They've got inklings of Muse and The Dear Hunter (thanks to Casey Crescenzo production), mixed in with the sensitivity of a drama-queen high-school kid. But the melodies are stellar, and extremely easy to love with the drab, moody, amazing vocals delivering them. Why are they unsigned, this is a $$ maker
Drummer of Miniature Tigers creates a "vocal composition" record. For fans of Discovery, Imogen Heap, Panda Bear and the like. Huge props for the Phantom of the Opera tribute "Mystery Of The Yellow Room".
I'm starting to think this is my favorite band making music right now. Everybody knows I go cuckoo for a good concept album, but what about a multi-album concept project?!?! And what if those albums not only adhered gorgeously to the conceptual backbone but were also jam-packed with the most intricate, ornate, and kickass production and instrumentation around? Damn good rock music AND an experimental core?
These qualities and more are present in Act I and Act II of the progressive Dear Hunter saga - and let me say confidently, Act III is RIGHT up there. Casey Crescenzo meticulously plots every detail in each of these songs and effortlessly spans genres including jazz, big band, rock, slave song, tango, broadway ballad, sugary pop, acoustic, classical, piano standards, electronic, post-hardcore and more. With descriptive, literary lyrics and self-referential leitmotifs, The Dear Hunter weaves a musical tale on an epic scale (rhyme unintended).
This project is simply a feast for the ears of a music lover. You'll find exuberance, lust, tragedy, and retribution ten times over, carefully penned by a composer who, like Tim Burton or Guillermo Del Torro in film, wants to fill your head with sweeping, majestic imagery - sometimes haunting, always rewarding. Look out for Act III...
This dude is like Duffy for guys. An effortless, rich soul voice and a record full of good to great jams is enough for this guy to become a major blip on the radar. While John Legend and Robin Thicke go back and figure out why their most recent efforts were all filler and no killer, Merriweather is my new dude to groove to. Sing it baby, sing it...
Chase Pagan is awesome. He's got boatloads of talent coming from every direction - songwriting for days and a talented multi-instrumentalist. With a haunting falsetto reminiscent of Yorke or Bellamy and with song stylings that range between bombastic, quirky, folky, and rollicking, each track keeps you guessing. The new batch of songs just posted to myspace sound like they'll continue the high caliber of Oh Musica!, but more on the folky side.
I'm admittedly late to this party, but thanks to Steve Henderson, I'm now in on one of the genre's best kept secrets. Take some of the better qualities of Copeland, Mew, and Mae mixed with a gift for consistent emo-rock songwriting and suddenly... takeoff. One of the best falsetto's in the game and nary a weak track. Takeoff.
Modern Day Classic:
Conor Oberst - "Waste of Paint"
I love Kanye and all, but sorry Mr. West, THIS is the voice of our generation. This is our most inspired, prolific, talented, mysterious, constantly evolving artist. This is the kind of song people remember. This is only three chords. This is poetry and music, making love.
Hot damn. What a voice! What a song! A popular R&B song that spans past four minutes, has unique background music, and a singer who's stacked full of talent? This is greattt news. I thought Leona Lewis was bringing the female R&B powerhouse back, but it just might be Jazmine instead. Whitney, Mariah, lookout...
Hey everybody into this Bon Iver craze (and I absolutely am as well), check out Chris Bathgate. He's just as wintry, just as snowy, just as icy.... you choose the metaphor. Quiet, affecting indie sound with the same muted, closed quarters feel that makes Bon Iver so contemplative. Also for fans of Sufjan and Iron & Wine.