Pianist/composer Yelena Eckemoff entered the artistic world as a young classical pianist in the Soviet Union. Having studied both classical and jazz, she has performed in concert halls and with experimental jazz/rock ensembles. She left the Soviet Union and has been living the USA since 1991, where she developed a discography as an independent recording artist. Over the course of years, she has produced a number of recordings of her original, arranged, and classical music under the independent label, L & H Production. Her original music has been acclaimed as intelligent, reflective, sometimes dark and edgy, diverse and sentimentality-free romantic. It is rooted in the modern classical approach, much influenced by jazz and world music.
His forthcoming album ATLAS was mixed in Reykjavik by Sturla Mio Thorisson (Damien Rice, Markéta Irglová, Owen Pallett) and features guest performances from Markéta Irglová (The Swell Season), Ryan Karazija (Low Roar), Myrra Rós, Svavar Knútur and Phia. Recorded on his mobile studio across Germany, Iceland and the UK, ATLAS heralds a new voice for Owls of The Swamp — sweeping synthesizers, dynamic textures and rhythmic programming alongside his characteristic finger-picking and earthy vocals. The album, released on May 6th, 2014 on Labelship, ignites the never-ending desire to better understand one’s expanding environment. ATLAS offers a friendly and internal comfort for those carrying the weight of the world upon their shoulders, especially for those in search of a place to call home.
ATLAS acts just like the soft voice of reason. “Garden” is an airy, dream-like waltz that lends simple yet elegant guitar phrases. It feels just like a heartbeat, one that shows Uhlenbruch’s ability to create a grandiose and angelic landscape of sound. “Shapeshifter”, a rhythmic lullaby, is a soft and breathy sing-a-long. “The Hypnotist” tells the story of a haunted relationship between a hypnotist and his estranged lover. Cascading piano melodies and ghostly backing vocals from Irglová and the subtle production of Thorisson add a surreal and otherworldly dimension to this memorable song. “Shelter” shows Uhlenbruch’s ability to turn a pop song on its head with his combination of haunting vocals and his prudent reflection: no matter where we set up our home, one day we’ll have to pack up and move on.
His last album Go with River (2011) was received as “one of the sleeper hits of the year” (Timber and Steel)and “new folk music at its best” (Sony Ericsson Music Blogger). There is no doubt that location has played an influential role in the development of Uhlenbruch’s sound. His debut album Smoky Bay (2007) was an ambitious concept album that sought to capture the strange coincidences, connections and charismatic characters that shaped his experience living in Iceland. Uhlenbruch’s deeply embedded Wanderlust has also led him to perform extensively throughout Australia, Germany, Iceland, the UK, Poland and the Czech Republic. His arresting yet personal live performances have led to tours with artists such as Žamboši (CZ), Myrra Rós (IS) and Svavar Knútur (IS) as well as supports for Machine Translations (AU), Old Man River (AU), the Paradise Motel (AU) and Jens Lekman (SE).
New York’s Matthew Foster-Moore is ecstatic about his upcoming release, The Fine Print. It’s twelve new tracks of his compelling amalgam of acoustic roots music with dashes of indie-rock, but harder-hitting than Headlines, his 2011 debut.
“Headlines was my first time doing everything. The first songs I’d written, the first time recording an album, the first time doing tour dates. That was an important period of discovery, but this time, when we went back into the studio, I felt like ‘hey, I know how to do this’. We worked as fast as we could because I like that sense of urgency; you catch the ideas while they’re fresh and cut the track before you even really know how the song goes. And we were playing shows at the same time, so we’d come back in the next day and say ‘We gotta re-do that the way we played it last night.'”
Much of the material is darker this time around, fueled by several personal challenges including the sudden loss of a close friend in an auto accident, but the record is decidedly not a downer. “JT (Jefferson Thomas, producer) kept prodding me, saying I should get as dark as I need to, but ‘let’s keep things moving – if you get all slow and weepy and everything’s a ballad, this thing is gonna just stall ten minutes in.’ So we sort of forced the issue with a driving beat behind the first couple things, and then that just felt natural as we kept going, and the whole record was fleshed out that way. It gets reflective here and there, but it never stops moving. And there’s plenty of humor in there, too. Talking In Her Sleep is something I wasn’t too sure was going to make the final cut, but JT said, ‘Man, this is great – trust me on this one’ and we got loose and had fun with it.”
“Not That Young Anymore” is the first single from The Fine Print. It went to radio across Europe in February, but Foster-Moore was already promoting it in 2013 with two tours, spring and fall, that took him to the UK, Germany, Belgium, Austria, The Netherlands, and Denmark. “We planned to start in the US, but the reception over there was so positive, we figured we’d switch things around and hit European radio first. So this winter has been a real scramble behind the scenes to change course, but I’m getting traffic now from all over the world now, and I figure that can’t hurt.”
And now it’s time for America to tune in…
Though north Texas based acoustic act Jeremiah Current has spent his entire life saturated in music, songwriting and performance, it is the release of his debut album Years Of Yesterday that will mark his true musical introduction to the world.
At 34 years old, Jeremiah Current has already traveled a path that has taken him from the depths of a broken home to the top of his game as a songwriter, a leader, philanthropist, and ultimately a believer. His attitude and work ethic reflect a mantra that says anything is possible if you just put your mind to it. “Too many people go through life asleep. Going day to day without goals, dreams, hopes, or ambitions,” Jeremiah affirms.
“Jeremiah Current is speaking to a generation. His platform is the acoustic/singer-songwriter music format and the message is simple: shake the cage, talk some sense, and see to it that his peers are inspired to make this the most powerful and knowledgeable age the world has ever seen.” states fellow Dallas musician Thomas Long.
The incommensurable realm of opulent styles can be easily recognized in Jeremiah Current’s music. For it is both indie and classic/70’s rock, while at the same time maintains a pop and new modern flavor, with a tasteful infusion of British rock. A truly unique, refreshing, and innovative project, Jeremiah Current does not get caught up in any one particular musical style or genre, but seriously pushes the envelope and defines its own boundaries while presenting substantial crossover ability and something for every listener.
Ransom and the Subset is an American alternative rock band based in Seattle, Washington. With a refreshing pop-rock sound, their music is clearly driven by strong melodies and well-crafted arrangements. Along with infectious hooks and witty, insightful lyricism, Ransom and the Subset delivers a dynamic blend of power pop from decades past along with a strong element of modern rock.
Ransom and the Subset is the brainchild of singer/songwriter/guitarist RanDair Porter. Heavily stocked with self-made demos, Porter sought out and engaged with the talent of producer/multi-instrumentalist Brian E. King (OranJuly and Parks) and Grammy-winning engineer/mixer Ducky Carlisle. The team of three collaborated to create their debut album No Time to Lose
Over the course of a year, Porter flew to Boston to work with King and Carlisle on the album, making a stop in NYC where he worked with Jody Porter (Fountains of Wayne) as well. The famed artist contributed both guitar and bass guitar to the track “Sticking Onto You”. Intermixed with many flights across the country, Porter also sought out collaboration at home in Seattle. Luck and perseverance served in his favor, as he garnered the talent of great Seattle musicians like Jon Memolo, Mike Musburger (formerly of the Posies) on drums and Mike Squires (formerly with Harvey Danger) on bass guitar, providing the driving rhythm section for “Leaving With You”
“Bold and daring” are words that have been used to describe the music of Stephen John Paul. In an era where most artists are fashioning their craft around the stereotypical demands of pop culture, SJP stays true to his musical roots of jazz, blues and pop-soul on his courageous, new self titled EP, SJP. With a heart and soul for real world issues, SJP takes his listeners full circle, beautifully landing on themes of faith, hope and love as the basis for true life and living.
Reigning originally from Buffalo, NY, SJP spent much of his life in Sarasota, FL. Entrenched in music since age 4, SJP delivers his audiences world-class talent as a musician and singer. With melodies and arrangements that elude most current artists, you will be moved by this artisans delivery and passion.
Imagine the rush of performing your new single to more than 80,000 country music fans on the main stage at ‘Jamboree In The Hills’, one of the top music festivals in the country. Afterwards, you might exchange niceties with superstar Tim McGraw before he goes on stage to rock the crowd. Ohio native Matt VanFossen doesn’t have to imagine because this is his new reality.
With the release of his new EP, “BOOM,” VanFossen is taking his career to exciting new levels. The hard driving title track is the first single and has already become a fan favorite. It recently won West Virginia-based radio station 97.9 WKKW’s fan-voted “Smackdown” for the maximum of four days straight, beating out new singles from artists such as Dolly Parton and Colt Ford.
“I feel like I’m growing into the artist that I’m meant to be. In doing so, I’ve realized that up-tempo songs are fun,” he says. “When the audience hears the music start for ‘BOOM,’ everybody’s ready. I think it’s the hook of the song and the driving music. It demands your attention.”
The EP follows the breakout success of 2012’s full-length “I Didn’t Come Here to Lose.” Two singles from the album (“Almost Stopped Dreaming” and “This Time Around”) managed to break the Top 100 on the Mediabase country charts. A third single, “A Woman’s Words,” was listed as one of the Top 25 fan-voted songs on Nashville-based Internet radio station NIXA. In addition, his ‘Jamboree’ performances were broadcasted to TV viewers across the Ohio Valley and he received coverage on local newscasts.
The success of the album eventually allowed VanFossen to get a high profile booking at Nashville’s legendary Douglas Corner Cafe, a renowned venue for both emerging and established songwriters/performers.
“It was a surreal experience to be in a room full of tourists and peers in Nashville. Then, to be singing my music in-the-round with three other artists was unbelievable,” he says. “To have all the talent there recognize me for my voice was just killer. They all thought I was from there. I’ll never forget that.”
During his short career, VanFossen has shared the stage with national recording artists including David Nail, Craig Campbell, Brooks & Dunn, and more.
In 2013, he was asked to become one of the main stage artists at the Ohio-based ‘Jamboree in the Hills’ festival. For the past two years, he has opened up for the likes of Neal McCoy, Aaron Tippin, and The Oak Ridge Boys.
The newly released “BOOM” EP aims to cement his status as a hit-maker with a voice that grabs your attention and refuses to let go. Mike Ofca produced the project at Innovation Studios in Steuvenville, Ohio.
“Mike has this way of turning everything into ear candy. He pays attention to the details and is always listening to see what to add to it to make the song better than it already is,” VanFossen says.
The EP is available at all digital outlets and is distributed by TuneCore. It contains five songs, including “She’s Just Like That” and the feisty “Close If It Ain’t It.” VanFossen says “She’s Just Like That” is his favorite on the project and the song helped him realize the album’s theme.
“The ‘BOOM’ EP is all about the expression of intense feelings. I was listening to “She’s Just Like That” in the car today and thought to myself, ‘you never hear a song from a male artist that talks about love in such an extreme way’ … ,” he says. “The song is a way for a guy to say how intense his love is. It gets your attention but in a different way than ‘BOOM.’ It’s like a summer breeze.”
Fans can also expect to hear more about the relationship he sang about on the emotional “Leave Me” from the last album. While “Leave Me” was about a deteriorating relationship that no one had the guts to end, the musical sequel is more of a hopeful coda. “Get To You” picks up the story after the girl is gone and the guy is forced to move on.
“I remember hearing the song and thinking ‘I know there’s somebody out there that will relate’ … ,” he says. “It was the last song we cut vocals on and I thought to myself, ‘put yourself in the place of what you would be like if you found somebody that finally made you forget all the pain and suffering you’ve been through in your life.’”
Then tragedy struck just as his career began to take off. VanFossen’s beloved mother Dot passed away suddenly due to a stroke. Her death was jolting and almost caused him to give up on his dreams. He recalls feeling broken after leaving the hospital and contemplating the end to his career. “ … But then I turned on the radio and my song was playing. Then, I knew in my heart that was a sign from Mom to keep doing this,” he says.
Fast forward to 2014 and VanFossen is revisiting his signature song with a newly recorded version created especially for “BOOM.” He calls the track the centerpiece of his music.
“It was the first song that I had on the radio and the only song my mom and I heard on the radio together. It’s a timeless song and I feel now at 30, I’ve lived so much life. I feel like every step of the way, it becomes more of my signature song,” he says. “Now’s the time to bring out a song like this into the world. Everybody’s reminiscing about when life was simple. It’s a way of remembering your innocence.”
Whether he’s performing a hard driving rocker such as “BOOM” or a heartbreaking ballad like “Get To You,” VanFossen’s live shows are not to be missed. His voice is often compared to artists such as Garth Brooks, Rascal Flatts, and Blake Shelton. Not bad company for an artist that continues to forge his own path as an independent artist.
“I want people to know that I am a genuine, driven, hard working artist that cares about them and wants to interact,”