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GUILTY OF EVERYTHING
They call this style of music Shoegaze. Yet in it is an atmosphere dreamy to explore through the music itself and though the songwriting. The brilliant easy breath floating vocals are mixed with harsh throbbing bass and pounding drums throughout the record in most of the songs. There are few that are slightly upbeat but most have tough vocals and yet again then the soft spots go into a caressing mood almost into a stillness state. Setting a grid to follow music is pretty hard here, because the members play full out their instruments with a little restraint which make the music the heaviest part of this project. Those who like Catherine Wheel and Slowdive should like this a lot. This marks or a great debut. When I first heard this CD I thought the band Ride had gotten back together again and was I surprised
BOY CRIED WOLF
This marks for the band’s fourth album to date. This band from England uses passionate rock and melodic melodies to bring you into listening to them. This album finds the band combining uplifting pop with a depth of emotion. The single is called Rescue. The personnel has changed just a little you’ll notice he change that there is a new vocalist. Here is the current lineup: Kevin Jeremiah, Dan Sells (vocals, guitar); Ciaran Jeremiah (vocals, keyboards); Richard Jones (vocals); Paul Stewart (drums). Ciaran Jeremiah’s piano playing is sensational to say the least it’s almost in awe form.
RESIDENCY AT HUNDO BEACH
End Sound Records
With already a debut album released under their belts in 2011 Recovery Journal, this Austin, Texas band has a new Ep out. Broken Gold consists of Ian MacDougall on vocals who also plays guitar. Joining him on the EP is Patrick Lillard on bass who were also both together in The Riverboat Gamblers band. Also on here is Ben Lance on guitar along with Rich Cali on drums. Rich Cali is also the artist who created the cover for the new EP. Sonically influences veer more towards British punk and shoegaze than American Garage Rock that was the sound of The Riverboat Gamblers. The music at times gets a little more dreamy and reflective. For those who like The replacements and The Cure mixed together will enjoy this art shoegaze sound.
MATTERS OF THE MIND, BODY AND SOUL
Clan Of Xymox
It is very consistent album and flows the whole way through. It is a melancholic that tears at your inner heart, with songs of love and loss. The Baritone vocal style of Ronny Moorings signature crooning is ever so present and at the for front of this new CD. The album opens with a brilliant instrumental track that flows into track number 2, She’s Falling in Love. This opening is one of the albums strengths. This stands out from the album and sets up a great setting the tone for the record. The album is melodic, romantic, atmospheric, airy, at times intense and but yet beautiful. The lyrical honest emotional goodness is on here too. The instrumentation is a perfect balance of electronic and natural sounding instruments of different sorts. Very interesting is that the last track on the new album is also an instrumental. This is a very well made and good production in style of what a whole album should be.
ASIA, the legendary British band, moves into its extraordinary career with “Gravitas”, a brave new album that explores different landscapes while embracing familiar musical past. Produced and written by band members John Wetton and Geoff Downes. Scheduled for release on Frontiers Records on March 21 (Europe); and March 25 (North America), the album will be available in two configurations: a standard CD and a Deluxe Edition, that will include two bonus tracks and a DVD containing the “Valkyrie” music video, a promotional film, and footage of classic live ASIA tracks such as “Heat Of The Moment”, recorded with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria. Gravitas chronicles a man’s struggle in the battlefield of life, to the powerfully compelling tale of unrequited love in the song The Closer I Get To You. Gravitas conveys the spectrum of emotion and color from real-life agonies to all the to fantasies of escapism. A great fantastic collaborative effort that only Asia can do weather in is prog mood or in their soft melancholy turns they know how to take you on their journey on this CD.
Secretly Canadian Records
All ready with an album done this is a new Ep. Techo dance pop is something that is done remarkably by this artist. Catchy but not so bouncy and loud without demanding thumping throughout it. Simple plain straight forward sound from the keyboards this time around. The opening track is Pulsing a good pop tune really but danceable too. The second track is called Tea Cup an is more the style of a movie theme background moody instrumentation sounding song. The third song is called Happy that has a more dreamier undertone to it and with some female vocals arranged on it. This single EP should get Tomas some good floor dance time and maybe some radio play as well too.
(All reviews by Jonathan D,. Wright)