Exclusive Review: Benjamin Andrews – “Silver Lining” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art for Benjamin Andrews’ debut single “Silver Lining”

Hailing from the landscapes of Vienna, artist/songwriter Benjamin Andrews began hitting the ground running in the music spectrum many years ago, mostly playing in bands and collating with other musicians. But with his current situation not allowing him to meet up with his band mates, mostly due to location, Andrews decided to conjure up his own project, playing all roles, with the help of some session musicians, including engineer/producer. As the project nears the end of production, Benjamin decided to put out his debut single “Silver Lining” as a taste of what’s to come when his full project comes to fruition.

“Silver Lining” is a tasteful blend of Pop and Rock with many multifaceted textures that showcases Benjamin Andrews‘ talents with both performance and production value. It’s a song for everyone, and was written during Ben‘s first week of lockdown due to COVID19. The song is about hope and optimism even when times are dark, and really brings a feeling of not being alone and getting through trials and tribulations with togetherness. This brilliantly crafted tune has flavorful piano riffs, a tight knit rhythm section and undeniably catchy vocal melody choices that really bring the song’s charm to the forefront. But the standout to me was this song’s use of intelligent chord progressions and key changes. Utilizing a 90s-style Pop/Rock sound with a hint of Pearl Jam’s “Ten” album sensibility, “Silver Lining” is an exceptionally well written song with effective vocal harmonies and a Queen-style guitar solo that ties it all together into one big versatile package. The song is accessible, anthemic, and has staying power where the song stays with you even after the song is over.

For a debut single, Benjamin Andrews really hits it out of the park and will definitely get you pumped for what he has in store next. The song will definitely entice you to delve deeper into Andrew‘s past, present and future. “Silver Lining” is available now on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, and other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad you gave it a listen.


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Exclusive Review: Andrew Farstar – “Classics” Album/LP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art for Andrew Farstar’s “Classics” LP

This album of classics, just like the album name ‘Classics’ suggests, is a nostalgic treat from the way-back-when machine that features a vast array of songs from renowned artists that we’ve come to know and love over many years. With the voice of Sydney-based artist Andrew Farstar at the helm of this record, tackling these beloved anthems with a modern and youthful approach that gives us a whole new perspective on these high profile covers, ‘Classics’ is not just a run-of-the-mill tribute or half hearted renditions, it’s a visceral reimagination.

Featuring chart-topping hit songs on the record that includes classics like “Your Song” (Elton John), “I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love” (Crystal Gayle), “Sealed With a Kiss” (Brian Hyland), and many more, Andrew Farstar breathes new life into these songs with a modern millennial signature sound that brings out a whole new world to songs that have been loved for decades by a widespread of fans from many different generations. His versatile and multifaceted mid-to-high range vocals are precise and punctual as they are charming as well. He also brings these tracks out in a way that could resonate with younger generations, who will find an entirely new perspective and appreciation for songs older generations may or may not know…but most likely definitely do.

The musicianship factors and production value parallels perfectly with both performance and structure. A lot of the tracks have a distinctive sound that could be reminiscent of artist pioneers like Tony Bennet, Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé, James Arthur, Harry Connick Jr., and those of a similar caliber. But, when it comes to the overall execution, Andrew finds a way to truly make these songs his own reimagining in a way that gets us to appreciate these classic tunes in a whole new spectrum. Basically, if the renowned artists that wrote these songs took a listen to Andrew‘s versions, they’d be definitely mind blown at the brilliant balance between the insatiable feeling of originality and familiarity he brings to these songs. It’s an album of nostalgia, skilled musicianship, and a demonstration of making something completely your own when it comes to artistic merit.

You’ll love every rendition of these songs that Andrew has put together and will remind you that these songs still can have a major relevance in your life. You’ll love ‘Classics’ from beginning to end, unconditionally. You’ll be glad we recommended this to you. You’re welcome.


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Exclusive Video Premiere: Chuckola – “How Do I Begin” Official Music Video

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Still shot from Chuckola’s Official Music Video for “How Do I Begin


Earlier in the week, our platform debuted an exclusive review of recording artist/producer Chuckola‘s powerful and anthemic single “How Do I Begin”, a song about the worldwide impact of the Coronavirus. Due to the positive reception and highly viewed response we received for the article, we are now back with a follow-up review of his official music video for the hit single, and it’s a cinematic rollercoaster that you have to see to believe.

Featuring several outdoor/scenic shots of different people and places from around the world, this video is an emotional perspective and expression of Chuckola‘s vision of the song. With beautiful cinematography and a cast of different people reflecting on the COVID19 pandemic, this vision shows that the virus can affect anyone at anytime, and that life is sacred. Chuckola, who himself lost a family member due to the virus, really hits home with this song’s imagery. It parallels perfectly with the ambient tone of the song along with his intellectually emotional lyrics and powerful message that can get you to easily resonate with Chuckola‘s perspective and artistic merit.

“How Do I Begin” is great as a standalone one, but the official music video really brings the power of this single to the forefront and provides a visual context that truly heightens the song’s impact. It’s a video you can connect with and appreciate both for its next-level production value and its visual message. It has endless re-watchability and you’ll find yourself coming back to this video time and time again.

The video (and song) is currently available on YouTube and has amassed almost 8,000 views so far. You’ll be more than glad we recommended this one to you. It’s a real journey and deserves the attention from the world. Be sure to listen, watch, share, and take care of yourself and loved ones as this pandemic continues to affect the world.


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Cymber Lily Quinn – “Band Of Angels”

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Hailing from the landscapes of Colorado, Cymber Lily Queen has been a standout of her caliber as a professional award-winning harpist and composer, specializing in background music and house concerts in a vast array of different settings and moods. Her music is versatile and infuses a nature-based articulation that encourages conversation and connection. And her track “Band Of Angels” is a brilliant demonstration of this.

With tightly-knit harp swells and diligently placed melodies in the forefront, Cymber Lily Queen really entices our ears to embrace atmosphere and ambience. Her emotional melodies bring us to a place of comfort and relaxation, meanwhile comprises a realm where our thoughts are in safe keeping and our hearts can stay warm. It’s a song that becomes the soundtrack of your soul and the essence of your aura, bringing to the table a composition that not only embraces you, but stays with you long after it’s over as well. The melodies stay within a safe and subtle mid-to-high range key signature that leaves room for expression, rhythm and lead parts for Cymber to showcase her craft with many angles; serving up a dose of her songwriting techniques as well as skills with her harp in its entirety. It’s a perfect song and window into Cymber Lily Queen‘s craft and God given talent, as well as her signature sound and performance style.

If you’re into something smooth, classical, atmospheric and heart-warming, then Cymber Lily Queen will be going on your favorites list in no time. She is a joy to behold.

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Exclusive Review: Alexia Madrid – “For Me” Single.

Review by: Justyn. W. Brodsky

A little spice, a little sweetness, and multifaceted textures of acoustic guitar swells and vocal auras is what creates a soothing signature sound for the upcoming indie starlet Alexia Madrid an absolute gem in today’s musical realm. The Toronto-based artist (who also attends college in Calgary) is currently in her first active year in her solo career, and her debut single “For Me” is direct indication that she has hit the ground running and has no plans on stopping.

This talented, young artist has a soothing voice that not only projects unwavering musicianship, but her passionate vibes as well. Her well-placed melodies are effective but are also projected at the right moments throughout the song’s duration; giving us a glimpse into many different angles of Alexia‘s artistic merit that range from Pop, R&B to Soul. She’s not just another random girl that decided to wake up one day and become an artist, but instead, discovered a part of herself that was always there; a versatile songwriter and performer coming out of her own shell. And “For Me” is a song that demonstrates this part of her completely, she has debuted her craft diligently and really shines bright throughout this track and shows the world around her that she has what it takes to fit right in with the brighter circle of stars and winners that come from the likes of places like The Voice, American Idol, and those alike.

The production value of this song is elegantly put together and has glistening dueling guitar parts EDM touches, digital drums and other post production theatrics that fit this song with insatiable attentiveness to detail. And that’s one of the strongpoints to this track – it has enough detail to keep you interested, but still leaves enough room to showcase Alexia‘s impressive vocal range and melody choices, which gives this track a perfect introduction into Alexia‘s career and overall sound. Once you take a listen to this song, you’ll build enough up anticipation to hear what she has coming out next.

“For Me” officially drops April 24th, 2020, this Friday.

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Artist Review: Katie Veltri – “Catch Me” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Bringing acoustic grooves and rhythmic Blues to the forefront with sensual vocal techniques that speak to the soul, recording artist Katie Veltri encompasses new ambient territory with her newest single “Catch Me”.

“Catch Me” is definitely catchy. It’s a timeless track with jazzy guitar chord progressions that really facilitate the anthemic vocal melodies to make each measure really count. Katie‘s voice is tender, natural, and really puts emphasis on how she projects every line of her clever lyrics this song has to offer as the track plays out. The guitars also have a spiciness and aura that brings a true uniqueness to the modern rhythm this song blends in. It shares a classic feel while still embracing a modern take on today’s more versatile pop-infused genres.

Put simply, this song is very hard to dislike. It has very powerful vocals that shine bright in the forefront. Katie‘s voice not only has an impressive range, but also projects a multifaceted nature as well that really showcases her talent very effectively. “Catch Me”, accompanied by a lyric video, is a song that shares equal parts originality and familiarity – it has that classic signature sound that you’ve come to know and love throughout many years, as well as today’s more notable mainstream edge that resonates with more modern music styles. Katie Veltri will definitely reel you in with “Catch Me”.

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Artist Review: Katie Veltri – “3rd & Fairfax” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Taking a very simplistic yet nostalgic approach, acclaimed singer/songwriter Katie Veltri has put an anthemic spin with her brand new single, “3rd & Fairfax”.

Katie is no novice-leveled musical dabbler. From releasing a well received full length album this past year and also tackling legendary covers like John Lennon’s “Imagine” and others, Katie has independently constructed herself an enormously impressive platform since she hit the ground running. Her newest single, “3rd & Fairfax”, is a brilliant demonstration of her versatility, angelic vocals and lyrical structures, as well as overall craft.

With beautiful piano progressions that tailor’s to a more rotund low end soundtrack worthy approach, his track is definitely one that makes Katie a very noticeable standout. It’s peaceful, magical, and isn’t convoluted with an array of overproduced elements or multiple instruments to take you away from Katie‘s vocal spirit. It’s a song that really brings you relaxation, fascination, and a multifaceted aura to her presence that is rare among today’s artists. This single is the perfect example of that old saying: less is more. We want to hear Katie, without the unnecessary noise, post production theatrics, or any sort of distractions. We want to hear an artist’s overall craft and signature sound that can really grow on you – and make you wanna delve deeper into an artist’s catalogue, as well as future prospects. And “3rd & Fairfax” is definitely a song that will entice you into finding out more about Katie; be it her music, passions, or personality.

This single is currently available on Spotify and other platforms, and we highly encourage our readers to really give Katie the attention she truly deserves. Her artistic merit is genuine, her musical factors are addictive, and she’ll definitely be an artist you’ll be sticking with once you get a grasp onto her overall sound.

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