Frith will blow your mind and ears with his magical new release, “Loud Mouth.” Travis Frith Warner is a multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles, CA. His arrangements are lush and incorporate a unique variety of instruments (including the Transylvanian guillotine harp), putting him on a musical pedestal all his own. “Loud Mouth” has an Electric Light Orchestra vibe, with sitar and strings weaving in and out at all the right times. The vocals fill the speakers with sparkling harmonies that rattle inside your head for days. Frith is an amazing talent and no one-trick-pony. Check out his illuminating catalog and enjoy the sounds of Frith.
Aaron Taos has us thinking about society and bobbing along to his latest tune, “Control.” We dig the double-tracked, saturated, and smooth vocals with their laid back groove. The melody almost has a Joey Ramone thing going on…dig it. Inspired by the monotony of suburban life, “Control” is filled with catchy licks and arrangement tricks. Synths, guitars, and crispy drums make for good listening, and the video keeps you locked (big shout to the Coney Island parachute jump and Cyclone). “Control” is the first single off Taos’ latest project, Birthday Boy — so look forward to more releases in the near future. Will we see a return of our blue friend in a follow-up video? Stay tuned to Aaron Taos.
There is so much groovy stuff going on in Joe Nolan’s “San Francisco Girl” — from a whistle worthy harmonica intro, to shimmery guitar licks, and poetic vocals. Hailing from Detroit and based in Nashville, Joe Nolan is a songwriter with a timeless approach to the craft. Alongside Pat Flynn (New Grass Revival) he recorded and produced the critically-acclaimed debut CD Plain Jane. “San Francisco Girl” is a standout tune with all the production sense and arrangement charm of sixties folk. It tips a hat to pioneering songwriters like Dylan, Donovan, and Arlo Guthrie. We dig it and encourage you to spin “San Francisco Girl” by Joe Nolan.
O Mer might as well hold a pocket watch in front of my eyes, because “Everything Is Everyone’s Fault” is mesmerizing. From the Zeppelin “Stairway To Heaven” to the thump and tick of the productions, this song has us hooked. By the time the Mellotron hits, you will be under the spell on O Mer. From Tel Aviv and now in Brooklyn, he is an artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist earning praise for his unique approach to music. “Everything Is Everyone’s Fault” is wondrous.
Check out his Refugee EP and embrace the reflective sounds of O Mer.
Oh, yea, Sen Wisher has us bobbing and weaving like a kid at a Mineral show. “Holding Pattern” is emotional, sweet, and sweeping. The jangling twang and symphonic movements make a charming blend of rock and roll. Loving the arrangement, production, and song as a whole. It seems like some crafty cats are behind this music. It’s deep and thought-provoking to the bone. If you don’t find something stirring about this song then check your pulse.
Stick around to the end of “Holding Pattern” for an absolute treat from these modern minstrels.
“Lost In Translation” by Gabriella Rose is one our new favorite tunes.
Damn, Gabriella Rose is awesome. She has our full attention and we are ever grateful songwriters like her still exist. “Lost In Translation” is super fantastic retro pop. The double-tracked vocals, the way her voice moves around the 51 second mark, and raises ever so slightly at 1:09. Wow. Totally cool. Maybe it’s because Lesley Gore, Patsy Cline, and Annette Funicello dominate our record player, but we think Gabriella Rose stands toe-to-toe with current indie gals like Angel Olsen. Stand and clap for the producer as well. Can’t wait to hear more!
Go run, don’t walk, and pick up Gabriella Rose’s “Lost In Translation.” Love it.
Eli Teplin explores inner struggles with his latest single, “Writing On The Wall.”
This song stunned us at the 1:10 mark. Eli Teplin reaches deep and brings us into a heartfelt and emotionally gripping chorus. Strings and swelling percussion bring a cinematic rise before the arrangement gets even more interesting. With a change in instrumentation, modulation, and a chorus of harmony, this song nips at the ears until the vinyl tape delay brings us to the end — like a bookend complimenting the intro elements. Dig it.
Eli Teplin offers a new level of “commercial” music with “Writing On The Wall.”
It is no secret we really dig FrankK, and here is why:
From a small village in Sweden, FrankK is worthy of the international stage. Plain and simple. Her voice is magical — like a princess out of a glittery pop storybook. Every time she releases a song it sticks with you, and “Millies On My Mind” is no exception.” Inspired by gold diggers and sugar daddies, the song has top notch pop production with a playful hook. We dig it and have been pressing the replay button ever since first hearing. Still loving “Hand on Heart,” too.
Throw a few dollar bills around the room and pump “MIllies On My Mind” by FrankK.
The Watanabes crafted a neat number with their acoustic folk tune, “Over Romantic.”
The Walsh brothers (The Watanabes) have something special going on, and apparently Japan has been onto them for a while now. They have been compared to Belle and Sebastian and The Smiths, but these fellas have a sound of their own. Listening to “Over Romantic” is like spinning a CSNY side project. It definitely gives the Graham Nash goosebumps and David Crosby vibe.
Enjoy the soft strumming and lyrical sound of The Watanabes and “Over Romantic.”
It feels so nice listening to The Blank Tapes’ new tune, “Paradise.”
Multi-instrumentalist Matt Adams delivers 60s songwriting chops with his project, The Blank Tapes. “Paradise” uses a lot of fun production and arrangement tricks to give it a timeless vibe. Pop hooks and delay in the ballpark of Jeff Lynne, with fuzzed-out Iron Butterfly style riffage flying in and out. Produced by Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats, the group features Will Halsey of Sugar Candy Mountain, Veronica Bianqui, and Eric D. Johnson. Put it all together and what do you get? A groovy collection of musicians playing groovy songs.
Have fun soaking up the classic coolness of The Blank Tapes and “Paradise.”