VideoMusicStars http://videomusicstars.com Independent Music News Headlines Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:04:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Dechard – Producer, Dj and Sound Designer http://videomusicstars.com/dechard-producer-dj-and-sound-designer/ http://videomusicstars.com/dechard-producer-dj-and-sound-designer/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:04:16 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9741 dechard-680

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Dechard (born 21 July 1989), is a producer, dj and sound designer, born and raised in Italy with Belgian origins. He usually works on modular sounds and his vibe is vintage yet also modern. He always manages to keep his tracks unique in detail, supporting the arrangement over a stomping groove, which results chic at the same time, dreamy chords, warm atmospheres and collaborations with artists who offer different styles.

Dechard began his experience in the music world at the age of 16, performing in a club in his hometown and has since evolved his performance on many levels, deejaying around his country.

He built his own studio and after years of studying sound engineering at Essex University and working on different projects, he landed a great deal and released an official remix for the singer and musician Alex Vargas, rearranging the single “Lie” (2012) with Jeroosalem.

dechard-cartoonHe also released his first EP in 2013 called “Amazing”. After experiencing the European scene, Dechard wanted to take his art a step further and moved to Los Angeles. A few months after his move he created a soundtrack for a TV series, broadcast on Fox TV.

Currently Dechard is producing/recording his second musical project called Quixotic and working on remixes for artists and bands such as Kinqueen, Edx, Bob Sinclar, Alex Vargas and Phaze Project.

OFFICIAL LINKS:

Fb: www.facebookcom/DechardOfficial

Sc: www.soundcloud.com/dechard

Yt: www.youtube.com/DechardTV

Tw: www.twitter.com/dechardmusic

Ig: www.instagram.com/rickydechard

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[caption id="attachment_12946" align="alignleft" width="209"]Dechard Dechard[/caption]

Dechard (born 21 July 1989), is a producer, dj and sound designer, born and raised in Italy with Belgian origins. He usually works on modular sounds and his vibe is vintage yet also modern. He always manages to keep his tracks unique in detail, supporting the arrangement over a stomping groove, which results chic at the same time, dreamy chords, warm atmospheres and collaborations with artists who offer different styles.

Dechard began his experience in the music world at the age of 16, performing in a club in his hometown and has since evolved his performance on many levels, deejaying around his country.

He built his own studio and after years of studying sound engineering at Essex University and working on different projects, he landed a great deal and released an official remix for the singer and musician Alex Vargas, rearranging the single “Lie” (2012) with Jeroosalem.

dechard-cartoonHe also released his first EP in 2013 called “Amazing”. After experiencing the European scene, Dechard wanted to take his art a step further and moved to Los Angeles. A few months after his move he created a soundtrack for a TV series, broadcast on Fox TV.

Currently Dechard is producing/recording his second musical project called Quixotic and working on remixes for artists and bands such as Kinqueen, Edx, Bob Sinclar, Alex Vargas and Phaze Project.

OFFICIAL LINKS:

Fb: www.facebookcom/DechardOfficial

Sc: www.soundcloud.com/dechard

Yt: www.youtube.com/DechardTV

Tw: www.twitter.com/dechardmusic

Ig: www.instagram.com/rickydechard

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Robert Haggarty – “RH” calls for social reform and solidarity within the community http://videomusicstars.com/robert-haggarty-rh-calls-for-social-reform-and-solidarity-within-the-community/ http://videomusicstars.com/robert-haggarty-rh-calls-for-social-reform-and-solidarity-within-the-community/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:33:15 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9737 robert-haggarty-680

Robert Haggarty is a rapper and producer who attended Columbia College Chicago, graduating with a major in fiction writing and a significant number of poetry classes under his belt. He started rapping after being introduced to underground hip hop by a friend back in 2008, and taking a few years while at school to hone his craft, writing lyrics, jokes, poetry, prose, and gaining some of the knowledge necessary to start production work in his short stint as an Audio Arts & Acoustics major. Robert Haggarty has now released his debut album, “RH”, which is available on all major digital download stores.

The first interesting about Robert Haggarty, is that he is a creative writer by ‘profession’. His website offers an assortment of poetry and short stories that plays testimony to his craft. So the move to express himself through the Rap medium, is almost a natural one for anybody with a serious talent for creatively manipulating words. So you can be sure that “RH” is an album from one of Hip hop’s newest, most insightful and deep storytellers.

robert-haggarty-400bThe album is full of jazzy and soulful music, with Robert Haggarty delivering distinct flows and lyrics. While coastal bias still permeates like poison throughout the rap world. The quality and depth of Haggarty’s rhymes overrides any petty musical prejudices.  The 15 tracks sprawled across “RH” , methodically drags you into Haggarty's world and mindset.

He kicks off track one, “Ringing The Bells In (Prod. SayFunk)”, looking at a bad day, thinking that things could be a lot worse. This track instantly gives you ‘the measure of the man’ as he moves through the experiences from being a runaway to having to rob to make it until the end of the day.

On the socially conscious “Say The Things You Say (Prod. Tru Man)”, Haggarty skillfully intertwines hope, purpose, defiance and political criticism, fronting a cinematic backdrop of sound. As much as you’d like to ignore the sentiments and just groove, with Haggarty it's often impossible to separate the medium from the message.

46 (Prod. Tru Man)” forms yet another social and political interrogation from Haggarty, as he moves from his granddad’s pension to the freedom of press.  As a rapper though, Haggarty is unique, with a rhythmic flow and creative use of words. His lyrics rarely insult, they question, debate and uplift.

Robert Haggarty’s songs are often filled with positive images as he calls for social reform and solidarity within the community. He is not afraid to discuss death, mental health or suicide awareness, as in “Bring Me Kepler (Prod. SayFunk)” where he raps about a girl who died in his high school.

“RH”  is the kind of album hip-hop fans have been waiting for. Especially considering that everyone is so tired of the latest releases in rap, with albums that just don't make sense. Haggarty is more able and descriptive than most of those ‘real’ rappers telling street level stories. His rhymes make sense. He has an attitude. He has a mood. And most importantly his songs have a theme.

Sufferin Succotash (Feat. CRYM, Prod. Tru Man)” delivers an infectious reggae beat with a subtle vocal hook, which once again allows Haggarty to tackle American injustices and corporate corruption. He accomplishes a hard task by transforming your very thoughts into his words. Haggarty rhymes with precision and his songs relate. That's a rare thing to find these days.

robert-haggarty-400Robert Haggarty’s is at once thoughtful, outspoken and expressive, but most of all "real"; a word that's too often bastardized in today's Hiphop culture. “From Death Springs Life (Prod. Marc D)” Haggarty investigates the effects of death, a frequent topic on this album. Here he looks at the death of someone who was a failure in society, but whose death brings something much more meaningful to his son.

Though outspoken and sometimes even harsh in his messages, Haggarty is also deeply reflective and introspective in some deliveries. He doesn’t deliberately pack each verse with punchlines to grasp the listener's attention, and as a result, his craft comes across as a more intensely honest and personal work. Often you get the feeling that Haggarty is a young man trying to make sense of his life (as well as ours), and the world around him -at once profound and inquisitory, “Passing Away (Prod. SayFunk)” is another demonstration of this fact.

You could never describe Robert Haggarty’s as an ‘ill’, ‘dope’ or ‘tight’ rapper, he’s way beyond that. He deals with real issues. He knows the right words to use and he knows how to make them flow, so they sound exactly like where they come from -the heart!

Robert Haggarty has the ability to transform words into something tangible. He also has the faculty to make you feel what he feels and believe what he believes. Moreover “RH”  is absolutely beautiful in almost every way that an album can be; from the messages to the beats, the production, the progression and the essence of its themes.  Hardly have I heard a rap debut so positively and intelligently done, in a world full of people making almost no attempt at upping themselves and the community that surrounds them. This album is a true asset to the Rap and Hiphop movement, other than being an everlasting testimony of Robert Haggarty’s immense talent…

…and I haven’t even described all fifteen tracks yet!

OFFICIAL LINKS:

Artist Website

Album Stream/Download

Soundcloud

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Youtube

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Robert Haggarty is a rapper and producer who attended Columbia College Chicago, graduating with a major in fiction writing and a significant number of poetry classes under his belt. He started rapping after being introduced to underground hip hop by a friend back in 2008, and taking a few years while at school to hone his craft, writing lyrics, jokes, poetry, prose, and gaining some of the knowledge necessary to start production work in his short stint as an Audio Arts & Acoustics major. Robert Haggarty has now released his debut album, “RH”, which is available on all major digital download stores.

The first interesting about Robert Haggarty, is that he is a creative writer by ‘profession’. His website offers an assortment of poetry and short stories that plays testimony to his craft. So the move to express himself through the Rap medium, is almost a natural one for anybody with a serious talent for creatively manipulating words. So you can be sure that “RH” is an album from one of Hip hop’s newest, most insightful and deep storytellers.

robert-haggarty-400bThe album is full of jazzy and soulful music, with Robert Haggarty delivering distinct flows and lyrics. While coastal bias still permeates like poison throughout the rap world. The quality and depth of Haggarty’s rhymes overrides any petty musical prejudices.  The 15 tracks sprawled across “RH” , methodically drags you into Haggarty's world and mindset.

He kicks off track one, “Ringing The Bells In (Prod. SayFunk)”, looking at a bad day, thinking that things could be a lot worse. This track instantly gives you ‘the measure of the man’ as he moves through the experiences from being a runaway to having to rob to make it until the end of the day.

On the socially conscious “Say The Things You Say (Prod. Tru Man)”, Haggarty skillfully intertwines hope, purpose, defiance and political criticism, fronting a cinematic backdrop of sound. As much as you’d like to ignore the sentiments and just groove, with Haggarty it's often impossible to separate the medium from the message.

46 (Prod. Tru Man)” forms yet another social and political interrogation from Haggarty, as he moves from his granddad’s pension to the freedom of press.  As a rapper though, Haggarty is unique, with a rhythmic flow and creative use of words. His lyrics rarely insult, they question, debate and uplift.

Robert Haggarty’s songs are often filled with positive images as he calls for social reform and solidarity within the community. He is not afraid to discuss death, mental health or suicide awareness, as in “Bring Me Kepler (Prod. SayFunk)” where he raps about a girl who died in his high school.

“RH”  is the kind of album hip-hop fans have been waiting for. Especially considering that everyone is so tired of the latest releases in rap, with albums that just don't make sense. Haggarty is more able and descriptive than most of those ‘real’ rappers telling street level stories. His rhymes make sense. He has an attitude. He has a mood. And most importantly his songs have a theme.

Sufferin Succotash (Feat. CRYM, Prod. Tru Man)” delivers an infectious reggae beat with a subtle vocal hook, which once again allows Haggarty to tackle American injustices and corporate corruption. He accomplishes a hard task by transforming your very thoughts into his words. Haggarty rhymes with precision and his songs relate. That's a rare thing to find these days.

robert-haggarty-400Robert Haggarty’s is at once thoughtful, outspoken and expressive, but most of all "real"; a word that's too often bastardized in today's Hiphop culture. “From Death Springs Life (Prod. Marc D)” Haggarty investigates the effects of death, a frequent topic on this album. Here he looks at the death of someone who was a failure in society, but whose death brings something much more meaningful to his son.

Though outspoken and sometimes even harsh in his messages, Haggarty is also deeply reflective and introspective in some deliveries. He doesn’t deliberately pack each verse with punchlines to grasp the listener's attention, and as a result, his craft comes across as a more intensely honest and personal work. Often you get the feeling that Haggarty is a young man trying to make sense of his life (as well as ours), and the world around him -at once profound and inquisitory, “Passing Away (Prod. SayFunk)” is another demonstration of this fact.

You could never describe Robert Haggarty’s as an ‘ill’, ‘dope’ or ‘tight’ rapper, he’s way beyond that. He deals with real issues. He knows the right words to use and he knows how to make them flow, so they sound exactly like where they come from -the heart!

Robert Haggarty has the ability to transform words into something tangible. He also has the faculty to make you feel what he feels and believe what he believes. Moreover “RH”  is absolutely beautiful in almost every way that an album can be; from the messages to the beats, the production, the progression and the essence of its themes.  Hardly have I heard a rap debut so positively and intelligently done, in a world full of people making almost no attempt at upping themselves and the community that surrounds them. This album is a true asset to the Rap and Hiphop movement, other than being an everlasting testimony of Robert Haggarty’s immense talent…

…and I haven’t even described all fifteen tracks yet!

OFFICIAL LINKS:

Artist Website

Album Stream/Download

Soundcloud

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Youtube

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Since partnering with Spaced Out Magazine, J Metro is on the move http://videomusicstars.com/since-partnering-with-spaced-out-magazine-j-metro-is-on-the-move/ http://videomusicstars.com/since-partnering-with-spaced-out-magazine-j-metro-is-on-the-move/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:36:27 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9734 jmetro-680

J Metro released his latest single "Bodyguard" in, November of 2014, through The Orchard/Sony Music Entertainment Distribution Platform. Since its release J has been on the hot single sales chart by Billboard, first peaking at number 21 and now as of January 1, 2015, he came in at number 12 on that same chart. With an increase in sales and potential buzz this artist has been on a continued reach of success and more.

Since partnering with Spaced Out Magazine, J Metro has become the center of attention in Houston, TX. The city begins to support him more and more, as he could very well be the next big thing out of Houston for R&B. The powerhouse media company has been building the buzz of J Metro and taking him from independent to mainstream.

After the success of his record, J looks to accomplish more in the near future with the release of his EP, in 2015. But, before that, he will be releasing his visuals to "Bodyguard" and a lyric video coming soon.

OFFICIAL J METRO LINKS: www.facebook.com/jmetromusic www.twitter.com/jmetromusic www.jmetromusic.com

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J Metro released his latest single "Bodyguard" in, November of 2014, through The Orchard/Sony Music Entertainment Distribution Platform. Since its release J has been on the hot single sales chart by Billboard, first peaking at number 21 and now as of January 1, 2015, he came in at number 12 on that same chart. With an increase in sales and potential buzz this artist has been on a continued reach of success and more.

Since partnering with Spaced Out Magazine, J Metro has become the center of attention in Houston, TX. The city begins to support him more and more, as he could very well be the next big thing out of Houston for R&B. The powerhouse media company has been building the buzz of J Metro and taking him from independent to mainstream.

After the success of his record, J looks to accomplish more in the near future with the release of his EP, in 2015. But, before that, he will be releasing his visuals to "Bodyguard" and a lyric video coming soon.

OFFICIAL J METRO LINKS: www.facebook.com/jmetromusic www.twitter.com/jmetromusic www.jmetromusic.com

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Trinity Ward is putting Scifitronica on the map http://videomusicstars.com/trinity-ward-is-putting-scifitronica-on-the-map/ http://videomusicstars.com/trinity-ward-is-putting-scifitronica-on-the-map/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:37:45 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9731 trinity-ward-680

While sci-fi may not be the first thing people think to fuse with music, independent artist Trinity Ward has crafted a way to blend electronic music with a science fiction theme, one of his biggest loves next to creating music. He calls this fusion scifitronica. A solo artist on keyboards, including synths and samples, and some backing vocals, he draws inspiration from a variety of genres, from dance and ambient to metal, particularly in his track “Reactor,” off his latest album. Fans have described his music as “a good mix of Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and New Order” and as having “elements of early Depeche Mode with a touch of Kraftwerk and the merest hint of Yellow in a backbeat.”

Having released four self-published albums over the years, Trinity Ward kicked off his discography with Enter the Infinite in 2010 followed by Echoes From Earth in 2011. Two years later, he released Soul Destroyer (2013). His latest album, Reactor (2014), is an exciting journey into a wide range of EDM with flourishes of other genres, such as the aforementioned metal influence on the album’s title track. He’s currently hard at work on a new album, which he plans to use to continue to expand his reach to fans across the world.

trinity-ward-400One interesting aspect of Trinity Ward’s career is that he is an entirely recording-based artist. Not performing live, he may seem to lose out on potential fans in his local scene in Wellington, New Zealand. But his focus on online promotion has still propelled him to global fame, including more than 122,000 likes on Facebook, an impressive number for an independent artist.

Trinity Ward has been featured by a few different media outlets, including Sine FM, based in Doncaster, UK, and DCR Dover Community Radio, based in Dover, UK, on terrestrial radio as well as Internet outlets, such as Earbits Radio, based in Venice, Calif., NBTMusicRadio, based in Berlin, and RelaxFreeRadio.org, based in New York. He’s also been featured in a couple of articles on Sound Sunday from MakeUseOf.com, including “Free Electronic Dance Music: Stream, Download & Party” and “Don’t Dance, Just Move: Electronic Dance & House Hits Remixed & Inspired.” Also, Klick Push selected him through ReverbNation to make his music available for download as part of online promotions.

Trinity Ward has earned notable recognition as of late for his recordings this year. NBTMusicRadio named his album Reactor the 18th best album of 2014 out of 150 albums. NBTMusicRadio also named his track “Evaporator” the 52nd best song of 2014. This recognition has been realized without the help of live performances but rather the expansive reach of the Internet and Trinity Ward’s sheer determination to be heard across the globe.

Trinity Ward’s track “Mayak,” off Reactor, was featured on WiFi PR Group’s Indie Anthems Vol. 9, a compilation of international independent artists spanning a wide range of genres who WiFi PR wants to put on the radars of music lovers and industry tastemakers the world over. Released at CMJ Music Marathon in New York City in October 2014, the digital mixtape was handed out on 3,500 download cards to festival attendees, and 1,500 more download copies are available on the Indie Anthems Bandcamp page. This compilation feature has helped Trinity Ward receive still more widespread exposure for his unique scifitronica sound.

With a new album on the way, Trinity Ward is set to continue to expand the reach of his music to new and loyal fans far beyond the borders of New Zealand. Putting scifitronica on the map is both his dream and destiny, and it will be exciting to see what he does next with his upcoming album.

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While sci-fi may not be the first thing people think to fuse with music, independent artist Trinity Ward has crafted a way to blend electronic music with a science fiction theme, one of his biggest loves next to creating music. He calls this fusion scifitronica. A solo artist on keyboards, including synths and samples, and some backing vocals, he draws inspiration from a variety of genres, from dance and ambient to metal, particularly in his track “Reactor,” off his latest album. Fans have described his music as “a good mix of Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and New Order” and as having “elements of early Depeche Mode with a touch of Kraftwerk and the merest hint of Yellow in a backbeat.”

Having released four self-published albums over the years, Trinity Ward kicked off his discography with Enter the Infinite in 2010 followed by Echoes From Earth in 2011. Two years later, he released Soul Destroyer (2013). His latest album, Reactor (2014), is an exciting journey into a wide range of EDM with flourishes of other genres, such as the aforementioned metal influence on the album’s title track. He’s currently hard at work on a new album, which he plans to use to continue to expand his reach to fans across the world.

trinity-ward-400One interesting aspect of Trinity Ward’s career is that he is an entirely recording-based artist. Not performing live, he may seem to lose out on potential fans in his local scene in Wellington, New Zealand. But his focus on online promotion has still propelled him to global fame, including more than 122,000 likes on Facebook, an impressive number for an independent artist.

Trinity Ward has been featured by a few different media outlets, including Sine FM, based in Doncaster, UK, and DCR Dover Community Radio, based in Dover, UK, on terrestrial radio as well as Internet outlets, such as Earbits Radio, based in Venice, Calif., NBTMusicRadio, based in Berlin, and RelaxFreeRadio.org, based in New York. He’s also been featured in a couple of articles on Sound Sunday from MakeUseOf.com, including “Free Electronic Dance Music: Stream, Download & Party” and “Don’t Dance, Just Move: Electronic Dance & House Hits Remixed & Inspired.” Also, Klick Push selected him through ReverbNation to make his music available for download as part of online promotions.

Trinity Ward has earned notable recognition as of late for his recordings this year. NBTMusicRadio named his album Reactor the 18th best album of 2014 out of 150 albums. NBTMusicRadio also named his track “Evaporator” the 52nd best song of 2014. This recognition has been realized without the help of live performances but rather the expansive reach of the Internet and Trinity Ward’s sheer determination to be heard across the globe.

Trinity Ward’s track “Mayak,” off Reactor, was featured on WiFi PR Group’s Indie Anthems Vol. 9, a compilation of international independent artists spanning a wide range of genres who WiFi PR wants to put on the radars of music lovers and industry tastemakers the world over. Released at CMJ Music Marathon in New York City in October 2014, the digital mixtape was handed out on 3,500 download cards to festival attendees, and 1,500 more download copies are available on the Indie Anthems Bandcamp page. This compilation feature has helped Trinity Ward receive still more widespread exposure for his unique scifitronica sound.

With a new album on the way, Trinity Ward is set to continue to expand the reach of his music to new and loyal fans far beyond the borders of New Zealand. Putting scifitronica on the map is both his dream and destiny, and it will be exciting to see what he does next with his upcoming album.

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Album Review: Silva – “Lucid Silvan Dub” – offbeat, laidback rhythms and up-tempo, pounding lyrics http://videomusicstars.com/album-review-silva-lucid-silvan-dub-offbeat-laidback-rhythms-and-up-tempo-pounding-lyrics/ http://videomusicstars.com/album-review-silva-lucid-silvan-dub-offbeat-laidback-rhythms-and-up-tempo-pounding-lyrics/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:56:48 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9728 silva-680

Dub music, with its offbeat, laidback rhythms and up-tempo, pounding lyrics, has a cool, relaxed feel to it already. But Silva take that feeling one step further by infusing dub with a lucidity and psychedelic nature that elevates dub both musically and spiritually and takes listeners on a deep and soulful journey through space and time.

In their latest album, Lucid Silvan Dub (October 2014), dub purveyors Silva, who hail from Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada, draw inspiration from the picturesque rainforests and coastlines of their surroundings. Looking to a wide range of musical influences, from Easy Dub All-Stars and Damian Marley to Tool and Dezarie, they create music that combines the beachy vibes of dub with the ethereal sounds of psychedelic art and earthy tones of tribal folk. Lyrically, the trio tackles global, local and personal issues in an organic but exciting way, and all of these musical characteristics shine through on the group’s latest recording.

Lucid Silvan Dub opens up with “Soon Come,” which illustrates the delicate balance of dub and lucidity in the inherently Silvan way, as it starts off with an intro that blends an array of keyboard and guitar lines to create a sound that is mellow and relaxed. Electrifying, hard-hitting lyrics interject into this hazy musical foundation, which introduces the quintessential dub vibe before falling back into smooth, drawn out lyrics that hark to the lucid aspects of the music.

The next track, “Lapis,” starts out with a more solid base of dub in the intro as the psychedelic elements begin peeking into the song in fits and spurts. The lyrics are even and easygoing, and as they progress, both they and the overlaying melodies take on a more hallucinogenic, almost intoxicating, feel to them. The back and forth and careful melding of the two musical genres showcase Silva’s ability to approach music fusion in a smart way that maintains an equilibrium of two genres that may not at first seem compatible but, with this album as an example, are clearly meant for simultaneous experimentation.

The album’s closing track, “Move Out” is featured on WiFi PR Group’s Indie Anthems Vol. 9, a compilation of international independent artists who WiFi PR wants to put on the radars of music lovers and industry tastemakers the world over. Released at CMJ Music Marathon in October 2014, the digital mixtape was handed out on 3,500 download cards to festival attendees, and another 1,500 download copies are now available on the Indie Anthems Bandcamp page.

Masters of genre fusion Silva have proven the ability of dub and psychedelic music to come together to strike a harmonious balance with their latest album, Lucid Silvan Dub. As Silva are some of the pioneers in this type of fusion, it will be exciting to see where they take this new genre next as they continue to develop their unique sound.

OFFICIAL LINKS: Artist WebsiteSoundcloud - Reverbnation

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Dub music, with its offbeat, laidback rhythms and up-tempo, pounding lyrics, has a cool, relaxed feel to it already. But Silva take that feeling one step further by infusing dub with a lucidity and psychedelic nature that elevates dub both musically and spiritually and takes listeners on a deep and soulful journey through space and time.

In their latest album, Lucid Silvan Dub (October 2014), dub purveyors Silva, who hail from Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada, draw inspiration from the picturesque rainforests and coastlines of their surroundings. Looking to a wide range of musical influences, from Easy Dub All-Stars and Damian Marley to Tool and Dezarie, they create music that combines the beachy vibes of dub with the ethereal sounds of psychedelic art and earthy tones of tribal folk. Lyrically, the trio tackles global, local and personal issues in an organic but exciting way, and all of these musical characteristics shine through on the group’s latest recording.

Lucid Silvan Dub opens up with “Soon Come,” which illustrates the delicate balance of dub and lucidity in the inherently Silvan way, as it starts off with an intro that blends an array of keyboard and guitar lines to create a sound that is mellow and relaxed. Electrifying, hard-hitting lyrics interject into this hazy musical foundation, which introduces the quintessential dub vibe before falling back into smooth, drawn out lyrics that hark to the lucid aspects of the music.

The next track, “Lapis,” starts out with a more solid base of dub in the intro as the psychedelic elements begin peeking into the song in fits and spurts. The lyrics are even and easygoing, and as they progress, both they and the overlaying melodies take on a more hallucinogenic, almost intoxicating, feel to them. The back and forth and careful melding of the two musical genres showcase Silva’s ability to approach music fusion in a smart way that maintains an equilibrium of two genres that may not at first seem compatible but, with this album as an example, are clearly meant for simultaneous experimentation.

The album’s closing track, “Move Out” is featured on WiFi PR Group’s Indie Anthems Vol. 9, a compilation of international independent artists who WiFi PR wants to put on the radars of music lovers and industry tastemakers the world over. Released at CMJ Music Marathon in October 2014, the digital mixtape was handed out on 3,500 download cards to festival attendees, and another 1,500 download copies are now available on the Indie Anthems Bandcamp page.

Masters of genre fusion Silva have proven the ability of dub and psychedelic music to come together to strike a harmonious balance with their latest album, Lucid Silvan Dub. As Silva are some of the pioneers in this type of fusion, it will be exciting to see where they take this new genre next as they continue to develop their unique sound.

OFFICIAL LINKS: Artist WebsiteSoundcloud - Reverbnation

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All Music and Efforts Point to Creating a Cult Following for Electro Hop artist – 2Four http://videomusicstars.com/all-music-and-efforts-point-to-creating-a-cult-following-for-electro-hop-artist-2four/ http://videomusicstars.com/all-music-and-efforts-point-to-creating-a-cult-following-for-electro-hop-artist-2four/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:13:43 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9725 2four-680

Electro hop phenom 2Four dedicates his time and talents to amassing a loyal cult following, most recently including the release of his latest EP, Intergalactic, and the time he spends connecting with fans online.

When it comes to Nashville electro hop artist 2Four, it’s not just about the music—it’s about the fans too. In De’Andre “2Four” Davis’ mind, what is music without the dedicated cult following to love and support it? Between writing and producing his music, which is sometimes compared to Lupe Fiasco, Drake and Travis McCoy, and other efforts to reach out to these fans, 2Four demonstrates his commitment to those who share and download his music.

2four-400The four-track EP Intergalactic (2014), featuring DJ Majestik, is 2Four’s latest music release, and it is a focused blend of the finer points of both hip-hop and electronica—or as NeuFutur Magazine describes it, “hard-nosed EDM and club-ready R&B.” Music blog Fresh Hype calls the recording “a fast-paced, fist-pumping EP [that] shows that two genres can mix seamlessly.” These are just two of the many indie music outlets who have picked up on the talent and potential 2Four brings to the table. They then share that excitement with their audiences to help 2Four attract the following he’s been looking for.

Besides sharing his music with the masses, 2Four fosters a cult vibe and sense of community among his listeners through avid social media interaction. He tweets to his followers multiple times a day, sharing photos, offerings from his company Juggernaut 24 Entertainment and updates on where his music can be heard playing live. Most recently, this has included audio appearances on Miami’s Coast 2 Coast Radio, which is powered by the largest DJ coalition in the world. Keeping his fans updated on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media networks has enabled him to connect with his targeted audience and develop relationships with them that signed artists can’t always do.

His music career successes stretch back before his more recent radio features. He created a song for nationally broadcasted talk show 3HL 104.5 Nashville. He performed at downtown Nashville’s world-famous B.B. King’s Blues Club. He also performed at Hard Rock Café in his hometown. But the road to indie fame started still long before these earlier accomplishments with a dedication to music and studio work since a young age. Ever since, his primary goal has been to create the music floating around his mind, inspired by the positive and negative everyday events in the world around him, and find the exact crowd of listeners and fans who love and appreciate his music.

From here, it’s up to the loyal following 2Four’s worked so hard for to spread the word about this hot new indie artist. It’s only a matter of time before his efforts have paid off.

OFFICIAL LINKS: Artist WebsiteFacebookYoutubeTwitter

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Electro hop phenom 2Four dedicates his time and talents to amassing a loyal cult following, most recently including the release of his latest EP, Intergalactic, and the time he spends connecting with fans online.

When it comes to Nashville electro hop artist 2Four, it’s not just about the music—it’s about the fans too. In De’Andre “2Four” Davis’ mind, what is music without the dedicated cult following to love and support it? Between writing and producing his music, which is sometimes compared to Lupe Fiasco, Drake and Travis McCoy, and other efforts to reach out to these fans, 2Four demonstrates his commitment to those who share and download his music.

2four-400The four-track EP Intergalactic (2014), featuring DJ Majestik, is 2Four’s latest music release, and it is a focused blend of the finer points of both hip-hop and electronica—or as NeuFutur Magazine describes it, “hard-nosed EDM and club-ready R&B.” Music blog Fresh Hype calls the recording “a fast-paced, fist-pumping EP [that] shows that two genres can mix seamlessly.” These are just two of the many indie music outlets who have picked up on the talent and potential 2Four brings to the table. They then share that excitement with their audiences to help 2Four attract the following he’s been looking for.

Besides sharing his music with the masses, 2Four fosters a cult vibe and sense of community among his listeners through avid social media interaction. He tweets to his followers multiple times a day, sharing photos, offerings from his company Juggernaut 24 Entertainment and updates on where his music can be heard playing live. Most recently, this has included audio appearances on Miami’s Coast 2 Coast Radio, which is powered by the largest DJ coalition in the world. Keeping his fans updated on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media networks has enabled him to connect with his targeted audience and develop relationships with them that signed artists can’t always do.

His music career successes stretch back before his more recent radio features. He created a song for nationally broadcasted talk show 3HL 104.5 Nashville. He performed at downtown Nashville’s world-famous B.B. King’s Blues Club. He also performed at Hard Rock Café in his hometown. But the road to indie fame started still long before these earlier accomplishments with a dedication to music and studio work since a young age. Ever since, his primary goal has been to create the music floating around his mind, inspired by the positive and negative everyday events in the world around him, and find the exact crowd of listeners and fans who love and appreciate his music.

From here, it’s up to the loyal following 2Four’s worked so hard for to spread the word about this hot new indie artist. It’s only a matter of time before his efforts have paid off.

OFFICIAL LINKS: Artist WebsiteFacebookYoutubeTwitter

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Album Review: Ursina – “Hiding Behind A Mask EP” – inspirational and grounded in realism http://videomusicstars.com/album-review-ursina-hiding-behind-a-mask-ep-inspirational-and-grounded-in-realism/ http://videomusicstars.com/album-review-ursina-hiding-behind-a-mask-ep-inspirational-and-grounded-in-realism/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:35:53 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9722 ursina-680

Fresh out of Switzerland, award-winning vocalist Ursina received much praise for her 2013 recording, the EP Time Is a Thief, and she’s followed up that album with her latest effort, the Hiding Behind A Mask EP. The album demonstrates the path she’s taken with her music and the maturity her music has experienced as she progresses through her music career.

On the album, Ursina’s voice encompasses the crispness of living in a glacial and mountainous background with the softness of pop and folk music. Her music creates a sound that is folk pop with hints of an indie rock feel and a downtempo rhythm that brings everything into one ethereal but delicate package.

[caption id="attachment_12901" align="alignleft" width="300"]Ursina Ursina[/caption] Ursina was inspired early in her musical journey by artists like Billie Holiday, Feist, Tom Waits and Jeff Buckley, influences you can hear periodically in her unique sound. She was also directly influenced by classical music and the folk songs written in her native tongue, Romansh, which is a lesser known language used only in the eastern Swiss Alps. This language is seamlessly weaved with English on her Hiding Behind A Mask EP, which lends an exotic lyricism to her recording. She mainly writes her lyrics to capture her own personal experiences and those of the people around her, grounding her music in realism and concepts listeners can readily relate to.

Her mother tongue Romash can be heard on two of her tracks, “Quel ch’el ei” and “Adia.” “Quel ch’el ei” is one of the more upbeat songs on the EP, with bright percussion backing her light, smooth singing in the verses and soaring vocals in the chorus. “Adia” takes a slightly different approach with sweeping percussion sounds that mimic the sounds of wind blowing swiftly across the ocean. Her voice takes on an almost haunting quality as it floats above the wind, slow and steady in a beautiful language you only wish you knew how to translate.

The album’s opening track, “Fit In,” kicks off the album with a fun, offbeat and uptempo rhythm with lyrical melodies that bend and twist to exude an expressive and emotional feeling. These emotive lines grip the listener, particularly in the chorus and when her voice holds a solitary high note in the bridge. This track was featured on WiFi PR Group’s Indie Anthems Vol. 9, where she joined other international independent artists spanning a wide range of genres. The digital mixtape was handed out at CMJ Music Marathon in October 2014, and 1,500 download copies are available on the Indie Anthems Bandcamp page.

Ursina and her band released their first music video in late 2014 for “Masks,” off this latest EP. Ursina plans to follow Hiding Behind A Mask with a full-length recording, which she’s currently writing and plans to release in 2015.

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Fresh out of Switzerland, award-winning vocalist Ursina received much praise for her 2013 recording, the EP Time Is a Thief, and she’s followed up that album with her latest effort, the Hiding Behind A Mask EP. The album demonstrates the path she’s taken with her music and the maturity her music has experienced as she progresses through her music career.

On the album, Ursina’s voice encompasses the crispness of living in a glacial and mountainous background with the softness of pop and folk music. Her music creates a sound that is folk pop with hints of an indie rock feel and a downtempo rhythm that brings everything into one ethereal but delicate package.

[caption id="attachment_12901" align="alignleft" width="300"]Ursina Ursina[/caption] Ursina was inspired early in her musical journey by artists like Billie Holiday, Feist, Tom Waits and Jeff Buckley, influences you can hear periodically in her unique sound. She was also directly influenced by classical music and the folk songs written in her native tongue, Romansh, which is a lesser known language used only in the eastern Swiss Alps. This language is seamlessly weaved with English on her Hiding Behind A Mask EP, which lends an exotic lyricism to her recording. She mainly writes her lyrics to capture her own personal experiences and those of the people around her, grounding her music in realism and concepts listeners can readily relate to.

Her mother tongue Romash can be heard on two of her tracks, “Quel ch’el ei” and “Adia.” “Quel ch’el ei” is one of the more upbeat songs on the EP, with bright percussion backing her light, smooth singing in the verses and soaring vocals in the chorus. “Adia” takes a slightly different approach with sweeping percussion sounds that mimic the sounds of wind blowing swiftly across the ocean. Her voice takes on an almost haunting quality as it floats above the wind, slow and steady in a beautiful language you only wish you knew how to translate.

The album’s opening track, “Fit In,” kicks off the album with a fun, offbeat and uptempo rhythm with lyrical melodies that bend and twist to exude an expressive and emotional feeling. These emotive lines grip the listener, particularly in the chorus and when her voice holds a solitary high note in the bridge. This track was featured on WiFi PR Group’s Indie Anthems Vol. 9, where she joined other international independent artists spanning a wide range of genres. The digital mixtape was handed out at CMJ Music Marathon in October 2014, and 1,500 download copies are available on the Indie Anthems Bandcamp page.

Ursina and her band released their first music video in late 2014 for “Masks,” off this latest EP. Ursina plans to follow Hiding Behind A Mask with a full-length recording, which she’s currently writing and plans to release in 2015.

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What drives rapper YOU, is to have something in his life that he can look back on http://videomusicstars.com/what-drives-rapper-you-is-to-have-something-in-his-life-that-he-can-look-back-on/ http://videomusicstars.com/what-drives-rapper-you-is-to-have-something-in-his-life-that-he-can-look-back-on/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:23:32 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9719 you-680

While many artists may want to achieve the same fame and fortune as musicians before them, other artists want to carve their own path in the music world and achieve success on their own terms. Nicholas Hobson, also known as YOU, is an Edmonton, Canada-based hip-hop artist with a desire to do just that. Above all, he strives for "YOUnity" with his fans, who he hopes can find words and music they can relate to when they hear his beats and lyrics.

What drives YOU internally is to have something in his life that he can look back on and gauge his improvement from his own perspective rather than based on what a coach, boss, professor or lover says. The competition, he says, is "between me and YOU, He describes YOUnity as a movement where someone betters himself to better the community, reaches out to others out of strength rather than desperation and seeks to understand rather than be understood.

YOU uses his music as a vehicle to achieve this purpose: to deliver smooth, evenly paced lines that touch on any number of concepts that he has been interested in or exposed to. Finding inspiration in such artists as Jay Electronica, Blu, Action Bronson and Sean Price, YOU has developed a penchant for ear-catching beats, ranging from dreamy and ethereal to hard-hitting and funky. His lyrics are influenced by the lack of mental blocks that would keep him away from ideas that people may not like at first. YOU is real, and he brings it all every time he steps up to the mic.

Most recently, YOU released his latest recording, the five-track Ep Costume Party Gangsta, which he dropped on Halloween last year, and he also released three new videos on his YouTube channel: "Lipstick Stained Cigarettes”, “Far Away” and “Bucket”.  "Lipstick Stained Cigarettes" will also be featured on an upcoming installment of WiFi PR Group's digital mixtape series, lndie Anthems. The compilation is a collection of international independent artists who WiFi PR wants to put on the radars of music lovers and industry tastemakers the world over, and that is soon to include YOU and his featured track.

Costume Party Gangsta is YOU's fourth effort, following three other self-produced recordings released over the course of the year: his debut Felt Pen Sketch Book Vol. I (March 2014), Thievin' for Steez (May 2014) and A Righteous Dude (July 2014) -all of which are available on YOU's Bandcamp page.  His first recordings have all been back to back, released within a few of months of each other, which demonstrates the sheer amount of music, inspiration and creativity that YOU has ready to unleash on the hip-hop world.

Listen to more of YOU's music on Bandcamp.

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While many artists may want to achieve the same fame and fortune as musicians before them, other artists want to carve their own path in the music world and achieve success on their own terms. Nicholas Hobson, also known as YOU, is an Edmonton, Canada-based hip-hop artist with a desire to do just that. Above all, he strives for "YOUnity" with his fans, who he hopes can find words and music they can relate to when they hear his beats and lyrics.

What drives YOU internally is to have something in his life that he can look back on and gauge his improvement from his own perspective rather than based on what a coach, boss, professor or lover says. The competition, he says, is "between me and YOU, He describes YOUnity as a movement where someone betters himself to better the community, reaches out to others out of strength rather than desperation and seeks to understand rather than be understood.

YOU uses his music as a vehicle to achieve this purpose: to deliver smooth, evenly paced lines that touch on any number of concepts that he has been interested in or exposed to. Finding inspiration in such artists as Jay Electronica, Blu, Action Bronson and Sean Price, YOU has developed a penchant for ear-catching beats, ranging from dreamy and ethereal to hard-hitting and funky. His lyrics are influenced by the lack of mental blocks that would keep him away from ideas that people may not like at first. YOU is real, and he brings it all every time he steps up to the mic.

Most recently, YOU released his latest recording, the five-track Ep Costume Party Gangsta, which he dropped on Halloween last year, and he also released three new videos on his YouTube channel: "Lipstick Stained Cigarettes”, “Far Away” and “Bucket”.  "Lipstick Stained Cigarettes" will also be featured on an upcoming installment of WiFi PR Group's digital mixtape series, lndie Anthems. The compilation is a collection of international independent artists who WiFi PR wants to put on the radars of music lovers and industry tastemakers the world over, and that is soon to include YOU and his featured track.

Costume Party Gangsta is YOU's fourth effort, following three other self-produced recordings released over the course of the year: his debut Felt Pen Sketch Book Vol. I (March 2014), Thievin' for Steez (May 2014) and A Righteous Dude (July 2014) -all of which are available on YOU's Bandcamp page.  His first recordings have all been back to back, released within a few of months of each other, which demonstrates the sheer amount of music, inspiration and creativity that YOU has ready to unleash on the hip-hop world.

Listen to more of YOU's music on Bandcamp.

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Flying Vaginas – “And That’s Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” http://videomusicstars.com/flying-vaginas-and-thats-why-we-cant-have-nice-things/ http://videomusicstars.com/flying-vaginas-and-thats-why-we-cant-have-nice-things/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:27:27 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9716 flying-vaginas-680

With a band name like Flying Vaginas, it’s no surprise that the band members carry such aliases as Well Worn Banana (guitars, vocals), Disappointed Kiwi (bass, vocals) and Angry Pineapple (drums, synths). But this Italian trio’s debut album, And That’s Why We Can’t Have Nice Things (2014), demonstrates the seriousness of their dedication to the music they create and pulls out all the stops you’d imagine a true shoegaze band would. It leaves the listener with a sound similar to Yo La Tengo, My Bloody Valenne, Yuck and The Babies, to name a few.

On the album, the common thread is that everything is coated with that airy, almost synthec distorted feel of shoegaze that always sounds like the mixer slightly tweaked the sound with a light smoky wind sweeping across the instruments and vocals. As Distorsioni puts it, “It comes out of brilliant, cerebral pop, reverberated from the game of balance between light and shadow, by a clever use of the tuning and distoron even with classical and minimal instrumentation.”

The album starts off with “Wake,” a solemn, fuzzy track with whimsical vocals that float gently over slowly shining synth chords that give the whole piece a heavy feeling you can sink into a cozy chair with. But the feeling doesn’t last for long when the next track, “Happiness and Flour” takes over with bouncy percussion and a bright guitar melody. The vocals are sll dreamy and ethereal like wispy cirrus clouds passing overhead, and the fuzz continues to hug each note that comes out of every instrument. Both keep the track grounded in shoegaze while toying with elements of indie rock as well.

Flying Vaginas may be irreverent as a concept, but the music they create couldn’t be revered more as they’ve carefully spliced together every layer of sound on this album. Listeners get a complete feel of the sheer emotion and force behind these musicians’ passion for the music they create, and this debut opens up the gates to exciting possibilities for a hot new Italian band making a name for themselves in the national scene.

Listen to Flying Vaginas’ And That’s Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, released by Mia Cameretta Records , on Bandcamp.

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With a band name like Flying Vaginas, it’s no surprise that the band members carry such aliases as Well Worn Banana (guitars, vocals), Disappointed Kiwi (bass, vocals) and Angry Pineapple (drums, synths). But this Italian trio’s debut album, And That’s Why We Can’t Have Nice Things (2014), demonstrates the seriousness of their dedication to the music they create and pulls out all the stops you’d imagine a true shoegaze band would. It leaves the listener with a sound similar to Yo La Tengo, My Bloody Valenne, Yuck and The Babies, to name a few.

On the album, the common thread is that everything is coated with that airy, almost synthec distorted feel of shoegaze that always sounds like the mixer slightly tweaked the sound with a light smoky wind sweeping across the instruments and vocals. As Distorsioni puts it, “It comes out of brilliant, cerebral pop, reverberated from the game of balance between light and shadow, by a clever use of the tuning and distoron even with classical and minimal instrumentation.”

The album starts off with “Wake,” a solemn, fuzzy track with whimsical vocals that float gently over slowly shining synth chords that give the whole piece a heavy feeling you can sink into a cozy chair with. But the feeling doesn’t last for long when the next track, “Happiness and Flour” takes over with bouncy percussion and a bright guitar melody. The vocals are sll dreamy and ethereal like wispy cirrus clouds passing overhead, and the fuzz continues to hug each note that comes out of every instrument. Both keep the track grounded in shoegaze while toying with elements of indie rock as well.

Flying Vaginas may be irreverent as a concept, but the music they create couldn’t be revered more as they’ve carefully spliced together every layer of sound on this album. Listeners get a complete feel of the sheer emotion and force behind these musicians’ passion for the music they create, and this debut opens up the gates to exciting possibilities for a hot new Italian band making a name for themselves in the national scene.

Listen to Flying Vaginas’ And That’s Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, released by Mia Cameretta Records , on Bandcamp.

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Album Review: HEO – “Structure” – ambient driven by steady rock http://videomusicstars.com/album-review-heo-structure-ambient-driven-by-steady-rock/ http://videomusicstars.com/album-review-heo-structure-ambient-driven-by-steady-rock/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:54:17 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9713 heo-680

While trying to decide between listening to something ambient or something driven by a steady rock beat, listeners can instead find an enticing blend of the two in Korean band HEO. HEO combines the strength of indie rock with the melodic and rhythmic surprises of electronic music, all while maintaining a subtle but compelling darkness to their sound. Nowhere can this sound be heard better than in HEO’s latest album, Structure (2014).

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The album opens with the instrumental track, “Sound of A,” a perfect example of the way HEO constructs tracks that are both ambient and zany at any given moment. After a little over a minute and a half of spacy sounds over a thumping beat, bizarre bubbling sound effects burst over the main melody and beat until shuddering into a quieter space. That brief quiet then leads right back into the bursting, dissonant sound effects that give the piece texture and definition, as it starkly contrasts the calm, smooth beat-driven beginning and end cap to this stellar first song.

The next track, “Luna,” starts out very keyboard-driven before a more indie rock-influenced guitar line rounds out the intro and the album’s first whispery lyrics drift above the main melodies. This delicate lyrical delivery carries through the album, but it receives proper introductory treatment in “Luna.” Because of its musicality and lyricism, this track has been recognized beyond the album itself. “Luna” is also featured on WiFi PR Group’s compilation, Indie Anthems Vol. 9, a collection of international independent artists that WiFi PR wants to put on the radars of music lovers and industry tastemakers the world over. Released at CMJ Music Marathon in October 2014, the digital mixtape included HEO and other electronic artists and is now available on the Indie Anthems Bandcamp page.

While electronic and dark ambient music often take front and center in HEO’s music, tracks like “Word of Silence” showcase the group’s ability to deliver a harder rock sound that can also dissolve into a lighter, soaring indie rock anthem by the song’s end. “Ride the Wave” is another heavier rock track that kicks off with distorted guitar licks and a kinetic bass line that harken back to the zany attitude HEO has displayed in some of its more electronic-driven songs. “Ride the Wave” also focuses on highly effected vocals that sound like they’ve been through a vocoder and back as they saturate the rock rhythms with an electronic sensibility.

In “Hard to Keep,” HEO takes a step back into softer alt-rock territory to deliver an emotive set of verses with more natural voices and steady rhythms in the keys. Hovering a little closer to the ground with this track, HEO shows a more serious side to their music while launching into a song that’s just over 11 minutes long.

For a dark-ambience-meets-indie-rock sound that transports listeners to a world of Korean musicians trying to get by with a unique breed of music in hand, HEO offers all that and more. Structure is their pinnacle effort thus far and has the potential to skyrocket them to festival bills like SXSW and international indie fame.

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While trying to decide between listening to something ambient or something driven by a steady rock beat, listeners can instead find an enticing blend of the two in Korean band HEO. HEO combines the strength of indie rock with the melodic and rhythmic surprises of electronic music, all while maintaining a subtle but compelling darkness to their sound. Nowhere can this sound be heard better than in HEO’s latest album, Structure (2014).

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The album opens with the instrumental track, “Sound of A,” a perfect example of the way HEO constructs tracks that are both ambient and zany at any given moment. After a little over a minute and a half of spacy sounds over a thumping beat, bizarre bubbling sound effects burst over the main melody and beat until shuddering into a quieter space. That brief quiet then leads right back into the bursting, dissonant sound effects that give the piece texture and definition, as it starkly contrasts the calm, smooth beat-driven beginning and end cap to this stellar first song.

The next track, “Luna,” starts out very keyboard-driven before a more indie rock-influenced guitar line rounds out the intro and the album’s first whispery lyrics drift above the main melodies. This delicate lyrical delivery carries through the album, but it receives proper introductory treatment in “Luna.” Because of its musicality and lyricism, this track has been recognized beyond the album itself. “Luna” is also featured on WiFi PR Group’s compilation, Indie Anthems Vol. 9, a collection of international independent artists that WiFi PR wants to put on the radars of music lovers and industry tastemakers the world over. Released at CMJ Music Marathon in October 2014, the digital mixtape included HEO and other electronic artists and is now available on the Indie Anthems Bandcamp page.

While electronic and dark ambient music often take front and center in HEO’s music, tracks like “Word of Silence” showcase the group’s ability to deliver a harder rock sound that can also dissolve into a lighter, soaring indie rock anthem by the song’s end. “Ride the Wave” is another heavier rock track that kicks off with distorted guitar licks and a kinetic bass line that harken back to the zany attitude HEO has displayed in some of its more electronic-driven songs. “Ride the Wave” also focuses on highly effected vocals that sound like they’ve been through a vocoder and back as they saturate the rock rhythms with an electronic sensibility.

In “Hard to Keep,” HEO takes a step back into softer alt-rock territory to deliver an emotive set of verses with more natural voices and steady rhythms in the keys. Hovering a little closer to the ground with this track, HEO shows a more serious side to their music while launching into a song that’s just over 11 minutes long.

For a dark-ambience-meets-indie-rock sound that transports listeners to a world of Korean musicians trying to get by with a unique breed of music in hand, HEO offers all that and more. Structure is their pinnacle effort thus far and has the potential to skyrocket them to festival bills like SXSW and international indie fame.

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