We are really excited about this edition of Get it or Forget it. We get to review new material from a rising Los Angeles band, a new album from an old favorite, and introduce you to a new band that we think is going to be huge. All three albums are also being released on the same date, May 19. So grab your coffee and sit back as we review these three albums for you.
Artist Name: King Washington
Album Name: Potential
Label: The End Records
Genre: Indie Rock
Track Listing: 1. My Reflection; 2. Superman; 3. Interval; 4. Evelyn; 5. Love be Gone; 6. Hey Boy; 7. Nowhere’s Hard to Find; 8. I Wouldn’t Laugh About It; 9. The Other side; 10. Be Where you Belong; 11. The Great Disguise; 12. Interlude; 13. New Meaning; 14. Climb out the Valley
Publicist: The End Records PR
Review: From the first notes of “My Reflection,” King Washington reminds us why they have been designated as one of the best live acts by LA Weekly. The vocal harmonies hit you right off, with a driving beat that propels you into musical nirvana and force your feet to get up and dance. King Washington forges its own sound from the influences of the masters, like the Beatles, CSN and the Talking Heads. Their music is uniquely California while still being universal. The second track, “Superman,” is their latest single, and we think it was a wise choice. They have also released music videos for those first two tracks, which we previously shared in our Monday Mashup series. This is definitely an album you want to listen to from start to finish. Best songs include “My Reflection,” “Superman,” “Love be Gone,” “Hey Boy” (which sounds a lot like CSN), “Nowhere’s Hard to Find,” “The Other Side,” and “Be Where you Belong,” while “The Great Disguise” also shows great promise as a future single.
Recommendation: We think that the album title is very apropos for this band. They have always had ‘potential,’ and this album just shows the accomplishment of that potential. We strongly recommend that you Get It as soon as it goes on sale on May 19. You might want to pre-order it now to ensure you don’t miss out.
Artist Name: Sara Petite
Album Name: Road Less Traveled
Track Listing: 1. Road Less Traveled; 2. It was Just a Kiss; 3. Blackbird; 4. Getting Over You; 5. You Don’t Care at All; 6. Patchwork Quilt; 7. Good 2 B Me; 8. Sweet Pea Blues; 9. Monkey on my Back; 10. I Will Rise; 11. Sweet Pea Patch; 12. Road Less Traveled Reprise
Publicist: KG Music Press
Review: Back in 2010, we feared that we had heard the last of Sara Petite after she released her third album. She had just graduated from college and was headed down the corporate path. But fate intervened with the death of her partner, and music provided the only path for her to deal with this. We are happy to see her return to her musical roots, and she has compiled an extensive musical library since then to convince her that she has a career in music. Road Less Traveled is her fifth studio album, and it firmly sets Petite within the musical elite of country music. She is obviously greatly influenced by classic country, which permeates the album from start to finish. Her lyrics cut deep as she uses her music to talk about life, including brutally honest songs about love and heartache. Her pure voice provides the perfect conduit for these songs to grab hold of the listener and implant her truth deep within. Best tracks include “Blackbird,” “Getting Over You” (her first single), “You Don’t Care at All,” “Good 2 B Me” (with its Tom Petty feel), “Sweet Pea Blues,” and “I Will Rise.”
Recommendation: We are happy to recommend this album, which is surely one of the best country albums of 2017. The Academy should stand up and take notice that Sara Petite is back, stronger than ever. You should definitely Get It as soon as it is available.
Artist Name: The Wild Now
Album Name: Afterglow
Genre: Indie Rock
Track Listing: 1. Afterglow; 2. Run for Your Life; 3. Spinning; 4. Troubled Paradise; 5. Tongue Tied
Publicist: Noisy Ghost PR
Review: Composed of Taylor Baker and Drew Walker, this Austin-based duo create music that is upbeat, real and life-changing. The musical background creates the perfect foundation for the rising vocals of Baker, which create an atmosphere of audio perfection. The lyrics are thought-provoking and the total package is worthy of a much broader market. These guys are better than the majority of what you hear on commercial radio today, and deserve their chance to spread their music to the world. “Afterglow” is a rousing number that kicks the EP off to a glorious start, and foreshadows the taste of things to come. All five tracks could easily reach the top of the pop charts, and we strongly encourage Programming Directors to add The Wild Now to their regular rotation.
Recommendation: Definitely Get It as soon as it is available. We strongly encourage you to follow these guys on all social media platforms and hop on board now. They are definitely going places.