Sunday, December 4, 2016

Review : Phantom Phunk - Arboles Ossific

Phantom Phunk - Arboles Ossific (2016) Independent
Produced by Phantom Phunk
Tracks : 1.Snowy in Florida 2.Sip of wine 3.The unheard spirit symphony 4.Gateways 5.Hey there 6.Looping 7.Brother´s keeper 8.Distant kaleidoscopes 9.Tommy´s cosmic avocado 10.Jungle crunch
2 out of 5

Tampa, Florida is the home for Phantom Phunk but it could just as well be Mars. Is this my first encounter with extra-terrestrial music?
There are moments when I listen to their debut album "Arboles Ossific" that doesn´t make any sense at all and in other moments, it´s as clear as ice.
They describe their sound as indie-graveyard pop which totally suits these crazy tunes but to get a full picture of Phantom Phunk´s original sound, I´d like to add post-punk, 60´s pop and slightly jazzy garage-prog as a complete package.
The music might seem a bit complex and it´s certainly not made for family television series, but this band is definitely unique and quite cool at the same time so I can´t say it´s crap either.
If I didn´t know better, I would believe this is the first record from a supergroup of Serj Tankian (System of a Down), David Byrne (Talking Heads), Thom Yorke (Radiohead) and Damon Albarn (Blur).
In my world, the album title Arboles Ossific is another meaning for Strange sounds from outer space.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Review : The Cavalry - Build your own empire

The Cavalry - Build your own empire (2016) 7dc Records
Produced by Tristan Jackson / Will Garrett / Big Smo
Tracks : 1.JFK intro 2.Don´t mean you´re gone 3.Wake up call 4.When the radios gone 5.Red, white and blue jeans 6.Wake up call (stripped) 7.When the radios gone (stripped) 8.Red, white and blue Jeans (stripped)
3 out of 5

Cowboy hats and boots are for America as Vodka is for Russia and IKEA is for Sweden, and if you wear a cowboy hat and boots, the step isn´t too far that you´re a fan of country music.
The country music capital of the world is without doubt Nashville and if you add some southern rock into it, you will get The Cavalry´s new EP "Build your own empire".
This is a typical Nashville rock record for fans of Dierks Bentley, Kid Rock and DarkHorse. The Cavalry is a musical playground for Tristan Jackson who is not only the lead singer, Tristan is an award-winning film maker and he has also worked alongside with Tom Cruise, John Travolta and many other A-list actors.
Tristan co-wrote the songs on "Build your own empire" with Nolan Neal, The Henningsens and Love and Theft. The song "Red, white and blue Jeans" features Nolan Neal from the TV hit show The Voice and rockband Hinder, it´s a good song but "When the radios gone" is even better. Other bands that comes to mind while listening to this radio ready affair are Royal Bliss and Rascal Flatts.
So by now you should know what to expect from this band that recently won the Best New Rock Band Award at the Los Angeles Music Awards.

Review : The Invisible World - Color / Echo

The Invisible World - Color / Echo EP (2016) Independent
Produced by The Invisible World
Tracks : 1.Color / Echo 2.Bellamy 3.The way 4.Joliet 5.Brick by brick 6.Oughta know
3,5 out of 5

Kansas has corn, Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto from the wizard of Oz, the band Kansas but also the 5-piece The Invisible World.
When I listen to their 2nd EP "Color / Echo", it feels like I have known this band for many years because they do not only sound familiar, this band plays like true professionals in a way that you could easily believe they have been around for decades.
The roots of the band stretch back almost 15 years where the current line up are Jesse Collins - Vocals/Acoustic Guitar, Bryce Veazey - Electric Guitar, Brandon Woodall - Drums, Jon Gibbens - Bass and Ara Woodall - Electric Guitar.
These guys have created an irresistable blend of roots rock, folk and a midwestern-like modern rock sound for fans of The Hooters, Sister Hazel and Kings of Leon.
I dig all 6 tracks but my personal fave is "Bellamy", catchy upbeat and positive love rock on the menue. Perfectomundo!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Review : StonerPop - StonerPop

StonerPop - StonerPop (2016) Independent
Produced by StonerPop
Tracks : 1.Preachers 2.Running 3.You´re never listening 4.Monsters 5.Fox
2,5 out of 5

StonerPop is a two-piece electro-pop act hailing from Louisiana featuring Maudie Michelle - Vocals/Instruments and Jimmie Manueva - Instruments.
The music is quirky, ambient and sometimes a lovely flirt with 80´s synth-pop. "Preachers" opens the EP, imagine if Brian Eno teamed up with B52´s and had a lot of fun in the studio, then you would get "Preachers".
If Devo had a female singer the result could very well be the 2nd track "Running", it´s a cool song.
"You´re never listening" can be described as a computerized quasi-punk song close to The Stranglers 80´s albums, the synthesizer sounds can almost be used as audio torture.....they´re inside my head.....take em away!!!!
Hahaha, no worries.
The last track "Fox" sounds like a possible collaboration between Moby and Massive Attack. It´s a bit different compared to the other songs but I like the groove.
It wasn´t easy to get into this EP but I like StonerPop´s experimental side.