Running Behind Time
The once Queen Tribute band kept in time by Damien Dockery has turned the table and made an album of original material. Since finding companionship with Armenian singer-songwriter David Zalinian, this Budapest based rock outfit have evolved and strived to become a sound of their own. BackFoot released their brand new single Memory earlier this year, previously mentioned on Alternative Fruit, it's now time to take a look at some of the other tracks from the record. The album is out and the songs are diverse, with talent seeping from the stitching of each number.
State of Mind for example opens with a heavy guitar riff with catchy drums that cause us to move about. The rhythm boils down to a ska sounding drive and lyrics spin tales that emotify the music. Deep and hearty vocals spread good feels over the alive and energetic music. Electric guitar and rock drumming combine to bring melody and blues to a culmination of push. Light touches mix with heavy jolts to give the sound a double edged quality. Keyboards lightly dapple with melodic phrasing leaving David's songsmithing to do what it does the best.
I Know A Guy opens with a great drumming fill, it sounds like bongos. The frantic and up-beat groove spilling from the percussion gives way to fabulous keyboards and guitar strums which sprinkle the song with good vibrations. Classic drum-kit rolls in on top of the hand drums and the song brings up the revs into the next gear. Swaying melody with easy laid back stylings make the track smooth and enjoyable. Sultry guitars spin melodic patterns in pentatonic minor while no-doubt the band cosy up with the rhythm.
A toned down and dreamy feel opens Double Kiss. Expert guitar and bass melody tread out the track progression and vocals and piano fill in the spaces. Feelingful and questioning lyrics wonder and contemplate the happenings of possibly the night before. Swagger in the swing, the music sits back in a comfy chair and lets the listener enjoy. The whole album takes an easy angle and a laid back groove then fills it with energetic and interesting music. There is a lot of skill behind each piece and the unique sound of David Zalinian makes it a truly memorable record.
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Hard-hitting confident music doesn't come any more uplifting than this, synthesisers and beats give Kimbro the ultimate podium to strut his stuff as a powerful vocalist. His new track Wave pushes us even further into his corridor of grooves. Opening with a bell chime melody which bounces in a hip-hop orientated rhythm, rapped vocals and storylines flow like epic poetry. Progression in the composition allows the musical pressure to gradually build, simmering like gently cooking soup on a revolving vinyl fire. Stuttering beats with catchy hooks in every bar create rolling tunes which with the addition of subtle effects and samples build a dreamy and high-flying mix. The track is about working hard, doing the best we can, staying in high spirits, and being grateful for the good times that come and go. Catching that wave and surfing the currents of success, Kimbro shows us why he's the Don of his stage.
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Lovers For The Weak
From The Cautionary Tale Of Cox McQueen
Since performing at the London 2012 Olympics as a solo performer, Sharam Gill has toured extensively around America and the United Kingdom. Now fronting a new band Sharam Gill brings us Cox McQueen. Basing the sound on a parody of the Glam Rock scene in the 1960's and 70's, the whole album tells the story of how rock n' roll and the love of fame drove Cox further and further along a crazy adventure. Things are looking good for Cox McQueen, it's already been stated that the band could easily make it into international stardom.
Smooth tones open the music with saxophone and slippery bass, giving us a feeling of the silky and the dreamlike. Pleasant vocals ripple over the notes in melodic curls and as the progression raises the gear, a rock and punchy feel of space-age fantasy and epicness brings the energy higher. The Flaming Lips come to mind as I hear this, however with the Wolverhampton home town, there is a distinctive English sound that points in the direction of Bowie. It's got a fabulous feel with a fun and entertaining framework, allowing the song to be sung and enjoyed. It can be sung along to quite easily and it's definitely telling me the album is going to be awesome.
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Sea Of Stars
From Sea Of Stars EP
After recording a delightful EP with Charthouse Studios in London, Claire Frances opened her next chapter with a stunning acoustic show in the city. Since working hard to produce a portfolio of songs that really speak up for her, Claire is ready to perform, talk to, and entertain crowds all over the world with her natural talent. Following in the footsteps of already established musicians such as Pixie Lott and Sam Smith, who also chose to record their music at this legendary music factory, Claire Frances is now ready to become the next big name on the UK music scene and beyond.
Simple keys spell out a pretty melody for Claire to sing to. Her delicate yet feeling-full voice sprinkles lines over the notes as if they were stepping stones on a gentle river. Progressions flow with the compositional journey, Claire's voice shines across the water like gently reflected shards of sunlight. It's a love song to a friend, a person who is always there and gives her the strength to carry on and live up to her talents. We all need friends like this, people who see us for who we are and are willing to accept us for what we have chosen to be.
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The drummer on The Arsenio Hall Show, a hit entertainment slot in the USA, Chuck Morris has mingled with many celebrities over the years. Performing percussion for the likes of Quincy Jones, Madonna, and Mariah Carey, this talented musical genius has put all that behind him. Starting his own band with music he's written himself, Chuck Morris and Freedom made waves of their own. This new number is his own title, written by himself. Good Life puts the spotlight on Chuck and lets him show us what qualified him to such a star-studded resume.
A classy drum-fill opens the track which is quickly garnished by saxophone and upbeat melody on the keys. A full and whole-wood voice full of inflection and groove begins, a blues and jazz feel washes over the piece. The good life feel with a chorus to match, plus descriptions of his memories and experiences. I'm sure we can appreciate the immense journey Chuck has walked on and what amazing things he has yet to achieve. It's a great song full of a showbiz sensation that pulls us back to the glory days of evening televised entertainment.
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Make Me Late
From Secrets And Smiles
Hawaii based singer songwriter Carmenne Chiasson is well known on the island and beyond for her high spirited friendly pop music, loved by discos and venues alike. The subtle use of humour in the lyrics makes her music a family favourite among the many, making her music instantly recognisable from the bunch that gets played. Her critically acclaimed albums have seen Carmenne Chiasson rise to the folk rock premiership where she lives plus with radio play and media attention building all the time, her name is becoming synonymous with her sound.
It opens with a summer sounding melody full of character and Hawaiian dreams. Guitar and keyboards combine with the drum to give a bouncy uplifting energy for Carmenne to sing to. Her bubbly voice with a smiling sensation in the lyrics roll out extremely well crafted words with a harmony given by a male backing vocal. Fast paced melodies and a country and western feel make this a catchy and magnetic number which asks us to find out more about this artist. Clever, talented, and full of life, Carmenne makes great music that it thoroughly enjoyable to listen to.
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Having made a name for herself in the popular reggae band Dojo, D'vyne Comfort has taken the solo path and recorded this new song. Perhaps while supporting the legendary Wailers or Groundation, she was given an extra dose of confidence and a few tips on how to make her own name? We will likely never know, however with her new track, it's made clear that she deserves to be where she is and to have a career that sits on the back of her natural talent. Already dubbed as a mould breaking artist for her soul and R&B genre, D'vyne Comfort shows us that music is about the listening and not necessarily the formula.
The song begins with a piano melody, heart-felt and strong. The vocal line starts almost as soon as the music, and the liquid tones of DC spill over the beats like a sugary rich cream. Melody is worked through the keys and the voice in separate but relative compositions which help to give the song a feeling of wide open space. Clever and creative words allow us to really feel the artist, with quirky choral lines plus storytelling style verses, harmonies and poetry make this a really enjoyable listen. Something that loads of people will really love singing along to, no doubt.
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From Busker Man
Irish and British influences combine to encourage Jimmy Hennessy to make his music. A definitive folk sound mashed up with easy going ballads and vocal based music help him to propel his superb voice into the airwaves. Previously mentioned on Alternative Fruit, and loads of radio play already means that people all over the place are familiar with his distinguished tones. Taking the path of an artist, Jimmy Hennessy has turned down the high stress world of superstar music. Where the artist becomes the puppet and the puppeteer the investors, if all we want is adoration then maybe it's the way forward. Most of us realise that the illusion of the stage plus the illusion of the product leaves no room for a real person. Jimmy wants to do things the right way and make his name for being good at what he does.
It's ironic that he chose to call his latest single from the new album by the name of the song that made him famous. The title is about all that remains the same, with a much more homely feel the new sound makes us feel comfortable with Jimmy as he sits beside us. It opens with a whistled melody that with an upbeat swagger still remains slightly blue. Life is often like this, there's hardly ever a moment where we haven't something else on our mind. Piano chords spell out a pretty melody which become guitar strings as the vocals begin to soar. Emotional and fire glow qualities shine from the highly accessible sound. Catchy rhythms keep the song in a sweet marching pace and lyrics about finally making our way to where we want to be give us all a reason to feel warm inside.
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Captain Avery And The Cosmic Triceratops Of Intergalactic Peace
Crash-landing in Sheffield sometime in the twentieth century, a band of extra-terrestrial travellers decided to form a band. Maybe their space-craft runs on good vibrations? They heard Earth music and found a unique flavour that makes full use of all the fun and uplifting parts of what it means to us. With their classic space-age twist, themes such as punk, folk, afro-beat, and rock n roll get the out of this world treatment. A band made up of multiple musicians headed by Captain Avery himself create a wholesome and fruity sound that drives audiences into gravity bending frenzies.
It opens with a countdown, much like a science-fiction story however instead of a fiery lift-off we're treated to a bass-line from the sky. Thumping grooves on guitar, bass, and drums combine to bring out a rhythm which is simply delicious. Keyboard rolls from the riffing musicians to add a new dimension to the dancing band song. Saxophone fills vital spaces with a clear and consistent quality with scales perfectly tuned to having a good time. Mothership is a catchy and musically brilliant opening song, driving with frantic composition and a chorus that never seems to tire.
A new direction of melody opens a window and shines the next track into the previously unseen gloom. Hilife is a song about having good moments any time of day, it celebrates feeling good and taking pleasure in life itself. Funky guitar and bass frame poetry which breaks over the quick timing and flows into the gaps. More melody from the sax adds a new layer of sound much like a second voice, bringing melodic harmonies and frills which boost the energetic vocals further. There's plenty of time for the band to show their stuff, Captain Avery knows that they make a massive part of the sound. Their tropical grooves keep everything in an uplifting pace which characterises their sound.
A new number brings a gloomy twist, a tongue in cheek poke at themselves perhaps. A negative perspective on hippies and insisting that Sheffield is full of them. Maybe we like to complain about ourselves, who knows? I think this track gets a massive laugh at gigs, and when the tempo revs up to a double pace it would seem that everyone goes slightly nuts. A song that roasts its creators is perhaps nuts to begin with! Sheffield is a good place to be. Considering its reverse psychology and the fairly adequate description of what most hippies do all day, it's probably just a great ad for the culture.
Once Hippies! Has finished, an upbeat disco rock riff begins and makes way for more wonderful sax playing. Then the guitar adds its classic funky fills in a reggae timing and we're off to outer space again. Brought back into the tropical and psychedelic landscapes of Captain Avery And The Cosmic Triceratops Of Intergalactic Peace, Mutant Disco shows up how cool and accepting we all are. Mutated music for the masses and more with sunshine infused good tidings from Yorkshire. Can't fault it.
Did I hear something about Donald Trump? Can't be sure, the next track starts and the groove is set for making your head move backwards and forwards to the beat. A song about building a wall to separate the rich from the poor, and how it's not their way forward. Perhaps Presidents ought to concentrate more on Wall Street. Fear makes us do things we wouldn't normally do, many Americans are afraid of the gangs and criminality that comes with immigration as are people across the globe. Finding a compromise so that everyone is happy is hard, making progress over a twelve foot high wall is harder, though.
Ma Ma Wei uses this catchy slogan to build a vocal riff we can all sing along with. Reminding us to dance with our feelings as well as the body, we're invited to move and wave our arms to the slinky rhythm. The sax jams in huge leaps and bounds of melody which revolve around the fabulous and consistent vocalisations of the Captain.
Triceratops have brought us an album of exceptional fusion quality, expertly mixing themes and vibes which allow them to make their political points, have a laugh at themselves, and allow everyone to feel happy and dance. Celestial apes reminds us that we're evolved from primates and although capable of higher degrees of awareness and perception of self and the world, we remain biological organisms. What makes us different from apes? We can teach them all kinds of tricks however I think it's something in the way we involve information from other experiences abstractly, we build our own story from the ocean of language we're swimming in, which gives us the human experience.
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Multiple finalist for national music awards and Olympics Ambassador Candy Rose hadn't even put a photo of herself online when she recorded her first song. Showing her fascinating good looks to the world as well as her brilliant musical ability made a real splash in the scene as everyone was suddenly introduced. Based in London, Candy Rose takes influences from artists across the board such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Alicia Keys, and Nirvana. The breadth of creative talent that built her desire to sing and perform is astonishing. This new track features Nigerian rapper Blex B and makes full use of Candy's ability to craft a musical hook.
With smooth and Afro-beat inspired grooves, the music begins with a sunny and uplifting melody. Happy and jump around beats give us a reason to move while the vocals lap the shore with continual waves of emotive inspiration. Lyrics about love and the journey of falling in and out spell a story line of depth and understanding. Matching male and female vocals jam together in choral jousts that flow brilliantly from one perspective to another.
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