Music Genre

Gregg Garvey – Minot (Spotify)

“Singer and author Gregg Garvey is one of the last romantics of our day. You just want to put all your gadgets aside, open the door and feel the rustle of grass under your feet. The song Minot sounds in my head, and my fingers beat beat after beat. Life will never be the same again.”

“Певец и автор Gregg Garvey один из последних романтиков наших дней. Так и хочется отложить все гаджеты в сторону, распахнуть дверь и почувствовать шелест травы под ногами. В голове звучит песня Minot, а пальцы отбивают такт за тактом. Жизнь уже никогда не будет прежней.”

-Nagamag.com

Titled after a town in North Dakota, the song is an inward reflection on first loves, first pursuits of dreams, and finding one’s own bravery. At the heart of the song is the idea that even if a person fails at first, they have now become someone who made that voyage, and so may make more of them.

Gregg Garvey is a singer and songwriter from Minnesota. Influenced by visionary artists such as Gene Clark, David Sylvian and ‘60s-era Scott Walker, Gregg’s music is a mix of dreamy Baroque pop and vintage rock soul.

Calm Before The Storm – COMO feat. verNation (Video)

“We don’t know the background stories of jamming and performing of this team up song between Como and verNation but this final result is a wonderful bond of styles, filling harmonically each other, making this seems easy and like did it in one go. The mix, production and recordings here managed with full care, offering a beautiful soft listening experience delivering through a right sound package their heartwarming message. Beautiful song! ”

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Calm Before The Storm: “2 voices and a grand piano telling an emotional story about love and loss”… This is the first duet written and performed by Como and Vern, two artists with careers in completely different genres, – one acoustic, the other electronic. For her debut single Suitcase (Sony Music) Como received 3 nominations for the Austrian Music Award. Vern and his band “The Uptown Monotones” have been successfully touring the UK for three years in a row.

The Song is a beautiful and melancholic duet in the tradition of subtile ballads like Skinny Love, Falling Slowly, Say Something, Mad World, Hello, …

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Astromike Gordon – The Mess (Spotify)

“Don't be confused by the title in terms of the sound quality here. We promise you that -Astromike Gordon- has brilliantly place each sound to the right place, offering a warm sound layering and a heartwarming vocal performance. Beautiful song to start your day with a smile. ”

-Nagamag.com

The Swedish band AstroMike Gordon releases the grandiose and bittersweet indie track ”The Mess”. The first release from the upcoming EP ”Reviresco”

The frontman, Cristoffer Csanady, drew inspiration from the musical memories of his early childhood while writing it. ”I believe we all have those defining musical memories from early childhood. Tonal languages and sounds that goes straight to your heart. While writing The Mess i tried to capture the music my mother used to listen to. Prokofjevs Peter And The Wolf and the Flamenco she listened to when she felt homesick”

The Mess was recorded in Tambourine Studios in Malmö. It is produced, and arranged by Tomas Borgström. ”The biggest difference from our previous releases is the acoustic sound. Instead of electric guitars and analog synthesiezers we used Spanish guitars and woodwind instruments. A music video will be released shortly. The EP ”Reviresco” will be released early next year.

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AstroMike Gordon is a Swedish, four piece, crooner-rock act with a style that sounds as if David Bowie, Frank Sinatra, David Byrne and Jonathan Richman held a garage sale together. They have played in over 20 cities spread across Europe including Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, Amsterdam, Reykjavik, Athens, Sankt Petersburg, Moscow, Tirana, Gothenburg, Copenhagen and of course their hometown Malmö.

The band was formed by singer/songwriter Cristoffer Csanady. He began playing music at the age of seven. Maybe it was the terribly dark Stockholm winters, but he soon developed a taste for seriousness in jazz music. Many years later, after graduating from the university of Lund with a masters degree in improvisational music, He realized that he needed to create something different. He had to reinvent himself. That ́s when he met AstroMike Gordon for the first time. They met in the darkest ally of his mind and put all of their knowledge and ideas together. But above all they added their voice, which is one of the most powerful voices on the pop scene today. AstroMike Gordon ́s voyage started in March 2012 but reached a new level in 2014 when the debut album was released. The Second album "On Cloudy Days" was released in 2018.

Members:
Cristoffer Csanady – Guitar and Vocals
Albin Johansson – Keyboards
Kristian Rimshult – Bass
Kristoffer Rostedt – Drums

Lisette – Technicolor Dreams (Acoustic) (Spotify)

“Sometimes it is hard to find music with a wide array of values and Technilour dreams is this specific occasion where a unique combination of dark alternative pop with orchestral instrumentation and balanced electronic production creates colourful cinematic soundscapes embraced by powerful poetical vocals ”

-Nagamag.com

Technicolor Dreams' is essentially a metaphor. In my own consciousness I conjure up these dreams and aspirations I want to achieve in my life, but I often get stuck inside my own head. These dreams are larger than life, they’re illusions in a sense. I have to remind myself to get out of my own head and bring these ideas to life or else they’re never going to happen. I can’t wait around daydreaming about what I want to achieve, I have to reach for it.

Blending elements of dark alternative pop with orchestral instrumentation and electronic production, Lisette creates colorful, cinematic soundscapes that are enhanced by her powerful vocals. She is a singer-songwriter born from early influences of rock, alternative, indie pop, and her love for classical music and film scores. Her music is comparable to the likes of Evanescence and BANKS.

She began writing songs at 15 and performed at music venues and open mics around her home state of North Carolina. While studying music business and popular music in college, she stumbled upon her love for producing. In 2018, she released her debut single Run This Far.

Lisette captivates audiences with her haunting voice and lyrical poetry that flows within her songs. Her debut EP Beneath the Surface released November 1st 2019. An acoustic version of the EP released October 16, 2020.
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One Million More (feat. Joyful Joyful Joyful Joyful Reprise) (Joyful Joyful Reprise) (Video)

“Songwriter Michael Dunguay released his latest single One million more, a dense chamber pop song with a minimalistic set of instruments and sensual soft vocals in a memorable melodic composition that will surely thrill the audience”

-Nagamag.com

About The Song:
The Winter of Our Discotheque (Reprise), a compilation album of Canadian artists performing interpretations, remixes, and covers of the songs of Michael C. Duguay’s The Winter of Our Discotheque. The Winter of Our Discotheque (Reprise) is not only a celebration of Michael’s much-loved personality, songwriting and music, but an enthralling testament to friendship, community, and collaboration by a spectacular and diverse assortment of artists on the vanguard of contemporary Canadian music.

“One Million More (Joyful Joyful Reprise)” features Joyful Joyful, a duo who have been making experimental folk music between the towns of Peterborough, Owen Sound, and Toronto since 2015. Their work pulls together strands from sacred music, traditional songs, noise, and drone and weaves them together into soundscapes that are haunting and hopeful. Speaking on the collaboration Joyful Joyful says, “When a song is true, it changes the singer. Songwriters are so often good liars. It’s easier to write a dishonest song than to sing a truthful one, unvarnished and unadorned, into the waiting air…In “One Million More” Michael is telling the truth – no easy feat for a storyteller. This album (and this song in particular) are true. We know; we were often there. This collaboration is a retelling of a shared memory. It is also the quiet confession of a shared hope. Here’s to a million more.”

About The Artist:
Michael C. Duguay first surfaced in the Canadian music landscape as a collaborative multi-instrumentalist working with a number of a number of critically acclaimed projects, performing on breakthrough albums by Evening Hymns and The Burning Hell, and in east-coast super-group Weird Lines (with Julie Doiron and Jon McKiel), among others. While touring the world and gaining a reputation primarily as a backing musician, Michael was covertly recognized in the Canadian music community as an enigmatic personality, fervent community organizer, and a gifted artist, songwriter, and poet whose busy touring schedule and reckless lifestyle often stood in the way of formally documenting his own work. In 2012, he self-released Heavy on the Glory, a collection of eight songs written and recorded between 2004 and 2010, produced by James Bunton (Donovan Woods, Ohbijou), and featuring over thirty contributing musicians. Recorded in the shared living space of the communal artist co-op that he inhabited in Peterborough, Ontario, the album showcased Duguay’s emerging knack for lucent storytelling and his penchant for thrilling compositions, entrenched in stalwart punk rock ethos and energy. Though considered by those in his circle to be a captivating documentation of Duguay’s conspicuous ability, Heavy on the Glory was never formally promoted or toured as Duguay’s health and personal life unraveled. Following a move to Sackville, New Brunswick after years of substance abuse and undiagnosed mental illness, Duguay suffered a series of mental breakdowns, eventually leading to institutionalization, poverty, and homelessness. From 2014 to 2018, Michael disappeared from the Canadian music scene completely.

In 2018, Michael resurfaced near Kingston, Ontario after sustained and determined efforts from his friends and family contributed to his return to health and stability. He compiled and completed his poetry and song-sketches from the preceding decade, and set out to record and produce a new album. With a revolving and diverse cast of friends including members of Evening Hymns, Pony Girl, Little Kid, Minotaurs, Alanna Gurr, Merival, the Two Minute Miracles, and Omhouse – his partner performs the trombone parts, and his 87 year old Grandfather also sings on the closing track – the album was produced out of heralded Canadian studios including Port William Sound, The House of Miracles, and Little Bullhorn. The result, two years later, is The Winter of our Discotheque; a fascinating and compelling collection of songs that offer a sobering insight into the mind of an artist deeply invested in the meticulous craft of honest songwriting.

The Winter of Our Discotheque immerses listeners in Michael’s complex universe through work which is both familiar and inventive, equally whimsical and stone-cold stoic. The songs in this collection were composed over ten itinerant and disastrous years, in and about his life lived in hospital beds, shelters, and addiction treatment centres. This quasi-sophomore release finds Michael C. Duguay returned to wellness and rapturously reunited with his craft, writing with startling clarity and remarkable candor, withstanding the conventional singer-songwriter label. The Winter of Our Discotheque is a triumphant reemergence, establishing Michael C. Duguay as an idiosyncratic punk-poet whose mercurial work, while firmly rooted in the vernacular tradition, combines adroit pop and the avant-garde to ecstatic and often devastating effect.

On the album’s first single, Summer Fights, a song which morphs from pastoral alt-country ballad to jubilant, psychedelic honky-tonk, Michael sings the album’s central thesis; ‘there’s a time and there’s a place for all variety of grace’. This declaration is one of many which draws attention to the beauty that surfaces, and which so often goes overlooked, in a world of chaos and struggle. Describing his time spent battling addiction and mental illness, which found him drifting from the gulf islands of British Columbia, to Halifax’s north end, to a halfway house west of Thunder Bay, Michael remarks, ‘I completely lost hold of my identity, and as my emotions and thinking became increasingly compromised by substances and trauma, my relationship with my practice dissolved; first my ability, then my desire to try’. Despite the hardship endured, in broken moments of lucidity Michael was able to shape new personal understandings of the varieties of human experience, and his own relationship to privilege. These revelations have resulted in a body of work which neither dwells in the darkness nor trivializes his own experience, but which describe in poetic, naturalistic, and sometimes droll language, the realities of his lived experience “I spent a lot of time in places that others might describe as ‘bottoms’, where I never predicted myself landing, and these songs have helped me make sense of those experiences’. The narrative spun by The Winter of Our Discotheque is both bildungsroman and poioumenon (a work of art that tells the story of its own making). Revealing its own metfactions as it progresses, his writing draws comparisons to the literary school of Southern Ontario Gothic writers including Munro, Findley, and Urquhart. The album draws its title from John Steinbeck’s final novel, which in turn references the opening words of Shakespeare’s Richaed III. More than just clever wordplay, the themes on Duguay’s record can be understood as contemporary expressions of both of those writer’s existential anxiety.

Justin Goren – Cocoon (Spotify)

“Cocoon the latest single release from songwriter Justin Goren is a dense chamber pop song with a multilayer arrangement of instruments embelished with unique soft vocals in a memorable melodic composition ”

-Nagamag.com

Artist shared with us few words about this song:

"I wrote Cocoon while laying in a beachside hammock under the stars in 2015. I felt very safe as I gently swung along; Listening to the oceans waves ebbing and flowing along the shore, with a cool breeze to accompany. The song itself is about the safety you feel in a certain place, with a certain person - really it could be anything that makes you feel at ease. A safety net. But nets can break, and the safety is not always unconditional. Sometimes relying on that supposed safety can foster too much dependence, and that takes away from your own independence in feeling content. The song is kind of about that grey area."

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