We have spent the last two days organizing review requests for the remainder of the year, of which we have now received 97, including three holiday releases. This will bring our total reviews for 2017 to a staggering 331, two-thirds of which will have been written in the second half of 2017. Needless to say, it’s time to get writing. Here are our next four reviews.
Artist Name: 61 Ghosts
Album Name: . . . to the Edge
Label: Bluzpik Media Group
Track Listing: 1. Heartbeat; 2. No One at Your Door; 3. World Gone Crazy; 4. If Tears were Dirt (ft. Joe Mazzari); 5. Show me Your Scars; 6. Passion Tipped Arrow
Publicist: Frank Roszak Promotions
Review: With a raspy vocal delivery like Bruce Springsteen, 61 Ghosts lay down a roots rock and blues vibe that delivers. Composed of Joe Mazzari on vocals and lead guitar and Dixie Deadwood on drums, this band from the upper left hand of the United States mixes blues and roots rock into their own secret formula, creating stimulating songs that just plain rock. Check out the guitar riffs on “If Tears Were Dirt.” This one is great from start to finish, and we guarantee you will want to listen to it over and over.
Recommendation: Definitely Get it.
Artist Name: Rich McCulley
Album Name: Out Along the Edges
Track Listing: 1. Hey Trouble; 2. Eventually; 3. Burn a Hole in the Sky; 4. Summer Storm; 5. The Pilot; 6. When I Get to Memphis; 7. Come Home Mama; 8. Out Along the Edge; 9. Midtown; 10. Sinking Sun; 11. Chase the Sun
Review: Rich McCulley is not only the guitarist for Great Willow, one of the best Americana bands we have recently reviewed, but also an incredible solo artist. From the first notes of “Hey Trouble,” it becomes quickly obvious that this album is a keeper. The songs are well crafted, with above-average vocals and a musical accompaniment that rises above his Americana peers. The music is easy-going and relaxing, providing a perfect background for daily chill time. Our favorite tracks include “Eventually,” “Burn a Hole in the Sky,” “The Pilot,” the title track and “Sinking Sun.”
Recommendation: If you like Americana, give this one a listen.
Artist Name: The Fisherman & The Sea
Album Name: Beggar Princess
Genre: Indie Pop/Rock
Track Listing: 1. Beggar Princess; 2. Sea of Pleasantries; 3. Trail of Lies; 4. Sick Song
Publicist: Neck of the Woods Records
Review: Great harmonies, upbeat musical soundtrack with above-average vocals and songwriting give this debut EP the status of a rich appetizer. This Europe-based band is planning on releasing four EPs in advance of their debut full-length album in May 2018. Based on this EP, we can hardly wait for more. Our mouth is watering and our ears are buzzing at the prospects of what is yet to come. There is so much wonderfulness about this EP. We are so glad the band decided to share their music with us.
Recommendation: This band should definitely be on your radar. Get their EP now and enjoy it until the next one comes out. It will be May 2018 before you know it.
Artist Name: Never Ending Fall (NEF)
Album Name: Start Livin’
Label: Montauk Music
Genre: Indie Pop/Rock/Reggae
Track Listing: 1. Sao Paolo; 2. Hold Tight; 3. Desperate Times/ Desperate Measures; 4. Devil in Red; 5. Black Magic; 6. Manhattan; 7. Give it Away; 8. Simmer Down; 9. Forget About It; 10. Nashville; 11. Feel Your Love
Publicist: Jeff Schad
Review: Reggae has always been one of our favorite genres, and NEF definitely is head and shoulders above their peers in their interpretation of this international musical form. Combining elements of indie rock, pop and funk into their mix creates a unique form of reggae that is sonically pleasing while cementing their status as one of the best we have reviewed this year. We especially love the horns. In addition, every member contributes vocals, and we are truly impressed by those of Madeline St. Clair on “Hold Tight.” Other amazing tracks include the aforementioned “Hold Tight,” “Desperate Times/Desperate Measures” (check out the guitar riffs), “Devil in Red,” “Black Magic,” “Manhattan,” and “Simmer Down,” although there really aren’t any weak tracks on the album.
Recommendation: This one is a no-brainer – you simply MUST Get it. Now.