Black Note Graffiti New Rock LP ‘Volume II’ & Single ‘Such Is Art’

It’s a tough time to be a rock band. The EDM craze and rap takeover these last few years have essentially replaced the guitar-based sound in the popular ear. With “Such Is Art”, off their recent sophomore LP Volume II, Black Note Graffiti make a spirited and compelling case for the enduring relevance of these sounds.

The track is immediately striking because of how good it sounds. Working with talented producers has given the promising musicianship previously displayed by the band an extra push, upping the sound quality and the appeal to match their ambition. The mix is clean and without wasted space, each sonic element placed for maximum clarity and impact, creating a swelling and propulsive whole. Everything’s been tightened up, it’s ready for primetime.

Yet despite its mainstream leanings, this song retains enough darkness to satisfy the cynics. Being about the demise of a relationship, the lyrics are relatable without being generic. At turns sweetly sad and troublingly rageful, it’s really sold by Ricardo Ortiz’s unhinged vocal take. His shapeshifting voice ranges all over the spectrum of hard rock vocal styles, arriving most affectingly during the choruses at a hoarse intensity distorted by passion. Combined with the whisper that whirls around the verses, and lyrics like “who do you think you are / to leave without a scar”, the atmosphere is genuinely menacing.

Survival in the face of competition sometimes means consolidation. Black Note Graffiti might just be hard rock’s saving grace. Combining elements from the diversity of hard rock styles into something unified, then giving it a sweet sheen for wide appeal: that’s how you build something noteworthy. “Share your haunting melodies, I’ll just ask for more” sings Ortiz; he might as well be speaking for us listeners.

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Review written by MuzicNotez writer Haakon Williams

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Ashley J New Music Video for ‘Trapped’

“…I’m trapped… lost in the trance that you put on me!”

Starbound indie pop artist Ashley J’s recently released single, ‘Trapped’, is hot AF and now there’s a music video to show you how hot it is!

Following her last single, ‘Dare Ya’, ‘Trapped’ is a catchy and pop radio worthy track that’ll move you—to want to break things — or get you moving your dance machine. Combining the upbeat nature with her signature vocals and self-written lyrics, the story begins to unfold — a tumultuous infactuation.

If you haven’t checked out Ashley J’s new music video for ‘Trapped’, we made it easy for you — push play below and enjoy!

Review written by MuzicNotez writer Julet Frazier
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LA Duo Moxi New Dream Pop Single ‘Figures Bathed In Light’

Enter the dream world of Los Angeles based Moxi with the new single off the upcoming album, Figures Bathed In Light. The song after the album name released in June blends into the trendy indie-electronic world just in time for cruising to the beaches. The vocals of lead singer Anna Toy flows with the synthy soft trance of the melody before the explosive chorus eases you into the relaxing vibe of the song.

Moxi’s new release will blend right into your summer soundtrack between Selena Gomez and Halsey with their recent similar sounds. The lyrics of of the song are easy to ignore with the sweet and effortless singing style of Toy harmonizing with the dazy tone of the single. But while the song is fitting enough for an after-party, the band drew its inspiration from something less celebratory.

“Our inspiration comes from a myriad of experiences and ideas, but the underlying theme comes from our emotional response to art and life experience,” said Toy.

The band explains that the track was conceived after the couple escaped a near-fatal car crash. They were able to draw creative energy from the experience to create the floaty single.

Older songs like “Hold Me” and “Terrible Disguise” bring more of a raw sound than the new entrancing single as the band seems to be putting more of a focus on their musical tools outside of bare voices and instruments.

The song itself is an easy listen and sets the tone for the rest of the EP dropping in August. The band has teamed up with Emmy award winning producer, Bobby Hartry to hopefully keep the fantasy world in reality with a little bit more energy.

Review written by MuzicNotez writer Lily Hall
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In Memory Of Chester Bennington: In The End, He Absolutely Mattered

The big picture. For a name like that, you’d think it was impossible to miss, something so massive that they had to be inclusive of the magnitude it held just in reference to it. Despite that however, too many of us fail to take it into account in it’s entirety. I won’t lie to you, I am equally as guilty of this as any other you may meet, and rest assured everyone around us fails to consider multiple aspects of it every day we live. I remember growing up, the struggles I faced on a day to day basis, and I remember how music helped me through so much of it. Once I had heard the news, I approached my editor to write this article to honor the memory of one of the most iconic musicians my generation has had, Chester Bennington.

Chester Bennington faced numerous struggles throughout his life, but despite them he still managed to touch and inspire millions of individuals all across the globe. From the beginnings of Linkin Park with Hybrid Theory in 2000, the follow-up success of Meteora in 2003, all the way to One More Light in 2017, Chester Bennington’s voice rang aloft throughout recent history. Chester Bennington sacrificed a great many things throughout his career, recording his audition for Linkin Park in a day, and in the process missing his own birthday celebration. Furthermore, Bennington suffered numerous health issues in the making of Meteora. Despite this the debut of the album blew the fans of the band completely out of their socks, and in 2005 Hybrid Theory had gone Diamond, cementing Linkin Park’s legacy as one of the greatest bands of the decade.

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Chester Bennington’s death was a blow felt around the world. Men and women from all walks of life wept for the loss of the phenomenal musician. Alex Hager, a pop-rock artist allowed me a short interview to discuss the impact Chester Bennington’s music had on him. Hager revealed that, while his music had a softer edge, he actually frequently spent his days in middle school playing guitar as he screamed out the lyrics to his favorite Linkin Park songs, despite not being able to hit those tricky high notes. “Looking back,” Hager said, “Blink-182 and Linkin Park were my two major inspirations for music. Although I may be a pop artist, I have a very strong and powerful voice, and that power is what makes music special to me. I love to belt, and Chester was one of the guys that inspired me. I was trying to be Chester while reciting ‘Numb’ or ‘What I’ve Done’.”

Many talented musicians were affected by Chester Bennington’s death, but more beyond felt the shock of it as well. Dylan Garvin, an aspiring musician under the handle of VIPresident who sings numerous covers on the karaoke app Smule, also felt the blow. VIPresident first began listening to Linkin Park after hearing “New Divide” in the second Transformer’s film, falling in love with the band upon listening to their hits “One Step Closer”, “Papercut”, “Bleed It Out” and “In The End” on Youtube. “For a long time, I just liked the music.” VIPresident begins, “I liked the unique sound Linkin Park had, and there hasn’t ever been a band that has really come close to them. But it wasn’t until the last couple years that I started to realize the meaning behind their songs.” VIPresident revealed that since what’s happened, he has grown a strong attachment to “Leave Out All The Rest”, “Sharp Edges”, “Shadow Of The Day” and “One More Light”, telling me how much they speak to him about how precious life is and the ease with which you can miss that, winding up taking those who love you for granted in the process.

Chester Bennington by no means lived an easy life. He faced hardships, he fought for what he wanted, and ultimately he overcame a great many things and wound up touching the lives of millions for his effort. Whether you found inspiration in his ability to perform, the message you got from his music, or were just trying to find something to help the world make a little more sense again, Chester Bennington delivered exactly that with his wondrous music. To me, dear reader, that is exactly the type of impact that is unquestionably deserving of both honor and remembrance, and it will be with us forever to prove to the world that Chester Bennington tried hard, got far, and unquestionably mattered.

Article written by MuzicNotez writer @Kyle_Croushore & on Instagram @KWCroushore

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The Human Circuit single ‘Juxtaposition’ off album ‘Electric City’

A Wildly addictive & innocent groove from Austinites The Human Circuit, Juxtaposition is a rock steady four minutes of electric indie swing that’ll surely turn into 16 or 24 minutes upon replay. A surefire melody of good vibes reminiscent of the very vibrance & artistic wonder that Austin has to offer.

Juxtaposition is the single off their Third upcoming Album Electric City that surely turn your high fiveless day into a day filled with high fives. The Human Circuit plays like a well orchestrated psychedelic jazz powerhouse, a delightfully rhythmic circus that’ll have you dancing in the ocean, in a car, or even folding laundry.

The Human Circuit’s video for Juxtaposition is an artfully crafted revisiting of the creative grace we endogenously have as children, that inner “new to everything” joyous perspective, we’re all in need of reconnecting with.

Review written by MuzicNotez writer Desmond White

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