Porcelain Clocks releases new EP ‘Mirror Is Calling’

The alternative rock ensemble known as Porcelain Clocks have released their long-awaited EP, titled, “Mirror Is Calling.” The EP contains six new, original tracks for a running total of approximately half an hour of listening. This little powerhouse record is a stunning, surprising release for everyone but the ever-growing Porcelain Clocks’ fan base, whose numbers been aware of them for months, silently keeping this explosive underground secret to themselves. For the rest of the music world, “Mirror Is Calling” represents an introduction, one akin to shaking hands with a high-voltage power line.

The crew from Enfield, CT (which locale has become a hotbed of alternative and indie music in the last few years) play a style of alternative rock that has elements in common with grunge rockers Stone Temple Pilots, British shoegazers Radiohead, and alternative hardcore band Deftones. However, the overall sound is much, much more related to lesser known, early indie bands such as Cave-In, Piebald, and Sunny Day Real Estate.

Like these great bands of unsung heroes, the volatile aggression of Porcelain Clocks is tempered with infinite patience. The soft, sonic brutality contained in “Mirror is Calling” comes from carefully crafted crescendos that build like tidal waves towering upward for miles, cresting and crashing only after having scraped the sky. Every track is like an emotional workout, yet the Clocks are totally devoid of melodrama. In creating this, the chemistry between the members is not so much a delicate balance as it is the equal strength and interdependence of chained links.

“Music is a passion and a lifestyle for all of us,” writes the Porcelain Clocks. “We have each spent years in the business with various projects. When this opportunity to create came up, it was an easy fit.”

Regarding the themes of the record, they comment, “The album brings together several ideas, both lyrically and musically. Lyrically we incorporate themes of love, loss, change, hope, and even a bit of dirty passion. Musically we bring in influences from indie, 80s, metal, and others. Each of us comes from different musical backgrounds in different genres, which for us was the appeal. Merge all the music we love so much in one ever evolving package. The EP is just a start.”

Upon hearing the album any music fan can tell that this EP is far more than “just” a start. But its inspiring to know that there’s even more music like this in store for the audiophiles of the rock world.

“Mirror Is Calling” is available online worldwide beginning late spring 2013.

-S. McCauley

Staff Press Release Writer

MondoTunes

The EP “Mirror Is Calling” 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.

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pretendhorses@gmail.com

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Sonic Order releases new LP ‘Oscillator’

The electronica artist from Indiana known as Sonic Order has released his debut LP, titled, “Oscillator,” to widespread, emphatic praise from fans and critics alike. The record boasts 11 all new, original tracks from Sonic Order, for an approximate running time of 35 minutes. The album is suitable for a variety of listening environments, including but far from limited to personal listening, long drives, or midnight dance floors. It boasts catchy, vibrant melodies and thumping, crashing back beats, as well as the occasional vocal lead. The result is an extremely well polished work of EDM that is easily as excellent as any of the classics from bands like The Chemical Brothers or Crystal Method, and in some respects surpasses them.

 

The heart of Sonic Order is Ken Ford. Ford grew up with rock ‘n’ roll, his tastes stretching from classics such as The Doors and Pink Floyd to latter day metal innovators such as Metallica and Tool. According to his official bio, it was the restrictions of the guitar tonality that urged him towards electronica music, the range of which genre is bounded only by the creativity and imagination of the composer, himself.

 

Of this Ford writes, “Pushing the sonic boundaries and bringing order out of chaos felt like the last frontier in music – and the concept of Sonic Order was born … The concept of Sonic Order is to push the limits of the waves surrounding us by transforming them into mind-bending and heart-melting notes and tones.”

 

In this his record certainly succeeds in leaps and bounds. His music can evoke seemingly any conceivable emotion, and quite possibly others.

 

When asked about the possible messages “Oscillator” might communicate to his fans, Sonic Order replies, “I hope they find it revealing. I hope they are motivated by it. I hope that it helps them in their daily lives and to achieve their dreams.”

 

“Oscillator,” by Sonic Order is available online worldwide beginning late spring of 2013.

 

-S. McCauley

Staff Press Release Writer

MondoTunes

 

The LP “Oscillator” 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.

 

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eMail –

thesonicorder@gmail.com

 

Twitter:

 

SonicOrder

Michael Murphy releases debut LP ‘Unmade Bed’

The Canadian singer-songwriter known as Michael Murphy has released his debut solo record LP, titled, “Unmade Bed.” The album is traditional music making at its finest, baring true elements of piano jazz, classic rock, pop, and folk. A surprise collection of much genius, “Unmade Bed” is an instant treasure of songwriting that at once publicly introduces and validates Michael Murphy as one of North America’s most promising and important contemporary artists.

Michael Murphy’s sound on “Unmade Bed” has identifiable characteristics from several of the world’s most beloved musicians and songwriters. His songwriting shows the groundbreaking creativity and broad stylistic range of The Beatles, crossed with the smooth tenderness of Simon and Garfunkel and the Vaudeville piano sensibilities of early Elton John. These wonderful songs are penned by himself, sometimes in collaboration with drummer, engineer and producer, Fred Bouchard.

Murphy’s vocals – which are shockingly excellent yet still second to the brilliance of his songwriting – have the cadence and lugubrious lilt of R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe. In his melodies the playfulness of Paul McCartney is also present. The result is a gorgeous tone that is reminiscent of Morrissey, though neither aggressive, nor arrogant.

The above qualities are more than enough to win “Unmade Bed” endless, well deserved accolades, and any music fan with an ear for intelligent, delightful music by a uniquely talented artist will be enthralled with Murphy for them. Still, the record has more. For Murphy’s first official full-length, he has apparently opted for a slim, mostly unadorned production. No effects trammel his voice, nor add unnecessary frills to his chords. The LP plays out with a natural, live sound as if the performers were in the living room of the hearer, which Murphy and Bouchard have made remarkably simple to imagine.

Regarding the themes of his new record, Murphy writes, “The album explores the human heart through love and its many shapes. There is an underlying thread of hope that no matter what experiences one encounters, one keeps going without becoming jaded.”

“Unmade Bed” by Michael Murphy is available online worldwide beginning spring of 2013.

-S. McCauley

Staff Press Release Writer

MondoTunes

The LP “Unmade Bed” 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:

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info@michaelmurphy.tv

website –

http://www.michaelmurphy.tv

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/michaelmurphymu

Rapper A-FS 201-973 releases free album ‘Champagne Campaign’

The New Jersey rapper only known as A-FS 201-973 has released his latest album, “Champagne Campaign (The Workin’ Man’s Album),” to widespread fan and critical acclaim. To the delight of his fans, who have been following his work for 20 years, the record has been released absolutely free of charge. It is available for download at the music fan’s convenience at the sources reprinted below.

“Champagne Campaign” is a solid, heavy-hitting collection of 17 original urban anthems by A-FS 201-973, with high-quality, aggressive melodies, lines, and rhymes, and represents the best work from A-FS to date. His voice is gritty and inimitable, unique, stylish, tough as nails yet poetic and good humored at the same time. As the LP record is entirely free to obtain, to have, and to hear, there remains no reason for the fan of rap and hip hop to miss this excellent work of musical art.

A-FS (whose moniker stands for Alienated From Society) writes lyrics like a street Shakespeare with a fantastic sense of humor. Additionally, he knows what’s important in life and does his honest best to rap about topics that matter to today’s working man. In this he succeeds tenfold, as well as amuses, entertains, and throws down serious rhythms. In addition to these attributes, “Champagne Campaign (The Workin’ Man’s Album)” also features the abundant talents of Gisella, Alphonz, Yung Miss, U.G.G., Dirty Twon, and ST the Specialist.

A-FS names as main artistic influences the likes of legends such as DMX, Ja Rule, Big Pun, Fiend, Petey Pablo, and Ransom. Of these, elements of DMX’s work appears the most in A-FS’s latest record, though the effects of the others are also present. The album is at least partially a nod to A-FS’ own time on skid row, which lasted for a literally homeless seven months on the East Coast.

Speaking of the themes of the record, A-FS says, “Struggle means strength! Just when you think life can’t get no harder, you will be prepared for when it does get harder!”

“Champagne Campaign (The Workin’ Mans Album),” is now available for free download at the following online locations:

Google Play:
https://play.google.com/store/music/album/?id=Bpxadeeraw4cguagsknzskwgtjq

Bandcamp.com:
http://afs201973.bandcamp.com/album/champagne-campaign

Datpiff.com:
http://www.datpiff.com/A-FS-201-973-Champagne-Campaign-mixtape.482562.html

Official Website:
http://a-fs.net/

-S. McCauley

Staff Press Release Writer

MondoTunes

The LP “Champagne Campaign (The Workin’ Mans Album)” 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:

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a-fs@a-fs.net

Twitter:

@dabartazadaq

Rapper Rich Rhoades releases new EP ‘Elevated’

The up-and-coming rapper from Detroit, MI, known as Rich Rhoades has released his latest EP, titled, “Elevated.” The record is comprised of six new and original tracks from the artist for an approximate playing time of 25 minutes. His most significant and high quality album to date, “Elevated” by Rich Rhoades is a display of solid performances and picture perfect production, marked by intelligent and amusing songwriting, thumping back beats, and uniquely creative compositions.

Acclaimed out of the gate by critics and fans alike as one of 2013’s most excellent hip hop EP records, it is slated by music journalists to become the flagship in Rich Rhoades’ growing catalog of releases. It represents a fantastic introduction to new fans, and a reminder to Rhoades fans of old just what got everyone interested in his slamming, straight-up style of rap music to begin with.

The artist, who has since relocated to Los Angeles, CA, originally learned music from his father, a respected jazz musician who taught him piano while his older brother instructed him in rap. By 13 Rhoades was crafting original beats of his own. Before the age of 20 he had grown into a promising producer and rapper of the Detroit underground in his own right, and it was this early success that led him to move to the West Coast with his father in tow.

Since that time he has produced records for The Relativez, as well as for actors Orlando Brown (Major Payne, Family Matters), Marcus Paulk (Moesha, Red Tails, Roll Bounce), Spliff Starr, Rich Boi, Dorrough Muzik, and Glasses Malone, as well as Bizzy Bone of Bone Thugs ‘N’ Harmony.

He names as main artistic musical influences the likes of legends such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Dr.Dre, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G, Lauryn Hill, R. Kelly, and Michael Jackson.

“Elevated” by Rich Rhoades is available online worldwide beginning spring 2013.

-Sean McCauley

Sr. Staff Writer

MondoTunes

The EP “Elevated” 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 –

RICHRHOADES313@GMAIL.COM

website –

Www.RICHRHOADESTV.COM

Facebook.com/richrhoades313rd

Twitter:

@RICHRHOADES313

The Smart Kids release new single ‘The Enemy’

The Chicago music duo known as The Smart Kids have released their newest single, titled, “The Enemy,” to widespread praise and critical acclaim. Having been officially active since December of 2012, “The Enemy” represents The Smart Kids’ first official release and introduction to the music-listening public at large. It is a three-minute track with an incredibly upbeat, danceable and vivacious mood and style, composed mainly with unique, synthesized instrumentation and clean-sounding digital production. Youthful and jubilant female vocals provide lead melody lines over Atari-inspired accompaniment, resulting in a pop tour de force that sounds better and better the louder that it is played.

Though the track is a perfectly delightful debut single, The Smart Kids insist that its style is not likely to be a static one upon which fans can depend from album to album, song to song, or even movement to movement within an individual track.

“This is just a single and is by no means an adequate representation of the style we encompass,” they write. “We make music without walls, without boundaries and without genres. Our music is like Rush Limbaugh in a Tijuana pharmacy during a power outage. It’s all over the place.”

Speaking of what this shifting style might sound like, they suggest, “Neo soul, 80’s synth pop, quasi-industrial, pretty bits of classical… There’s not much that we don’t do, and we’re not afraid to switch it up a bunch in the span of a three minute song.”

A degree of such switching is present in “The Enemy” in the form of some lightly suggested political commentary. The track opens with droning dialogue from George W. Bush, who is suddenly drowned by the positive, one-two beat and optimistic roar of a synthesizer. The song toys with unexpected volume changes and with a variety of vocal effects, as well.

In their current bio, The Smart Kids comment at length on their artistic goals. “If you have ADD, we want to be your one stop shop,” they write. “With music, we think everyone wants to carve out their own niche and have their own thing that separates themselves from the pack. Our goal is to not only do that, but to also separate ourselves from ourselves with every song that we write.”

They consider survival-of-the-fittest to be an accurate model of the contemporary music scene.

“Music today is like Darwinism without an attention span; if you don’t change or adapt, you’re going to paint yourself into a corner with a specific sound that isn’t always going to be the flavor of the week. The landscape is constantly evolving, and we think that shows with the significant rise of one-hit and one-album wonders. Tomorrow is relevant to today, but the inverse couldn’t be further from the truth in terms of music.

“The Enemy,” by The Smart Kids, is available online worldwide beginning spring 2013.

-Sean McCauley

Sr. Staff Writer

MondoTunes

The single “The Enemy” 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:

Website –

Twitter:

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Reavis Mitchell releases new EP ‘Soul Beats Vol. 1’

The mix master and well-known beat genius known as Reavis Mitchell has released his new EP, “Soul Beats Vol. 1,” to widespread fan and critical acclaim. The album is comprised of six all-new, original tracks for an approximate total of 20 minutes’ playing time. It has been published on the Distorted Soul Detroit record label. The record is wholly instrumental, with heavy use of percussion as its main draw and groove, but utilizes also such instrumentation as synthesized brass, bass, strings, keys, and more. Its thrilling fifth track, “Outarange,” is alone worth the price of the EP. “Soul Beats Vol. 1” is steeped in the very best elements of hip hop, soul, and funk.

A longtime expert and purveyor of beats, Nashville’s Professor Reavis Mitchell (or Rev for short) has been more recently recognized as the co-founder of BKE Technology and an architect of the Beat Thang Mobile Music Production System. Some clients of his Soulbeat Productions have included Sony Music, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, USA Networks, and many major label as well as independent artists. He names as main artistic influences legendary artists such as J. Dilla, Shock G., Quincy Jones, and Teddy Riley.

When asked about the inherent message “Soul Beats Vol. 1” has to communicate to its hearers, Mitchell writes, “What is ‘soul?’ Soul is the immortal essence of life. It is the electrochemical element that binds the ‘self’ to the ‘all.’”

He derives particular interest in the overtones and feelings soul evokes, and also in their universal importance on a philosophical, sonic level.

“What does Soul sound like?” he says, “Soul is a deep resonance in your chest that sparks emotion, sets your heart on fire and makes you move. The first volume of the Soul Beats series is a metaphysically engineered collection of soul-infused hip hop and funk instrumentals, formulated to implant a cosmological command into the heart and root chakras: move!”

“Soul Beats Vol. 1,” by Reavis Mitchell, is available online worldwide beginning spring 2013.

-Sean McCauley

Sr. Staff Writer

MondoTunes

The EP “Soul Beats Vol. 1” 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 –

jt@distortedsoul.com

Website –

http://distortedsoul.com

Twitter:

@reavismitchell