One of the advantages to being unemployed is the chance to review lots more new music than I could while working full-time. Luckily, I have received more than 200 requests for reviews in the past few weeks, and I now have time to sort through them to bring you more great artists. Here are three of our new favorites. Thanks to them for reaching out.
Artist Name: Pi Jacobs
Album Name: A Little Blue
Label: Travianna Records
Genre: Acoustic folk/roots
Track Listing: 1. Dance Clean; 2. All Love; 3. Good Things; 4. Faking It; 5. Weed and Wine; 6. The Moment; 7. She Don’t Love you That Way; 8. Half Way Done; 9. We Always Come Home; 10. Dead Man; 11. Purple State; 12. When my Father is Gone
Publicist: From the Top Communications
Review: Pi Jacobs has been an LA staple for quite a few years, but even her biggest fans will be thrilled at the differences in her current project, A Little Blue. We have always said that a true musician is one whose acoustic music is as good as their full band. In Jacobs’ case, it is definitely true. Her pure voice comes shining through with the simple acoustic background, revealing an artist that truly has something to say. It is obvious that she has poured her heart and soul into this project, which shows in every track. From the upbeat and fun first track, “Dance Clean,” to the soulful ballad “All Love,” and continuing throughout the album, Jacobs raises our spirits and makes us thing about what is most important to us. If you love the multi-faceted music she has previously produced, then you will love this stripped down album, which allows her intriguing lyrics to come to the forefront of each song. We especially love her first single, “Good Things,” which reminds us that regardless of what is happening to us, we have much to be to be thankful for, as well as “The Moment,” with its down home rhythms and soulful feel.
Recommendation: We are proud to recommend A Little Blue, and urge you to Get It as soon as you can. Request her single, “Good Things” at your favorite radio station today.
Artist Name: The Dream Eaters
Album Name: We are a Curse
Label: Song Dynasty
Genre: Dream pop
Track Listing: 1. Dead on the Inside; 2. Neanderthals; 3. Dots; 4. Astral Asshole; 5. Sugar Coma; 6. So Heavy; 7. Almost Afraid; 8. Plastic Priestess; 9. We are a Curse; 10. Brazil Song
Publicist: Behind the Curtains Media
Review: Composed of Jake Zavracky and Elizabeth LeBaron, The Dream Eaters’ latest release is a tantalizing audio morsel that will make you tingle all over. The haunting voice of LeBaron over the multi-layers of musical texture provided by Zavracky create a sound that is dreamy and surreal. Considering Zavracky’s background of musical placements in such hit shows as NCIS, JAG, The Sopranos and Shameless, as well as Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, this winning combination is sure to become even more powerful as they mature their sound. Best tracks include “Neanderthals” (which we feel is the strongest song on the album), “Dots,” “Sugar Coma” (with its perfect harmonies), “So Heavy,” and “Plastic Priestess.”
Recommendation: If you like dreamy pop music, with a healthy dose of thoughtful lyrics and otherworldly harmonies, then this is definitely the album for you. We think you should definitely Get It and prepare yourself for audio heaven.
Artist Name: HotKid
Album Name: Late Night Mornings
Label: Fortune Stellar Records
Genre: Indie Rock
Track Listing: 1. Need a Friend; 2. Late Night Mornings; 3. Here4U; 4. Little Mess; 5. Caught in the Light; 6. Jealous; 7. Wasting Time; 8. Walls; 9. What we Wanted; 10. This Time
Review: This is the first full length album from the band, and it provides enough juicy music to let the listener know that they intend to be a force on the indie music scene. The amazing vocals and guitar work of Shiloh Harrison rise above the solid bass and drums provided by Peter McIntosh and Robbie Butcher to create electrifying rock music that provide a soundtrack for your day. From the first notes of “Need a Friend” to the last notes of “This Time,” it is evident that this band came to rock your world. Every track has that indie feel that is special and different, capturing your heartbeat and working its lyrics into your mind. They are impossible to forget and worthy of your attention. Strongest tracks include “Need a Friend,” the title track, “Here4U,” “Caught in the Light” (their first single and the most popular song from their SoundCloud streaming), and “Wasting Time.”
Recommendation: If you love music that moves you with a steady beat, a great vocal and incredible guitar, then this is the album you’ve been looking for. We strongly recommend you pre-order it so that when it is released on May 5 you’ll be the first in line to own this impressive rock album.