Happy Friday – looking forward to some rodeo action today as we head to the Western Montana Fair. Yesterday’s trip was cancelled as we spent the afternoon in the ER. Nothing to worry about. Here are the last of the July releases. Enjoy our reviews.
Artist Name: Bryan Stephens
Album Name: Village of Dreams
Label: Blue Élan Records
Genre: Indie Rock
Track Listing: 1. River Flows; 2. In June; 3. Turnabout; 4. Revolution; 5. Deprivation; 6. Out of her Mind; 7. No Time; 8. Generations; 9. Taking Time; 10. Attrition; 11. Wars Again; 12. Dreams
Publicist: MAD Ink PR
Review: OMG – smooth vocals, amazing musical tracks and noteworthy lyrics – this new CD by Bryan Stephens has it all. The songs are perfect for radio and placement, and brighten up the listener’s day. From the first note, Village of Dreams provides adequate proof that Stephens is the real thing. Dave Darling has done it again with his production, creating a musical masterpiece that needs to be put on repeat. There is not a weak track on this album. Rumor has it that Stephens is already at work on his next project, an album of covers – we cannot wait to hear his interpretations. Check out his cover of the classic song “No Time” for an example. Look out music industry – we have a new superstar.
Recommendation: A true no-brainer, you simply must Get this album. What a perfect album to celebrate Friday!
Artist Name: Katie Costello
Album Name: New World
Label: REBEL POP Records
Genre: Indie Pop
Track Listing: 1. New World; 2. A Beautiful Mystery; 3. Hearts on Fire
Publicist: FAR Digital PR
Review: What can we say that hasn’t already been said about the powerful pop princess named Katie Costello? She has been the topic of quite a few articles on this blog, and the recepient of several LA Music Critic Awards. She also performed at the recent Winners Showcase back in June, and brought the house down. Costello has previously released “New World” and “A Beautiful Mystery” as singles. Her new addition on this EP is “Hearts on Fire,” and it is just as powerful as her previous releases. Costello is our choice to be the next Meghan Trainor – her music is ready for worldwide distribution and deserves to be on the radio and receive a Grammy. Keep up the awesome work – we need more artists like Katie Costello!
Recommendation: Get it NOW!
Artist Name: Gerry Spehar
Album Name: I Hold Gravity
Track Listing: 1. Dirt; 2. Muleshoe Mules; 3. I Hold Gravity; 4. Be Nemanic; 5. Holy Moses Doughboy; 6. Here in the Pass; 7. Mr. & Mrs. Jones; 8. How to get to Heaven From LA; 9. God Lubbock; 10. Into the Mystic
Publicist: KG Music Press
Review: Gerry Spehar brings a classic country vibe to his songs, which are well crafted lyrically and musically. His tunes have a familiarity that makes them seem like you’ve heard them a million times. They are truly radio ready and provide a sound that is missing on today’s pop country stations. Listening to the first track, “Dirt,” feels like getting together with an old friend, and the album just gets better from there. The entire album feels like it was heavily influenced by such country greats as Chris LeDoux and Garth Brooks, with Spehar’s own creative genius added in. It is a loving tribute to his late wife, Susan. While the entire album is great, we really love “Dirt,” “Muleshoe Mules,” “Here in the Pass,” “How to Get to Heaven From LA,” and “God Lubbock.”
Recommendation: If you love classic country music, you owe it to yourself to Get this album.
Artist Name: Flood Coats
Album Name: Vaquita
Label: Hey Amigo Recording Co.
Genre: Indie Pop
Track Listing: 1. Billowing Open; 2. Hurricanes; 3. Don’t Hold the Door; 4. Ultraviolet; 5. P-22; 6. Window Seat; 7. Magic Ones; 8. Still Life; 9. Vaquita
Publicist: Noisy Ghost PR
Review: Flood Coats is a collaborative effort from two of LA’s best indie musicians, Joel P. West and Darla Hawn. While we are not familiar with West, we have known Hawn for quite a few years from her time playing drums for Curtis Peoples. Needless to say, the collective sound of Flood Coats is rich and vibrant, with perfectly written pop melodies supporting strong lyrical content, topped off with the amazing harmonies of West and Hawn. The entire album has that 80’s pop feel that uplifts and empowers the listener, and is just plain fun. We especially love “Billowing Open,” “Don’t Hold the Door,” “P-22,” “Window Seat,” and “Magic Ones.”
Recommendation: This album belongs to all true music lovers and will surely be the first of many that you add to your collection. We strongly suggest you Get it ASAP!