Exclusive Artist Review: Adriana Adeline – “Higher Consciousness” Album

Hailing from the five boroughs of NYC, R&B/Indie rising artist Adriana Adeline began her journey into the music universe in 2018 when she released her debut album Bona Fide, based on her very real trials and tribulations regarding a recent heartbreak in her life at the time. From that point on, Adriana began culminating a buzz around her record and soon enough would begin writing her follow up effort. Manifesting into her own signature sound, style and ambience within the Indie and R&B world, Adriana’s sophomore release Higher Consciousness is not only her newest release, but her most distinctive one as well; brilliantly encapsulating her style, spirit, musicianship and everything in between.

This 7-track release really delves into Adriana’s aura and essence, offering a window into her soul with glittered tasty ukulele riffs, intelligently crafted lyrics, effective vocal melodies and other catchy twists and turns that she implements diligently throughout the record. Adriana is very inventive on this record and she definitely serves up her own menu of flavors on every track. Opening title track “Higher Consciousness” introduces the record with a spoken word style delivery and leads into a vocal melody that showcases her diverse singing style that is breathy, passionate and crafty. Which eventually transitions into follow up track “Worries”, an R&B-oriented song that has a bossa nova tempo with a very effective yet subtle drum section. Adriana’s blend with the tasty ukulele progression really sets the tone on this song and uniquely encompasses an aura that is both diverse and distinctive. Her vocals are definitely at the top of her game on this song and really captures her true spirit both lyrically and melodically.

The more upbeat “Change” is one of the most notable tracks on this album with a very big chorus that truly demonstrates just how brilliant Adriana’s writing style is. It’s a passionate song that lyrically bares her soul, and is definitely a standout on the record with several angles of innovative approaches from both the ukulele progression and vocal direction. This song’s chorus will stick with you even long after it’s over, it just has that sort of rare staying power that is rarely captured in today’s music world. One more notable track on this record is the more Hip Hop and Soul-oriented “Safe” featuring rapper Saze. This unique and crafty song has a 90s vibe reminiscent of artists like The Fugees. Hip Hop artist Saze delivers an excellent flow that really fits into this song like a glove. The old school flavors are very apparent and the one liner “you wanna get up” will be singing in your head for days. This track really grasps onto an R&B sensibility that shows exactly what made the genre what it is today, lending a more traditional approach to Adriana’s sound that really showcases her ability to utilize both a modern perspective and an old school one. This track will definitely be one of your favorites on the record.

Adriana Adeline is a true Indie artist in every sense of the word. She is self made, passionate and writes about her real life stories through the expression of music, further proving that NYC is still one of the best music scenes in the country with no limit on diversity or versatility. She’s an artist that you will not regret following as her career goes forward and her album Higher Consciousness is a must-listen on all counts. You can get a copy now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and any other digital music streaming platform. You’ll be glad you did.


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Artist Review: Kevin Borland – “Talking To Dead People” Album

Orlando, Florida’s Kevin Borland started making his impact in the music world with his 2016 debut album ‘Harbor City Meltdown’, a record that handsomely boasts his artistically progressive pop/alternative rock signature sound with a stylization that is original and dynamic. Tackling the realm of music with many successful releases under his belt over many years, Borland has a true knack and passion for being a composer/solo artist with several crucial influences from industry heavyweights like David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, as well as guitar pioneer Steve Vai.

Consistently putting out an array of notable releases since his debut in 2016, Borland has manifested into a thriving and rising solo artist, upping the ante with every record in terms of catchiness, coherence, creativity and originality. And this is heavily apparent with his newest album ‘Talking To Dead People’, a 15-track juggernaut that brings Borland’s colorful musical landscapes into to the forefront with cohesively catchy guitar riffs, progressive keyboard measures and melody-driven vocals fused together with well thought out lyrical themes. The track “Spoon Without a Fork” is a good example of this. With an unwavering groove from start to finish at the helm of this song, this track’s bass lines really tighten up the rhythm section in a way that drives the song in a dynamic direction alongside the story-telling narrative of Borland’s vocals. Topping the flavors off with prog/rock-style single-picking guitar riffs, this song is a standout of the album with its innovative verses and dangerously catchy chorus alongside all of the layers this song peels back as it plays out. If this is your first time hearing Kevin Borland, then this song will leave you with an insatiably unforgettable impression.

Another notable track on this record is the synth-driven “Autographed Picture of a Robot Dog”, a more jam band kind of approach with a gritty, bluesy rotund low end carrying an ominous melody that reminds you of the London nightlife. This song is anthemic, atmospheric and continues to demonstrate Borland’s inventive lyrical narratives – giving this song a distinctive edge that is sharp, witty and altogether innovative. Every part of this song is put together very diligently, especially the background vocal layers in the chorus that really give the entirety of this song’s melody an enhancement of compliments and style. It’s a brilliant listen from beginning to end and really solidifies the album’s overall tone.

One other song that really stands out on this record is closing track “No Love in the USA”, a more upbeat track with cruising tempos, diligently paralleled keys and guitars, and a big chorus that encompasses an anthemic arena of catchiness. This crafty closeout song not only wraps the record up with a shiny bow on top, but also entices you to start the record over again and do a deeper dive into Kevin Borland’s discography altogether. One thing this album has especially is multi genre approaches without crossing into absurd genre-mixing territories. It’s not some experimental craziness, it’s a diligently-composed and brilliantly themed collection of songs with crafty thought provoking lyrics that implement artistic outbursts of spoken word measures that really lend to the theming aspects of each song – coherently showcasing a signature sound that’s not only effective, but innovative in its execution as well. The attention to detail is amazing not only in terms of writing, but the performance factor as well. The production value is on point and doesn’t outdo itself in any way throughout the record’s duration. All in all, ‘Talking to Dead People’ is hands down Kevin Borland’s best release effort yet and will definitely hold a high regard upon those giving him a first listen. Those who are just discovering him will especially be impressed and will likely find enticement to go down the rabbit hole of Borland’s past releases, as well as pay close attention to the prospect of future ones as well. This album will not (and does not) disappoint in the slightest. ‘Talking to Dead People’ officially drops in June of this year and will be available across all digital music streaming platforms.


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Exclusive Artist Review: The Harmalators – “Two Great Minds Think Alike” Album

We’ve had The Harmalators duo on our platform before, and they have yet to do disappoint. Since that time, the elite Californi-natives have put together another plethora of colorfully eclectic songs with top notch production value and songwriting technique versatility – some which have landed them in award/charting positions. Comprised of eight amazingly blissful textures and structures that melodically soar throughout the musical landscape, the two brothers in The Harmalators have truly hit it out of the park with their 8-track collective, titled ‘Two Great Minds Think Alike‘, an exercise in innovation, thoroughness, blissfulness and so much more that’ll captivate your musical aura and ambience.

Opening track “Love On Fire” really emphasizes their vocal melody approach, all while keeping that indie feel at the forefront with several facets of different instruments playing their respective roles. Each vocalist really helps enhance the other and you can tell that their togetherness and solidification really puts the melody strength into the writing structure in its entirety. It’s a brilliant intro to the album that will easily entice you to listen to the duration of the record in its entirety.

“Where Would I Be Without You” is a much more simple listen but is undeniably a much more basic structure – and that is held to the highest regard. It’s a shorter song, one that is easily to take in as a classic, and could definitely be heard as an intro to one of those 90s sitcoms (a GOOD one, by the way). Another facet of this track is to find it impossible to get it out of your head. From its title track lyrics, addictive melody structure and just overall charming presence with its well-put-together.

Overall, ‘Two Great Minds Think Alike’ insatiably showcase both brothers’ strongest points in both production and performance value in ways that entice any listener to hear what they’ve put together over the years together and solo-wise as well. They’ve put out a small catalogue of their innovative gems in the past foür😝 its time, but this 8-track collection of highly-produces bliss will definitely turn some heads; especially when an album like this is in the band’s arsenal.

“Two Great Minds Think Alike” have also garnered them some award status. Including…

If this is the first time you’ve heard the first time you’ve heard The Harmalators, then it definitely won’t be the last!


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