Exclusive Artist Review: Isabel & The Whispers – Self Titled Debut Album

NYC-born and bred artist Isabel Marcheselli (formerly known as Isabel Rivera) formed her band in 2005 under the official name Isabel & The Whispers and quickly began manifesting her love for music into a collection of anthemic songs that would become the band’s self titled debut album. Known for her insatiably dynamic craft in several artistic areas including vocals, songwriting and poetry, Isabel has musically crossed a vast array of genres and her eclectic scope of music continues to evolve and defy easy categorization. While she was classically trained, she can easily create music in mass-appealing genres such as Pop, Dance and Indie – utilizing her craft and artistic merit in ways that would ultimately garner the undivided attention of many listeners across the musical landscape.

And in 2008, after a few years of writing and solidifying their signature sound, Isabel & The Whispers would release their self titled debut album comprised of 8 atmospheric and intellectual tracks that would give Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval a run for her money. This amazingly crafty collection of tunes provide that aura of catchiness you’d expect from a vocalist with a Pop sensibility, but ultimately wins you over with a soft Indie implementation with a crisp subtlety that will easily captivate any fan of the genre, respectively. Opening track and anchor single “Josefina” is direct evidence of this and it really kicks off the record with a signature style that touches on textures of ambience and atmosphere. The piano lead parallels diligently with Isabel’s hypnotically visceral vocal melodies, giving the listener a listening experience that is both effective and unforgettable upon first listen. It’s an anthemic song that truly sets the tone for the rest of the album and casts a bright spotlight onto Isabel’s ability to not only write an amazing melody, but express them thoroughly through lyrical content as well. Her poetic and story-telling ability really puts her on a level very few artists tend to reach, and it’s quite a joy to behold when you really pay attention to not only what she sings, but how she sings it.

Another notable track on this record is breakup song “High Horse”, a song about a past love with Isabel’s signature story-telling method that has been made apparent from the very first track. Once again we get a beautiful piano lead, this time in a minor key, a smooth rhythm section and a more high-ranged Isabel with this song’s anthemic chorus. Though she tackles common subject matter in this song, she again brings a simple concept to new heights with a poetic presence that really brings the overall story to form in a way that is intelligent and artistically visceral. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions sung with a sense of subtlety that almost makes it a lullaby, but no matter how you interpret it, Isabel just does it well. She completely makes the concept her own. One more notable track is closing song “Dot To Dot”, a song that combines the previous two songs into one intelligently crafted composition. This anthem really closes in on each element both Isabel and her band have brought to the table throughout the album’s duration in a way that ties it all together, perhaps also with a bow on top like a musical gift. We have Isabel at the peak of her vocal melody execution, delivering her blissful and breathy lyrical outbursts that are again enticing and thought provoking. Her band serves up their amazingly rhythmic measures, diligently paralleling her story-telling approach in a way that is effective and almost surreal. By the time you reach the end, you are almost disappointed it is now over. But the best part is, you can start it all over again, and that’s what makes this album stand out – its staying power. Its ability to stay with you even long after it’s over. Something not heard often among today’s more modern releases. And that’s another thing that makes this album a standout, the fact it could easily please music fans from just about any generation or era. Older fans will find it nostalgic, while newer fans will hear its innovation. But the truth is – it’s both.

This is an album you won’t forget anytime soon. You can get your copy now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and any other digital music streaming platform.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Hunnitband Kobe – “How” & “Exhausted” Singles

Coming out the gate from upstate New York, Hunnitband Kobe began hitting the ground running in the Hip Hop game about a year and a half ago with his distinctive flow and witty lyricism. Formerly known for being a skilled basketball player, Kobe has always had the spirit of music inside him and eventually began manifesting into his realm of songwriting and performing, knowing his passion has always harbored in the musical world. Since that time, he has put out a handful of impressive singles and has really come into his own with the recent release of newest singles “How” and “Exhausted”. Two dynamically catchy songs with Kobe’s signature swagger, cleverly crafted punchlines and atmospheric beats that deliver a charismatic Hip Hop and R&B modern formula.

“How” is an insatiably catchy track with a very versatile and ambient beat structure. Hunnitband Kobe comes out swinging on this number with diligently placed vocal melodies paralleled with lyrics that are cleverly structured and strongly executed. This track has a swagger Hip Hop sensibility with an innovative R&B flavor that merges together into a signature sound that is effective, original and attention grabbing. If it’s your first time listening to Kobe’s music, this single will definitely leave a strong impression on you. Second single “Exhausted” is another track with a similar aura but implements an old school 90s vibe that really serves up a nostalgic presence. Fans of older Rap and today’s modern market will equally love this song and really put this one on their favorites of 2021 thus far. Kobe’s flow on the verses is very multifaceted and really merges with the wholesome beat throughout the song’s duration in a way that showcases his songwriting structures in a different crucial angle. It further demonstrates Kobe’s skills as a writer and really raises the bar when drawing comparisons to today’s contemporary artist and industry standard. You won’t go wrong with this song and you can tell Kobe paid close attention to detail.

Both tracks deliver a visceral listening experience and Kobe as an artist really serves up a sound that showcases his musicianship factors, production value and artistic merit. They’re very effective songs for the genre and fans of several different Hip Hop eras will definitely appreciate his raw and real delivery. Both singles are available now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Ruben Gausel Torkelsen & Jessica Chertock – “Rebound” Single

It’s rare that you find a collaborative gem like “Rebound”, an ambient and hypnotic new single from Norway’s EDM pioneer Ruben Gausel Torkelsen and NYC-based vocalist Jessica Chertock. While both artists completely hone their own versatile crafts that are a standout of their calibre, this track’s collaboration efforts between the two prominent artists truly encompass a type of musical magic that is scarce in today’s modern music realm – and “Rebound” really spotlights this sentiment in several crucial ways.

This hypnotically atmospheric EDM/Pop effort not only showcases both artists most effectively, but also provides a visceral listening experience to just about anyone that comes into contact with this song. Comprised of melodically structured EDM measures that bring forth a nostalgically blissful approach, the verses explore a vast array of emotions with Jessica’s tender vocals that really draw you in from the onset. Ruben’s attentiveness to detail in this song especially gives her the free reign to structure together a lyrical style that really aims for the soul and the musical centerpiece that harbors within all of us as listeners. The chorus is brilliantly anthemic and hits really hard after the verses build up to the moment it starts. Not only are the vocals captivatingly ambient, but the song structure gives every lyrical measure the necessary strength to be hypnotic, clever and with a wholesomeness that is original but still familiar among other industry greats that have used similar formulas. But overall, the melody choices between the song structure, vocals and musicianship factors that compliment the artists’ artistic merit – “Rebound” is a track that utilizes melody choices with the ability to truly captivate positive emotional responses from today’s music listener’s in ways they may or may not have felt before. It’s like a honeymoon phase that never comes to an end – and the feeling stays with you forever.

This song also has that undeniable staying power, the power to stay with you even after it’s over. This is also the type of track that’ll have you doing a deeper dive into both artists’ careers and discography. It has top notch production value, artistic authenticity and that ambience that truly gives this song an aura that is simply unforgettable. “Rebound” truly sets the bar high for both Ruben and Jessica as prominent rising artists. But we have a feeling they have even better tricks up their sleeves when the time comes for their subsequent releases. You can listen to “Rebound” now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be beyond fortunate that you did.


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