Exclusive Review: Pop Smear – “Old & Gray” Single

If you’ve ever visited the boroughs and cityscapes of NYC, then you’ll definitely know just how versatile and eclectic the music scene is there, whether it be larger acts or indie collectives. So with dynamic electro-pop duo Pop Smear hailing from this musical holy grail haven, you can expect just about anything and everything all at once with their innovative, multifaceted and boldly fresh signature sound. With Australian vocalist Georgia Haege at the helm of the mic with blissfully anthemic vocals along with visceral, electronically-infused keyboard theatrics by Tom Oski who diligently ties it all together as the musical centerpiece, Pop Smear collectively delivers up an atmospheric aura that is melodic and a formulaic in its overall execution; bringing forth a brilliant sound of textures, edginess and a true sense of musicianship with their recent single “Old & Gray.”

With singer Georgia Haege garnering a plethora of experience over the years as a session guest musician for renowned artist names like Wheatus, Meatloaf and Shontelle, it’s no surprise that her angelic voice on this track is a complete standout of its own. She truly brings shine to the title’s track throughout every measure and brilliantly goes out of her way to reach new heights of catchiness, wittiness and unrelenting tractor beam-like fascination. She makes a solid connection between her voice and any listener within earshot; keeping you captivated throughout every lyrical twist and turn. But just to add more acclaim to Haege’s already-impressive presentation, she gained a lot of her stage experience (and film) from acting in numerous roles ranging from the lead role of Donna Sheridan in the North American Tour of the Broadway smash hit Mamma Mia! The melodically driven keys and electro-textures from the musical mind of Tom Oski truly brings out Pop Smear‘s edginess that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity; giving every listener something fresh yet still identifiable.

The chorus of this song is definitely a powerful one and really stays true to the traditional can’t-get-it-out-of-your-head formula. Both musicians contribute vital components to this song and no stone is left unturned by the time it ends. Pop Smear formed in 2011, but took an indefinite hiatus after the release of their debut album. But just like most successful endeavors, you can’t keep a good thing down; especially several years later when Pop Smear would make their eventual return with a handful of new futuristic and retro tracks; “Old & Gray” being one of them. A track that grooves with melody, versatility and everything in between that makes Pop Smear the dynamic duo they truly are with endless artistic merit.

“Old & Gray” will be releasing on December 11th and will be available on Spotify and several digital music streaming platforms.


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Exclusive Interview: Winston-Salem Rising Rapper Iontez Sheds Light On His Upward Career As He Continues To Hit The Ground Running

Since coming out the gate in 2019, NC-based rising rapper Iontez has developed an insatiable knack for witty rhyming techniques, versatile lyrical concepts and everything else in between. Known for his multifaceted skill set behind the mic, Iontez has proven that relentless determination and passion for the craft will take your career to many places. And even with twists and turns throughout the course of the musical journey, it’s true artists like Iontez that show the industry at large that failure is never an option; one of his biggest focal points since his manifestation.

With a vast array of impressive releases under his belt since his inception into the market, the prominent DIY artist has kept his consistency out in the forefront and continues to keep grinding away at what he does best. Us at Artist Reach caught up with Iontez in an exclusive interview recently regarding the prospect of his career’s future and plans for 2021 and beyond.


•I see you got into music at the age of 13. How did that all manifest during that time? What inspired you to start so young?

Music is something that I enjoy doing. I was inspired to make music by my friend Moonz from Sweden who told me that I should start recording music and that I was a good at rapping. Ever since then I loved making music and it is amazing to also be able to make money off of something I enjoy and love to do.

Give us some insight on how you came up with your artist name.

My artist name is the same exact name I used for my gaming username. I thought the name would be perfect because it is unique and it makes it easy to find my music, all you have to do is search up “Iontez” and you can find everything.

•I see you have quite an eclectic background as well. MWho are some of your artist influences?

My influences are very versatile and you can hear it in my music. Some of my artist influences range from Playboi Carti, Duwap Kaine, BoofPaxkMooky, SauxePaxkTB, Yanko 7th, NAV, Young Thug, Chief Keef, and the list goes on.

We’ve had quite the pandemic sweep the nation and world at large this year. How has it affected you and how have you been utilizing your time during this COVID period?

It gave me more time to work on my music since school is closed. I have a studio setup in my room so I can work on my music any time I want instead of spending money and having to drive to a studio. The pandemic really had a positive impact on my career.

•I see you’re from the Winston-Salem area. How has that scene treated you and what would be one of the best parts about the scene? (Venues, other artists, etc.)

Winston-Salem is slept on. We have some of the greatest artists from here. Shoutout to Tia Corine, Apex3400, KloK, SauxePaxkTB (Rest In Peace), 52Paco, and there is so much more talented artists from Winston-Salem. I’m trying to put us on the map, when you hear North Carolina you think of Raleigh, Charlotte, Durham and Greensboro but I want Winston-Salem to come to your mind when you hear North Carolina.

What’s the name of your most recent release and what are your plans for 2021?

My most recent song is called 336 and it features my bro Lil Joker on it. It’s currently up on YouTube and SoundCloud. My plans for 2021 is that I’m going to stay working on my music and keep up my grind. I’m probably going to release a EP in 2021 too so stay tuned.

NOTE: Full Music Review coming soon this next week.


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Feature Of The Month: Carbonaddy – “Holly Groove” Single

Artists can be dime-a-doze, but there is only one Carbonaddy.

This dynamic duo brings forth a pop/groove signature sound to the table that is insatiably witty, charismatically original and contains more versatility than most mainstream groups you’d hear in today’s music spectrum. A solo project conjured from quarantining during the COVID pandemic and comprised of Comp band members Wesley Jensen and Kyle Hawthorne, Carbonaddy brilliantly fuses together a stylization with a futuristic aura that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity; giving each listener something completely fresh yet still identifiable. Utilizing an electronic-infused production style with rhythmic drum sequences and theatrical tempo changes, their newest single “Holly Groove” proves that the title lives up to the name – and grooves away throughout the song’s duration.

This track’s versatility is very apparent and encompasses several multi-layered measures between the bassy progressions and mid-to-high range duel vocals. Each element plays a crucial role in this song and has a structure that is not only clever but multifaceted as well. Diligently executed tempo changes bring additional atmospheres to the forefront, all while holding down consistency between the track’s theatrical edge. And this is perhaps not only one of the biggest charms this track has going for it, but a masterfully mixed production value as well; putting emphasis in all the right places. Wesley’s vocals have a plethora of styles and ranges utilized throughout each verse, chorus and breakdown; delivering something different each time but still letting the listener know that it is indeed the same singer pulling this all off at the same time.

Another notable component is the essence of groove this song puts forth. From solid 8th note rhythms to strong snare & bass measures, the addictively rhythmic raucous creations through the dexterous rhythm section is impossible to go unnoticed, and parallels perfectly with Wesley’s powerful and distinctive vocal textures, ranging from breathy to full-on projection. All done with clarity and precision, as well. “Holly Groove” is currently available on YouTube, Spotify and several other digital music streaming platforms. This is one you’ll be very glad you gave a listen. You can thank us later.


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