Monday, September 13, 2021
“Breakaway” delivers a three-part, emotion-filled single that is progressively more powerful. For the first minute, the song from The Replicants bears the characteristics of a single/songwriter release with an emphasize on a gently played acoustic guitar. The lyrics have the feel of being directed to a young daughter who is having sleep difficulties because her father is troubled with thoughts of a lost love.
The second part is introduced by emphatic percussion and by a guitar with the tonal richness of a 12-string. Layered vocals also increase the richness, relative to the first minute. The passion is dialed up as well. The final part begins when the strings receive attention at 3:35. This portion has a 1970’s feel, particularly the band Kansas and its use of the violin.
The Replicants are signed to Number Vun Records and are produced by the production team Vortex Music. According to the Vortex Music webpage, “The Replicants are a Belgian/American band consisting of members Ingstar and Skeelo. Their musical influences range from Singer/songwriter to Alt Pop, Modern Folk and Indie Rock, with a little Scandinavian Folk Dance for good measure.”
“Breakaway” by The Replicants
Friday, September 10, 2021
Currently, it is fair to describe Irish Basement as minimalist, but only with respect to its internet footprint. The content on the website and Facebook page of the project isn’t helpful in researching the identity of Irish Basement. However, Spotify tells us “Irish Basement is the solo project of Washington, DC-based writer and producer Mike Toohey.”
Thursday, September 9, 2021
“With Us All” by Arts Fishing Club
Monday, September 6, 2021
2021 has been an important year for artists who are based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We recently sang the praises of releases from The Bins and Decent Docents. This post features other 2021 releases that we recommend.
"Scarlet Mark" by TREASVRE