Mike Louttit writes socially aware and forewarning instrumental rock under the moniker Fractal Control. His debut release, Disconnection Equals Freedom, is the first installment of a series of albums that address feelings of anxiety, dread, and frustration with our society at present.
Disconnection Equals Freedom, does not articulate any specifics about the current state of the world, and is not meant to be another insight on “what’s wrong with things”. Through shred heavy numbers and thought-provoking sound bites, Fractal Control seeks to mirror the conscious and subconscious irritation and uncertainty within ourselves.
The mindset of Disconnection Equals Freedom comes from the artist’s own explorations, first spurred on by exposure to controversial filmmaker Peter Joseph’s “Zeitgeist: The Movie,” a film which makes some dramatic assertions about the origins of religion and elements of governmental control and cover-ups. But most notably it deals with issues regarding the Federal Reserve System, making allegations of a select few who manipulate the financial system and ultimately lead unsuspecting people like cattle to the slaughter before they realize it’s too late.
You can listen to Disconnection Equals Freedom in full here: https://soundcloud.com/fractalcontrol
It is no surprise that the holiday season is my favorite time of year. And what better to kick it off with then some gorgeous new Christmas music? Polish-born Ewa Angeli has just released a stunning new Christmas album that is made up of traditional Polish Christmas songs, translated in entirely English.
Reaching back as far as to XVIII century these beautiful Christmas Carols in traditional and contemporary arrangements brought to the world the magnificence of Christian tradition of Christmas. They will brighten up the Holiday Season for all – the young and the old. The beauty of the melodies and lyrics that equal to such classics as “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World,” will touch and move us in our memories to those happy moments spent with our loved ones, our families, and back in time to our childhood.
Ewa Angeli “In Night’s Still Silence”: https://soundcloud.com/ewaangeli/in-nights-still-silence
Sit Kitty Sit are currently making their way through the East Coast on a lengthy tour which stops in New York this week. You can catch the group at the Rock Shop (11/20) and Pianos (11/19) respectively. The heavy hitting duo bring to life elements of drums meet piano, accompanied by singer Kat Downs flawless vocal work. Drummer Mike Thompson brings the music to a whole new level with his intricate playing. Sit Kitty Sit currently have a new video out for “Birmingham,” off the latest masterpiece, Everlasting Fire, out now. Check out their New York dates below and try to make it out if you can!
11/19 – Pianos – 7pm / 21+ / $8
11/20 – The Rock Shop – 8pm / 21+ / $8-$10
“Supa Baddd” is the first single (released October 28th) off of edgy R&B/HipHop artist Torsha Lynn’s upcoming album Inappropriate. On this track Torsha aims to introduce herself with a self-confidence worn like a pair of well-fitting skinny jeans. “This song is all about being a strong woman and in control of your life. I often write from a place of women empowerment. Being raised by a young, single mom, I had my first job at 14 and owned my own company at the age of 26.” But she also wanted to create a track that would be a hot request for the dance floor.
Inappropriate is an album that touches on topics that span the breadth of womanhood as Torsha has experienced it. As an entrepreneur (Snug Pet Resort), mother of two, and wife of an NFL football player she has some interesting insights to unfurl.
LISTEN : “Supa Baddd” on Soundcloud
New York staple Paul Maged, has just released his new record, Diamonds & Demons. An album filled with social awareness, Maged touches upon the topics of climate change, human warfare, religion and today’s evolving society. The first single from the record is “Look at Me,” that gravitates towards a rebellious sound with punk tendencies.
Maged’s vocals are clear so he can get his point across without distraction. The songs on Diamonds & Demons recall the sounds of Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen, while providing his own originality to boot. His cutting vocals breathe energy into the lead single, which is found throughout the rest of the album.
Other standout pieces include “Cause & Effect,” which send a little Eddie Vedder nostalgia down your spine, and “I’m Okay,” which delves in a dose of funk, subtly, into the record. Diamonds & Demons is 17-tracks of riff heavy and politically charged pieces, that brings issues to life, in a way that captures your attention and makes you want to change the world.
Listen to Paul Maged’s “Look at Me,”: https://soundcloud.com/paulmaged/look-at-me
“Too Late,” is the newest video by What Model Citizens, who hail from Brooklyn. Singer and frontman Alex Musto says of the eerie new video:
“Generally I prefer to let the work speak for itself but the concept behind the video is the age old idea of obsession overwhelming and destroying a person. The main character is Captain Ahab. He’s Doctor Frankenstein. He’s so engulfed in his work it kills the only other person he may have cared about other than himself. Seeing the destruction he hath wrought he realizes he maybe able to save her but through his work. He sets about collecting the parts to rebuild her pouring his obsession into into his latest project. In the end when she finally wakes back up he’s put so much of his own hatred and soul into rebuilding her that his personality overwhelms hers and starts attacking him. He’s forced to destroy the monster he created.”
The highly anticipated video has just landed a high profile premiere via Buzznet, and is already making the rounds with music listeners alike. The brainchild of Alex Musto, What Model Citizens’ unique electronic sound is a danceable storm that firmly places the band in New York’s music scene. Compared to groups such as Gang of Four and The Faint, What Model Citizens delivers reverb-laden guitars, heavy with electronic sounds and a driving tenacity.
Watch the video for “Too Late,” here: http://vimeo.com/100473479