Friday, October 21, 2016

Free Friday (“FL&R”) - October 21

     Free and Legal Downloads? Yes, at least temporarily. Bands often temporarily permit free downloads of their releases.  The end of an offer is usually based on the expiration of a set period of time.  But at least for now, here are songs that qualify as Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) downloads.
     Finding songs that can be legally downloaded is easy. The difficult task is to find legally downloadable music that we recommend. The hope is to post FL&R songs each Friday.
[Today, Soundcloud and others (Twitter...) are victims of a cyber attack. So, we are just posting the Bandcamp recommendation.]

      KLEZ is a soulful singer/songwriter with ties to Chico, California. His everyday name  is John Klezmer. The song “Here Right Now” is being offered at Bandcamp on a name-your-own-price basis. The track seamlessly fuses a variety of vocal styles.  

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

“Relevance” by FAIRCHILD– A Song Review

     FAIRCHILD releases songs and we continue to be impressed. The six-member band is particularly skilled at texturing vocal-driven pieces with quick-twitch guitar play. The skill is on full display during the first minute of “Relevance.” But FAIRCHILD is not limited to one style, as evidenced by the demanding guitar starting at 2:35 of the track.

     Quoting lead vocalist Adam Lyons:
  “In the studio I remember thinking ‘how I sing on [“Relevance”] is much more important than the words coming out of my mouth.' The instrumental had no discernible chord changes in the verses and I knew my vocal needed to act as a linchpin to hold the track together. This wasn’t necessarily a question of lyrical subject matter or even melody, but performance. Those opening lines are all bluster and bravado but there’s honesty there too. Where one ends and the other begins isn’t really relevant.”

     FAIRCHILD is from Gold Coast, Australia, but has relocated to
Manchester, UK. The members are Adam Lyons (vocals), Nathan Lyons (keyboard), Tim Voeten (guitar), Patrick Huerto (guitar), Tommy Davies (bass), and James Alexander (drums).
     “Relevance” by FAIRCHILD

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

“The Phantom” by decker. – A Song Review

     In a striking flow of dissimilar temperaments and tempos, “The Phantom” takes the listener along a six-minute journey through angst and petition.
     During the first few seconds of “The Phantom,” the guitar and percussion create a Johnny Cash-like atmosphere. But the vocalization tone and style enter from a different direction. The first portion of the song sets the stage for the indignation of the second portion, which begins at 1:08. That second portion is extremely effective in its use of an A-B-A format of vocals, instrumental, vocals. Then at 3:41, “The Phantom” heads downtempo into the pleading stage of the journey – “Your secret, so safe with me; please leave me here.”

     decker. is Brandon Decker in Sedona, Arizona. We don’t know if he will be accompanied by a band, but decker. has a number of concerts on his schedule. The dates are available at Concert Calendar and include a  November 18, 2016 stop at Amnesia in San Francisco. 
     “The Phantom” by decker.

  T-TOWN SESSIONS presents decker. - Recorded at Saint Cecilia Studios with Cloud Microphones, Tucson, Arizona.
  Brandon Decker (vocals, guitar), Amber Johnson (keyboards, backup vocals), Andrew Bates (bass), and Nick Ramirez (drums).