Old by Layne Greene is Now Out!

Nostalgia teaches us a lesson, But there is no need to dwell.
Some things are better left where they are. Nostalgia is painful when you know when you can never repair it. I think this sums up the new single of Layne Greene called “Old”. “People change and get replaced”, He sings in a confident voice that has grown more expressive with time.
“How could you stay here? We don’t belong here.” Why do we want to get away as soon as possible? I sometimes guess what we call “family” can be a source of toxicity.
This is an essential thought for people who have made the decision at the crossroads, whether right or wrong. The future can surprise us. 2022 is the future of 2012. I remember back in 2012…But there is no need to dwell. Did you do cringy things that still make you blush? Am I speaking for anyone else?
I was never one to pay attention to lyrics because I am more of a “sounds” guy, but this one has mass and density in terms of meaning. He writes with certainty free of overdramatization. His words are on point and also wise. Layne has undoubtedly moved on and made a career out of the thing he loves to do, which is music. He also offers musical tutorials when not performing or recording. It looks like his foundational knowledge in music theory is finally paying off.
Old is an upbeat song with interesting chord choices. There is that atmospheric signature sound that I love.
Old is now out via Bandcamp and soon through other outlets.

Sunkulture Radio: May-June 2022

Subkulture Radio 2022

I have a playlist for those of you who are always on the go but want to have a taste of Darkwave, Goth, Industrial, and other forms of dark music. It’s from my friends in Subkulture. I am currently involved with the magazine so I will be supervising band reviews, interviews, and other things that can help our favorite up-and-coming bands locally and internationally.

Subkulture has been around for years and has constantly delivered good articles in the genre, backed by talented writers. The music that comes out of the magazine either from review or streaming is always tailored to the taste of the subscribers and fans of the genre.

We are releasing another volume soon so please check out the official Subkulture Facebook page.

Coffee and Energy featuring Mike Milan Dedic

So what’s the first tune you listen to when you wake up? And what’s in your coffee? Wait, you don’t have to answer them but hear me out. This tune is something you might want to listen to. Mornings are not easy. But having something to boost up your Energy is a plus. And this is why this song is something you should check out. It helped me today. I am sure it is going to help you. If you like instrumental music featuring a lead guitar in the vein of the masters like Steve Vail and Joe Satriani, then this is it.
I admit I am kind of missing that kind of music. It seems the current flavor is more beat-driven with 4 chord progressions. There is nothing wrong with these, but it is worth knowing that there are other forms of music. In fact, these different forms of music prove to be far more interesting in terms of complexity. And oh yes, not being mainstream is a plus. However, Energy is getting more popular. In fact, it now has over 8,000 views.
I like this tune for its use of an exotic scale which is so rare in music these days. I also like the driving beat and that insistent bass. It has a nice balance that the keys are there to serve the guitar-which this track is all about. If you are looking for a piece of music to rock your day, then this is it. Have a listen over a cup of warm coffee and the goodness of your soul.

Available now on: ‎https://music.apple.com/us/album/ener… https://www.amazon.com/Energy/dp/B09C…. Video Director & Editor – Lliam Shane Check out his channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4P-… Recordings By: Brian Latimer – drums, song mixing; Dearian Seepersad – keyboards

New Mary Fahl (former lead singer of October Project) Album is Coming!

Finally! After two years of lockdown and non-musical events, it is great to have something to celebrate. 2022 is like a minor key waiting for a resolution. As with all things musical, it is always a hit or miss. There are very few artists that can jolt me out of the stupor. Yes, you read that. I’ve been blogging about music since 2009. It seems like everything is in cycles when you have stayed that long. As in Hermeticism, you have to ride the law of rhythm. Even when it is not working in your favor. Once you remain on the path of your true calling, then good things happen.

This is what I have noticed in the long career of Mary Fahl. She did not start in the music industry as “the next girl” but rather as a serious artist who has discovered her authentic voice. She did not enter the business as someone who is a sponge waiting for the industry to shape her. She already knew what she wanted because of her firm foundation. One can say that she did her work, building knowledge and skills to survive the volatile and fickle world of the recording industry. 

Sure, I’ve also been monitoring her former band October Project. After decades, I can say that she made the right choice to be a solo artist. While her former band focuses more on the classical albeit conservative influences, Mary’s taste has always been edgy. In fact, that eclecticism has taken her to places. Even now, listening to The Other Side of Time which is her debut album furthered my opinion that is it an album that is worth discovering again and again. The styles are timeless and don’t adhere to trite musical pastiche, but instead continue to challenge the listener repeatedly. 

Can’t Get It Out Of My Head is the upcoming album’s title. Although Ms. Fahl hasn’t shared details about the album, I am sure it will blow your mind. The people she chooses to work with are always spot on. Here’s a snippet of her bio mentioning the upcoming album:

 Over the past few years she’s been touring and recording on her own label, Rimar Records and her recent releases are garnering awards including an Indie Acoustic Award for Best Live Album for “Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House” (filmed for PBS) and a 2020 Independent Music Award for her recent holiday album, “Winter Songs and Carols”. Her latest release, a Blu-ray 5.1 surround DVD, “From the Dark Side of the Moon“, brilliantly mixed by Bob Clearmountain, won the 2021 Immersive Album Audio Listener’s Choice award and was named “Immersive Album of the Year” by Life in Surround. Now she returns with “Can’t Get It Out of My Head”, a collection of songs that she calls “essential” to her development as an artist. “The challenge was to make each of these songs my own or why bother…”, and her interpretations of Neil Young, George Harrison, Richard Thompson and Pink Floyd among others, all recorded in stereo and 5.1 surround, do just that.

Getting into Modular Synthesis? Watch this video

Suzanne Ciani has been making stunning modular performances for years. She’s a pioneer in modular synths using the Buchla 200 series as her main gear. She also worked with other synthesizer brands and performed side by side with famous musicians like Vangelis for her “The Velocity of Love” album.

It must be wonderful to be Suzanne Ciani, having created a legacy. She also opened doors to other young musicians who want to create and perform using the Buchla synthesizers and other modular synths. This video shows how she can create her music using an intuitive instrument that can overwhelm a beginner because this is not how you play a traditional instrument with keyboards. She is working with energy and voltage switches to create captivating sounds.