Archive | November, 2013

Sweet Music

24 Nov

“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” made famous by The Shirelles, is arguably the best song to come from a girl group in the 1960’s. It’s the type of song that was made for the jukebox while sipping a milkshake. With its upbeat tempo, Shirley Owens crisp and rich vocals, and dazzling string instrumental, it’s easy to bypass how melancholy the tune really is.

And perhaps that’s the magic of the timeless track.

Many have covered the song in the past, but none as bittersweetly as Sweet Talk Radio. Husband and Wife duo Kathrin Shorr & Tim Burlingame match lyrical content to tone in this version. It is slow and full of pent up pain and uncertainty. Shorr sings with a heartaching and harrowing earnesty full of vulnerability that brings “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” to a whole different level. A level perhaps not thought about until now.

A simple piano driven background only helps to send home the truly downhearted message of the song. With additional ethereal vocals, Sweet Talk Radio’s version breathes new life into a classic.

Discography: My Hallelujah (2009), State Of The Untion (2012)

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

Language of Love: 101

17 Nov

As soon as Stuart Mclamb of The Love Language hits the first few notes in “Pedals” the retro sound is unmistakable.

Its lush background instrumentals and drawn out vocals harkens The Smiths “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want.” Both songs start off alarmingly similar, but there is a Phil Spector production value to “Pedals” that you won’t find in any Smiths song.

It’s this cross between 80’s alternative introspection and the jangle and pop aspect of the 50’s and 60’s that make “Pedals” so unique. Marrying the two sounds correctly is no easy task, but Mclamb makes it sound effortlessly, ebbing and flowing in all the right places.

“Pedals” is a beautiful mixture of retro genres, with just the right amount of love and melancholy. There’s no mistaking who Mclamb’s influences are while listening to the track, but it is more than an homage. It’s a time bending retrospective of sorts that is perfect for any broken heart.

Discography: The Love Language (2009), Libraries (2010), Ruby Red (2013).

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

Watching Eric Hutchinson

10 Nov

Eric Hutchinson’s “Watching You Watch Him” is the type of tune you hear and think, “wait is this a cover?”

With its bouncy percussion, clinging and clanging in all the right places and a worldly feel, including a south of the border instrumental breakdown, the track stands on its own right next to Paul Simon’s “Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard.”
In fact, it seems as if Hutchinson took notes while listening to Simon to perfect the sound, but it never sounds like an outright copy. This is flattery in fine form of a talented singer/songwriter.”Watching You Watch Him” sounds fresh today, but could pass off as a retro hit which is no easy feat.

Though there is a touch of soul and heartache in Hutchinson’s voice. He breezes through the sad lyrics in such a carefree manner that one can’t help but get swept away in the catchiness of the song.

Discography:This Could’ve Gone Better (2003), Before I Sold Out (2006), Sounds Like This (2008), Moving Up Living Down (2012)

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

Sleepwalk With Lissie

3 Nov

“Sleepwalking”by Lissie off her new album Back to Forever, sounds like the product of a musical lovechild between Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Nicks.

The toe tapping tune, that will surely get stuck in one’s head after one listen, is more than just its melody. Lissie’s gritty and earthy voice can’t help but be compared to Nicks but there is an honest and rough element to “Sleepwalking” that evokes Springsteen’s “I’m going down,” minus the saxophone solo.

“I woke up at the foot of my bed with my blue jeans on and you stuck in my head,” Lissie plainly describes at the opening of the track. There’s no mystery here as Lissie pours her heart out for all of her listeners to hear.

Yes, it’s catchy and has a great hook, but there is a somber message to be found, and the fact that many could easily bypass the solemn lyrics due to the uplifting beat makes “Sleepwalking” all the more brilliant.

Lissie may be one of the most down to earth and real artists out right now, and “Sleepwalking” showcases just that.

Disography: Catching A Tiger (2010), Back To Forever (2013)

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