Nick Kingswell [unedited] Music Review

Nick Kingswell

LPR Agency


According to Oxford Dictionary, homesickness is a “feeling of longing for one’s home during a period of absence from it”. The actual word was used often in the 1940s, but it is a more popular word used today.

According to an article by The Guardian, 1 in every 30 people (a total of 258 million people) were living outside their country of birth in 2017. By 2050, it was projected that there will be 405 million migrants.

An article by IESE Business School (University of Navarra), suggested that homesickness was present in all 45 people involve with a 2012 study done by Hack-Polay.

It’s well-known that homesickness is a part of readjusting to a new place, but it’s how people choose to adjust that is important to overcoming it.

Often people in my mental health career field tell me to take care of myself. If you’re feeling homesick, do some self-care as well. Keep your body healthy, and keep your mind happy.

At an early age Nick Kingswell learned how to play the guitar from a music teacher. The first song he learned to play was the House of the Rising Sun, and then from there he fell in love with music in general.

Today, Nick has an encouraging and supportive fan base spanning the world. They always show a lot of support for each new release that he produces.

A music teacher came to my school when I was 7 and said to bring whichever instrument you have at home and I’ll teach you how to play it. My mum had an old guitar in the corner… He taught me House of The Rising Sun and the rest is history. 

Nick Kingswell (8/14/2020)

I find Nick’s music as a collection perfect for fans of Ben Howard and early Ed Sheeran. It’s music that’s very chill but also very honest and vulnerability. His new song Homesick touches on the challenges of living in a different time zone then your loved ones.

“Homesick is inspired by my move to the UK from Australia and constantly battling the time difference when trying to reach family back home. Feeling Homesick can be tough but it isn’t constant, it seems to come and go,” said Nick Kingswell.

As a songwriter, I certainly have a big appreciation for musicians who choose to be vulnerable like Nick is. While writing songs can be very therapeutic, it’s when they are produced and released to the public that can be very scary for many.

Some of my favorite songs of Nick’s are Homesick, I Didn’t Try, Swim, Everest, and Undertow. Lastly, I just wanted to say, like I did about Tia Gostelow, Aussie music in my opinion is some of the best out there. I feel like every time I hear music from an Australian music I almost always say that.

(Moving to London from Australia) was liberating and I encourage anyone reading this to drop the safety net and go for it! So many amazing things wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t left Australia.

Nick Kingswell

After recently coming out with There’s No Cure and Homesick, Nick is looking forward to releasing a new album called Brontide on October 23rd. The album was made with James Bunton in Canada, and was recorded partly at Abbey Road. “Never in a million years did I imagine my music would end up where it has!”, says Nick.

For more information on more releases in the future, make sure you follow all the links below to get updated on his future!

I would like to thank Nick Kingswell for waiting for this article, and I would also like to thank Lydia Reed (LPR Agency) for connecting me with Nick in August.

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Have a wonderful week, and remember to respect others and stay safe. If you feel sick then stay home, and if you go into public please remember to wear a mask. I know that I personally have been going out with my friends in Boston a lot more, but I often have to remind myself that the world is still in a pandemic.

Homesick by Nick Kingswell (2020)

Overall: 4.8/5

There’s No Cure: 5/5

Homesick: 4.7/5

I Didn’t Try: 5/5

Never Lost: 4.7/5

Everest: 5/5

Undertow: 5/5

Swim: 5/5

Top Song: Swim (2017)

Fjøra [unedited] Music Review

Alexandra Petrkovski (Fjora)

“Remember the first time you went to a show and saw your favorite band. You wore their shirt, and sang every word. You didn’t know anything about scene politics, haircuts, or what was cool. All you knew was that this music made you feel different from anyone you shared a locker with. Someone finally understood you. This is what music is about,” Gerard Way.

“To be honest, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t creating and existing in the music space,” says Alexandra. “I come from a very musical family; both of my parents completed their piano levels and my father was a musician (I grew up with a home studio).”

Fjora’s music is primarily inspired by dramatic and emotive musical aspects. She admires cinematic music and film, from which she has a deep musical background. 

Her fan base is made up of a wide variety of different listeners, which she loves. Her music is used on multiple TV and film platforms, along with playlists on Spotify and Apple music. She’s very thankful to be connecting with many listeners of all ages and from the across the world. “My music is all-inclusive, my motto is: the more the merrier,” she says. 

“I have an extreme love of cinematic music and film scoring (my background is actually in these musical styles) and so no matter what kind of direction a song takes with me, it always begins from a need to move people and to tell a story.”

-Alexandra Petrkovski (4/13/2020)

To begin my critique I’ll first say this… Why is her music not featured on Game of Thrones???!!!

It’s almost impossible to explain how amazing and different her music is. She really uses her powerful voice to her advantage. Her cinematic and dark pop style is something that seperates her from the regular pop musician.

Focusing on storytelling is not too common nowadays I feel, this generation of musicians really love sharing their own story versus telling a story that’s made up. However, the one’s who choose to go against the grain usually create the most unique and creative sounds in their music. This is the exact case for Fjora.

One of Alexandra’s more popular songs is Hurricane, which is a duet she did with Zayde Wolf. The song is about the whirlwind of emotion and potential conflict between two people. “This song is special to me as it ´flips the image´ – instead of the storm being the external, it is the very result of the intrinsic and internal relation,” she says.

Hurricane is one of my favorite songs by her, other amazing collaborative songs that she’s released has been with producers and musicians like Duke & Jones, Mario Ayuda, and Unedited Band of the Day’s Bhavior… “Not many moments where we aren’t laughing and goofing around, which is part of some of my own personal favourite moments of the creative process generally. I think it’s important to work with creatives who let you be yourself; from the serious sides to the silly sides,” says Alexandra.

Her song with Duke & Jones called Delusions can also be found on one of my favorite Spotify playlists called Creamy, which features artists like Louis the Child, Illenium, and San Holo. Another amazing Spotify playlist called Bass Arcade features her song Shivers featuring Jaenga, this playlist features Rezz, Cheat Codes, Loyal by ODESZA, and Pills by Svniivan!

“There is a new video game that I had the pleasure of being involved with, as well as am currently working on a vocal sample pack for Splice, which is very exciting! So, all amazing things on the rise!”


With someone who’s been collaborating with a very long list of musicians on top of her own projects, it doesn’t shock me to hear that she is very very busy with more projects. “I am working on several awesome collaborations in the EDM/pop world that I’m pretty pumped on, as well as some killer cinematronic ´film trailer sounding´ songs. I also just finished some emotionally-charged songs that explore my softer side,” says Alexandra.

She also hopes to continue creating music for film and TV shows. It’s her goal to day to create music for a featured film.

“I’ve got upcoming releases very soon actually! Later this month I’ve got several releases, and then throughout May, June, and July be ready for some summer bangers,” says Fjora.

It’s always really cool to connect with musicians who have worked with people I’ve featured on UMB too. That’s exactly how I connected with Alexandra, she actually was the vocalist for Bhavior who was one of the first Unedited Band of the Day on Instagram. I highly suggest you go listen to their song called Loser now on all streaming platforms!

You can follow Fjora on Instagram and Facebook, as well stream her unbelievable collection of music on YouTube, Spotify, and SoundCloud.

You can follow Unedited Music Blog on Facebook (@uneditedmb) and Instagram (@unedited_music_blog), and listen to other musicians who’ve been covered on Spotify!

Please continue to stay home and healthy, musicians and the world needs you to! Have a good week as well!!!!

Cruel World by Fjora (2019)

Overall: 4.9/5

Ready for Anything: 5/5

Devilś Worst Nightmare: 5/5

Touch: 5/5

Love Me Like Forever: 4.8/5

Don´t Miss You: 4.7/5

Delusions: 5/5

Cruel World: 5/5

Hurricane: 5/5

Top song: Run, Run, Run (2018)

Rags and Riches [unedited] Music Review


Speed of Sound is definitely a hit that should be their top song on Spotify, and itś also the type of song they should consider making more of. They are the type of band that I would compare to the likes of Imagine Dragons and American Authors.

Peyton and Tanner Whitt have been playing music for a little over eleven year now as brothers. ¨We started at the same time, I remember our parents bought drums for Peyton and an electric guitar for me. Everything came very natural to the both of us,¨ Tanner tells me. Tanner also says that a lot of different things influence their songs, such as a melody or a word and then they go from there. They now have a growing fan base made up of over 3.8k likes on Facebook, over 2.6k on Instagram, and just under 15k monthly listeners on Spotify. ¨Whenever we make a new fan, it’s a lot of dedication and a feeling of ´all in´ from them. We love that about our fans!¨

¨Speed of Sound basically came from a moment where I started to feel overwhelmed with time and having no control of each moment. It’s more of an encouragement for people to take advantage of every second and never stop moving forward.¨

– Tanner Whitt (7/18/2019)

To say that I like both the original version of Speed of Sound and itś remix version is an understatement, because I probably listen to it about 3 or 4 times a day. Other great songs that I enjoy listening to are Arrival and War Cry. I do not really care for X because I just don´t understand what X stands for in the song. Tanner says that their will be more remixes in the future, which I´m happy to hear because JackELś remix of Speed of Sound is a really well produced remix and I am looking forward to hearing more remixes  like that.

What is your favorite song that you are working on?

Tanner: ¨There is a new song we recently started working on called, ´Not A Stranger´. I started writing the chorus back in 2017, so to see the song finally coming to life is such a thrill!¨

The main focus for Tanner and Peyton is to always stay relevant but to never get stuck to a single genre, so in the future they are preparing to play with different genres. They have a larger tour coming in October, ¨we will be going full-time at that point with RAGS AND RICHES. We are very much looking forward to that!¨ They also have some songs coming out between now and the tour. Those songs will be coming out at some point this month!

I want to thank Tanner for filling out my interview questions with really good answers and providing great information. Thank you as well for the kindness and staying in touch! If you would like to follow Tanner and his brother Peyton in their music journey you can follow them on Instagram and Facebook, and you can also listen to them on Spotify. You can follow UMB on Facebook and Instagram (@unedited_music_blog) for updates in the future, and listen to past music that has been reviewed on Spotify. Have a great weekend, and for all readers please take note that I will be on family vacation next week so there will be no article… Instead I will be relaxing and probably making poems for future open mic nights ;)!


Overall: 4.5/5

Arrival: 4/5

Speed of Sound (JackEL Remix): 5/5

Speed of Sound: 5/5

Top Song: Speed of Sound (2019)

cleopatrick [unedited] Music Review

Before my in-person interview, Luke and Ian said they were ready and I was kind of confused….. “Wait aren’t there more members?” I said… And I swear I thought they were a four-piece because they definitely sounded like one. Vannessa laughed and said, “no they’re a two piece”. It blows my mind that these guys can make as much noise with two fundamental instruments (electric guitar and drums). I assumed that they were a four-piece mainly because of the quick change between distorted and acoustic guitar in hometown’s chorus. While I did get chills the first time I heard that part of the song, my mouth dropped when I saw that there was only one guitar. This two-piece aren’t only the most talented musicians I ever met and seen, they are also the most thankful boys I know.  

          Ian tells me that “we met… First day of Junior kindergarten actually….. There were three guys… Three boys in the class, and as a kid you were attracted to other boys…… You know… And I was like ‘hey’, and… That was it…”. I’m guessing sometime before 2016 the boys, with inspiration from bands like Highly Suspect, July Talk, and bands that are “killing it” either in Canada or in the rock genre, started their journey.

      Luke tells me that “Uh… hometown is like… Ironically about the town we are from, and the feeling we get… Or had… Or feeling we had about not being heard. Cause we’ve been making music for like ever. We come from a town that has a very nonexistent music scene, and it was really tough deciding we wanted to start a band. Because you know there’s not enough kind of people who would look into it, so it’s about how we kind of struggled to get ourselves out there.”

      Interestingly, that song that was written in frustration has now reached over 8 million listens on Spotify, been placed on Spotify playlists such as Rock This: Best of 2017, Dirty Rock, All New Rock, and was on Hot New Bands (all created by Spotify). Rather it was the chorus or the raw emotions that these guys seemed to bring out in this well-produced song, people obviously f–king loved these guys… And why not?

   Previously during this summer, cleopatrick has released the boys EP that contained ANOTHER huge song called youth. The band released to the press that “growing up, the male population of my small town was comprised of strange social castes – hockey boys, country boys, and general (a–holes) with twisted hive minds. (Every Friday), (I) would hear them talk about which girls they were going to hook up with that weekend, and just how far gone they were planning to get. (Then) every (Monday), the stories of sex and regret would spill over onto their desks and (I) would sit and wonder how this could be so normal. ‘youth’ is a (f–k) you to all the perversion and disrespect that (I) was trapped in (High School) with. (I) want them to know that (I) haven’t forgotten.” While this quote from youth’s press release is written in first person, it isn’t specifically saying who that person is (I assume it’s Luke writing this though). Either way, social outcasts or more mature boys and girls in High School who were and probably still are surrounded by this testosterone-driven environment can say that this song is a sad but true fact across the States.

        “(It) was a struggle between reserve or over-indulgence. ‘youth’ illustrates this struggle using the symbol of a cigarette – the idea of indulgence, regardless of who it hurts or what it does. (By) the time (I) was finishing (High School), a profound anger was building deep inside of me. (I) couldn’t go to the parties because, when (I) did, (I) felt overwhelmed with anxiety from the mistreatment and predation that thrived in those environments. “youth” is me finally letting that anger out, and reaching my conclusion on how wrong it all is.” 

-cleopatrick’s press release. 

     Once again, cleopatrick’s raw emotion and (now) anger came crying out in this utter awesome single. But it wasn’t just that one song that really highlighted that whole 6 song EP. The whole EP was a highlight, in fact, songs like the depths will never get old with me just like hometown and youth. These songs aren’t only made by a rock band, they’re made by a two-piece rock band. I also fell in love with songs like Chromeo (2016) and City Kids (2016) off of their first released album “14” that was released a year earlier than hometown (2017).
Luke says his favorite song they’ve released is bernard trigger, while Ian says daphne did it was his favorite. Ian says it’s “because of how fast it is, and I really get to f–king unleashes my drumming. You know what I’m saying?” Luke says “that’s the song Ian snaps on.”
Overall, if cleopatrick had a mission statement it would be something like this.. Go against the weird overproduction and dishonesty in rock music right now, break down the boundaries in the industry, and be one of the rock bands that are like killing it and doing whatever they want.
By now I have truly no idea what the hell cleopatrick is doing other than preparing for their Fall 2018 tour (starting on September 17th at Le Supersonic in Paris, France). However, I will keep everyone updated the second I hear about a new song being released!
A huge thank you to General Manager Vanessa Markov, Luke Gruntz (vocals and guitar), and Ian Fraser (drums) for the absolutely incredible friendliness and appreciation they show for everything and anything I and all their fans do for them! Again, I will be staying in touch with Vanessa, and I will make sure to keep everyone updated!



the boys: ★★★★★

“14”: ★★★★3/4

Top Song: hometown



Johnny Balik [unedited]

Johnny Balik on Spotify 

Johnny Balik


       The moment I heard his music on Facebook, I was hooked. He definitely reminds me of a mix of Jason Mraz kind of soul and Lukas Graham kind of high vocals. It’s the kind of music that you would listen to in a coffee shop or lounge with. 

         He seems like the kind of person who likes what he does, his voice sounds like he always fun with voice. The beat of his music varies from soul songs like; I Need You, U Make Me Feel, and YOU; and pop songs (mainly duets on SoundCloud) like; The Only One (prod. by Relta), and The Meaning (prod. by Ktoven). In this way, it’s really different kind of music and it’s re-playable music that I could listen to multiple times a day. 
        His songs seem to promote a lot of “Love”, such as like world peace (Little More Love) and falling in love (U Make Me Feel and My Perfect). But by far The Only One is my favorite song he’s come out with. 
       His Facebook videos shows his John Mayer cover of I Don’t Trust Myself, and Justin Bieber‘s Love Yourself definitely shows a great high pitched soul sound of the two songs. On top of that, he shows that he can play the guitar and ukulele, which is pretty impressive. 
       Well that’s my spew on Johnny’s music, I hope everyone checks him out, and enjoys it as much as I do. Please show this Toronto native artist your love (if you like him) on Facebook, YouTube, and all other social media. Bye now!

Overview: ★★★★1/2
Made 2 Love U: ★★★★1/2
I Need It: ★★★★1/2
You.: ★★★★★
U Make Me Feel: ★★★★★
My Perfect: ★★★★★