Archive | January, 2012

All Locksley. All of the Time.

28 Jan

The opening of Locksey’s “All of the Time” is an introduction to the song, starting off slow, with a simple guitar strum and lyrics that set up the remainder of the tune.

“You’ll never love her like I love her/Cause I try all of the time.”

For the next two minutes and thirty-one seconds, listeners are taken on a stroll down a pure retro lane set to a jangle pop, mid tempo tune.

Lead singer Jesse Laz who often sounds like a young John Lennon, tells the tale of being stuck in the middle of a love triangle, where he urges the other lover to remove himself from the picture

“So leave and you’ll be fine/You’ll tell another story, I’m drawing the line/I end up in the middle all of the time”

The simple instrumentation, is a pure throwback to the days of the British Invasion of the 1960’s. The song itself is akin to one of the Beatles earlier works “This Boy”.

A later recording of “All of the Time” adds more of a modern rock feel to the song, but it is the original that should be listened to all of the time.

Discography (L.P.’s): Don’t Make Me Wait (2007/2008), Be in Love (2010), Locksley (2011)

*Original version of “All of the Time” can be found on Locksley (2005) E.P.

 

Diane Birch is No “Fool”

19 Jan

 

Diane Birch’s “Fools” opens with a jazzy, bluesy feel and an unforgettable beat.

As soon as Birch’s voice cuts through the instrumentation, crooning honest lyrics that represent an independant single woman  it is hard not to make the comparison to another singer who earnestly wore her heart on her sleeve, and has gone down in music history as one of the most treasured singer/songwriters of our time.

Carole King.

Upon listening to “Fools” and Birch’s flawless piano driven melody combined with her rich, unique voice, singing “You tell me lies/Look me in the eyes/Honey I would rather stand out in the rain” the song easily can be placed musically on the same level as King’s “I Feel the Earth Move” or “It’s Too Late”

The main factor that brings Birch into King’s territory is the amount of raw soul heard in her music. It’s impossible to ignore.

Don’t be one of Birch’s fools. Check out the amazing musician.

Official Website: http://www.dianebirch.com

Discography: Bible Belt (2009). The Velveteen Age (2010).

Lindi Ortega is On Fire

5 Jan

Nowadays, at the mention of the name Dolly Parton, one often conjures up a caricature image of the legendary country singer/songwriter. An image of big hair, bright red lips and glitzy outfits. But one must never forget that behind the exterior is a brilliant poet with a voice that is unlike any country singer to date.

Canadian native Lindi Ortega channels Parton throughout on her debut album Little Red Boots, but it here, covering Bruce Springsteen’s classic tune “I’m on Fire” that Ortega shines as a country superstar on the rise.

Ortega’s voice is pure, twangy and effortless, as she sings and plays her way through Springsteen’s hit song. It is reminiscent of Parton’s vocal masterpiece “Jolene.”

In an age where country teen melodramas are center stage on top 40 radio, it is refreshing to discover that a bit of the heart and soul of country music is alive and kicking

Discography: Little Red Boots (2011)

Official Website: http://lindiortega.ca/