Julia Mascetti – A Modern Day Dream Weaver

Dream weaving is no easy feat, but Julia Mascetti and her harp do just that with an ease and sense of style that only a true sonic whizz can pull off.

Listen to a live version of her track “In Bloom” here

Growing up in the UK but living in Tokyo, Julia is a melting pot of influences and her new EP, “In Distance, Everything Is Poetry” showcases this perfectly.

One of the more standout tracks from the EP is In Bloom. The song is built around a haunting picked arpeggio that provides the perfect foundation for Julia’s storytelling and leaves space for the smaller, more delicate details of the production to shine through. Weaving cleverly in and out of this are masterfully placed snippets of traditional Japanese sounds and it is this that gives the music its distinct, eclectic character.

The end result though is something that is truly unique, emotive and haunting and showcases the storytelling of someone who truly loves and respects their craft.

Follow Julia here!

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/juliamascetti

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/juliamascetti

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JuliaMascetti

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/juliamascetti

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Albino: Night At The Chemist

Albino, ‘probably London’s greatest alcoholic garage rock band’, are back with their brand new album, ‘Night at the Chemist’. The band, consisting of Ben Tucker on guitar and vocals, Merv Salole on bass, Gareth Morris on guitar, and Don Gibson on percussion, and managed by Rocker Young, have easily performed over 250 gigs since starting up the band in 2005. Once a year, they even head out on an international tour, so those not from the UK will still have the chance to see this highly animated band of vintage-rock tendencies.

Albino can only be described as whisky obsessed Americana/garage rock musicians who can rock any venue using their incredible, often humorous original songs, including ‘Belinda’, the lead single off the new album, which displays the band’s energetic, light-hearted and passionate characteristics.

The strong beat alongside the catchy melody and lyrics, and the tremendous vocals from Ben Tucker, complemented by the extraordinary guitar solos, make their music incredibly satisfying and enjoyable for a wide range of listeners, making us dust off and tune our air guitars, ready to play along.

Check out more on Albino here:

http://www.albinomusic.com/index.php

https://www.facebook.com/Albinomusic

https://www.reverbnation.com/albino

https://soundcloud.com/al-bino-6

https://mobile.twitter.com/Albinomusic

https://www.youtube.com/user/Albinomusic

Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla Reissue ‘Gaodhal’s Vision’

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Back in the 70s, Joe O’Donnell was known as one of the world’s best rock violinists with the bands East of Eden and Headstone, but now he performs alongside his band Shkayla (Gaelic for ‘stories’) who are reissuing Joe’s classic 1977 album Gaodhal’s Vision, to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

At the time, Gaodhal’s Vision, was ‘visionary’ to say the least, demonstrating Joe’s innovative and experimental playing which he combined with the guitar skills of fellow rock-legend, Rory Gallagher, who was a close friend of Joe’s too. Consequently, the record was met with critical acclaim then, and still stands the test of time now as one of the best celtic-rock concept albums ever produced.

As part of their 40th anniversary celebration, Joe and Shkayla played a double show at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre which will be featured as an exclusive DVD along with the reissue. The new remastered, enhanced and extended version of Gaodhal’s Vision is available from the band’s website with 20% off until the end of April:

http://joeodonnellsshkayla.com/shop/gaodhals-vision-40th-anniversary-edition/ 

Links:

http://joeodonnellsshkayla.com/

https://soundcloud.com/shkayla

https://www.facebook.com/shkaylaband/

https://twitter.com/shkayla

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHfqphCzdhiwEgpykm1SQyg

‘Call Me The Moon’ by Mark L. Oakes

Belgian singer-songwriter, engineer and producer Mark L. Oakes is releasing the ideal soundtrack for what he calls a ‘karmic road trip’ with his debut album Call Me The Moon.

Mark’s home studio, tucked away in the Ardennes, provided the perfect location to record the album, whilst it was mastered in Los Angeles by Grammy award winner, Gavin Lurssen.

Oakes’ influences are clear once you listen to his music and he is keen to show his admiration for the likes of Neil Young, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Tucker Zimmerman and Ryan Adams.

While singles ‘Shredded Jeans’ and ‘Friend From Above (Sleepless Spouse)’ are tinged with soft melancholy, tunes like ‘Aloof Again’ and ‘None Of These Roads’ will lead you straight to a risky, bitter ground. Although Mark’s sound can best be placed in the folk genre, he employs elements of rock too such as the deep and resonant, yet subtle electric guitar on ‘Aloof Again’.

Travelling between Europe and the United States with a bag full of projects, Mark sees ‘Call Me The Moon’ as the silver thread out of the vague existential maze. The album is a must listen for anyone wanting to rediscover their love for quality folk music – a real easy listener!

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/mark-l-oakes

https://www.facebook.com/oakesmusic

https://twitter.com/markloakesmusic

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8pq-OE8Cknqw4FwMdfhMLA

www.oakesmusic.com

‘Father Christmas’ by Jon McDevitt

‘Father Christmas’ is the unique and original product of musician Jon McDevitt who is looking to provide something a little left-field in the Christmas songs category.

Rather than the usual drivel that we hear every December, along with the few festive gems, Jon’s ‘Father Christmas’ presents a new perspective which ponders upon the importance of good ol’ St. Nick – posing the question, would it really be Christmas without him?

Jon’s Christmas sing-along avoids the common approaches to the genre with thoughtful lyrics from co-writer Dominic Hudson and an infectious folk-rock style melody that stands out from the crowd.

Blending influences from the likes of The Smiths and Dexys Midnight Runners, ‘Father Christmas’ is a highly listenable Christmas anthem with more to it than meets the eye; there is a sense of meaningfulness to Jon’s track that is lost on many of the classic festive tunes. Certainly one to look out for this Christmas period!

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/jonmcdevittsongs/

https://twitter.com/jonmcdevitt

www.jonmcdevitt.com

Suit of Lights’ the genre defying band

Having dedicated his life to music since an early age, Joe Darone, pursued a career as a drummer and then in 2003 he decided to focus on songwriting allowing for Suit of Lights to be born.

“Even the greatest musical elitists will find something to love on this album”- RAG Magazine

Pushing the boundaries of modern music, “Break Open the Head” has the energy of punk, the immediacy of pop, the innovation of progressive rock and the timeless beauty of “serious” composers. This makes the band, and their music, distinct and innovative whilst cutting edge and acknowledging of songwriting tradition. Ultimately the band is fearless when it comes to creating music.

 

Links:

http://www.suitoflights.com

 

https://vimeo.com/166666227

https://soundcloud.com/visiting-hours

https://www.facebook.com/suitoflights1

https://twitter.com/JoeDarone1

Positive new soft rock single ‘Always Go Home’ from AKA V

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Canadian singer-songwriter AKA V comes through with this gorgeous country-infused soft rock song about not being afraid to return home when life’s dreams don’t turn out how you planned. Reminiscent of artists such as Sheryl Crowe and Shania Twain, AKA V demonstrates herself as a gifted songwriter with a promising future.

Links:

www.akavmusic.com

https://soundcloud.com/akav

https://twitter.com/BornToBeVee

https://www.facebook.com/AKAVofficial
https://www.instagram.com/official.aka.v

http://aka-v-official.tumblr.com