Icelandic film composer Biggi Hilmars releases new EP album ‘Ephemeral Dream’

The songwriter and producer of composers known as Biggi Hilmars has released his latest official EP album, “Ephemeral Dream.” The EP album contains 4 original Biggi Hilmars tracks for an approximate total listening time of 15 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Soaring, sweeping, and stretching out in all directions like a great, rolling sea, “Ephemeral Dream” showcases Biggi Hilmars as one of today’s most evocative film composers and encapsulates his contemporary work in a way fans will not have heard before.

Iceland’s Biggi Hilmars cites as main artistic influences Pink Floyd, Philip Glass, Sonic Youth, David Bowie, Brian Eno, The Beatles, and Radiohead. Hilmars’s own sound takes elements from each of these and adds something fresh and unique for a result unlike anything today’s music fans have heard before. With an emphasis on rising builds, big deliveries, and intrigue around every corner, “Ephemeral Dream” by Biggi Hilmars has a little something for everybody.

Asked to describe the overall meaning of “Ephemeral Dream,” Biggi Hilmars writes, “It’s a combination of film-score pieces that I have created and collected in the past two years or so. They all have in common the sense of power, explosion, hope and fear.”

Far from being more of the same from Hilmars, however, this particular clutch of recent material has a place close to the composer’s heart. Hilmars explains that this inspired the release of these tracks as a standalone EP record.

I feel there is a new tone and depth in my music on these, so I really wanted to share them with my fans and the world as a short album. On every song I am hoping to take you on a journey, whether intense, exciting, hopeful or melancholic. I hope you enjoy.”

Film director Cecilie Mosli writes of the new EP album, “The music Biggi Hilmars is making on Ephemeral Dream is so powerful and emotional and sensitive. It inspires and gives me peace at the same time.”

Biggi Hilmars’ new EP feels like the soundtrack of winter finally giving way to spring,” writes Rudy Chung of Pusher Music, Los Angeles. “It is an exhilarating listening experience, immaculately crafted.”

Music Supervisor of “The Theory of Everything,” Sarah Bridge, writes, “Icelandic composers & musicians have mastered the fusion of classical & popular music & Biggi Hilmars is no exception. His music retains the unique beauty & cinematic soundscape that encompasses my love for the sound of Iceland.”

Hilmars has composed original scores for BBC 2 and National Geographic, and for shows such as Channel 4’s “Grenfell Our Home,” Norway’s “20/20,” and “Beeba Boys” by Academy Award Nominee Deepa Mehta, as well as for official movie trailers for films such as “I Smile Back” with Sarah Silverman and “Far from the Madding Crowd” with Carey Mulligan. Hilmars has also composed for acclaimed director Ridley Scott, recorded with the London Chamber Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, and for companies including Apple, Skoda, IBM, Chevrolet, and Mercedes Benz.

Ephemeral Dream” by Biggi Hilmars is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, film-score fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

Ephemeral Dream” by Biggi Hilmars –


https://www.amazon.com/Ephemeral-Dream-Biggi-Hilmars/dp/B07TYTTTP1/

Biggi Hilmars Official Website –

http://www.biggihilmars.com/

Jonas Hayes releases new single ‘Walk in the Woods’

The songwriter and producer of hip hop known as Jonas Hayes has released his latest official single, “Walk in the Woods.” The single is a bundle of two original Jonas Hayes tracks, “The Festivities” and its B-side, “Big Things,” for an approximate total listening time of six minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Boasting inescapably catchy back beats, crystal-pure studio production, and refreshingly unique writing and performances, “Walk in the Woods” showcases Jonas Hayes as one of the most intriguing hip-hop artists of summer 2019 so far and promises that he has plenty more where that came from.

 

In addition to the considerable talents of Jonas Hayes, himself, “Walk in the Woods” features the skills of Tony Dean and 2QtheHollow.

 

Los Angeles’ Jonas Hayes cites as main artistic influences Clams Casino, Shlohmo, Danger Incorporated, Flea, and Flying Lotus. Hayes’s own sound takes elements from each of these and adds something fresh and unique for a result unlike anything today’s music fans have heard before. With an emphasis on earnest storytelling, bold sentimentality, and plenty of verbal gymnastics, “Walk in the Woods” by Jonas Hayes has a little something for everybody.

 

Asked to describe the overall meaning of “Walk in the Woods,” Jonas Hayes writes, “Walk in the Woods speaks about the triumphant phenomenon of getting outside of your comfort zone and realizing that you were never meant to be there in the first place. I made this album in hopes to inspire the listeners to search for new paths when they become stuck in the old ones.”

 

“Walk in the Woods” by Jonas Hayes is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, hip hop fans.

 

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.Octiive.com

 

 

“Walk in the Woods” by Jonas Hayes –

https://www.amazon.com/Woods-Explicit-Jonas-Hayes-feat/dp/B07S6ZHVKV/

 

 

 

 

Justified and Fathers In Hip Hop release new single ‘Jehovah’

The songwriters and producers of hip hop known as Justified and Fathers In Hip Hop have released their latest official single, “Jehovah.” The single has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Uplifting, empowering, and specifically written to encourage the millions of struggling people today, Justified’s “Jehovah” comes out of the gate as one of the most important hip-hop singles of 2019 so far and promises that Justified is just getting started.

The California High Desert’s Justified Smith cites as main artistic influences two of the most legendary rap artists of the 1990s, Tupac Shakur and NWA’s Ice Cube. Justified’s own sound takes elements from both of these and adds his own pertinent message with an aggressively intelligent style for a result unlike anything today’s music fans have heard before.

Speaking of that message, Justified writes, “This single expresses thanks and gives praise to Jehovah for bringing us through all our trials and tribulations, and the power of when Test Became Testimony.”

With an emphasis on social awareness, clever lines and rhymes, and unstoppable back beats, “Jehovah” by Justified has a little something for everybody.

Justified Smith has been long known in the High Desert as a popular recording artist and community “raptivist.” Today, his most prominent work is in the area of parental encouragement, particularly in the case of young fathers. Joining him on this song is Rhyme Rocca Recording Artist Nephew Michael from Lynwood who performs with Justified and Fathers In Hip Hop often. Together, they write, record and perform as Fathers In Hip Hop.

The current official bio of Fathers In Hip Hop describes them as taking “an intimate and up-close look into the testimony of various influential hip-hop artists with regards to their experiences and definitions of fatherhood.”

Too often,” writes Justified, “these types of artists are categorized as dead-beat dads and judged by their genre of music instead of who they are as fathers. FIHH covers testimonies of men discussing fatherhood from a variety of angles, exploring resources and introducing tips to better aid men in raising their children.”

These resources and tips include financial planning, such as how to obtain affordable life insurance, as well as other means of providing security for their children’s future.

“FIHH brings awareness to the importance of being an active father in a child’s life regardless of the circumstances,” Justified says. “FIHH will expose the effects that carry over into adulthood stemming from the absence of a father figure. Fathers In Hip Hop is impacting fatherhood engagement around the world!”

Jehovah” by Justified is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, hip-hop fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

Jehovah” by Justified –

https://www.amazon.com/Jehovah-JUSTIFIED-feat-NEPHEW-MICHAEL/dp/B07QCDJWQR/

Official Website –

http://fathersinhiphop.com

Stephen James Country releases new single ‘No Gas Needed’

The songwriter and producer of rock and country music known as Stephen James Country has released his latest official single, “No Gas Needed.” The AC/DC-inspired single has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Classic, yet futuristic, and absolutely 100% charged, “No Gas Needed” showcases Stephen James Country as one of the most intriguing rock and country music artists of the year so far and promises that he has plenty more where that came from.

Stephen James Country cites as main artistic influences Boston, Journey, Foreigner, Blake Shelton, Alan Jackson, and of course, AC/DC. Stephen James Country’s own sound takes elements from each of these and adds contemporary Nashville octane for a result which is both danceable and driveable. With an emphasis on gnarled vocals, blues-rock riffs and modern country-music power, “No Gas Needed” by Stephen James Country has a little something for every fan of rock, country, or even just Tesla engineering.

Speaking of the overall meaning of “No Gas Needed,” Stephen James Country writes, “The song was inspired after my fiancé and I both purchased Tesla Model-S vehicles. The enjoyment from driving the Model S has been unparalleled from past driving experiences. The acceleration and quick response times of the Tesla are like a carnival ride of fun. If you are a Tesla owner or are going to be, you need to listen to this song.”

As might be gleaned from his stage name, Stephen James Country only infrequently records rock music like “No Gas Needed.” Sussing out the source of his desire to make a rock homage isn’t all that hard, though.

My Tesla inspired me to write ‘No Gas Needed’ in a rock style,” says Country. “The band AC/DC not only fit the look and feeling one gets from driving a Tesla, but it’s also apropos for the charging and discharging of the Tesla’s power transfer systems.”

Also notable is Country’s goals for the track. He aims high, but at the top of the corporate ladder rather than at the top of the chart.

My hopes for this song is that it will be heard and embraced by Elon Musk himself, so I can thank him personally for the sacrifice and endurance he exhibited to get this type of vehicle into the hands of the public. Thank you, Elon, for inspiring the whole world to dream big and use renewable energy. Tweet me anytime @CountryStephen. Cheers.”

Stephen Easterly (AKA Stephen James Country) has been playing and writing music since 1983. His most recent country album, “Inspired,” was released in 2018. Stephen prefers to stay at home rather than tour and writes music at his home in the Bay Area of California. He records in Nashville, TN while visiting his sons, Chad and Chase Easterly, who live nearby.

No Gas Needed” by Stephen James Country is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, rock and country music fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.Octiive.com

No Gas Needed” by Stephen James Country –

https://www.amazon.com/Gas-Needed-Stephen-James-Country/dp/B07TSGSYJ8/

Official Website –

http://www.stephenjamesonline.com

Bernie Leroux releases new album ‘Empty Sounds’

The songwriter and producer of modern folk and blues music known as Bernie Leroux has released his latest official album, “Empty Sounds.” The album contains 10 original Bernie Leroux tracks for an approximate total listening time of 35 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. A little pop, a little rock, and bearing trappings of folk, country and adult contemporary music, “Empty Sounds” showcases Bernie Leroux as a moving, narrative rock musician and promises that he has plenty more where that came from.

Newfoundland, Canada’s Bernie Leroux cites as main artistic influences John Prine, Kris Kristoffersen, Carlos Santana, and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. Leroux’s own sound takes elements from each of these and adds a strong undercurrent of intimacy and earnestness for a rare and moving result. With an emphasis on groove, narration and a natural, unassuming poetry, “Empty Sounds” by Bernie Leroux brings a variety of qualities to the ear.

Asked to describe the overall meaning of “Empty Sounds,” Bernie Leroux writes to listeners directly, saying, “This album is a collection of real-life experiences put to music I hope everyone can appreciate. I really do hope that listeners will pay attention to the meaning of the lyrics and get something from them. I am quite sure most of us can relate to what I am expressing in these songs. Please enjoy.”

Leroux’s themes on “Empty Sounds” are anything but. They include personal tracks such as one dedicated to his mother and father, and one about surviving a black period in his life which ultimately reinforces his songwriting craft. More frequently his songs turn outward to themes of nature and the struggles of others. These include a track about ecology and climate change, the devastating burning of Fort McMurray in Alberta, and the title track, which is about one of Canada’s First Nations.

The title track, ‘Empty Sounds,’” writes Bernie Leroux, “is about the native Miꞌkmaq peoples of Newfoundland who were ignored in the Canadian Constitution. Hence, ’empty sounds,’ the silent whispers of the people, people talking without anyone hearing a word. It painted faces in my mind.”

In addition to the considerable skills of Leroux, himself, “Empty Sounds” also bears the talents of Randy Lewis, Christian Andersen, and Brandon Hopkins of High Point Audio studios.

Empty Sounds” by Bernie Leroux is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, indie music fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.Octiive.com

Empty Sounds” by Bernie Leroux –


https://www.amazon.com/Empty-Sounds-Bernie-Leroux/dp/B07T6L24SZ/

Ivan Enriquez releases new video single ‘Perdona’

The songwriter and producer of Latin pop known as Ivan Enriquez Pons has released his latest official video single, “Perdona.” The single has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry on the Mosa Records record label. Warm, fun, exotic and danceable, “Perdona” showcases Ivan Enriquez as one of the most intriguing Latin pop artists of the year so far and promises that he has plenty more where that came from.

Cuba’s Ivan Enriquez cites as main artistic influences Mana, Daddy Yankee,Carlos Santana, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony. Ivan Enriquez’s own sound takes elements from each of these and adds something fresh and unique for a result unlike anything today’s music fans have heard before. With an emphasis on groove, passion and the ritmo Latino, “Perdona” by Ivan Enriquez has a little something for every pop music fan.

Asked to describe the overall meaning of “Perdona,” Ivan Enriquez describes it as “The love of living.”

Ivan Enriquez Pons was the singer and creator of Cuba’s first rock band, Rhodas. In 1993 he became widely known as the Mark Bolan (T-Rex) of Cuba with hit video singles such as “Donde Tu Estas” and “Es Amor,” winner of Video of the Year. To achieve musical freedom, Ivan Enriquez moved to the isle of Gran Canarias off the coast of Spain in 1998, where he formed the Sweet Pepper Band.

After the success and dispersal of the Sweet Pepper Band, Enriquez moved to Alicante where he coninued to collaborate with fellow Sweet Pepper alumna Joy Gomez. Inspired by the classic Walter Scott novel, Ivanhoe, they combined their names and called their duo IvanJoy. IvanJoy enjoyed popular success with their prominent LP album release, “Dedication,” in 2003, also on the Mosa Records label. IvanJoy also found themselves featured on prime time Spanish network television to an audience of over 15 million people.

Today, Ivan Enriquez Pons continues to write, record and perform original music to the clamor of a loyal fanbase across many nations. He still plays under the Mosa Records indie label.

Perdona” by Ivan Enriquez from Mosa Records is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, Latin pop fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

Perdona” by Ivan Enriquez Pons –

https://www.amazon.com/Perdona-Ivan-Enriquez-Pons/dp/B07RQNCC4C/

Official Video –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yD8-_Fb2nI

Official Website –

http://www.mosarecords.com

Dragon and Berr release new album ‘Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises’

The rock duo known as Dragon and Berr has released their latest official album, “Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises.” The album contains 10 original Dragon and Berr tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the corporate industry on the Loose Bolt Records music label. Eclectic, creative, yet accessible to a broad swathe of music fans, “Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises” showcases Dragon and Berr as one of the most intriguing rock music projects of Q2 so far and promises that they have plenty more where that came from.

Dragon and Berr have cited as main artistic influences Hall & Oates, Styx, Fall Out Boy, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Aerosmith, The CoatHangers, The Ron Keel Band, The Beatles, Halestorm, The Soapgirls, The Monkees, Foo Fighters, and local friends Casket Robbery. While it may seem unlikely, Dragon and Berr’s own sound takes elements from each of these for a result which defies comparisons and categories.

Dragon and Berr are quick to describe themselves as “hobbyist musicians,” yet their songwriting and creative methodologies brand them as true sonic craftspersons just as quickly. They’re eager to throw traditional structures away, often blazing trails in startling directions. Songs turn on a dime both internally and away from one another. This track bears obvious jazz influences. That one sounds like Roy Orbison’s grandchild.

We break a lot of so-called rules of what is and isn’t music,” writes Dragon. “It all seems to work out in the end. Music is such fun and is so many things to so many people. What can we say? We are diverse in influences. We’re those folks from left field no one pays much mind. We write for ourselves, first. The fact that more and more people are also enjoying the music and it’s speaking to them in so many ways is a wonderful bonus to this adventure we are on.”

R&B, pop, country, blues … pretty much anything playable with guitar and drums is elementally represented. The effect recalls the avant-garde punk artists of the late 70s. Had Dragon and Berr been part of that scene, they’d likely be remembered today for “Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises.” Come for the rock, poetry and fearless songwriting, stay for the countless colorful surprises from out of nowhere.

Dragon and Berr are Edwin and Donna Millheim respectively, married 1987. Asked to describe the overall meaning of “Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises,” Dragon writes, “While it covers themes that are challenges in people’s lives, throughout the lyrics and the way it’s all presented, there is a sprinkling of hope and knowing the next day can bring anything. Everything that is presented is all based on things I’ve went through over the past year. Just like the first album had a lot of darkness in it and depression, this 2nd album sees me being dragged back from darkness by family and friends – most of all my wife … Sometimes those challenges make you feel like you can just say forget it, but there’s always that hope that makes you feel like, OK, things will be OK. If there is even that bit of hope, you have to keep going because it may not be as dark as you think.”

Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises” by Dragon and Berr on the Loose Bolt Records label is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, rock music fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises” by Dragon and Berr –


https://www.amazon.com/Pocket-Full-Switchblades-Promises-Explicit/dp/B07SS74P4C/

Official Facebook page –

https://www.facebook.com/DragonAndBerr/

Steph Simon releases new LP album ‘Born on Black Wall Street’

The songwriter and producer of hip hop known as Steph Simon has released his latest official LP album, “Born on Black Wall Street.” The LP album contains 13 original Steph Simon tracks for an approximate total listening time of 50 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate recording industry on the Skyline Star Records music label. Direct, performed deep in the groove, and often more than a little funny, “Born on Black Wall Street” showcases Steph Simon as one of the most intriguing hip-hop artists of the year so far and promises that he has plenty more where that came from.

In addition to the considerable skills of Steph Simon, “Born on Black Wall St.” also features performances from local artists J. Friday, Dial Tone, Krisheena Suarez, George Young, and Sassieon Dupris.

Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Steph Simon cites as main artistic influences the Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Nipsey Hussle, Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Phife Dawg, N.E.R.D., Solange Knowles, Missy Elliot, and J. Cole. Steph Simon’s own sound takes elements from every one of these and adds his own regional, personal and intellectual flavor for a result unlike anything today’s hip-hop fans have heard before. With an emphasis on carefully crafted urban poetry, socially deliberate themes, and undeniable beats with one foot firmly in the old-school, “Born on Black Wall Street” by Steph Simon has a little something for everybody.

A deliberately sociopolitical record, “Born on Black Wall St.” is named for Tulsa’s Greenwood area. According to Wiki, this was “one of the most commercially successful and affluent majority-African American communities in the United States” until the 1921 Massacre and race riot which claimed more than 300 African American lives.

Asked to describe the overall meaning of “Born on Black Wall Street,” Steph Simon writes, “My album is the story of a black kid growing up to learn about his city’s history of Black Wall St. in Tulsa. I take the traditions that were lost in the 1921 Race Massacre and apply it to life to rebuild and recreate a new Black Wall Street.”

Throughout his new album, Simon draws parallels between the creative culture in Tulsa today and the energy that made Black Wall St. thrive in the first place. Taking a historically accurate role, Simon raps as “Diamond” Dick Rowland, a 17-year-old boy scapegoated for instigating the 1921 Massacre after an incident with a white girl in an elevator.

“I feel a connection to Rowland I can’t explain,” writes Simon, “almost like I’m carrying his spirit with me. It wasn’t right that his name was used as a catalyst for a lot of pain and destruction. I use the name Dicky Ro as a catalyst for transformation and hope.”

Born on Black Wall Street” by Steph Simon on the Skyline Star Records label is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, hip hop fans. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.Octiive.com

Born on Black Wall Street” by Steph Simon –

https://www.amazon.com/Born-Black-Wall-Street-Explicit/dp/B07T3C3SRR/

Official Website –

https://stephxsimon.com/

Reiki Healing Energies releases new album ‘Reiki Healing Energies – Into The Light’

This is the debut guided meditation album from Reiki Healing Energies called “Into The Light.” The album contains a sample, an introduction, and a full length guided meditation journey for an approximate total listening time of half an hour. It has been proudly published as an independent release. The album has been written and produced by Melanie Veares who also narrates on the album. With the combination of the relaxing and calming background music ‘Adrift’ and ‘Across The Sky’ by Christopher Lloyd Clark, and the soothing voice of Melanie Veares the meditation offers a safe place to truly open up and explore your inner being and promote your own natural healing abilities.

Reiki Healing Energies write that “Connecting with The Divine has inspired the release of this album to make meditation accessible to all, so that everyone can tap into their own natural healing abilities to be able to live a happy, enriched life to the full.”

When asked to describe the overall meaning of “Into The Light,” Veares writes “When you connect with higher energies during meditation, beautiful things can happen. You will feel the power of Divine love flowing through your body, giving you healing, clarity of mind and a deep sense of peace and calm.”

Melanie Veares is a qualified Reiki Master with a first degree in psychoanalytical studies. She has additional training in Indian head massage and reflexology, and is a leader of meditation groups and spiritual-awareness workshops. She has stated her vision as working “for everyone to be able to access their own healing abilities that reside within them.”

The background music of Reiki Healing Energies was composed by Christopher Lloyd Clarke of Enlightened Audio.

“Reiki Healing Energies – Into The Light” by Reiki Healing Energies is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, health and meditation fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

Into the Light” by Reiki Healing Energies –


https://www.amazon.com/Reiki-Healing-Energies-Guided-Meditation/dp/B07NMV3SQ2/

Official Website –

http://www.reikihealingenergies.co.uk/