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Rheacycle! (Sample Review)

I love getting reviews like this, the whole album. Going through an album, enjoying the music, listening to the lyrics, talking to the artists about the intent and ideas behind the creation. The album name is Rhea cycle Rhea - Right Here Everything's Alright, Cycle – Keep Moving. Foe me there is nothing more special than being made privy to the creative process of musicians.

I do not care if I like the music or not – there are those who do and they are the ones who matter. My opinions are only that. However, this album, this musician, these songs Create a story. "Becca" is a character that originated from a short-film idea derived from James Ethington III's active imagination. Not only is James a Musician, he is a film maker. I envy this man’s talent. I do not envy in a negative sense; I envy that people like James Ethington III can bring so much jot to the world. He makes the world a better place for everyone who listens, even for a moment.

Rheacycle Intro, and, by the way, here is the link to the album so you can hear it yourself. I am sure you will agree - https://open.spotify.com/album/4X6V2L9xnLdvbpMMllQyOg?si=YAce8cQvSLGaIqCB_SFfww

Spread love, Peace and Soul – Looking forward. It is a song of hope for everyone. Keep moving forward, do not dwell on the past. Make your world a better place for everyone by caring for others. I always find that when I can get out of my own head and find empathy for others, identify with their hardships and pass on something encouraging it not only makes their world better but mine as well.

The second song – Becca, speaks for itself. He is dreaming of a past relationship as he relates the dreams, we all have of the glory days, the days from our past that have made a lasting impression on our lives. This song and the entire album are so relatable.

Song number three – Art of My Life – His lover is not only someone who shares his life but is such and integral part I genuinely believe he could not be a complete person without her. I get the feeling that the canvas od his life would be empty without her.

Sexy, Juicy, Bouncy, what a name for a song. The song is about the joy his lover brings to his life and the things about her that attract him to her. She is his everything and is that not what your lover should be to you? Isn’t it amazing that the right relationship can make your life such a better place to be?

Song 4 – Looking glass – The past is smoke upon the looking glass. Again, the theme is repeated – Keep moving forward. No matter what happens we can choose – today, to put the past behind us and work together to make out lives better and pass that on to other by being the change.

I have to say this about James Ethington III – He has captured so much in these relatively short ditties. Love, Hope, making today better by remembering the past but staying in today. When you hear the yogis and Buddhist’s talk about “Mindfulness”, This is what it is all about. Stay in today, stay in the now. Do not fret about the past or project fears of what might happen onto the future.

Rheacycle is such a great album. The acoustic simplicity, the flow of the music, the pleasantness of James’s voice, the mood I would say – Comfortable, Calming, Pleasant, and Easy. I love, also, the way it unobtrusively teaches a lesson without being preachy. Thank you, James Ethingtom, III and Eric Gubala. Great job!

Electric Mud

 

The great composers of the great symphonies and baroque masterpieces always had a theme, like Vivaldi, The Four Seasons, Wagner – The Valkyrie – Ride of the Valkyries, or Verdi – Messa Da Requiem. Of late I can think of Pink Floyd – The Division Bell, The Wall, and Rush 2112.   The most memorable pieces of music always had a theme, a guiding principle that drove the uniqueness of the sound. 

Now we have, and the very name of the composer, the humility of it, yet it screams greatness in its own, ubiquitous way the way great names always have. I present to you – Electric Mud. I first saw it and it just caught my eye and made me say to myself, with a name like that I have got to give this a listen. 

Their new album is a masterpiece of thematic excellence, Quiet Days on Earth. 

Rooted in the classic prog era of the 70s the studio project-duo Electric Mud takes a step forward into the great unknown of instrumental territory sublimely combining styles like post-rock with neo-classical elements and Berlin school. The goal in mind is to offer a varied, fresh sound, a surprising genre mix, and a strong emotional impression. And to honor our heroes: We are standing on the shoulders of giants! 

Man is fear. Man is abandoned. Man is despair. Ruthlessly it goes down. To the deepest lowlands. Every story is another agonizing twist on this spiral of decline. 

It is true – These days it seems like mankind is descending into the pit – YET, our beautiful planet, or what is left of it looks even more beautiful because man’s presence has destroyed so much of what was once pristine and untouched, that which is left is that much more rare and stunning. 

The beautiful, expansive, Piece of music with classical guitar work, a deep heartbeat pounding backbeat. Its somber and haunting melodies make you mentally step back in awe of creation and puts our own insignificant presence on this planet in perspective.

No Mad

Funk Rock Band, London

Motions in Black

No Mad contacted me out of the blue about three weeks ago. I looked and I was impressed. I particularly liked the song Motions in Black. Lyrics can be meaningful, nonsense. Serious, fun, sad, hopeful, or whatever but sometimes an instrumental just does not fit the lyrics.

That is not the case here. Not only did I find the lyrics compelling, but I also love the guitar work. The music fits perfectly with the mood of the lyrics, sad and regretful, a song of lost love – you know – Motions in Black -the feeling you get when you realize you lost something you can never replace. Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing he or she is not there next to you. That feeling of loss that makes your heart ache, that feeling of aloneness like you are on a desert island, alone and you feel like you will never have that feeling of happiness again.

However, I like to see the bands perform, live if possible. So I went to their channel and I found a live performance of “Motions in Black”. I watched a soulful performance. I could see the sincerity in their faces, I could feel the mood. I saw the nuances of their interactions with the audience, and I saw the audience reaction and I knew they had a hit.

 “Corrugated Steel”

A new song by the band – Luna Rosa!!!

First – When I first started writing reviews I was picking artists at random and just DOING IT.

It seemed like an exercise in futility because no one read them at first. I really did not enjoy that but now that people read them and artists ask for reviews I feel truly honored to be able to be in a position where the people I am asked to do reviews for trust me with my little piece of the hard work these bands do and the struggles they go through to bring you their music – I love them all and I always present these wonderful men and woman in what I see as their best light.

Luna Rosa – I have been following these guys since 2015 when they just kind of popped up on Social media. I don’t even know if they were aware of my presence.

They began as a band back in 2015 and I have seen them working very consistently ever since – They are always performing and have gathered a huge – loyal fan base.

Their music – in general, is very good, very entertaining, contains a real message and is very professionally performed.

Now – about Corrugated Steel!!! – I will call it: Social Commentary. The song talks about the disparity between what we see on TV and in the media about how good life is, how humanity is shown this glowing, wonderful picture of how great life is –

AND THE HUGE DISCONNECT between that image and the life most of us are relegated to by the corporate masters and the governments who lie – cheat and steal from the people who make their huge profits possible and the governments who are in cahoots with them to make things appear better than they are in order to give us confidence in The System so they can get into our pockets. This is music for the common man and woman – the real people who see beyond the farce and work hard every day to keep themselves afloat on a sinking ship.

The corporate culture that values exploitation while giving back very little.
They get Concrete and Glass while we get Corrugated Steel.

The Blindfold Experience – “FLY”

The Blindfold Experience is not the name of an artist or even a group. The Blindfold Experience Started a Musical Journey in Sweden, The Musicians involved have never met. I the words of, Michael Lind, the lead conspirator. Each track, “travels across the globe at a steady BPM to a Dream team of hand-picked musicians and singers” from Sweden, The UK, The US, Argentina, Australia, Ecuador, Cypress, Germany, Iceland, India, Poland, and Ukraine.

I love, “Fly”. It is an instrumentally and lyrically moving piece describing what we all seem to feel, lost, and separated from those around us, “Your heavy heart, soul torn apart, your darkest fears come out at night when you’re alone”.

Ironically enough – The hope in the song is – “Just remember this, one day you will fly again.”

And how do we get our wings? Surrender. – “When the worlds collide, there’s a rising tide so hard to fight, as you give in, you’re whole at last.

It always amazes me how musicians can recognize what is going on and offer the simplest of solutions through their music without the benefit of advanced degrees and tons of double-talking experts who seem to contradict each other.

The world is not a fair place to live. It never has been and the sooner we accept that and do what we can for ourselves, even though others might not like it, we all need to feel self-esteem and self-love and self-respect. We all need to “Fly”.

The Blindfold Experience – “Strangers Unkind”

The Blindfold Experience is not the name of an artist or even a group. The Blindfold Experience Started a Music Journey in Sweden, The Musicians involved have never met. I the words of, Michael Lind, the lead conspirator. Each track, “travels across the globe at a steady BPM to a Dream team of hand-picked musicians and singers” from Sweden, The UK, The US, Argentina, Australia, Ecuador, Cypress, Germany, Iceland, India, Poland, and Ukraine.

Music is a wonderful thing because it takes on topics that are current in time and affects a great many people. Toxic Relationships have always been around. It is part of being human. However, for some reason relationships seem to be getting more toxic in that with technology, escaping from the stresses of everyday life is getting more difficult.

Strangers Unkind speaks to me of the way humanity seems to be reacting to all the stresses we face today with the 24-hour news media blowing human conflicts out of proportion with sound bites and groups of people acting “unkinder” to “strangers” based on the assumptions we form about each other because of the way certain groups of people are portrayed.

“Words are still ringing in my ears, although the years have passed us by, wounds may have healed, but still we’re scarred, scarred for life, we are.”

The Instrumentals are dark, obscure, and eerie, accentuating the feeling that our darkest emotions are being manipulated by a society blinded by its own hypocrisy as it rejects truth for spin.

“Acid rain, burning our skin” – Society is becoming a toxic mess as the definitions of the words we use

Bad Mary

I became aware of these guys 3 years ago. They are outrageous!!!

I watched them on Social media as they touted their tour of Japan which was wildly successful from what I was seeing.

Amanda – You can’t keep your eyes off her – Yes, she is hot, but she is so fun – so energetic!!

The backup musicians “Gel” – Everyone thinks Punk is just about screaming and banging on those three cords – Ha Ha – they are right!! Back then, Punk was.

Bad Mary have turned Punk into an art form, yet have not abandoned the original spirit of the music – What they have done is capitalize on an contemporary music genre which has had a huge effect on the entire Music Industry that has been so profound it will be many years before we will see the full effect of Punk on the music loving community.

Because – Punk is a movement – as to grows and morphs into new forms and as other genre’s use punkish elements in their music – Like “Snailmate” – We will meet them soon -New punkers join the movement and it morphs again.

Therefore, I love the music Industry – it just gets better and better because – Ultimately – You are what the music is all about for me!!!

Kittenhead

Kivi has been doing this a while and she has earned my love and total respect for who she is as a person.

Kivi and Kittenhead – They Personify Punk – One of their Albums “Still Ain’t Your Bitch” Speaks Volumes.

I had been after Kivi for the blog for a long time – last year we had a little political squabble on Facebook

I had to bow out – The support she got was, wow – I was not going to be chum for those sharks!!!

I waited till a few days ago, in fact, to contact her again and

SHE RESPONDED – Lol – I did not drive her away with my intensity.

This is how Kivi and Kittenhead have built such a loyal following.

LE LE XO (sample story)

LELE XO

Hey, I met Le Le XO about 5 years ago and have been following her ever since. She is a hurricane of talent. I really love her attitude towards life. She has many musical heroes who have influenced her music. Every musician tries to imitate those who they admire but this young singer not only pulls it off – she does it with her own unique ideas.

LeLe Xo was born Amanda McCauley in the old Rhubarb patch called, Sterling Heights, Mich. She said she has always sung, and watcher her, her infectious smile and charming demeanor one can see that there is always a song in her heart.

LeLeXo started her career in LA in 2013 when she was invited to sing at a convention in 2013 and by the time I met her in 2014 she had two videos to her name and several radio-ready songs. In fact, her mother, Chris, Manager her and Chris contacted me when I was publishing Michael’s Music Blog.

I met Chris, Amanda’s, (LeLe XO)’s mother and manager (who is now in artist management as well, not just her daughter) were seeking publicity and I did an interview with her then and today, 2020 – she has many songs, many videos and has performed at specialty events and live shows all over the country and a new tour is being planned as we speak.

LeLe Xo has a voice; really, she does, rich and expressive. Her lyrics, typical pop/hip hop fair are delivered with strength like the old R&B singers of the Motown era. She dances, sings, has acted, done radio, done a myriad of interviews and a few days ago when I talked to her she was as happy and funny as ever.

Life has not been a bowl of cherries, though, they have had to fight for fame in an industry that is not kind to newcomers and two lawsuits later she and her manager are still going strong.  She prevailed in both suits. I think the losers are thinking twice about continuing their unethical practices of taking advantage of industry newcomers with expensive empty promises. Both are now OUT OF BUSINESS – Don’t mess with this unbeatable team.

When Amanda was little she idolized Britney Spears and The Spice Girls, Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Lana Del Ray, Eminem, and Madona. She carries on the POP tradition with style – outrageous makeup and sets, Dancers and backup singers, interesting storylines like “POWER”.

 

Power was the first song that turned out exactly as she envisioned it. Power was shot in part of run-down Detroit and depicts her as a heroine who saves “The POWER” from falling into the wrong hands and “Money Whore”, which is the same type of theme, the shady people you meet on your way up, but Power has a more heroic feel rather than being a victim of corruption.

Le LeXO is going to be around for a long time. She loves writing music and making videos. She was once asked what she would do if she got a million dollars and a year off, what would you do – She said She would rather keep making music. Like her song – “ The Code” – it’s a secret, can you keep it. It is no secret that Occultism has had its effect on the Music Industry. The Code is the answer, the anthem, and the phantom. The ever-elusive element that brings success.

Finally, Closing down this article we will talk about “Wine and Dine” Top-down, Black and White, Are you gonna take me out tonight, You have to treat me like a lady – you have to treat me like a lady. I take it kinda as a statement on where we are as a society today – It seems deep relationships are a thing of the past and superficiality is the norm. LeLe XO is saying – SLOW DOWN – Listen to the music – get to know me. I promise that if you do you will like what you see and hear and you will become as big a fan of her’s as I and so many others are. Her latest, “Aura Season” is more moody and dark, not as POP as her usual fair but more emotional. She really is an up and coming talent to be reckoned with.

When LeLe XO is not making music she relaxes, listening to music and playing with her dog, Dunkin (Doughnuts)