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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.

Website

https://guygrogan.com

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Sundogs Jams Out In Latest Album Entitled The Code & Shows The Musicsphere Where They Stand

16 Jun

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Listening to the band, Sundogs will have you jamming out right there at the start of their album The Code. Drums get going and the sounds of rock echo after in the first track. With lyrics such as “I want it now”, you can sense the urgency and impatient mood that the song carries. Throughout, the theme of storytelling and the musical characteristic of Americana runs within the songs. When thinking on their sound and how they fit in the musicsphere, listeners will find similarities between them and the likes of Tom Petty, Steely Dan, and Paul Simon. Musically, the songs vary from track to track with some being slow and whimsical. Others differ with little to no drums on the tracks, with a heavy emphasis on the piano instrumentals making up a big portion of the arrangement. As if the artistry of the tracks that make up this album aren’t carefully thought out, videos are planned for all 12 songs as well. The vocals of Jed Moffitt on Ride add a layer of intensity to the album. Specifically, with this song it paints the picture of symbolism, environment, and history. The scene is set with tequila, the Aztecs, and mentioning of piñatas. Although initially categorized as a collection of Americana stories, the genre and tone of The Code would be best categorized as a mix of easy listening, rock, and lyrical.

Artist Website

https://sundogsmusic.com

 

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As A Bird of The Air Carries Andrew Reed Into The Energy Of The Rock Music Limelight

28 Apr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Reed brings a realm of light and consciousness in his album in the first track and then it goes in a direction that exemplifies nothing short of the high energy that classic rock is known to deliver. A rock fueled track includes Strangers with that 80s/90s instrumentals that doesn’t fall short of anything less than great. A close second is the song Escape on the album with lyrics like “you seem so restless, I’ve got no reservations about you” and the music arrangement of this song just makes me think of the band Aha! and the elements of glam, strength, and magic. An interesting fact about Reed is that he spent more than a year from social media and music in preparation to create this album. Doing so, when you take a listen, while it has nostalgic elements of the 80s and 90s music within the rock world, it does have a sense of uniqueness that is intertwined throughout the songs that incrementally get better and better as you listen. Artistically, all of the songs were all recorded with saturating analog tape which ran 3x normal speed, thus giving them an intentional sonic and power ballad feel. With enlightenment and transformation themes at play here, Reed creates something so magical you can’t quite put a name on the one thing that hooks you in, eager to want more.

Artist Website

https://www.andrewreedmusic.com

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Annamay Channels Her Strong Vocal Talents In Debut Album F*CK You

18 Apr

With her debut album F*CK You releasing at the late of March 2019, listeners should have no excuse for not listening to Annamay. Memorable tracks from the album include Grab The Moon with metaphorical lyrics within the song painting visuals very vividly. “No matter what the price you pay, you’ll be true and most of all, but most of all keep your silver ring” has listeners visualize Annamay‘s lyrics into stories and personal narratives. Surf Through Life takes a lighthearted anthem approach meshing the worlds of spoken word and the sound qualities of beach rock. She takes the listener on the journey on her surfboard and connects it to the environment around her. Doing this makes the connection between an inner and outer world a reality. “Small seashells cup my feet and I’m glad I’m still here” mixes softness with strength as well. With all the whimsical qualities this album has to offer, her unique voice could be compared not only to one musical influence, but when you think of how the Sirens would sing and lure in Homer’s Odyssey, you’ll want to loop this album on repeat.

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Shadow Of A Stone Songs Of Remembrance Speaks Volumes From Geoff Gibbons

17 Nov

Shadow of A Stone Songs of Remembrance speaks to audiences with a heartfelt tone of remembering and paying tribute to people who fight for our country. With lyrics like ” in the shadow of a storm, honing in on the darkness of being a hero as well goes deeper and holds significant meaning to audiences. While other songs on the album had significant meaning, the themes of dreams, time, and being a hero all run through the album. In terms of musical style, Gibbon’s work goes under the category of lyrical and contemporary all in one. Gibbons characterizes as well significant metaphors of longing, struggles, and the beautiful value of our lives. The tone of bluegrass also runs through the album. For listeners, Geoff Gibbons delivers his soul and spiritness for a message that is so much more than a remembrance.

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