Category: REVIEWS

CD and DVD reviews

‘Alternative Phenomenon’ By Meditative Animal

You could make a good argument for music being taken too seriously. Or at least have forgotten where it came from. With all the attention to detail, polished finished product, overheated to the point of sterile, commercially driven, focus group influenced music today, it is easy to forget its simple pleasures. Perhaps music is at…

Radio Drive Aiming High with ‘One Breath Away’

Radio Drive is a talented act out of Minnesota fronted by Kevin Gullickson who sings and plays all instruments on the new EP titled ‘One Breath Away’. Midi software was also used during the making of this record to incorporate more string & keyboard arrangements. For the drum tracks on ‘One Breath Away’, Radio Drive…

Alex Krawczyk – ‘Turning’

Reviewed by: Lee Callaghan Evolution Music Press October 7, 2022 From her incredibly unexpected gem album, Le Olam, Alex Krawczyk has released another single; Turning. Following the widely successful singles; Better Days and There Will Be Light, Alex delivers a quick, fast-paced invigorating acoustic performance that charges at the listener and then cuts them off…

Jeremy Parsons – ‘Tickin”

Reviewed by: Lee Callaghan Evolution Music Press October 7, 2022 The global pandemic has affected everyone differently, for Jeremy Parsons, however, he took this opportunity for self-reflection. The result of this reflection cultivated the single; Tickin’. This Country gem channels traditional Country stylings with contemporary melodies allowing Jeremy Parsons to incorporate his baritone voicings to…

Ashley Puckett – ‘Tequila’

Reviewed by: Lee Callaghan Evolution Music Press October 7, 2022 Synthesizing metaphors and blurring connotations, Country starlet Ashley Puckett delivers an expressive, intriguing perspective on searching for acceptance and feeling more noticed within the lives of others around us on her latest single; Tequila. By using the imagery of one talking to your drink, asking…

“Western Medicine” (EP) by Greg Loftus 

Greg Loftus’ Western Medicine EP is a brief 2 song sampler of the full-length cd of the same title. Recorded  in the Boston area, he’s joined during the first track “When My Day Comes” by stellar backing. Mike Machaby’s keyboards, lap steel, slide guitar, bass, and backing vocals is Loftus’ key collaborator for this performance, but Loftus…

The Dallas String Quartet “Love Always”

The Dallas String Quartet enjoys a reputation that few other musical units of their ilk can claim. The synthesis of classical and pop instrumentation isn’t entirely new, but few bands boast the layered and deeply emotional sound these musicians achieve. They’ve opened for five-star acts such as Chicago, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Josh Groban. The quartet…

“Heat the Silent” by Louis Siciliano’s MUMEx Duo

Heat the Silent is a seven track jazz tour de force that takes on any style it likes and doesn’t sweat a second. It’s effortless. It is the latest release from the powerful modern jazz tandem the MUMEx Duo featuring the talents of pianist Louis Siciliano and drummer Mauro Salvatore. Siciliano is arguably the primary…

Freddie Mercury’s Cross-Over Band Releases “Barcelona” 

Opera singer Angela Hench will make you rethink what opera is capable of. Her take on Montserrat Caballé and Freddie Mercury’s cross-over classic “Barcelona” with second vocalist Gregory Markel lives up to its dual billing as a fitting tribute to that one off marvel and a glorious reinvention of the song for modern audiences. The…

“Quiet Country Town” by Wildfire

Wildfire is one of the models of sustained consistency modern bluegrass fans can point to in the genre and a big reason for that, among many, is they’ve discovered a balance that works for them. They work in a varying number of originals but their ability to re-envision the work of other songwriters as convincing…

The King James Boys’ “Walk on Faith” 

King James Boys are a prodigiously talented gospel quintet that originally began life limited to their own church family. They had no intention of traveling to sing and play the music they loved. However, the King James Boys, led by the tandem of lead vocalist/guitarist Randy Spencer along with bassist and backing singer Cole Spencer,…

Achilles Tenderloin with New Single, “Little Girl Blue”

What hits me right away is the name of this musical act because Achilles Tenderloin certainly stands out and is unique to the bone. Whether you’re craving a Tenderloin sandwich now OR wondering who this Achilles character is, you will certainly be intrigued and inquisitive from the start. Achilles Tenderloin has released a new single…

David Singley Convincing US All that “Change Gonna Come”

David Singley is a talented singer/songwriter & guitarist with over 40 years experience in performing music. David has played with many notable acts over the years and with his background in jazz, Singley knows how to make a quality tune. With that being said, “Change Gonna Come” is David’s latest single and what a fine…

Caracol “Infinity” (SINGLE)

Canadian-born and based musician Caracol is back for the first time not attached to remix since her knockout last album Tout est différent, which was released last November, with her latest single and the lead-in for her upcoming still-untitled LP, “Infinity.” Fans might quickly catch on to the fact that the song is, indeed, a…

@skopemag Review – Greg Hoy and The Boys “Demons at Night”

Greg Hoy & The Boys pen a fine love letter to classic rock on the powerful “Demons At Night EP”. Everything about it radiates defiance. Best listened to loud because theirs is a physical sound they make sure to hold nothing back. Riffs race on through accompanied by some incredible grooves. Much of the atmosphere…

The Refusers are Back With New Single ‘Eat The Bugs’

Seattle’s music scene is a long way removed from the halcyon days of grunge and alternative music when record company A&R personnel trekked to the Pacific Northwest hoping to score the next Nirvana. The city, however, retains a strong musical identity and one of its chief exponents in recent years has been the quartet The…

JB Elwood New Single “Something In The Water”

Bright and airy, the celebratory “Something In The Water” shows off JB Elwood’s infectiously good spirit. Everything about it has a strong, purposeful disposition. Country rock, hard rock, and overall party music this is the sort of thing that touches the very soul. Best of all are the vocals that have their own sense of…

Kate and Anna McGarrigle Present ‘Tant Le Monde’ Out October 28

Kate & Anna McGarrigle delivers a beautiful slice of classic folk on “Tant Le Monde”. Recorded live, one feels an intimate sensibility that rolls through the entirety of the work. Every track plays off the last for their voices have a tremendous sweetness to them. Instrumentation blooms adding a magical beauty to it. So much…

“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,…