Tuesday, May 10, 2016

CD Review: New Music From Singer/Songwriters Mike Marlin, Dan Henig, Ryan Cassata, Devi & Charlie Haley

From the U.K. comes the latest release titled "The Secret Of My Success" from singer/songwriter Mike Marlin. His new album arrives May 6 and he will be performing in New Haven, CT on May 26th and Hartford, CT on May 27th. The new thirteen track release begins with dark tones of "Just Another Day" as Marlin seems heavily influenced by Leonard Cohen and latter-day David Bowie. He continues with the subtle, slow movement of "The Secret," then gently picks up the tempo with "Missing Piece," before returning with the light treading of "Avalanche." Marlin takes up the role of folk artist with the acoustic, storied tale of "Drowning," before adding the electronics of "Mothers Eyes." The album finishes with the warm tones of "Caroline" and pulsating rhythm of "The Check Out." For a complete list of live dates and to find out more about Mike Marlin and his latest release "The Secret Of My Success," please visit mikemarlinmusic.com.

Next from Los Angeles, CA comes the debut EP from singer/songewriter Dan Henig titled "Paper Planes & Hurricanes." The new five-song release begins with the dance/pop feel of "Hostage," before grounding himself with the acoustic pop of "Crash & Burn" that wonderfully showcases his vocal ability. He grooves into the smooth-soul of "Habit," then closes the album with the intense, R&B delivery of "Paper Planes." To find out more about Dan Henig and his latest release "Paper Planes & Hurricanes," please visit danhenig.com.

Arriving from New York is the latest album from transgender singer/songwriter Ryan Cassata titled "Shine." Cassata first received attention through YouTube and has been featured in a handful of national magazines including "Rolling Stone" and "Billboard." The new ten-song release begins with the punk-like energy of "We're The Cool Kids," then turns on the hip-hops beats for "Check Engine." Ryan's soulful folk delivery of "Bedroom Eyes" is the perfect invite into a young person's confusing world. Cassata returns to the fun, punk-rock energy of "Sunrise Highway," before slowing down for an acoustic cover of Michael Jackson's "Man In The Mirror." The album closes with another cover song, Counting Crows "Round Here," which becomes a passionate, piano ballad as Cassata delivers the lyrics with grace. To find out more about Ryan Cassata and his latest release "Shine," please visit ryancassata.com.

Also, from New York comes the latest release from singer/songwriter Devi titled "Heart Stone." It features five songs, beginning with the slow waltz of "One More Day," before Devi gives her sound more pop with the intense beats of "Promises." The short album finishes with dance/pop delivery of "It's Your Life" and the light-hearted fun pouring out from "One And Only Love." To find out more about Devi and her latest release "Heart Stone," please visit facebook.com/devi.rosado.

Christian rock artist Charlie Haley returns with a new album titled "Today." The album is a reflection of his time away from music, following a near fatal accident in 2015. The new six-song EP begins with the dark, country rock of "Amen" as Haley's vocals are strong and demanding of your full attention. The up-tempo, up-lifting rock of "You Know It's True" and and the emotional delivery of "Today" showcases Haley's maturity as an artist, hitting all the right chords with his music and words. The new album closes with the gentle, country feel of "Bad Things Happen To Good People." To find out more about Charlie Haley and his latest release "Today," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/Charlie-Haley.

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