Since the beginning of this year, I’ve had an overloaded plate and at some point due to many issues, I just couldn’t keep up.
But slow change is happening, and since the reviews I had been working on are 6 months or older now, I’m just going to give out the artists’ name/band name with a link to read about the music and that kind of thing. I’ll just make a comment about the music, but it’ll be more or less “general”. I want to leave it to fate and what consumers want (that means you!). Whether it’s a name of a person/band that sucks you in or just being curious as to what kind of person/band with that name has what kind of music? Either way, it’s your free will to choose what you do.
One final note: I do have 2 new reviews that will be posted separately over this long holiday weekend – both are Vancouver BC based artists Sex With Strangers and Rec Centre.
**Hill and the Sky Heroes are on Audio Blood Media, and thanks to the AB Team, I just happen to have 2 extra copies of the CD and if you’d like one sent to you, just answer me this: 1) who is the force behind this CD and 2) name 3 other artists who this force has worked with and on what kind of project (music, film, art, etc.)
Send an email with your answers to:
Deadline is September 20th, 2013. The first correct entries win the CD. Please remember to include an address to send the CD to in your email.
Mother Mother “The Sticks” is my favorite CD this year hands down. I love the progressive nature of this band so much it hurts. The lyrics are always stark and stripped down but remain mysterious to individual listeners. The opening track OMENS is downright ominous and creepy , but there is a lingering question mark at the end of that song that leads directly into the title track THE STICKS. I can’t explain how a song can make you think of a question mark. It just is. I’ll be playing those 2 songs at the infamous Halloween party this year out in Surrey! The music does lighten up and take on more happy but melancholy tones (musically) but lyrically it could go either way. I would describe the vibe/undercurrent of this CD in 3 words: On the edge.
Hill and the Sky Heroes is another example of a progressive artist and band member with other impressive credentials to the name Hill. I had never heard of this band but the talent that is bursting out of this CD is like a water deluge of biblical proportions. It’s overwhelming at first. If you like whimsical, edgy and a life being lived fully kind of music, this is a must have for your Indie music collection.
Jessie Sparks is originally from Melbourne Australia where she is based out of today. She did live in her early teenage years in Illinois, Iowa and New York State in the US where early on she had a huge talent for singing and pianos. This 5 song EP is worth a listen and download from iTunes. Great blues vocals reminiscent of Janis Joplin, Odetta and Billie Holiday. Good timing, upbeat melodies for the most part and a fantastic voice highlight this Blues artist – and if you like Blues, you’ll want to add this to your collection.
The Gromble have that throwback music from the 1990’s. Not a bad sound if you’re in a longing for the 1990’s.
The Red Button is a Seth Swirsky collaboration.
Taz Taylor Band is pretty much good rocking music. Check out the link above to find out more.
Cubic Feet and Infared Sunday have good solid music you should check out by following the links above.