Friday, June 20, 2014

CD Review: Newly Discovered Indie-Music Look To Make An Impression

From Cleveland, OH comes the latest release from The Modern Electric entitled "Original Motion Picture Soundtrack." It has been five years since their self-titled debut began turning heads and they are returning with their new album produced by Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Heartless Bastards). The album's first single is the contagious modern pop appeal of "All We Have Is Now." The song fits in perfectly with today's "top 40" radio. They keep the momentum going with "(Try To) Pretend" and "Slow-Motion Jeans," which sounds like a hit with its David Bowie-like lyric progression. The Modern Electric are currently on tour and will be wrapping up this summer tour at the Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus, OH. To find out more about this band, please visit themodernelectric.com.

From Boston, MA comes the sister string, folk duo of Ari & Mia with their latest album "Land On Shore." They have been performing live all across New England with upcoming shows in Maine and Massachusetts. Their latest 11-song release begins with the gentle folk approach of "Turn Me Around." Their voices just float on by as the instrumentation is reduced to what is only necessary. The pace quickens for the fiddle-led instrumental "Turtle," but quickly returns to the quiet, sounds of "Glad You Came By." The duo show some pep in their step for the fun, sing-along "Starry Crown," before closing the album with relaxed instrumental "The Dirty Bog." To find out more about this sister duo, please visit ariandmiamusic.com/.
 
From the islands of the Pacific Ocean comes Hawaiian native Meghann Wright with her latest 3-song EP. Now residing in New York City, Meghann displays both sides to her songwriting with the acoustic, Americana folk of "Can't Carry Water," which allows her vocals to soar. The other side of her songwriting is her latest single, "Cocaine," which displays a punk-like energy when plugging in to rock. The third song returns Meghann to the appeal of her acoustic folk-rock side with "Left My Heart In Brooklyn," which has her performing some of the best new underground music of the New York folk scene. To find out more about Meghann Wright, please check out her Facebook page at facebook.com/MeghannWrightMusic.

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