Despite facing a ton of competition from across the underground, I think it would be fair to say that Brooke Josephson delivers one of the most cathartic records of the season in her all-new “Live & Let Live” EP.
Steeped in positive vibes that transcend lyrics to penetrate both the sonic and melodic realms of every composition it contains, “Live & Let Live” is hardly your standard alternative pop record. In six truly telling songs, Josephson drives home a consistent narrative, reminding listeners that retrospection doesn’t have to mean regret at all. It’s exactly the kind of EP indie pop fans needed this season, and easily one of my personal favorites.
The instrumental parts are as pivotal to the mood of the music as any of the verses are in the progressive “Good Kind of Tired” and sublimely smooth-moving “Burning Journals.” Thanks to the crisp audio quality featured throughout the tracklist, there’s never a moment in which any of the string tonality winds up sacrificed in the name of pop polish, which is always a plus in my book. If Josephson’s ultimate goal was to allow us to feel this material as much as we hear it, saying she offers us a winner in this record might be just a little too much of an understatement.
There’s no bassline overindulgence to behold in this EP, and that’s a pretty big deal when taking into account just how common an issue that’s been in new rock records this year. The Athens-influenced “Eye in the Sky,” “No for an Answer” and the aforementioned “Burning Journals” are excellent examples of clean-cut equalization free of the excesses that frequently plague indie pop numbers, and although it’s not the heaviest EP you’ll hear this season, “Live & Let Live” scarcely sounds anything less than meaty.
You don’t have to be a professional critic like myself to acknowledge how awesome “Burning Journals,” “All We Never Had” and “No for an Answer” would be in a live setting. There’s so much potential still on the table for Brooke Josephson to tap into in future endeavors, but by and large, she produces an extended play here that gives us a wonderful insight into what she can accomplish when there’s nothing present to stifle her creativity. ‘Live & Let Live” feels more like an LP than it ever does a mixtape, and in its class of records, that’s half the battle.
If you need an uplifting melodicism skewed with honest roots rock compositional wit, Josephson’s “Live & Let Live” is an EP that you’ll want to check out before the year ends. Brooke Josephson is on fire from the opening cut “Good Kind of Tired” through to the closing number in “Eye in the Sky,” and while she’s a relatively new face to mainstream listeners, it’s obvious that she’s bringing a lot of industry experience into the studio here. I love what I’ve heard so far, and in the next few years, I think we’re going to see even more intriguing content from this brilliantly talented singer/songwriter.
Spotlighting Rising Sun’s Rising Stars: The Journey from Studio to Stardom
At the threshold of musical possibility, Rising Sun Music Recording Studios marks the embarkation point for budding artists’ transformative journeys. Beyond its mere existence as a studio, this creative sanctuary becomes a launchpad—a place where the echo of dreams collides with the rhythm of potential. Under the experienced mentorship of producer John Seda, Rising Sun emerges as a haven where burgeoning talents embark on their voyage from humble studio sessions to the grand stage of the music industry.
Embarking on a Musical Odyssey
For budding talents seeking a platform to ignite their musical journeys, Rising Sun stands as a guiding luminary. The studio’s doors open wide to welcome aspiring artists who harbor a fire within, ready to translate their passion into melodic tales.
Within Rising Sun’s walls, emerging artists find more than a recording space—they discover a collaborative sanctuary. Here, the budding musicians, guided by seasoned mentors, craft their sonic narratives. It’s not just about laying down tracks; it’s about nurturing artistic expression and sculpting a unique auditory identity.
The Studio’s Role in Shaping Careers:
As these budding artists sculpt their melodies, Rising Sun’s role transcends beyond the technical aspects of production. The studio becomes a catalyst for artistic growth—a place where talents blossom and creative visions crystallize.
Navigating the Industry Landscape
Stepping into the music industry isn’t just about creating music; it’s about navigating the complex tapestry of the business. Rising Sun equips its emerging artists with more than just musical prowess; it provides them with the tools to navigate the industry’s nuances, guiding them through the multifaceted facets of the music business.
With Rising Sun’s support, emerging artists gradually step into the spotlight. The studio’s collaborations, its knack for identifying raw talent, and its dedication to honing skills play a pivotal role in catapulting these talents from the studio’s comforting embrace to the dazzling lights of the stage.
Celebrating Success Stories
The success stories emerging from Rising Sun’s chambers aren’t just about achieving fame; they’re about celebrating the journeys. From studio sessions filled with creativity to chart-topping hits that resonate with audiences, Rising Sun’s emerging artists carve their niche in the musical landscape.
In the harmonious realm of Rising Sun Music Recording Studios, the journey from the studio to the spotlight isn’t just a sequence of events—it’s a soulful odyssey. It symbolizes the studio’s unwavering commitment to fostering budding talents, guiding them through the intricacies of the music industry, and witnessing their ascent to musical stardom. It’s more than a success story; it’s a melodic testament to the transformative power of mentorship and dedication in shaping the futures of emerging artists.
2 Shadows Show They Are Ready For Prime Time With New Song “Mad God”
Somehow I missed hearing 2 Shadows until now. I intend to redress that oversight with this review. The pair of lead singer Glen Bridden and guitarist Tyrst Germaine first banded together as 2 Shadows in 2015 yet still deliver new music with every bit of the passion you’d expect from a hungry debuting act with a chip on their shoulder and something to prove. They are in full effect during their new single “” and, frankly, I haven’t heard metal this immediate and bracing in many years. This band is definitely ready for prime time and I don’t think there’s any stopping them.
Tryst Germaine’s mammoth guitar sound will be a big reason why. It is one of the chief characteristics of their music that I believe separates 2 Shadows from many of their brethren. It immediately dominated the song once it entered the picture in full force, but I must say that it never diminishes the vocal. This is because both Tryst’s guitar, as well as other elements of the song, are so well produced that there isn’t a single component that stands out at the expense of another.
Glen Bridden may be the only singer alive who could keep up with him and this demanding track. Segueing from the bleak and ruminative opening featuring his voice and piano into the six-string bloodletting that follows isn’t something every vocalist can do. He does and, in my opinion, makes it sound easy. He hits many particularly thrilling high points during the song’s more aggressive sections that will leave all but the hardest of hearts thrilled by his musical presence.
Presence is something that this song and band have in abundance. I mentioned that Germaine’s guitar has an all-consuming sound, but it’s really the band as a whole that cannot be denied. The opening section with its piano and singing creates a world all its own without ever seeming like some sort of put on. There’s no doubt in my mind that 2 Shadows would still make music together even if they never recorded another note. These guys are “lifers” and you hear it in their voice and playing alike.
It ends conclusively bookended by the same quiet atmospherics that begins the song. It’s another indication of how the band began the recording process for this track with a clear imaginative vision and followed it through to its logical conclusion. Their focus pays off with one of the most thunderous metal/hard rock tracks in recent memory high and leaves a mark on listeners.
There’s so much music out there and so little time. 2 Shadows simply hadn’t landed on my radar yet. Well, they’re here now, and here they’ll stay. As an older metal fan, I am thrilled to hear a band that likes living on a creative knife edge, but I’m even happier to hear a band that compromises nothing and says take us as we are because we aren’t going anywhere. The single “Mad God” proves 2 Shadows will be with us for some time to come and we, as music fans, are better off for it.