Recognized as a “Top 100” in the 2020 CBC Searchlight Contest, Canadian pop artist Alexis Lynn has a lot more to say than the average twenty something. As she relives her life’s moments through song, it’s her hope that her music empowers people as they relate her lyrics to their own life experiences. She recognizes that a catchy chorus or hook can forge an instant bond between her and her listeners, which is one of the reasons she excels at the creative process and continues to develop her sound accordingly.
Alexis’ newest single, “Ghosts,” is a sad but sweet melodic pop track that recognizes feelings of insecurity and doubt but finding hope realizing you’re not the only one.
Raphaela Gilla is a singer, vocal-medium, composer and a spirtual guide. She was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. Now she lives and works in London and Berlin. Her Jewish-Bulgarian, Polish and Spanish roots influenced her way of singing and granted her voice many colours and characters- from ritualistic shaman through native Balkan to heavenly angelic voices. This mixture of vocal styles defined her unique style as a singer and vocal- medium. Sharing her new single and video for “Star Song,” we catch up with Raphaela, below!
1. Tell us the story of this song, why did you choose to visualize this song specifically in this way?
Star Song is about personal, human matters which are universal. For we are all one, the universe is in us and every one of us is a universe full of lights, shadows, magical nature, beautiful colours and more.
The song and the video are meant to encourage humans to feel Unconditional Love. To love and be loved in return. The visualisation of the video was chosen to emphasize the transition from the micro to the macro – meaning, finding our inner light, our divine essence, our soul’s purpose, our inner love. The universe will reflect that back to us through colourful visions, messages. It reveals connections with our spiritual guides and divine beings from higher dimensions.
The Star Song video was made to represent a spiritual journey from discovering the divine inner being to the expression of it outside in the world. The images, which are connected to our universe, are supporting and helping to represent this journey.
2. What was the inspiration behind this video (visuals, storyline, etc.)?
The inspiration behind this video was my own spiritual journey of discovering Unconditional Love in a person’s heart that used to be closed with fear but opened itself to me so that I could feel the magical love in it.
That moment of revelation was so strong that it brought me back home to my own spiritual guiding star, who I had the luck to know in my life while she was still in this dimension, before she transformed to the higher dimension. The meetings with her were and still always bring me back home to myself, to the love of my guardian angel, to my higher inner self, to my inner light, to my crown, which plays a very important role in my life as well as in the video. The video represents the beautiful experience that brings unconditional, pure, true love, that everyone deserves to receive.
The crown emphasizes the Divine Feminine Aspect, which is a very important message and inspiration.
The Divine Feminine is on a journey. Her third eye is open and her crown chakra is present. She is awakened and observes the universe around her. She experiences the universe and its epic, colourful visions through her third eye and crown chakra with so much love, serenity and acceptance. The divine feminine aspect is “making love” with the universe in the video. The universe reminds her of who she really is and her original power and brings peace and healing to her soul.
At the end of the video, the divine feminine embraces it all from her spirit to her center – her womb and belly. The universe and nature has fertilized her and she brings these treasures to the people. She nourishes them with her ancient, sacred knowledge and the universal gifts that she has received. Finally, she has been brought back to her source of energy, what brings balance to the 3-dimensional world.
The vocal experimental improvisations, the abstract shapes, and the colours in Star Song video are representing diverse elements. Blue represents the water element: deep wisdom and feelings. Red and orange represent the fire element: warmth, love, passion and strength. Green represents healing and wild nature. Purple represents the flame of inspiration and spirituality. Yellow & white represent the bright light of a star. Black represents the shadows.
3. What was the process of making this video?
Star Song video was made over the course of 9 months from January until September 2020. It was like a pregnancy process.
Originally this video was supposed to be shot at a live concert in Berlin, Germany, and was planned to be edited as a live performance. But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the concert was cancelled so the video producer and I had to come with another plan.
We could not meet during the lock down, so our meetings turned into online conversations like every meeting at the time of the pandemic’s beginning. We came to the idea of the relevant status of the world in a time like this. Because Star Song is a song about unconditional love, coming back home to our souls through connecting with our spiritual guidance, about light and healing, we felt that this is the right moment to bring these themes into the world in the video as well. We had the need to create an authentic feature that supplies balance, love, light, positivity, and hope that wins over the fears, shadows and chaos, that activates an energetic shift, harmony and healing in humanity and in mother earth.
We looked for elements and images that create the universal, epic atmosphere that we wanted to achieve, which could serve the song’s message and provide a feeling of a huge, free space.
Due to the situation, the video producer and I weren’t allowed to bring assistants to the shooting day in the studio. According to the safety rules, only two people could be in one room/studio so the two of us had to find solutions to help each other. For example, the “making love” frames were all selfies, I had to hold the light, the video producer had to help me when my make-up ran down, etc.
However, the difficult conditions didn’t affect our creative process, didn’t shade the high quality of art and the fun of making this video! Most of all they didn’t prevent the birth of the Star Song video into the world!
Bombardier Jones, a known name in DC’s underground indie-rock scene, recently released their latest studio album Dare to Hope. Frontrunner Ian Jones perfectly meshes his love for British psych-rock and the alt-rock sounds of the 90s to create his own unique style of rock and roll. Jones has been producing and playing music since the ‘90s, and no song better displays his songwriting abilities than “Let the Light Shine” off of his new album.
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Backed by a grandiose instrumental backtrack, “Let the Light Shine” builds energy alongside rich sounds of a full bodied brass section and upbeat piano riffs. The chorus sweeps through the listener with its catchy, uplifting call of “let the light shine over you and out of you.” The track, though sonically influenced by the likes of The Kinks and The Yardbirds, sweeps the listener into country music territory as the bridge combines retro guitar with twangy horns.
Hailing from New Haven, Connecticut, The Right Offs know just the right way to play Rock n’ Roll. Their new song “Post Bone Savy“ gives us a whirlwind of the band’s sound within the context of their new album “Bardo,” out now.
“Post Bone Savy” brings an energetic sound that is a breath of fresh air; undeniably catchy and brilliant from start to finish.
The Right Offs are a trio who consistently channel all the joy, grit, and energy they can muster into their epic and unique brand of rock. Out front, the bold and soulful vocals of singer/songwriter/guitarist Maxwell Omer are instantly memorable. Max is backed up by the dynamic rhythm and resonance of Than Rolnick on bass and Bob Rock on drums.
They quickly built a hometown reputation as a vital and unforgettable live act as they have been named one of the Best Emerging New England artists of 2017 and their intensity has only grown from there. Known for their high energy performances, they take their songs and breathe into them an energetic life that makes them stand out from the rest.
In addition to their stellar reputation as a live band, they’ve recorded two potent EPs. Max, Than and Bob released their debut Fire In A Theatre in 2018, documenting their in-the-flesh magic and their bona fides as an accomplished songwriting team. The trio impressed again the following year with their lauded 4-song EP Fake Adjustments. The effort garnered praise for its creative studio experiments, musicianship, and broader sound palette.
The Right Offs’ prior release Live at the 9, is an unsparing live set captured at a storied hometown venue. It’s a resounding affirmation of the trio’s core strength: the skill and explosive presence they bring to a stage. It’s also a prequel to another leap forward, a snapshot of a band positioned for their next challenge. Their upcoming full-length album, “Bardo,” out next week, is their most inventive and ambitious yet. It will not disappoint. Whether it’s the boastful sound of epic guitars, the strong sensibility of the rhythm section, or the catchy vocal hooks, The Right Offs are no stranger to the world of music…and they have just the right ingredients.
Karen Bishko is an artist that has captured our eyes and ears the past few weeks. Her new video for “My Name is Karen,” has us head over heels for the artist as she delights with her vibrant and colorful sound. With a video that is equally as enchanting, Bishko takes us on a story-filled journey with her latest release. Sitting down with us for a very special Video Voyageur, Karen Bishko takes the wheel.
Tell us the story of this song, why did you choose to visualize this song specifically?
Well, my name is actually Karen and I was feeling both bemused and hacked off of this latest trend of using the name as a pejorative. This was one of those songs that just poured out of me. Usually with those types of songs I have so much to say that they take a lot of editing in my head as to what’s really important. Musically, I wanted something sweet and soft that could build and contradict the underlying anger.
What was the inspiration behind this video (visuals, storyline, etc.)?
Because of the song’s subject matter, I thought I’d turn my own privilege on its head and use my beautiful piano and showcase my wardrobe that has been much neglected during lockdown. I also wanted to make use of my own space and I thought it could be amusing if I messed about in there. Also, Tiger Darrow, the cellist is also an actor and she seemed the perfect contradiction to my character.
What was the process of making this video?
I chose all my outfits and practised my outrage in front of the mirror a lot!
Tiger came for a few hours and the Videographer, Eric Alexander and I shot the song over and over again in many different outfits and positions. I knew that I wanted it to chop about both with my positions and the clothing.
“Polarized,” the new single from Scenic Route to Alaska, is about the ongoing division in society and the constant mania of life’s ups and downs. It’s about the need for positive change, openness and equality.
Produced by Scenic Route to Alaska and Colin Stewart, the immersive and intuitive recording experience translates throughout “Polarized.” Enjoy the tune, feel the groove and then go do something nice for someone else.