Vermillion Road – “Only One”
Handclaps make a good song great. This one from the Denver alt pop band is sure to have you clapping along from the first glorious listen. Blending rock with a Walk the Moon style pop, the band has found a nice balance of sounds and it is catchy as hell. The wall of sound swells throughout the track before finishing amidst of a better than average guitar echo. We may be sentimental, but this has us feeling all the things pop music is capable of feeling.
Anastasia Max – “Bullet”
The sibling duo from Boca Raton crafts tracks that will keep you guessing. Starting as a pop ballad, the track explodes into a more electro style swell of sound. “Bullet” shows the range of Anastasia Brenner which can sound like Alison Mosshart on some tracks, while standing up to any pop crooner of this age. The climax of the track has Brenner delicately exploding into the dark recesses of electro pop and challenging listeners sonically. The duo has a deep and vast genre reach on this release.
Nick Shattuck – “Cliffside”
The LA singer songwriter has opened for the likes of Howie Day and Matt Costa, and you can tell in “Cliffside” how his style complements their style. Shattuck has the lyrical chops to stand beside artists like them, with his best line being “life is bloody but it’s beautiful”, while playing a guitar that will explode him into the public consciousness. We appreciate the vibe on this one; it is something special and refreshingly different. The indie songwriting darling is a must hear for those who dig unique singer songwriters.