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Album Review: FM R IZ – The Sheep & The Slaughter

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Electronic music producer, Craig Caudill aka FM R IZ (pronounced “Ephemeris”) has been close to the world of letters, and surprisingly he is inspired by literary resources in order to create new melodies. Poetry is still his great passion but experimenting with art in different ways seems to be part of his life. I believe this is how FM R IZ brings forward all of his mind’s creativity. I can assure you his new album ‘The Sheep & The Slaughter’ is just that, experimental music that will satisfy those of you who are fans of Electronica, and more specifically, Ambient music.

Here we have 14 tracks in total, some of them were named interestingly, and what they shared in common is the cinematic flavor. Most of these songs feature a minimal stripped back instrumentation and no vocals, however, there are few exceptions. If you are ready to stream this album, I suggest you close your eyes and prepare yourself to explore a new sonic dimension.

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Check out my track-by-track review below:

1 – Maripoza Translated into English as “butterfly”. The album opener is a little monotonous but magically it features hypnotic soundscapes, reducing the amount of tension in the human body.

2 – Who Is Watching You?  You’ll notice mysterious pumps throughout this track, which are in effect related to the song’s title. You may feel this is a little bit dark.

3 – The Hunted FM R IZ creates a beauty eerie ambiance, and as a result of his experimentations the track has a really well spooky vibe.

4 – So Long Wave Indeed this is the album’s longest song. The most prominent elements are the delicate synth chords and the repetitive pounding beats.

5 – This Aeon  An original production! I simply like the futuristic sound design it possesses. It could serve also as the theme for a Sci-Fi film.

6 – Topaz Frontier 2 If I’m not wrong, this is the only track that features vocals, but it sounds more like a dialogue from a space mission… Too much sound effects in my opinion but I think is an authentic track from the album.

7 – Offshore Accounts There’s a chord sound progression like in the rest of the tracks, but this one sounds a bit louder due to the uncontrolled use of beeps and other electronic rhythms.

8 – The Sheep & The Slaughter A rich electronic composition, where the persistent beats and creepy sounds will transport the listener to an industrial/ambient odyssey.

9 – A Flower Named Dagger I enjoyed the relaxing sound, FM R IZ definitely wants you to chill with this Downtempo gem.

10 – Faded Memory Stains I think this is the most Minimal track from the whole album, as there are just few Electronica elements that can be heard. It requires more dynamism in my opinion.

11 – Raw Sushi Bar Blended with industrial and tribal sounds, you might like this intriguing tune. I’m loving this now. 🙂

12 – A Paid Actor Loud synths vary from second to second, somewhat futuristic but at the same time noisy.

13 – Pure Air In A Can This is totally perfect! Again another great relaxing song, I don’t know why it reminds me of Vangelis’ Blade Runner soundtrack.

14 –  Bonus Track: Wind Through Tall Grass Sometimes, I love to use my imagination while I listen to music, just visualize how the wind blows through the grass and experience the mental state of Nirvana thanks to the beautiful last song.

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Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.

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Yalmar Delivers A Tinder-Inspired Music Video For “I Need A Match”

Swedish newcomer artist, Yalmar has released the funniest music video of 2019. The clip for his new single “I Need A Match” is inspired aesthetically and lyrically by Tinder.

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Swedish newcomer artist, Yalmar has released the funniest music video of 2019. The clip for his new single “I Need A Match” is inspired aesthetically and lyrically by Tinder. The popular dating app is still giving us much to talk about these days. Quite frankly, I enjoyed so much the way Yalmar expresses different personalities with all those crazy costumes as shown in the visuals.  Particularly, his creativity emerges with a touch of humor.

In essence, “I Need A Match”, allow us to take a look at today’s society, where people will do almost anything for a “like” or “match”. From my view, some users of Tinder are seeking for approval while others are being picky or have high standards. At any rate, you can find out more electronic-based songs with a vintage-esque vibe on ‘The Breakup’ EP via Spotify.

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Homemade Tunes Offers Non-Boring Music Every Week!

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Homemade Tunes is a popular Youtube channel that gets my attention lately. Every week they upload electronic music compositions (100% instrumental). Unquestionably, the channel is looking for a way to make a difference in the music world. This is simply achieved with innovation by not following formulas to obtain a commercial hit.

On the contrary, Homemade Tunes promotes a real focus on authenticity. The final outcome of their tracks is not at all boring. One good example is “Trial”, boasting hooky beats + bright melodies/blips. Check it out yourself below, and stay tuned for their next song “Minus Minimal” to be released on June 7th.

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Chill Out To These Atmospheric Soundcapes Produced By Mirha

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‘s debut single “Dawn Dream” greets us with a mellow percussive melody to chill out to. Get ready for a magical sound that will seep into your mind in mere seconds. Don’t be afraid to give it a try below. Personally, I think it was designed to improve your mood in a positive way. As the new tune builds from laidback arrangements you can expect dreamy synths and distorted vocals on repeat mode that actually relax the body, soul, and spirit. Finally, I recommend everyone to use headphones in order to enjoy to the fullest the above-mentioned effects.

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Here’s A Breathtaking Visual Treat For “1984” By WinstonW

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Three weeks ago, Synthwave/Electronica Producer WinstonW dropped a track inspired in George Orwell’s classic sci-fi novel “1984”. At long last, there’s a music video which features breathtaking scenes that will remind you of some iconic moments of its movie adaptation. In fact, it can be seen that love is prohibited in a totalitarian future society. Over and above that, the music itself matches so well with this scary futuristic vision.

Characterized by dark nuances and in favor of an Industrial-esque beat, the French artist provides lyrics that contain an overview of this frightening theme. Sincerely, it is difficult for me to think of a human race living in such a cold atmosphere. The powerful feeling of love is the basis of society, and we must always struggle for our freedom and rights. In my opinion, that’s the important takeaway message behind this interesting tune.

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Deane’s “Tracking The Soldier” Is Beautiful Modern Instrumental Music

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These days it’s hard to find beautiful modern instrumental music. However, a fine example of this style is the latest single from Deane Nesbitt Jr., entitled “Tracking The Soldier”. The veteran Canadian Composer has many years of experience, producing contemporary tracks that sound like pieces of Classical music.  Perhaps, you can reduce your anxiety levels by listening to it due to its calming effects. Most of his tracks have a Chill Out feel to it, and more than 300 radio stations across America and Canada continue to praise his work regularly. Not to mention, his art brought him to earn awards and even being part of the CMJ charts. Stream in full, you’ll get hooked on the way he plays the Scottish bagpipe.

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