New Music Friday – Ep.7 – Vote in the poll to decide who wins a full album review
Each of these artists has an incredible amount of talent, so let’s give them all a fair listen. After clicking on each one, please vote in the poll posted below. The winner (after one week), will receive a full album review here on EarToTheGround Music. Please share these outstanding artists with your friends, too. Everyone wins!
Strange Blue Dreams – “Reverberatin’ Love”
-If old school (think Elvis era) is your thing, Strange Blue Dreams are fantastic. There’s a nice, traditional blues chord progression here and a believably authentic set of vocals. Even the “bop bops” feel genuine. Some of you will swear you haven’t heard music like this in 40 years… maybe because there hasn’t been any. Good stuff.
Rob Baird – “Run of Good Luck”
-Rob Baird has one of my favorite voices I’ve found in 2016. He sings with a conviction that just destroys me every time. I like how his style is a sort of blend of new country and an old soul. This song in particular is about as perfect a country song as you could write, replete with sadness and yet a stalwart hope that only the salt of the earth embody. Oh and it sounds pretty damn good, too.
Susto – “Country Line”
-Full of enthusiasm and a nice, slow-rolling rhythm, Susto’s “County Line” feels both comfortable and challenging. I’m not sure if you’ve ever driven across a county line with bad intentions, but if you have this song will resonate. It conjures up all sorts of memories for me, mostly things I work hard every day to repress. That said, the song itself has a sort of Dustin Kensrue or even David Ramirez style electrified-country flair. The lead vocal sells an altogether solid performance.
Mike Simmons – “Empty Holes”
-Every time I hear Mike Simmons sing that opening “Virginnnniaaaaa” lyric, I find my hair standing on the back of my neck. It’s not every day that a vocalist can make such a convincing performance. Simmons, with a down tempo style and some incredible backing vocals (layered self?), work to make a sound that is equal parts inspiring and provocative. I want to hear more.
Rosie Carney – “Better Man”
-If you’re a fan of ETTG for the beautiful singer songwriters that we often feature, here’s one for you. Rosie Carney is articulate and graceful. Her songwriting is expressive and deeply emotional. And this song – gosh – if you really listen to it you can learn a lot about how to live. There’s a lot of truth and wisdom in this softly delivered, near lullaby loving admonition.
Monk Tamony – “Greatest Armies”
-There’s definitely something militaristic about the song “Greatest Armies.” The song is aggressive and satisfying in its aggression. “I don’t believe at all in fate or writing on the wall…” It’s definitely a far more existential song that it might feel at first. This is a brand of upbeat indie rock that is fascinating and will have you listening over and over.
Castle Pines – “Hollow Cause”
-In a global political climate such as we have, there are a lot of hollow causes. To hear such a meaningful and thoughtful song like this from Castle Pines strikes me as ironic. The song, complete with a hard driving rhythm and near-perfect vocals, feels like an anthem for the ages. I have to say I love the hook on the electric guitar and will find myself coming back to this album for more.
Young Mister – “Anybody Out There”
-This is a cool groove, complete with the kind of vocal that perfectly embodies what I think of with the term “indie rock.” It’s like the song playing in the bar when you meet the most beautiful person in the world. We all know that song can’t be anything obnoxious… it has to be chill, evocative, and enticing. This is that song. It’s got questions about your place in the universe, but it also has overtones about romance and just the right kind of drama. I’d love to hear this track on a TV show or film score.
The Cradles – “You Can’t Stop Thinking About Me”
-This is not your grandpa’s rock and roll music. There’s an angry sentiment behind this seemingly romantic style. It reminds me of something of the sort of frustration inherent in late Beatles writing with a bit more of mid-Beatles musical style. The question at the center of it – about how the world continues to function despite dysfunction in a relationship – is infinitely relatable. This is ROCK music in the purest sense.
Friends of Friends – “The Keep”
-The first time I heard this song reminded me so much of Ben Abraham that I had to do a search to see if he was fronting this band. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing; the atmospheric guitars and crystal clear vocals were absolutely soothing to me. This is chill, relaxing rock music done in a wonderfully palatable way. I could listen to this over and over (and will!). Consider the same for yourself.