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Isla Shares Second Single “It’s Not That Far” ; ‘The Mediterranean Gardener’ Out August 27, 2021.

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Los Angeles, Calif. – Today, Isla shares the second single, “It’s Not That Far,” from The Mediterranean Gardener out August 27 on Yep Roc Records; listen here.   

First released as a Bandcamp exclusive, the digital-only album is acclaimed singer/songwriter Josh Rouse’s new solo project. With gorgeous chilled-out electronica, the nine-track album provides a refreshing musical tonic for these stressful times. Of “It’s Not That Far,” Rouse offers, “Originally it sounded more like David Bowie’s “Rebel, Rebel,” but when moved to the synth world, it’s melody and chords simplified and became more intimate.

Now it’s very soft and fuzzy.” Rouse’s wife, singer/artist Paz Suay, provides backing vocals on the track. Recorded mainly at his small studio near his Valencia, Spain home, Rouse created the instrumentally oriented set during the confines of 2020 relying on keyboards and Roland Cloud samples. It’s “a stress-free atmosphere with breezy, improvised electronica,” says Rouse. “I was really just looking for vibes that were soothing. I didn’t want anything that was aggressive.” 

From the eerie Eno-like ambient opener of “Buenas Noches Baby” to the Brazilian chords and melodies of the Jobim-esque “Color De Vida,” the album is an alluring mix of lyric and instrumental tunes that meld together so smoothly that they feel more like a whole piece of music rather than a collection of songs. Realizing the music was far from the guitar-based, storytelling style for which he’s known, Rouse felt it needed its own name and Isla was born. 

Rouse was joined on the recording by frequent collaborator Daniel Tashian, who plays keyboards and Linn drums on “12 Bars,” which he co-wrote. The album was mixed by longtime producer Brad Jones and mastered by Mike Westbrook. The distinctive album cover was designed by Rouse’s wife, artist/singer Paz Suay, who also provided backing vocals on “12 Bars” and “It’s Not Too Far.” 

The Mediterranean Gardener Tracklisting:1. Buenas Noches Baby2. It’s Not That Far3. Color De Vida4. 12 Bars5. A Sunny Day6. For The Love of a Girl7. Night Moves8. Until the Sun Comes Out9.

Attention Pre-order the album here.

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Isla’s ‘The Mediterranean Gardener’ Gets Wide Release; Digital-Only Debut Album Out August 27, 2021.

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Listen + Share: “Until the Sun Comes Out”

Los Angeles, Calif. – First released as a Bandcamp exclusive, Isla’s digital-only debut album, The Mediterranean Gardener, will see a wide release on August 27. The first single from the album, “Until the Sun Comes Out,” is available today; listen here. Musically reminiscent of Echo and the Bunnymen and The Cure, “the song just wrote itself,” says acclaimed singer/songwriter Josh Rouse of the first single from his new solo project, Isla. The Mediterranean Gardener is a nine-track album of gorgeous chilled-out electronica that provides a refreshing musical tonic for these stressful times.  

From the eerie Eno-like ambient opener of “Buenas Noches Baby” to the laid-back grooves of “It’s Not That Far” to the Brazilian chords and melodies of the Jobim-esque “Color De Vida,” the album is an alluring mix of lyric and instrumental tunes that meld together so smoothly that they feel more like a whole piece of music rather than a collection of songs. Realizing the music was far from the guitar-based, storytelling style for which he’s known, Rouse felt it needed its own name and Isla was born. 

Recorded mainly at his small studio near his Valencia, Spain home, Rouse created the primarily instrumental album during the confines of 2020. It’s “a stress-free atmosphere with breezy, improvised electronica,” says Rouse. “I was really just looking for vibes that were soothing. I didn’t want anything that was aggressive.” Rouse was joined on the recording by frequent collaborator Daniel Tashian, who plays keyboards and Linn drums on “12 Bars,” which he co-wrote.

The album was mixed by longtime producer Brad Jones and mastered by Mike Westbrook. The distinctive album cover was designed by Rouse’s wife, artist/singer Paz Suay, who also provided backing vocals on “12 Bars” and “It’s Not Too Far.” The Mediterranean Gardener Tracklisting:1. Buenas Noches Baby2. It’s Not That Far3. Color De Vida4. 12 Bars5. A Sunny Day6. For The Love of a Girl7. Night Moves8. Until the Sun Comes Out9. Attention Pre-order the album here.

Atif Afzal (aka A-Zal) talks about his upcoming pop music album.

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Los Angeles, Calif. – New York based singer-songwriter Atif Afzal (aka A-Zal) is focusing on a solo pop album, called 17 & 11 Nights, slated to be released later this year.

The album is believed to have eight to ten tracks based on all emotions and varied genres. A-Zal is currently in talks with some of the best record labels in the US. He is working with major- league music producers and world-class musicians to put his best foot forward in his debut album. A team of Grammy-nominated sound engineers and music producers are putting in efforts to make his dream come true.

A-Zal built a team that has worked with the best of artists like Justin Bieber, Prince, Jason Derulo, David Guetta and Pitbull. “I would not talk much about this album but yes, I am really excited about it. The tracks are taking real good shape as the team with me is truly talented which steps up my game,” says A-Zal.

Originally from India, A-Zal moved to the US in 2018, studied music at the New York University and composed music for one of the University’s thesis film, The Alternative. Within just 2 years in the US, he has also wrapped up composing and singing soundtracks for two popular American television series. “Lending my voice for an American television series was quite big for me. It was broadcasted on the country’s leading network CBS and it is special for any artist to be heard by millions of people.

“I have sung one track for NCIS: Los Angeles and two tracks for The Twilight Zone, and both the times, it was truly an enchanting experience,” he explains. To say that A-Zal has worked his magic in the East and the West would be an understatement.

Using his versatility and immense knowledge of music styles, he has bowled over, both, veteran and independent filmmakers in Los Angeles, New York, London, Berlin and Australia. His soundtracks for Cannes-nominated film Monsoon Shootout and That Sunday, has been critically acclaimed by global filmmakers.

The pop album would be A-Zal’s second album after his solo world music album Celebration! released by BMG Production Music, one of the popular labels around the world, in March 2020. A-Zal has also worked with Universal Music among other record labels.

We would all be waiting with bated breath for A-Zal’s pop album release as this promising, multifaceted singer-songwriter has bountiful talent up his sleeve.

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