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Crossover artist Georg Roman releases ‘Forever’

Fusing his favourite genres of classic operatic styles and rock, Georg Roman has unleashed his powerful track ‘Forever’ on the world.

Although the Russian singer-songwriter did always intend to be a musician, formerly pursuing a career in sport, he has certainly found his calling in music, forming his own unique blend of classical-rock.

Classical instrumentation, including a dramatic piano lead and emotive string sections combine with Georg’s powerful voice, making for music like you’ve never heard it before.

Georg has always enjoyed using his whole vocal range when singing and composing for himself, and this style that he has adopted allows him to do so.

In terms of rock, Georg looks up to the likes of Eric Clapton and Joe Cocker, but he when it comes to classical- the greats such as Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo are firm favourites.

Check out more on Georg on his site here:

www.georgroman.com

Highly anticipated Fjokra EP ‘Thoughtsteps’ arrives June 9th

Versatile Irish songwriter looks to build on a growing reputation with brand new release

Influenced by a list of genres and artists taking in classical, metal, funk, jazz and more, Fjokra is an artist who is nigh on impossible to pigeonhole.

Born in Dublin and now living in London, he is a multi-instrumentalist whose music takes in so many different ideas and angles that to tie him down to one genre or style is a fool’s errand – just as it seems you have his sound sussed, a new idea will come and slap you in the face. And that’s just the way Fjokra likes it.

You can see the video for EP track ‘Infinite Loops’ here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5FrW1UyVyY

‘Thoughtsteps’ is an EP that tantalises and astounds. With the album name, artwork and musical content designed to demonstrate alternative, free and independent forms of thinking, the varied style is all tied together by the consistent high quality of the recordings. Even more impressively, the EP is primarily self-produced but for one track from producer Donald Clark (Guns ‘n’ Roses, Muse).

It’s little wonder that Fjokra counts Mick Jones (The Clash), Duran Duran, and Beardyman amongst his fans – and this range of musicians gives you a glimpse into the wide audience demographics the music is connecting with. Peanut Baines of the Kaiser Chiefs put it his own way, labelling Fjokra ‘sex music for metallers’.

With a fan base that is widening thanks to a unique live show (performed with his eponymous band), Fjokra has already graced the stage at Beach Break Festival and Liverpool Sound City. They also performed at a very special concert which saw Tyondai Braxton (of Battles) premiere his new orchestral piece ‘Central Market’ – a truly inspiring experience for the band. And now, with ‘Thoughtsteps’ only a few weeks away and a slot at the Isle of Wight Festival this summer, he is using that inspiration to fuel his forward momentum.

And if you’re still not convinced that this is an artist with a unique approach, then perhaps his unusual approach to promoting the EP will help. In addition to releasing the songs and music videos, Fjokra has also recorded for each track a cookery show, punning on the song titles from the EP. Due to be posted on YouTube and fjokra.com shortly after the songs themselves are released, the tasty teasers will make this EP a truly multi-sensory experience.

Also, keep your eyes peeled for acoustic versions of the EP tracks, recorded in a guitar shop and due on the Fjokra YouTube channel soon.

‘Thoughtsteps’ will be available from June 9th.

Links:

www.facebook.com/fjokraofficial

www.twitter.com/fjokra

Instagram: fjokra

www.youtube.com/fjokra

www.soundcloud.com/fjokra

Richard Rhys O’Brien’s Debut Album Made Available Online for All Music Lovers Worldwide

Richard Rhys O’Brien’s debut album is now made available online for all music lovers worldwide. “I Know A Little Place” is an album full of inspirational songs, fun lyrics and great musical arrangement that audiences around the world would surely love to include in their playlist.

Listen to the album here: http://richardrhysobrien.com/albums/iknowalittleplace/

Richard Rhys O’Brien is a singer songwriter who started writing in 2009, after a career as an economist and futurist. This background has taught him many things about how the world revolves, inspiring him to write his songs of love and life, accompanied by wry commentary on contemporary issues such as climate change (as in “cloud on the horizon”- video included) and consumerism – with the accompanying video “ choice would be a fine thing”.

Richard Rhys O’Brien style draws on folk, rock, blues, country and classical influences – particularly inspired by a lifelong following of Loudon Wainwright III, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. He has been singing with the North London choir Eclectic Voices since 2000 (jazz, gospel, classical and world music) and plays piano and keyboards.

Some of his popular songs that are included in his debut album are “Take it as it Comes”, “Audition Blues”, “Silvery Moon”, “Rollercoaster”, “She Said Yes!”The song “No truth, No Lies” is one of the more serious songs where Richard Rhys O’Brien reveals a little bit  of a preachy  tone and “Heroes or zeroes” reflects on the slide from great leadership to dictatorship . in contrast other songs on the album like ““If You Say You Cannot See My Shadow” and “Be Like a Bird” display his playful and lighter tones.

His songs feature other professional and talented musicians and singers like Bruce Knapp (guitars), Tony Shepherd (drums), Richard Sadler (bass), Christine Axelle and Callie Howard (supporting vocals) all produced with Matthew Knapp and recorded in Brighton.

His debut album, composing 14 songs, is mainly inspired by the blues, tangos, waltz and lullaby, reflecting modern life and love with accompaniment of sparkling guitar, tinkling piano, pulsating bass and drums as well as great lyrics that are sung with remarkable clarity.

Songwriter Richard Rhys O’Brien knows exactly how to strike a delicate balance between playful arrangements and heartfelt songwriting that infuses great musical direction from different band’s muses. Richard Rhys O’Brien’s debut album is available on iTunes and Amazon Store.

http://richardrhysobrien.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Richard-Rhys-OBrien/128587320578684

https://twitter.com/RROBrien

http://www.youtube.com/user/RichardRhysObrien

Amanda Bloom lays out ‘The History of Things to Come’

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It’s not often that a new album comes along that seamlessly blends heavy rock, classical music, Kate Bush style vocals and a singer-songwriter  mentality. With debut album ‘A History of Things to Come’, Australian songwriter and pianist Amanda Bloom does just that.

Recorded during sessions in Jordan and Sydney, Australia, with a back story almost as varied and eclectic as the music itself, this is an album that was clearly crafted with care, from the intricate piano lines to the distorted power chords. It’s rare in the current music industry that a new album will continue to surprise with every new track, but ‘The History of Things to Come’ has so many shades of light and dark, soft and heavy, that it’s impossible to predict what will come next.

Yet this is still a cohesive release, undoubtedly the work of a consistently ambitious writer who knows her sound and has spent time honing it. When it comes to her music, the classically trained Amanda Bloom has complete creative control, writing, arranging and orchestrating all the parts herself.

The variation of influences on the album comes as little surprise when you take into account Bloom’s eclectic background. A multi-linguist who has taught Spanish, Italian, French, Khmer and English to support her passions for music and travel, Bloom is currently based in Cambodia.

Since moving there from her native Australia, she’s shared the stage with Conrad Keely (And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead) at an school for disabled children in Kampot, as well as performing to over 20,000 people for MTV Exit, a stadium show working to combat human trafficking.

The album also saw a host of collaborations which contributed to its intriguing sound. Members of the Amman Symphony Orchestra in Jordan played a part, while some of the tracks are engineered by Kassim Sabounchi, an Iraqi refugee who fled his home country to start a new life in Jordan. Once completed, the flowing title track ‘The History of Things to Come’ was even picked up by trapeze act ‘Suspension of Disbelief’ – a nod to the dramatic, but melodic nature of the music Amanda Bloom produces.

You can hear lead tracks ‘Rosetta’ & ‘Beautiful Beautiful’ on Soundcloud:

 

And see her perform her track ‘Fallacy’ here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbaIkr7n_Q4&feature=youtu.be