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D.G. Adam’s Nest Of Vipers Brings The Angst & Rock In Latest Album

3 Apr

Coming after the debut album of Feminine Endings, Nest of Vipers carries references of its own throughout the song list. Inspired and fueled with creative sparks after realizing that the translation of Cancún meant “land of snakes”, listeners can sense that each and every one of these songs have an intention and association with them. One of the standout tracks on the album include I’m Writing To Say with lyrics such as “remember I love you as long as I’m alive”. The song has a no frills arrangement, but anyone who has gone through heartbreak is immediately connected to that memory due to D.G. Adam’s vibrant writing. Some influences that one can connect to this sound include The Hollies, David Bowie, and Rufus Wainwright. On the other end of the arrangement and musical tone, include Platonic Lovers. Adam’s does an excellent job at incorporating Latin and jazz elements within the song and the feel-good doo wop background vocals give the song added atmosphere. From start to finish, Nest of Vipers surprises listeners along the way with a variety of sounds, themes, and the auditory experience along the way.

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Rahm’s Spiritual Sound Makes Between The Lines Stand Out

30 Nov

With Rahm’s premiere EP Between The Lines, listeners will hear the spiritual undertone that his music has. Just one of the tracks, You Are Not Alone has breathy, female vocals that accompany Rahm’s voice in such a complimentary way. The EP has a great combination of perfect music structure and lyrics that complement the soft, yet progressive sounds of Rahm. Similar artists that listeners will think of when listening to Rahm include Genesis, David Bowie, and Pink Floyd. The emphasis on beautiful piano work, progressive guitar, and heartfelt lyrical storytelling all make listeners pay attention and want to listen to more of Rahm.

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He Is Me Modernizes Industrial Rock With Debut Single Let It Drip

22 Aug

Debuting from the ambient/industrial duo arrives the post modern duo He Is Me. With their single called Let It Drip, listeners will view ambiance and industrial rock in a new light. The poignant lyrics that describe mind and thought patterns make listeners think of abstract concepts while listening. “Let the mind slip in a new state, let the walls break, let the fires rage” are just a few excerpts from the emotionally heavy track. With an ebb and flow pattern to the sound and acoustic flair to the track, Steve Moore and Casey Braunger’s musicianship clearly shows through their track. If you want to listen more to He Is Me, Moore and Braunger are currently working on an album in the works. With their refreshing approach to industrial rock, listeners will be thrilled there will be more to come in the future.

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Post Death Soundtrack Brings Listeners In A Dreamworld

4 May

Hailing from Canada, Post Death Soundtrack does not disappoint with its new wave trip hop sound.  Set to release May 27th, a standout track from their upcoming album entitled The Unlearning Curve holds David Bowie undertones and elements of new wave. You Can’t Go Back delves deep into a narrative of a wandering mind, with poignant lyrics such as “you can’t go back, the system is out of order, and we all throw our hands out”. Further making references to falling in a rabbit hold will make the listener think they are reminded of Alice In Wonderland and the merging of reality and dreaming collide. Within the track as well are references to serpents as well, perhaps alluding to a forbidden fruit concept as well in such a simple, yet complex track. If you are wanting to listen to a band that has classical influences mixed with some new age thinking, The Unlearning Curve from Post Death Soundtrack should be next on your musical playlist.

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Before They Were Young Dudes – Mott the Hoople

9 Jan
Mott The Hoople (1969/70)

Mott The Hoople (1969/70)

Mott the Hoople may forever be linked with their glam-rock anthem “All The Young Dudes,” but some of their best material was released before David Bowie produced their seminal album and provided them with their breakthrough hit. A month before the turn of the decade, Mott the Hoople released their eponymous first album and it helped garner the band a cult following in the UK and even the United States. The album, though, remains unrecognized, as does much of Mott the Hoople’s work prior to All The Young Dudes was released in 1972, and while this is understandable (despite the fact that the majority of the band’s seven albums was released prior to 1972) it is not defensible. Mott the Hoople, released a month before the turn of the decade, features a diverse assortment of rock music that should achieve more recognition.

For most, the story of Mott the Hoople starts in 1972 with the band in discord. After the trio of albums released after their debut received negative reviews and did not sell well, the band seriously considered splitting up. Glam-rock superstar, David Bowie, a fan of Mott the Hoople, pleaded to the band to not traverse the River Styx. He offered them “Suffragette City” and when Mott the Hoople declined, Bowie gave them “All the Young Dudes,” a song he penned, and proceeded to produce the album of the same name. The album was awesome (and well-received), and the band dove head first into the Glam rock genre.

But let’s go back to the debut album. The group was ostensibly formed in 1966 (under a different name), but Mott the Hoople didn’t really start until Ian Hunter joined the band as lead singer/pianist. Mott the Hoople was recorded in a week, and the album features several covers, hard-rock hits, and, well, good Bob Dylan impersonations. Let me explain.

The first track on the 8-track album is a guitar-fueled instrumental cover of the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me.”

It’s a three-minute rocker drenched in pedal-aided distortion and classic mid-70s flavor. Mid-70s flavor? I thought this album was released in 1969. It was. I’d argue that the album sounds more like a mid-70s, rock n’ roll-inspired compilation. This is, of course, where Mott the Hoople would end up prior to disbanding. In a sense, they inspired their later material, but in doing so I believe they helped inspire other bands. Listen to this.

You can really hear two styles duking it out in “Rock and Roll Queen,” the fifth track on Mott the Hoople. On one side you can hear bits and pieces of the blues-inspired psychedelic rock that clearly influenced Mott the Hoople’s sound. This, though, is covered up by the conventional 70’s heavy blues sound. You could just as easily hear this piece recorded by Bad Company, which was founded in 1973. Hmm…I wonder why… Well, the song also features a killer guitar solo by Mick Ralphs. Ralphs left Mott the Hoople in 1973 to start a new supergroup with his friend Paul Rodgers. The group’s name was Bad Company.

“Backsliding Fearlessly” is “The Times They Are A Changin.” Okay, it’s not exactly a Dylan song, but it certainly is an ode to Bob Dylan. It’s an excellent song, though; my favorite song on the album. It also represents why I love this album. There is such variety. It is a blend of fading 60s influences and the emerging powerful sound of 70s heavy rock. So, when we talk of Mott the Hoople, let it not just be about all the young dudes.

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