Posts tagged ‘Acoustic’

Warm Up To Milo Greene

Some bands have the ability to make you feel like part of the family.  Such is the case with California’s Milo Greene, the pop/folk quintet that embraces rich harmonies, crisp acoustics, and heartfelt, small town lyrics to create an instant sense of warmth and familiarity.  There should be little doubt that the band’s debut album, due out on July 7th, will be anything but the rustic, soulful goodness evident on their first two singles, Don’t You Give Up On Me and 1957.  Enjoy.

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Singular Focus – The Honest Truth by Typhoon

Typhoon, the 10-14 member indie rock band, originally from Salem, Oregon, has been around for about six years (releasing several albums and EPs along the way), but is finally getting some deserved attention thanks to their grand and meticulous EP, A New Kind of House.  Released on March 8, 2011, A New Kind of House has five folk-influenced rock tracks, but it’s The Honest Truth that truly displays the band’s ability to meld guitars, swelling horns, and pianos with Kyle Morton’s strained Vedder-ish voice which makes A New Kind of House feel like catching up with a long lost friend.

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No Low Moments on the High Highs EP

I honestly don’t know much about the High Highs, except that the New York based trio released their inspiring 4 song self-titled EP on November 18, 2011.  With great harmonies, crisp acoustics, penetrating falsettos, and electronic, folk, and alternative pop influences, High Highs have engineered a promising EP which teases at the expectation of a complex, engrossing debut album.

Best Tracks:

Flowers Bloom relies heavily on hazy vocals to create a foggy, mesmerizing appeal.  A detailed arrangement including subtle drums and twinkling guitars chords give Flowers Bloom a rich, full sound while a faint west coast surfer influence helps guide the track towards its fading conclusion.  Flowers Bloom also has an old record crackling sound, which is purposely and perfectly executed to make the song seem as though it is a remnant of the past.

Open Season is the star of this EP with atmospheric vocals, catchy guitar riffs and piano keys belting out high notes which infuse a wide-eyed hopefulness into the track.  The comparisons to Radiohead, and especially songs like Lucky, No Surprises, and Let Down from OK Computer are inevitable and clearly a compliment to such a gifted new group.

When and Where:

To say that you should put an album on when you want to go to sleep may not seem flattering, but it is a compliment here.  The disarming vocals and soothing melodies make the High Highs EP the perfect soundtrack to your dreams.

Flowers Bloom

Open Season

Ivy

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Boy & Bear – Moonfire

Boy & Bear, a new band from Sydney, Australia, released their debut album, Moonfire on August 9, 2011.  Moonfire is filled with harmony-driven folk tracks steered by acoustic guitars, powerful piano, and David Hosking’s vocals, which gently rise above every track but never overpower any of the other instruments, creating perfectly attuned songs that are meant to inspire and reflect.

Lyrically complex, the album focuses on the strength and importance of family, adventure, experience, and hope.  The album maintains a balance between slower, sulky, heart-wrenching tracks (Big Man, Lordy May, House and Farm) and songs that move quickly, relying on a tribal-like percussion and heavily strummed guitars (Milk & Sticks, Feeding Line, Golden Jubilee) that make you want to dance around a fire (clothing optional).

Track Breakdown:

Feeding Line is fiery and impassioned with a fast tempo, strong drums and socially conscious lyrics that deal with the struggle of everyday life.  This is one of the rarer tracks that places the acoustic guitar in the background and lets the electric take over, which helps accentuate the strength and urgency of the song.

On the slow end of the spectrum is Lordy May, the opening track on the album.  The piano strongly leads the song with a soulful opening until the lyrics hauntingly appear out of nowhere.

Big Man, a song which makes you want to call your parents and apologize for anything, is stripped down, relying primarily on Hosking’s vocals and minimal percussion.  The track then lets emotion swell with the end of the song bringing a heavy chorus used to signify a monumental realization.

When & Where:

This album is perfect while you are sitting around a campfire in the middle of the woods at night or when you want to reminisce about college, when your biggest problem was how to sneak a keg of beast into your dorm room.

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