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Lucy, Racquel & me

So here we are:
One third is from Australia, Lucy, lyrics
One third is form California, Racquel, vocals
One third is from France, Me, composer
all artwork are from Lejla, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Internet is our world. Together we create catchy pop/folk songs under the name Lucy, Racquel and me, our first album is out and it needs you to be heard.
Social links: Facebook, soundcloud, The album in streaming: soundcloud.com, to download: goo.gl, the artwork and of course, on Itunes, Deezer, Spotify ... n this evening’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on a rather peculiar, but immensely fascinating act. They’re called Lucy, Racquel and Me.
As the name alludes to, they are a three piece creative effort. They haven’t ever met, however, and their collaboration is conducted entirely through the internet.
This has become somewhat more common in recent years in the independent music scene, but it’s not often you see an outfit as coherently constructed in this fashion as Lucy, Racquel and Me. Let’s explore their new self-titled debut album and discern whether or not they’re worth adding to your music collection.
To provide some context, Lucy is a lyricist from Canberra, Australia. She wrote or co-write most of the songs on the album. Racquel is a vocalist from California who performs said duty throughout the whole album. Finally, ‘Me’ is the composer, who resides in France. To be entirely honest, I’m still not entirely sure who ‘Me’ is - the final third of the puzzle isn’t as directly credited as the previous two. To be fair, though, the name of the band also does this - the third and final person isn’t named, but Lucy and Racquel are. Again, all of this concretes the impressiveness of these three being able to craft any sort ‘complete’ sound across vast distances.
The new album, which was released a week ago, is eleven songs long. Thus, it’s quite a lengthy endeavor, all of which can be streamed on Sound Cloud now.
The music takes a cue from the Beatles and Paul McCartney in style, something that works for it nicely. (Technically, all music takes a cue from the Beatles, but Lucy, Racquel and Me are clearly very directly inspired.) Hence, the album is mostly soft rock tinged with pop sensibilities. This makes the album very accessible; I’m sure most music fans will find something to appreciate or at least hum along to this album.
The opening of the record is ‘Hello Sunday,’ a track where Racquel harmonizes with some overdubs of herself to wonderful effect. It’s easy riding, smooth to listen to, and very well produced, setting an excellent tone for the album. The song’s lyrics lack some depth, but if we’re being honest, so did a lot of the early Beatles catalog. It’s a song designed to make the listener feel good. It does that very well.
‘Children In Bare Feet’ follows ‘Hello Sunday’ with an intriguing contrast. The lyrics of this song are actually quite beautiful and offer a bit of depth, making it a perfect follow-up to the lovely ‘Hello Sunday.’ The electric guitar solo is particularly good, offering some increased instrumental variation on top of the acousticbased composition. The induction of that guitar also foreshadows ‘One Day,’ a song that ties itself to the instrument for a bluesy romp through passionate love themes that feel surprisingly original. (When you receive dozens of ballads a day like I do, love songs quickly become burdened by the same tropes. I think the exceptional performances on ‘One Day’ keep it from falling victim to that.)
The atmospheric ‘Shattered’ continues the trio’s journey through eclectic sonic experimentations on this album. It’s worth noting how complete and organic these songs feel. Every piece of ‘Shattered’ and its counterparts feels completely authentic, as if everything was recorded in the same studio at once. This is the biggest hurdle a project like this has to overcome, and I think Lucy, Racquel and Me have mastered it surprisingly well - perhaps better than any other group I’ve seen attempt this.
‘Untraceably Gone’ is definitely a bit odd to listen to this time of year - this is definitely a winter song both in content and in spirit. It sounds like it’s off a Christmas record, which does make it feel a bit out of place after four tracks that don’t even step in that kind of direction. On the flip side, though, it’s a really stunningly performed song that does do an apt job at showing the trio’s prowess can go in a very different direction. I think Lucy, Racquel, and Me could tackle a variety of genres to great success.
‘Love Now’ is another love ballad, one that takes a page out of the ‘All You Need Is Love’ songbook. It’s probably the most bubblegum song of the collection, but it isn’t without its merit, especially when followed by the fiercely independent ‘Gone Baby Gone.’ The two accentuate each other nicely. In some ways, these songs seem to catalog the downfall of a relationship. ‘Love Now’ is the beginning, and songs like ‘What Did We Do Wrong?’ definitely denote the end. ‘All True,’ however, may be the best of those more melancholy break-up songs. Racquel’s performance is absolutely fantastic.
‘Coffee Queen’ is a very loveable track, as is ‘Silence For Beginners.’ The former is very folksy and coffee-shop, and the latter is doused in contemporary jazz influence. Now, these are great songs. Their placement, however, is awkward. ‘All True’ has a haunting sense of finality to it - a bittersweet resolution of the album’s emotions. Having ‘Coffee Queen’ follow it doesn’t feel right. ‘Coffee Queen’ and ‘Silence For Beginners’ should be moved earlier into the sequencing, with the album ending with ‘All True.’
I must laud Lucy, Racquel, and Me. I get a lot of music from artists that collaborate over the internet and it very often shows. It doesn’t one bit here, though, and their new album is very much worth listening to. It doesn't at all sound like it was recorded so differently. It’s a splendid journey that makes one eagerly anticipate the next.
Album: Where the moon never sets (2018)
6 Songs with catchy melodies and bewitching voices

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# (PST) Name length Rating Notes
1 9:00 Unravel 04:09 4
2 9:04 In my head 02:38 4
3 9:06 Millions out there 03:54 4
4 9:10 Grey 02:12 4
5 9:13 Pull down the moon 02:59 4
6 9:16 Inside my vault 03:41 4

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Max and the Duck  

Everything has its time
Max and the Ducks releases a new song Everything Has Its Time with their new singer Erja Siljamo on Friday, July 27, 2018. The premiere of the song and music video is in Fuengirola, Spain at Frame Bar Gallery Shop on Saturday 28.07.2018 at 18.00! Welcome. The video has been directed by Jirkka Jurvanen (SuperB Production)
The song is based on Don Quijote from the classic Spanish literature - The Ingenious Nobleman Sir Quixote of La Mancha. Everyone has their own windmills on their shoulders. Everyone needs their own Sancho Panza. The song is very personal to all band members. Divorces, changes in work, financial issues, emigration, dreams, love and loneliness are all the themes the song.
Members of Max and the Ducks Marcos Kuusjärvi, Veli Eronen and Erja Siljamo are all Finns, but spend a lot of time on the Costa del Sol. Max and the Ducks has been recording music since 2009 with a number of singers. The band does not categorize itself to just one music genre but wants to make diverse music and utilize different style trends as well as moods of different ages in their music.
Their most successful song is Who the F .... Is Alice. The song has been sold in more than ten countries. Another band's success story has been the song "This Bond Is Tight" featured in the Eurovision Song Contest for Switzerland.

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# (PT) Artist Name length Rating Notes
7 9:20 Max and the Ducks Everything Has Its Time 03:38 4 New song
8 9:23 Cameron Sanderson You're Okay 02:49 4 New song
9 9:26 Chuck Elliott Watson In the house of the rising sun(Victoria`s Secret) 03:18 4
10 9:30 Larre U-A We Were Young 03:39 4 New song
11 9:33 Neil Taylor It Was Our Day 03:33 4
12 9:37 W. Dire Wolff Cheyenne Wind 02:58 4
13 9:40 Alan Garmonsway American Dream 05:44 4
14 9:46 Dave Vargo Come Take Me Home 04:25 4
15 9:50 Forge The Rubicon Forever you 04:19 4
16 9:55 Kim Smith Thunder Run 03:11 4
17 9:58 AirCrash Detectives Half the Man I Used To Be 05:00 4
18 10:03 Our House, in The Woods, MN Chemical-Queen 05:46 4
19 10:09 Richard Gilbert But, Here I Am 04:22 4
20 10:13 Keith Morris & the Crooked Numbers Psychopaths & Sycophants 04:31 4
21 10:18 The Refusers Disobey 02:57 4 New song
22 10:21 Liz Fawcett New Times 04:21 4 New song
23 10:25 Velvet Starlings Borrowed Time 03:54 4 New song
24 10:29 All Taken Smells Like Mistakes 02:40 4
25 10:32 Bob Rylett Cheeky Come Home 03:29 4
26 10:36 Bouncing Betty Why 04:19 4
27 10:40 Lovely is to the Bone Sunshine 03:12 4
28 10:43 Robert O'Connor No Second Chances 03:45 4 New song
29 10:47 TolbertToz HeartBeat 03:51 4
30 10:51 Joshua Rich Trying Vegetables 02:08 4
31 10:53 Marshall Potts Much 03:00 4
32 10:56 Axemaster Shallow Grave 04:39 4
33 11:01 Jeremy Porter and The Tucos Torn 02:03 4
34 11:03 Booker Creed Make 'Em Count 02:38 4
35 11:06 Samson A life of our time 04:05 4
36 11:10 Surreal Nation Spirit is Silent 04:09 4
37 11:14 The Saw Service With A Snarl 04:55 4
38 11:19 2sisters zombie girl 02:30 4
39 11:22 Alessandro Bagagli What 2 Do 04:51 4
40 11:27 Andrew D. Huber God Fearing Man 05:11 4
41 11:32 MAKS Career 03:48 4
42 11:36 Matt Steady Hadrian's Wall 03:18 4
43 11:39 Ortario  Pain (Of Glass) 03:23 4
44 11:43 RedLight Starcatcher 04:21 4
45 11:47 Remedies Precious Disease 04:15 4
46 11:52 Retrovizor My Celestial Friends 03:05 4
47 11:55 Richard Gilbert To Live This Life Again 03:40 4
48 11:59 Rotjoch Nobody Knows 02:13 4
49 12:01 Six O'Matic 100,000 Fireflies 04:12 4
50 12:05 Sombre Moon Blurred Reality 03:51 4
51 12:09 Söur Bruthers All I Want 04:17 4
52 12:14 The Cute Urchins Me oh My 03:42 4
53 12:17 The Discarded I don't know what to believe 03:59 4
54 12:21 The Good Morning Nags Sugar Baby 02:57 4
55 12:24 The January Dead The Road To God 03:32 4
56 12:28 The Saw Not Such A bad Place 04:37 4
57 12:33 The Scene Stealers Nana Nana 03:48 4
58 12:37 Yury Lyamkin Girl In Those Blues Jeans 03:30 4
59 12:40 Alessandro Bagagli Come 2 Me 05:06 4
60 12:45 Andrew D. Huber St. Patrick's Well 03:55 4
61 12:49 Audio Jane Fate, Again 03:38 4
62 12:53 Austin Colσn  Silence is Dangerous 02:48 4
63 12:56 BAMIL Emptyness 05:38 4
64 1:02 Crawling Solo Travel Back In Time 03:33 4
65 1:05 Desmond Grundy Dancing Barefoot 03:43 4
66 1:09 Gamma Ray Sam Everybody Knows its There 06:33 4
67 1:16 Geary Nelson Maid of Love 03:40 4
68 1:20 lori nebo Standing Stronger 04:01 4
69 1:24 EXTHIEVES Safe 02:13 3
70 1:26 Wilson Daniels Whiskey Bride 03:49 3
71 1:30 The Android Jellybabies Dream Girl 03:29 3 New song
72 1:33 Shadowperimeter Genetic 04:24 3
73 1:38 Matt Steady Lindow Moss 06:24 3
74 1:44 Andrew D. Huber Postcards from the Stage 03:39 3
75 1:48 Garry Moore Runnin Got To Make 100 04:29 2
76 1:53 Marc Ceccotti Like all the beautiful things 04:22 2
77 1:57 The Nigel Purcell Trio The Clowns of the apocalypse 02:57 2 New song