Get it or Forget it: The Vacationist, High Dive Heart, Franki Love

We had intended to publish this yesterday, but the link we were sent for Eli Raybon didn’t work, so we will publish it with just the other three reviews.

Hope you’re having a great Friday – here comes the weekend.  We’re busy around here finishing up on some reviews from the first half of 2017, while getting prepared for the second half.  We’ve included four more in this edition, with the final four coming in the next edition.  Let’s do this!

Artist NameThe Vacationist

Album Name Prime Colours/Bright Numbers

Label:  Self-released

Genre:  Indie Pop

Track Listing: 1.  The Sound; 2.  Daydream Preachers; 3.  Queen of Light; 4.  Elegance in Entropy; 5.  I am not This Face; 6.  We are the Right Now; 7.  The Bright White Lies; 8.  LaLaBot; 9.  The Catch; 10.  NZĒP 

Publicist:  None

Review:  As opposed to several artists from yesterday’s reviews, The Vacationist, or TVAC as they like to be called,  is a totally radio friendly artist whose songs belong on the radio.  Composed of long-time indie artist Cary Judd, Conor Souhrada and Sunnie Lynne, the band combines the best of these artists to create unique and insightful music.  They kick off their latest album with “The Sound,” and then proceed to blow our minds with their upbeat songs that bring positivity to the listener in the form of memorable musical accompaniment, well written lyrics and a happy sound that are the perfect recipe for a well-rounded life.  Best tracks include “The Sound,” “Queen of Light,” “Elegance in Entropy,” “We are the Right Now,” and “LaLaBot.”

Recommendation:  This is by far the best effort by Cary Judd to date, and we are so glad that he has found this band to bring his musical vision to life.  We highly recommend you Get it ASAP.

Artist NameHigh Dive Heart

Album NameGrunge Lullaby

Label:  abeautifularmyoftrees

Genre:  Indie Pop/Rock

Track Listing:  1.  Smells Like Teen Spirit; 2.  1979; 3.  Bullet with Butterfly Wings; 4.  Creep; 5.  Black Hole Sun; 6.  Glycerine; 7.  One Last Kiss; 8.  The Freshman; 9.  In Bloom 

Publicist:  Red Boot PR

Review:  Composed of Grammy-nominated songwriters Jason Reeves and Nelly Joy, High Dive Heart puts its spin on mega hits from some of the biggest bands of the 90’s, including Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden.   The acoustic vibe along with the distinctive voices of Reeves and Joy bring clarity to these songs that was missing in the original versions.  Imagine being able to understand the lyrics, which are not lost in a loud rock accompaniment.  The listener gains a whole new perspective on these classic tracks.  The harmonies alone are worth the price of the CD.  We especially love the banjo on “Creep,” and their take on the 60’s classic, “One Last Kiss,” which was covered in 1999 by Pearl Jam).

Recommendation:  If you loved the original songs, you will definitely love these stripped down acoustic versions.  We highly recommend you Get this album now.

Artist Name Franki Love

Album NameOTIAS

Label:  Self-released

Genre:  Indie Pop

Track Listing:  1.   Notes; 2.  Dreams; 3.  Walking Wounded; 4.  Truth; 5.  Shoes; 6.  Hearts; 7.  First Degree; 8.  One Light; 9.  Crazy Ride; 10.  Lullaby

Publicist:  None

Review:   Franki Love has such a pure sweet voice, that she could sing the phone book and it would sound great.  These songs are radio friendly, chill-worthy and suitable for placement in a myriad of commercials, television and movies.  They soothe the wounded soul and provide a perfect environment for introspection and relaxation.  Love is definitely an artist for the present and the future, and we believe she and her songs will only get better.  She deserves a wider audience and Otias is the perfect vehicle to make that happen.  Best tracks include “Dreams,” “Walking Wounded,” “Shoes,” “First Degree,” and “Crazy Ride.”

Recommendation:  If you love ballads with soothing vocals and meaty lyrics, then this is definitely the album for you.  We highly recommend you Get it as soon as you can.

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