Dulce Joyais a European pianist and composer, whose dedication to the works of the classical era from the likes of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and other contemporaries have influenced her to get to where she is today. Joya’s third full length album, Renaissance, is a palette where Jaya has embraced her artistic vision and savours in her sweeping symphonies.
Renaissance takes you through a roller coaster ride of emotions, from the broad extent delights found in Arcadia, thunderous rolls and crashes in Extasis juxtaposed with beautiful arpeggios that roll seamless over the piano. The lengths of the tracks can be from either four minutes or titanic seven to 10 minute opuses, all of which Dulce Joya gleefully finds the time to expunge her soul into her work, such as the travels found on the track Luminosa which finds the straight line between chaos and calm and the dark chamber pieces and found on Lacrimosa.
Overall, Dolce Joya delivers on every spectacle from solo to full band arrangements, combining inspiration and a comfort of knowing herself that almost transcends the album. This album is a fan of those with an interest of classical music and soothing sound pieces.
Xylaroo are indeed an odd bunch to say the least. Clean cut indie influences combined with an early 70’s production mix and a sickeningly sweet vocals from sisters Coco and Holly crash around the listener, turning everything in the pot into gold. Four years after their debut album Sweetooth, Xylaroo are back with the EP Wild Woman.
Wild Women is a multitude of ideas, and thankfully none of these ideas fight against each other or detract the attention of other track – every idea is used to the fullest extent and each track proposed something more original than last. Sweetooth opens up the EP with a bubble gum pop rock ethic that’s as safe as it is bombastic, to Like Planes Taking Off To The Wind that would make you want to hold your lighter aloft in a festive frenzy. Wild Woman, Tomb and Yesterdays hold up to their own tentative strengths, working through interlaced stories with folk and disco elements being casually flirted with, as the delightfully high melodies of the band cuts through so finely on its clean production that allows the two sisters to soar.
Wild Woman makes use of Xylaroo’s oddities, and plays on its rhythmic sensibilities and nuances. By giving every member a solid goalin mind musically, Xylaroo have gone above and beyond to making what could be your new favourite EP.
Awake in the night and can’t stop the mind racing, feeling low or stressed, maybe just want to kick back on a Sunday morning?
Peaceful, calm, relaxed. All music has a purpose to get a reaction, and that is what this piece looks to. It could be what you need.
It is gentle piano without leaps, tempo changes or crescendo, so you can sink in. The overlay of
choral voices delivering tones, not lyrics, which reminds me of some of how Clannad and Enya added to the atmosphere in their music. It also fits with other music I have of guitar playing over waves lapping on a beach, which lets you just drift.
The video shows pictures of the beautiful Cornish countryside blending into each other. It fits the music and adds another ethereal feel.
If you also suffer from limited mobility (like me) and can rarely get out to the countryside (or even have just felt trapped in a city during lockdown) then the combination of sound and vision can provide a little break while looking forward towards experiencing it once again.
I like it because it fits with those times, particularly with the video accompanying it.
RIOT SUN– is an unruly punk rock outfit from Copenhagen making music for angry hearts and sensitive souls. The five anxious childhood friends debuts with the EP ‘bruises’. Forget about rest and let your heart palpitate straight into a universe of wildly loud tunes inspired by 90s alternative rock and post-hardcore.
Songs for My Next Ex is an album full of love, loss, and growth. A blend of Alt-Country, Pop and Folk, these songs are meant to tell a story and tug at the strings of relationship drama that is all too familiar to so many.
“This has definitely been one of the craziest creative processes for me. To begin, this album is the most personal project that I have released, to date. All of the songs were written during and/or about my most recent relationship. When you listen to the album in order (which I hope everyone does!), you really get a sense of the story – the joy, love, sorrow, and ultimate growth, that came with this particular relationship. Because it is so personal, and when we first started recording, some of the songs were still so fresh, it was a very emotional recording experience for me. While songwriting is already how I process and express my emotions, going through this creative process allowed me to grow, strengthen, and discover myself even more. On top of all that, we recorded and produced the entire album during quarantine. Everyone (me, the band, my backup singers…) recorded in their own spaces, and then my magician of a producer, Conor Keelan, worked it all together. One of the most fun things about recording, for me in the past, has been the excitement of being in the studio, working with the band, finding all of these moments in the room, together. While that wasn’t possible this time around, I think that we were ultimately able to find a much more nuanced product because we were able to take our time, freely re-record, and really dive into the emotion of each song, and the journey of the album.
Overall, Songs for My Next Ex has been transformative for me, both as a woman and as an artist. I am so excited to finally get other ears on it, and to watch the story unfold for the first time for new listeners. It’s definitely terrifying to put this much of my heart & soul out into the world, but I feel like so many people experience this kind of emotional rollercoaster, and if even one person can relate, and hopefully find a strength like I did from these songs, it will be worth it!”
Charlotte Morris is a nomadic singer-songwriter whose music showcases a unique blend of folk, pop, rock, & country music. From her lilting folk ballads to her rock anthems for a new generation, Charlotte displays a wide aptitude for various styles. She draws inspiration from many of her favorite artists including Delta Rae, Brandi Carlile, Sara Bareilles, and Liz Longely, as well as folk legends like Peter, Paul and Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, and Joni Mitchell. Her songs, which are mostly auto-biographical, also reflect her years in the theatre, with nuances and lyrical storytelling akin to musical theatre writing. Described as “the love-child of Judy Collins, deftly playing her violin, guitar and our heartstrings”, Charlotte’s music and charming on-stage presence leave audience members wanting more.
Charlotte released her debut EP ‘To New York, with love’ in June 2018, which received recognition from newspapers, music blogs, and playlists worldwide. Since then, Charlotte has released a number of singles, including 2 “quarantunes” about the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a 5 song EP, Sputnik, produced by Nashville-based, Mitch Dane. In Spring 2019, Charlotte embarked on her first solo tour, performing in 15+ cities across the country including Nashville, Austin, and NYC.
Songs for My Next Ex, released on December 17, 2020, is Charlotte’s first full length album. It is an 8-part “story album” that, when listened to from top to bottom, takes the listener through the highs and lows, the goods and bads, of a tumultuous, yet transformative relationship. Once again, Charlotte bares her soul to her listeners, providing them with an in-depth look into her life and her heart.
Charlotte is originally from outside of Philadelphia, and still spends quite a bit of time there, both performing and relaxing with family.
When not writing and releasing music, Charlotte is an actor, personal trainer, animal lover, and avid cheese eater.
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