Exclusive Review: Kyle Oashu – “I Just Want to See the Sun Again” EP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of Kyle Oashu’s EP

If deeply conveyed poetry translated into an atmospheric formula of Hip Hop, then Kyle Oashu‘s EP ‘I Just Want to See the Sun Again’ would be the soundtrack. And if there’s one thing this album actually is, it’s poetic and anthemic.

Kyle‘s EP takes the body and soul on an ambient journey with six versatile tracks that showcase his artistic merit and skill set as a songwriter. His bars and hooks are crafty, the beats are toned with different moods and atmospheres, and the lyrics are self reflective and real. His opening track “Nimbus” gives a great example of the subtleties that take place behind the beat structures. It’s spacious, soothing and really puts an original foundation to Kyle‘s rapping style and overall execution of his multifaceted style. The subsequent track, “My Grandma Lives In Heaven”, is the banger of the album and presents a charismatically upbeat aura with great lyrical bars and story-telling punchlines. It’s definitely one of the standouts of this record.

With beautiful piano and synth swells throughout the beats, Kyle‘s vocal approach is not only effective, but brings a stylization of subtlety to the forefront that makes this album deep and uplifting. The song “Pretty Little Monster” gives more great highlights to Kyle‘s mid-range vocal structures which hones a craft that highlights precision and technique. All six tracks tie very well together and really explores a self reflective journey of loving yourself before you can love someone else. It’s an inspirational EP and explores the facets of who we positively become through our own learning curves. ‘I Just Want to See the Sun Again’ is a must-hear for 2020. You can find the EP on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital music streaming platforms.


Connect with Kyle Oashu:

© Artist Reach, LLC | ASCAP | All Rights Reserved

Exclusive Review: Freddie Bourne – “The Troubled Boy At The Bonfire Disco” EP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of Freddie Bourne’s New EP

When it comes to versatility, next level production value and attentiveness to detail, Freddie Bourne‘s EP “The Troubled Boy At The Bonfire Disco” really raises the bar and brings a huge, wholesome sound to the table. It’s his fifth studio release and features four larger than life tracks that explore many facets of Freddie‘s talent, and is the farthest thing from a disappointment.

Self proclaimed as “Conscious House-Pop”, Freddie‘s EP, produced by Stephen Horning of Dirty Dogg Productions, gives great nostalgic callbacks to the 90s and early-2000s era with his electronically infused Pop/Indie Rock sensibilities topped with House Music textures and exceptional song structures. Starting off with the opener “I Hope You Don’t Forgive Me”, we get a great acoustically-led guitar progression that builds up to something much more climactic and anthemic as the song plays on. Freddie‘s mid-to-high range vocals are strong, effective and presents this song’s chorus with absolute conviction. The Pop razor edge really works here and could easily be heard as a chart topper among many other artists of a similar caliber. The standout of this EP is definitely “Jeni”, a song with beautiful electronic and guitar textures, solid rhythmic structure and story-telling lyrics that really bring Freddie‘s songwriting ability to the forefront. This song is very busy, but not convoluted in the least; everything fits in its proper place. The 3-4 part harmonies in this chorus are very notable and big, and really encapsulates Freddie‘s precision as a vocalist. This track also has that classic 90s Alt/Rock feel reminiscent to REM, Goo Goo Dolls and Coldplay.

“Pale Blue Sky” (feat. E. King) and “Spacedust” (also co-written by producer Stephen Horning) are very ambient songs with innovative synth additives and bassy layers that drive both tracks into multifaceted territories. Freddie‘s vocals continue to shine and really showcase his ability to choose his vocal melodies wisely. His strength and projection really gives his vocal textures a wide array of techniques for both songs and really solidifies this EP’s signature sound. All four tracks of this record are diversely different, but you can still tell it’s coming from the same artist. Each song is carefully crafted, handled with absolute care and really paves the way for other artists that hone similar styles. “The Troubled Boy…” is a must-listen by all accounts and you will definitely be enticed to dig further into Freddie Bourne‘s career and discography. You can currently grab a copy of this EP on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad that you did.


© Artist Reach, LLC | ASCAP | All Rights Reserved

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.

American Scream Press photo

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.


Connect with American Scream:

© Artist Reach, LLC | ASCAP | All Rights Reserved

Exclusive Review: Susana Esono – “My Baby” EP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art for Susana Esono’s debut EP

Every artist is inspired by someone, something, or perhaps by an event in their life that gives their life some kind of direction. And through the trials and tribulations of losing someone very close to her, R&B recording artist Susana Esono‘s debut EP “My Baby” delves deep into the tragic loss of her brother along with the concept of mourning stages.

Through her heartfelt lyrics, you can hear and feel Susana‘s pain as she brings out an array of emotions in her opening title track “My Baby”. With an authentic vocal style infused with delicate piano progressions driving the song, this highly emotional track is reflective and really touches on the concept of how someone can be taken out of your life in the blink of an eye without warning. The tracks “Save It” and “In Addition” continue to echo this sentiment through many other angles of the emotional mourning process, carrying on the crafty piano themes that put an effective parallel between the moods and lyrical concepts.

Her song “Wanna” is a beat-driven track with flavorful R&B additives and gives this EP a versatile edge. The concept stays consistent with relatable lyrics and continues to reflect the many facets of Susana‘s journey of turning emotion into art. And then finally leads into closing track and previously released single “Work From Home”, the catchy 2019 song that began mapping out Susana‘s music career and winning the hearts of many.

As a young thriving artist, this debut EP puts Susana Esono off to a great start, and definitely creates anticipation into what she puts out next. “My Baby” is full of real emotion, eclectic lyrical textures and relatability factors that just about any R&B listener can appreciate. You can find the EP on Apple Music, Spotify, and all other major music streaming platforms as well as Susana‘s official website.


Connect with Susana Esono:

© Artist Reach, LLC | ASCAP | All Rights Reserved

Exclusive Review: Hazeline Taffe – “Strength N Dreams” Album

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of Hazeline Taffe’s 2-Track Album

When it comes to rhythmic vibes, melodic textures and musical atmosphere, Hazeline Taffe’s album “Strength N Dreams” immediately comes to mind. Boasting a glistening record which features 2 versatile tracks that accompany the album name title to title, these Reggae-influenced anthems showcase many dynamic angles to Hazeline’s crafty balance, composure, and genuine artistic merit that explores many facets of her talent.

Utilizing a mid-to-high range vocal approach that is effective and consistent, Hazeline‘s biggest standout on the album’s first track “Strength” is her perfected melody choices, especially in the chorus. This uplifting track has that classic reggae 2/4 tempo and clean upward strumming guitar parts that we’ve all come to know and love in the realm of Reggae. But this song is anything but ordinary when it comes to Hazeline‘s vocal melodies that truly brings the song far above contemporary levels. Any Reggae fan will appreciate this song wholesomely.

With the piano-led song “Dreams”, we get a beautiful pattern of eclectic measures, diligent brass additions and a ballad-like flavor that really puts Hazeline‘s voice to the forefront. This glowing track is paralleled perfectly between the value of performance and production, giving Hazeline the opportunity to deliver a visceral vocal approach that reels you in with every hook this song has to offer. This song also has a climactic buildup with an arrangement that supersedes the average ballad, which is brought on by Hazeline‘s beautiful vibratos, voice control and lyrical depth that truly gives the song an anthemic atmosphere that’ll give the listener goosebumps every time.

These songs are not only amazing, but are also direct proof that Hazeline Taffe lives and breathes music every time she hits the studio. The detail-oriented compositions of “Strength N Dreams” are unlike anything else you’ll hear this year, and we say that with absolute conviction. The album is available now on Apple Music, Spotify and other digital music streaming platforms. Prepare to become an instant fan.


Connect with Hazeline Taffe:

© Artist Reach, LLC | ASCAP | All Rights Reserved