Saturday, January 31, 2015

CD Review: Singer/Songwriter Jessi Teich Lets Loose Her "Twisted Soul" On Her Latest Album

Philadelphia singer/songwriter Jessi Teich will be releasing her latest album "Twisted Soul" on March 3rd through Madame Freak Records. It is her first full-length album since having vocal surgery to remove a cyst on her vocal chords. The album was recorded live in Paris, France which only adds to the purity of the music. Her sound not only crosses musical boundaries, but also generations. Her old-time jazz sensibility is mixed with modern pop to create some uniquely attractive songs.

The new thirteen song release begins with the piano blues of "The Haunting" as her vocals swirl around your head and just grab hold of your attention. She turns a cover of Tom Waits' "Clap Hands" into an Americana gem, before heading into the pop aspect of her music with the title song "Twisted Soul." The repetitive chorus of "Diggin' A Ditch" gives the jazzy-blues number a pulse, then Jessi turns Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me A River" into pop/soul gold that showcases her talents for re-arranging songs to suit her style. The album finishes with the playful jazz of "Ruins" as Jessi's amazing band leads her through this six-minute number, before closing with the quick international feel of "The Simple Life," which seems inspired by her time in Paris.

Jessi Teich has a CD release party planned for mid-April, but look for more live dates to be added soon. To find out more about Jessi Teich and her new album "Twisted Soul," please visit jessiteich.com.

Friday, January 30, 2015

CD Review: 2Cellos Creates A New "Celloverse" With More Classical Renditions

The Croatian cellist duo 2Cellos returns with their latest album "Celloverse" through Sony Music Masterworks. The album was released on January 27th and features more of the duo's renditions of classic rock songs as well as some more modern hits.
 
The thirteen-song album begins with "The Trooper (Overture)" as you begin to think this is a purely classical album. The music of the "William Tell Overture" leads the march before the well-known introduction of Iron Maiden's "The Trooper" takes over and begins this wild journey. 2Cellos stays true to the rhythm of Mumford & Sons' "I Will Wait," while one of the album's highlights follows in hard rock vein of AC/DC's "Thunderstruck." Sting's "Shape of My Heart" feels right at home being performed this way as you can almost hear Sting's voice singing along to 2Cello's rendition. The atmospheric tone of "Time" slows down the album's tempo, before returning with Avicii's more up-beat "Wake Me Up." Pianist Lang Lang lends a hand on Paul McCartney's explosive "Live And Let Die" as the three of them turn the song into a classical masterpiece. The album closes with the build-up rhythm of the title song "Celloverse" as Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser do not disappoint with this album.
 
2Cellos will be touring the U.S. this spring, beginning on February 22nd in Minneapolis, MN. For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about their latest release "Celloverse," please visit 2cellos.com.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

CD Review: The Cleveland Steamers Want You To Know "Who's Next" With New Release

From Cleveland, OH comes the latest release, "Who's Next" from the indie-rock band The Cleveland Steamers. They are the brainchild of former Pink Holes bassist Scott "Cheese" Borger and their music has more of a grunge feel than the punk music that fans might be used to from Borger. They released two studio albums over the course of the last two years ("Terminal" in 2013 and "Who's Next" in 2014) and are beginning to gather some underground attention in their hometown. Their debut album "Terminal" begins with the guitar driven rocker "Chatterin' Monkeys" as their alternative sound is raw with grunge-like aspects. Their sound gets more aggressive during "Tim's Eyes" as the band sound swings between the modern rock feel of "Falling Apart" and the punk-like, garage rock of "Hot Biscuits." The album finishes with the slow, dark tones of "Glad Your Dead."
 
The latest album from The Cleveland Steamers entitled "Who's Next" has a more underground alternative sound beginning with "Standing In Line," which could have been featured on MTV's "120 Minutes" show. The song's chorus is stuck on repeat until it's instilled into your brain. With singer Meredith Rutledge taking more of a lead role on the vocals, songs like "Dance Baby" and "Malala" have a lighter rock sound that is more accessible and could catch the attention of the mainstream. They still dive into the garage-rock of "Nothing At All," which is highlighted more by the instrumentation then the lyrics. The band finally opens up with the fun, punk-like energy of "Papa Oom Maw Maw," before returning to the reckless rock of "Being With You." The album closes with a two-minute reprise of the opener "Still Standing" as if the chorus wasn't already being repeated in your head from before. To find out more about The Cleveland Steamers and their latest albums, please visit smogveil.com.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

CD Review: George Ezra Is Ready To Take You On A "Voyage" With His Debut Release

U.K. singer/songwriter George Ezra just released his Columbia Records debut album entitled "Wanted On Voyage" on January 27th. The album reached #1 on the album charts in his home country as he is looking to also accomplish that feat here in the U.S. The album's lead single "Budapest" is on its way of making it into the Top 20 on the singles charts.
 
The new twelve-song release begins with the acoustic folk chant of "Blame It On Me" as Ezra's style fits perfectly alongside Mumford & Sons as breath of fresh Americana air. The single, "Budapest" has a chugging rhythm as Ezra's vocals are so pure and true that you'd follow him anywhere. He brings along the feel of his home country in the clap/stomp beat of "Cassy O," then injects a little reggae into his sound on "Listen To The Man." The album's rawness only adds to the purity of his sound as in "Leaving It Up To You" and with pop acoustics of "Over The Creek." He continues to mix pop and Americana music on the dark sounding album closer "Spectacular Rival."
 
George Ezra is currently wrapping a U.S. tour with Sam Smith 0n February 4th, then jumps on tour fellow newcomer Hozier beginning March 2nd in Canada. For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about his new album "Wanted On Voyage," please visit georgeezra.com.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CD Review: Rockers Spiders & Snakes Look To Make 2015 The "Year Of The Snake"

From California comes the ninth album from the underground glam metal act Spiders & Snakes entitled "Year Of The Snake." The band is celebrating their 25th anniversary beginning with this new release, which is their first album of new material in over a decade. The band also invited some guests along for the ride, beginning with "Don't Step Outta Line," which sounds like seventies KISS backed by the E Street Band. Angelo Moore from Fishbone helps out on the first couple songs, especially with the energetic two-minute punk-feel of "Too Angry." Spiders & Snakes find their hard rock groove on the electrifying "Kawasaki City" as the band works together as a tight unit along with Ryo Okumoto from the band Asia. The glam/hair metal of "Neutron Baby" and the heavy metal thunder of "Driving Me Crazy" is surprising as to why they have not found the success they deserve within the mainstream metal community. Members of the L.A. Metal bands Steeler and Bitch lend a hand on the cover of the Angel hit single "I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore" as the band seems to be having fun with this rendition. Progressive rock legend Billy Sherwood helps out on the album closer "The Digital Church," which has a great retro rock vibe, but seems out of place alongside some of these heavier Sunset Strip type glam rocking songs.

To find out more about Spiders & Snakes and their latest release, "Year Of The Snake," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com.