Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Catching Up – SubmitHub Misses

     SubmitHub is a site that allows artists and their reps to reach out to bloggers, video posters, and labels. There is a 48-hour time limit to respond to the artist. Sometimes, we don’t fully appreciate a song until after the time has expired. Here are some examples of blogworthy submissions that we missed until after the 48-hour window closed.
   
     Vienna-born and now Berlin-based enigmatic multi-instrumentalist Leitmotif and singer/songwriter Lisa Rowe deliver a rough and edgy debut track. The pop-infused indie-folk song stands out through its mood-lifting hook.

     "Trouble in the Making" (ft. Lisa Rowe) by Leitmotif


          Sloes is a quintet based in London. The members are Jerome Clark (vocals, samples, drum machine), Paul William Hand (guitar, backing vocals, keys), Luke Coare (drums), Jo Milnes (bass, backing vocals, keys) and his sister Katie Elizabeth Milnes (violin, backing vocals, keys).

     “Misunderstood” by Sloes


     Pilkrow was formed in 2017 by Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Graham Shafer.

     “Water The Flowers” by Pilkrow


Lyrics of “Water The Flowers” by Pilkrow
(And you always said)
(That in a nation of two)
(You must always remember)
(To water the flowers)                   

Stripes
Fill up blurry eyes
Brass
Gone green and stigmatized

Flock
Wishing for the V
Branch
Stretched from giving tree

Air
Blown out through the mouth
Thoughts
Bared teeth in a crouch      

Drape
Covers broken glass
Cuts
Holding stitches fast

Brace
For the impact layer
Sleep
Both a joke and a prayer

Steel
For the coming 'round
Foot
Out in green and brown

(Have you heard the news?)
(They say it's gonna rain tomorrow)


     Quoting bio information:
  Skrizzly Adams says he wants to “make the Americana of the future.”  And, by all accounts, the future is now.  The New Jersey-born singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer has made name for himself by seamlessly blending elements of indie rock, pop, and hip hop – a nod to whom Skrizzly considers the Holy Trinity: Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, and Kanye West.

     “Slip” by Skrizzly Adams


Lyrics of “slip” by Skrizzly Adams
I got my mind on the money and you know it
I got a pistol full of pain and it’s showing
Hit the gas and I whip it like it’s stolen
And before you see me I’m gone

I say I’m just trying to find myself
Holding on to nothing with no one else
I don’t want to fake it
Holy when I taste it
Feel myself slipping, I’m gone

Baby girl, yea, you’re standing there so mean
Let’s lie to each other like we were seventeen
I’m just trynna feel a little pleasure in the pain
When I feel myself slipping, I’m gone

I say I’m just trying to find myself
Holding on to nothing with no one else
I don’t want to fake it
Holy when I taste it
Feel myself slipping, I’m gone
Yea I’m just trying to find myself
Holding on to nothing with no one else
I don’t want to fake it
Holy when I taste it
Feel myself slipping. I’m gone

I got my mind on the money and you know it
I got a pistol full of pain and it’s showing
Hit the gas and I whip it like it’s stolen
And before you see me I’m gone

I say I’m just trying to find myself
Holding on to nothing with no one else
I don’t want to fake it
Holy when I taste it
Feel myself slipping, I’m gone
Yea I’m just trying to find myself
Holding on to nothing with no one else
I don’t want to fake it
Holy when I taste it
Feel myself slipping, I’m gone
Feel myself slipping, I’m gone
Feel myself slipping, I’m gone

Monday, October 15, 2018

“Yesterday” by Fontaine – A Song Feature

     We all notice similarities in outward appearance of brothers, but don’t often think about vocal characteristics that result from similarities in internal body parts. Fontaine is a duo formed of Ike and Luke Fontaine. They are originally from Massachusetts, but have relocated to Nashville.

     There are several reasons to praise their song “Yesterday.” Yes, the vocals are strong. Still, the guitar work is the more significant attraction. And the arrangement is extraordinary. For example, there is a steadily mounting crescendo that starts at 2:33 and ends with a drop (3:12) to a rhythmic guitar.

     Quoting their bio:
  By way of Boston, Ike Fontaine (Guitar, Lead Vocals) and Luke Fontaine (Bass, Vocals, Keyboards) formed FONTAINE in 2017. After years of touring as an acoustic duo, the brothers got right to work recording in Boston with the help of one of Q Divisions brightest, James Bridges (Engineer/ Producer).
  Now based in Nashville, 2018 promises a plethora of new music, video releases, and live shows from the newly minted FONTAINE driven by their authentic blend of brother harmony, folk and alternative rock.

     “Yesterday” by Fontaine 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialfontaine/

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Club Yorke and Desert Ships - Free Friday/Saturday (“FL&R”)

     Free and Legal Downloads? Yes, at least temporarily. Bands often temporarily permit free downloads of their releases.  The end of an offer may be based on the expiration of a set period of time or on a limited number of downloads.  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. Our plan is to post at least one FL&R song each Friday/Saturday.
     The Melbourne-based indie rock band has embraced a new chapter of their artistry along with a recent name change. Having established a solid reputation for themselves as a formidable live band on the east coast under their former project Residual, the four piece have emerged ready to tackle 2018, as Club Yorke.
     The members of Club Yorke are Sam Burtt (vocals, guitar), Andy Rankin (guitar), Josh Carter (bass), and Nick Cousins (drums).

      “Stop The Bleeding” by Club Yorke – To access the free download, go to the Triple J site and click the download arrow- triplejunearthed.com/7087611

Lyrics of “Stop The Bleeding” by Club Yorke
You were weathered and bludgeoned
By nights you had spent in rejoice
And the sounds of the gallows
They howell with a harrowing voice

Did you feel left out
By the sights and sounds
That held your fate

Don't see the ones
You love before they die
Cause it's hardly worth
The pain of being alive

Did you feel left out
By the sights and sounds
That held your fate

Did you need someone
You could learn to love
To ease the pain

Your the cause and effect
Of your own damn mess
But it's not your first
There's a saying that says
That a man is as good as his word

Did you feel left out
By the sights and sounds
That held your fate

Did you need someone
You could learn to love
To ease the pain

We're all loving someone
If only for the night
Doesn't mean we always get it right
If you're afraid of losing
Whatever's on your mind
Then I can tell you babe
We still got hell to pay
But if we don't try
We'll never stop the bleeding

If I said we were done
Would you just turn and run
Be the love of my life
Till the end of the night
And as cold and as dark
As the winters that past
We were meant to be
But we'll never last
And the light of the day
Whilst you caught in the waves
I will come to the surface
Screaming your name
And you'll answer again
But you'll call me a friend
But if we don't try
We'll never stop the bleeding

We're all loving someone
If only for the night
Doesn't mean we always get it right
If you're afraid of losing
Whatever's on your mind
Then I can tell you babe
We still got hell to pay
But if we don't try
We'll never stop the bleeding
     Desert Ships are an English alternate rock band from London formed in 2012 by Mikey Buckley (guitar, vocals), Daniel McLean (bass, vocals) and Claude Trejonis (drums, vocals). Their trip-tonic sound is heavily cinematic. Haunting guitar loops and hypnotic grooves allow the dream-like melodies to weave in and amongst each other.

     “Hammerhead” by Desert Ships (Available on a name-your-price basis at Bandcamp.)


Friday, October 12, 2018

“By the Daylight” by Devon Welsh – A Song Feature

      “By The Daylight” includes a combination of pizzicato and “bowed” playing of string instruments. Both serve their purpose well, with the plucking providing rhythm and the arco establishing a lushness. Toward the end of the song from Devon Welsh, female backing vocals add to the lush atmosphere.

      Devon Welsh is from Montreal. He was previously a member of Majical Cloudz. The Canadian is currently touring and among his stops is a visit to Starline Social Club in Oakland, California. For ticket information to the show, CLICK HERE

     “By the Daylight” by Devon Welsh 


Lyrics of “By the Daylight” by Devon Welsh
When you see an insect
Don’t try to squash it
Things more powerful than you
Control the actions in your life

I have a problem
With no easy answer
But you see I’m trying
Very, very hard to just let it slide

So I dream
Dream, dream, dream

Wasted by the daylight
Floating in the twilight

Ask me a question
I’ll give you the answer
You want to know I'm saying
Every little thing that’s on my mind

I am a body
Stuck in a story
Things more powerful than me
Control the actions in my life

So I dream
Dream, dream, dream
And I dream
Dream, dream, dream

Wasted by the daylight
Floating in the twilight
[Repeat]
Dream, dream

Thursday, October 11, 2018

“Scenes From Before” by New Time Zones – A Song Feature

      Indie recordings typically are neither nuanced nor notably textured. It is probably because the Indie Universe is primarily populated by bands and solo performers having expenses that far exceed their music-based income and having a focus on skill sets that don’t extend into the recording/production area. “Scenes From Before” jumps forward as an exception.

      From the start, the song from New Time Zones is textured. The prominent layer is the rhythmic guitar and percussion. Underneath is an anguished sound of a shoegaze guitar. Later in the track, the same instruments establish the rhythmic overlay, but the underlayer is energetic rather than anguished (at the 1:44 mark). At times, the male vocals are joined by a female voice (Alyssa Cross). Nuanced? Yes, as exemplified in the first occurrence of the chorus, when there is an unnecessary-but-appealing pause before the last word in the line, “Searching for answers to questions that we may never… find.” For the second occurrence of the chorus, the sentence isn’t completed.

      "Scenes From Before" is the second single from the band's upcoming EP, “Stage One." In talking about the single, lyricist Justin Shelton explained:
  “The song was inspired by a trip through my hometown. Flooded with memories of the streets I used to roam and the friends that shaped my life. We were all so wide eyed and innocent, believing we would go on to do whatever we wanted.”

      New Time Zones is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The members are Justin Shelton (vocals, rhythm guitar, lyrics), David Rey (lead guitar), Harry Duff (bass), and Freddy Bell (drums). Other contributions to "Scenes From Before" were made by Nathan Price (drums), Andrew Bair (synths, keys, additional programming), and Alyssa Cross (harmonies).

     “Scenes From Before” by New Time Zones 



Lyrics of “Scenes from Before” by New Time Zones
When did everything change?
I close my eyes and I'm taken away
It always feels so strange
The scenery spent but the walls remain the same

Whoa, do you remember when we were just kids?
The stars lit up the night sky right before our very eyes
Adding them up before we blinked and lost count
Whoa, searching for answers to questions that we may never… find

We were lifting off in the breeze unaware
We'd be forced to land
Dreamers of a time
Before their lines were drawn
In the sand

Whoa, do you remember when we were just kids?
The stars lit up the night sky right before our very eyes
Adding them up before we blinked and lost count
Whoa, searching for answers to questions that we may never…  

Sitting quietly by candlelight
(Will it fade away?)
Holding out for sign of morning light

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

“Memory Loss” by Bengal Lancers – A Song Feature

     In their song “Memory Loss,” Bengal Lancers place somber subject matter in a high-octane vehicle. “I feel that I might be losing my mind.” The melody drives the track, with the presentation of the socially relevant concern around mental health being tailored to align with the drive. For much of “Memory Loss,” it is fair to characterize the vocals as melodic shouting.

     Bengal Lancers are a London-based band. The members are Harry Sullivan (vocals, guitar), Max Hutchins (drums), Charlie Hawkins (bass), and Aidan Wickham (guitar).

     “Memory Loss” by Bengal Lancers