I'm Here Now
Released last Friday, I'm Here Now is the starlit new single from Dublin's premiere synth-pop act PrYmary Colours. Breezing in with Italo beat style mixing and their own brand of deep Dublin disco, this latest number reaches out and high-fives almost everyone in the room. Having recently hosted the Love Ball on October the 1st to launch their release, with general distribution listed on the 21st, it's been a seriously exciting run up of events culminating in the listening of this song. The story of the track is accompanied by a video, both of which are said to create feminine empowerment and allow women to feel good about reaching for their ambitions.
It begins with vocal and a pulsing synth. Melody works its way through poetry and fiery dignity. A barrage of beats join the rhythmic keyboard with harmonising strokes of vocal and synth. A clear and adorably Irish voice spills verse in meaningful and empowered lines of passion and praise for inner strength. A serious message holds its head high through a beatfest sensed composition of jiggling rhythms and upbeat synths. We can listen to the words and feel the plea for understanding from this unique yet familiar soul.
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Another Round (An Echo)
From Oh, To Be Weightless In The Sky
Finding their way back to the full band sound after a run of isolation-induced experiments, Seattle's jazz and dreamcore combination Guest Directors release Oh, To Be Weightless In The Sky. Limited to only 100 hand-numbered CDs, the rest of us can enjoy unlimited downloads. This five-track EP includes the critically acclaimed Another Round (An Echo), marking the opening of the entire sound journey. Since 2016's These Beautiful Things, the group have made progress in several directions with thematic and philosophical influences mirrored in their music. On the track Another Round, the full band rework the original home recorded version that featured on the Connected Heavens EP from 2021. Produced by Jack Endino, the legend behind works by Soundgarden, Nirvana, and Mudhoney, (links to eBay) this new release enjoys full support from the quality and experience that comes with perfecting the loud rock band sound.
The music begins with a tonally rich guitar riff that swelters away to its own private groove. As we're drawn in to the magic implied by the progressive melody the band rise up to greet the rhythm with clarity and composure. Drums volley and splash in vibrant displays of accented percussion as guitars roar and duel with harmonising dance manoeuvres. Vocals burst like flowers at dawn with time-lapse photography in cinematic lines of uplifting lyrics. The transparency in the band lets us hear the delicate musicianship that twinkles behind acute distortion and the energetic delivery. A serious fire burns in the heart of this punchy and enlightening track by Guest Directors.
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Back with another solo outing, Cros brings his songwriting skills to the forefront with a track about Covid. The back-to-back winner of the Phoenix Blues Society Blues Challenge in 2018 and 2019 then again in 2021, the veteran of stage and studio clearly has everything he needs to make great music. Having worked with bands like Cyprus Hill, Johnny Winter, B.B. King, and James Brown (tap the links for eBay swag) across the years, Cros has been regarded as a true master to be sought after wherever he goes. By blending favourite genres and forming modern-sounding frameworks with roots in the classics, Cros never ceases to put the muse in music with his intelligent designs.
A smooth snare and kick bass rhythm pushes out the music as guitars join in to add its luminous tones. A quick marching pace frames a slower and meaningful progression of melody that builds with voice and melodic electric guitar. The music draws in on twinges of sadness and memories of life before the big change, those we have lost and the feelings of being isolated build with a merrier and stoic resilience to stay upbeat and positive. If we need a pillar to lean on then This Time by Cros gives us a sturdy and well-grounded rendition of personal strength.
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Anna (Lassmichrein Lassmichraus)
Known everywhere they go for fuelling great party atmospheres and bringing fantastic and memorable vibes to the venues they play, Goldjungs prepare for their new album with Anna. This sparkling single places the group dead-centre of our sights with a remarkable and exciting radio single. Fans know what to expect with the jamboree and carouse that follow Goldjungs around like murmurations of migrating starlings, and they're eager to join in.
A roll of snare and a volley of synthesiser brings the music closer. We're given spoken word names in rhythmic bursts that dance to the electronic beats. Melody and 8-bit sounding keyboards bring computer game like sound effects that bounce between the disco style rhythm. Memorable and catchy, we're given a bouncy and easy-going avenue of fun and interesting music. Fun and lively turn-taking gives a series of vocalists and chance to dance with the forward-facing progression.
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From Closer Than They Appear
An intriguing and inspiring covers album that introduces a run of brilliant compositions is on its way. Closer Than They Appear by Tod Lippy takes the reins on some favourite numbers and some lesser-known but equally as vital pieces of music. The album as a whole considers tracks by artists like Low, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Beth Gibbons, and Bedhead among several more. Lippy also includes a version of Frightened Rabbit's unreleased track Son C. This one found its way to a music release offered with the 13th edition of ESOPUS, an arts magazine headed up by Lippy between 2003 and 2018. With the single Time now out and about, fans and newcomers alike can introduce themselves to the alternative direction on offer from Tod Lippy. An adjacent version of the 1981 classic from the Alan Parsons Project, Time reveals a designer edge and artistic reflection to the well-loved original.
Strange synthesisers rumble and spiral with accumulating sound. Bass grows from the abstract with pulsing fields of sound. Vocal enters, smooth and introspective lines mingle with the oddness and beauty that radiates from the music. More melody rises in the central area as the verse draws back for a moment, meaningful swipes of lush and organic sound snugly fit together like pieces of curious jigsaw. Then, a thrust of pressure releases a burst of vocal that reaches into the high as the lyrics push the expression further on. The music tidally glides through ever further horizons as choice instruments bring distances closer through magnified emotions.
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Never shying away from baring it all with emotionally relevant and soulfully moving songwriting, Steve Hewitt continues his run of releases with Fly. Describing himself as Americana with English roots, the sound we've learned to expect from this artist sits right at home in several taste zones. Steve Hewitt is no stranger to live shows, apart from his own snug headline dates he's also offered support slots for the swathes of fans coming to see Newton Faulkner, Jaz Ellington, Toploader, Ronan Keating, and plenty more. Since the debut Bigger Than Words back in 2019, Steve Hewitt has been mixing his live schedule with writing and recording in order to prepare another record. From festival performances to fan conventions, this confessed cult-fan himself knows all about getting knee-deep in the scene.
Delicately melodic acoustic guitar picks its way through a meandering melody. Steve Hewitt's voice adds to the flow with poetic and image building lines. His crystal clear voice hits the perfect tone as the guitar journeys through chord structures picked with gentle finger-strokes. A bass joins the movement with drums and piano adding lustre to the sound. A progression in the song gives way to a change in the delivery that untethers the expression to join a higher sense of being. Harmonies and rhythms work together to fulfil the lyrical articulation of humanity's aspects.
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