Can’t believe it’s April and still snowing, although it was perfect this morning for our River Nature Walk as part of the International Wildlife Film Festival. Good to know that we’ve got some great indie music to warm us up and get us ready for a music-filled summer. Check out our reviews of these three great artists!
Artist Name: Gigi Rich
Album Name: All in my Head
Track Listing: 1. Mr. Bossman; 2. Stupid; 3. Some Kind of Crazy; 4. Still Want You; 5. All in my Head
Review: We have always had a soft spot for pop & soul performers, and are proud to welcome Gigi Rich and her debut EP to that list. From the first glance at the cover art, you realize what a beautiful lady she is, but from her first notes, you realize that beauty is shining forth from the inside out. Her EP hits the ground running with the lead track, “Mr. Bossman,” and goes nowhere but up from there. This five-song EP is simply too short and leaves the listener wanting much much more. All five songs are outstanding, and we really love her music video for the third track, “Same Kind of Crazy,” which we shared in yesterday’s Monday Mashup article. If you love power ballads, we think “Still Want You” will become your go-to jam.
Recommendation: OMG, this lady can sing. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Ms. Rich. In the meantime, we highly recommend her debut EP All in my Head, and urge you to Get It ASAP.
Artist Name: Hush Machine
Album Name: Hush Machine
Label: Jigsaw Records
Genre: Indie Rock
Track Listing: 1. Batter Up; 2. Congress Hotel; 3. Diner; 4. Realize (Hands on the Wheel); 5. So we can Dance; 6. Sorry; 7. Try Forever; 8. U Best
Publicist: Noisy Ghost PR
Review: Hush Machine is the alter ego of pop guitarist Sam Boatright, only 21 years old but light years ahead of his peers. Although written four years ago, they are just being released to the world via his debut self-titled album, which is finally being released on April 21, 2017. The music is reminiscent of an upbeat Plain White T’s song, and lifts the listener’s spirits as only good positive music can. The upbeatness continues throughout the album, as more and more of his influences are revealed, like Oingo Boingo and Tears for Fears. Boatright does not have the best voice, but he more than makes up for it with the sheer brilliance of his musical compositions. Best tracks on the disk are “Batter Up,” “Diner,” “So we can Dance,” and “Try Forever.”
Recommendation: If you’re all about the vocals, then this is not the album for you. But if you can look beyond its vocal shortcomings, then Hush Machine provides quality musical entertainment. We are proud to recommend that you Get it when it comes out on Friday.
Artist Name: Jimmy Urine
Album Name: The Secret Cinematic Sounds of Jimmy Urine
Label: The End Records
Track Listing: 1. Fighting with the Melody; 2. I Want to be Human; 3. Phase; 4. Final Level; 5. End Boss; 6. All Together Friends Forever; 7. Patty Hearst; 8. Not for Me; 9. Aching Addicted Affection Again; 10. Salome; 11. Beethoven Symph 7 Alleg Mvt 2; 12. Available on Betamax; 13. Lento Romantico Erotic Incubo; 14. Based on a True Story
Publicist: The End Records PR
Review: Some of you may be familiar with the music of Jimmy Urine’s band Mindless Self Indulgence, but unless you play a lot of video games, you may not have heard this side of his creativity. It’s obvious upon even a casual listen why his music is popular for movie soundtracks, television and video games. In fact, some of his music will be included in the soundtrack for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 movie to be released this summer. Best tracks include “Fighting with the Melody,” “I Want to be Human,” “Phase,” “Patty Hearst,” and “Salome.”
Recommendation: This album is set for release on April 28, and we recommend you pre-order it now. It is a great album that provides a stirring soundtrack for your everyday living, and we highly recommend that you Get it.