REVIEW: MARLENE OAK – ‘SILVER MOON’ EP 0 223

Just as several of her artistic inspirations and influences – Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Jeff Buckley to name just three – made their impressive mark on the music world, Marlene Oak looks set to perhaps follow in their footsteps as she shares her own talents with the world via her EP Silver Moon.

Title track “Silver Moon” kicks things off with a rather bluesy sound. In all honesty, it comes across as a little flat and easily forgotten up until the point where the horns kick in and inject it with some much needed energy, but it’s soon left in the shadows thanks to “How Can I Move On”, easily the best track featured on the collection. Led by little more than a guitar and a simple drum beat, Oak’s voice is captivating, emotion palpable with every word she sings and note she reaches. It’s one of those songs that can cause goosebumps – it certainly did for me.

“In The Evening” plays like an old, much loved record from the past – the composition has an almost timeless quality to it although Oak’s voice does tend to overpower the instrumentation in places. Follow up track “Everyone” brims with energy. The song itself is the most pop-sounding featured on the collection and might remind some of past releases by the likes of Colbie Caillat or Taylor Swift (without the country-ish twang), and for that, it’s worthy of a few repeat listens and some airplay if chosen as a future single. The only slight flaw with the track is the times when the vocal sounds almost distorted like there was an issue or problem with the recording equipment. It doesn’t particularly hamper the track, but it doesn’t help either.

“Come Home” closes out the collection and while and the musicianship is good, it takes it’s rightful place in the background and allows Oak’s vocal to shine from the start, even more so as the song builds towards its end, leaving listeners with a lingering reminder of just how good a new talent Oak is – and could well be in the future.

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CEO FIELDS UNVEILS HIS BRAND NEW SINGLE “YOURS” 0 33

It’s amazing what an idea can do. After dropping out of college and moving to LA, following managing a big pet boutique for a while, CEO Fields had the idea to launch his own fitness company for dogs. With business going well, Fields went on to invest his profits wisely and made his first million in two years.

This rags to riches story was personified and showcased for all to see and hear on Fields’ debut single “25/8” , which highlighted just how far perseverance and dedication to what you do can get you and now, with his business established, his position in the music world set on a solid foundation and his following on the rise, he’s sharing his latest work in the form of new single “Yours”, which ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to premiere.

Asked about the new release, Fields says:

“Yours is my version of a love song for the Boss Woman out there that has my heart and all of my attention. After ’25/8′ I wanted to speak to the women so that they know I have something for them too. It’s a fun song, both empowering and raunchy.”

Give “Yours” a listen below and for more information on CEO Fields, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

HARRISON CALDEIRA PRESENTS HIS NEW SINGLE “MAN UP” 0 40

Music is a HUGE part of Harrison Caldeira’s life. After being diagnosed with MS back in 2011, a diagnosis that at one point left him without mobility in his hands and feet, he found a new determination to be a part of a world that had provided him with so much pleasure throughout his life. After re-learning to play the guitar and while constantly working on his general health and well-being, he wrote and recorded his rather acoustic sounding EP, The Equinox, which was released back in 2017. Since then, Caldeira has spent the past couple of years writing and recording, taking the time to hone his craft and experiment more with his electric guitar.

Following on from the release of his previous singles “Friends With Benefits” and “Silence”, he’s now unveiled his latest work, a track titled “Man Up” and ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to give the song its premiere.

Asked about the story and meaning behind the song, which fuses together soulful vocals with an electro-pop led sound, Caldeira says:

“Growing up, I was a really sensitive kid. I remember being told to “man up” when I tried to express myself. I love this song because it’s like an anthem to my younger self. Being that vulnerable person is who I truly am. So I wanted to turn that whole expression on its head to let people know that it’s cool to express yourself, and that being vulnerable is actually a strength.”

Give “Man Up” a listen below and for more information on Harrison Caldeira, visit his website, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.