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Nuova Divisione release new LP ‘The Last Man in Europe’

The progressive rock band from Italy known as Nuova Divisione have released their new LP record, “The Last Man in Europe.” The album comprises 11 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of one whole hour, making for a comprehensive treatment of the band’s new material and a fine introduction for rock fans not yet acquainted. It has been proudly published as an independent release without support from the corporate music infrastructure. Written, performed and produced with the most integral principles of classic rock in mind, Nuova Divisione’s “The Last Man in Europe” is definitive proof that prog-rock is both alive and kicking like crazy.

Nuova Divisione cite as main artistic influences such seminal rock artists as the Beatles, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Yes, Brian Wilson, and Simon and Garfunkel. From here their inspirations become less obvious: classical titans such as Rachmaninov, Gershwin and Bartòk are represented, as well as jazz players like Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Ray Charles. Their list of favorites veers away into seemingly unrelated art forms at the last, including names like Stanley Kubrick, Monty Python, and Friedrich Nietzsche.

While this surprising rainbow of input is explained by the overall theme of Nuova Divisione’s album (described below), its sound is a blend of the Beatles’ creativity and Pink Floyd’s tonal inventiveness. Fans of either band are likely to be extremely pleased with their first experience of “The Last Man in Europe,” as are fans of Yes, Simon and Garfunkel, and virtually any group showcasing extremely strong songwriting as one of their chief charms.

Speaking of the plot and motifs of their new LP, Nuova Divisione write, “The album is a concept. The story is quite weird: a mixture between the Book of Revelation, Dhamma Pada, Greek Mythology, Nietzsche, Monty Python and a long lucid dream. To summarize the thing, I would say it is all about self-consciousness. Which is, I think, the one and only method to be happy and safe. You’ve got to love yourself if you want to love other people. And you’ve got to know yourself if you want to understand other people. And love them.”

“The Last Man in Europe” by Nuova Divisione is available online worldwide. Get in early. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Paperfox releases debut EP ‘Dreamcatcher’

The Los Angeles indie and alt-rock band billed as Paperfox have released their debut EP record, “Dreamcatcher.” The extended-play album is composed of five original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 20 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release without support from the corporate music industry. Poppy, danceable, upbeat and highly melodic, “Dreamcatcher” is a record which defines the sound, personality and character of the youth of today, and proves that the spirit of indie music in Southern California continues to thrive.

Hailing from LA’s Silverlake area, Paperfox (often stylized PAPERFOX) cite as main artistic influences such contemporary indie-rock heroes as the 1975, Fall Out Boy, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Young the Giant, Two Door Cinema Club, and Kings of Leon. As might be intuited from such a list, their own sound fits naturally among the tones of these widely popular bands. Every track on “Dreamcatcher” is a shoo-in for radio play, a single just waiting for public attention to focus on it.

That Paperfox’s first record is so easy to imagine being played in cars all along the Santa Monica Fwy is no accident. Paperfox writes of their artistic vision, “None of us have ever played this style of music. All of us come from different musical backgrounds spanning from hardcore, straight-edge, emo, pop-punk, screamo, and other bands from the ‘Warped Tour’ scene… But just recently, [we] decided to see what was constantly spinning on the radio and heard bands like Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, Capital Cities, Arcade Fire, and thought, there’s a market for this, so why not?”

Paperfox are also true representatives of the DIY music underground. Not only was “Dreamcatcher” written, produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by the band themselves, but also the digital marketing, promotion, web design, social media marketing, and shirt designs were executed by the members of the band, too. With gumption and ability like this in equal parts, Paperfox won’t be confined to the hipster Mecca of Silverlake for long.

“Dreamcatcher” by Paperfox is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Singer-songwriter Retz releases new single ‘Sweet Memories’

The singer and songwriter from Sweden known as Retz has released his latest single, “Sweet Memories.” The track has been published on the Mareld Records music label. With traditional folk-style lyrics and that unmistakably American sound, “Sweet Memories” is a genuine country-western ballad from across the pond, one which no fan of the genre should miss.

Retz (often stylized RETZ) cites as main artistic influences such legends as the Rolling Stones, BB-King, the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Paul Carrack, Phil Collins. Bill Haley, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, and Bruce Springsteen. His characteristic vocal tone has elements of both Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison, and it stands out even against the background of expert guitar work and marvelous songwriting.

Speaking of the themes of his new single, Retz writes, “Whether it’s the love of a man to a woman he’s so drawn to, a mother letting go of her son for so many years, or simply missing a loved one, this song ‘Sweet Memories’ speaks for itself.”

Retz puts his enjoyment of music before other related concerns. “I am an independent artist,” he writes. “The most important thing for me is to always keep it fun to create music. Thereafter, it will be really fun if people like what I create.”

Retz was born in 1956 growing up with rock, soul, blues and country music. He joined his first publicly noted band in the late sixties. He played rock music with Bobcat’s Rock Show in Gothenberg, and after an extended hiatus recorded an EP called “Lightning” in 2012. Spring of 2014 saw the release of his “Ride the Wave” EP, after which he corresponded with Australia’s Ramon Ray. Ray wrote lyrics and sent them to Retz, and “Sweet Memories” is the timely result of their collaboration.

“Sweet Memories” by Retz is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Eric Shenefield releases new LP ‘Southwest’

The jazz pianist known as Eric Shenefield has released his latest LP record, “Southwest.” The record contains 11 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of one hour, bringing “Southwest” closer to the length of a double LP than that of a traditional long-play album alone. It has proudly been published as an independent release without support of the corporate music industry. Mainly focused on the imaginative and liberating principles of jazz fusion, “Southwest” is an especially colorful example of complexity expressed through simplicity, and one of the most inventive collections of original jazz songs to be released in the new millennium.

Shenefield cites as main artistic influences George Duke, Chick Corea, Joe Sample, Oscar Peterson, Jeff Lorber, Elton John, Tribal Tech, the Crusaders, and Steely Dan. Many of the traits which slated these for the annals of music history are present in Shenefield’s “Southwest,” but his own creative motivations don’t play solo on this LP. The composer is quick to point out that this new record showcases some of the jazz scene’s finest instrumentalists at the zenith of their game.

“This album is for people who want to listen to music that is artfully crafted and sonically mixed to hear the contribution of every musician,” Shenefield writes. “It represents the efforts of many very gifted people. I want to share that message with all who hear it.”

Neither is his goal merely collaboration for collaboration’s sake, either.

“It is my hope that people will hear something new and exciting each time they listen. I have written the music, but it is the collaboration of the musicians and engineers that makes it special.”

Pianist Eric Shenefield has been playing for nearly forty years. He considers his current group to be the culmination of a life spent performing music. Having begun at home at the age of eight, his skills honed and polished at the university level, Shenefield now provides services as a keyboardist, band leader, composer and arranger. He has performed in top-40 and jazz bands all over the United States.

“The whirring of a fan or the hum of tires as we travel down the road represent the possibility of inspiration,” he writes. “We can create music by what we feel and hear if we are open to those possibilities. Music is everywhere. Being willing to hear it is the gateway to a whole new world of sound.”

“Southwest” by Eric Shenefield is available online worldwide 1 September 2014. Get in early, jazz-fusion fiends.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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JLoyal releases new EP ‘Trappin’ in My Didas’

The songwriter, music producer and performer of hip hop known as JLoyal has released his latest EP record, “Trappin’ in My Didas.” The EP is composed of three original tracks and a second mix of the album’s title track, “Trappin’ in My Didas,” edited specifically for play on public radio stations around the world. It has an approximate total listening time of 15 minutes, and has been proudly published on the RoadRunnaRecords independent music label entirely without support from the corporate music industry. Raw, rough, and packed with the legitimate, unmistakable style of rap and hip hop from the American south, “Trappin’ in My Didas” by JLoyal is a surprise powerhouse coming late in the summer of 2014.

The various tracks included on JLoyal’s new EP, “Trappin’ in My Didas,” “Gas,” and “Wake Up,” show different facets of the artist’s creativity and vocal delivery, as well as showcasing a range of talents on the studio production side of RoadRunnaRecords. The wide spread of skills offered in this single EP record hint that much more material from RRR is forthcoming. The label, which was founded 1 March 2014, speaks in few words on its official Soundcloud and Facebook pages.

“RoadRunnaRecords is an independent music label in Augusta, GA,” they write. “We take pride in our craft and only put out professional quality music.”

Their first artist and writer/performer of “Trappin’ in My Didas,” JLoyal, began in music at 14 inside the closet of an apartment. He writes that his main artistic influences are “Wit, pure dedication, drive, hunger, humility, and a love for music and success… I kept at it, improving my craft.”

His journey as a musician hasn’t been easy, but it seems the artist and the label have finally arrived.

“Trappin’ in My Didas” by JLoyal is available online worldwide beginning 29 August 2014.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Street Addiction Muzik Group releases new LP ‘U.S.A. (Undeniable Street Addiction)’

The performers of hip hop known as the Street Addiction Muzik Group have released their latest LP record, “U.S.A.,” which acronym stands for “Undeniable Street Addiction.” The long-playing album comprises 18 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of an hour and 15 minutes. This superlative length brings Street Addiction’s new record closer to the average length of a double LP than to that of a typical long-playing album, which usually clocks in at 40-42 minutes. As might be inferred by the name of the artist, “U.S.A.” has been published on the Street Addiction Muzik Group independent record label. Aggressive, straight-up, and directly from the urban poets of America’s inner cities, “U.S.A.” is a milestone of hip-hop music for the new millennium.

Street Addiction Muzik Group’s “U.S.A.” record is a particularly momentous achievement for the rising rap label, which opened its doors in 2013 with such immediate successes as “REM” by the Young Moors, “Party x Bull—-t” by Yum Pow, and “No Cut: the Red and Blue Tapes” by Hye Def. As a new show of cultural force, however, their new “U.S.A.” album features no fewer – and in fact more than – 15 individual hip-hop groups publishing music on the Street Addiction name.

SAMG writes of this: “’U.S.A.’ is a music compilation featuring many artists under the S.A. Muzik Group umbrella. Each artist has their own message. Each artist has their own style and content. This is what makes the project unique. The bar of quality and lyricism has been set. Each artist has set out to raise the bar. Each song will give you a different feel. This album is like a movie. It will play to your every emotion.”

Speaking of how the label came to be and what brought its various artists to music in general, they write: “We come from different backgrounds, but music is our savior. Growing up, music was the light that guided us through the darkness. It kept us level when things appeared shaky. This is true to this day. We’ve come together through a common love and passion for the hip-hop culture. Our goal is to preserve the music while contributing to and advancing it.”

The idea that the hip hop genre is sorely in need of help is not unique to Street Addiction, but the label’s genuine concern and determination to uphold and elevate the American-founded, urban music style is clear – and they have a plan of action.

“We’re from an era when songs weren’t written for radio,” they explain. “Songs were written from the soul. Today, everything on the radio sounds the same. There’s no variety. This compilation is anti-radio. It exhibits an array of styles. It’s from the heart. This is real hip-hop.”

“U.S.A. - Undeniable Street Addiction” from Street Addiction Muzik Group is available online worldwide beginning 29 August 2014.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Will Procter releases debut EP ‘Pictures’

The singer and songwriter known as Will Procter has released his anxiously awaited debut EP record, “Pictures.” The extended-play record includes five original acoustic tracks for an approximate total listening time of 17 minutes. It has been proudly released on the Thumbmuffin Records independent music label. Soulful, heartfelt, and performed with a natural warmth that is difficult to find and impossible to reproduce, “Pictures” by Will Procter is a collection of anthems from one of today’s most genuine music artists.

Listed online variously as pop and adult contemporary music, Procter cites as main artistic influences Oasis, Mumford and Sons, the Smiths, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and Bon Iver. His own sound takes attributes from each of these and synthesizes them into a mood and timbre that is all his own. More roll than rock, and possessing an inborn power in every sonorous vocal line, Will Procter’s “Pictures” is a record that promises much more to come from this up-and-coming performer.

Speaking of the themes of his debut record, Procter writes, “I want to share some very typical life issues which sometimes relate to heartbreak, but then there are times of optimism which we should all embrace.”

This dichotomy of blue tones and sunlight ebb and flow throughout “Pictures” not unlike the occurrences of daily life. Opening on a groove and closing with tenderness and reflection, the EP record is sure to strike chords with listeners of nearly every age and persuasion.

Procter was born and raised in Blackpool, Lancashire, and moved to London in 2012 to pursue a career in acting and music. He received his Acting MA from the Academy of Live and Recorded Art in 2013 and now focuses on music. He has performed in several bands and currently plays in an acoustic duo, Donkey Vision, performing acoustic versions of well-known songs.

“Pictures” by Will Procter is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Wirewalker releases new EP ‘Jaw Wired Shut’

The rock and roll crew from Los Angeles known as Wirewalker have released their latest official EP, “Jaw Wired Shut.” The EP is composed of four original, previously unreleased tracks, “Shakedown,” “The Wise Child,” “Smithereens,” and the title track which opens the album, “Jaw Wired Shut.” Wirewalker’s “Jaw Wired Shut” EP has been published on the independent Sanctum Records music label. Endlessly stylish, driving and with measured amounts of verve and aggression, “Jaw Wired Shut” is an album that proves these scions of the Los Angeles alt-rock scene are more than worth the price of admission.

Wirewalker cite as main artistic influences contemporary rock legends such as Radiohead, Queens of the Stone Age, and St. Vincent. Their sound blends the velvety, melodic groove of UK groups like Pulp and the Catherine Wheel with the more American, pop-infused style of the pre-2000 era of indie rockers such as Drive Like Jehu, Firehose and Pavement.

“Jaw Wired Shut” features stunningly effective keyboard accompaniment paired with subtly powerful bass lines, as well as guitar licks and vocal leads that ring out naturally, unpretentious and raw. Wirewalker’s concrete-solid drums are both energetic and unassuming, the combination of which paints the entirety of the Wirewalker sound in vibrant, electrified tones and grows toward the foreground from track to track.

Speaking of the theme of their new EP, Wirewalker writes simply that “’Jaw Wired Shut’ covers topics ranging from fear of the unknown to exploring human nature.”

Wirewalker’s official bio describes them as having been “formed in 2012 as Ryan Pressman and Bobby Thayer’s musical project. Later, Sean Holt joined the group, cementing the group’s lineup. Since then, Wirewalker’s sound has evolved into an eclectic mix of electronic, rock, hip hop, and jazz styles.”

“Jaw Wired Shut” by Wirewalker is available online worldwide. Get in early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Cookie Cartel releases debut single ‘Free Dive’

The composers of digital music known as Cookie Cartel have released their official debut single, “Free Dive.” The single has been bundled with three remixes of the definitive edition, including an extended play version, an extended dance version, and a version edited for play on public radio stations around the world. The single features vocals by acclaimed singer Stef Lang, whose popular LP record, “The Underdog” appeared in May of 2010. An irrefutably infectious digital pop song with elements of chillout, dubstep and house music, “Free Dive” by Cookie Cartel is a single which highlights the many qualities of this undeniable duo based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Cookie Cartel cite as main artistic influences such heroes of the digital scene as Zedd, BT, ATB, and Disclosure. As might be expected, their own sound mirrors many of the best qualities of the artists on this list, yet their overall style has its basis in their own music histories.

Cookie Cartel is the stage name of Mary Ancheta and Dan Kearley, who write and produce songs under the name Cookie Cartel which feature various guest vocalists on their tracks. They have been collaborating since 2013, when they began sending sound files to and from one another between Vancouver and the Maldives at that time. They have said that their new single, “Free Dive,” was first inspired by a trip to the Maldive Islands.

Keyboardist and lyricist Mary Ancheta was first part of the popular and jazzy electronica group, Transientworld, who placed as finalists for two consecutive years in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition for electronic music. Ancheta has licensed over 50 film and television placements for her music.

Multi-instrumentalist Dan Kearly is best known for his role in Sekoya, the sound of which the Victoria Jazz Society describes as an “iconoclastic blend of jazz, house, soul, spoken word, hip-hop, and bebop with a fresh touch of funk!” The Society goes on to note that “Sekoya’s debut album garnered rave reviews from Miami to London, resulting in a Canadian Juno nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Artist.” Kearley has composed beats for heavy metal bands Strapping Young Lad and Lamb of God, and has completed remixes for BT.

The remixes of “Free Dive” have been orchestrated by DJ Hoàng Anh (Vietnam Producer), DJ Hunt (Producer, DJ on Queen Latifah Show), and Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas (Producer, Mute Math Bassist).

“Free Dive” by Cookie Cartel is available online worldwide beginning August 23, 2014.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Black Circle Records releases new LP ‘Eye of the Storm’

The independent music label known as Black Circle Records has released their latest compilation LP, “Eye of the Storm.” The record is composed of 12 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes, and is the first volume of a planned series of such records from the Black Circle label, first founded in 2012. The LP compilation features performances, lines and rhymes by such singers and rappers as Raseek, Apoc, Bone, Chunky, Nova, and Jah D. A widely varied selection of reggae and Caribbean rap tracks full of groove, soul and spirit, “Eye of the Storm” is a definitive statement that Black Circle Records is here to stay.

Not available to the public except in short demo takes until 23 August 2014, “Eye of the Storm” has already been reviewed at a total of 26 times and boasts a startling 4.5/5 stars overall. Black Circle Records’ previous EP compilation record, “Silver and Gold,” turned heads in 2012 with its all-star lineup of performers such as Darwin, Taz and Ragga, in addition to core Black Circle musicians and songwriters Bone, Apoc, and Nova. Bone, Apoc, and Nova have each returned to reprise their roles in more exciting sonic detail for this latest release from Black Circle records, “Eye of the Storm, Vol. 1.”

For listeners with an ear for more than straight-up beats and groovy instrumentation, “Eye of the Storm” offers lyrical content far beyond the stereotypical fodder of popular public radio. Themes on the record stretch from powerful personal experiences to the continuing battle against racism and prejudice, and from the simply romantic to the more spiritually Rastafarian.

Fans of reggae and rap music alike are likely to be enthusiastic about “Eye of the Storm,” the first volume in an ongoing series from Black Circle Records.

“Eye of the Storm” from Black Circle Records is available online worldwide beginning August 23, 2014.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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