Author: aLfie vera mella

Journalist - aLfie vera mella

aLfie vera mella

Born in 1971 in Metro Manila, Philippines, aLfie vera mella immigrated to Canada in 2003. He has since then been living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, working fulltime at a health care institution in the city while also serving as the associate contributing editor of a local community newspaper, tackling Literature, Languages, Cultures, Lifestyles, Music, and Genres. Prior to coming to Canada, he was a registered nurse in the Philippines and worked as an editor/writer of academic textbooks and magazines, handling Science & Technology and English Grammar & Literature. He was also the frontman and chief songwriter of an Alternative Rock/New Wave band, Half Life Half Death, releasing an album and a handful of singles. In Canada, he formed another band, haLf man haLf eLf; they are currently working on their first album. In his spare time, he enjoys reading books; listening to music; taking care of his eight-year-old son, Evawwen; participating at various community events; and exploring the diverse cultural beauty of Canada whenever schedule permits him. He has been a music journalist since the mid-’90s for various print magazines and, eventually, websites. He started writing album reviews for CrypticRock in 2015. In 2016, he published Part One (Literature & Languages) of his essay series, Can You Hear the Sound of a Falling Leaf? His next planned literary endeavor is to publish the remaining parts of the anthology and his works on Poetry, Fantasy Fiction, and Mythology.

The New Zealand–based sister-and-brother tandem of Georgia (lead vocals) and Caleb Nott (synthesizers, backing vocals), known as Broods, released their first album, Evergreen, in 2014. Consequently, the siblings immediately aligned themselves in the league of ’80s-forming, now-classic Synthpop bands like Blancmange (“Lose Your Love”), Frazier...

Consisting of the quartet of Dan Smith (lead vocals, keyboards), Kyle Simmons (keyboards, percussion), Will Farquarson (bass, keyboards, guitars), and Chris Wood (drums), Bastille catapulted to commercial popularity in 2013 with the strength of its anthemic, stadium-worthy Pastoral Pop single “Pompeii,” culled from the British...

Born in October 1979, Bat for Lashes is the moniker of the English Artist, Songwriter, and Multi-Instrumentalist Natasha Khan. In her decade-long career, she has released four studio albums: 2006’s sparse, cinematic, and vaudeville-inspired Fur and Gold, 2009’s EDM-flavored Two Suns, 2012’s tribal, slightly angular, and...