Happy Friday – welcome to our final Get it or Forget it of the week – can you believe this will make 12 album reviews this week? We continue to be overwhelmed by the amazing indie music being released and are proud to introduce you to these artists. Enjoy your Friday and join us again next week as we continue our journey through the world of indie music.
Artist Name: Jeffrey Halford & the Healers
Album Name: Lo-Fi Dreams
Label: Shoeless Records
Track Listing: 1. Two Jacksons; 2. Elvis Shot the Television; 3. Door #3; 4. Good Trouble; 5. 10,000 Miles; 6. Last Kiss; 7. Bird of Youth; 8. Sweet Annette; 9. Looking for a Home; 10. Great Divide
Publicist: Doug Deutsch Publicity Services
Review: If you can imagine Tom Petty singing vocals for the Eagles while BB King plays dirty blues, then you have a taste of the awesomeness that is Jeffrey Halford. On his eighth CD, Lo-Fi Dreams, he strips down his sound and lets the magic erupt. The first track, “Two Jacksons,” sets the stage, and every song thereafter continues the story with amazing vocals, lyrics and musicality. We simply cannot say enough about this album, which truly shines. Every song is worthy of accolades, but we are especially fond of “Two Jacksons,” “Door #3,” “Bird of Youth,” “Sweet Annette,” and “Great Divide.”
Recommendation: Jeffrey Halford should definitely be on your list of favorite artists and his latest album deserves a preferred spot on your playlist. We are proud to recommend Lo-Fi Dreams, and strongly encourage you to Get It when it is released on May 19.
Artist Name: Single by Sunday
Album Name: Watch out World
Track Listing: 1. 22.5.16; 2. Nevereverever; 3. It is What it Is; 4. I Can’t go on Like This
Publicist: Neon Tetra Music PR
Review: If we could package the energy exuded by Single by Sunday, we would be no energy crisis. These four lads from Scotland have an immense amount of talent, and although they have taken the UK by storm, they are still relatively unknown in the States. With the upcoming June 2 release of their latest EP, that could drastically change. The band has already gotten airplay on KROQ in Los Angeles, and other stations are sure to follow their lead. All four songs are powerful radio songs, and the first single, “Nevereverever” has also been released as a music video. The beat is driving, the vocals are tight and the songs are upbeat and fun. Their music is just what commercial radio needs to wake up and grab ahold of their listeners.
Recommendation: We think that this band has a bright future in American music, and are happy to recommend you Get their EP ASAP.
Artist Name: Polly O’Keary and The Rhythm Method
Album Name: Black Crow Callin’
Track Listing: 1. Hard Hearted World; 2. A man who can Stand; 3. Red Light; 4. Black Crow Callin’; 5. Yours to Lose; 6. One Life; 7. Reconciled; 8. I Don’t Understand; 9. Plan B; 10. I am the One
Publicist: Frank Roszak Promotions
Review: Long a bastion of male musicianship, the blues is becoming more enticing for female musicians. Case in point is Polly O’Keary and The Rhythm Method, who are breaking down the door that separates and busting into the forefront of the genre. With powerful pipes like Bonnie Raitt and Etta James, bass licks worthy of Sir Paul or Sting, and a musical chemistry that is head and shoulders above many other bands, these cats have come to sing. They immediately grab your attention from the first note of the album, and never let up. O’Keary provides bass and vocals, while she is complemented by guitar and vocals from David Miller and drums and vocals from Tommy Cook. The combination of rich guitar and bass riffs and soaring blues vocals creates music that will stimulate your senses and make you want to move. Our favorite tracks are “Red Light,” the title track (with its sassiness and downhome dirty sound), “Yours to Love,” “One Life,” and “I Don’t Understand.”
Recommendation: This is our favorite album reviewed this week, and strongly encourage you to Get up and Get out and get it when it is released on May 19. You’ll thank us later.