misato Takane. Misato is clearly a master in her craft, the music flows beautifully with unexpected twists and turns and the lyrics are relatable and engaging.

The musicianship on this single is extremely high and the band are comprised of; Omer Marantz – Bass, guitars, Yoad Nevo – Guitars, Alex Bloxham – Synths, programming, Gani Tamir – Backing vocals and Shelly Carmel – Backing vocals. These are all clearly excellent musicians in their respective fields and here, they come together to make an extremely special piece of art.

The album has been produced by Sefi Carmel, Mixed and mastered by Sefi Carmel and Steve Russell. They have produced a single which is rich in texture and vibe. Each of the instruments has its own place and space in the mix. We found with each listen we heard new elements which we had not noticed before. The subtle touches create interest and are integral to the overall sound.

The release is accompanied by a taster of a youtube video available here:

Do not delay and make sure you check out this brilliant release today!

Reviewed by FVReviews March 2019