Soraia’s New Single Is Moving Up Billboard Chart

Courtesy: Wicked Cool Records

Independent rock band Soraia is making waves with its latest single.

The band’s new single, ‘Tight-Lipped,’ has reached #32 on Billboard’s latest Rock Indicator Charts. That is according to information in a news release distributed Monday about the band’s new single.

Soraia debuted its new single along with a b-side — a cover of Aerosmith’s ‘Angel’ — in February. Audiences can stream and download both songs here. The band debuted the companion video for ‘Tight-Lipped’ through Billboard along with the song’s premiere.

Front woman ZouZou Mansour was upbeat in talking about the attention that the band’s new single is receiving.

“The whole band is on fire with how well our newest single is doing!,” said Mansour. “From getting our video debut in Billboard, to a feature article in Loudwire, these are all first accomplishments we have been wanting for a long time. It’s thrilling to watch the song ascend on the Billboard Rock Indicator chart, and be added to Active Rock Commercial Radio Stations across the US. With every new release, we grow. Our fans, our label, and our team are who we really need to thank with all our hearts. Thank you, and can’t wait to see where the road takes us! Still we rise….”

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Tight-Lipped’ boasts the same raw, bluesy classic rock style and sound that the band presented in its 2020 album Dig Your Roots, the band’s third album. Vocalist ZouZou Mansour’s performance pairs with that of guitarist Nick Seditious and drummer Brianna Sig to make the steady rocker an infectious work that will stick with listeners. Bassist Travis Smith adds his own touch to the song to completely flesh out the arrangement.

The lyrical theme that accompanies ‘Tight-Lipped’ is something of a socially conscious message according to Mansour.

“‘Tight-Lipped’ is about a woman who politely refuses to challenge the status quo and direction of her life,” she said.  “It’s a final recognition of the part she has played in her own oppressive censoring – a soulful rebuke of her former beliefs on how to live. But by the end of the song, it becomes a triumphant declaration of who she now is: “‘Meet Ophelia–no more promises. I refuse to be so tight-lipped.’”

In other news, Soraia is scheduled to perform in support of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Nov.21 at the Palace Theatre in Albany, NY.

More information on Soraia’s new single is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttps://www.soraia.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/SoraiaRocks

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/soraiarocks

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews, go online to https://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Soraia Premieres New Double Single; Announces New Livestream Performance

Courtesy: Wicked Cool Records

Soraia is opening the new year with some new music.

The band released its new vinyl single today through Wicked Cool Records. The two-song single’s a-side is its new original song ‘Tight-Lipped.’ It is accompanied by Soraia’s cover of Aerosmith’s ‘Angel,’ which features the band’s Wicked Cool label mate Jesse Wagener on guest vocals.

Audiences can stream and download both songs here.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Tight-Lipped’ boasts the same raw, bluesy classic rock style and sound that the band presented in its 2020 album Dig Your Roots, the band’s third album. Vocalist ZouZou Mansour’s performance pairs with that of guitarist Nick Seditious and drummer Brianna Sig to make the steady rocker an infectious work that will stick with listeners. Bassist Travis Smith adds his own touch to the song to completely flesh out the arrangement.

The lyrical theme that accompanies ‘Tight-Lipped’ is something of a socially conscious message according to Mansour.

“‘Tight-Lipped’ is about a woman who politely refuses to challenge the status quo and direction of her life,” she said.  “It’s a final recognition of the part she has played in her own oppressive censoring – a soulful rebuke of her former beliefs on how to live. But by the end of the song, it becomes a triumphant declaration of who she now is: “‘Meet Ophelia–no more promises. I refuse to be so tight-lipped.'”

Soraia’s cover of Aerosmith’s ‘Angel’ is worth its own listen as it stays largely true to its source material while also giving the song a welcome update. Seditious’ guitar work is right there with that of Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry while the duality in Mansour and Wagner’s vocals creates a unique vocal performance here. Rather than just re-create the airy effect of Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler’s performance in the original, the duo has crafted a performance that is tighter and possibly better than that of the original.

Wagner’s performance here follows that of her recently released original holiday single ‘What Christmas Is To Me‘ and her debut album Shoes Droppin, which she released last year.

Courtesy: Wicked Cool Records/Earshot Media

In other news, Soraia is scheduled to hold a livestream performance at 8 p.m. ET on Jan. 15 to celebrate the premiere of the band’s new music. The event will stream live from The Bowery Electric. Tickets for the event are available and are good for viewing through Jan. 22.

More information on Soraia’s new single is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://www.soraia.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/SoraiaRocks

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/soraiarocks

More information on Jesse Wagner’s new album is available along with all of her latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.jessiewagnerofficial.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/jessie.wagner.568

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/jessie_wagner

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Soraia Releasing New Vinyl Double-Single Next Week

Courtesy: Wicked Cool Records

Soraia is opening the new year with some new music.

The band announced Thursday, it will release its new vinyl single Jan. 8 through Wicked Cool Records. The two-song single’s a-side is its new original song ‘Tight-Lipped.’ It is accompanied by Soraia’s cover of Aerosmith’s ‘Angel,’ which features the band’s Wicked Cool label mate Jesse Wagener on guest vocals.

Pre-orders are open for the single. Audiences can stream both songs through Soraia’s official Bandcamp page.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Tight-Lipped’ boasts the same raw, bluesy classic rock style and sound that the band presented in its 2020 album Dig Your Roots, the band’s third album. Vocalist ZouZou Mansour’s performance pairs with that of guitarist Nick Seditious and drummer Brianna Sig to make the steady rocker an infectious work that will stick with listeners. Bassist Travis Smith adds his own touch to the song to completely flesh out the arrangement.

The lyrical theme that accompanies ‘Tight-Lipped’ comes across as a story about a person who was head over heels with someone who was clearly not right for him/her. That realization is what is presented here, and it is done with with plenty of vim and fire from the subject, with plenty of pride, basically with the song’s subject saying without saying how glad he/she is that things did not work out in hindsight. This is an easily accessible story for any listener. Together with the song’s equally strong musical arrangement, the whole makes the song a work that guitar rock purists will appreciate.

Soraia’s cover of Aerosmith’s ‘Angel’ is worth its own listen as it stays largely true to its source material while also giving the song a welcome update. Seditious’ guitar work is right there with that of Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry while the duality in Mansour and Wagner’s vocals creates a unique vocal performance here. Rather than just re-create the airy effect of Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler’s performance in the original, the duo has crafted a performance that is tighter and possibly better than that of the original.

Wagner’s performance here follows that of her recently released original holiday single ‘What Christmas Is To Me‘ and her debut album Shoes Droppin, which she released last year.

More information on Soraia’s new single is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://www.soraia.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/SoraiaRocks

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/soraiarocks

More information on Jesse Wagner’s new album is available along with all of her latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.jessiewagnerofficial.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/jessie.wagner.568

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/jessie_wagner

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Up-And-Coming Pop/R&B Singer Shines In Phil’s Picks 2020 Top New Independent Albums List

Courtesy: Wicked Cool Records

The independent music community is the backbone of the music business in whole.  Today’s struggling, independent act is tomorrow’s mainstream star.  Every major superstar act that travels the world today and has legions around the globe was at one time independent.  To that end, independent albums deserve just as much attention from critics as their more well-known counterparts.  That is why this critic continues presenting a list of the year’s best new independent albums each year, this year being no exception to that rule.

This year’s list features albums from a wide range of musical genres.  There’s some country/bluegrass.  There’s pop, there’s rock and even some neo-folk/Americana.  Topping this year’s list is up-and-coming pop/R&B singer Jessie Wagner and her debut album Shoes Droppin’.  Independent southern rock band Faith & Scars is also featured in this year’s list, which includes albums not just from unsigned bands, but from those signed to independent labels, too.  Pop rock act Kulick is even in this year’s list with his new album Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood.

As with every past year’s list, this year’s list features the Top 10 albums and give honorable mentions for a total of 15 albums.  Without any further ado, here is Phil’s Picks 2020 Top 10 New Independent albums. 

PHIL’S PICKS 2020 TOP 10 NEW INDEPENDENT ALBUMS

  1. Jessie Wagner – Shoes Droppin’
  2. Nick Perri & The Underground Thieves – Sun Via
  3. Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts – Nowhere To Go But Everywhere
  4. Discrepancies – The Rise
  5. Kulick – Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood
  6. The Devonns – The Devonns
  7. Kurt Baker – After Party
  8. The Tibbs – Another Shot Fired
  9. Faith & Scars – Revolver
  10. Jack The Radio – Creatures
  11. Soraia – Dig Your Roots
  12. Wyldlife – Year of the Snake
  13. Julien K – Harmonic Disruptor
  14. Gab De La Vega – Between Space and Time
  15. Record Thieves  — Wasting Time

Next up from Phil’s Picks is the list of this year’s top new Family Music albums.  Stay tuned for that.

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.  

Listeners Will “Dig” Soraia’s Latest LP

Courtesy: Wicked Cool Records

Independent rock band Soraia released its third full-length studio recording this week.  The 11-song record, Dig Your Roots was released March 13 through Wicked Cool Records comes more than two-and-a-half years after the band released its sophomore album Dead Reckoning.  The 44-minute presentation is a work that will appeal to the band’s already established fan base just as much as it will to those who might be less familiar with the band’s growing body of work.  That is proven through the album’s musical and lyrical content, both of which will be addressed here momentarily.  The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements and will be addressed later.  Each noted item is important in its own right to the whole of Dig Your Roots.  All things considered, they make Dig Your Roots a presentation that music lovers across the board will dig.

Up-and-coming independent rock band Soraia’s latest full-length studio recording Dig Your Roots is a work whose appeal is easily far-reaching.  That is proven in part through its varied musical arrangements that are featured throughout the album.  The record opens with a catchy indie-garage rock style arrangement in ‘Dangerous.’  Guitarist Nick Seditious’ performance in this composition and that of his band mates  — drummer Brianna Sig, bassist Travis Smith and vocalist ZouZou Mansour – makes the song in whole, comparable to works from the likes if The Donnas.  Sig’s drum fills and time keeping, Seditious’ catchy hooks and Mansour’s sharp vocal delivery join with Smith’s low-end to make this song’s arrangement an instant hit for the band.  It’s just one of the album’s most notable works.  ‘Wild Woman,’ which immediately follows ‘Dangerous,’ boasts its own infectious groove.  The arrangement in this case is a blues-based work complete with organ and familiar southern-ground guitar solo from Seditious and gritty vocal delivery from Mansour.  Sig’s time keeping, Smith’s work on bass and the addition of the shaker add even more of a fun touch to the whole that fleshes out the arrangement.  Each musician’s performance works with that of the others to make the song in whole another fun composition that is certain to stick in listeners’ heads.  ‘Evergreen,’ the album’s third track, presents a stoner rock style sound in its verses that will easily appeal to fans of bands, such as Clutch, Royal Blood and Queens of the Stone Age.  The song’s chorus sections, on the other hand, is more of a garage rock sound.  The two sounds together make the song overall stand well on its own merits.

As Dig Your Roots continues to progress through its run, the band takes a distinctly different turn in its fourth song, ‘Foxfire.’  This song presents an arrangement that is a stark contrast to the record’s first trio of songs.  It is far more reserved and contemplative, boasting a song that lends itself to comparisons to works from the likes of Fleetwood Mac.  The band’s familiar garage rock sound returns as the album nears its midway point in ‘Darkness (Is My Only Candle).’  While that familiar sound returns, it should be noted that the band doesn’t just rehash the arrangements from the album’s early songs.  Rather, it holds its own identity that is driven dually through the work of Seditious and Sig.  Mansour’s vocal delivery here and the addition of the organ line adds a little extra subtle touch to the whole that makes the song that much more enjoyable.  Some might call it a stretch, but the song’s chorus might even remind some listeners of Toad The Wet Sprocket’s hit song ‘All Fall Down’ with its chord changes.  As if that mix of sounds isn’t enough to generate some interest, the band’s take on Sinead O’Conner’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ shows even more, the importance of this album’s musical arrangements.  It stays true to its source material, but at the same time, also gives the classic tune a new life and identity.  ‘Superman is Gone’ and ‘Way That You Want It’ return that already noted garage rock sound that has made the band so popular among its fans.  ‘Still I Rise’ builds on that sound while also adding a bit of pop rock sound to the mix, adding even more interest to the record.

When Dig Your Roots nears its end, it gives listeners what is arguably one of its absolute best arrangements of all in ‘Don’t Have You.’  This soulful arrangement tugs at listeners’ heart strings when it is set against its accompanying lyrical content, which will be addressed a little later.  That is thanks in large part to Mansour’s aching vocal delivery.  The way she delivers the song’s words shows such emotion through the dynamic changes.  Seditious’ guitar work adds even more strength to the foundation formed by Mansour’s vocal delivery.  That is evident in both the song’s more controlled moments and its bombastic bridge, which leads into the song’s final moments.  The control in the piano and the string arrangements adds even more to that impact.  All things considered, those elements make this work a presentation that holds its own so easily against its counterparts, both indie and mainstream.

As Dig your Roots reaches its finale in ‘Euphoria,’ the emotional power of the music moves in the exact opposite direction in the best way possible.  This slow, bluesy powerhouse work is uplifting thanks again to Seditious and Mansour.  Seditious shines once again in the solo performance while Sig adds even more power in the fills and time keeping.  Smith’s work on the bass is a perfect counter to Seditious’ work.  In the case of this whole, this is one of those unexpected works that is a perfect fit for so many sports networks’ promos whenever sports should finally return.  That is known especially as that music is joined with the song’s lyrical content.  Keeping this in mind along with the engagement and entertainment brought by the variety in the rest of the album’s arrangement, little to no doubt is left as to the importance of that content.  Of course, as important as the album’s musical content is to its presentation, it is only one portion of what makes the album stand out.  The lyrical content, as already noted multiple times, plays its own key role to that presentation.

The lyrical content featured throughout the course of Dig Your Roots covers as ground as the record’s musical content.  Case in point is the content in ‘Wild Woman.’  Mansour talked about the song in a recent interview, stating it is a female empowerment piece.

I had been listening to this female preacher talking about being “born inside the wild” and not knowing where you were – but that strong women thrived in the wild,” she said. “I fell in love with that idea of birthing yourself – which is one way to put it – over and over when you enter into situations you’re uncomfortable in, or have never been in. An added bonus is the notion of being a “wild woman” in that way was a different take on the idea I think social consciousness has on being a “wild woman.” Empowering instead of denigrating.”

The band also takes on deep emotional issues in ‘Foxfire,’ by comparing it to alleged glowing fungus that, according to stories, leads people astray in the forest.  Mansour also addressed that matter in her interview.

“Travis (Smith) had this intriguing idea of “foxfire” for a title line,” she said. “I didn’t know what it meant, so he told me all about it. It’s this phosphorescent light emitted by certain fungi on decaying timber. It’s beautiful when it glows, but it isn’t real, it’s a momentary thing. And when people would see it in the woods, many got lost being guided by it. We thought it would be interesting to write a song about depression from the standpoint of “foxfire” – or these glimmering thoughts that lead you astray and only give the illusion that everything’s alright. The struggle to believe in any one thought, to characterize the confusion of that type of struggle from the speaker’s point of view.”

‘Don’t Have You’ takes on the familiar topic of a broken relationship, but in a slightly different manner than usual, as pointed out by Mansour.

“This was about my own heartbreak, and that little feeling of hope and possibility still inherent in the relationship is really powerful in the middle of the song,” she said. “It was Geoff’s idea to speak that part instead of sing it, and I was thrilled with how it came out.”

All three of the songs noted here are just a glimpse into the variety of topics discussed through this record’s lyrical content.  When these topics and the album’s other lyrical themes are considered alongside the album’s musical content, the whole of the record’s content more than makes the album worth hearing.  While the record’s content does a lot to ensure its appeal, it is just one part of what makes the record stand out.  The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.

Dig Your Roots starts strong in ‘Dangerous’ and maintains its energy through ‘Wild Woman’ and ‘Evergreen’ before pulling back momentarily in ‘Foxfire.’  The energy picks up again briefly in ‘Darkness (Is My Only Candle)’ before pulling back again in ‘Nothing Compares 2 U.’  Of course from there,  the energy rises again in ‘Superman is Gone’ and continues through its follow-up, ‘Way That You Want It’ before going in a slightly different direction in ‘’Still I Rise.’  It pulls back in the song’s opening bars before picking right back up again,’ essentially maintaining the upbeat energy from the song’s predecessors.  Things take a slower turn in ‘Don’t Have You,’ and even with that slower nature, it is still a very powerful song in its own right thanks to the emotion that translates so well through the combined musical and lyrical content.  ‘Euphoria,’ which closes out the album, continues that different slow yet powerful energy, leaving listeners feeling fulfilled.  Looking back on all of this, it is obvious that the album’s energy rises and falls at all of the right points, ensuring that much more, listeners’ engagement and entertainment.  Keeping that in mind, the engagement and entertainment ensured through the album’s well-planned out sequencing proves just as important as the album’s content overall.  All things considered, they make the album overall one of this year’s top new independent albums.

Soraia’s latest full-length studio recording Dig Your Roots is a record that audiences are certain to dig.  That is proven through the record’s combined musical and lyrical content, and its sequencing.  The musical content is varied, as is its lyrical content.  Together, they give listeners plenty to appreciate.  When that content is considered along with the record’s sequencing, the elements in whole, make Dig Your Roots a presentation that is one of this year’s top new independent albums.  It is available now.  More information on Dig Your Roots is available online along with all of Soraia’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.soraia.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SoraiaRocks

Twitter: http://twitter.com/soraiarocks

 

 

 

To keep up with the latest entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.