Friday, August 28, 2015

Pianist Alchymie releases new seasonal LP 'Midnight Clear'


The pianist known only as Alchymie has released her instrumental LP of seasonal music, “Midnight Clear.” The full-length album consists of no fewer than 15 tracks for a grand total of over an hour's listening time. It has been proudly released independent from involvement with the corporate music industry. Gentle as a winter breeze yet evocative, moving and even inspiring at times, “Midnight Clear” is the latest reason for fans of instrumental music to pay close attention to the elegant and intuitive playing of Alchymie.

Asked to name some key musical influences for her “Midnight Clear” LP, Alchymie cites imagery rather than people: “A clear northern winter sky full of stars, the clean newly fallen snow, the stillness as everything waits, the absolute perfection and beauty of a moment in time … midnight clear.”

As unbelievable as it may seem, these ideas go a long way toward suggesting the overall sound of “Midnight Clear,” which album takes its name from the 1849 classic, “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” (Track 9 on the record). This makes perfect sense, as Alchymie's selections for her new LP are the same songs and carols which have signified the holiday season for nearly two centuries.

The songs on “Midnight Clear” include such time-honored compositions as “Silent Night,” “Good King Wenceslas,” “We Three Kings of Orient Are,” and “What Child Is This.” Also of note, Alchymie closes out her album with the New Year's Day tradition of “Auld Lang Syne,” followed finally by what may be the oldest surviving holiday song, “Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming,” which first appeared in its modern form in 1599.

These songs have qualities and characters all their own, but the collection, presentation, and overall performance of the album belong solely to Alchymie, a pianist with as much character and soul in her playing as the songs have in their grand histories. She lends to each track an inventiveness and imaginative interpretation which manages to be both innovative and unique as well as strikingly respectful to the original pieces. Returning fans of Alchymie will remark that nobody could balance these aims the way Alchymie can.

The artist describes the message of her new instrumental LP in the following paragraph:

“The magic imparted by a particular time of night during the holiday season, just before midnight when things go clear, it's quiet. The snow has given a hushed blanket of solitude in which we can relax, reflect and enjoy the holiday season through ambient stillness with soundscapes that remind us of familiar holiday melodies but allow our thoughts and hearts to drift even further.”

“Midnight Clear” by Alchymie is available online worldwide beginning Sept. 1, 2015. Get in early, fans of piano and holiday music.

-S. McCauley
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DJ HRTZ releases popular new single 'Accidentally Acid'


Australian digital music composer HRTZ has released her premier dance single, “Accidentally Acid.” The prominent track features original vocals by Canadian DJ Kwe. It has been proudly published as an independent release outside the influence of the corporate music industry. Pulsing with groove, subtly unstoppable, and so easy to fall into that fans of all genres can agree on it, “Accidentally Acid” is a traditional house music anthem with a modern edge that suggests HRTZ will be at the top of her game for years to come.

HRTZ cites music influences from the UK house-music scene, such as Maya Jane Coles and Carl Cox, as well as Russian DJ Nina Kraviz. Listeners familiar with the works of these digital composers will recognize common traits between them: tight, spacious beats, minimal instrumentation, and slow builds that rely on tasteful texturing rather than “are you all ready for this”-style crescendos. Like the music of HRTZ, herself, this is electronic music that has much more to offer than your kid brother's MacBook masterpiece.

The difference may lie in HRTZ's musical roots, which differ greatly from that of many digital composers today.

“I was originally a singer-songwriter,” HRTZ writes. “I wrote blues and folk songs and played around the open mic nights in Melbourne. I also played an open mic night in Canada while on holiday and in San Francisco, too. It was fun to experience a different audience from the Australian one.”

Another key quality her new single boasts is that of an underlying complexity. Its patient, classy minimalism allows for a tacit communication between the music and the music fan. It isn't blaring, isn't gaudy, isn't obnoxious. This electronic music doesn't yell – it speaks.

“'Accidentally Acid' is about letting go of the daily grind and realising it's not about the gadgets and the quick sugar rushes that we experience in life,” writes HRTZ. “It's about something much deeper than that. It's personal to every listener.”

Maybe that's why her single has collected 6,000 plays in the few weeks it's been available for listening – just on her official SoundCloud page alone – and this with precious little hype but word of mouth.

HRTZ (Toyah Hoetzel) is a Melbourne-based house-music producer and DJ affiliated with Beyond The Beat UK & AU. She grew up getting into gay clubs underage in the industrial areas of Melbourne's grimy Collingwood district. She found her feet amongst the lovers of vocal house where sweaty, bass-driven remixes of divas such as Whitney Houston were a regular vice for many.

Originally a classically trained guitarist and then a singer-songwriter, HRTZ loves and focuses on melodic shifts in tension in her sets, and by doing so commands control of the dance floor. Inspired by the electro movement in Melbourne's more obscure clubs like Honky Tonks, Eurotrash Pop Shop and The Croft Institute in the early 2000s, HRTZ was exposed to such legends as Ajax, John Course and Carl Cox, where her love of vocal, electro and house were entrenched.

HRTZ returned to her musical roots on a digital platform in 2013 pioneering TopDeckDJs and entered as a newcomer into Melbourne's club scene with a variety of sounds from house, tech-house, trap, moombahton and bass-heavy EDM sets. She now produces what she loves, indie dance and deep-house tunes, and is gaining momentum as a DJ, producer, and digital-sample artist.

“Accidentally Acid” by HRTZ and feat. DJ Kwe is available online worldwide beginning Aug. 31, 2015. Get in early, house-music fans.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer
www.MondoTunes.com


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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Singer-songwriter Michael LeClerc releases new self-titled EP album


The singer and songwriter from Ontario, Canada known as Michael LeClerc has released his new self-titled EP album, “Michael LeClerc.” The record is composed of six LeClerc originals for an approximate total listening time of 20 minutes, making for a comprehensive introduction to this popular performer from Ontario, Canada. Warm, upbeat, and accessible to fans of virtually any music style, “Michael LeClerc” by Michael LeClerc is sure to snare the attention of singer-songwriter fans around the world.

LeClerc's music, while unique in its tone and surprisingly smooth delivery, fits well in record collections which may include James Taylor, David Gray, Jackson Brown, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, or Van Morrison. Simply cross-referencing the general feel of songs by the above can approximate the tenor and acoustic groove of the “Michael LeClerc” EP, though it must be heard in its entirety to be appreciated and understood.

Part of this is due to the highly textured musical background of the artist. In addition to Dave Matthews and Van Morrison, LeClerc cites as main artistic influences higher-octane acts such as Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, and Nirvana, as well as masters of emotional crescendo like John Mayer and the Beatles.

Michael LeClerc has been singing since the age of eight and playing guitar since 14. After moving to the Cayman Islands in 2007, LeClerc started a band, Smooth Bill, with which band he came to perform for audiences numbering in the thousands. In time, Smooth Bill reached more listeners via online radio stations and on public radio in the Caymans, prompting LeClerc to focus on his music.

He recorded his debut solo EP, “Radio” in 2010. He has since moved to California where he performs as a featured artist at wineries all along the coast, as well as at the Renaissance Hotels as part of their RLIFE Concert Series. The series showcases premier independent musicians and has helped launch careers for acts like Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke, and Neon Trees.

“Michael LeClerc” by Michael LeClerc is available online worldwide beginning Sept. 1, 2015.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer
www.MondoTunes.com

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Yaro J releases new electronic dance EP 'Electrik Love'


The producer of electronic dance music known internationally as Yaro J has released his anxiously awaited EP, “Electrik Love.” The album includes four original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 17 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the interference or support of the corporate music industry. Pulsing, thumping, roaring and soaring, “Electrik Love” is a summer finale for lovers of EDM which proves that Yaro J is a producer to watch for in 2015 and beyond.

There's much to look forward to in “Electrik Love” for listeners of the genre. In addition to the considerable talents of Toronto-based Yaro J, himself, the EP record also showcases the skills of Diana Richie and Victoria Gouveia. The combined talents of these three artists coalesces into an explosive and sensual dance experience which works as well in nightclubs as it does in car stereos and ear buds.

Yaro J's “Electrik Love” has been widely publicized by official video trailers directed by Andrew C which began appearing in mid August. Each of these trailers has received thousands of views in the mere two weeks they have been available. Yaro J's fan base can be safely estimated in the scores of thousands, therefore, making him one of the more intriguing EDM producers to emerge this year.

The EP album's first single, “Let Me Dream” feat. Victoria Gouveia, has drawn especial attention from fans and critics alike. Its swan song featuring Diana Richie also forms a large part of the record's appeal. “Fly” closes out the album, complete with a six-minute extended remix as an added bonus. Many listeners will play both tracks back-to-back rather than pick a favorite.

All in all, “Electrik Love” brings color and verve to EDM fans ready to see what fall has to offer them. If “Electrik Love” by Yaro J is any indication, there's going to be plenty of good dance music.

“Electrik Love” by Yaro J is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer
www.MondoTunes.com

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Nina Maria releases new sonic-art album 'From My Upbringing'


The rapper and sonic artist known as Nina Maria has released a new, full-length album, titled, “From My Upbringing.” The record contains no fewer than 28 tracks for a grand total of approximately two hours' listening time. It has been proudly published on the Coinxiding Arts Entertainment independent record label. Bringing together the synth beats of hip hop and the earnestness of spoken-word poetry, “From My Upbringing” is a rare delivery of truth from this inimitable artist from Missouri.

“From My Upbringing” is not simply music. In addition to rapping that comes off-the-cuff as naturally as breathing, Nina Maria's new album has elements of improvisational jazz which make it remarkable as fine, sonic art. It is plainly real. The artist does not pretend, posture, or pose, neither coats, nor gilds, nor adorns these words. The result is a collection of stream-of-consciousness English which describes this thinking, feeling person in as clear and direct a manner as language can make possible.

The bitter circumstances which make this possible are several, but largely it is the creative method of the artist which makes this record the thing of beauty that it is. Every one of Nina Maria's lyrics are improvised. The recordings are, therefore, live performances.

“I freestyle all my songs now,” the artist writes, “because I have schizo-effective disorder. I also make all my beats.”

The story leading up to this legitimate work of genius describes (and is not limited to) graduating high school with a 5.0 GPA via advanced-placement classes, a tour with the US Marines as a computer systems specialist, an abusive relationship, a stint of homelessness, and an ongoing battle with schizophrenia.

– And as stated, this is not nearly the entire story: “I was misidentified by someone from a shooting in the [Columbia, MO] area. I was arrested and up against 30 years. I took a plea when the number got to four [years] because I knew they were trying to hang me out to dry. I did two inside and walked down two years' parole. By God's grace He got me back to Eolia.”

Nina Maria responded to this maltreatment by releasing four digital albums. “From My Upbringing” is merely the latest in a repertoire which includes also 2014's “Santa Maria's Corruption” and “By the Way,” published only last spring. Each has been made available online worldwide and is categorized as rap and spoken-word poetry.

Maria cites as main artistic influences Beethoven, Stevie Wonder, the Isley Brothers, DJ Paul, and a Tribe Called Quest.

Asked to comment on the themes and messages of “From My Upbringing,” Nina Maria writes, “No matter who you are, we all go through ups and downs and struggle.”

“From My Upbringing” by Nina Maria is a glorious celebration of individuality, the naked sound of a person skilled in rhythm and rhyme speaking thoughts in song. It is a representation not just of Nina Maria, but of us all, and it deserves much praise and attention.

Nina Maria's “From My Upbringing” is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer
www.MondoTunes.com

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Livid Lover releases new LP album 'Don't Worry, I'll Always Love You… and of Course… Mess With Your Head'


The alternative-rock group Livid Lover has released a new LP album, “Don't Worry, I'll Always Love You... and of Course... Mess With Your Head.” The full-length record comprises nearly a full hour of highly textured, evocative rock music in 11 original tracks. It has been published as an independent release without the interference of the corporate music industry. Integrating elements of post-grunge, alt-rock, shoegaze and much more, “Don't Worry, I'll Always Love You...” from Livid Lover is a expansive, immersive rock experience that any fan of underground rock music can get lost in.

Livid Lover cites as main artistic influences Jeff Buckley, the Cure, Trent Reznor, Tool, Smashing Pumpkins, the National, Sia Furler, Teagan and Sara, and Pink Floyd. The sound of “Don't Worry...” has notable elements of each of these (the operatic composition style of Pink Floyd, the emotional access of Jeff Buckley, and the patient spaciousness of Smashing Pumpkins, for instance) which combines to form a multifaceted whole with moments of both hard and soft extremes.

This makes Livid Lover's new record hard to nail down, but one of its chief charms is that it doesn't lend itself well to categorization. Part of this, too, is the earnest and unadorned singing style of singer-songwriter Blake Nolan Hanson (also of Halo Minor). His articulate, yet passionate singing conveys all the meaning with which he has infused his very deliberate lyrics, and does so in tones reminiscent of John Doe (X) Brandon Boyd (Incubus) and Jeff Buckley.

This careful balance results in high-impact, refreshingly unassuming rock music that the listener can take as seriously or casually as he or she may like. It is accessible to nearly everyone who enjoys a good blend of hard and soft, loud and laid-back alternative rock. Like its title, “Don't Worry, I'll Always Love You... and of Course... Mess With Your Head” can be as complex or as simple as the music fan prefers. Were it liquor, one could call it smoked cognac, or just rye whiskey.

Asked to comment on the themes of their new record, Hanson writes, “This record has recurring love, loneliness and vulnerability themes. [It's about] being invisible in and to the world, and how that fact in itself can connect those bold enough to live a loner life trying to improve themselves on a daily basis.”

Some of his music has plenty of personal importance, too. One track in particular could easily have ended in tragedy.

“'Come Away,'” writes Hanson, “started as a suicide pact song a fellow songwriter and I had together that twisted into an anti-suicide song. I strive to be compelling and unique in my writing. I feel it to be very important.”

'Unique' (not to say 'weird') describes Livid Lover's sound fairly well – a trick nobody has perfected. Hanson knows this and respects the value of it, too.

“All I've learned about the dying music industry I keep in the back of my mind as a silly motivator,” says Hanson. “I'm ever trying to prove wrong the old formulas. I feel I am un-pigeonhole-able and don't take myself too seriously, but I do make serious efforts to drop jaws with my projects. I try to be epic and write my interpretation of beautiful is what I'm getting at. I feel conformity is the wrong path to walk.”

Livid Lover plays and performs in the Minneapolis area.

“Don't Worry, I'll Always Love You... and of Course... Mess With Your Head” by Livid Lover is available beginning Aug. 22, 2015.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer
www.MondoTunes.com

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Atlanta rapper Yoshi releases new single 'It's a Go'


The rapper known as Yoshi (usually stylized Y0$#!) has released his latest hip-hop single, “It's a Go.” The track has been released independent of support from the corporate music infrastructure. Booming with bass, animated with classic video game references and showcasing the vocal talents of one of Atlanta's most original underground artists today, “It's a Go” by Yoshi is one of the most creative hip-hop singles to emerge from summer 2015.

Highlighting what is perhaps the most diverse musical background of any rapper in recent memory, Yoshi cites as main artistic influences Stevie Wonder, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, Daft Punk, Justice, Africa Bambaataa, Kenny G, Sade, Mozart, and classic musicals such as Gigi and The Sound of Music.

This individualism is at the heart of Yoshi's character both onstage and off. It's palpably audible in “It's a Go” and other tracks available online for listening from Yoshi, and he's quick to speak openly about not fearing to be different.

Asked to comment on the theme of his new “It's a Go” single, Yoshi writes, “Be you and never let anyone change that fact.”

Yoshi, who is originally from Cincinnati, got his start in hip hop as a beatboxer. As his older brother and friends cut their teeth making rhymes, Yoshi provided organic beats. This off-the-cuff element to his music has also stayed with him. Does he write his own lyrics? Yes, he does. He remarks, however, that most of his songs are freestyles written in the moment of performance.

The artist has been noted for his ability to mimic “almost any sound.” One commenter on his official SoundCloud page even asks where he got his Nintendo-based sample from for “It's a Go.”

Yoshi has at times been likened to Big KRIT, Young Jeezy, Linkin Park, Blink 182, David Banner and Pastor Troy.

He has performed as far away as the SXSW festival, and as close at hand around Atlanta as Buckhead's Hole in the Wall, Edgewood's Esoral, midtown's Enclave, downtown Atlanta's Winston Cigars, and in the East Atlanta Village's iLounge and Union venues.

“It's a Go” by Yoshi is available online for listening from the artist's official website now [link provided below]. It becomes available for purchase at over 750 online music outlets worldwide circa Aug. 22, 2015.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer
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