"Nothing Needs to Be Right", a track from Grey Fields' forthcoming debut album, chugs on a carnival-like feel with haunting vocals, showing both atmosphere and entrancing melodies.
Midwestern act Grey Fields officially formed in 2016, but their origin goes back much further. Alex (vocals/guitar/keys) first started playing music with John (drums) when they were sophomores in high school in the mid '90s. An immediate chemistry was created over their love for bands like The Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, Pavement, and other like-minded bands of that era. Years would pass as their parents begrudgingly accepted them playing way too loud in basements, a garage, and even a living room. At the turn of the century they got the opportunity to play a show, but there was a problem — they needed a bassist. Somehow, someway, they convinced Adam (bass/vocals) to learn the set in 24 hours. They pulled it off, then they parted ways to pursue college.
Alex would go on to study composition, theory, and eventually become obsessed with production and engineering. Meanwhile, Alex and John would continue to sporadically play whenever they had the opportunity — even forming a novel two-piece band that was meant for wine and dinner parties. It was around fifteen years later when John and Alex both found themselves playing at a rehearsal studio in Chicago and got an itch to make an album. After a quick recommendation from John to reach out to Adam on social media, the old one-time band was back together and ready to hit the studio.
All three members were born in the early '80s, and grew up on '90s rock. The influence is apparent, acting as the foundation for the music, but hardly the only noticeable factor when considering the structure and atmospheric elements to the songs. In college, Alex started to appreciate orchestral/ambient and experimental composers. Years later his discovery of contemporary composers like Ben Lukas Boysen, Jon Hopkins, Max Richter, Brian Eno, Fennesz and Keith Fullerton Whitman would have just as much influence in the presentation of the songs as the '90s bands which initiated the spark to write music in the first place.
The band's new album focuses on a person’s drive to create change (spiritual, financial, familial, romantic, etc.) while battling myriad obstacles that can come from within. Throughout the album there are questions presented which in some way revolve around the ability to change and the struggles that follow.
On “Transitions of The Truth,” the central question is How did I wander so far away, while “Empty Eyes” asks Will I know when I’m there? “Miracle” and “Nothing Needs to be Right” even repeat the same question: Do you want to leave? These somewhat basic, yet vital existential questions are scattered throughout the songs which are connected to other concepts such as loss, salvation, surrender, escape, and hope.
Orlon Gunner is an inspired and intriguing DIY solo effort that slyly borrows from music of the past to create something full of character and easy on the ears. The project's newly released three-song eponymous EP is, at times, reminiscent of The Zombies and other acts of the '60s & '70s, while still remaining fresh and original. Since its October 2017 release, Orlon Gunner is beginning to see regular airplay on campus and alternate radio stations across Canada.
Orlon Gunner is the pet project of Canadian multimedia artist, Robert Bernard Armieri, who has seen success as a short filmmaker, entrepreneur, and co-founder of Housecreep, a controversial true crime website.
While attending the University of Western Ontario between 2006-2009, Armieri focused on creating short films and recording his own music rather than on his studies. It was not in vain, however, with several of his films being picked up by Ouat Media for international distribution after a few successful short film competitions.
Using the competition prize money, Armieri started his own multimedia production company, Northern Recorders, and began working as a multimedia developer to fund his creative projects. Among these projects were the mobile game Chewy Train, and the niche true crime/real estate website Housecreep, which has received a great deal of media attention since its creation in 2013.
Armieri’s latest project is a three song EP under the alias Orlon Gunner, which was released on October 2nd, 2017.
"Writing and recording "Closer" was like a quick pick-me-up," Robert explains. "After spending weeks rewriting, remixing, and overworking the first track I finished for the EP, Carousel, I wasn’t feeling great about the results I was getting and was pretty disappointed in myself. "Closer" came together a lot easier. The song has a frenetic pace with lots of percussion and minimal lyrics. It was an attempt at quieting my negative self-talk and a reminder to keep plugging away."
Megan Bülow is a 17-year-old singer from The Netherlands. She just released her first music “Damaged Vol. 1” & lead song ‘Not A Love Song’.
"Not A Love Song’ is about the excitement of meeting someone for the first time. Initially it feels so new and overwhelmingly good, but eventually, I decided I wasn't ready for that commitment. Or at least that's what I told myself. You can’t let lust fool you. Be honest with yourself, If it's not meant to be it's not meant to be, but doesn't mean you can't have fun!"
As a student, Ally studied opera, sang in a gospel choir and in the Toronto Youth Mendelssohn Choir and began writing her own songs. Before long she took the advice of friends to join them in Los Angeles to get to know and work with other musicians. She found some modest success writing for other artists while working part time to make ends meet.
In 2015, a producer from France asked Ally if she could submit one of her songs for a special project he was working on. Her song, Heartbeat, was selected. Once released, it quickly went to #1 on the Billboard and Apple ITunes in France, sitting at the top of the charts in France for 4 weeks straight. This success has emboldened Ally to focus on her own artistry as SEREDA.
Sereda's chilled out electro-pop sound extends the genre with hip-hop and classic rock influences that create an edgier, richer whole. Sereda has been making waves on the international scene, with her single "Heartbeat" reaching #1 on Billboard in France. Give “I Got You” a listen in anticipation of an album coming out in December this year!
PILLARS is an American four piece, primarily instrumental, post-rock band from Indianapolis, Indiana. Each member comes from various musical pasts, and this diversity has fostered a unique sound that blends indie-rock and post-rock.
On their latest full-length, _of Salt and Sea_, PILLARS' distinct mesh of musical colors is on full display, as the band takes listeners on an aural voyage full of thoughtfully crafted peaks and plunges.
Due out on Indianapolis label In Store Recordings on Dec. 15, _of Salt and Sea_ marks the bands most complete release to date, while also marking their first entirely instrumental collection of songs. From the towering "Salt" to the succinct yet stunning "Subtract/Submerge," the album delivers a rejuvenated post-rock sound that pushes the boundaries of the genre to stratospheric new levels.
PILLARS has played alongside established instrumental bands such as Pelican, and indie juggernauts The Appleseed Cast, The Get Up Kids, The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, and more.
GroundBurst is an instrumental rock trio whose sound strikes for the band’s kaleidoscopic approach and wide-open mindset. The band consists of Phil, Si, and Erik, respectively on guitars, bass & keys, and drums. These three talented musicians set out to create a lush, diverse and textural musical backdrop, borrowing from influences as diverse as electronic music, psychedelia, rock and even jazz with a minimalistic flair. Their recent release, “Triad” is an EP featuring 3 original compositions, as the title of the release might lead you to guess!
These Are Truly The Last Days is a musical project with a driven experimental twist. Their music blurs the lines between various genres, including ambient, electronica, glitch hop, and more. The project’s self-titled studio effort features 11 studio tracks.