When it comes to solidifying a signature sound that is vital, impressionable and attention-grabbing with versatility, a lot of the time it can take several trials and errors to finally gather all the musical elements needed to encapsulate that manifestation of creating your music to mix all the ingredients just right, in a way where all flavors come together for any listener who discovers you through their insatiable taste for something new. Then every once in awhile, there are rare gems that come out of the woodwork with something that hits the ground running from the very first try. That gem is Holy Ramen‘s debut release of “Oblivion.” A 10-track juggernaut of multifaceted keyboard driven songs with several dynamic vocal styles that lend each track their own sensibility of balance and composure; touching on equal parts originality and familiarity in clever ways throughout each song.
Utilizing vocal styles that sway between melody, spoken word and rapping, HR‘s very self aware stylization is filled with many thought-proving measures that explore subtlety, anticipation and buildup all in the right places that keep you fascinated on her vocal approach and overall demeanor. Her many moods and stories are at times very sad but also cross into more vital territories that bring you on a rollercoaster ride of steep hills, twists and turns; sometimes unexpected. But this definitely adds to her unwavering cleverness and tends to lead you down a path where your expectations are far different from the outcome. And all in the best possible ways.
The Hip Hop banger on this track is definitely “Possessed,” an in-your-face Hip Hop onslaught that never lets up once the verses drop. HR‘s swaggerish rapping style is showcased relentlessly on this track through many angles, including a smooth yet projective flow that gets her rhymes to come together diligently but almost flies right passed you if you take your attention off these finely-tuned details that require some next level attentiveness. Closing title track, “Oblivion,” however, is a beautifully melodic track with sensual piano progressions that really showcase many crucial facets of HR‘s artistic merit through her mind, body and soul. It’s the perfect ending to a brilliant debut record that really explores endless moods, auras and atmospheric textures that really get us to understand Holy Ramen‘s ideas and emotions. Her artistic approach to this album encompasses something different with each song, but you can still tell that it’s coming from the same artist. If you truly wanna hear a debut album that hits it out of the park from the very first try, then ‘Oblivion’ is a must listen in every way and will easily become a favorite for 2020. The album drops on August 8th, this Saturday. It will be available on Spotify, Apple Music and several other digital music streaming platforms.
UK’s Saskia Vese has been dominating the Country Music spectrum these last couple years with her charismatic vocals, stunning good lucks, wholesomely catchy lyrics and an artistic merit that has been very consistently versatile. Her single “Say Hello” hit the ground running immediately, being featured as “Song Of The Week,” then quickly upgraded to “Song Of The Month” in the prominent US Radio circuit. The skyrocketing track was also used as a theme song for another radio station and also began climbing the Country Music charts in the UK and EU, igniting a fire for the song’s popularity as a fan requested favorite. These past few weeks, she grabbed the industry’s attention again with her highly anticipated single “Headlights,” which amassed an insatiable following in the Country Music community and garnered sever positive reviews and critical acclaim since the track dropped on July 12th.
Now, relentlessly keeping her momentum thriving at locomotive speeds regardless of the barriers created by the COVID virus, Saskia proves once again that nothing can stand in her way when it comes to keeping her career climbing to new heights. Her follow-up single “Good Girl” has been fully written, tracked, mastered and is ready to be unleashed throughout the Country Music world and beyond, and this time she has really raised the bar. While her past singles have showcased her artistry in a way that has delved into her growth, ideas, thoughts, lyrical concepts and everything else an artist goes through – “Good Girl” truly captures a dynamically fun side to Saskia’s writing style and takes us through a journey of a heart, mind and soul of a good girl looking for a bad boy; the type of scenario almost any young lady in her teens and twenties could resonate with by putting this song in their own shoes while sharing their own stories of a story all too familiar – chasing the bad boys!
“Good Girl” right from the beginning kicks in to high gear with a Bluesy guitar riff that sprinkles in that Country edge that Saskia’s music is identifiably known for and completely encapsulates her distinctive signature sound we’ve all come to know and love since her first single. Featuring story-telling vocals with diligent additives of upper 3rd harmonies to compliment each measure, Saskia immediately shows the listener from the very first verse that she has a story to tell and an arsenal of vocal skills to showcase. The chorus in this single is powerful, wholesomely presented and comes together in a way that fully embraces Saskia’s unwavering knack for multilayered and multifaceted vocal projections. Her stylistic mid-to-high range is performed solidly without any post production additives and is brilliantly executed just like her previous singles where her authenticity remains at the forefront. Her band on this song provides tightly-knit rhythmic verses, exuberant drum and bass fills accompanied by a lead guitar and key section that emphasizes every measure of this song. The instrumentally-perfected unified unit of renowned pro musicians truly bring out the best of Saskia’s vocal approach and even heighten her potential throughout the song’s duration.
Cover Art of Toby Tom Tom’s new single “Love-o-Lution”
There have been many anthemic tracks that have utilized the revolutionary mantra over decades from the like of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Prince, Rage Against The Machine, Tupac, The Who, Nirvana, Sex Pistols, and many others of a similar caliber. Each song and artist over those years have had insatiable influences on many passionate music fans and events that impacted the revolutionary complex with its massive followings and compelling message.
With recording artist Toby Tom Tom, we conjure a similar construct that once delved into those concepts – except with love as the centerpiece instead of anger in the desire for societal change by force; which is brave and a positive concept to behold considering the current political climate that has been sweeping the nation this year. Toby‘s electronically infused sound is very effective, well structured and includes female feature artist Mac Mittens that brings out a hip hop edge throughout the song’s duration that is multifaceted and attention-grabbing. Toby himself puts a modern bliss throughout the track that is wholesome and brings a major presence to the song that really gets you to hone in on his craft, lyrical components and overall message with his largely composed musicianship factors. This song overall is effective, utilizes state of the art production value and really adds many flavors to keep the listener interested. “Love-o-Lution” is a modern anthem that really explores many angles of Toby Tom Tom‘s talent and will easily convert you into an instant fan.
This type of song will also get you to really delve deep into Toby‘s catalogue as well as pay attention to his future releases. His eclectic sound is very versatile and serves up a perfect balance and composure between touching on equal parts originality and familiarity. It’s a signature sound that really draws you in and you’ll be loving this artist in no time. “Love-o-Lution” will be dropping in mid-September and will be available on several digital music streaming platforms. Keep your eyes (and ears) open!
Cover Art of Juan Carlos Martinez’ album “Acorralado”
Not many artists can capture a signature sound quite like veteran Spanish multi-instrumentalist/composer, singer and producer, Juan Carlos Martinez. Integrating an explosive and wholesome style that combines many key elements of Blues, Ska, POP, Rock and textures of Soul, Juan Carlos Martinez comes out swinging with his ten-track juggernaut ‘Acorralado’ and proves that his versatility is untouchable.
Composed diligently with multi-layers of tastefully blended synths, keys and a brilliant horn section, ‘Acorralado’ is a rollercoaster ride of anthemic tunes that all stand out on their own. It’s a rare gem where you don’t ever feel the need to skip over any tracks and really entices you to notice the attentiveness to detail. The sirens go off in opening title track ”Acorralado” with an excellent buildup into an upbeat rhythm section that drives the song forward and showcases what’s to come for the rest of the album. Juan Carlos Martinez‘ well crafted vocals are complimented with on-point harmonies and vocal melody choices that are effective, clean and dynamically projected.
This album’s versatility and diversity is endless, but you can tell it’s coming from the same artist. “Que Sentimiento” is a very progressive song with haunting keyboard parts and intricate guitar textures that really puts an atmospheric twist to the record in very innovative ways. While “Nada Es Mejor” is more funky, witty and upbeat throughout each distinguished measure. Each track of this album showcases a different angle of Juan Carlos Martinez‘ artistic merit and he really takes each approach up to its highest potential. This is a record that literally has something for everyone on it, and the musicianship factors and production value completely speaks for itself with its top-of-the-line quality. This is an album you’ll be bragging about to your friends, and definitely a record for musicians to analyze and adore.
We are beyond thrilled to welcome the return of our good friend and recording artist, Neoborn Caveman. If there’s one thing we’ve learned about him, it’s that he does not succumb to any musical trends or band wagons, but he does keep his eyes open to them to see how he can target that kind of demographic. He’s also a visionary, someone who implements his inner ideas into something magical right out in the forefront. And he does just that with his cleverly genre-blended single “Echoes of Life.”
Featuring a story telling method of thought-provoking lyrics and a well thought out song structure, NC brings something completely fresh to the table. The piano riffs in this track are melodically blissful and really sets the tone throughout the song’s duration. It’s consistently there regardless of where the song takes us and fits perfectly while paralleling with the rest of the song’s counterparts. From lyrics that dance on the fence between Rap and spoken word, this effective vocal approach tells a story that explores the human psyche and the human condition. It resonates powerfully with anyone that can relate to the content and also puts a wholesomeness into the song that takes the concept to new heights.
The production value is clever and dynamic, blending a theatrical edge and electronically infused transitions. NC‘s voice is a very heavy presence and really encapsulates your attention in a way other songs normally don’t. “Echoes of Life” is a versatile track that continues to showcase many facets of NC‘s talent through many angles and definitely raises the bar in originality and familiarity being balanced perfectly in the same song. This is a must-listen for 2020 and if there’s one song that’ll make you an instant fan, it’s definitely this one.