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Almost An Artist - 'The Sound of Summer'

Almost An Artist aka Julian Cassia is a producer, engineer, recording artist and multi-instrumentalist. He plays a vast array of instruments including: guitars, drums, percussion, keyboards, clarinet and GuitarViol (a one-of-a-kind hybrid that closely resembles a violin in timbre). His sound combines indie-rock and electronic music. Julian is also a film composer who has worked on several award-winning films: "The Traveler" (2016) and" Man with Van" (2017). Julian holds a dual degree from the Berklee College of Music in Music Synthesis and Film Scoring, as well as a Master's in Composition from NYU.

Of the compilation album, That Summer, Vol. Two, by Various Artists, Almost An Artist's song "The Sound of Summer" is sure to resonate with artistically inclined ears. A mellow guitar lick that feels like a hot, lazy summer day starts the song with a sense of anticipation. After a few bars, the track kicks into a light jam created by strumming acoustic guitars and crisp percussion. A bridge section takes the song down an unexpected alternative, indie-rock path as Almost An Artist sings "We come apart, in the cycle of life, darling, before we restart." Rhythmic change-ups keep the track very engaging and showcase Almost An Artist’s brilliant production skills. Nice lead guitar solos sparkle like the sun on the ocean.

Almost an Artist has inviting vocals showcase nice dynamics and musical expression. At times his smooth vocals sound a bit like John Mayer as he presents a laid-back, mellow tone that suits the song's reflective nature perfectly. Almost An Artist is a talented and poetic lyricist. “Love is but a fantasy, a mirage from overseas, but it takes shape when you exist, and merge in me.” After listening to "The Sound of Summer" what I heard wasn't "almost an artist", it was "completely an artist" from start to finish. With out-of-the-box creative production and songwriting, "The Sound of Summer" is captivating at every turn with interesting music composition and thoughtful lyrics set to a catchy tune that you carry around with you long after you've heard it .

For more information on Almost An Artist, please visit his website.

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