Monday, February 29, 2016

10K Drops A Killer Track With Fresh White Tees


10K comes out swinging with the latest catchy hip hop song you’re going to absolutely love. I’ve heard a lot of rap and hip hop tracks this year already, but a lot of it is just boring. The rhymes are just repetition, or the words just get slurred across some mediocre beats. But this, this is pretty cool, 10K drops a story rhyme that is all out catchy, and fun.

10K goes across several different thoughts in just 2 minutes and 58 seconds of music, never letting up and continually processing consciousness with rhyming ability. You’ll get hit hard up front, and by the first chorus, you’re going to be singing along. This is the type of song that really showcases a good ear for beats, rhyme schematics, and professional flow. 10K is no slacker here, he throws down as many adjectives and ideas as he can without losing the audience.

Often time’s when rappers have a lot to say, they speed it up and try too hard to spit out as many sentences as possible, but not here. Here it’s a bit laid back, confidence, and truly a testament to the prowess that 10K has in his rhymes. That being said, “Fresh White Tees” is a solid track, with a lot of promise. It is no doubt going to get stuck in your head, as it really is a catchy tune.

Check out 10K and his latest release “Fresh White Tees” by going Here. Don’t miss out, this is a very catchy, solid hip hop track.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

King Saylee Brings About A Positive Spin on Music With Two Incredible Tracks


King Saylee brought out two tracks of absolute fire with “Keep Going”, and “No Regrets”. These two tracks hit me like a ton of bricks, and they don’t let up. The lyrical elements of “Keep Going” alone are stuck in my head. King Saylee has found a way to bridge the gap between hip hop and rhythm and blues on these two tracks.

First up, “Keep Going” gives a positive spin on the daily grind. The message of hope for a brighter future is definitely showcased here. The point is to keep on moving forward, and just don’t give up. No matter what comes your way, keep it moving, because you’ll get to the greater good that awaits ahead of you. “No Regrets” comes through with another slice of positivity, giving the listener a sense of empowerment. These tracks are not too unlike the positivity that artists like Bob Marley put out in his prime. You’re going to find that there are moments here that get you singing along with ease.

Overall King Saylee’s two latest tracks truly give you a sense of urgency, and empowerment. They cross barriers, they give you hope eternal, and it’s not preaching. It’s encouragement, and it’s shining light on something that many songs don’t push. There’s poetry flowing through the lyrics, alongside a hip song structure that will lead you down through some mellow moments. It’s this kind of music that should get promoted more often. I love the tracks, and definitely will be keeping track of King Saylee’s releases, as this artist is destined for greatness, no doubt.

Check out King Saylee’s official website here. Listen to more of the tunes, and make sure not to miss this amazing artist’s unique voice. Also, follow updates via Twitter here, and Instagram here.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Elmo Karjalainen Illustrates Perfect Acoustic Guitar Work On Where We Belong


There comes a time when others become envious of what you do. Today, I can truly say that people are going to absolutely be envious about this blog, and the music that I am able to review. Why? I would credit Elmo Karjalainen’s latest “Where We Belong” as a major contributing factor in that regards. I’ve heard a lot of records, and have reviewed over 300 of them on the site so far, but nothing has been as poetic in song structure as this one. It’s a testament to the creativity that is provided with music of all types, and I’m honored to have heard this one for review.

A Symbiosis of Melodic Guitar Sounds

There’s a lot to this record. 15 tracks and nearly an hour of music comprised of acoustic elements. Each track creates a story through the language of acoustic guitar playing. This is not just strumming, there are layers to it, and each one creates a pictures for you to see when your eyes are closed. From the opening tracks “Where We Belong”, “By The Ocean” and “Black Jack Time”, to the latter tracks on the record, you will be taken through a journey of musical landscapes you don’t get from radio. Elmo Karjalainen’s record has a lot to offer the music fan, whether you like rock, pop, or any other type of music. This is a classic example of how to create a rich tapestry of acoustic guitar music.

Telling A Story Through Music

The best songwriters can create a visual with their lyrics, no doubt. But it takes a special kind of writer to create stories without uttering a word, and on Elmo Karjalainen’s “Where We Belong”, you get just that. You get a new life, a new visual story with each track. It’s the type of music that calms you down, that helps guide you through rough patches, and assists you when you’re feeling joyous. It’s a friendly sound, a lonely one, and a crowded one all the same. It’s deep, like a classical novel.

As far as acoustic guitar records are concerned, Elmo Karjalainen’ “Where We Belong” ranks high among them. This is beautiful music, through and through. You owe it to yourself to pick up this record, it’s very good.

Check out Elmo's work and social media profiles, as well as pick up this record below:

Website: elmojk.com

Facebook: facebook.com/elmojk

Twitter: twitter.com/elmokarjalainen

Album available at:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/elmokarjalainen6

Friday, February 19, 2016

Underlined Passages Introduces A Must Have Rock Record With The Fantastic Quest


I’m not alone in saying that I’ve given up on rock radio. They never seem to break new bands, and they focus on the same old 10 hits from 1991. They are missing out on bands such as Underlined Passages, that are putting out catchy, melodic rock music. While this isn’t the type of rock that is going to smash your head in with distortion, it’s a throwback in a way to the alternative era of music from the early 1990s, and no, I don’t mean the Seattle heavy groups. “The Fantastic Quest” is the latest record from Underlined Passages and it is already one of my favorite releases this year.

A Union of Melody and Musical Integrity


The first comparisons that I started to pick out from the band took me back to The Juliana Theory and Sunny Day Real Estate. The band has found a way to get the same ethos that they put out, and mixed a little bit of early Jimmy Eat World and Nada Surf to create their own sound. If you liked those bands, then this is easily going to fit into your playlist without worry. There is a unique component of drums, bass, and guitar that float through catchy choruses and interesting lyrical elements. “Everyone Was There” for instance, should be a college radio break out, had this been 1994. There’s something to the track, but it’s not just this one, there’s a lot to this record.

A High Quality Rock Record Awaits


While you get an easy flowing rock sound through “Calamine”, “Arabesque”, and “Everyone Was There”, the band settles into changes through “Rearview Blue”, which could very well be my favorite track from the record. It’s this type of free flowing record that many music fans keep longing for, and yet aren’t finding in the mainstream. It’s a breath of new life, fresh air, and earnest musical landscapes that makes this one a stand out. “The Fantastic Quest” bridges the gap between pop and rock and throws it into a blender, smoothing out the pieces.

Breaking The Indie Mold


There are moments when you close your eyes while listening to the record and you swear it’s Two Thirty Eight, or B-Sides from Sunny Day Real Estate, but the band breaks the mold, and creates a rich tapestry of rock sound. It’s indie, but produced with a lot of love and careful clarity. It’s a seriously catchy, rock infused record, and it demands your attention. It’s one of the finest records to come out this year, in my humble opinion, picking up the slack of a somewhat slow start in music.

Check out Underlined Passages via their official website here.

Listen to more music by Underlined Passages via Bandcamp here

Follow the band via Twitter here, and Tumblr here.

Matt Tiller Releases Drops A Killer Release With We're In This Together


Matt Tiller threw me one of the most interesting tracks I’ve heard in a long time. I didn’t know what to expect, as I heard the first track of his latest record. “Awkward EP” got me laughing, and singing along. Tiller has found a way to engage the comedy power of Flight of the Conchords and even a little Weird Al and douse it with a tinge of Ska and even Punk to give you a hilarious track. George Osborne gets absolutely skewered in this track, but in such a funny way, that you will absolutely find it amusing, and poignant all the same.

Matt Tiller has a winning combination here, and if you can’t find yourself singing along to the standout single, then you’re dead inside. Seriously, what’s wrong with you? “We’re In This Together” is one of the best tracks I’ve heard in a long time, and it’s comedy gold, mixed with pop sensibilities that you will definitely love. Aside from this track, you’re going to find that “Awkward EP” is full of smartly tuned comedic elements. “Flat Packing Anger Management”, “Consensual Stalking”, “High As A Kite”, and “Rats” all play very well on the lyrical and emotional levels you’d expect from perfect song writing.

Tiller has found a way to create one of the more memorable batch of songs that I’ve heard in a while. With clever quips, and comedic timing, you’re going to find yourself thrilled with this release, especially the first track which is still stuck in my head. This is an acoustic based record with some sweet honesty at times, and jokes that are definitely going to make you chuckle a bit. This is not all jokes though, there’s some serious thought into the song writing, which I appreciate a great deal.

Matt Tiller’s “Awkward EP” is a great record. It’s funny, it’s sweet, it’s well written, and it’s the kind of record that should very well bring Tiller to the mainstream. If you’re a TV producer reading this, call this guy and have him play “We’re In This Together” on your show. I love it.

Check Out The Music Video For “We’re In This Together (How I Kidnapped George Osborne” and marvel at the greatness of Matt Tiller’s song writing capabilities! Oh and laugh at the jokes, great song, great video, just watch it.



Check out Mat Tiller's latest single via Itunes Here and SoundCloud Here

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Figures of Light Introduces A Whole Set of Instrumentals To Rock Out To


Figures of Light continues to impress with their prolific release schedule. No other band seems to get the formula of releasing music quite like this one, and it shows. This time around they have put out a set of instrumentals and 3 new tracks that take the essence of the band, and strips it down to their main components. Figures of Light “The Instrumentals” is perhaps one of the best things I’ve heard this year so far. There’s a refreshing sound to these instrumental tracks that just works so well beyond any genre.

Surfing USA With Figures of Light


I’m originally from Southern California, and surf culture is huge. Living 4 miles from the beach for 27 years really got me into surfing, and along that came the classic surf rock from the past. Figures of Light taps right into that with some of my favorite songs they’ve ever put out. “Ninety-Nine (Minimalist Mix)" replaces “Wipeout” for me,  as my standard for surf music. It’s the powerful bass line that mixes well with the guitar tone, and percussion that comes across here so well. I love a good bass line, and this track really has as driving tone. “Ides of March” also plays on the surf guitar, but with a more “dub” vibe akin to Trojan Records. Once you hear it, you’ll know what I mean, as the track works quite well in the lo-fi garage punk sound it pushes. The record finishes with another classic, “Surf’s Up!” and again, you’re in for a treat with this one, pushing that surfer vibe to all new heights.

A Perfect Soundtrack For Surf and Skate


Out of the surf culture of Southern California came skateboarding, and that’s the vibe that this record truly possesses. There’s an eclectic mix of sounds, but that guitar, lo-fi, punk rock style comes shining through on many tracks, making this one of the best records to get you in the mood to glide on water or concrete. I like the mix, and as far as instrumental rock records are concerned, this is on par with some of the best ones I’ve heard.

Overall, the guys in Figures of Light have found a way to tap into some very cool surf sounds, amidst a punk, garage sound. They continue to defy labels, and have once again won me over with another release. This time around, they put out 25 instrumentals, with 3 new songs to get you out of your chair into some motion. I highly recommend checking this release out.

Take a moment to check out one of the new tracks from the record - “Surf's Up!"



Figures of Light - Surf's Up! from Figures of Light Archive on Vimeo.

Support Figures of Light and Pick up "Instrumentals" via the links below, you'll be glad you did. 25 tracks of pure joy, if you ask me!


Via iTunes Here

Via Amazon Here

Via Rhapsody Here

Via Spotify Here

Figures of Light Video Archive Here

Oh, and don't forget to check out Figures of Light's Official Website Here

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Hazy Dreams Brings About A Serious Instrumental With Living The Dream


There’s a lot of great music out there online today, and if you take a little bit of time to seek them out, you’ll find greatness. One example comes from the band Hazy Dreams. The band has created an intriguing instrumental rock song that is going to absolutely send you to all new heights. Regardless of what genre you love most, you should listen to the finer points of "Living The Dream" by Hazy Dreams.

Overall, the sound is crisp, the arrangement is interesting, and leads you through various soundscapes overall. This is the type of track you listen to once, and then starts to absolutely fill your dreams, your thoughts, and mind. It’s simple at first glance, but over time it starts to sprout wings, and you really get a feel for the nuances of the instruments.

Often times, with instrumentals, they get repetitive and boring. But when you listen to "Living The Dream" by Hazy Dreams, the mold gets shattered. The guitar work, percussion, and follow through is well timed. Right when you think you’ve figured out what is coming next, a subtle change comes through and it’s never out of place. That’s the true treasure here, the turns aren’t break neck, yet they are there, and they take you through a journey of sound.

Close your eyes and listen to "Living The Dream" by Hazy Dreams and you could very well be taken away to another time and place. I had to take several listens to it because it just has so many layers. It’s this type of music that really speaks volumes to the talent that is getting published online. Hazy Dreams really puts together a solid instrumental track here. It’s fun. It’s eclectic, and it is very well arranged.

Check out Hazy Dreams "Living The Dream" and get lost in the eclectic instrumental track.
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