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Verseria Release Complex, Genre-Fluid Album ‘RLTVTY’

Jesse-Lee Rowe

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It is always an absolute treat coming across a rock group that has you from the first listen – with an influx of indie rock bands over the last few years, there is no shortage of releases within the genre, but creating music that stands out from the crowd isn’t an easy task. The latest effort from Indiana rock group Veseria, 13 track album RLTVTY is a remarkable, genre-fluid project that incorporates elements of classic, folk, progressive and punk rock, as well as elements of blues, without it becoming a chaotic mess.

This in itself is a testament to the composition abilities of the husband/wife songwriting team of Jen and Patrick Roberts, and their joint musical journey creates a stunning narrative that adds a personal, relatable context to their music.

RLTVTY features a wide range of musical styles across the various tracks, creating a beautiful range that will appeal to a host of listeners. While tracks like ‘Zenobia’ and ‘Time to Kill’ are a bit heavier and more punchy, giving us a sound reminiscent of bands like The Black Keys or Shadow Club, the band also gives us fun, folky tracks like ‘Wingspan’, tracks with punk elements like ‘Hunting Accidents’, and even raw, emotional tracks like ‘Safe in Sleep’ that carry the same enigma and vocal style as Florence Welsh of Florence and The Machine. Another track that really shows off Jen Roberts’ vocal ability is the opening track, ‘And Also’ which features masterful horn instrumental elements from Ben Jarvis and William Skirvin.

‘Feed a Fever’ (Starve a cold) has to be my favorite single from the album. Apart from being a harmonic masterpiece, it really illustrates the cohesion between the vocals from Jen and Patrick Roberts. After hearing this, I decided that they are probably my new favorite husband/wife rock duo because the way that their vocals are married on this track is simply intoxicating. The string arrangement on this song is also breathtaking, with cello and banjo elements that are somehow subtle and complex at the same time.

I want to feed your fever, starve this cold – so I can go where you are

Another one of my top tracks has to be ‘And Also’. It starts off with beautifully layered instrumentals and of course, the strong vocals (and lyrics) referenced above, and builds into absolute jive-inducing madness. It is catchy from the get-go, with a soulful rhythm that ropes you in, and after a brief pause at 2:17, the foot-stomping build starts, erupting into raucous elements of punk and SKA that bring the song to a thrilling end. This style really reminds me of 2 great South African bands, namely Hog Hoggidy Hog and The Rudimentals. Being from SA, this was a super proud moment from me. REPEAT!

That which seems so pristine, cannot be as perfect as it seems… everything big and small is beautiful, and oh so flawed

‘Time to Kill’ also really does it for me because I love the blues rock elements and the catchy nature of the song. This song also incorporates some of the SKA/Punk elements that I loved on ‘And Also’ and this is a style that I feel the band does really well. I love the verse that comes in at around 2 minutes, merely because it is something different, and taking risks like that is always something that I admire in artists – all in all, this track is complex in elements and composition in a way that truly shows off what Verseria are capable of.

Having performed alongside heavy-hitters like KONGOS, Panic! At the Disco, New Politics, Blue October, AWOLNATION, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company and Saw Doctors – the power and potential of Veseria simply cannot be questioned. The vocal and lyrical capacity of Jen and Patrick Roberts coupled with masterful rhythm and instrumentals from Corey Lusk and Kyle Perkon make for a winning formula that will no doubt become a regular feature in the rock genre.

Watch the video for ‘Zenobia’ below, and stream RLTVTY on bandcamp here.

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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)

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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