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.
You can visit The Criticals Online
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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
You can get more on The Plastic Pals on Facebook
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.
Find out more about Nicky Rubin on Facebook
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.
You can visit T Jae Cole online
You can follow Omnivi3e on Facebook
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.
You can visit Amaya online
Follow Amaya on Facebook
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.
You can follow PULL on Facebook
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