Thursday, August 9, 2012

CD Reveiw: Stellar Songwriting From Lauren Harding And Friend Slash Lover

Massachusetts native Lauren Harding headed west to pursue her musical passion by recording her debut EP in a Los Angeles recording studio. Over the course of a long weekend, Harding produced six songs that would make up her album, “Heart In A Box.”

Her vocals become the main focus on the slow jazz of “Shooting Stars” and “My Heart Flies.” The passion in Lauren’s vocals are felt in the EP’s opening song “Give It Away” as the beat of drum gives the song an extra appeal. It’s great how Lauren disguises the dark subject of the “Poison” with her sweet sounding voice. The album closes with one of the few upbeat moments in the jazz/folk song, “Sunset.”

Lauren Harding has a couple of shows lined up in Los Angeles. Please visit laurenhardingmusic.com for more information on this rising singer/songwriter.

Connecticut native Josh Mintz’s latest band, Friend Slash Lover recently released their new EP entitled “The Grey Area.” The album’s leads off with “As Seen On TV” which has a modern pop rock sound with an infectious chorus. The first single off the EP is the title song, “The Grey Area,” which has a soft beginning that builds with great songwriting. The prayer-like “Dear God” and the piano driven “Carry Your Weight” lay focus on Josh's vocals as he delivers the lyrics with such a passion for performing.

Check out the band’s facebook page (facebook.com/friendslashlover) for more information.

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