Marva Von Theo is an Electropop / Synthwave duo formed in 2016 by the Athens-based singer-songwriter Marva Voulgari and the Vienna-based composer-producer Theo Foinidis.
Their Debut Album “Dream within a Dream” was released early in 2018. The 12 songs on their Album, lean towards an electronic sound that incorporates a variety of influences ranging from the music of the 80’s until today. Darkwave sounds, Jazz harmonies, Rock and Dance drum beats resonate together and mature into something darkly romantic.
The vocals weave this electronic veil with soul, trip-hop, and pop textures, retaining an inner tension that seduces the listener and drifts him along in a sentimental, melancholic trip inside the personal stories that are concealed in the lyrics.
The passion of Marva Von Theo for experimentation is evident in their compositions, seeking a way to surpass the identification or imitation of one specific genre and offer the listener the opportunity to feel and interpret the music differently upon every listen. Like a song within a song, like a “Dream within a Dream”.
Iain Belcher is an Actor / Musician creating sounds out of Vancouver, BC. Although he's yet to emerge out of the sea of noise, he has produced over 200 songs since 2012 and continues to evolve as a musician and recording artist with every release. With complex soundscapes, intricate musicianship, and unique song structure, his raw-authentic sound reveals more with every listen and grows on you over-time. His newest album "Clear Future" provides more unique vibes with floating vocals over math-rock influenced instrumentation, and interesting progressions.
"Clear Future" is a result of 4 years chipping away, layering instruments one after another. It shows a big evolution and maturity over previous releases like "Simple Builds", as the focus of the music that was previously on VST-Instruments, turns to live instrumentation and a more cohesive sound. The recording is raw like an early Appleseed Cast, or Dismemberment Plan album as I did it myself, but multiple listens brings out more - like a Daniel Johnston effect. The album ranges from smooth instrumentals, technical math-rock sections, more mainstream grooves, and post-rock builds.
Campe Candle is two friends from Philadelphia trek through the crossroads of life with their music and a smile. She is Hetepsa. He is Nu Ra. They are Camp Candle. The duo met at W.B Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences, a school with a farm, located right in Philly. Throughout the years, the "farm school" became an unusual and often therapeutic outlet away from the decadence that plagues the city streets. Most city folk don't have the opportunity to do something so outside of themselves and their surroundings. Camp Candle wishes to share that feeling that comes from living beyond the limits of a situation through their music, because not everyone can turn to landscaping and tending to sheep as an outlet.
Camp Candle draws their influences from many places. You can find hints of synth pop, hip hop, indie rock, soul, and many other styles of music. Nu Ra, who does 1/2 of the production starts the instrumentation. When Hetepsa brings her flavor, she moves the music along with her lyrics and voice. When it's all melted together, it can only be described as Camp Candle.
Camp Candle plans on touring, connecting with thousands of people, and creating a genuine relationship with all who enjoy their music.
The cassette player in Nu Ra’s new car has been bumping a lot of 80’s disco and R&B. He infused his recent indulgence into this track, taking his children’s fervor for Michael Jackson into consideration. Hetepsa met him in the same realm with the lyrics and melody to complement. The guitar spoke for her and Hetepsa spoke for them, voicing to parody Nu Ra’s desire to pay homage to that era in the music video.
"With a penchant for catchy hooks and a DIY ethos flowing through our veins, we’re determined to take our music to the next level. Our sights are set on releasing our debut full-length this year, followed by playing as many shows as we can handle.
“Burnt Out” was produced, engineered, and mixed by our singer/guitarist Anton DeLost. Alongside longtime video collaborator Andrew Harris, the duo also directed and edited the track’s accompanying visuals. Shot in Toronto featuring the waterfront, High Park, and a few talented friends of ours, this video is a bittersweet reflection on being in the moment and enjoying the little things in our relationships that we often take for granted.
“The first time I heard First Ghost’s “Burnt Out,” I remember visualizing the lyrics as a story. I saw a kind, old man, reliving nostalgic memories in his senior years while considering what is worth letting go of, and what is worth holding on to.” - Andrew Harris, co-director
Music, film, and photography pose the ability to bring us back to a time, place, and the people that we shared that time with. It’s crucial that we continue to create, share, and enjoy these storytelling tools."
"Fresh off the release of my long-awaited album, Give it a Rest, I’ve been doing the exact opposite of what it’s title suggests. With a new EP waiting in the wings, and releases lined up throughout the year, I will spend 2018 traveling around the globe to write with various producers and artists. Having recently returned from Asia, where I shot three new music videos in late February, I’ll soon be Nashville for a week of writing, followed by three days in Santorini, Greece, where I’ll be attending the Blackrock Songwriting Camp. Mouthful of Shotgun” is about one of those relationships that’s messy and complicated, but the sex is great… so you stick around. This is the first time that ZEALE and I have teamed up on a track, but there’s already more in the mix. His effortless style and ability to capture a mood make him an incredible collaborator."
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.
Ali Murray is an ethereal folk songwriter/musician from the cold isle of Lewis in the north of Scotland. He writes dark atmospheric folk music with lush sweeping dreamy soundscapes and Celtic-twinged instrumentation. His new album LAND OF EVERGONE strikes a balance that is intimate and soaring, peaceful and haunting, sad and quietly joyful, delicately reverberating with Murray's dreamy voice and guitar playing.