Night Tongue Draws The Darkness Close to the Heart with ‘Achelous + Melpomene’

By JOHN DALY Night Tongue is one of those darkwave bands that makes you feel like you are either at a gothic dagger fest or in church.  The duo has a wide-ranging synth fuzz sound on the album Achelous + Melpomeme and it’s impressive. The Australian post-punk twosome is making the rounds in Los Angeles and carries with them their experiences from down under. There’s the … Continue reading Night Tongue Draws The Darkness Close to the Heart with ‘Achelous + Melpomene’

‘End of Time’ a Blend of Avant-Garde Metal with Spoken Word

By JOHN DALY The new album, End of Time by Samuel Fishman is a creative work that summons up all the styles from avant-garde to rock with interesting results. The album is treasure trove of sound, with spoken word a la British accent, Russian-sounding violin, and — of all things — metal songs. It’s the kind of album you can put on when you’re feeling … Continue reading ‘End of Time’ a Blend of Avant-Garde Metal with Spoken Word

With Debut EP, Crushwater Proves a Gentle But Strong Music Power

By DOTTIE PARIS Crushwater moves the emotional landscape one drop at a time. Unlike its powerful name, the Crushwater band takes a smoothing approach to music, shaping stories with waterfalls of great melodies and symbolic lyrics. The band’s EP Cactus Storm is an impressive bow. A cross between Vance Joy and James Taylor with extra added classical violin, the band has an appealing EP that … Continue reading With Debut EP, Crushwater Proves a Gentle But Strong Music Power

Alien Country Blends Punk and Country on ‘Like My Life Depends on It’

By JOHN DALY The album “Like My Life Depends on It” is a strange one that works extremely well. The music is the creation of one person, Liam Marcus Torres, known as Alien Country And guess what? Alien Country is exactly what this music sounds like: Jazzy punk alien and Country music. Picture Martians having a ho-down, if you can. In addition to a great … Continue reading Alien Country Blends Punk and Country on ‘Like My Life Depends on It’

Kicklighter Brings Upbeat Sound with ‘Paper Planes Vol. 1’

By JOHN DALY He has created a song called “Howard Jones,” and it’s an appropriate name for the musician Kicklighter, who actually sounds a little like Jones. The music off Kicklighter’s new album, Paper Planes Vol. 1 is that Howard Jones style: Upbeat, bouncy and full of life. There is a range of tracks and song styles, including favorites “Bittersweet,” “Do It Again” and “They … Continue reading Kicklighter Brings Upbeat Sound with ‘Paper Planes Vol. 1’

A Backpacking Trip and a Ukelele Yield ‘Romantic Stories’

By DOTTIE PARIS Marty Thompson’s new album Romantic Stories started out with a little pink ukelele for his daughter on a European backpack trip. He never expected he would be writing an album on that ukelele, but after hearing the results maybe more people should try it too. The songs are not ukelele simple, there was obviously plenty of arranging done after the 2015 trip … Continue reading A Backpacking Trip and a Ukelele Yield ‘Romantic Stories’

Blue Collar Army Releases ‘Norrland’

By JOHN DALY The Blue Collar Army’s new album Norrland, has all the sounds of a society trapped inside its own misdoings. The Blue Collar Army, the Swedish doom-metal band thinks it’s time for an uprising. Check out the band’s new video:   It’s a thought-provoking Swedish group. The Blue Collar Army says it belongs to no genre, but instead it belongs only to anger, … Continue reading Blue Collar Army Releases ‘Norrland’

Halfwait Makes it ‘Official’ With New Album

By JOHN DALY Halfwait from Sydney, Australia makes a foray into the U.S. territories with a cool new album, The Official. Halfwait from Australia was started by Jon Barca guitar-vocals and Chris Tallon on drums back in 2009. The guys were 20 years old. Barca and Tallon had been playing music together since they were 15 years old, playing original songs and covers of Silverchair … Continue reading Halfwait Makes it ‘Official’ With New Album

Nocturnal Blonde Sees Happier Days with ‘Smart Heart’

By DOTTIE PARIS Nocturnal Blonde is one of those bands that takes the popular shoegaze style and takes it to a new level with the debut album Smart Heart. But there’s a story to this beautifully haunting music. Ritchie Williams, who produces as well as plays guitar and sings, got into this because of the tragic overdose of his brother, Dave, who suffered significant neurological … Continue reading Nocturnal Blonde Sees Happier Days with ‘Smart Heart’

Husks Creates Beauty from Horror

By JOHN DALY Husks created something beautiful out of the horrible. It was a tough time for the musician who suffered a breakup of both the band and a turbulent relationship. Husks is the brainchild of Connor Small, who is fully engaged in the new style talking-electric genre that blends avant garde with mellow hip hop style. It’s not something all listeners would image works, … Continue reading Husks Creates Beauty from Horror