Archive | August, 2015

Go to Jaill

30 Aug

There is no mistaking that Jaill’s “Chocolate Poison Time” has traces of the 60s throughout the song. With simple instrumentation that allows lead singer Vinnie Kircher to shine, the tune sails smoothly along the lo fi musical landscape. Kircher’s voice is light and airy at times but also carries depth and weight.

The song is just over five minutes long, but it never feels dragged out. It’s what you expect from music of this genre. There are some comparisons that could be made to Left Banke’s “Ivy Ivy,” in the tenderness of both lead singer’s vocals and the ethereal factor on both tracks, but “Chocolate Poison Time” is definitely a modern song.

It is the type of track that could easily and mistakenly be categorized as background music, something that is left on while one completes chores and tasks. But left as background music, listeners would miss the lyrical content which propels the tune to the forefront. “Chocolate Poison Time” sounds sweet and mellow, but there are some crude lyrics that juxtapose the overall sound displaying an odd but delightful balance.

Discography: Cranes (2004), That’s How We Burn (2010), Traps (2012), There’s No Sky (Oh My My) (2013), Brain Cream (2015)

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Music For Any Hour

23 Aug

Jack + Eliza’s delightful “Quarter Past the Hour” is a melancholy songwriter’s fantasy complete with an all around 60s sound. The simple and bare bones instrumentation throughout the verses help duo Jack Staffen and Eliza Callahan strut their vocal harmonies to pitch perfect sounds. By the time the lush and dreamy chorus rolls around one can’t help but get lost in the mama and papa’s nature of it all.

Make no mistake, “Quarter Past the Hour” definitely sounds modern, especially when an electric guitar solo springs into action, jolting listeners a bit out of the hazy tune. Think of the song as something She & Him would record, but with both partners of the group contributing equally together on vocals. The song has strong shades of the Mama and the Papa’s “Monday, Monday” but also sounds like something Carole King could have written and sang on Tapestry.

If you’re in the mood to zone out and just let a song take you on a trance like journey, “Quarter Past the Hour” is just the track for you.

Discography: Gentle Warnings (2015).

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Give Me a Sweet Cover

16 Aug

Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World is stepping out on his own, and is doing so with the help of The Everly Brothers.

Covering “Give Me a Sweetheart,” Adkins version holds the same sweetness of the original but comes off fuller and more gritty. You can tell it is a song rooted in the past,in what some might call a gentler decade, by Adkin’s harmonies, and of course the original lyrics. But while the Everly Brothers version comes off as more quiet and shy in vocals and instrumentation, Adkins brings the tune into 2015 with a his own twist of modernity.

His vocals are louder and stronger which come off as more urging and there is a distorted background instrumentation that starts off right from the beginning and ends with a static that kicks up the level of modernity and edge of Adkins take on the song.

It is a bit more brash, but still retains the same message of the original, just with a bit more force. Staying true to the Everly Brothers, Adkins voice sails and soars effortlessly helping to maintain the sound that the Everly Brothers were going after.

Discography: I Will Go E.P. (2015)

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Tell Me More

9 Aug

Anthony Priwer’s “Tell Me” harkens back to the days of love ballads from the 50s and 60s in all the right ways.

Though the tune might share some resemblance to Bobby Vee’s “Raining in my Heart” originally sung by Buddy Holly, Priwer’s vocals are more akin to Neil Sedaka. And with comparisons like that how could one go wrong?

The trickling of the piano is playful throughout the track and stands out as Priwer croons and sings from the heart. There is a purity to Priwer’s voice that matches “Tell Me” innocent and simple lyrics. It’s the type of song that one might think is a cover of a 50s track, it sounds that authentic.

Full of heart Priwer comes across as earnest and “Tell Me” comes across as a boy next door in love kind of song. The lyrics help to foster this image “tell me if you love me too, any man would fall for you.” Priwer only wants one thing. For the girl he loves to tell him she loves him too. It’s the simplest of stories to tell in song format, but also the sweetest and maybe even the most classic which makes “Tell Me” fit right in with the Bobby Vee’s and Neil Sedaka’s of the music world.

Discography: Time To Stop Dreaming (2015)

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Rock n’ Roll With Reuben and the Dark

2 Aug

If you couldn’t guess from the bands name, Reuben and the Dark, have an undercurrent of darkness that run through “Rolling Stone.”

While there is no mistake that there is an aura of alternative folk rock, almost a Death Cab For Cutie or The Lumineers vibe, one cannot ignore the ripples of a seedy underbelly that is found throughout. The tune also bares some resemblance to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds “Sugar,Sugar,Sugar” especially at the catchy chorus which is not surprisingly gritty.

The heavy, pounding instrumentation also help to bring a veil of darkness to the song as well as a chanting that can be heard midway through the track building up to a crashing denoument that moves listeners away from the folk aspect and more into the alternative category before leaving the audience with the more simple folk feeling.

Lyrics also help to foster the gloomy feel of the song “I said I don’t wanna die in the middle of the city so they wrote it on my headstone,” lead singer Reuben Bullock delivers with a perfect air of despair.

A mashup of different genres and different eras of music, “Rolling Stone” will appeal to a large range of listeners.

Discography: Funeral Sky (2014)

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