Nick Lexington’s ‘Wellbeing EP’ released less than a month ago, is an honest and revealing body of work from the German musician, who’s actually done an excellent job in writing and executing a very humble, charismatic and somewhat biopic project.
Switching between folk, country and soulful acoustic rock, the extended release kicks off with ‘Song of Wellbeing’ – A melodic, warm and playful song which exposes Nick’s inner battles during a time where things may have not been so clear to the singer-songwriter as he battled depression, self-doubt and questions of an existential nature. Although such topics are indeed touchy, Nick as found a way of making light out of darkness, aided by a colourful and rich soundscape.
The follow up track is called ‘Tibet’, and again, Nick has managed to produce another beautiful and gentle song, whose delivery by both the band and the singer is as close to perfection as it gets. ‘Tibet’ is not only joyous but also thought defying with lyrics such “Get up in the morning when it flows, get up and feel the energy grow and grow, you can see the mountains that are the roof of our world […]”
‘Success’ is very reminiscent of some of Pink Floyd’s work, which is not a bad thing at all, specially when it is performed/played with authentic passion and sung with an even bigger dedication and enthusiasm, as Nick Lexington shows here…
‘My Cloud’ and an acoustic version of ‘Tibet’ close this EP off, which we rate a respectful and imposing 8 out 10, as in our opinion, it is a breath of fresh air to have artists out there writing and singing about real life and real issues, but better yet, an artist who is aware and emotionally intelligent enough to deliver these challenging messages in positive and ever inspiring ways.
It’s a pleasure and a privilege to have Nick Lexington’s ‘Wellbeing EP’ in our current collection, make sure you add it to yours! You won’t regret it.
So we recently caught up with one of the biggest pushers of Surf rock music coming from the west coast. A guitarist who keeps contributing to this extremely underrated genre with stunning, fast paced, no non-sense covers, as well as his own original surf gems.
It should be obvious by now that we are talking about Orange County’s very own Matt Hurray – Who has not only amazed us with brilliant surf masterpieces such as ‘Diamond Head Dumb Head’, ‘Egyptian Surfer’ and ‘Unnecessary Commentary’ but now – it really seems he is determined to single-handedly revive this almost forgotten Genre, while leading from the frontline.
Aided by the talented Jim Rice (additional guitars), Peter Freiberg (Bass) and Gary Ferguson (Drums) – His ‘Cool, Cajjj, Rippin’, Rad! EP’ is more of a statement than anything else… and to those who possess a trained ear, it is easy to see that Surf rock could never die while musicians such as Hurray are around!
This frenetic, frenzied and feverish EP includes three surf covers, two of which were originally released by The Chantays (‘Pipeline and El Conquistador’), while ‘Trasher’ was originally released by The Challengers.
As always, Hurray’s delivery remains exciting, entertaining and impressively sharp throughout this ‘Cool, Cajjj, Rippin’, Rad! EP – Which makes for a swift listen, regardless of time or location… But between me and you? This fast and furious EP feels an even better listen while relaxing to an extra cold beer!
It’s wonderful seeing an act develop over a number of years, and Alta’s growth is a perfect example. After dropping an EP late 2016, the Melbourne-based duo has released new work in the back half of this year, with each release feeling more complete and fully formed than the last.
They have always employed a range of influences to complete their music, but recently their music has fit together more seamlessly – with new single “Sentiment” an indication of this rise. Typically hypnotic vocals and stirring lyrics mixed with intelligent, catchy production is always a solid recipe, but Alta’s work has just enough intrigue to feel fresh and interesting. They’re a perfect antidote for those of you who want your pop music served with a twist.
I would never consider them an act to rest on their laurels given their search for new influences, but Alta is an act pretty close to their musical peak nonetheless.
This track is like a rollercoaster, in that it grabs your attention and keeps you locked in for all its exciting twists and turns.
And just like a rollercoaster, singer David Von Sell has had his ups and downs. He has an incredible story that I think is worth sharing. When his self-titled debut EP was released, he was on his way up…high up. A few of his tracks even made it on to Indie Shuffle. Unfortunately something happened and he began struggling to sing, tours were cancelled and he had to seek medical care for his vocal chords. Now, after going through a dark tunnel, he has emerged and seems to be on the rise once more.
A kaleidoscopic release from an unpredictable act that will keep you on your toes.
Oya Paya is a band with a truly spontaneous and eclectic approach to their productions. Their music could be considered avant-garde, but their work lacks the pretentiousness and self-indulgence that is often associated with that particular artistic current. In other words, Oya Paya does not create challenging music for the sake of it, but to follow a genuine need to say something in a different way.
Their recent release is titled “Put My Record On”, and it is a great way to showcase how their sound can be smart, yet accessible.
The song is featured within the band’s remarkable debut EP (essentially self-titled, yet stylized with some fascinating fonts) which you can listen to by clicking this link. This particular project is more than an EP in its traditional sense, as each song has a vibe of its own, with an accompanying music video to offer a visual backbone to each tune.
“Put My Record On” is not actually a single, but rather a mix of tracks taken from the EP, combined with a few unreleased numbers and other exciting projects. The project’s broad creative scope is also reflected in the very nature of the band. The 3 masterminds behind Oya Paya come from different countries and bring different creative background to the table. In spite of the band’s drummer being currently stuck in Singapore (his homeland) due to immigration issues, the group is still eager to make more music, while fighting to get him back to the UK.
Julez is a young and talented musician hailing from the NYC/NJ area. Her sound is a great combination of blues, rock and pop, going for a very energetic approach.
When you think of blues music, most of you might think of old-timey music with a retro feel. While Julez still retains a charming old-school tone in her songs, her offering is also compelling and modern. This talented young artist is able to project the blues into the new millennium, catering to a new generation of fans. In partiuar, Julez excels as a live performer, as she can truly kick things up a notch on a stage, where she can get to engage with her audience. Having said that, Julez is also a great studio artist, as shown on his recent studio release.
“Back To First Steet” features 7 exciting blues/rock numbers that highlight the artist’s flexibility and creative vision. Her sound makes me think of influential performers the likes of Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin or Lucinda Williams, showcasing a whole new different personality.
Armed with her trusty Fender start, Julez is all about conquering her audience with immediate lyrics and unique vibes.