Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Marko Benn releases new LP 'Just Remains'

The singer and songwriter known as Marko Benn has released his latest full-length record, “Just Remains.” The album contains 10 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 35 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the support or influence of the corporate music industry. Raw, unmitigated and full of sonic emotion, “Just Remains” is the definitive work from this remarkable singer-songwriter from Ontario's burgeoning music underground.

Marko Benn cites as main artistic influences Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) and Danny Shirran of Dubai, UAE. His own music falls not far from these trees, being largely founded on heartfelt vocals and rhythmic and ringing acoustic guitar chords. Benn's singing is a masculine kind of beautiful, genuine and true, his guitar work straightforward and strong.

Still, Marko Benn's “Just Remains” is a record based on songwriting more than any of its other high qualities. In terms of chord progression and lyric poetry both, it is a work of humble genius resonating outward from Benn's real-life narrations.

Asked to describe the themes of his new record, Benn writes, “The songs on this album come from experiences in relationships. They relay messages of several emotions like love, heartache and depression.”

Nevertheless, the album is uplifting rather than sad. It is refreshing, invigorating, and often warm. The effect is like a hand outstretched to the listener offering goodwill, brotherhood, and the understanding that comes from having felt several colors of pain.

Largely a studio musician, Marko Benn has stated that his overarching goal in music is to raise funds for sick children and their families.

“After personally experiencing the need for support,” a representative for Marko Benn writes, “he knows how important it is to help others.”

Marko Benn's popular single, “Precious Moments” was made available on iTunes and elsewhere in 2012 with all proceeds going towards this worthy cause.

“Just Remains” by Marko Benn is available online worldwide. Also be sure not to miss his “Precious Moments” video (link provided below).

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Wendy Honestly releases debut solo single 'Tattoo Tears'

The award-winning singer and songwriter from Belgium known as Wendy Honestly has released her debut solo single, “Tattoo Tears.” The track has been published as an independent release without the influence of the corporate music industry. It is Honestly's most prominent and anxiously awaited single since her “Lady Masquerade” hit, which went gold in 2013. Sultry, shadowy, and bearing the best elements of soul-pop and modern electronica, “Tattoo Tears” showcases Wendy Honestly as one of Europe's best kept secrets.

Wendy Honestly cites as chief musical influences Amy Winehouse, Lana Del Rey, Paloma Faith, Selah Sue, Dido, Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman, and many other great singers known for their powerful sonic poetry. While Honestly's vocal performance on “Tattoo Tears” places her among vocalists of this high caliber, her musical accompaniment is also reminiscent of groups like Massive Attack, Portishead and Goldfrapp.

“Tattoo Tears” by Wendy Honestly is also being released with an accompanying official music video.

Music by Wendy Honestly first strikes the listener as music which draws one in and makes a colorful place in which to experience the moods, tones and emotions it evokes. If the music fan pays attention, however, it may be the intended meaning and suggested themes which eventually hit the hardest.

“I wanna inspire people to be real,” Wendy Honestly writes. “I hope people can relate to my lyrics. Art is never perfect but it's the perfect expression of how you feel.”

Honestly's stage name isn't just for show, either. It's a direct representation of her actual self.

“Writing lyrics comes naturally to me,” she says. “Most of the time it just happens like a hunch, when I cry or when I can't sleep.”

She goes on to describe “Tattoo Tears” as a song about perseverance, about “dealing with pain and growing stronger with every step we take. It is only by falling and failing that we can learn how to do it right next time.”

True to form, her new single is one which resonates with the earnest pains and obstacles of her own life.

“Letting go is a life lesson I had to learn,” writes Wendy Honestly. “Even though the men in my life have brought cracks into my heart, by recording this song, I have given myself the power of the eternal word! I can only hope true love does exist. What I did learn is that it starts by loving yourself, by excepting both your weaknesses and your strengths.”

But “Tattoo Tears” wasn't recorded for this reason alone, naturally. Wendy Honestly knows the importance of music and of musical inspiration, both as an artist and as a person.

She writes of this, “Other artists and their struggle to get there have also inspired me. People need hope. It is the fuel that keeps them going.”

Wendy Honestly received a golden record for her single with DJ David Latour, “Lady Masquerade.” The track charted for five months and hit n°10 after just three weeks. She has published many popular dance and rap songs, such as “Live Free” with DJ Mark With a K. She has performed live in London, Monaco and at her home base of Belgium.

“Tattoo Tears” by Wendy Honestly is available online worldwide. Get in early, soul-pop fans.

The following dedication comes directly from the artist, herself:

I wanna dedicate this song to all people who've had a great deal of suffering in their life, who've stayed strong on the outside, yet are broken on the inside. I wanna let them know they are not alone.

Just like I see this song as the closure of 15 years of drama and pain in my life, I want them to find the strength inside themselves, and let this song be an eye-opener. Only you have the power to set your own limits, to demand self-respect and gain self-confidence again! The key is inside you. Nobody else can live your life.

I have learned that without being at rock bottom, I would never have gotten the insight that the drama actually was a true blessing in disguise. I needed this journey to grow as a person. Without the struggle, you cannot appreciate the good things as much.

I have a mission in my life. It is to help and heal others with my words. Through my songs I am able to do this on a large scale. It would be beautiful to see if I could only let a few people discover the truth within themselves. If the past didn't happen, I would never have become a singer-songwriter! Therefore I feel blessed and thankful.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

DJ Alex Graham releases new dance single 'At Night'

The DJ and composer of digital dance music known internationally as Alex Graham has released his latest house-music single, “At Night.” The track has been released as an independent track outside the influence of the corporate music industry. Pulsing, pounding, vibrant and grooving, “At Night” from Alex Graham is the latest proof that the tradition of house music is more alive in 2015 than ever before.

Alex Graham is a multidimensional musician with experience playing 14 different instruments. A true veteran of the house-music underground, Graham has been working as a DJ for more than two decades. His expanding credits as a music producer span the last seven years. The present release of “At Night” stands out as a prominent example of his skills, being a much touted, updated bootleg remix of an already highly acclaimed classic.

Alex Graham has been DJing since the age of 14. He has performed as the headlining act at private parties, illicit raves, and as a special guest for many other live acts. His experience in classical music connects him to many corners and avenues not often associated with house music, a fact he has not taken for granted. His classical music training may also be heard in the characteristic way his music transitions from one movement to the next, sometimes gradual, sometimes unpredictable, but always intuitively and in a way that excites the listener and provokes plenty of action on the dance floor.

Graham has extensively performed live as a DJ in the British Isles and abroad, and has shared the stage with such popular artists as Wally Lopez, Bodyrox, MOS, and a great many others. His music has been graced by master vocalists like Pepper MaShay, Amrick Channa, Angie Brown, Rozalla, Hanna Jones and Toyah Wilcox.

Some of the underground music industry's best labels have published Alex Graham music, including Skint Records, who released his double A-sided single with plans for more, and Miss Moneypenny's, who released a triple-CD album featuring no fewer then eight Alex Graham original tracks. Still more high-profile labels have expressed interest in music by this eminent DJ, ensuring that listeners and dancers alike have plenty from him on the way.

Graham has hinted that a fresh, new live set is in the works and may be ready for live performance as early as winter 2015.

“At Night” from Alex Graham is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Island singer-songwriter Jamie Gallo releases new album 'Awakening'

The singer and songwriter from Hawaii known as Jamie Gallo has released her much awaited full-length record, “Awakening.” The LP contains 10 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. It has been published as an independent music release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Melodic, rocking, thrilling, beautiful, powerful and full of the original alternative rock tradition, “Awakening” by Jamie Gallo is the rock record the scene has been wanting.

Jamie Gallo cites as main artistic influences Joni Mitchell, Thom Yorke, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Nicks, and Al Green. Her own vocal sound and style reflects her great taste in music, having elements of Mitchell and Nicks both, as well as the precision of Houston and the insouciance of Aguilera. Gallo's overall tone blends groove with grunge and adds a touch of funk. Her “Awakening” album also boasts that particular tenor of folk-rock which gave the original alternative rock groups, bands like Blind Melon and Soul Asylum, the ability to play hard with acoustic instruments or lightly while plugged in.

Like many of the world's best musicians, Jamie Gallo got her start in music via Sunday psalms.

“I got my first guitar when I was five years old and started singing in church,” she writes. “I was a closet rock junkie as my cousin Johnny turned me on to Beatles and '70s rock. He was my first inspiration.”

As one might intuit from the title of her record, the themes of “Awakening” remain close to her rock-n-roll roots.

“The songs on this album represent spiritual, relational and social 'Awakening,'” she writes. “We go through life hoping to gain wisdom from the lessons we learn, and with love that has been burned with each experience we are awakened.”

Jamie Gallo's current official bio describes her as a mother, writer, advocate, lover and student of life. She has written for film, documentaries, and TV. Playing often on her island home of Maui, her music has been heard as far away as Hollywood, Colorado, Germany, and even China.

“Awakening” by Jamie Gallo is available online worldwide. Fans of alternative rock should get in early.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Alyssa Harrigan releases new pop single 'Time to Leave'

The singer and songwriter known internationally as Alyssa Harrigan has released her new pop single, “Time to Leave.” The track has been published as an independent release outside the reach of the corporate music industry. Smooth, classy, heartfelt and full of warm optimism, “Time to Leave” from Alyssa Harrigan proves that this songstress is a voice to hear in 2015.

Originally from the Caribbean island of Tortola, Alyssa “Monet Lyssa” Harrigan cites as main artistic influences Jessie J, Sarah Vaughan and Emily King. With crystalline, natural vocals and the additional talents of Scarecrow Beats (Kevin Touw), her “Time to Leave” single is right at home among the works of these popular musicians.

“Time to Leave” by Alyssa Harrigan comes on the heels of her debut single, “On Top of the World (ft. Teejay).” Both tracks have been published with official music videos which are freely available for listening and viewing from Harrigan's official website (link provided below).

Harrigan's pop-music repertoire is rapidly growing with still more music appearing on her official SoundCloud page all the time. Accessible and catchy like the best pop music should be, her tracks are characterized by bright moods and genuine lyrics, often accompanied by thrumming and unadorned acoustic guitar music. Music by Alyssa Harrigan is also informed by a passion for jazz which the careful listener will hear in her tastefully subtle singing style.

Asked to comment on the overall themes of her new “Time to Leave” single, Harrigan writes, “Never settle for less than the best. This single isn't your typical love song. The love displayed here is towards self and not a significant other. It's knowing when enough is enough and not being caught up in a relationship that is proving to be toxic.”

An artist with music in her blood, Alyssa Harrigan comes from the same family who founded Harrigan's Music Studios. The studio is renowned in the British Virgin Islands for teaching piano, drums and guitar. It is celebrating its 25-year anniversary in 2015.

Now living and studying in London, Harrigan has performed live at exclusive resorts such as Peter Island and Oil Nut Bay, and honed her craft as a regular weekly performer first at Quito's Gazebo in Cane Garden Bay, then later at Maria's by the Sea Hotel in Road Town, Tortola.

Still, a rapid rise to prominence as an independent pop artist hasn't stolen Alyssa Harrigan's humility.

“I'm so excited for what's in store for my journey ahead,” she tells her fans. “I want all of you to experience it right alongside me! Thank you for your support and I will continue striving to make music that I am passionate about!”

“Time to Leave” by Alyssa “Monet Lyssa” Harrigan is available online worldwide beginning Sept. 24, 2015.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Seymore Saves the World release new LP 'Seymore Saves the World (Deluxe Edition)'

The piano-pop heroes from Minneapolis called Seymore Saves the World have released their acclaimed debut LP album in a new revision, “Seymore Saves the World (Deluxe Edition).” The deluxe edition of Seymore Saves the World's self-titled album comes wrapped with two bonus tracks, “I'm Into Something” and “3 Interludes,” for a total listening time of about 50 minutes. Upbeat, colorful, imaginative and fun, “Seymore Saves the World (Deluxe Edition)” is the new definitive SSW record and a must-listen for fans of piano pop around the world.

Music fans not yet acquainted with Seymore Saves the World should find much in the deluxe debut to chew on. Fans of indie-minded pop artists like Ben Folds are especially likely to appreciate the 14 original songs the LP boasts. Online music critics have recommended Seymore Saves the World's original debut record to fans of Austin, TX's Fastball and Los Angeles' short-lived alternative crew, New Radicals. Fans of indie staples such as the Bad Plus, Weezer, Built to Spill, or Mates of State will likewise strike an interest.

The members of Seymore Saves the World are veteran songwriters and performers in their own right, including Scott Hefte (Superdanger), Shawn Neary (Tapes 'n Tapes) and Nate Perbix (Cowboy Curtis, “Nate on Drums” TV program).

Like their original debut record, the deluxe “Seymore Saves the World” LP has been proudly published on the Royalty Etc. Records independent music label, which also hosts such popular groups as ZibraZibra, Middlepicker, Collapsticator and Space Camp.

Seymore Saves the World have been called “a thorough dose of pop mastery” that “delves deep into the mind of the outcast teenager and maverick nerd.” Pitchfork's Adam Moerder called the songs on their debut record “well executed.” The BG News scored the original record at a B+, calling it “a break from the ordinary … saving your ears from the mundane,” going on to recommend the record “for the experience of hearing the unique musical sound [Seymore Saves the World] have to offer.”

“Seymore Saves the World (Deluxe Edition)” by Seymore Saves the World is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Cali Cal releases new LP album 'Soul Trip'

The hip hop artist called Cali Cal has released his awaited full-length record, “Soul Trip.” The LP has been published as an independent release with nine original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 35 minutes. Often big and booming, occasionally sweet and low and always exceptionally stylish, “Soul Trip” from Cali Cal is an album fans of pop, rap, R 'n' B and hip hop alike will be able to agree on.

Florida-born Cali Cal cites as main artistic influences Michael Jackson, Drake, Lil Wayne, Frank Ocean, Bryson Tiller, and Usher. His own sound borrows traits from many of these, but the result is a modern spin on a classic sound based on deep drum 'n' bass cuts and some of smooth urban poetry. In terms of composition and songwriting, “Soul Trip” indeed boasts many of the best qualities of soul music, as well as of rhythm and blues, and fans of both genres are likely to find much they appreciate in Cali Cal's new record.

“Soul Trip” is the third official release from Cali Cal, who has also sometimes been billed as YoungCaliMojo. It is preceded by his 2013 LP, “Take Notice,” and 2012's “IDK” full length. Both albums remain available from the artist's official website (link provided below) and from, respectively.

Asked to say a few words about the themes of his “Soul Trip” record, Cali Cal writes, “My music is inspired by my everyday life. The numerous things I deal with, ranging from love to desolation. This particular album perfectly encompasses the many emotions I have dealt with in the past two years since the release of my last LP 'Take Notice.'”

Cali Cal has remained prominent in a music category that carries more independent artists than any other. He accomplishes this by maintaining strict, high standards of song crafting, studio production, and overall good taste. These artistic principles are brought to shine through his narrative lyric stories, which true-to-life tales make music from Cali Cal resonate with listeners throughout the English-speaking world.

Music fans looking for a widely varied, high-quality hip-hop album with class, style, and loads and loads of groove should look no further. “Soul Trip” by Cali Cal is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Frhetoric & Rawiri James release new rap album 'D:T:F'

The hip-hop duo known as Frhetoric and Rawiri James have released their latest EP record, “D:T:F.” Coming loaded with six original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 20 minutes, the album has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Blasting with bass, thumping with beats and boasting some of the tightest turns of phrase ever to strike a mic, “D:T:F” is clearly one of the best rap records to appear in 2015 so far.

Frhetoric and Rawiri James cite as main artistic influences Ludacris, Tech N9ne, Lupe Fiasco, and Kendrick Lamar. While elements of each of these can be heard on “D:T:F,” their intelligence and creativity have most in common with Lamar, whose music has been helping to reclaim the hip-hop underground from long-tired stereotypes and overused tropes.

Fans of rap looking for something upbeat and new will find more than they can hope to expect in “D:T:F” from Frhetoric and Rawiri James. Regardless of where the listener may be on the globe, these six clever tracks represent a much more engaging hip hop than what's on the mainstream radio anywhere.

In fact, attacking the mainstream is part of what this volatile crew is about. Their current official bio reads, “While the resulting earworms [on D:T:F] are aimed at a mainstream hip-hop audience, the tongue-in-cheek lyrics deliver blows to a music industry that takes itself too seriously.”

The record has also been described as “a journey into a world of braggadocio and innuendo, where mundane objects are turned into lecherous metaphors.”

Asked to describe the themes of their new album, Frhetoric and Rawiri James recite a short list: “Existentialism, intellectualism, delusions of grandeur, and fun.”

If any or all of the above sounds too good to be true, the music fan is encouraged to taste the proof firsthand. This strong little record suggests that the era of bottom-shelf hip hop is finally coming to a close.

“D:T:F” by Frhetoric and Rawiri James is available online worldwide beginning September 18, 2015. Get in early, rap fans. Very, very early.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Swiss rockers Stiff Staff release 'Mean Machine' LP

The rock group from Basel, Switzerland known as Stiff Staff have released their anxiously awaited, debut record, “Mean Machine.” Literally funded 121% by Stiff Staff's rabidly enthusiastic fan base, the full-length album has been proudly published as an independent release without the support of the corporate music industry.

“Mean Machine” contains nine original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. Screaming and wailing, pounding and crushing, “Mean Machine” from Stiff Staff is the latest sign that hard rock hasn't gone anywhere – it's more brutal and sex-charged than ever.

Fans of the early '80s hard-rock sound have plenty to look forward to from this volatile quintet from Central Europe. Never ones to shirk from plain speech, Stiff Staff have consistently described their music in two eloquent words: sleaze rock.

We are Stiff Staff,” they write, “and we play sleaze. We take one serving Mötley Crüe, a part of Guns N' Roses and a shot AC / DC, stir well and taste with cheap bourbon. The result is highly explosive and must extend into the rock world.”

Much about the overall character of the band's music can be derived from the members, themselves. Stiff Staff are lead vocalist Randy Andy, guitarist and backing vocalist Dick Fuxxx, guitarist Lex Climaxx, bass guitarist and backing vocalist Eddie Quicksilver, and drummer Nicky Sick.

Their debut LP “Mean Machine” showcases the group's ability to play all along the spectrum of rock, with tracks like “Rock This City” and “It Ain't Worth” lying on the traditional hard-rock axis, and tracks like “Down the Highway” and “Mean Machine” edging closer to speed or thrash metal. There are tracks with plenty of soul which bespeak the original blues roots of rock music, too, such as “Pose Your A-- Off.” There's even a ballad-esque closer, “Stayin' Young,” which proves Stiff Staff that can be earnest, too, and what's more, the final song turns out to be one of the best numbers on the record.

All in all, “Mean Machine” from Stiff Staff is far-and-away one of the best rock LPs to emerge this year. It becomes available online worldwide at over 600 music stores beginning 19 September 2015. Get in early, rock fans.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Rockers Undercover Betty release new singles 'Pain', 'Take Me' and 'Cigarette Please'

The intercontinental, female rock crew called Undercover Betty have released their latest official singles, “Pain,” “Take Me” and “Cigarette Please.” The tracks have been proudly published on the Shark Alley Records independent music label. Explosive, hammering and absolutely awash in adrenaline, “Pain,” “Take Me” and “Cigarette Please” prove once and for all that Undercover Betty is a rock group fans of the genre around the world need to know about.

Undercover Betty (often abbreviated UCB) are four wild-mannered women from no fewer than three continents: Rebecca Field of England, Kana Leimbach of Japan, and Connie Bonds and Carol “Corky” Sarao of the United States. Their sound returns to the golden age of rock which was exemplified by bands like Bon Jovi, Styx, and Mötley Crüe, but with a raw and unpretentious delivery that derives its strength from masterful musicianship and top-notch songwriting. The result is a trio of songs any rock fan will be amped to hear.

UCB's rapidly growing repertoire has plenty of texture, bringing songs from the whole emotional spectrum. As an appropriate introduction to the band, the global triple release of “Pain,” “Take Me” and “Cigarette Please” covers much of their sonic style.

“Pain” represents the post-classic-rock sound Undercover Betty are perhaps most renowned for. “Cigarette Please” approaches a punkish, almost thrash-metal tone which characterizes UCB's fun-loving, 'in your face' attitude. “Take Me” is every bit as much part of the UCB experience, too, being a laid-back and rolling single which exemplifies their exceptional use of vocal harmonies and knack for writing great medium-tempo tracks that break the mold of the sappy rock ballad.

Largely based in the music hotbed of Florida's Tampa Bay Area, Undercover Betty prove their professional rock clout with a brutally tireless calendar of performances. Their official website [link provided below] shows UCB to have performed more than 36 shows in 2014, or thrice monthly, but their skyrocketing popularity means that they've already played 57 live appearances in the current year, with another 21 yet to come. This is in addition to recording dates in the studio, the fruits of which have ripened in this triple release of “Pain,” “Take Me” and “Cigarette Please” from Shark Alley Records.

“Pain,” “Take Me” and “Cigarette Please” by Undercover Betty are available online worldwide. Get in early, rock fiends. Very early.

-S. McCauley
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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Rock band Shinaway releases new LP 'Love Hate'

Indie rock band from Cheltenham, UK Shinaway have released their anxiously awaited LP album, “Love Hate.” The full-length album has been proudly published on the Slaughter Records independent record label. Containing nine original tracks for an approximate total listening time of half an hour, “Love Hate” is an arresting example of brilliant songwriting and expert musicianship fans of all genres will appreciate.

At the heart of Shinaway are an uncle-and-nephew duo known as Dodders and Westwood. Asked to cite their main artistic influences, they write, “Very eclectic: the Stone Roses, the Stranglers, Sam Cooke – endless.”

Qualities similar to the above appear in Shinaway's “Love Hate” LP.

The overall composition of “Love Hate” recalls those patient rock ballads from Stone Roses, albeit in a more modern tone. Shinaway embrace a lo-fi mentality in their studio production, too, preferring to lay down a few excellently performed tracks rather than bury songs in wall-of-sound overdubs. Music by the Stranglers has the same underlying minimalism. Shinaway's penchant for penning memorable and socially relevant lyrics is akin to the artistic principles of Sam Cooke, who often attributed his success to “the art of observation” during the Civil Rights movement.

Speaking of their own themes on “Love Hate,” Shinaway write, “We wished to write songs about real issues from what's happening in the news to the very personal challenges that people can face, from mental illness and assault to broader issues such as people displacement. While the subject matter of some of the songs is a little dark, we wanted to create tunes with simple hooks to sing along to.”

The hooks are there, beyond doubt, making “Love Hate” an album which fans of pop will absolutely enjoy. However, to call the LP 'pop music' would diminish the lyrical clout of the album. Subjects like the cruelty of humankind (“Head in the Sand”) are dealt with in a straightforward and touching manner that somehow neither darkens nor depresses. These are balanced with less weighty songs like “Wrapped Around Her.”

Additionally, Shinaway have released an official music video for “Wrapped Around Her” available for viewing from their website [link provided below].

All in all, fans of alt-rock around the world have a surprise treat in “Love Hate” by England's Shinaway. The LP stands as a shining sign that the true spirit and sensibilities of the original indie-rock sound hasn't just survived – it's continuing to grow and to flourish in colorful and evocative ways.

“Love Hate” by Shinaway is available online at over 700 stores online worldwide. Get in early, indie and alternative music fans.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

UK electro-pop artist Vaughty releases new single 'Once Is Not Enough'

Popular electro-pop musician Vaughty has released his newest single, “Once Is Not Enough.” Like the rest of Vaughty's catalogue, the single has been published on the Aggro Monkey Records indie music label. A high-energy run through a digital field of pulsing beats and airborne melodies, “Once Is Not Enough” proves yet again that Vaughty is among the world's best composers of digital dance music.

Fans of Vaughty expect things from his new releases. This is because he has been consistently dependable in several respects: 1.) Vaughty singles have hooks which stay with the listener permanently – not for hours, days or weeks, but permanently. 2.) Vaughty music has a character which persists throughout his repertoire and develops from song to song. 3.) Vaughty music transports dancers and listeners, taking them to emotionally palpable realms he has either described or outright created.

“Once Is Not Enough” contains all of the above and is a fine example of what digital music lovers can expect from the artist. Coming out of the gates like a phantom of the early '90s digital underground, it quickly establishes the shadowy, urban overtones for which Vaughty has become known. Sexy and entrancing, flying headlong into the night, “Once Is Not Enough” is quite literally what it says.

England's Vaughty has a small, dedicated base of fans who have been following him since his first single, “Warm Inside,” appeared on digital shelves around the world in 2013. In the two-and-a-half years since then, this loyal cadre of listeners have haunted his official SoundCloud page like barflys at a pub, playing his showcased music over and over again.

Today there are no more than nine Vaughty singles available for listening there, four of which have been posted within the last eight weeks. Yet these songs have been played circa 10,500 times on SoundCloud alone.

That Vaughty has nearly doubled his online repertoire in the last two months is perceived as a sign of something large on the horizon. Indeed, the artist himself told fans on his official Facebook page in July that a full-length Vaughty LP was in the works and might be available as early as winter, 2015.

In any case, “Once Is Not Enough” is a treat for fans in itself, especially coming as it does with his “Static Dissection Mix” and a B-side, “It's Time (Von Mixer Remix),” for a total listening time of about 20 minutes. This makes “Once...” more of an EP release than a simple one-off, and it's enough to get Vaughty fans plenty excited for more.

“Once Is Not Enough” by Vaughty is available online at over 600 stores worldwide. Get in early, fans of electro-pop and dance music everywhere. Get in very, very early.

-S. McCauley
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Halo Minor release new EP 'Further-Now You're Close'

The post-grunge, alternative-rock group from Minneapolis called Halo Minor have released their new EP album, “Further-Now You're Close.” The record contains six original tracks for an approximate total listening time approaching half an hour. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Melodic and orchestral, thrumming and soaring, passionate and a little dark, “Further-Now You're Close” by Halo Minor mustn't be missed be fans of alt-rock and the grunge tradition.

Halo Minor cite as chief influences Queen, the Smashing Pumpkins, Pink Floyd, Failure, Alice in Chains, Faith No More, Tool, the National, Sia Furler (Crisp), the Cure, and the Mars Volta.

Some Halo Minor attributes can be directly traced to these inspirations, yet they bear the creative twists of HM, themselves. Their towering vocal harmonies recall those of Alice in Chains but with a surprisingly affirming, choral character rather than the cynical delivery of Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell. The Pumpkins-esque guitars on “Further...” (of which there seem to be a thousand) come in warm waves and reverberate from all directions, roaring, rushing, plunging and charging.

Songwriting plays a key role in the achievement that is “Further-Now You're Close” by Halo Minor, too, particularly in the instrumental composition of each track. Ignoring for a moment its exceptional vocals, the EP could easily give listeners enough to chew on with just its evocative chord progressions and startling turns of musical phrase. Taken simply as instrumentals, these songs are highly narrative.

Halo Minor's vocals – an accomplishment in themselves – supply a large share of HM's signature sound, though, and their lyrics are satisfyingly deliberate in an age that often rewards the insipid and punishes the thought provoking. If the same above experiment were applied to the vocal tracks on “Further-Now You're Close,” the result would resemble a haunting yet beautiful choir.

HM's total personality depends on more, however. Bass lines tell their own story, marrying the guitars to the drums and often sounding somehow heroic when rising above the din. Keyboard phrases appear, filling out the sound in ways one wouldn't think possible and falling back into the music so subtly that the listener sometimes still hears them after they've gone. The percussion of Halo Minor represents a wonder of tasteful aggression, having an almost jazz-like quality in its spaciousness and an explosiveness in its timekeeping, like a remarkably mindful and creative combustion engine.

Naturally, the combination of all the above produces the greatest effect, that of Minnesota's own Halo Minor.

Halo Minor's current official bio describes their songs as “sonic descriptors of feelings, people and places left behind; beautiful living memories and yet, due to time, sometimes corrupted like a faded photo, beauty in a state of repose and then reborn from remembrance.”

“Further-Now You're Close” by Halo Minor is available at over 700 stores online worldwide. Get in early, fans of alt-rock and grunge. Very, very early.

Halo Minor are Blake Nolan Hanson (Floozie, Livid Lover) bassist Kerry Dalton Hanson (Black Flood Diesel, Numm, Atlas Shrugged), keyboard/vocalist Zack Jones, lead guitarist Danny Gan and drummer Devin Tomczik.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Singer-songwriter Stephen Edington releases new single 'Stay'

Musician Stephen Edington has returned to the indie music stage with a new official single, “Stay.” Like his other material, “Stay” has been published as an independent music release without the influence or support of the corporate music industry. A return to songwriting at its purest and most evocative, “Stay” is a heartfelt, sparkling example of what love and longing sound like when sung by a top-shelf performer such as Stephen Edington.

Edington cites as main artistic influences David Gray, Elliott Smith, and Ray LaMontagne. The crossroads where these musicians meet stylistically is easy to imagine, but Edington's own sound isn't quite that. As unassuming as Gray, Smith and LaMontagne are, “Stay” by Stephen Edington sounds less pretentious, more genuine. His vocals strike the ear more clearly than those of the above, too, crystalline in tone and clarion in delivery.

That the tenor of Edington's singing matches his lyrical themes in “Stay” is a natural result of honest artistry. The song doesn't have a message so much as it is a message.

Edington writes, “My wife and I lost everything financially with the burst in 2009. We both worked and I went back to school. Through these past years working nights we have both gone to bed alone many, many times. This song is about missing the person you love.”

Stephen Edington's songwriting is perhaps the most striking quality of “Stay,” as well as of the artist's other material, such as his 2012 Christmas anthem, “The Newborn King.” He writes in the true spirit of the great folk musicians, but with an undercurrent of power which draws from the rock genre. His lines are direct without sounding aggressive, masculine without sounding macho, beautiful without sounding embellished.

The result is music which appeals to fans of a great many categories, particularly folk, alt- rock, classic rock, and contemporary singer-songwriter music.

“Stay” by Stephen Edington is available at over 700 digital music stores worldwide. Fans of excellent songwriting and impeccable performances should hear. Be sure not to miss Edington's “The Newborn King,” too, also available everywhere great music is found online.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Psychedelic rocker High Pines releases single 'You're The Only One Who Understand'

The psychedelic rock artist from Brooklyn known as High Pines has released his latest official single, “You're the Only One Who Understand.” The track is the first single to be released from his second full-length album. Like his other music, it has been proudly published on the Mind Pattern independent record label without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Hazy, ethereal, rebounding with beats and resounding with ghostly guitar work, “You're the Only One Who Understand” from High Pines is one of the most intriguing singles to appear at the close of summer 2015.

Asked to name some favorite music acts, High Pines cites as influences Radiohead, Can, the Jesus And Mary Chain, Steve Reich, MGMT, the Verve, and Stone Roses. Imagining the confluence of these groups approaches a tone, an overall sound that is High Pines' own, but “You're the Only One Who Understand” is a track that must be experienced to be understood.

And it is an experience, rather than a music piece to which one merely listens. High Pines' music is full and ambient, enveloping the listener with foggy sonic textures and cool-blue moods. Music fans preferring songs which reach out from many directions at once, rather than seeming very predictable and linear, will appreciate this highly creative cross between shoegaze and psychedelic rock.

High Pines is originally from Santo Domingo, one of the Caribbean's oldest surviving cities. Living in New York City's Brooklyn borough since 2007, he published his debut EP album, “We Are Humans,” in 2011 on his own Mind Patterns label.

Talking of his upcoming second record, on which “You're the Only One Who Understand” appears, High Pines writes that he “found inspiration in musical patterns like repetition, unconventional tuning and time signatures.” He has also stated that the record is highly influenced by minimal artists such as Steve Reich and Brian Eno, as well as others not-so minimalist, such as Can, the Jesus And Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine.

UK music blog the Sound of Confusion calls music by High Pines “A misty psych sound that has its roots in the European experimenters of the '70s as much as American flower-power.”

“You're the Only One Who Understand” by High Pines is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Rapper Stoner G releases new single 'Junkie'

The rap artist known as Stoner G has released his latest official single, “Junkie.” The track has been proudly published on the 100 Entertainment LLC independent music label without the financial or managerial support of the corporate music industry. With a deep foundation on rolling, booming bass and honest, direct lines and rhymes, “Junkie” by Stoner G is a modern rap anthem fans of the genre will turn all the way up.

Stoner G cites as main musical influences Master P, No Limit Family, the Hot Boy$ (Lil Wayne, B.G., Juvenile and Turk) Soulja Slim, UGK, 8Ball & MJG, and Tupac Shakur.

That Stoner G names the Hot Boy$ as important to him is indicative of his own style and tone, both of which are eyeballs-deep in the same sound that brought the world Cash Money Records from New Orleans. It comes as no surprise to rap fans hearing “Junkie” for the first time that Stoner G's music comes from Baton Rouge's hip-hop hotbed of Scotlandville.

But there's more than just rap in Stoner G's music.

“When I say am a fan of music,” writes Stoner G, “no matter the genre – if it's hot, it's hot, and I'm bumping it.”

When he's asked to describe how he came to write his own music, Stoner G can pin the time down almost exactly.

“To be honest,” he writes, “I was sitting in my room praying for a way to take care of my family and it came to me in a dream. The next morning I woke up writing.”

This kind of earnestness is largely what lyrics by Stoner G are all about. His phrases are true, direct, and unabashed. He talks straight and puts his words to beats that are equally to the point.

So what's his new single about?

“The message behind my single,” he writes, “is basically about how ambitious I am about getting money like a junkie tries to satisfy their next fix, and I'm sure some folks elsewhere would agree they're the same.”

Friends and fans of Stoner G describe him as “a very laid-back and quiet type of guy.” Even the artist himself admits that “expressing myself through music will be a real shock to some.”

Still, he's one of the more outspoken rappers to release music in 2015, and this belies his otherwise mellow nature.

“I have no point to prove,” says Stoner G. “I've got no macho man complex. My music speaks from the heart and spirit. I plan to share my and the stories of others to the world.”

“Junkie” from Stoner G on 100 Entertainment is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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