Wednesday, October 21, 2015

CD Review: New Music From East Coast Artists Violent Mae, James Parenti, Gordon Vincent And Aquino

Connecticut duo Violent Mae, featuring Becky Kessler and Floyd Kellogg, are ready to release their latest album "Kid" in November. They recently performed in New York and Connecticut, and will be booking more shows upon the release of there new album. It begins with the climbing energy of the opener "In The Sun," which has the perfect alternative rock vibe that could easily crossover into the pop charts. The music grinds along with the fuzz-vibe of "In My Ring," but the duo also showcase their softer side on the quieter strumming of "Away." The attractive, stripped-down rock of "Kid" has bit of a bluesy element, before closing the album with the grunge appeal of "Neon Halos" and the guitar drenched "Birthday." To find out more about Violent Mae and their new album "Kid," please visit their Facebook page at

From New York comes the sophomore release from singer/songwriter James Parenti titled "Don't Be Gone Long, Ellen." He takes in his inspiration from fellow artists Elliot Smith and Sufjan Stevens and creates some outstanding songs with deep meanings. The new twelve song release begins with the dark tone of "Hope That You Will Come," which has a progressive folk/rock feel. The gentle delivery of "Cave In Burn Down" really has you concentrating on the song's lyrics, while "Come Apart" is folk gem that shines in today's over-polished pop world. The wonderfully fragile "Back To Sleep" is a steady lullabye and "Flight Distance" swings with just enough of a touch of jazz to give it rhythm. The album closes with the confessional "Lucky Star." To find out more about James Parenti and his new album "Don't Be Gone Long, Ellen," please visit his Facebook page at

From New Jersey comes the latest release from Nashvillian singer/songwriter Gordon Vincent titled "Not From Around Here." After 12 years and six albums, Vincent packed up and moved to South Jersey to create his new exceptionally touching album. The new 8-song release begins with the warm tones of "Amboy" as Vincent's voice sound timeless amongst this modern folk backdrop. His song "Man With No Country" gives off an early Fleetwood Mac vibe, while "Dream On A Vine" has a special touch of honesty that comes through in Vincent's voice. The short 30-minute album finishes with the country vibe of "Fairest Of Them All" and the alternative pop/rock of "Space Monkey." To find out more about Gordon Vincent and his latest album "Not From Around Here," please visit his Facebook page at

New Jersey native Aquino recently released his full-length debut album "Giants Will Fall." He has no shortage of songs, writing over 100 original compositions and created the "14 Songs in 14 Days" songwriting workshop and he was also nominated for the 2013 Jersey Acoustic Music Award for Top Male Songwriter. His new thirteen-song release begins with a short one-minute acoustic introduction before bringing in his Cuba-Rican roots into the Latin swing of "Song Of The Outcry." He gives us a touch of Americana with "Sadie" and quickens his strumming for the sing-along feel of "Before Long." His first single from the album is "Bud, His Astrovan, and Me" which is a great storytelling folk/rock gem that has an exciting sound. The album finishes with the quick-pace of "Giants Will Fall" and the experimental mood piece "Triumvir." To find out more about Aquino and his new album "Giants Will Fall," please visit his website at

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