I love the music of Justin Elswick and I was able to chat with the man on occasions. He is so down to earth and passionate about his music. He has created a sound that is closer to what Enya or Vangelis make.

Coury Palermo: Beautiful Chill

I heard about Coury Palermo through Sleepthief recordings. I also realized that this guy has a beautiful voice that crosses between slick RnB type of singing to a more choir boy type of sophistication. His subjects have always been poignant, mostly dealing with lost love and missed soul mates. There is something fragile but dark in his musical persona. After all, according to him : ” I think the melancholy in life is my biggest influence – the moments that tear us apart and keep us searching.” But sensuality is never far as justified in his music videos. It’s more like fingernails gently scratching on skin against the onslaught of rainsdrops. A little bit of heat, and more of a chill.

Influences: ANYTHING melodic. PM Dawn, Sarah Mclachlan, Annie Lennox / The Eurythmics, Sade, U2, Patty Griffin, Coldplay, Q-Tip, Enya, William Orbit, Pierre Marchand, Imogen Heap, Sting, Robert Bradley, Ray LaMontagne…

The Heavenly Joanna Stevens

The great thing about electronic music is its adaptive capacity. After years it gets remixed again and wala! It sounds new. The 80s gave us a lot of good electronic bands and this has been passed to the few who maintained quality music. And that means, music that has undergone a lot of studio analysis and months of painstaking work. And what better way to represent this music other than vocalists deserving a place in the pantheon of Goddesses?

I first heard of this  California-based music siren named Joanna Stevens through Delirium’s Myth from Poem. Her voice got exploited to the purest ecstasy when she guested on Sleepthief’s Labyrinthine Heart album singing the devotional Here I Confess that will surely make Enya’s producer Nicky Ryan nod with its exquisite arrangement and production technique. Joanna has the kind of voice one would associate to Sarah McLachlan and Liz Fraser. But Joanna is a versatile singer. She is able to blend Pop , Rock and Electronica, jumping genres and enchanting listeners. With those model looks and awesome talent, I am sure she will reach celestial heights. Miss Stevens is also the other half of  Solar Twins.

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