Posts byScott Carlito

W.C. Beck Takes Us On His ‘First Flight’

First Flight by WC Beck benefits from a production quality that is beyond physical in nature, but for as much as there is to be said about the bells and whistles that the master mix features, the compositions themselves deserve the lion’s share of the praise here. Beck’s conservative style of attack in “The Long
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Oliver Ray Takes Us ‘Out Passed Nowhere’

In Out Passed Nowhere, the debut solo offering from Oliver Ray, listeners are invited to explore one of the most experimental tracklists of the summer in what essentially amounts to a sonic patchwork that is as diverse as the American landscape serving as its main inspiration. From the moment that the grim melody of lead
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Derek Davis Sings Us His ‘Resonator Blues’

The fiery slide guitar licks and unfettered rhythm section playing driving the train on Resonator Blues’ title song makes it clear Derek Davis’ third solo release is his strongest yet. Guitarist and songwriter in the longstanding hard rock band Babylon A.D., Davis began recording solo albums of his own a few years ago and this release is
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Lauren Crosby Demands ‘Take Me to the Water’

Groove-laden percussion pulses with a vivacious beat in “Why Are You So Blue?.” The plaintive harmony of a golden-piped girl and her faithful acoustic guitar spike the verses of “I Work, I Work, I Work” with intimacy. “Dead River Road” bleeds melancholy in its stoic melodies. “Madison, Maine” will transport you from whatever patch of
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Jas Frank & the Intoits Are Not ‘So Far Away’

With the robotic consistency of a metronome, black and white percussive beats come marching into focus with a rich subtlety that will be mirrored in the fluttering fretwork that joins it only moments later. The strings are playful and full of moxie, but they’re subdued by the simplistic master mix that they’re filtered through, leaving
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Indie rockers Safe as Houses stop being safe

Indie rockers Safe as Houses are getting experimental in all the right ways in their new single, “Lucky Lucky,” which arrives in the heart of a spring season that was, thus far, missing a track of its surreal, multidimensional nature. Safe as Houses have been circling the outside of the mainstream for a hot minute
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Gold Light and Snakemusk Make Americana Great Again

In their debut pairing, Gold Light and Snakemusk take on the difficult task of making Americana great again, and in the nine boldly experimental tracks of Shadows In The Shallows, these two indie stalwarts come pretty close to hitting the mark. The ballad “Heart of Black” sees them dabbling with ethereal harmonies, the likes of
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Victor Pedro Says “Call Me I Need Ya”

“Call Me I Need Ya” (Clean Mix) is the latest single from South African based and Nigerian born R&B/Afrobeat singer/songwriter Victor Pedro. It continues his inexorable rise to prominence in one of the most competitive musical niches in the modern scene today. The musical arrangement has a nuanced level of emotion uncommon to songs in
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Across the Board Introduces The ‘Wild Ones’

Trembling electric guitar strings modulate between the right and left speakers as “Alpha Wolf,” one of the eight songs to behold on Across the Board’s Wild Ones, takes shape. The vocal track soars into the night sky against a meteor shower of melodic riffage in the foreground, but try as they might, the guitars aren’t able
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The Cleveland Rocks Compilation Is Back

Steve Popovich Jr. is keeping his late father’s legacy strong and present in the public eye with the reopening of Cleveland International Records and the reissue of the label’s star compilation LP Cleveland Rocks, due out this April. Featuring hits from The Rovers, Meat Loaf, Ian Hunter of Mott the Hopple, Ellen Foley and many more, Cleveland
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Canadian powerhouse The Respectables are back!

Canadian powerhouse The Respectables are back and sounding better than ever in their awesome new album The Power of Rock ‘N’ Roll. It is best described as a brute tour de force stylized with moments of earnest acoustic balladry that will leave you begging for more. Right from the start of the record, we’re on
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NoTrace feat. Glenn Travis “Vibrations” single

Well before NoTrace starts delivering his unapologetic lyrics in the new single “Vibrations,” there’s an energy that anyone who is within the song’s vibrant reach is incapable of escaping. It’s born of the cutting musical arrangement that forges a foundation on which NoTrace and his collaborative partner Glenn Travis will color with searing words that
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Francine Honey releases 3rd album ‘To Be Continued’

“Snowflakes on My Eyelashes” is a memorable way to begin Francine Honey’s third album To Be Continued… and lives up to its early promise. The Ontario based singer/songwriter proves first song in that her art exists in a place far removed from the concerns of mainstream country radio. This is material with a distinctly Americana slant, despite
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Matt Shapiro Is Set To ‘Fade In’ To Your Heart

Synthesized melodies never felt as organic as they do in Fade In, the latest EP from burgeoning indie rocker Matt Shapiro. The New York City-based artist pulls out all the stops in this new record and executes some seriously sophisticated grooves that will burn their rigidity into your brain even after the most cursory of listens.
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MoeDeLL Shares His Time On The “Porch”

You won’t find the stock twang or jaded lyricism that has plagued so many of country’s biggest hits in the last ten years within the mighty melodies and honky tonk harmonies that comprise “Porch,” the latest single from much-buzzed singer/songwriter MoeDeLL. You see, MoeDeLL is too evolved a composer to waste his time on such
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Mark Ambuter Helps Us See That “Love is Everywhere”

With a haunting chime, a sitar ushers us into the opening framework of “Love is Everywhere,” the all-new single from the multitalented singer/songwriter Mark Ambuter. Its lush strings find comfort in a chilling percussive strut that wanders through the shadows in the background, and they are soon accompanied by a glowing guitar that mimics their
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Julia King Shares her “Lovers Lament”

If her last name wasn’t enough of a clue, then Julia King’s new single “Lovers Lament” should clear up any confusion as to whether or not she’s the epitome of modern indie music royalty. “Lovers Lament” takes her stylish and versatile palate and gears it towards a wicked cocktail of Motown-inspired R&B and straight-up jazz
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Stephanie Rose music begins to ‘Sprout’

Stephanie Rose’s second EP release Sprout builds on the success of her first studio release Go Where the Wind Takes You without ever risking repetition. Much of this is attributable to her innate maturity – the six songs included on Sprout amply demonstrate how Rose are far outpaced her peers and resolutely avoids writing and recording country music pandering to cliché.
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Pezzettino Lays On The ‘Resin’

Resin by Pezzettino (the recording name for Margaret Stutt), with all respect intended is a brilliant album of compositions you just won’t find every day. Strutt is an amazing artist with so many ways to describe her voice and musicianship it’s a story all its own. This is her 11th album, so it’s really no
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Sam Levin Stops The Press With “Bookmark”

Guitar strings playfully bounce about and resonate with each other in the first few bars of “Bookmark,” the all-new single from brilliant singer/songwriter Sam Levin. It doesn’t take long for their meticulously designed melody to find an understated percussive beat to perfectly suit the patient rhythm, and soon after Levin joins in with his gilded
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Dave Vargo Teases ‘This Time Around’

In anticipation of his second full-length solo album, singer/songwriter Dave Vargo is releasing a pre-release, two-song teaser EP that sports all of the gentle, airy rhythm and smoke-stained vocals speaking nothing but honest wisdom that he’s become so well-known for. The songs, “This Time Around” and “Battle Burns,” may be only a taste of what’s
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David Anderson releases Lake Placid Blue

In a smoky spoken word drawl, David Anderson sparks up “Charline Arthur,” the opening track of his brand new record Lake Placid Blue, and simultaneously opens the floodgates separating us from a venerable ocean of folk music might. On the back of a rollicking acoustic groove, he marches his lyrical attack to familiar yet archaic beat
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Protovulcan Challenges Your Mind With Split EP

The all-new extended play from intrepid experimentalists Protovulcan, Life is Twigs/Psychic Pinball doesn’t need to come riddled with a lot of hooks to get you addicted to its primal noise rock sound. It arrives on the scene at a moment in history that is in great need of a musical shakeup. Opening with the throttling “Pine
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Brady Novotny Lets Our ‘Passions Collide’

Distortion comes crashing down on us like an unstoppable tidal wave as Passions Collide opens with its title track and welcomes listeners into the guitar-obsessed universe of Brady Novotny. The Pittsburgh axe-slinger whose name you’ll never forget after hearing his all-new full-length album. An acoustic guitar breaks through the whirlwind electricity and spikes the track with a
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Freightrain Is With Us ‘Outside Ourselves’

A reticent guitar part grinds up against a ruing organ, both of which seeming utterly beside themselves as a passive bit of percussion scrapes between the two. Striking away at a minor key melody, we start to fall in step with the swaying beat, getting lost in the transient disposition of the music and abandoning
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House of Curses Brings The Power

From a distance, an electric guitar, spiked with middle and harsh treble, is chipping away at the barrier between it and us, desperately trying to get through. A soaring strand of feedback emerges from its churning, reaching towards us with a haunting patience before everything erupts and we’re in the dead center of “Hex’d,” the
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Danise Esswein Lets Us Know ‘Love is Here’

A wistful melody emerges from the strings that adorn the intro to “Lord Hear My Song,” track one of the new record Love is Here, by Danise Esswein. This welcomes us into her world of praise, worship and peace. Without a trace of inhibition, she strikes relentlessly at our hearts with her titanic vocal, which cuts
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C-Wired Has The ‘Angel Circuit Engaged’

Fans of eclectic rock music have a lot to be excited about with the release of Angel Circuit Engaged, the all-new EP by the critically acclaimed C-Wired. Boldly produced by none other than the brilliant Addison Smith, Angel Circuit Engaged sees C-Wired advancing their experimental sound towards more lumbering, hard-nosed rock territory, but it does anything but abandon
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Starla Starshine Takes Us To The ‘Red Lagoon’

Modern rock n’ roll hippie Starla Starshine unleashes a litany of colorful textures, atmospheric grooves and brooding lyrical content meant to stimulate the mind, body and soul in her new extended play Red Lagoon (out now). Blending together different styles of play ranging from more contemporary, focused pop to abstract, ultra-sublime industrial rock and psychedelia, Red Lagoon pushes the
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Hughie Mac Says “Let’s Get Away”

A family rich in musical talents and tradition forged Hughie Mac’s artistic identity early on. His soundtrack for growing up embraced diversity – Broadway show tunes, Sinatra, and classical music, among others, helped shaped the singer and performer Mac would eventually become. The Philadelphia based singer embraced rock, country, and classic pop when he began
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Giliard Lopes Shows Us The ‘Caminhos’

Brazilian born Giliard Lopes brings a uniquely European jazz sensibility to his new release Caminhos, a Portuguese word translated into English as “Paths”. It’s another product of the top flight musical education Lopes received studying double bass at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and composition at Berlin’s Jazz Institute, but also a natural outgrowth
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Hughie Mac Puts His Stamp On The Classics

Horns, big band-style string arrangements and a set of pipes that are as warm as brandy by a winter’s fire, Hughie Mac brings a classic collection of American pop treasures to life in his all new album Hughie Mac Sings Some Great Songs, Pt. 3. Boasting such sapphire songs as “Come Dance With Me,” “The Wayward
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Pale Mara Make Themselves Known With New Album

Glistening pianos and emotionally cratering harmonies rising from the ethers. Acoustic guitars that seem to howl out for someone to hear their desperate cry of love. Dreams translated into sonically sophisticated ballads. Serenading that lingers in our minds even after the disc has stopped spinning and the band has ceased to play. “Bird,” “Only Image,”
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Paul Jacks is Now The ‘Defractor’

Fusing 80s Goth indulgences with bright melodies and contemporary pop song structures, Paul Jacks invokes a pulsating energy that was otherwise missing in new music this year with his debut solo affair Defractor. Divided into eight stylish songs that push the limits of tonality to the very brink but never fall short of translating all of
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Madelyn Victoria is ‘Right Here With You’

Melding classic country framework with a stylish modern pop/rock production, “Right Here With You” showcases the talents of young country star Madelyn Victoria, a fiery Texan with cratering vocal abilities. We open up with a blistering guitar part that is subdued by the smothering mix, which softens the mere notion of a rough edge as
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Brooke Josephson Does Not Need “Mr. Fix It”

Californian singer/songwriter Brooke Josephson has been impressing critics around the country with her songwriting prowess and incredible execution of otherwise simple pop/rock tunes, and in her new single “Mr. Fix It (Rocky G Remix)” listeners get to experience one of her most popular songs from an entirely different perspective, which is debatably even more exciting
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Rebecca Blasband is “Here” To Stay

A decadent piano pierces through our speakers and is shortly followed by the voice of Rebecca Blasband, who starts to whisper the bittersweet lyrics of “Love Is” amidst a growing musical melancholy just beside her. The epitaphic tone is soon broken up by a cathartic major key chorus that beckons us closer to the warmth
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Timber Welcomes You To ‘The Family’

The glowing resonance of strings dancing in vibrant synchronicity guides us through the opening bars of the pristine “Burying Ground,” our foray into The Family by Timber, which is the band’s first full-length album and successor to their 2015 self-titled extended play. A quaint rhythm flirts with pastoral sensibilities and walks us into the flash point
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Appalachian Road Show Brings Music Back To The Hills

As the spoken word intro to Barry Abernathy and Darrell Webb present Appalachian Road Show crumbles away like bits of earth that fall at the feet of “Little Black Train,” the lush string pattern that carried the first track of the album evolves into a textured, movingly dark ballad in its own right. “Little Black Train” is
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