SamV Rodriguez – End of Our Age EP

SAMVNewsflash: SamV Rodriguez just released their debut CD entitled “End of Our Age” in 2012. About the Band: Sam V Rodriguez is the work of one Matthew Mirliani an ambient composer from the east coast. Mirliani has been making a name for himself musically both regionally and internationally.

Musical Genera: Trippy-Ambient, Chill, Melodic-Progressive Fusion, 80’s Electronica

Review: “End of Our Age” is Rodriguez’s latest release and the result though far from a self-indulgent ego trip, rather a moving and elegiac artistic statement from start to finish. This is not your overly predictable Ramon Noodle Ambient Artist. Instead Rodriguez could be classed as a 4 genera artist: Ambient, Chill, Dub and Progressive Industrial. Rodriguez has way too much precision and clarity to live in the shadows of overly-predictable Ambient/Chill. Indeed this is clearly evident in songs like “Spotlight” Joshua” and “Drums” which methodically ups the ante to a very respectable level of catchy musical expression and craftsmanship that transcends pigeonholing. The music is also commercially viable with a fresh sound and an entertaining vibe that holds the attentions span of the listener perfectly. In a nutshell this is “At the Gates” meets “Iced Earth.” The 9 song line-up comes fully loaded and appeals to many listeners with a wide variety of musical styles.

Criticism: Some aspect of the production sound a bit amateurish. Overall I find this artists quite amazing with a huge amount of potential.

Bottom Line: I would imagine in time we will hear more from this artist via Movies and TV productions. No doubt Sam V Rodriguez has carved a marketable niche for himself thus far setting himself up for marketable success over the years to come via his music and Production know how. I would not be surprised to hear his music featured one day on the Discovery Channel. But for now I can honestly say this is one artist that clearly gives you a musical snapshot that is highly original, unique and dare I say brilliant in it’s delivery.

SOUNDCLOUD LINK: https://soundcloud.com/#matthewmirliani/sets/endofourage

Rating: 4/5

by Michael Rand edited by Mindy McCall

Review Comments: therandbrand@gmail.com

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