Alcuna Wilds - Pulse

Alcuna Wilds – Pulse

Alcuna Wilds – Pulse

 

 

 

 

 

Alcuna Wilds - Pulse

Alcuna Wilds – Pulse

 

 

 

 

Alcuna Wilds – Pulse

 

Alcuna Wilds released their latest single and animated video clip ‘Pulse’ on 12th September 2018, which premiered on Dutch music platform The Daily Indie. The single will feature on their third EP, Nothing Is Nothing, which will be released on 25th January 2019. The band also filmed a live video for the track in the incredible LED-lined concert hall of the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam, which will be released on 21st November 2018.

 

‘Pulse’ is about a mutually dependant but ultimately destructive relationship, the energy of which reverberates through both the lyrics and the music. The characters are stuck in a perpetual cycle of yearning to break free, whilst also finding themselves inescapably drawn back in. Echoing the lyrics, the distorted waltz-like guitar riff is matched with the pounding beat of the rhythm section, while an eerie, wasp-like synthesizer soars above the thick layers. Soothing vocals in the verses mark the calm before the storm: the drones intensify, and thunder strikes as the relationship reaches its inevitable conclusion. The listener is left with one last message ringing out: “You caught my attention!”.

 

The official video for ‘Pulse’ is the work of Dutch graphic designer and animator Zindzi Witte (Zwart Werk). Witte took the waltz-like rhythm and repetition in the song and made it the central theme of her vibrant animation. In the clip, the viewer moves through what at first appears to be an ‘ordinary’ wedding party, but pretty soon it becomes clear that things aren’t quite as they seem. All of the characters seem to be possessed by the driving rhythm, and regimented order soon descends into a bewildering, psychedelic chaos!

 

Who are Alcuna Wilds?

Alcuna Wilds is a British/Dutch band based in the Netherlands. The band creates atmospheric trip-rock music, combining ambient soundscapes, driving beats and strong melodic riffs, with rich, melancholic vocals and observant, reflective lyrics.  Fronted by British singer Nadja Freeman and formed of members from both sides of the North Sea, their diverse influences contribute to their distinctive sound. Their latest single ‘Pulse’ was released in September 2018, and will be followed by the band’s third EP in January 2019.

 

Alcuna Wilds have chalked up close to 100 shows throughout the Netherlands, UK, Germany and Belgium. These have included performances at some of the Netherlands’ top music venues, such as AFAS Live (Amsterdam), Sugarfactory (Amsterdam), Patronaat (Haarlem), Ekko (Utrecht) and Hedon (Zwolle), and at festivals such as Greenbelt Festival (UK), Stroud Fringe Festival (UK), the Bevrijdingsfestival Amsterdam (Liberation Day Festival), State-X New Forms (The Hague), and Surfana Festival (Bloemendaal). The band have supported national and international acts, such as Sigur Ros (IS), Thought Forms (UK), Dralms (CA), Gallops (UK), Sea Change (NO), Tears & Marble (NL) and Throws (UK). In 2017, the band performed across the Netherlands as part of the national, handpicked ‘Popronde’ tour, promoting upcoming talent.

 

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Alcuna Wilds is: Nadja Freeman (UK) vocals, synths; Pete Barnes (UK) on guitar; Jordy Pama (NL) on synths, bass and backing vocals; and Sjaak van Dam (NL) on drums and samples.

 

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Jeneral + Kelly Brouhaha - Nice

Jeneral + Kelly Brouhaha – Nice

Jeneral + Kelly Brouhaha – Nice

 

 

 

 

 

Jeneral + Kelly Brouhaha - Nice

Jeneral + Kelly Brouhaha – Nice

 

 

 

Jeneral + Kelly Brouhaha – Nice

 

Jeneral ‘Jral’ is an emerging solo Hip Hop artist originating from the hills region of Adelaide, South Australia. The well rounded wordsmith has a smooth distinctive style akin to hard hitting Zach De La Rocha funk, with slow flow Sunday rhyming and a touch of no bullshit, heart on the sleeve reality raps. These qualities have been refined over time by diverse experiences, being humbled by people from all walks of life, creating a deep introspection that elicits a profound, personal and raw flow. Jral’s passion for writing song lyrics was driven by the inspiration of a primary school teacher who would encourage him to enter his writing in short story competitions. This teacher believed in Jral’s capabilities as a writer so much, she would take him out of usual class activities and sit him on his own in another room so he was able to focus on writing; where he would come up with various ideas, poems and narratives which were then crafted into rhyming short stories with the assistance of his teacher. After finishing high school Jral became interested in music production and purchased his first drum machine which he used to write beats that he would then rhyme over. It was from that moment his love for Hip Hop was born and he knew he had found his calling. Jral went on to form the group Co4Sure with two of his best mates. Co4Sure had some good traction over their 6 years, firstly with a track they uploaded to Triple J Unearthed which received airplay on Triple J and then playing various support slots around Adelaide with the lies of Bliss n Esso and Terra Firma. Co4Sure launched their EP with Bias B, Funkoars and Mystro.

 

At the age of 23 Jral visited India on a holiday and caught the travel bug. When he returned home he kept working with the Co4Sure project however the intrigue of other cultures and experiences was calling his name and he knew it had to be answered. Before he went travelling, Jral thought it was a good idea to expand on his production skills so he applied for an Artist Development Grant with Arts South Australia. Jral was fortunate to be awarded with the Grant which he used to develop his skills through studying music production with one of Adelaide’s well renowned Hip Hop producers Simplex. Jral set off on his travelling journey after completing his study, spending the next ten years jet setting around the world. He continued to produce music, write lyrics, record songs and hone his skills, building the knowledge that a good song isn’t just based on lyrical content but is equally attentive to composition, arrangement and production. However since he never stayed in one location very long it was difficult to build the working relationships needed to produce material at a professional level for release. He knew it was finally time to take his music seriously and do it to a standard that was ready for release on a larger scale. Taking influences from artists such as Gang Starr, Big L, Rage Against The Machine, The Beantnuts, Drapht, Talib Kwelli, Hilltop Hoods, Eminem, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Seth Sentry; Jral has spent the past two years writing and recording multiple tracks and has now narrowed them down to just 5 songs that he believes represents his best work. During this time, Jral has built his network and worked with two of Adelaide’s best known producers; Eslev and Debate who have written tracks for Hilltop Hoods and Bad Cop who wrote Tkay Midza’s break out singles ‘Brontosaurus’ and ‘Handle My Ego’. Jral has also collaborated with one of Adelaide’s rising singer songwriters Kelly Brauhaha. Jral is confident that it’s now his time to break out on a broader scale and finally release the Jeneral project for the world to hear. The elements are there, the tracks are finalised and Jeneral is ready to hit the ground running with whatever opportunities may be thrown his way as a result of the releases.

 

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“Music is about the freedom to express your experiences and accepting what that ends up being, without judging your creativity” – Jeneral

 

Introducing solo Hip Hop artist Jeneral ‘Jral’ hailing from the hills region of Adelaide, who today bursts onto the scene with his debut single ‘Nice’. ‘Nice’ is a high energy, in your face track about the battle that happens when we go out to achieve our dreams but another part of us just wants to do what’s easy and comfortable – the hook captures that fleeting thought; wouldn’t it be nice if we just got everything we wanted without having to work for it…

 

The track features Adelaide’s rising singer songwriter Kelly Brauhaha and was produced by Mario Spate ‘Badcop’ who has impressive achievements to his name such as co-writer and producer credits for Tkay Midza’s break-out singles ‘Brontosaurus’ and ‘Handle My Ego’; plus ARIA Award winning artists Megan Washington and Montaigne.

 

Jral is a well-rounded wordsmith with a smooth distinctive style akin to hard hitting Zach De La Rocha funk, with slow flow Sunday rhyming and a touch of no bullshit, heart on the sleeve reality raps. These qualities have been refined over time by diverse experiences and being humbled by people from all walks of life; creating a deep introspection that illicits a profound, personal and raw flow.

 

As a founding member of Co4Sure, Jral is no stranger to the Hip Hop scene gaining recognition for gigging around Adelaide in support slots with the likes of Bliss n Esso and Terra Firma; including having worked with some of Adelaide’s best known producers Badcop, Debate and Eslev who have written tracks for Hilltop Hoods. Jral takes his biggest influences from artists Drapht, Rage Against The Machine and The Beatnuts. Over the past two years Jral has written and recorded multiple tracks, narrowing them down to 5 songs that represents his best work which are due to be released as Jeneral’s debut EP in early 2019; ‘Nice’ being the debut single.

 

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BRIDGES - Ghouls

BRIDGES – Ghouls

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BRIDGES - Ghouls

BRIDGES – Ghouls

 

 

 

BRIDGES – Ghouls

 

Off the back of a sold out headlining show at London’s Sebright Arms on Halloween, indie-rockers Bridges have dropped a timely new video for the aptly named single ‘Ghouls’. The beautifully shot performance video comes courtesy of by Sam Kinsella and Sam’s House Films (of the band Monarks, who has previously made videos for bands like Twin Atlantic), and shows off the Bridges’ new fuller line up. Somewhat fortuitous timing, front-man Ethan explains:

 

“Bit of a coincidence really, with the title of the track being ‘Ghouls’ we thought why not drop it on Halloween?  Plus it gave us the chance to do a release show with costumes, and that’s always fun!”

 

After a recent line-up change, the now 5-piece Bridges look forward to a busy period as they announce the release of their new EP ‘On And On Like This’ (physically out 19th October on Rose Coloured Records) ahead of a mini tour across the UK throughout November. The track sees the rejuvenated band on top form – known for their transatlantic, guitar driven sound and songs that are raw and heartfelt, ‘Ghouls’ boasts more of a half time approach as the song builds to an epic final chorus. Ethan explains:

 

“For me the song is nostalgic and probably my favourite on the EP. It’s tied to people moving on before you do and the difficulties that can create. ‘Maybe I’m not your ghoul, to pass straight through’. Things change, but everything works out in time – with our new line up now complete we are starting to feel that.”

 

Previous single (and first from EP) ‘Maths, Science & English’ garnered support from Farout Magazine, Bristol In Stereo and various Hypem listed blogs, and their recent shows include a slot at Underground Festival – next up is Boileroom in Guildford.

 

Their brand of alt rock has turned heads across the board, with previous tracks ‘BFF’ and ‘Reverie’ being championed by platforms such as BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio, Clash, Artrocker and Gigwise. Excelling on the road, they have already supported  George Ezra, We Were Promised Jetpacks, All Tvvins and The Coronas, have played numerous sold out headlining shows this year as well as a slot at Wilderness Festival in August and have previously played slots at Glastonbury and Leeds festivals.

 

Bridges have announced these UK shows, with more to follow – check out their website for ticket details…

 

23 November    Big Top, Cardiff

 

24 November    Rough Trade, Bristol

 

25 November    Underground, Plymouth

 

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Claire Frances - Sea Of Stars

Claire Frances – Sea Of Stars

Claire Frances – Sea Of Stars

 

 

 

 

 

Claire Frances - Sea Of Stars

Claire Frances – Sea Of Stars

 

 

 

Artist Name: Claire Frances

 

Song Title: Sea of Stars

 

Genre: Indie Acoustic

 

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Claire Frances – Sea Of Stars

 

Fresh from her debut single, folk-pop talent Claire Frances releases her new EP ‘Sea Of Stars’. Punctuated by the heartfelt title track, the EP encompasses a range of emotions and subject matters from the up-beat debut single ‘Stronger Stuff’, through to the more airy and thoughtful track of ‘Lonely Sky’. After a cosy, acoustic launch event showcasing the EP to a supportive London crowd, Claire Frances is now ready to share this personal body of work which encapsulates her stripped-back style, connecting so easily with the listener. All of the tracks were written by Frances, who has been honing in her strong songwriting skills over many years. Her talents culminating in this warm debut project are perfect for the cold winter evenings ahead. Sea of Stars is out now and available on all major platforms.

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Explain what has motivated you so far in your music career.

I suppose my motivation has always come from the joy that writing music brings me. Ever since I was a teenager I have used songs to express myself and to store away memories. The fact that I get to share these experiences and emotions with an audience through my songs is amazing. There is nothing sweeter than hearing a stranger tell you that they related to your music, that the lyrics made them laugh or cry. Music has helped me to connect to so many people, all different ages and from various walks of life.

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Discuss the story behind the song.

I wanted my debut EP to be an introduction to me as an artist and to contain small glimpses of my musical journey so far. The oldest track on the EP was written almost 10 years ago and the youngest was written just a few months ago! When I was first approached with the idea of recording my own EP, I wondered how on earth I’d pick just a handful of songs from the pages and pages of my lyric books. But each track on the EP signifies an individual step in my musical career to me and in the end; it wasn’t so hard to choose after all. “All the Time in World” was one of the first songs I ever wrote and it’s when the process first started to “click” for me. I wrote “Lonely Sky” a couple of years ago and shared an acoustic version on YouTube, since then it has easily been my most loved song amongst my friends and fans. According to them, not including it on the EP was completely out of the question. “Stronger Stuff” has always been my favourite song to perform live and it is why I was approached to record my EP in the first place. “Sea of Stars” was the break-through song for my most recent episode of writer’s block and I think it best represents my current writing style and musical vision. I’ve spent the last couple of years recording the EP, learning how to work in a studio with my wonderful producer and discovering my sound beyond just my acoustic guitar and piano.

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Tell us the greatest piece of advice someone has given you as an artist.

Never stop writing. Good songs take a lot of hard work and practice and when you’re trapped in writer’s block; it can be hard to remember that.

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List your best artists with reasons.

Dire Straits – I was raised listening to all of their albums and “Romeo and Juliet” still makes me cry every time I hear it. I could talk for hours about why they’re one of my favourite bands of all time.

 

Tom Odell – Tom is one of the most unique and compelling songwriters I have ever heard. The amount and quality of material that he is constantly producing is nothing short of inspiring. Plus, he writes songs that can make me dance around a room, head-bang at my computer or cry on a sunny day.

 

Taylor Swift – I never cease to be inspired by Taylor’s skills as a song-writer, performer and person. She has created such a diverse repertoire and is one of the reasons I picked up a guitar in the first place.

 

Gabrielle Aplin – Gabrielle is one of the artists I have always felt stylistically similar too and I really love her sound. She has definitely inspired me in my own music over the years and she’s amazing to watch live. I also love her approach to the music industry and being an independent artist.

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Discuss your songwriting and recording.

I get asked this question a lot and I feel like my answer changes each time. So far, pretty much every song I’ve ever written was composed on my bedroom floor/bed with my acoustic guitar Amber and one of many notebooks. It usually starts with a lyric or an idea that’s been on my mind. Sometimes songs take many sessions (or years!) to complete, but more often than not, most of a song will spill out in under an hour. I have always entered the studio with completed songs (lyrically) and then I worked with my producer to layer up the sounds and instruments according the sounds in my head. Some of the instrumental parts and harmonies were worked out in the studio, but I’d decided on most of the elements before we started recording.

 

 

 

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Todd Barrow - Bad Tattoo

Todd Barrow – Bad Tattoo

Todd Barrow – Bad Tattoo

 

 

 

 

 

Todd Barrow - Bad Tattoo

Todd Barrow – Bad Tattoo

 

 

 

 

Todd Barrow – Bad Tattoo

 

Born and raised in Texas enjoying the simple life. Performing is something that Todd enjoys doing and making music with a purpose. He likes to write his music and also perform with others. Todd’s new CD, “Texas Country Nation” is available for purchase at All Texas Music.

 

Texas country music artist Todd Barrow releases ‘Bad Tattoo’ written by WCCMP Songwriter Family Members Anthony L. Seibert and His Co-Writer, Jerry Holthouse.

 

This is an up-tempo hit song…it tells a story about a young man and his struggles with his father.   The story is exceptional and the production is KILLER.  Final production was done by Tanner Landry of Fort Worth Sound.

 

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Carpe Diem String Quartet + Jeff Midkiff

Carpe Diem String Quartet + Jeff Midkiff

Carpe Diem String Quartet + Jeff Midkiff

 

 

 

 

 

Carpe Diem String Quartet + Jeff Midkiff

Carpe Diem String Quartet + Jeff Midkiff

 

 

 

 

Carpe Diem String Quartet + Jeff Midkiff

 

One of the most unique and sought-after chamber ensembles on the concert stage today, the Carpe Diem String Quartet is a boundary-breaking ensemble that has earned widespread critical acclaim. Carpe Diem defies easy classification with programming that includes classical, Gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz-inspired music. The quartet appears on traditional concert series (Carnegie Hall, New York NY; Jordan Hall, Boston MA; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua NY; Asolo Theater, Sarasota FL, Accademia Chigiana, Siena Italy, Suntory Hall, Tokyo Japan) as well as unconventional venues (Poisson Rouge, NYC; Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Half-Moon Bay, CA; The Redlands Bowl, Redlands, CA; The Mug & Brush, Columbus, OH). Carpe Diem has been awarded five transformative grants from the PNC Foundation for their community outreach in Central Ohio.

 

Carpe Diem seeks out, and is sought after by, artists from many different genres for collaborations, including : American singer/songwriter/ guitarist Willy Porter, Latin Grammy winner/bandoneón player Raul Juarena, klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer, cellist Yo Yo Ma, banjo virtuoso Jayme Stone, Shannon Heaton, Celtic flautist, mandolinist Jeff Midkiff, Dixieland trumpeter Tom Battenberg, classical guitarist Nicolo Spera, Chinese pipa player Yihan Chen, and world master of the Persian santoor Dariush Saghafi.

 

The quartet is dedicated to community engagement, and to pushing the limits of the classical string quartet and to changing the concert experience of chamber music. Using innovative programming, thematic concerts, and popular music for younger generations, cameras and video to assist in the visual presentation, as well as speaking from the stage to better engage the audience, Carpe Diem is bringing new audiences into the concert hall and revitalizing the chamber music experience.

 

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Jeff Midkiff: Music for Mandolin and String Quartet

 

Columbus, OH – Carpe Diem String Quartet announces the release of their new CD, Jeff Midkiff, Music for Mandolin and String Quartet.

 

One of the most unique and sought-after chamber ensembles on the concert stage today, the Carpe Diem String Quartet was founded in 2005 by members of the Columbus Symphony, and has gone on to become a boundary-breaking, award winning ensemble that has earned widespread critical and audience acclaim for its innovative programming and electrifying performances. With programming that reflects its passions for Gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz-inspired music alongside the traditional string quartet repertoire, Carpe Diem has defied easy classification while quickly becoming one of America’s premier “indie” string quartets.

 

A mandolinist, fiddler, classical clarinetist and composer, Jeff Midkiff is an outstanding musician who feels comfortable in more than one setting—musically and personally. “I feel at home in the Blue Ridge Mountains playing fiddle tunes,” Jeff Midkiff says, “but then again, I feel at home in a professional orchestra as well.”

 

The music on this recording reflects the composer’s versatility, with strong folk and fiddling elements combined with sophisticated and sensitive writing for the string quartet. From a recent concert, the reviewer wrote: “The Quintet (Quintet No. 2) is somewhat of a sprawling work, with various changes of tempo and mood. It falls loosely into four movements, or sections, and effectively allows each player to shine in evocative cadenzas, especially the mandolin, which was expertly played by Midkiff. The slow movement begins with an atmospheric and unusual mix of viola, cello and mandolin.

 

Often the string players alternated pizzicato chords with the solo mandolin, revealing the composer’s artistic use of instrumental colours. A dance-like third section in triple meter links into a generally fast final section that combines elements of gypsy-style violin-playing and cimbalom-like strumming on the mandolin, with the traditional techniques of country fiddling. Midkiff has even paid homage to Bach by having written a short fugato near the end.

 

Carpe Diem Will present the music of Jeff Midkiff in Carnegie Hall on January 6. 2019.

 

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Dr. Seuss - The Grinch

Dr. Seuss – The Grinch

Dr. Seuss – The Grinch

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Seuss - The Grinch

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Dr. Seuss – The Grinch

 

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is out now! The soundtrack features a new original song from Tyler, the Creator entitled ‘I Am the Grinch’. The track follows his previous song for the soundtrack, which was a remake of the classic ‘You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch’.

 

The collection also features holiday tracks from Run-DMC, Pentatonix, Jackie Wilson, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, The Supremes, Buster Poindexter and His Banshees of Blue, and Nat King Cole.

 

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Aldo – In Step

Aldo – In Step

 

 

 

 

 

Aldo – In Step

Aldo – In Step

 

 

 

 

Aldo – In Step

 

Growing up on a farm outside Moorhead, Minnesota, John (aka Aldo) discovered an early interest in piano by listening to his mother play. His love of the keys was born, and he began taking lessons at age ten from a local piano teacher. A natural musician, by age 15 he accompanied the church choir and served as church choir director for the high school students for seven years. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Music Industry from Moorhead State University, where he was introduced to the field of musical scoring. He has since scored several television shows, documentaries, and other projects.

 

John is most proud of the Upper Midwest Emmy award he won for his work on the PBS documentary, Delafield. Other notable projects include the nationally syndicated PBS series Painting with Paulson and the theme to the popular Prairie Public Television kids’ series, Kid’s Zone. His music has been picked up by national television shows, including the Today Show, As the World Turns, Last Call with Carson Daly, NPR, and the Rosie O’Donnell Show, among others. Additionally, he served as the music director of the Black Swan Dinner Theatre in Fargo, ND for one year before moving to Minneapolis to join a friend’s band, Nero’s House Band that played throughout the Twin Cities metro area during the 1990s.

 

John has released six albums under his nickname, Aldo, which he got tagged with at age 15 (long story). In 2002, he released Expressions, available exclusively through Cardtunes, a locally-owned promotional company. He can also be heard on the award-winning Acoustitherapy series from Colorado Creative Music.

 

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