Up early this morning to make sure I had time to write these reviews before my step son and his family arrive for an early Thanksgiving dinner. Couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bring some more amazing indie musicians to your attention. Grab a cup of coffee and check out our reviews of these new projects.
Artist Name: Mike Jacoby
Album Name: Northeastsouthwest
Genre: Singer-songwriter Americana/roots-rock
Track Listing: 1. Ready When you Are; 2. Nevermind Me; 3. Hell if I Know; 4. Explaining to Do; 5. Lay of the Land; 6. Anyone’s Guess; 7. Talk a Good Game; 8. What’s That got to do With Me; 9. Lie in Bed; 10. Where she Goes; 11. The end of the Line
Publicist: KG Music Press
Review: Founder of the Los Angeles based band Haymaker, Mike Jacoby has released his second solo project with Northeastsouthwest. The album is a true solo project, with Jacoby doing the producing, recording and writing, while Grammy-winning engineer Gavin Lurssen contributed the mastering. The album contains 11 story songs that are well crafted with the lyrical content being the dominant force. The album title gives homage to the fact that Jacoby was born in the northeast and current lives in the southwest. His musical accompaniment is tight, laying the perfect foundation for his well-written words. Jacoby doesn’t have the smoothest voice, but it totally fits with the Americana vibe coming forth from this incredible collection of songs. Best tracks include “Nevermind me,” “Hell if I Know,” “Lay of the Land,” “Anyone’s Guess,” “What’s That got to do With Me,” and “Where she Goes.”
Recommendation: This album is definitely for everyone who loves great songwriting, especially if you are an Americana and/or roots rock lover. This one is another no-brainer – go and Get It.
Artist Name: Rachel Brett
Album Name: Not Just Another EP
Track Listing: 1. Don’t Flatter Yourself; 2. Sensible; 3. All my Life; 4. Second Best; 5. Bad News
Review: Rachel Brett is a young actress and musician with whom I became acquainted at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. She has been described as Taylor Swift meets Avril Lavigne, and the description is spot on. Her music is edgy pop that would work well on Top 40 radio. From the first notes of “Don’t Flatter Yourself,” it becomes obvious that this girl can sing and create music that needs to be heard. In fact, she has been a voting member of NARAS since she was 16, and was recently picked as a Featured Artist by ReverbNation. “All my Life” is her most popular song on iTunes, and she has just posted a new remix of “Second Best” on ReverbNation. We are impressed with her maturity and her potential for a very long career, both in music and acting.
Recommendation: We are proud to recommend this EP, as well as all the rest of her catalog. If you like music that’s fun, witty and sung by an incredible vocalist, then rush out and Get It. You’ll be glad you did.
Artist Name: Patrick Joseph
Album Name: Hindsight
Label: Moon King Music
Genre: Singer-songwriter Indie rock
Track Listing: 1. Don’t you Know; 2. Sorry; 3. Better off Alone; 4. Don’t Believe It; 5. Piece of Your Love; 6. Foot in the Door; 7. Arsonist Blues; 8. Untangled; 9. Such a Long Time Ago; 10. Setting Sun
Review: Patrick Joseph has had an amazing career so far for an indie artist. He looks back on that career in his latest, Hindsight, a collection of old songs, new singles, remixes and remasters that gives the listener a taste of his awesomeness. His voice is the perfect complement to these very radio friendly tracks, featuring songs that span his career which includes film and television placements, massive radio airplay on such tastemakers as LA’s own KCRW, and the honor of Producer of the Year at the 2015 Independent Music Awards. Best tracks include “Don’t You Know,” “Better Off Alone,” “Piece of Your Love,” “Foot in the Door” and “Arsonist Blues.” Check out this original version of “Don’t Believe It” which was released back in 2011.
Recommendation: Joseph is a special breed of singer-songwriter, with powerful lyrics on top of skillfully mastered musicianship, resulting in one of the brightest “best of” albums we have ever reviewed. You owe it to yourself to get out and Get It ASAP.