Friday, March 7, 2014

CD Review: Great New Music From Indie-Bands From Across The U.S

From Washington state come the full-length debut album from independent alt-rockers Pastel Motel entitled "Subject Is Subjective." The album was released in December of last year and is considered a concept album as the band work in their knack for great melodies along soundscapes of music.

The album begins with the smooth, gentle flow of "Stay," which leads into the band plugging in for the post-punk rawness of "Get Away." The return to the quietness of "Dream" as their music puts your mind at ease. They get into a swinging, up-tempo rock groove with "The Room," then Pastel Motel move slowly with the chugging-beat of "Moment of Disarray." The album closes with the passionate acoustic rock of "K.I.A." and the feel-good, folk-storytelling of "Zebras."

To find out more about Pastel Motel and their new album "Subject Is Subjective," please visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pastelmotel.


From Virginia comes the latest album from "jammy" rockers The Duskwhales. The new album, "Swim" was self-released back in February and showcases the band's maturity since their beginnings over four years ago.

The new eight-song release starts out with them locking into a hard rocking electric groove on "Lemmingway" as the tempo changes from southern rock to bubblegum pop. They slow down for the spacey feel of "New Soldier" as they continue to mix-tempos. The beginning bass line of "Dance Of The Spiders" sets the stage for five minutes of musical bliss as their musicianship leads the way. The album finishes up with the California acoustic beach rock of "Painted Hero" and the playful sounds of "Cold But No Snowfall."

To find out more about The Duskwhales and their new album "Swim," please visit theduskwhales.com.

From the Florida pan-handle comes the debut album from Americana band The Currys. The new album entitled "Follow" will be self-released in April. The band has recently performed with country star Billy Dean at the Florida Folk Festival this past year as they honed their sound for this new release.

The album begins with the uptempo, Americana pop feel of "Wreaking Ball," before moving on to the laid-back, acoustic country sound of "Water From The Well." They look to breakthrough onto the mainstream charts with "You're Getting Smaller" and showcase their song-writing talents on the country sound of "Rule Of Desire." Their harmonzing on the title-song is outstanding as they continue to feel their way their the Americana/country music of "Inches From You" and "Nothing Good."

To find out more about The Currys and their new album "Follow," please visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/The-Currys/255648751144180.


From Fayetteville, AR comes the full-length debut album from the Little Chiefs entitled "Lion's Den," released March 10th. The new ten song release shows a gentleness to their sound, especially in the five-minute opener "Mountain Song" and the quiet instrumental, "Prelude." The are following the path lead by The Lumineers and Of Monsters And Men with the Americana/pop feel of "Gold In The Morning" and "Lion's Den." Dallas artist Elle Turner lends her soft, angelic voice to the heartfelt country ballad, "Bonfire," before closing with the up-tempo, stomp rhythm of "Brothers," in which you can fully appreciate the wonderfully harmonizing.

The Little Chiefs have shows scattered along the south through to the beginning of May. To find out more about the band and their new album "Lion's Den," please visit www.littlechiefband.com/.

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