An artists album title, when chosen consciously with care, typically serves to tell the listener what they’re generally in for. To that same thought, an artist’s name serves as the first true introduction to the artist and what they’re all about. While it doesn’t have to be outrightly explained, reading or hearing it automatically guides the listener to a specific direction. So you can imagine … Continue reading Here are some Thoughts in my Mind after my first exposure to KumTheRapper.
Disclaimer: not a real experimental therapy, just a funny play on words. Straight from the doctor’s office and into our prescribed medicine bottle is “Rixile Elixir”, the latest experimental rock record by Dr. John Kline. Yeah he’s apparently a real doctor – a psychological one from Montana but now based in Alabama, who previously developed what he dubbed as The Music Therapy Experiment, a collection … Continue reading Dr. John Kline’s new experimental therapy “Rixile Elixir” gets clearance for clinical trials.
It begins with an ominous edge, a single full-bodied acoustic guitar strumming chords with intention, each one struck a little more aggressive than the last. Or at least that’s how it seems as each chord descends into the next, carefully guiding us down into the depths with it like a precise town clock. The chords are replaced by single picked notes that bring with them … Continue reading Losing Our Minds For Isa Raja
Like a light cool breeze on the first hot summer day, Dan Krochmal’s “Fomo” hits the sweet spot in the first few seconds of this contemporary pop-rock track. Before hearing a single word it brings you into the early days of the Gin Blossoms or Goo Goo Dolls with brilliant clean guitar lines and a rhythm section that knows how to settle right into the … Continue reading Starve away your biggest fears with Dan Krochmal’s soothing “Fomo”
Carried in by a simple guitar and descending swiftly from heartbreak city, Chris Poulson’s latest, “Gone Without a Trace” is an emotional pop-ballad reminiscent of the mid 90’s boyband boom. While the song itself sits pretty firmly in the pop scope, it embraces 80’s r&b drum techniques and vocally Poulson seems well suited for both country-rock and modern pop. The culmination of these distinct styles … Continue reading Our hearts are Gone Without a Trace after Chris Poulson’s latest.
The mid-tempo rumblings of congas move into focus accompanied by the rattling of shakers and African tribal chanting and we know we’re in for a treat. The piece that’s landed on our table is a collection of movements – Congo Square Suite by composer Big Chief Donald Harrison from New Orleans. It’s not often we’re presented with works so intricately focused on bringing forth the … Continue reading Big Chief Donald Harrison’s “Congo Square Suite” is a liberating fusion of orchestral, jazz and African roots.
It’s like being waved onto a gameshow and an all-American dance-off at the same time. Bringing flare and fire straight out of the gate, “Paul and Babe” by Minneapolis based singer-songwriter Brian Charles Tischleder is one of those rare tracks that you know is bound to get you swingin’ and shakin’ from the moment the snare rolls on and the keys step up to say, … Continue reading We wanna dance with Brian Charles Tischleder’s “Paul and Babe”
This track dropped on April 1st, but it is no joke. It thumps right out of the speakers and spills itself all over your floor. Drawing likeness to George Thorogood & the Destroyers “Bad to the Bone”, this riff-heavy intro immediately brings us back to the days where big-haired rockers like Sammy Hagar and Twisted Sister ruled the airwaves and we’re here for it. The … Continue reading We’re Down in the Dirt with Martin Feral
As the needle hits the record we’re met by a single acoustic guitar playfully strumming along underneath a simple refrain as though we’re listening to the beginning stages of how this track came to be before any lyrics were drawn up to it. As a cool-tempered electric guitar noodles into our headphones, so does the drummer and his kit is ready to pop off. Literally, … Continue reading Indecent Proposal got us Feeling Good
In our new semi-regular series Hesitantly Ranked we take you through all the studio releases by some of our favourite artists and pin their own records against each other in a battle royale (with cheese) where only one reigns superior to the rest. No these aren’t exactly reviews and we’re absolutely not about to do that to you (or them), but we will put our … Continue reading Hesitantly Ranked: The Gaslight Anthem