Exclusive Artist Review: Dru – “Declamation of Useless Genius” Album/LP

NYC-based recording artist Dru (full name Dru Hepkins) is well renowned in the voice acting realm and has built an insatiably reputable career out of it. However, before discovering his love of that field, Dru would embark on a path of musicianship and eventually wrote an arsenal of songs with his own signature sound and stylization. And even though there were trials and tribulations throughout some of his earlier years, the overall result would ultimately showcase its unsurpassed worth with his anthology album ‘Declamation of Useless Genius’ – a nine track LP that delves deep into Dru‘s musicianship factors and artistic merit.

This record showcases several crucial angles of Dru‘s career and features tracks he wrote from the last decade – giving the listener the opportunity to hear him evolve and develop a sound that is authentic, cleverly structured and diligently produced. Opening track “Sit and Wait to Die” is an exceptional piece of music that truly casts a spotlight on Dru‘s songwriting structures and clever lyrical outbursts. Featuring a hauntingly ominous atmosphere comprised with dynamic piano measures, silky smooth bass lines and hypnotic female backup vocals, this song in particular really grabs hold of the listener and demands undivided and uninterrupted attention. Dru‘s subtle yet effective vocal melody choices give us a visceral listening experience with his authentic approach and story-telling narratives that really put his multifaceted nature right out to the forefront. It’s a transparently powerful first impression that sets the tone for the rest of the album’s duration without any borders or boundaries. Another anchor highlight from this record is the acoustic-based “Jackie’s Song”. An anthemic tune with dynamically crafty guitar riffs that add a sense of multi-layers to the overall song structure that really paves the way to an atmospheric musical landscape in its execution. It has undisputed wholesomeness and defining factors that make this a truly solid entry on this album without reservation – adding to the journey into Dru‘s musical direction as the record plays out.

The attentiveness to detail that this album encompasses is heavily apparent from the very beginning and really highlights Dru‘s many angles of talent. It’s the perfect record for anyone just discovering him and will definitely entice you to dive deeper into his career and discography. You can get your copy of this release on Spotify, SoundCloud, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. We can’t recommend this one highly enough.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Elektragaaz – “The Synaesthetic Picture Show Now Playing Part 1” EP

Very few artists have achieved the technical uniqueness of Elektragaaz. Comprised of Netherlands-based electronic composer/songwriter Poppo Redband (or just Redband for short) and a slew of guests/contributors, Elektragaaz‘s dynamic and versatile signature sound began laying down its foundation in 2017 and began hitting the ground running since its inception. Even though there is a big level of mystery surrounding primary project leader Redband, Elektragaaz‘s atmospheric textures are laid down diligently in epic proportions on their debut EP “The Synaesthetic Picture Show Now Playing Part 1”.

This six-track juggernaut is likely unlike anything you’ve ever heard when it comes to style and composure. Blasting into an upbeat tempo with opening track “Cabin Fever”, this record immediately launches into an atmospheric assault that balances style and execution. The attentiveness to detail is very apparent from the start and continues through the track’s duration with a vast array of instrumental choices and melodic measures. This opener is highly effective and really delves deeply into the musicianship factors that Elektragaaz shows no shortage of. Another highlight of this album is the song “She Walks It Like She Talks It” which also incorporates dynamic tempos but brings the levels of uniqueness in a slightly different effective direction. But one song that has an anthemic quality is closing track “Dancin’ With The Queen of Hearts” which stylistically is more ballad-like but maintains a type of intricacy that focuses more on the distinction of energy as opposed to the more in-your-face technical touches this EP has plenty of. This track is definitely a standout of its calibre and further encapsulates the distinct uniqueness that is heard throughout the runtime of this EP and really showcases the artistic merit of this project in several angles.

This EP is also a record that has staying power – the power to stay with you even long after it’s over, and will undoubtedly entice you to dive deeper into the Elektragaaz discography and career altogether. This EP is available now on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and several other digital music streaming platforms. This is a record you need to hear to believe.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Forest Robots – “Amongst A Landscape Of Spiritual Reckoning” Album

We were beyond impressed with solo artist Forest Robots‘ third album when we reviewed it last June. Now in 2021, he has conjured up a fourth album that exceeds all expectations. The new record ‘Amongst A Landscape Of Spiritual Reckoning’ diligently showcases Forest Robots‘ evolution and really brings his signature sound to the forefront in this ten-track juggernaut.

Comprised of ambient guitar swells, atmospheric textures and anthemic electronic additives throughout the album’s duration, ‘Amongst A Landscape…” truly encompasses a multi layered sound that is articulately crafted and cleverly executed. The performance and production value parallels each other perfectly and the atmosphere of the album sets a tone that encapsulates many moods throughout. It has brilliant touches of Jazz, Indie, and Orchestral instrumentals with tons of different flavors in each song to bring a unique and captivating listening experience to anyone that encounters this album. It’s like a rollercoaster of emotions that have steep ups and downs, which really explores many different angles of Forest Robots‘ unique ambient style. It’s a record you need to hear to believe.

Each song meshes beautifully with the next and goes together like a storybook or concept album. The track “All Great Things Must Grow Through Dirt First” has a sampled sound of rain in the background and really puts an atmosphere into the song that is rarely heard. The dynamic use of sounds of nature really breathes life into this album and enhances the listening experience through the textures and chemistry that is conveyed in every song. It has insatiable staying power – the power to stay with you even long after it’s over.

This album deserves multiple listens and you’ll discover something new each time you encounter it. You can listen to it exclusively on BandCamp and you can find several Forest Robots releases on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and several other digital music streaming platforms.


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