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CD Review: Silvermouse “Earthadelik”

Silvermouse is the moniker for an electronic music duo. The musical duo now based in Puerto Rico consists of: electronic music producer Joanne Hunt (who goes by the stage name of Miss Jojo) and multi-instrumentalist Justin Handley (whose musical arsenal includes guitar, violin, mandolin, flute, ukulele and traditional Puerto Rican 3-string ‘cigar box’ guitar). Together, the two musical artists create one concept that blends together her electronic sounds and his organic sounds that results in a style referred to as “Livetronica,” music that is both psychedelic and improvisational at the same time. Having already released three previous albums, the duo has just put out their latest release entitled Earthadelik.

Earthadelik from Silvermouse begins with the track “New Moon”. The track begins with Joanne Hunt creating an electronic musical passage that sounds like a rather musical heartbeat, repeating the way a heart does but with a lot more melody. A rhythmic pattern creates a drumbeat to establish the beat of the song. Add in some electronic noise, and the track begins to take shape. Eventually, the track builds to include guitars in the background as well as different forms of percussion to add layers to the music. What results is a track with plenty of energy and a virtual swirling effect to the music, as if the music is all around the listener. The lack of a bassline keeps the track light, regardless of how many layers are part of the track. With the energy given off by the music, you can imagine dancing to the track in the middle of a music festival.

The duo continues their new release of Earthadelik with one track that seems to perfectly define just what is meant by the term “Earthadelik”. Featuring electronic music much like the previous track, the track “Existence Experience” also contains an Eastern Indian feel to the music, while still containing a definite psychedelic feel. Like most dance tracks of the Techno, Trance, Happy Hardcore variety, the track begins with a very soft feel to the music before it gains energy. That soft approach to the music contains a mandolin being played in the background, adding that mystical and exotic feel to the track. The track builds as light electronic percussion is added. “Existence Experience” is one track on the new album from Silvermouse that feels rather spiritual in nature, as if the track could add ambiance to meditation or prayer if it wasn’t for the dance beat that is such a big part of it.

Silvermouse brings a little Rock and Roll flavor to their music on the track “Down”. Like the previous tracks, the song begins with strong electronic music created by Joanne Hunt. While the music itself has that electronic vibe, the rhythm to the song contains a slight Latin feel to it. That Latin vibe is added to with the addition of the ukulele from Justin Handley. The Alternative Rock and the ukulele give the dance track a slight influence from the likes of Santana. But with the addition of transformers in the electronic portion of the track, the dance feel of the track is enhanced. You can easily imagine this track being featured in an Electronic Dance Music Club Night at your local dance club.

While the previous tracks on the release of Earthadelik find the music beginning with Joanne Hunt and her electronic music only to have Justin Handley join her after a few measures, the next track called “Little Ratty” is one song on the release where Hunt and Handley seem to create the track together from the very beginning of the song, after two or three bars of music. The music begins with a pulsing feel to the electronic portion of the song when a electric violin joins in seconds later. The electronic music creates a swirling musical bed for Handley’s violin while that guitar contains a strong amount of reverb. Together, the two musicians begin the track with an Alternative Rock approach to the song. A strong drumbeat is added and the various elements combine to create a track with a strong Gothic Industrial feel.

One of the tracks on the Earthadelik album from Silvermouse that is being featured is the song “Beef in D Minor”. Much like the composition from Johann Sebastian Bach entitled “Toccata and Fugue in D minor,” “Beef in D Minor” begins with the sound of church organ. But in this case, much like the electric violin from Justin Handley on “Little Ratty,” the organ’s sound has been treated. The treated organ’s sound is matched up with a guitar that also has some production quality to it. Together, the two instruments feature a sound that feels very psychedelic in nature. This creates a sound that would have fit in with other music from the sixties. As the song progresses, the sixties vibe dissipates and more of a dance feel replaces it. All of this happens while the guitar and organ seem to have been placed into a loop that repeats over and over. The music eventually morphs as it moves along and a funky groove is produced.

After nine tracks of various musical elements with a dance approach to them, the new release of Earthadelik from Silvermouse comes to a close with the track “Spores in My Dermis”. One definition to the word music is “Organized Noise”. That easily describes the musical approach for “Spores in My Dermis”. As the track begins, various elements play out with no rhyme or reason…or so it seems. Elements build on top of each other and the track swells until the various elements finally come together to form a track with easily the slowest pace and most relaxed feel to the music. And where the previous tracks contain a straight-out danceable feel to the music, the music on “Spores in My Dermis” comes across as much more experimental than anything else. The most unusual track on the release brings Earthadelik from Silvermouse to a close.

Earthadelik from Silvermouse is a release that will most likely be a hit with fans of electronic music. However, the various other elements that swirl around in the release and add to the quality of the music may also bring fans of those styles to the release.  


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For a taste of the music from Silvermouse, check out the track “Beef in D Minor”.

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Multi-talented Charley Young Celebrates Release of Remix of “Hold the Moon”

Charley Young is a young individual who has set her sights on several different career paths at the same time. From time to time, you can find Young performing on-stage in theatrical plays and in musical theater. You can also find her in many on-screen roles. She has spent countless hours honing her skills as an actor.

Going along with the actor side of her, Charley Young has been increasing her presence as a singer, a role she puts to use when onstage performing in musical theatre.  As a singer, Young’s vocals are rather reminiscent of Amy Lee of the band Evanescence. As a matter of fact, some of her music contains a slight influence from the Alternative Rock group itself. As of late, Young has been rather busy recently as she has released three singles of her music since the beginning of 2019. Currently, Charley Young is celebrating the release of the Remix version of her track “Hold the Moon”.

As far as the initial track of “Hold the Moon” is concerned, the track features a sound that makes use of EDM (Electronic Dance Music) as the main feel of the music. The track also features a relaxed pace to that music. The track’s music takes some influence from 80’s New Wave and adds a strong beat to it. And while there is a relaxed feel to the music, there is still plenty of energy to the music of the song. What results is a low-key track that would be right at home in any Club settings.

Having already mentioned the fact that Young is celebrating the release of a remix of the track, “Hold the Moon (Retro Mix)” takes that initial track and bumps up the energy level to the beats of the song. While the original version of the song would be right at home within the setting of a dance club, the slightly harder mix creates a track that could be used by the deejays to transition the music from a slow track to much quicker songs. Whether you take the original version of “Hold the Moon” or the Retro Mix of the song, the song is sure to get you dancing along to the music.

Right now, Charley Young is celebrating the release of “Hold the Moon” as her latest single. However, “Hold the Moon” is far from being the only track from Charley Young. To go along with the current track of “Hold the Moon,” Young has also release two other tracks within the 2019 year. Joining the aforementioned track, Young has also released the tracks “Greedy” and “Fiery Storm” since the beginning of the year.

The track “Greedy” from Charley Young finds the musician changing musical directions as the track leaves behind the EDM that had been part of the track “Hold the Moon”. Instead of EDM, “Greedy” contains a rather strong Alternative influence to the track. But just like with the track “Hold the Moon” the song “Greedy” contains a slightly relaxed feel to the music. The combination of the music on the track and Young’s vocals creates a track that brings to mind a lighter version of the style of the band Evanescence. And where the track “Hold the Moon” feels as if it would be right at home within a Club scene, the “Greedy” single would be right at home on any Hot Adult Contemporary and/or Top 40 radio format.

Just like with the current single of “Hold the Moon,” Charlie Young has also put out a remix to the track “Greedy”. The “Jimmy Greco Remix” of the track completely changes the feel of the track. The laidback feel of the initial track is completely done away with. The “Jimmy Greco Remix” contains a quicker pace as well as a strong EDM approach to the music. The result is a track that, once again, would send the music of Charley Young out onto the dance floor. Every so often, you find a remix of a song that not only changes the feel of the original track; it actually makes the song stronger. This is one of those times when the remix is better than the original.        

The final of the three tracks that have been released by Charley Young during 2019 is the track “Fiery Storm”. With this track, Young brings back the feel of EDM that was evident in the song “Hold the Moon”. With this track, Young slows things down quite considerably. This is easily the slowest track of the three released this year. Along with the EDM direction, the track also contains an additional element of R&B flavor. That blend creates the most unique of the three tracks that Charley Young has produced thus far this year.

Charley Young keeps herself busy with the actor side of her personality as well as the musician side of her. The three songs released this year from the musician side of Young are just the beginning. If you count the remixes that go along with the singles of “Hold the Moon” and “Greedy,” you change the number to five tracks. While Charley Young has yet to put out an album, you can find the three songs mentioned and plenty of other earlier tracks from the artist online.

For more information, check out Charley Young’s PR Firm, Whiplash Marketing & Whizkid Management. Click on the logo below to visit their site. 

 

 

 

 

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CD Review: Xavier Toscano “Feels So Good”

Several years ago, Guadalajara native Xavier Toscano made his debut with the single “Tonight, Tonight”. With the success of that single, Toscano went about creating a full-length release. And now, Xavier Toscano is in the middle of releasing his debut album. The new album from Toscano blends together Electronic Dance Music (EDM) with other musical influences to create an album that contains a lot of energy. The new album from Xavier Toscano is entitled Feels So Good.

Even before Feels So Good from Xavier Toscano had been released and the public had been able to experience it, a few of the album’s various songs were making noise of their own. The songs “Never Wanna Leave,” “Apologies Wasted,” “The Remedy (Feel Alright)” and “Runaway” found their way onto the MTV program of “Keeping up with the Kardashians” while other tracks have been used for other programs. But now, the album as a whole is available.

Feels So Good, the new album from Xavier Toscano, begins with “Feels So Good (Intro)”. The beginning track to the release lasts not even fifty seconds as it features a strong EDM feel to the music while the lyrics featured contain only a few words about feeling good before they repeat through the length of the short track. To help bring the lyrics of the track to life, Toscano called upon the singer Raquela to provide the vocals, which she does with style. The short length to the track truly leaves the listener wanting for more. 

Xavier Toscano continues his release with the track “Never Wanna Leave”. The track finds Toscano staying in the EDM frame of mind which works perfectly coming out of the intro track of “Feels So Good”. “Never Wanna Leave” has a strong danceable quality to the music and brings to mind other EDM artists like Diplo and Paul Oakenfold. The track produced by Toscano ensures that he can absolutely hang with the aforementioned artists and others that make up the EDM genre.

Speaking of EDM, the next track of the Feels So Good release brings to mind yet another name that falls into the EDM genre. With the track “The Remedy (Feel Alright),” Xavier Toscano seems to channel the feel of the French duo known as Daft Punk as Toscano brings a deeper feel to the music. The song also features a mechanical feel to the vocals that begin the track and those mechanical vocals and the hard beat that flows through “The Remedy (Feel Alright)” brings to mind something like Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,”. The rap breakdown late in the track also shows off Toscano’s Hip Hop influence.

With the track “Runaway,” Xavier Toscano adds a little more danceable feel to the music. The keyboards in the song give the track more of a commercial feel to the music. While the track of “Never Wanna Leave” brought to mind someone like Diplo, the track of “Runaway” brings to mind the lighter, easier, more commercial feel of someone like DJ Sammy or even Robbie Rivera. In fact, the song of “Runaway” contains such a danceable and commercial feel to it that the track not only brings to mind Robbie Rivera, it would feel right at home on one of Rivera’s albums, right alongside something like Rivera’s “Float Away”.   

After several dance tracks, Xavier Toscano changes things up in a major way on the track called “Castles in the Sky”. While the previous tracks all contained the sound of the synthesizer, the sound of “Castles in the Sky” revolves around the sound of the piano. In fact, it is the piano and only the piano that makes up the music of the track. Gone away is the danceable feel of the earlier music as this track sounds more like something from Elton John than it does something from Diplo. And while the use of a solo piano sometimes brings to mind a rather romantic feel to a song, “Castles in the Sky” is simply a song with a piano as the solo instrument. The sparse instrumentation allows for the vocals to come though clearly. The easy feel of the track gives the listener a bit of a breather before the energy level rises back up.

And speaking of a stronger delivery, the next track changes the feel of the music once again. However, instead of taking the music into an EDM frame of mind, Toscano goes in a completely different direction on the very next track. In fact, with the R&B base to the music of the song entitled “Nas-T-Nize,” Toscano seems to channel Prince. And it’s not just the music that brings to mind the style of “the purple one”; the vocals on the track also suggest that it is Prince that was Toscano’s influence for the track. While it is nothing like anything that had come before on the release, “Nas-T-Nize” helps to show off the various influences that Xavier Toscano draws from. Plus, the track shows off his willingness to create something that is completely different from the rest of the release.

For the rest of his new release of Feels So Good, Xavier Toscano brings back the feel of EDM. In fact, it is that musical style that flows through the final track of the album.

For the song “Made It Look Easy,” Toscano creates the music of the song with plenty of EDM style. Plus, he adds a generous amount of Hip Hop into the music. Altogether, “Made It Look Easy” combines two different forms of dance energy into one track. The result is a track that would be welcome in any dance club.

Throughout the eleven tracks that make up the Feels So Good release, Xavier Toscano creates tracks that a guaranteed to get the listener moving their body. And while most of the album consists of strong EDM influences, it’s the tracks that don’t contain that influence which give the album variety. Feels So Good from Xavier Toscano is one album that today’s music lovers will enjoy; especially if they are looking for music that will get them out of their seats.

To get a taste of the music from Xavier Toscano, check out the video to his song “Runaway”: 

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CD Review: Christian Heath “One”

Many times in the world of music, when one band comes to an end, the various members of said band go their separate ways, either to create another band or to continue on their own. It was after the band that shared his name came to a close that singer-songwriter Christian Heath decided to go it alone. While the music from his now-defunct band was group with a rather heavy musical delivery, Heath decided to go in a different direction with his new solo music. With his new music, Heath took a more Pop-Rock approach to the music. That new musical direction can be found on the musician’s new EP called One

The first track of the new EP from Christian Heath is the song “I’m Yours”. The track has a strong Pop-rock feel to the music. In fact, the song brings to mind the sound of bands like U2 or Coldplay. The song features a gentle pace as well as rather melodic quality to the music to create a song that would be perfect for any Adult Contemporary music format. “I’m Yours” also seems to have an uplifting quality to the lyrics that would make the track perfect for more “family-friendly” radio formats.

One from Christian Heath continues with the EP’s first single which also happens to be the title track of the release. “One” takes the music in a different direction than the style that was included on “I’m Yours”. With “One,” Heath creates a track with a strong R&B delivery. Into that sound, Christian Heath incorporates a light EDM feel to the music. To bring that style to life, Heath is joined on the track by Producer INFIDELIX. The combination creates song that would easily fit on today’s Top 40 radio formats. The song’s lyrical content is as listener-friendly as the EP’s first track. Except with “One,” Heath takes the opportunity to promote the idea of human unity as the lyrics suggest that we are all one on the same planet.

Christian Heath’s One EP continues with the song “Tonight”. Just like with the first two tracks, Heath changes directions once again. The Hispanic feel of the track is combined with the lyrical stylings of singer Nixi. Together, the duo create a duet of sorts that brings to mind a song like “Nobody Wants to be Lonely” by Ricky Martin or “Mouth to Mouth” by Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez.

For the song “No Good For You,” the music takes on a more Rock and Roll feel as the track features a beat that is reminiscent of something from New Wave / Alternative band OMD. The synth-heavy track of “No Good For You” takes Christian Heath’s sound back to the mid-nineties. The track would have fit right in on the British band’s 1990 release called Sugar Tax. This track is probably the most commercial of the songs as it would easily have fit on Top 40 radio in the nineties, 2000’s, or even today.

With the next track, Christian Heath’s One EP slows down on the track “Paradise”. The song features lyrics about spending time with the one you love. For this song, Heath incorporates a strong piano base into the music of the track. The track was produced so that the piano stands out as the main instrument on the song. While the focus of the music is on Heath’s voice and the piano, the track also features guitars that help give the song depth. The easy pace of the track mixes well with the romantic feeling of the lyrics. Like the rest of the EP, “Paradise” has a sound that is very radio-friendly.

The One EP comes to an end with the track “Magic”. The track contains a Pop-Rock feel that brings to mind music from the eighties. The track would easily have fit on the radio on Pop-Rock during that time period. Just like the rest of the album, “Magic” contains a very listener-friendly feel and brings the EP to a close on a gentle, yet infectious sound.

While Christian Heath’s earlier music with the band that shared his name featured a sound that felt rather heavy, his new One EP features songs that never stay in one musical groove. The ever-changing feel of the music helps make a release that features six songs ready-made for radio airplay. Each track feels like a single on its own. And when combined together, those six tracks make for an EP that guarantees that you won’t be skipping any songs as the music plays out.  

 

Christian Heath’s One EP is currently available on Spotify. 

Click HERE for Christian Heath’s hit single, “One (A World Song)”

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CD Review: Mickey Hart “RAMU”

When I saw that former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart had created a new album, something drew me to the album. I don’t know what it was, but I was curious about the release. Having heard a few of the preview tracks from the release before actually finding the entire album, I was drawn it and I had to search it out. And I am glad I did because the twelve tracks that make up RAMU from Mickey Hart create one hell of an album.

Mickey Hart brings together a group of talented musicians that help to create the album. Along with Hart, the musicians contributing to RAMU feature Zakir Hussain on tabla, bassist Oteil Burbridge, talking drum master Sikiru Adepoju, guitarist Steve Kimock, multi-instrumentalist Charles Lloyd, and Jason Hann of String Cheese Incident. Along with these artists the rest of the personnel on the album features Avey Tare from Animal Collective, and Tank from Tank and the Bangas as guest vocalists. To bring the entire project together, RAMU was co-produced by Michal Menert, formerly of Pretty Lights. Because of this rather impressive cast of individuals, RAMU ends up being an enjoyable listening experience.

For his 2017 album of RAMU (which stands for The Random Access Musical Universe), Mickey Hart created each of the tracks on the album using, as he put it, Pythagorean mono-chord, a series of chords tuned in order to create healing. Each track has the same basic flow and therefore the tracks segue into each other rather well. That helps to make the RAMU album one of the most solid and unified albums released within the year 2017.

The RAMU album from Mickey Hart begins with the track “Auctioneers”. The first thing that the listener will notice is the use of the “RAMU” that helps to add a whole lot of random sound bites into the track. Those sound bites are so random and unique that they combine to create a patchwork of noise that will make your ears tingle as you try to decipher each and every noise, word and musical note that all blend together. That patchwork of noise sits on top of a musical blend of Jazz, Folk and Blues(?) as well as African-inspired percussive effects that is just as strange and unusual as the patchwork of noise. Together, each and every musical and non-musical sound comes together to create a track that will intrigue you as much as it will bewilder you. “Auctioneers” is by far one of the most unusual (and unique) tracks created in 2017 by any recording artist. Prove me wrong!

After the head-spinning track of “Auctioneers” comes to an end, the RAMU release from Mickey Hart continues with the track “Wayward Son”. Where “Auctioneers” is bewildering, “Wayward Son” is quite the opposite. The track is one of the most commercial-sounding recordings on the new album from Mickey Hart. The track blends together Rock and Roll, Jazz and a little Folk music to create a track that contains a slow pace to the music but also contains a rather infectious melody that lasts throughout the entire length of the four-minute playtime. To help bring the track to life, Mickey Hart and the rest of the album musicians are joined by vocalist Avey Tare of Animal Collective. Tare’s vocals help to add a certain amount of psychedelic feeling to the track. “Wayward Son” ends up being easily the best track on the album.

RAMU from Mickey Hart segues from one track into the next to keep the feeling of the music flowing. That is precisely what happens between “Wayward Son” and the third track called “Big Bad Wolf”. The segue between the two tracks is made even more unifying with the inclusion of Peter Coyote’s vocals that help to bring words from The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Carlos Castaneda to life. After that intro by Coyote, the track takes on a most unusual style, especially when compared to the rest of the album. The track features the vocals of Tarriona “Tank” Ball of Tank & the Bangas who adds a solid delivery of Hip Hop vocals to the track. The “Big Bad Wolf” track is rather unusual, even when compared to the rest of the RAMU release.

After spending three tracks creating songs with lyrics, the song “The Lost Coast” finds Mickey Hart and the rest of the musicians on the track creating an instrumental track that contains a rather evident African vibe to the music. Mainly, the African feel of the music comes from the various percussion instruments that blend together in order to create the track. Along with the many percussion instruments included on the track, the song also includes the guitar from Steve Kimock that helps to add some texture to the mainly percussion track.

With how popular the musical style EDM (Electronic Dance Music) has become, it should come as no surprise that Mickey Hart would venture in that direction for his new album of RAMU. On the track “You Remind Me,” Hart and the group of musicians that helped to bring the track to life (Drum: Sikiru Adepoju, Bass Guitar: Oteil Burbridge, Sarangi: Sabir Khan, Sitar: Niladri Kumar and Drums: Jason Hann) combine their talents to create a sound that would easily rival anything that EDM producers are currently creating. In fact, with the inclusion of vocalist Avey Tare and the rather Multi-International feeling to the music, the track takes on the feeling of something that may have been created by the likes of someone like DJ Sammy or Robbie Rivera. “You Remind Me” contains a rather relaxed EDM quality to the music while still having enough of a beat that the listener will find it hard not to want to move to the beat. Like “Wayward Son” from earlier in the release, “You Remind Me” is one of the standout tracks on the RAMU release from Mickey Hart.

Having made a name for himself as part of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members The Grateful Dead, it should come as no surprise that Mickey Hart would eventually pay homage to one of the most important parts of the band, Jerry Garcia. On Hart’s song “Jerry,” he created an instrumental track that features some rather psychedelic elements. The song ends up being part Rock and Roll and part Jazz. The electronic flute in the track and sound bites that swirl throughout the track add a certain amount of sixties flavor to the song. If the song had been a lot longer and more free-flowing than the three-and-a-half minute playtime that it contains, that would have made the track even more Dead-like. However, because it contains only a rather short playtime, the track ends up being a short tribute to the leader of one of the most popular bands of all time.

Throughout the twelve tracks that make up Mickey Hart’s new release of RAMU, he and his band of musicians blend a lot of different musical elements to create a release that changes directions from one track to the next. As the songs change so do the influences used to help shape the music. And while the tracks all have a style of their own, Mickey Hart’s use of his Pythagorean mono-chord gives the album a solid foundation that makes the album feel unified in its musical direction.

To hear the music of Mickey Hart, check out the song “Wayward Son“. 

For more information, check out Mickey Hart’s PR Firm Grandstand Media.

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CD Review: Lindsay Mac “Animal Again”

Lindsay Mac is a classically-trained cellist. After her training on that instrument, she took that ability and started creating her own music. And while it would have logical to imagine Mac creating albums based in classical music, she went in a different direction. The music Mac created was folk-rock based. With that folk-rock sound, Mac created a library of two releases that included 2008’s Stop Thinking. On that album, Lindsay Mac created such tracks as “Barbies & Broncos” that featured a very rocking musical approach while still incorporating a little of the folk flavor that she was known for. On the track, Mac’s cello added a lot of texture to the energy of the music. The album also contained a more laidback musical approach as Mac covered the Beatles tune “Blackbird” which featured more folk flavor to the music than the original version. While going from the rocking sound of “Barbies & Broncos” to the more folk-like “Blackbird,” other styles are also included on the release and Stop Thinking ended up being a very eclectic release.
That was back in 2008. Since then, Lindsay Mac had not put out an album. In-between that album and today, Lindsay Mac has been incorporating a new style into her sound; that sound falls into the category of Electronic Dance Music. To help bring the EDM sound to life, Mac called upon fellow Berklee College of Music grad J Declan. Together, the two musicians created Mac’s newest release entitled Animal Again.