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The sound of Grief and gratitude. Rasha Jay’s Spine-Chilling new single “Backbone”.

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At her musical essence, New Jersey singer-songwriter Rasha Jay encapsulates cross-genre soul-rock sentiments, setting her aside from the pack. Rasha Jay is due to release her latest and more emotive single, ‘Backbone’ on May 28th. Written during Feb 2020, just before a year like no other, Rasha describes the inspiration behind the newest single:

“I wrote this song in February 2020, ahead of a tumultuous year that we didn’t expect here in the US or in the world. I wrote it after hearing about my last uncle passing away on January 1st. I came home and went right to my keyboard and just started talking, then singing, then crying…and what came out of that was not just sadness and grief, but gratitude. My aunt passed away 30 days after him. Again, grief with gratitude. I felt honored to know them, to love them. That’s what Backbone is about–the visuals, the feelings, the notion of recognizing you are what you are because of a connection”.

Rasha Jay, 2021/Press-Release

The song itself is powerful and poignant, with the achingly soulful vocals of Rasha layered within the trip-hop, Portishead-Esque instrumental. The guitar’s melody echoes throughout, forcing your head to bop to the beat, luring you into forgetting the pain behind the lyricism. ‘Backbone’ is stripped down, allowing us to focus on only Rasha Jay’s stunning vocals, which were Rasha’s first vocal take. ‘Backbone’ is a raw and honest track that feels in-depth compared to the superficiality of some pop songs; it feels as if we are reading a diary entry from Rasha, able to empathise with Rasha’s trauma while simultaneously enjoying the musicalisation of the unrestrained vehemence.

Rasha Jay has grown up in the small town of Owings, Maryland, and is exemplary that no matter who you are or where you are from, you can and should make music for self-expression. ‘Backbone’ is out on all streaming platforms on May 28th, and you can hear and see more of Rasha Jay through her socials which are linked below.

Image from Rasha Jay Music on Facebook.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rashajaymusic

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/rashajay

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rashajaymusic

Website: http://www.rashajay.com

Soundcloud:https://www.soundcloud.com/rashajay 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3DL86xcJUoJ2iv5tVvJ7Hn?si=hyIagl65S_GmJ3z_CZXcTQ

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/rashajay4816

Written by Ella Heaton.

Steady Rollin brings an accordian to the guitar fight in their upcoming single ‘Donde Te Has Metido?’

Ellen Oakley

Dropping May 24th, Steady Rollin is merging blues-rock and the Spanish language seamlessly in their release ‘Donde Te Has Metido?’ (Where Have You Gone?). This will be the El Salvadoran musicians’ first Spanish language track and promises to leave listeners with an earworm of a tune.

As the song kicks in, the trio instantly commands attention with a soft acoustic guitar that steadily builds into a heavier variation. With metal like pacing driving the track forward but letting each beat hit and resonate, ‘Donde Te Has Metido?’ culminates in a sinfully melodic chorus that is equal parts toe-tapping and impactful. The tone is kept on track narratively with equal parts playful energy and emotional performance, weaving the tale of a love like no other that changes a person’s perspective on life, to only lose it when the things fall apart. Whilst the tonal shift is not drastic, it’s enough to switch from upbeat to a sense of longing seamlessly, showing genuine craftsmanship and a sense of musicality whilst avoiding an overdramatic finale that could take listeners out of the experience.

At its core, ‘Donde Te Has Metido?’  is an ode to the classic rock sound of the 70s, with nods to the likes of Cream and The Who. It relies upon traditional rock elements, which are enhanced in its presentation, and the result is a refreshing take on the nuances of the style.

Overall, Steady Rollin enhance established occurrences with the inclusion of a new quirky perspective: see the use of an accordion as a competitor to the standard guitar feature. The inclusion of the Spanish language never causes a barrier due to the palpable talent and sentiment present, making it accessible and a must-listen.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/steadyrollinband/

Instagram: @steadyrollinband

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Steadyrollin_

Website: www.steadyrollinband.com

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2f7imcAJGFFABC2Y7dHtK2?si=dL9VtraOSjeC79kIMtOnkg

Youtube: SteadyRollinBand

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Winchester 7 & The Runners bring the fuzz with their latest single ‘When the World Stops Spinning’

Ellen Oakley

A wave of fuzz like no other, Winchester 7 & The Runners, has created a track with all the bite and musicality of 90’s grunge with the melody and quirk of alt lyricism. ‘When the World Stops Spinning’ is chocked full of addictive riffs, a memorable breakdown and a joyful vibe that transports the listener to a place of reckless fun.

With a dynamic opening that mimics live playing, leading into a strong riff-fronted tune accompanied by earthy vocals that add a lightness to the distorted backing, ‘When the World Stops Spinning’ starts as bold as it ends.

The driving percussion is steady, grounding the track as it bleeds into a solo that feels reminiscent of classic 70s rock, with extra sludge. Somehow the song feels like it’s packed an entire culture of psychedelic rock, grunge nuances, and distinctive imagery in its just over three minutes run time. It stands as a real ode to Winchester 7 & The Runners’ talent and a tribute to the band’s influences. Not only is the style and presentation invigorating, but the whole track is lead by an electric ukulele which adds another layer of personality to the performance.

With a catchy beat that encourages listeners to dance their problems away, chant worthy lyrics and an overall aura of charm, ‘When the World Stops Spinning’ is the perfect soundtrack to any post lockdown adventures or for a kick of motivation when your weeknight is dragging. Winchester 7 & The Runners is refreshingly candid and genuine, combining various alternative scenes to a wall of sound and festivity. If you feel the lockdown blues, the addition of this song to any playlist will instantly rectify that.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/RealWinchester7

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Website: https://winchester7andtherunners.com/

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Ryan Soanes proves Pop-Punk’s not fizzled out with his single ‘Call My Name’

Ellen Oakley

Featured on his latest album drop, ‘The Journey’ (March 8th), Ryan Soanes elevates nostalgic 2000’s pop-punk with the highlight track ‘Call My Name’. Surrounded by ten songs that call back to emo and pop-punk nuances without feeling tired or out of place in the year 2021, the whole album is delightfully alternative and ‘Call My Name’ is a summation of everything the album does well.

Accompanied by a sleek and atmospheric lyric video, ‘Call My Name’ is indulgent. Using synths to create a melancholic tale of regret and longing, what could have been a simple pop-punk love song takes on a whole new tone, allowing typical instruments to adopt a subtle role in the backing and Soanes’ vocals to take centre stage. The track is an authentic experience; avoiding coming across as potentially whiney, the genuine emotion in the vocal performance is palpable and adds impact to lyrics calling out to a lost love. Lyrically powerful and musically raw, Soanes conveys an experience many can and do face in a way that is utterly accessible without cheapening the narrative.

“The song was originally written years ago before I even released music, it was written as a love song to a girl I was dating at the time, however, in recent times when I decided to rework the song, I had broken up with the girl… this gave the song a whole new meaning and vibe completely…” – Ryan Soanes

‘The Journey’ as a whole is an album rife with emotive imagery and catchy hooks, perfect for the genres it takes inspiration from whilst also raising money for the charitable cause Samaritans. It’s often music in the overarching alternative genre provides solace for the struggling, many using the lyrics to express and fight against issues that they cannot put a name to. So to see that this perfectly apt addition to the roster of albums available also supports people by helping fund an organisation that could help in the real world, outside of music, is not only heartwarming, but feels appropriate.

Overall, ‘Call My Name’ is a track that doesn’t just highlight Soanes’ talent but shows off the best things about the album in a snapshot that can be shouted at the top of the listener’s lungs.

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