Monday, June 30, 2014

Shortcuts : Mesa Jane , Perry Project , Cosmic Punch

Mesa Jane - Level (2014)
Melissa Olivieri aka Mesa Jane gives the listener a proper journey of indie pop and 80´s synth, this Philadelphia based artist debuted with "Spandex heart" in 2012 and this summer she will release her 2nd album "Level".
It´s a good album with a warm sound, you can tell she´s influenced by artists like Lana Del Ray, Regina Spektor and Stevie Nicks.
I get a few favorites right away such as "Haunt you", "Don´t stop" and "I won´t take it anymore", but this 11 track album is even all the way through making it a real pleasant time to sit back and enjoy it.
Please note, this ain´t the real artwork.
Recommendable if you like Kodacrome, Kim Wilde, Clementine and The Galaxy
3 out of 5

Perry Project - Can´t steal soul (2014)
Tracy Perry formed Perry Project on myspace in 2007, to seek out other musicians and to form a band.
The debut album "Can´t steal soul" has been a work in progress for over 10 years and Tracy has a lot of personal experiences to pull from.
The album features Tracy Perry - Lead Vocals/Guitar, Davide Raso - Guitar/Production, Owen Sartori - Bass, Alexander Young - Drums and Jordyn Christianson - Backing Vocals.
Soundwise, the music is a mix of singer/songwriter and melodic melancholic rock. Imagine Soul Asylum meets Morten Harket with a touch of Glasvegas and you´ll get "Can´t steal soul".
Tracy has a tender and beautiful voice that suits his songs perfect, I really like this album a lot where songs like "Safety signs", "It haunts you" and "Sailing reality" stand out.
3,5 out of 5

Cosmic Punch - F.M. Stereo (2014)
The two songwriters Juan Gonzalez and Ryan Michalski got together to make an album that will salute the classic rock sound of the 60´s and 70´s where bands like The Beatles, E.L.O, Queen, Boston and The Beach Boys are top of the list.
Juan is best known for producing death metal records and Ryan is known for his musical projects, together they are Cosmic Punch with the suitable album title "F.M. Stereo".
I give them credit for trying to re-create the vocal oriented sound of the 70´s but the songs just doesn´t hold, there are some good moments like "How do I" and the Weezer-like "International nerd holiday".
If you think a 2nd division The Cars sounds like your cup of tea, then you should absolutely listen to Cosmic Punch. The album´s ok I guess.
2,5 out of 5

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