Exclusive Review: Freddie Bourne – “The Troubled Boy At The Bonfire Disco” EP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of Freddie Bourne’s New EP

When it comes to versatility, next level production value and attentiveness to detail, Freddie Bourne‘s EP “The Troubled Boy At The Bonfire Disco” really raises the bar and brings a huge, wholesome sound to the table. It’s his fifth studio release and features four larger than life tracks that explore many facets of Freddie‘s talent, and is the farthest thing from a disappointment.

Self proclaimed as “Conscious House-Pop”, Freddie‘s EP, produced by Stephen Horning of Dirty Dogg Productions, gives great nostalgic callbacks to the 90s and early-2000s era with his electronically infused Pop/Indie Rock sensibilities topped with House Music textures and exceptional song structures. Starting off with the opener “I Hope You Don’t Forgive Me”, we get a great acoustically-led guitar progression that builds up to something much more climactic and anthemic as the song plays on. Freddie‘s mid-to-high range vocals are strong, effective and presents this song’s chorus with absolute conviction. The Pop razor edge really works here and could easily be heard as a chart topper among many other artists of a similar caliber. The standout of this EP is definitely “Jeni”, a song with beautiful electronic and guitar textures, solid rhythmic structure and story-telling lyrics that really bring Freddie‘s songwriting ability to the forefront. This song is very busy, but not convoluted in the least; everything fits in its proper place. The 3-4 part harmonies in this chorus are very notable and big, and really encapsulates Freddie‘s precision as a vocalist. This track also has that classic 90s Alt/Rock feel reminiscent to REM, Goo Goo Dolls and Coldplay.

“Pale Blue Sky” (feat. E. King) and “Spacedust” (also co-written by producer Stephen Horning) are very ambient songs with innovative synth additives and bassy layers that drive both tracks into multifaceted territories. Freddie‘s vocals continue to shine and really showcase his ability to choose his vocal melodies wisely. His strength and projection really gives his vocal textures a wide array of techniques for both songs and really solidifies this EP’s signature sound. All four tracks of this record are diversely different, but you can still tell it’s coming from the same artist. Each song is carefully crafted, handled with absolute care and really paves the way for other artists that hone similar styles. “The Troubled Boy…” is a must-listen by all accounts and you will definitely be enticed to dig further into Freddie Bourne‘s career and discography. You can currently grab a copy of this EP on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad that you did.


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Exclusive Review: David Punch – “In This Together” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of David Punch’s New Single

With the COVID19 pandemic coming closer to an end, we are discovering that lots of artists during the lockdown period spent their time writing and reflecting on how the virus was impacting the world. One of them is Ireland-based artist David Punch, a young and eclectic musician that began hitting the ground running six years ago when he first manifested. His optimistic and uplifting single “In This Together” is an anthemic song that reminds us that we aren’t alone in this pandemic, and that we will be stronger and wiser once things return to normal.

His catchy indie Rock and acoustically-infused style is fun, upbeat and catches your attention from the onset. David‘s mid-range vocal approach is effective and presents melody choices that give you an instant indication that he knows how to structure a song very diligently. When it comes to his lyrics, just about anyone can resonate with them. His punchlines (no pun intended) are crucial, clever and really gets his story across with a realistic outlook. The chorus in this song is delivered very strongly and will have you singing it by the second time it comes around. It’s a powerful song with insatiable artistic merit and explores several angles of David Punch‘s abilities as a musician.

This song also has unwavering staying power – the ability to stay with you even after it’s over. Its realism and self awareness is inspiring and will easily capture hearts and minds with every listener. You can find David Punch‘s single on YouTube and several other digital platforms. This song is recommended to anyone wanting to hear a refreshing outlook on COVID19, and to any indie Rock fan that loves to discover new eclectic talent. This is a very important song for 2020.


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Exclusive Review: David Vaters – “When I Met You” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of David Vaters’ New Single

With a great vocal range and well structured melodies, Country-Rock recording artist David Vaters brings on a journey of anthemic soul and substance with his newest single “When I Met You”.

Garnering success and highly acclaimed recognition from previous hits like “Red Sea” and “Forgive” (which currently has a quarter million views on YouTube), David Vaters is no stranger to the industry and has amassed an insatiable buzz and extensive fan base since he began hitting the ground running in the music realm many years ago. His distinctive Country sound with versatile Rock elements has captured the hearts of thousands and continues to stay on his winning streak throughout 2020 and beyond. His newest single “When I Met You”, featured from his upcoming album ‘A Voice In The Wilderness Vol. 3″, is a masterfully crafted track with multifaceted musicianship factors and production value that effectively showcases Vaters‘ songwriting and performance abilities with his wholesome signature sound and heartfelt lyrics. With great blends of acoustic and electric guitar progressions combined with finely tuned vocal melodies and harmonies, the precision on this song is unwaveringly tight knit along with the raw catchiness.

Vaters‘ mid-range vocals have great projection and makes this song’s chorus into an anthem-quality, surpassing expectations of just the same old standard chorus. His vocals stand out in many crucial areas that really delve deep into David‘s artistic merit and lyrical arrangements. The melody-driven guitar parts accompanied by a solid rhythm section really ties the song together and showcases each instrumental role. The slide guitar solo at the end is a beautiful touch and adds textures throughout the song that makes it not only effective, but charming as well. It’s the perfect blend of yesterday’s and today’s more notable Country-Rock that we’ve all come to know and love over many decades, and this is the type of song (and artist) that will keep paving the way to keep Country music alive and kicking.

No matter what, “When I Met You” is a track that just about any Country fan will appreciate. You can find the song on YouTube and several digital music streaming platforms. You can also find more info on David Vaters‘ official website which is listed below.


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Exclusive Review: American Scream – “Sink” EP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of American Scream’s debut EP

Bursting onto the music scene last year with an insatiably versatile and unique signature sound, North Carolina quartet American Scream have been hitting the ground running pretty much since the minute they solidified their formation. Tastefully blending diligent flavors of electronically-infused Synth Pop and Rock elements, the band has proven with their debut EP ‘Sink’ that original ideas are still out there and the fun nature of creating music still thrives strongly if you’re willing to pay attention – and this record is definitely an attention-grabber.

This 7-track juggernaut starts off with a solid intro track then leads right into their anchor single off this record, “Hypocrite”. Accompanied by a thematically fun music video, this song has an arsenal of catchy melody choices with distinctive vocal harmonies and ambient keyboard progressions that really drive this song into many creative directions. The lead vocals are astoundingly effective and really showcases this band’s artistic merit both collectively and individually through each member.

“Club Noises” is an absolute standout with dynamically crafty lyrics that not only resonate with the listener, but cleverly executes the message that the song conveys and makes several excellent uses out of social media references. This track also has a great genre-bending structure that combines Djent-y breakdowns and Synth-y progressions. This song definitely turns the heat up and really encompasses the energy this band brings to the table. The track “Iceberg” is a more subtle song that really delves deep into the band’s core and centerpiece. With anthemic tones and heartfelt lyrics that continue to demonstrate the band’s detail-oriented songwriting ability, this track brings forth another multifaceted angle that puts American Scream on a high pedestal, far above the run-of-the-mill contemporary artist.

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The darker and anthem-worthy closing songs “Funeral” and “The Darkness” are amazingly composed and really hone in on each member’s contributing factors to this EP. The collective musicianship qualities really spill out by the time you reach the end of this record and it really demonstrates just how much versatility this band really encapsulates. The chemistry is very apparent and the innovative techniques this record showcases really blows your mind especially after realizing that this is a debut EP from a band that formed only a year ago. It gets you morbidly curious to hear what this band has in store for their sophomore release, and really raises the bar far higher than American Scream probably realizes. ‘Sink’ is an absolute must-listen for 2020 and will likely be noted as one of the best releases of this year altogether. You can find this EP on Spotify, YouTube and other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad that you did.


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Exclusive Review: Shaun Mykal Walker – “Baring My Soul” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Intro and still shot of Shaun Mykal Walker’s Music Video for “Baring My Soul”

Rarely does a song ever have the type of staying power like multi-instrumentalist Shaun Mykal Walker‘s “Baring My Soul”. This insatiably eclectic anthem not only bares Walker‘s soul, but his vast array of musical talent as well.

A song that tells a story of adjusting to a new (way of) life and feeling like you don’t belong, “Baring My Soul” (accompanied by a dynamically cinematic music video) was written through Walker‘s perspective of struggles when he moved from Australia to San Diego, finding difficulty in acquiring connections in a new city while starting over. Utilizing a signature sound that is reminiscent of chart-toppers like Bruno Mars, Prince and Maroon 5, this brilliantly upbeat Alt/Rock song, written and performed by Walker, is contagiously catchy with strong melody choices, crafty riffs and a smooth rhythm section that is topped off with amazing vocal work. His mid-to-high vocal range is apparent and coherent throughout the track with dynamically effective lyrics that showcase Walker‘s many angles of melody placements, which really sets a tone for this song’s diligent genre blending and structural pacing.

With a powerful chorus that is unlikely to leave your head anytime soon, this song’s tightly knit structure is what makes it the gem that it really is. From smooth transitions, perfectly shaped guitar tones and a multifaceted final mix that displays top notch production value, “Baring My Soul” is an extraordinarily catchy track with an endless list of effective musicianship factors. It’s the type of song that brings Shaun Mykal Walker‘s talent to the forefront and really delivers a style that touches on balance and composure to make sure the song is a standout of its kind. You can currently find the single on Apple Music, Spotify and other digital music streaming platforms. The official music video for the song can be found on YouTube. You’ll become an instant fan from the very first listen.


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