Browsing Tag

blues

Music

Girl Who Loves by Stephanie Sellars: A modern view of a golden age.

Stephanie Sellars has outdone herself with her collection of timeless classics with an original song thrown in for good measure. Far from conforming to some imaginary auditory cannon, Stephanie puts her own unique interpretation on each cover song, vocally reimagining these vintage songs whilst remaining true to the original message. Her vocal arrangements are subtle, artful and respectful at the same time as showing off her quirky and playful personality.

The orchestration is vibrant and lush, and gives us a private peek into the mind of a talented romantic. Any deviations from the original arrangements and time signatures only adds to the mystery and her pure tone lends itself well to the feel of the album which can only be described as charming and whimsical. Song after song plumbs the depths of love and longing in an exciting yet natural way. Stephanie is joined by some of New Yorks most accomplished musicians and listeners are treated to two duets with the remarkable Tom Middleton (The lead singer of the Willows).

‘Girl Who Loves’ by Stephanie Sellars is a staple album for Jazz lovers everywhere. Have a listen to the full album here on spotify let us know what you think,

Review by Susan Harriott

Music

Hermosa Pier releases single Doing Fine: Infusing Pop and a whole load of Rock and Roll

‘Doing Fine’ the single released by Hermosa Pier, which comes from their upcoming EP ‘Words To Myself’ which will be released on the 27th April. Doing Fine infuses many Pop elements but also adds a bit of Rock and Roll, making this a perfect combination.

It’s a very slow pace track, to begin with, keeping that pace kind of drawn out for a good half of the song, having that acoustic guitar play a big part through the instrumentation.

When in the middle you’re taken by surprise as the volume begins to get louder and the riffs on the guitar are a lot noisier and crazy, as the piece carries on it intertwines with a slow pace and low vocals to more manic and high-pitched vocal ranges and it’s pretty incredible. Of course, having to mention the absolutely insane electric riff on the guitar that goes on for a few seconds that really brings that Rock element to it as the killer shreds take over.

It’s safe to say that the vocal ranges that come from this piece have power pulsing through them, not only that but a lot of pure energy that comes through the voice singing in a rather melodic way, always hitting the high-notes on key and having this rather mesmerising tone to the voice which hooks you in.

Definitely check out this one by Hermosa Pier, you won’t regret it!

Listen to Hermosa Pier Doing Fine by heading over to Spotify now.

 

Review by Karley Myall

Music

Tremantis releases their latest anthology Hey Me

Quartet Tremantis have released their recent five-track collection ‘Hey Me’, infusing the sound of Punk to escape into more of a Blues Rock, it will leave you wanting more.

It’s a fact that this band always takes you by surprise with their rather diverse choice of genres, from the loud, electrifying style to the more uplifting and fun blues, it’s such a peculiar mixture but it works so perfectly.

Starting off with a bit more chaotic and emphasising the fact that they can sure bring their Rock style to their music, with the thunderous drum beats and the electric guitar riffs lighting up the instrumentation, as well as the raucous vocals. Then you have the more high energy, funky beat, and the soft vocals, showing that diversity and how insane it can sound.

This band is definitely one to check out, it’s great to see a group that isn’t afraid to mix it up and they are what this year needs.

Listen to Tremantis EP Hey Me by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Karley Myall

Music

Vargen – It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue: A Solace-Spilling Rework of Bob Dylan’s Timeless Hit

Swedish Blues Folk Duo Vargen’s release of Love / Leave – 11 Songs of Bob Dylan couldn’t have been released at a better time. We’re all in need of a little escapism right now. And the timelessly consoling tones are just as solace-spilling and escapism-aiding as they were at the time of Bob Dylan’s original releases.

The tenderly emotive reimagining works bring the raw soul back to life, yet, Vargen have put their own ensnaring Bluesy spin on the soundscapes. While each track is as mesmerizingly cathartic as the last, It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue is the perfect introduction to Vargen’s boundlessly fervent style. The dual vocals harmonise over the effortlessly mellifluous warmly ethereal instrumentals to create succinct melodies which almost allow you to feel like you’re swimming in sepia.

There was no forgetting Vargen after the chills they left us with after hearing their single From Stockholm to L.A. We’re immeasurably gratified for their return with the 11 track album.

You can check out Vargen’s stunning tribute to Bob Dylan yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music

The Family Dog – EASY: Smooth Jazz-Infused Indie Blues Rock

The Family Dog

EASY is the smooth Jazz-infused debut release from up and coming Indie Blues Rock artist The Family Dog. If you could imagine a mellifluous merging of the styles of Jack White, Kurt Vile, and modern Indie Rock artists such as Arctic Monkeys, you’ll get an idea of what’s in store when you hit play.

As someone who has always appreciated virtuosic prowess popping from rhythmically appeasing guitar progressions, it was all too easy to fall into the groove of EASY. It may even provide more tonally warm catharsis than Faith No More’s track Easy. It’s a bold statement, but once you get wrapped up in the sweetly resonant track, I’m sure you’ll be inclined to agree.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out the debut single from The Family Dog which will be available to stream via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music

Scott Hayley – Reno: A Fitting Tribute to Americana Country Icon Doug Supernaw

https://music.apple.com/us/album/reno-feat-doug-supernaw/1501646278?i=1501646279

For those unaware of Americana Country Pioneer Doug Supernaw, up and coming artist Scott Hayley offers the perfect introduction with his latest release “Reno”.

Doug Supernaw perceptibly isn’t the only one offering inspiring alchemic Americana Country mesmerism through their virtuosic talent. The guitar progressions in Reno are so soulful and sentimental they almost border on psychedelic. Either way, you’ll feel euphoric as it unravels.

The shimmering tones in the instrumentals find perfect synergy with Scott Hayley’s timelessly authentic Americana Country Folk vocals. You’ll be hooked in from the first verse of this deftly immersive track which depends on raw rhythmic talent and candid soul instead of frills and gimmicks.

There will always be space on the airwaves for tracks such as Reno which offer such welcoming catharsis.

You can check out Scott Hayley’s latest single which dropped on March 11th via Apple Music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music

Jay Karnell – There for You featuring BADKids: A Vibing RnB Funk Pop Jam

As RnB goes, it’s rarely as unapologetically experimental as Jay Karnell’s latest single “There for You” featuring BADKids.

Within the mix, you’ll find a smorgasbord of different influences, from Funk to Indie to EDM, to Pop, it’s all in there and weaved together by the artist’s soul and charisma.

Around the electronic beats, you’ll be able to appreciate the ever-absorbing presence of Blues Funk riffs which take the track to the next level. With their vocals and lyrics, Jay Karnell kept their style much more archetypal. So despite the creative originality in There For You, any Seal fans will be in for a treat when they hit play.

You can check out Jay Karnell’s vibing RnB Pop Jam for yourselves by heading over to Soundcloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music

Spoken Word Poetry and Blues Pop Combine in Dom Reynolds’ Latest Single “Jealousy”

After an absorbing spoken-word prelude, Dom Reynolds’ latest single “Jealousy” kicks off as a cathartically indulgent Blues Pop soundscape which will enamour fans of John Cooper Clarke and RnB Soul alike.

That may be a slightly unexpected pairing of styles. Yet Dom Reynolds’ experimental Funk-addled style is all the more captivating for the fact that he’s aurally ripped up the rulebook.

Charlotte Neal’s strong, yet smooth harmonic vocals work alongside the deadpan spoken-word delivery throughout the track. Which not only creates a potent amount of collaborative chemistry but also ensures that the lyrics resonate with maximum impact.

The ambient slow jam comes with a nuanced infusion of Psych. When Jealousy is in full flow, you’ll be suitably mesmerised by the colourfully warm tones.

You can listen to Jealousy by heading over to SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music

Magnolia Red – Ancient River: A Glacial New Take on Americana Rock

Magnolia Red has created a brand-new trajectory for the timeless Americana Rock sound with their single “Ancient River”.

The Norweigan artist alchemically created a single which simultaneously exuded warmth and a hauntingly ethereal chill. The eclectic instrumental arrangement sits organ wails around guitar riffs which are so glacial they weave in elements of Post Punk.

While, for the most part, the full-bodied sound makes it hard to pinpoint where the mesmerism is pouring from, the distinctively virtuosic guitar solos take Magnolia Red’s sound to a pioneering new level. They demand repeat attention.

Blues riffs have never sounded colder or more phantasmic. In perfect contrast to the instrumentals are the inviting, nostalgically beguiling vocals which will instantly enamour any fans of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Naturally, we’re hooked.

You can check out Magnolia Red’s latest single Ancient River for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music

Josh Rosenblum Band – Hangin’ On: Vivaciously Virtuosic Blues Pop

I’ve been hooked on Josh Rosenblum’s nuanced euphoria-inducing Blues guitar style ever since hearing their standout single “Stormy” from their sensational 2018 album “Outlier”.

Their elevated, punchy, porously passionate Funk-soaked Blues Pop offers an unparalleled amount of energy which sugars the airwaves, making it practically impossible to feel bitter when you’re ingesting it. It also helps that their ability to craft infectiously happy melodies is practically arcane.

As someone who finds themselves predominantly drawn to music on the more pensive side through fear of encountering vacuously plasticised feel-good tracks, I’ve even surprised myself with how much adoration I have for their latest single “Hangin’ On”.

The raw human emotion projected into the single wasn’t hindered by the phenomenal production which ensured that Hangin’ On would become a radio-ready hit. It simply amplified the resonance which pours from the track which boasts an insane amount of commercial appeal. I’m fairly adamant there never has, and never will be Blues Pop riffs on the airwaves which share a stark reminiscence to Josh Rosenblum’s. His ability to humbly demonstrate his virtuosic prowess at the same time as creating such accessible music is tragically rare, but the shortfall has more than been made up for through Hangin’ On.

After signing with Pacific Records, we’re fairly convinced that massive things are in store for the Josh Rosenblum Band in 2020.

You can check out Hangin’ On which was released on February 7th along with all of the artist’s earlier releases via Spotify.

Keep up to date with the latest releases and tour dates via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast