Friday, April 24, 2015

CD Review: Jimmy LaFave Brings Along "The Night Tribe" For His New Album

Singer/songwriter Jimmy LaFave's career dates back to the late-seventies when he released his first solo albums just after graduating high school. His music has been described as "Red Dirt Music" as he was a follower of fellow Oklahoma native Woody Guthrie's recordings. Jimmy LaFave will be releasing his 18th studio album "The Night Tribe" on May 12th through Music Roads Records.

The sound on his latest release seems influenced from his production of the Jackson Browne tribute album that he worked on just last year. The new 13-song release begins with the smooth groove of "The Beauty Of You" as you are introduced to LaFave's amazing songwriting. The song "Maybe" has a Jackson Browne influence playing through this mild rocker, while his mellow, acoustic cover of Neil Young's "Journey Through The Past" puts your mind at ease. Jimmy LaFave picks the tempo back up with the bluesy-rocker "Trying To Get Back To You," before slowing the tempo down once again for the gospel-like feel of Bob Dylan's "Queen Jane Approximately." The steady rhythm of "Never Came Back To Memphis" and "Dust Bowl Okies" has the band showcasing their skills as Jimmy's words lead the way. Jimmy LaFave & The Night Tribe have a load of dates that run all summer long. To find out more about his latest album "The Night Tribe" and about his live shows, please visit jimmylafave.com.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

CD Review: Newcomer Greg Holden Looks To "Chase The Sun" With Warner Bros. Debut

British-born singer/songwriter Greg Holden recently released his major label debut album "Chase The Sun" through Warner Bros. Records. He may be best known for writing the hit single "Home," which Phillip Phillips made into a #1 seller. The lead single from his new album, "Hold On Tight," is very contagious and will have you shouting along to the chorus as the Americana rhythm and amazing vocal delivery is the perfect combination for pop success.

The new eleven-song release continues with the mid-tempo appeal of "Save Yourself" as Holden's songwriting has the perfect pitch for mainstream success. He seems most comfortable strumming an acoustic guitar as in the folk style of "Boys In The Street," and in the heartfelt ballad "Go Chase The Sun," which helps showcase his amazing writing talents. He shows great diversity with his performances of the pop/dance beats of "Free Again" and the mainstream rock of "It'll All Come Out," before closing with the light, sunny, island vibe of "The Next Life."

Greg Holden is currently on tour with Delta Rae, before switching to tour with  Ingrid Michaelson in June. To find out more about his latest release "Chase The Sun," please visit gregholdenonline.com.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

CD Review: Passion Pit Finds A "Kindred" Spirit With Their Third Release

After only a few years, American electronic rock band Passion Pit found success with their second album "Gossamer" debuting in the top 5 on the Billboard album chart upon its release back in 2012. This led up to the band headlining their own tour and a build-up of anticipation for their follow-up album, which was released on April 21st through Columbia Records entitled "Kindred." They gave fans a taste of their new release at this year's SXSW festival and are ready to head out on the road again with a month-long tour of the U.S. following this release.

The new ten-song album begins with the electronic pop beats of "Lifted Up (1985)," which carries that nostalgic eighties vibe mixed with modern youthful energy to create another hit single. That energy continues into the clap rhythm of "Whole Life Story" and "All I Want," but sandwiched between those two songs is the smooth R&B tone to "Where The Sky Hangs." The album's latest single "Until We Can't (Let's Go)" is filled to the brim with electronic beats along with a fun, contagious chorus that should have no problem finding success on the radio. The album closes with the short two-minute manufactured, slow swaying sound of "Ten Feet Tall (II)."

The album has already spawned three hit singles and will definitely be on a lot of Playlists throughout the summer. To find out more about the latest release from Passion Pit in their spring tour, please visit kindredthealbum.com.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

CD Review: New Music From Independent Folk Artists Diamondwolf and Laura Joy

Seattle-duo Alicia Dara and Glen Cooper have rejoined as Diamondwolf to release their sophomore effort entitled "Your Time Has Come." The new album was released back in March and showcases the growth in their songwriting and allows each member to excel. The new ten song release begins with the Americana stomp rhythm of "When I Rise" as the duo stick close to each other vocally. Alicia looks to take the lead on the folk-rock appeal of "Crasher" and the soothing, gentleness of "Swan Song," which features the duo's amazing harmonies. Diamondwolf find a great folk-blues groove in "Burn Him Down," before closing with the fragile delivery of "Across The Water" and classic folk delivery of "Mantra," which allows Glen to finally step to the mic for the lead vocals. To find out more about Diamondwolf and their latest release "You Time Has Come," please visit diamondwolfmusic.com.

Also released in March was the latest EP from folk artist Laura Joy entitled "Between Our Words." Her voice reflects a younger Joni Mitchell at times while the lighter feel of the opener "Takes A While" makes her music very attractive and accommodating. Her songwriting shines on the uptempo folk/pop of "Moving On" as Laura Joy has her sights set on the mainstream of adult contemporary music. To find out more about Laura Joy and her latest release "Between Our Words," please visit laurajoymusic.com.

Monday, April 20, 2015

CD Review: New Music From Rising Indie-Artists Matthew K, Sun Soul Orchestra And Jus

Vocal sensation Matthew K will be releasing his debut album on May 5th through the Rough And Tumble label. The album was recorded and mixed, pretty much all over the world (U.S., U.K. and Australia) and mixes pop ballads with an International feel. Matthews' voice is strong and timeless and demands your full attention as in the opener "Home." The comforting feel of "I Love These Days," combines Beach Boys type harmonies amongst a country backdrop, while "Half Life" has that timeless quality that Matthew's vocals deliver. His voice carries you through the lush orchestration of "Story Of Love," before showcasing his full vocal ability with the European flavor of "Cuento Del Amor." The album finishes with a wonderful, heartfelt rendition of the timeless prayer "Ave Maria." To find out more about Matthew K and his new album, please visit matthewk.co.

From California comes the full-length debut album from Sun Soul Orchestra entitled "What Matters Most." It has been five years in the making and showcases their love for soul music. The new eleven-song release is a mix of cover songs and originals, done with a twist, in order to put their mark on them. The album begins with the seventies soul style of "Can't Deny It" as singer Stevo Theard lays his gospel down. The first of back-to-back covers is a spot-on replication of Mary Jane Girls' "In My House," while Sun Soul Orchestra's take on The Rolling Stones' "Waiting On A Friend" has an island flavor added to the pop lyrics. After the classical sounds of "Gingerly," their cover of Bob Marley's "Waiting In Vein" continues in the classical scope without really making the impact of the original recording. They find more success on their smooth rendition of "Zoom," originally performed by The Commodores, before closing with the quick funk/souled retro feel of "Keep Talkin'." To find out more about Sun Soul Orchestra and their latest release "What Matters Most," please visit sunsoulorchestra.com.

NY music producer Justin Naundros is ready to release his debut EP under the name Jus entitled "Obsession." The new album was be available on April 21st through his own newly launched label Zenith Point Records. He also calls upon some of his friends to help out on this latest short, six-song release. Beginning with "Legacy," the beats are huge as BMG artist Bobby Dub and Chicago rapper Add-2 help out on this future mainstream hip-hop staple. The addition of Maryann's sultry pop vocals on "Made" along with bi-lingual rapper Freddy Flopez gives "Made" an added dimension. Freddy also appears on the title track "Obsession" as him and Jus flow so well together. The album finishes with Add-2 returning along with Niko Ellison for the smooth R&B flavor of "Love Songs." To find out more about Jus and his latest release "Obsession," please visit thisisjus.bandcamp.com.