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: The Breaks The Beat – “This Town & The Next” Album/LP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of “This Town & The Next”

Renowned for their acoustic, electric and eclectic signature sound, The Breaks The Beat have been cleverly described as a culmination of an undying passion for music and friendships – which is definitely a strong foundation between any group that is set out to live the dream among the industry greats that have influenced and inspired them. With members living in different areas of North America including Vancouver (Canada) and Tacoma (Washington), this collective has come together to create music that raises the bar in good ideas, strong songwriting, and a wholesome stylization that balances equal parts originality and familiarity. And with the release of their recent album ‘This Town & The Next’, The Breaks The Beat prove that their multifaceted musicianship is a true tour de force that is set out to claim a rightful place in the industry far above contemporary levels.

This album is full of anthems, rather than just songs. Their acoustically-infused Indie/Rock style with many multi-genre textures serve up a consistent flow of tracks that all compliment each other and tie in together on this 14-track record, and never lets up the charm. Songs like “The Other End of Town” and “The Evolution of Revolution” are beautifully executed tracks with well put together acoustic progressions, versatile vocals with a Pink Floyd sensibility, and a smooth rhythm section to solidify an unforgettable wholesome sound that just about anyone will enjoy. The subtle verses are soothing and encapsulates an early 2000s Indie vibe while the choruses are more mainstream with an immersive parallel between a low-to-mid range vocal approach and a direct vocal projection that stand out in the forefront. The catchiness is absolutely contagious and these tracks are definitely strong in the album’s first half.

“Extract Happiness” is another charming song with great vocal play that includes well-adjusted rasps, uplifting guitar riffs and story-telling lyrics that really grabs your undivided attention. While songs like “Birdhouse” and “Hawaii” are a little more upbeat and achieve really well paced rhythms and diligently crafted vocal melodies that are big standouts and definitely resonates perfect tie-ins with the rest of the album. Ending track “Lock On My Tongue Tied To My Teeth 2.0” goes out with a bang with its Rock-influenced energy, low gain electric guitars and the same effectively anthemic vocals that makes this album what it is. It’s a mess load of fun that will entice you to give a standing ovation after this track plays out, and really gets you to appreciate this album in whole.

It’s also interesting to note that The Breaks The Beat have also been highlighted in international songwriting competitions and have built an insatiable buzz and dedicated fan base since they began hitting the ground running after their inception into the market in 2017. This album definitely reflects the band in a way that gets you to believe that it’s not surprising such a band could accomplish achievements like this, but at the same time does surprise you that they haven’t accomplished more. But we’re not worried, with an album and direction like this, The Breaks The Beat have plenty more in store as they continue to thrive throughout the scene and make more of their dreams a reality. They clearly have what it takes and we are stoked to see what they do next in the very near future. ‘This Town & The Next’ released this year on June 5th and is available now on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than happy you gave this record a spin.


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Exclusive Review: Bedroom Ceilings: “Clairvoyance Is Never Simple” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky


A lot of blood, sweat and tears goes into creating and composing music. The longer you do it, the more you develop a signature sound and niche as a musician. When you combine two musicians that hone their crafts with an aspect of composing their signature sounds into one dynamic unit, you get indie-duo Bedroom Ceilings. With their sophomore album ‘Another Bulb Burned Out’ coming close to its release date, the indie rockers have been teasing their fan base with singles from the record and building an insatiable buzz. Their newest track “Clairvoyance Is Never Simple” is one of them.

Comprised of songwriter/composer Dean Chittenden and multi-instrumentalist Ben Steer, Bedroom Ceilings comes to fruition beautifully with their ambient guitar parts, atmospheric vocal melodies and indie/folk rock approach reminiscent of Copeland, Coldplay, and even the Beatles. With a sound that has great callbacks to the early 2000s classic Emo scene, Bedroom Ceilings also bring fresh new ideas to the table that showcase their artistic merit in ways that really makes them stand out among today’s more convoluted music industry, which is a breath of fresh air.

“Clairvoyance Is Never Simple” is more of an anthem than it is just a song. The track comes together in a way that truly proves how much chemistry this duo has, and how seriously the songwriting aspect is to them. This single has an indie feel that is completely contagious, and you’ll be recommending it to your friends. This track will make you an instant Bedroom Ceilings fan, and will definitely entice you to check out their past catalogue as well as their upcoming album. The single is available now on Spotify and all digital music streaming platforms.

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Exclusive Review: The Harmalators – “Master Of The Speed Of Light” Album

Fun, energetic and charismatic might be a few words to describe music duo The Harmalators. Comprised of twin brothers Marlon Kay (bass guitar/vocals) and Norman Kay (guitar/keyboards and vocals), the Santa Rosa, California-based pair continue to pave their musical path with their latest album ‘Master Of The Speed Of Light’, produced at Mesa Recording in Sebastopol, California.

With a crafty and well put-together catalogue of 8 tracks on this album, The Harmalators bring forth a signature sound that has something for everyone; diligently combining elements of Classic Rock and Pop flavors reminiscent of both old and new music eras we’ve all come to know and love. With both brothers sharing vocal duties throughout this record, the album’s catchy melodies on songs like “Time Is On Your Side” and “Cell Phone Addiction” really showcase a fresh, fun loving approach that is bound to stick in your head. “I Love That You Love (I Don’t Want Our Forever To End” is also a standout on this album; a magical and uplifting acoustic track that adds versatility, depth and encompasses different angles to the duo’s songwriting style and technique. All 8 tracks tie together perfectly and provide a brilliant balance of equal parts originality and familiarity, giving the audience something fresh yet still identifiable.

The Harmalators have been going strong for over 10 years and have acquired an array of accomplishments including a feature on national television, the Mediabase charts, and have had three #1 hits on HitsYouLove Radio in Chicago. Now armed with a new album and an insatiable industry buzz that continues to expand, The Harmalators are ready to take 2020 by storm and proceed to hit the ground running without any sign of slowing down anytime soon. ‘Master Of The Speed Of Light’ is available now online and several digital music streaming platforms.

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Exclusive Press Release: TheFemiFactor – “Feels Like Summer” EP

TheFemiFactor Will Donate 110% Of Profits From the EP For Charity

About The Release

TheFemiFactor’s latest powerful, uplifting, and message-heavy hip-hop EP ‘Feels Like Summer’ is set to drop May 22nd. 110 percent of the profits will go to relief efforts due to the displacement caused by COVID-19. The 10 percent on top of the 100 will be given by TheFemiFactor and the charity of choice is Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund. The rising artists decided to do something about this pandemic, as a number of close friends and musicians lost their jobs.

Inspired by their stories, ‘Feels Like Summer’ took shape. The EP will uplift those affected and offer a medium to escape the madness. The six-track EP (with a bonus 7th track available exclusively on YouTube) contains strong basslines, catchy melodic elements, groovy beats, and grasping vocals by TheFemiFactor. Through the uplifting music and the captivating collaborations with the likes of King Los and others, ‘Feels Like Summer’ will leave an impact on the listeners. Go to www.TheFemiFactor.com/FeedingAmerica for more info

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