Although I just recently became familiar with her work, I must say that singer/songwriter Cat Dail’s discography has been becoming a bit of a regular in my playlist lately. Her sixth studio album Fight For Love grabbed my attention immediately the first time that I gave it a spin as an indie pop/rock record easily in contention for album of the summer, and for good reason. Its excellent fusion of elaborate, mind-bending funk and quaint folk-rock guitar makes for quite the soundtrack to any lazy bonfire as well as it does a collection of anthems for those long hot summer nights that we come to relish during this time of year. Continue reading “Cat Dail releases Fight For Love”
There are a number of themes that are promoted prominently through Simpler Days, the new album from Chapel Hill (North Carolina)’s McCauliffe Brothers Band. Nosedive, the album’s first track, is a perfectly-polished piece of alternative rock. There is a good amount of mid-to-late nineties rock threaded through, with a set of vocals put at a focal point as introspective guitars, bass, and drums create a supportive backdrop. Light of Day comes forth with a hint of reggae and ropy bass, showcasing a raw passion that will resound with a large swath of listeners. With hints of 311 and Sublime, this second single from Simple Days is a cut that one could easily imagine on rock radio and Spotify playlists. Continue reading “McCauliffe Brothers Band: Simpler Days”
We were fortunate to check out Les’ last song Arctic Mistress back at the beginning of 2017. Stroud has released a new single, How Long, and are impressed with the robust sound contained within. The bit of piano, on-point drumming, and guitars that resound with hints of The Who. A bold chorus will have listeners singing along long after the effort concludes. Stroud’s message rings out clearly through the entirety of How Long. Humans must take another tack regarding their usage of minerals, forestry, and fauna. Continue reading “Les Stroud “How Long””
“Fool”, Man Made Time’s new single, is an effort that whips together EDM, alternative, and indie rock in a fashion that is wholly distinct from other performers. Rising and falling in tempo, Fool is an effort that keeps fans at the edges of their seats through alluring vocals, larger than life distortion, and a backing beat that keeps everything neat and tidy. Man Made Time are able to create an epic track in Fool; the song may end a hair after the three minute mark, but the complex interplay and unparalleled take on modern music will keep this single played through the end of the summer. Continue reading “Man Made Time “Fool””
Rick Trevino’s “I Am A Mexican” (featuring the accordion work of Flaco Jimenez) refreshes the classic country sound of performers like Hank Williams and George Jones. By bringing in the authenticity of Latino music style, Trevino is able to imbue his latest single with a timelessness. Furthermore, the simplicity of I Am A Mexican allows fans to focus in on each element – the vocals, guitars, and aforementioned accordion) to see the technical ability and alluring arrangements that comprise the cut. Rick Trevino has a track that listeners will sing along with long after the effort ceases to play. Continue reading “Rick Trevino “I Am A Mexican””
MoZaic’s “Damaged” is Mary J. Blige, building upon a rich and deep nineties R&B style. The backing instrumentation acts as the perfect counterpoint for MoZaic’s unique approach. The most interesting thing about Damaged has to be the fact that one can focus on any one element – the vocals, the percussion, or the twinkling synths – and hear something considerably different each time. Damaged is a great way to put your toe into MoZaic’s music, but to get a full idea about the performer, we’d recommend checking out her domain and delving a bit deeper into her discography. Check out the video for Damaged below the jump. Continue reading “MoZaic “Damaged””
Christopher Shayne’s “Burn Me Down” is a perfect blend of modern country and rock, drawing upon the style of Chris Cornell and later-era Kid Rock. However, where Shayne adds to the corpus of popular music has to be the intense passion he inserts into his latest single. Couple this bold approach with sizzling guitar work and production that makes everything else pop, and one has in Burn Me Down a track that is destined for radio and playlist rotation. Sitting at the nexus of hair metal (e.g. Every Mother’s Nightmare), 1990s alternative (Jane’s Addiction) and even sludge (Corrosion of Conformity), Christopher Shayne is doing some pretty impressive stuff. Continue reading “Christopher Shayne “Burn Me Down””
Haley Reinhart’s “Last Kiss Goodbye” is a sunny effort that mixes reggae and modern jazz with softly-sung vocals in the vein of Corinna Bailey Rae and india.arie. Little more is needed for Last Kiss Goodbye than a bit of guitars and the lightest of percussion. The bit of echo that enters into the vocals at the 1:35-ish mark adds another level to Last Kiss Goodbye. Haley Reinhart is able to make a bold step forward with her latest song, an effort that accomplishes all it sought to accomplish before the three-minute mark. Continue reading “Haley Reinhart “Last Kiss Goodbye””
Tiny Fighter’s “Hollow Talk” will immediately draw listeners in with rich vocals and emotional instrumentation that is deep, dense, and detailed. The interplay between Travis Barker-esque drums, strings, and non-lyrical vocals ensure that listeners will continually find new twists and turns many spins in. Hollow Talk’s extended instrumental section acts as the coda for the single, providing a finality to the effort that further drives it deep into listeners’ minds. Tiny Fighter makes an effort that touches upon the work of Switchblade Symphony, early Patti Smith and Lorde while putting their indelible mark on the effort.
We covered Tiny Fighter’s New Century back in January.
Tiny Fighter “Hollow Talk” / Twitter
Seasonal Beast’s “I Can Make You Disappear” begins with a trippy, trancy set of vocals and thoughtful instrumentation that calls back to Portishead or Belly. The band moves into a tremendously intense sound shortly after, bringing in hints of Wolfmother and OK Computer-era Radiohead. Seasonal Beast is able to turn on a dime with their latest single, and the Shirley Manson-infused vocals represent the glue which unites this fantastically disparate effort. The guitar, piano, and vocals are able to shine on their own while working together to make something considerably greater than the sum of the band’s constituent parts. Continue reading “Seasonal Beast “I Can Make You Disappear””