It's always exciting, for who writes about music, to discover every time new angles in the infinite power that this art form exercises on human being. While some music artists often find refuge into it, using music almost as a platform for self-therapy, others search passionately for strength or feel-good vibes, so to be able to exorcise some negative karma running into their everyday's lives.


With that in mind, the new album of the American prodigy Pianist and singer/songwriter A.J. Croce, called By Request, it marries perfectly those aforementioned state of minds, adding to them electrifying sparks of joy and nostalgia at the same time too to a record that, in our opinion, it makes Croce's new release be one of the most inspired chapters of the artist's glorious music career to date.

It is certainly refreshing to hear a record coming from an artist that embraces the idea of free form, as approach to music, in a completely unspoiled and direct manner.


This is, in short and in our personal opinion, what happens on the record called The Picture, the second release of the solo project of Swedish Bass/Double Bass artist and composer Alfred Lorinius, called Stormfågel. 

For a music artist, perhaps now more than ever, it is hugely important to keep on focusing and nurturing the love for one of the most fascinating and diverse art-forms existing and still trying, at the same time. to make a point on the current state of our society and the extremely difficult and unique time of the world in which we are all living.


In that respect, someone like the American Blues artist Russell "The Hitman" Alexander, has always been a master in blending his talent as a guitar player and as a singer/songwriter with his cutthroat views on the state of modern society, analysing all its pros and cons together with his band of brothers and sisters, through that splendid music machine called The Hitman Blues Band.

It took almost 6 years and a global pandemic that forced to stop her touring around Europe for Italian Guitar prodigy and singer/songwriter Eliana Cargnelutti to find the time to work on a new studio album.


The resonance of her 2015's previous studio record, called Electric Woman, had created quite a buzz around the whole of Italy and Europe, thanks to a winning formula of slick guitar playing, powerful Hard-Rock tunes and inspired songs, making the talented Italian artist one of the most loved guitar playing in the Old Continent.

In the last two decades, there has been an increasing worldwide interest for Scandinavian music artists on different genres, from Jazz to Blues or from Pop to Rock. A very justified interest indeed, given the enormous amount of talent showcased by said artists throughout their whole career, finally starting to pay off, if we may add, deservedly so.


One of those artists is certainly Blues/Rock Danish guitarist and singer/songwriter Ole Frimer, who has firmly established himself as one of the most loved and respected music artists not just in his native Denmark but also in many countries in Europe.

There is something exquisitely beautiful about the way in which Brooklyn-based Indie/Folk singer/songwriter Jack Symes designs how to put into songs his personal take on modern society.


With the release of his brand new album called Tompkins Park, available via Symes' Bandcamp page, the L.A. raised artist assembles some of the most inspired songs he has written so far in his career, through a series of sonic vignettes based either on personal life or delving deeply into issues part of our everyday's life, written with great sense of narrative and poetry.

Since the dawn of time, the art of music has always been a highly therapeutic tool for millions of people around the world; for those who so skilfully created it, for music fans and sometimes even for medical purposes to cure diseases.


In that respect, somebody that has used for all his life music not only as a platform to allow his many talents to shine in full glory but also as a mirror to his troubled soul, it's certainly that living Blues/Rock legend that is the American guitarist and singer/songwriter Walter Trout.

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