Category Archives: Single Reviews

One Way Out – Black Lungs (and a Broken Heart) – Single

By Samuel Stevens

Release Date: January 1, 2021

Genre: Rock

Label: Independent

The Washington, D.C. five-piece rock act One Way Out have shared their latest single, “Black Lungs (and a Broken Heart).” The five, young rockers continue directly where their 2019 debut album, Cosmic Beat, and their 2020 single, “Black Walls,” left off. Cosmic Beat was an album inspired by narrative-driven concept albums such as David Bowie’s 1972 classic, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, all the way to King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard’s 2017 album, Murder of the Universe. The new single is the product of an entire year off with only songwriting and recording to occupy the members of One Way Out. “Black Lungs (and a Broken Heart)” has plenty enough grit to please any fan of rock ‘n’ roll, while still being able to hook its listeners with a chorus that rings inside your brain that you just simply never forget it.

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Akeem Oh – School Girl (Single)

By Samuel Stevens

Release Date: October 9, 2020

Genre: Indie Pop, Folk

Label: Oh My Records

The Ottawa, Ontario-based American-Canadian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Akeem Oh (Ouellet) has released his brand new single, “School Girl.” The new single was written about a close friend of Akeem’s who is described as an ambitious artist herself, who’s making her way through the many challenges of early adulthood. The entire track was written, recorded, with all if its instruments performed, and finally, produced by Akeem himself. The single was mixed and mastered by Philip Shaw Bova (Feist, Bahamas) at Bova Sound Lab.

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Tidal Wave – Our Silhouettes (Single)

By Samuel Stevens

Release Date: December 10, 2020

Genre: Alternative Rock, Art-Rock

Label: Independent

The Toronto seven-piece art-rock outfit Tidal Wave has finally shared their brand new single, “Our Silhouettes,” after many release delays. Most of these delays that hit the band over the last nine months are a result of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The brand new single was formerly scheduled for release in March. Since, the band has remained hard at work on their songwriting and recording, and even tinkering around with their own well-defined sound.

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Raz – Be Okay (Single)

By Samuel Stevens

Release Date: September 25, 2020

Genre: Hip-Hop

Label: Lost Poet Records

Rapper/Songwriter Raz from Toronto, Ontario, is continuing to make his presence known within the Canadian music and Canadian rap scenes with his brand new aspiring single, “Be Okay.” His brand new single is an infectious blend of hip-hop and pop rock music that’s soaked in the warmth of the summer sun. Raz wrote the track as an ode to the summer while intertwining the hopefulness and some positivity out of the darkness of this wildly turbulent year into song. “Be Okay” was co-produced by music producers Taabu and Andrew Falcao after Raz heard the original production in an Instagram post from Falcao. Raz and Falcao had one sitting in the studio with Taabu to finalize the instrumental on the single and recorded the vocals as well in one recording session.

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Spencer Sutherland – Wonder (Single)

By Samuel Stevens

Release Date: November 13, 2020

Genre: Pop, R&B

Label: BMG

Pop and R&B singer-songwriter Spencer Sutherland -from Pickerington, Ohio and now based out of Los Angeles- has released his latest single, “Wonder.” Spencer is looking to continue to make his presence known with the continuous release of singles this year. Spencer’s new single furthers this continued motion from his creativity as a musician. “Wonder” is a track that touches on the topic of overthinking. Spencer uses his lyricism to express some of the questions he has running through his head directly into the words you hear on the song.

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