* S.S. Odyssey * Amberlee * The Brookses *

S.S. Odyssey “Dear Theo”

Woah…S.S. Odyssey is a wondrous musical find. “Dear Theo” is a pillowy and soft spoken gem. The vocal delivery, inflection of the lyrics, and harmonies sit neatly wrapped by a well-thought production. Each musician respects the space of the others, which allows the song to breathe. Even the guitar plucks hint at a cosmic compliment to the overall theme. This is a production and performance worthy of standing up and taking notice. Beautifully done.


Amberlee “What A Pity”

Amberlee is a modern day Patsy Cline. Her latest release, “What a Pity,” is a touching and timeless tune. We review a lot of music, but Amberlee embodies the country and Americana vibe in a way few can. Her vocals are perfectly captured, and the production is vintage-tinged and sweet. The lap steel weeps, and phrases like “lickety-split” weave through an old fashion strum along. If you enjoy top-notch talent, then Amberlee is a great addition to your playlist.


The Brookses “If Tears Were Whiskey”

Grab your drink, get off that bar stool, and dance along to The Brookses and “If Tears Were Whiskey.” This father-daughter duo has us clapping and stomping along to their super-catchy blend of country, folk, and Americana. Their debut LP Lucky Charm is worthy of a good rocking chair listen. With the bond of family working for them, father Jim and daughter Meg have put their stamp on a classic sound. This is great music that needs to be heard. Enjoy.


* Native Harrow * Ben Fried * Calista Garcia *

Native Harrow “Something You Have”

Native Harrow continues to impress with the latest sway-along tune, “Something You Have.” Devin Tuel’s vocals are breezy and cool, supported by a thumping groove production. It is a song that seems to come from another time. Recorded at Reliable Recorders in Chicago, “Something You Have” will be released on Happier Now, via Different Time Records (out on April 12). Give Native Harrow an honest spin to please your ears and speakers.


Ben Fried “Owe No Love”

Ben Fried is a songwriter with a solid ear for crafting timeless melodies. “Owe No Love” combines the guitar style of Paul Simon with the harmonies of Crosby, Still, Nash and Young. With seventies songwriter charm, the tune is catchy and a good time. Fried’s vocals fill the speakers with smooth harmonies, while the acoustic shines. The arrangement is classic and well-thought. The tick-tack rhythm and chugging guitars will turn you into a Ben Fried fan.


Calista Garcia “Stuck In Your Head”

Calista Garcia has us hooked with her latest release, “Stuck In Your Head.” The tune is an acoustic pop ditty that gets you bopping along. The hook lyric is fitting, as it sticks with the listener big time. The chords are clever, taking unexpected turns and winding up in a catchy sweet spot. Calista Garcia is making a name for herself among some fine company. With accolades and acclaim to her credt, it seems Garcia is set to take on the charts.


* David Brookings and The Average Lookings * Pi Ja Ma * Strandels *

David Brookings and The Average Lookings “I Grow Up Fast”

David Brookings and The Average Lookings are power pop masters. “I Grow Up Fast” is worthy of The Wonders. If you dig Fountains of Wayne or Captain Geech and The Shrimp Shack Shooters, then David Brookings and The Average Lookings are your new favorite band. The guitars chime and the groove swings with a classic, catchy vocal. The production is polished and a good time blasting from the speakers. Keep an ear on these fellas!


Pi Ja Ma “I Hate You”

Pi Ja Ma has enough swagger to knock out a rhino, and she puts it to good use in “I Hate You." The song is laid back with a catchy retro production and melody. The Parisian alt-pop artist is cool as a cucumber, as she performs the tune with an equally engaging video. The music and video come together to depict a different era. It’s fun, pointed, and groovy. If you dig sixties style melody with a heap of spring reverb, then Pi Ja Ma is where it’s at, big time.


Strandels “Love On Repeat”

The Strandels write the kind of pop that ranks Swedish songwriters among the best around. Sibling-duo Tova and Sixten Strandell have been busy these last few years, making music that has gained serious attention. “Love On Repeat” is sure to gain some fans with its timeless pop appeal and theme of “classic heart-break.” The Strandel’s performance and production is spot on, with a tasteful arrangement . It’s hard not to move to The Strandels.


* Spectator * Sean Alan and The True Love Band * Freedom Fry *

Spectator “Weight”

Spectator gets you shimmying to their new tune, “Weight.” Brightly strummed acoustic guitar keeps the song rolling along, with steady bass and drums driving forward. The vocals are laid back and catchy, pleading through the chorus. The production has a Jeff Lynne meets Phosphorescent vibe — keeping it classic yet modern. We dig it, and look forward to Charlie, Baby, out April 12, 2019 in Scandinavia via Painted Black, a subsidiary of Nordic Records.


Sean Alan and the True Love Band “Dusty Photograph”

Sean Alan and the True Love Band keep the impressive songs coming with their latest single, “Dusty Photograph.” The production is worthy of the six-piece ensemble that recorded it. Alan is a true artist, with material that is unlike any of his contemporaries. “Dusty Photograph” takes turns and trips, always welcomed, before returning back to the powerful chorus. A spirited performance, the tune is the second single of Shake My Tears — a worthy listen.


Freedom Fry “Candy”

Freedom Fry offers a taste of nostalgia and bubblegum with their pop ditty, “Candy.” This song makes you feel good. It is produced with a retro touch, pulling from early indie and sixties tunes. The chorus is fun - “C-C-C-Candy” - now that is a good time hook. The arrangement is perfect, dropping at 2:30 before returning the listener to the “sweet” refrain. Freedom Fry dished up a cool one with “Candy” — the first track off their EP, Glory Days.