Groover Playlist 184: A Massive Sonic Cornucopia (Part 1)

Dig into to a full platter of great music from all four corners of the globe.

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Storm Orchestra give you a piece of their mind, Carrellee takes you to heaven, Elektronines Sutartines find their groove and more in today’s submissions from Groover, a platform that connects artists with critics like me for a small fee. You can (and should) follow me on Spotify HERE, check out my Top 200 playlist HERE, or listen to it via the widget at the lower right of every page on this site. If you want to be in an upcoming playlist, go HERE. But first, give thanks for these tracks:

 


Storm Orchestra | Piece Of You

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Indie-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Storm Orchestra’s modern, unpretentious rock is based on aggressive riffs, catchy choruses and effective gimmicks, inspired by U.K. bands such as Royal Blood, Nothing But Thieves or early Muse. Their upcoming debut album was produced by Alias Studio and scheduled for release in spring 2023. Piece Of You tells the story of a relationship without detours and without artifice. Just like Storm Orchestra’s music, it is raw, powerful, but always melodic.”


Carrellee | Heaven Or

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Synth-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “While writing new songs for Scale of Dreams, I started posting weekly demo videos, titled The Official Unofficial Synth Series on social media. I draw inspiration from ’80s new wave icons Cocteau Twins and Kate Bush, as well as a wide variety of Italo disco and synthwave artists.”


Elektronines Sutartines | Kukal’ Rože Ratilio

HOME BASE: Lithuania.
GENRE: Electro-World.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Elektronines Sutartines is a project by Lithuanian/Malian producer and guitarist Victor Diawara (also known for his afro / electronic project Afrodelic). Sutartines is a syncretic art form based on interlinking polyphonic music, lyrics and movements performed by female singers in north-east Lithuania. The video for Kukal’ Roze Ratilio was directed, filmed and edited by Kestutis Bidva. The dance moves were choreogrphed by Deimante Mikenaite and performed with her dance team. The video is a meeting of traditional (Lithuanian traditional dresses) and modern (dancehall moves).”


Makoto San | Kodama

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Electronica.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Kodama, or “spirit of the tree,” is a supernatural creature from Japanese folklore. Reflecting yōkai (a Japanese spirit or demon), this mystical and dark track echoes metamorphosis, emancipation, failure and rebirth. Makoto San shapes a transcendental and spectacular world, an invitation to travel, to hypnosis but also to frenzy and exaltation. The vibration and raw energy that this grass gives off leaves its mark. The depth of the bamboo, the power of the skins, the crystalline of the metals and the electronic effervescence intermingle to plunge you into a mystical spell.”


Roxercat | I Changed Today

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Roxercat are a progressive rock band in Nashville led by singer Price Jones, guitarist Stan Lassiter and bassist Bill Francis. Their sound features the imaginative storytelling and stellar musicianship expected from such a seasoned group. Right off the heels of their well-received debut single, Pearls, Roxercat follow up with a strong indie rock vibe on I Changed Today. “This is a song inspired by life’s unexpected twists and turns,” they say. “It’s about waking up one day and feeling that everything around you somehow looks and feels different. This unintentional shift into a different perspective brings an awareness that life as you’ve known it will never be the same again.”


Malou Madi | Jalouse

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: R&B / Soul.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Malou Madi is a vocalist, producer and multi-instrumentalist born in Paris and based in Brooklyn. After playing keys or singing with various people (you may have seen her on stage with Kadhja Bonet, Emel Mathlouthi or Emily King), she is now juxtaposing herself in her songs, groovy meditations rooted in ambivalence. Madi feels deeply connected to Brazilian music because it “can express existential dread very softly.” She exists in the shape-shifting space that we are all too familiar with, the space in our heads where the brain should be, the space that sometimes tells you to not leave the house or talk to anyone, but other times demands you go out dancing and hang out all night with people you don’t know.”


Movment | Violence

HOME BASE: Ireland.
GENRE: Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Movment are an alternative rock bank band from Ireland. They are more dark than light, more strong than weak, more direct. Movment make observations on life and living. They mean what they say. Although guitars and bass are at the heart of their sound, it is hard to ignore the electronics that have infiltrated Movment’s core. “Violence is about anger, rage, and the turmoil in our heads at times of intense pressure,” they say. “Ask yourself what has brought us to this state? We hold ourselves back. We pause. We hesitate. It is better to move forward. Drive onwards. Take risks. Face up to the turmoil head on. Avoid procrastination. Create. Don’t be drawn into stagnation. The difficulties of life are everywhere. Push on and confront every situation that you meet!”


Nouveau Fou | Ist – Det Vol Sans Escale

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Jazz-Funk.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Through exalting and sometimes crazy compositions, Nouveau Fou take the listener into the heart of an organic trance: Sharp riffs, mesmerizing melodies, puzzling improvisations and techno beats interwine in a compact and striking atmosphere. By drawing influences from the greatest of house, techno, or psytrance, they have the ambition to illustrate in each of their compositions one of the many subgenres of electronic music. This is the beginning of a new era for the band: that of electronic jazz dance. Inspired by the intensity of life in Istanbul and Detroit techno, Ist – Det Vol Sans Escale is a nocturnal journey, an exodus punctuated by the pulsations of the city.”


Estella Dawn | Follow

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Folk-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Bringing things back down to ground level, the delicacy and heartfelt presence of Estella Dawn’s new single Follow breaks out the bare essentials. Featuring acoustic fingerpicking and instantly appreciative lyrics, the kindness and reflective honesty of Follow proves comforting, and the rise up to a classic pop hook resounds and resolves beautifully along the way. It’s a raw and open dedication to a significant other, and it stands out with elegance and genuine soul. From New Zealand to Denver and now currently in California, Estella’s versatility of sound undoubtedly highlights her well-travelled background; an unwavering will to explore and engage with the world. Whether detailing past mistakes, looking ahead or celebrating the climb toward success, the music keeps things conceptually real yet professionally captured in every respect.”


Bear | Hidden Side Unplugged

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Folk-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “French singer and songwriter Bear makes dreamy pop music, gathering varied influences.”


Blazing Dog | Infinite Circle

HOME BASE: Brazil.
GENRE: Metal.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Formed in 2004, Blazing Dog brought together members who share a passion for heavy metal. In 2009, they released the CD Metallic Beast, followed in 2015 by Age Of The Beast. The band now enter a new phase, with a new lineup and new music. With a dense and heavy atmosphere, Infinite Circle is based on the concept of the eternal recurrence by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The single features a cover art by the renowned artist Carlos Fides, mixing by Eduardo Belchior from Intense Music Productions and mastering by Ronny Milianowicz from Studio Seven Sweden. The video was recorded and directed by Leandro Ferreira at Dobo Studios.”


Sam Frank Blunier | Web, Promesses & Video

HOME BASE: Switzerland.
GENRE: Indie-Pop.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Here is the new single from album No. 4 of our five-album concept saga. Web, Promesses & Vidéo is embellished with a clip for a new song that is a little disco and a little crazy, the text of which fits quite well with the times.”


Chancy Squire | Dark Wall Of Berlin

HOME BASE: Germany.
GENRE: Indie-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “In 1980, three friends founded the band in Hamburg. They have now reformed after a long break. On the anniversary of its fall, the Berlin Wall and its dark history are captured in rock, taking you on a journey through time and delivering a cautionary tale of the dark side of power. The memory of a system of complete oppression, lack of freedom and paternalism. With Chancy Squire, this history becomes an exciting rock opus and a tribute to hope for a better world.”


Vanessa Philippe | Paradise

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Pop.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “The album Soudain les Oiseaux was released in January. Vanessa Philippe wrote and composed all the songs. She entrusted production to Pascal Parisot and mixing to Angy Laperdrix. Also a dancer, choreographer and videographer, she developed her universe in a series of clips. Halfway between dream and reality, Vanessa gravitates in a parallel world where she describes her feelings. Paradise offers a return to reality, appeasement despite everything.”


Noble1BOF | No Games

HOME BASE: United Kingdom.
GENRE: Rap.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Noble1BOF is an up-and-coming artist straight out of South London’s Brixton, with nothing but real-life experiences in his songs. As a very versatile artist he refuses to be put back in a box. Noble is not scared to delve into his past to paint the pictures in the music. No Games is an upbeat song with a mixture of strong singing vocals and gritty rap verses that live up to the title and hook. He says: “The essence of this song is to tell the world that I am here with a strong presence and don’t plan on going anywhere without being recognised as a household name.”


Jean-Paul Jamot | Les Marchés De Noël

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Pop-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “After a career as a professional musician, and composer of songs, music, arrangements and musical illustrations, I now devote myself to the production of my pop/rock songs. I wrote this song about Christmas markets that are very popular in in many countries. My influences for this title include the group Chicago, in particular the brass.”


Pamela Scyne | Peace

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Of Iranian origin, Pamela Scyne is an electro-pop artist who was a doctor but has always been an artist. Her inspirations include Freddie Mercury, Serge Gainsbourg, Cigarette After Sex and Christine And the Queens. In a languid dark-rock atmosphere, Peace is a confession, a forgotten love letter between two people. Driven by muted percussion and the echoes of floating sounds, Scyne erases the distances that separate us from each other. With her sensual and enveloping voice, she invites us to slow dance,  love each other, forgive each other, and get closer to beings who are far away, even beyond the ocean.”


Jason Coroa | T’aimer Jusqu’a Demain

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Pop.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “The first single from his next album, T’aimer Jusqu’a Demain (Love You Until Tomorrow) is Jason Coroa’s first original song. Available in four languages, this song promises you love, passion and heart. With his powerful voice, he transports you beyond lyrics.”


Nipazen | Dream With You

HOME BASE: Switzerland.
GENRE: Neo-Classical.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Discover the Nipazen universe, inspirational and emotional orchestral music, relaxing music, instrumental pop and progressive music. Get ready to relax and start dreaming.”


Christine Valença | Via Láctea (ft. Wagner Café)

HOME BASE: Brazil.
GENRE: Folk-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “A singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, actress and dancer from Rio de Janeiro, Christine Valença was born into a family involved in music. Her influences are eclectic and range from Norah Jones, Françoise Hardy and Fiona Apple to Edu Lobo and Djavan. Seeking to create a dramatic and vibrant sound, mixing vintage textures with pop aesthetics, the artist is preparing to release her first album. Via Láctea was recorded by Christine and Wagner Cafe during the pandemic. “I see this music as a lit flame,” she says. “If you stare at it for more than a minute you will be drawn into that immensity. In our version, we wanted to add new elements, which could give different nuances to this beautiful song.”


Todd Duane | Forgive Me

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Hard Rock
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Multi-instrumentalist Todd Duane comes from a background of shred guitar. In the mid ’90s he released his first instrumental guitar album of crazy dynamics, innovations, new stylings and virtuoso techniques. A standout from your typical shred album, it also featured well-written songs that displayed a knowledge of form and musicality beyond what you would normally hear. Now he has moved away from the  instrumental guitar music in favor of Christian hard-rock vocal songs. He still performs and records all instruments, along with recording, mixing and producing his videos, album artwork, website, etc.”


Angus Sites | Brouhaha

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Hard Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Texas hard-rock guitarist and songwriter.”


Lorenzo Opinel | RDB

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Rap.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “A rap artist from the territory of Belfort, Lorenzo Opinel is an author and performer. Between the fervor of the stage and the silence of the studios, he released his first EP 2.0 in 2021.”


 

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