In his quest toward releasing 100 songs Vinyl-State’s latest offering is an interestingly ambiguous existential jam. Questioning a situation, relationship, or simply nature over sparse groovy surf-Rock instrumentation is an interesting combination for a catchy track that boasts depth, originality, and feeling. Soothing guitar riffs expand into infinity over top a driving drum beat that keeps time as the instrumental subtly evolves leaving an airy ambient pocket for electrifying guitar solos. ‘Ticking Days’ is much more than a one off single, it is a hypnotic tune that keeps the listener in a trance while melding the philosophical with the fun, a track that is perfect for both deep listening and surface level nonchalant bliss.
On his latest single Jay Shephard details the intricacies of intimacy with ‘Feelings’. With auto-tune altered vocals and a lush instrumental, that begins with soft synths and climbing bass before shifting to island percussion and sparse keys, Jay Shephard crafts a timeless single. Perfect for spring ‘Feelings’ is a tune right for any occasion, a rooftop party, a club, or just simply rider music. With melodic crooning, catchy choruses and hypnotic rhythms Jay Shephard starts the season off right with an undeniable track.
Over soft lush ambient and atmospheric pads and reverberating chords Ja’Neeva details a lost love in her latest release ‘Kathy’. Her expression of raw emotion is felt over production that mixes a triumphant and optimistic feel as a basis for the melodic and melancholic lyrics that fuse with the raw expansive R&B soundscape. Ever evolving the instrumental of ‘Kathy’ adds subtle instrumentation as the story unfolds. With a pristine sound and keen knack for Pop and R&B ‘Kathy’, the first single from Ja’Neeva’s latest EP ‘Buried Thoughts’, is a perfect lead. Connecting sonically as well as emotionally Ja’Neeva’s understanding of melody, chorus, and structure allow for this candid emotional catharsis to fit perfectly in any playlist. ‘Kathy’ hits the listener the way any amazing tune should and only gets fans more eager for what is in store on ‘Buried Thoughts’.
Lenken details an intimacy of connection over a pristine Pop instrumental that combines elements of Soul and R&B. More than a superficial love ballad Lenken’s latest single ‘Into Mine’ is an ode to deep limitless love. Stating the song is “about the deeper connection of a relationship. The intertwining of two souls. Feeding off each other in terms of energies.” Over energetic chords, subtle percussion that progresses to a crescendo of Trap and Hip-Hop hi hats, snares and snaps during the chorus, lush piano chords during an acoustic bridge, and harmonious melodies Lenken creates the feeling of pure joy and ecstasy. The perfect tune for any occasion Lenken’s keen ear for melody, song structure and relatable content make ‘Into Mine’ and immediate single masterpiece.
Happy Curmudgeons latest single ‘I Know How You Feel’ is a somber song on heartbreak. The self depreciating lyrics follow a conversation with one consoling another in relating to the sadness of heartbreak and failure. Thrust forward with an instrumental that escalates with intensity and fury. From a minimal guitar riff to a complex rush of rhythm, upright bass and melody all as the story progresses. Written by Jeff Warner (guitars & vocals) and music assisted Dave Hamilton (guitars) and Takashi Lio (stand up bass) the tune seeps with emotion and drive. Produced by Mark Byerly (of the Bob Seger Band) and mastered by Bill Skibbe at Third Man Records Detroit ‘I Know How You Feel’ is a raw ode to understanding and acceptance.