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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Feature Of The Month: Carbonaddy – “Holly Groove” Single

Artists can be dime-a-doze, but there is only one Carbonaddy.

This dynamic duo brings forth a pop/groove signature sound to the table that is insatiably witty, charismatically original and contains more versatility than most mainstream groups you’d hear in today’s music spectrum. A solo project conjured from quarantining during the COVID pandemic and comprised of Comp band members Wesley Jensen and Kyle Hawthorne, Carbonaddy brilliantly fuses together a stylization with a futuristic aura that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity; giving each listener something completely fresh yet still identifiable. Utilizing an electronic-infused production style with rhythmic drum sequences and theatrical tempo changes, their newest single “Holly Groove” proves that the title lives up to the name – and grooves away throughout the song’s duration.

This track’s versatility is very apparent and encompasses several multi-layered measures between the bassy progressions and mid-to-high range duel vocals. Each element plays a crucial role in this song and has a structure that is not only clever but multifaceted as well. Diligently executed tempo changes bring additional atmospheres to the forefront, all while holding down consistency between the track’s theatrical edge. And this is perhaps not only one of the biggest charms this track has going for it, but a masterfully mixed production value as well; putting emphasis in all the right places. Wesley’s vocals have a plethora of styles and ranges utilized throughout each verse, chorus and breakdown; delivering something different each time but still letting the listener know that it is indeed the same singer pulling this all off at the same time.

Another notable component is the essence of groove this song puts forth. From solid 8th note rhythms to strong snare & bass measures, the addictively rhythmic raucous creations through the dexterous rhythm section is impossible to go unnoticed, and parallels perfectly with Wesley’s powerful and distinctive vocal textures, ranging from breathy to full-on projection. All done with clarity and precision, as well. “Holly Groove” is currently available on YouTube, Spotify and several other digital music streaming platforms. This is one you’ll be very glad you gave a listen. You can thank us later.


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