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September 23, 2022 Russell Louder’s new song marches to greatness

Russell Louder’s new song marches to greatness

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Multi-talented artist Russell Louder has shared their latest single ‘Come Around’ on the 16th of September under Lisbon Lux Records The Tiohtià:ke, Montreal, Canada-based, Russell Louder has many talents that include songwriting, producing, and performing. 

Stream / Download: ‘Come Around’

The latest single is breathtakingly beautiful and memorable. The vocals are determined, sharp and robust like an anthem of soldiers going to war. The synthesis of the piano, the guitar, the vocals and the beat with striking elements of electronic produces a sound that is wonderfully progressive. The lyrics are about audacious conversations about blurring lines of accountability that are slightly dark but at the same time incredibly humorous. The artist’s lyrical mental vantage point is outstanding. 

Russell Louder tells us eloquently the influences and paradigms surrounding the making of the single: “Come Around is a pop sharp-tongued symphonic play-by-play of a duplicitous figure in my life reeling me into their web of deceit. Instead of analyzing my experience, I used the writing of the song as a space for imagining what the other could have been thinking or strategizing”.

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August 10, 2022 Creative singer ena mori releases new LP

Creative singer ena mori releases new LP

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Artist ena mori has released her brand new LP DON’T BLAME THE WILD ONE! which is 12 tracks long and takes you on a journey and encourages you to stand up for what you believe in. 

Stream / Download: ‘DON’T BLAME THE WILD ONE!’

In the track ‘DBTWO!’ she portrays that something has this hold on her, trying to tell her what to do and how she should display herself in public. She wishes to be freed from this fake persona and just be herself. The song also shows her belief in the need to break away from this kind of influence. It is as if she bottled up these emotions until she exploded.

It is a song that you can relate to. We’ve all been made to feel that we cannot express ourselves because we might appear different. But what we really should be doing is what feels authentic and not care about what others think of us. The best thing we can do is just be our true selves.

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August 1, 2022 Interview with pop music talents Cimo Fränkel and Skofee

Interview with pop music talents Cimo Fränkel and Skofee

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In the brief yet stormy romance that is their latest collaborative effort ‘Where Do You Hide Your Love’, which they have released under Sign From The Universe / Tunecore, Pop creators Cimo Fränkel and Skofee fall in and out of love. Here we have two individual voices that compliment each other like wine and first dates. Textured tones and delicate breaks in Skofee’s pleasantly unique timbre convey heart-tugging emotion, adding sincerity to the song and enlivening its subject matter, while Cimo Fränkel decorates each lyric with a teary quiver. We wanted to know where the duo hide their secrets, so we asked them a few questions:

Stream/ Download: Where Do You Hide Your Love’

Can you describe an aha moment you experienced while recreating ‘Where Do You Hide Your Love’?

Cimo Fränkel: The second part of the second verse in the song as it is now was what I started with as a chorus. I wanted to create something like Amy Macdonald’s “This Is The Life”. The aha moment was when I completely let that go and wrote the actual chorus right after that part two days later.

Skofee: Honestly, Cimo agreeing to work on his song as a duet was a big moment for me. In creating the song, it was really cool to hear the original lyrics work from a split perspective.

This track is vocally and lyrically rich. What was your focus when creating this single?

Cimo Fränkel: The focus was to create something that was simple, but hadn’t been said that way yet. Melodically the focus was: no boundaries.

Skofee: I think the focus was to highlight the vocals as a key instrument in the track, the background vocal swells are emotional and give it a lot of power. We wanted it to be different from the original as well, which I think the moodier production as a whole accomplishes.

What are some of your earliest memories of music?

Cimo Fränkel: Dancing to Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson and feeling emotions I had never felt before. I was so into it that it almost hurt, I couldn’t understand why an uptempo song like that would make me cry.

Skofee: My parents would sing a lot around the house, so it always felt fairly normal to have music around. We went to a bluegrass music festival in Winfield, Kansas starting when I was six or so—I remember being pretty taken with the live music there.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

Cimo Fränkel: I usually start with chords and melody, I don’t start with lyrics until everything sounds the way it has to sound, melody is the most important step for me to get excited about finishing a song.

Skofee: It depends! Sometimes I have a lyrical idea and put it to music, others I’ll hear a track or lay down some chords and come up with a lyric concept that goes well with the music. My favorite part of the process is recording harmonies, I could do that for hours and hours at a time.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

Cimo Fränkel: I prefer studio work, there is nothing more satisfying than the process of creating a song from start to finish.

Skofee: Studio work and music creation hands down. I do love performing in a different way, but writing and creating the music is my favorite part of the process—it’s so fun to go into a session and leave with a song.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

Cimo Fränkel: Somebody told me one of my songs saved their life. She had part of the lyrics tattooed on her leg.

Skofee: Any person who tells me that they listened to a song of mine and it served as a good soundtrack for a specific moment in their life—that sticks with me and it’s a really great feeling.

If you could put together a radio show, what kind of music would you play?

Cimo Fränkel: Disco and ‘80s music. Michael Jackson, A-ha, Tears For Fears, Fleetwood Mac, Crowded House, Stevie Wonder, a lot of Motown songs as well.

Skofee: Probably just what I’m listening to that week! I jump around a lot so it’s probably good that I don’t have a radio show.

Name five artists and their albums who would appear on your radio show

Cimo Fränkel: 

Fleetwood Mac – Tango In The Night

Michael Jackson – Off The Wall

2pac – All Eyez On Me

Stevie Wonder – Characters

Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms

Skofee: 

McCall “…to be a dream…”

Charli XCX “CRASH”

Christine and the Queens “La vita nuova”

Dijon “Absolutely”

Rosalía “MOTOMAMI”

What would you like to achieve with your music? What does success look like to you?

Cimo Fränkel: I would want people to say, ‘that is a Cimo Frankel song’. Even if someone else does it I want them to recognize it, like Pharrell.

Skofee: I’m open to success looking a lot of different ways. My goal is to play consistent shows to crowds who know my lyrics, work with new people who I’ve been inspired by creatively, and keep evolving my sound with time. I just want to keep building on my career with each release and make people feel heard with my lyrics.

One last thought to leave your fans with?

Cimo Fränkel: Doing what you love is more specific than just a path, yes making music is what I love, but true happiness comes from executing the thing you love exactly the way you want to.

Skofee: I love you! Thank you for listening, it means the world.

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March 12, 2021 Genre swapping pop singer Lisa Owen shares song ‘JOSIE’ music video

Genre swapping pop singer Lisa Owen shares song ‘JOSIE’ music video

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The rapidly ascendant, LA-via-Hampshire, British Cambodian pop star Liza Owen shares an epic new single titled JOSIE” via Epic Records.

Following singles, Why Aren’t We Having Sex?”, “Getting Goodand “Starry Eyed”, “JOSIE” is yet another formidable addition to her musical arsenal – a soaring and anthemic ballad, albeit one underscored by dark lyrics about a friendship gone sour. Once again, Liza flexes her distinctively genre-bending style and taste, with her powerful vocals and wildly infectious take on modern pop further cementing her as one to watch this year.

Liza further explains, “JOSIE was born out of a conversation in the car on the way to the studio. I was recounting a story about some recent drama in my relationship regarding an ex of my partners. I was telling my friends & co writers Ali Tamposi & Paul Phamous that ‘Josie ‘ was back in town… the rest is history”

“JOSIE” also comes accompanied by a gorgeously widescreen video directed by Aisha Schliessler and shot, appropriately, in one seamless take at the Sunset Hollywood Villa – a staple Bond movie location. At once sweet, strange and oh so slightly sinister – that is Liza Owen to a tee. 

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