Isaiah St. Jean aka SXINT, after his middle name, is the one to bring us some brand new music for you today. His track, The One, is about being an individual. That means that no-one can divide you. Often we have opinions and feelings because of how we feel about who else has them, but when faced with a real situation we act differently. This is because it's not really you who thinks these things. We have to decide for ourselves what kind of person we are. As far as SXINT is concerned, he's been described as a musical prodigy, so let's give him a listen.
A smooth hip-hop groove opens the track. Sliding notes and easy laid-back drums rapety-tap an avenue for SXINT to add his verses. Melodic lines with RnB elements scatter across scales in splendid and emotive portions. A fascinating evolution within the track remains true to the backbone of beats and chords while vocal sequences continually add new energy and feeling to the track.
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Sheffield hard-rock outfit Syteria have their latest album in review today for Alternative Fruit. This four-piece mixing pot of local talent have been playing the rock circuit at home and away for years. This second album cements their work in the annals of rock n roll fame even further. Their reputation for energetic and raucous live performances and a virtuoso attitude to proficiency means that fans all over the world can't get enough of Syteria.
The album opens with Make Some Noise. It's a classic already, as fast blues licks radiate groove to a smashing drum rhythm. Girl-power lyrics begin, talented rock females always look and sound amazing. The chorus drills the audience with the excitement of upbeat and melodic heavy metal. A message of standing up to dodgy politicians and corporations is knitted through the otherwise light-hearted romp.
Next, a spoken word sample breaks a short silence. Palm muted riffs coil while delicately sung words spiral in the updraught. Extra notes are filled in, the music swells and with a punch and a cinematic frill, the song progresses into another hard-hitting number. A melodic prettiness is felt in the verses, and the chorus rises up to take responsibility for everything to come. Goodbye World is about moving on.
Then, a flashy blues melody throws a fast-pace that kicks all the fences down. Another ruckus of drumming and bass accompany the pentatonic flow into white-water rapids and breezy mid-sections. Album title track Reflection carries a punk energy that sits on the same shelf as the mighty Motorhead.
Asylum starts, a melodic run of bouncing scale leaps from side to side and powerful snare and cymbal pound over thumping bass. The sleek guitar bubbles along with precise motions of fretboard mastery as a madness is created in the frothing percussion, chords, and vocal line. More story-like lines empower and inspire as the music breaks open for a solo. Back to the chorus, bending notes and harmonised words give a crazy edge.
Next, a cool riff spans out. Paced lyrics with rhyming words walk out of the door with a sauntering step. This evolves into a swagger as the rhythm intensifies and the lyrics enter double time. A new section of melodic vocals with compressed guitar notes crunching in the distance brings us to the sense of the track. Gossips is about being the one everyone seems to be talking about but never to. It comes with the territory of being a rock star. Not that I'd know.
Sorry begins with a new message, it accepts that sometimes friends are real and the things they talk about are important. We can always tell when something's true, it often hurts. We can get emotional about it if we want to, but the best thing to do is just take it on board and carry on. As If! It begins with a striking line and a punchy riff. You Wish! Let's go, this upbeat and classy number drips with nerve and confidence.
Drums begin the following track. Bubbling guitar phrases run across the rocky path laid bare, before lyrics add their feeling and story. A continuation of the upbeat and lively energy projects with the music, Back Off let's us know that this band can stand their ground on any stage, with any crowd. We're then graced with a pure vocal harmony. A clear strain of pure talent runs through as the chunky guitar and drums rev up once more. Electrifying chops and ferocious shreds sizzle in the heat of the drums. Moving Forward is full of energy and I'll go where ever it wants me to.
A cool and catchy vocal begins for I Want It All. The uplifting sensations rise on waves of guitar and drum. The music shifts into the next gear as the chorus breaks it open. Vocal harmonies layer with thrashy guitars and slapping drums. Memorable lines repeat with intersecting poetry which pours in easy going sections. Plastic Fantastic pulls the kite string and swoops over to perform neat acrobatics in a rock n roll sky. Loop the loops and nose dives thrill and spill the vibes in every possible direction.
The album finishes on Guilty. The music delivers exactly what we want from this band. Huge vocal-lines with repeating words make sure we can all join in. A persistent fire rages across each chapter of this full-length heavy metal album, massive tracks with a synonymous vibe stitch this album from sleeve to sleeve. I wonder if they do a T-shirt?
Listen to Reflection by Syteria on Amazon
You can visit Syteria online
Dave Corwin and Catherine Ashcroft
What The Piano Knows
This duo of extraordinary talents are mixing British and American skills together to play something brewed from an Irish heritage. Dave Corwin is perhaps best known for his soundtracks, having worked with Fox, NBC, and HBO. Fans of Billy Preston will also no doubt remember him from a recent tour. Corwin is able to play a range of instruments and brings a plethora of music business experience wherever he goes. Catherine Ashcroft is an award-winning piper from Britain. Her authentic Uilleann training washes performances with an ethereal charm. Together they are able to reimagine the magic of this traditional sounding ballad.
The song, written by cinema screen-writer Scott Fivelson, opens with slow piano strokes and a bluesy folk vocal melody that delves right in with emotional verses. A powerful sensation holds back behind lyrics, holding the cool as the music sleeks by. Beautiful pipe melodies are found frolicking in flowery meadows, and as the song progresses, their sound is taken by the hand and whisked into a dance.
You can find out more about the team by visiting Dave Corwin online
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The beautiful and talented Catherine Ashcroft is on Facebook
Superstar composer and film creator Scott Fivelson is on Facebook
Broken And Bruised
Female Drake simulacrum Merunisa is rising fast on the UK RnB scene. Her uniquely crafted delivery and style is slotting in perfectly with all the right crowds. With great press, radio play, and head-turning performances tailing behind her like a comet, this shooting star is about to go into orbit. Here we are treated to the latest release, Broken and Bruised.
With sombre piano tones twinkling in subtle minor keys, a thumping bass rolls out like red carpet. Merunisa begins to sing, the comparison to Drake becomes clear, her voice is syrupy gold that treacles across the beats as they glide into play. Drums with tapping sensitivity dish a layering of groove that simply compliment the delicious progression of song. As chords rise from notes in swaying patterns, the energy rises and falls in graceful postures like the flight of swans.
It's a dangerous place up there, above our heads.
Listen to Broken and Bruised by Merunisa on Youtube
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Under Your Nose
We're headed to Nashville today for a listen to the latest single from The Criticals. Inspired by the likes of Jane's Addiction, The Doors, and The Stone Roses, this band of American rockers have only been around since 2018. With a large international following and plenty of stage-time around their home town and beyond, we can tell this band is going to be around for a lot longer.
The music begins with a compressed vocal that sings in a punky riff based delivery that's soon bumped up by drums and guitar. Energetic and loud chords twang while thudding drums bang and snap in a quick-step time. It feels and sounds like a song dedicated to being young, irresponsible, and so self-assured it puts other people in the corner. Blues guitar flies out in a massive solo to finish the music, a grabby, full-on rock song perks the ears and makes us want to hear the album.
The Plastic Pals
Hangin' In The Louvre
Out 25th May
Swedish pop-rock legends The Plastic Pals are back for more and they bear gifts of brand new music! In Stockholm the music sounds like this, and since featuring in Alternative Fruit with their classic Plastic Pal, their sound has travelled even further around the world on the radio and online. This new track is about enjoying art, mooching from the greats, and blanketing ourselves in the stories they left behind.
The music opens with a roar of keyboard, and a guitar melody surfs on the wave. A smooth blues melody with interesting inflections of scale deciphers a fun and introspective mood. Lyrics begin pounding on the wooden door of drums and bass. Walking composition with fun melodics pinning phrases together provide a bedrock for poetic and evocative lines. A forward facing motion with continual acceleration gives a powerful chorus which compares snugly to a sleek and kinetic verse section. Fantastic song guys!
Listen now to Hangin' In The Louvre on Spotify
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London's Nicky Rubin has travelled to many places and picked up many musical skills along the way. Having spent a lot of time in the developing world (where we have some of our most loyal readers), Nicky Rubin has acquired a strong set of morals and messages that impassion his songs. When presented with an old guitar that undoubtedly had many players in its lifetime, the man and machine became more than the sum of its parts. Now with a global following and radio play all over the place, Displaced is projecting Nicky Rubin into the clouds.
The music starts with choral voices creating harmonies. Nicky Rubin begins to sing, his voice feels like it belongs to the same tree as Pink Floyd. Similar roots perhaps? Piano and synth merge in a delicate melody as gorgeous poetic lines drift in sweeping melancholic phrases. A song for those who have lost their home and can't go back, it reminds us that in our cosy lives of supermarkets and soap-opera there are those who need our hearts more than ever. We can't fix the world, but if our heart tells us something in it is wrong, the brain can be asked to fix that.
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T Jae Cole
Alternative Fruit features the second single from Omnivi3e's T Jae Cole in review today. Having been a backing singer for several big-name pop stars including Sam Smith, Tom Jones, Ellie Goulding, and Ed Sheeran, TJ Cole is more than ready to front his own sound. This next single has been produced by legends Andy Whitmore and David Whitmore, known for working with Atomic Kitten, Peter Andre, and many others. What's stopping this guy from reaching the headlines?
Panic Button begins with a snap of the drums and a grizzly guitar riff that roars like a V8. The rhythm is fast, the chords are frantic, and the vocals begin to describe living with anxiety. Being on the edge of panic is something I know a lot about having been exposed to more than my fair share of fear. Those of us who say it's all in the mind and we attract our own reality have never been in unresolvable abusive situations. It can happen to any of us, at any age. Remembering the count to three and the self-soothing language can be a tall order when our adrenalin is soaring. We're not machines though and we can choose to overcome any biological urge if we want to.
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No Way Back
Having learned piano and violin while growing up in Hong Kong, Amaya moved to London where she studied romantic 19th century music. She now writes her own music, making use of her intellectual understanding and an artistic flare which modernises the form. No Way Back is her latest number, it's being heard all over the world on the radio, and is about the new age of connectivity we all live in.
The song comes with an amazing video which features Amaya wandering through empty woodland. With a face-paint that strikes as tribal, the music opens with a sombre vocal melody. Strings and drums merge with chords and synthesiser as the progression builds for a chorus. The rhythm is amplified and intensified as the vocals surge with extra power. As the composition flows from tide to tide, various features and textures are revealed and swept aside in the flux of emotion.
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Let's take a trip to Italy today so we can listen to PULL, a great three-piece rock band with an international following. Their music has been featured on radio stations all over the world, including America, Canada, and the UK. Since building a home fan-base and establishing links all over the planet, Alternative Fruit is more than willing to feature this entertaining act.
The music starts with a sleek drumbeat and a chiming picked melody on guitar. The chords waver down into diminished scales which lend a minor key. Melodic vocal lines cut through in a top layer that adds the finishing touch. Progressive composition brings a keyboard to elevate the chorus lines. A blues guitar licks along the fretboard as new lines waft over in the breezy chords. A sombre and heart-felt song, somewhere along the lines of Phil Collins and Bon Jovi's chill out zone, we're fed story lines and cinematic music to the snap of a punchy beat.
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