Welcome To Rate The Tracks

We are interested in providing a home for artists that want to have their tracks evaluated by seasoned professionals in the music business and fans alike. If it's a demo or the finished product we want to hear your tracks! This is intended to be interactive between the artists and listeners. Providing feedback to the artists will assist them in developing their music.

September 25, 2016

Featured Stream: Angie and the Deserters-You

"You" is the second focus track on our site for the dynamic band Angie and the Deserters. This time out the track has more of slower pace and pop flavor. It is a love song with all the emotions that pull on your heartstrings.

Angie and the band know how to get the message across with the right words, vocals and music. The three main ingredients of a great track are here, the triangle of success is complete with "You."

 Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck 





More About Angie and the Deserters:

http://www.angieandthedeserters.com


Born in Upstate NY in a small town called Potsdam in what many refer to as the North Country, singer-songwriter Angie Bruyere spent her childhood running through the backwoods and roaming the train tracks, living the simple life that inspires imaginations of which lyrics and melodies are made. Settling in Southern California at a young age, Bruyere began a modeling career that took her on a journey around the world...experiences that can be felt throughout many of her songs.  Pen and paper always in hand, she began writing poetry and playing her guitar, lending itself naturally to combining her two passions into what has become a body of musical work that she continues grow daily...READ MORE...

September 23, 2016

Burnt Belief, Multifaceted Instrumental Band Feat. Porcupine Tree Member, To Release Third Installment of Trilogy: “Emergent”


Boston, MA - Inspired by the unspoken and hidden truths behind our daily reality, “Emergent” is the third in a trilogy of collaborative works by bassist Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree/Metallic Taste of Blood/O.R.k etc) and experimental US guitarist Jon Durant, under the working name Burnt Belief.

“Emergent” builds on the duo's previous work whilst still exploring the fundamental aspects that define Burnt Belief's sonic world, namely hypnotic rhythmic elements seamlessly blended with lush guitar led soundscapes and deep ambient atmospherics. “Emergent” also showcases the intense and unpredictable, yet satisfying guitar playing from Durant, who manages to tame elemental, skittish and frequently unsettling tones, by subtly wrapping them in layers of magnetic aura. Drumming throughout is Vinny Sabatino, who brings an inventive, muscular and precise beat to complement Colin Edwin's expansive and expressive fretless and upright basses.

Says Jon Durant, “One of the things that makes Burnt Belief unique in the world of instrumental progressive rock/fusion oriented musics is that we are not at all focused on displays of chops, but rather focus on trying to tell stories through the music. The title, 'Emergent', is a reference to the theory that consciousness is an emergent property of a functioning neurosystem. Colin and I both share a fascination with how the mind works and the ways that hidden processes and background information can subtly influence more obvious conscious thoughts without our being aware of it. Similarly, throughout the album, there are very subtle background elements that have in some way directly informed the bigger picture of the compositions.”

Colin Edwin adds, “With instrumental music, any meaning is obviously less explicit than when lyrics are present, but as we neared completion of the album, it became apparent to me that the majority of pieces on 'Emergent' have elements of unresolved tension or darker moments somewhere below the surface. Something I have noticed more and more is that there are many seemingly straightforward things which, on closer inspection, turn out to be really quite complex and insoluble, and I have started thinking of the album as bringing out the feeling of suddenly seeing more than you expected and having an expanded view coming into focus. This expanded view isn't necessarily optimistic however, so for me the image of an aggressive looking insect appearing inside a pretty looking flower on the cover is perfect.”

“Emergent” amply rewards repeated listens, unveiling it's layered coalescence of antithetical components gradually, such as the discordant conversational flexes between upright bass and electronic percussion during “Until the Stars Go Out”, or the measured rhythmic resolution during “Confidence of Ignorance”. The nine and half minute title track, which unfolds gradually and explores an unhurried yet palpable tension, is a thought provoking meditation on the unstoppable changes around us all, “Emergent” is a genre defying journey for intrepid listeners keen to explore new musical territories.

Packaged in a cardboard sleeve pack with a four page booklet.

Tracklisting:
1. The Bubble Bursts (6.02)
2. More Snow (6.10)
3. The Confidence of Ignorance (5.06)
4. Emergent (9.32)
5. Until the Stars Go Out (6.26)
6. Language of Movement (7.01)
7. Turning Torso (10.11)
8. Ghosts Aquatic (6.21)

Guitarist Jon Durant brings a unique sense of texture and melody to his instrument. His distinctive “cloud guitar” soundscapes and engaging lead work have graced numerous CD recordings and film soundtracks. As executive producer of Alchemy Records, he produces recordings for internationally acclaimed artists in his small home studio. Alongside Durant's records, Alchemy has released albums by artists Michael Manring, Gary Willis, Leni Stern/Wayne Krantz and others.

Colin Edwin is best known as founder member and bassist of the internationally successful , long time progressive rock favourites Porcupine Tree. Outside of Porcupine Tree, as well as solo work and various guest spots, Colin's unique and creative bass playing have lead him to collaborate frequently with like minded and inventive musicians, including (former Henry Cow) multi - instrumentalist and reed player Geoff Leigh (as Ex-Wise Heads), fellow bassist Lorenzo Feliciati in the critically acclaimed duo Twinscapes, and most recently Endless Tapes with drummer Alessandro Pedretti. Colin is also a member of the intense and genre defying band Metallic Taste of Blood, with two albums to date on Rarenoise Records, as well as playing and recording with metal pioneers Obake. In 2015 he formed the band O.R.k. alongside King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto, vocalist LEF and guitarist Carmelo Pipitone from Italy’s cult “anti-folk” band Marta Sui Tubi. 2016 has so far seen Euro and South American dates with O.R.k. and also the release of Colin's adventurous collaboration (as Astarta/Edwin) with top Ukrainian female vocal duo Astarta, drawing heavily but expanding on their earthy Slavic folk roots.

Vinny Sabatino is a first call drummer from Boston, best known for his funky grooves. He's recorded and performed extensively with Jon Durant, as well as with a wide range of artists including current Santana lead vocalist Ray Greene, multiple Grammy winning producer Jeff Bhasker, film composer Michael Whalen and folk artist Porter Smith. His band, Nightshift, is the most in demand band in Boston, and features vocalist (and winner of The Voice) Jermaine Paul, Bassist Barron Browne (Jean Luc Ponty, Steve Smith, Billy Cobham).

In closing Jon has this to impart, “Most importantly, I'd like listeners to actively listen with an open mind. Good speakers or headphones are a particular plus, as there's a lot going on that's worth paying attention to. Our music can take you on a very compelling journey if you're willing to let it.”

Colin adds, “I always believe that people will find their own relationship with any piece of art, music, book or film and it's usually more powerful and meaningful that way, so any messages usually work best when they are to be uncovered and discovered rather than being upfront. If we have successfully created an all encompassing 'sound world' that takes people somewhere else when they hear it, I consider it a success. After all, doesn't music exist to express what words can't?”

To purchase Burnt Belief's “Emergent”:
https://www.amazon.com/Emergent-Burnt-Belief/dp/B01IPNT04A

Video for “Dissemble” (from Etymology):


Video for “Semazen” (from Burnt Belief):


Burnt Belief Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/BurntBelief/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

African Story Book Of Songs - 6 Albums


African Storybook of Songs is the work of celebrated London producer Barney Rattle, compiling two decades of genre-spanning music into one iconic music collection covered in these six albums. The compilation includes collaborations with a diverse range of artists including the likes of South African singer-songwriter and guitarist Lennox Tom, jazz pianist and composer Don Laka and marimba and brass afrojazz ensemble Abavuki.

Stream the album on Soundcloud here:

Covering material from the nineties to the current day, the album takes the listener on a sonic adventure sporting elements of electronica, jazz, reggae and funk, all infused with Barney Rattle’s distinct afropop stylings. Barney Rattle’s career has been one of many exciting twists and turns. At the turn of the millennium, his music could be found being blasted in nightclubs around Ibiza. More recently he has been working with Don Laka who infused afropop (aka KwaaiJazz) with the classical works of Chopin, his album Afro Chopin receiving acclaim from critics. The producer has recently been working on a number of film and TV projects about the great music and history of South Africa. African Storybook of Songs is out November 4th 

Links: 
Website: www.africanstorybookofsongs.com 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/africanstorybookofsongs/ 
Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/album/04uIpSNdiw20rQJX1AsKJj 
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/african-storybook-songs-special/id1146854694?ign-mpt=uo%3D4 
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Various_Artists_African_Storybook_of_Songs_Special?id=Bzkqnvbu7csz5oi3zuybnxfvdlq 
Tidal: http://tidal.com/album/64260733

September 22, 2016

Stream Feature: Cranky George - Nighttime

The name Cranky George immediately brings a certain picture into your mind, more specifically the word cranky. I wouldn't let that throw you off in regards to the band with the name though.

Cranky George the band has a debut album out titled Fat Lot of Good. And indeed it is! A double album is a lot of music

The featured track here is the marvelous "Nighttime." This is a great introduction to a tight band with good vocals and harmonies that knows how to play their instruments. Because of those basic tenets to success they are able to shape and mold songs of different flavors for a listener.

"Nighttime" is a perfect example of rock, pop and torch combined to show off their skills. Check out the stream and video and I think you will agree this is a band that has it going on!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck 





More About Cranky George:

https://www.facebook.com/CrankyGeorgeMusic/


The genesis of Cranky George dates back to 1989, when James Fearnley (accordion-player and founder-member of London/Irish band The Pogues) met, first, Dermot Mulroney (renowned actor, star and co-star of ‘The Family Stone’, ‘The Wedding Date’ and ‘About Schmidt’), and then Dermot’s brother, Kieran (erstwhile actor in ‘From The Earth To The Moon’ and ‘The Spitfire Grill’, now writer and director) on film locations in Colorado and Virginia...READ MORE...