The Silver Lake Chorus smacks your ears with “Tabu.” The song is part Broadway, part pop, and seriously fun. There is a cinematic charm going on with this gang. “Tabu” bounces from Abba-like melody to sixties spy noir. It is a wonderful and refreshing arrangement, with a performance and production that is top shelf. Van Dyke Parks helped the chorus bring this song to life — which might explain all of the color going on within this musical experience.
Zach Jones & The Tricky Bits will tickle your retro pop itch with “Lonesome & Blue.” There is so much melody and fun going on in this song. With a Buddy Holly/ Bobby Fuller opening, the tune evolves into a Jeff Lynne style production with Traveling Wilburys’ charm. There are even hints of Del Shannon and a fabulously cool piano solo. This is the work of musicians who have learned from the masters. We rarely hear songs this entertaining and refreshing.
Whoa, mxmtoon is a talent coming up quick. “Prom Dress” is a teenage vibe anthem with a pristine pop glaze. The production is spot on and the vocal performance is flawless, with an up-front mix that keeps the listener engaged. In the few short days since its release, “Prom Dress” has gained some impressive numbers and traction across streaming platforms. This is the kind of release that gets listeners and labels excited. Keep an ear on mxmtoon.