Welcome back to our review series, Get it or Forget it. We’ve gotten quite a few new submissions since 2016 closed out, and we have been listening to them in preparation for the return of this series. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and learn about these three great artists and their latest offerings.
Artist Name: Derek Davis
Album Name: Revolutionary Soul
Label: Apocalypse Records
Genre: Classic Rock
Track Listing: 1. Revolutionary Soul; 2. Rapture; 3. Valerie; 4. Think About It; 5. Love and Abuse; 6. Nobody Knows you When You’re Down & Out; 7. Vicious Heart; 8. Woman’s Gotta Have It; 9. King of Fools; 10. Picture of Love; 11. Stop! Wait a Minute; 12. All the Roads
Publicist: Doug Deutsch Publicity Services
Review: If Janis Joplin and James Brown had a child who grew up playing the music of Grand Funk Railroad, the result would be a fitting description of the musical style of Derek Davis. Formerly the lead vocalist of Babylon A.D. , Davis combines the best elements of Joplin, Brown, Jim Morrison and GFR to create his own musical genre, which hits you right out of the box on the title track. He especially shows off his abilities on covers of Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie,” Jimmy Cox’s “Nobody Knows you When You’re Down & Out,” and Bobby Womack’s “Woman’s Gotta Have It, all of which he makes his own with his dynamic interpretations. Of the rest of the self-penned songs, “Rapture,” “Think About It,” and “Love and Abuse” continue to showcase his rock side, while “Vicious Heart,” “King of Fools” and “Stop! Wait a Minute” highlight the R&B and soul side of his repertoire. He wraps it all up with the heartfelt “All the Roads,” which is the perfect icing on this magnificent cake.
Recommendation: This album releases next Tuesday, but we highly recommend you Get it by any means possible. This one will rock your world for years to come!
Artist Name: Of Verona
Album Name: Glass Beach
Genre: Alternative Pop
Track Listing: 1. Kids on the Street; 2. Can you Hear Me; 3. Under a Purple Sky; 4. Glass Beach (interlude); 5. Fleurs de la Lune; 6. Bright Precious Things; 7. Wish you Were Here; 8. Miracles
Publicist: De Novo Music Management
Review: We have followed the career of Mandi Perkins, lead singer of oV, as the band is affectionately known by is fans, for many years. Their first album, The White Apple, released in July 2012, and its key single, “Dark in my Imagination,” has been streamed more than one million times, while other songs have received placements on such television shows as Grimm, Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Teen Wolf, and Stalker. Their new album takes off from there, and should propel this dynamic duo even further into the musical stratosphere. The first two tracks, “Kids on the Street,” and “Can you Hear Me” are already receiving massive attention while being constantly streamed on such sites as Spotify and SoundCloud. There are no bad songs on this second masterpiece, and their cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish you Were Here” is especially poignant, not only capturing the true meaning of the song, but giving it that special oV treatment.
Recommendation: If you love music that comes from the heart, and is true to itself, then we highly recommend you rush out and Get It. This album, which was released on February 24, is perfect for repeated listens and can form the soundtrack for your daily living. Be one of the first to grab it and share it with your friends.
Artist Name: Findlay
Album Name: Forgotten Pleasures
Label: The End Records/Mint Records-BMG
Genre: Electronica/Garage Pop
Track Listing: 1. Electric Bones; 2. Waste my Time; 3. Stuck in Your Shadow; 4. Greasy Love; 5. Monomania; 6. Junk Food; 7. Off and On; 8. Wild & Unwise; 9. Forgotten Pleasures; 10. Stoned and Alone; 11. We are Never the Last; 12. St. Elmo’s Fire; 13. Sunday Morning in the Afternoon
Publicist: The End Records PR
Review: Manchester, England born Findlay is an artist that has been around the industry and back again. Signed to a major label at the tender age of 17, she found the arrangement stifled her creativeness. Consequently, she created her own label, Mint Records, which is distributed by BMG in the UK and Europe and by The End Records in the United States. She has had success in the European music festival scene, while writing and putting together the 13 songs on her debut indie album. She’s inspired by such diverse creative muses as David Lynch and Michael Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Working with such great producers as her accompanist Jules Apollinaire, as well as Jake Gosling, Samy Osta and Flood, she has assembled an album that takes you on a musical journey across time and space. The best tracks include “Electric Bones,” “Waste my Time,” “Monomania,” “Stoned and Alone,” “Sunday in the Afternoon,” and “St. Elmo’s Fire,” on which she collaborated with Carl Barat of the Libertines. In addition, her song “Off & On” was used by BMW on a recent international campaign.
Recommendation: If your musical tastes include artists like Bjork, Beck, Tame Impala and The Velvet Underground, then this is definitely the album for you. It will be released on March 3, and we recommend you go out and Get it.