Pop Music That Will Have You Feeling ‘Top Of The Morning’

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Layla Haskell

“Top Of The Morning”

So let me be straight up here – as a Gen X male with a wife and kids, a mortgage and a preference for dinner with friends over partying, I am probably not the target demographic for most modern pop music. Whilst I am a fan of genre, it is it is not the first thing I seek to listen to in those rare moments that I have time to spare.

 

With that said, I can recognize talent when I hear it and am only too happy to admit that I like “Top of the Morning”, the latest single from Layla.. Underpinned by the stunning production work of Darren Martyn, Bournemouth-based Layla Haskell delivers an assured pop-vocal performance. Her voice sit perfectly over the catchy summer vibes, demonstrating a range and control that speaks to her talent. From start to finish, this is a song that makes you take notice and asks you to listen again.

 

“Top of the Morning” is a pretty damn catchy song indeed and Layla is an artist that I am sure we will be hearing more from.  I would even consider putting this on for a listen when I next get the chance, and from this old man, that’s praise indeed.

 

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

 

Melinda Lavenau Creates A Great Album With It’s Own Peaceful Universe

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Melinda Lavenau

“Be All There” from the “Waiting Wild” album

 

From Kansas City, Missouri comes the first album of Melinda Lavenau, a songwriter who writes song to help you remember quiet things. That’s quite a program and this album is faithful to this goal, with a wide range of beautiful songs and field recordings that weave a peaceful tapestry.

With the intro of this “Be All There”, there is an unrest in from the cello/piano that nicely resolves in Melinda’s vocals, urging everyone with her plea of “Wherever you are, be all there”, an effective Carpe Diem… The piano and cello counterpoint each other beautifully, and the bass and electronic percussion are not overwhelming in this primarily acoustic soundscape but effectively driving the track forward, leaving Melinda’s fragile voice plenty of room to charm. Nice background/double vocals are sparkled here and there to accentuate the melodic attraction of this beautiful song.

The rest of the album is full of surprise, with a production that leaves plenty of space to field recordings (birds, water, people walking/talking) fulfilling Melinda’s promise to make us remember the “quiet things”. The result is a great album that creates its own peaceful universe.

Verdict: 5/5 beards

5 Beards Rating

 

 

 

Get the song and album on Bandcamp: https://melindalavenau.bandcamp.com/releases

The Atom Age Makes Rock and Roll That Is Exciting And Raw


Indie Rock Band

The Atom Age

“Never looking”

The Atom Age makes rock and roll that is exciting and raw. Drawing on influences from the The Saints to The Black Keys, the members of this six-piece Oakland band wear their influences on their collective sleeves.

 

“Never Looking”, the debut single from the band’s upcoming album “Cry Til’ You Die”, is a great example of its sound. The track kicks off with a monster guitar riff and a lyric that serves as a statement of intent  (“I never learned a way to take it slow”) and rarely takes its foot off the pedal in its short, sharp running time. The introduction of a saxophone into the mix only adds to the mayhem and fun.

 

This is music that I imagine would best be experienced live. It might be hard for me to get over to the US and see the boys in action though, so for now I await the release of their album on August 23. Like “Never Looking”, I will keep this review short and to the point and will wrap things up by simply saying this – check out The Atom Age if you like good rock and roll.

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

Available For Pre-Order

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Upcoming shows:

AUG 23 Slim’s- San Francisco, CA

DEC 27 Kung Fu Necktie- Philadelphia (w/ New Bomb Turks)

Moses Guest Serves Their Music With A Taste Of Bravado

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Moses Guest

“Light” from the “Light” album

For more than 20 years, Moses Guest has been rocking the US scene with their energetic blend of southern rock, jazz-rock and Americana. Here again with this album, they serve their music with a taste and bravado that will satisfy every picky music lover.

Starting strong with this “Light” song which rocks right away with a great swinging rhythm section, harmonizing guitars, B3 and doubled vocals. You can hear multiple influences in here, from the All man Brothers to Grateful Dead, Steve Miller or The Doobie Brothers, but the band manages to show a strong original voice, at times channeling jazz fusion, most notably during an extended middle-eight, starting with a tasty guitar solo, jazzy at first then Santana-esque, and the rhythm section is here extremely successful, accumulating poly-rhythms while still managing to groove!

The production is on point, everything sounds natural and has a “live” quality which serves the band, since their style is really geared towards extended live solo antics, as their newly released live single (Juke / Right Down) can attest.

Verdict: 5/5 beards – A band to discover if you like your music groovy!

5 Beards Rating

Get the song, album and more on Bandcamp: https://mosesguest.bandcamp.com/album/light-2

 


Indie DuoBriGuel keep surprising their fans over and over again, this time by unveiling glimpses of their soon-to-come Baltimore Project. Although most of it is still a well-kept secret, they recently posted on Instagram some photos of what seems to be the shooting of a new music video and documentary. 

 

 


As frontrow supporters of mindfulness, meditation, and consciousness, always seeking to find alternative ways to tap into our human potential in their numerous song’s lyrics, Briguel seem to have found the perfect structure by collaborating with the Holistic Life Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to nurturing the wellness of children and adults in underserved communities, in order to fight issues such as suicide, anxiety, and drug overdose among children and teenagers. 

 

 

 

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🎬 Our latest project has several stages and phases. In addition to shooting a new music video, we’re also producing a short film that deals with many of the issues prevalent today including mindfulness 🔷 meditation 🔷 consciousness 🔷 We’re especially asking: how can we do our part to heal ourselves and the world at large? It’s a profound question, but perhaps answers are closer than we think… With such daunting current statistics, we feel it’s imperative to do something. Right? 🔻 #Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for children & adolescents 🔻 #Anxiety is the leading mental health issue among American youth 🔻 #DrugOverdose deaths continue to increase in 🇺🇸at a rapid rate 🔻 🇺🇸 #incarcerates 693 people for every 100,000 residents, more than any other country ❗ Let’s start thinking about our future and the future of generations to come❗ . . . #wearebriguel #brianna #miguel #new #project #newproject #BALTIMORE #start #betterfuture

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This past year, Briguel have released a beautiful collection of songs titled Life Is A Lesson, Without Darkness, and Who Do You Wanna Be, all of them pointing in the same direction; love, non-violence, awareness, and kindness, as essential answers to the chaotic times we are facing.  Follow Briguel on Instagram for all the latest updates on the Baltimore project and upcoming releases!

Ella Fence’s Vocals are Intense And Outstanding with ‘Don’t Feed The Monster’ 

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Ella Fence

“Don’t Feed The Monster”

If you haven’t heard of Ella Fence then you’ve been missing out.

Ella’s earlier recordings consisted of strong beats and dark moody emotions which I loved.  

I’ve seen Ella progress with her new music since those early days and have to admit, I was a little concerned that the beautiful dark mood had evaporated.

After hearing this latest release of ‘Don’t Feed The Monster’, I’m pleased to say all my fears have been laid to rest.

Ella’s well-known distinctive style of dark moody and captivating melodies show in a rather different light in ‘Don’t Feed The Monster’.

Fence’s vocals are outstanding as it shows her vocal ability in a way where she doesn’t need to “show off”, moving from one octave to another using clear crisp falsetto bouncing from the lower register combined with her exceptional vibrato adding intensity in the verses making her performance enthralling.

‘Don’t Feed The Monster’ almost feels like a rock musical piece with synth arpeggio’s and sound effects floating around her vocal helping the track carry through while she feeds that monster.

The obvious component that can’t go unnoticed, is the simplicity and space and the clear message about feeding the monster, which I believe makes you want to set this track on repeat.    

One more thing….listen to the scream  after the bridge!

Love it! 

5 out of 5  Purple Hearts from Tracey

DON’T FEED THE MONSTER

Love & Light appeals to anyone with an ecologic conscience and a taste for melodic songwriting

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Amistat

“Love & Light”

 

Following their latest EP “Nostalgia”, Josef and Jan Prasil, the twin brothers from Amistat deliver here a beautiful new single that speaks of our relationship with the oceans and how we should be more conscious of all the damage we are doing around the planet. It’s all about love & light.

The song is weaving delicate guitar arpeggios and beautiful harmonies, and in contrast with the serious theme, there is an aethereal quality to the music that aspires to our better self. In the vein of a Cat Stevens or a James Taylor, the duo’s melodic abilities are particularly well displayed in this new song, with a production that brings the softness of their vocals on a tasty bed of light drums and percussion, sparse piano, acoustic guitars and that bed of vocal harmonies which is their trademark sound.

Adding a new direction to a worthy discography, this great single will appeal to anyone with an ecologic conscience and a taste for melodic song writing, folk and soft rock and generally good music.

Time to give these guys a follow and a listen?

Verdict: 5/5 beards

5 Beards Rating

 

 

 

Get the song on iTunes: https://music.apple.com/us/album/love-light-single/1471564429 

 

Hannah Stewart Is An Artist We Need To Keep An Eye On

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Hannah stewart

“Glaze”

Californian electro-pop artist Hannah Stewart delivers two things on her new single – minimalism and groove.  Due for release on July 31, Glaze is an exercise in sparse drums, bouncy synth bass, layered vocals and very little else. And let me be clear – this track does not need another thing added. Following in the footsteps of artists like Grimes, Stewart manages to wrangle the most out of very little indeed, creating a track that is instantaneously catchy.

Written about the need to retreat from the world on occasions, Glaze is a direct and honest reflection on the need for introspection:

            “I like to glaze it over, I like to drown it out, Drown out the noise we live in, filter out”

Despite this, the song never sounds depressing – rather, the infectious groove keeps you dancing (even when all that seems to remain is that ever-present bass).

Glaze is a great pop track and Hannah Stewart is an artist that we need to keep an eye on. Her lyrics, production and vocals are all top notch. And, most importantly, she delivers it all in a minimalist package that is both idiosyncratic and refreshingly new.

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

Glaze is available on 31st July

On All Major Streaming Platforms

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Who said Americana needed to come from the US?

 

Americana Band EP

The king Heat Ensemble

“Ten Years” from the ‘Songs’ EP

 

Who said Americana needed to come from the US? The King Heat Ensemble, a duo from the UK is here to prove that it’s not the case with this beautiful first EP, simply entitled “Songs”.

And indeed, it’s all about songs, and good ones at that. A thoughtful collection where acoustic guitar and instruments shines and vocals are raw and heartfelt, with often beautiful choir-like background vocals.

On this “Ten Years” song the opening slide guitar accentuates that longing which the song is telling about. With minimal drums and a subtle organ pad, a laid-back rhythm leaves opened a lot of room for the vocals to sing its tale, about how hard it can be to wait for inspiration to come back… something any songwriter will relate with!

The EP’s sound is served well by a beautiful production with lots of space and none of that over-compression nonsense that is plaguing too much of today’s releases. If you’re looking for music that breathes, look no further than this band and EP!

Verdict: 5/5 beards

5 Beards Rating

 

 

 

Get the song and EP on Bandcamp at: https://thekingheatensemble.bandcamp.com/

 

Moment To Moment Is A Strong Album That Deserves Your Attention

Indie Artist

missing words

“moment to moment”

It is an unfortunate reality that the word “melancholy” has a bad name. Often understood as sad or gloomy, people tend to forget that it can also mean pensive – a term dictionary.com defines as “dreamily or wistfully thoughtful; expressing or revealing thoughtfulness, usually marked by some sadness”. Indeed, some of the greatest pieces of music ever made, from Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 Adagietto to U2’s With or Without You, can best be referred to as melancholy.

 

So it is with the greatest respect that I describe Moment to Moment, the new album from California band, Missing Words, as melancholy. This can be heard in the opening words of the title track (“I close my eyes, embrace the fall”) to the plaintive vocals and slow, lush synth pads of the closing track, Breath In. What holds the album together are the synthwave-inspired tracks and the fantastic vocals of lead singer James Meays, who sings about overcoming struggles, lost love and addiction, as well as changing for a better purpose. For me, the picks were Every Night, with its pulsing electro beat and the short but ever so good Reflections. The latter track, despite only clocking in at one and a half minutes long, would not have been out of place in Bladerunner.

 

Moment to Moment is a strong album and deserves your attention. In a perfect world, it would be gracing the airwaves instead of the saccharine nonsense so often found there. Dreamy and wistfully thoughtful, Missing Words have created an electronic album that should meet the test of time.

 

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

a half-ton truckload of foot stomping folk rock From union Duke

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Union Duke

“Ladidadida”

 

From Toronto, Ontario, comes a cool band of “five guys, twenty-four beers and a half-ton truckload of foot stomping folk rock”. And this new song of theirs is in line with their motto and will not fail to put a big smile on your face.

With an enthusiasm and youthful energy that is highly communicative, this song cleverly alternates between a swing beat and a ternary slow waltz. It’s simple but efficient in how it helps propelling the song’s upbeat parts especially the “ladidadida” extended gang vocals, which concludes the song in orgasmic fashion.

The instrumentation here is stripped back to one acoustic, one electric guitar, bass / drums, and a banjo, in line with their goal of reviving Canadian’s folk music, yet it works really well, leaving room for the vocals telling its tale of hitting the road, making it back in one piece, the desperate high/lows in between when you’re back to your true love. If you’re not sure about what folk-rock is about and feel that a modern indie take could do the trick then this song, and this band, is for you.

Verdict: 5/5 beards

5 Beards Rating

 

 

 

Get the song on Bandcamp at: https://unionduke.bandcamp.com/

 

Understated and to the point, I Felt It In The Wind; Anna Wiebe

 

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Anna Wiebe 

I Felt It In The Wind

It’s safe to say that we live in a world that is loud in every sense of the word. We are bombarded with advertising, sounds, signs and demands.  At work, in traffic and in what seems like ever less free time, the loudness never seems to dissipate, leaving us stressed and longing for moments of peace: We yearn for something simple and quiet.

 

Into this space comes I Felt It In the Wind by Anna Wiebe. Over a gentle guitar figure, her soft vocals speak of a quiet moment:

            “I felt it in the wind, I know its colder now, the air knows that somehow”

The Canadian singer-songwriter has produced a delightful track here that reminds me of the country-folk ballads of Jill Sobule. Understated and to the point, I Felt It In The Wind is a pearl and does what all great songs should – it takes you to another place and leaves you wanting more.

 

From the recently released album, All I Do Is Move, this single speaks of what seems to be the opposite – stillness. Wiebe speaks of how she was inspired by a quote from a quote from Douglas Copeland, which states that, “The act of endless motion itself is a substitute for any larger form of thought.” Perhaps what this means is that we need to step back from the noise of our life to focus on what truly matters. With this track, Anna Wiebe has encouraged us all to do that and I thank her for it.

 

Simon says 5 out of 5 stars.

 

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A ‘Miracle Man’ Gives True Meaning To ‘Free To Grow’

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Free to grow

“Miracle Man” from the “Miracle” EP

 

From Fredericton, NB, Canada, with Free to Grow, comes a new EP dedicated to Bruce Hughes (the actual “Miracle Man”) and the health care professionals who take care of him during his fight for recovery after a massive stroke.

This extraordinary tale is opening the new Free to Grow 3 songs EP and it’s a rocking and uplifting tune that should put a big smile on your face…

Starting with tasty acoustic and electric guitars the song doesn’t waste a minute to rock you out, especially with that great horns section (trademark of the Free to Grow sound) and fun female background vocals. Great performances all over, from the soaring lead vocals to the scorching guitar solo.

Major points to the production, which is rich and full and doesn’t stop pounding, with a great sound thanks also to mixing/mastering by Adrian Jenkinson. This true for all the songs of this rocking EP that will go well in your collection if you’re into tasty rock with an uplifting message and sound. Get it today while it’s hot!

Also don’t miss the video for this song, which was done with the help of the healthcare workers who took care of Bruce “Miracle Man” Hughes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rmu4MIr-FEE (Video Below)

Verdict: 5/5 beards

5 Beards Rating

 

 

 

Get the song and EP at: https://www.freetogrowband.com/music

 

Trip Jacker Mixes genres and styles in ‘search for humanity’

Indie Music

Trip Jacker

‘Search For Humanity’

One of the things I have enjoyed about the evolution of music over the last decade or so has been the crumbling of genre barriers. As someone who has never felt comfortable with the limitations and expectations placed upon artists by genre conventions, it is comforting to see those conventions being dismantled, reconstructed and reimagined.

 

Massachusetts-based musician and producer, Trip Jacker, works in this new space – happily mixing genres and styles on his latest track, ‘Search For Humanity’. Starting with a beat and bass line straight out of the eighties, he adds guitars and samples to produce a song that quickly develops into something individual and distinct. While hinting at the proto-industrial stylings of Killing Joke, Search For Humanity also draws upon synthwave and the kind of dance-rock made popular by bands such as Jesus Jones to create a track that is simultaneously retro and refreshingly new.

 

With cover art by Italian artist, Erinni Xeen, Search For Humanity is the complete package. I look forward to its coming release and await more music from the genre-melding artist that is Trip Jacker.

Simon says 4.5 out of 5 stars.

4.5 Star Rating

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Links to trip jacker

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/tripjackermusic

Website: https://www.tripjacker.com

Also find Trip Jacker on all the regular streaming services

 

Dandelion charm strike again with ‘afraid of the silence’

 

Dandelion Charm Single Cover

Dandelion Charm

“Afraid of the Silence”

The dandies strike again! After a great first album, followed by a fantastic EP and single, here’s the new Dandelion Charm offering, ahead of a new album to be released this autumn.

If, like me, you are a big fan of the dynamic duo, John and Clare Fowler, with their instantly recognizable style, lush production, rich arrangements, inimitable harmonies and deep lyrics, you’ll be delighted by this new song!

This one is starting with a bass/drums combo that looks into jazz territory, the bass in particular is tastefully walking, while a wah guitar is punctuating the groove, and the background vocals really evokes the best of Yes, especially during the chorus reprises. The sophisticated arrangement, with the usual 12 Strings and numerous warm guitars, here well supported by a B3 organ, doesn’t detract from a groove that highlights the catchy vocals. A great combination for this rocking tune, which is also a comment on our society’s reliance on media and social media as a soul sustenance that doesn’t deliver…

Another killer tune that makes us anticipate even more the upcoming new album, which I’m sure will be of the greatest caliber.

 

Verdict: 5/5 beards – if you’re afraid of the silence, all the more reason to listen to that tune!

5 Beards Rating

 

 

 

Get the song ahead of its July 14th release on Bandcamp at: https://dandelioncharm.bandcamp.com/track/afraid-of-the-silence

Website: http://www.dandelioncharm.com/

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Daniella Mason gets it right; pop music for the thinking people

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Daniella Mason

“Mental State”

The trick for any artist is to write and deliver material that is varied enough to keep the attention of a listener, whilst simultaneously developing a style that is easily identifiable as one’s own. This is not always an easy trick to pull off. Some artists have a sound that is all their own, but after hearing a few tracks it becomes obvious that there is nothing else in their arsenal. On the flip side, there are those musicians who are so eclectic that there is no way to determine what lies at the core of their style.

On the “Mental State” EP, Daniella Mason gets it right, moving across genre boundaries but always maintaining a recognizable musical identity. Starting with the minimal, jazz-infused experimentation of “Deepest of Wells”, Mason tackles pop (“Girl in the Box”), upbeat electronic dance music (“Get Me Out Of My Head”), and a low and slow ballad (“What Goes Down Must Come Up”). Tying it all together are the intelligent, introspective lyrics and understated vocal delivery that define this Nashville-based artist’s approach.

“Mental State” is the second of four EPs that Mason will be releasing over the course of the year as part of her “State of Mine” sound series. Based on the strength of this outing, I will be tracking down the previous EP and picking up the next two upon release. This is pop-music for thinking people and is well worth the listen.

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

The Mental State EP is available now on

SoundCloud | Spotify |Apple Music | |Amazon |  ,Tidal  | Deezer |Google Play

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James B. ‘Butterfly’ Soulful indie rock Blues

James Bacon Musician

James B

‘Butterfly’

 

James B aka James Bacon is a British indie/rock/pop artist who writes, performs and produces all music from his London studio.

In 2017 he released his debut album ‘Living the Dream’ – full of catchy tunes and big on guitar.  The second album, title TBA will be released at the end of 2019. The first single ‘Reality TV Star’ was released in May 2019. 

James B  brand new single,  ‘Butterfly’ with soulful indie rock and blues harmonies that is surrounded with catchy guitar riffs that are as soulful and solid as it gets. 

The beautiful journey in which James seems to be able to create so successfully is one in which needs to be applauded.

Butterfly sounds effortless and relaxed with the real sounds of music, genuine musicianship and ever so tasteful arrangement in which reflects in a similar way of the beauty of the successful masterpieces created by the legends of others before him. 

The way in which Bacon incorporates the mix between ‘Hendrix’, ‘Beatles’ and ‘Lenny Kravitz’ is rather of genius level in which his production skills are placed on show blending a mix of Beatles drums, Hendrix sounding guitar and Kravitz guitar solo’s, vocal and harmonies that come out of that middle eight is super nice and delicious sounding, breathing life back into the music. Hoorah! 

Bloody brilliant James B…. LOVE IT! 

Tracey Gives 4/5 Hearts! 

 

 

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It’s Time To Bring Back The Fun with 80’s big hair and ‘Dance Party’

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Dance Party

“Too Hot Too Touch”

I grew up in the 80s, and that brings back some great musical memories: Listening to the Top 40 on the radio with my finger poised over the record button, waiting to capture my favorite track; listening to songs slow down as the batteries went flat on my Walkman; and, grooving away to the synth-driven funk of acts like Prince and Cameo at my local Blue Light disco.

Listening to Dance Party, I was instantly transported back to my youth and those wonderful memories. Too Hot To Touch is a new release but would you could be forgiven for thinking that this was the output of a young Whitney Houston.

And that ain’t a bad thing.

Starting with spacey, synth arpeggios, the track quickly finds its groove with big brass hooks and an irresistible bass that is topped off when the vocals kick in. And then there is the chorus that had me singing along before I had heard this out for the first time. This is a fun track played by musicians of the highest order and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Dance Party runs a “disco inferno” party series in their home city of Melbourne. I like to think that these parties are packed full of girls with big crimped hair and boys in stone-washed jeans and pastel shirts dancing like they have not a care in the world. Maybe that’s wishful thinking, but this track sure deserves it.

 

Simon says 5 out of 5 stars.

5 Stars

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JUAN’S EXCEPTIONAL JAZZ GUITAR chops; simply outstanding

 

Juan Dhas Album Cover

Juan Dhas

“Deeper Spirit” from the “Catharsis” Album

If you love jazz and instrumental music, have a particular fondness for ECM catalog, are always on the lookout for emerging artists with new and original voices, look no further than this new album from Juan Dhas!

Juan is a guitarist and composer from Bogotà, Colombia, who studied in Berklee, and has since produced two outstanding albums. The “Catharsis” here, being his second opus, showcases not only Juan’s exceptional guitar chops but his adventurous compositional abilities. With a style that evokes early Pat Metheny at times, but also Alan Holdsworth at others, his intricate playing never sacrifices musicality for technique displays, and it’s a joy to discover such a talent whose ego is not overwhelming the musical quality of his output.

Accompanied here by a solid rhythm section of seasoned musicians (Kike Harker on bass, and Ramón Berrocal on Drums), the album leaves space for everyone to shine, like on this “Deeper Spirit” with a cool drums solo over a great ostinato theme. But of course, the guitar leads the way on all these tunes, and with such a flair and panache that you cannot help but keep being captivated by the sophisticated landscape Juan is painting all along this album.

Verdict: 5/5 beards 

5 Beards Rating

 

 

Get the album from Bandcamp at: https://juandhas.bandcamp.com/

Skaarl Constantly Expands and Experiments Electronic Music

Fumar Single by Skaarl

“Fumar”

Skaarl

What I love about electronic music is the endless variety – the seemingly infinite combination of sounds and genres that thoughtful producers are able to generate using the tools at their disposal. Unlike some other genres that are limited by the instruments that define their sounds, the very nature of electronic music is to constantly expand and experiment with new sounds and approaches.
Fumar, by UK-based artist Skaarl, is a perfect example of this. Starting with a simple acoustic reggae vibe, the track adds what can only be described as a comedic guitar line, before moving into a spaced out jam reminiscent of Left field at their tripped out best. Without overstaying its welcome, Fumar explores the eccentric side of the genre, whilst treating the listener to a listening experience filled with unexpected delights.
This is electronic music of a high order and represents what is fresh and exciting about the genre. Indeed, Skaarl is open about this eclectic approach, describing his style as “whatever happens in the moment”. In a world of carefully marketed, stage-managed releases, it is great to hear an artist take such an approach.
I enjoyed this track and I am sure you will too. Now available at all the regular places, I recommend searching out this (electronic) gem.
Simon says 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

4.5 Star Rating