Saturday, December 10, 2016

“Talking About Love To A Cigarette” by Wilderado – A Song Review

     With a change of band name and a reduction of a band member, The Rock/County/Folk fusion band called Wilderado delivers an introspective song about life after relationship.

     Slightly more than a year ago, we blogged about these four guys from Los Angeles, when they called themselves Bird Dog. The members of Wilderado are Maxim Rainer, Colton Dearing, Tyler Wimpee, and Justin Kila.
     “Talking About Love To A Cigarette” by Wilderado

Friday, December 9, 2016

Free Friday (“FL&R”) – December 9

     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 at least one FL&R song each Friday.
     Hollow Coves is the duo Ryan Henderson and Matt Carins in Brisbane, Australia. The song “Coastline will be on their debut album “Wanderlust.”
     “Coastline” by Hollow Coves - To access the free download, go to Triple J site (https://www.triplejunearthed.com/jukebox/play/track/5512231) and click the down arrow.


     In terms of the percussion and some of the guitar, ”An Able Beast” has touches of the California band Lord Huron. The vocals easily distinguish the two bands. Feelds uses the falsetto range and recruits a backing female voice. This is a solo project of Melbourne musician James Seymour, but the female voice belongs to Ariela Jacobs and the saxophone play is contributed by Ethan Jenkins.
     ”An Able Beast” by Feelds - To access the free download, go to Triple J site (https://www.triplejunearthed.com/jukebox/play/track/5539751) and click the down arrow.


     “We Have Eyes as Well as Ears” by Morningbell is a fusion of Orchestral Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Experimental Soul, and African-style vocalization. The band is based in Gainesville, Florida. The members are brothers Travis and Eric Atria, Stacie Atria (Eric’s wife), and Chris Hillman. The element of “experimental” dominates the final 20 seconds.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

“Shake Off” by Wildhart – A Song Review

     There are risks and rewards to short-attention-span listening. The most significant reward in making a quick assessment regarding the attractiveness of a song is that the listener can be efficient in the hunt through music. The greatest risk is that quick assessments lead to mistakes, and a “keeper” is missed.

     “Shake Off” is a good example. The first portion is Synth Pop in which the percussion draws the listener into the song and the vocals are solid. But in short-attention-span listening, that may not be enough. If the listener moves on too quickly, the jumps in sophistication and complexity will be missed. Shortly after the 2:30 mark, vocal layering joins synth that is reminiscent of Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer). The lead vocalization becomes even more powerful, and both the lead and backing lyrics chant against the James Brown message of “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” “Shake Off” is a keeper!

     “Shake Off” is the lead track on the debut album of Wildhart. The album is entitled “Shine.” Wildhart is a trio from Gothenburg, Sweden. The members are Ylva Holmdahl (vocals), Kiwi Berg (synthesizers) and Josefin Runsteen (drums).
     “Shake Off” by Wildhart