Happy Friday, the final one for September. It’s been a busy month, and we’ve reviewed a lot of albums, 43 of them to be exact, and we still have eight more to do before the end of the month. Here are the first four of those, with four more tomorrow, giving us 51 for the month – not bad indie artists!
Artist Name: Great Willow
Album Name: find yourself in Los Angeles
Track Listing: 1. Many Things; 2. Petaluma; 3. Rear View Mirror; 4. Find Yourself in Los Angeles; 5. The new Normal; 6. With Care From Someone; 7. Time Bombs; 8. Secretly Happy; 9. No City can Cure Me; 10. Love Will Finally Find You
Review: Perfect harmonies make any type of music sound better, and Great Willow has some of the finest harmonies we have reviewed in quite a while. The perfectly combined voices of James Combs and Erin Hawkins is the stuff legends are made of, rising above the musical harmonies of the instruments in the band. The lyrics are well crafted, creating a confluence of sounds that quiet the mind and ease the soul of the listener. Best tracks include “Many Things,” the title track, “With Care From Someone,” and “Love Will Finally Find You.”
Recommendation: This is an incredible addition to any Americana library. Definitely Get it.
Artist Name: After Hours Radio
Album Name: What Happened?
Track Listing: 1. Shifting Standards; 2. Nobody’s Home; 3. Maryland; 4. Wronged
Publicist: Noisy Ghost PR
Review: Noisy Ghost brings us another unique act in After Hours Radio. Their four-song EP is too short to adequately represent the level of potential for this band. That potential screams out through every note, beginning on the first track, “Shifting Standards,” with its amazing keys. In fact the keys are one of the best features of this EP, underscoring the intelligent lyrics and thoughtful arrangements. This group is definitely worth checking out, especially the final track, “Wronged.”
Recommendation: Although not well known, we think they are worth taking a risk for. Grab your copy now.
Artist Name: Nick Ferrio
Album Name: Soothsayer
Label: Self released
Track Listing: 1. Quit Acting; 2. Squeeze the Breeze; 3. That’s not how I Remember It; 4. Soothsayer; 5. Are you Listening to Me; 6. Last Night; 7. Everybody Talks; 8. Food Court; 9. Heart to Heart; 10. Crow Song
Review: If 70’s power pop is your thing, and you love Elvis Costello, then you should enjoy the sound of Nick Ferrio. His tunes are upbeat in a way that brings back fun memories of a time when music truly reigned. They also capture the feel of the 70’s, with its focus on the beat and the sheer joy of music. It’s hard to go wrong with this collection of songs. We really love “That’s not how I Remember It,” the title track, “Are you Listening to Me,” “Everybody Talks,” and “Heart to Heart.”
Recommendation: We think this one will grown on you and become one of your favorite old school indie artists. Give it a go, and see if you like it.
Artist Name: Five of the Eyes
Album Name: The Venue Transit
Genre: Prog Rock
Track Listing: 1. Atmosphere; 2. Wasteland; 3. Mirrors; 4. Space Is; 5. Passenger; 6. Lust to Dust; 7. Oblivion; 8. Monsoon; 9. Delta
Publicist: Behind the Curtains Media
Review: Their sound is a mixture of Rush meets U2, with screaming guitars, soaring vocals, intelligent lyrics, and a rocking beat that will capture your mind as you ears absorb the energy and power of this band. The album hits the ground rocking, and never lets up as they take us on a musical journey that would not be complete with the requisite headbanging and air guitar of the listener. This is an album to put on, sit back, and take it all in as the music swells around you and the lyrics creep into your consciousness, freeing you from the cares of the world. Best tracks include “Wasteland,” “Mirrors,” “Passenger,” “Oblivion,” and “Monsoon.”
Recommendation: Run, don’t walk and Get this one. It is a must have!!