This Weekend’s Tunes
“Journeyman’s Ballet” by Sam Rappaport
Travel back to the 80s with the buoyant groove called “Journeyman’s Ballet” by Sam Rappaport. The tune features warm, layered vocals on top of a light pop-rock instrumental that is found in Michael McDonald’s music. The vocals might remind listeners of John Mayer’s own as they are filled with vivid and relaxing tones. The tune is perfect to spend a sunny weekend with beauty and warmth. “Journeyman’s Ballet” features a relaxing vibe with melodic lines that will delight any listener.
“Stuck!” by Honest Men
“I think fans will connect with these songs in a new and profound way but above all, these songs are for us. They’re us processing love gained, love lost, beliefs redefined, the all-consuming feelings of solitude, and everything in between. Life happens! But we’re only in control of what’s in our immediate field of vision. Here’s to making the most of it.”
The above message is what the American indie rock band Honest Men hopes that listeners will in their newest single “Stuck!”. This upbeat alt-rock track features big energy, especially in the chorus. Yet, it features vulnerability through the vocals, instrumentation, and lyrics. Don’t forget to listen to the catchy hooks in the chorus but also the dreamy instrumentation during the break. Honest Men is back with a song that is all about them, what they can do, and showing their amazing talent to listeners!
“Rewrite The Rules” by Gabrielle Ornate
UK Pop Rock artist Gabrielle Ornate is back with her newest single “Rewrite The Rules” According to the artist, the song is “a declaration of empowerment, forever changing the rules of the game by saying goodbye to a toxic dynamic for good”. The tune features unique melodies that allure listeners with their striking sounds. Meanwhile, Ornate’s vocals float above the instrumentation with melodic depth. There is a pellicular charm about “Rewrite The Rules” featured throughout that listeners will find intriguing. I love this track this much for its pellicular but harmonious sound.
“Self Reflection” by Matthew Steven Whitaker
“Lie down and unwind, relax and close your eyes.” American Alternative Indie R&B Matthew Steven Whitaker created a relaxing atmosphere with positive vibes with his newest single “Self Reflection”. It is inspired by the idea of looking within oneself for inspiration and creativity. That is all we need to self-reflection often. Whitaker paints this message clearly with his inspiring lyrics. He sings them with smooth vocals with dulcet tones. The instrumentation and the vocal melodies produce a relaxing vibe that makes the song easy to listen to anywhere. It is such an inspiring tune!
“Highs & Lows” by VAVO
Pick yourself from your blues with this upbeat dance tune by VAVO. “Highs & Lows” is all about the highs and lows of life. That some days may be dark, but there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. With catchy dance melodies in the instrumentations and vocal melodies, this is a great song to dance those negative feelings. It is filled with so much positivity, both melodically and lyrically.
“Winter” by Camie
Camie’s “Winter” is a gorgeous folk track that is about a young woman meditating on loneliness and unrequited love with the changing of the seasons. The song featured rich vocals, gorgeous backing vocals, and gentle guitar picking with lush, ambient soundscapes. It is the perfect song on this beautiful late autumn weekend with its beautiful soundscape and relaxing atmosphere. Listeners should listen to the end as there is an explosion of layered vocals that make listeners fall in love with the song more.
“Name Came Up” by Michael Daughtry and the Drift
If you are a fan of Toto, Steely Dan, and Sophistipop, then “Name Came Up” by Michael Daughtry and the Drift is the song for you! The track features a magnitude of 80s rock with its sweet guitar licks, big energy, melodic vocals, and piano-driven melodies. Also, there are show-stopping rhythms in the choruses to enunciate each note clearly to make listeners pay more attention. “Name Came Up” is an energic rock song that has huge influences on 80s Rock. But, it is a great listen as it features big energy and catchy hooks in the instrumentation and vocals.
“Bitter Melody” by Nathaniel Paul
Nathaniel Paul is back with his newest single “Bitter Melody”. It is the first single off his upcoming album “Turpentine” that will be released in 2022. This track features a bold musical statement as vocals cut through the song with dynamic with fastidious instrumental color. Paul’s musical talent is on full display as the song features catchy hooks, vivid instrumentation, and relatable lyrics. Nathaniel Paul has done it again! Listeners should not miss out on “Bitter Melody”.
“Bridges Fall” by Counting Chances
American Progressive Rock band Counting Chances delivers a hair-raising rock symphony with their latest single “Bridges Fall”. This rock instrumentation should not be skipped because it is an explosion of wonderful rock sounds. The track features catchy electronic guitar-lead hooks, piano melodies, and incredible pacing that makes the song seem not to rush. The pacing gives each instrumentation and each phrase time to shine with their own unique sounds. I really love “Bridges Fall” as it is a delicious prog-rock instrumental that has big energy and blazing instrumentation.
“Sleepwalking” by Trickster Figures
Trickster Figures is back with the single “Sleepwalking”. It is a track that everyone can relate to due to the current world event that we endure. It features a unique mixture of vocals with the verse featuring a singing-while-talking method. Then in the chorus, there is a mixture of harmonious female vocals with the male vocals to create a soothing, melodic layered vocals. Be sure to check out the instrumentation as the intricate guitar plucking is very gorgeous and a must-listen!