Month: October 2017

Music Review – “Foreplay” by Ray William Roldan

“Foreplay” My mother reads these so let’s just say the title intrigued me… Ray William Roldan hasn’t managed to appear under my radar before today, even though he has acquired tens-of-thousands of plays on most of his songs on Soundcloud. A platform I use quite a lot. I must be blind because this stuff is right up my street! For the regular readers, you guessed it… I’m gonna talk about rhythm and timing. Absolutely bang on the money. Every flick of the wrist on the guitar, even the deliberate off-setting of rhythm from the vocals. The use of lengthened vowels...

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Music Review – “Nashville” by Michael Askin

“Nashville” from the “Road By The River” album A truly engaging story! There are plenty of reasons I can give you for needing to listen to Nashville by Michael Askin. Here, I’ll list a few for you. His voice is so relaxing, yet engaging that it’s difficult not to listen. Michael’s vocal style matches the Country & Western instrumentation and musicality. There’s no flurries of notes darting around the scale like you get in a lot modern pop music because with this music, there is no need for that. Michael almost speaks the lyrics to us. Not tonally but metaphorically. It seems like Michael is sitting...

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Album Review – “Fairy” by TobiasBlue

Fairy So, this album sparked my interest when I heard the title of some of the tracks. Titles such as “Lola’s Lullaby”, “Dragons” and “Alex The Kid”. Names like these are great for story-telling purposes as the writer gives a short, half-description of the the contents, so you’re left wondering before you have a listen. Although once I’d listened to the album, I had one initial concern. The rhythmic timing throughout the album. It’s clear that TobiasBlue is a capable songwriter, as I could tell by his melody-composing skills. The riffs on the guitar are quite catchy on multiple...

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Album Review – “Summers Solstice” by Bud Summers

Summers Solstice Every now and again, you come across an album that just makes you smile. 😀 Bud Summers has explored the often-overlooked genre of guitar-based instrumental music. The 10-track album encompasses his technical prowess and offers an insight into what had inspired him to create such a beautifully-crafted, easy-listening release. Upon the first listen, hints of old-school rock guitarists shine through in his playing style. One such guitarist who comes to mind when listening to some of Bud Summers’ music is Rik Emmett [ex-Triumph]. Vague splashes of Alex Lifeson [Rush] are also apparent, yet the classical element is...

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