- Andrew Stonehome
Andrew Stenehjem (Norwegian for “Stonehome”) is a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist originally from North Dakota who is now based in Portland, Oregon. Andrew’s music touches on a variety of styles and influences, but it finds itself centered around retro, catchy pop/rock. His electric power-pop/rock songs have reminded people of groups like The Beatles, Cheap Trick and Weezer and his acoustic tracks draw comparisons to Sufjan Stevens, early Paul Simon and John Denver. Besides vocals, his primary instruments are guitar, drums, bass and piano. Andrew records and produces most of his music in the 103 year old house where he lives, drawing on his extensive background in recording and production. Andrew has just finished working on a collection of songs that will be released in the fall of 2021. The single “I Am King”, released in the fall of 2019, marked his first official release.
- Portland, OR
I think that this one is another gem - very different than that other tune I reviewed - and probably a little more on the film/tv side of the sync universe (the emotional tone of the piece sort of has that vibe) I do have a couple sonic observations this time - I think that the vocals are a touch too hot, and I also think that the guitars are glassy. They could be a little bit warmer (especially noticeable in the first verse) and blended throughout. I like the piano in the bridge a lot, and how you come out of it is really beautiful. Again, get the instrumental mixes ready - and definitely have some with lyricless vox on hand. I think cutdowns are wise for your work since it is very commercial and very down-the-middle. You aren't reinventing the wheel and I mean that as a sincere compliment. I guess there's another thing worth mentioning here, but I feel like ahead of the bridge you could build up a tiny bit more - add in a little bit of a swell to crank things up and raise the stakes. There's a little bit of 'tonal flatness' here - the song almost breaks out a few times... And I really wanted it to. That is a creative decision I would always leave to you, the artist, but would probably make the instrumental version a little more engaging for listeners in the sync community. In short - this song is sync-friendly. I think it might need a couple tweaks (not many) - but you have an excellent ear for production and I like your songwriting a great deal. Nice work!!!
Really poignant lyrics on this track, Andrew, with that heart-tugging twist at the end of the song. And yet the vibe of the retro-folk-pop track is so warm and engaging. Love the nostalgic and personal music video that accompanies this song. This song is a beautiful blend of folk and piano pop, with its brisk and upbeat acoustic guitar strum, snappy drum beats, and thoughtful piano notes that have a voice of their own. And your vocals are so gentle and heartfelt. A soulful number and music video. Bravo! Moving on about building up a fanbase, I'm not sure I have any insightful advice on this, except to say that it's hard to just rely on your own self-promotion (although posting on socials and Groups is still a good idea). So my suggestion is that you reach out to the plethora of music sites/blogs/writers and see if you can make inroads for coverage in that way. If you follow that path, make sure to target sites/blogs that make sense (i.e., cover similar types of music that you play). Hope this info can help you in your music career! Wishing you all the best.
Serene, hypnotic vocals and a spirited acoustical backbone lend a warming, inviting feel throughout the track's intro. "In a moment you'll soon be free," the vocals lead, driving to the lovely expansive chorus, which entices with piano and string-laden pulses. The playful piano tones and light, breezy acoustics in the verses make for an engaging result throughout each verse, as the ensuing rise in the chorus plays with a natural, enjoyable ease, reminiscent fondly of Paul Simon. Thanks for sending this one. Aesthetically, there's a bit of a throwback feeling here, though should still appeal to a variety of folk/Americana/coffee house playlisters and bloggers. Definitely a well-produced, melodically amiable success. Thanks for sending! Since you're just starting to build a fanbase from scratch, feel free to email me at email@example.com to inquire about my PR servicing. Would be happy to work with you on this. Thanks again for sending! -Mike
Andrew, what a sweet video! I love the nostalgic simplicity of the songs, melodically. Reminds me of the Everly Brothers. Your harmonies are beautiful and the song is lyrically touching. Assuming the video is true-to-form, it's impressive that you perform all the instrumentation. Looking to promote, just share, share, share. This song and video have a viral-like quality to them with their beauty and sincerity. Look into licensing opportunities--this song is not only genuine and sugar-sweet, but would also serve as a nice backdrop for most any company looking to move some units of cars, phone contracts, and the like. We all need to pay the bills, right? Thank you for sharing this with me. What a delightful song during such a trying time. Wiley Koepp, Owner/Editor Coyote Music
Sexy chill indie rock vibe. Love his voice and the production and the video. Reminds me of bands like death cab for cutie in that decade of music. Love the vibe. Would love to hear more from him.
Andrew - congrats... this is a song that I can say has a TON of sync potential... and I do NOT say that often. I particularly hear this working nicely for ads. I would work on making a few edits - 30 & 60 second cutdowns - both full instrumentals, and also instrumentals with lyricless vox... the there is some texture here that is pretty stellar. I really dig this song both on its own merits, but also for the commercial possibilities. From a creative point of view, no real notes. I don't totally understand that little piano open, and to be honest, I would consider snipping it. I would also maybe lose the 'retro' label, it might be limiting, and I don't think that this screams 'RETRO!!!' Aside from that I'd say this is both a pleasant surprise, and something of a rarity for me - a really fun song that does everything it's supposed to. I'm surprised about that 4 minute runtime because it really moves along at a great clip. I am very impressed. Make sure you're easy to find - I see you're registered on ASCAP, but since you have these published through your distributor it doesn't list any individual contact info. That means all your socials should be VERY easy to find and have a direct contact form. Make sure that when you're submitting this or sending to anyone - you follow their instructions and send it EXACTLY as they want things sent to them - I do believe it will stand out.
Wow, you're a creative powerhouse, Andrew! This is a really catchy and upbeat retro-pop track with a sweet sound that belies the more bittersweet nature of the lyrics. I'm enjoying the full production, swingin' instrumentation, and your joyful, warm, and yet wistful vocal delivery. I can definitely hear this briskly romping track, or parts of it, being in a TV show or commercial. The crisp and kicky drum beats definitely propel the song along, and of course the lively guitar lines are spot-on. Definitely an engaging vintage pop-rock number. Well done!
I'm loving the hooky throwback rock feeling throughout "Heartbreaker." Whereas the previous track showed an amiable acoustic-laden stirring fit for Americana and coffee house playlisters/bloggers, "Heartbreaker" plays with a catchy power-pop/rock appeal with ample appeal. Accessible and lively, the drive to the irresistible hook -- "heartbreaker, you can make it awful," -- plays with excitable qualities, with the chorus paying off with satiating allure. As mentioned earlier, since you're kicking off a fanbase from scratch, feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details regarding my PR servicing, if in need. I would recommend a campaign focusing on both these tracks, focusing on rock-centric outlets with "Heartbreaker," and folk/Americana outlets with the other, appealing to a wide variety of contacts/tastes. Thanks for sending these tracks, Andrew! -Mike
Andrew, thanks for sending this one along. You've got a sweet songwriting style. My first thought was 60s pop, but this is also 70s pop. Certainly a market for it. As I've mentioned, just share, share, share it. Look into licensing opportunities. The production is so good! Full-bodied, well-balanced. Great job with that. Reminiscent of The Wonders' hit in "That Thing You Do" (I mean that as a supreme compliment). Yes, I think there's huge potential for sync opportunities. I'll keep this under wraps until October, but I'd love to post the releases to my website in October. Please reach out via coyotemusic.com and keep me updated. I've got some upcoming articles dealing with sync and such. I don't have contacts that will make you a millionaire, but I do know folks with whom you should visit and share notes. This one's really great. Thanks again for including me in the group you've shared it with pre-release! Wiley Koepp, Owner/Editor Coyote Music
I dig the sunny vibe and fun lyrics. You have a catchy song that I could imagine might be placed in the right setting. It has a feel good vibe that may fit a happy plot. I would suggest emailing links to boutique publishers. Follow up with a personal note and maybe send a piece of swag to their office to stand out. Most shops get a lot of unsolicited music, so you want to make an impression. Good luck and thank you for sharing!