Tuesday, December 5, 2017

[ New Music ] Leah Capelle latest single "Docs" promotes self-love while overcoming insecurities

Artist: Leah Capelle
Song: "Docs"

          Leah Capelle's music is a modern blend of pop and melodic rock all revolving around her captivating lyrics. Originally from Chicago, this award-winning singer-songwriter has been studying music and performance all of her life. Leah attended The North Shore Music Institute, Berklee College of Music in Boston, and is currently majoring in Music Industry at USC Thornton School of Music on the west coast. She made the big move to Los Angeles for school, and the opportunity to work on music with Grammy winning producer Jeff Bova (Celine Dion, Blondie, Meatloaf). When she's not recording, or performing in the LA area, she tours with her live band along the coast, and at showcases like SXSW in 2015 and 2016. Today we are taking a listen to her latest single "Docs" from her upcoming EP Joshua.

          Right away we are drawn in by Leah's sultry polished rock vocals. Heavy guitars chug along with driving drums and bass rounding out their huge sound. Vocal harmonies layer in throughout the verse and into the chorus. Production and overall recording quality is on point, with great dynamics between sections, and a diverse blend of melodic instruments. Vulnerable, and honest, Leah sings about her struggle with finding her identity through material things like leather jackets, new boots, hair cuts, and expensive cocktails.  As the song progresses she goes into detail about the emotions attached to these price tags, and how she doesn't feel good about herself unless she's looking her absolute best. "Going through my closet, trying on my clothes, thinking if I can find something stylish I’ll feel better, I think I’ll get a haircut, find a fresh new look, maybe if I just chop all my hair off I’ll feel better".

          A relatable song that will surely pull on the heartstrings of anyone whose struggled with insecurities or tried to make their way into a new crowd of peers. At the end of the day, Mark Twain said, "it's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog".. and we think Leah Capelle has more fight than anyone in the ring. With a serene vocal presence, a contemporary songwriting skill-set, and a dynamic live band and producers working behind the scenes, Leah Capelle is a star on the rise.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

[ Album Review ] Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders release "Greenbah"

Artist: Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders
Album: "Greenbah"

Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders are a alternative country band based out of Australia. Today we are listening to their latest release, Greenbah. Billy Roberts is a wonderfully unique vocalist. His tone is a mixture of Tom Waits, and Bruce Springsteen, raspy with raw emotion pouring out of every note. On the album, Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders delivers a sweet sounding full band collection of songs. Featuring drums, bass, guitars and vocals, and occasionally piano and violin, each song packs a punch. Always with a smooth rise and fall in dynamics. While the songs are straightforward in nature, they are also refreshingly free-form, lyrics ramble and snap back to form with ease.

Some stand out tracks from the album include the intro track "Old Friend", which features lyrics about the album's title, Greenbah. A smooth ride from start to finish, the band whisks us away, like meeting up on a sunny Sunday afternoon with an 'old friend'. On the reflective track "Sinner"  Billy sings, "I can't throw the stone at the sinner, cuz I've done the crime time, and time again". They say not to throw stones when you live in glass houses. They also say 'perspective is everything', to one person is a sinner, and to another, they might look like a saint. It's your world view and experiences that can form your opinions on everyday life. On the track, "Little Johnny", the band showcases beautiful violin playing. Last but not least... have you ever met someone you feel like you've known your whole life?  On the last track "Ed's Song" Billy sings about just that, and how the love of playing and listening to music keeps relationships going.

Overall this is a wonderful collection of well crafted songs, and a release that will surely put Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders on the country charts. Don't just take our word for it, check out Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders album "Greenbah" on Spotify!

[ Album Review ] Lou Patty releases new EP + video for "Hostile"

Artist: Lou Patty
EP: Lou Patty
Official Website

          Lou Patty is a electro-rock band based out of Holland. The band is made up of Roger Heerink on lead vocals and guitar, Jeffrey Sletering on synths, Stan te Loeke on drums, and Thom Meerdink on bass. In the past, the band used to focus on rap and synth rock as their main genres, but on their latest release, their songs have taken on a modern melodic rock feel, blending in electronic elements, all the while staying true to their 80's and 90's rock influences. The self-titled 4 track EP Lou Patty was recorded at White Noise Studio in Holland, and as a bonus, they've also shared their official music video for the last track, "Hostile". A fine blend of the theatrical energy of Queen, with the headbanging vibes of heavier rock bands of today. Let's take a listen.

          Right away we are greeted with a choppy synchronized guitar riff, in perfect time with heavy hitting drums. The intro track "Minute Of Peace" wastes no time dropping into a dark melodic riff during the chorus.Vocals are sung with smooth delivery, occasionally reminiscent of Red Hot Chili Peppers lead man Anthony Kiedis and his funkier lyrical flow. "A minute of peace, don't know what it means, a minute of peace". On the second song, "Kings And Servants" the hard rocking riffs continue, drums and bass are steady and powerful, keeping the train on the tracks as sparks fly up all around. Vocals shine and cut through the mix with raw emotion, layered at times with beautiful harmonies. A politically charged song seeming to take aim at the government and their hunger to control the minds of the masses. "all I see now, is kings and servants".  Next up we have the super funky jam, "Molly Ray". Bass drops are deep and heavy, like an anchor dropping to the ocean floor. Drums are right in the pocket, boisterous and in your face. Gang vocals and harmonies really bring out the lyrics to this tune. "Molly Ray is on the run, why she left me, what have i done". Strong feature of the synth elements that set Lou Patty apart from other bands in the modern rock genre. This song also has a notable guitar and bass solo like the fuse on a stick of dynamite, ready to explode. Last on the EP, is the showstopper, "Hostile". Guitars, bass, and synth comes together with a unison riff, then shift into a chill-out groove during the verses, shifting again to a lo-fi sound over top a jungle-esque drum beat. When the beat and unison riff drops back in, it gets pretty hard to not dance wherever you are. Overall this EP is the perfect blend of high energy rock, and smooth electronic tones. As a band, Lou Patty is definitely one to keep your eyes and ears peeled for. Who knows where their music will take them next.

Lou Patty's self-titled EP is available online for streaming and purchase on Spotify, and Itunes! 

Watch the official music video for "Hostile" by Lou Patty below:


[ Album Review ] Push Against New Fakes releases "Be Kind" EP

Artist: Push Against New Fakes
Album: Be Kind
Official Website

          Push Against New Fakes is the name of Michele Panf Mantovani's electronic / IDM project based out of Italy. The project began in 2012, and continues to create and share new music into 2017 with their latest collection of songs Be Kind. The EP was released by Laverna (a sub-label of the Italian Netlabel), which has a strong focus on electronic and ambient music. Michele finds inspiration from other artists like electronic group Moderat, producer / actor Paul Kalkbrenner, Apparat (Sascha Ring), German electronic music duo Modeselektor, and the English rock band Radiohead (who notably brought the IDM (intelligent dance music) genre to the US mainstream apex with their album Kid A in 2000). Today we are excited to listen to Be Kind by Push Against New Fakes in full.

          On the first track "Flow[less]", we are lulled into a warm daze as the song builds up and drops into a uptempo looped beat. The song reaches its peak with ambient, heavenly tones floating above the mix. Next we have the darker atmospheric, "Every Single D[el]ay". Large bass drum hits, and vibrant sustained tones dance around the dubstep-like beat. Vocals weave in and out of the rhythm creating a subtle intensity with each new layer added. As the song progresses it becomes interesting to try to differentiate the vocal tones from the instrumental sounds and synthesizers. On the third song, "A Lullaby For No One" things pick up in tempo. Male vocals sing intermittently with a frenzied passion. The next track, "Drifting", it feels like we've been sucked inside a mega-computer. Electricity bouncing between microchips, light shooting onto large displays. The drum loops and delay / echoed effects are powerful, and beautifully subtle at the same time. Rounding out this record, we have "Breathe", a beautiful song featuring
Barbara Anconelli as a co-writer and vocalist. We picture Alice and Wonderland falling deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole, braving a new world full of ultra cool tones, and intricate moving drum parts.

          Overall, Push Against New Fake's release "Be Kind" is an wonderful tribute to the electronic / IDM music genre. Combining thought out layers of synth, intricate rhythms, along with ambient tones and vocals, they create a stand out sound that transforms each song into a tangible emotion. Make sure to follow them on social media, and stream / download their latest release "Be Kind".