Thamatic have crafted this one with careful attention to detail, and this shows on multiple levels throughout the release. Retro elements fuse with those that feel decidedly fresh and uplifting to offer a memorable and quite striking audio journey.
Introducing softly seductive, near-whispered vocals, Half Of Me leads with unwavering realness – Gregg James’ personal truth connects for its intimate presentation and a fine balance between detail and poetry.
Grand Visions is easily one of best original songs to emerge so far this year, across genres, and this live version – awesomely presented – relights that energy and those good vibes in a wonderful manner.
The music lights up the room by the end, the two singers uniting to stunning results, backing vocalists and dashes of additional instrumentation helping underline a sense of togetherness, of oneness – again, in stark contrast with the isolation and quiet from the beginning.
Introducing a brilliantly effective balance between colourful, pop melodies and a raw-rock musical set-up, Too Much Saturn’s Blame Game is made even better thanks to superb and thoughtful songwriting.
Fusing an electronic, somewhat industrial beat with fragments of orchestral strings, topped off with a pair of sleepy vocals and distant hints of intensity and angst, the track is as bizarrely unpredictable as it is cinematically captivating.
Chicago-based artist and songwriter Daniel Cronson offers a smooth and soulful approach to music and performance in his own right, this latest release though sees him collaborate for what seems like a match made in heaven.
Streak Desperado provides a gentle and dreamlike backdrop on this single – the perfect ambiance within which the artist Pegasus can offer up his mellow yet conceptually intense lyricism, in an appropriately rhythmic yet near-spoken-word style delivery.
Pulsating rhythms are met with growling screams that all culminate in one of the sickest guitar solos of recent memory.
Shadowfields offer a delectable take on folk-roots and Americana with this single. Awake brings through a beautifully contemporary approach to Gypsy folk-rock music that feels rooted in strong songwriting and passionate, poetic expression.
That Kid Roy’s follow-up to Watch Me comes in the form of a four-track EP – Rookie Of The Year – smoothly produced and featuring an inherent sense of determination and confidence that relevantly links back to his previous release.
Shreya Preeti leads with a smooth and soulful vocal on this alternative pop-RnB fusion single Junkyard. The track, or at least the live version, offers an organic musicality that’s refreshing to witness – the performance in full is of a supremely high quality, and there’s plenty of passion connected to the moment throughout.