In a raw, soulful and heartfelt performance, Trai’s voice embodies the relatable turmoil of a break-up, a story all too familiar to most. Painted with unconcealed lyricism, there’s a no-holds-barred approach in Trai’s delivery of sincerity and emotional intensity.
Pianist Lauren Glanville’s subtle, melodic piano (probably unintentionally) reminiscent of Sampha’s ‘(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano’, sets the perfect scene to carryTrai’s unmistakably delicate and unique vocals throughout the verse. Leading into a layered harmonious chorus, the track is leathered with strings and pretty vocal harmonies. Admittedly, while not necessarily a bad thing, the instrumentation doesn’t vary much further from the chorus but, in turn, the focus is never shifted from Trai’s vocal performance, allowing the emotions to remain prominent and the delivery to remain raw.
As the first single for his debut album ‘MMXXII’, Trai introduces a beautifully realistic and authentic story-teller’s approach to situations that are from true experience. Moving from France to London to follow in the footsteps of personal inspirations Lewis Capaldi, Adele and Sam Smith, Trai is nothing short of a promising upcomer with dedication and ambition. ‘The One’ is the first of what is hopefully many raw, soulful and heartfelt performances.
Imagine captain Spock or The Doctor wondering round with a Gibson in their hand, firing off an edgy solo. That is the best way I can describe Stefan Elefteriu‘s new album in a sentence.
As the artist himself puts it: ‘Twelve portals open to twelve different worlds awaiting discovery through imagination, fantasy and feelings… Go beyond the Quantum Gates and, with each re-listening, you will perceive new territories of musical expression.’
Quantum Gates is the latest album from this very unique artist. It combines his multitude of skills as a composer, violinist, pianist and story teller.
In his formative years, Stefan lived in Romania during the Communist rule of Nicolae Ceausescu, who banned all Western music. Stefan resorted to buying the music he loved in the black market. If that isn’t dedication I don’t know what is.
Fast forward a few years and all his hard work had paid off. Stefan enjoyed a stint as a violinist at the Romanian National Opera and it was here where he learned he had a burning desire to produce as well as perform.
In a truly unique fashion, he built his own studio, reverse engineering a friends synthesiser to create his own. If that wasn’t impressive enough, Stefan repeated his efforts with an electric violin.
The effort Stefan has put into music is evident in the complexity of ‘Quantum Gates’ if nothing else. The album is born out of an extraordinary mind of an extraordinary composer, inviting listeners to join him on a symphonic voyage of exploration.
‘Between two worlds’ is one of the lead tracks of the album, showcasing what Stefan is all about. As the tune begins, we’re greeted by a psychedelic space vibe, something the artist uses as a foundation in the majority of his tracks.
Out of nowhere, the track progresses into a pop come rap beat, but retains the classical space vibe that is synonymous with his work.
I know it might sound like a car crash, but Stefan uses his plethora of production talents to pull it all together incredibly succinctly.
If the four genres weren’t enough for you, Stefan treats us to an edgy rock guitar solo near the end of the track. The introduction of this works brilliantly to polish off the multi-layered tune.
Later on in the album, the titular track rears its head to show us what this collection of songs is really about.
Immediately, I’m transported to the set of Star Trek or Doctor Who as that all too familiar sci-fi vibe gives a base for the single.
This one gets off to a slow start, but when it gets going it’s a truly unique experience.
Suddenly, the artist takes it up a notch, injecting a change of tempo as the whole track goes into warp speed. Soon, the ever familiar sound of a rock guitar joins us, giving the track an extra dimension to stop it getting stale.
The tune and beat of ‘Quantum Gates’ gives off a Pet Shop Boys 70’s synth vibe, something I personally really enjoy.
Not to be outdone, the guitar comes back with a vengeance in the latter stages of the song. The harsh notes of the instrument provide a great contrast to the softer sounding synth, once again displaying Stefan’s incredible talent as both performer and producer.
All in all, this album and style is like nothing I have ever heard in my life. It has to be said, there is no one quite like Stefan Elefteriu.
If this album is a bit of you then give it a go now, just follow the Spotify link below.
Having already amassed a healthy 60K streams on Spotify for his new single ‘In Search Of Home’, Gavin Luke has just had the new single added to the Scala Radio’s playlist. With brilliant feedback from the presenters hailing Gavin’s feel for atmosphere and emotion, his music speaks for itself.
With a delicate solo piano doused in reverb throughout the track (accompanied only by the momentary ultra subtle plucked strings), Gavin often places felt between the hammers and the strings on his piano to create a more muted and delicate tone, something which is very effective in ‘In Search Of Home’. It’s a haunting, thought provoking piece of music that almost demands you stop what you are doing and stare wistfully into space.
Reminiscent of BBC 6 Music favourite Olafur Arnolds as well as some of the more delicate parts of Hans Zimmer‘s Inception score ‘Time’, Gavin is releasing track after track of beautiful piano lead atmosphere. Having made a name for himself as a composure and pianist, writing for film soundtracks as well as having an impressive five albums under his belt, Gavin has a strikingly complete sound that will surely see him land a blockbuster soundtrack sooner rather than later!
No-Ce has just released their new album, ‘Jazz Proclamation Vol. 1&2’! Having a unique impact on the music industry, they are bringing a new experience with French jazz. No-Ce is fronted by Cécile Nordegg who was previously a successful film and TV actor in Vienna, Austria. Her band is packed with talented musicians who have already gained a known name for themselves: JP Chiche (who has had a background with successes such as Aeromsmith and Fats Domino), Andreas Pirringer, Walter Bass and Grammy Award-winning rock guitarist, Jamie Kime (rhythm guitarist for Dweezil Zappa).
The lead track for their new album is ‘Les Maux D’Amour’ and it has many rock riffs and the song is sung in an unexpectedly deep tone from Cécile. Along with how the whole song is sung beautifully in French, the track transcends language and genre. There is no doubt that No-Ce is a completely unique mix of talents all combing to create an outstanding experience that is worth seeing at the festival this year.
This year they are appearing at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, celebrating the art of the French chanson with a hint of rock n roll. The band contains a variety of instruments creating a cheery atmosphere to the music, containing the guitar, sax, flute, clarinet and piano. The combination is intriguing and creates a quite unique style of Jazz.
Brazilian jazz pianist, Ricardo Bacelar, has unveiled a rendition of ‘Somewhere in the Hills’ by Antonio Carlos Jobim.
The cover sees him enlist Venezuelan torch singer Elena Rose to croon the sultry and wistful melody of the moonlit romance, while dancer Isabelle Dubois adds fire in the video with her impassioned movement and balletic choreography.
‘Somewhere In The Hill’ is the fifth video spawned fromBacelar’s recent album ‘Sebastiana’. The record is an ode to the works of Brazilian composers and a celebration of the Latin music diaspora.
‘Sebastiana’ is available to stream and buy as MP3/CD/Vinyl here.
The deluxe LP and CD packages features a booklet containing imagery from the studio sessions, landscapes which inspired some of the tracks and the distinctive artwork of Emiliano Di Cavalcanti.
Mario Rago has unveiled her clamorous piano arrangement The Sound of Leaves. The piece marries seismic chords with spiralling melodies, resulting in a sound that is as stimulating as it is challenging.
Born in Sicily, now residing in Illinois USA, Rago equipped herself with virtuosic piano chops at Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et Danse in Lyon, France. Though somewhat of a globetrotter, the pianist claims she takes the most inspiration from firey reds and dazzling gold hues of her native island. That, and leaves.
Hence the title, The Sound of Leaves is a composition she wrote to celebrate the relationship between herself and her natural surroundings. Using leaves as a metaphor for our lives, the combination of Maria’s exceptional musicianship, the sumptuous video and poignant message is something that will intrigue, move and engage listeners of all tastes. Appropriately, her music video sees her playing a baby grand in an earthy environment…