“There’s a fire in the sky, no one cares. Temperature’s high, don’t breath the air.” From the jump, Swainn is coming in hot. Using well-crafted lyrics to bring the audience into this undisputedly ingenious mesh of Irish rock and desert folk garnished with sprinkles of modern punk for good measure, Under a Willow Tree is a rollicking third outing for the group. Comprised of a humble eleven tracks that each pack a unique punch of their own, Under a Willow Tree plants its flag in the ground hard. It would feel a little bit like braggadocio if the music didn’t…


Yael C. Sivi and Yosh C. Beier prove to be a considerable literary team. Both have backgrounds in professional coaching, with Sivi herself not only holding the title of executive coach but also being a licensed Gestalt therapist. This kind of right brain approach heavily impacts the nature of their new book, titled Growing Up at Work: How to Transform Personally, Evolve Professionally, and Lead Authentically. Like any solid piece of nonfiction, the title is similar to a thesis statement — encapsulating the entirety of the book’s critical content and distinct subject matter.

URL: https://growingupatwork.com/

The decidedly holistic ring that…


Few people are recording and releasing pop music this sophisticated yet accessible. The impressive tightrope William Maselli’s “Feeling Good About Us” walks between the pitfalls of cliché and deep emotion never snaps once during the song; the Maine based singer’s progress is deliberate yet undoubtedly effective. He doesn’t burden his interpretation with gratuitous vocal flourishes and his phrasing has a low-flying elegance, sleek and satisfied, as he moves through each verse. It’s notable he doesn’t over-emphasize the chorus’ payoff line instead allowing the songwriting to do its job.

URL: https://williammaselli.com/

It does its job well. Steven Brochu is the original…


While Switzerland may not have the same amount of record breaking or well-known singer and songwriters as the States, England or pop powerhouse, Sweden, it’s not to say that this European country hasn’t made its mark in the music industry. Icon Tina Turner now resides there (as she has for decades) and 80s MTV best-dressed singer Robert Palmer (“Addicted To Love”) is from Switzerland. One name to add to your purview is Johanna Rittiner Sermier. Her new single, “Regeden” climbs its way into the heart. Sermier’s Swiss talents are just too good to miss.

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Artist/Johanna-Rittiner-Sermier-1892454494213869/

In all her vocal…


Luis Mojica’s Songs from the Land is the third album released by the New York State based musician, business owner, and songwriter. If you have a cynical nature, skeptical of alternative points of view, his songs may sound lightweight and coy. It is a superficial point of view. Careful attention paid to this release reveals an album with genuine poetic depth instead of glossing over the songs with dozens of empty gestures. Mojica’s gifts outstrip the term indie genre; he has well-rounded skills that stand out in any stratum of the music world, mainstream, indie, defying genre.

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/luismojicamusic?lang=en

The…


Elektragaaz has just released their third EP, “The Synaesthetic Picture Show Now Playing, Pt. 3,” which has been anxiously awaited by fans after Parts 1 and 2 dropped earlier this year. Dreamed up and led by intensely private Frisian composer Poppo Redband, the group is mainly made up of musicians from the New York Metropolitan area. “Pt. 3” is a beautiful collection of songs from front to back, easily drawing the listener in in a matter of seconds. The compositions are immersive and interesting and whisk you away on different journeys. …


Cathy Wasserman and Lauren Weinstein have an enjoyable, almost big sisterly aspect to their writing style. It adds to the comfort factor of what they’re trying to communicate, which is that achieving success — in this particular case, a successful job hunt — is both a professional, and personal endeavor. “Tell me about yourself. It’s a question you can expect in some form in almost any interview,” Wasserman and Weinstein write. “…Why does unique value really matter? It’s much more important than helping you answer the ‘tell me about yourself’ question. Understanding yourself better will help you paint a vivid…


The Welsh duo of Paul Battenbough, and Andy Fung, collectively known as No Thee No Ess, are set to drop their LP, later this month. Both have an extensive musical background, and bring a shared love of 60’s psychadelia, and assorted influences from that period, to the fold. Dimmer Switch is about as creatively adventurous as it gets, channeling things such as The Beach Boys and Barrett era, Pink Floyd. It may seem like something of a ploy, to pen a psychedelic record in the 21st century, but what’s old is often new. …


Inside of just ten seconds, the new single from Sa’ra Charismata — “Life is Not About Control” — already has a firm grasp on its audience, and in this track, it all starts with a distant beat that swells with each passing second. Even before the virtuosic vocal enters the picture, there’s a cosmopolitan feel to the music growing around us, and by the time verses do come into focus, the tone of the song has already been set. …


Chicago’s own D3WON isn’t interested in producing clandestine harmonies in the style of his predecessors in the new single “Believin’” with Rebecca Brunner this September. On the contrary, this player is intent on pushing the surreal envelope as much as he can with a psychedelic-tinged beat scheme that can only be described as divine when paired with Brunner’s enigmatic lyricism. …

Colin Jordan

Graduate: McNeese State University, Avid Beekeeper, Deep Sea Diver & Fisherman, Horrible Golfer

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