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Harmony Dreamers’ “Spinning Round The Sun”: A Solar Powered Journey Through the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of our lives, and the music industry is no exception. Amidst the chaos, Harmony Dreamers, an up-and-coming indie rock project, have released their debut album, “I Come From Earth,” which includes their new single trilogy,  “Spinning Round the Sun.” Imbued with themes of hope, resilience, and unity, this record offers listeners a cosmic journey through the pandemic, shedding light on the power of music to lift our spirits and bring us together.

Formed in 2019, Harmony Dreamers is a musical collective, led by Byron Lee Scott, made up of multi-talented songwriters and musicians hailing from across the globe. Despite facing the challenges brought by the pandemic, the project has continued to flourish, using this time to create and innovate. Their new album, “Spinning Round the Sun,” offers an evocative blend of indie folk, rock, and dreamy pop sounds, bound to transport its listeners to another world.

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Drawing inspiration from an array of musical influences, including Fleet Foxes, Sufjan Stevens, and Bon Iver, Harmony Dreamers have crafted a distinct sound that captures the essence of their diverse backgrounds. The album’s eclectic mix of styles encapsulates the feelings of uncertainty and isolation that have become all too familiar during the pandemic, while also offering a sense of hope and optimism for a brighter future.

Each track of this new single trilogy presents its own unique soundscape, with influences ranging from the ethereal tones of Sigur Rós to the indie-folk stylings of The Lumineers. Throughout “Spinning Round the Sun,” the band’s musical influences are masterfully interwoven, showcasing their ability to create a cohesive and captivating narrative through the power of song.

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One standout aspect of the single, and album as a whole, is the band’s innovative use of solar power to fuel their creativity. By harnessing the sun’s energy, Harmony Dreamers were able to record their album off-grid, supporting their mission to create music that is both environmentally conscious and spiritually uplifting. This green approach to recording further underlines the cosmic theme that permeates their debut release.

A striking feature of “Spinning Round the Sun” is the band’s intricate instrumentation, combining an array of musical instruments and modern production techniques. Harmony Dreamers mastery of their craft, coupled with their innovative approach to recording, solidifies their status as a boundary-pushing force within the music industry.

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As the world continues to grapple with the ongoing effects of the pandemic, it’s clear that the music industry has a vital role to play in providing solace and connection. Through their unique blend of genres and innovative recording methods, Harmony Dreamers have demonstrated the power of music to uplift, inspire, and unite us all.  As we continue to navigate these uncertain times, the cosmic sounds of Harmony Dreamers serve as a much-needed reminder that there’s always light to be found, even in the darkest of days.

–John Recht
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SZA’s Triumphant Moment, How the Songwriters Hall Of Fame Award Validated Her Journey

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SZA’s Triumphant Moment, How the Songwriters Hall Of Fame Award Validated Her Journey

SZA has shared how winning the Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame has validated her entire career. At the 2024 Induction and Awards Gala, she expressed her gratitude and reflected on her journey.

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“As an artist, I’ve been a lot of different people. I’ve been 200 pounds; I’ve been 130 pounds. I’ve been someone who doesn’t dance at all on stage to someone who is dancing and trying their best and I think, ‘Oh man, I struggle with the artist thing,’ but writing was where I felt like a person, and I had value and showed that I was smart. It was beyond ‘Am I pretty? Am I liked?’ and that meant everything to me. It made me feel like a person that was doing something worth something. Basically, receiving this award validates my entire career… Thank you for seeing me,” she said.

The Hal David Starlight Award has been awarded to numerous iconic artists, including John Legend, Ne-Yo, Drake, Lil Nas X, and Post Malone. “This is such an exciting time for songwriters and music. Phenomenal artists like Beyoncé and Taylor Swift are pushing the envelope of what success looks like but who could argue that the last two years belong to SZA,” SHOF Chairman Nile Rodgers said. “Incredible songwriting, incredible performances, incredible artistry. She so deserves to be the 2024 recipient of the Hal David Starlight Award!”

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In other news, SZA is working on the highly anticipated deluxe version of her album SOS, titled LANA. Despite numerous delays due to leaks, fans can expect updates soon. Stay tuned with Honk Magazine for the latest on SZA.

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Sweeping New Sounds: The Beard and the Bird Dazzle with “Dust If You Must”

“The Beard and the Bird” recently released their latest single, “Dust If You Must,” which exemplifies a seamless integration of folk elements with a contemporary edge. The track begins with an engaging banjo riff and evokes a sense of nostalgia through its heartfelt lyrics, encouraging listeners to appreciate life’s complexities.

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The distinctive gravelly voice of The Beard and the Bird’s ethereal soprano blend seamlessly, complementing each other and creating a harmonious, yet invigorating, musical experience. The instrumental arrangement is both rich and nuanced, allowing the emotional essence of the lyrics to shine through without overpowering them.

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