Exclusive Review #2: Christopher Dallman – “Digital Blue (Remix)”

Since reviewing the original version of Christopher Dallman‘s elite 10-piece masterpiece ‘Digital Blue’, we decided to also take on the liberty of giving our two cents into the Remix Album, a reimagined versioned and an all around sensual realm into neurotic musical atmosphere. Once again, this remix leaves no stone unturned, doused with melodic symbolism, spacious lyricism and more aura than one listener’s tasteful craving. And with these components all reminiscently tied together into one tightly knit lit package,

Once again, the first three anthemic tracks really dig deep in to ‘Digital Blue (Calibeats Remix)as a chock-electro of fun, minor key progressions that bring an atmospheric aura to the artistic merit that brings Chris‘s skill set to the forefront as well as the spotlight. A must listen by all counts. ‘Highway Lines’ is another keyboard-driven track that stays more tame and submissive; however, with vocal harmonies that are not only precise, but EDM and 90s-to-early 2000s with finger picking guitar additives that bring an aura and atmosphere to the musical spectrum is what truly makes this track a standout of its kind.

With ‘Don’t Wanna Be Alone Anymore’, perhaps conjuring the strongest chord progressions to the forefront, Chris’s strongest vocal melodies and delivery are more futuristic, innovative and bring an aura to the table that has yet to be heard of. Once again, a strong presence of these first trio of songs really set forth to develop a personality that Chris brings to the table. He sets a nostalgic tone and really puts a new flavor into futuristic tones that a vast array of music fans could easily resonate with fans; including Electro-Pop, Vocal Aura, Drums and Bass, Emotionally dynamic lyrics, EDM, and everything in between that ties it all together. Now even though this is a Remix Album, you can still hear a plethora of sensibilities that are very reminiscent of Chris’s predecessor. His tone is very ambient, subtle, and atmospheric with his introspective execution between both his performance and production value.

With some notable qualities, remixes of ‘How I Swim (Calibeats Remix)’, just like his original version from the previous record, the bass-y and programmed drums really adds a a chime of essence to this more upbeat and synthesized version. ‘Butterfly (SIRPAUL Digital Skin Remix), is another visceral track that needs to be heard with both versions, the standard and the remix. It’s the most passionate, vocally melodic and altogether, both lyrically and symbolically. It really adds multi layers and a cruising feel to the song that truly brings out the synthetic layers with almost an 80s vocals feel. A track that will bring you to your core.

Another standout it “No Sense in Regret (feat. Chantae) [Calibeats Remix]” Chantae and Chris mesh beautifully in this track with unrelenting vocal work in their harmonies along with diligently put-together melodies. It’s a song that feels like it should be much longer, but still takes you for that carnival ride – whether you ride more than once.

Overall, this remix album is a rare gem among the best. Christopher Dallman has composed some of the most immaculate music to date with this 10-track juggernaut. You can currently find it on Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, and several other digital music streaming platforms. This is the kind of album that will leave an enormous impact on you.


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Exclusive Review: Christopher Dallman – “Digital Blue” Album/LP

Coming out swinging from the second this album starts, Christopher Dallman‘s ‘Digital Blue’ is an absolute visceral experience from start to finish that is comprised of many versatile elements including Electro-Pop, Synths/Keys, Dance, EDM, Alternative and everything in between. It leaves no stone unturned and is doused with melody that is taken to new levels, new heights and realms unheard of. And that’s just a brief description of ‘Digital Blue’, as well as the artistic merit that Dallman possesses. But then again – so much more.

The record is innovative, powerful, and all the more soothing as the first few tracks settle in. “How I Swim” has extremely fresh ambience that is supercharged with a subtle flow and nostalgic harmonies that immediately garners Dallman his own individualism that is rarely heard with today’s contemporary artists – and it really shows. Subsequent track “Highway Lanes” stays on a similar calibre but this time with keyboard melody drive and precisely executed harmonies that easily parallel each other. The synthesized touches and textures easily tie the entire song together as well.

These opening gems really give Dallman a true persona and personality that really round him out as a musician and writer – pushing musical boundaries to new heights that have breathed new life into a signature stylization that is melodic, symbolic, insatiably crafty. The rest of the record, especially with a track like “Butterfly”, we have a hard-hitting drum anthem that really puts a searing edge into Dallman‘s musicianship factors that isn’t afraid to explore new borders and boundaries – all while still staying reminiscent to his already-established predecessors of this album. Closing track “Faith For Damn” is more slower, downtempo, melodic and very story-telling about a man that’s at the end of his spiritual rope. It’s a powerful listen and truly brings forth lyrics about a man facing his own inner demons – which is a track that many will resonate with. 

All in all, Christopher Dallman‘s anthemic 10-track juggernaut has twist, turns, moods, battles, poetry and a captivating style that is futuristic and melody-driven to new levels the industry has yet to touch on. These are songs that need to be heard to be believed – and once you take that plunge into Dallman‘s masterpieces, you’ll understand exactly why. This is the kind of album that will change the world one listener at a time. ‘Digital Blue’ is currently available on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, YouTube, and several other digital music streaming platforms.


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Exclusive Review: Pop Smear – “Old & Gray” Single

If you’ve ever visited the boroughs and cityscapes of NYC, then you’ll definitely know just how versatile and eclectic the music scene is there, whether it be larger acts or indie collectives. So with dynamic electro-pop duo Pop Smear hailing from this musical holy grail haven, you can expect just about anything and everything all at once with their innovative, multifaceted and boldly fresh signature sound. With Australian vocalist Georgia Haege at the helm of the mic with blissfully anthemic vocals along with visceral, electronically-infused keyboard theatrics by Tom Oski who diligently ties it all together as the musical centerpiece, Pop Smear collectively delivers up an atmospheric aura that is melodic and a formulaic in its overall execution; bringing forth a brilliant sound of textures, edginess and a true sense of musicianship with their recent single “Old & Gray.”

With singer Georgia Haege garnering a plethora of experience over the years as a session guest musician for renowned artist names like Wheatus, Meatloaf and Shontelle, it’s no surprise that her angelic voice on this track is a complete standout of its own. She truly brings shine to the title’s track throughout every measure and brilliantly goes out of her way to reach new heights of catchiness, wittiness and unrelenting tractor beam-like fascination. She makes a solid connection between her voice and any listener within earshot; keeping you captivated throughout every lyrical twist and turn. But just to add more acclaim to Haege’s already-impressive presentation, she gained a lot of her stage experience (and film) from acting in numerous roles ranging from the lead role of Donna Sheridan in the North American Tour of the Broadway smash hit Mamma Mia! The melodically driven keys and electro-textures from the musical mind of Tom Oski truly brings out Pop Smear‘s edginess that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity; giving every listener something fresh yet still identifiable.

The chorus of this song is definitely a powerful one and really stays true to the traditional can’t-get-it-out-of-your-head formula. Both musicians contribute vital components to this song and no stone is left unturned by the time it ends. Pop Smear formed in 2011, but took an indefinite hiatus after the release of their debut album. But just like most successful endeavors, you can’t keep a good thing down; especially several years later when Pop Smear would make their eventual return with a handful of new futuristic and retro tracks; “Old & Gray” being one of them. A track that grooves with melody, versatility and everything in between that makes Pop Smear the dynamic duo they truly are with endless artistic merit.

“Old & Gray” will be releasing on December 11th and will be available on Spotify and several digital music streaming platforms.


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