Thursday, May 13, 2021

Diamante-American Dream

DIAMANTE - AMERICAN DREAM (2021)

You can think of Diamante in many ways, like a hard rocking Katy Perry, a young 21st century version of Joan Jett or the female opposite to Ben Burnley (Breaking Benjamin). It´s easy to say that all the touring with bands like Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin has put a mark on the sound of her second album "American dream", and to help her out with the right sound are producers Neil Sanderson and Howard Benson. Followers of Diamante has already heard half of this album because all the singles from the past year are featured on the new album, but the other new songs all have hitpotential so you don´t have to skip any tracks here. The only thing I do mind is the compressed mix, I totally understand that it´s created for the streaming services and people listening to it in their headphones because "American dream" sound better that way. In my stereo? Not so much.

3

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Trippy Hearts-Lacewing

TRIPPY HEARTS - LACEWING (2020)

"Lacewing" is the debut from American indie rock band Trippy Hearts, it´s a mini album of 8 tracks performed by Jenn Sutkowski-Electric piano/Vocals, Brent Heiner-Guitar, Stephen Samuelson-Drums/Guitar and Hyrum Haeberle-Bass. Their sound is melancholic and can be described as a laid back version of The Cardigans, some of these songs on "Lacewing" would also work very well as a soundtrack to a David Lynch film. Í´m not a big fan of Jenn´s vocalperformance so that takes the overall impression down a notch, but the music is cool.

2,5

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Aly & Aj-A touch of the beat gets you up on your feet gets you out and then into the sun

ALY AND AJ - A TOUCH OF THE BEAT GETS YOU UP ON YOUR FEET GETS YOU OUT AND THEN INTO THE SUN (2021)

Say hello to the longest album title of the year, or perhaps in a long time because I can´t think of any album titles this long, if you have the time, be my guest and google it. This album title is taken from the song "Don´t need nothing" and those who have seen the accompanying music video, knows how fast that line will stick to your head. "A touch of the beat....." is the Michalka sisters first full-length album in 14 years, I´m not counting last year´s "We don´t stop" since it´s a combination of the two EP´s "Ten years" from 2017 and "Sanctuary" from 2019 along with two more tracks, "Attack of panic" and "Joan of Arc on the dance floor". All songs are worthy to check out. The new album is their best work so far, featuring the singles "Pretty places", "Slow dancing", "Listen!!", "Don´t need nothing" and "Symptom of your touch". Aly and Aj are pro´s at delivering sunny and warm indie pop, the music is irresistable and romantic. All you ever need in these dark times.

4

Sugar Addikt-Phoenix EP

SUGAR ADDIKT - PHOENIX EP (2020)

Sugar Addikt is an electronic duo from the Seattle area featuring Vanessa Litrell-Vocals and her son Bo Litrell-Instruments, the five track EP "Phoenix" is their first collaboration and it´s a blend of 80´s synth and 90´s dance music. These songs bring thoughts to the dance shows from Ibiza on MTV in the early nineties, soundwise something that is quite rare today so I find this EP rather entertaining to listen to. I think Sugar Addikt´s sound is reminiscent of Erasure but also the Finnish dance pop band Beverly Girl. "Phoenix" is a good EP where the best tracks are "Shackles" and "New dawn".

3

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Lilith Czar-Created from filth and dust

LILITH CZAR-CREATED FROM FILTH AND DUST (2021)

Here´s a new side we haven´t seen before from Juliet Simms, she shows a new brand under the moniker Lilith Czar which is a middle finger against the male dominated world. Three words comes to mind while listening to the new album ”Created from filth and dust”, they are confidence, attitude and saucy. Compared to Juliet Simms latest release ”From the grave” from 2016, ”Created from filth and dust” is tougher, louder and stronger. I don´t know if her husband Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides is involved in this record but I do know that Lilith Czar co-wrote many of the songs with the great songwriters Marti Frederiksen, Scott Stevens and Zac Malloy. Except for the brilliant cover of Stevie Nicks´ ”Edge of seventeen” and the Bon Jovi-outtake ”Burn with me” that Lilith Czar makes her own. The 2019 singles ”Bad love” and ”100 little deaths” are included on ”Created from filth and dust” along with the new singles ”King”, ”Anarchy” and ”Lola”. You could say she´s a female cock rocker! Crank it.

3,5


Thursday, April 22, 2021

Nick Phoenix-King of one

NICK PHOENIX – KING OF ONE (2021)

Two Steps From Hell member Nick Phoenix makes his modern rock debut with ”King of one”, this is a new terroritory for the epic music composer but what an entrance into the world of rockmusic, I am stunned. In 2013, Nick Phoenix released his first solo album ”Speed of sound” that is a hybrid of electronic and orchestral music so it´s quite a big step to take creating ”King of one” but he did with splendour and elegance. The best way to describe the music on this masterpiece of an album is to say my thoughts go to Pink Floyd (David Gilmour era), Johnny Cash´s American Recordings, 70´s Elton John, Oasis, The Spiritual Machines and Harry Styles when listening to ”King of one”. These songs will live on forever thanks to Nick Phoenix-Keyboards/Vocals, Joel Shearer-Guitar (Alanis Morrisette), Zac Rae-Guitar (Death Cab For Cutie), Aaron Sterling-Drums (John Mayer), Jon Joseph-Bass, Aya Peard-Vocals (Two Steps From Hell).

5


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

McStine-Minnemann-II

McSTINE / MINNEMANN – II (2020)

Multi-musicians Randy McStine and Marco Minnemann are creative fellas with two album releases in 2020, there are no limitations for these guys because they are all over the place with their music. The second album simply called ”II” pretty much is cast in the same mold, we get everything from fusion to 70´s pop, hard rock to prog and artrock. They deliver excellent musicianship and great harmony vocals but I hear no actual songs, only bits and pieces put together like a chef that is high on drugs in the kitchen. Imagine a soup of Neal Morse, Atomic Opera, Dixie Dregs and Frank Zappa and you´ll get ”II”. The first album is better.

2


Diamante-American Dream

DIAMANTE - AMERICAN DREAM (2021) You can think of Diamante in many ways, like a hard rocking Katy Perry, a young 21st century version of Joa...