Hemisphere does that rarest of things – make music which is both eclectic and controlled. The former term is generally applied to music which is wild and wide-ranging, the latter to music which is “in the pocket,” as the saying goes. The result is fascinating mainly because it doesn’t really fit neatly into any genre or scene, doesn’t follow any fad or fashion. Neither does it sound as if it belongs necessarily to the past nor the future. Maybe that is what they call timeless music. And timeless music is not a bad badge to wear on your sleeves.” - Dave Franklin

DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE

A post-modern take on pop gives Hemisphere a timeless, almost Stereolab-like quality in terms of execution. ...Their commanding presence feels absolutely incredible to behold. Letting things expand up into the infinite further adds to the captivating quality. Impeccable storytelling with a poetic flair ensures that the listener is drawn further and further into their carefully crafted world. ”

Beach Sloth

A rich luxurious sound, Hemisphere crafts an all-encompassing reassuring world with the optimism of “American Dreams”. Jazz, dance rock, nicely embedded within a pop template results in a hybrid approach. Everything goes for a smooth urbane vibe featuring lyrics that go for a spirit of hope and togetherness. References to their lush sound would be the intrepid exploratory jazz-rock fusion of Steely Dan. Unlike Steely Dan though there is a kindness to the whole of the album. Instrumentally rich, they incorporate horns, gentle bass lines, and glowing keyboards. Vocals tie all of it together featuring lyricism that absolutely pops with joy.”

Beach Sloth

The expressive and evocative vocal performance in the release recalls the likes of Morrissey, David Bowie, and Depeche Mode, to mention but a few iconic acts. In the chorus, the female backing vocals add a textural layer that makes the poignant lyrics punchy and memorable.”

THE BANDCAMP DIARIES

From the well balanced mix and creative composition, to the authentic vocal performance, fans of Hemisphere, as well as those who appreciate new and creative music, will definitely want to hear this single (Transmission from American Dreams). ”

WokeChimp

This disc is quite interesting. It's perhaps not all progressive rock, but it's almost all jazz rock. Then add in the fact that there is a lot of prog sprinkled throughout, and this really fits under that progressive rock heading... it is a very strong and intriguing set of music.” - Gary Hill

Music Street Journal

Representing the same principles that brought them together, Hemisphere uses their musical talents to bring humanity together. Comprised of musical veterans Rob Shinno, Mike McQuilken, Don Bowman, Max Zape, and Nathan Brown, Hemisphere fuses elements of jazz, metal, pop, and rock into a broader terrain for an incredible sound. The group often promotes messages of diversity, equality, and unity into their music.”

WARLOCK ASYLUM

Any album which comes bundling into earshot with such a blast of euphoria and energy, such passion and joy is going to grab your attention right from the world go. No tricks, no gimmicks, just getting right on with the job at hand. The job at hand in this case being to make sassy blends of rock, pop, jazz and no shortage of latin groove and Caribbean cool It’s a job that they are masters of. Whilst promoting ideas of unity and understanding, as well as celebrating the diversity that we find in each other both as individuals and also culturally speaking, American Dreams is gorgeous collection of tumbling textures and ever-changing soundscapes. But its real selling point is that it always opts for the upbeat and the energised path.” - Dave Franklin

DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE

New Rob Shinno 'Anthology' highlights 35 years of beautiful, distinctive music Rob Shinno is a driven, direct, and passionate artist with a special vibe. His music (has) plenty lot of heart and personality, and in particular, it denotes his wide-ranging approach to modern jazz. Shinno has a natural tone, which highlights his musicianship and skills as a performer and arranger Rob recently released a new album that's sort of a celebration of his best songs, Rob Shinno Anthology. This release serves as a beautiful retrospective on the artist's work, showcasing his distinctive style and sound from 35 years in the business including with bands such as Hemisphere, New Continent and UnCommon Ground. The sound of this release is spacious, soothing and smooth, tipping the hat off to the best contemporary jazz. On songs like "Upstream," it is quite easy to see how well Shinno channels different influences, and on tracks like "West Coast Shuffle," he is also keen on exploring his more playful style. From New Age to electronica, Shinno shows the mastery of his craft.” - Lois Gilbert

JazzCorner.com

(with 'River of Life') a dazzling new artist has blazed onto the music scene...” - Fred Bastini

— Uptown Magazine

Rob delivers and unprecedented effort on his debut album 'River of Life'... with constant purity, expertise and charisma, Shinn (AKA Rob Shinno) opens a new light in the field of jazz.” - Tom Herald

— Nightlife Magazine