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September 29, 2016

Be Transported Back To The 50s & 60’s With Cado’s Brand New EP


Vintage inspired rock and roll artist Cado, brings us a refreshingly nostalgic EP ‘Take Me Back’ set for release 12th August

Having been born half a century too late in 1990, Cado is a modern rock and roll artist withan obsession for music of the past! After stealing a Beatles album from a record shop aged 10, he was inspired to make music that will make people smile, dance and enjoy themselves!

Cado, who grew up in County Kildare, Ireland, was mesmerised at an early age by the sound of The Beatles and Chuck Berry and from then commenced a lifelong obsession with music! His father would perform Johnny B. Goode to him, and when he heard the hard hitting opening riff featured in back to the future at age 11, he did not hesitate to pick up a guitar and has rarely put it down since!

The multi instrumentalist has toured the UK and Ireland with The Shades and in early 2016 he began recording a collection of songs inspired by the music he adores. The singer-songwriter takes a completely DIY approach, self recording and mixing everything in his home studio. Every instrument on the EP was performed by him allowing him make music that he truly loves.

Listen here:

The retro sounding EP has strong nods towards classic artists such as Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis. 

Links

New Video Release - Ashely Iona - 'Thunder Come'



New video 'Thunder Come' by rising pop star Ashley Iona

Combining a compelling ear for storytelling and a mesmerising vocal tone, Ashley Iona comes through with a fresh sound comparable to the likes of Florence and the Machine, Sia and Chet Faker. Currently based in Los Angeles, she has previously lived in countries across the globe from Australia to the UK to Uganda and moved more than 20 times in her life. 

“I wanted the video to be a journey – explains Ashley – I wrote the song when I was coming to terms with where my life was and I had this urge to be brutally honest with myself. It also coincided with 3 days of Thunderstorms in LA, which never happens.

Rain can be really cathartic, especially when you’re not used to it, so when I was thinking about the video I wanted it to be very tied up with nature to give the audience a similar feeling.
I saw some of Alex’s artwork at a friend’s house and got in touch with him to see if we could make something like an ‘otherworldly journey’…”

She adds: “We used light orbs rolling their way through spaces and put the viewer within the camera frame. We made the environments familiar but also completely fabricated and unique, because it’s landscape that’s meant to exist in your mind.


At the end of the journey the orbs return to the same structure that was once in a barren desert, because sometimes the biggest challenges we face are what inevitably make us richer people and force us to know ourselves from the inside out. I’d love to do a real life version of this video some time.”

Watch the video for 'Thunder Come' here:
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Intimate New EP Ibrahim From The Great Divide


New-Zealand-born, London-based film composer Gerald Clark (aka The Great Divide) teams up with an eclectic mix of artists, including the legendary Robert Wyatt, to bring this impressive and intimate new EP Ibrahim.

The EP’s three pensive and melancholic tracks each explore the feeling of being caught up between the ‘old world’ to and the new, feeling a loyalty to the traditions of the past, but unable to fully embrace the value system of the present.


The record features a guest appearance from iconic progressive rock vocalist Robert Wyatt, who sings and contributes tenor horn on the title track ‘Ibrahim’.

As Gerald explains: ‘Robert liked a jazz album I made 3 years ago. He gave it as one of his ‘albums of 2013’ in an interview. I frequently hear his voice in my head when I’m writing, so I wrote to him and asked if he’d consider it and fortunately he did.’

A future full-length album is in the works, set to include performances from other well-established names including esteemed trumpet virtuoso Byron Wallen, guitarist Neil Taylor (who has worked with the likes of Tears for Fears, Robbie Williams and Chris De Burgh), jazz composer Alex Roth (who has worked with Alice Zawadski and contributes guitar) and West End vocalist Daniel Fletcher (stars in Rock of Ages).

Ibrahim is set to be released on Gerald’s own label The Interrupting Sheep available on 16th September.


 Links:
https://soundcloud.com/geraldcmin6

Intimate New EP Ibrahim From The Great Divide


New-Zealand-born, London-based film composer Gerald Clark (aka The Great Divide) teams up with an eclectic mix of artists, including the legendary Robert Wyatt, to bring this impressive and intimate new EP Ibrahim.

The EP’s three pensive and melancholic tracks each explore the feeling of being caught up between the ‘old world’ to and the new, feeling a loyalty to the traditions of the past, but unable to fully embrace the value system of the present.

The record features a guest appearance from iconic progressive rock vocalist Robert Wyatt, who sings and contributes tenor horn on the title track ‘Ibrahim’.

As Gerald explains: ‘Robert liked a jazz album I made 3 years ago. He gave it as one of his ‘albums of 2013’ in an interview. I frequently hear his voice in my head when I’m writing, so I wrote to him and asked if he’d consider it and fortunately he did.’

A future full-length album is in the works, set to include performances from other well-established names including esteemed trumpet virtuoso Byron Wallen, guitarist Neil Taylor (who has worked with the likes of Tears for Fears, Robbie Williams and Chris De Burgh), jazz composer Alex Roth (who has worked with Alice Zawadski and contributes guitar) and West End vocalist Daniel Fletcher (stars in Rock of Ages).

Ibrahim is set to be released on Gerald’s own label The Interrupting Sheep available on 16th September.


 Links:

September 27, 2016

SACD Rock/Metal Review: Blue Oyster Cult-Secret Treaties

Release Date: September 9, 2016
Label: Audio Fidelity

I am big Blue Oyster Cult fan and have been since the 70s. Secret Treaties was my introduction to the band. I remember buying the LP and noticed that the cover was unusual. As it turned out the music was unlike anything I had heard before and I thought it was just as different as the cover. That was my first impression as a teenager exploring new music. As time passed I enjoyed the album more with each listen and it became and still is my all-time favorite BOC album. I cannot marginalize the importance of Agents of Fortune which comes in as a close second. That is the album that made them superstars worldwide. This is the album that laid down the foundation to build on their legacy.

Secret Treaties is and will remain a heavy metal classic. Every track is crystal clear and given new life in Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity SACD Hybrid Multichannel version. What I noticed right out of the gate was a significant boost in the prominence of the bass. Even though that happens the rest of the instruments do not take a back seat. With sound like this it is up to the listener and what they prefer to focus on, one instrument or everything happening at once. The normal process for me is to single out one significant change right away then like a quarterback with peripheral vision I flip a switch to surround sound listening. To completely enjoy the entire experience of this format I would highly recommend taking in everything that is happening. You can easily become immersed with all the sounds.

I know this album very well and that also helped in my recognition of any changes in sound and clarity. The mix is superb on this version of Secret Treaties. Every track is killer on the recording but there is one that became their epic classic along the lines of “Don’t Fear The Reaper.” “Astronomy” takes the band to new levels and it is a fantastic curtain closer. The track uses all the talents of every band member taking their sound and production to amazing heights that would lead them to recognition beyond their dreams. It starts off gentle enough then just builds and builds to an exciting climax. This is BOC’s finest hour and that one track is the icing on the cake that leaves you wanting to hit play over and over again.

“Dominance and Submission” and “Harvester of Eyes” are two other favorites of mine that are served well in the conversion of this classic recording.

This is a cannot miss bullseye to a rocker’s heart and soul. Secret Treaties was great music before it became an SACD but now more things are brought to light to give it that much more significance and value as one of the greatest rock/metal albums ever recorded.

5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: Astronomy, Dominance and Submission, Harvester of Eyes

Tracks: 
1. Career of Evil
2. Subhuman
3. Dominance and Submission
4. ME 262
5. Cagey Cretins
6. Harvester of Eyes
7. Flaming Telepaths
8. Astronomy

 
Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
September 27, 2016
Founder of:

Review Provided By Write A Music Review

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. It is also the title of the band's new EP. 

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...

September 20, 2016

Stream Feature: Astronauts of Antiquity - Future Back

India (lead vocalist),  B. Rhyan (guitars) and Ivica (orchestrations) are the Astronauts of Antiquity (AOA).

"Future Back" is a step into the present day from a musical time machine made up of pop, rock and electronica sounds. India's even tempered and effective vocals float over the sounds creating digital pleasure.

Those who enjoy electronica or dance music will love this and listeners who like to turn on their radio to hear all the current pop hits will enjoy it as well. Give it your ear and see for yourself!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck



More About AOA:

http://aoamusic.com

Fronted by the exquisitely articulated and cloud-penetrating vocals of the group’s NYC transplant and co-founder, India, the musical collective is propelled by the inventive guitars of B. Rhyan and orchestrated by the trio’s resident sonic wizard and programmer, Ivica ...READ MORE...

September 19, 2016

Featured Steam: Lawrence Blatt - Noches de Barcelona

Lawrence Blatt's new release Longitudes and Latitudes can be your passport to musical diversity. You can experience a taste of a place you have never been perhaps?

A good example of that is our featured track "Noches de Barcelona" which features the music of Mr. Blatt's acoustic guitar and orchestrations.

The video shows scenes directly from Barcelona in varying rates of speed to match the intensity of the guitar playing that is on display.

Check out this fantastic music and video now for your own personal trip to Spain!


Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck



More About Lawrence Blatt:

http://www.lawrenceblatt.com

San Francisco's Lawrence Blatt delivers piercing, original compositions played on acoustic finger-style guitar. His unique sound stems in part from his fusion of classical and modern performance techniques. ...READ MORE...

Instrumental New Age/Classical Review: Kevin Kern-When I Remember

Release Date: September 9, 2016
Label: Kevin Kern Music
People that are given obstacles in life either give in and give up to them or use that as motivation to push forward and become successful in spite of it. Kevin Kern took the positive path and used music as his voice of expression. Kevin has poor eyesight but judging by what this album titled When I Remember sounds like, that is not a disability.

The artist is influenced by Mozart, Chopin and Bach, all the great composers. He gained his tools by learning pieces by these legendary musicians when he was young. This is what and when he remembers as the title suggests (at least that is my interpretation). The tracks mirror that foundation in the most elegant and beautiful way.

I have heard countless standalone piano recordings this year and there is something about the simplicity and peacefulness it can bring to a listener that has intrigued me and given me the desire to accept it with an open heart and mind.

One track seamlessly flows into the next offering a road to renewal. The ivory keys deliver a touch of heaven to your senses. For my listening experience it is a threefold process…sound, color and spirit. All three elements combine to ease my mind and soul and give me the comfort I seek at the end of each day.

Because of the way each song connected to the next with different variations in tempo and approach I found it very difficult to pull out a few tracks that really stood out. This is not to downplay the recording but it is quite the opposite, it is actually complimenting the artist on his consistency and approach from start to finish.

It is music like this that always seems to come to me at the right time day or night, it is a gift from the gifted. Kevin Kern is an enlightened spirit with the gift of music inside and he offers an audience his translation through his talented fingers and energy. 

When I Remember is musical perfection that heals and offers so much if one can focus long enough to stop and listen. I think that practice of stopping and listening could really be helpful in everyone’s daily life in these tumultuous times we live in. Thank god for musicians transporting the universal language of love and joy through music and that is exactly what Mr. Kern does on this recording.

4/5 Stars
 
Key Tracks: ALL

Tracks:

 01. We Should Waltz
02. Once Upon a Time
03. Say You Love Me
04. Chance Encounter
05. Dreaming of Home
06. When I Remember
07. Rise and Shine
08. By My Side
09. Off to the Races (For Grampa Norm)
10. Chopin’s Touch
11. A Walk in the Sun
12. A Lonely Heart



Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
September 19, 2016
Founder of:

Review Provided By New Age Music Reviews
 

September 15, 2016

Prog Legends Gong To Release New Studio Album “Rejoice! I'm Dead!”


Their first album since the death of Daevid Allen - Released on Madfish September 16, 2016!

London, UK - Some say it couldn't, or shouldn't, be done. How could Gong exist without Daevid Allen? A few minutes into listening to the title track of their brand new album, “Rejoice!”, aspersions will be cast aside. It is undeniably Gong

Gong have had many, many line-ups. Formed when Australian beatnik/freak Daevid Allen quit The Soft Machine and moved to France at the tail end of the '60s, before debuting in 1970 with Magick Brother, the band have remained fluid, even playing without their founder from the mid-to-late '70s, fracturing and reassembling and constantly taking on new shapes and forms: an undeniably amorphous unit. David Bowie told Vanity Fayre in 2003 that Daevid Allen's Banana Moon is one of his favorite albums, and today everyone from indie artists Temples and Ty Segall to hip hop artist Madlib and techno DJ Surgeon are inspired, and borrow, from Gong's music and ideology. The funky grooves, avant-garde flourishes and counter-cultural stance is timeless. So timeless that Gong fully exists even without their creator and guiding light. For those who are unaware Daevid Allen died in March 2015.

“I have been co-presenting The Interesting Alternative Show with Steve Davis for the last six years or so,” begins the story of how Gong's new singer/guitarist Kavus Torabi met Daevid. “In 2011, Steve rang up excitedly saying 'You'll never guess who we've got as a guest next week... Daevid Allen.' I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I'd met Daevid briefly a couple of times with Tim Smith (Cardiacs) but never properly. As a lifelong Gong lover, this filled me with delight. Straight away the two of us seemed to really click, within minutes the conversation had taken a turn for the absurd and I was more than a little flattered when he told me, after about an hour, 'You're a poet man, I can tell.'

“Over the forthcoming months we would text each other on a fairly regular basis, whenever Daevid was in town playing a gig he'd get in touch to see if I wanted to come along. 'I've been thinking about this a lot,' he told me, 'Do you want to play guitar in Gong?' This came somewhat out of the blue. 'But you've never actually heard me play, Daevid' I told him. 'I don't need to,' he replied. 'I felt the same way about Mike Howlett when I met him too and I'm never wrong about this stuff.' Of course I said 'Yes' instantly. 'You know, I can't play like Steve Hillage,' I told him. His response was priceless 'I don't care about what you can't do, I care about what you can do.'

“Since being a teenager, I have often come up with riffs that, while I loved them, had to be shelved because I always felt they sounded a little TOO much like Gong. One of which I started playing. Daevid got up and started improvising lyrics and melodies over the top, his beautiful eyes twinkling. This would become 'When God Shakes Hands With The Devil (from I See You).' 'Wow Kav!' Daevid said afterwards, 'Got any more like that?' Realizing that 20 years or so of shelved riffs had not gone to waste, I blurted out 'Yeah! Loads!'

Kavus joined Gong in 2014 in time for the last album the “new” band made with Daevid, “I See You,” unaware of the direction his new gig as a guitar player would take. “It was shortly after our Brazilian tour in March 2014 that, following a broken arm, Daevid told us that he had been diagnosed with cancer and would be unable to fulfill the 47 date world tour that had been booked to promote (the album). To my, and I guess all of our, minds there was no question that he would beat this thing. The most enlightened and switched on guy I ever knew, with light shooting out of every pore, he seemed indomitable. Nonetheless, he started making noises about how he wished the band to continue without him. I think everyone in the band felt ambivalent about this, particularly as we watched the majority of the gigs get canceled upon news that he was too unwell to fulfill them. I certainly had no desire to front it. I have my own band Knifeworld in which I play this role. We did, however, have a new album to promote, so we reluctantly agreed to play the remaining shows and bow out gracefully after that. Each night we sent Daevid recordings or links to YouTube footage and, from his sick bed in Australia, he wrote gushing praise about what had happened to the band and how this was exactly what he had hoped. By the end of the tour and with the full blessing of Daevid we decided to carry on.

“ 'Rejoice! I'm Dead!' came together over several weeks in an East London rehearsal studio. In terms of the writing, the songs became very elastic, what may have been brought to the band as a fixed idea, through experimenting, discarding, expanding and mutating evolved into the songs as you hear them now. Every member was key in the development of each song,” closes Kavus. Thus, Kavus (vocals/guitar), Fabio Golfetti (guitar/vocals), Dave Sturt (bass/vocals), Ian East (sax/flute) and Cheb Nettles (drums/vocals) took on the mantle of steering the Teapot further into outer space and the inner ear.

On the album you'll also notice the voice of Daevid in an early song idea rehearsal, along with Gong alumni Steve Hillage, Didier Malherbe and Graham Clark. Fans of the “Virgin trilogy” won't be let down!

In the words of bassist Dave Sturt: “You bet it's a Gong record!”

It depends on your knowledge of Gong history and what constitutes as a Gong record, but if “Rejoice! I'm Dead!” is classified as their 28th album the Gong legacy is the strongest it has been since 1974. Consider the differences between “Angel's Egg,” “Gazeuse!,” “Floating Anarchy” and “I See You,” the various splinter projects and collectives… what is it that make Gong who they are? Their spontaneity and numerous Phoenix-like rebirths – this is just the latest installment. Nothing more, nothing less. New members and old coalesce, the sound unmistakably Gong.

Even without Daevid Allen Gong will continue ….. And long may it do so.

Fans can have a hint of what's to come with a clip from the song “Rejoice!” featuring Steve Hillage:



Check out the video teaser for “Rejoice! I’m Dead!” here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOapU-WdLXg
https://vimeo.com/181632625

“Rejoice! I'm Dead!” will be released on CD, a double LP and as a limited edition deluxe 3 disc hardback book edition featuring 44-page book, CD, DVD-AV & Bonus CD and digitally.

CD/LP & deluxe edition are available to pre-order here: http://www.planetgong.co.uk
Digital pre-orders: http://smarturl.it/REJOICE_IM_DEAD

For more information: www.madfishmusic.com

Gong Online:
www.gongband.net
www.planetgong.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/officialgong/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/planetgong/

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

September 14, 2016

Alternative Rockers Lunden Reign Release Poignant New Single & Video “Red Wagon (Can't Return To Yesterday)”


Los Angeles - Lunden Reign's recent CrueFest concert at the world famous Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood proved to be yet another powerhouse show. While sharing the stage with heavy hitters L.A. Story, Westfield Massacre and Blacklist Union, Nikki & Laura along with bassist Matt Denis, Julian Tomarin (guitar) and Matt Lucich (drums) brought that unmistakable Lunden Reign vibe to the Whisky and the packed house it entertained.

Their set rocked out with​ 4 brand new songs set to release on their ​upcoming album including the title track “Confessions” and “Red Wagon”. Nikki wooed those packed tight up to the stage with “Stardust Daze” and topped it off with the edgy and environmentally charged “Fate of the World”, bringing tears to the eyes of several fans.

Their just released first single and video “Red Wagon (Can't Return To Yesterday)” is the first of 10 songs from “Confessions”. Both the song and video have been submitted and accepted for Grammy consideration in “BEST VIDEO” and “BEST NEW SINGLE” categories.

Says Nikki, “I'm really thrilled about this next record. "Red Wagon" is a powerhouse, and a couple of the other songs hit me super hard which makes them easy to perform emotionally. I hope that what we did at the Whisky recently will transcend into the studio - performances like that are what I hope to share with our fans. If you close your eyes and listen, if you feel like your with us, then I've done my job as the lead singer.”

Watch the video trailer for “Red Wagon”:



Early reviews are already raving that it is clear Lunden Reign is stepping it up ​yet another notch:

​From RAY SHASHO (Classic Rock Hear & Now Radio):
​“ 'Red Wagon (Can't Return to Yesterday)' by Lunden Reign is by far the best song and music video to date by one of the finest bands to arrive on the rock music scene since the 90's. Nikki & Laura Lunden are a seductive badass duo liberating rock to its glory days. Laura's proficient songwriting and masterful electric licks are driven by Nikki's amazing vocals and intensity. The girls acquired a similar musical brilliance and tenacity as legends… Heart, Joan Jett, The Bangles, The Go Go's and Letters to Cleo. And if 'Red Wagon (Can’t Return to Yesterday)' is an indication of even better things to come, than their new album to be release at the end of this year entitled 'Confessions' should be epic! The song and video are up for Grammy consideration in 'BEST VIDEO' and 'BEST NEW SINGLE'… They've got my vote, I truly love this band!”

​From CHRIS C. (Bloody Good Music​ Reviewer):​
“Coming off the success of their fantastic debut album, Lunden Reign's new single, 'Red Wagon (Can't Return To Yesterday)', continues their establishment as one of the best classic rock bands of recent years. With powerful and delicate guitars that are pure rock and roll, and a rousing chorus delivered with Nikki Lunden's Stevie Nicks meets Sheryl Crow voice, Lunden Reign has lit the fuse that will surely explode in another fantastic album. It's easy to sound vintage, but hard to sound classic. That's the rare skill 'Red Wagon' is able to achieve.”

From:​ Warren Kurtz​ ​(Contributing Editor​ ​Goldmine​ ​Music Magazine):​​
“In 2015, Lunden Reign's solid ten song debut album American Stranger, featuring 'Hear Me', received high praise from fellow Los Angeles female led groups  including Terri Nunn from Berlin, Dale Bozzio from Missing Persons and Martha Davis from the Motels, all who achieved national success in the '80s. Lunden Reign's new single, 'Red Wagon (Can't Return to Yesterday)', from their upcoming sophomore release 'Confessions', invokes a bit of a '90s blend of powerful Foo Fighters-like guitar work combined with the alternative pop sounds of Letters to Cleo. The song's producer, and Train's lead guitarist, Luis Maldonado, also supplies harmonies in addition to doubling the electric guitar impact of Laura Lunden, as fans first heard on American Stranger.  Matthew Denis and Matt Lucich provide a solid rhythm section on bass and drums, respectively, and are heard very clearly at the beginning of the bridge on this recording, mastered at Capitol in Hollywood. Lunden Reign's growing fan base will certainly consider 'Red Wagon' to be another winner from this talented new group.”

From: Michael McKenna, (Nor'easter Entertainment Magazine):
Cali's Lunden Reign has returned with some awesome new material from their upcoming sophomore LP, “Confessions”, the followup to their highly successful debut LP, “American Stranger.” The single opens with high-energy slammin' guitars and pounding percussion that morphs into the angelic pipes of the ladies who will grab your ass and hold you captive with their melodic, tight harmonies. The chorus is totally infectious and the bridge takes you to another place in a minute and is monstrous. The outro has you thinking more is coming and then slaps you upside the head. Laura and Nikki Lunden give the listener more than they bargain for with their tight vox and Luis Maldonado's vox and guitar adds that perfect balance. The musicians are totally spot-on from Matthew Denis on bottom to Matt Lucich on skins to the jammin riffs. I like the fact that it is upbeat with a driving beat which makes for a great dance tune at a rock club. This track is a KILLER CUT! I look forward to hearing the remainder of the LP. This single is a MUST LISTEN. On the Nor'easter Storm Scale, I give this a FORCE 4! WELL DONE!

​Lunden Reign is composed of two core members: Nikki Lunden (Lead Vocals/Guitar/Composer) and Laura Espinoza-Lunden (Guitar/Composer). Producer Luis Maldonado joins as guitarist on select shows and the duo tours with some of LA’s top musicians including: Matt Denis (bass) & Matt Lucich (drums). Lunden Reign's music is described as 'Big Beat Alternative Rock' or 'Modern Classic Rock'. Some say it's the signature album for “ROCK's REBIRTH”. The band's debut concept album “American Stranger” was released on Cleopatra Records March 17, 2015 and began receiving world-wide critical acclaim almost immediately. The 10 original songs are scored with layers of haunting melodies, uplifting guitar riffs blended with a sharp edge and a massive beat.

Laura Espinoza-Lunden's innovative synth guitar riffs along with Nikki Lunden's voice have been at the foreground for the two front women to define the Lunden Reign sound, enhanced by long time producer & co-writer Luis Maldonado (Train, Lisa Marie Presley). The trio are thrilled to have “The Matt's”, Denis and Lucich, joining them for the sophomore album along with master mix-engineer Devin Hoffman. “Confessions” is tuning up to be a phenomenal release, touching on a bit more personal subjects and addressing some of the more pressing matters of the world. The band is currently in writing and recording sessions finishing up the last few songs and hope to have a release announcement soon.

Their first album “AMERICAN STRANGER” received critical acclaim and made multiple music magazine’s “TOP 10-BEST OF” Lists for 2015. You can hear songs and watch their videos at LundenReign.com.

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Instrumental New Age Review: Genevieve Walker-Walking Home

Release Date: January 2016
Label: Independent
Walking Home is produced by Chris Gartner and features Genevieve Walker on violin, viola, guitar, and piano. It is her debut recording after spending years on the international stage with other acclaimed musicians such as Krishna Das.

The music is referenced as minimalist which I can agree with however the combination of instruments creates beautiful soundscapes. The atmospheres are inviting and bring you a sense of calm and peace within.

The cover of the CD can project many images for the listener. It looks simple enough with the artist on a dirt road holding her instrument (walking home?). The orientation to Walking Home could be your own road in life or home and then it could be a physical or spiritual place held deep within your soul. I think for the most part the human race is so caught up in their daily lives and events happening around them that we tend to forget our place and from whence we came. It gets more difficult to find that place of enlightenment and recharging we so desperately need sometimes. This music brings things back to basics.

I found “Embryonic Voyage” to be very interesting. It is very rhythmic in nature and something as simple as the snapping of fingers changes the entire song. Simplicity rules yet it manages to get your attention while still making the track seem more every day without complexities. These are things we all need to hear after a busy day. The little things in life can make a difference. If you experience the voyage within the song and look at what the word embryonic indicates, it totally makes sense. It is a start, a beginning that leads to something more.


“Falling” offers the beauty of emotion even if there is sadness. The music paints the colors of drama and the aching heart as it falls to the bottom of your stomach. Even so the music certainly carries hope and the awesome beauty of it shows the light shining at the end of a journey, like a beacon brightly leading the way.

The emotion of this music is apparent at every turn. It really could be an effective soundtrack for the right movie or serve as a guide post for your soul to align with your thoughts and bring clarity. It is all instrumental so the absence of words allows for complete focus and reflection hence bringing a renewal to your spirit.

“Mountain Refuge” is the important closing number. As you picture a place where you can go to find your peace it’s not hard to imagine. A place like Tibet where the Dali Lama and his followers learn to become one with their creator came to mind quickly. The beginning and end of the track has the echoing voice of those chanting to find their focus and connection to a higher power. It is a beautiful way to close out the recording but once you think it’s over the laughter of a child comes in to remind you of that innocence we all once had and how it can be easily recalled with the right attitude and music. 

I found all of the musical multitasking of the artist quite impressive. Genevieve Walker has a great start to a solo career with Walking Home there is no doubt about that. Take a walk with her, you never know what you may discover.

4/5 Stars

Key Tracks: Embryonic Voyage, Falling, Mountain Refuge


Tracks:

1. Still Meadow
2. Walking Home
3. Train North
4. Wisdom Lake
5. Embryonic Voyage    
6. Cicadas and Light    
7. Falling
8. Sweep
9. Mountain Refuge 
 
Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
September 14, 2016
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Featured Track: Project Grand Slam-The Queen's Carnival

Project Grand Slam is like an old friend coming back to visit me. I am very familiar with their output and have always enjoyed it.

The new single release "The Queens Carnival" is our feature this time around for the band. It is also the title track off their latest release.

Get ready for a literal carnival of upbeat jazz inflected sounds complete with a buzzing crowd in the background. It is the perfect combination of energy and music.

Check it out now with the provided stream!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck


Meet The Band:

http://projectgrandslam.com

Project Grand Slam is an acclaimed Fusion band, led by bassist/leader/composer Robert Miller, combining the power and beat of rock with the complexity and improvisation of jazz, with a jam band sensibility...READ MORE...