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  • Fernando Triff

Rising Star #17

Updated: Sep 15, 2023

Greetings to all music enthusiasts and passionate discoverers of new talent! We're elated to welcome you to the next exhilarating chapter in our musical journey—"Rising Star 17." Brace yourselves for an unforgettable experience that promises to showcase emerging artists from around the world, each bringing their unique melodies and lyrics to the forefront. Prepare for a musical adventure that will redefine your perception of the music scene and leave you utterly amazed.

Our commitment to crafting a lineup that is both diverse and captivating has yielded remarkable results. Get ready to embark on an auditory odyssey that transcends geographical boundaries and cultural barriers. In this event, an exquisite mosaic of the human experience is formed through a tapestry of diverse genres and unique perspectives.

Within the harmonies and melodies lie stories of triumph over adversity, whispers of love and dedication, and the enchanting alchemy of transforming dreams into harmonious symphonies. The artists awaiting your attention have conquered challenges with unyielding determination, and their music extends an invitation for you to journey alongside them through the corridors of their creativity.

As a part of this ongoing series, we joyfully raise the curtain, allowing the brilliance of these exceptional artists to radiate. Delve into the depths of their creative wells, trace the intricate paths they've traversed, and bear witness to the birth of their art. Their music isn't merely a performance; it's a bridge that effortlessly connects hearts across divides.

"Rising Star 17" boldly breaks free from the constraints of genres, serving as a banquet for those whose spirits are stirred by music's magic. Whether you're drawn to specific strains or yearn for melodies that resonate with your soul, this event offers an array of emotions, philosophies, and narratives. The stage is meticulously set, and the anticipation is palpable—prepare to be entranced as innovation commands the spotlight and harmony unites us all. The artists are poised to weave their captivating spells, igniting a symphony that celebrates the vibrant spectrum of human expression.

Ladies and gentlemen, let the symphony commence!

Woon: A Sonic Fusion of Nostalgia and Bite in "Pet Names"

The coastal town of Hastings is witnessing a revival of alternative rock, and at the forefront of this renaissance stands Woon. Born from the remnants of esteemed local bands like Somnians, Blabbermouth, and Dorey the Wise, Woon is a power trio that delivers a distinctive blend of indie rock, grunge, and nineties slacker vibes. Their debut record "Pet Names" emerges as a testament to their genre-blending prowess and undeniable musical chemistry.

Woon's sound is a rich tapestry woven from the threads of 90s American slacker rock, grunge, and indie pop. Bands like Weezer, Pavement, and The Presidents of the United States of America echo within their music, while the essence of Midwest emo and the indescribable allure of disobedient jazz also find a place in their sonic palette. This eclecticism culminates in a sound that's uniquely their own.

At the heart of Woon's musical narrative is their debut single, "Pet Names." The track delves into the complexities of relationships and the disintegration of partnerships marred by bad behaviors. With lyrics that resonate deeply, Woon offers listeners an introspective exploration of irreparable bonds and the struggle for self-preservation.

"Pet Names" emanates a sense of fuzzy nostalgia coupled with raw bite. The track opens with ethereal guitar notes that envelop the listener in a sonic embrace. The trio's fusion of melodic enchantment and power-packed instrumentation stands as a testament to their ability to craft music that not only tugs at heartstrings but also ignites a fire within.

As Woon continues to carve their path in the alternative rock landscape, "Pet Names" acts as a testament to their unwavering commitment to musical authenticity. With a sound that pays homage to the past while reaching toward the future, Woon invites listeners to step into their sonic universe—a realm where nostalgia intertwines with modern sensibilities, and where the power of music transcends genres and captivates hearts.

Matthew and The Arrogant Sea: Soaring through the Cosmos with "Strange Couple Of Birds"

In the vibrant tapestry of indie rock, some artists stand out not just for their music, but for the emotions and stories they weave into their melodies. Matthew and The Arrogant Sea, a musical force hailing from Denton, TX, is one such band that leaves an indelible mark on the sonic landscape. With their latest single "Strange Couple Of Birds," they offer listeners a glimpse into their forthcoming LP "If You Find Yourself Floating Away," set to release on September 1st.

"Strange Couple Of Birds" is not just a single; it's a glimpse into a world of resilience, nostalgia, and the quest for a sense of belonging. With distinctive vocals that carry the weight of memories, the track navigates the contours of human emotions. The lyrics evoke a sense of longing and the complex relationships that shape our lives. It's a testament to the band's prowess in blending genres, creating a harmonious blend of indie rock and introspective lyricism.

The upcoming album "If You Find Yourself Floating Away" is a musical tapestry woven from personal struggles with panic attacks, anxiety, and mental health. Inspired by a dream that unveiled the vastness of the universe and our place within it, the album serves as a mantra of resilience. It's a reminder that amidst the challenges of life, we are connected to something greater, something that transcends worries and fears.

Their music draws inspiration from a diverse palette, channeling the vibes of influential acts like Pavement, Neutral Milk Hotel, Man Man, and Jets to Brazil. Their sonic identity is a melting pot of indie rock, folk, and psychedelic undertones, creating a unique soundscape that captivates the heart and mind; At the heart of "Strange Couple Of Birds" is a love song dedicated to the DIY touring community. With lyrics that echo the shared experiences of musicians navigating the road and connecting with audiences, the track becomes an anthem of camaraderie and shared passion.

Matthew and The Arrogant Sea's music transcends mere sound—it's a journey through emotions, memories, and the human experience. As they prepare to release their LP "If You Find Yourself Floating Away," their sonic voyage continues to resonate with listeners, reminding us all that music is a powerful force that unites hearts and souls. So, mark your calendars for September 1st and get ready to embark on a musical odyssey with Matthew and The Arrogant Sea.

Aramà: Illuminating Music with "Luz e Sombras"

In the vibrant tapestry of international music, there emerges an artist who is not only creating music but also spreading a message of love and light. Meet Aramà, an Italian songwriter, dancer, and performer with Brazilian roots, whose music resonates with a blend of pop, dance, electronic, and world music influences. Her latest album, "Luz e Sombras," is a testament to her artistic prowess and commitment to crafting a unique sound that transcends boundaries.

"Luz e Sombras," Aramà's latest album, is a sonic odyssey that takes listeners on a journey of introspection and exploration. The album's sound is a fusion of Bahia-inspired guitars, tropical dance beats, reggaeton, and techno-brega-funk, all meticulously crafted under the musical production of Felipe Cordeiro. But it's not just about the beats; the album delves into themes of duality, celebrating both the light and shadows that exist within us.

As Aramà embarked on the creation of "Luz e Sombras," she found inspiration in the myths of ancient Greece and Greco-Roman culture. The album is a musical narrative that weaves stories of goddesses like Arianna, Medusa, and Pandora. Through these stories, Aramà reflects on the coexistence of good and evil and the importance of embracing both aspects of our nature.

Aramà's album carries a profound message of love, authenticity, and transparency. Through her music, she encourages listeners to embrace their dualities and find balance amidst the complexities of life. Her music is a reflection of her journey, inviting us all to dance to the rhythm of authenticity and self-discovery.

In the ever-evolving world of music, Aramà stands as a beacon of creativity and authenticity. With "Luz e Sombras," she brings forth an album that resonates with listeners, not only through its catchy beats and vibrant melodies but also through its profound themes of self-discovery and acceptance. As the music world embraces Aramà's luminous journey, we're reminded that within every individual, there exists both light and shadows, waiting to be embraced and celebrated.

GIANFRANCO PESCETTI Unveils "Stopless": A Dance Track of Unyielding Creativity

Electronic music has a way of transcending boundaries, stirring emotions, and enveloping listeners in a world of sonic exploration. Gianfranco Pescetti, an electronic musician with a passion for pushing musical boundaries, is gearing up to release his latest instrumental dance track titled "Stopless." With a dedication to his craft and a lifelong love for music, Pescetti's journey is one of continuous evolution and unyielding creativity.

Gianfranco Pescetti is a name that resonates with those who appreciate intricate electronic compositions. As a solo artist, he has been weaving soundscapes that capture the imagination and transport listeners to new realms. Armed with bass, keyboard, and programming skills, Pescetti's music is a fusion of influences that range from Tyco and Aphex Twins to New Order and Depeche Mode. With a background that includes playing in various bands, Pescetti has now embarked on a solo journey to explore his creative boundaries. His upcoming album showcases his growth as a musician, and "Stopless" is one of the remarkable milestones of this musical expedition.

"Stopless" isn't just another dance track; it's a sonic journey that juxtaposes light and dark, carefree and introspective. Inspired by the idea of continuous evolution and forward motion, Pescetti wanted to create a vibrant and lively atmosphere with this track. As a contrast to his previous release which carried a darker tone, "Stopless" stands as a testament to his ability to traverse diverse musical landscapes.

The title "Stopless" holds a powerful message—a dedication to unrelenting progress and an unwavering commitment to creative expression. In an industry where innovation is key, Pescetti's track symbolizes a refusal to halt in the pursuit of ideas and artistic growth. It pulses with energy, inviting listeners to join a dancefloor of endless possibilities. Gianfranco Pescetti's intricate production, combined with his dedication to creating a carefree vibe, makes this track a testament to his artistic versatility.

Gianfranco Pescetti's "Stopless" is more than a dance track—it's a testament to the relentless pursuit of creativity, growth, and musical exploration. As Pescetti takes electronic music to new heights, listeners are invited to join him on a journey that defies limits and embraces the boundless world of sound.

Introducing the "Fireman" by CHARLES THE INDIVIDUAL.: Igniting the Rap Scene with Introspection and Resilience

In a world where music is not just a form of entertainment but a portal to personal journeys, CHARLES THE INDIVIDUAL emerges as a rapper who blazes a trail of introspection, resilience, and creative brilliance. With his latest record, "Fireman," CHARLES THE INDIVIDUAL sets the stage ablaze, offering listeners a glimpse into his profound artistry and life's transformative experiences.

Meet the man behind the moniker, Ethan Hansen, a true artist, professional thinker, and a resilient soul on a path of recovery. Born and raised in the town of Brewster, Massachusetts, Ethan's musical journey ignited at the tender age of sixteen, alongside his childhood confidant, Brian Clemence, known by his artistic alias, Kenotic. Through the ebbs and flows of life's important milestones, their paths diverged temporarily, only to reunite stronger, wiser, and armed with an arsenal of knowledge and talent.

The dynamic duo of CHARLES THE INDIVIDUAL and Kenotic has been hard at work, crafting two mesmerizing albums, "Alien" and "Racing Thoughts." These auditory masterpieces, slated for release on September 1st, 2023, promise to transcend conventional rap boundaries. Drawing from a wellspring of personal experiences, philosophical musings, and raw emotions, their albums promise an introspective voyage that's bound to captivate hearts and minds alike.

CHARLES THE INDIVIDUAL's journey is far from over. With "Alien" and "Racing Thoughts" on the horizon and "Fireman" already sparking conversations, his legacy as a rapper and an individual with an unwavering commitment to personal growth is only just beginning. Through his music, he invites us to explore the depths of our own stories, embrace our vulnerabilities, and celebrate the fires that burn within us all.

As CHARLES THE INDIVIDUAL continues to blend artistry, introspection, and resilience, he lights a beacon for all those seeking authenticity in their creative expression. So, turn up the volume and let the flames of "Fireman" draw you into a world where music is more than just sound—it's a transformative experience crafted from the heart and soul of a true artist.

Tom Tikka & The Missing Hubcaps: Igniting Hearts with "Fire and Ice"

In the realm of music, some artists have a magical ability to consistently craft hits that not only resonate with audiences but also climb the charts with unwavering momentum. Tom Tikka, the #1 hit songwriter renowned for his work with Carmen Gray, is no stranger to this phenomenon. Following the sensational success of his spring hit "Something New," Tom Tikka is back with another electrifying single from his upcoming album "Rainbows and Dead Flowers." Introducing "Fire and Ice," a song that's already set the charts ablaze.

"Fire and Ice," the latest offering from Tom Tikka & The Missing Hubcaps, has soared to new heights. On the day of its release, August 18, the song reached a remarkable #10 on the UK Top 100 singer-songwriter chart. This achievement adds yet another jewel to Tikka's crown, marking his 14th top-ten hit in just over seven years. Written in collaboration with his former bandmate Antti Autio and produced alongside Janne Saksa, "Fire and Ice" is a testament to Tikka's songwriting prowess and his ability to captivate hearts through music.

At its core, "Fire and Ice" is a narrative that transports listeners to a world of childhood wonder and limitless imagination. The song tells the tale of two brothers, playing pirates in their bunk beds, as they set sail on an imaginary voyage toward a treasure-filled island. With every note and lyric, Tikka and his team create a vivid sonic landscape that invites listeners to join this enchanting journey.

Tom Tikka, the former Sony/BMG songwriter, embarked on his solo career in 2020 and has since carved an indelible mark on the music scene. His albums "This Is My Happy Face" and "Better Man" have garnered critical acclaim, featuring hit singles like "Doormat," "With Eyes Closed," "Done with Blues," and "By 2022." Tikka's music has graced the top of the charts, with his recent collaboration with the British group WILLJACK earning him his first transatlantic hit. "Overnight Sensation," their joint creation, stormed to #3 on the Canadian Rock Chart and #51 on the UK Rock Chart.

"Fire and Ice" is a masterful example of Tikka's ability to weave stories through music. With its powerful melodies and captivating lyrics, the song not only ignites the imagination but also resonates deeply with listeners. As Tikka and The Missing Hubcaps unveil "Fire and Ice," the world is invited to embrace the magic of music—a force that unites hearts, transcends boundaries, and kindles the flames of inspiration. With its accompanying music video crafted by Tikka's wife, Elina Suominen, the enchantment of "Fire and Ice" is brought to life, creating a sensory experience that's as visually captivating as it is melodically enthralling. As anticipation builds for "Rainbows and Dead Flowers," Tom Tikka & The Missing Hubcaps continue to shine as a musical constellation that lights up the night sky.

Embarking on a Psychedelic Groove Odyssey: "Kambo Wambo" by Ari Joshua, Russ Lawton, & Ray Paczkowski

In the ever-evolving landscape of music, where boundaries blur and genres intertwine, the ethereal notes of "Kambo Wambo" stand as a testament to the transcendent power of artistic collaboration. Guitarist Ari Joshua, Drummer Russ Lawton, and Keyboardist Ray Paczkowski unite their talents to deliver a mesmerizing journey through soundscapes that are as rich as they are enigmatic. As we step into the kaleidoscopic world of "Kambo Wambo," we find ourselves immersed in a sonic tapestry that weaves together elements of Afrobeat, psychedelic textures, and raw artistic expression.

"Kambo Wambo" emerges as an extended jam session from the studio, a raw and uncut version that captures the magic of a first take. Imperfections become part of the charm, offering an authentic glimpse into the creative process. This song, inspired by the Amazonian frog medicine, carries the essence of exploration and the uncharted territories of consciousness.

At the heart of "Kambo Wambo" are the creative talents of three distinct musical maestros—Ari Joshua, Russ Lawton, and Ray Paczkowski. Each artist brings their unique touch to the composition, resulting in a melodic, polyrhythmic guitar anthem that pays homage to the Afrobeat style. The rich tapestry of West African groove music serves as the foundation, upon which the trio builds a sonic landscape that's both entrancing and invigorating.

"Kambo Wambo" serves as a reflection on the transformative power of psychedelic plant medicine. Boundaries of perception dissolve, and in their place emerges a cosmic symphony of sound. The Afrobeat style becomes a vessel for this auditory odyssey, reaching skyward with its melodic aspirations and remaining rooted in the ancient rhythms that have guided human movement for centuries.

As "Kambo Wambo" unfurls its multidimensional layers, listeners are invited to embark on a psychedelic groove odyssey. Through the masterful fusion of Afrobeat, entrancing melodies, and exploratory jamming, Ari Joshua, Russ Lawton, and Ray Paczkowski craft a composition that defies categorization and transcends sonic norms. "Kambo Wambo" is not just a song; it's an invitation to surrender to the rhythms of the universe, to allow the music to carry us beyond the limits of our perception, and to embrace the kaleidoscopic wonder that resides within the sound itself.

CHIMZ: Unleashing the Wild Spirit of Music

In the heart of London's bustling music scene, a force of raw energy and old-school nostalgia is emerging, ready to captivate the hearts of listeners. Meet Chimene Orlu, affectionately known as "CHIMZ," a rising star in the UK music landscape who is bringing a fresh perspective to the world of grime, hip-hop, and R&B. With an innate ability to blend his unique influences into a sonic masterpiece, CHIMZ is rewriting the rules of the industry and paying homage to the legends who paved the way.

Drawing from the sonic flavors of old-school grime, 2000s hip-hop, and R&B, CHIMZ is a force to be reckoned with. Hailing from South London, he infuses his music with the raw energy that pulses through his veins. His journey began with his debut single "CMB," which quickly found its place on streaming platforms and garnered attention for its distinctive sound. The acoustic version of the track took the online world by storm, accumulating over ten thousand views on YouTube and counting. CHIMZ is more than an artist; he's a craftsman who carefully weaves his experiences and influences into every beat.

"WILD," CHIMZ's latest offering, is a testament to his ability to craft songs that resonate deeply with listeners. Produced by Remi Rorschach, the track features a collaboration with the talented Viviana Cruz. Drawing inspiration from the golden era of 90s R&B and hip-hop, "WILD" transcends genre boundaries, offering a captivating sonic journey that feels both nostalgic and refreshingly new.

"WILD" is more than just a song—it's a summer banger that delves into the complexities of success and the challenges it brings. As CHIMZ navigates the journey up the charts, he tackles the pressures that come with it while maintaining an unapologetic attitude. The song is a powerful anthem of empowerment and self-belief, set against a backdrop of infectious beats and compelling lyrics.

CHIMZ's musical odyssey is only just beginning, and "WILD" is the first chapter of what promises to be an exhilarating journey. With a penchant for pushing boundaries and a vision for crafting music that resonates across generations, CHIMZ is undoubtedly a name to watch in the ever-evolving world of music.

BreakTime's "Love And Harmony": A Nostalgic Journey Through Time and Sound

In the heart of BAYONNE, New Jersey, a musical sensation is brewing. BreakTime, led by the creative genius of Thommy Delaney, is set to deliver a sonic masterpiece that's steeped in the rich tapestry of '60s folk-rock. Their latest single, "Love And Harmony," emerges as a musical journey through time, drawing inspiration from iconic bands like The Byrds and The Beatles, while carving out a distinctive sound that's uniquely their own.

"Love And Harmony" is the result of Thommy Delaney's artistic vision to capture the essence of 60s folk-rock. Inspired by legends such as The Byrds and The Beatles (Rubber Soul-era), Delaney masterfully weaves together jangly guitar textures, rich harmonies, and a sense of nostalgia that transports listeners to a different era. The song is bathed in the warm, inviting glow of 60s folk, reminiscent of a time when music held the power to heal and unite.

One of BreakTime's defining features is their skillful use of harmonies. "Love And Harmony" is no exception. Bass guitarist Sean Manuel's arrangements infuse the track with a thick tapestry of harmonies that evoke the spirit of classic bands like The Beach Boys. The song becomes a sonic tapestry of voices that intertwine, creating a sense of unity and nostalgia that's hard to resist.

"Love And Harmony" is part of a double-single release, accompanied by "She's The One." Together, these songs encapsulate BreakTime's development of a dynamic vocal attack and a chorus-heavy communication style. The melodies exude an upbeat and energetic atmosphere that transports listeners back to the late '50s and early '60s. The timeless quality of BreakTime's music could easily be mistaken for long-lost tunes from an era when music was a unifying force.

As the lead single from BreakTime's summer EP titled "Specials," "Love And Harmony" offers listeners a taste of what's to come from this talented band. The track's placement as the second song on the EP ensures that it captivates the audience's attention from the very beginning, setting the stage for the musical journey that lies ahead; So, immerse yourself in the jangly magic of "Love And Harmony" and let BreakTime transport you to a world where harmonies tell stories, and melodies create moments that linger long after the music fades.

Unveiling LUKE TANGERINE's "Interstellar Radio": A Cosmic Journey into 80s Retrowave

In a world where nostalgia intertwines with futuristic dreams, LUKE TANGERINE emerges as a musical pioneer, infusing the retro-wave genre with a fresh cosmic touch. With his latest record, "Interstellar Radio," LUKE TANGERINE takes us on a spellbinding journey through time and space, bridging the gap between 80s aesthetic and contemporary electronic landscapes.

Although LUKE TANGERINE's notable performances were once entrenched in the world of jazz-funk, his evolution into the realm of retro-wave and synth-wave is a testament to the fluidity of his musical journey. This journey has not only showcased his versatility as an artist but has also led him to craft the mesmerizing "Interstellar Radio."

"Interstellar Radio" wasn't born in a conventional studio setting. LUKE TANGERINE took to his personal space, armed with analog synthesizers and a boundless imagination. The result is an album that resonates with the ethereal energy of the universe, as the very cosmos seemed to harmonize with LUKE TANGERINE's sonic visions.

The heart of "Interstellar Radio" pulsates with a love for the universe, space, and science fiction. Each track is a cosmic exploration, a sonic vessel that carries listeners through astral planes and starlit landscapes. From the twinkling allure of distant galaxies to the deep basslines that resonate like the heartbeat of a celestial being, the album captures the essence of cosmic wonder.

LUKE TANGERINE's "Interstellar Radio" invites us to embark on a journey that transcends time and genre, a journey where the past and the future merge in a harmonious dance. With his unique blend of retro wave aesthetics and interstellar inspirations, LUKE TANGERINE is a trailblazer who propels us into a universe of sound, guiding us through the cosmos one synth note at a time. So, fasten your seatbelts and let the cosmic groove of "Interstellar Radio" propel you into a retro-futuristic dreamscape like no other.


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