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Edenn Releases Debut Single ‘Thinking’

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

From the age of 12, he dreamt of becoming a filmmaker and subsequently began writing feature films that astonished his peers.

By 2010, Edenn moved to Europe. In Brussels, he obtained his master's degree in journalism, a job he currently practices in Paris where he now lives. Although bursting with talent, Edenn went through a time of uncertainty and confusion before finding clarity in his multi-faceted path. It was during this period that he says he found his motto: "close your eyes and follow your instinct". That’s exactly what he did when he chose music.

“I decided to get into music after a long period of hard work and with some hesitation because I have a lot of skills in fashion design and writing screenplays for movies. It was hard for me to decide from where to begin,” he says. “I wrote my debut song ‘Thinking’ after a show that I made with a friend of mine in a small theater in Paris. During the show the public was so happy, they were singing together with me. I was very touched by the way they reacted to my song so I decided to write a song to thank them. The crowd was so enthusiastic about my performance I couldn’t sleep that night so I started composing “Thinking”.

To date, Edenn has written more than 300 songs. “It was hard to choose this song amongst the 300 others I now have in my repertoire, but I chose this one as my debut international release because this is the one which best expresses the love story between my music fans and I.”

Moe Green’s Eye: Wasted

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Submitted by Kim Muncie

In blissful sarcasm and epic riffs that draws us back to the heyday of giant grungy guitars, Moe Green’s Eye comes bursting through the noise and into center stage of the indie rock spectrum with their new single “Wasted,” out now everywhere music is sold. “Wasted” is blowing up the indie community from coast to coast, but it all started with the mammoth buzz they’ve been generating in the New York City club circuit. If you’re living on the island right now, this is probably not the first time that you’ve heard of Moe Green’s Eye, and if they keep the pace they’re setting with this latest track, it certainly won’t be the last.

Tom Proctor and the A-Listers Working Man

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Submitted by Eileen Shapiro

No stranger to the stage and screen, one of The Guardians of the Galaxy", Tom Proctor will be releasing his singing/songwriting album debut entitled, "Working Man" worldwide on June 15th, 2018. The record was recorded at the famous Dark Horse Recording Studios, home of artists such as Taylor Swift and Matchbox 20, Tim McGraw, amongst others. The album is a conglomerate of story-telling majesty, heart filled passion, and orgasmic drama, from a man that's lived a fast and furious life thus far.

Tom Proctor can tell you tales of his life for the next 30 years without taking a breath. He's been a stuntman, has trained horses, has been in over 250 full contact fights and aside from films has also appeared on major TV. His love for song and story began at a young age through encouragement from his grandmother Marie. Although he played the drums already, after winning a guitar in an arm wrestle he realized the calming effect of the strings. Many of his songs are written on a whim or in a dream, or through a psychic revelation. Most have a story behind the story of the song, and all are genre-defying. 

"They're not country, they're not rock then what are they? They are songs. If you're listening to it and trying to categorize it you would be wasting your time, but if you listen with your heart, you'll have a good day" (Tom Proctor)

The Refusers: Disobey

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Submitted by Michael Saulman

Seattle’s The Refusers are going to make some serious waves with their third studio release Disobey. The nine-song collection is another politically inclined entry in the band’s discography since first forming in 2010, but they are better than ever before at mixing their political messaging with appealing musical arrangements crackling with rock and roll spirit. Their musical excellence will allow many to enjoy the album that might otherwise disagree with the opinions of the band’s main songwriter Michael Belkin. It’s essentially a populist message the band pumps out, but they know how to shift gears without ever sacrificing a musical identity obviously meaning a great deal to them. The production frames the package in a physical package that has equal parts intelligence and attitude bubbling up from every line in the track. This new album will further solidify the band’s position as one of the most individualistic rock acts working today.

Sleepy Zuhoski: Better Haze

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Submitted by Mark Druery

We are immediately confronted with Sleepy Zuhoski’s talents when listening to his debut studio album Better Haze. The first song of twelve, “Asleep for a Year”, invokes a side of Sleepy Zuhoski’s musical character recurring throughout the album and his woozy, slightly hallucinatory vocal is an ideal fit for the lyrical and musical mood. The folk influences informing this cut are obvious from the first but never clichéd. Those same influences exert a hold over the second song “Sour” with a focus on a cleaner presentation, specifically on the vocal, but greater clarity from the instruments as well. Zuhoski’s vocal phrasing deserves to be singled out for his skilful invocation of the song’s sentiment. “Muscle Memory” is one of my favourite Zuhoski performances and the understated musical arrangement accomplishes much without ever straining for effect. It’s one of the more completely realized numbers on Better Haze.

Sarah Patrick: The Woman I Am

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Submitted by Johnathon Klee

With a harmonious, symphonic bend of strings and simple, reverberating strums of an acoustic guitar, Sarah Patrick’s new full-length LP The Woman I Am opens with a bit of an old-fashioned kick that is slightly reminiscent of some of our favourite country artists of the late 1980’s. Through her lyrics, she writes a declaration to the world; this is who I am, what I stand for, and no one is going to contain the woman that I am. Her straight-forwardness doesn’t stop there; “That’s the Way Love Goes” follows a similar cue, calmly dismissing cares and concerns over what could, or should, have been in favour of a much simpler, relaxed outlook on the future to come. The electric guitars sparkle with a certain poppy luminosity, but this doesn’t feel overly pushy when it comes to striking a haunting note. “I’m Right Here” and the slow song “To Stay” share a common cordiality that if not accompanied by traditional country song structures, could possibly make for intriguing a cappella.

As It Is Unveil The Wounded World on Fearless Records

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As It Is, have announced the release of their new album, The Great Depression, (out August 10th on Fearless Records) with new single, The Wounded World.

Speaking of the track and the accompanying video, frontman Patty Walters says, "The Wounded World is a commentary on the polarised and volatile modern reality, which we’ve allowed. The video depicts a not-so-distant dystopia, where present-day headlines and technologies are displayed in exhibits as the warning signs of an impending disaster. I feel that we as a society have embodied a destructive habit of talking without listening, surrounding ourselves with alternative facts and headlines, totally void of open-mindedness or empathy. Despite the labels and beliefs that all too often divide us, we are one people, and we’re all to blame.”

AN INTRODUCTION TO 'THE GREAT DEPRESSION' FROM PATTY:

“The Great Depression is about the societal romanticisation of depression, the disrepair of present-day human connection, told through the story of a man who finds himself face-to-face with Death. This album is about asking questions rather than offering answers, exploring the lines where consolation and glorification collide and asking if art is too subjective to offer a universal solution.

Avatar Country Out Now

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Citizens! If the message hasn't been clear enough already, the King of Kings above all Kings ruling in the realm of Kings has decided to speak directly to his flock and let them know that The King Welcomes You To Avatar Country! 

This beautiful truth shall shine upon the faces of those who follow the Majestic March to Immortality in the latest and greatest so-called "Music Video" with the Mighty Conqueror of Hearts and Land Alike and His orchestra, AVATAR.

Directed by long-time collaborator, Johan Carlén, this is the third music video we've heard from the King with Avatar from His new record titled, Avatar Country.

AVATAR released their seventh, and most Royal, full length, Avatar Country earlier this year via Entertainment One. The LP debuted at #2 Indie, #4 Hard Music, #8 Rock, and #25 on the Billboard 200 Chart.

Critics praised the release as well. New Noise Magazine said Avatar Country was "the culmination of the group’s evolution into a singular powerhouse, a trip into the heart of what makes metal so distinctively powerful."

Loudwire called the opening track, Glory To Our King sounds like, "it could’ve come straight off of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club, a warm and over the top introduction to the rest of the album." And finally, Metal Injection called Avatar Country "a wonderful ride."

Across the Board: Sonic Boom

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Submitted by Jason Hillenburg

Canadian rock act Across the Board returns with their second full-length effort, a follow-up to their EP Amends, featuring eight songs geared in the same pop-rock direction they explored with their first release. MC2 Music Media produced and recorded the album in Toronto and help present the conceptual ambitions of this album in such a way it strengthens the release’s chance of enjoying the rapturous critical reception it deserves. Musician and front-woman Jacqueline Auguste doesn’t obey rules of linear narrative with this self-proclaimed rock opera, but there’s a clear coherence emerging from the collection as a whole and the songs stand on their own as individually compelling and entertaining musical works. Her life and creative partner bassist Andy Ramjattan is a critical piece in Across the Board’s approach and complements Auguste’s talents in tangible ways. Sonic Boom consolidates Across the Board’s reputation as one of the more intelligent and musically rich acts working in the indie scene today.

Jake Allen: Deviant Motions

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Submitted by Mitchell Sauls

Who looks like a young Ralph Macchio and sings like a cross between Richard Marx and Christopher Cross? Who rocks harder than guitarist Andy McKee and puts you in the same headspace as Aphex Twin or Air?

The answer: Michigan’s Jake Allen.

Okay, those comparisons are a bit unfair, as Allen is truly in a world of his own. In a good way. Allen’s album, Deviant Motions, is a likeable blend of pop-rock, acoustic guitar and glossy musical waves. There are 14 tracks on the album, and while it’s heavy on quantity, Allen’s quality holds up to the challenge.

Starting off the album is “The Picture.” It’s an interesting choice to come out of the gate, but nonetheless a wise decision. Even if you were to stumble across this song, you will be grabbed by its cool layering and ethereal/progressive rock mood. Allen’s voice is really likeable and is radio-friendly. You can understand what he’s singing about, and he’s dreamy.

The second track “Bridges” has a bit of a stutter-step start. You’re ready to get going, and the music bed is still building up its momentum. Allen really belts it out in this song – I imagine him writing this while overlooking Lake Superior or even Lake Huron. He makes you feel like you’re part of something. I suppose this would be a great track one, but I’m glad it’s in the top three.

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