DYK creates a retro-sounding rock track with their latest single “The Procrastinator”. This single links together mid-eighties Genesis, Velvet Revolver, and Saliva into a funky, intense, and ultimately taut sound. The charismatic vocals will draw fans in while the slinkiness of the bass lines and additional synths provide a reason for fans to stay. The Procrastinator is surprisingly deep; listeners will continue to find new twists and turns each time that they play the song.
We were lucky enough to be invited in for a tasting at Houston’s Platypus Brewing, where I had a few moments to speak with Kerry Embertson, the head brewer and Sean, the owner. While there, we were treated to a number of their year-round and seasonal offerings.
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Monique Barry’s Open Road is a powerfully-sang effort that blends together traditional vocal-heavy compositions with a hint of classical and more modern (e.g. U2, Mumford & Sons) style. This unique sound makes for an expansive and engrossing effort. Fans will need to play Open Road numerous times before hearing every twist and turn that Barry has included here. We were particularly impressed at the range that Monique reaches during this effort; each note is masterfully placed into the larger context of the single, making for something that is approachable and musically intricate. A perfect way to end the year.
Monique Barry – Open Road / 2017 Self Released / http://moniquebarry.com/
Alexa Friedman’s Meant to Be is a track that fills me with hope. Friedman puts her own indelible mark on the single with a voice that captures the low and high ends equally well. The track takes a bold new direction at the three-minute mark; this shift differentiates itself from the rest of Meant To Be and ensures that when Alexa’s vocals kick back in, they are given a whole new intensity that ensures listeners will be focused in until the last notes. There are enough twists and turns here to ensure that Friedman’s latest single sounds fresh and fun even five or ten spins in, a rare feat in an era where so many songs fail to move the needle. Continue reading “Alexa Friedman “Meant To Be””
Myles Marcus’ “Crazy” is a touching track that builds up momentum nicely from its first note. The track is able to work equally well in the pop and EDM traditions. With a gradually increasing tempo, Crazy ensures that fans will be sitting on the edges of their seats. Marcus’ vocals are supersonic and are able to both impart a certain sort of emotional intensity while contributing well to the overall sound of the single. With a bit of Spanish guitar interspersed in the track, there is a considerably larger replay value to this effort than other singles currently garnering air play.
Myles Marcus “Crazy” / https://www.facebook.com/mylesmarcusmusic/
Five Drexler’s “Smokers Section (Where It At)” is a catchy rap track. The rapid-fire delivery of Five Drexler’s flow is highlighted by a backing beat that draws upon the mid-2000s NYC scene, Hypnotize Minds, and trap producers.
Shane Palko’s Staring Out The Window is a telling piece of indie rock. Emotive guitar work, wide-reaching strings and a dreamy set of vocals join together to immediately draw in listeners. The narrative presented to fans during Staring out The Window is engrossing, matching well the richness of the instrumentation. Pegged at the four-minute mark, Palko’s latest single feels much larger – there’s a depth to this cut that few efforts can reach. Punchy drums and beautiful strings end the track as strongly as it began; we’re excited to hear more from Palko in the months and the years to come.
Shane Palko “Staring Out The Window” / https://www.shanepalko.com
Oro’s latest single Escape features China Fox; a powerful arrangement rises and swells to keep listeners on the edges of their seats, while fans will be impressed with the sheer vocal range that is achieved by Fox. Taken together, what one will hear in Escape is an effort that touches upon EDM, pop, and singer-songwriter styles. It is this eclectic sound that distinguishes Oro from the rest of the performers currently crafting music. This is a polished effort, one that one could easily imagine being played on Spotify playlists or terrestrial radio rotation.
Oro Ft. China Fox – Escape / https://www.facebook.com/weareoromusic/
Today, we were excited to hear a holiday single, “We’re Going Caroling” from two timeless comedians – Dick Van Dyke and Jane Lynch. The duo is able to craft a track that will work equally well no matter whether one loves the standards from the 1960s, 1980s, or today.
Laust Sonne’s ode to the holiday seasoning, X-mas Morning adds just enough in the way of festiveness to keep fans focused on in to the tremendous instrumentation and earnest sound crafted by the performers. We’re in love with the vocals – they are so smooth and proper – while the sweeping instrumentation is something that will stick with listeners long after the effort ceases to play. Continue reading “Laust Sonne – X-mas Morning”