R.M. Hendrix

R.M. Hendrix from Cambridge (Massachusetts) in the USA, centred around the song-writer Michael Hendrix, provides the world with dream rock.

R.M. Hendrix - dream rock from The USA

R.M. Hendrix

Luscious layers of velvet cloak the room in warmth on hitting play as R.M. Hendrix proffer introspection for the listener. I can tell this review will take some time to write as I need to find myself a flotation chamber.


The fuzziness reminds me of dandelion seeds gently wafting in a summer breeze. The partially captured notes set a mesmeric backdrop to which the cerebrum works hard to fill in the gaps and limbic node activates in pleasure as the listener lays transfixed as the brain wrestles the conundrums.

A sound which has logic and emotion firing at odds with one another, cannot do anything than make a mark and regardless of where you sit on the musical style preference sheet, I would be saddened if this didn’t fire up interest.

A delightful release – the eleven track  Urban Turks Country Jerks is due to be coming out on the 28th on Moon Sound Records – and I look forward to spending many more hours in the cloak of R.M. Henrdix over the coming months and years.

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Clay Dudash

Clay Dudash is the indie folk outfit centred around Clay Dudash from Tucson in The USA.

Clay Dudash - indie folk from The USA

Clay Dudash

Before you hit play, don flares and throw over some beads, stand up and shake as you hit play, the rest will occur naturally. Retro sits well in the right hands and Clay Dudash has the right hands to provide music which rattles around the scintillated body. Through utilisation of additional players and vocal the balance of the material is allowed to flow smoothly through the room.


Expect no surprises in the space as Clay Dudash casts an acerbic eye across the landscape, providing a running commentary, whilst providing a conductor to strike an earth through which the bolts of lighting, expounded in the lyric, can ground themselves.

The resonance of the output lies in the contradiction betwixt lyric and the mellow mood of  the music, which is precisely the footprint in which Dylan excelled.

More time and personal confidence, may perhaps allow Dudash the resilience to write more explicit protest songs for the 21st Century. It will be interesting to see if he takes up the cudgels of his own personal perspective of the world in a more direct manner, I hope he does and then we will have something of lasting memory.

For now, I recommend getting to know Clay Dudash in the embryonic stages.

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Steve Koserski

Steve Koserski from Toronto in Canada is a progressive rock music producer.

Steve Koserski - progressive rock from Canada

Steve Koserski


Flights of fancy spiral their way around the room as the sounds of Steve Koserski tumble around the room like a light display. Tracks of what seem, on reading duration, interminable length quickly flow around the brain as the music mutates from phrase to phrase. The sounds are not unattainable, but they do challenge the listener to appreciate the themes. If you take the time, you will find yourself submerged in a weave of seeming conflict, which by the time it drops to the ears coalesces into a streaming consciousness.

Not for everyone’s palate, that is for sure, but I found myself lost in the extended tracks which flow in apparently unrelated chapters until reaching the finale, where the pieces meld together, the tale told sinks to a summation and the composition forms a sharp focus of thought.

Not for a five minute run out – as in the main you won’t even be half-way through the piece, Steve Koserski offers material which requires time to ingest and as he is in no hurry to reach the conclusion, there is plenty of space to lay a while.

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Froskull

Froskull from Nashville in the USA is the progressive rock quartet of Stephen Rockford Hammond, Jay Schond, Brett Hammond and Adam Dennis.

Froskull - Progressive rock from The USA

Froskull

The music gently curls up to the ceiling before dropping like falling blossom around the ears. Froskull take influences from across both Western rock and sitar based Indian folk to provide a feast for the audience. Don’t be in any hurry, as neither are they, these are sounds that need time to flourish and the quartet have the justifiable confidence in their abilities to allow the material the space they need. It would be easy to over-step the mark and become self-indulgent, which the band avoids, as although the music wanders in flights of fancy, there is a misty path which keeps the brain immersed in the out-put.

Songs range from the futuristic to the historical and they manage to keep the audience engaged throughout the journey. Froskull use vocal sparingly and only to form part of the instrumentation, rather than being a focus for attention, creating a slightly mystical quality. Best absorbed in an extended session, as, listening to tracks in isolation does not give as much context and taking time out to settle back is the best way to appreciate the band and what that marks them out for attention.

Their eponymous twelve track LP which came out earlier this month is a good starting point to get to know Froskull.

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Ghosts Of Home

Ghosts Of Home is the New Jersey (USA) alt rock trio of Darren Kosinski (Guitar / Vocals), Matthew Woods (Bass / Vocals) and Luciano Nascimento (Drums / Percussion).

Ghosts Of Home - alt-rock from The USA

Ghosts Of Home

A pent up frustration of a Society of injustice steams out of the speakers as Ghosts Of Home start to play. Whilst there is a sadness cloaking the sounds, there is also a message of hope as a chink of light is allowed to pierce the oppressive clouds.

Only a year into their journey the trio have been able to clearly define their message and wrap it inside a distinguishable layer which features as the instrument of choice, the drum-kit, surrounding which swirl guitars and vocals. This clarity of direction and focus has enabled the band to release a new EP – Picking Locks – and concentrate on creating well structured compositions. Unafraid to bring in alternative instruments, and turn their hand to acoustic songs to add context to the tracks, Ghosts Of Home have a sound which will ideally suit fans of rock with harmonies.

Whilst musically, when you take a listen (and unusually, I ask you to take a listen to two songs to demonstrate their versatility), you will understand that the out-put by Ghosts Of Home, doesn’t sit in my natural territory, but that is because music is a personal taste. However they have much to commend them and there can be no doubt that this a group of musicians able to both compose and deliver exactly what it says on the tin and I would hope they establish a greater following in short order, as the trio have much to offer the world of music.

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