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.
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."
After a decade of hiding in the shadows as a sideman and session musician, Erik Kramer is stepping out with a powerful first collection of songs entitled 'Missed the Boat'. The 27-year old Brooklyn resident's bass playing has been featured on records by Endangered Speeches, Sun Cut Flat, Sonnymoon, The Blind Woods, and more. At a time when information travels so fast, 'Missed the Boat' allows the listener to slow down and take a 33-minute journey through this collection of six potent songs, performed by some of NYC's elite musicians. The music is hard to define as it draws on influences from all over the musical and lyrical spectrum, but has a little something for everyone. The album is due out in late May of 2017. Kramer is also currently the bass player for The Undercover Dream Lovers. He also recorded on a track and video for Sonnymoon, and was co-collaborator/songwriter for Sun Cut Flat. He has played for numerous other projects in the performing world, on some notable bills and festivals.
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.
Davenport Rex is a music project based in Detroit, Michigan. Their sound is diverse and challenging, yet accessible and appealing. The band’s music stands out as a combination of tasteful progressive rock, with shades of various influences, ranging from alternative to symphonic hard rock, just to mention a few.