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Icarus Phoenix – Anthem feat Josaleigh Pollett

Icarus Phoenix – Anthem feat Josaleigh Pollett

Icarus Phoenix makes you buy into his special style of music on the new song “Anthem” feat Josaleigh Pollett. He has so many engaging elements to the song it’s hard to not want to listen. The artist’s name is already super dope, and the title makes it even more enticing to listen to.

“Anthem”  is an artistic vision brought to life to show that there is still plenty of room for innovation in music to shine. He doesn’t try to fit in any box and instead creates his own lane of music, that he has his foot heavy on the gas in, to deliver a masterpiece of music to put us all on notice a new star is on the rise and his name is Icarus Phoenix.

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Alex Winston shares raw emotions in sophomore album “Bingo!”

Alex Winston

Indie singer-songwriter Alex Winston has made a remarkable return with her highly-anticipated sophomore album, “Bingo!”. Released today, “Bingo!” is a 10-track masterpiece that captures the essence of Winston’s transformative “swamp era” by blending elements of old-school Americana, psychedelia, and unfiltered pop.

Crafted over three years, “Bingo!” demonstrates her musical evolution, embracing the uncertainties and discomforts of personal growth. The album’s lead single, “Stassia,” features jangly guitars and Winston’s piercing vocals, setting the tone for an album rich in texture and emotional depth.

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“Hot One,” a bass-driven pop anthem, channels the sweltering frustration of a Nashville summer, culminating in a defiant chorus that exclaims, “You can’t take my joy away / Hello, Satan, not today.” Meanwhile, “Swampland” offers a whimsical escape with its playful parade of flutes, horns, and hallucinatory guitar riffs, evoking a Mardi Gras of the mind.

One of the album’s standout tracks, “Where My Cowboys At?,” carries a bittersweet air as Winston celebrates youthful recklessness with pulsing guitars and atmospheric swagger. “Special Feeling” delves into the artist’s psyche, capturing the manic desire for recognition and connection.

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Winston’s vulnerability shines through on “Indiana,” an earnest ballad framed by muted acoustic guitar and clicky percussion. Her lyrical prowess continues in “The Cutting Board” and “Run On,” where she artfully dissects past relationships with a blend of naiveté and wit. The latter track’s relatable lament of mundane communication breakdowns highlights the album’s narrative.

As the album nears its end, “Mike’s Soup” juxtaposes buoyant melodies with introspective revelations, while “Jeremiah Johnson” provides a poignant conclusion. This final track recounts a moment of profound realization, leaving listeners with a sense of hopeful solitude and reflection.

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Album Review: Pete Miller’s “Live on Record”

When it comes to genuine and unembellished music, Pete Miller’s debut album “Live on Record” is a revitalizing breeze in the current music landscape. Released on MTS Records, the LP presents an artist who, despite the modernity around him, channels a vintage, heartfelt essence that’s increasingly rare. Combining elements of folk, country, and rock, Miller’s work is a throwback to an era where music was raw and storytelling was genuine.

A Connecticut native who now calls Pennsylvania home, Pete Miller’s journey to his debut album wasn’t one paved with glitter and glamor. Escaping the allure of New York City, Miller worked various blue-collar jobs, including landscaping, warehouse labor, and construction while chasing his musical dreams. His life’s experiences, genuinely reflected in his songs, make “Live on Record” an autobiographical piece that resonates with the “everyman.”

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From the get-go, Miller’s voice draws comparisons to the legendary Johnny Cash, a resemblance he carries with pride. His rich baritone and poetic lyricism are reminiscent of the Man in Black’s storytelling prowess. Influences of Townes Van Zandt’s melancholic narratives also weave through the album, grounding Miller firmly in the tradition of great American singer-songwriters.

The album’s opener, “A Light Out There – Intro Version,” sets the tone with a soulful introduction that hooks listeners. The lyrics, “You may go away, but the story will survive. You want to return, but wonder if you’ll arrive…” instantly pull you into Miller’s world – reflective, tinged with melancholy, yet hopeful. The full version of “A Light Out There” has  garnered significant attention, amassing over 119K streams on Spotify and breaking into the UK iTunes Top 20 Singer-Songwriters Chart. The full album is quickly approaching 1 million Spotify streams!

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Each song on the album is meticulously crafted to tell a story, from the contemplative “The Star Showman, Pt. I” to the earnest “Oh, Lord,” each track offers a glimpse into Miller’s life and experiences. In “The Dazzling Kimberly,” Miller’s narrative style shines through, painting vivid images of characters and emotions with minimalistic yet powerful instrumentation.

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The simplicity of the album is its greatest strength. Miller’s acoustic guitar work is untainted by overproduction, allowing the natural sound of the instrument to take center stage. His playing is rhythmic and engaging, supporting his vocals without overshadowing the poignant lyrics. Tracks like “I Wrote Hannah a Letter” and “Hard to Find” showcase this beautifully, with Miller’s jangling guitar providing the perfect backdrop for his homespun poetry.

“Midnight Blue” and “The Raven & the Dove” delve deeper into Miller’s introspective side, offering meditative and almost haunting melodies that linger long after the song ends. They’re a testament to Miller’s ability to evoke strong emotions through his music, making listeners feel the weight of his words and the authenticity of his experiences.

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The album’s closer, the complete version of “A Light Out There,” is a fitting end to the journey. It encapsulates the overarching themes of the album – longing, resilience, and a quest for meaning. The lyrics, “When you suffer, you’re out of this land. When you came back through that door, the waves didn’t remember your feet on the shore,” resonate with anyone who’s felt lost and found solace in the simplicity of life.

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“Live on Record” is an album that doesn’t aspire to be flashy or trendy. Instead, it focuses on being real and relatable. Pete Miller’s music is a reflection of his life – unpolished yet profound, simple yet deeply meaningful. His storytelling is the heart of the album, and it’s this authenticity that makes his debut a standout.

As Miller works on his follow-up album in the woods of Pennsylvania, one can only anticipate the continuation of his musical journey. If “Live on Record” is any indication, Pete Miller is poised to carve out a niche for himself in the music industry, staying true to his roots and delivering music that is as raw and real as it gets.

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