Southern California’s Sonic Descent, the new project from artist Jeff Thill, has put together a diligently crafted 12-song album of space-themed tracks that are brilliantly versatile and highly multifaceted. Thill, a veteran musician of the prominent Southern California scene, has been highly active since the 80s and has been a staple in the musical realm since his inception into the market. His work with many artists is well known and is still available on YouTube and other anchor platforms.
Now with the birth of Sonic Descent, his highly skilled musicianship factors, production value and artistic merit comes to the forefront in a way that showcases his talent effectively. As an avid fan of science fiction, Thill’s passion for space-themed concepts are brilliantly implemented and play a vital role in the authentic signature sound that this album encompasses. While the album is still in its post-production and distribution stages, his first single “Luna Tick” is slated for release this month in May and makes a dynamically nostalgic impression to set the tone for the rest of the record. The single grasps onto an acclaimed futuristic indie style with raw elements of 80s synth-wave similar to the likes of Devo, and a 90s contemporary sensibility all wrapped up in an authentically visceral approach. A lot of the album songs also garner a traditional ska/punk edge with well-integrated horn parts and rhythmic tempos. “Luna Tick” in particular really focuses on several crucial angles of today’s more modern production value, boasting a perfectly paralleled balance of originality and familiarity, giving every listener a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable.
The single has that rare catchiness from the 90s that is scarcely heard in today’s musical realm. Thill’s mid-to-high vocal melodies are effective, versatile and have diligently crafted lyrics that are cleverly executed. The duel synth and guitar parts have an eclectic approach with dynamic leads and riffy rhythms. The multi layered tempos also add a progressive edge into the song that truly makes it stand out from the common songwriting structure and really shines a light on Thill’s next-level writing. The single releases later this month and is a must-hear on all accounts. Sonic Descent will undoubtedly win you over with this single and will easily create anticipation for the rest of the album.
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Hailing from the Chicago metropolitan area, Alt-Rockers Westwood began hitting the ground running in 2011 since their formation and since then have manifested into a multifaceted and versatile unit with an insatiable presence in the Rock scene. Comprised of three young hard working musicians with an undeniable passion for high-energy songs, the trio has amassed a loyal following and continues to raise the bar with every subsequent release since their debut album in 2011. After several years of solidifying their distinctive signature sound, Westwood has creatively evolved into an energetically crafty outfit and brings this manifestation to fruition with their newest EP ‘Fight Or Flight’.
Comprised of 6 gut-busting fresh tracks and 4 radio edits, ‘Fight Or Flight’ brings Westwood’s high-energy Rock stamina to the forefront in a way that showcases their musical diligence and melodically visceral structures that will undoubtedly please any fan of the early 2000s Rock and Post-Punk circuit. If you were a fan of the Drive-Thru Records era or the early years of the Vans Warped Tour, then this record will be a stroke of nostalgia in just about every way. Opening anchor single “The Fight” is brilliantly structured and has a hard hitting rhythm section that really kicks this track into levels of intensity rarely heard in today’s more contemporary Rock format. If this track doesn’t increase your heart rate, then we don’t know what will. “Rag Doll” and “Pop Song” aim at a more Indie/Pop-Punk angle and really shines a light on the lead vocal structures. The wholesome mix of solid power chords and rhythmic bass and drum parallels are refreshingly precise; truly bringing out the impact of the vocals in a way that is both versatile and effective. Closing track “Run Away” is another dynamically crafty song that really enhances the average Rock listening experience. While Westwood has a style that is completely their own, you can hear several crucial artist influences including earlier records from Senses Fail, Brand New, Story Of The Year, Sum 41 and other bands of a similar calibre. Overall, this EP is a true breath of fresh air that completely revitalizes the early-to-mid 2000s Rock era. It serves up endless entrees of nostalgia but still has several strong factors of originality that sets them apart from today’s more convoluted Rock spectrum.
You can find ‘Fight Or Flight’ on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming streaming platforms. This record will definitely be one of your favorite recent releases and Westwood will easily impress you upon first listen. You’ll be more than glad you discovered them.
2021 so far has seen some dynamic releases manifesting from several prominent rising artists, especially since the pandemic threw a wrench into the live concert experience. One of those artists is Vienna-based solo musician and producer Benjamin Andrews, a vital versatile voice in the European Rock market who just recently released his newest anthemic single “Dream On”.
Known for his distinctively melodic Alt/Rock signature sound, Andrews with this song continues to prove that he can hit the ground running and raise the bar in the musical realm with every new release he diligently puts together. This track is not only brilliantly crafted, but is also a complete standout in today’s more contemporary modern Rock sensibility – putting together a wholesome and tastefully blended sound that is insatiably melodic and anthemic. The piano progression especially carries the melody-driven key signature and showcases Andrews’ artistic merit in the most effective ways. His vocal melodies are mid-range and parallel perfectly with the story-telling lyrics, rhythmic buildup and overall execution of an undeniably catchy song. While you can hear several artist influences, the balance between originality and familiarity is very apparent. It boasts a nostalgic blend of the 90s Alt/Rock era, the early-mid 2000’s emo movement and today’s modern Rock aura. It’s a solid track that showcases several angles of Andrews’ ability both as a musician and producer.
“Dream On” also sustains great pacing and never drags out in any way. It has dynamically visceral production value and truly grasps onto an authentically atmospheric approach. It also has that staying power where the song stays with you even long after it’s over – leaving each listener with anticipation for what Benjamin Andrews comes out with next. Once you take a listen to this single, you’ll definitely be enticed to dive deeper into his discography and career altogether. You can find “Dream On” on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be glad that you did.