New Music Friday – Ep. 1 – 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!
Maison Hall – “The Plague”
If you like glowing electric guitars and crystal clear lead vocals, this is a great place for you to start. Maison Hall is immensely talented. The vocals sometimes soar, yet can feel as intimate as having coffee with a dear friend.
Damien Horne – “Shine”
Damien Horne’s vocals sound like they are in a completely different register than where the rest of us mere mortals can sing. With a touch of Michael Franti in his style, Horne is sure to put a smile on your face with this uptempo gem. Crack open a cold beverage of choice and put your feet up listening to this one.
Daryl Rahn – “White Lies”
Daryl Rahn’s vocal quality is superb. He’s one of the better singers I’ve found in recent memory. In fact, his songwriting is outstanding. This track will make you think about difficult issues like Jason Isbell, while sounding a bit different than that Americana legend. Rahn’s style is a touch folk, a touch pop, and full of originality.
Wingman – “In Comes Rushing In”
Swelling with electric guitar gooeyness and a plaintive lead vocal delivery, Wingman brings an alt rock jam that will have you flashing back to the 90s. Fans of bands like Bush or Cake will find something to enjoy in this introspective rock jam. The midway point picks up a little so, be sure not to dismiss the chill vibe as a one trick pony on this track.
Vinyl Sons – “What are you afraid of?”
This is an anthemic indie pop song that is full of warm feelings. There’s a sort of social diagnosis followed by a call to action. I like the saucy guitar part that gives the track a bit more texture than a typical hard driving pop rock song. What are you afraid of? If you like it, give these talented artists a vote!
Silas William Alexander – “Taller”
From the moment the stand up bass enters this song, I pay attention. Then hearing the unique articulation of Silas William Alexander, a talented artist with the sophistication of a three-named person, makes me even more intrigued. There are layers of meaning and depth of purpose to each carefully-crafted line here. The phrasing on the chorus is some of the most interesting writing I have heard in a long time.
Hollis Brown – “Completed Fool”
Fans of ETTG know Hollis Brown well. They’ve been on the indie rock scene for a while now, impressing our socks off many times. In fact, they are one of the go-to rock outfits for me. Their new album promises to be impressive. This track is a nice glimpse of a snappy rock sound that feels timeless and new, mired in a seething relationship crisis that many of us can feel.
Candy Cigarettes – “Selling Price”
From the moment you click play on this Candy Cigarettes, you feel an immediate weightiness. It’s a sort of CCR-meets-grunge feeling. And despite the grungy chords, there are some glowing sounds in the background that make it a fantastically satisfying sound. You’ll hear some classic influences in this, but mostly it’ll just tug on you to feel something.
Marah in the Mainsail – “The Travelling Man”
Bringing a heavy and meaningful introduction, “The Travelling Man” feels like a dark adventure from the very beginning. As the rhythm evolves and the rest of the band enters the fray, the song only evolves in its power. When the lead vocal enters the track, the listener can feel the visceral fusion of modern rock and ancient rhythms. It’s an experience!
Levi Lowery – “One Good Year”
Levi Lowery seems to be able to capture a timeless flavor. It’s not lost on me that I discovered him shortly after Merle Haggard passed away. It’s good to know that there are artists passing on the tradition of gritty, raw country music. The guitars are so heavy I hesitate to call it country, but the writing style and vocals are quintessentially 20th century country music.