Introducing Fractures: An Emotive and Atmospheric Artist You Need to Know

Are you looking for new music to add to your playlist? Look no further than Fractures, a talented musician hailing from Melbourne, Australia. With his emotive and atmospheric sound, Fractures –AKA Mark Zito— has been making music for more than a decade at a calm, paused manner, making sure the sound that comes out of our speakers is the sound he intended to be.

One listen to his music and you’ll be transported to another world. The dreamy quality of his tracks, combined with their lush production and ethereal vocals, make for an otherworldly listening experience. But it’s not just the sound of Fractures‘ music that sets him apart – it’s the depth and honesty of his lyrics and his ebb and flow through various different styles and genres.

Fractures tackles themes of love, loss, and self-discovery in his songs, delivering raw and personal insights that are sure to resonate with listeners. His 2014 self-titled debut LP features standout tracks like It’s Alright, a haunting ballad that showcases Fractures’ emotive vocal delivery and songwriting skills. On his 2017 follow up, Still Here, Fractures explores the aftermath of a near-fatal accident that forced him into self-isolation for a long time.

Fractures combines atmospheric and ethereal sounds with deeply introspective and honest songwriting that results in an intricate balance between the quiet and the storm. His abilities as a multi-instrumentalist give us a glimpse of how to understand silence and make the best use of it to create tension, all the while using the necessary elements to tell his amazing story.

Listen to his most recent effort, the Summer EP, below.

††† (Crosses) give a glimpse of their new offensive with PERMANENT.RADIANT

It’s been 8 years since we last heard new music from ††† (Crosses), but it appears that after all these years, lineup changes and global circumstance, the magic is still there. Chino Moreno (Deftones) and Shaun López (Far) seem determined to not let Chuck Doom‘s departure cripple their aspirations.

PERMANENT.RADIANT (Warner) gives us a glimpse of what both Moreno and López already said is the tip of the proverbial iceberg. They’ve said they have been as inspired as ever and that the fire has been rekindled, even after all those these years. As always, their music is better enjoyed in a dark, quiet room, via the best headphones you can procure and an open, clear mind. Their soundscapes often evoque of ’80s and ’90s synth greats, such as Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails.

Moreno’s and López’s chemistry is well founded, having been lifelong neighbors and friends. This trickles down to the sound and structure of their music, where everyhing feels compact and well thought of. The emotivity of Moreno’s lyrics compound with the depth of López’s musical composition.

Overall, if this serves as a window to future ††† (Crosses) music, we’re all for it. We’ve always been fans of Moreno, and this project is no exception. He’s a master of his craft.

Listen to ††† (Crosses) new EP, PERMANENT.RADIANT on Spotify.

Similar noise: Deftones, Nine Inch Nails, Portishead.

Aesop Rock’s New Single “Pumpkin Seeds” Takes a Bold New Direction

Pumpkin Seeds, the new single from Aesop Rock, is a bold and innovative departure from his previous work. Known for his complex and thought-provoking lyrics, Aesop Rock has consistently pushed the boundaries of hip-hop with each release. Pumpkin Seeds is no exception, showcasing his unique style and artistic vision.

The track begins with a haunting piano melody, setting the mood for the dark and introspective lyrics that follow. Aesop Rock’s sharp, intelligent flow is on full display, weaving together complex metaphors and personal anecdotes. He touches on themes of mental health, self-discovery, and the struggles of growing older.

Pumpkin Seeds is a powerful reminder of Aesop Rock’s ability to create thought-provoking and emotionally charged music. It showcases his incredible talent as a rapper and wordsmith and is sure to be a standout track on his upcoming album.

Fans of Aesop Rock will not be disappointed by Pumpkin Seeds. It is a welcome addition to his already impressive body of work and is sure to cement his status as one of the most innovative and creative artists in hip-hop.

New Music: Paramore – The News

Paramore has just released their new single, “The News,” and it’s already making waves in the music world. The upbeat, pop-infused track showcases the band’s signature sound, with catchy hooks and energetic vocals from lead singer Hayley Williams.

From the moment the song begins, it’s clear that “The News” is going to be a hit. The driving drums and funky bassline set the stage for Williams’ powerful vocals, which soar above the instrumentation. The chorus is particularly catchy, with Williams delivering a passionate performance that is sure to get stuck in your head.

Paramore’s The News official video.

One of the standout moments of the song comes towards the end, when the instrumentation drops out and Williams delivers a soulful, stripped-down vocal performance. It’s a poignant and emotional moment that showcases the depth and range of her vocal abilities.

Overall, “The News” is a fantastic addition to Paramore’s already impressive discography. It’s a fun and energetic track that showcases the band’s talent and proves that they are still at the top of their game. Fans of the band are sure to love it, and it’s sure to be a hit with anyone who enjoys upbeat, pop-infused rock music.

The influence of Robert Plant in modern rock music

Robert Plant is a name that is synonymous with rock music. As the lead vocalist of the iconic band Led Zeppelin, Plant helped to shape the sound of modern rock and roll and cemented his place as one of the greatest rock singers of all time.

Robert Plant fronting Led Zeppelin

Plant’s powerful and emotive vocal style is instantly recognizable, and his ability to convey passion and intensity through his singing has inspired countless other musicians. In particular, his use of high-pitched, wailing vocals has become a staple of modern rock music, and many of today’s biggest rock stars have cited Plant as a major influence on their own singing styles.

One of the key things that sets Plant apart from other rock singers is his wide vocal range. He is capable of singing in a variety of styles, from delicate and nuanced ballads to full-throated rock anthems. This versatility has allowed him to explore a wide range of musical genres, from blues and folk to heavy metal and beyond.

Plant’s influence can also be heard in the way he approaches his lyrics. He is known for his poetic, often mystical lyrics, which often draw on themes of love, loss, and the natural world. His lyrics have a deep emotional resonance, and have inspired countless other songwriters to explore similar themes in their own work.

Robert Plant has been an active influence for more than 5 decades.

In addition to his work with Led Zeppelin, Plant has also enjoyed a successful solo career, releasing a number of critically acclaimed albums and collaborating with a wide range of other musicians. His solo work has continued to showcase his incredible vocal abilities, as well as his ability to adapt to different musical styles.

Overall, it is clear that Robert Plant has had a profound and lasting influence on modern rock music. His unique vocal style and ability to convey emotion through his singing have inspired countless other musicians, and his contributions to the world of rock and roll will be remembered for generations to come.

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On) (2007)

Kubb – Mother

Kubb may not be a household name for many, especially since Mother is their only album as a band, and the fact that it came out in 2005. A friend who was living in Liverpool at the time recommended it to me and my brother, since he was friends with Harry Collier, Kubb‘s amazing singer.

Kubb – Mother

As it happens sometimes, there are songs that stand the test of time. In my case, Chemical is such a song. 15 years after first hearing it, it still strikes a chord. It’s such a perfectly crafted, beautifully written song. It works its way through calm, peaceful moments and climaxes with intense choral arrangements, all surrounding a central theme: drug abuse mistaken for love. I find this to be an extremely complex thing to put down in words, and Chemical resolves it fantastically.

Chemical, Mother‘s defining moment

Kubb was a British indie band, who peaked in 2006 after appearing in some perfume commercial I’ve never seen, where Wicked Soul was featured. They soon disbanded, after several members declaring that they weren’t interested in forming and being in a band.

The album as a whole doesn’t really make the earth shake, but there are memorable moments. Aside the aforementioned Chemical, other tracks that stand out are the opener Remain, Wicked Soul, Somebody Else (you’d be forgiven for mistaking Collier‘s singing to Jeff Buckley‘s), and Grow. It sports a mixture of styles that fail to define Kubb‘s sound as a whole, but rather showcase Collier‘s ability to move boundaries and experiment in creating from his very defined influences.

Harry Collier on stage

After Kubb‘s vanishing, Collier has since been releasing a couple of EPs under his real name, and collaborating with bands like Faithless and Rootjoose. For me, it’s a shame that we can’t have more of his soulful, inspiring voice and thoughtful songwriting. Here’s to hoping…

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