Gustav Hoyer, a Colorado-based classical composer, has interest in both classical music and technology. This combination has created a lifelong journey for both Gustav and his listeners. Founder of the Los Angeles-based Orchestra Unleashed, Hoyer has built a growing discography available for any person aiming to be transcended into an almost-cinematic universe.
His latest release, “Innocence” is the follow up to his glorious track “Adventure at Sea,” which made waves.
His abundance of strings in the song allows for the listener to be immediately captured by the story of the piece. The piece goes on to be a dynamic story, with beautiful themes and powerful horns. This piece immediately reminds me of Alexandre Desplat or Alan Silvestri, two composers known for creating an entire universe within their works.
His recorded music has been heard in film, on radio and in performances worldwide. He founded and directed the Los Angeles-based Orchestra Unleashed, dazzling audiences with a series of multimedia orchestral performances that reimagined the typical classical concert. Concurrently, Hoyer produced the original soundtrack for critically acclaimed stage epic “Acts, the Three Man Show.” His most recent album, “The Gilded Age,” included The Steampunk Serenade for a 40-piece string orchestra. Gustav Hoyer’s journey to become a classical music composer was certainly not scripted.
Sandhya Asirvatham, known to the music world as Sandhya, is a producer, musician, and songwriter reigning from Baltimore, Maryland, although because of her past, she will always be a New Yorker at heart. Sandhya is a well educated writer and journalist, who has now brought her ability to captivate readers with her words, into the music industry.
With her latest single, “Last Two Standing,” Sandhya combines a mixture of vocal ability and even some spoken word- type melodies into a beautifully curated record.
“Here’s to the heroes and the saints, the sacrificers without complaint…” This track is a mix between a historical story of the past events in history, and a love story between two extremely passionate people. “Won’t you love me, like we are the last two standing? This is my plea, I will never regret it.”
Sandhya has an incredible talent of telling stories through her music, with jazz-pop, indie-rock and singer-songwriter influences, and we are so excited to hear more from her, especially the 10 track project she is working on now INNOCENT MONSTER.
Dirty Snowman Society is back at it again in 2021 with their brilliant new single “Too Much is Never Enough,” which will delight your ears.
The quartet, however, furthers the continuum with modern touches of grunge and alt-rock, and a rural bravado informed by a vigorous high-altitude lifestyle in an environment where it snows 350 inches a year.
The song is filled to the brim with catchy hooks, glorious melodies and vocals that will linger in your head for days. It’s been a while since we heard from the quartet, and they are certainly taking 2021 by storm, within every note.
The band’s smoldering emotive musicality recalls Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, and other beacons of the 1990s riff rock revival. Lyrically, the band touches on everyday life struggles, politics, and romance. For Frank Costantini (vocalist / drummer / co-songwriter), who has had a successful professional career as a writer in advertising, working on original music unlocked a flow of words he had never previously accessed. For most of the guys in Dirty Snowman Society, the band is a chance to reclaim a love of rock n’ roll, and share the joy of music with others. “It’s never too late—no matter what—to do what you love,” Frank says. “Especially when you’re playing music with the right people, and putting in the time to make it quality.”
As they gear up for their biggest year yet, we can expect more goodies from the band down the line, as they make music on their own terms…the only way they know how too.
Varro Vivyds is a Santa Cruz native who creatively captures her emotions and writes them in such a way where the audience will feel like they’re experiencing them too. Her melody work will have her songs playing in your head during the day, and keeping you up at night.
Varro Vivyds shares of the track:“Fool’s Gold was the first song I wrote after a six year hiatus due to struggling with active addiction,” said Vivyds. “It’s a beautifully written break up song about my first clean relationship, and first clean break up. Fool’s Gold is extremely relatable, and when you listen, it feels as if it was written for you personally.”
In her new single “Fool’s Gold”, Varro Vivyds captures this feeling with a pristine and immaculate perfection. Just like its subject matter, this track is deathly addicting. Its arrangement is minimal in the best way, there’s nothing you don’t want and everything you do.
“Fake News” is a perfect song to send Trump out of office – It’s been one of his favorite Tweets and outcries that we have had to tolerate for the last 4 years.
This track from Charleston SC band Honeypot is both tongue in cheek and dripping in deep sarcasm all the way through but what it is really doing is denouncing the hypocrisy of Trump’s attacks against journalism. According to lead singer Frank Hartman the track was written in 2018, but now that this presidential reign is ending, it seems the perfect send-off to both.
Hartman chose to preface this track’s video with a very powerful poem “First they came which according to Wikipedia …” is the poetic form of a post-war confessional prose by the German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984). It is about the cowardice of German intellectuals and certain clergy—including, by his own admission, Niemöller himself—following the Nazis‘ rise to power and subsequent incremental purging of their chosen targets, group after group. It really hit home to preface it with a poem about accountability now that we are at the end of a presidency that seems to have had none.
The Charleston, SC band is heavily influenced by classic rock and prog rock bands like Rush, Alice in Chains, Tool, and Guns n Roses.
Known mostly for his work in the blues genre, producer/artist Eric Selby is following his debut album, Do, Baby, with a new sound in his single “Orbit”. After working with other critically acclaimed artists and getting inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, Selby is sharing his own original music, and doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. After all of his success with his previous work, he is starting to branch out into new styles and genres while putting his own signature blues flare on it.
Taking heavy influence from artists like Pink Floyd and The Beatles, “Orbit” tells the story of a former flame trying to rekindle the love they once had with the main character of the song. There is a very Americana feel to the song as a whole with notes of psychedelic inspiration when it comes to the harmonies and guitar riffs. I also just love the fact that there is a bassoon part in this song. You never hear of a bassoon in mainstream music, so I thought the inclusion of that was awesome. The lyrics of the song have a more satirical style than Selby’s other work, which is usually more dark and mysterious. When talking about “Orbit”, he said, “Between the initial acoustic blues approach, co-writer Don Chapman’s killer country-flavored guitar licks, a bassoon solo and a hip-hop beat, we have a true hodgepodge of vibes to convey what we felt was needed to make “Orbit” spin”.
The way that Eric Selby is able to combine genres is honestly astounding to me. “Orbit” manages to incorporate ideas from blues, psychedelic rock, and country in such a beautifully cohesive way. It helps to give the song the immaculate vibes that make it so enjoyable. “Orbit” makes me want to drive with my windows down during a sunset, even though it’s January. I can’t wait to see what else Eric Selby is going to bless us with in 2021.