Exclusive Review: Benjamin Andrews – “Silver Lining” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art for Benjamin Andrews’ debut single “Silver Lining”

Hailing from the landscapes of Vienna, artist/songwriter Benjamin Andrews began hitting the ground running in the music spectrum many years ago, mostly playing in bands and collating with other musicians. But with his current situation not allowing him to meet up with his band mates, mostly due to location, Andrews decided to conjure up his own project, playing all roles, with the help of some session musicians, including engineer/producer. As the project nears the end of production, Benjamin decided to put out his debut single “Silver Lining” as a taste of what’s to come when his full project comes to fruition.

“Silver Lining” is a tasteful blend of Pop and Rock with many multifaceted textures that showcases Benjamin Andrews‘ talents with both performance and production value. It’s a song for everyone, and was written during Ben‘s first week of lockdown due to COVID19. The song is about hope and optimism even when times are dark, and really brings a feeling of not being alone and getting through trials and tribulations with togetherness. This brilliantly crafted tune has flavorful piano riffs, a tight knit rhythm section and undeniably catchy vocal melody choices that really bring the song’s charm to the forefront. But the standout to me was this song’s use of intelligent chord progressions and key changes. Utilizing a 90s-style Pop/Rock sound with a hint of Pearl Jam’s “Ten” album sensibility, “Silver Lining” is an exceptionally well written song with effective vocal harmonies and a Queen-style guitar solo that ties it all together into one big versatile package. The song is accessible, anthemic, and has staying power where the song stays with you even after the song is over.

For a debut single, Benjamin Andrews really hits it out of the park and will definitely get you pumped for what he has in store next. The song will definitely entice you to delve deeper into Andrew‘s past, present and future. “Silver Lining” is available now on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, and other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad you gave it a listen.


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Exclusive Review: The Sullivan Sees – “Strange Times” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art for The Sullivan Sees newest single “Strange Times”

Hailing from the landscapes of London, The Sullivan Sees, led by songwriter/musician Mick Cooper, gives us a glimpse and snapshot of lockdown that pays tribute to the every day saviors with the new single “Strange Times”. An eclectic and collaborative song that showcases both the artistic merit of musicianship, and the distinctive message that parallels with it.

Alongside Cooper, at the helm of lead vocals, he is joined by a robust cast of feature artists at the top of their game on this track that includes Dan Harriss on piano, Mattias on guitar, Josue on trumpet, Jason Meekins on drums, rapper Mic, and a debut performance by Ann on backup vocals. The chemistry between these musicians is not just noticeable, but crucial as well, as you can hear a showcasing of each member’s craft throughout the song’s duration. With Cooper’s hauntingly mysterious low-to-mid ranged lead vocals, this song encapsulates an effectively ambient story telling technique that gets your attention from the beginning. The song itself has a clean mix between a lighter 90s-influenced indie rock sensibility with hints of jazz and a versatile vibe that touches on several other genre textures and moods. Cooper presents the song with subtlety and his passion is definitely apparent with both his performance and content.

Feature artist Ann’s vocal appearance is quite a treat. Her impressively high range with tour de force harmonies really adds a flavor twist to this track that really enhances the overall execution of the performance value, which compliments Cooper’s vocals diligently. And rapper Mic delivers some bars and hooks during the song’s bridge and breakdown that really adds to this track’s versatility. He’s unexpected, but certainly not out of place. Meanwhile the guitar work towards this part of the song has a true visceral feel with structured melodic swells, bluesy riffage and overall precision that really solidifies Mattias’s craft on this track that lends more elements to this song’s eclectic tone that makes it a standout of its kind.

“Strange Times” is also a great contribution effort, where all revenues from this song are going to NHS charities. The song is available now on Apple Music, ITunes, Spotify, and other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll definitely be adding this one to your playlist.


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Exclusive Review: Andrew Farstar – “Classics” Album/LP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art for Andrew Farstar’s “Classics” LP

This album of classics, just like the album name ‘Classics’ suggests, is a nostalgic treat from the way-back-when machine that features a vast array of songs from renowned artists that we’ve come to know and love over many years. With the voice of Sydney-based artist Andrew Farstar at the helm of this record, tackling these beloved anthems with a modern and youthful approach that gives us a whole new perspective on these high profile covers, ‘Classics’ is not just a run-of-the-mill tribute or half hearted renditions, it’s a visceral reimagination.

Featuring chart-topping hit songs on the record that includes classics like “Your Song” (Elton John), “I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love” (Crystal Gayle), “Sealed With a Kiss” (Brian Hyland), and many more, Andrew Farstar breathes new life into these songs with a modern millennial signature sound that brings out a whole new world to songs that have been loved for decades by a widespread of fans from many different generations. His versatile and multifaceted mid-to-high range vocals are precise and punctual as they are charming as well. He also brings these tracks out in a way that could resonate with younger generations, who will find an entirely new perspective and appreciation for songs older generations may or may not know…but most likely definitely do.

The musicianship factors and production value parallels perfectly with both performance and structure. A lot of the tracks have a distinctive sound that could be reminiscent of artist pioneers like Tony Bennet, Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé, James Arthur, Harry Connick Jr., and those of a similar caliber. But, when it comes to the overall execution, Andrew finds a way to truly make these songs his own reimagining in a way that gets us to appreciate these classic tunes in a whole new spectrum. Basically, if the renowned artists that wrote these songs took a listen to Andrew‘s versions, they’d be definitely mind blown at the brilliant balance between the insatiable feeling of originality and familiarity he brings to these songs. It’s an album of nostalgia, skilled musicianship, and a demonstration of making something completely your own when it comes to artistic merit.

You’ll love every rendition of these songs that Andrew has put together and will remind you that these songs still can have a major relevance in your life. You’ll love ‘Classics’ from beginning to end, unconditionally. You’ll be glad we recommended this to you. You’re welcome.


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Exclusive Review: Nick Davies – “Earth Without Art” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art for Nick Davies’ single “Earth Without Art”


If you haven’t heard recording artist Nick Davies yet, then you’re in for a very big treat. His newest single “Earth Without Art” is an exceptional track with a big anthemic signature sound that solidifies both musicianship factors and vocal ones. Tackling a concept of what the world would be like without music and art, Nick Davies proves himself completely worthy of your undivided attention with a brilliant balance of equal parts originality and familiarity.

Honing his craft with a distinctive style that tastefully blends Pop and Indie Rock, Nick‘s mid-to-high range vocal melodies completely carry the torch on this song with both vocal performance and lyrical ability. The track starts out with a clever piano intro with subtle vocals that builds an unwavering anticipation. Once the song takes off, it’s all uphill. With beautiful guitar textures, a solid rhythm section and 3-part harmony backup vocals, “Earth Without Art” completely hits it out of the park along with a strong message told in a story-like manner that almost anyone could resonate with, getting us to understand the impact that music and arts has on the world, and to imagine what it would be like if it didn’t exist.

This is the type of song you hear once and just know that you’re gonna love what’s coming. It has insatiable staying power, where it stays with you long after the song is over. And will also entice you to dive deeper into Nick Davies‘ musical catalogue and career altogether. “Earth Without Art” is available now on all major music streaming platforms as well as YouTube. You’ll be beyond glad that we recommended this one to you.


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Exclusive Video Premiere: Chuckola – “How Do I Begin” Official Music Video

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Still shot from Chuckola’s Official Music Video for “How Do I Begin


Earlier in the week, our platform debuted an exclusive review of recording artist/producer Chuckola‘s powerful and anthemic single “How Do I Begin”, a song about the worldwide impact of the Coronavirus. Due to the positive reception and highly viewed response we received for the article, we are now back with a follow-up review of his official music video for the hit single, and it’s a cinematic rollercoaster that you have to see to believe.

Featuring several outdoor/scenic shots of different people and places from around the world, this video is an emotional perspective and expression of Chuckola‘s vision of the song. With beautiful cinematography and a cast of different people reflecting on the COVID19 pandemic, this vision shows that the virus can affect anyone at anytime, and that life is sacred. Chuckola, who himself lost a family member due to the virus, really hits home with this song’s imagery. It parallels perfectly with the ambient tone of the song along with his intellectually emotional lyrics and powerful message that can get you to easily resonate with Chuckola‘s perspective and artistic merit.

“How Do I Begin” is great as a standalone one, but the official music video really brings the power of this single to the forefront and provides a visual context that truly heightens the song’s impact. It’s a video you can connect with and appreciate both for its next-level production value and its visual message. It has endless re-watchability and you’ll find yourself coming back to this video time and time again.

The video (and song) is currently available on YouTube and has amassed almost 8,000 views so far. You’ll be more than glad we recommended this one to you. It’s a real journey and deserves the attention from the world. Be sure to listen, watch, share, and take care of yourself and loved ones as this pandemic continues to affect the world.


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Exclusive Review: Chuckola – “How Do I Begin” Single

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky

There have been an impressive number of singles recently released from several artists that have written tracks attributed to the COVID19 pandemic, but very few have captured the essence of that message like recording artist Chuckola‘s newest single “How Do I Begin”.

This single is extremely powerful and resonates immensely with the world’s current events. Having had one of Chuck‘s family members end up directly affected by the COVID19 pandemic, “How Do I Begin” encompasses his craft both emotionally and artistically. His multifaceted vocal range is very much out in the forefront showcasing many angles of his ability to project lyrics, and is reminiscent of today’s chart toppers like Sam Smith. One of the most charming aspects of this song is its simplicity; taking on a fresh R&B acoustic approach with a piano melody following along, meshing perfectly with its melody choices and allows breathing room for Chuck to really shine bright throughout this song’s duration – which he does successfully and effectively, bound to leave a strong impression on you when you hear it for the first time.

And that’s the best part – this song has staying power. The power to stick with you even after the song is over, and will have you coming back to this track time and time again without ending up stale or boring. This is an anthemic song that you’ll appreciate in new ways each time you hear it, and will be enticed to delve deeper into Chuckola‘s catalogue; past, present and future. “How Do I Begin” is currently available on YouTube. We can’t recommend this one highly enough.

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Cymber Lily Quinn – “Band Of Angels”

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Hailing from the landscapes of Colorado, Cymber Lily Queen has been a standout of her caliber as a professional award-winning harpist and composer, specializing in background music and house concerts in a vast array of different settings and moods. Her music is versatile and infuses a nature-based articulation that encourages conversation and connection. And her track “Band Of Angels” is a brilliant demonstration of this.

With tightly-knit harp swells and diligently placed melodies in the forefront, Cymber Lily Queen really entices our ears to embrace atmosphere and ambience. Her emotional melodies bring us to a place of comfort and relaxation, meanwhile comprises a realm where our thoughts are in safe keeping and our hearts can stay warm. It’s a song that becomes the soundtrack of your soul and the essence of your aura, bringing to the table a composition that not only embraces you, but stays with you long after it’s over as well. The melodies stay within a safe and subtle mid-to-high range key signature that leaves room for expression, rhythm and lead parts for Cymber to showcase her craft with many angles; serving up a dose of her songwriting techniques as well as skills with her harp in its entirety. It’s a perfect song and window into Cymber Lily Queen‘s craft and God given talent, as well as her signature sound and performance style.

If you’re into something smooth, classical, atmospheric and heart-warming, then Cymber Lily Queen will be going on your favorites list in no time. She is a joy to behold.

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