Wednesday, June 21, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Indie-Artists Marcus Singletary, The Victory Drive, The Shrimps & Highland Kites

The musical chameleon, Marcus Singletary is back again with a new EP titled "Spirit Dialogues." Singletary has delivered everything from rock to country to funk and blues, and now he showcases re-imagined versions of classic songs by Buddy Holly, Wayne Shorter and Genesis. His new 3-song/3-spoken word EP begins with the Holly tune "Not Fade Away," which doesn't stray too far from the original, but does tack on a extended guitar solo that pushes the song to the 7-minute mark. He delivers a rock infused, Hendrix-style guitar to Wayne Shorter's "Footprints" and then closes with the guitar instrumental tribute to Genesis' song "All In A Mouse's Night." To find out more about Marcus Singletary and his latest release "Spirit Dialogues," please visit marcussingletary.com.

From New Jersey comes the latest EP titled "Before I Self Destruct" from indie-rock band The Victory Drive. The new 3-song release begins with a cover of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance." They slowly build the song up, verse by verse as the electro-pop music continues to intensify up until its grand arena rock finale. The album continues with the strong pop tones of "The Countdown Pt. II," before closing with with the emotions of "Dynamite" as The Victory Drive continue to grow and mature with each new release. To find out more about The Victory Drive and their latest release "Before I Self Destruct," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/thevictorydriveofficial.

Next up is the British-born Benjamin brothers with their new full-length album titled "Abstracts And Keywords." The album is the latest work of The Shrimps that have been making their way from New York City out to the rest of the world. Their new 11-song release showcases the band's iconic folk-rock sound as they use their harmonies in "Life We Live" and "On The Boat" to invoke emotion in their music. The gentle acoustics of "Wings Of An Angel" has a spiritual appeal as the brothers pour their hearts into their music. To find out more about The Shrimps and their latest release "Abstracts And Keywords," please visit reverbnation.com/theshrimps.

Lastly we arrive at the new highly anticipated release from Highland Kites. The trio's new EP titled "I'm Not Weak" features 5 songs, beginning with the alternative folk appeal of "Nothing To Say." Singer Marissa Lamar showcases her mesmerizing vocals in "Monster" as you easily get lost in her words. Their new short release finishes up with the beautiful gentle acoustic guitars and keyboards of "Temporary Life" along with the atmospheric folk/rock of the title song, "I'm Not Weak." To find out more about Highland Kites and their latest release "I'm Not Weak," please visit highlandkites.com.

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