‘Land of Hope’ by Beldon Haigh

Check out the new video for protest song writer, Beldon Haigh’s track, ‘Land of Hope’.

His latest single uses classic pop/rock intrumentation, as well as a spine tingling string section from Smith Street Strings and the piano work of Ted Sweeney, to fittingly address the world’s current refugee crisis.

There’s a poignant message behind the beautifully crafted track, which makes this a must listen for any discerning listener, or activist.

 

Find out more on Beldon Haigh here:

Links:

https://twitter.com/beldonhaigh

https://www.facebook.com/Beldon-Haigh-Freedom-An-Anti-Trump-Protest-Song-1270990246327550/?fref=ts

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/freedom/id1195525999?i=1195526008

Deep Purple return with ‘InFinite’

Deep Purple are back, packing as much punch as ever with their latest album ‘InFinite’.

Track listing:

Time for Bedlam
Hip Boots
All I Got Is You
One Night in Vegas
Get Me Outta Here
The Surprising
Johnny’s Band
On Top of the World
Birds of Prey
Roadhouse Blues – (The Doors Cover)

This record has been one of the most highly anticipated this year, as Deep Purple have kept fans waiting 4 years since 2013’s Now What?!. Although the band have been rocking since 1968, this new album does not show any signs of wear and tear! With a very familiar sound, and InFinite amounts of progressive rock energy, this album is definitely up there with Purple’s classics!

The band have enlisted Bob Ezrin for the record’s production. He has worked with names such as Alice Cooper and Pink Floyd throughout his career. It is therefore no surprise that InFinite has such a wholesome, and pure sound so typical of Deep Purple albums.

Back in March, we heard one of the album’s singles ‘All I Got Is You’. It provided fans with something to be excited about, with Ian Gillan’s storytelling lyrics and a head-banging riff that is typical of Deep Purple. Expectations were certainly met, as what was released on Friday is a record full of everything rock n roll!

We are certainly not eased into this album in any way. After a robotic-effect vocal intro, the band roars to life like a machine urging to run again after being idle since the last record. Soon enough, we are greeted with the well known sound of Deep Purple, fuelled by keyboard heavy riffs provided by Don Airey. The instrumental section in ‘Time For Bedlam’ reminds us of the band’s early days, as it instantly adds itself to the list of the band’s progressive rock classics.

“You can bury me up to my knees in shit”- Ian Gillan clearly has not lost any lyrical attitude over his 50 year career with Deep Purple. He fires energy at us right from the start, especially through this edgy opening line to ‘Hip Boots’. Additionally, Steve Morse showcases his exceptional talent through original blues solos, plucked straight from the days of Ritchie Blackmore.

To add to fans’ excitement: in support of this new record, the band have announced that they will begin a tour on the 13th May. With a line up that has not changed for the last five albums, the ‘Long Goodbye Tour’ will most likely be a huge event that tickets will not last long for.

Throughout the entirety of this album, we are gifted with riffs full of guitar and keys, punchy drums and lyrics that show the Deep Purple frontman to be performing at his best. After listening to the record, if you learn one thing: let it be that Ian Gillan does not “give a fucking damn”!

InFinite was released on the 7th April 2017 via EarMusic.

 

James Handler

jameshandler22@gmail.com

Track review: ‘Team’ by Everything Under

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Everything Under the the musical project of Mark J. Heidecke and they putting their stamp on the music industry with their reinvention of the Electro-rock style.

After sadly losing his sister in a car crash, Mark embarked on a journey to a digital arts college where he learnt the trade of sound design, music theory and performance. He has also taught himself how to play guitar and keyboard showing that Everything Under is a band grown organically, straight from the roots.

‘Team’ is a dark, intriguing and complex track that utilises a variety of sounds and techniques. Clean struck guitars collide with deep, descending synths that evoke a deeply brooding and menacing aura, befitting of a horror or thriller film soundtrack. Alongside this, psychedelia meets hard-rock proving that Everything Under are setting up camp at the central crossroads of musical genres.

Heidecke’s vocals are a centrepiece of the track, too. Although minimal, Heidecke’s low growl is hauntingly mesmeric drawing listeners into a sort of hypnosis. Not only this, but his vocal qualities are comparable to a number of 80s acts such as Frankie Goes to Hollywood and so it is easy to see the influence from the time period.

The band have been honing their industrial blend of sounds for a while now and their new album, Where Have the Kids Gone at Night? from which ‘Team’ is taken, was mastered by the world renowned Bernie Grundman who had a hand in engineering Dr. Dre’s debut record, The Chronic.

Check out more on Everything Under here:

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

https://www.instagram.com/everythingundereu/

Ian Martyn’s Stunning Debut Album – ‘Life’s an Emotional Journey’

 

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For lovers of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac,  Ian Martyn’s expressive and greatly inspiring new single ‘I Can Feel Your Power’ epitomises the  support and comfort that art can bring to people especially at their darkest times in life. In Ian’s case it’s living with the earth shattering experience of losing both his wife and mother in the space of just 5 months.

As well as using his dreams to inspire his lyrics (I Can Feel Your Power) he visited a Tibetan monastery in Scotland to study Buddhism in order to help him manage the difficulties of his new life. At the monastery he had the unusual experience of meeting a soul-mate and felt a severe case of’ Déjà Vu’.

Ian Martyn’s unique approach to writing his music is that of writing the lyrics as a wholly meaningful and poetic piece of literature, so beautiful that the words alone just scream out for music. Ian’s music aids the healing process of any kind of personal strife or bereavement and is the perfect soundtrack to finding a new directions in life.

Although Ian doesn’t gig or tour he has some very notable people who have performed on his music. Richie Buckley (from Van Morrison) played the  saxophone on the track ‘Déjà vu’ who Peter Eades (Clannad) also performed drums on. Larry Hogan, Ian’s co-producer, on ‘I Can Feel Your Power’ and ‘Déjà vu’ has worked with Clannad, Thin Lizzy, Bob Geldof, Ronan Keating, to name but a few.

You can listen to ‘I Can Feel Your Power’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riIlTBrMK1c

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His other co-producer Richard ‘Digby’ Smith  for 6 of the other album tracks  also played some bass and supporting keyboards on some tracks. ‘Digby’ has worked on such artists music as Bad Company’s Album, Led Zeppelin’s 3rd and 4th albums, Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, Cat Stevens, John Martyn (many more of note) and humbly possesses 2 Gold Disc awards and has had 2 No.1’s simultaneously worldwide that he engineered.

Alongside his emotional life journey Ian features international artists for his music artwork. Some artists worthy of note are Jack Vettriano (on ‘Why Don’t You Tell Me’), Leonid Afremov and Sera Knight (on ‘You Are The One’), Laurie Hamilton, Adam Scott Miller, Delmary and (on ‘I Can Feel Your Power’) Daniel Eskridge (on ‘Dance With Spirits’), Rassouili and Josephine Wall (on ‘Déjà Vu’).

They have all said they are delighted and honoured to have a share in Ian’s journey and adding an extra dimension to Ian’s enlightening music.

Links: Website – www.ianmartyn.co.uk YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIVir13c4m0

Irish 60s Rocker Cado Releases Brilliant New EP ‘Take Me Back’

Listen to/download the EP here: https://cadomusic.bandcamp.com/

The multi instrumentalist has toured the UK and Ireland with The Shades and in early 2016 he began recording a collection of songs inspired by the music he adores. The singer-songwriter takes a completely DIY approach, self recording and mixing everything in his home studio. Every instrument on the EP was performed by him allowing him make music that he truly loves.

The retro sounding EP has strong nods towards classic artists such as Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis. The EP is out on 12th August.

Links

Facebook – www.facebook.com/cadomusic

EP Download – www.cadomusic.bandcamp.com

Spotify – https://play.spotify.com/album/3SlafrQsP2ixHRjhy0yTtf

Soundcloud – www.soundcloud.com/cado_music

YouTube – www.youtube.com/CadoOfficial

London psych rock band Purson release ‘The Window Cleaner’

Psych rock band Purson deliver some trippy visuals for their new single ‘The Window Cleaner’. The track comes off the band’s latest album Desire Magic Theatre.

Cunningham explains the inspiration behind the psychedelia: “I’d been up all night at a party, and I wasn’t really enjoying myself, it was all quite seedy. So in the morning I went to the park with a friend to do some mushrooms. Afterwards, everything had become so beautiful that I went home and demo’d up the song in a couple of hours. I think the video is a good representation of where the song sprang from.”