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Hooray For Earth is a New York City-based rock band that originated from home recordings that were created by singer and multi-instrumentalist Noel Heroux.  The band materialized in 2005 when Heroux and the band’s bassist, Chris Principe, met and played in various projects throughout high school before forming Hooray For Earth.  While Heroux and Principe were living in Boston, Heroux worked diligently on home recordings of his songs, many of which became some of Hooray For Earth’s first tunes.

The band later recruited drummer Seth Kasper and keyboardist/guitarist Gary Benacquista before releasing a self-titled demo and playing gigs all around Boston before relocating to New York City in 2007.  The demo highlighted the band’s unique blend of high-power rock and synthesizer tones, which soon caught the ear of Dopamine Records who signed Hooray For Earth and released their debut EP, “Cellphone,” in early 2008.  The record later re-released the band’s demo as an official album in 2009.  That same year, Kasper left the group and was replaced by a new drummer, Joseph Ciampini.

A second EP, “Momo,” was released by online subscription service eMusic Selects and was later released physically by Dovecote Records in 2010.  All of this lead up to the band’s first proper recording of their full-length album, “True Loves,” in 2010.  The album was constructed, produced, and performed mostly by Heroux, with other bandmembers and collaborators like Zambri and mixing engineer Chris Coady contributing in various ways.  The album was released in June of 2011 and was followed up by the band’s second full-length album, “Racy,” in 2014.

If the band’s sound could be described in a few words, it would be “atmospheric” and “sound blending.”  Every track these guys produce is meant to make you feel calm and at peace.  The sounds drift through your ears and seem to want to whisp you away to another world.  Their songs continually have build-ups and falls and the band is not afraid to experiment with their own formula.  It definitely makes for an interesting listening experience and makes the band one that has to be experienced in order to understand.

Check out some of the band’s biggest hits below and if you like what you hear, check out the band’s two albums, “True Love” and “Racy” which are both out now in stores and on Itunes.

 

Sources: Info: AllMusic.com – Videos: YouTube – Picture: Google Images

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Dotan

Dotan Harpenau, better known by his stage name “Dotan,” is a Dutch singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer.  Dotan’s musical career began in 2011 when he sent an email containing some of his own compositions to record producer Sacha Skarbek and Martin Terefe (of James Morrison, Paul McCartney, Jason Mraz and Adele fame) which lead to him being invited to their studio.  Dutch top DJ Giel Beelen later nominated Dotan as the most promising new talent of 2011 and singles from Dotan’s debut album “Dream Parade,” recieved heavy airplay on Dutch radio stations.

Dotan has opened shows for, amongst others, Gavin DeGraw and Sinead O’Conner and together with his band, embarked on a major tour of all of the major clubs in the Netherlands.  On January 21, 2014, Dotan released his debut album, “7 Layers,” in Paradiso, Amsterdam.  The album was produced by Dotan himself and quickly reached No. 2 on the Dutch Top 100 Charts according to the Dutch news website Nu.nl.

The first single, “Fall,” was released on January 17, 2014.  The second single titled “Home” was released shortly after and was nominated as a SuperCrazyTurboTopHit, a 3FM Megahit, and a Alarmschijf on Dutch Radio.  “Home” spent the next two weeks at No. 1 on the Dutch Itunes Top 100.  It also entered the Dutch MegaTop50 at No. 1 and peaked at that chart for 4 weeks.  It also became No. 1 in “Vlaanderen” (Flanders) in Belgium on August 22, 2014.  “7 Layers” reached Gold status on August 25, 2014.

Dotan’s sound has a very calm, bare bones sound to it.  There is a constant contrast between silence and loud, erupting sound, acoustic guitar and dynamic rhythms and choruses.  All of these things are kept in check thanks to Dotan’s voice which that can range between quite and calm to loud and dramatic.  He is a very new artist whose skill for crafting songs has made him an international success both over seas and here in America.  Listen to some of Dotan’s biggest hits below and if you like what you hear, be sure to pick up, “7 Layers,” as soon as you can.

 

Sources: Video: YouTube – Info: Wikipedia, Dotan Official Page – Picture: Google Images