I can feel the tidal wave of Pressures by Avid Light

 

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Pressures is the new album by Avid Light available now.

Avid Light releases an irresistible new album Pressures. 

They grew up playing together in their church. And now they have a new album out. Pressures was released late October. Their sound is wrapped in beautiful melodies and anthemic harmonies. It is alternative rock in the style of bands like Muse, Coldplay, The 1975, Switchfoot, and Radiohead. In their quieter moments, their atmospheric sounds is comparable to Sigur Ros.

Pressures opens with Fear with sweeping chords and the tidal waves of sounds in the chorus part. Singer Chase Castleberry has awesome pipes especially when he hits the high notes with intensity and also sing in heartbreaking nuance. Fade Away is a potential radio hit as it is great to sing to. I found myself singing along and even though belting is not my strong point, it is really fun to do it with this song. I noticed tal-pressures-album-cover-hi-res-1024x1024that the guitars have luminous sound courtesy of Tanner Terhune. Strong Enough to Last is another fave ballad. I like the robust drums of Colton Baum. Journey has that soft intro that sounds like church bells but the beats catch you by surprise. It’s really awesome. It’s a nice track move your body to. And yes once again Castleberry steals the show with his amazing singing. I don’t know how they make it, but every song is catchy. I think you can play their record everywhere and get a positive response from people. Like they would say ” hey I just listen one time and I already memorize the melody.”

Walls has an operatic rock quality. It is due to that melodic line from the guitar that repeats all throughout the song. 110 has a warm cello and strings. The song is wrapped around the acoustic guitar. The poignant subject is further enhanced by the melody that reminds me of the sky lightening after the rain. This is the band’s masterpiece in my opinion. Ethereal instrumental sounds gather in Dream of Fire. Like wading a pond steeped in flowers under the noon sun, this song shines brightly with each listen. Rise and Fall is typical mainstream rock. Not really my favourite but I am sure it will appeal to people who are into complex rock melodies.

I like this band. Next assignment is to listen to their Christmas album!

Download Pressures via iTunes.

 

Chosen Picks of the Day (6 Tracks)

Yes I said day because I am not sure if I will be posting tomorrow, the day after or next week. All I know is that blogging need momentum to happen. I was stuck going to the gym for weeks and that took most of my passion. But after two days of resting I finally picked up my Macbook Air and started typing and here I am. Isn’t it great to be back? And also this time I feel easy. I don’t need to say something clever or wise. I am sounding like myself when I talk in real life. I can b;ab for hours if the conversation is interesting. Like when it is about music, art or other non mainstream issues.

So what do we have here? These are tunes I got from my SoundCloud stream. I like to lurk and listen to tracks published by friends or people I haven’t chatted with. But if they sound fascinating then I listen to them and then recommend them. It is great to be able to have a mix of different genres from hiphop to acoustic. Music is music in whatever form.

Don Beekeeper- I’ll Be Your Mirror( Velvet Underground Cover)

Don Beekeeper is a singer/songwriter/poet and photographer from Canada. He has a huge body of work from each one. He has released several albums. These days he is concentrating on raising his kid.This is a simple tribute to one of my favorite bands. Enjoy! And oh give him a shoutout via Soundcloud if you like this song.

Samrix- The One I lost Today

This is a read to lovers of #EDM. I love the instant appeal of this song. His voice is awesome. I love the production and the overall style of the song. It has a very stylish artwork. I get the feeling he is going to be HUGE one day. Listen and judge for yourself 😉

Alex Pardini-I Feel Grey

This European artist has produced excellent body of works in a few years. He owns a label and creates music the indie way. He is also an excellent singer. I love his production techniques. His songs are slick and they have a natural elegance in them. Just like himself.

Anosphere/Paula- In A World of Love

Paula has that unmistakable vocal sound. I know right away it’s her even with my eyes close 😉 I love the electronic music of Anosphere. It’s slick, smooth and has that chill out vibe. Yes after a long day of work this is the perfect tune you need to listen to.

Altocirrus-Project Panorama – 2-2

This is a group composed of members from Ireland and New Zealand. They are seasoned musicians. They have great songs and I urge you to check out their other albums. All available through BandCamp and other outlets. I love how this tracks starts gradually, then builds up into an amazing cornucopia of instruments and harmonies.

Play-Jay- Of Time

If you don’t know yet, Play-Jay’s real name is Paul Jarvis. He’s the son of Clannad’s lead vocalist and harpist Moya Brennan, the sister of Enya. There, just to let you know how fantastic his gene pool is. This is his solo work. Looking forward to his full – length album in a not so distant future. His music is chill out and atmospheric. I love the simplicity and elegance of it. This is a mature sound from someone who has worked with music since his early teens.

I hope you enjoy this brief review of new songs. And please give me the mojo to continue blogging!

Liquid Vibes: Interview with Rory K

Yes, he’s one of the most exciting thing to come out of Hip Hop

Rory K works in front of the computer most of the day. But there is this side of him that is a natural entertainer. It’s in his genes. His father is no other than Larry Kirwan, the lead artist of the legendary Irish rock group Black 47. This is his first official interview. I am stoked to be part of his blooming career. But hey, I can say he made an awesome debut. His single “Miami” is available for download via iTunes. He’s one of the most exciting thing to come out of Hip Hop. Rants on Reckless Youth is also available via Soundcloud. He has a show today and that’s in NYC! Check out our conversation below:

Screen capture from Rory K's latest music video.

Screen capture from Rory K’s latest music video.

1.  How are you ?

A: Very well, thank you for reaching out. This is my first official interview so help make me say some crazy shit that I’ll probably regret.

2. Are your songs autobiographical or are they inspired by people you meet every day?

A: My thoughts are my thoughts. It’s something I take pride in because it took me a while to feel fully comfortable in my own skin musically. I always thought there was a certain mold I had to fit.

I realized that it’s way cooler to be yourself and makes for much more entertaining and interesting music as well. If you live it own it, or get lost in the shuffle.

I really do live out my verses, like in “Liquor Store Girl” I really was making trips to visit the cashier daily, she was gorgeous and got me into IPAs and I never looked back.

In “Miami” I am really in Miami meeting girls and killing the whole baggie…and I can definitely name a handful of boyfriends out there that can’t stand me (laughs).

3. Who are your major musical influences?

My main musical influence is just being outside living my life to be honest. I love leaving my phone at home, channeling out everything, and just taking a walk with my headphones and a beat.

Scenery is big to me in developing a theme or associating a feeling with a song. Miami for example I wrote in my head during a 2 hour walk down a beach – people like being able to picture themselves in the scenario you create musically so I rarely sit down and write…

As far as musicians, obviously Drake. I think it’s awesome how he made it cool to showcase your insecurities. It definitely helped me explore themes on my album (“Rants On Reckless Youth” https://soundcloud.com/roryk212/sets/rory-rants-on-reckless-youth-rk ) like feeling alone in a new city, heartbreak, even a period of my life when I fell really ill and was stuck in the hospital for an entire summer  yada yada yada.

Other than that I love battle rap and I was raised on Southern Hip Hop.

4. Do you get reactions regarding the explicit and oftentimes sexual nature of your songs?

I’ve only gotten good reactions. My lyrics are what people are saying either in their head or in a private setting. I just created a platform for myself to say it publically and I put myself out there.

It’s important to not take yourself too seriously and if other people do, that’s their issue to deal with.

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a comical dude and shock value is important. I play all my songs to women first, because they’ll let me know if I’m going too far. My mom is a big fan of my lyrics…for the most part (laughs)

5. Can you tell us about your new single which is out in iTunes?

Hell yeah.  “Miami” is one of my favorite tracks. The beat is fire, I linked up with a producer down in Houston, Kade Fresco, after we reposted a few of each other’s tracks on Soundcloud. He sent me the beat and I knew I had to have it.

Miami is dope because it’s completely narrative. I love story-telling and you basically get the walk through of a weekend I had down there with a girl this Winter. I blinked my eyes and I was back in the office with a wicked hangover, dude hitting my cell like he’s going to kill me, and a dope ass concept for a song.

6. Is there a Music Video? 

Yes! I shot it back in August in Brooklyn – and it’s great because at my next show during CMJ Festival – Friday October 16th 8:00 at the Drom (85 Avenue A) down in LES – I’m going to premiere it on a big projector screen before the performance. I don’t wanna give away too much because I want you to come to the show. Dress nicely because it’s classy and I’m about to fuck shit up haha.

7. How do you balance your day job and music?

It’s easy. I rarely sit down and write anymore just out of time constraints. Music is my life so there’s never a moment in my life I’m not working on it, whether that be recording, writing, or just going through the everyday grind.

I work in Sales , which requires a lot of quick thinking on the phone. You have to display a good amount of personality and trustworthiness in my job and I think overall it’s helped me get my lyrics across in a more efficient believable way too.

8. Where can listeners download or buy your songs apart from iTunes?

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/roryk212

You can download my whole album there for free

9. So what’s coming next for Rory K?

The “Miami” music video premiere party Friday October 16th! Also looking to put out a new EP sometime before the end of year….

 Thanks for your time Rory!

It was my pleasure, I appreciate you having me.

Drip Lines: A(nother) Failed Attempt at Closure

A(nother) Failed Attempt at Closure by Drip Lines touches on the realm of symbology, in an aesthetic and psychological level.

Everything we do can be symbolic. For instance, pouring yourself a cup of tea while listening to Gregorian chants before sunrise can be a symbol of welcoming spirituality in your work. Or having that moment of silence is symbolic of purifying your sphere so that creativity can enter. So is undressing. Which is the center of this video by Electronic indie pop band Drip Lines. It has an interesting background:

Jake O'Neal a.k.a. Drip Lines

Jake O’Neal a.k.a. Drip Lines

The video, originally silent, was created by Megan St. Clair as part of her BFA thesis at the University of Colorado Boulder in May 2014. The description read: if an act of undressing a new lover creates a beginning, does the act of dressing an obsolete lover create closure?

The piece inspired Drip Lines to compose a work of the same title which ultimately led to the concept and creation of his debut EP “Evolution of a Love”. As an artistic experiment, the two pieces were later combined.

So what do I think about the music? I like it. It’s in the style of bands I listened to when I was exploring alternative music in the 90s. I love the atmospheric style. The layered vocals and space guitar style work well. The drums sound as if they were recorded on a tape and played back. Actually everything sounds like they’ve been played back and recorded underwater. How did Jake O’Neal did this?

This is a kind of song I would listen to if I want to stay in my bedroom the whole day and read. Oh yeas there are moments when being in a bubble can be total bliss. The artwork for Evolution of Love is also fantastic. The psychedelic flowers remind me of the early days of the hippie counter-culture and all people want to do is believe in love and be a fruitarian. I think O’Neal has embraced a bit of these qualities, though I must say he is very much in the ‘now.’

EP Review: Follow Me [EP] by Dj Magics & MY.COSMO


Synthesis, drum programming and guitar by Dj Magics.
Lyrics, vocals, synthesis and drum programming by My.Cosmo. Produced by Dj Magics and My.Cosmo.
© 2014

Cosmo Simnovec, otherwise known as MY.COSMO has given us an EP of antidepressant tunes that will light up our Friday as we move to the weekend of all things. The title is Follow Me and I have no doubt listeners will follow his irresistible beats and melodies. Cosmo has always been keen on releasing EPs rather than albums. I think this is a practical deal especially in today’s indie-driven music fanatics. People want to sample an artist before they commit to fandom. And five songs (plus one bonus remix at the end) is a good deal.

Sophisticated, ripe and popsy are the terms that come to mind when I listen to Follow Me. I have two favorite tracks : Dream and Inspiration for its midtempo and calming atmosphere. Another one is Represium, a tune that takes you to a trance state. It also has a beautiful guitar solo. But don’t miss out on the introductory instrumental title track and the rest that follow. If I am not mistaken this is his first collaboration with DJ Magics and there is chemistry there that works.

Don’t miss his discography because you will be surprise how addicting his tunes can be.