The Animators – Adaptations EP (Self Released)
OK This is The Animators and this is there latest release Adaptations and I was pleasantly surprised how good and unique this is. The Animators is the brainchild of Dave Cutherbertson. The music is I think alt rock/indie rock almost with a dash of gothic vibe to it. The first song being the opening track Goosewing reminds me a bit of Minus The Bear and the second track Alien gives me the gothic feel straight away with the use of the piano the way the vocals are sung and the way the song is structured. The production of the EP is good and you really do get a feel and a vibe of their music. All the songs are well written and performed and I can see why they are gaining fans and the shows they have been playing. I enjoyed this, didn’t know what to expect but it’s good and it’s worth your time. Two thumbs up.
OK Parx-e Web Zine will be winding down slowly for the year, going overseas and filming for the parx-e show. But will be doing soon our annual best of list, gonna be different a little bit. Got some reviews and interview to put up. I aim to do a lot more next year. Probably more with The Parx-e Show.
But I ain’t going no where.
Leura debut EP Creature Of Sight is out now, You can listen to it now
Skyler Day – Between The I And The You (Self Released)
Skyler Day debut EP is something really special, She is a singer songwriter who music revolves around the guitar, it’s a little country and a little pop but she can sing and her songs are so well written, she wrote with her producer Steven Solomon on tracks 1,3 and five and the two and four are written by her. The opening song Circles capture what she all about her and her voice really shines. Its a country inspired song has that tone and feel and musicianship is first rate. After The Show is an energetic track that shows off her songwriting, vocals and lyrics. I love the use of the slide guitar. Not Tonight is more laid back, beautiful vocals that truly shine here, great musicianship and good lyrics. Ian’s Song is well written and performed, production is first rate, her vocals shine here as does her lyrics. Just Stay finishes off the EP with a beautifully written ballad that is so moving and incredible singing. I love the use of the backing vocals through out the EP. I was really surprised and blown away by how good this EP is and how good a talent Skyler is, if she keeps doing more stuff like this, she is gonna having a huge and successful career as a musician. I hope she plays a show when I am over in LA in January. She got something going here and I can see it paying off really well.
Sophie Serafino Temptress & Touch Album
So Sophie Serafino has two new albums on the way. So I’ve decided to review both of them and give you an overall feel for both of them. Sophie is a violin player and a first class one at that, I have seen her live and she can really play. Temptress is more of the instrumental album that highlights Sophie incredible violin playing and the songwriting and production is first rate. Really shows off her talents as a violin player and also as a songwriter. The songs are collaboration with lot’s of different writers but the theme and overall energy just gels together.
Touch shows off Sophie voice and it shines alongside the incredible songwriting, musicianship and production. Songs like Free At Last show off the vocals, songwriting, musicianship and production. I love the electronica vibe and feel to the music. The whole album has a really energetic vibe, almost party and dancy to it. It also has something to say and you can feel it in every note and every word. Both albums offer something unique with Temptress you get a beautiful performed and written instrumental album that shows off her incredible violin playing and Touch shows off her vocals with an energetic electronica dancy sound going which just adds and gets you up and moving. . Sophie is really a special artist, she is the complete package, incredibly beautiful, amazing violin player and great singer. She knows how to draw you in. Without a doubt I highly recommend both these albums as they are unique and special with a talent like Sophe Serafino, these albums will do wonders for her. If you love discovering special and unique talent give these ago you will not be disappointed.
I love what Kelsey Lewis does as an artist. Her new song Christmas Beside You which isn’t out yet to the public is ace. It is a really well written beautiful tune that highlights what Kelsey does best.
She is really a special artist with a bright future ahead of her, that keeps going stronger and stronger.
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I wanted to give Steph some more love on my site. I think she is an incredibly talented singer songwriter. She can sing and write songs that get you up and dancing as well as being well written,moving and a joy to the ears. She knows how to craft to me the perfect song.
If I keep doing more and more compilation CD’s I hope I can have Steph music on everyone of them. She has got something special going on with her music and won’t be long until everybody know how amazing Steph Hannah music is.
I adore Steph Hannah, I love what she does as a musician that is why she has been on two of my compilation cds and the opening track of my new compilation. This is what she had to say.
1. Are you happy to the response to your new song and video clip, which you released last year?
The response to Eat the Crumbs has been the best one yet, so I’m really happy with the feedback I’ve received. It was great that it rose to number 2 on the Triple J Unearthed pop charts and received digital radio play just before I left Australia, and then to follow it with a seven week promo tour in Tokyo, including radio play, was a lot of fun.
2. How do you think moving to London has helped with your music and inspiration for your music?
To be honest, London is quite a challenging place to settle into and it can be rather overwhelming, but moving here has introduced me to some great new contacts and there’s a lovely support network of Australians within London. A couple of my favourite gigs this year have been a gig at Australia House on Australia Day, alongside Dame Edna and Human Nature (doesn’t get much more Australian than that!), and a set at the Australia New Zealand Literature & Arts Festival at King’s College Chapel. London really is a hub of all things creative and all things music, so it’s very exciting to be able to be in the centre of it, and be spoiled for choice in all regards.
3. Does songwriting get easier for you now or still the same?
I didn’t have a keyboard up until February this year, so it was definitely interesting trying to write songs without that. But, in general, I never really take on a consistent approach when song-writing, so it’s much the same I guess.
4. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
There are so many artists I’d love to collaborate with, but one that comes straight to mind would be Sia.
5. Is there any new recordings in the works?
Absolutely! I’ve just finished a brand newbie called ‘Lovely Place’, which is up on SoundCloud (it was recorded live at an Open Mic in Kentish Town). I also have a few more on the go at the moment, which are slowly but surely coming together.
6. What does the rest of 2014 entail for you?
That is a good question! I’m planning to continue writing my new material, gigging around town and immersing myself in the music scene over here. Once I’ve selected my favourite new tunes, I’ll hopefully record a new EP and get a band together in London…ideally before I’m kicked out of the country next May.
7. If you could have anybody in a video clip who would it be?
Pharrell Williams, because he’s nice to look at and perhaps he could be my love interest…that would be fun.
8. What does it mean to connect with your fans?
It is always really nice when you receive a positive response from someone when they hear your music. It is a particularly amazing feeling when someone from the other side of the world randomly stumbles across your music online and contacts you expressing that your songs have helped them get through something or simply that they enjoy your music. It is the reason you share music.
Darcy Fox – My Own Happy Ending (Self Released)
Darcy Fox has released her new EP My Own Happy Ending and it is a good start to no doubt will be a good career in music. Her style of music is country/pop. The opening song Options is an energetic number that shows of her song writing, vocals and lyrics. Run Baby, Run has the same vibe to it, energetic with the acoustic guitar like the first song has a big element to the song. My Own Happy Ending is a country number true and true from the way the song is structured to the way it is performed. It’s a well written song with great vocals and lyrics. Didn’t I? have a more of a laid back feel with the acoustic guitar and a bit of energetic drum beat. It’s well written pop tune. Secret Memory is a laid back number kind of dark haunting edge to the tune. The way the song is structured and performed. I Wan’t Your Love ends the EP well with nicely written catchy tune. This is a good EP, I think she is going to create a path for herself in music. If she keeps playing shows, and keeps writing and writing and collaborating with others, she going to do just fine. She has the talent and this EP showcases that.