In “You’re Mine” by @Cobimusic, the subject is finding a relationship’s middle ground

COBI, “You’re Mine”

L.A.-based singer/songwriter Cobi continues to release affecting and personal songs such as his latest, “You’re Mine”.  This one documents the struggle to find a relationship’s middle ground, when the singer’s own struggles prevent it from moving on to the next level, and put the relationship at risk.  “You’re Mine” is about wanting someone so much, and not knowing what to do about it.  Cobi’s powerful vocal resonates from deep within, but what could be a morose song is boosted by a fervid, sometimes bluesy rock arrangement that keeps you captivated instead of pushing you away.  I can’t wait to hear what Cobi’s songs will sound like when he has the opportunity to play them in a live concert.  And so above is a live clip that will give you a taste, with the studio version below.

Published in: on November 1, 2020 at 8:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Never Knew” is a 90’s flavoured dance hit in-the-making by UK singer/songwriter @SamDickinson from his 2nd album “Off Script”

SAM DICKINSON, “Never Knew”

I’ve been enjoying Sam Dickinson’s songs for the last 7 years, since the release of his debut album The Stories That Occurred. After a few singles and EP’s in the intervening years, Sam’s much-awaited second album has surfaced, called Off Script. It’s a smashing mix of pop, dance and soul music with a particular connection to the early 90’s. One of the best tracks is “Never Knew”, a dance hit in-the-making which will have you hooked from its first bar, and impresses with its well-layered production. In particular, it will please listeners who enjoyed past songs like “Wild Sun”, as well as the album’s lead off single, “Diamond Skin”, which peaked at #5 and #6 on my personal chart respectively. Those looking for more personal and complex stories can dive deeper into the album’s generous and often affecting 14 songs, which also include his previously released take on Everything But The Girl’s “Missing” as well as his rendition of a lovely track by UK soul singer Mica Paris called “Carefree”. Listen to “Never Knew” up top.

Published in: on October 11, 2020 at 8:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Heart Stop” is an infectious bass-laden rocker by Boston’s @AlmostOwenmusic

ALMOST OWEN, “Heart Stop”

Boston indie singer/songwriter Almost Owen (aka Isaac Haselkorn) has had a busy, prolific last year, releasing several singles, then two amply-filled EP’s, leading to his latest 3-song effort Felt Cute…Might Delete. “Heart Stop” is the stand out track, with its infectious chugga-chugga bass line that rides underneath a positive message about finding inspiration in yourself again and again to keep your heart beating. I find Almost Owen’s songs usually to be chock-filled with a myriad of thoughts when they hover around the three minute mark. “Heart Stop” takes a slightly different less-is-more approach and comes out a winner.

Published in: on October 11, 2020 at 8:02 pm  Comments (1)  
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Get to know the many faces of UK singer/songwriter @iamLeFil with “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is”

LE FIL, “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is”

UK singer/songwriter Le Fil is definitely one to watch for many reasons thanks to his intriguing new single and video for “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is”. Le Fil is of Chinese descent and grew up in a small town in the UK, which obviously had its limitations for this massively creative queer artist. He has channeled that into an optimistic and fun presentation which is sometimes in contrast to the pointed lyrics of “Money”. The appealing music in “Money” is surely inspired by a few pages from the mid-60’s songbook, where you can almost visualize the go-go- dancers. The voice of Le Fil makes you think of 50’s idols like Frankie Avalon on one hand, combined with the soulfulness of Boy George on the other. And the outstanding video is a home production made during the current lockdown in Le Fil’s kitchen through green-screen – colourful, entertaining and flamboyant, and you can enjoy it and his many interesting characterizations up top.

Published in: on September 7, 2020 at 10:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Got My Way” is bright indie electro pop from L.A. trio @thisisMoontower

MOONTOWER, “Got My Way”

The mission of “Got My Way” by L.A. indie electronic trio Moontower is to ensure their listeners are thankful for who they have in their lives, and that even if you stray off your path, you can find your way back through the love of others.  They’ve framed all of this with a bright, upbeat sound that goes down easily led by the fine voice of singer Jacob Culver.  Hand in hand with another new release with Goldroom called “Guess I’m Jaded” that is also receiving traction,  and with with several songs whose Spotify streaming numbers sends them over the two million mark, Moontower is setting itself for merit-based success, and you should definitely put “Got My Way” on your radar.

Published in: on July 19, 2020 at 5:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“All We Have Is This Moment” is a song for these times by L.A.-based singer/songwriter @CSHIROCK

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C.SHIROCK, “All We Have Is This Moment”

It’s not a new theme by any means, and the song was likely inspired by something specific, but “All We Have Is This Moment”, the latest from L.A.-based singer/songwriter C.SHIROCK couldn’t be more fitting for these times.  It’s been proven many times over that songs about seizing that moment can inspire people.  And when it’s sung with such a melt-worthy voice as Chuck Shirock’s (which I wrote about a few months back), the sentiments can sink in that much deeper.  A lot of us currently have too much time on our hands in this locked down world, so now is definitely a good time to make the most of it to do what you can to feel good and care for one another.  C.SHIROCK’s “All We Have Is This Moment” is certainly one of the most appropriate companion pieces to these times that you will hear.

Published in: on April 20, 2020 at 10:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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UK singer/songwriter @JazzMino lays it all bare when reminiscing about those “Old Friends”

JAZZ MINO, “Old Friends”

Reminiscing comes with its good and embarrassing moments, as UK singer/songwriter Jazz Mino relates to you in her latest single “Old Friends”.  Some of those friends will always hold fond memories, but then there are the ones who created unnecessary drama and fostered a toxic relationship – the ones that we don’t need and don’t want to see again.  So for those ones, Jazz Mino offers a “hey”, but also the proverbial musical finger – you know the rules, don’t piss off a songwriter, or they may just write about you!  It’s all set to a jaunty beat to which you can sway, with a top notch vocal from the singer which reminds me at times strangely enough of new Country vocalists like Maren Morris.  But “Old Friends” is pure pop through and through. You’ll be able to identify with the storyline, putting those folks in the past and let the memories of them fade in the years to come.

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“Not Enough” marks an ear-pleasing, heartfelt return for Secondhand Serenade @secondhandJohn

SECONDHAND SERENADE, “Not Enough”

Aside from the single release of “Lost” two years ago, we haven’t heard from John Vesely, otherwise known as Secondhand Serenade, since his 2016 indie release A Naked Twist In My Story, essentially an acoustic update of his best known work, 2008’s A Twist In My Story, which featured his huge hit “Fall For You”.  The San Francisco born singer/songwriter is back with a strong pop song that his many adoring fans will love called “Not Enough”, co-written with his wife Veronica Ballestrini.  The song has a terrific arrangement, building from a piano/vocal combo, and gradually introducing harmony vocals, drums and guitar into the mix.  The lyrics lay everything on the table after a relationship has just ended – “when were we not enough?” being such a heartfelt question to ask.  Hopefully this fine release, which should be a highlight in live performance, will keep the Secondhand Serenade fan base growing.

Published in: on September 12, 2019 at 9:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Not Enough” marks an ear-pleasing, heartfelt return for Secondhand Serenade @secondhandJohn

SECONDHAND SERENADE, “Not Enough”

Aside from the single release of “Lost” two years ago, we haven’t heard from John Vesely, otherwise known as Secondhand Serenade, since his his 2016 indie release A Naked Twist In My Story, essentially an acoustic update of his best known work, 2008’s A Twist In My Story, which featured his huge hit “Fall For You”.  The San Francisco born singer/songwriter is back with a strong pop song that his many adoring fans will love called “Not Enough”, co-written with his wife Veronica Ballestrini.  The song has a terrific arrangement, building from a piano/vocal combo, and gradually introducing harmony vocals, drums and guitar into the mix.  The lyrics lay everything on the table after a relationship has just ended – “when were we not enough?” being such a heartfelt question to ask.  Hopefully this fine release, which should be a highlight in live performance, will keep the Secondhand Serenade fan base growing.

Published in: on September 10, 2019 at 10:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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With new single “Pyro”, @AaronCarter is no fluke comeback king, and serves up more slick soulful pop/dance grooves

AARON CARTER, “Pyro”

Just when you thought his 2017 EP LøVë was a one-shot fluke of a comeback for the man who sold millions as a pre-teen at the start of the last decade, the Aaron Carter story continues through his music with his newly released independent single called “Pyro”.  As with songs from LøVë like “Fool’s Gold” (delightfully remixed last year with hip hop singer 3letterznuk) , which were as on the mark as any other soulful pop/dance release two years ago, “Pyro” brings us a sophisticated, well-produced groove with interesting lyrics that will all resonate well alongside music by Bruno Mars or Sam Smith.  Aaron’s vocal glides along in his head voice most of the time, with some well-placed harmonies that reinforce the chorus of the song.  It’s time to dispense with so many of those preconceived notions and thoughts and let Aaron Carter’s music speak for itself.  And for those of you producers, remixers and vocalists who are interested in getting in on his music, he’s posted three instrumentals with which you can be creative, as free downloads at the link below.

Published in: on September 10, 2019 at 10:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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