Archive | August, 2016

A Song For You

28 Aug

Thomas Charlie Pedersen’s “For You” has a striking resemblance to The Beatles “Blackbird” in the melody of the simple guitar instrumentation. In fact if one didn’t know that they were listening to a new song one could easily mistake it for “Blackbird.” Intentional or not it’s hard to believe it wasn’t an influence on the song.

The tune itself carries a church hymn like quality “heal my wounds/soothe my soul,” Pedersen sings with a purity in his voice that is nothing short of angelic. Did I mention that his vocals also sound a bit like Paul McCartney which only adds to the retro aspect of the tune? And that its structure and content sound like something McCartney could have written and performed himself?

But Pedersen does make the song his own by bringing a traditional sound to the tune, almost as if this song and its story has been passed down through the ages since the beginning of time making the track very memorable and special.

So while it does have some 60s and 70s vibes to it the throwback element really reaches back to time itself and that is something that is rare to come across in a song.

Pedersen is extremely talented and is able to authentically write and deliver a song that people of all ages can enjoy and appreciate.

Discography: Second Hand War (2016)

 

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Get Sober with Salt Ashes

21 Aug

Salt Ashes, aka Veiga Sanchez, song “Sober” sounds both retro and modern, which of course make it the perfect tune to cover on the blog.

Combining vocal stylings of some of the best and noted songstresses of the past few decades Salt Ashes brings the groove of the 80s Madonna style , think “Into the Groove” and a bit of her vocals as well, along with dashes of Lana Del Rey and Gwen Stefani into the track all the while keeping her own identity.

It has an uptempo beat and Sanchez goes back and forth between slower vocals on the verses to a peppy performance on the chorus. And speaking of the chorus it is one of the catchiest hooks one will hear all year long, begging to be played in dance clubs and on top 40 radio. Sanchez’s ability to show vulnerability in a pop/dance song amongst electronic sounds is a great feat and showcases how talented she is.

Clearly the song is rooted in today, edgy and full of modern beats, but at the same time this could have been a hit in the 80s and it’s really easy to picture an artist like Madonna making it a number one song. Yet one can also see Sanchez making this her own and meshing sounds together to make the tune something that can span generations and decades.

Discography: Salt Ashes (2016).

 

 

Go Down the Musical Hallway

14 Aug

Corbu’s “Neon Hallway” is an alternative music lovers dream turned reality. It basks in a full synth 80s glow, borrowing a bit from the pages of Tears for Fears “Head Over Heels,” especially when a higher register of vocals is displayed, and a bit in the melody.

It’s electronic and still manages to sound modern even with the heavily influenced new wave vibe, though no one could be at fault if one thought it was a song that was released a few decades back. The layering of sound on the track makes it dynamic and rich in texture and the pulsating beat makes it perfect to dance to.

There’s a bit of a trippy 60s nod in the song, but it isn’t entirely prevalent enough and that is ok, as Corbu seems to really hit their stride with the 80s sound. The vocals are light and has some great lyrics such as “there you are giving me no expression.”

All the individual elements come together to culminate a fantastic homage to the retro sound of years before, but also at the same time a great modern dance song. But still, this reviewer can’t help but imagine it on the Donnie Darko soundtrack fitting in perfectly with the other 80s classics.

Discography: Crayon Soul (2016)

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

Musical Magic

7 Aug

Andy Shauf’s “The Magician” sounds undeniably retro. It harkens back to something Paul McCartney could have released solo early on or with wings. In fact it brings to mind the beginning, slow building parts of “Band on the Run.”

Shauf wears the singer songwriter brand on his heart and it is impossible not to embrace fully. The instrumentation has that soft McCartney feel which is layered and dynamic, strings rounding out the sound of the song before it even begins, and then when it does actually start, Shauf’s voice is so smooth and easy to listen to. Even his vocals bring to mind McCartney not to mention the way the tune is structured.

“The Magician” could have easily been a song that was released back in the 70s, but it also works as a track that is released in 2016 and the credit all belongs to Shauf who bridges the gap between decades with an effortless manner. It’s no easy feat but Shauf makes it seem like it is, and there lies the magic of the track.

Memorable in every way possible, the throwback element to the song only makes the particular track more enjoyable and this reviewer for one can’t wait to see what’s next from this artist.

Discography:

  • Darker Days (2009)
  • The Bearer of Bad News (2012)
  • The Party (2016)

 

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