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Nilza Costa Quartet Nilza Costa Quartet is a band composed of Brazilian singer-songwriter Nilza Costa, Red Rossi, drummer / percussion and vocals, Daniele Santimone, electric guitar and seven strings and vocals and Maurizio Piancastelli, trumpet / effects / keyboards and vocals. His music is sacred, history and contemporary language where the soul is improvisation.

They live in Italy with several tours in a European country. The latest album is called The Nights of San Patricio published by the Bruttura Moderne label (Italy) and distributed by Xango Music (Paese Bass) and Tratore (Brazil). We live in Italy. The artist has been in the top 50 on the world album chart since her album was released in September 202.

In October 2021 we went to Germany, Luxembourg, Holland and Belgium for a six-date tour but in the past few years we have also done several tours. Music cannot stop, it must go everywhere carrying the message of peace, equality, social, political and human. Music is the only language of union and resistance.
New album ONA! New album ONA will be released right after the winter solstice 2021

Multiple Anděl Award winners Tomáš Kočko & ORCHESTR release their new album on December 31st, 2021. The title of the album “ONA,” which means “SHE” in Czech.
You can not only enjoy their music, but watch a cheerful video for song “Hopaj Hop,” as well as their long awaited song book.

“During the hard lockdowns, we have been in desperate need to feel our music matters, that anyone cares about us and our work. We are deeply grateful to our fans who supported us financially, emotionally and morally, too! Thanks to THEM, we have released our new album. They even motivated us to shoot a video and song book,” says Tomáš Kočko on his feelings for the fans.

Tomáš Kočko & ORCHESTR have added to their discography a new collection of original traditional folk songs connected with the topic – WOMEN. Women of all shapes, ages and situations. Women´s power, self-consciousness, sadness and joy in the context of the band’s Moravian folklore tradition. The only exception is the musical note addressed to their Polish neighbours and their current discussion on women’s personal rights in a song called “Matulu Moja”.

“ONA” was recorded and created in Moravia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, partly in home studios and mostly with our sound engineer, Broněk Šmid, who is the godfather of all our albums.

“I moved myself into the moment, where I can see how many tasks and troubles women have to deal with, and how much harder their destinies always have been in comparison to men. We cannot bring a complex overview of a woman’s world, but we painted a very colourful spectrum of women´s stories in our album ONA,” Kočko explains.

The band have invited plenty special guests, not only locals, but from Slovakia (Alena Antalová, Lucie Šoralová), Poland (Gosza Tutko) and thanks to SoundCzech, even Hungarian band

The brand-new song book contains 24 of their most popular songs with their melodies, harmonies for guitar and solo melody lines.

The new video for “Hopaj Hop” (© Blue Lune Productions, directed by David J. V. Schöbl, with cameraman Daniel Bielčík) was released the very last day of 2021 at YT channel of the band

Physical distribution of the album is handled through, and you can stream it online via

To listen to the album prior to its release, you can use this link:

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Bouquet de talents The Ali Hugo Fanclub hopes that its members have started 2022 thriving towards achieving their high-fly ambitions. That's how the new year began for Hugo. Hugo was determined to increase radio airplay of his music and fans subscribing to his music in the French Canadian city of Montreal. However, the fact that the Montreal music market is highly competitive and Hugo's non-instrumental music is anglophone has made it difficult for Hugo to achieve those two goals. But in 2022, things look positive. Hugo's song "Land of Confusion" has started receiving airplay & Hugo was recently interviewed by Jaqueline St. Clair, host of the art-centric French podcast "Bouquet de talents" blow is the English transcript of the Interview.

[Dear listeners Welcome to another episode of the “Montreal Talent Bouquet" morning show with your host Jacqueline Saint Clair. In previous years we have featured musicians of different music genres and from all over Canada. We start our first episode of 2022 with our interview with Canadian singer-songwriter Ali Hugo. Many people in Quebec and perhaps even Canada may not be very familiar with the success Ali Hugo has achieved for himself. That is because Hugo is one of those rare artists who have achieved international success outside of Canada and although his music rights are protected by SOCAN, Ali Hugo fans still need to order vinyl copies of his music as imports.

Q-Welcome to the show Hugo
A- Thank you for inviting me, Jacqueline

Q-You've mentioned that the last time you were in Montreal was in 2005, what has kept you away for so long?
A- I love Montreal and it's one of my favourite cities in the world, but as you mentioned in your introduction, I have a large following outside of Canada, which means that I’m always travelling abroad trying to increase the numbers of subscribers to my music, recently I have been based in the Middle East doing promotional work and building a loyal following one fan at a time through the Anghami streaming platform.

Q- I read an article where you compare yourself to artists like the Backstreet Boys, Tina Turner and Randy Crawford, there’s a generation gap between these artists, what do they have in common and how do they fit into that comparison?
A- Well Tina and Randy started their careers in the United States but no one could have foreseen the kind of success both these artists would achieve in Europe where the Uk and Germany have been the recording hub for Randy Crawford, for example. I personally refer to Randy as a silent gainer because, throughout her career, she has built a loyal following that will consume anything she puts out, and although she hasn’t released any new music or done any tours, in 2018 her Spotify streams were at 18 Million streams and, according to online celebrity net worth sources, her net worth for 2021 without releasing any new music or touring was 2 Million Dollars, and that's not bad for a lady who topped the Billboard charts in the late seventies with "street life" by the Crusaders.

Q- No that's not bad at all
A-On the other hand, Tina’s European success propelled her Global stardom and packed stadium tours, like her world record concert in Brazil.

Q- Okay and how do the Backstreet Boys fit into this explanation?
A- Well, by launching their music career in Europe before the US, the backstreet boy redefined the term “ British Invasion” reserved for British artists invading the American music market, for example, the Beatles. What the Backstreet boys did was make a European-sponsored invasion of Americans invading the American music market similar to the French, coming to the Aid of the Americans during the American Revolution.

Q- And is that what you see yourself doing in the long run, creating an invasion of the Canadian music market?
A- Well It's no secret that I want to be big in Canada. Winning a "Juno" would be great, but I have always had this vision of going back to my high school reunion and sharing my success with people I grew up with. It would be great to say to my friends in Toronto" hey guys, I'm playing skydome or the Rogers Center and you all have front row complimentary tickets."

Q- So then impressing your Canadian family and friends is still important to you even though you have a big following in Europe the Middle East and Latin America?
A- Canada is always at the back of my mind no matter where I am in the world

Q- Hugo, in an interview with the Global podcasting network from the UK in 2015, you mentioned something about doing a French album. Is that still in the works?
A- I think I was a little naive about the realities of what such a project would require, I think I'm still naive about a lot of the demands of the music business.

Q- Do you mean that making a French album is naive?
A- Oh not at all, it’s just that; when I did the interview with the podcasting network, I was excited about the possibility of adopting the DIY approach to music because the tools available to indie artists were on the rise. Now I know that I have reached as far as possible as an indie artist and that I can’t go any further without the support of a records label, A Manager and investors, and all those entities will not support, a full French album which may be expensive to record and produce, without me having a large global francophone following. But maybe producing a french single if I can find the right team and studio in Montreal to back me, is more realistic.

Q- What other parts of the Music business were you naive about?
A- well, when I released my instrumental NGF album in 2015, I had maybe 2 listeners in every continent of the globe and if I wanted to stop making music, it would not be a big problem, but today; the Ali Hugo Fanclub membership has grown and I can’t just disappear. My fans are loyal and they are always waiting for the next release. It's great that we are in the electronic age because I would not have space in my house for all the fan mail. Direct messaging is the best invention for successful artists.

Q- let's turn to a question from one of our listeners, Jean-Marc Champonte from Sudbury asks on Meta: “Ali, I love the Afrodisiac EP concept and the first single “Pita”. Did you record that in Italy? The Mandolin was beautiful and when can we expect to hear some more music from Afrodisiac?
A- Thanks for your question Jean-Marc and thanks for supporting my music, the concept behind “Pita’s” music production and especially the Mandolin was inspired by the nights I spent feasting on great Italian food at La Taverna, a small Italian restaurant on the Island of Zanzibar, So no, I did not record the song in Italy but, I did have an Italian music consulting agent who was pushing the song and video promo in Italy and I'm certain that Fernando’s support helped me reach the number one spot on the Western European charts with that song.

Q- So Hugo When Can Jean-Marc Expect More music from Afrodisiac?
A- Jacquiline, the truth is that After the release of “Pita”, I was exhausted, I couldn't go on with the “Do it yourself” approach any longer, I mean, I wasn't getting enough sleep because Entertainment lawyers are expensive and I have a gift of dissecting contracts, so I was spending long nights dissecting and crafting up contracts and looking at the legal side of the business, so a vacation was necessary for me to continue to work effectively in the music business. So now before I can make any new music, I need to build a bigger team that can independently take care of the business side of things. That team will be making sure that I prosper financially, while I just focus on making and producing music. So to answer Jean-Marc’s question, hopefully soon and thanks for your patience, Jean-Marc.

Q Ali thank you so much for coming to our show, dear listeners. Join me next week when we look at how the French in France are trying to bring global attention to Marie Antoinette's garden in her private palace.

Interview fades out
Q- So Hugo, your next interview is in the states?
A- yes I’m going to be a guest on a show called “Rock never dies" ]
Here is the playlist to my December 28, 2021 "Earth Music" show on KVMR wherein I aired what I consider the best world music released in 2021.

Hollan Holmes was born into a family of music lovers. Holmes’ father, mother and sister each had their own musical interests, thus Holmes was listening to a wide variety of music from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Perhaps more significantly, he grew up in a house with a piano, which served to feed a thirst for the creative process of making and playing music. The formation of his first band took place during his high school senior year, an interest which was further fueled by his discovery of synthesizers and the purchase of a Moog Prodigy, courtesy of a loan from his grandmother. Holmes still owns and uses (and must regularly calibrate) that old analog classic. In the early ‘80s, he discovered Jean Michel Jarre and later, Tangerine Dream, both of which would forever alter his musical direction.

Close your eyes and become immersed in the soundscapes and transported to another state of mind, a most potent and pure combination of perception-altering collection of pieces of music thrilling to the senses. This is music with a logical purpose, and there is always a progression. There are infinite free wheeling electronic sounds but there is an overall tonal framework. Hollan Holmes’ second album for Spotted Peccary, Emerald Waters, is an electronic paean to the beauty, power and importance of water, both calm and dynamic. Here, a plethora of synthesizers ebb and flow around each other like shifting tides in a sonic mix of Berlin School sequences, traditional melodic structures and emotional chord progressions—all infused into enchanting electronic landscapes.

To celebrate the release, the artist will join a live chat on YouTube for the reveal of his "Emerald Waters" video at 1 pm ET January 14, 2022. Join or set a reminder notification at this YouTube channel.

The first track of Emerald Waters is all about motion, with many things happening at once, creating a tapestry of powerful proud melodic punchy layers, calm on the surface but obviously very energetic below. The sound is a tight purposeful weave demonstrating sustainable energy in motion: "Hydroelectric" (6:10). Hydroelectricity, or hydroelectric power, is electricity produced from hydropower.

The third track, "A Ribbon of Life" (6:00), is an homage to all the elements of ecology, joyful whirling, dancing and calling, little bells and circles of melodic weaving signs of life and its gradual rise and fall with each successive undulation. In those chasms from which no one returns, new and varied features of the coast are constantly opening up. The whole surface of the sea becomes one dizzy whirl of rushing, writhing motion, bounding, and crashing, and coiling in an anarchy of enormous power, subdivided into myriads of waves, but the rage quiets and there are rapid small movements, transparent currents blending and bubbling. "Tales from the Abyss" (7:15).

"The River" (5:57) has an epic sound, an imaginary massive cathedral organ creates the sense of a rippling moving body of water, winding its way towards the distant blue sea, full of life and motion as far as the eye can reach. Imagine that all the streams in the world, small as well as large, the tiniest brooks no less than the enormous rivers, flowing unceasingly into the oceans.

Water is a versatile substance that makes life as we know it possible. This album of wonder elicits visions of layered power, is uplifting, contemplative and emotionally moving. There is considerable science in this celebration of the constant evolution of all the blips and beeps portraying fluid dynamics of futuristic relentlessness.

Emerald Waters, the album, is uplifting, contemplative and emotionally moving, with its sharper, icier precision and fascination with melody and repetition and textures, and with implied messages about technology's impact on the planet. This album of wonderful water, elicits visions of layered power, is uplifting, contemplative and emotionally moving. There is considerable science in this celebration of the constant evolution of all the blips and beeps portraying fluid dynamics of futuristic relentlessness. In one word: Fantastiche!

Holmes shares the one fleeting moment that inspired Emerald Waters: while driving across a bridge in Del Rio, Texas with his father, he was suddenly transfixed by the creek below. He recalls: “The water was gin-clear and possessed all the colors of the blue and green spectrum. It was overwhelmingly beautiful. That ten seconds stuck with me my entire life.” Holmes—who has since developed a reputation as a serious fine artist, visually and musically—has reconnected to that same creek and the watery mystery it implied, summoning forth a life-long sense of its power and significance, both in his life and ours. Emerald Waters celebrates water, the greatest natural resource on our planet, for all its necessity and majesty.

To recapture that moment in sound, Holmes used creative sound palettes like the Spectrasonics Omnisphere and Valhalla DSP Space Modulator, to paint the Emerald Waters in cosmic tones. “The River” like its namesake, is both restless and restful. A rippling sequencer entwines with a triumphant bassline to capture the constant motion of the current while a spritely melody evokes fractals of sunlight scattering across water. In another track, “Leviathan” is an ascent from the depths; first, a rumbling like a storm on the ocean floor, and then a swirling arpeggiation uncoils and rises, yielding an airy melody that gives a glimpse of the surface. Such is the nature of Holmes’s inspiration where even flowing water through arid lands suggest a deep, imaginative experience that explores a universe of spatially evocative sound.

Holmes reveals the impetus for creating this album, “The music I wrote for this album is an attempt to convey the beauty, importance and power of water in our world. This music is a mix of elements of Berlin School, some traditional melodic structures and emotional chord progressions, infused into an electronic music landscape. It is intended to be uplifting, contemplative and emotionally moving.”

The album is dedicated to the Devils River Conservancy, and the extremely important work they do to preserve one of Texas' crown jewels, the Devils River. Emerald Waters is the full-length follow-up to Holmes' renowned Spotted Peccary release, Milestones (SPM-4401), an energetic and passionate album that delivers a fresh and flawless take on the timeless art of synth-based soundscapes.

Composed and recorded by Hollan Holmes in The Decompression Chamber, and mastered by Howard Givens, Emerald Waters is now available for physical purchase in CD format and in 24-BIT AUDIOPHILE, CD QUALITY LOSSLESS, MP3 and streaming formats. The CD version arrives in a factory-sealed 6-panel gatefold package with artful package design by Daniel Pipitone.

1 Hydroelectric
2 Hell or High Water
3 A Ribbon of Life
4 Tales from the Abyss
5 The River
6 Taken by the Current
7 The Sublime Shimmer
8 Changing Course
9 Leviathan
10 Fathom
11 Emerald Waters

About Spotted Peccary Music:
Portland-based Spotted Peccary Music is North America’s finest independent record label with a focus on deep, vast and introspective soundscapes. For over three decades, the artists of Spotted Peccary have been on a mission to develop, produce, publish and release ultra-high-quality, deep-listening experiences that engage the listener and exceed expectations. Every release is carefully prepared in a variety of high quality formats from MP3 to high-res studio masters. Explore more than 165 titles and 45 artists released over 35 years at and

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Working Class Hussys\' \ Alternative Rock band, Working Class Hussys, from Central New Jersey is taking the everyday lives of everyday working class people and turning it into music. Their blending of roots, heartland, and southern sounds creates a vibe that only they have. Led by multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Ian Patrick Gentles, the band puts out a sound that deftly blends soaring harmony vocals, crunchy guitars, and big choruses into music no other group could make.

Their newest song "Elaine," from their latest EP, 'EP 1,' has a kind of Santana meets White Stripes kind of feeling to it. About moving with the times, "Elaine" takes on the way our view of the world changes with age and time. "'Elaine' was written while revisiting the neighborhood I lived in as a child," shares lead singer Ian Patrick Gentles. "Much of it today seemed neglected and run down, and I was reminiscing about how great it was as a child to be able to roam free abut the town with friends all day long- a stark contrast to the children that grow up in today's protective society."

While we see things one way as a child, thing change and the world keeps spinning. Everything will evolve, sometimes for the best and sometimes for the worst. Ian explores how society has changed in his lifetime. Kids could run around and play without supervision, but not anymore. His old neighborhood was once upkept and now it's forgotten.

Listen to "Elaine" here:

Listen to 'EP 1' here:

You can find and connect with Working Class Hussys via:
20 year ANEVERSARY OF MEROPASOUL MUSIC We all eventually come to ourselves as the journey cease to stop us from giving up our true selves.
In 2009 MEROPASOUL had to collect all the music he was performing in deferent venues since 2001, as a song writer, composer, poet and author.
To come up with his first collection of compositions, the project called THE JOURNEY was born. which is currently available on digital platforms stores.
it all began in 2000 when he started attending poetry and hip hop sessions around Johannesburg, that's where it all started for MEROPASOUL.
this year he is so excited to be able to come up with a second offering of his music collection following the single song called "STAR LIGHT" it has been an emotional roller coaster in the past few years in his pursue of self-freedom. All that resulted to him expressing his music a way that communicates with the heart and soul,in our life experiences as people.
The birth of his daughter played a crucial role as he watchies her grow everyday.He started to realise how fortunate he was to be alive and able to express himself.
Title of his new project is called "INKANYEZI" translate THE STAR"
Creative process of INKANYEZI after a long time of feeling drained and uninspired.In 2021 when we got his own studio he had enough time to go through his music, he had recorded in the past years from different studios. He co- produced this project with BONGINKOSI "Sequal" Mkhize
Now he has an EP that's is going to hearing the Store's.
Production has begun on new Miltos Marathon album! Hmmm...Hello my dear friends I'm thinking that the mix for the new Miltos Marathon album is almost finished...
The InterContinental Music Awards is a Los Angeles-based music competition that annually rewards and recognizes musical talent from around the globe. Entries are categorized by geographical continent or region, as well as by musical genre, and are evaluated by an independent panel of judges with years of experience working in the Hollywood music, entertainment, film and media industries.

ICMA is now accepting online submissions for 2022, which is the organization’s 10th Anniversary. In celebration of this milestone, they are announcing a new worldwide ICON award with a $1000 U.S. cash prize to be announced in July 2022.

The InterContinental Music Awards evaluates music entries from a global and ethical perspective by a panel of expert judges who are active industry professionals and Hollywood music executives. Winners are rewarded with education, prizes and high quality, direct coaching on how to be successful in the music industry.
Winners receive career-boosting prizes, including a full scholarship into the DIY Music School, one-on-one coaching and mentoring from members of the judging panel, and a chance to perform in the InterContinental Concert Series, discounts on CD Baby, and more.

Entry Deadline is April 15, 2022; there are significant discounts to entry in January 2022.

A look at the website reveals the following information:

Founded in 2011 by Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi, InterContinental Music Awards is committed to upholding music diversity and promoting unity among all people on earth. The awards program is open to musicians worldwide, who compete with their peers in geographic regions and in over 145 music genres. To-date, ICMA has recognized over 220 talented musicians in over 35 countries. Winners benefit from the educational and promotional opportunities that ICMA provides, enabling them to advance their music careers. Entrants retain all ownership rights to all submitted content.

For more than a decade, ICMA has recognized music talents from every continent and regions worldwide. Each year, we reward winners with exquisite prizes, from producing high-quality music taking them to the big stages in front of thousands of audiences, to educating and mentoring them on how to take their careers to the next level!


Our winners will receive a High-Quality Award Certificate signed and endorsed by InterContinental Music Awards Organization together with wide range of career-enhancing prizes:

1. A full scholarship to the DIY Music School, an online training program that rapidly connects artists to the opportunities in the music industry

2. A one-on-one private coaching with members of the judging panel

3. Feature opportunities in major media channels

4. Pitch to Sync Licensing opportunities

5. Free promotion on our website and social media

6. Special discounts for music distribution on CD Baby and renowned music plugins


Our nominees who are best in their category will receive a High-Quality Award certificate signed and endorsed by the InterContinental Music Awards together with career-enhancing prizes:

1. A partial scholarship to the accelerator training program that rapidly connects them to the opportunities in the music industry

2.Featuring in press release with media promotion

3. A webinar with members of the judging panel in the Landscape of Music Business, opportunities and high quality production tips

4. Free promotion on our website and social media

5. Special discounts for music distribution on CD Baby

Entries can be submitted here:
Merry Christmas and Happy new year! Hello my dear friends Merry Christmas and happy new year! Thank you for supporting Miltos Marathon music!
A two-song medley, from war to freedom A common theme in Jewish thought is that the purpose of the darkness is only to realize the light. So too when it comes to freedom, sometimes it takes a war to remember how important it is to have peace. The Holocaust was incomprehensible event in Jewish and World history, and nothing can be given back to replace the loss that occurred. After the war the State of Israel began and is continuing to grow. My song The Promised Land is about my own personal longing to be back home. Only good things, Gedalya
Christopher Hill and the Stardust Crush Take Things to a Whole New Level Christopher Hill and the Stardust Crush are making a waves with their gorgeously crafted new video for "The Gravity of the Goddess (No One Else Can Dance Like You)."

Christopher Hill and the Stardust Crush (TSDC) are a music project from Seattle Washington. TSDC is actually more of a musical community than a band. Chris Hill (He/Him/They/Them does the writing, singing and most of the instruments on the recordings. The music spans genre’s from Pop/Rock to Rhythm and Blues or Middle Eastern and Jazz. There are also a great deal of sound scapes and ambient noises in the background of the tracks. The lyrics have a folk sensibility to them and some have described Hill’s music as “Bob Dylan meets Radiohead.” Chris has put out five Albums/EPs since 2014 and has received critical acclaim from various music magazines and blogs throughout his career. Chris has had significant college radio play for three albums. Their album MAABA(2019) charted into the top 10 at two different stations. Peaking at #7 (KFRP Moscow ID). and reaching #9 at (KMNR MO.) MAABA’S title track video was an official selection of Seattle’s STIFF film festival (2019).

Watch it here!
Talia Keys Reveals a New Classic \ Talia Keys is a foot-stomping, jaw-dropping soul-funk-rock n’ roll heavy hitting artist. Advocating for human rights Talia uses her music to convey a message of growth, awareness, and love. Promoting compassion and respect for our Earth and one another. "Music is very healing. If I can inspire just one person a show, I feel I am doing something right!" The latest single "Born In The Light," is vibrant rock piece that is laced with a dash of soul. With bold and bright horns that surround Talia's voice, the song comes together like a musical explosion that will have you craving more.

Listen up here!

Talia shares of the single:

My song “Born In The Light” is about the struggle you feel being different. Music is my therapy and so is nature. I wrote this song down in the deserts of Moab Utah. Inspired by the beauty, silence and stars. I am a loud, outspoken queer woman, I’ve lost countless “jobs” and fans who wanted me to stay silent and practically go back in the closet. This song is my answer to them. “You Can’t Change Who I am, Cause I was Born In The Light!”

Recorded with my band The Love with special guests Omega Horns, we are so excited to share this song with you!

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Todd Omohundro\'s Album, The Future is Calling, is a Masterpiece Jazz-rock artist, Todd Omohundro, recently released his 10 song album 'The Future is Calling.' Each song is as fun and moving as the next. The way the album is built is beyond the average album. It's masterful songwriting and orchestral style is what separates Todd's work from other artists. His big orchestrations and his catchy jazzy tunes make you just want to get up and dance along

The album sounds like the band Chicago meets Jimmy Hendrix meets the music of Broadway, like Hairspray or Chicago. The title song, "The Future is Calling" is a message about global warming. "'The Future Is Calling' will mean many things to many different people but the gist of the the message is that a BETTER FUTURE is calling if we improve things NOW," says Todd.

Listen to 'The Future is Calling' here:

Todd Omohundro has sung with Pink, Chicago, Broadway Stars, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Philly Pops, taught music to thousands of kids as a Pennsylvania Public School Music Teacher (directed 8 Broadway Jr. school musicals) and the musical journey continues! Todd was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and grew up in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Todd has known music since he was a kid and fell in love with it at a young age. His love for the theatre influences his music above anything else.
Canada\'s Parks N’ Rec Debuts Brilliant Release, Out Now Parks N’ Rec is the new project from Canadian singer Marco DiFelice (Supergarage), songwriter, music supervisor (Orphan Black, Lost Girl). In collaboration with several producers at Self Titled Studios, Parks N’ Rec deals with lost love, polarizing societies, and self-renewal.

In May 2021, Marco unveiled an album, Wish I Was Here, recorded in Central and South America. This process of releasing music while abroad is once again at the core of his forthcoming songs.

This fall, DiFelice conceived “the year that everything changed” in New York City, with a nostalgic and epic feel. While a deeply personal song, it taps into the mood and vibration of a whole world, experiencing a shared challenge. The last lyric, ”a blessing and a curse” sums it all up.

Watch the video here:
Dark Measures is an exploration of tenebrosity and mystery. Gently floating and drifting abstract dark ambient music, contemplative and relaxing, well suited for neural calming atmospheres. "From the Void came the sound. When I create music I feel like I'm bringing light into the darkness," said co-composer Chris Russell. "My intention since day one has always been to open minds and have a calming or healing effect on the listener."

An ambient music artist who has been recording since 2000, Chris finds inspiration from both the simplicity of nature and the vast infinity of the universe. Using the studio as his instrument, he plays software and hardware synthesizers, bass guitar, and various indigenous instruments to produce textures and abstract paintings of sound. In addition to his musical activities, Chris is also a photographer, and each one of his works contains an original cover, allowing him to visually “sign” his work and give the listener a preview of his state of mind going into the album. On bandcamp there are currently 40 albums that he has created himself, or created in collaboration with other artists, or in some way contributed to compilations, all in the deep listening / atmospheric / cinematic and ambient electronic music genres. He has been doing this for well over ten years.

Imagine a dream where you are travelling with some new friends in a UFO and you are showing them around your planet. On his album, Echo, sometimes there are melodic accents, usually there are strange buzzings, whistling things swirling about in the air above, all sorts of unusual but pleasant noises, and always nothing shocking or difficult to listen to or otherwise upset this peaceful sleepy neighborhood. There are no beats and no drums, just wide open magic ear adventures. His next release after Echo on Spotted Peccary, titled Destiny, sounds like the culmination of all the ambient albums he has done so far, going all the way back to Aralu, his debut release. Destiny is a celebration of a decade of releasing ambient creative soundscapes. "I have felt since a young age this was my destiny or life's calling to create this music." This music is also about taking the path less traveled.

Phillip Wilkerson was raised in a musical family and taught to appreciate and create music from a young age. He plays piano, guitar, and drums, and in his mid-twenties began experimenting with synthesizers. He has been recording and releasing ambient music since 2005 on a number of net labels, including Earth Mantra. He creates soundscapes for your universe: contemplative atmospheres, spacious drifts, and electronic drones. His music plays worldwide on BrainVoyager, Hearts of Space, Star's End, Hypnagogue Podcast, Night Tides, Ultima Thule, SomaFM, Ambient Sleeping Pill, and StillStream. Phillip also creates meditation, yoga, and sleep music content for the Insight Timer meditation app.

Wilkerson and Jourdan Laik, who collaborate using the moniker Time Being, inspire a deep fascination about time and how we experience it, the present as being between the past and the future is further complicated by enlarging the scope from an hourglass to a sandy beach by an ocean. And that ocean is in itself captured within the sky. What you will hear when listening to Time Being is electronica created by hands trained for classical music, employing a variety of synthesized instrumentation, such as sometimes just a hint of strings ranging from violin to zither, or perhaps a koto, always light, not dense, yet with complexity. Always slow and interesting, consistently relaxing and engaging without requiring your constantly focused attention, the music both rewards focused listening and at the same time allows the listener to float in their own thoughts, without external drama.

"All my music comes from a meditative and contemplative place within awareness and presence.” Phillip reflects. “I don’t necessarily feel like I create music, but rather music is created through me by releasing my consciousness and willful direction of the music and just letting it flow through the channel of open awareness. Attempting to put the process into words feels like a disservice to how it actually happens."

He continues, "I’m very excited for fans of our first album (Vague Traces, also on Spotted Peccary) to hear this next musical chapter,” Chris explains. “Thank you for being patient. It was well worth the wait! Also I’m excited to announce that a third collaboration took place last year called Imaginary Realities. And working on that album was one of the main reasons I kept my sanity during the Pandemic of 2020. It was a beautiful place to escape to and became a godsend of sorts."

These composers have captured the presence of the moment using their ample imaginations, with audio tools and soundcraft, to create a listening experience suitable for relaxing, dreaming, thinking deeply and being in the present moment of time, as well as for enhancing the practice of yoga and meditation. In their distant studios, Russell (in Illinois) and Wilkerson (in Florida) have created together a seamless audio laboratory optimized for modular experimentation, employing additive, subtractive, frequency modulation, amplitude modulation and good magic. Listen as they disappear down the rabbit hole for days so that you can experience sounds you've never heard, they have mastered the possibility for creating alien-sounding synths and sounds, exquisite strings, huge ranges of samples from a wide range of categories and many have a distinctly ‘classic’ flavor, a serious bridge between the digital world, electronic music and analog/acoustic sound.

"Wilkerson and Russell drive this highway masterfully," states Peter Thelen of Exposé Online in a review of Vague Traces, "...Maintaining the balance between depth and light, darkness and coloration, never dropping too deep into droney depths, yet eschewing any of the sweetness that tends to subtract from the warmth that textural ambient sounds generate…"

"It might be harder for listeners to discern who is who on this release," speculates Wilkerson. "I think Vague Traces had passages where listeners could identify Phillip’s contribution versus Chris’s and vice-versa. On Dark Measures, I think the music is artistically blended better and the collaboration is more of a solid co-creation of two artists finding a unique sound that is somewhat different than either artist might’ve created on their own. A 'greater than the sum of its parts' achievement."

Chris explains that there is less piano on this album with the exception of the opening track. "I didn't play on reverbed pianos as much as I did with Vague Traces. I focused more on drones and textures and working around Phillips' wonderful drifting sounds." Dark Measures will definitely take listeners in unexpected directions and provide them an opportunity to experience this art form collaboratively with the composers.

Without visual stimulation, the eye tends to assume an individually-determined intermediate state of accommodation (the "dark focus") and in this state, journey along, coupled with generative sound machines and classic subtractive synths -- experimental devices only possible on a modular system, creating sensations ranging from close in-your-face to deep inside a cave, and then back again, strings and piano buried in granular synthesizer floating-points, chains of virtual instruments and effects that will amaze and delight.

"This outing is slightly darker and moodier than before." Chris said. "I look at our previous work being a sunset album during the golden light hour and this album being a night time adventure contemplating life and other things under the stars."

Phil continues this train of thought, "Working with Chris on this project gave me an opportunity to be creative with ambient music in a way that has always fascinated me--exploring the edges of the so-called “dark ambient” genre and the somewhat more abstract ambient music which Chris has really mastered in his solo releases. So this release has more abstract moods and covers some different psychological ground that plays deeper and somewhat farther along the edges and boundaries of what traditional and light ambient music tends to focus on."

"Some of my solo music has explored the abstract realms of ambient music, but my artistic tendency, I’d say, is inherently toward the lighter side," confides Phil. "Working with Chris was an opportunity to create some germinal, seed tracks that I sent to Chris, tracks that I felt had a beauty that didn’t necessarily follow the formulas and patterns I usually tend to pursue. Even on Vague Traces, the music was a solid release of pure ambient music that perhaps sounded a bit more like a typical Phillip Wilkerson release. Dark Measures is definitively different in mood and, I think, sounds much more like a Chris Russell release--which is a very good thing!"

Chris sheds some more light on their compositional process, "Previously, on Vague Traces, Phillip sent me the tracks almost finished along with titles for me to add my parts to. But on this album I was sent a folder of sounds to pick from and assemble these 7 beautiful tracks. At first I tried some different approaches like using rhythms or more distorted sounds but I quickly realized it didn't work. I went back to listen to Vague Traces and remembered what made that collaboration so special. I decided not to add anything extra to our secret sauce."

The first track on Dark Measures, "Unopened Doors" (10:34) brings shimmering darkness and strange glowing sounds, eventually revealing odd sounds bumping about, creaking and shutting. Romantic notions attached to it could be mysterious enough to leave you bewildered, what lies inside is a mystery and will remain so. These doors are mysterious and scary at the same time, some rooms are hidden from everyone. Their locked doors made us wonder what is in there. It is the most mysterious of all and somewhere inside is the door to a dark place that contains palaces and towers along with treasures.

Reflection is good for the soul, a good practice every evening is to reflect on the day's events, perhaps inspired by the natural world, the contours of the land and hills, the atmosphere and cloud formations, the flow of the sea and rivers. These shapes and forms are abstracted to their energetic essence and combined with deeply glowing vibrant colors and that magical feeling of twilight, where the light softens and warms at the end of the day and illuminates the sky in rich glowing colors. "Evenings Embrace" (11:10) captures the lush possibilities of regeneration.

Sometimes along our path, there are obstacles in the way, some from our own creation and some from out of nowhere. Either way, I am often in the moment looking for a solution. The work is to exercise a cycle of design, change, then adapt. Mark Twain once said, "Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is." We should use all our creative resources to reach this goal. "Myriad Visions" (8:43) provides beautifully crafted rendered sonic images from ideas and visions, changing moods and vistas, dreaming of a life spent living, traveling, and studying, learning to create something previously always imagined where it can one day become a reality.

Being highly aware of our own mortality as we continue to age and experience loss, a sense of active innocence persists weaving us around death as a way of carrying on despite the inevitable possibilities that sustain the listener above ground: art and ardor, animals and gardens, the pleasure of seeing, the world tuned by the word, beautifully articulated meditations and penetrating observations about the way our lives are guided by unruly desires, part of the ecstasy of living. "Deep Lane" (9:21) contains slower sustained atmospheres, descents into the earth beneath the garden, into the dark substrata of a life. Burrow into the personal and particular to discover revelations that feel universal, letting ideas float out too far into detached realms hampered by nostalgia for what is past, experience can never be fully recreated and so we want all the harder and strengthen an emotional connection with another. Nourishment in life is inextricably mixed with the toxic, a necessarily dangerous path to a more profound sense of knowing and developing, speaking about this life, relationships and thoughts about existence, a personal landscape which the listener can recline in to hear.

As we come out on the top of the mountain, a vista of hills and valleys lies before us as far as the eye can see. A comprehensive mental view of a series of remembered or anticipated events, star systems, spacecraft, alien species, weapons and history of a distant sector far from Earth, "Distant Vistas" (8:14). A vision, a view presented to the mind in prospect or in retrospect by the imagination, hear tiny details which create a panoramic immersion, behold a distant view or prospect, especially one seen through some opening, avenue or a passage. An endless vista stretched before me, and I wanted to start upon my way. An awareness of a range of time, events, or subjects; a broad mental view. A vista of pleasure to come. A world unbroken, actively engaging opportunities to dream and then act upon those very dreams. The pillars of cloud and fire, a broken and shattered world, reverberations uplifting and calming. Discover the world, not as it is, but how it could be - "Unbroken Devotion" (7:28).

And on the last track, "Faring Forward" (4:50), I hear field recordings of a crowd situation blend into high altitude presences, the best is yet to come. Fare forward! Not fare well, but fare forward, voyageurs.

"I believe that everything I’ve ever created is an amalgamation and outpouring of all my experiences," Phil reveals. "Just being alive and having an opportunity to experience life and the world and the senses is an incredible, precious journey. The heart and the soul find a way to express it, both individually and collectively. Collaborating with Chris and adding his experiences and musical expertise in a combined way was a wonderful opportunity. I’m happy that our listeners will have the opportunity to hear it presented through the visual artistry and production of a Spotted Peccary release."

"Traveling to Point Pleasant, West Virginia and learning about The Mothman and the high strangeness from that incident definitely made it into the music on this release." Chris expands, "Also I was into Urban Exploring and talking and looking at Urbex photography at that time. Some of the strange textures were reminding me of the slow decay of time and how nature reclaims these places that are abandoned and forgotten. The natural beauty of urban decay."

Some moments are together clear and quiet, gritty and dark, bombastic, prim, anything in between, and all of the above at the same time, inspiring interactivity and deep expression, displaying compelling self-portraits, landscapes in representational, modernist, and abstract expressionist styles, and compositions of strong soundscape design.

These dark tracks follow successive stages of two artistic careers and exploratory spirits. When it comes to soundscape design, there are a myriad of possibilities. With this, there is no limit in scale or in complexity. Every piece is a journey. On their previous collaboration, Wilkerson sent near-finished tracks to Russell, but on Dark Measures, they built each piece together from the ground up, utilizing a carefully selected palette of digital synthesizers and computer software sound sources, including such venerable instruments as the Yamaha Montage 6, Access Virus digital synth, Native Instruments’ Reaktor and Kontakt, and Spectrasonics Omnisphere. The result is an album that weaves their talents into a new, unified sound—an album that traverses the calm and menace of night, and captures the tension and wonder of exploring uncharted spaces.

Mastered by Ben Cox, Dark Measures is available for physical purchase in CD format and in 24-BIT AUDIOPHILE, CD QUALITY LOSSLESS, MP3 and streaming formats. The CD version of Dark Measures arrives in a factory sealed 6-panel gatefold package that includes vibrant artwork, liner notes, and artful package design by Daniel Pipitone.

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1. Unopened Doors 10:34
2. Evening’s Embrace 11:10
3. Myriad Visions 8:43
4. Deep Lane 9:21
5. Distant Vistas 8:14
6. Unbroken Devotion 7:28
7. Faring Forward 4:50

About Phillip Wilkerson:
Phillip Wilkerson was raised in a musical family and taught to appreciate and create music from a young age. He plays piano, guitar, and drums, and in his mid-twenties began experimenting with synthesizers. He has been recording and releasing contemplative soundscapes, spacious atmospheres, and electronic drones and drifts since 2005 on a number of net labels, including Earth Mantra.

About Chris Russell:
An ambient music artist who has been releasing albums since 2009, Chris Russell finds inspiration from both the simplicity of nature and the vast infinity of the universe. Using the studio as his instrument, he plays software and hardware synthesizers, bass guitar, and various indigenous instruments to produce textures.

About Spotted Peccary Music:
Portland-based Spotted Peccary Music is North America’s finest independent record label with a focus on deep, vast and introspective soundscapes. For over three decades, the artists of Spotted Peccary have been on a mission to develop, produce, publish and release ultra-high-quality, deep-listening experiences that engage the listener and exceed expectations. Every release is carefully prepared in a variety of high quality formats from MP3 to high-res studio masters. Explore more than 165 titles and 45 artists at and

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Toronto\'s High Wasted Release Intriguing New Single \ Toronto music scene stalwarts, Paul Shepherd and Owen Marchildon, have spent the last twenty years writing songs and playing in various different bands. The addition of longtime friend and celebrated artist Val Calam was just the lift they needed to create their new project, High Wasted. Together they blend simple punk tones and exploratory lyrics that push towards a velvet induced frame of mind.

Their latest single, titled “Chuck Says,” is a grim reenactment of the working relationship between Linda Lovelace and her suitcase pimp husband, Chuck Traynor. High Wasted showcases their knack for musical lyricism and dense pillars of sound, spreading strange circumstances all around.

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Ben Sures  Brings a Dose of Folk to \ Ahead of his upcoming 2022 LP, The Story That Lived Here, Edmontonian songwriter Ben Sures is sharing “Boring People,” a piece of acute folk introspection that wrestles with the zeitgeist.

“I was trying to be honest, asking myself real questions. So much of what we tell ourselves and others is just to navigate society, to get along, to function, to not be outcast, and so much of it can be at the expense of our own truth, our emotional and mental health,” says Sures.

Connection is at the heart of this song, Sures speaking plainly about the honest realities of human nature. Recorded live in the studio, his acoustic guitar is complemented by upright bass and violin.

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&seb\'s new Lo-fi Pop single \ The young up and coming musician from the Bronx, &seb, just released his newest single, "I'm Okay," a lo-fi bedroom pop song inspired by his own experience with a breach of trust with someone he was close too. With a sound similar to that of Timbland and MGMT, &seb works with the idea that he's talking in a mirror to a reflection of himself. He repeats "I'm Okay" in an effort to convince himself that he is, even if he isn't.

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His songs are about the little inconveniences in life turned into music. He draws inspiration from the feeling of putting Netflix on a constant run because the remote is across the room, the feeling of putting orange juice in your cereal instead of milk, and the feeling of putting on your pants on backwards. He is one of the only artists out there that really relates to the common person.

"I'm Okay" is more personal and deeper than his other works, but still in the same vein. He hopes to make people smile and groove to his music like he does with Glass Animals, Billie Eilish, and Djo. &seb is unlike any other artist out there and is bound to be successful.

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YV Ministry Spreads God\'s Love through Music in their New Release \ YV Ministry is not like your average Christian duo. They formed through their music ministry work at Covenant Blessing Fellowship (CBF) in Wilmington, CA. But they are so much more than Christian music. YV Ministry's members C-Aye and Kelley Nicole are seasoned and experienced musicians in their own right. C-Aye has a 15 year career that started when he sang in his church as a kid. As for Kelley Nicole, she was in the critically acclaimed group Soulfège, the afro-funk group that Kelley got to perform all over the world with.

YV Ministry's new single, "Glory and Honor" is their R&B worship and gospel song featuring the one and only Trey McLaughlin. The song has a slow Boyz II Men vibe to it; if they did worship music, it would sound like this. The goal with this song is to spread God's love through music, as music enhancing a connection with God.

Inspired by the idea of relatability, to write something that everyone can relate to and aim for, "Glory and Honor" came to C-Aye during a time of Prayer. The message was clear, life is simple when you stay focused on giving Glory & Honor to the one and only God, and the song built itself.

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Milan Andre Boronell Entices on Latest Album and Single Reveal Fingerstyle acoustic guitar, atmospheric textures and transparently honest storytelling is what you will experience from Milan André Boronell’s music. Living a nomadic lifestyle over the years between Toronto, London, Bratislava and Prague, Milan also produces artists in the UK, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

He unveils his latest LP five hundred days., brought to life in a home filled with incredible creative energy in which he spent that length of time writing the majority of the songs on the album. Cathartic and healing, this release marks the end of a relationship and the beginning of a new chapter. New track “space” was inspired by a friend’s poem about how naivety and isolation in an experience can lead to one feeling crazy and needing space.

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Ian Lakes Pens Heartfelt New Single \ A storyteller at his core, Ian Lake’s true gift is connecting people through the unifying bond of our shared human experience. Powerful, textured vocals and brutally honest lyrics, set to catchy pop melodies, give Lake’s songwriting immediate impact, and leave a lasting impression.

Lead single “The Bottom” is an entry point to a story about leaning into the pain of heartbreak. About being grateful, despite the agony, that you can feel something so deeply. Upcoming debut album, What It Is, finds him on a journey from fragile vulnerability to courage and resolve. Lake writes about loss and hope, yearning and regret, and ultimately, the strength that comes from acceptance.

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Ricky Paquette Debuts \'Sparks\ Over 15 years since his debut, Ricky Paquette is set to make a comeback with his new Sparks LP. Co-written and produced by Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar, The Glorious Sons, The Trews, Reel Big Fish), the nine tracks mix Paquette’s classic rock influences with more contemporary country sounds. Although Sparks is not a 70s revival, it has that dreamy, larger than life vibe.

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Taken from the record, “Feels So Real” came about when Paquette felt alone and stuck inside his head during the beginning of the pandemic. During a phone call with a friend who was not doing well at the time, he suddenly realised that sometimes we create a lonely world inside our brains that makes everything start to feel so real. However, it's not everybody's reality – someone is there for you, and there's a way to find help. When you’ve got nothing left, you’ve got nothing to hide. It's a song to inspire people to reach out when they are in need of help.

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Down With Space is the Duo You Need to Know Now Montréal based indie pop duo Down With Space are vocalist/guitarist Rob Helsten and drummer Steve Dumas – the classic Montréal meeting of an English speaker (Helsten) and a French speaker (Dumas) who have found an understanding through music when language can sometimes elude communication. Formed in 2019 just before the world shut down, Down With Space have adopted a DIY ethos to keeping their process in house while creating sounds that are equally balanced between synthesis and organic instruments.

New single, “What You Keep Telling Yourself” is about perseverance. Inspired by a pair of completely unrelated, unfortunate life experiences – a bicycle accident and a reasonably serious kitchen fire (serious enough to involve the fire department, anyway) – the song’s message is about getting past the bad and getting on with the good.

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Two Late To The Party Are Brilliant with New Single Two Late To The Party is a Calgary, Alberta based indie-folk duo featuring Adam Corkett and Alessandra Enns.

Their earnest, climatic new single, “In The Sunrise,” is a duet meant to inspire hope. Stripped back to just acoustic guitar, piano, and vocals, this song acknowledges the struggle of life and how difficult the journey can be.

The human experience of loneliness and anxiety is normal. “In The Sunrise” offers the reminder that with the dawn, comes new life, and a chance for new beginnings. Horns and percussion join with Corkett and Enns’ voices just as the light of a new day beckons.

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The Daddy Raygun Band Provide a Breath of Fresh Air on New Single The Daddy Raygun Band is a collective of renowned Toronto musicians that collaborate to produce musical soundscapes for the lyrical musings of their friend Danny Regan. Void of a musical background, Regan's somewhat unorthodox song structures rely more on storytelling techniques than traditional songwriting formats. He prefers to paint pictures with words to take the listener on an aural journey.

Bordering on gothic country, Regan speaks on new single, “The One Armed Man” – The majority of my friends are musicians. I am not. I am a storyteller. A writer. I wanted to collaborate with them musically. They challenged me to write a song. I did. They liked it. They agreed to provide the music to my words. The Daddy Raygun Band was formed.

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Tara Novak’s “My Heart Was Jumping” Breaks Barriers Have you ever thought about the one that got away? Maybe you’ve even gotten as far as imagining yourself with a future you could’ve had if that special someone hadn’t left. Tara Novak makes that dream a painted symphony in her latest single “My Heart Was Jumping”. The feeling of being reunited with someone you thought you lost is this unmeasurable feeling that Tara perfectly describes to us in such an artful manner. Her voice allows us to feel exactly what she feels as her voice fluctuates from high to low and stern to lighthearted throughout the song.

The song begins with a traditional Chinese flute, the Dizi. Once the song goes into the second half of the verse, we begin to hear elements of modern pop music. When the chorus breaks through, the song has completely transformed into a pop song with smaller elements of the Dizi throughout the song. In the second chorus, Novak introduces a trumpet, which allows the song to progress as it continues playing. The beat doesn’t stay stoic, it bounces around and switches through different percussion instruments and sounds.

Tara slows it down for her fans about halfway through the song. Her breakdown adds elements of hip-hop production while still keeping a classical undertone with the violins. Tara’s voice and beat have a gradual buildup during that breakdown where the beat speeds up and her voice goes higher. After her voice hits the highest notes of the entire song, the Dizi joins her voice in harmony and the beat drops back to the main melody and her voice carries into the chorus. “My Heart Was Jumping” has a playful yet shy demeanor that changes as the couple in the story gets back together. The record flawlessly combines different genres of music with contrasting sounds, but Tara’s voice has the be the most versatile instrument.
Willie Stratton Brings Epic New Offering Willie Stratton picked up the guitar at age twelve and started writing songs soon after. A brief obsession with the banjo led to his first album, released in 2011, followed by his 2016 oddball alt country record, Della Rosa.

Stratton has now landed firmly on an old time country vibe with strong contemporary lyrics and a smooth baritone vocal, reminiscent of Roy Orbison.

His new single, “Need Your Love,” is a rowdy, riff heavy country rock track that follows the story of two people who want to break out of the confines of their current world and experience something new and more daring.

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 Many Masks is a Gem with \ Joseph Dubuc-Lavoie has that special touch. Working out of his own studio where he creates heartfelt electronic music as Many Masks, Joseph is ready to share his new album, The Elevator, with the world.

Fitting with its name, the collection of songs is something you just have to roll with. Picture an elevator with a mind of its own. The more you try to exercise control over it, the less it cooperates. The Elevator makes peace with the fact that we have no real control over the world.

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Canadian rock band, A Short Walk to Pluto, combine the eclectic styling of progressive rock with catchy hooks and rhythms to create a uniquely modern sound.

Their new single, “Harder to Breathe,” is an earnest acoustic guitar and string led number that blossoms into an electrified love story.

Lyrically, the band has chosen the orbits of Earth and Venus to chart the dance of perfect symmetry that is love. This is impossible without both moving parts and requires each party to step out of their comfort zone in search of their Venus - their goddess of love.

Along the way, one may find their Winter, a beautiful and delicate being whose appeal is suppressed by their cold, unwelcoming touch. One can only hope that they are not stifled by their Winter and continue the search for their Venus.

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New Miltos Marathon  music video coming soon! Hello my dear friends
I decided to delay the release of the new Miltos Marathon album for a while ...
Due to the recent conditions in Greece and worldwide, I took the time to re-record and prepare the music video for an older Greek song of mine entitled "1000 Threads" ...
The song will be released as a single soon.
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Insolvency Release New Video for “Blindness” Insolvency is currently sharing their hard-hitting new single and video for “Blindness.” The piece is filled with dark metal overtones and haunting vocalization which will strike you to your very core. Insolvency is a complete game changer in the hard rock scene and has created a sound that is unique and undeniably infectious.

The track is taken from their upcoming full length album Illusional Gates. Insolvency have spent the last years furiously building a name and reputation for themselves across their homeland with their energetic metallic assault.

Illusional Gates Tracklisting:


2.Torn Away Inside

3.The Endless Maze – Feat. Ryan Kirby of Fit For a King


5.Illusional Gates

6.Last Call

7.Another Fate

8.Stranger World

9.Smother the Candle - Feat. CJ Of Thy Art Is Murder



12.Fade and Flow

Album Credits:

All Music and Lyrics written by Insolvency
Guitars, Bass, Vocals recorded by Insolvency

Drums Recorded @ Le Stüddiöh (Fred Raby)

Keyboards by Pierre Le Pape and Insolvency

Mixed by Jim Pinder - Treehouse Studio UK (Bullet For My Valentine, While she sleeps, Bring Me The Horizon, Lotus Eater)
Mastered by Tyler Smyth (Falling In Reverse, I Prevail, Blessthefall)

Art Work by Kevin Ferreira

“This song deals with all the choices we make but that kills us slowly. Being overconnected but the same way, far from the reality, makes us live in a fake world. “Blindness” deals with its fake reality of life through social media, and the importance people give to it, so involved in this “mental prison”. When we’re on the web, we see the world through our screen, thinking we can understand everything, but it's like watching another world, where reality is polished and transformed.”

- Insolvency

For fans of While She Sleeps, As I Lay Dying and Architects their music and stage presence delivers a wide range of metalcore ethos that make them the frontrunners of the new metal scene. The band have appeared at various festivals across Europe, smashing stages with the likes of Shining, OTEP, Decapitated, Napoleon, No Return, Smash it Combo, Atlantis chronicles, and FRCTRD. They closed their first chapter by playing at Hellfest 2019 and since then the band has been dedicated to songwriting, recording, and producing their new album Illusional Gates.

“Blindness” was written by Insolvency. The music video was directed by Brice Hinker (Smash Hit Combo), mixed by Jim Pinder (Treehouse Studio UK), and mastered by Tyler Smyth.

Insolvency’s “Blindness” is out November 19, 2021, with a full length to follow in the coming months.

Watch the official music video for “Blindness” HERE

Listen to “Blindness”

The group has also started a crowdfunding campaign offering to coincide with the release:

Album Packages : Digital, or Physical signed albums
Tee-shirt Packages
Musician Packages (Tabs for any instruments)
Extra Packages : Private listening party (France only) and Gigs invitation (France / europe only)

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About Insolvency:

Insolvency is a Metalcore band that can pick and choose from different styles and genres to create a sound uniquely their own. The band have appeared at various festivals across Europe, smashing stages with the likes of Shining, OTEP, Decapitated, Napoleon, No Return, Smash it Combo, Atlantis chronicles, FRCTRD. In 2015, guitarist Bruno Blackstard was selected to play alongside Children of Bodom maestro Alexi Laiho in Helsinki during the 100guitarsfromhel Festival.

After a self released EP, the band hit the studio to record their debut album “Antagonism Of The Soul” in the UK with Jim Pinder and Carl Bown (Bullet For My Valentine, While She Sleeps, Machine Head). The result is a whirlwind of Blackstard & Valentin Gondouin’s elastic guitar work, soaring melodies and drummer Mickaël Tamario’s frantic assault; all pinned together by the double vocal barrage of Gondouin & bassist Pierre Challouet.

Insolvency first started to garner media attention with their music video “Antagonism Of the Soul” which exclusively premiered with Metal Hammer. This track was featured also on Metal Hammer’s Sound Of Metal Compilation of April 2018. The band started 2018 with a French tour followed by gigs in Poland, Belgium and a UK Tour. They closed their first chapter by playing at Hellfest 2019 and since then the band has been dedicated to songwriting, recording, and producing their new album Illusional Gates. During the process, the band welcomed Prosper Duffours as their new drummer.
New music video - Laikas namo I would like to share a new video “Laikas namo!” This holiday season I would like to wish all of you to stop for a moment and meet your loved ones. Meanwhile, I would like to thank the director Paulius Dragunas, operator Mantrimas Šeškus who made this video. I would also like to thank wonderful actors Vytautas Suslavičius and Irena Kembriene who contributed so much. I feel very lucky because I’m surrounded by such talented people, who enrich our music so much. I would also like to wish a happy birthday to my brother, who is the author of this composition. Miss you, warm hugs.

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«TOR - Folk Céltico da Galiza» released (Inquedanzas, 2020) We are very pleased to announce that we released our first CD with this band recently.
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American Darlings Take Over The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on 11/18 AFTERGLOW is the latest album from Brooklyn's American Darlings. Released at the end of last year, the group can now properly celebrate with a homecoming show in New York this Thursday 11/18 at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn.

Recorded in three studios with three drummers, including Brian Ossip and Daniel Vincent, over the past three years by Tommy Cormier at Greenpoint Recording Collective, Jeff Berner at Studio G Brooklyn and demo tapes at Stanhope Cellar Studio, this more evolved, psychedelic-infused collection is not quite a swansong and not quite a rebirth after a decade of American Darlings. Think of it as the aptly titled, Afterglow.

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We're super stoked to share the stage with our long time friends, The Planes and Clone (Dead Leaf Echo members' new dreamy-industrial-shoegaze group).

With a new sound that helps to build off their classic releases, their new record is a magical and captivating collection that closes out 2020. On the record the band is truly at their best, as they once again have outdone themselves. Overall the captivating melodies, stand out vocals and intricate instrumentation, bring a vibrant and eclectic sound to life.

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Catchfiyah Comes Alive with High Energy Release Catchfiyah is an electronic duo based out of Toronto, Ontario, consisting of Lauren Barnett and Demetrios Petsalakis. Blending world beats with house and EDM, they weave social commentary with creative storytelling and hypnotic rhythms.

Their new track, “Now I Don’t Mind,” is a high energy, melodic dance track that discusses the ability to find your voice and stand up for yourself by taking ownership of your choices ⁠— regardless of how others may feel about them.

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Zoocrates Head into the Future with ‘Bug In The System’ Zoocrates was created in 2014 by the Argentinian songwriter Daiana Bolini, now based in Montreal. Zoocrates has just released her first album ‘Bug In The System’, released October 22nd.

Zoocrates music is a combination of alternative rock-pop, indie pop, dreampop, electrorock and acoustic music. Bug in the system is a journey through different aspects of the mind. It leads us to disruptive realities as a search for self-acceptance and connection with our emotions.

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Remix / remaster to be released soon! On January 7 2022, Krilja will release a remix/remaster of their original, self-titled debut album. We're very happy with the result and are excited to present it to the world - our tribute to the Romani music tradition of Russia and Eastern Europe has never sounded better!

You can now pre-save the album on Spotify - it will then be automatically added to your Spotify library when it is released! Follow the link below to do so:

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Gentle Party Stuns with New Video Release Gentle Party is a chamber pop trio that pioneers an expansive sound distinct to their West Coast roots. The band are sharing a series of three videos from their upcoming album, God Complex, beginning with “Unsafe.”

“Unsafe” is a gentle, harp led incantation sung from the perspective of a sexual assault survivor addressing her abuser in court. She wants to subject him to extreme vulnerability to understand her experience and feelings.

Gentle Party chose to visualize the prejudice that people can carry towards survivors by veiling the video’s actors in different colours. Their veils match the guilty party’s in the beginning of the video, but by the end they are removed to reveal teal coloured veils - the colour used to represent sexual assault awareness.

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Ben Sures Delivers \ Ben Sures is a storyteller. On his poignant, natural-sounding acoustic tenth album, The Story That Lived Here, the Edmonton-based songwriter, guitarist and author sings stories told to him by friends and fans and songs written by his own heart - including “End Of The World.”

This track is an earnest folk song, buoyed by gentle mandolin and strings, which captures Sures’ acceptance of the new reality which we experienced at the onset of the pandemic.

Sures combines lighthearted nihilism with bemused empathy and a self-awareness that brings hope and comfort.

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Juan Sánchez performs live at venues in and around Barcelona and the Catalonia region of Spain whenever possible; he hopes to perform in the U.S. in the coming years. The prolific producer and pianist's epic new piano-driven album incorporates synthesizers, strings, and ethereal vocals for a relaxing yet modern sound.

In his twenties, he lived in London and performed with live bands before returning to Spain. In 1999, he retreated to the studio to make instrumental ambient electronic music, and since then he has been creating music for multimedia and sound libraries for music producers.

His life began to change when he discovered the emotive music of ambient piano artists Max Richter and Ludovico Einaudi. He fell deeply in love with their compositions. They were different from the others, using the piano as the main instrument, and sometimes mixing classical music with electronic sounds. He started searching for similar music, and discovered other artists such as Nils Frahm and Olafur Arnalds, Joep Beving and Hania Rani. This was the push that he needed to begin composing his own music in the neo-classical/ambient genre.

In March of 2019 he released the single “Rebirth” on Spotify which quickly began to accumulate attention, as people began adding it to their public and personal playlists. That led him to release his first album, also titled Rebirth, in September of 2019, which quickly elicited dozens of positive listener comments and music-usage requests by YouTubers, likely due to the highly-emotional appeal of the music. Juan loves to collaborate with filmmakers and fellow pianists, and as his music spread, he was delighted to welcome fans of solo piano, contemporary piano, classical crossover and new age music to his eclectic online following.

Juan’s next studio work evolved during the worldwide pandemic lockdown in 2020 and is titled “Now The Silence,” a reflective musical journey through moments of hope as well as despair, featuring arpeggios that seemingly float in the air.

His dream as an instrumental music composer is to tell his own stories without lyrics which allow people to connect with the music on an emotional level. He does not want people to only listen to his music, he wants them to feel it and connect with it. As a pianist, he hopes to play live concerts around the world in the coming years.

"To hear music is one thing, but to feel it, it’s just another. I prefer to feel the music as when I only listen to it, I do not get the same level of satisfaction." On a deep level, music is language for emotion. It allows us to express feelings that we can't quite express or feel with language. Music is also a feeling and story. "When I was really little, my parents would turn on a cassette tape in the tape player in my room for me to fall asleep to. Only it didn't exactly help me fall asleep--I would stay awake listening to it because I would imagine a story to go along with the music on the tape. The entire album was one big story with my own imagined characters."

He is now working on his third album, Touch & Sound, to release in October 2021. He always experiments, and with this third album, he is exploring the combination of ethereal female voices mixed with synthesizers, while continuing his passion for the sound of the acoustic piano in different settings.

Juan was a semi-finalist in Spain’s famous MIN Independent Music Awards, and holds the distinction of being the only classical music nominee who composed, performed and submitted original music to the classical field.

In 2021, Juan joined the Latin Grammy organization, and submitted his album Now The Silence for consideration in Best Instrumental Album and Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

Sánchez always experiments, he is a classical musician falling in love with Ambient/New Age electronic music. Touch & Sound has an astonishing and nourishing 17 tracks. This time he is exploring the combination of strings and ethereal female voices, while continuing his passion for the sound of the acoustic piano in different settings. There is the most subtle electronica present in many places, but the sound is stories told on a solo piano without lyrics, created to allow a connection with the music on an emotional level. Listen to the generous epic sounds exploring notions of time, childhood, the moon, the rain, piano with a duduk, a lullaby, the discipline of calm, international human rights, a candle in the window, the afterlife, under the ocean, living by the sea, the air, daybreak, water mixed with sky, an unclad piano, and dreams.

In the studio are some very special and talented producers and mixing engineers: Runar Blesvik, Simon Teece, Miguel Mendoza and Bruno Sanfilippo. They have helped Juan to shape the sound he was looking for on this album.

I had the opportunity to share some words with Juan in October during an extended summer. "Here in Barcelona we are having the same weather, we call it 'October's Summer.' For me, this is the best season of the year." He provided some of his thoughts about making the album Touch & Sound as well as the gifts of life. You can find the music here:

"I consider the time I have to be one of the most important and precious of gifts you can possibly have, so I try to use it wisely. We can earn the money we spend but we cannot get back the time we have lost. So, this makes time more valuable than money. Also, we should use time for our good as well as for the good of others around us. This will help us and the society to progress towards a better tomorrow. Moreover, we should teach our children the importance and value of time."

The first track, "Sands of Time" (6:32), is a composition about the steady unstoppable advancement of time, featuring the timeless voice of soprano Morgane Matteuzzi. Juan uses very interesting keyboard phrasing, hurrying and then slowing to a pause. The vocalist and synthesizers blend, water flows, heights are reached, the sands of time are running out. The term “The Sands of Time” comes from the sand used in hourglasses, an ancient way of measuring time, scattered with unanswered questions, questions that imply – unthinkably to the young romantic – that love and goodness may be illusory.

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"Those Fridays" (4:56) is pure piano, weaving a story. Juan reflects, this is a "nostalgic piano piece about how happy I was as a kid when it was Friday. For me, Friday was the best day of the week as it meant the beginning of the weekend. I used to hate going to school, so I was always looking forward to Friday to arrive and to feel the freedom of not having to go to school for two days. Friday nights were also magical watching TV programs or listening to music until late, knowing that the next day I would not have to get up early."

The title of the next track is "Piga Al Cel" (7:07), and is my personal favorite in this collection of beautiful and emotional piano personal favorites. The song name is a Catalan language expression that in English means “freckle in the sky.” Juan shares, "This is how my sister as a child used to describe the moon, she said that the moon was a freckle in the sky. I always found this description of the moon so sweet and tender that I wanted to write a song about it."

As a listener, what I like is the special razor’s edge sound, both violinist Mirela Nita and the mechanical aspects of the piano blend into the construction; we can hear the felt hammers gently move against the strings, it is a natural force that cannot be resisted.
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Vocalist Nacre is floating above the piano notes on the track "For When It Rains" (5:12), haunting cycles with a message of hope for all the people who are struggling with depression and sadness, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. It was Oscar Wilde who said "When it rains look for rainbows, when it is dark look for stars."

Nacre brings her vocal melodies without lyrics, which leave ample open space in the musical atmospheres she creates, stimulating the imagination and the instincts within the ear. She finds inspiration in Gregorian chants, French melodies and film soundtracks. Learn more about the vocalist, Nacre:

The duduk, sometimes called the tsiranapogh, is an ancient double reed woodwind instrument made of apricot wood, originating in Armenia. This unusual instrument is known for a rich and haunting sound. Duduk player Ilia Mazia with Juan evoke a night of the unknown with secrets, "A Nocturne" (5:08). All of the internal turmoil and uncertainty of being in love is captured in this music – a turmoil and uncertainty that prefers the darkness at its backdrop and only briefly recedes during daylight hours.

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We all sometimes seek respite from the complicated world of noise and stimulation, perhaps longing for a simple and soothing moment away from the frantic world. "Lullaby For A Frantic World" (4:47) is Juan's contribution to make the world a happier and healthier place by composing a lullaby. "I just really wanted to create a simple but very soothing piano and strings piece that people can listen to and hopefully find a moment of peace in this frantic world." I hear a special violin, strings and piano, peacefully welcoming us into the realm of rest and tranquility.

The word Ataraxia refers to achieving mental peace and happiness by controlling positive and negative emotions, a state of mind that is characterized by tranquility and the total absence of desires or fears. The concept of ataraxia is to achieve mental peace and happiness impossible to alter by controlling positive and negative emotions. "Ataraxia" (4:16).

The composition “Human Rights” is dedicated to The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a milestone document in the history of human rights. The sound is piano unified with strings, bringing spiritual strength and persistence. "Human Rights" (6:05), features cello player Yoed Nir. I hear empathy and compassion, reliable and comforting, simply beautiful, it can almost embody our love/hate relationship with humanity itself: our creativity, hubris and invention pitted against criminality, pollution, greed.

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is an international document adopted by the United Nations General Assembly that enshrines the rights and freedoms of all human beings. It was accepted by the General Assembly as Resolution 217 during its third session on 10 December 1948 at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France.

In the distance after the sun has gone down there is the light of a lonely candle in the window so far away, "Into The Night" (5:10), piano with ethereal vocals by soprano Caroline Joy Clarke.

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What is that light? Some people say that you are not only your body but you are also your soul. After the death of your body, your soul lives on in a world beyond the physical world. "Where Are They Now?" (5:17) is dedicated to the great afterlife mystery. Cello player Daniel Frankhuizen joins Juan, wondering about the past, and friends from times gone by.

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"Le Grand Bleu" (4:23) with soprano vocalist Kirine, electronic strings, piano and the spirit of the water, inspired by the film "The Big Blue" by Luc Besson. The film is about the freediving world, filmed in the French Antibes, the Greek islands, Peru, and Taormina in Sicily. The film's undersea footage has a powerful otherworldly quality, much as if it were unfolding in outer space, as indeed it might be. It shows how vast the ocean really is. The unique underwater world is both beautiful and dangerous as well as very magical as well. It is as if the action and music were unfolding in outer space, asking the question, how vast is the ocean?

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The term "Paralian" comes from ancient Greek origins, meaning "one who lives by the sea.” The outstanding "voice" of cello player Liz Hanks joins Juan, making their way along the rocky path on the cliffs high over the comforting and vast blue ocean. "There are a million and one things I take for granted in my life, and living within 10 minutes of the Mediterranean sea is definitely one of them. There’s nothing quite like being able to pop down to the beach in a heartbeat whenever you need it. Because of this, I think it’s one of the best places to go to feel closer to nature and connect with the planet, more so than anywhere else." This track is titled "Paralian" (4:15), where dreams come true, and love can be found at the top of the sky.

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The air takes on a sense which draws out the crucial themes and imagery, using piano and a choir of ethereal wonder, "Astral Voices" (3:08), creates a pinnacle of musical drama that realizes unknown aspirations and yearnings. The bright light would shine on the stillness of the early morning, "When Daybreak Comes" (6:42), piano and strings employ music instead of words telling the story to accentuate the unspoken passion. With another reference to water and its neutrality and the expected and natural flow, "Immersion" (4:04) comes cascading, a blend of piano and strings with a repeating haunted melody, you can feel the music swell and overcome you and play out into the distance, water and sky together forever.
With a nude piano, hesitant and shy, but not escaping, "Astral Voices (Solo Piano)" (3:12) is a fairy tale about experiencing the invisible worlds, perhaps a symbol of a truly natural and earthy source.

The mood starts unsteadily and eerily, the title track, "Touch & Sound" (4:21), when electronica gently touches the piano and reaches us in our dreams, crossing over from reality to create an amazing atmosphere anchored in the depths of the sound of desires and more importantly cravings, the melody becomes human enough to weep and despair, to talk and to aspire.

Touch & Sound is a piano-driven album with increased instrumentation like ethereal female voices, subtle synthesizer backgrounds and string arrangements, proving that sound can expand consciousness. With the syncing of these two diverse worlds comes the ultimate journey to transcend current time, space and reality, with the songs acting as mood shifters so any atmosphere can be created.

Juan Sánchez is a composer living in Barcelona, Spain; currently, he is primarily focused on the piano. In his twenties, he lived in London and performed with live bands before returning to Spain. In 1999, he retreated to the studio to make instrumental ambient electronic music, and since then he has been creating music for multimedia and sound libraries for music producers.

In March of 2019 he released the single “Rebirth” on Spotify which quickly began to accumulate attention, as people began adding it to their public and personal playlists. That led him to release his first album, also titled Rebirth, in September of 2019, which quickly elicited dozens of positive listener comments and music-usage requests by YouTubers, likely due to the highly-emotional appeal of the music. Juan’s next studio work evolved during the worldwide pandemic lockdown in 2020 and is titled Now The Silence, a reflective musical journey through moments of hope as well as despair, featuring arpeggios that seemingly float in the air. He does not want people to only listen to his music, he wants them to feel it and connect with it.

Touch & Sound achieves that connection with grace and serenity. This is a timeless album which brings an inspirational feeling of peaceful insight.

1) Sands of Time
2) Those Fridays
3) Piga Al Cel
4) For When It Rains
5) A Nocturne
6) Lullaby For A Frantic World
7) Ataraxia
8) Human Rights
9) Into The Night
10) Where Are They Now?
11) Le Grand Bleu
12) Paralian
13) Astral Voices
14) When Daybreak Comes
15) Immersion
16) Astral Voices (Solo Piano)
17) Touch & Sound

Red Flower Lake Wants You to Feel Good in Their New Single, \ Abel and Rahimah are the musical duo known as Red Flower Lake. While they met in elementary school, their love story starts in high school when Rahimah first realized that she could see a future with Abel, and from there, the rest is history. They deeply bonded together because of their shared aesthetic and love of music, finding their ways as multi-instrumentalists themselves. By the time they officially moved into their own place together in 2001, making music was an integral part of their lifestyle. They had an ever-growing collection of recording equipment, keyboards, samplers, effects processors, and microphones, as well as a four track reel to reel and an acoustic guitar that all started out in their living room, then their bedroom, and eventually moved into a room dedicated to music recording and production. They loved to experiment and create as much as they could with Abel often sampling Rahimah’s vocals and integrating their poetry in their home studio productions.
Their new song, “Flying Dream” is about what it really means to feel good in our physical bodies, but also mentally. It’s a song they wrote out of experimentation, their specialty. They played with structure and sound and sculpted this Lana Del Ray-like piece out of 12 sessions of creation. “The inspiration for this song came from a time in our relationship when it seemed we were bound for break up but kept finding light and love in each other and in our creative partnership, and we began a new conversation about what we really wanted from our lives,” says Rahimah. “Just like at that point in our relationship, this song is about the hope of feeling good through keeping it real, being honest, and listening to our bodies.”
What makes Red Flower Lake’s music so unique and special is their fearlessness and ability to speak from their hearts. They are not afraid to break genres or try new things musically that nobody has touched. They feel their music and make decisions based on their gut feeling and musical ear. “Flying Dream” is a strong and powerful.

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New video from concert-documentary film - Freedom is Calling I would like to share a new music video. Tūto is a song from our newest album Freedom is Calling. I guess this piece reflects the other side of our music. This whole album was written for World Orchestra band. You can watch full concert-documentary film on our Patreon page -

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Hookdiggy Celebrates Musical Connection with His New EP Flint, Michigan native and Atlanta based hip hop artist, Hookdiggy, just dropped his newest EP, 'Mic Check Music,' a celebration of connection through music and live hip hop sounds. "It was inspired by the idea we couldn't connect live during the pandemic so how do you still get that live music feeling," says Hookdiggy. "It includes live instrumentation on all of the songs, not traditional in hip-hop, but still true to the roots of the culture." This 5 song EP takes music inspiration from classic hip hop, like Tupac, Will Smith, and Jay-Z, to modern hip hop, like T-Pain and Kanye. He blends the two together to create his own unique hip hop sound that you won't hear anywhere else. Each song is about relationships in one form or another. "School Crush" is about the first crush you ever have when you're in school, and "I Want You" is about taking that leap into a relationship, that there's no need to dance around the chemistry. If two people like each other, just go for it.

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Influenced by watching The Dayton Family release their music independently, a hip hop group from his home town, Hookdiggy was taken by the hip hop and musical world. After he graduated college, he started his own music studio to help other independent artists make their dreams come true. When he realized that was his dream as well, he moved to Atlanta, where he's been ever since. In 2013, Hookdiggy had a pre-Grammy show called the "This Is Hip Hop Tour" at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles. It was the first real produced show he was responsible for. He then started a bi-monthly performance show called "This Is Hip Hop Thursdays" for a couple of months at Javavino in Atlanta. In 2020, he relaunched "This Is Hip-Hop Thursdays" in a virtual format for people to enjoy live music and did it weekly online every Thursday from June to November 2020

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Gentle and mysterious electronic instrumental music,Illusive flows through various terrains and landscapes, responding to elemental changes and discoveries along the way, accomplishing thorough and ultimately dramatic transformations in the form, appearance, and character of the soundscape. What you will hear will sometimes be something that might not be what it seems to be, just when the view of a jungle plateau is coming into focus it might soon disappear and be replaced with something even more complex and inexplicable. This is the beauty and direction of the compositional work of Kelly David.

Illusive whispers about some sort of visual deception, a mirage, a dreamlike image that appears one way at first glance, but upon further reflection, one realizes there is something deeper in there and makes you want to search deeper, to discover what lies within. Kelly recapitulates, "Illusive refers to a quality of what you're seeing or hearing or where the direction you think the music is going may actually be headed somewhere else. Perhaps this relates to the state of the world during the time of this recording: we weren't so sure of many things.” Illusive offers a journey that is satisfying to the listener, revealing a vision of some new territory ahead.

It is possible that I am dreaming right now and that all of my perceptions are false. The ability of the mind to be tricked into believing that a mentally generated world is the "real world" is actually a common, even nightly event. Listening to Illusive, you might be able to see in this soundtrack a resemblance to various different unexplored planets adorned with mountains, rivers, rocks, flora, fauna, plains, wide valleys, and various groups of hills and caverns. The first encounter is with a person or thing that watches or stands as if watching.

From the opening vocal-like phrases to the last crash of the waves, this new album by the artist Kelly David is a voyage of granular organic electronic instrumental music. Illusive has seven tracks and provides an engaging flow, the sonic events constantly change and smoothly lead into new situations and discoveries. There are delicate details, vast quiet spaces and sweeping motion which keeps the listener pleasantly guessing and glowing. The sounds are not natural, with a few exceptions: some birds, some water, and there are probably some more mysterious field recordings hidden in the mix, which any great chef understandably celebrates without revealing all of his kitchen secrets. The most prominent ingredients are calm and curious. By the end of this album, the listener is left with a feeling of quiet uplift, knowing the world renews and a sense of hope will prevail.

The composer, Kelly David, graciously shares some insight into his motivations: “This is definitely my pandemic album. I started on the album in March of 2020 and finished a year later. My excursions into my studio became an escape from the uncertainty, fear and madness of the outside world over the last year...this was a translation of the peace I was seeking within myself.”

The musician continues. "The title Illusive is an adjective that derives from 17th century Latin. It means “based on or producing illusion.” As I worked on the music I was aware of shifts in darkness and light, tensions releasing into pleasing harmonies. As I grew closer to the finish, I began to listen to the tracks as a whole concept. I then realized that all of the tracks hung together through this essential peaceful quality that formed the core of each track with a delicate quality I was not consciously aware of during the writing . While I asked musical questions and provided musical answers, an essential quiet and peaceful quality kept pushing through.

"To me, this is certainly an ambient album, although there is quite a lot of movement underneath the ambient. It is always about change. No sound or combination of sounds remain the same for long. There is constant, subtle change. Illusive is an album that many will want to sleep with as the music invites dreaming."

As the project took form, “I began with some predetermined compositional structure for each piece. Mostly, it was a set of harmonic materials, namely a reliance on the subset modes of the major scales. Sometimes I modulated between different harmonic modes in the same piece. The modes often impact the emotional quality of a track as some modes are inherently sad or create a feeling of longing.

“In writing Illusive, I relied on a more complex harmonic structure than my previous album. I focused on the harmonic modes, both major and minor, to form the unifying harmonic structure. In several pieces, I wove several different modes into the same track. Also I deliberately created more space between sections, allowing silence to seep in throughout the album. What is consistent throughout my music is the use of my field recordings, the recorded natural environments range from deep woods recorded at midnight to a wave-pounding subtropical sea shore.

“Once I reached the point in recording the album where I recognized the quiet delicacy in the music, images of impressionist visual art came to mind: distinct and varied colors, often with the softness of water colors and then deeper, darker waters that flowed deep inside the music.”

Although illusions distort our perception of reality, they are generally shared by most people, thus resulting in fine art. What you will encounter are castles in the air, an array of illusions of hearing, exploring mysterious technologies that allow the composer to construct new worlds inside your headphones. This music invites us to consider the experience of discovering phantom objects and the realization that this entire gigantic gallery is artificial, designed for celebrating curiosity, and showing how to find inspiration for many of our possible futures.

Natural laws are different in this new place. The wilderness ahead is nothing like what we know on our home planet. The night fogs here are chromatically rich and endowed with vast electronic string and choral apparitions. The surroundings are vast and there is a watchman in the haunted tower, "Sentinel" (9:20) opens the voyage, exploring crafted hallucinations and invented soundscapes never before attempted. Later there is something like drumming coming from the distance, with melodic swirling fragments.

There is a tiny bit of a street in Oahu, where on a vacation in a house there, Kelly David recorded some of the themes that appear in "Palione" (9:54). Whilst presiding in the soft and brilliant foliage of this strange world, around a salt water pool, his peaceful and serene themes flow along from there past here. A bubbling form of electronic percussion emerges briefly, followed by beams of celestial color and reverberation, sometimes I can hear something like gulls in the distance, avian phantasms.

Distance is a relational measurement of how far apart objects or points are. Our path can be seen from great reaches, providing a deceptive appearance or impression of infinity. There are cycles of activity that rise and fall, there are occasional breezes and passing birds that are unlike anything that I have ever heard before, and then through the furthest trees I can hear the open sea, suggesting blue waters shimmering beneath the brazen sun. "Distance" (7:33) is an illusion of space, which changes as perspective adjusts. As I near the confines of the imaginary forest I see before me, between the grove and the open sea, a broad expanse of meadow land. As I am about to emerge from the shadows of the strange trees, a sight meets my eyes and ignites new wonderment for the beauties in this fantastic expanding landscape.

All of these elements are woven throughout these sonic stories. This track starts off with a sense of building energy just below the surface. Delicate reverberations and sparkling sprites cavort beneath fog horns that call darkly out to the vast quiet ocean. These sound like jungle birds hidden in the magical foliage. Behold the "Garden of the Forgotten" (5:19), as one turns their glance in any direction the garth has the appearance at a little distance of a vast, high-ceiled chamber. Hear the choirs of neo-electronic ignis fatuus, perhaps something like the terrestrial the will-o'-the-wisp, performing various lilting calls in the arboreal canopies. Tension builds and eventually releases as the passing elements reflect strangely changing colors.

As far aloft as I can see the stems and branches and twigs are smooth and highly polished and filled with brilliant, nameless birds. I call them birds since they are winged, but mortal ears have never rested upon such odd, unearthly shapes. "Top of the Trees" (8:03) is where the phantom blooms cluster thickly upon these strange branches and may not be described in any earthly tongue. Do these exotic steamy tropics have a variety of snowflakes? Something sparkly is decorating the breezes above.

The definition of ether is the sky, used especially when describing electronic signals that travel through the air. "Into The Ether" (12:25) brings a gentle taste of ether, or æther, the mysterious substance once thought to suffuse the universe. This track’s title might suggest something disappearing into nothing, like a specter of pure fantasy. The motion of the music is like a heat mirage, swaying and shimmering in plain sight off in the distance ahead, guarding the facts while lulling the urgencies of the daily hubble-bubble. Through the entire duration of this track there is the sense of a grand piano reverberating continuously, sort of glowing on and on without diminishing, guarding your dreamscape and allowing for a more complete escape.

The final track breaks open the box and leaves clues to follow into new territory, again! Further go our ears, receiving whispered reports of alien lands and never before encountered ways of being. Is the music coming up from the ocean depths or floating down from the distant heavens? I hear the surf on the shore, an oceanic heartbeat. I hear the call and response echoes of electronic cryptids reeling in the trackless regions of interplanetary space. "Northcoast" (15:52) mixes the rise and fall of oceanic planetary life with the distant horns of the angels. Along the way in one place I hear a lonely harmonica coming from somewhere in the caverns below. I find that my senses have been absorbed by inspiring visions of phosphorescent notes from the depths of the earth while looking right up into the night sky over the open waters. Later we discover clouds of artificial cicadas in those oceanic caves.

The music of Illusive is part of an ongoing process, learning to rotate, scale, skew, transfigure or translate a sonic chorus of disparate elements, a guide for cataloging the ideas about distant intelligent life in the universe, inviting adventurers to traverse the trackless void at will, coming and going between the countless planets. I have a love of expansive time, containing wide, open-voiced chords and things that suggest foreign auditory phantoms, using a technology that lies beyond our horizons, perhaps the technology of para-physical forces.

Kelly David has a small but growing handful of unique albums which explore these experiences of constant synthetic metamorphosis, he is pioneering a new form of organic electronic ambient audio arts. His first album with Spotted Peccary Music, Meditation in Green (2019) is a continuation of a musical journey that began with Kelly’s independently released first album, Broken Voyage (2002), mixed and produced by Steve Roach. On his second independent album, Angkor (2006), the sounds came from a first reflection of Asian travels and deep fascination, both academic and experiential, of the ancient Khmer civilization that dominated SE Asia in the 10th century. Steve Roach mastered Angkor, contributing his sonic treatment to the mixes. After that, for a shared album, The Long Night (2014), is a full-on collaboration with Steve where they worked "side by side" in Kelly’s Denver studio and Steve's Arizona studio, creating a deep work meant for the virtual dead of night. Kelly reflects, "Steve Roach opened the door for me and showed me how to walk through it."

Like its predecessor, Meditation in Green, Illusive revels in natural beauty, blending wilderness samples with luminous synths and psychedelic textures. Illusive, however, dwells as much in internal landscapes as external ones. Reflective, introspective, yet filled with wonder, the album released October 15, 2021 in CD format and in 24-BIT AUDIOPHILE, CD QUALITY LOSSLESS, MP3 and streaming formats; various platforms available at

1 Sentinel
2 Palione
3 Distance
4 Garden of the Forgotten
5 Top of the Trees
6 Into The Ether
7 Northcoast

About Kelly David:
In high school, Kelly was heavily influenced by the music of Frank Zappa. Through Frank Zappa interviews in magazines and newspapers, Kelly learned about the music of Stockhausen, Varese and other 20th century masters who provided a first direction to Kelly in electronic music. After a move “out west” to Denver in 1997, Kelly met Tucson’s ambient and electronic music master, Steve Roach. They subsequently developed a personal and professional kinship. Steve mixed and produced Kelly’s first album, Broken Voyage in 2002 and mastered and added spatial enhancements to Kelly’s 2006 release, Angkor. In 2014, Kelly collaborated with Steve on an album called The Long Night. Meditation in Green is Kelly’s first release for Spotted Peccary, and Illusive is the second.

About Spotted Peccary Music:
Portland-based Spotted Peccary Music is North America’s finest independent record label with a focus on deep, vast and introspective soundscapes. For over three decades, the artists of Spotted Peccary have been on a mission to develop, produce, publish and release ultra-high-quality, deep-listening experiences that engage the listener and exceed expectations. Every release is carefully prepared in a variety of high quality formats from MP3 to high-res studio masters. Explore more than 165 titles and 45 artists at and

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Alan Goins is a Born Storyteller with His Newest Album \ Much like the rest of us, rising singer/songwriter Alan Goins is a hopeless romantic and he isn't afraid to show it. He's been doing music as a hobby, but has found that it was finally time to put his music out into the world. He just released his debut album called "By the Moon," a compilation of songs that tell a story about a woman that he's never met.

You won’t find his sound anywhere else. His absolute vulnerability and openness is unmatched by any other artist. You can hear his passion and love for music in his songs. “This album centers around women I never met,” says Alan. “These songs are about the girls that didn't ‘marry their best friend.’ These songs are for the guy and girl who were born 500 years apart. This album is dedicated to the flowers that bloomed in Autumn.”

The sound itself is reminiscent of Paul McCartney and Simon and Garfunkel and his voice is raspy and folksy. With each song giving a narrative of a woman, it's a unique and creative album that puts your mind at ease.

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Ava Faith Goes Outside Her Personal Box with Her Newest Single \ Self-proclaimed former theatre junkie and trained Jazz vocalist Ava Faith cannot be put into a box. She challenges herself often and doesn't let genre hold her down. This 17-year-old artist from Miami loves the fluidity in music as much as she loves to break boundaries.

In her newest single "Outside," she sings about being an outsider, about how sometimes she feels like an imposter. She sings “I know what it feels like to be on the outside; Doing everything right, just to be on the outside.” While she's figuring out who she is, she also embraces her individuality. She doesn't fit into these arbitrary parameters set by society, or even musically. She feels like an outsider, but she also accepts it and loves that about herself.

The sound of the song itself is an alternative rock song with a hint of psychedelic rock. With a rhythm that makes you want to bob your head, it’s reminiscent of Pink Floyd and The Doors as well as her own spin on rock, giving it a uniquely modern-meets-classic sound that you wont hear anywhere else.

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Dan Zalles\' New Album Will Become Your New Resting Place Dan Zalles delivers an extremely versatile and charismatic album, in the midst of the pandemic chaos. Resting Place is a body of work that brings the listener through fives types of genres rolled into one, including upbeat rock, ballads, country, blues and even jazz fusion. Each song can stand alone, and holds a special element of magic, but when all 19 songs are brought together on one album, listeners can see the big picture. Explained by Dan himself, “I mixed them up so that you don't have just one genre and then another and so on…” The lyrics are about different moods and subjects from loneliness and lost love, to joyful positivity.

Dan Zalles exercised his innate story telling ability in tracks like “Driving Through the Wide Open”, while other tracks like “Back in My Bubble” show Zalles’ vulnerability out in the wide open. The song “Leave it to the Night” holds threads of a modern pop Phil Collins sound, and brings you into our favorite track…
“Aint No Stranger Times Than These” is arguably the most raw track on the album, painting a picture of what almost everyone in the world has gone through during the pandemic.

When asked how he got the album title, Dan Zalles says, “there’s a song on the album called ‘Resting Place’ and it’s a little morbid because it’s my reflection on life and death. I wanted to expand the idea of a resting place to represent a place of desire, a place where you might want to end up that captures your passions best.”

Dan didn’t stop once this album was created, he continued to work to bring his fans visuals for the album, which can be found on his Youtube account, right after his popular live performance videos.

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