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Krister Axel

Krister Axel

Krister Axel is a published lyricist, poet, pianist, and composer living in Ashland who writes song and album reviews at CHILLFILTR.com for bands from around the world. CHILLFILTR is also a music channel on Apple News.

promo photo for single Turning the Shoulder.

19 year-old Singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks, hailing from his family’s farm in central New York State, is quickly establishing himself as an authentic and original Americana artist with a story to tell. His raspy vocal might remind you of Paolo Nutini, but the slow cadence of his latest track Turning the
family acoustic trio Wildwood Kin

Following another busy summer of festivals, including an incredible performance at Glastonbury, family acoustic-rock trio Wildwood Kin share the intimate second single from their self-titled sophomore album which will be released on the 4th of October. Beauty in Your Brokenness is an acoustic lament on the difficulties of self-acceptance, which
Allan Rayman - Stitch

Allan Rayman is a singer and songwriter who has released three projects – Hotel Allan, Roadhouse 01 and Courtney. With a headline tour of Europe coming up, his music is ready to reach a wider audience and Stitch will be the track to reach new fans for him. Although his
Lyrah: Down Low (stripped)

While the sultriness of her beautiful melody and stripped-down groove might remind you of Maggie Rogers, Lyrah gives voice and substance to a complicated situation, and presents the series of emotional steps that were taken in her erstwhile don’t-call-it-a-relationship as a collective sense of frustration. The message here is simple
Brave - by Don Diablo and Jessie J

Brave is a beautiful anthem to self-empowerment, featuring the unbridled soul of Jessie J and the production expertise of Don Diablo, whose contributions to the evolution of future-house and other flavors of modern EDM are widely known. GRAMMY® Award-nominated songstress Jessie J cracked the Billboard Top 20 with her ambitious
John The Blind: Hallelujah

Joining the sound of soul with electronic vocoder flair and a dance-club beat, John The Blind makes his breakout with this infectious paean to the body language of love. In that moment when the song takes hold of you, and it makes you move – that is when you give
Jerad Finck: Home

With a knack for simple hooks, Jerad Finck builds a modern electronic production from the bones of folk-pop, and contends with the state of his relationship. Sometimes it feels like a slow-motion wreck where you can see the conflict approaching, and you are powerless to stop it. If only we
Kelsey Waters - Nashville Indie Rock

Kelsey Waters has been a recording artist since the age of 14. With her new single You Got This, she rolls her life-story into a batch of dark, guitar-fueled songs inspired by electric rock & roll and pop noire. With a nod to her favorite 90’s rockers like Sheryl Crow,
KING GVPSV: Oceans

You may know Mehcad Brooks from his role as James Olsen on the CBS/The CW drama Supergirl, but it should come as no surprise that he is also a talented musical artist. Oceans is his follow-up to last year’s full-length release May 20TH, which has already pushed far beyond a
Run River North - photo by Stephen Yonsik Lee

A co-lead vocal-split between Alex and Sally lends a dynamism to the mix that feels both fresh and genuine. With mid-tempo energy and a sense of wistful retrospection, Rearview explores the power of hindsight, and taps into the sense of regret that comes with once having been young and in