Exclusive Review: Norquay – “In Time” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of Norquay’s single “In Time”

Exploring the trials and tribulations of social issues, political fallacies and the consequences of societal downfalls, Norquay‘s single “In Time” is a thought provoking anthem that touches on many focal points of why our nations are collapsing, how we’ve come to this, and the desire to become better people so we can do our part in healing the damage that’s already been done. This powerful message is not only pivotal, but also relevant as ever.

With a solid acoustic guitar progression at the helm of this track’s structure, Norquay‘s melodically Indie Rock signature sound is full of ambient textures and atmospheric resonance. His low-to-mid range vocals are crucial when it comes to effectiveness, lending a stylization that parallels beautifully with the story-telling verses and unrelenting chorus. With a sound reminiscent to industry greats like Coldplay, Muse and a touch of David Bowie, Norquay successfully blends an atmosphere of dreamlike musical sequences and next level lyrical outbursts that give this song a high pedestal to stand on, and a loud message to send across the soundscapes between himself as an artist and the world at large.

Each measure after every chorus adds to a buildup that encompasses a terrific payoff. The production value has been handled with care and the performance value is natural and showcases Norquay‘s artistic merit perfectly. It’s rare that a song of such importance comes along in a way that is truly profound. It asks many questions that many others may be too afraid to ask, let alone answer. And that’s why this song hits home and dives deep into your soul the way that it does. “In Time” is a must-listen for all those out there looking for something reflective, deep, and all too real. It’s currently available on Spotify, Apple Music, and other digital music streaming platforms.

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Exclusive Review: The Breaks The Beat – “This Town & The Next” Album/LP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of “This Town & The Next”

Renowned for their acoustic, electric and eclectic signature sound, The Breaks The Beat have been cleverly described as a culmination of an undying passion for music and friendships – which is definitely a strong foundation between any group that is set out to live the dream among the industry greats that have influenced and inspired them. With members living in different areas of North America including Vancouver (Canada) and Tacoma (Washington), this collective has come together to create music that raises the bar in good ideas, strong songwriting, and a wholesome stylization that balances equal parts originality and familiarity. And with the release of their recent album ‘This Town & The Next’, The Breaks The Beat prove that their multifaceted musicianship is a true tour de force that is set out to claim a rightful place in the industry far above contemporary levels.

This album is full of anthems, rather than just songs. Their acoustically-infused Indie/Rock style with many multi-genre textures serve up a consistent flow of tracks that all compliment each other and tie in together on this 14-track record, and never lets up the charm. Songs like “The Other End of Town” and “The Evolution of Revolution” are beautifully executed tracks with well put together acoustic progressions, versatile vocals with a Pink Floyd sensibility, and a smooth rhythm section to solidify an unforgettable wholesome sound that just about anyone will enjoy. The subtle verses are soothing and encapsulates an early 2000s Indie vibe while the choruses are more mainstream with an immersive parallel between a low-to-mid range vocal approach and a direct vocal projection that stand out in the forefront. The catchiness is absolutely contagious and these tracks are definitely strong in the album’s first half.

“Extract Happiness” is another charming song with great vocal play that includes well-adjusted rasps, uplifting guitar riffs and story-telling lyrics that really grabs your undivided attention. While songs like “Birdhouse” and “Hawaii” are a little more upbeat and achieve really well paced rhythms and diligently crafted vocal melodies that are big standouts and definitely resonates perfect tie-ins with the rest of the album. Ending track “Lock On My Tongue Tied To My Teeth 2.0” goes out with a bang with its Rock-influenced energy, low gain electric guitars and the same effectively anthemic vocals that makes this album what it is. It’s a mess load of fun that will entice you to give a standing ovation after this track plays out, and really gets you to appreciate this album in whole.

It’s also interesting to note that The Breaks The Beat have also been highlighted in international songwriting competitions and have built an insatiable buzz and dedicated fan base since they began hitting the ground running after their inception into the market in 2017. This album definitely reflects the band in a way that gets you to believe that it’s not surprising such a band could accomplish achievements like this, but at the same time does surprise you that they haven’t accomplished more. But we’re not worried, with an album and direction like this, The Breaks The Beat have plenty more in store as they continue to thrive throughout the scene and make more of their dreams a reality. They clearly have what it takes and we are stoked to see what they do next in the very near future. ‘This Town & The Next’ released this year on June 5th and is available now on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than happy you gave this record a spin.

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Exclusive Review: Todd Barrow – “Hot Southern Night” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of Todd Barrow’s single “Hot Southern Night”

Every Country music fan loves that southern Blues-Rock infused sound that the south is well known for, along with the catchiness and versatility that comes with it. Hailing from the landscapes of Burleson, Texas, singer/guitarist and songwriter Todd Barrow is a perfect example that some of the best Country music still comes from the south with his newest single “Hot Southern Night”.

This song’s title completely lives up to its name. This high energy Country Rock song is chock full of hooks, riffs and that southern charm that’s very hard to resist. Todd‘s mid-to-high range vocals sustain very effective melody choices and contagiously catchy lyrics that reel you in from beginning to end. The crunchy mid-gain guitar tones are beautifully mixed and really adds that energetic ingredient that’ll get audiences sweaty on the dance floor. It’s brilliantly structured with a powerfully catchy chorus that’ll have you singing along very quickly, and the punchy rhythm section really adds a bounce that’ll keep feet moving and entire venues grooving. It’s just a fantastically fun song that pays homage to earlier influences of the Country genre, but really takes on a life of its own with the modern Rock sensibility that Todd encompasses brilliantly.

It’s also interesting to note that Todd Barrow has also performed at the renowned Ole Red venue in both Tishomingo, Oklahoma and Nashville, Tennessee; Blake Shelton’s venue and respective stomping grounds. Once you take a listen to “Hot Southern Night”, you’ll become an instant Todd Barrow fan, and you’ll thank us later for recommending him. The single is available on YouTube as well as digital music streaming platforms.

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Exclusive Review: Lorenzo Gabanizza – “All The Words We Never Said” & “No Love At All” singles

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art for Lorenzo Gabanizza’s anchor singles

A classic, versatile sound is very hard to come by. And when it does, it becomes unforgettable and nostalgic. It becomes a part of you, a part of your music taste and a part of your inspiration to discover amazing underground artists. One of these artists is Lorenzo Gabanizza, a singer/songwriter active since the 80s with an eclectically multifaceted signature style, and an insatiable passion to create. His anchor singles “All The Words We Never Said” and “No Love At All” are very anthemic, powerful and unwaveringly catchy. And they are standouts in every way, equally.

Both of these songs are extremely well put together and beautifully composed. “All The Words We Never Said” is a beautiful buildup of emotions that glistens with tasty acoustic guitar parts and mid-to-high range vocal melodies that give this song endless character traits. The keyboard parts continue this buildup and really ties the song together with Gabanizza‘s stylish vocal vibratos and upper 3rd and 5th harmonies that showcase his singing abilities from several effective angles. This song will simply amaze you, and you’ll definitely be coming back to it time and time again.

“No Love At All” is a stroke of twangy goodness with folky guitar picking techniques and three part harmonies that encompass the aspect of precision. This song has a bossa nova drumbeat with piano parts that add the perfect layers and textures, and you can really hear Gabanizza‘s versatility in his songwriting structures that have excellent balance and composure. Both songs sound very different, but you know it’s coming from the same artist. Both of these tracks will have you researching more of Gabanizza‘s releases, both past and future.

These are amazing songs that touch on levels that are usually unheard of. Gabanizza‘s talent is unquestionable and the facets of detail in each track is out in the forefront, ready for fans from many walks of life. You can find both of these singles on Spotify, Apple Music, and other digital music streaming platforms. Give them a listen and become an instant fan.

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Exclusive Review: Neoborn Caveman – “Where Is The Direction” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of Neoborn Caveman’s single “Where Is The Direction”

With catchy guitar riffs, thought-provoking lyrics and integral artistic merit, Rock recording artist Neoborn Cavemen proves that his signature sound is a major standout of the genre with his anthemic single, “Where Is The Direction”.

This song kicks a whole lot of ass, and absolutely takes no prisoners. The mid-pickup power chord intro is powerful, wholesome and really pumps up the anticipation of where this song is heading. After the pounding rhythm section kicks off, it’s off to the races. This heavier Rock-infused track has a driving tempo, strong chord progressions and low-to-mid range vocal melodies that really adds versatility to the song’s overall execution. The production value is right where it needs to be and never outdoes itself in any way. It’s a dynamically punchy mix that diligently showcases the melodic guitar work, smooth bass lines and arena-style drum tones.

This song also has a nostalgic 80s influence that any Rock fan will appreciate; boasting a unique crossover of sounds reminiscent to industry heavyweights like The Scorpions, The Cure and David Bowie. The vocal melodies are very effective in the chorus and really ties the song together in a way that really shows off the songwriting ability. Each instrument is tightly knit together, the lyrics are passionately driven, and the immersive and energetic approach makes this song a powerful listening experience.

“Where Is The Direction” is one of many solid tracks off Neoborn‘s album ‘The Break-Up Therapy’. A genre-bending album that takes the listener on a rollercoaster ride of positive energy and artistic flavors through the love of music and creation. You can listen to “Where Is The Direction” on Spotify, Apple Music, and other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll thank us for recommending this one.

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