North Carolina band Stereospread releases breakout EP “The Ghost and the Grave”

North Carolina band Stereospread has released their new EP, “The Ghost and the Grave,” to loud critical acclaim.

North Carolina band Stereospread has released their new EP, “The Ghost and the Grave,” to loud critical acclaim. Stereospread refers to their particular style of music as “electropop,” or, as an early bio describes their music, “intoxicating electronic pop music that evokes the full spectrum of human emotion.” The album contains six tracks comprising twenty-five minutes’ worth of listening, making it a fairly comprehensive extended play record.

Stereospread’s sound is beautiful, spacious, full of rhythm and dark panache, at first reminiscent of early nineties house music such as Depeche Mode, and then more akin to modern acts like Florence and the Machine. Members cite artists such as Evanescence, Garbage, Curve, and Goldfrapp as major influences, but Stereospread does not sound derivative of them. Rather, they have synthesized many of the best traits of these musicians, and share commonalities with others, also. Stylings of Los Angeles and London gothic acts are also present, for example, a la Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cocteau Twins, or The Mission UK. This may partially be the result of the album’s story and setting, detailed below.

 

Stereospread’s “The Ghost and the Grave” is a concept EP about an imaginary town with an imaginary mansion looming over it called Braddock Manor. Naturally, nightmarish occurrances happened to the family that lived there long ago, as well as to the branches of their progeny, leading to the manor’s being abandoned. In a flourish of shameless creativity and colorful imagination, Stereospread includes with the physical copies of the album several “aged” documents that serve as lyric sheets, as well as props for the story of what happened at Braddock Manor.

 

Overall, “The Ghost and the Grave” is a top-notch release from a brilliant trio of musicians, highly recommended to fans of classy, stylish, electronic pop music and to anyone with a soft spot for fringe darkwave or nineties-era goth tunes.

 

Stereospread is James Hopkins, Sara Snyder, and Clark Eden.

 

-S. McCauley

Staff Press Release Writer

MondoTunes

 

The EP “The Ghost and the Grave” is distributed globally by MondoTunes (www.MondoTunes.com) and is available at iTunes for convenient purchase and download

 

MondoTunes (www.mondotunes.com) supplies the largest music distribution in the world and provides upstream services for many major labels in search of breakout artists. While most independent distributors reach only 45-50 retailers despite charging needless monthly and yearly fees, MondoTunes reaches over 750 retailers and mobile partners in over 100 world regions without any monthly or yearly fees.

 

ARTIST CONTACT INFO:

eMail –

stereospreadband@gmail.com

website –

www.stereospread.com

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Amanda Lynette McKenna releases fairy story and activities for children “Sundew the Flower Faerie”

Amanda Lynette McKenna has released “Sundew the Flower Faerie,” her fairy story and set of activities for children

Amanda Lynette McKenna has released “Sundew the Flower Faerie,” for children. “Sundew the Flower Faerie” centers around a faerie story, not to be confused with the common fairy tale; McKenna’s stories represent her own contribution to the traditional Celtic lore of her heritage. The “Sundew…” album also includes a set of nature activities and a theme song. It is the first installment of McKenna’s ”The Land of Elvindore” series. “Sundew the Flower Faerie” is being concurrently released alongside another of her “…Elvindore” titles, the children’s music LP album, “Singing with the Faeries.” “Sundew the Flower Faerie” runs for a total of 30 minutes, combining 12 minutes of storytelling with 18 minutes of activities.

The importance of storytelling has been emphasized by early childhood development professionals for centuries. “Sundew…” author Amanda Lynette McKenna reminds that bedtime stories can be a source of calming encouragement to children. “Bedtime is a great time to use a soothing voice to relax a child and give him or her a feeling of being safe,” she writes. She also reminds parents that it will not do to stop the story from being told should a child nod off. “When listening to my story CD,” writes McKenna, “it is important that your child hears the full story even if he or she has fallen asleep.” Her reason stems from simple, sensible psychology: “The unconscious mind needs to hear a happy resolution.”

McKenna’s “Sundew the Flower Faerie” also contains plenty of nature-conscious morals, an important and often overlooked part of youth education. These healthy lessons include the “Earth Ways Pledge,” which sounds like this: “A pledge comes from the heart. Place your hands over your heart, and say after me: I will watch out for all creatures – especially the creatures closest to me. I will be careful with plants – especially the plants closest to me. I will tread gently upon the earth – especially the earth closest to me.”

 

The theme song which runs through Sundew’s story is called “Harmony We Bring.” McKenna says of the message that “Sundew the Flower Faerie” brings to children, “Through singing and dancing, we can bring harmony in our lives and the lives that surround us.” The “Sundew…” CD concludes with the value, “Be gentle with nature,” and also the task: “It’s never too late to do the right thing.”

“Some of the ‘Sundew…’ activities and songs can be used for fairy parties,” McKenna writes, and parties there are sure to be, but all a child needs for a celebration of nature tonight is a telling of “Sundew the Flower Faerie” at bedtime. And remember, don’t keep from them the happy ending!

-S. McCauley

Staff Press Release Writer

MondoTunes

 

“Sundew the Flower Faerie” is distributed globally by MondoTunes (www.MondoTunes.com) and is available at iTunes for convenient purchase and download

 

MondoTunes (www.mondotunes.com) supplies the largest music distribution in the world and provides upstream services for many major labels in search of breakout artists. While most independent distributors reach only 45-50 retailers despite charging needless monthly and yearly fees, MondoTunes reaches over 750 retailers and mobile partners in over 100 world regions without any monthly or yearly fees.

 

ARTIST CONTACT INFO:

 

eMail –

amanda59@hotmail.com.au

website (under construction)-

http://www.fairykids.com.au

Amanda Lynette McKenna releases fairy music collection for children “Singing with the Faeries”

Amanda Lynette McKenna has released her collection of fairy music for children, “Singing with the Faeries.”

Amanda Lynette McKenna has released her collection of fairy music for children “Singing with the Faeries.” The album is intended for ages three through ten and is part of her “Land of Elvindore” series. “Singing with the Faeries” includes eight themes from “The Land of Elvindore.” Each song is full of whimsical beauty, energy, and fun, and provides children with an extremely imaginative environment in which to exuberantly celebrate and develop their own creativity. “Singing with the Faeries” contains fourteen tracks and comprises thirty minutes of playing time.

“I find all children live to sing and dance,” says McKenna, “which is a wonderful way to keep them happy. Fairy parties are a fun way to sing and dance using my fairy song CD.”

Creativity and fun are not McKenna’s only reasons for making her fairy music available for children, however. “I want children to have joyful hearts and loads of self esteem,” she says. “They can also develop social values and a love of nature through my fairy songs. They’ll have heaps of fun jumping up and following the actions to the songs, and using their vivid imaginations to become one of their favourite fairy characters.”

“Singing with the Faeries” contains widely various music, ranging from moderately paced waltzes to spritely jigs. Some of the songs are intended for dancing and listening only, but many are written with the intent that young listeners should actively take part, singing along with the song or following actions expressed by the singer.

In addition to providing creative, imaginative music, McKenna is also interested in preserving the lore of the Celts through her stories and music. “I like to write faeries the old Celtic way” she says, “because my ancestry is Celtic. Plus, the Celts strongly believed in the power of nature. The faerie stories, songs and activities are helping me with my goal of connecting as many children as I can back to nature.”

For parents wanting well-rounded, active and imaginative children with a healthy respect for nature, “Singing with the Faeries” by Amanda Lynette McKenna seems an indispensable step.

-S. McCauley

Staff Press Release Writer

MondoTunes

The LP “Singing with the Faeries” is distributed globally by MondoTunes (www.MondoTunes.com) and is available at iTunes for convenient purchase and download

MondoTunes (www.mondotunes.com) supplies the largest music distribution in the world and provides upstream services for many major labels in search of breakout artists. While most independent distributors reach only 45-50 retailers despite charging needless monthly and yearly fees, MondoTunes reaches over 750 retailers and mobile partners in over 100 world regions without any monthly or yearly fees.

ARTIST CONTACT INFO:

eMail –

amanda59@hotmail.com.au

website (currently under construction)-

http://www.fairykids.com.au

Bramble and Coghlan release Christmas 2012 single “The Xmas Song (Remember Why It’s Christmas)”

UK rockers Ian Bramble and John Coghlan have released their 2012 Christmas single, “The Xmas Song (Remember Why It’s Christmas).”

UK rockers Ian Bramble and John Coghlan have released their 2012 Christmas single, “The Xmas Song (Remember Why It’s Christmas).” The song is a rollicking rock tribute to the joy and meaning of the Christmas holiday. “The Xmas Song” boasts cheerful folk overtones and a jumping, vivacious rock ‘n’ roll delivery. It also presages several important occurances in the Bramble and Coghlan timeline, including the up and coming release of Bramble and Coghlan’s full length album (release date pending), and Coghlan’s reforming of The Frantic Four (the original name of popular UK rock band, Status Quo) in March of 2013. “The Xmas Song” is a hand-clapping, foot-tapping seasonal that no fan of Christmas music, nor of the classic rock sound should miss this year.

 

Bramble’s raw singing style is a cross between the delightful British drawl of John Lennon and the warbling rockabilly tone of Roy Orbison. His famous acoustic guitar work is as rhythmic and driving as fans have come to expect from him, and Coghlin’s drums are tighter than an anchor chain. Coghlan’s drumming style, too, is entirely stripped of all pretention – he drives the band on a two-piece kit: nothing more than a kick drum and a snare drum, with just a hihat and ride for cymbals. Dave Allan of The Popes plays a lively fiddle (two of them in their YouTube video, in fact) for which fiddling he is likewise famous. Also joining Bramble for this season’s single are Richard “Machine Gun” Hoy of The Banned (the name of Ian Bramble’s usual crew) on electric guitar, Jeremy Carroll of Airiel and Leatherat respectively, on bass, and Nicky Bramble singing backup vocs.

 

Bramble and Coghlan do not often make seasonals, so this is a rare treat for UK folk rock fans. Of the message the song speaks to their fans, Bramble says, “We love to rock, and we love Christmas. All the love this Christmas time should last throughout the year.” It’s a simple lesson, and one that’s worth repeating – especially because Bramble and Coghlan’s “The Xmas Song) is far more fun than hearing “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree…” Again.

 

-S. McCauley

Staff Press Release Writer

MondoTunes

 

The single “The Xmas Song (Remember Why It’s Christmas)” is distributed globally by MondoTunes (www.MondoTunes.com) and is available at iTunes for convenient purchase and download

 

MondoTunes (www.mondotunes.com) supplies the largest music distribution in the world and provides upstream services for many major labels in search of breakout artists. While most independent distributors reach only 45-50 retailers despite charging needless monthly and yearly fees, MondoTunes reaches over 750 retailers and mobile partners in over 100 world regions without any monthly or yearly fees.

 

ARTIST CONTACT INFO:

 

eMail –

ian@ianbramble.com

UK prog rock band Riversea releases debut album “Out of an Ancient World”

UK prog rock band Riversea has released their debut LP album “Out of an Ancient World”

UK prog rock band Riversea has released their debut LP album “Out of an Ancient World.” The album is a collection of the band’s best material going back to their inception in 2006, but does not include their full catalog to date. Their largely progressive-rock tone is aetherial, a truly epic wall of sound that comes from far away and deep within, long ago and from the future, somehow. With carefully orchestrated live instrumentation blended seamlessly alongside gorgeous digital music, Riversea has composed a gigantic, titanic work of audible art that demands attention from all fans of great music.

The idea for Riversea,” writes Atkinson, “was first formed as a song writing collaboration between Brendan Eyre and myself. Brendan, a keyboard orientated songwriter, gave me a CD copy of his 2005 solo album, and I really liked what I heard.”

This collaboration grew into a partnership, but the two lived a considerable distance apart. Eyre sent Atkinson the instrumental portion of what would become the title track of “Out of an Ancient World,” their first record, on a digital CD. As a singer-songwriter writing on acoustic guitar, Atkinson wrote lyrics for the track, and added melodies and vocals in his studio at York. The song, which was incidentally their first, stands a mile high as the closing track of the album.

It was this closing title song, “Out of an Ancient World,” that originally began a period of CD and musical concept swapping between Atkinson and Eyre that has resulted in this, their debut record. The writing and overall production of the album has been no small task. “All the songs on the album were written this way over a period of almost five years,” Atkinson writes. Ironically, just as the first song they recorded seemed most fitting at the end of the record, Atkinson says, “the last song we wrote together towards the end of 2010 became the album opener: ‘In The Beginning…’”

Strictly speaking, Riversea is not only a duo, however. Over the years they have enlisted the aid of several extremely talented artists, or as Atkinson calls them: “some friends who also happened to be wonderful musicians.” These additions have helped to complete the Riversea sound that the listener experiences on “Out of an Ancient World.”

From the band Mostly Autumn, Riversea has garnered the talents of Bryan Josh, Liam Davison, and Olivia Sparnenn. The rest of their friends in arts come from a wide variety of groups: Paul Cusick, Adrian Jones (Nine Stones Close), Ashley Mulford (Mandalaband), Mark Rowen (Breathing Space), Adam Dawson (Stolen Earth), Dave Clements (Kings of Queen), Janine Atkinson Benn (The Dark Flowers), Louise Dawson (The Wigglers) and Alex Cromarty (Heather Findlay Band).

The work of Riversea has produced an epic progressive rock album that deserves recognition from every fan of epic, wall-of-sound music. Simply put, “Out of an Ancient World” is not to be missed.

-S. McCauley

Staff Press Release Writer

MondoTunes

The LP “Out of an Ancient World” is distributed globally by MondoTunes (www.MondoTunes.com) and is available at iTunes for convenient purchase and download

MondoTunes (www.mondotunes.com) supplies the largest music distribution in the world and provides upstream services for many major labels in search of breakout artists. While most independent distributors reach only 45-50 retailers despite charging needless monthly and yearly fees, MondoTunes reaches over 750 retailers and mobile partners in over 100 world regions without any monthly or yearly fees.

ARTIST CONTACT INFO:

eMail –

marcatkinson@live.co.uk

website –

http://www.riversea-band.com

Up and coming rap artist Asylum releases his flagship LP “Coalesce”

Texas born rap artist Asylum has released his newest LP record, “Coalesce.”

Texas born rap artist Asylum has released his newest LP record, “Coalesce.” The album contains fourteen tracks comprising just over forty minutes worth of excellent rhymes and rhythms. The style is generally dark and spacious, with lots of room for his poetry to sink in between the beats. The beats themselves are heavy hitting and always in a balanced, boxer’s cadence (one, one-two, one-two-three, one…) never annoyingly rapid fire or clumsily getting in the way of his eloquent lines.

 

The aforementioned eloquence of Asylum can not be overstated. Where most rap artists begin with beatboxing or rap and learn a kind of offshoot of formal poetry from penning rap lyrics, Asylum began the other way around, growing into rap music from writing classical poetry. Of this he writes, “I believe the door to my music opened when I started writing poetry in high school to pass the time. After having a poem published with a ‘shot in the dark’ online submission, I realized I may have a knack for art in some way, but never transformed thought into further action. A friend later suggested I try rapping after I had shared a poem over the phone.”

 

It’s a good thing he did. Asylum’s flawless, natural rhythm and groove is overstepped only by his endless cleverness. Track four on “Coalesce” is titled, “Mic’d,” the music industry abbreviation for ‘microphoned;’ Asylum uses it as an acronym for Music Is Common Denominator. His themes often venture into the metaphysical, or even transcendental, as the album’s title demonstrates (‘coalesce’ means to grow together or blend into one body).

 

Asylum himself writes of the album’s message, “We are all one. We all share the same emotions: anticipation, joy, anger, fear, sadness, etc. I am portraying all of those feelings and personalities in one, just as we all can do if we let go and simply be.” Asylum even chose white for the album cover to represent the “Presence of all growing together.” Everything for him is an opportunity for symbolism.

 

The album opens with a simple quote spoken low and seriously: “The presence of All, looks like None at all.”

 

Come for the beats, stay for the intellectual refinement. Asylum’s “Coalesce” is some of the most intriguing rap music the underground urban scene has witnessed in years.

 

-S. McCauley

Staff Press Release Writer

MondoTunes

 

The LP “Coalesce” is distributed globally by MondoTunes (www.MondoTunes.com) and is available at iTunes for convenient purchase and download

 

MondoTunes (www.mondotunes.com) supplies the largest music distribution in the world and provides upstream services for many major labels in search of breakout artists. While most independent distributors reach only 45-50 retailers despite charging needless monthly and yearly fees, MondoTunes reaches over 750 retailers and mobile partners in over 100 world regions without any monthly or yearly fees.

 

ARTIST CONTACT INFO:

 

nickag7@yahoo.com

Texan singer-songwriter Heidi Zettl releases newest single “Crazy”

Arlington born Heidi Zettl has released her newest single, “Crazy,” to broad acclaim.

Arlington born Heidi Zettl has released her newest single, “Crazy,” to broad acclaim. The track combines the complexity of classical composition with the radical overtones of modern rock ‘n’ roll to create a sound that is both intellectually intriguing and emotionally charged. The melodies are mostly carried by Zettl, herself, whose whirling vocals showcase an earnest rawness that contrasts perfectly against her delicate piano playing. Her style of singing is not unlike that of Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries, except that Zettl boasts a broader range than O’Riordan, perhaps, and is even more fearless at the writing table, where she never balks at including a particularly difficult measure, or an entirely unexpected chord progression. “Crazy” is a single full of power and beauty, two attributes that are increasingly difficult to find in today’s polarized and ever more pigeonholed music industry.

 

The song tells a story of youth gone wild on a trip to New York City, which was inspired by real events in Zettl’s own experience. “When I was in New York,” she writes, “I saw that the city never sleeps. It does seem to be in its own time zone. I thought of a girl at one of the all night clubs, dancing. She has no idea how she got there or even who she is with… Crazy!”

 

Though to be sure, there are rock elements in the composition, performance, and production of “Crazy,” at its heart is an artist with mostly classical music in her musical background. She writes of this, “I began at four years old learning classical music and music theory. My mom thought it would help me in math!”

 

Whether her math scores jumped a couple notches or not, the benefit to her music writing skill is plain to be seen. While “Crazy” can be described as pop rock, it is far more involved than the radio’s typical top 40 fare, and should give veteran music listeners more than enough to chew on for a single. Heidi Zettl is a voice to watch out for, and her single, “Crazy,” is not one to be missed.

 

-S. McCauley

Staff Press Release Writer

MondoTunes

 

The single “Crazy” is distributed globally by MondoTunes (www.MondoTunes.com) and is available at iTunes for convenient purchase and download

 

MondoTunes (www.mondotunes.com) supplies the largest music distribution in the world and provides upstream services for many major labels in search of breakout artists. While most independent distributors reach only 45-50 retailers despite charging needless monthly and yearly fees, MondoTunes reaches over 750 retailers and mobile partners in over 100 world regions without any monthly or yearly fees.

 

ARTIST CONTACT INFO:

eMail –

JZETTL@gmail.com

website –

http://www.heidizettlband.com