Archive | February, 2014

Rock on Reed

23 Feb

Let’s be honest, the closest thing to a real life time machine is music. We can hear a song, and recall instantly where we were when we first heard that tune. What the decade was like, the fashion, what was trendy. And if a modern song is done right, done to retro perfection, with one listen we can instantly be transported back to the time the song was inspired by.

Such is the case with Eli PaperBoy Reed & The True Loves “I’ll Roll With You.”

With a midtempo beat, horns, a catchy chorus and backing vocals, all mixed together with Reed’s soulful vocal stylings, the song brings back the swagger and style of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles “Tracks of My Tears.”

The deep rooted Motown feel comes across in every note, clear as a bell as Reed yearns for a girl who may be weary of him and his reputation.

“All I want is one sweet girl,” Reed croons, “We don’t need the high class crowd.” It’s the kind of innocent song, with innocent lyrics that takes one back to the 50’s and 60’s, especially with The True Loves backing Reed up.

So if you’re looking to experience the past in a modern number, get ready to be swept away by Eli Reed and The True Loves.

Discography: Roll with You (2008) Come and Get It! (2010)

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Runaway Cover

16 Feb

Sophie Madeline and Liam Blake are both accomplished solo artists on their own, but it is here, when the two come together with just a guitar, ukulele, and microphones to cover a classic song Del Shannon’s “Runaway” that these singer/songwriters shine the brightest.

The simplicity of the setup, the bare bones of just two people singing without any fancy production highlight the talent these two share and make it in exceptional cover.

Liam Blake takes the bulk of the song, his tone at times rivaling Del Shannon’s while Sophie Madeline adds a bit of European mystery to the tune, showcasing her vast vocal range.

It is when the two harmonize on the chorus that the cover is elevated to another level, their voices intertwining beautifully, giving almost an Everly Brothers vibe.

And let’s not omit the superb guitar solo from Blake, nailing every note from the original track.

From start to finish this is one cover that is a hidden gem of the youtube world and should not be overlooked.

Sophie Madeline Discography:
Silent Cynic, (2013)
The Rhythm You Started (2011)
Love. Life. Ukulele (2009)

Liam Blake Discography: You and Other Stories (2011)

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Jordan Galland Leaves You Wanting More.

9 Feb

The darkness is coming, in full psychedelic and 60’s splendor thanks to Jordan Galland’s “Leave My Friends Alone.”

A track that is half a slower version of Classics IV “Spooky” and half any track off of Dead Mans Bones debut album, plays up the ghastly feel in an extra retro chic way.

Echo vocal effects, and plinking keyboards drive this song along with the lyrics which boast a ghostly warning to anything that goes bump in the night.

“Hey, Hey Dark Spirits
I know you can hear this
Pack your bags
Leave my friends alone.”

Galland’s hazy vocals matches Classics IV lead singer Dennis Yost, and the chanting modernizes the retro chorus of ahh’s and ooh’s keeping everything in check.

Play them one after the other and keep Halloween in your spirit all year long.

Disography:Airbrush (2009)
Search Party (2010)
To the Top (2011)
Wind-up Rabbit (2013)

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Peggy Sue Is Right For You

2 Feb

What can I say? The Brits are a master of releasing modern tracks that sound authentically retro.
Need proof?

Exhibit A: Peggy Sue “Longest Day of the Year Blues.”

This lullaby, pop track sounds as if it came straight out of the 1950’s. Think Connie Francis, “My Happiness.”

It’s got that classic, my baby left me with a broken heart, kind of vibe, but tosses in a heavy percussion and heavenly but strong harmonies missing from today’s top 40 radio radio stations.

Most impressive are lead singers Rosa Slade and Katy Young’s sensitive and crackled but powerful and soulful vocals, especially when the chorus swells and comes crashing down upon listeners. If you think this sounds remarkably like something that could have come off of any She & Him album, you’re not the only one. It’s almost as if Zooey Deschanel has taken over the helm, and since She & Him have perfected the art of modern day retro, Peggy Sue is in good company.

Discography: Fossils and Other Phantoms (2010), Acrobats (2011), Peggy Sue Play the Songs of Scorpio Rising (2012), Choir of Echoes (2014).

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