Brendon Veevers

Brendon Veevers


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Brendon Veevers

Title
Founder and Editor at Renowned For Sound
Bio
After several years reviewing and interviewing for print and online publications in the UK and the U.S I launched Renowned For Sound.

Since its launch in March 2013, Renowned For Sound have grown to become a leading online music publication and go-to outlet for some of the biggest artists, labels and PR teams in the music industry for our honest and thorough reviews, interviews and features. We have interviewed some of the music industry's most successful artists including Glenn Frey (The Eagles), Roxette, Cyndi Lauper, Alison Krauss, Macy Gray, Hanson, Elbow and Tori Amos. 

I am currently based in Sydney, Australia but will be relocating back to London, UK in 2015. The writing team at Renowned For Sound are based in Australia, the UK and the U.S.
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Expertise
music writing, music journalism, music blogging, music interviews, music reviews
Interests
indie rock, rock, classic rock, electronica, pop, dream pop, americana, indie folk, synthpop, downbeat / electro-acoustic, brit-pop
Location
Sydney, Australia/London, UK

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John Mondick submitted media.

Forgotten Lights by Birds Over Arkansas

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I really enjoyed this track. The vocals are clear, delicate and seasoned while the instrumentation is pretty damn flawless. The female harmony that's added to accompany the lead during the second verse through to the end of the track really adds a new angle mid-song and an extra touch of sentimentality to the track. Love the guitar work on the song: intricate yet seemingly effortless at the same time and a good choice to not introduce other instruments into the song because it leaves the track sounds very solid yet stripped back. it also gives the vocals a chance to dominate here. Memorable and beautifully arranged! 

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Floating In Milk by Salwa Azar

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Firstly, the name of the song is fantastic. Gives you an instant feeling that its going to be a mellow number and it lives up to it nicely. Really sets the mood fairly quickly with the piano which shows up at various points but never fully takes over - its knows its place on the track and allows the ukulele to own the song. The vocals are gorgeous and raw - perfectly suited to a casual number like this and suited to the instruments that drive the track. This is a really beautiful song! 

Steve Moore submitted media.

Revolt by The Unravelling

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I initially went into this track with a little bit of apprehension given that my musical preferences don't tend to sway too far toward the heavier genres but I gotta admit that this is a pretty epic number! Love the gloomy feel to the track. The instrumentation forms a very quick cinematic and eerie atmosphere and where it probably could have been far too easy to overproduce a track like this there seems to be a noteworthy restraint on giving it too much oomph. I think that is why I really enjoyed the track and wasn't turned off by the genre. Vocals are strong and the track really was made for radio (and a meaty soundtrack too)! I think that if you can appeal to someone who likes predominantly pop music - you have yourself a winner here! Gonna add the track to our Hot New Tracks section on Renowned for Sound guys! 

Anthony Metcalf submitted media.

'Neptune' by Terrible Sons

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As someone from Christchurch, New Zealand myself, I was particularly excited to see this one in my inbox. Always keen to see how music develops in my home country. Its nice to hear acts like this taking music in a positive direction and honing in on the raw talent that the country has to offer - especially when it comes to folky, guitar driven tracks like this which I believe is New Zealand's musical strong-point. Beautiful song, stunning harmonies and quite a mesmerizing video to accompany the track. Really nice work on this track guys. I could imagine hearing this track on mainstream radio so I think you have a gem on your hands. 

yochay mocsari submitted media.

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This is a cool track. Love the video - story vids are so much more effective than standard videos that most musicians churn out - love that it is in black and white too. The songs instrumentation is pretty awesome - love the 80's synth - very Blade Runner/Vangelis - and also the brief, funky guitar riffs that shows up here and there within the track is very effective. The vocals style isn't what I tend to gravitate toward but it definitely suits the dark melodic structure of the number. Pretty memorable track overall. By the way - the bad-ass secretary in the video rocks and the acting is admirable! I've featured the video on Renowned For Sound: http://renownedforsound.com/index.php/music-video-claus-zinger-if-you-only-knew/ 

Elliott Sencan submitted media.

Seeing What's Next (Preview) by Hollywood Principle

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Potentially a great track. Very modern and sounds fitting in terms of the current direction of electro-pop. Nice electro-vibe running through it and a meaty chorus which is always a plus. Sounds like it could have some commercial success if the rest of the track runs in a similar vein from start to end. This is only based on hearing a preview of the song though - be interesting to hear the end result. 

yochay mocsari submitted media.

Straw into Gold by Yochay & Michal

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First of all - Love the video! Really nice work on this one. Simple yet very effective. For some reason this track sort of reminds me of Keane's 'Bedshaped' which is funny as the video was also based on stop motion figures but that is a really good thing. While the song might be limited to those who listen to Hebrew language records for the most part, the melody has a commercial quality to it and is very well sculptured. The vocals are also quite powerful and really suit the tracks often punchy rhythm. Nice one! 

yochay mocsari submitted media.

Oh My by Claus Zinger

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As soon as this track started I knew I was going to enjoy this one. I'm a sucker for acoustic numbers and here the vocals are much more focused although some work on the quality of the voice wouldn't go astray. The melody is catchy and after a couple of listens you definitely find yourself tapping your foot along to the track. It's simple and he has clearly gone down the 'less is more' route with the instrumentation but it suits. If the vocals were better, this could be a great track!

Patrick Joseph submitted media.

Setting Sun by PATRICK JOSEPH

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This is a really great track. I like the softness of the instrumentation against your vocals here which suit the slow rhythm of the song. The guitars are very raw and give the number a very stripped back feel. I also really love the interjecting piano which sounds quite similar to the piano arrangement in Need You Now from Lady Antebellum and it does for your song what that did to the Lady A track really nicely. I think the piano is the hook in this track but is wisely not overdone and remains quite subtle. This is a really great track. Looking forward to hearing more from you Patrick!  Email me at brendon@renownedforsound.com.

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Island Cottage by Sea Oleena

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This is exactly the type of acoustic dream/pop that resonates with me. The guitar on the track is gorgeous and very unintimidating to listeners of numerous genres like pop, folk, and to a lesser extent, electro, which is always going to be a positive element to releasing a song these days, given the crossover nature of most genres. Seems like you have covered you bases quite nicely with the tracks arrangement. The build up of instruments is quite nice during the centre of the song and sort of gives the track a contrasting kick of energy within its, for the most part, laid-back and atmospheric instrumentation which is sweet. The vocals are quite captivating too - mellow yet memorable with a dreamy tone that suits the tempo and style of the track. Each time you listen to the song you also notice little things happening in the background that you may not have picked up on the first time around. Nice work on this one.