Julia Thomsen, ‘Eternal Love Acoustic Guitar’

Words By Emily Kowalczyk.

Julia Thomsen’s ‘Eternal Love Acoustic Guitar’ performed by the Strings of Light is like entering a spiritual haven. Listening to the opener takes me away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and into a serene and peaceful realm.

The gentle tunes soothe my soul, luring me to take a deep breath and revel in the splendour of the here and now. A picture of limitless love and everlasting grace is painted with every string sweep and pluck of the guitar, adding to the emotional canvas.

I feel enveloped in a tranquil embrace, where worries melt away and contentment fills my being. Because of its profound simplicity and exquisite beauty, the song touches me on a profound level.

You can take a listen below. Hopefully, you get the same feeling as I did!

Photo Credit: Julia Thomsen.

Ervin Munir, ‘Chase The Moon’

Words By Emily Kowalczyk.

I recently got sent Ervin Munir’s latest track, “Chase The Moon,” and it’s left a strong mark on me. With each strum of Ervin’s acoustic guitar, I felt myself drawn deeper into the wall of sound he delivers. Also, what sets this track apart is the accompaniment of Aeron Z Jones’ lap steel and mandolin.

Their collaboration is one to rave about! it breaths new life into Ervin’s already distinctive playing style. Moreover, the interplay between the instruments adds layers of depth and texture, elevating each track to new heights.

As someone who’s been a fan since Ervin’s “She Never Made Old Bones” days, I can confidently say that “Chase The Moon” is a bold step forward in his musical journey. It’s a track that demands to be listened to, not just heard, and one that will linger in your mind long after the final chord fades away.

You can stream below.

Photo Credit: Ervin Munir

Quique Gomez and Little Charlie Baty, ‘Cookin’ At Greaseland’

Words By Emily Kowalczyk.

As “Cookin’ At Greaseland” roars onto the scene, brace yourself for a cacophony of auditory pleasures! Thanks to Gulf Coast Records, this newest masterpiece by the dynamic duo of Quique Gomez and Little Charlie Baty—along with the musical talents of Kid Andersen and Alexander Pettersen—is set to be released on April 26th, 2024.

“Cookin’ At Greaseland” is a passionate and heartfelt tribute to the great Little Charlie Baty, who passed away too soon. This album, compiled and produced by Kid Andersen, takes listeners on a whirlwind tour through a wide range of musical styles, from infectious jump tracks to heartfelt blues ballads. The magic that happens when talent, passion, and new ideas meet is captured on every note.

The lead track, “Thirstiest Man In Town,” which is currently available, instantly grabs your attention! In this track, you can feel the soul-wrenching agony expressed through the haunting harmonica, while Gomez’s vocals, laden with pain, unveil the essence of human existence. Baty’s guitar work adds a compelling mix of raw emotion and polished technique, intensifying the themes of hopelessness and redemption. And let’s not forget about Andersen’s performance—it’s simply mesmerizing, capturing every subtle nuance and whisper of despair with crystalline clarity and depth. It’s truly remarkable.

You can stream “Thirstiest Man In Town” below.

Photo Credit: Gulf Coast Records.

Mike Zito, ‘Life Is Hard’

Words By Emily Kowalczyk.

Mike Zito’s “Life Is Hard” is a mirror of his enduring power in the blues scene, and it is presented with raw emotion and musical finesse. Released under Gulf Coast Records, this album is a poignant journey through life’s struggles and triumphs, masterfully crafted by a team of seasoned professionals.

A product of Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood and produced by blues virtuosos Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith, “Life Is Hard” benefits from top-notch production and a stellar lineup of musicians. Zito’s vocals and guitar work are complemented by the soulful contributions of additional guitarist Joe Bonamassa and keyboardist Reese Wynans, among others.

The album’s twelve tracks showcase Zito’s versatility as a songwriter and interpreter of the blues. From the haunting “Lonely Man” to the soul-stirring “Forever My Love,” each song resonates with authenticity and depth. Zito’s heartfelt lyrics and soulful delivery invite listeners to reflect on love, loss, and the human experience.

You can stream it below.

Photo Credit: Mike Zito | Gulf Coast Records.

North Ship, ‘How Like You This?’

Words By Emily Kowalczyk.

North Ship’s latest single, ‘How Like You This?’ propels them straight out of Copenhagen and into the realm of indie brilliance. With a sound that blends nostalgic echoes of yesteryear with contemporary flair, this track proves to be a refreshing addition to the indie scene. Moreover, the duo exhibits a remarkable knack for melding vintage tones with modern sensibilities, resulting in a musical experience that’s difficult to criticize.

The guitars shimmer with an ethereal echo, while the drums resonate with unwavering energy, creating a dynamic backdrop for Tom’s emotive vocals that strike straight to the heart. ‘How Like You This?’ also proves North Ship’s ability to craft music that transcends time, leaving us eagerly awaiting their next release.

You can stream below.

Photo Credit: North Ship

Cloud, ‘Runaway Train’

Words By Emily Kowalczyk.

Cloud, the rock guitarist from Japan, unleashes a storm of sound with his latest single, “Runaway Train”. From the very first chord, this track propels us into a whirlwind of electrifying guitar riffs and pulsating rhythms. Cloud’s command of the instrument is evident as he navigates through intricate melodies and blistering solos, leaving a trail of musical adrenaline in his wake.

What distinguishes “Runaway Train” is its fusion of classic rock elements with a contemporary edge, crafting a sound that feels both familiar and refreshingly innovative. Also, the track’s relentless energy intensifies with each passing moment, pulling us deeper into its immersive sound. But it’s not just the instrumental brilliance that captivates; Cloud’s vocals soar with passion and conviction, delivering lyrics that resonate with depth and emotion.

You can stream below.

Photo Credit: Cloud

Jennifer Porter, ‘Yes, I Do!’

Words By Emily Kowalczyk.

Jennifer Porter’s “Yes, I Do!” invites all on a soulful journey through the heartlands of American music. This ninth studio album from the acclaimed singer-songwriter is a vibrant fusion of New Orleans and Memphis Blues, tinged with the timeless essence of 1970s soul.

With eight tracks brimming with authenticity, Porter pays homage to musical legends like Professor Longhair, Billie Holiday, and Carol King while carving out her own unique sound. From the first note to the last, “Yes, I Do!” stuns with its rich melodies and emotive storytelling.

Porter’s velvety vocals glide over each arrangement, infusing every lyric with raw emotion!

You can stream below.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Porter

Kingdumb, ‘Eternally Never’

Words By Emily Kowalczyk.

Diving into Kingdumb’s latest mixtape, “Eternally Never,” has been a treat! It is instils the pulsating heart of the nightlife scene. Also, having followed Kingdumb’s musical evolution closely over the last few years, I can honestly say he is a producer who improves with every new release.

From the moment the first beat dropped, I was hooked. “Eternally Never” is a true force, infused with Kingdumb’s signature style yet carrying a fresh, modern twist that sets it apart from his previous work. The fusion of thumping basslines, infectious melodies, and innovative production techniques creates an electrifying atmosphere that demands to be experienced on the dance floor.

You can take a listen below.

Photo Credit: Kingdumb.

Henna Uoti, ‘Poison or Remedy’

Words By Emily Kowalczyk.

Henna Uoti brings the pop raw with new song, ‘Poison or Remedy’. It is not every day we come across a track quite like this one, and it immediately struck us with its magnetic power! Henna from Finland is in flying form in terms of vocals, and she steps it up a gear with this new arrival, which is her first sung in English. Her vocals sail through the air as the music demands attention in the background.

As the track progresses, it becomes more impactful, with a vocal narrative that hits home with poignancy. Henna speaks honestly about love, relationships, and the delicate balance between assertiveness and sensitivity.

You can take a listen below.

Photo Credit: Henna Uoti.

Marsha Swanson, ‘Near Life Experience’

Words By Emily Kowalczyk.

Marsha Swanson has gifted us a breath-taking new progressive pop album, ‘Near Life Experience’, and we simply cannot get enough of it! Falling head over heels for Marsha with her previous singles, she has been teasing her new album for some time and now it is here, it is not one to miss!

‘Near Life Experience’ is a trip through life, it explores various avenues with compelling tales which relate immediately. Also, her vocals smash through the music with a confidence which is akin to the top players in the music scene.

You can take a listen below.

Photo Credit: Marsha Swanson.