Jeffrey Piton – “Blind”
-Piton is an intriguing singer songwriter. You might hear a little William Fitzsimmons or Gregory Alan Isakov in there. It’s all good. Piton has a driving rhythm on “Blind” that will put you in a thoughtful mood. The lyrics talk about spirituality without being preachy. It’s a song that works in the background or as an essay about wrestling with your past. Either way, we think it’s pretty good.
John Lowell Anderson – “It’s the longing”
-This intriguing folk track has some breathtaking harmonies. The lyrics are about desire. The track has this unique blend of classic folk elements, especially in the harmonies, but then with some sort of electronic sounding instrument that takes control in the middle of the track. The combination is exciting and strangely comforting. There’s no comparison for this track; you just have to hear it.
Nuela Charles – “Long way down”
-We don’t get enough neosoul to make full playlists anymore (unfortunately), so we end up including it in these songwriter rundowns. No matter, though, because a good neosoul song can fit anywhere. Charles brings a vocal force to this song that absolutely makes it stand out. I appreciate the powerful style here. I can’t tell if it’s about cheating, but there’s definitely a dark, “up to no good” element to it. Seems perfect for a modern speakeasy club.
Craig Strickland – “Stop at nothing”
-This song from Strickland sounds like it could find its way to the top of the charts. It’s got everything a pop ballad should have. The lead vocal is strong and sustained. The lyrics are romantic without being cheesy. The choral vocal is just right to get the crowd singing along. I have no idea why this song isn’t already playing on hundreds of radio stations. It’s the quintessential modern pop song just waiting for widespread discovery.
Scott Faw – “Roaring storm”
-I don’t play favorites, but if you have a well-played horn in your track just know that I’m going to like your music more than most. There, I said it. I also love me some jangly Americana. The combination of horns with jangly folk make this a real delight from Scott Faw and his jam buddies. I also like the lyrical concept of psyching yourself up with saying “I’m a roaring storm.” I’ve never heard anything quite like this, but it does artful creativity so well. I hope everyone else likes it too.