VideoMusicStars http://videomusicstars.com Independent Music News Headlines Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:51:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gecko Theory: “Get Busy Livn’” – retains a sense of song and musicianship http://videomusicstars.com/gecko-theory-get-busy-livn-retains-a-sense-of-song-and-musicianship/ http://videomusicstars.com/gecko-theory-get-busy-livn-retains-a-sense-of-song-and-musicianship/#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:51:31 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=10534 “Gecko Theory is a Melbourne based 4 piece rock band founded in 2011 by guitarist brothers Mike and Jack van de Ven and childhood friend Glyn Dalton after a chance meeting at a Faith No More gig featuring too many beers and a loud discussion of unfettered dreams of super-stardom.” But I’ve read other bio inserts too, like Gecko Theory are an alternative rock band from Melbourne who sound like a group of hyper active monkeys from the early 90s jamming in a giant brass cage in the sky.”

The Ep cover

The Ep cover

Either way, what really matters is that it is so refreshing to hear a band that plays the music that they want to play, and not what the music world dictates they should play. It’s even more impressive – after listening to the 5 tracks that make up their EP, “Get Busy Livn’” – when you discover that this is exactly what the music world would want to hear!

Michael van de Ven – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Jack van de Ven – Lead Guitar, Glyn Dalton – Bass and Pete McDonald – Drums, Percussion, have put together a solid, ass-kicking, but melodic alternative rock album, which they cunningly jump start with an ear-sweetening mid-tempo ballad meant to embrace and capture your emotional sensibilities. You may even be fooled into thinking that you were listening to the latest by The Eagles. Yes that’s how smooth and melodic “Hey Now” is!

On “Red Sky”, Gecko Theory sticks to the hypnotic melodicism, but they kick the intensity up a gear. Meaning, you’re still able to singalong and tap your toes, but the knot is just turned a little tighter in your solar plexus.  “Killer” is one of the best songs on “Get Busy Livn’”, and it demonstrates Gecko Theory’s ability to craft a great rock n’ roll song.

Gecko Theory

Gecko Theory

From their acoustic flair to their tough side, this track showcases raucous riffs, scorching solos and brooding vocals, always contained within a melodic framework. And this is probably what makes Gecko Theory so damn attractive to the average ear. No matter which side of the sound spectrum they’re in, they never lose an inch of melody or harmony along the way. And that’s what gives Gecko Theory a sharp pop edge too!

“Monkey Business”, takes this concept a step further, as it gets your attention the second you listen to it. Together with “13”, it reflects the continued growth and maturing of a band in song-craft, instrumentation and ensemble playing. Even when they’re at their heaviest and most angry, Gecko Theory retains a sense of song and musicianship. Their songs aren’t drowned in a barrage of noise, feedback and uncontrolled screeching. Rather, the intensity of the emotions is highlighted by the crescendo of vocals and instrumentation. The thing about Gecko Theory is that they never overdo anything. They provide the bare rock essentials, with just the right amount of bells and whistles for your listening pleasure!

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Yung Ka$h Boi: “I Will ft Quit Zero & Mistah Blinks” – This track is meant to bang all the way to the club! http://videomusicstars.com/yung-kah-boi-i-will-ft-quit-zero-mistah-blinks-this-track-is-meant-to-bang-all-the-way-to-the-club/ http://videomusicstars.com/yung-kah-boi-i-will-ft-quit-zero-mistah-blinks-this-track-is-meant-to-bang-all-the-way-to-the-club/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 12:59:45 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=10530 Tony Walls, better known by his stage name Yung Ka$h Boi, is a rapper from the Cypress Village housing projects in West Oakland. He has been putting out music since 2011, and doing shows with J.Stalin, Philthy Rich, Cash Out, and YG. Yung Ka$h Boi’s new mixtape Get Out My Lane” features YG, Rico Dolla, Da Riitual & Yaboi Eljay. The mixtape went bronze on Datpiff and he has been featured on the Coast 2 Coast Next Up mixtape.

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Yung Ka$h Boi

From the start, “I Will ft Quit Zero & Mistah Blinks” evokes what makes mixtapes so successful. A small group of impassioned artists and producers who help make a sound that’s catchy and cohesive. A paucity of guests keep the rhythmic relation of the lyrics against those instrumentals consistently formulated. Quit Zero & Mistah Blinks do their parts to perfection, while Yung Ka$h Boi, on the other hand, is large and in charge throughout the project.

His simple yet nuanced voice dominates the bars. To put it simply, if you enjoyed “Get Out Of My Lane” or “Real Cash”, this track will be right up your alley and is more consistent than any of those previous works in my estimation.

There is a whole lot more than inebriated crooning going on, but rather a series of anthemic choruses that do more than their job. As far as lyrical depth goes, this is not the point here. Given the genre that this track identifies with, any form of lyrical depth would be superfluous at best. This track is meant to bang all the way to the club. Period!

“I Will ft Quit Zero & Mistah Blinks” is the kind of track you only need to play through once to fully appreciate. Yung Ka$h Boi is one of the most consistent young rappers to enter the game. Every project that he has released sounds different but good, and this is no exception!

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Soo Han: “Blushing Bride” – a great catchy pop song! http://videomusicstars.com/soo-han-blushing-bride-a-great-catchy-pop-song/ http://videomusicstars.com/soo-han-blushing-bride-a-great-catchy-pop-song/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 11:12:13 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=10526 Soo Han has an extensive education from Walnut Hill Arts School, New England Conservatory, and New York University (Master’s) in musical studies, composition, and contemporary voice. She has collaborated with accomplished artists and graced important venues. In 2012 she won the NEC Contemporary Ensemble Competition with her piece Hexahedron. Her music was performed at the Composers’ Concert at Walnut Hill School and Tuesday Night New Music, Contemporary Ensemble Concert at NEC, and Longy School of Music’s Pickman Hall.

Soo Han

Soo Han

Soo Han recently released her single (and supporting video) of the song, “Blushing Bride”. Miss Han has a sweet voice which she uses to great effect. She sings with warmth and a twinkle in her eye much of the time on this song, which has real attraction beneath it. As you would expect of a classically trained performer and composer, the music is excellent and the production is pitch-perfect; it’s never overdone and sets off the song with just the right overall sound.

On “Blushing Bride”, Soo Han delivers pure pop, ear candy. Again, what makes this really special is Hans’ lyrics; total tongue in cheek bliss about getting married. She has produced a set of witty, insightful verses which cleverly subvert common attitudes of a marrying couple. All this is set in a singable, toe-tapping song which robs it of offence or any sense of taking herself over-seriously. She’s making good serious points in the best possible way – with tons of humor and charm.

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The single cover

Although to some the clever lyrics, rhymes and turns of phrase may at times feel a little too cute, when these things are done right – that is, they appear naturally in the song and are sung earnestly and without trying too hard, they can be like memorable little gems the listener can easily take away with them when the song is over. This is usually what makes a great catchy pop song.

Whenever I’m confronted with the opportunity of a new listening experience, two questions come to mind. “Can I learn anything?” and “Is it fun?” An affirmative to either one of these queries, and I’m in. Rare is the song that will bring both, but this clever little pop song by Soo Han does just that! Add to that her musicianship and you have someone whose music is not only genuinely entertaining but leaves you with something to think about.

Soo Han has a very pretty soothing voice that is all her own and she writes like no other. I’ve really grown to love her sound since hearing “I Don’t Want You Anyway” a few months ago. It’s really not as easy as it may seem for classically trained musicians to get their musical tentacles around feisty pop hooks, but Soo Han does a fine job on “Blushing Bride”!

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Hevewae possesses the lyrical prowess, flow, and personality! http://videomusicstars.com/hevewae-possesses-the-lyrical-prowess-flow-and-personality/ http://videomusicstars.com/hevewae-possesses-the-lyrical-prowess-flow-and-personality/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:19:13 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=10522 Hevewae is another Washington, DC area Hip-Hop emcee whose music is in the realm of what is known in the region as Crank Muzik. It’s a sound that can fit in with any of the latest Southern Hip-Hop joints blasting on the radio and video channels now.

Hevewae

Hevewae

HeveWae (pronounced Heavy-way) started writing and rapping at the age of 15. After 6 years of performing, writing, and recording with a group, he went solo. He invented a new style called Ruffcore and developed a publishing company through BMI and also created his own independent record label called Ruffcore Ent Group.

Considering that Hevewae was born with a hearing impairment as well as a mild speech problem, he surely has achieved a fair deal thus far. Hevewae said it was hard for people to accept him, but with the blessing of the Lord, he pressed on. And pressed on he has, right now Hevewae has a new single bubbling under, entitled, “BOUT IT”.

Hevewae

Hevewae

On the grand scale of hip hop, I’d place Hevewae as slightly left of center. He’s eons more thoughtful than anything you’ll hear on the radio, while his rhymes and topics are more self-aware and conscious than most of the hip hop mainstream. As often as us media folk do though, I don’t want to overstate how great “BOUT IT” is, as Hevewae doesn’t recreate the wheel here but he’s a dope lyricist and put together a great track worth your time and money.

Hevewae possesses the lyrical prowess, flow, and personality needed to eventually succeed in the rap game. Lyrically, he is an extremely clever rapper dropping gems that will surely not go over casual fans heads. Without getting too long-winded, Hevewae delivers the goods on “BOUT IT”, with an intense and vibrant rapping style, together with an excellent production.

Hevewae’s been making amazing music for a long time now. He is living proof that Hip hop hasn’t died, you just have to look harder for good music!

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Keith Richie: “Ambient Highways” – It’s all hauntingly beautiful and sonically moving http://videomusicstars.com/keith-richie-ambient-highways-its-all-hauntingly-beautiful-and-sonically-moving/ http://videomusicstars.com/keith-richie-ambient-highways-its-all-hauntingly-beautiful-and-sonically-moving/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:45:29 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=10516 Sometimes, just sometimes, you could do with a little less talent. If you are too good, too soon in your career, you might never improve your status, because you’re already at the top. That’s the first thing that came to mind when I listened to “Ambient Highways” by electronic artist Keith Richie. It was the ‘electronic’ part that fooled me. I was convinced that Richie was one of those whizz-kid upstarts so able at turning a laptop into a symphony orchestra.

However I was saved from certain humiliation by Keith Richie’s bio information. Mr. Richie has gone through a few decades, becoming obsessed with electronic music in the early 80’s by being exposed to the music of John Carpenter, and later Tangerine Dream. Additional major influences include Carbon Based Lifeforms, Enya, Deep Forest, Kraftwerk, Vangelis, and Christopher Franke. Most of his work reflects those major influences.

Keith’s style is mostly Ambient, Symphonic Electronica, and Soundtrack, so in a way I wasn’t too far off the mark by thinking he was able to “turn a laptop into a symphony orchestra”, it’s just that his more world-weary and it shines through the music on “Ambient Highways”. This is a collection of nine pieces of transcendental music all set within an indescribable atmosphere; but they can also been seen as one long track, for every piece of ‘audio landscape’ that is being produced smoothly connects with the next one. They flow over into one another. They come to be they exist and then drown into the next one. Yet each and every song arrangement is totally different from the before or the one thereafter.

Keith Ritchie

Keith Richie

Keith Richie combines his ambient music with cinematic soundscapes that together provide a collective meditative experience connecting with your deepest inner feelings. From the playful sounding opening, Neutrino, to the highlights of the album, it’s title track, Ambient Highways and the desolate Arctic Shores in which the outstretched polar landscapes seems to surround you completely. It’s all hauntingly beautiful and sonically moving.

Diverging from the “ambient house” or beat- oriented material that first came to mind on reading the title, the musical concept of “Ambient Highways” is primarily composed of gentle waves of electronic sounds, organized in engulfing soundscapes with a compositional simplicity similar that will connect with many listeners. The delicate layers of musical reflection that characterize each segment with the beautiful touches of keyboard elegance, produce ambient phases of both terrestrial and universal nature.

The music creates a highly ‘visual’ and hypnotic experience achieving an inner clarity of thought processes transporting the listener to a level of serene contemplation. These songs use a soothing and subtle harmonic texturing of sounds in the intention of establishing a central mood carefully enriched through delicate rises in tone, with perfectly sequenced breakdowns. Cases in point – V Feeling and Dew From The Mourning Star.

All which lead me to believe that Keith Richie’s final artistic destination should be film soundtracks. It is quite remarkable how through his arrangements and thoughtful application of the constructive elements of each track, he is able to flesh out one single idea, turning it into an astonishing experience of exploration and discovery, on so many levels. The stuff blockbuster movies are made of!

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1440 Entertainment Releases Sizzling New Single by Trinidad & Tobago Artist, NeepZ http://videomusicstars.com/1440-entertainment-releases-sizzling-new-single-by-trinidad-tobago-artist-neepz/ http://videomusicstars.com/1440-entertainment-releases-sizzling-new-single-by-trinidad-tobago-artist-neepz/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:57:33 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=10512 Los Angeles, CA–  As the summer is now in full swing, 1440 Entertainment, a Los Angeles based music management and independent label, drops a sizzling new single, “Mi Treasure”, by Trinidad & Tobago native, NeepZ featuring Queens, NY rapper, Boe Skagz .  The song’s lyrics are a modern expression of love, with a broad appealing to both men and women ages 15-54, and it already touts an international audience.

NeepZ

NeepZ

This fun upbeat collaboration is the second release by the duo this year and promises to be the breakthrough song needed to take them to the top.  Singer, G. Peretti, also pops in and lends his melodic vocals, creating an unforgettable sound.

“This unique blend of Dancehall, EDM, and Hip-Hop comes naturally for NeepZ.  “’Mi Treasure’ is a catchy tune perfect for all three dance floors and will surely be in high rotation.”, explains Executive Producer Samara Arthur.

The single, “Mi Treaure”, is now available for sale on iTunes and other online stores TODAY! https://itun.es/i6SH97p.  You can also check out the new enthralling fast-paced video on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NghmmbZvdto.

The single cover

The single cover

MORE ABOUT: Hailing from the birthplace of Calypso, Soca and Steelpan, Neepaul G. Arthur aka NeepZ, emerges as an auspicious new singer, songwriter, DJ, and producer.  NeepZ was born and raised in Tobago, the smaller of the two islands that make up the Republic of Trinidad &Tobago, where he was influenced at an early age by the sounds and riddims of his native land.

He gives credit to artists such as Mighty Sparrow, The Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, Sizzla, and Bounty Killa, as well as, Hip Hop notables, Snoop Dogg, Pep Love, and Wu Tang Clan, for shaping his own music.

In 2012, NeepZ had a chance encounter with a producer from Los Angeles that would change his life forever.  The following year, he was signed to a recording and management contract with 1440 Entertainment, LLC and he set up shop in California.  NeepZ will be following this single release up with even more “fyah” for your ears with a fully loaded EP containing other signature island infused tracks by the end of 2015.

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Rhett May: “Rich Bitch”, off the upcoming album ‘Fast Cars and Sitars’ http://videomusicstars.com/rhett-may-rich-bitch-off-the-upcoming-album-fast-cars-and-sitars/ http://videomusicstars.com/rhett-may-rich-bitch-off-the-upcoming-album-fast-cars-and-sitars/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:37:25 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=10508 Rhett May has a new song, “Rich Bitch”, off the upcoming album ‘Fast Cars and Sitars’, which is now being featured on KillJoyRadioXM.com. This track is a great example of what rock ‘n’ roll can aspire to – when played by a true master. The song offers us the opportunity to get ourselves out of the work frame of mind and into the rest of our lives. Into the fun part, into fantasy land…where the real rich bitches are! And one look at the video will get your libido into overload too!

The upcoming new album.

The upcoming new album.

The musicianship and general sound of the recording is warm in the analogue sense. Rhett May ages like a fine wine. While many artists fall off in quality, he keeps on with high quality output.  Though May has had a very large number of fantastic tunes on all his albums over the years, he just never lets up and sticks very closely to his rock n’ roll roots without worrying too much about the latest gadgetry.

Something he repeats here on “Rich Bitch”. The video may be flashy, sexy and new, but the music is your good old trusted, four to the floor, rock n’ roll. And it never fails. This is Rhett May in his element, what more needs to be said?

Smooth rock with a touch of sentimentality for yesterday, and looking ahead to what Rhett May hopes future generations will pay attention to now so that they will enjoy it better tomorrow!

You gotta love Rhett May. He just keeps pumping them out and doesn’t care what you think. This is another great old-school rock n’ roll record…with a new and sexy twist.

MORE ABOUT – Born in Calcutta, India, Rhett May was immersed in a magical, musical melting pot; Carnatic and Hindustani music and instruments such as the Sitar and Tabla always providing melody and percussion against a daily backdrop of lifting and soaring voices of Ragas. By the time Rhett had begun boarding school in the Himalayan foothills; western music had also begun an invasion; The Rolling Stones, Beatles, Cream and Jimi Hendrix. Rhett May, whose first band was named The Wooly Bullys, eventually made the move from India to his current home in Australia. May has released various EP’s, including his “Insatiable”, from which the single, ‘Cocktails and Cannabis’, has been released.

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The Applebutter Express: “Handguns and Hammocks” – showcases the band’s emotive brogue and intricate arrangements http://videomusicstars.com/the-applebutter-express-handguns-and-hammocks-showcases-the-bands-emotive-brogue-and-intricate-arrangements/ http://videomusicstars.com/the-applebutter-express-handguns-and-hammocks-showcases-the-bands-emotive-brogue-and-intricate-arrangements/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:53:08 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=10504 Most people may have discovered The Applebutter Express through their song “Hey My Brotha,” which is featured in the Ron Howard film “The Good Lie” starring Reese Witherspoon. However, the band’s story began in 2004, when Kyle Biss met his future wife Shannon while working at a record store in Bradenton, Florida. Still a focused bass player, Kyle picked up a ukulele in 2010 and began to write songs, with the idea of singing with Shannon for fun on the couch. Pretty soon they became a duo doing open mic community, then got married and added Joe Trivette (fiddle) and Matt DeSear (bass) to the band.

Since then, The Applebutter Express has performed at such prestigious festivals as Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Hulaween, Suwannee Springfest, and many others. Now the 4-piece outfit, who call their music ‘Ukelele Funk’, have released “Handguns and Hammocks”, which I believe is their 3rd album.

the album cover

the album cover

The album gets 5 stars because the music absolutely calls for it. The tunes are dynamic and interesting and they’re even dynamic and interesting in different ways from song to song. The lyrics are thought provoking, fun and deliver very memorable tales of everyday life. They are not just a vehicle for Shannon’s crystalline voice; along with the Kyle’s Ukulele, they carry the songs and are very nearly the 5th member of The Applebutter Express.

I haven’t heard any of the The Applebutter Express’ previous albums, so I’m not prepared to debate how “Handguns and Hammocks” stacks up to any of them. What I can say, though, is that this is one enjoyably bizarre and quirky listen. These guys (and a lady) didn’t leave anything on the field for their latest release – this is about as ambitious an album as you’ll hear from a band without any corporate backing. The Applebutter Express draws from an expansive range of seemingly disparate root influences and incorporate strictly non-rock instrumentation, and the result never fails to be highly distinctive or at the very least extremely interesting. I’ve heard very few modern bands that bring together simple acoustic elements and vocal harmonies, and make them all fit together into such catchy, highly accessible upbeat songs. The Applebutter Express’ eclectic approach is just the thing for those seeking something outside the indie-music norm.

The Applebutter Express

The Applebutter Express

For the most part, the album sees seemingly straightforward, foot-tapping tunes splitting time with more foot-tapping tunes, all of it highlighted by the band’s emotive brogue and intricate arrangements underlain by the rock-solid, funky Ukulele rhythms. The Applebutter Express totally avoids the triteness or sap that so frequently accompanies the various subgenres of acoustic root music. There are no tedious slow-burning ballads to be found here. Right from the opening title track, the album “Handguns and Hammocks” ignites a spark, fuels the flame and then jumps between the fire and a frying pan from track to track!

If your weary soul is searching for peaceful solace, try Iron & Wine instead. However if you need to uplift your laden heart and rekindle your spirits, The Applebutter Express is exactly what the musical doctor would prescribe. Clean-cut vocals and melodies, sharp harmonizing and sprightly instrumentation, make songs like “Just Add Water”, “Start A Fire”, “On The Run”, “Do You Wanna Know”, “Riley”, “Wha Da’ Ya Got?” and “Little Ol’ Drunken Me” awe-inspiring and utterly unforgettable, in that so little, production-wise, can deliver so much, both emotionally and musically.

It would be elementary to say, that being led by a husband and wife team, The Applebutter Express have easy access to complicity within their music, and partly that would be true – but only on an emotional level. There can be no substitute for quality musicianship when delivering a cohesive piece of musical art at this level.

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Phillip Foxley: “I’ll try ’till I die” – each song is uniquely surprising in its own way http://videomusicstars.com/phillip-foxley-ill-try-till-i-die-each-song-is-uniquely-surprising-in-its-own-way/ http://videomusicstars.com/phillip-foxley-ill-try-till-i-die-each-song-is-uniquely-surprising-in-its-own-way/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 01:31:00 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=10500 Phillip Foxley is a songwriter/guitarist from the UK. He first picked up a guitar in the 1970s, playing clubs and bars. Over time, he found himself in studio sessions, house bands, and writing music for TV and film soundtracks. In November 2011, after a long hiatus, Phillip began writing new songs and setting up a basic home studio to record them. He soon released his first solo EP “One Song Is All You Need”; a collection of tracks spanning the artist’s favorite original compositions over the years.

The album cover

The album cover

Now in 2015 Phillip Foxley has finally completed and released his debut full-length album, entitled “I’ll try ’till I die”. The first thing I remember about Phillip’s previous Ep, is that he was not particularly happy with the vocals which he himself handled at the time. Phillip quite rightly considers himself a songwriter and a guitarist. So I was not at all surprised when I hit the first track on the album, “I Don’t Want To Go”, and discovered that I did not recognize the voice singing the song.

A quick browse through the album credits confirmed that the vocals were performed by Nachum Peterseil. In fact 6 of the 9 vocal tracks are performed by different singers, both male and female. The remaining songs are all instrumental, in true Foxley vein.

“I’ll try ’till I die” proves to be a more than worthy sequel to the magic spun by Phillip Foxley on “One Song Is All You Need”. His brand of blues-based rock has now become mainstream and varied enough to bridge the generation gap. Foxley exhibits his versatility by melding with a very diverse array of musical and singing talent, as featured on this album. I never thought I’d hear a cut featuring Foxley’s guitar and a saxophone, as on, “Straight From The Heart”, featuring Francisco Benitez, but the combination definitely works. Neither did I think I would hear a song like “Promises” ( piano version) on a Foxley album, but its here. Quite frankly there are a whole lot of things I didn’t think were part of Foxley’s personal bag of tricks that are absolutely present on this album!

Guitarist Phillip Foxley

Songwriter & Guitarist Phillip Foxley

Firstly you can’t box “I’ll try ’till I die” into any genre, as the tracks on it spill over the most disparate musical boundaries. Foxley embraces all musical forms and chooses not to force himself into a category on this album. Each song is uniquely surprising in its own way as Phillip Foxley is able to bring out the best in his guest vocalists with his professional caliber and the heavenly chords of his magical guitar.

The songs which work the best depend mostly on your own personal taste. Without breaking down each of the 18 tracks (it would probably be quicker to listen than to have them explained to you!) – My favorite vocal tracks are “The Place”, “Seize The Day”, “I Don’t Mind” and “Promises (acoustic version)”.

And though at first it appeared to me that Phillip Foxley had lost his rock-blues identity since the release of “One Song Is All You Need”, after a few more listens to this new album, I came to realize that the music here reflects his growth as an individual and displays the broadness of his talents. The fact that I preferred him in his old rocker vest, was more an egotistical sentiment on my behalf, rather than an objective critique.

The truth is, fans of different genres will find their ears enjoying the many sounds on this release, as Foxley has a way of bringing all the diverse influences together to make one unified terrific sound. “I’ll try ’till I die” is Phillip Foxley exploring the core artistry of his talent, and touching all the corners of his musical soul!

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Sister Wolf: “Villians” is an album full of chaos, fun, energy and otherworldly imagery! http://videomusicstars.com/sister-wolf-villians-is-an-album-full-of-chaos-fun-energy-and-otherworldly-imagery/ http://videomusicstars.com/sister-wolf-villians-is-an-album-full-of-chaos-fun-energy-and-otherworldly-imagery/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:34:06 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=10496 Sister Wolf is a three-piece band made up of Steph – vocals – bass, Matt– drums and Chris– guitar, which began by playing the blues at Sarah Lawrence College. Since then, they have toyed with genres ranging from punk to jazz, and grunge to pop, blending them all into a distinctive gritty rock n’ roll sound. Based in Brooklyn, the band has played such venues as Arlene’s Grocery, The Bitter End, Pianos, Radio Bushwick, and Palisades. Lyrically, Sister Wolf draws on comic books and literature as a channel for conversations about death, fear, joy, misogyny, art, and being human. Most prevalent is the nerdy group’s love of comics, which crops up in many songs off their debut album, “VILLAINS”.

The album cover

The album cover

On “Villians”, Sister Wolf combine roaring guitars and stop-start dynamics with melodic pop hooks, intertwining female vocals, and evocative, cryptic lyrics, to make them one of the most eclectic and interesting alternative rock bands I’ve heard this year so far.

After the blistering, hard-rocking opener “Mary, Mary, Mary” sets the tone, “Civilized” immediately embarks on careening all over the musical map in a way that legions of alternative-rock imitators wouldn’t even dream of. With Steph screaming her head off at full volume, and the angry, assaultive drums by Matt as well as the rock guitar sounds on Chris’ solos going on steroids, the album takes a turn into more diverse and overall compelling territory.

Songs constantly veer off in unpredictable directions, making “Villians” more of an acquired taste, which is usually the mark of a truly great album, and this one is really more than worth acquiring. It represents a band at the peak of their youth as musicians, with all their rawer edges adding a frenzied urgency of dense rhythms, proto-grunge sheets of guitar noise and fierce vocals that will knock your ears back into musical oblivion. Songs like “Killing Joke”, “Armadillo” and “Swamp Thing” combines the band’s contrasting raw alternative energy with their capacity for beautiful melodies perfectly.

Sister Wolf

Sister Wolf

“Villians” is an album full of chaos, fun, energy and otherworldly imagery, interspersed by slow tripping songs like “Arachnophobia” and brilliantly catchy riff-filled tunes like “Alice”. You can feel the power and emotion behind every track; none more so than on “Yearlings and Dead Things” and “Playgrounds”. The lyrics are not your standard fare either.

Best of all, Sister Wolf know how to play their instruments very well too. They know how to achieve a powerful and driven sound without just hammering out power chords. The beat is charged and they can somehow wrap the music around and let it carry you away, making you scream, dance and just lose yourself in the sound, and by the time it lets you go, you will be totally drained, both emotionally and physically. “Villians” does that unassumingly right from the very first track!

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