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Cass Clayton Brings Her Craft of Storytelling To Play Nice Album

14 Sep

Upon listening to Cass Clayton’s voice, you will be transported to the 90s and the sounds of crooning that is recognizable in country stars. Her sound is not country, but her stories are real and authentic. Musicians that will come to mind while listening to Cass include Stevie Nicks, Loretta Lynn, and Melissa Etheridge. On this 12 song album, the favorites include Dawes County and You’ll See. The fascinating part about the collection of songs is the variety on such a personal album. Listeners will get wrapped up in the heartfelt storytelling of one song and then get filled with a never look back attitude. With lyrics such as “see where she wants to go, look within and you will see”, there are messages of a journey and the obstacles along the way. From the writing style to the level of rawness she has in her music, this should be at the top of your list for 2019 musicians to watch.

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The Soul Numbers Album By Seneko Brings A Mix Of 60s Motown Into 2019

24 Jun

Upon listening to The Soul Numbers by Seneko, you will find yourself thinking of music of 60s motown and funk. Heavy bass and drum snares alongside the vocal talents of Stan Olshefski will have listeners drawn in even more while listening to the vibe of the songs. The songs exemplify excellent storytelling at its best as well, with Callin’ Of The Cause being a standout favorite on the newest release. With lyrics like “cell phone down the sewer, new rules to learn”, he comments not only on society in a satirical manner, but also a reminder to go back to the basics and lose yourself. Seneko characterizes their music in unique ways on the album with sounds implemented in their music arrangement such as clapping, drawn out vocals, and a varied mixture of light drum beats mixed with heavy drum beats in rock music. Whether tuning up Seneko’s music for a ride along a road trip or ready to blare at a feel good party, their style and sound not only yield good feelings, but makes you think about their music after you have stopped listening.

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Into The Light By Crooked Flower Wows Me Into Nostalgia

29 Oct

Anyone who takes a listen to Crooked Flower should be ready to fall in love with vocalist Angie Dang’s voice and the power anthems of the guitar, bass, and drums of classic rock. The band’s overall sound is a perfect mixture of 90s rock, funk, and a dash of pop punk. The album, released intentionally on Canada Liberation Day makes an additional statement about the band and their strong beliefs. Let You Go is a powerful song on their album reminding me of Natalie Imbruglia, Linn Berggren, and Sixpence None The Richer all in one. With a variety of themes from track to track, Into The Light showcases the multi-dimensional sound Crooked Flower delivers. Originally starting out with Daniel Erik and Dan Ingberman, the band evolved with the joining of Patrick Shields and Angie Dang. With the raw and organic sound of music sometimes being overshadowed by auto tuning and editing, Crooked Flower keeps their sound real, simplistic, and characterizes everything found in a band that has their music speak for themselves.

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Keys Of Mine Brings The Sound of Luca Bash & Shines Musical Excellence

17 Mar

With Keys Of Mine, Luca Bash brings the elements of smooth jazz with an undertone of grit in his overall sound. Debuting after his CMYK project in 2015, Bash is back with an even more stylized sound. The Italian musician knows how to blend the varied sounds and exemplifies how a mixture of how the saxophone and keyboard hone in on the vibe of the album. It makes listeners awakened by the reflective and unique sound Bash brings. A wide range of content encompasses the track list of Keys Of Mine, with standout tracks of Your Tomorrow and Forever Like Asleep. Your Tomorrow brings out the musing side of Bash’s lyrics and sound and Forever Like Asleep carries heavy emphasis on pairing strong lyrics and standout musical arrangement with the wide variety of instruments highlighted in bursts on the album. Having a heavy musical background and not afraid to bare his emotions, Luca Bash gives Keys Of Mine his heart and soul.

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Top 10 Songs of 2015: #8 – Don’t Wanna Fight by Alabama Shakes

17 Dec

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Brittany Howard’s wail is pretty famous. Her band’s first hit, Alabama Shakes’ “Hold On,” was fairly popular when it came out and it lives on, used frequently as a transition between stories on NPR. The band released their sophomore LP, Sound & Color, earlier this year, with “Don’t Wanna Fight” as their lead single. The album in itself was an accomplishment, but what I really want to talk about is that beautiful funk ballad.

I will admit that my relationship with Alabama Shakes had at times been rocky. I enjoyed their sound, but their songs sometimes bleed together, and ultimately Boys & Girls never stuck with me. But this year, Alabama Shakes proved to me that they deserved a second chance. “Don’t Wanna Fight” grabs you immediately from that first squeal and keeps you until final the tear-soaked plea to just stop fighting. 

I think what makes “Don’t Wanna Fight” so transcendental is that it is the fight. Laura Marling has a song, “Strange,” which is written similarly, from the perspective of a person directly in the middle of an argument (though Marling technically sings from both perspectives). Marling sings frankly, whereas Howard becomes more and more unsettled as the song progresses. The bassline never changes, but does its job adding to the tension brought on by those emotional lyrics and vocals. To tell the truth, the instrumentation could have come from UMO’s first album, particularly because of that dusty, vintage guitar melody. Really though, Alabama Shakes have simply improved on a classic and simple style of music: soul-fire igniting funk. 

Sound & Color is out now. Find more information about Alabama Shakes on their website, and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

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