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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Exclusive Review: Jerry Impini – “Been Bad For Me” Single

Some musicians can truly hit it out of the park when they find their versatile niche. This is definitely one of those rare cases. Hailing from the NYC borough of Queens, classically trained pianist/vocalist and Universal Music artist Jerry Impini hits the ground running with his first ever double-dueling piano rock single, “Been Bad For Me.” A contagiously catchy and upbeat song that is brilliant in its execution and multifaceted throughout every measure; which truly showcases Jerry‘s artistic merit from start to finish.

This is definitely a track that is bound to leave an everlasting impression on you. Comprised of dynamic piano licks and multilayered vocal melodies, “Been Bad For Me” is good for the soul and puts the rock into piano like no other artist in today’s modern music spectrum. Utilizing bluesy progressions and a punchy rhythm section with solidly precise percussion, the rapid tempo changes in this track are cleverly placed and the pacing is consistent while also staying completely versatile throughout the track’s duration. The song is a true breath of fresh air for rock fans and will find this song an anthemic and atmospheric piece of music to behold.

One thing about this song is the sustainability and staying power, where the song stays with you even long after it’s over. Jerry‘s vocal delivery parallels brilliantly with the craftiness of each musical element and really delves deep into the skill set he possesses throughout the track and beyond. It’ll definitely entice you to look further into Jerry Impini‘s career, discography and musical presence altogether. Whether you’ve been a fan from the beginning or find yourself just discovering him now, “Been Bad For Me” is an absolute treat and must-listen in every way. The single is available now on Spotify, BandCamp, YouTube and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad that you gave it a listen.


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