Category: REVIEWS

CD and DVD reviews

“Cooler if U Did” From Little Hurt

Harmony rules as king in the new single “Cooler if U Did” from Little Hurt, but if you think this means this solo project is skimping in other areas, you don’t know what you’re in for this fall. Where a lot of pop musicians like to base their identity around a concept today, Little Hurt…

Miami’s Dici Drops ‘Beautiful Collision’

Miami’s Dici is a thoroughly modern performer who, nevertheless, embodies important and timeless fundamentals. He likewise writes about the tried and true subject matter of thorny romantic relationships with a keen understanding of the conflicting emotions we often experience during and after such connections. “Beautiful Collision” is full of understanding that goes far beyond everyday…

Stephen Jacques with ‘Send Them Love’

If you’re wanting true artistry, then look no further! Stephen Jacques is hitting on all cylinders with his latest album titled ‘Send Them Love’. This is music done right as Stephen Jacques has put together a wonderful project that has so much heart and stellar material. ‘Send Them Love’ is full of potential and will…

D2UR present new single ‘Right Now’ – Release date Oct 1st

A freewheeling free-spirited sound defines D2UR’s “Right Now”. With an insistent sense of questioning, the song has an intimacy that feels quite refreshing. Production further lends itself to the nice raw grit and soul on display here. The many layers intersect to deliver a fully realized approach. Rhythms here have a careful cadence to them…

Paul Nourigat’s Demos for ”Complex Truth”

Paul Nourigat’s demos for Complex Truth will not appeal to everyone. These are three issue-oriented tracks that some listeners will dismiss despite their obvious musical merit. It’s a shame. Nourigat calls these demos but, excepting scattered hints of their sketched-out state, they come across as much closer to finished products than he gives himself credit for producing.…

Clay Kunego Presents New Single ‘Migraine’

Raw, unhinged garage rock fury races by on “Migraine” as Clay Kunego pours his very soul into the sound. Volume deserves to be absolutely blasted for theirs is a physical approach. Everything here bludgeons the listener into submission from the hyperactivity of the rhythm section to the searing guitar riffs that blaze themselves upon the…

New album by Andrew Neil “Alien”

A purely intimate take on classic folk Andrew Neil pares things to the absolute essentials on “Alien”. Sounding timeless, he keeps it to vocals and a guitar. For those two items however, he manages to make the environment so expressive. Poetry of sorts flows through the entirety of the journey as there is a loveliness…

Pistols at Dawn Release “Under the Surface”

Pop/rock, especially the harder stuff, tends to start with a big formula, and without robbing their sound of the edgy, anti-rigidity that has become synonymous with the best sounds in modern alternative music, Pistols at Dawn have found their trademark style in the new album Ascension. Aside from the lead single “Under the Surface,” a…

Moon and Aries Present ‘EP: Break The Matrix (Episode 1)’ Due: Sept 20th

Moon and Aries sculpt surreal soundscapes on “Break The Matrix (Episode One)”. Fully versed in the electronic, they combine electropop, industrial, ambient with hints of dance into a cohesive whole. These are quiet, reflective odes. Rhythms have a motorik aspect, taking notes from groups like Kraftwerk for there is that similar all-encompassing aspect. Atmosphere matters…

Elizabeth Sombart Hits Her Stride Ahead of The Grammys

Maybe you haven’t heard of Elizabeth Sombart or do not know a lot about her. It isn’t my first exposure to Elizabeth Sombart and I can proclaim with confidence it will not be your last, but understanding why her name may be unknown or scarcely recognized isn’t difficult. Classical music artists have a hard road…

Tahls Presents New EP ‘Life Is Weird’

Tahls employs pure indie pop elegance on “Life Is Weird”. Sounds feel lighter than air for they waft on up into the very sky. Melodically rich the many different layers interact to create a magical atmosphere. Everything about it has a grace. Rhythms embrace a gentle pastoral bliss. By allowing each flourish plenty of time…

Review: Iva Toric New Single ‘Trust Fall’

The music video for Iva Toric’s “Trust Fall” begins with models walking a fashion show runway. While this is going on, Toric sings about someone who is over controlling. Whether this is actually about being a repressed model, or just using that lifestyle as a metaphor, it’s effective either way. The lyric begins: “He wants…

Brooke Surgener with Expressive Single, “I Hate You The Least”

As soon as you hit Play on Brooke Surgener’s new single, “I Hate You The Least”, you are immediately transfixed by the sound that penetrates your eardrums. Brooke has a certain quality about her, a sort of pizzazz that shines through in her music. Brooke Surgener is able to pull you in with her alluring…

@skopemag Review – Staytus Debut Album ‘Disease of The Mind’

Staytus finds beauty in ugliness on the intense industrial folk fibers of “Disease of the Mind”. These nightmarish odes present absolutely spellbinding works. Rhythms here feature a tribal presence to them. Volume is a given for they bludgeon the listener with such fierceness. Beyond the industrial roots, elements of hard rock, punk, and noise enter…

Joe Marcinek Band Delivers Lucky Number ‘5’

Joe Marcinek Band is a pure extravaganza of sound and production because this group has so many layers and dimensions. Fittingly enough, ‘5’ is the fifth installment for Joe Marcinek Band and the idea behind the record stemmed from an idea to record a live album at the Dunedin Brewery in Florida. Later on, ‘5’…

Barkhouse Serving up ‘Paper & Ink’

It’s interesting to discover that Barkhouse formed after a one-night show where the band played some long lost material and previously unrecorded songs. It was this particular event that sparked interest in all three members to perform officially as Barkhouse from that moment on. These bandmates are also no strangers to eachother as they have…

Elam McKnight (Feat. Lil Bit) Releases ‘The Walter Gray Starnes Album’

Elam McKnight is a talented singer/songwriter from West Tennessee with many years behind him as a recording musician. Elam’s latest project titled ‘The Walter Gray Starnes Album’, is near and dear to Elam McKnight for many reasons. First and foremost, Elam’s daughter aka Lil Bit is featured on this new album and further proves that…

Phil Hurley Flying High with ‘The Firebird Sessions’

Phil Hurley is an accomplished musician with an extensive background in music. Phil has been playing in rock bands with his brother since he was eight years old and he started playing professionally in New York at just 14. The art of music obviously runs through his blood and consumes his soul and now we,…

Spencer Goldman Releases “Breakthrough” Single

The title of this new track by Spencer Goldman is absolutely perfect because you get the feeling and sense that this is a “Breakthrough” song. The energy is electric on this new song by Spencer Goldman and this composition has “Breakthrough” hit written all over it! As soon as you push play, you will be…

Blind Uncle Harry Sizzling with “Burn Down The High School”

Blind Uncle Harry immediately captures your attention with his earlobe-raising single titled “Burn Down The High School”. One will be thinking to themselves what in the world is this “Burn Down The High School” all about and then you push play and find out. What the listener experiences from Blind Uncle Harry is an intoxicating…

Review: Chris St. John New LP “When Dreams End”

Delicate folk phrases rise up over the course of Chris St John’s tender “When Dreams End”. The arrangements feature a nimbleness. Stylistically he incorporates elements of folk, western rock, classical, and more in this dusty experience. Everything here has an otherworldly presence nicely fitting into the album’s title. Verses here have a sweetness about them,…

Emily Jaworski Koriath and Tad Koriath Present New Album ‘These Distances Between Us: 21st Century Songs of Longing’

A clever intersection of classical meets the avant-garde, Emily Jaworski Koriath & Tad Koriath develop their own musical language on “These Distances Between Us: 21st Century Songs of Longing”. The songs build off each other for there is a kaleidoscopic aspect to the way they quickly work through so many different textures. With a keen…

Georgia Jones Presents ‘Ruins’

An inspirational piece of pop perfection, Georgia Jones bares her very soul on “Ruins”. Buildup on here proves exceptional. The song’s rise from its hushed origins is downright joyful. Her voice continues to rest right in the center of the whole thing. Beyond this, elements of EDM, electro, pop, and classical emerge, blending themselves together…

Gordon Thomas Ward Sending Out ‘Whispers From The Woods’

Gordon Thomas Ward is a masterful storyteller, accomplished songwriter and true artist who knows how tap into human emotions like no other. On his latest release, ‘Whispers From The Woods’, Gordon was able to keep it close to home literally by recording this album at his cottage on the coast of Maine at Frog Hollow…

CD REVIEW – FORGOTTEN TOYS, DAVID PAICH – By R.M. Engelman

After a career of playing and contributing to some 2,000 of other peoples hits and anchoring Toto, the six time Grammy winning songwriter/keyboard ace has completed his debut solo album. Going on this journey with him are Joseph Williams (Toto) on vocals, Gregg Bissonette on drums, Nathan East on bass, and Steve Lukather and Dean…

“So Mysterious” by Noshows

Appropriate for their name, NYC’s Noshows accomplishes a lot through implication and suggestiveness. The most popular use of the term “noshows” or “no-shows” is familiar enough to everyone and the Max Satow-led unit immediately cuts against that interpretation. If taken in another way, the project’s moniker can imply that there’s no pretense here despite what…

Dianña Drops “Hands” Single

There are plenty of ways you can tell the story of a person’s life; from studying the broad strokes of their life’s narrative through historical events to gaining personal insight from friends about the kind of person they appeared to be to those around them. The facets of a person’s life contain multitudes and layers…

Xavier Toscano Presents “Castles In The Sky”

Xavier Toscano offers a majestic buildup with the pop classical fusion of “Castles In The Sky”. A nice little throwback to the classic trance-pop hit from the 90s, this one too radiates a tremendous amount of emotion. The piece retains a degree of lightness throughout the entirety of the journey. By ensuring that the melody’s…

“Park Bench” by Catfish Seminar

Catfish Seminar is an unlikely name for a band pushing an alternative version of modern country/Americana for today’s audiences. One listen, however, to the band’s latest single “Park Bench” makes it clear, however, that the band’s artistic core of Andi Jane and Craig Anderson form one of the genre’s most impressive creative units.  Jane’s artistic…

Tyler Edwards New Single ‘Delta’

The Delta refers to 35,00 square miles of country stretching from southern Illinois to the Gulf of Mexico and includes multiple counties and millions of people. However, many times when you say, ‘The Delta,’ people think of the Mississippi Delta, the home of much great blues music and black culture. Tyler Edwards’ single, “Delta,” may…

Dianña Drops “Hands” Single

There are plenty of ways you can tell the story of a person’s life; from studying the broad strokes of their life’s narrative through historical events to gaining personal insight from friends about the kind of person they appeared to be to those around them. The facets of a person’s life contain multitudes and layers…

Rise & Shine with Adrian John Szozda’s ‘Night Owl’

Adrian John Szozda is a genuine singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Toledo, Ohio and his latest release is titled ‘Night Owl’. With elements of folk, blues and rock along with a true indie sound, ‘Night Owl’ will wake up all of your senses. Adrian John Szozda has a very original style vocally and musically, which is…

Chagall Guevara’s “Halcyon Days” LP

Chagall Guevara’s semi-riotous ride from early 1990’s indie darling almost-weres through the band-wrecked landscape of 1990’s alt-rock and into the 21st century never expected to reach this destination. It should have ended long ago, another well-intentioned and well-written album at the beginning now long disappeared into the ether. It didn’t work out that way. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ChagallGuevara…

Clay Fulton & The Lost Forty Throwing out ‘Positive Numbers’

Clay Fulton & The Lost Forty delivers a dominant performance on the new album titled ‘Positive Numbers’.  Based in Rochchester, Minnesota, Clay Fulton & The Lost Forty offers an authentic and engaging style that will attract many listeners from all walks of life.  ‘Positive Numbers’ is hitting on all the right notes and is a…

Clay Fulton & The Lost Forty Giving You “Little By Little”

Clay Fulton & The Lost Forty provides an energizing performance and adds much excitement to the room with the band’s latest single titled “Little By Little”. This group is a six-piece roots rock band based in Rochester, Minnesota and “Little By Little” is a real gem. The group is made up of: Clay Fulton on…

Martin and Rose Music New Album ‘Dear Heart’

Martin and Rose deliver folk music for families with “Dear Heart”. A nice slice of Americana there is an innocence to their sound. Arrangements feature a joy to be found amongst the many pieces. Every track builds off the last resulting in a soothing, rich sound that feels so warm and inviting. This is the…

P Bailey Presents ‘Shine’

An insistent beat propels “Shine” showing off the exquisite nature of P. Bailey’s lyricism. The hybrid approach to the work brings together elements of pop, techno, R&B, and more into this strange brew. Beats virtually bounce off the walls with the song swirling about in a wonderful swimming style. Verses cascade downwards. Word choice matters…

Rob Massard Going to Great Lengths with ‘Ascension’

Rob Massard is an extremely genuine artist who sings from the heart and speaks from the soul.  Rob is a progressive folk singer/songwriter who will take the listener on one incredible journey with his latest release titled ‘Ascension’.  Based in the Detroit, Michigan area, Rob Massard has his motor running in the right direction with…

@skopemag Review: Nonstop to Cairo “Awkward Situations”

A wild, confrontational style reigns supreme for Nonstop to Cairo holds nothing back with “Awkward Situations”. Volume is more than a must it is an absolute given. Riffs rage for the fury felt on here is palpable. The old school style of their tact is strangely infectious. Not overstaying their welcome either they make sure…