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Minoti Vaishnav was born in Mumbai, India with a passion for music, writing, and television. Knowing she couldn't pursue her passion the way she wanted to in her home country, Minoti moved to Los Angeles at the age of 19, leaving her family back in India. Not knowing a soul in L.A., Minoti still managed to make it on her own, and at 22 she released her first album "The Fictional Truth", with her first single "Psychologist" getting several thousands of downloads online.

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A Singapore duo that found the formula to Indie Blue Rock

 Pitch Feather is the delightful vocals of Alberta Leong and the superb instrument skills of husband Chuan on songs written by these two inspired artists. The band hails from Singapore and serves a nice mix of folk, indie, rock and rock shortened to "indie blue rock".

From the lovely new folk ballad Elderflower to the epic and aptly-named Painter's Symphony through pop rock Lavender Girl and the light and playful melody of indie pop track Usual Day, the couple takes their audience through the human journey on their album Mountains and Tides, almost summarising the experience in the track The Odyssey.

Here and there, epic guitar riffs, subtle melismas, choir-type harmonies, even Celtic vibrato and a number of other surprising musical enchantments find themselves on the album that make you doubt at every new musical twist, that this LP is a DIY artistic project created by a Singaporean couple at the back of their house as a side project and in their spare time.

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 Her clear musical talent is underpinned by a musical pedigree...

 

It is easy to categorize Carla Bruni as a face and body with a higher than average ability to hang make-up and clothes. It might even be easier to identify her in relationship to her passage in the French white house or to her aristocratic background. However, under music, all humans are equal and it is the color she brings to the rainbow of music that is here of interest. 

 Her clear musical talent is underpinned not only by a musical pedigree (her father is a composer and a pianist) but by her own musical influences (ranging from The Beatles to Bob Dylan) and her ability to uniquely stamp her melodies by doing Folk with an air of Chanson while mixing it with various genres and retaining a certain musical simplicity. The understated elegance of her music is reflected in its minimalist instrumentation and her effortlessly smoky (literally even) voice, resembling the characteristic breathy voices of French female music artists of a previous generation, yet unique, sounding more like a whisper than a sung lyric. The lyrics occupy a center stage, typical in French chanson but also highlighted in her rendition of some beautifully crafted English poems.

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Expressing the Purity, Innocence and Energy of Children...  

                        

Korlan

It can somehow be debilitating that genius is late if at all recognised especially when it has the unique ability to unravel life enigmas and present them as another simple and natural event. It is the talent that Kazakh composer and pianist Korlan possesses and generously shares with the world. What seems to us as a melodic bridge between life secrets and our emotional response to it is merely her way of expressing, as she says herself, “the purity, innocence and energy” of “children, animals and nature”.


When you have her advanced composing and piano skills, you could be ‘limited’ to what music theory and practice have to offer. However when you add to that her natural talent as well as her great sensitivity and closeness to nature, you end up with evocative and powerful melodies as only she can serve in each of her piano pieces.

Korlan’s portfolio has it all, breadth, depth, it moves you within, moves you without. Her own personality weaves around each key and chord to print a timeless legacy of breathtaking moments and emotional observations set in impeccable and exquisite music and fuelled by her love for humanity. Human emotions find their resonance, from childhood feelings to adult emotions and the language of music rekindles with humanity at its core, as it suddenly becomes accessible, even familiar.

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