The Brussels-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Wim Lankriet releases new single/music video “Farewell to Greatness” as Euphemia Rise. Their music is described as “dark twisted love songs come in a distinctive style that blends alternative rock with influences from atmospheric, psychedelic and experimental music.”
“Farewell to Greatness” has a very dark, but powerful presence about it from the very beginning of the track. There’s this chant-like high energy that surrounds the instrumentation. There’s a darker psychological aspect to the music video, which they also highlight in the music as well. Lankriet does a great job of showing his vulnerable side in the track, which he also brought to the music video.
Lastly, catch the music video for “Farewell to Greatness right here!
Wim Lankriet is a songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, and keyboard player. His iconic signature sound is brought to life by “mixing songwriting with influences from cinematic and experimental music.” Be sure to keep up with Euphemia Rise, and be sure to check out the music video for “Farewell to Greatness” as well!
When a musical collaboration seems to be working you need to keep coming back and working together to see where it can take you. Success breeds more success. Having a trusted collaborator in music help motivate you to keep creating and producing the best sounds you can. Our friends Michael J Foxx and Sydney Sexton have had their noses to the grindstone putting out a ton of great music together. The train seems to be full steam ahead with a couple more videos and a full-length collaborative album just released.
With seasoned audio engineer and music producer Michael J Foxx using his unique influences from Hip-Hop to R&B to Rock, he is able to create a fresh sound in every track. Originally hailing from Harlem, NYC, USA and now based in Moncton, New Brunswick in Canada adds to the diversity of his sound. Adding in some songwriting flair and her sultry vocals lets Sydney Sexton provide another layer to the duo’s tone which allows them to go in whatever direction they see fit.
With their full-length Duality album just released on February 12th, Michael and Sydney also provided some stunning visuals for us to enjoy:
Sydney Sexton – ‘Pull Me In’
Sydney Sexton takes the lead with “Pull Me In” to warm our hearts. The mellow and experimental soundscape lets the vocals act as the focus to carry us away to a warm and cozy spot to relax and enjoy. Soothing sounds seem to come from all angles to keep the listener guessing where it will go next.
Michael J Foxx – ‘Burn It All’
The energy gets turned up with “Burn It All” by Michael J Foxx. He lays out his true feeling and past in the lyrics while a popping beat keeps heads bopping along. The flow is smooth as the video bounces around providing an attention keeping sight for the eyes. Audio and visual work in duality to dig us deeper into the music.
The pair have been getting a lot of traction since the COVID-19 pandemic hit and there seems to be no signs of slowing down. Duality is now available through all major streaming platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal.
The passion and determination of certain artists always shines through. Creating meaningful music consistently is not an easy task. But when an artist is willing to put in the hard work and devote their life to the art, it shines through. Our friend Michael J Foxx is one such artist. He has returned to end the year with another inspirational track in “Champion.”
The hip-hop recording artist and producer was born in Harlem, NY. With an early love for music, Michael J Foxx attended NYU to graduate with a degree in Audio Engineering and Production. He has since resettled in Moncton, N.B., Canada. Here he has drawn supreme talent to his style, most notably Sydney Sexton. Together they have been able to release a string of solid tracks sprinkled with different genres to set themselves on a trajectory towards stardom.
The latest Foxx-Sexton collaboration in the single “Champion.” The smooth background beat is set on the attack with the spitfire verse of Foxx. Sexton comes in for the chorus to bring the track to a new sonic level. Although based in the sports world, “Champion” is an anthem for everyone. As Foxx says “Champions harbor the ability to cope with setbacks and obstacles. They also have the strong will to succeed and overcome any failures that come their way. It is their strong belief in themselves that keeps them mentally adept and resilient.”
A solid music video accompanies the song. It was filmed at Don’t Blink Boxing Gym located in Dieppe NB. Everyone is welcome to be a Champion as long as they are willing to put in the work. By now we all know that Michael J Foxx and Sydney Sexton have that will.
Continue to keep an eye and ear out for more of them.
Indie-pop outfit VALLEY have released their six-song EP sucks to see you doing better.
Who Is Valley?
Valley is the newest band out of Toronto you should be paying attention to. Comprised of Rob Atlas, Karah James, Mikey Brandolino, Alex DiMauro – the group have formed an organic buzz through a personal and intimate connection with their fans. That relationship has helped the band generate nearly 54 million streams on Spotify alone. While their breakout single, “There’s Still A Light In The House,” has gathered 16 million streams on its own
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Rooted in a white-knuckle work ethic, VALLEY tirelessly strives to create juxtaposition. Comprised of four perfectionists going to painstaking efforts to ensure that every note they create can impact a listener and every word they write can positively affect the world, their self-assigned obsessions often leave them feeling paralyzed by the weight of the expectations.
Their upbeat and sparkling indie-pop hooks, which are built to vibrantly spiral around a listener’s headphones noticeably contrast the deeply-profound emotionally charged lyrical imagery they create. However, despite lingering in conversations about mental health trouble spots, like feelings of hopelessness, dusting off after heartbreak, and feeling insignificance in a digital world, VALLEY have rejected apathy, despair and lethargy, choosing instead to use their music to construct a platform of positivity to help transition through the complexities of young adulthood.
Driven by the complexities of finding stability in a somewhat unsteady world, VALLEY is the first to acknowledge that because life is complicated, so are they.
Motivated by a desire to normalize conversations about raw emotions, the band admits that “sucks to see you doing better was born from our obsession of continuing to raise the bar with honesty and directness in our songs.”They explain, expanding on the direction of the new EP, “sucks to see you doing better really doesn’t have one identity. We wanted it to feel isolated and alone but also like a giant hug when you listen to it in headphones.sucks to see you doing bettershould remind everyone that we’re going through the same mundane shit and struggling to deal with our day to day emotions whether it’s with ourselves or with other people.”
It is this vivid irony that actually leads to the beauty of VALLEY. Sure, they think it sucks to see you doing better, but they’re also doing everything in their power to make sure that you do.
Nashville Singer-Songwriter Jon Pattie has released the second part of his Reflections series: Dream On. This single is a credit to Pattie’s mastery in the indie-pop genre. Soft and reassuring, the lyrics “just for tonight, we’ll be alright” float soothingly amongst dreamy guitar chords. The rest of the song seems to be addressed to a partner, reflecting on better days of a relationship, and how the two could relive them, even if just for one night.
The brand new music video for “Dream On” was released today
Working as a teacher by day, and a passionate singer-songwriter by night, Jon Pattie started off his musical career in various bands, before venturing into the world of working solo. “All of my songs come from the heart”, Jon says when explaining what songwriting represents for him. “It’s a form of journaling and release for me when I write music,” he adds.
Jon is releasing one new single a month in hopes of building up suspense for his big drop in February of next year; Reflections: Vol II. Last month’s release “Pieces,” was a “symbiotic blending of folk roots, pop production, and a singer-songwriter story.” Also releasing a music video to accompany each single, “Pieces” is about who you can rely on, when things seem to be falling apart.
Jon Pattie breaks into “Pieces” on new Music Video
This next EP follows Jon’s first release in 2018, Reflections: Vol I. Jon lists his influences as Alec Benjamin, Jon Mayer, and Jon Bellion. The sounds of these artists were definitely heavy on his first release. While you can still hear them in his latest music, Jon has been experimenting more with guitar-heavy sound and synths for Reflections: Vol II.
“Reflections: Vol. II has been a dream to make. Each song comes from a story in my life and each one its own fingerprint. I got to work with some great producers and musicians who really helped breathe life into these tracks and make each track sound unique! I’m excited to be sharing this next stage of my life and my music with the world. I feel that there’s a song for everyone on this EP.”
“Bang Bang” – A Posthumous Release From Harry Hains (ANTIBOY)
“Bang Bang” was just released, and it is the kind of track that only comes around once in a blue moon. Artists of Harry Hains’ caliber are a rarity. There is magical, raw energy to Hains’ music that transcends genres. The artists’ track exists between psychedelic rock and indie grunge. Inspired by Nancy Sinatra’s (Bang Bang (Baby Shot Me Down))’ this track is a testament to the artist’s and talent and creativity.
ANTIBOY is the artistic lens through which we see the essence of “Bang Bang.” This lens shows us a vision of the world in which we are totally free. The music video which accompanies the song pairs this vision with a kind of psychedelic, retro-style videogame landscape.
In “Bang Bang,” the artist creates a world in which we are living at our truest. We are free of the societal labels that always have a hold on us. The death of Harry Hains came as a devastating blow. Yet, “Bang Bang” glows with his energy and passion. He left us a very clear message.
Watch the Music Video for “Bang Bang”
The World of ANTIBOY
The world of ANTIBOY is liberated from the prejudices of our own reality. This is what Harry Hains wants for our own world. He wants all of us to find the same enlightening freedom of ANTIBOY and their reality. In this era of the Black Lives Matter movement, we need a vision like Hains’.
This track is also a vital one for the modern LGBTQIA+ community. “Bang Bang” reminds us as queer individuals that we are moving toward a world where we are not bogged down by societal prejudice or expectations.
Yet, the world of this song is not empty of pain. ANTIBOY and “Bang Bang” remind us that pain is one of the defining traits of humanity. Harry Hains’ “Bang Bang” shows us the importance of acknowledging that pain. He wants us to embrace every part of ourselves.
Harry Hains’ (ANTIBOY) is currently available to listen to and purchase.
Fuck Covid-19. Am I right? This has become an anthem of 2020. As the pandemic continues to rage and the quarantine dominates, we all need a catharsis. Cool Ass provides that catharsis with his new tune, “Fuck You Covid-19.” For fans of ‘90s alternative and grunge, with a tongue-in-cheek flair, this song is right up your alley.
Cool Ass, obviously, is not an artist who censors himself. That is a refreshing change from the something sterile music blasting through our radios. In the age of the infamous ‘Celebrity Imagine’ music video, “Fuck You Covid-19” is a song that is actually self-aware. This song does not come from a place of privilege.
This song is not about a billionaire telling the working class to be happy. No, “Fuck You Covid-19” means fuck you, Covid-19. Cool Ass gives voice to the pent-up frustrations that have come along with the pandemic. Blasting this in your room and aggressively singing along is a perfect way to let off some steam while gaining some levity about the entire situation.
This is also a song that addresses our silly some of our complaints truly are. Seeing the turmoil that is taking over 2020, it seems ridiculous to make such a kerfuffle about not getting your hair cut in a month. “Fuck You Covid-19” somehow treads the line between being hilariously ironic and refreshingly genuine.
There is also a truly beautiful side to this song. Listening to Cool Ass’ tune would be wholly incomplete without watching its accompanying music video, which features fans from around the world lip-syncing to “Fuck You Covid-19.” It is quite touching to see this kind of coming-together over music.
In a time where isolation and division are realities of our everyday lives, finding something that unifies people is always a pleasure.
“Fuck You Covid-19” by Cool Ass is currently available.
Onism E is a powerhouse of talent and ‘My America’ is the prime example of this incredible ability. As one of the most unique musicians today, her voice is one you will not want to ignore. This is an artist carrying on the tradition of using music as a platform for social criticism, justice, and change.
‘My America’ is the perfect anthem for the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020. This song lives somewhere close to the tradition of Bob Dylan and Sixto Rodriguez. However, Onism E has its own incredibly distinctive and special sound. This unique voice shines through prominently in this song.
Asking Where is ‘My America’?
The Black Lives Matter protests have heavily defined 2020. It has been both surprising, and tragic, that these protests have fallen out of the news cycle. The media have stopped paying attention, but the people have not. Another reality of the protests in 2020 is that they are not often seen from the perspective of the protesters themselves. ‘My America’ corrects this.
This song is tied strongly to its complimentary music video, which features images of the protests. These images were often taken while in the midst of the marches. This perspective needs to be promoted and seen. In many ways, ‘My America’ functions like a spoken word piece, placing a great deal of emphasis on the power of the lyrics.
‘My America’ discusses the struggle of finding oneself in the USA during all of this unrest. It addresses how difficult it is to contend with the brutal racism in the United States while also finding hope in the protests. Onism E’s song is all about who represents the ‘real America’ – the protesters or the racists.
There is no easy answer to this question. And ‘My America’ does not pretend as though there is. Instead, this song speaks to the fact that this struggle is defining where we will go, as a nation, from here. ‘My America’ is a vitally important song in 2020, and you will not be disappointed in its power.