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Eric Anders Releases Powerful, Hard-Hitting Album ‘Eleven Nine’

Jesse-Lee Rowe

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Music may have changed a lot of the years – from where we find it, to how we share it – but the ability that it has to make an impact on the masses is something that will never change.

This is something that I think is often overlooked by modern day artists – powerful, hard hitting lyrics and strong messaging is not something we see every day, and it is not because it does not exist. There are many independent artists that still use music as a tool to influence ideas and spark thought – Eric Anders is one such artist.

Anders released his 7th album, Eleven Nine, in the Spring of 2017, but what makes this album an absolute stand-out for me is the fact that it is a beautifully crafted, 10 song masterpiece dedicated entirely to a cause close to Anders – The fall of Donald Trump.

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Those of you who are familiar with Anders’ previous work will know that this is not the first time that he has achieved this – as his third political album, Eleven Nine is not alone in promoting positive change to the American Political climate.

The album may be quite a bold move on Anders’ part, but it has certainly not been born from a place of wanting to create mass hysteria. The expression of his views and contributing to the greater cause is Anders’ main focus in all of his work, so much so that he is donating all of the album proceeds from Eleven Nine to a Non-Profit organization, Lambda Legal.
Anders’ may not be doing this for the fame, but that has not stopped him from receiving wide-spread critical acclaim, and he has a few massive collaborations and features under his belt, including a feature on the soundtrack for 2007 Michael Schroeder film, Man in the Chair, starring Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer. Anders’ talent has also been recognised by music greats – his cover of the  Violent Femmes ‘Blister in the Sun’ performed alongside producer-guitarist Matt Brown was given the nod of approval by the song’s writer and frontman of the VF, Gordon Gano.

Eleven Nine is an original concept stitched together by Anders’ crooning vocals and exceptional composition. The acoustic feel, coupled with his authenticity make for an exceptional project. Anders’ manages to stir thought aimed at creating awareness, without it becoming an angst-driven cry for revolt. Instead, it comes across as a heartfelt, genuine plea for change.

With the news that comes, this decision’s done. What I call my home, no longer feels a home… and I’m not alone. – ‘Do you feel’

Although some of the songs forming part of this album come from some of Anders’ earlier releases, I think that it comes together beautifully, a cohesive union with strong messaging that would make even the most A-Political American think twice about the powers that be.

Of the 3 original songs written for this album specifically, ‘Here inside the zone of sacrifice’ is a must listen, perfectly illustrating Anders’ musical ability and the overall feel of the album. ‘How low and why’ originally written about Bush in 2004 is also phenomenal.

Visit his souncloud page or website to learn more about his past and present projects.

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Premiere: KRYER Is Back With The Sultry Single ‘Skin’

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The fearless Alternative Rock artist hailing from Tottenham, KRYER, is back with a sultry new single which can be exclusively streamed here on Tune Collective until it drops tomorrow.

While KRYER draws influence from folk-rock greats such as Jeff Buckley, Tom Waits, and Soundgarden, he still infuses his music with the grime scene that surrounded his neighbourhood growing up. These influences blend together for a unique listening experience that help him dive into social narratives in his writing like mental-health, sex, and excess.

“If I answered the question ‘What’s ‘Skin’ about?’ without thinking too much, I’d say that it’s just about sex. I realise now that it’s about a little more than that. I think it’s about the first time I really learnt someone’s body, and how I subsequently forgot everything I’d learnt about anything else at all. That moment when you’re reduced from an anxious and analytical mess with a loose screw to the most basic and carnal state. Funny really, saying it like this… ‘Skin’ is about how there is no longer anything left to separate me from an animal.” – KRYER

‘Skin’ comes as an angsty and passionate track that will have you lost in the music from the sexy guitar all the way to KRYER’s fierce voice. With so much talent and such a distinct sound, we here at Tune Collective are excited to see what he has next.

Check out ‘Skin’ below, and enjoy!

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Video Release: Eric Anders ‘This Fire Has Burned Too Long’

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In the Spring of 2017, I was privileged to have covered the release of Eleven Nine, the 7th album by indie artist Eric Anders.

The project, a hard-hitting, heartfelt plea for change, truly made an impact on me. Its messaging really invoked a sense of wanting to know more about the political climate of America, and willed me to remain educated when it came the powers that be. Being able to do this through music is a huge achievement, as it is a medium that spans countries, cultures, and various other classifications we find have become integrated into the world that we live in.

That said, I had absolutely no idea that Eric Anders would be making further significant impact through the release of his music video for the track titled ‘This fire has burned too long’.

To understand the emotions that Anders manages to bring to light, you need to watch the video.

Its opening frame, the burning of trees, sets the tone for the stark contrast between the peaceful nature of his music and the havoc that seems to flooded into the lives of average Americans through political unrest, and other issues that simply cannot be ignored. What I love about the style of Anders’ music is that it carries the quintessential Middle-American sound, despite it rallying support against a man elected into office by the people forming part of the very same working class of middle-America, who ironically were integral to initiating this genre of music.

Another contrast is introduced – frames celebrating the seemingly successful Donald Trump, amid supporters, applause and achievements, scattered between shots of devastation, war, and destruction, news headlines that illustrate the truth rather than the facade that is so easily believed when remaining ignorant.

Don’t let the intense messaging put you off though – the crooning vocals and beautiful instrumentals put together by Anders will lull you into a true state of musical appreciation.

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Elvis Presley’s 40 Best Songs

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Forty years ago this Wednesday (Aug 16), the day was shaping up to be just another hot and humid summer afternoon in Memphis, Tennessee. Then, about 3 p.m. in the afternoon — the world changed forever for millions of Elvis Presley fans around the world with the sudden passing of “The King Of Rock and Roll.”

Though much has been written in the years since of his passing — and the excessive lifestyle that contributed to it — one thing that remains all of these years later is the music. There was no other musical performer who left such a unique and indelible stamp on the American music landscape than Elvis Aron Presley. Whether it was rock and roll, gospel or country, the singer did it all — as nobody else before him or since.

To narrow Presley’s recorded legacy to a simple 40 recordings is quite the impossible task. Some prefer the era of the early Elvis, while some enjoy the ’60s sounds after his discharge. And, to an extent his later catalog doesn’t get the respect it deserves — he turned in covers of “My Way” and “Goodtime Charlie’s Got The Blues” that, at the very least, equaled the original — with all due respect to the “Chairman of the Board.” So, here are 40 Elvis Presley songs that can fit on any playlist, any time.

40. Elvis Presley – “Always On My Mind” (1972)

39. Elvis Presley – “For The Heart” (1976)

38. Elvis Presley – “Moody Blue” (1977)

37. Elvis Presley – “U.S. Male” (1968)

36. Elvis Presley – “Bossa Nova Baby” (1963)

35. Elvis Presley – “Way Down” (1977)

34. Elvis Presley – “Good Luck Charm” (1962)

33. Elvis Presley – “My Boy” (1975)

32. Elvis Presley – “Return To Sender” (1962)

31. Elvis Presley – “Separate Ways” (1972)

30. Elvis Presley – “In The Ghetto” (1969)

29. Elvis Presley – “A Little Less Conversation” (1968)

28. Elvis Presley – “Fever” (1960)

27. Elvis Presley – “It’s Midnight” (1974)

26. Elvis Presley – “Stuck On You” (1960)

25. Elvis Presley – “If I Can Dream” (1968)

24. Elvis Presley – “She’s Not You” (1962)

23. Elvis Presley – “Steamroller Blues” (1973)

22. Elvis Presley – “Kentucky Rain” (1970)

21. Elvis Presley – “Suspicious Minds” (1969)

20. Elvis Presley – “Little Sister” (1961)

19. Elvis Presley – “Too Much” (1957)

18. Elvis Presley – “Don’t Cry Daddy” (1969)

17. Elvis Presley – “Crying In The Chapel” (1965)

16. Elvis Presley – “Hard Headed Woman” (1958)

15. Elvis Presley – “Guitar Man” (1968)

14. Elvis Presley – “Hound Dog” (1956)

13. Elvis Presley – “One Night” (1958)

12. Elvis Presley – “Memories” (1969)

11. Elvis Presley – “Blue Suede Shoes” (1956)

10. Elvis Presley – “Burning Love” (1972)

9. Elvis Presley – “Love Me Tender” (1956)

8. Elvis Presley – “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (1960)

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7. Elvis Presley – “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear” (1957)

6. Elvis Presley – “Heartbreak Hotel” (1956)

5. Elvis Presley – “Can’t Help Falling In Love” (1961)

4. Elvis Presley – “Don’t Be Cruel” (1956)

3. Elvis Presley – “It’s Now Or Never” (1960)

2. Elvis Presley – “Jailhouse Rock” (1957)

1. Elvis Presley – “All Shook Up” (1957)

This article originally appeared on Billboard.

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