JEAN releases debut album “Time Capsule”

New York’s JEAN is a singer and songwriter who creates his work from the ground up. His independently released debut album features 11 tracks written, produced, and sung by JEAN himself. Time Capsule is a body of work over ten years in the making, inspired by and dedicated to those most impactful on his life. First and foremost, this includes JEAN’s beloved late mother, who’s middle name he took in her honor. Jean has released two successful singles Another Year” and “Chasing a Ghost”, also collaborating on “ Motion In Time” with upcoming female artists Melloe D and Tulypz, Jean finally releases his first debut LP Time Capsule. As the title indicates, Time Capsule is a collection of past moments and listening to each track feels like sifting through a shoebox of polaroids or reading through a lost diary. Throughout the album, an imagined experience of traveling through memories is evoked through the utilization of layered, harmonized vocals, atmospheric synths, and experimental guitar riffs played in reverse. At the same time, Time Capsule is able to feel unassuming and approachable with danceable beats, smooth transitions, and catchy hooks. JEAN couples this unique indie rock sound with potent lyrics in which he speaks poetically yet unflinchingly about his emotionally lowest moments and his journey towards feeling hopeful about life again. “I want my music to comfort others whether they’re happy or sad and let them feel whatever it is they need to feel at that moment.” JEAN cites his musical influences to include artists who he feels have done this well including Death Cab for Cutie, Coldplay, and Now, Now. The effect of Time Capsule is a product of JEAN’s lifelong love of songwriting and feels expressly intimate and moving. 

Time Capsule is essentially a concept album, the themes and instrumentation blend together perfectly.The first track Black Holes we hear the cassette tape click and it takes us on a journey. It starts off as a melodic soft synth ambient build up. This interlude really took me to another place it is almost dream like. Towards the end of the song it smoothly transitions to a more upbeat 80’s esque song “Paradox”  This song has a sense of spirituality talking about how life can be over in a moment and feeling disconnected from life. Reflecting on existence. A paradox of denial and struggling to accept the reality of life. We hear the vocals more brought out and finally get to hear Jean’s soothing vocals.  This synth driven song is very relaxing and the lyrics are really jarring at the heart strings. The next song Chasing A Ghost is a more chill indie rock vibe. The vocal harmonies are really nice on this track. The bass line is clean and punchy. In the chorus the clean guitars mixed with light distorted fuzz make for another ambient song.  Another Year starts off with a simple piano riff followed by a kick drum and more spacey synths making for another relaxing vibe. This all builds up for more indie rock driven guitars.  The whole song slows down and gets very ambient and then speeds up again. The energy of this song is incredible. The familiar piano riff repeats as it transitions into When We Land. I can definitely hear Jean’s influences in this song as he sings “transcending space and time” reminiscent of Death Cab For Cutie.  This song is about meeting each other again in the afterlife when we land. Anymore/ A Letter To You starts off with a catchy acoustic guitar riff almost ukelele sounding. Jean sings how he doesn’t want to go out anymore and doesn’t want to go dancing at night. He wanted to go back to the days where his mom is alive. This song he has a spoken word where he really opens up about being suicidal in the past. He says he’s glad he didn’t end his life and wants his listeners to know that everything will be okay and that they aren’t alone. This song is so comforting and beautiful. It’s one of my favorites on the album. We then get to Windows which is another killer indie rock anthem with a catchy chorus and airy guitar riffs. Then we get to the song Mirage. I think this is an another song where it’s clear to see another one of Jean’s influences Coldplay with its emotionally moving atmosphere that pulls the listener in. The melodies in this song where he sings “I can’t stop running towards you” and “I can’t stop running from you”  another contradictory image and real story telling.  Jean makes us realize healing isn’t always in black and white that we feel so many different conflicting emotions when we are grieving. In the next track, From The Road it tells a story of driving around traveling, trying to clear his mind of all the chaos around. A very familiar feeling we can all relate to. Once again the transitions in this song are super smooth. It goes from being upbeat to slowing down so effortlessly. I really love when it slows down around 3:20 and it’s just Jean’s vocals and piano chords. The emotional control of his voice you can almost feel it. He still sings of being disconnected but is starting to accept the reality of things. Gravity starts off slower and it’s another song where it really picks up the pace especially towards the end into beautiful chaos. I love how the vocals and instruments from the interlude are weaved into this song. The last track Fool’s Gold is a very powerful track to close out the album.  Again we have really intimate lyrics paired with the mellow vibes that builds up for the chorus.  To me this song was a more hopeful message. He’s starting to believe in having a future again and learning to love again. This also felt like it took us somewhere along the journey in Jean’s time capsule. The spacey ambient guitars really gets us lost in this track in the best way. 

You can follow JEAN on social media @jeantheanomaly and purchase his album on bandcamp

Middle England Releases “The Lucky EP”

Middle England is a band from South London, described as a bunch of misfits living in a troubled world, who have been beaten down and are ready to rise up and stir things up. Their debut EP The Lucky is such a vibe. This EP really stood out to me because of how well they blend so many genres. It’s chaotic and moody yet fun at the same time and you can sense a deeper meaning: influenced by a lot of electronic music but also very old school punk, hip hop and just an all out jam. Mentioning the troubles of the UK’s troubled psyche, the vocals on these tracks are very gritty and emotive. It has a lot of darkness and angst to it which is perfect for the daily struggles we have experienced. The tracks that really stood out to me were Honestly and Tongue Tied. The funky bass lines in Honestly are really groovy. The vocals in Tongue Tied reminded me a bit of Smashing Pumpkins. I also thought Old Town Sound was a beautifully written song about the society we live in. Overall this EP has immense energy from start to finish and I highly recommend checking it out.

You can follow Middle England on instagram @middleengland

And Twitter @middle3ngland

Jersey Artist Kaymars Releases Powerful Single “Catharsis”

Kaymars is a brand new artist from New Jersey. Catharsis is the first song Kaymars has released and it’s quite an emotional ride from start to finish. All of the music and lyrics are composed by Kaymars. This song was mixed and mastered by her longtime friend Patrick. This song really caught me by surprise. The simplicity of this songwriter reminded me a lot of Mazzy Star. Definitely a 90’s vibe on this track which I love. Kaymars sings about sadness and loss but the listener is reassured when she repeats the words “I’ll Save Myself” which is a really powerful line that matches the build up of the song. Through all the darkness it has a positive message to keep pushing through. This song is the first release leading up to the EP to be released later this month. For updates and exclusive content you can find Kaymars on instagram/twitter/facebook @kaymarsss

Unconventional Jersey Singer-Songwriter Rory D’Lasnow releases powerful new single “Forgotten”

A few years ago I had first discovered Rory playing live at a songwriter showcase in New Hope, PA. He really has such a presence and confidence in his performing which I’m really glad I got to see in person. You can tell right off the bat the amount of passion he has put into his music. He has made a name for himself in the local scene performing at notable venues on the East Coast such as Knitting Factory, The Bowery Electric, Pianos, and Rockwood Music Hall to Revolution Music Hall on Long Island, and The Saint and Brighton Bar on the Jersey Shore. He has also had the honor of opening for featured headliners such as American Idol winner Lee DeWyze, actor/musician Drake Bell, and John Corabi of Motley Crue/Dead Daisies fame and has had songs licensed by MTV, NASCAR, and The Discovery Network. Rory recently put out a brand new track called “Forgotten” from his upcoming EP “Songs From An Empty Room.” This song is written from the perspective of a dying man who is trying to reconcile his affections for those he loves with the fact that he feels cast aside.

The vulnerability of this song and writing style reminds me a lot of City And Colour. His voice also slightly reminiscent of Matt Nathanson but definitely has his own unique sound. It’s important to note that Rory is a mental health counselor and was inspired by the tough circumstances he has come across while helping others. This also came from a very personal place as his dad has been battling health issues he has felt he has truly witnessed the fragility of life. This song has a calming effect a type of healing message that resonated with me. A very selfless song that talks about letting go and accepting the life we have been given. I really think a lot of people will relate to this beautiful song.

Instagram: @rorydlasnow Facebook: @rorydlasnowmusic Twitter: @rorydlasnow

Single Review JEAN-Another Year

JEAN is a brand new alternative artist and producer from upstate NY. He first got inspired to write music listening to Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles. By listening to this song you can definitely hear his musical influences such as Death Cab For Cutie with his dark haunting melodies and intimate lyricism. This track is very reminiscent of Coldplay with the build up of the piano and drums into this dancey anthem. I think the theme of the song is very fitting with our current times, everything feels the same and we are constantly working on finding ourselves. JEAN is currently working on his debut album which will be available on all platforms in the weeks ahead. To keep up with JEAN you can follow him @jeantheanomaly on all socials If you’d like to know more about his background in music heres a link to Star Breaker Radio where he does an in depth interview!