Exclusive Review: American Scream – “Sink” EP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of American Scream’s debut EP

Bursting onto the music scene last year with an insatiably versatile and unique signature sound, North Carolina quartet American Scream have been hitting the ground running pretty much since the minute they solidified their formation. Tastefully blending diligent flavors of electronically-infused Synth Pop and Rock elements, the band has proven with their debut EP ‘Sink’ that original ideas are still out there and the fun nature of creating music still thrives strongly if you’re willing to pay attention – and this record is definitely an attention-grabber.

This 7-track juggernaut starts off with a solid intro track then leads right into their anchor single off this record, “Hypocrite”. Accompanied by a thematically fun music video, this song has an arsenal of catchy melody choices with distinctive vocal harmonies and ambient keyboard progressions that really drive this song into many creative directions. The lead vocals are astoundingly effective and really showcases this band’s artistic merit both collectively and individually through each member.

“Club Noises” is an absolute standout with dynamically crafty lyrics that not only resonate with the listener, but cleverly executes the message that the song conveys and makes several excellent uses out of social media references. This track also has a great genre-bending structure that combines Djent-y breakdowns and Synth-y progressions. This song definitely turns the heat up and really encompasses the energy this band brings to the table. The track “Iceberg” is a more subtle song that really delves deep into the band’s core and centerpiece. With anthemic tones and heartfelt lyrics that continue to demonstrate the band’s detail-oriented songwriting ability, this track brings forth another multifaceted angle that puts American Scream on a high pedestal, far above the run-of-the-mill contemporary artist.

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The darker and anthem-worthy closing songs “Funeral” and “The Darkness” are amazingly composed and really hone in on each member’s contributing factors to this EP. The collective musicianship qualities really spill out by the time you reach the end of this record and it really demonstrates just how much versatility this band really encapsulates. The chemistry is very apparent and the innovative techniques this record showcases really blows your mind especially after realizing that this is a debut EP from a band that formed only a year ago. It gets you morbidly curious to hear what this band has in store for their sophomore release, and really raises the bar far higher than American Scream probably realizes. ‘Sink’ is an absolute must-listen for 2020 and will likely be noted as one of the best releases of this year altogether. You can find this EP on Spotify, YouTube and other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad that you did.


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Exclusive Review: Bedroom Ceilings: “Clairvoyance Is Never Simple” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky


A lot of blood, sweat and tears goes into creating and composing music. The longer you do it, the more you develop a signature sound and niche as a musician. When you combine two musicians that hone their crafts with an aspect of composing their signature sounds into one dynamic unit, you get indie-duo Bedroom Ceilings. With their sophomore album ‘Another Bulb Burned Out’ coming close to its release date, the indie rockers have been teasing their fan base with singles from the record and building an insatiable buzz. Their newest track “Clairvoyance Is Never Simple” is one of them.

Comprised of songwriter/composer Dean Chittenden and multi-instrumentalist Ben Steer, Bedroom Ceilings comes to fruition beautifully with their ambient guitar parts, atmospheric vocal melodies and indie/folk rock approach reminiscent of Copeland, Coldplay, and even the Beatles. With a sound that has great callbacks to the early 2000s classic Emo scene, Bedroom Ceilings also bring fresh new ideas to the table that showcase their artistic merit in ways that really makes them stand out among today’s more convoluted music industry, which is a breath of fresh air.

“Clairvoyance Is Never Simple” is more of an anthem than it is just a song. The track comes together in a way that truly proves how much chemistry this duo has, and how seriously the songwriting aspect is to them. This single has an indie feel that is completely contagious, and you’ll be recommending it to your friends. This track will make you an instant Bedroom Ceilings fan, and will definitely entice you to check out their past catalogue as well as their upcoming album. The single is available now on Spotify and all digital music streaming platforms.

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Exclusive Review: Alexia Madrid – “For Me” Single.

Review by: Justyn. W. Brodsky

A little spice, a little sweetness, and multifaceted textures of acoustic guitar swells and vocal auras is what creates a soothing signature sound for the upcoming indie starlet Alexia Madrid an absolute gem in today’s musical realm. The Toronto-based artist (who also attends college in Calgary) is currently in her first active year in her solo career, and her debut single “For Me” is direct indication that she has hit the ground running and has no plans on stopping.

This talented, young artist has a soothing voice that not only projects unwavering musicianship, but her passionate vibes as well. Her well-placed melodies are effective but are also projected at the right moments throughout the song’s duration; giving us a glimpse into many different angles of Alexia‘s artistic merit that range from Pop, R&B to Soul. She’s not just another random girl that decided to wake up one day and become an artist, but instead, discovered a part of herself that was always there; a versatile songwriter and performer coming out of her own shell. And “For Me” is a song that demonstrates this part of her completely, she has debuted her craft diligently and really shines bright throughout this track and shows the world around her that she has what it takes to fit right in with the brighter circle of stars and winners that come from the likes of places like The Voice, American Idol, and those alike.

The production value of this song is elegantly put together and has glistening dueling guitar parts EDM touches, digital drums and other post production theatrics that fit this song with insatiable attentiveness to detail. And that’s one of the strongpoints to this track – it has enough detail to keep you interested, but still leaves enough room to showcase Alexia‘s impressive vocal range and melody choices, which gives this track a perfect introduction into Alexia‘s career and overall sound. Once you take a listen to this song, you’ll build enough up anticipation to hear what she has coming out next.

“For Me” officially drops April 24th, 2020, this Friday.

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Artist Review: Katie Veltri – “Catch Me” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Bringing acoustic grooves and rhythmic Blues to the forefront with sensual vocal techniques that speak to the soul, recording artist Katie Veltri encompasses new ambient territory with her newest single “Catch Me”.

“Catch Me” is definitely catchy. It’s a timeless track with jazzy guitar chord progressions that really facilitate the anthemic vocal melodies to make each measure really count. Katie‘s voice is tender, natural, and really puts emphasis on how she projects every line of her clever lyrics this song has to offer as the track plays out. The guitars also have a spiciness and aura that brings a true uniqueness to the modern rhythm this song blends in. It shares a classic feel while still embracing a modern take on today’s more versatile pop-infused genres.

Put simply, this song is very hard to dislike. It has very powerful vocals that shine bright in the forefront. Katie‘s voice not only has an impressive range, but also projects a multifaceted nature as well that really showcases her talent very effectively. “Catch Me”, accompanied by a lyric video, is a song that shares equal parts originality and familiarity – it has that classic signature sound that you’ve come to know and love throughout many years, as well as today’s more notable mainstream edge that resonates with more modern music styles. Katie Veltri will definitely reel you in with “Catch Me”.

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Artist Review: Alpha Circle – “Sweet Talking Time” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky & Bethany Stephenson

Alpha Circle is no stranger to our platform. Their debut single “Circles” received considerable acclaim and praise among our readers and music community at large. The song has launched their career in a way that has gotten the band to hit the ground running and garner the attention of Alt/Rock fans from all walks of life. With their new subsequent single, “Sweet Talking Time”, Alpha Circle proves that they continue to set the bar higher each time they hit the studio.

This Alt/Rock piano-driven track is more anthemic than anything. Reminiscent of early 2000’s Coldplay releases with touches of Mae and Copeland’s “You Are My Sunshine”, Alpha Circle have once again utilized a very collective and innovative signature sound that is prioritized by above average songwriting structures and melody choices; especially with the vocals. This ballad-like single is subtle during its verses with a charming and soothing lead vocal melody that immediately engages the listener’s undivided attention. All building up to a chorus that ties the song together in a way that reminds you that Alpha Circle puts their songwriting skills high on the priority list and proves that it’s all about the song structures rather than production theatrics – which gives them a true identity of the band’s authenticity and natural talent.

“Sweet Talking Time” portrays lyrics that delve deeply into the song’s subject matter at hand, but not to the point of attempting to be poetry. The lyrical narrative really drives the aura and emotional plea the music provides and really demonstrates a parallel between the music and lyrics altogether. The piano intro really sets the tone on this track and carries significant weight throughout the song’s duration,

Once again we have impressive work coming from each band member that holds a key to the group’s solidified sound and musical aura. The chord structures are full and composed to fruition with an impressively tightly-knit rhythm section that has complimentary bass lines that are smooth and perfectly maintained by the skillful drum parts that are both simple and effective. It’s a vast array of emotions coming from each element the group puts together and in the end, hones a craft that puts Alpha Circle far beyond your average Alt/Rock group. Their indie approach and straightforward production value perfectly demonstrates the band’s ability in this song as well as natural talent as a collective unit.

“Sweet Talking Time” is a triumphant follow-up single and truly adds to Alpha Circle‘s direction as a group. Each release they’ve put out has strongly showcased the band’s ability as both songwriters and performers as a whole. And if you enjoyed their previous single, this one will definitely get you even more invested into them. If Alpha Circle keeps this kind of momentum going, then they will be seeing big things on the horizon. No doubt about it.

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