Hemhora and the Glass Band deliver an exhibition in surrealist rock for the ages in their new record Helix Pattern Blues, which is available everywhere that indie music is sold and streamed this coming December 7 through Greyday Records. Endlessly eccentric and riddled with enigmatic prose that is buried beneath a smorgasbord of colorful and unforgiving textures, Helix Pattern Blues borrows only slightly from contemporary pop construction and willfully dabbles in the sort of left-field physicality normally reserved for ambient, avant-garde and experimental rock bands alone. From the moment we press play on “The Last of Them,” the enormous melodies and suffocating rhythms are impossible to escape in this EP, no matter how deceptively minute and unthreatening the compositions may appear at first glance. Continue reading “Hemhora and the Glass Band drop Helix Pattern Blues EP”
Philadelphia’s Hughie Mac shines new life and charm into the classic “Let’s Get Away from it All” from the album Hughie Mac Sings Some Great Songs Pt. 3. It is a great song, and Mac is a great singer. Drawing experience from his live shows in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Mac is a crooner with plenty of charisma and smooth delivery in this Frank Sinatra staple. Continue reading “Hughie Mac shines new life and charm”
The absence of the one that got away is hard for even the most gifted of poets to describe, but country rockers The American Revival come pretty close in their all new single “Whiskey Kisses.” The second glimpse into their forthcoming debut album, “Whiskey Kisses” digs deep with its lyrics, illustrating the feeling of yearning through a series of mammoth melodies that intertwine and create an evocative, unforgettable tour de force in just under five minutes of play. The American Revival might be a new face in the game, but they prove here that they’ve got the chops to dish out memorable musical gems that stand out next to the competition. Continue reading “The American Revival releases new Single”
Dawg Gone Davis’ 2018 emergence as one of the funnier hip hop influenced performers working today is quite a story. The technology professional made her first splash on the scene with the improbably titled “Middle Aged Woman – Hip Hop Style”, a comical and musically rewarding single facing the idea of a middle aged woman from Kansas City tackling a style you’d never expect. The song is included on her EP release, In the Dawg Pound, and still retains all the comic value it possessed when it first hit the market earlier this year. Davis’ music, unlike many other acts with a humorous bent, produces songs capable of holding up under repeated listens – she’s writing songs for herself, first and foremost, but a vivid facet of her singular talent is how she never neglects to write songs listeners can return to again and again. Continue reading “Dawg Gone Davis releases In the Dawg Pound”
The sun peers through the trees and onto a spectacular patch of uncorrupted farmland as we enter the music video for Madelyn Victoria’s “Right Here With You.” Horses, cattle, turkeys and an inviting house dot the landscape in the lingering moments of daylight, but as Victoria starts to sing and darkness overtakes the sky we’re transported to a dimly lit saloon adorned with the single starred flag of Texas. Friends are gathering, lonely hearts abound. A gentleman catches the eye of Victoria as she comes through the doors and he can’t help but take a second look. The beer in his hand isn’t as satisfying anymore – like us, he’s spellbound by the energy that our lead singer is giving off just by entering the room.
Victoria’s singing is punctuated with a sense of yearning that beckons us to inquire further, and we watch as the young man approaches her to do just that under the golden glow of the bar lights. Laughter gives way to drinks, which in turn give way to an intimate embrace outside the bar. Victoria reminds us that we can fall in love so quickly, but that very love can end up lasting an eternity if perpetuated by a person not too different from ourselves. As wonderfully cinematic as the music video is, it’s somewhat difficult to focus on its theatrical elements alone for the sole reason that Victoria’s voice is so entrancing and magnetic. Around every twist and turn in these verses is another harmony that is larger than life and waiting to take us somewhere we’ve never been before.
It’s pretty common for country artists to shell out a couple of hooky love songs when trying to build their cred in the industry, but “Right Here With You” has an indelibly personal feel to it that makes me think that it’s origins were nothing but organic and unsolicited. Madelyn Victoria’s past recordings definitely set the tone for this single, but there’s something undeniably different about this piece. She’s perfectly composed in the delivery of her lyrics, and her nimble transitions between the verses are streamlined and remarkably efficient. All of the ingredients for a radio-friendly country song are here without any of the overindulgent bark and bluster of so-called “crossover” pop releases.
As we reach the homestretch of the video for “Right Here With You,” Victoria and her new beau find their way onto the road that runs through the old farm and the love-inspiring saloon. We’ve seen them lay the first few emotional bricks of a new life together, and at the whim of a bold melody they venture into the future with the same confidence we encountered in the chorus. If you’re a member of the lonely hearts’ club or you’ve happily found the one you’re meant to be with in this life, “Right Here With You” is a powerful country ballad that is relatable to most anyone who has ever known (or dreamt of knowing) the incredible force that is love. I highly recommend giving this track a spin this autumn – it’s an awesome addition to the young discography of a deeply gifted singer/songwriter who has found her signature sound.