Great North Road
Despite being classically trained in music, Los Angeles voice Emiko gave up her traditional path at the age of twelve in favour of making pop. Now with a glittering career behind her that's growing all the time, we're treated to another one of her emphatic compositions. Having been featured in Billboard Magazine, Music Connection, and FM Sound, plus attaining several US number one slots for her previous singles, Alternative Fruit is immensely pleased to be asked to offer some words.
The music begins with a steady drum-beat. Slow and powerful bass thumps down as pianos start to dance in key. The penetrating tempo pins a verse line which builds across a handful of bars. Guitars then rumble in like thunder as the chorus opens like a passionflower. Distorted notes combine with piano tones and synthesiser sway to provide a funky and upbeat home for emotionally moving lyrics. The way Emiko sings demonstrates how much she feels the words, her imploring imagery fathoms in thick clouds of poetic intention. A travelling song, Great North Road builds up with gradual flow and progresses along a path of many turns.
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At only sixteen years of age, Kaci Brookz has already recorded an album, played gigs at several venues including the O2 in Islington, and established a nation-wide fan-base for his RnB style hip-hop. By embracing the modern era, Kaci Brookz finds new wave and new school RnB a permanent home with his stylish productions.
It starts with toned down guitar, vibrating with a bluesy soul. Kaci starts singing, he makes vocal inflections which set an atmosphere for the heart. Then, poetic lines of rap-singing flow at high speed. While maintaining excellent pitch, the notes shift and skim across athletic scales that spin and spiral with each bar. Repeating lines and verses made of interesting and ever changing patterns create a catchy and bouncy number. The soulful element sustains a deepness that is lost in other tracks, a human edge combines with the handle of groove.
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Not only was Sean Waterman nominated for a Hollywood Music In Media Award, he also made artist of the month for IMC Magazine. With several festival dates behind him and a growing fan-base in his home of Atlanta and beyond, Sean Waterman's new single Rules is already being enjoyed around the world via radio.
Choppy, upbeat guitar chords begin the music. A bass-line strikes harmonising tones down with each passing bar. A steady tempo gives rise to a line by line vocal delivery, a story of words is offered piece by piece. As a melody pins the music, the voice, guitar, and keyboard accompaniment all shift in time with each unison. Catchy phrases of beautifully flowing progression allow the simple motif to grow and evolve into a symphonic ending.
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Canadian thrash metal band Hyperia make a fantastic feature for Alternative Fruit. Today we listen to a track written by capable musicians that fully utilises their ferocious talents. With a punchy and raucous delivery that entertains crowds of power-music fans around Calgary and beyond, Hyperia are reaching global audiences with their YouTube videos. Adopting the classic horror style of artwork for their music covers and maintaining the theme of disturbing subject matter, their brand of thrash metal fits snugly into the collections of metal-heads around the globe.
The music begins with atmospheric sound effects of nervous yells voices and a voice calling for help. Then, a choppy and rhythmic guitar riff is laid down on a bed of drums. Screaming vocals add another dimension of sound, a franticness that would make Slayer proud combines with female hollering that's more similar to Arch Enemy. Beaty guitar phrases match the thundering drums while verse lines throw their phonics out like high velocity missiles. As the song progresses, the pushing energy remains consistently in overdrive while the guitars run ever-shifting versions of the rhythm. Obliterating licks which make use of scale and virtuoso skills run riot until the very end.
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The guitar wizard Tom Auton is back again to demonstrate his capable song-writing skills. Winner of Open Mic UK and Future Music Songwriting, this Welsh double belt champion has a big name for himself in such little time. Even guitar manufacturing giant Fender remarked on Tom Auton in a list of undiscovered talent. All he needs is a few good songs for people to remember him fondly by. We mentioned one already on Alternative Fruit, and now we are long due another one. With pleasure we can now report on a new single, one that keeps the momentum going and expands on this talented musician's count.
The song begins with a powerful voice, Tom sings with a blues scale inflection as a guitar and brass section pound in with heavy drums. Tom-tom rolls and cymbal crashes thrust a blues and rock motif into the air. Grubby distortion crumbles the chords into a grainy chopping as clear vocals work their magic in catchy lines. Harmonising tones push the riffs into new dimensions as the progression rises and falls like a tidal estuary. Punchy riffs with thrashy notes bring a wall of sludgy rock into an ever growing wall of well manicured noise.
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Fresh from the African continent, in Eastern Nigeria, Concentrate Chukwudebelu unveils Body Banging. When modern afro-beat meets rnb and the tempo is set for party-time we find ourselves in Koncentr8's musical world. With professional production by local hot-shot Mykah and mastering by tech wizard Crisace, the level of talent from this part of the world is shown to equal that of anywhere else. Why wouldn't it?
It opens with a smooth keyboard which shines groovy chords in a breathing tempo. Tappy rim strikes and wooden drums create a catchy and prominent rhythm that provides handholds and nooks for our imagination. Koncentr8 sings with a definitive style. His Nigerian accent curls over the beats with melodic poetry that uses repeating phrases and vocal sounds to craft a sensual yet masculine exploration through sound and time.
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Back in the 1990s, when many of us were still at school, Gilad was in a cover band. Cover bands who can really play are always popular because the audience knows the songs already. Getting the live experience of your favourite tracks makes a world of difference even if it's not the original musicians. It's almost like enjoying the song for the first time all over again. Since his time on the local gig circuit, Gilad has spread his wings and started composing his own material. This propelled him further in his home country of Israel, where he has received prime-time television appearances, radio exposure, and even a personal thank you from US President Barack Obama. Amazing!
Pianos and acoustic guitar ring out in a peaceful and sombre melody. Gilad begins singing, a homely and iconic voice wavers across pin-point notes. The poetry of the lyrics is based on a 300 year old classic poem. Gilad loves to find songs that reincarnate traditional words for a modern audience. The feelings within the classic works are immortalised in their regeneration. The song sings about an ungrateful person, who never took the time to give back or show a symbol of gratitude. It's a lightening of burdens when it's time for them to leave.
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The Happiness and Lita Turner
Bridges Of Love
This combination of talent from Poland and Belgium provides fantastic songwriting with a voice people can relate to. The Happiness, or Przemek to his mates, is a Polish music producer who saw something special in the already popular Lita Turner. Her singing career has been elevated already in Lita's home country of Belgium and The Happiness knew he had the ticket to spread her voice even further. Now reaching six figure sums of people over the airwaves, this pairing are well on their way to the stars.
Guitars, piano, and drums open the music with a thrust of sound. Trumpets add a colourful vibe that soars across the top. Lita Turner begins to sing, an electro sounding rhythmic tone holds a note while she dresses it with words. The guitars and drums begin again and her voice spirals out into the horizonfor a chorus. With a break for more trumpet, the energy of the track reaches further than before. The pattern starts again, the chorus and title of the track reminds me of “The I Love You Bridge” from Park Hill, Sheffield. A proposal of marriage on a bridge dozens of feet up in the air. I named a book of poetry after it.
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Since parting with True Lies, Graylinglake has recorded a great album and established himself as a key figure on the Swedish music scene. The Impossible Possible is set to propel this talented musician into the international circuit. The latest single, Runaway, is already receiving radio attention in several countries with the voice and sounds of Graylinglake becoming familiar to so many more.
The music starts with loud and sunny guitar backed up with a lively drum-beat. Snare and cymbals elevate the chord strikes which evolve in their melody as the bars progress. Thrusty rock vocals holler over the song-structure in a powerful point of sound. A great beat with progressive kinesis in the composition provides us an exciting and care-free number. It's about running away, attaining freedom, and facing the world.
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Gary & Linda
Popcorn and Perrier
Following on from the huge response that New York's Gary and Linda earned from their Christmas single, One More Round of Cheer, we are now treated to something that works every day of the year. This touring and singing sensational double act know how to get people talking and joining in with their performances. With superb songwriting skills and a charisma that slides off the stage, Gary and Linda show us why they are the favourite show in community halls and music venues up and down the land. Alternative Fruit is thrilled to be able to review this catchy second instalment.
The track starts with a bouncy palm-muted acoustic guitar riff. A percussive melody strikes the bars and then clarinets and woodwind add a new dimension of sound. Gary sings the main voice and Linda backs him up. The song describes a care-free attitude and an non-alcoholic choice that just hits the spot. Perhaps if we need to drink to enjoy ourselves it says something about our life in general, or maybe our attitude towards it. Is this a song about abstinence? It sounds good regardless and as the fizzy bubbles pop on the rim of the glass, the crunch of sweet popcorn seems to say snap.
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