Earfood were huge on the underground college music scene in the States. They played loads of epic gigs and made a real name for themselves among the young intelligentsia of America. Something terrible happened, one of their number disappeared and until this day they haven't been heard from. Will we ever know? Maybe someone does. However, front-man Luper has progressed from this child's-play version of a music career and established himself as an adult composer and artist. With a second album waiting in the wings, a novel written by himself, and social media fame, Luper Dupree can relax in the knowledge that his hard work is paying off extremely well.
With a psychedelic retro folk sound from a few decades ago, a modern edge cuts through the effects to raise Luper to the top of the track. Melody and chord progression form jigsaw pieces which slide in and out of each other's grasp. Spinning on their axis, each segment shines and morphs like a kaleidoscope of sound. Great lyrics and quirky vocal expressiveness sit atop of playful guitar and hot drumming to keep the song in motion. A smooth delivery allows the oddity behind the scenes to be noticed but to not steal the show. The music remains within the realms of listenable by quite a large degree however there's a definite side to the sound which wants to do something different. It's a great balance that works well to bring an acid folk noise into the world of well made rock n roll.
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Right Love, Wrong Time
Working with the magnificent Stuart Epps, producer to Led Zeppelin and Elton John, Erin Bloomer recorded her new single at just the right time, and we all love it. Spotify holds a listener count of over ¾ of a million! That's serious listening. So we know she's good, the only reason she's not signed yet is because she's the new kid. At only 16 the rest of us, like me, were learning how to do what she's doing totally naturally. More graceful that a duck, Erin has never-the-less taken to the water extremely well.
Smooth acoustic guitar and effected vocals open the track in a gentle intro. It shifts to a natural voice almost straight away, and as the mask is removed we can stand in awe of the beauty unveiled. Such clarity in the words and instant quick hits on each note in turn, Erin effortlessly spans the scope of the song. A bluesy undertone brings an RnB element to this majestic composition, dancing vocals sway over spellbinding beats and orchestrated fills. Through-out the guitar continues to absorb the pressure behind the emotive bursts to allow the song to drift in and out of existence in the space of about four minutes.
It won't be long before Erin Bloomer is on everyone's lips around the nation and beyond, this Sussex based songstress has only just to wave her wand and no-doubt the carriage will await.
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Top Of The World
After spending the week in the United States, Sound Read returns home to discover fresh Forest Green, London based rocker, Ali Jacko. Deciding to be a singer one glorious morning, Ali has leapt from strength to strength. Worldwide radio play to one side, the esteemed sounds of this solo artist grab all the right places. This English-Bangladeshi national, son of Late Mohammed Chamak Ali, not only is the first English-Bangladeshi British rock band vocalist to make it big, Ali is a superior kick-boxing champion. Don't mess with this one, now that he's swapped his gloves for a microphone, that same fuelled energy still reverberates in his act. With his Black Belt in Shaolin Fist, who can argue when they want to play one more song?
It begins with a blues lick that repeats in a catchy loop. Gruff but friendly sing-a-long vocals spin tuneful rock n roll melodies over the building song. Drums and bass give a framework for the guitar to strut its stuff. A small sound for a rock band, the music centres around the singer who characterises the music with the vocal timbre and colour. Ali can sing, a powerful and confident voice gives a punch and a kick, well dressed with competent musicianship.
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The Beautiful Distortion
From Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, The Beautiful Distortion combine majestic harmonising vocals with Fleetwood Mac style upbeat merriment to form a wonderful modern rock sound. Their extensive radio play across the States means that people are already asking for more. With Gasoline recently released, is the world ready for this level of quality? Many of us most definitely are and classic rock never felt more alive than it does now. This sextet of symphony brings the whole sound into the twenty-first century.
It begins with a smooth drumbeat which sets a tone for head nodding easy listening. A sweet sounding acoustic guitar joins the rhythm with a chorded melody which begins the song. A sunny melody guitar picks a pattern over the top to signify the beginning of the vocal. Heart-felt and passionate words softly build into a balladic dynamo. With presses of energy, the chorus brings in motivation and confidence in lines about being stronger than the forces we struggle against. As the middle-eight rips open, a splendid rock hammer pounds onto the stage as guitars switch into metal mode and smash riffs to the powerful drums. Emotional poignancy makes the music interesting as the song keeps the story going. So much more than something to dance to.
Piece of That Pie
From Next Of Kin
The Womack Clan are long term established in the music industry. Binky's Uncle Bobby was a legend in the flesh and now in death (2014), a true archetype for many more to follow. Maybe a bit of Bobby's spirit made its way over to Binky and nudged all the right buttons. We'll never know, however with a fresh funky rock musicality this soulful celebrity really makes an impact on Piece of That Pie.
A cymbal opens the song with a singular crack of the metal. Then, in unison, the drums, guitars and vocals roll in alongside the vibrancy to carry the intro into the song. A smooth vocal with rapped and sung sections keeps moving with dynamic melody and story. Great advice in the lines about giving love a try and having a good attitude towards each other makes the sunny sensations feel good to hear. Wanting a Piece of That Pie, seeing a beautiful person with a beautiful mind, we can all relate to that one.
After releasing Womack Style in 2007, Binky has been slowly gathering pace and momentum with a few single releases and work with other great artists, Next Of Kin is going to add another branch to the musical family tree. Having produced music by Snoop Dogg and TUPAC, at special request, and with Chaka Khan and Bonnie Rait making use of his guitarist skills, it's high time Binky became known for his own material once again.
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Swanky low riding rock n roll with a heavy blues edge sinks deep into the tarmac as Follower peels open like a brightly coloured fruit. Human guitars, filled with organic warmth and a light distortion which roughs up the surface of sound, pen neat and melodic chord and scale riffs which enliven an atmosphere of easy going and uplifting fun. Vocals swagger around the corridor of rock in cool and well elocuted lines. This short and jumpy song feels like a fundamental piece in a jigsaw of tracks which builds a picture of the band in some crazy epic pose.
Their off the wall New Orleans influenced sound mingled with the California sunshine of their home town has merged in the groove to form a fantastic American sound. Elements of Guns n Roses and Nirvana creep in with simplistic progressions matched with intricate melodies while the original sounding songsmith style allows us to appreciate FireBug for what they really are. Their world tours have shown them to thousands of fans who already enjoy their interesting and palatable rendition of this classic combination of instruments. Playing alongside Iron Maiden, Iggy and The Stooges, and The Cult has associated Firebug with just the right energy and fan-base their competence deserves.
Step Back, Slow Down
Yorkshire's very own Christopher Taylor has won several awards including the Akademia Best EP title for material from Chasing Rainbows EP. This pushed the talented popular rock n roll song writer into new arenas, and following this new drive and motivation comes the first single from the next EP. Curiosity is going to be incredible, having been given the nod from the right places at the top of the pile, Taylor can confidently tackle the musical directions mapped out before him. Step Back, Slow Down perhaps a sign of how it's had to be since finding a foothold on the music mountain.
It begins with a roomy drum fill that rolls out the carpet for a country and western influenced guitar and banjo like chord melody. It seems that a bottle neck is used to give the strings that flowing metallic river sound we know from sounds across the Atlantic. A crisp and human voice dances in expert tones around the progressive tune. The chords reveal expressions of depth while remaining buoyant on stable and predictable rotations. When things change for a chorus style shift in energy, it's precise and hardly noticeable until we're there. From one end to the other, this track has been crafted on many levels, allowing for steadiness and a continual dynamic to flow simultaneously.
The story of the song is about neglecting life to an extent, possibly in order to establish some kind of musical career, or anything else that takes dedication, time, and emotional energy. It's okay to push ourselves out to sea on the various projects we take on, and yet as this song so wisely explains, don't let it take over your life. I am expecting a great EP to come shortly, complete with a fantastic collection of cleverly written numbers many will commit to memory. Listen To Christopher Taylor on Soundcloud.
Bands like Stereophonics, the Killers, Doves, and Foo Fighters make one great combination of influences for Days Indoors. As their name may suggest, much time has been enjoyed in front of the stereo speakers either imagining playing the song or using the energy of it to get up and do something great. The dreams are materialising at an astonishing rate for this wide reaching pop rock band from London. As their new single Mesmeric appears on the scene, Days Indoors can rest assured that their efforts are not going unnoticed.
Powerful drums and high treble guitars tear through the paper and push a huge yet slim sounding energy into being. Wavering vocal lines project fierce and ballsy words in nicely joined lines. Rhyming and rhythm make the fun and entertaining force highly likeable. The thrashy and fast punch that Days Indoors carries presses all the buttons for a raucous live show with manic fans leaping in the air while thrusting their fists upwards.
A top speed surge through rock n roll valleys of sound unites these band members into a tight-knit package of punky hardness. With enough good feels to keep it well within the middle lane, Mesmeric reaches out to music fans with an access all areas pass and just watch as the crowds gather in the central field.
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Mick J Clark
There's Nothing Anyone Can Do
If you want some advice in dedication, speak to this guitarist from London. When he was a boy, he went hungry at school for three whole months so he could save his dinner money and buy a guitar. How cool is that? Since acquiring his instrument, Mick has leapt into the limelight and made over fifty proficient tracks. Now with two full albums out of the way and doing well, Mick J Clark provides us with another offering. There's Nothing Anyone Can Do is the new single, reminding us to take responsibility for our own feelings.
Electric and acoustic guitar twirl together in a twine of symphonic ease, Mick's honey drenched voice casts a spell of folk rock storytelling and melodic adventure. The rock ballad feeling of the progressions is crafted with a twist of blues and magic while mending broken hearts and wiping away tears makes a beautiful experience. He understands and appreciates then makes it into a song that we can all sing along to. Simplistic and complex come together to make something easy to hear and rich with music.
Londoner Ella Jinks was ten years old when the songwriting path opened out before her. She walked it gladly, and in 2016 Ella was accepted in the Brit School's music faculty. With her education in her hands she then went and applied it around the world with various musicians and music producers. Now after working her talent into a solid block, she is preparing to ride the airwaves indefinitely. Sharing the same studio location as Pixie Lott and Sam Smith, Charthouse Music has been a perfect choice for the production of Late Bloomer.
It's a slow number, with piano and cabaret style singing. Ella Jinks opens her mouth and out comes pleasure and silk. Her melodies hang in the air like floating birds looking for somewhere to land. Each note of the moody keys serves as a position for emotive tangents and poignancy. As layered choral lines provide backing for the words, extra intensity shifts from one end to the other. The prettiness shines out of the music and sadness clothes it in small packets of truth. Ella Jinks has a show-stopping voice and knows how to make a piece of fabulous music.
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