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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Crossover Pianist Jolynn J Chin Releases “7 Rings Sonata”
Jolynn J Chin never fails to impress every time she plays the keys. Listen to her latest single “7 Rings Sonata” which is a piano cover of Ariana Grande’s recent Pop hit. It consists of a crossover paired with Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”, featuring the famous broken chords theme in the third movement and the main theme from the first movement. As a matter of fact, this contemporary cut is also a reinterpretation of “My Favorite Things” by Rodgers and Hammerstein. The classic track was part of a Broadway production from 1959.
On this occasion, Jolynn will dazzle you with this beautiful piece of Sonata art. Sincerely, I can’t figure out how fast she moves her fingers in order to obtain such stunning quality. Add to this, mellow electronic beats, which evoke an air of modernity to the whole composition. Definitely, her music transcends genres, while anchoring to creativeness.
On a side note, the award-winning pianist has announced the release of a debut full-length album for 2021. With regard to details, her forthcoming project has an experimental and personal approach. In short, this means fewer covers and more original arrangements. As it was expected, her recent work has been written during lockdown and will feature exclusive collaborations as well. Stay tuned for more info.
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Enjoy The Magic Behind Donna O. Raphael’s Instrumental Music
Who said instrumental music had to be boring? Composer Donna O. Raphael shows the opposite with her fresh upbeat and fun track “Light Show”. Over the years, the multi-instrumentalist female artist has garnered several distinctions. With a Bachelor’s degree in Recording Arts, Donna has won mix competitions and has been awarded for her audio file management skills. Moreover, she entered the Top 25 list of the highest-scoring indie artists in 2018 via Music Connection.
The former GRAMMY U member based in Florida is proud of her Caribbean heritage. Indeed, you can tell she has worked her magic with tropical-esque elements on the sound design of “Light Show”. As a result, originality is her stamp of excellence. At the end of the day, this is what really counts, being creative at all costs. Seamlessly blending steel drums, marimba, piano keys, and modern electronic beats, Donna showcases an eclectic variety of rhythms hard to imitate.
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Lend Your Ear To This Superb Chilled Remix Produced By GEM!
Australian Country singer Max Jackson enlists GEM to deliver a chilled remix for “Billionaire”, one of her incredible tracks taken from the recent album, ‘Life Of The Party’. Here we have a brand new version that induces a trance-like state in listeners. Of course, the magical acoustics and the stunning vocals are left intact. GEM doesn’t fail as she keeps the essence of the original in balance with her signature spacey sonic landscapes.
The female DJ & producer incorporates a blend of electronic music and downtempo beats, creating a renewed piece that feels so fresh. As a result, the arrangements are honey to the ears. Literally, it’s ready for your summer playlist as well. Whether or not you need an escape for relaxation on the beach, make sure to play this track which serves as a natural sedative while you enjoy watching tranquil ocean waves…
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Hurry Up And Check Out Efel’s Brand New Sonic Gem, “Slow Club”
For this week’s Electro Wow spotlight, I would like to introduce you to French producer Efel. He sets the melancholic tone for his sonic gem, “Slow Club”. The way he blends seductive vocals from Paris-based singer Naïno with hypnotic soundscapes is pure gold. To put it simply, just think of Efel as a cross between Jean-Michel Jarre and Goldfrapp with a contemporary sound.
This song kicks off with chirping bird sounds and mellow synths, then it builds up with pulsating chords. Those warm beats act like elegant food for your ears. As a matter of fact, you can tell Efel knows how to create a relaxing atmosphere. According to the artist himself, “Slow Club” is an invitation to freedom. It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary, and the simplicity of its cozy melody works pretty well. Overall, there’s nothing more comforting than listening to four minutes of “Slow Club”. Press play below.
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Meet The Original White Devil & His Controversial Remix Here!
Hailing from Denver, Colorado, White Devil is synonymous with originality and rebellion. As a matter of fact, the producer experiments with Rap, Hip-Hop, Metal, and Electronica, while giving his tracks a sense of controversy. Without a doubt, he is aware of social injustice in all forms. So, naturally, he feels the need to express his discontent through music as a protest against violence.
Recent events of police brutality and abuse of authority in America led him to remix Snap!’s ’90s hit “The Power”. Entitled as “BLS (It’s Gettin’ Kinda Heavy)”, the final outcome is literally pure fire. There’s something dope about its complex drum pattern accompanied by non-stop aggressive energy. If you’re hooked into dark Electronica artists such as The Crystal Method or The Prodigy then you must keep an eye on White Devil’s upcoming cuts.
On a side note, he’s currently working on special tunes for his second album, ‘Year of the Tyrant’, which will revolve around transcendental topics of 2020, including the coronavirus pandemic, politics, etc. In other words, he’ll make sure his artistic vision is a huge wake-up call in the conscience. Sure enough, you can expect more from his signature sound, which relies heavily on sampling ‘gangsta rap’ classics, cult horror movies, and current news.
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