My friends are talented

Sometime you meet people in your life and realize “Wow, these people are really talented.” Yes, these people are my friends and they are crazy talented. I’m doing this blog post, because they deserve success and they deserve their dreams. These guys are passionate about music and have a strong desire to share it with others.

So read, listen, and click along to hear more from these guys. Their futures are insanely bright.

I Am Fighting – Joseph Gehrmann – Dark Pop – New York City, NY

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He recently started doing a singing series called “Sub Sing Series”. Joe, with guitar in tow, heads to the subway to inspire others with his musical talent. He meets other talented folks along the way and records all of it for people to hear. Gehrmann says he hopes to “embrace, follow, and chase my dream. And to be grateful for all the people and opportunities I meet along the way.”

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Follow along:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/iamfightingmusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamfighting

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iamfighting?fref=ts

Instagram: https://instagram.com/iamfighting/

Soundcloud: 

Coffee Eyes – Rob McCall – Acoustic Alternative – Syracuse, NY

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Rob McCall has a passion for acoustic music and hearty lyrics. McCall says, “This year I really want to put myself out there as an artist. I want to work with other musicians, play open mics, and really just seek opportunities in which people want to hear original music. Ultimately, what I hope to get out of this year is growth; growth in my abilities, my network, and with the connections I can make with new fans.”

Coffee Eyes’ new adventure this month is a web series for local Syracuse, NY musicians titled “Syracuse TV”. For more information, like their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SyracuseTV?pnref=story

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Instagram: @_c0ffeeeyes_
Sunflo’er – Ethan Shantie – Experimental Hardcore – Potsdam, NY
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Sunflo’er’s debut album titled, “1963”. Album art by Jordy Joe.
 With influences like Converge, Botch, Fear Before the March of Flames, Cursed, La Dispute, and Between the Buried and Me, Sunflo’er’s debut album “1963” will be released digitally on June 23 and on Vinyl and CD this summer. Shantie says, “The writing partners I have in this band are the best I’ve ever had. There’s very little that’s more satisfying than creating something from nothing and putting it out into the world for people to interpret as they want.”
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Preorder their album at: http://store.merhq.com/album/1963
-Abbey 🙂

 

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Addicted to…ZEDD

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Zedd’s second full-length album titled True Colors could be his most emotional yet. Almost every song features simple lyrics and of course the dance drop we’re all waiting for. Zedd pulls in help from vets like Selena Gomez and newcomers like Echosmith and Troye Sivan. That’s the cool thing about Zedd, he’s always willing to let other people shine on his music, whether they have a million fans or a couple hundred. He cares about the final product and not the popularity status. Zedd has perfected his own style as something I like to call Dalectropop. A fancy mixture of dance, electronic, and pop.

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Songs like: “Bumble Bee” and “Addicted to a Memory” follow the harder side of dance music, while “Daisy”, “Illusion”, “I Want You To Know”, and “Straight Into the Fire” focus on storybook lyrics, impeccable vocals, and cohesive electro beats. The best thing about this album is the beauty heard in every song. True Colors is exactly what the dance world needed; to slow down a little bit and appreciate the power of dance/electronic music. It doesn’t have to all be “shake your ass and fist pump”, it can tell stories and provoke true emotions.

Zedd recently told Billboard magazine, “I’m just an album artist. There are singles artists and there are album artists. I don’t think i’m the guy to just be able to put out a song and be fully satisfied with that. Because that puts you so much more into a box.” Sounds like the words of a true artist, my friends. True Colors is meant to be consumed and heard as a whole. Every song has its own strength and weight to the albumA lot of people stereotype DJ’s thinking all they do is play on computers when really they are creating sounds and insane hooks that we normal people could never replicate. Back in December of last year, Zedd released a half hour documentary that explains his success with Clarity and gives more of a closer look into his life. Please watch:

Proof that this album is a continuous vat of emotion and beauty is heard on the final two songs titled “Daisy” and “Illusion”. The lyrics in “Daisy” set the scene for “Illusion”. “Daisy, always climbing up the same tree, finding love in all the wrong scenes, Daisy, you got me” are the words sung out of Julia Michaels mouth (also lends her vocals to “Straight Into the Fire”). This song illustrates the struggle of not knowing a good thing when its right in front of you. The innocence in Michaels’ voice helps the songs message of uncertainty and confusion with the concept of true love. Near the end of the song, piano chords start to play as the intro to the closing track “Illusion”.

This song is almost painfully gorgeous as Sydney Sierota, lead singer of Echosmith, sings, “It feels like the fairytale’s over, I really wanted these pages to begin, with once upon a time, like all those lullabies.” This is the song that makes you cry but also has the power to save you. The hook is “This love is your illusion”, which becomes a mantra you end up hearing yourself singing over and over in your head as Zedd takes over and creates an electronic symphony epically matching the vibe of the song. “Illusion” is absolute magic.

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-Abbey 🙂 

Music Monday’s: No One’s Gonna Love You

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Shoe Situation: Grey Mauve Birkenstock

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Lead singer Ben Bridwell’s vocals glisten alongside a steady guitar as “No One’s Gonna Love You” begins. A romantic song, that could sing you to sleep (and maybe shed a couple tears?) This is the song you want to hear at your wedding. It stands as a promise of love; “But no one is ever gonna love you more than I do, no one’s gonna love you more than I do.” The most beautiful aspect of this song is the layering effects that are heard throughout it. Guitars have never sounded as magical as they do in this song, almost melancholy. Drums keep a steady backbeat as alt-synths plague the background. Bridwell gracefully leads the listener through a love story. Band of Horses have a way of making songs feel endless, there’s not much to them, but they all hold their own weight and remain relevant in music for years to come. “No One’s Gonna Love You” is one of those songs.

-Abbey 🙂

Summer Playlist!

But Abbey, it’s not June 21st yet? I know, I know. I’m home for summer break which means its SUMMER TO ME. So, I thought I would give you guys an updated playlist to help you make whatever transition you’re involved in, a little more bearable. Whether it be graduation, going home, leaving home, starting a job, or maybe just doing nothing. This time of the year is always emotional, beautiful, and fun so I want this playlist to represent that. number 1number 2 I tried to get as much variety as possible, but these are what I’ve actually been listening to nonstop recently (I happen to be on a bit of a dance/electronic kick lately). Some have been out a while and some are brand spanking new.

Songs like, “All My Love”, “Five More Hours”, “I Love It When You Cry”, and “Addicted to a Memory” all follow the dance craze. “All My Love” features gorgeous vocals from Ariana Grande herself. A song that should be blaring out of every radio station, but isn’t for some reason. “Five More Hours” proves that as much as we all want to hate Chris Brown, his voice is so insanely good, you can’t help but sing along. It also has a killer dance beat. “I Love it When You Cry” makes you feel ok to show emotion, showcasing Icona Pop-like vocals and a pounding chorus that will leave you hitting the repeat button…for real.

I also listed the Vance Joy cover of “I Know Places” by the lyrical songstress Taylor Swift. But Joy’s cover is immaculate, heavenly, and irresistible. (Read previous blog post).

“Coffee” by Miguel has been on repeat lately. It’s in classic Miguel fashion; sexy, provocative, and catchy as hell. Not to mention those vocals could make any human melt into a puddle… His new album is going to be pure fire, I just know it.

The 1975 have a song called “Me” that I’ve also recently fallen in love with. It’s super emotional and depressing, but there’s something beautiful about it. It touches on disappointment, regrets, and mistakes. Things everyone can relate to. Lead singer, Matty Healy’s voice draws you in like a psychedelic kaleidoscope. Halfway through “Me” a saxophone nonchalantly soothes your broken heart.

“Circles” and “Helios” are very cool songs I stumbled upon on iTunes. “Circles” is more on the trend of the pop/dance scene while “Helios” is a sultry mix of R&B and electronic. “Helios” quickly puts you in a trance, almost mind numbing (but in a good way). “Circles” is such a cute song, it really builds and amounts to be a great “summer cruising” song. It makes me wanna roll the top down and let my hair blow in the wind (oh wait, I drive a Honda Civic…)

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-Abbey

“I Know Places” – Vance Joy cover

Recently, Taylor Swift tweeted about a cover of one of her 1989 songs, “I Know Places”. A story of a secret relationship, hidden from the public and the unity found within it. Ms. Swift thinks it might be her favorite cover she’s ever seen…and I HAVE to agree. The second I plugged my headphones in and watched the full video, I was obsessed. Vance Joy does a phenomenal job at giving emotion to every single word in the song. Almost as if, “I Know Places” became re-born again through the mouth of Joy himself.

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Joy takes a romantic twist on the song, making it all acoustic, using his voice and string plucking fingers to create a gorgeous new song that Ms. Swift is certainly proud of. The chorus is gentler, filling every gap of the guitar chords. Joy’s voice wavers in the most beautiful way as he makes his way to “I know places we can hide.” Near the end, he sings “Just grab my hand and don’t ever drop it, my love,” and it is breathtakingly soft and perfect. The song almost takes on a whole new meaning than the one Swift gave it. Hers is powerful, slightly dark, and loud. While Joy’s could count as a love ballad, something you could hear at a wedding, the elements of love are more prominent with the easygoing pluck of every guitar string. I actually prefer Vance Joy’s cover to the original. I think you will too…

-Abbey