Magnolia Makes Waves

After a 7-year hiatus, Dan Kaplan’s Magnolia ensemble slams out of the gates with a driving anthem track titled Colorblind. The power behind the toms and kick drum in the rhythm section builds a strong foundation for a lasting melody and shimmering guitar riffs that take the listener for a full ride. Overcoming the sadness, grieving periods and losses and powering through to the next chapter in life are the common themes embedded within Kaplan’s writing.

Sink or swim has a pleasant introductory chord progression and melody that showcases Dan Kaplan’s dynamic vocal range, prolific song writing and clear vocal delivery. Backing vocals and electric guitar carry the tune throughout and assemble a tune that holds weight, be sure to give this song a spin.

Beautiful lyrics, calm melodies and simple harmonies take the listener for a pleasant stroll through the hillsides during Without a Sound. Perfect for a long stroll or open highway drive, Without a Sound has a hopeful and upward momentum which will carry you away, if you let it. Stick around for the climactic build and you won’t be disappointed.

The album-titled track Chasing Daylight packs a punch unlike the rest of Kaplan’s previous repertoire. The pounding drums, gleaming electric guitars, blanketed synthesizers drive this song in an upward direction to its very last moments. Keep climbing with Kaplan as he takes you on a wild ride, and stay tuned for his upcoming releases and tour dates with Magnolia.

~Matt Koelsch

Turbulent Records




I'll Call You Tonight

HEAPS N HEAPS (Zach Moon, John Pruitt, Dan Dowsett, Alisa Fedele) bring a vigor that is shaking indie venues throughout greater Los Angeles and up along the left coast.  Their sweet blend of male and female harmonies has bright moments of raspy indie-rock, smoother moments of delicate whispers, and pleasant melodies. Backed by a solid rhythm section, Call You found on their record, "Like No One’s Around" has a lively beat & groove that engages any listener and promises to keep you dancing and bobbing along in bliss.  Look out for Heaps in and around LA, kicking it on Venice beach and making their magic on a stage near you. Be sure to save Call You to your indie-rock playlist and keep an ear out for their next release.

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~Matt Koelsch, Turbulent Records

Najib Howls in the Night

Swedish-songstress Mona Najib spins a deep web of dark-pop with her new single Howlin’ . Inspired by her Moroccan fathers transient lifestyle, Mona has been on the move for most of her twenties but has spent her recent years in Los Angeles on the east side. Her latest track pairs clear and shimmering vocals with beautiful glassy synths atop heavy electronic bass and beat production. Howlin’ sounds like the first chapter of a new book of songs for Mona. It has captured our attention and is creating anticipation for her upcoming record. Roll down the windows and and turn on Howlin as you cruise through your evening.

~Matt Koelsch, Turbulent Records


Alfa hits the mark with Spark & Fury

Between touring the U.S. College market, Philippines and in LA and NYC, Singer-Songstress Alfa has been working diligently in the studio in San Diego and just released her fun-loving, catchy and sophisticated record via Pacific RecordsSpark & Fury is the ideal record for a breezy highway cruise or a relaxing day on the porch.   

Bare Feet is Alfa’s shimmering lead track on Spark & Fury. A driving four-on-the-floor rhythm section, pleasant pop flourishes and glossy harmonies roll through the track. Alfa paints a complete picture for us in each verse with her vivid and prolific lyrics.  Alfa’s uptempo energy continues on her hit song Blue, which is contagious with its upward stroke, island-ukulele and pop-punch vocals. A playful vocal melody and lyrical story encompass Blue. You will be whistling this tune browsing the grocery store months after your first listen. 

The upbeat and optimistic vibe of Incomplete and the harmonies through the chorus tie the song together in a memorable way.  The bridge and build into the last chorus keep the listener engaged and coming back for more. This rendition of the song is a nice contrast to the alternate mellow version of Incomplete recently released by Alfa's co-writer, yours truly. 

A light-hearted but sorrowful chord progression floats through Round & Round and pulls the listener in close. Particularly during the hook, Alfa pedals on a suspended chord that keeps us in a bit of a piano-lead trance. A cello hugs the track close, only enhancing the melancholy yet beautifully composed Round and Round. Alfa’s haunting voice and droning minor chords on her piano spin us back around to press repeat on this tearing ballad. 

Rubber Band is Alfa’s departure from the rest of the tracks on Spark & Fury. It veers a bit outside of her typical songwriting style on the record as it leans a bit harder against the rock and roll tendencies of her past influences. Tension, marching and brooding comes to mind throughout this tune. Some light vocal production and cavernous calls rotating in the background give a more mysterious vibe to this track.  

The chorus is a strong melody in M.O, aka Missed Opportunity. A bit of studio magic and mixing gives it a contemporary twist with a dash of inspiration from Dark Side of the Moon with the sampling of the cash register on Money. Soothing harmonies and a laid back feel on Nothing Ever Lasts and From Me help close out Alfa’s record in a conclusive and satisfying way. 

Alfa’s new record is a steady expansion on her strong creative repertoire. Alfa’s 2017 record Spark & Fury, is available now at digital music outlets worldwide (Apple, Amazon, Spotify, BandCamp). 

~ Matt Koelsch, Turbulent Records