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Guy Grogan Sings His Heart Out In Newest Album Same Morning Light

20 Jun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From start to finish, Guy Grogan’s album sounds like an eternal daydream. With the songs having a tonality of beach and surfer rock, it also adds a dash of space rock in there too. The synthesizer adds texture to his songs on the album and intertwines you on the musical journey. The Wind Will Blow Us Home is a significant track within Same Morning Light because it balances the feelings of wandering and reflecting. With lyrics such as if we lose our way, the wind will blow us home characterizes the emotions of taking your own path and blending it with that of optimistic melancholy. Grogan’s voice remains consistent on the album, waving up and down in all of the right parts of his songs. If hearing his voice on his album and not recognizing the talent here, Grogan has received awards for his songwriting from New Mexico Music Awards, Indie International, Song of The Year, American Song-Writing Awards, and UKSC. Reflecting on who vocally shares the same sound, the voice of Andrew Kenny from American Analog Set comes to mind. The storyteller writing style and the simplistic music arrangement further adds similarities as well. I’m mainly asking myself why have I not heard of Guy Grogan before this? Although he has been releasing music since 2010, this album definitely stands out as one that is raw, real, and unapologetically carries the aura of brilliant confidence. Guy, you have a new fan.

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Y. Dan Rubenstein Weaves Stories of Growth In Single Don’t Break What You Cannot Fix

2 Apr

Y. Dan Rubenstein channels his inner storyteller in the single Don’t Break What You Cannot Fix from his debut album Stolen Moments. Set to release this summer, Rubenstein is already setting a strong foundation with his diverse songs filled with jazz and Latin influence. Yet, do not compartmentalize that sound as Rubenstein intertwines traditional rock arrangements in there as well. Comparable to others within the songwriting space, musicians are taking on the world issues head on by singing about them. Through the song, he points out the themes of resistance and fighting with strong lyrics that fill heavy hearts. “It’s easier to insist than break what you cannot fix” is just one highlight of how he expresses some of the political state of America and how people view it, and promote change. While some may not warm up to hearing about current issues within music, the single expresses a mixture of concern, reflecting, and activism all rolled up into one. Musicians like Y. Dan Rubenstein may not fill your car radio’s playlist day in and day out, but I can picture at a show a whole audience being moved by his activism and musicianship driving the steering wheel of inspiration.

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Mark Peters & The Dark Band Get Their Folk Vibes On With Sum of All Parts

20 Jan

When listeners tune in to Mark Peters & The Dark Band, they will immediately think of the sound of Davey Jones from the band The Monkees. With that in mind, his voice and sound of the group points to the stylistic vibe of that era and this is reflected within the lyrics and musical setup of his songs. Lyrics such as “you’ve been talking me down” will make those who listen think about the messages he’s trying to convey within his music. Half journal entry, half anthem Mark Peters & The Dark Band sings to his audience on a personal level and it shows in a transparent way. The meaning behind all of these songs on the EP all found their purpose back to the band after they finished the album. With the joined efforts of Fabian Natter on Drums, Martin Burtscher on Electric Guitar, Markus Manahl on Bass and Mark Peters singing vocals and playing acoustic guitar, be prepared for all of the realness to hit your core.

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Sebastian O Reveals Rock Sound In Latest Album In Your Room

10 Jun

When taking a listen to In Your Room, one can hear all the beautiful melodies that this Italian musician makes sure to highlight in his music. From the various instruments that make their appearance on the album and the raw and real sound, Sebastian speaks to those who listen with an open mind and open heart. Comparing his vocals to the likes of Conor Oberst, Devendra Banhart, and Turin Brakes, Sebastian carries his strong musicianship with a powerful force. In regards to his writing approach, Sebastian approaches the song writing process as a flow of thoughts leaving the music he creates to be something so much more than just lyrics on a page. Adding no extra editing or tuning makes In Your Room something even more special for listeners wanting to hear original and fresh music. With a different approach than most musicians, listeners should be eagerly awaiting his newest creation.

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Riding a Moon Taxi Two High

14 Jan
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Photo Credit: Harper Smith From L to R: Tyler Ritter, Tommy Putnam, Wes Bailey, Trevor Terndrup, and Spencer Thomson

In the category of bands that finally got their due in 2017 is Moon Taxi, a band that existed prior to the original iPhone but has just now signed on with RCA Records. On the heels of the band’s fifth album (and first on RCA) which will be dropped in less than a week, I figure now, albeit a bit late, is the best time to introduce this five-piece Alt/Indie outfit to a growing world of listeners.

Moon Taxi follows a classic band tale, a piecemeal collection of bandmates through high school, college, and the local music scene. Stationed in music hotbed Nashville, Moon Taxi originally played a variety of music closer to jam rock, and this is where they cut their teeth with their first few releases – hence their casting as opening acts for bands like Gov’t Mule and Umphrey’s McGee. The band transformed with the times, taking on a style emulating the trend in alt/rock, a sound most similar to infectious riffs and creative instrumentation. This is where Moon Taxi found a true comfort zone, and this is reflective of the tracks that one will hear when listening to the new album – Let The Record Play. Already festival darlings, Moon Taxi is soaring to the, well, moon, and perhaps the greatest indication of this meteoric rise is “Two High,” a track that reaches the stars with its optimistic lyric and uplifting sound (count the space references in the previous sentence).

First released back in May, “Two High” has amassed more than 70 million streams on Spotify, which is most certainly in the not too shabby category. It’s success is for good reason also. The song begins with a saturated guitar riff – think brighter X Ambassadors. The vocal features that twangy southern charm that one expects from a Nashville band. The song has a couple of stand-out components that have helped propel it to popularity – one the horn fill in the chorus because everyone likes horns in Alt/Rock music (I’m surprised they are not used more) and second the slowed bridge with drowned percussion. Towards the end there is even some subtle Spanish guitar. It’s a strong track from what will most likely be a strong album.

Moon Taxi is a band you want to keep an eye on in 2018 – it’s time for them to touch the sky.

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