Stéphanie Bédard’s First EP Ricochet

Canadian singer Stephanie Bedard has a new EP out entitled Ricochet. The overall theme is the journey through life, specifically discovering one’s identity.

The music is soothing and relaxing. It reminds me of what I hear when I go to a Spa or a rainforest. The first two songs, the piano has the dominant sound. The third tune has the same instrument, but with some parts where there’s the music of a guitar. The last song has a strong presence of the guitar- giving a rock and roll feel to it. The sound of this record reminds of Isabelle Boulay’s album Chansons Pour Les Mois d’hiver (Songs for the Winter Months).

Stephanie Bedard’s voice is soft and beautiful, with a lovely rhythm to it. Her style of singing reminds me of Isabelle Boulay and the late Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of The Cranberries. She has a dynamic to her voice.

The lyrics of each have a sense of contemplation in regards to life and personal growth. She makes use of metaphors and symbols to describe a variety of emotions, including love. The rhyme structure is the following AABB. It has a natural flow to it. Each song tells an individual story, but they interconnect like a journey through life.

The EP Ricochet is now available. Enjoy!

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Single Saturdays: Sentiment Falls – Six Feet Under

Swedish duo Sentiment Falls has recently released a single entitled “Six Feet Under.” The story about a couple whose relationship didn’t work and they’re trying to process it.

The musical genre of the song Six Feet Under is Country. The rhythm is slow and steady. It reflects the subject and the mood of the tune nicely, which is that of heartache. I love the music of the guitar, the classic choice for an instrument heard in any Country song. The composition of Six Feet Under is well-done.
The voices of Andrea Bond and Ronnie Wilde compliment each other beautifully and sing in perfect harmony. They have incredible depth and richness in their sound.

The lyrics have a symbolic meaning to them. The title “Six Feet Under” is an excellent example of that. Andrea Bond and Ronnie Wilde sing about feeling like they’re “Six Feet Under”, which means in this context that they’re overwhelmed with a ton of emotions coming at them all at once. The subject of heartache is a topic to which people can relate. They capture the sentiment perfectly in this song.

The single “Six Feet Under” is available. Enjoy!

Single Saturdays: Sentiment Falls – I Remember You

The Swedish Country duo Sentiment Falls has another single entitled I Remember You. It’s a song about remembering a past love with a nostalgic sentiment.

The music has a slow beat with moments where the tempo is faster, giving it some intensity. The guitar has an unforgettable presence in the song. The sound is sentimental and sweet. It even has a hopeful and optimistic feel to it. The composition is intricate and full of rhythm.

Andrea Bond and Ronnie Wilde’s voices are incredible. They have fantastic vocal chemistry, and they sing in sync with one another. The singing in this song feels like a dialogue between the two characters.

The lyrics flow smoothly. The description of their past relationship is detailed and genuine, with a touch of nostalgia. Remembering a past love is a subject to which people can relate. There’s a lovely simplicity to the words of this song, yet it has a beautiful poetic touch to it.

The song I Remember You is available! Enjoy!

Heartstreets’ First Studio Album Why Makes Sense

Canadian duo Heastreets has released their first studio album “Why Makes Sense.” The overall themes of the record are about the journey through and embracing one’s identity.

The music of this album is a mix of R&B and Soul. It’s rich in melodies and has a great rhythm to the composition of the record. The sound of the album is soothing with a mix of a fast & slow beat. In some songs, the beat is upbeat and cheerful while other tunes have a contemplative sound to them. This album has three parts to it. The interludes are segues between the sections and give the album an exciting dynamic. The intervals remind me of Janet Jackson’s album Rhythm Nation 1814 in the way the album is structured. The music is remarkable.

Gab Godon and Emma Beko’s voices compliment each other nicely. Gab Godon has a sound that’s high pitch and soft. Emma Beko’s voice is deep and husky. It’s a nice contrast when they sing together. Each singer performs her part in a song without overlap. Gab Godon and Emma Beko sing in tune with the music. Impressive! The songs have music that reminds me of the 90s with hits like Waterfalls and No Scrubs by TLC, as well as Aaliyah First You Don’t Succeed.

The songs have incredible lyrics with raw emotion. The words describe personal experiences, making it genuine and authentic. They also have words that are thought-provoking. The structure of the songs is incredible and has a smooth flow.

The album “Why Makes Sense” is now available. Enjoy!

 

 

Single Saturdays: Olivier Dion – Kinda Love (French Version)

Canadian and Quebecois singer Olivier Dion has released a new single entitled Kinda Love. It’s a love story about a relationship that’s simple as well as beautiful.

The musical genre of this song is pop. The slow beat of the piano gives the tune a romantic feel to it. Plus there’s a nice “stop” effect that provides the song with an impressive touch. After the chorus, the beat of the music goes up in tempo, then back to slow, sleekly.

Olivier Dion’s voice is thick, smooth and rich. He knows how to reach the high note at the right moment. He sings in tune with the beat. When he sings “juste un regard me suffit” (Just one look is enough), he whispers. It’s impressive!

The lyrics are in French and English. The verses, Olivier Dion, sings in French, then the chorus in English. The switch from one language to another is flawless. There’s a use of symbols and repetition. The light (la lumière) is a representation of finding one’s way in life, especially a love of a significant other. The phrase “juste un regard me suffit,” is repeated for an effect of emphasis. The song Kinda Love is well-written.

Kinda Love (French Version) is now available. Enjoy!

Single Saturdays: Khaled Mounib – Aarfa Nafsaha

Egyptian singer Khaled Mounib has released a new single entitled Aarfa Nafsaha (She knows herself). It’s a love song telling the story of a man who describes how his life improved since the presence of the woman he loves -like a before and after.

The music is Arabic Pop similar to the classic style of Tarab. Mimo composed the song. The main instrument heard in this tune is the piano along with the trombone. There’s a romantic feel to this song. The beat is slow and relaxing.

Khaled Mounib’s voice has improved, developing his distinct vocal style. It has gotten more vibrant. I can hear the inspiration of late his late Amer Mounib in his singing. He sings beautifully and romantically. Khaled Mounib knows how to stay in sync with the rhythm.

The lyrics are simple but have a deep meaning of love and romance. There’s a sense of appreciation to the subject of the song. A poetic technique used in this song is repetition, to emphasize the romantic feeling. There are two rhyme structures: AABB and ABBA. AABB is the primary rhyme structure, including the chorus. However, in the beginning, there’s the ABBA structure. There’s beauty in the simplicity of the words, as achieved in this song.

Aarfa Nafsaha is available in streaming sites. Enjoy!

Single Saturdays: Justine Blanchet – Strong

Canadian singer Justine Blanchet has released her debut single Strong. It’s a song about overcoming obstacles in life, especially when it feels impossible. The tune has a message of empowerment and determination.

The music has a mix of Country and Pop. The song starts with a catchy beat that compliments the lyrics nicely. The sound of the guitar is incredible and gives the song a nice touch to it. Emerson Drive guitarist Yann Bélanger produced the song. The composition has incredible structure- with smooth changes in musical tempo.

Justine Blanchet’s voice is strong but gentle reminding me of the vocal styles of Shania Twain, Faith Hill, and Alanis Morrisette. Justine Blanchet sings with great rhythm and follows the music flawlessly.

Justine Blanchet co-wrote with Jennifer Rae Camche the words to this empowering song. The lyrics of Strong have words with symbolic meaning. The mountains, the storms and rain represent the challenges one faces in life, including doubts and fears. However, there are positive symbols. The ray of hope represents optimism and positivity. The sky is a symbol of a whirl of possibilities that life has to offer. Looking straight ahead represents the future and what it holds. When I listen to this song, I feel that the lyrics boost morale and confidence.

The single Strong is now available. Enjoy!

Single Saturdays: Nancy Ajram – Lya

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Nancy Ajram has a new single entitled Lya – a song dedicated to her third daughter who was born February 2, 2019. It’s a mother’s emotional tribute to her daughter telling her how much she loves her dearly.

The music sounds like a lullaby, soft and sweet with a subtle presence of Pop music. Nabil Ajram composed the song. The love is present through the composition of the tune. It reminds of some of Nancy Ajram’s slow songs from her other albums such as Hobbak Leya ( Your love for me). The composition is incredible. Listening to it is soothing and calming.

Nancy Ajram’s voice is lovely as always. She sings the joy she feels for having had her daughter Lya. The emotion of love is genuine in this song.
When I heard this song, I’m listening to a mother singing to her daughter, telling her that she’s a blessing and loved by her family.

The lyrics have a flowy poetic structure to them. Mounir Bou Assaf beautifully wrote the song Lya. The words of this lovely tune truly convey a mother’s love for her daughter. It’s personal and genuine, especially the bit where she talks about her heart that’s divided into three parts, one for each of her three daughters – Lya being the latest addition to the family.

Nancy Ajram’s single Lya is now available. Enjoy!

Single Saturdays: Ty Hannah – You and I

Ameican singer Ty Hannah has a new single entitled You & I. It’s a romantic song about a man proving the woman he loves that he sincerely cares about her. I heard that this tune could potentially be the song played at weddings. It would be a lovely choice for such a joyous occasion.

The music has a mix of soul and R&B that reminds of the music I listened to in the 90s- I thought of Boys II Men and All For One. The song “You & I” has a smooth rhythm that’s romantic and sweet. There’s a nice blend of the piano, the drums, and the guitar that add a beautiful touch to the song. It’s harmonious with an incredible melody.

Ty Hannah’s voice is soft, sweet and soulful. It’s also bold and graceful. He knows how to follow the musical beat. Ty Hannah’s voice is in tune with the rhythm of the song.

The lyrics of this song are genuine and beautiful. Ty Hannah wrote the tune, in which you can feel love and romance. The raw emotion that shines through. In this song, the guy tells the woman he loves that he’s understanding by allowing her to decide for herself, without pressure. The words describe what a healthy relationship should be. This song has a sense of hope that love is possible. One needs to have faith and not give up. He makes of the classic poetic technique of repetition to emphasize the love he feels. For example in the chorus, he sings You & I then a sentence more than once.

The song “You & I” is available everywhere. Enjoy!

Jonny Zye’s Second Album Back To Bliss

American Pop singer Jonny Zye has released his second album entitled Back to Bliss. There are two themes on this record: love and heartbreak. It’s about having faith that everything will work out, even in difficult times.

The music is a lovely combination of pop and soul. Jonny Zye primarily plays the guitar, in the album. The rhythm in a lot of the songs is a mix of slow and fast. The quality of the sound is incredible. There’s a summer feel to the album, especially since having quite a few of Jonny Zye’s singles in the Summertime. The Californian vibe has its presence in this record. It gives the inspiration to someday travel to California.

Jonny Zye’s voice, as mentioned before is in sync with the music. His voice has soul and emotion with a bold style to it, making it distinct and unique. Jonny Zye has the confidence to take his voice to the next level. He has gained experience, and it shows in this album. He sounds like a singer who’s been performing for many many years. He continues to impress me.

The lyrics have a simplicity to them, but their meaning is clear. Jonny Zye makes use of symbols and metaphors to describe the feeling of love or heartbreak, depending on the song. He uses repetition, at times, as a way to emphasize the emotion. It sounds like modern poetry. It’s always a joy to hear Jonny Zye’s fantastic music and lyrics.

Jonny Zye’s second album is now available. Enjoy!