Exclusive Artist Review: Era’nay – “Elevate” EP

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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.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Dar.Ra – “Kings & Serfs” EP

Known for his distinctive Indie Rock style and dynamically crafty approach, London-based recording artist Dar.Ra began hitting the ground running as a solo artist after the release of his debut album ‘Soul Hours’ in 2009 – quickly garnering him an insatiable following and critical acclaim through many sectors of the music market. Now, with the recent release of his EP ‘Kings & Serfs’ this year in 2021, Dar.Ra proves that his signature sound continues to reach new heights in the Rock music realm and has truly manifested into a multifaceted artist that raises the bar with every release.

Comprised of three catchy and anthemic tracks, Dar.Ra on this record diligently showcases several angles of his artistic merit and tastefully combines several crucial Rock elements that touch on originality and familiarity; giving each listener a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable. Opening track “Fake It Till You Make It” comes out swinging with a magnetic energy that could easily satisfy any fan from just about any Rock era. From gain-heavy driven guitar progressions to powerfully projected mid-to-high range vocal melodies, this solid number combines grittiness and catchiness in a way that compliments and parallels each other. If The Sex Pistols combined their style with Led Zeppelin’s ‘Houses of the Holy’, then this song is the type of sound you’d get. Follow-up track “Londinium” is more anthemic and really dives deep into Dar.Ra’s more nostalgic side. It explores his songwriting style more intimately and truly gives you that visceral listening experience that has become very rare in today’s more modern music market. This song is not only structured brilliantly, but has a pacing that really showcases the versatility that this record possesses and easily brings the stronger musicianship factors to the forefront.

Closing track “Sweet As” is a charismatic and rhythmic tune that ties the EP together with a sweet cherry on top. The catchiness in both the chord progressions and vocal melodies once again intertwine in a way that is undoubtedly effective and apparent. The story-telling verses are perfectly executed and truly solidifies Dar.Ra’s style in a way that showcases many angles of his musical talent. Overall, ‘Kings & Serfs’ is a brilliant first impression for any avid Rock fan that is just discovering Dar.Ra or hearing him for the first time. It’s the type of record with real staying power where it stays with you even long after it’s over. It’ll also entice you to dive deeper into Dar.Ra’s career, discography, and will likely build up your anticipation to see what tricks he has up his sleeve in his future releases. You can find ‘Kings & Serfs’ on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad you gave this one a listen.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Blonde Furniture – “When You Sleep” & “Start The Revolution” Singles

The veteran musicians of Connecticut-based Alt-Rockers Blonde Furniture have been insatiably active since 1983 and have put out a vast array of tunes that have drawn in fans from several Rock-infused eras. Flash forward to 2020 after an extensive career, the band recently put out their most recent record ‘Music For Early Century Modern’ which has amassed a new generation of listeners and critical acclaim. After listening to two of the album’s anchor singles, we can see (and hear) exactly why.

First single “When You Sleep” is a grungy and rockabilly-infused track with a cruising rhythm section and crafty, dirty guitars with a flavorful crunch. This catchy song is not only well written, but full of tastefully nostalgic measures that will start the mosh pit in no time. If the Dead Kennedys and REM got together for a jam session, it would definitely sound something like this. Second single “Start The Revolution” is amazingly anthemic and has knockout versatile vocals by singer/songwriter and founding member Bill Dumas, who shines brightly with all his musical glory on this track. This 5 minute song is rhythmically clever, undeniably melodic and truly has a calibre of originality that stands on its own completely. This track in particular is a game changer and will definitely entice you to listen to the rest of the record with undivided attention.

If this is your first time listening to Blonde Furniture, then these singles will win you over instantly. This band’s legacy is something to behold and this record is direct evidence of the unwavering talent they’ve brought to many ears since they formed decades ago. You can check out both singles below and the album is available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and several other digital music streaming platforms.


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