Wednesday, November 26, 2014

CD Review: New Independent Music That Needs Your Attention

Singer/songwriter Patrick Ames started his music career later in life. He first worked on his first love of owning a vineyard in the Napa Valley and then using that to influence the creation of his latest album "Oakville Ontology." The new nine-song release is an independent folk gem with a dash of rock flair for good measure. He begins with the stark sounding "Arm Yourself With This Song" as he lays out his opinions while using only an acoustic guitar for the melody and rhythm. He plugs in for the nine-minute, folk/rock storied lyrics of "How To Kill A Protest Song," and then brings his lyrics to the forefront of "I Could Be Mistaken" as if the music is almost non-existent. He sings from the heart on the emotional delivery of "Time Opens All Wounds," before closing with the smooth Americana delivery of "On The Yellowstone." To find out more about Patrick Ames, please visit patrickames.com.


Denver trio, Heart & Soul Radio recently released their fourth full-length album "Thieves" back in September. Heart & Soul Radio was created from the ashes of two other local Denver bands. Heart & Soul Radio have struggled through band breakups, drug addiction and record deals that fell through, but their new album shows a new sense of purpose with twelve powerfully addictive songs. The new release begins with the high energy pop/rock of "Ain't No Life Like The Low Life" as they sound like a well-oiled music machine that definitely belongs on the charts. The guys show a little more of a rock edge on "Kochheads," while their harmonizing takes center stage in "Can't Face Home."  The album seems loaded with potential singles including "Roll With The Hunches" and the comical "I Slept With Justin Bieber And All I Got Was This Stupid Shirt." To find out more about Heart & Soul Radio and their latest album "Thieves," please visit hsrrocks.com.


India native Rhett May was heavily influenced by the sound of the sixties psychedelic era. His latest batch of singles have a pop feel that brings you back to era or peace and love. Songs like "Jenny" and "Insatiable" dig deep into your soul with a laid back acoustic vibe, while "Cocktails and Cannabis"  and "Heaven Of Hell" have a more dream-like, atmospheric rock feel. To find out more about Rhett May's music, please visit rhettmay.com.


Southern California singer/songwriter Karen Reed returns to music after a 25 year absence with her debut solo album "True North." The eleven songs that make up the new album are very earthy and based upon her passion of the ukulele. The album begins with just Karen and her favorite instrument on the light-hearted "Stuck On You" and continues, treading lightly, to the interesting "A Better Day," which adds an operatic rock backdrop to her repetitive lyrics. Her sweetness in her vocals shines through on "Sugar Pie," before bringing on blues with "Bad Girl." The album closes with a quick instrumental cover of Don McLean's "Vincent," which she renames "Starry, Starry Night." To find out more about Karen Reed and her new album "True North," please visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/kreed007.

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