NILUM // Nevermind

NILUM, an artist who moved to London from Transylvania at the “tender age of 466”, continues to live up to what he calls a pact with the devil to pursue his passion for music.

An up-and-coming artist on the hip-hop scene, with his music NILUM talks about mental health while inspired by the aesthetics of vampires and horror films.

Razor-sharp rock vocals and rap lyrics, silhouetted against dark, bewitching and heavy 808s pushed by dirty and distorted basses, are the elements with which NILUM experiments in his self-productions and music videos.

As a result of his most recent alternative creative vision, recently NILUM published the official lyrics video of ‘Nevermind’. Fourth release since his debut, “Nevermind is a song about depression and anxiety” explains NILUM, who then continues: “most specifically about the feeling of knowing that even though you feel depressed, and would want to talk about it, other people who has never experienced anything like it simply would not understand.”

Listen now to ‘Nevermind’, the fourth single from NILUM, and find out more about his music, checking the links below:

NILUM - Nevermind - single cover
NILUM - Nevermind - single cover

Austel // Choke (Grass Temple Remix)

If with the original version Austel already amazed thanks to the visionary permeance she exhibited, Grass Temple’s versatile touch transmogrifies the track. Reworking the vibrant melodies of viola, the moody bass lines and Austel’s crystalline voice, the song takes on a hypnotic, fractal, electronic aspect.

After affably enchanting us with her previous EP ‘Cold Love’, from which ‘Choke’ is extracted – we talked about it in a previous article, if you missed it you can find it at the link: Austel // Cold Love – Austel returns to show off all the depth of her creative vein, imbued with a dark and brooding electro-pop, guided by her distinctive and ethereal voice.

With a remix accompanied by an equally fascinating video, Austel continues to evoke intertwining pains and hopes, amiably suspended between classic and modern, futuristic and contemplative, giving with each new release more and more structure and substance to her artistic profile.

An unmissable artist who is already leaving her mark, Austel is out now with the official video for Choke (Glass Temple remix). Watch it now on Austel’s Youtube channel.

To find out more about Austel’s music, check the links below:

Sangin’ Sara // Hello Reality

It’s hard to imagine someone who has never had one of that days, at least once in their life, when everything seems to want to go wrong. When everything seems to be falling apart, and all you want is to bury yourself, or and jump straight to tomorrow, or simply to stay in bed and turn your back to the day.

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Well, it looks like Sara had one right when she wrote this song. Just jump to the first chorus or to the bridge to notice it! But what Sara brings us here is a formidable driving force to react and to move forward. Her ‘Hello Reality’ is a sort of cure for that sorrow, that force that sucks you and pulls you down, with Sara drawing plentifully from what seems a real life experience of hers, judging by how convincing it sounds, going from real to surreal and then back to real again.

Propulsive, brilliant and enthralling, ‘Hello Reality’ is an exquisite injection of positive musicality, in which this veteran artist with more than a decade of experience gained on the scene blends pop and rock lines with R&B veins.

Life is not always flowers and romance? And do you know what? All in all, it’s okay that way! Go ahead and listen to ‘Hello Reality’, the debut single by Sangin’ Sara, available for streaming from April 15, 2020.

To find out more about Sangin’ Sara and her music, check the links below:

Sangin' Sara
Sangin' Sara - profile

The Bergamot // L.A.

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“So many great songs have been written about heading out west, not so many about leaving.”  So the Brooklyn-based duo, The Bergamot, introduces us to ‘L.A.’, a new single whose release is accompanied by an official video and that introduces their next album, expected for September and produced by Matt Wiggins (Adele, Florence + the Machine, Glass Animals).

Singing the daily story of someone who packs up for a new stage in their life, songwriter spouses Nathaniel Paul and Jillian Speece bring us a slice of life richly imbued with their indie pop style, giving us an immersive moment with an introspective, relaxed, almost dreamy atmosphere.

Moving in a delicate balance between the calls of distant hopes and the weight of harsh reality, ‘L.A.’ slips away almost silently, veiled on a deep, round and reverberating heartbeat. With a luxuriant stratification in a minimal mix, the dynamic of the song pushes a perspective aimed at moving forward, until it finds a final resting point in the harmonies of the final chant.

To find out more about The Bergamot, their music and their upcoming tour dates, check the links below:

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The Karmanauts // Paper Tiger

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Formed in 2016 in Humboldt County, California, The Karmanauts are Michael Stephenson, Dominic Romano and Sam Kaplan-Good, who have spent the past year and a half giving body, shape and substance to their style to bringing it to the table in the form of their self-produced debut album ‘Moonstone’.

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From this captivating project comes ‘Paper Tiger’, a compelling number of feverishly contagious soul and funk that stands out for the talent exhibited by the various artists that the band has involved in the making of the track.

CaiNo on lead vocal; Jimmy Durchslag and David Penalosa, respectively on trombone and conga; Tyler Martin on the baritone sax and Isaac Williams on the alto sax; and Chad Bell on the trumpet are the secret ingredients that The Karmanauts selected to give their ‘Paper Tiger’ an irresistible funky boost of energy.

The organic mix that balances all the elements of the rich arrangement is also commendable, with a professional mastering signed by Joe LaPorta (Vampire Weekend, Grizzly Bear, Imagine Dragons, David Bowie, Foo Fighters), that enhances the touches of brilliance and the body of the whole song.

Originally written to talk about fear and anxiety, ‘Paper Tiger’ is an irresistible stimulus to get up and dance in front of and also on the desk, to find a moment to be carefree and unburden spirit and soul from their afflictions.

Listen now to ‘Paper Tiger’, the latest single from The Karmanauts, and find  out more about their music, checking the links below:

Igor Laze // Departure

‘Departure’ is infused with an atmosphere that varies between acoustic and rock, and with  it Laze has managed to combine elements of various genres, guided by an approach to fingerstyle acoustic guitar, bringing a collection of compositions that shine and emerge with a sound that it is all to be discovered.

Here the credit also goes to the articulation with which Igor argues the musical discourse. The progressive imprinting driven by the multiform, vast and refined arrangements is a real joy for the ears, while the voice and the lyrics supply the artistic touch that makes everything fascinatingly cloaked in an aura of evocative and moving magic.

Inspiring, clean, rich and dreamy, Laze surprised us with the fullness and organic nature that only an artist with years of experience like him can give us. Overall, after a little more than an hour of listening, what remains with us is a feeling of openness, of the breadth of the vision of things, as if we had just listen to someone tell a story as deep and passionate as life itself.

Faced with a release so dense with expressiveness and an artist of such great depth and talent, we could not exempt ourselves from wanting to know more. That’s why we tracked down Igor for a short interview. Read on to find out more about Igor Laze and his music.

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Hi, Igor, and welcome to the Nova Music blog. Thanks for taking the time to do this short interview.
You come from the Canadian music scene. How is the situation there as a consequence of the worldwide pandemic?

Thank you for having me.

It’s pretty much just like anywhere else, everything is on hold and quite uncertain.

As an artist, how are you facing the current situation, and what impact does it have on you?

Just like any other working musician, all of my performances got either postponed or canceled. I am however trying to use the time at home for creative work on songwriting and practice guitar. Continuous promotion of the album is also a perpetual daily task. There are still plenty of things to do from home and we got to try and make the best of it until this global situation resolves itself.

Your music is deeply rooted in rock, blues and classical music, to which you add infusions of jazzy and progressive motifs. Where does your musical background come from and how do you manage to balance these genres and styles that, at least on paper, would seem very far from each other?

My musical background comes from Classic Rock & Blues because the bands/artists in that genre are the reason why I started playing guitar and writing songs. I love how those bands always have diversity in their music. Bands like Led Zeppelin, Queen, and Pink Floyd have such a wide array of styles in their songwriting and have always evolved their sound. Furthermore, I’ve always loved the raw energy and the authenticity of Rock N’ Roll. I am also a big fan of Classical music and Metal (mainly heavy and melodic, everything from Pantera to Kamelot), which has great attributes of technique, musicianship, and progressive elements. For several years now I’ve been getting into a lot of Jazz and Acoustic Fingerstyle guitar, influenced by Tommy Emmanuel, Chet Atkins, George Benson and etc. I believe every style of music has a magic to it or a powerful message and I always wasn’t shy of infusing different elements from different genres into my songs. I like to explore new music all the time as it could always be a great source of inspiration. On this album, a listener can hear fingerstyle guitar, riffs, keyboard and synth sounds, jazzy runs and pieces of the mentioned musical influences. 

One of the peculiarities for which your latest album stands out is its sound: it clearly shows that there were very premeditated research and refinement work behind it, and yet at the same time it feels so genuine, vibrant and instinctive. What’s your secret?

When I set out to do this album, I wanted to keep it acoustic-based and see how far I can go with this approach. Because a lot of the songs on “Departure” could easily be turned into heavier rock/metal songs, but I wanted to experiment and showcase the power of the acoustic guitar. This was my first full album release as a solo artist and I found that this way, with an acoustic right by my heart, I could express myself genuinely. There are definitely some effects, interesting sounds, lush orchestrations, but the whole album is purely acoustic in terms of guitar playing. A lot of the tunes involve complex fingerstyle arrangements, some odd time parts, and the music just wrote itself hence making it real and honest.

Can you give us any anticipation about your next projects?

I am working on a few projects at the moment. I will be releasing an instrumental, solo acoustic fingerstyle album early next year. I will also be releasing singles in different styles continuously, ranging from rock, pop, country, and jazz.

Where can fans and people whose interest we picked with this interview find out more about you and your music?

The best way is through my Official website: www.igorlaze.com 

And also these links:
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/igorlaze
Twitter: www.twitter.com/igorlaze
Spotify: open.spotify.com/artist/7jZTWcAu99fKREUtfN0aUM

Thank you so much.
Please stay safe everyone!

Magi Merlin // So Smooth

Magi Merlin

“It is a song about me taking my power as a woman and using it … to diss boys!” So, the Canadian soulful artist introduces us to the theme of her new release, in which she gives a shining and passionate exhibition of the softness and sinuosity of her sensual vocal touch.

Here Magi emerges on a crowd of apathetic R&B artists, certainly excelling for the uniqueness of her sound, but also for the way in which she declines her being intransigent and introspective. The elegant blend in a neo-soul key is an exquisite interweaving of textures, between the nuances of her timbre and the arrangement with its pulsating rhythm, that at every cadence attracts and then repells us like a magnet. The cyclic push & pull dynamic follows a continuous game of seduction and rebuff that makes us palpitate with each beat.

Magi Merlin is already well-known in the famous and lively DIY music scene of her city, that produced the likes of Grimes and Arcade Fire; she performed in famous Montreal concert venues such as the Corona Virgin Mobile Theater and La Sala Rosa, including being asked to open for the Chicago rapper R.A.P. Ferrera, formally known as Milo.

Engaging, seductive and without fear of expressing her mind, with her ‘So Smooth’ Magi Merlin is among the most interesting new discoveries we have made lately on the R&B scene. You should keep her on your radar.

Listen now to ‘So Smooth’, the latest single from Magi Merlin available on all the major digital platforms: lnkfi.re/smoothie…

Find out more about Magi Merlin and her music, checking the following links:

Betyljoos // Back in Time

Betyljoos - Linda Dolan
Betyljoos - photo shoot

This is ‘Back in Time’, the latest single by solo artist Linda ‘Betty’ Dolan, known by the stage name Betyljoos, to be pronounced  Beetle Juice, like the popular 1988 movie.

“The name was given to me in a bar while I was collecting the cover charge for my friend’s band” Betyl explains. “I was wearing a striped shirt and the people near me didn’t know my name but kept buying me drinks all night. Eventually they told me they were calling me Beetle Juice because of my shirt. So, I changed the spelling, played with the pronunciation a bit, and it stuck.”

The call back to an iconic reference of those decades is strong, and it could not be otherwise for this artist, who vibrates strong and present resonances and influences that draw plentifully from the captivating sounds and influences of the most classic rock of the 70s, moving with cleverness between 80s pop and 90s alternative rock.

So with ‘Back in Time’ the New York artist sports a compelling second single, which follows the previous ‘Wishing Well’ and the debut album ‘Dredging the Hudson’, bringing us an increasingly mature sound, made unique by her stylistic touch and vocal timbre.

The grunge vein and the touch of metal do the rest, together with the catchy melody, with guitar riffs, bass lines, and stop & go that give the song good legs and make it flow away in all its dynamic and brightness, conveying in a contemporary key that sense of positive melancholy that is its overall theme.

This is among the most promising discoveries of pop hard rock that we have heard lately, a piece meant not just for fans of the 70s-80s-90s.

Listen now to ‘Back in Time’, the latest single by Betyljoos, available for streaming on all the major digital platforms – betyljoos.com/music and find out more about her music, checking the links below:

TopJaw // Queen’s Crown

TopJaw - Queen's Crown - single cover

Mike Kindel (guitar, vocals), Will Wilson (vocals, bass) and Sammy Wilson (drums, vocals), are the creators of this magnificent power rock sound and with ‘Queen’s Crown’ they release the sixth of a series of nine songs. The next one will be ‘8 Years’, expected for Memorial Day, on May 25th.

Vehement, powerful and energetic, ‘Queen’s Crown’ is a heavy-hitting rock song with an upbeat feeling, about a girl who behaves and acts like she’s the queen of the world. But her lies are destined to catch up with her in the end!

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'Queen's Crown' by TopJaw is available on all the major digital platforms.

Oh! How it feels, on top of the world
Oh! She don't think about the drop
Outrunning what she can, like it won't catch her in the end
Queen’s crown don’t feel that bad when it’s all pretend

With the growing and growling, full-bodied, scenographically virtuous and feverishly contagious sound of ‘Queen’s Crown’, TopJaw really seems to be ready to storm across America and beyond. With a US tour and Serbian festival postponed due to the pandemic, this force-of-nature trio can’t wait to return to the stages, ready to grab the audience thanks to the overwhelming adrenaline rush of their performances.

Released on April 3, 2020, TopJaw’s new single ‘Queen’s Crown’ is available for streaming on:

To find out more TopJaw and their music, and to not miss the dates of their upcoming events, check and follow TopJaw’s social profiles:

Cody Feechan // Free Falling

With a warm, strong, sweet voice, embellished with a hoarse touch that gives it even more character, Cody Feechan follows the success of her previous single ‘Satisfaction’, released in September 2019, bringing us a new track that spreads wide the wings of her airy, liberating and wide-ranging pop folk.

Released on March 27, ‘Free Falling’ is a passionate song with which Feechan is able to ignite in us euphoria and reassurance, giving us a great song. Opened by an intro with an acoustic atmosphere, the dynamics of the song grows vibrant and sparkling, gradually widening up its perspective, leading to an edifying emotional supernova.

‘Free Fallin’ is a song in which to get lost and find oneself like few others, and thanks to it Cody Feechan was instantly on our radar. We look forward to hearing more from this talented artist and to having the chance to write more deeply about her poems made into music.

Listen now to ‘Free Fallin’ and find out more about Cody Feechan and her music checking the links below:

Cody Feechan - Free Falling - single cover
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