Mark Vickness, the maestro of progressive acoustic guitar, recently unveiled his latest instrumental album, “In The Rain Shadow,” alongside his musical collective, MVI (Mark Vickness Interconnected). The album, a dynamic blend of lush instrumentation and powerful themes inspired by the natural world, is a testament to Vickness’s virtuosity and innovative approach. Based in the high desert of California’s Owens Valley since 2020, Vickness draws inspiration from living in the literal rain shadow, where meteorological phenomena create less precipitation on the sheltered side of a mountain range. The album’s titles are derived from geological and meteorological features, encapsulating the humbling, awesome, peaceful, thrilling, tranquil, and beautiful aspects of this unique environment.
“In The Rain Shadow” showcases the talents of each member in the 7-member collective, creating a rich tapestry that spans genres from jazz and classical to progressive rock and beyond. MVI, representing the interconnectedness of humanity, threads through the music, creating a harmonious fusion akin to a musical mandala. Vickness, a composer with a dream ensemble, praises each musician for their versatility, from classical trio (violin, cello, oboe) to jazz quartet, percussion instruments from around the world, and virtuosic players capable of seamlessly navigating diverse musical styles. The infectious energy is palpable in every track, making this album a standout in the progressive music landscape. To complement the album release, a series of HD live videos immerse viewers in the full experience of MVI’s exceptional artistry. Vickness’s inclusion in Robert Cassard’s ‘Best Guitarist Composer You’ve Never Heard” YouTube video further solidifies his place as a trailblazer in the genre.
Experience the sonic journey with the live video for the album’s title track and the highlight, “Roadrunner.” The full “In The Rain Shadow” album is available for streaming on Spotify, promising listeners a captivating exploration of nature-inspired musical landscapes.
Embark on a mesmerizing journey with La Biche’s latest enchanting single, “ÉTHER.” This extraordinary artist skillfully blends dream pop and cloud rap to craft a transcendental musical experience. With her powerful vocals and poetic lyrics, she weaves a unique atmosphere filled with passion and exhilaration, transporting listeners to another realm. Inspired by her familial musical heritage and artistic journey from Geneva to Paris, La Biche defies conventions to reinvent French chill pop. “ÉTHER” is more than just a song; it’s a promise of complete disconnection from reality, a musical exploration that will send you into orbit and let you brush against the stars.
Following the success of “Combien,” La Biche distinguishes herself even more with “Éther.” The fusion of dream pop and cloud rap creates an ethereal sound, an immersive experience where music becomes a state of being. It’s an invitation to venture beyond your comfort zone, where frequencies align to create a weightless sensation.
La Biche, an artist who refuses to be categorized, delivers bold semantics, a rap imprint, and frequencies that send shivers down your spine. With “Combien” and “Éther,” she pushes boundaries, offering a musical experience that transcends established norms. Immerse yourself in La Biche’s unique universe, where passion and exhilaration intertwine, confronting you with yourself. An essential artist who liberates art as a necessity, La Biche transports you into her enchanting world.
Indie-pop duo Grace & Moji have unleashed a mind-bending visual spectacle for their latest single, “Sad Times.” Directed by the visionary filmmaker John Frost, the psychedelic music video takes viewers on a captivating journey through the streets of Los Angeles in a pink convertible, driven by a mysterious figure adorned with a skull mask.
Grace & Moji, a married couple with a unique musical journey, explore the intricacies of their relationship through their distinctive sound. “Sad Times” delves into the cycles of sadness and the process of breaking free from negative loops. Director John Frost, known for his work with artists like Steve Aoki and Cheat Codes, brings a visually stunning experience, combining surreal backstreet cityscapes with symbolic elements reminiscent of David Lynch’s style.
Moji, donned in a retro-inspired suit, guides the audience through the eccentric cityscapes, while Grace, in a psychedelic blue bell-bottom dress, delivers a magnetic performance in the middle verse. The video incorporates vivid and saturated colors, a 360-degree camera, and a blue fur room, creating a visual feast that complements the duo’s genre-defying music. The narrative alludes to breakthrough experiences facilitated through plant medicine and ayahuasca, adding layers of meaning to the vibrant and catchy track. Grace & Moji celebrate the process of evolution, transforming melancholy into a visually exhilarating celebration. The “Sad Times” music video, a collaboration with John Frost, showcases the duo’s commitment to pushing creative boundaries, delivering a sensory experience that resonates with their audience.
Love Ghost, an emerging force in the music scene, is making waves with their latest release, “Dopeman,” featuring Ghanaian Afrobeat artist Camidoh and DJ Switch Ghana, the Global Prodigy Award Winner. With accolades from Rolling Stone Magazine, FLAUNT, Alternative Press, Lyrical Lemonade, and more, Love Ghost draws inspiration from collaborators like Rico Nasty and Adan Cruz.
“Dopeman” is a fusion of Afrobeat sensibilities from Camidoh’s chart-topping “Sugarcane,” the dark alternative rock feel characteristic of Love Ghost, and the energetic freestyles of DJ Switch. The track is set to launch a new TikTok dance challenge and is supported by PR campaigns across Nigeria and the UK. An official music video featuring all three artists enhances the visual experience.
Having played at the Rockpalast festival broadcast throughout Germany and notable venues in Mexico City, Love Ghost has more in store for fans, including a full album collaboration with Marilyn Manson’s guitarist and producer Tim Skold, commissioned by Metropolis Records. Camidoh, a Ghanaian Afropop sensation, gained recognition with his single “Sugarcane” and was nominated for the International Entertainer of the Year at the 2023 BET Awards. DJ Switch Ghana, the youngest winner of Ghana’s annual DJ award, has received acknowledgment from Roc Nation and performed at prestigious events globally, showcasing her prodigious talent. Together, this collaboration promises a dynamic and genre-defying musical experience for audiences worldwide.