Atlanta-based starlet Sarah Rae is no stranger to the world of music. She’s been mastering her craft since the age of 8 and holds a Bachelor of the Arts in Literature & Music Theory. Known Fowler her very atmospheric and ambient vocal style, Sarah Rae captures the essence of beauty and the art of falling in love with her newest single “Poison Ivy”.
Encompassing a realm of passion and the solace of sensuality, Sarah Rae’s beautiful overtones are made present at the forefront from the very beginning. Combining a cleverly multi layered songwriting structure with an Alt/Indie-Pop sensibility, Sarah utilizes her vocal breaths with long ambient swells and punctually atmospheric textures that hone in on a mid-to-high range melody that soothes the appetite for feel-good energy and passionate projection. The rhythmic tempo is wrapped around a single-picking guitar melody that parallels the vocals in a way that is instrumental and experimental. Both leads compliment each other equally and the effectively placed emotion is targeted at the core of the song and really drives home the originality of Sarah’s vocal style. It’s crafty, brilliant and puts a Pop edge into modern Indie in a way that almost restructures the genre entirely.
This single definitely has staying power – it definitely stays with you long after it’s over and you definitely become enticed to surf through Sarah Rae’s entire discography if you haven’t already. This ambient track encapsulates the true essence of love both with the poetically crafted lyrics, the projection, as well as execution of the vocals entirely in its multi layered and multifaceted approach. It tells a story, it reveals moods and it leaves a feeling inside of you that ignites new passions from familiar fires. You can listen to “Poison Ivy” now on Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be glad that you did.
Brave Magnetic is a solo Indie project conjured from the talented mind of Matt Crowley, a member from the band Union City whom are based in the Peterborough area of Ontario. Utilizing a crafty and surreal signature sound that is multi layered and multifaceted, Crowley truly brings a feel-good ambience into this solo project and so far has received quite the positive reception since bringing it to fruition even after only a few singles and a small EP.
This year in 2021, Brave Magnetic has put out two very diligent and cohesive singles that share a reminiscence to artists that have a similar calibre to The Cure and Copeland. The first single, “The Shape Of Things To Come” is a soul-soother that integrates facets of piano, effective chord progressions, transitions, strings, acoustic guitars and several other layered components with many dreamlike additives. The clean guitar melody on this track really helps enhance the overall progression and when all the ingredients are combined, a tasty and beautifully executed track is born. Crowley’s very anthemic and emotional vocal melodies truly carry the torch on this song and really utilizes the raw passion and emotion that this heard through every measure. It’s a very visceral listening experience.
His second single off his catalogue is “You Are The One”. A more rhythmic track with more of an ominous presence, but not mysterious by any means. The rotund low end bass progression leaves room for Crowley to really shine with his vocal melodies on this track – and he absolutely does. His octave overdubbed vocals are very appropriately placed along with his strong harmonies, and the keyboard additives lend inventive textures to the vocals that are not only well placed, but diligently mixed as well. There are spacey production techniques utilized in this song that really enhance the mix, and even though this is a shorter song than its predecessor, it’s just as effective. This dreamlike single is climactic, but also has a buildup that truly demonstrates the attentiveness to detail that is absolutely brilliant.
These two singles will definitely entice anyone to dive deeper into the Brave Magnetic catalogue and really showcases just how advanced Matt Crowley’s songwriting really is. He is an artist you really need to keep a close eye on. You can hear both singles on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be glad you did.
In today’s overwhelmingly convoluted music industry, not many artists can truly deliver a signature sound and aura that encapsulates the R&B and Soul atmosphere quite like Louisville’s current rising starlet Era’nay. An artist that has been hitting the ground running since her soul soothing voice began gracing the musical landscape with her natural talent, persona, and knack of writing diligently crafted songs that brilliantly balance equal parts originality and familiarity; boasting an authentic style that successfully touches on today’s more modern sensibility as well as yesterday’s nostalgic R&B/Soul eras that have helped garner the impactful genre it is today.
Drawing reminiscence to industry notables like Toni Braxton and Patti Labelle, Era’nay’s songs also preserve a classic sound that almost any avid fan of the world of R&B can resonate with, and we get a deep dive into this musical aura with her most recent EP ‘Elevate’. An anthemic collection of six tracks that truly encompass Era’nay’s authenticity, gifted songwriting/melody structures, ability as a naturally gifted vocalist, and even her vulnerability as an artist – in only the best possibly ways. Opening tracks on this record are “Waiting For” and “In My Feelings (feat. T. Real & Darrin Lee Jr.)”. Both are hypnotic and feel like the best musical back rub you’ve received in decades; and especially sets the tone for what the rest of the record brings. Era’nay’s vocal delivery especially is beautifully subtle in all the right places and really showcases her ability to construct a very powerful, integrative lead melody that is memorable, catchy and leaves you with a visceral listening experience.
Moving onto one of her anchor singles of the EP, her song “Lesson” is a little more upbeat, bluesy and explores a bit more into the facets of her vocal range and musical persona. The Rhodes keys riff on this track from the very beginning is insatiably enticing and really delves into the musicianship factors that brilliantly parallel with the above-average production value. It’s a great demonstration of hearing how Era’nay can integrate her signature style into different musical atmospheres that cover more angles of her artistic merit. This one, just like the previous tracks on this EP, really add to the diversity aspect when it comes to composing effective vocal melodies regardless how much the music can tend to change or shift over.
Lastly, her closing track “Farewell”, which was also released as a single prior to the full EP release, reiterates back to the record’s beginnings with this track’s hypnotic aura. It closes the record with the same modernly nostalgic measures that set the tone for the record in the first place. It’s a brilliant ending to the record that reconnects with the EP’s beginning where it started it all; giving the audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable. Overall, Era’nay has served up a six-track hypnotic record that has so far amassed an insatiable presence and reception. It’s a true high-quality record with unquestionably above average production value which has helped create the visceral listening experience that ‘Elevate’ has brought to the table since its release date. It’s a must-hear on just about every account and will leave you with that musical feeling of warmth which has become relatively scarce in today’s modern music realm.
‘Elevate’ is available now on Spotify, Apple Music , iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be beyond happy you gave her a listen.