Airy Jeanine’s “Everywhere” is a delightful track for August. Powerful vocals and a powerful dance beat vie for dominance. Airy Jeanine’s vocals are deep, drawing well from pop and singer-songwriter traditions. The track hammers home a beat that will bury itself deep into the minds and hearts of leaders. There is a sense that the instrumentation does more than provide highlighting for Airy jeanine’s vocals. Give Everywhere a few additional spins to find twists and turns that no other pop/dance/EDM track has. Everywhere is an immense track, something that could easily be on BPM or Beatport charts .
Airy Jeanine “Everywhere” / http://www.airyjeanine.com/
My Silent Bravery’s “Got It Going On” is a bouncy effort that has just a hint of Latin guitar to it. This allows for a more robust backdrop upon Matt (My Silent Bravery). The bit of beatboxing bridges the gap between vocal and instrumental, making for a compelling effort that hangs well with other pop fare. My Silent Bravery is able to make a catchy tune, have thoughtful instrumentation, and tell a bit of a story in the space of 2:30. The melody will bounce around listeners’ ears long after Got It Going On ceases to play.
My Silent Bravery “Got It Going On” / https://www.facebook.com/mysilentbravery / http://mysilentbravery.com/
Tremble’s “Thorns” is amazing. This catchy track is built off a set of vocals that play nicely with Jess Glyne or Ingrid Michaelson. The atmosphere generated by the hazy synths and fuzzy drums imbues Thorns with a mid-1990s sound. There is a crispness to the vocal / music dynamic that works perfectly in 2017. The spontaneity of Thorns further pushes this track to a new plateau. Over the course of 3:36, Tremble move through a number of movements; this is an epic conducted in the shortest time frame possible. Kudos to the act; they’ve made one of our favorite tracks of the month. Continue reading “Tremble “Thorns””
MRYGLD’s “Cool Kids” is a power-pop / alt-rock song that draws upon The Killers and Franz Ferdinand. The two-part harmonies establish the band from others, while there is a tautness to the instrumentation that stands up to repeat plays. The dynamic between traditional (guitar/bass) and electronic (synth) styles makes for a track that could easily garner airplay through the end of the summer and into the fall. Each element is able to shine while contributing to a cohesive and cogent sound. Expect to hear more from MRYGLD in the future; we’ll be blasting Cool Kids at NeuFutur HQ. Continue reading “MRYGLD “Cool Kids””
Noel Monk managed Van Halen from 1978 – 1985, the biggest rock band in the world during that run. And while he was ultimately fired from the band and cut out of millions of dollars, he certainly left the gig with a slew of stories, funny, sad and salacious. Thanks to a 30-plus year NDA agreement that has recently run out, he’s now able to channel the best of those stories into Running’ With The Devil, a wildly compelling read about a band that has certainly earned its reputation for being both great musically and atrocious on a personal level. Continue reading “Runnin’ With The Devil: A Backstage Pass to the Wild Times”
With a title like that, you kind of know what you’re in for. Spread across two records, this 28-song, 75-minute opus is a pretty bold experiment for the Athens-based indie pop band just three albums into their career. Surprisingly, it pays off handsomely. Continue reading “Tunabunny – PCP Presents Alice in Wonderland, Jr. (Vinyl)”
Londale is able to tell a complete and engaging story with their new album AM/FM. The album begins with Hey, a rock track that soars on chugging guitars, on point drums, and charismatic vocals. Fans of Cheap Trick, Live, and Alkaline Trio will be able to appreciate what Londale has put forward. Hold Me Down is another unique track that draws upon a varied musical tradition. This means that there are nods to “Test For Echo”-era Rush, Live, and the Counting Crows as Londale takes listeners for a journey. Continue reading “Londale – AM/FM”
Australia’s Eztain has just released his Iconoclast EP, a release that touches upon a number of distinct electronic styles. The first track (and titular effort) on this EP is able to create a cogent narrative while being an instrumental composition. Strong syntheseizer and a shuffling beat build off of the style of artists like Daft Punk and Cassius. There is just enough spontaneity here to the momentum high until the single’s concluding notes. Chimaera has a haunting sound and challenges genre conventions. There is a shuffling sound to this effort that will get listeners out on the dance floor, as Eztain is able to create a dark / light dichotomy to ensnare fans. Continue reading “Eztain – Iconoclast EP”
The past two years spent on the road have done nothing to dull the sound and ambitions of Nashville, by way of Birmingham’s Banditos. Their 2015 debut was a magnificent mix of ZZ Top and the Georgia Satellites. The follow up, “Visionland,” doubles down on those same ingredients and the result is twice as rewarding. Continue reading “Banditos – Visonland (CD)”
It would be easy to simply dismiss Sammy Brue’s debut LP “I Am Nice” as little more than a novelty. It’s the work of a 15-year-old, so naturally a raised eyebrow or two can be expected. However, that kind of simplistic thinking is moot just one song into the record as you quickly learn, Brue is a fantastic singer/guitar player and an even better song writer. Continue reading “Sammy Brue – I Am Nice (CD)”