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

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

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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The Anti-Stress Effects Of Lo-Fi Music Are Real, Meet Mind=Dead

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Mind=Dead
is an emerging producer from Salt Lake City who is taking all the right steps to bring you the best Lo-Fi music. Not to mention, his recent track, “Flutter” will relax your mind quickly. Although it seems unreal, its anti-stress effects are due to the combination of downtempo and orchestral elements. Needless to say, listening to its dreamy synths is the most appropriate thing to do after a busy day at work.

Likewise, the delicate piano chords can also restore harmony within yourself. I love the fact that Lo-Fi music has a steadily growing fanbase. It just shows how important are mellow beats in our life, especially in the middle of a pandemic. Indeed, stress may contribute to serious health problems. Precisely for that reason, Mind=Dead wants to make your days so much better. Follow him on all his streaming platforms to keep up with new laidback melodies.

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Film Composer Mario Anthony And His Enigmatic Instrumental Music

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Mario Anthony
is a fresh film composer from Chicago. This year, he brings under the spotlight his passion for enigmatic instrumental music. Not so long ago, he premiered the clip for his work of art titled “Atlantis.” Right from the start, his cinematic sounds evoke a sense of spatial imagery. What’s more, the airy synths can hypnotize you as if you were entering an unknown dimension. Indeed, the visuals below serve as a tour guide to an alternate reality where lone wanderers in special suits discover an extinct civilization. In particular, this intriguing piece is inspired by the fictional lost city cited in Plato’s works.

In 2003, movie scores of Spiderman and Hulk marked his life positively since childhood. At the early stage of his career, Mario Anthony learned to play the piano at a rapid pace. It was only later that he got fully immersed in film soundtracks after experiencing a concert by Hans Zimmer. The acclaimed Geman film composer is probably his musical hero to date. He is known for mixing orchestral instruments with Electronica.

One thing Mario Anthony and Zimmer share in common is that their imagination bustles with a frenzy of creativity. Artists in this field are on the mission to simulate a wide range of experiences through instrumental music. In the case of “Atlantis,” its charm arises from enigmatic sonic textures that approach a futuristic vision with high precision. Only time will tell if he can reshape the film industry by offering more original proposals.

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Spacey Electronic Music No One Should Miss Out, Listen To “Send Off”

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spacey electronic music Donna O. Raphael
Rising female producer Donna O. Raphael is back with spacey electronic music! Just think about the futuristic synths of her new track “Send Off” as the opening soundtrack of a sci-fi movie. It’s easy to see why she experiments with ethereal chords that naturally lean toward sonic textures of distant galaxies. Furthermore, the fantastic instrumentals are enriched by vintage-esque drum beats, which give it an appropriately old-school vibe.

Certainly, Donna’s spacey electronic music can be very effective if you need to clear your mind today. Press the play button below.

Independent filmmakers must check out her website World Instrumentals. By the same token, this site is a great resource for artists who are looking for original pieces of music mostly intended for flicks or visual campaigns.

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