Music from the Heart

CD Reviews

Uriel Herman quartet - Face to Face

A classical music pianist and composer, a graduate from the Jerusalem Academy, Uriel Herman astounds by his unique way of merging styles. With an incredible virtuosity, he distills a jazz infused with rock, with classical music, with klezmer tones, changing with equal success from an original composition to a piece taken from Israel’s musical heritage or to a revival of David Bowie, Radiohead or Nirvana.This unique and modern approach of music, enhanced by the ardour and dexterity of the musicians that surround him, makes Uriel Herman one of the most exciting pianists of the current scene. A crush and a major discovery.

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Finnian - Where We Go (single)

Finnian is a songwriter from Dundalk, Ireland. Over the last number of years he has toured extensively throughout his home country and Europe. He recently supported David Keenan on his Irish tour and is now releasing the first single 'Even Flow' from his fourth coming album Under The Influence. Finnian started out as a folk based singer- songwriter renowned for a strong and dynamic vocal. He has been praised by peers in the industry and audiences throughout Ireland and Europe for his honest, clever and thought provoking lyrics and although playing as a solo acoustic based artist is something that he thoroughly enjoys and executes with a passion and energy that has received critical acclaim he decided to add another dynamic to his music.

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Mark Peters and The Dark Band - Sum of All Parts (EP)

London-born and Vienna based songwriter Mark Peters has enchanted the listeners with his previous EP Spirits and now he's back with a brand-new offering called Sum of All Parts where he's joined by The Dark Band. What an intriguing name, right? The sound might have slightly changed for the better, the full band arrangements benefit the songs but what remains the same is Peters' powerful songwriting and his distinctive vocal. You can't deny his London roots at times. His voice can be gentle and dreamy at one minute and strong the next.

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Reality Suite - Awaken

There are very few female vocalists in rock music who really get your attention. Of course, there are likes of Amy Lee of Evanescence or the late Dolores O'Riordan coming to your mind when you think about it but then there are surprises. Kimmii Heart of Reality Suite is one of them. An incredibly powerful vocal that goes perfectly together with chosen genre, the singer has a great diction so you understand what she says and that's not always the case these days. Formed in 2009 in North Haledon, New Jersey by childhood friends Brian King (drums,) Antonio Valenti (bass,) and Joe Padula (guitars) – their ambitions have been to produce heavy, melodic rock. After several male and female vocalists, Kimmii Heart had joined in 2013 establishing the definitive line-up known today worldwide.

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Dave Clarke - Listen for the Signals

Dave Clarke is a musical force to be reckoned with. He has spent time as a drummer for Glen Hansard but most people would know him as a drummer of Hothouse Flowers. His solo releases are more rock,  there are hints of Nick Cave in his vocal delivery. The dark tone remains also in the lyrics. His latest offering Listening for Signals is no exception. He plays all instruments on his recordings which might be surprising for those who haven't had the chance to discover the extent of his talent.

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Basciville - Post-Youth (single)

Basciville are a multi-instrumental folk/indie duo, originating from Co.  Wexford, Ireland thatcame to be in 2016, when brothers Cillian and Lorcan Byrne finally took the plunge and began creating music together. Since that time the duo has formulated their own unique blend of rhythm and blues with jazz, folk and orchestral harmony. They recently supported acclaimed violinist Colm Mac Con Iomaire at the launch of his third solo album The River Holds Its Breath (Tost ar an Abhainn)  - and also were involved with making of this album. On May 3rd 2019, Basciville will release their brand new single ‘Post Youth’. Basciville are currently recording their second EP, which will be released in 2019.  The as yet unnamed EP will be supported by a full Irish and European tour.

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Lau - Midnight and Closedown

Lau is British folk band from both Scotland and England formed in 2005, named after Orcadian word meaning "natural light." The band comprises Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Martin Green (accordion, wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) and together they effortlessly bridge the seemingly diametrically opposed worlds of acoustic folk tradition and post rock – electronics. A decade on, Lau are fearless innovators, festival curators (Lau-Land) a band that simply never stand still. Kris Drever, Aidan O’Rourke and Martin Green also create some of the best music being made anywhere in any genre. Being declared the Best band on BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards on four occasions only proves their uniqueness.

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Paradox - Here Comes the Pain (single)

Cork based alternative rockers Paradox were formed in 1997 by brothers Pete Mac and Mike Mac. The early Paradox sound was heavily influenced by the Grunge Era of the 90's. Paradox have released 4 studio albums to date. Their debut album 'Circle of Growth' was recorded in Los Angeles in 2000 and released on a US label. Their second album 'Sacred' was recorded and released in 2004, 'Corporate Pollution' was released in 2011 and their latest album 'Chapters' released in 2015. Singer and songwriter Pete Mac also recorded and released a solo album in 2009 in Berlin, Germany. The new single 'Here Comes The Pain' was released in May 2019 with the band making a return to a more heavier sound. More new music is planned to be released this year.

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Bai Bang - Best of Four

A driven force in the Swedish "rock" scene of the 2000s —Hailing from Sweden, a touch of glam/sleaze/rock metal of the 1980s. Since the band started the Bai Bang members have spent a lot of time together on their tours all over Europe, Canada, Japan and USA. Bai Bang have been touring with bands like: Alice Cooper, LA Guns, Dio, Ratt, Pretty Maids and Union among others and have done many headline tours as well.The band have been playing at festivals like: Sweden Rock Festival, Wacken Open Air and Rocklahoma.
Coming back with a Best Of release from their last 4 albums ( Are You Ready – 2009, Livin' My Dream – 2011, All Around The World – 2013, Rock Of Live – 2017.

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Robert O'Connor - Real Good Fight (single)

Robert O'Connor is a singer/songwriter from Dublin, Ireland, who returned to the songwriting scene in 2018 after five year hiatus during which he worked as a journalist for various lifestyle titles. The sacrificies paid off and his threee singles released in 2018 received a great radio support on both sides of the Atlantic which is pretty unusual for an unsigned artist without a manager. Each of those singles showed different side of O'Connor and the latest, Real Good Fight, continues the trend.

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