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Rising Star #7

Welcome to the highly anticipated Chapter 7 of our sensational music blog series, "Rising Star"! Prepare to be enchanted as we unveil a remarkable lineup of 10 rising recording artists poised to redefine the music landscape.

Diving headfirst into uncharted territories, "Rising Star" remains your unrivaled haven for unearthing the most audacious and genre-defying sounds in today's ever-evolving music scene.

Our intrepid team of music enthusiasts has scoured every corner of the globe, unearthing the true visionaries, and the hidden gems, and we couldn't be more thrilled to present them exclusively in this captivating blog series.

Embark on a profound exploration of each artist's compelling narrative as we unravel the tapestry of their backgrounds, musical influences, and the transformative journeys that have forged their unique sonic identities.

Brace yourself for an immersive experience that transcends boundaries, as their ethereal melodies and boundary-pushing compositions leave an indelible mark on your soul.

Whether you're an ardent devotee of music, constantly craving groundbreaking innovation, or an adventurous soul seeking a refreshing sonic voyage, "Rising Star" caters to all.

Join us on this exhilarating expedition through uncharted musical territories, and bear witness to the remarkable talents shaping the industry's future.

We are thrilled to present their exceptional music to you, and we assure you that this chapter will be an extraordinary odyssey into the realm of sheer musical brilliance.

Stay tuned for an enchanting encounter like no other!

ALIBII - Figure 8

The duo, consisting of Will Cumberlege on guitar, synth, and vocals, and Courtney on main vocals, has crafted a unique sound that blends their "straight out of the bedroom" pop sensibilities with the energetic guitar-driven energy of the 2000s. Their music is characterized by fat synth bass lines, tasty drum grooves, and captivating harmonies that have evolved through their constant experimentation with various genres.

ALIBII's journey began when Will and Courtney met while studying music at JMC Academy in Sydney, Australia. Since then, they have played numerous concerts in Sydney, including a sold-out single launch at The Vanguard. While they haven't had televised appearances yet, they have received positive feedback from notable figures in the music industry, including Abby Butler from Triple J, who praised their beautiful blend of vocals.

"Figure 8" draws inspiration from the themes of boredom, obsession, and regression. It captures the feeling of pacing around your room, diving deeper into the rabbit hole of overthinking. Influenced by artists such as The Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Billie Eilish, and Florence and the Machine, this song's chorus was written back in early 2020 but remained shelved for two years. The track resurfaced in late 2022, now enriched with new lyrical content that reflects the experience of being stuck in a room.

Their single was recorded in their home bedroom studio, where they produce all their songs. The track was mixed by Adrian Breakspear and mastered by Ben Feggans at 301. The duo's creative process involves combining Courtney's catchy chorus hook with atmospheric synths in the verses and an upbeat, head-bopping pop chorus, resulting in a song that explores themes of paranoia and isolation.

ALIBII's ethos shines through its music, and "Figure 8" is no exception. This track captures the essence of the lockdown experience, resonating with listeners who can relate to the concept of going a little crazy in their rooms. With their unique blend of indie rock, synth-pop, and infectious melodies, ALIBII continues to captivate audiences and establish themselves as a duo to watch in the music scene. Be sure to check out "Figure 8" and immerse yourself in ALIBII's enchanting sound.

NYRE - Glitter With A Vengeance

Toronto-based singer-songwriter NYRE is set to shake up the alternative dark pop scene once again with her latest release, "Glitter with a Vengeance." NYRE's music is a testament to her passion for storytelling, influenced by her background in acting.

With her evocative lyrics and carefully crafted soundscapes, she creates immersive worlds that transport listeners into the heart of her songs. Her previous releases, including "Coming Down" and "Keep Me Guessing," have garnered attention for their emotive and introspective nature.

Having already made waves in the music industry, NYRE's song "Youth" was recently featured in the popular series 'How I Caught My Killer' on Disney+ and Hulu. This recognition further solidifies her rising status as a promising artist.

"Glitter with a Vengeance" marks a significant milestone for NYRE as it represents her first collaborative writing session and studio recording experience. Working alongside talented singer-songwriter Dallas Rodin, NYRE crafted a powerful track that merges their creative energies into a truly unforgettable piece.

The track is set to dazzle music lovers with its mesmerizing blend of dark pop and punk flair. Brace yourself for a glittering explosion of sound that cannot be ignored. NYRE's unmistakable artistry will once again leave an indelible mark, beckoning listeners to embrace their journey of self-discovery and resilience.


Hailing from Milwaukee, the duo known as The Pulltops has a rich history together, starting from their early days playing in cover bands straight out of high school. Over the years, they have honed their craft as singers, multi-instrumentalists, and record collectors with a wide range of eclectic influences.

Although The Pulltops maintain a solid foundation in classic pop and indie rock, they are not afraid to incorporate elements from their diverse influences. This willingness to experiment and push boundaries adds depth and richness to their music, creating a sound that is both familiar and refreshing.

With their captivating sound and thought-provoking lyrics, The Pulltops continue to captivate audiences with their infectious melodies and relatable themes. Their commitment to their craft and their willingness to explore new sonic territories make them a duo to watch in the indie rock scene.

Reflecting on their powerful indie rock anthem, "Stronger," The Pulltops explain its meaning: "Stronger looks beyond our insecurities and taps into our inner strength. Imposter syndrome can be crippling, and this song serves as a reminder to break free from that mindset and embrace a more positive outlook."

As The Pulltops embark on their journey of releasing new music, "Stronger" serves as a testament to their growth as artists and their determination to overcome personal challenges. Stay tuned for more releases from The Pulltops as they continue to share their passion for music and connect with listeners on a profound level.

PETE PRICE - Common Ground

In an era marked by heightened political division and polarization, Pete Price, an esteemed musician, has released his latest single and accompanying music video titled "Common Ground." With a musical career that spans back to the late 1980s, Pete Price gained recognition as the lead guitarist for The Fries Band, a role he embraced for over three decades. Beyond his work with the band, Pete's independent musical ventures have garnered a devoted following and received critical acclaim.

"Common Ground" arrives at a poignant moment in American history, where political rifts have reached unprecedented heights, leaving the nation more divided than ever before. The lyrics of the song carry a profound message of unity and togetherness, urging Americans to transcend their partisan differences and seek a middle ground that can reunite the country. Pete Price draws inspiration from historical events such as the tragic Kent State Massacre in 1970 and the fleeting unity that followed the aftermath of 9/11.

Accompanying the powerful message of "Common Ground" is a visually compelling music video directed by Pete Price himself. The video showcases a diverse group of individuals coming together in a peaceful demonstration, serving as a poignant reminder for listeners to set aside their differences and explore pathways for effective collaboration.

Pete Price aims to inspire individuals to bridge the gap created by political discord and ideological barriers with his latest release. "Common Ground" is a rallying cry for empathy, understanding, and open dialogue. It invites us to reevaluate our shared values and rediscover the essence of our humanity, transcending the divisions that separate us.

In a world yearning for unity, Pete Price's "Common Ground" stands as a powerful anthem, encouraging us all to rise above our differences and embrace the shared values that connect us. Let the song ignite the flame of understanding and compassion within us, as we strive to build a brighter future by finding common ground.

ANANDA XENIA SHAKTI - You Are Already Free

Former lead vocalist of B-Girls Ananda Xenia Shakti currently leads the New Earth band Love Power the Band. They are thrilled to celebrate the debut of their brand-new song and music video, "You Are Already Free." utilizing yoga, meditation, and other practices to encourage listeners to view life as a perpetual festival of self-discovery, freedom, and joy.

Ananda Xenia Shakti, having gained recognition during her time as part of B-Girls when Blondie's Debbie Harry took them under her wing, has carried that initial spark into a whole new reality of song, dance, and wholeness. With Love Power the Band, she continues to channel her punk spirit while recognizing the transformative power of life.

The deep and uplifting melodies of "You Are Already Free" seamlessly blend with contemporary dance sounds and inspiring lyrics based on age-old knowledge. The song serves as a sincere call to cast off the chains of the past, be present at the moment, and embrace a life of freedom, love, and meaning. It serves as an inspiring anthem for anyone looking for inner peace and a stronger connection to their higher selves.

Accompanying the single is a visually stunning music video that transports viewers into a realm of life celebration, bliss, and harmony. Showcasing breathtaking nature scenes, captivating dance sequences, and serene meditation moments, the video perfectly complements Love Power the Band's signature sound. It leaves viewers feeling inspired, uplifted, and ready to embark on their journey of self-discovery and liberation.

With the release of "You Are Already Free" and its accompanying mesmerizing video, Ananda Xenia Shakti and Love Power the Band continues to spread their message of liberation, love, and joy. Their fusion of music, movement, and ancient wisdom inspires listeners to embrace their inner strength, seize the present moment, and live a life of limitless possibilities. Join the celebration and let the power of their music guide you on your journey to freedom.

CHIP & THE CHARGE UPS - What Happened To The Boy Next Door?

Formed in 2018 by Chip Dominick and his daughter Maleena Dominick, Chip & The Charge Ups quickly gained attention with their electrifying performances and infectious songs. They have shared the stage with notable acts such as Dirty Honey, Dee Snider, Nita Strauss, and Liliac, while also earning critical acclaim for their previous albums.

Chip & The Charge Ups, consisting of Chip Dominick on vocals and guitar, Maleena Dominick on vocals and bass, and Nolan Allen on drums, is a force to be reckoned with. Their commitment to pushing boundaries and creating music that unites rock enthusiasts of all backgrounds sets them apart as an exciting and dynamic presence in the contemporary music scene.

Lead vocalist and guitarist Chip Dominick emphasizes the band's mission to break down barriers between subgenres within rock music. By fusing pop-punk and heavy rock, as well as classic and modern rock, Chip & The Charge Ups aims to create a welcoming space for rock-n-roll misfits to connect through their music. They want to amplify the message of inclusivity and belonging that the international rock community embodies.

"What Happened to the Boy Next Door?" showcases Chip & The Charge Ups' evolution towards a harder-edged sound while still maintaining their signature pop-punk stylings. The album kicks off with the gritty and heavy rock anthem, "Paying Back the Devil," which not only earned the band "Best Song" in the Pittsburgh Music Awards but also showcased their ability to seamlessly blend classic and modern rock influences.

With the upcoming release of "What Happened to the Boy Next Door?" Chip & The Charge Ups is ready to expand its reach even further. Get ready to join the neighborhood and experience the electrifying energy of Chip & The Charge Ups as they unleash their latest album and ignite stages worldwide.

WINESBURG - Break, Break, Break

Winesburg, led by singer-songwriter Jon Ladner, is back with a soul-stirring album titled "Break, Break, Break." Reflecting the revelations that come after one's thirties, this record explores the journey of outgrowing first impressions of the adult world. With influences ranging from Ryan Adams to U2, Winesburg's sound is a fusion of rock, folk, and heartfelt lyricism that captures the essence of introspection and growth.

Recorded at Stormcloud Studio in Denton, TX, and produced by Jon Ladner himself, "Break, Break, Break" is a labor of love that delves into the emotions too immense for ordinary expression. Each track carries its weight and significance, weaving together a tapestry of experiences and reflections. The title track sets the emotional tone of the album, expressing the things worth being cynical about. "The Meek Shall Inherit" embraces the unfairness of life while drawing inspiration from the Sermon on the Mount, highlighting the power of humility. "Sad Stories" finds its roots in Richard II's "Hollow Crown" speech, exploring the moment of self-reflection and the recognition of mortality.

The album cover art beautifully depicts King Richard gazing into a mirror, confronted with a record of his sins before shattering it. This profound moment resonates throughout the album, with references to mirrors, broken glass, and the vulnerability of confronting one's frailty. However, as the record progresses, tracks like "You Haven't Met all the People You Will Someday Grow to Love," "Give Me Something," and "Old Spanish Mission" offer a path towards repair and hope.

During the production of "Break, Break, Break," Jon Ladner experienced a life-altering event— the birth of his son. The majority of the album was written while his wife was pregnant, with songs like "You Haven't Met All the People You Will Someday Grow to Love" serving as a heartfelt ode to his son and the lessons he hopes to impart. This personal journey adds a layer of depth and emotion to the record.

In the words of the band, "It's important to grow up and to grow old well. Good art is an important part of that." With "Break, Break, Break," Winesburg invites listeners to embark on a sonic and introspective journey, shedding cynicism and embracing the complexities of life. This album is a testament to the power of music to illuminate the path toward growth, reminding us that art is an essential companion on our journey to becoming our best selves.

SEBASTIAN CLARIN - Tongue Particles

Get ready to groove to the electrifying sounds of Sebastian Clarin as he returns with his latest single, "Tongue Particles," following the success of his debut album, "Aerial Cuts," Clarin proves his hunger for music is insatiable, presenting a rawer and more direct electropop piece that is bound to ignite dance floors this summer.

The creative process behind "Tongue Particles" is as intriguing as the song itself. Sebastian Clarin reveals that the writing of this track began during a period of intense fever and chills. It was amidst this mysterious state, alternating between cursed and elevated, that the song took on its raw, dirty, and stripped-down character. Exploring the theme of sexual submission, Clarin delves into the experience of surrendering oneself to another person's overpowering presence, regardless of inner doubts.

While Sebastian Clarin draws inspiration from the singer-songwriter tradition of luminaries like Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen, his music creates an entirely different soundscape. Combining grandiose electronic soundscapes, strong melodies, and raw dance beats, Clarin effortlessly crafts a modern fusion of new wave and electronic pop. His sonic palette masterfully blends the essence of the '80s, '90s, and the present, resulting in a sound that is both nostalgic and contemporary.

"Tongue Particles" showcases Clarin's collaboration with producer Tobias Isaksson from The Future Sound of Stockholm, known for his work with artists like Azure Blue and Nite Flights. Isaksson skillfully captures the essence of Clarin's artistic vision and enhances it with rich layers of analog synths, elevating the track's sonic landscape to new heights.

Sebastian Clarin continues to push boundaries and captivate audiences with his distinct sound and provocative lyrics. This upcoming release is bound to make waves and solidify Clarin's position as a rising star in the electropop scene. When Sebastian Clarin's infectious beats and mesmerizing melodies will leave you craving more. Prepare to surrender yourself to the power of "Tongue Particles" and let the music transport you to a realm of pure sonic bliss.

MARIA KECK -The Gardener & Me

Maria Keck, a classically trained flutist turned songwriter and folk-pop artist, is set to release her highly anticipated debut album, "The Gardener & Me." This album holds a special place in Maria's heart, as it represents a significant milestone in her artistic journey. While not a concept album, it carries a strong thematic thread of nature, spirituality, and sensuality that beautifully weaves its way through the lyrics.

"The Gardener & Me" is an album that seamlessly blends musical variety with a cohesive narrative. Each song serves as a snapshot of a specific moment in time, capturing a distinct feeling or emotion. Some tracks are meditative and ambient, inviting listeners into a reflective state, while others possess an irresistible groove and danceability. And almost every song features a captivating flute solo, showcasing Maria's expertise on her instrument.

As a classically trained flutist turned folk-pop artist, Maria Keck brings a unique musical perspective to her work. Her debut album is a testament to her growth as an artist and represents the culmination of the first chapter of her artistic journey. With its rich melodies and heartfelt lyrics, "The Gardener & Me" is sure to resonate deeply with a wide audience.

All the songs on "The Gardener & Me" were written and performed by Maria herself, showcasing her talent and versatility as a musician. Assisting her in the production process is Matthew Heath, the mastermind behind the recording, mixing, and mastering of the album. Together, they have created a sonic landscape that beautifully complements Maria's heartfelt lyrics and captivating performances.

With the release of "The Gardener & Me," Maria Keck invites listeners into her world, a world where nature, spirituality, and emotion converge.

This debut album is not only a testament to Maria's growth as an artist but also an opportunity for listeners to connect deeply with her songs. The enchanting melodies, introspective lyrics, and unique blend of folk and pop sensibilities make this album a must-listen for music lovers of all backgrounds.

MUHAMMAD $MITH - Slowly Is The Fastest Way

Muhammad $mith, a Brisbane-via New York artist and member of Dancingwater, has recently released a captivating track titled "Slowly is the Fastest Way." This sad-boi trap solo project combines emotional lyrics with soft trap beats, creating a unique blend of introspection and contemporary sound. With a stage name that merges two of the most common first and last names worldwide, Muhammad $mith also nods to his identity as a Muslim navigating Western society.

The inception of "Slowly is the Fastest Way" occurred during a practice session at Dancingwater's place in Toowong. Muhammad $mith had just started playing saxophone for Dancingwater and spontaneously played a beat that caught her attention. She immediately started freestyling over it, and at that moment, Muhammad $mith knew they had to record the track right away.

The song effortlessly blends soul and trap elements, drawing inspiration from artists like Summer Walker, while infusing it with a touch of neo-soul vocals. Muhammad $mith intended to capture the essence of both genres, resulting in a sonic experience that resonates with listeners on a deep level.

The lyrics of "Slowly is the Fastest Way" carry a powerful message: "Slowly is the fastest way to get where you wanna be." For Muhammad $mith, these words serve as a reminder, not only to himself but to everyone, that achieving one's goals takes time and patience. It reflects a central mantra that has guided Muhammad $mith throughout his solo project, emphasizing the importance of embracing the journey rather than rushing to the destination.

"Slowly is the Fastest Way" stands as a testament to Muhammad $mith's talent and vision, showcasing his ability to create music that resonates emotionally and sonically. It serves as an invitation for listeners to reflect on their journeys and find solace in the realization that progress comes with time. With his musical prowess and thought-provoking lyrics, Muhammad $mith is undoubtedly an artist to watch as he continues to shape the landscape of contemporary music.


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