Posts Tagged ‘bluesy rock’

May 16, 2018

When I think of the name Slow Corpse, I can’t help but envision zombies. But don’t fret, there are no “walkers” to worry about here, only a mighty fine jam to enjoy from a four piece from Portland, Oregon who just released their first full length album Fables via Tender Loving Empire. They thoroughly destroy genre lines as they meld splinters of slinky R&B funk into rootsy rock on Run It, a song which very much reminds me of my recent love for Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s swampy alt music, with an infusion of Glass Animals’ viscous prowl and Milky Chance’s earthy drawl. Slow Corpse is currently on tour for their new album. Their debut album is available, here. For more superb songs from the album, watch the videos for prior singles Blooming and People below. 

April 13, 2018
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We’re rather crestfallen that we didn’t get a chance to catch Stevie Wolf when we were at SXSW last month despite how much he’s enamored us with with his sooty yet vulnerable sound, a rousing fusion of alt pop, bluesy rock, and electro-soul. Listening to new single Yves Klein Blue leaves us hoping we’ll get a new chance to catch him in California somewhere down the line. After all, Colorado isn’t too far away, right? Stevie Wolf has delivered a song that alternates between booming determination and tender introspection. He explores feelings of loneliness and disconnection on Yves Klein Blue, which exposes those innermost thoughts of wanting to find a true connection and raises the question “could you ever know me at all?” Stevie’s growing presence in the new music scene has lead to countless streams on his prior singles as well as coveted placements on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist and the US Viral 50 list. Keep up with him on his quirky, clever website, here.

February 8, 2018

The Unlikely Candidates have proven time and time again that they are prime candidates when it comes to a superb brand of music that walks a fine line between rock and pop. In fact, the Texas five piece bend us to their will with their gritty alt pop and bluesy rock on Oh My Dear Lord, a rebellious and vociferous anthem whose lyric video features singing x-rays. Shades of Bishop Briggs and Cold War Kids can be found on the magnificent track in its bristling edges and its feisty keys. Oh My Dear Lord is lifted from The Unlikely Candidates’ deluxe edition of their Danger To Myself EP, out now. Grab the song, here.

December 23, 2017
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Twisted we are, in a good way of course, on debonair Brooklyn songwriter and crooner, Aaron Taos. He’s back with a sooty swaggering new rock jam and it’s an absolute swooner. Twisted is an alt track with an Arctic Monkeys-like gritty, bluesy growl, suave strings, and infectious guitar loops. According to Aaron Taos: "Twisted is about how stupid we can get when we’re interested in someone.  It’s not a revolutionary concept, but it’s the idea of feeling high when you’re in the presence of that person and not being able to think clearly/act normally. I.e. bumbling, rambling, tripping, and fumbling when you see them and start to get that young love head rush". If anything’s giving us a head rush right now, it’s this confident strutting, torrid blistering anthem, which can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

December 12, 2017
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It’s true, this debut has been impressing tastemakers since the beginning of the month, and it’s rather criminal we haven’t found time to share it until now, but better late than never, especially when it comes to rx Soul and his woozy soulful first single. The Los Angeles based artist showcases some jaw dropping chops and spectacular range on All The Way There. With a voice that can reach Gallant-level falsettos as well as drop to a deep NoMBe-like raspy drawl, rx Soul serenades us with a dreamy effusion of retro/alt soul. He says of All The Way There: “I wrote this song while spending a couple cold months in a studio apartment in LA, with almost no money to my name. Barely eating, scared, freezing, I was thinking nightly about home, first loves, any time and place but then and there. All The Way There came out of that endless cycle of searching for a better feeling I had but lost… how I never quite found it, but I never stopped looking.” You can also stream the debut via Spotify, here.

December 12, 2017

We’re still very much glued to Moon Taxi’s last single off their forthcoming fifth record. After all, that song is named “Let The Record Play”, and we’ve been happy to keep the ‘record’ playing due to its absolutely hooking burst of melodious pop rock. You can re-visit the song, here. Let The Record Play is the title track from the Nashville veterans’ album, arriving January 19th via RCA, and they’ve since revealed a new song off the release, too. Good As Gold’s bluesy chords and whistle along allure make it another stellar preview from the five piece alt rock band. According to Moon Taxi: "‘Good as Gold’ is a song about empowerment. It’s about reaching that moment, that place where all your hard work pays off. It’s no coincidence that we wrote it as the Nashville Predators were fighting for the Stanley Cup last season. Team colors inspired the lyric for sure.“ You can pre-order new album Let The Record Play via iTunes, here, or Amazon, here.

September 20, 2017
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There’s a whiskey drenched, weathered stirring charm to Noah Kahan’s voice that I can never resist when I dive into one of the young rising Vermont singer songwriter’s tunes. New single Hurt Somebody is no different. He links back up with illustrious producer Joel Little (Lorde, Khalid) on the melodic strummer, a fervent ballad about the paralyzing fear of not being able to cut ends, and how ending things can be painful. Hurt Somebody is a dulcet and heartfelt beauty reminiscent of James Bay or early stripped back Ed Sheeran, with a bit of melting BANNERS. We’re just waiting for the day when Noah Kahan becomes a household name. It’s going to happen, sooner or later. 

August 7, 2017

There’s no denying the fact that Tom Grennan has one of those voices that stops you in your tracks. And that’s exactly what happened last week when I encountered the music video for his single, Found What I’ve Been Looking For, albeit a little bit late. The song arrived as the title track from the UK artist’s recent EP, out on iTunes, here. His gravelly yet mellifluous, bluesy and soulful rock is ever infectious. It’s no wonder he’s been on the rise since we first discovered him via his debut song Something In The Water nearly a year ago. 

March 22, 2017

With a confident roar (quite literally), gifted Los Angeles based artist NoMBe returns with a new taste from his highly anticipated debut album. Freak Like Me, which also arrives with a 360 degree music video, is a fanged seductive, foxy sly electro soul jam. We’ve known for a few years now how dexterous NoMBe is when it comes to fusing genres. He does it here with aplomb, infusing that electro soul with plenty of alt rock and dirty funk. The final assemblage is nothing short of provocative and racy. NoMBe is currently releasing his debut album “They Might’ve Even Loved Me” single by single on a month to month basis, purportedly until he runs out of love songs.

November 8, 2016

Slick rolling, dapper strutting Recall comes from West Australian band The Money War, a five piece project featuring Carmen Pepper (Warning Birds) and Dylan Olliviere (Rainy Day Women). Though Recall is only the their second song, it’s a resolute mixture of bluesy rock and smooth alt pop that marks the band as one to watch. Considering how catchy this jaunty tune is, it’s no wonder Recall has already been added to Triple J Radio rotation. The single, which Dylan produced himself, will be on The Money War’s debut EP, due out in 2017 via littleBIGMAN records.