Archive | June, 2016

Step Up to BRONCHO

26 Jun

Right from the first few seconds of BRONCHO’S “Two Step” one can hear a similar melody to the cavaliers “Last Kiss.” This is repeated throughout the song and brings a very modern track a retro vibe that those in tune with the music scene of decades ago will hear straight away.

The lyrics are muddled but that doesn’t take away the enjoyment of the song, as it’s the type of track that one can just sit back, close their eyes, and drift away to. Even though it’s impossible to tell what the song is about the vocals are so mellow and have a bit of a throwback vibe to it that it doesn’t matter.

Clearly “Two Step” is firmly planted in the modern times with its hazy instrumentation and vocals, and it works well as a new tune in 2016, but with that “Last Kiss” vibe it brings back memories of times when the world was seemingly simpler.

From start to finish BRONCHOS have created a polished, memorable, song that forays just slightly into a retro formula. If you aren’t familiar with “Last Kiss” you won’t hear that element and the song will work just fine, but if one is in tune with songs from yesteryear, the nod, intentional or not to the cavaliers, will be an added bonus.

Discography: Just Hip Enough to be a Woman (2014), Double Vanity (2016)

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Me and the Monkees

19 Jun

The Monkees are back with their latest studio album to celebrate their 50th anniversary and the album entitled Good Times features the best song of 2016 thus far.

“Me and Magdalena” written by Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie has delivered a beautiful and haunting tune to The Monkees that spans decades. Though it definitely is rooted in the modern era, it could just have easily been released in the 60s.

Mike Nesmith takes the lead vocals here while Micky Dolenz adds harmony and the result is heavenly. Obviously these guys have been around for a while and know how to craft the perfect pop song, but this ballad takes on a more serious subject matter leaving a melancholy feeling in listeners making it more than just a standard pop song.

Though much of the credit goes to credit to Gibbard for the lyrics, it would be nothing if Nesmith and Dolenz weren’t able to deliver and portray the emotions of the song so eloquently. With the instrumentation being mostly piano with a slight percussion backbeat it lets Nesmith and Dolenz shine the brightest they have in a while.

It’s the type of song that is ageless and something both new and old fans of The Monkees can enjoy.


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In the Sun with Eric Anders

5 Jun

Eric Anders strips down and drastically changes the tone in his cover of The Violent Femmes “Blister in the Sun.” The original peppy tune is almost unrecognizable here as Anders not only slows it down but brings a haunting feeling to the song, especially with his smoky, grungy, vocal delivery and his lyric changes.

For example instead of original lyrics “When I’m out walking/I strut my stuff,” Anders sings “We’ve been talking/it’s not enough.” It’s a very melancholy version of the song and it works on so many levels. It brings another level of meaning to the track and while both versions sound modern even today, the fact that Anders took a song from the 80s and changed it so much yet it still retains some of the original melody shows that the song is timeless and works in any decade.

It’s one of the best covers of any retro song to be heard, with strings only enhancing the new somber mood. And while some fans may be upset with the tweaking of the original lyrics, it really is a necessity with the new tone of the song. If listeners are willing to be open and appreciate new interpretations of classic songs then they will have no problem with Anders cover. In fact some may be able to identify more with Anders version.

Discography: More Regrets (2005), Tethered to the Ground (2006), Big World Abide (2016).

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