In February 2017, Emma Ruth Rundle and Jaye Jayle joined forces in a release of a split EP. One of the six songs was “Unnecessarily.”
Jaye Jayle is a side project of Evan Patterson (Young Widows). The members are Evan Patterson (vocals, guitar, synth), Todd Cook (bass, vocals), Neal Argabright (drums, samples), and Corey Smith (keys, synth, guitar, percussion, vocals).
Free and Legal Downloads? Yes, at least temporarily. Bands often temporarily permit free downloads of their releases. The end of an offer may be based on the expiration of a set period of time or on a limited number of downloads. But at least for now, here is a song that qualifies as Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) downloads.
Finding songs that can be legally downloaded is easy. The difficult task is to find legally downloadable music that we recommend. Our plan is to post at least one FL&R song each Friday.
Ron Gallo tells his tale of relationship worry in almost equal portions of Blues, Garage and Soulful Rock. We are particularly fond of the Bluesy Kaleo-like guitar riff that periodically jumps into “Young Lady, You're Scaring Me.” The song is one of eleven tracks on the album entitled “Heavy Meta.”
Gallo is based in Nashville. According to the oddly ended credits for “Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me,” the contributors are Ron Gallo (lead vocals, guitar), Joe Bisirri: (backing vocals, guitar), Jerry Bernhardt (bass), Dom Billett (drums), Carl Bahner (percussion), and Dylan Sevey (nothing).
Ron Gallo will visit San Francisco on October 20. He will open for Black Angels at historical The Fillmore. For ticket information, CLICK HERE.
“Young Lady, You're Scaring Me” by Ron Gallo (if your browser doesn’t show the download arrow, go to the Soundcloud site (CLICK HERE) and use the pulldown menu labeled “… More”)
MyKey is the performance name of Mikey Ambrosino in Rockville, Maryland. We cannot find much more information about him. But we enjoy upbeat rhythm around serious subject matter, which is a fair description or “Monsters in the Dark.”
Last month, we held a short-lived goal of posting our favorite songs from the first half of 2017. Before the influences of short-attention-span blogging took full effect, we did agree that “Behind the Beat” should be at the top of the list. Some songs have the power to pull a listener into a different energy state. That’s not “Behind the Beat.” Instead, the song from Sydney’s CREO is a vehicle that picks up the listener at a first level and delivers her or him after elevating two energy levels. There is no reason to pull the listener, since there is no resistance, despite the song’s unapologetically angry ending.
“Subtitles For X, Y, Z” is the title track of an upcoming EP release from CREO. Again, anger surfaces. But the emotions are dynamic, rather than the stepped upward build heard in “Behind the Beat.” In fact, “Subtitles For X, Y, Z” ends with waning energy, while vocal layering insures that the attractiveness of the song isn’t impacted. The relaxed approach at the start allows an appreciation of the well-phrased lyrics. In describing the motivation behind“Subtitles For X, Y, Z,” CREO’s Jorjee Haman stated:
“We all go through the process where age and experience start to skew the innocence and purity of our natural habits and emotions. I remember vividly the first time I fell in love or even lust, and it was a simple feeling, it just came over me, I didn’t think about the alternatives and possible scenarios, I just accepted the feeling for what it was. Nowadays, I battle with myself, to avoid certain feelings and thoughts because of past experiences. ‘Subtitles for X, Y, Z’ is all about getting out of your own head, fucking off agendas and accepting that those innocent quirks you try to hide need to be loved by yourself, first and foremost.”
CREO is based in Sydney, Australia. The members are Jorjee Haman (vocals), Carlos Romanos (guitar), Daniel Tsoltoudis (drums), and Alex Milano (bass).
The song reflects on the ineffectiveness of spending your time wishing things were different. “This is just a waste of time, I’ve been driving ‘round all night.” While discussing “Waste of Time,” Nathan Ball explained that he is haunted by the childhood advice that he shouldn’t wish his life away.
The messaging of “Waste of Time” is poetically versed and is rhythmically delivered in close cooperating with the percussion. In comparison, a guitar sometimes dances with that rhythm and other times around it. During the chorus that begins at 0:40, the guitar is continuous, providing a lush texturing to the track. Then, within the verse starting at 1:19, the guitar interjects its dance during lyrical breaks.
Staff members at Indie Obsessive tend to place a greater emphasis on lyrics than most of the music blogs we highly respect. Normally, repetition is not our friend. But “Waste of Time” builds a crescendo into its repetition of “Is it all a waste of time? I've been driving ‘round all night.” It’s another example of the skillful composition of the song.
“Writing and recording his new material, Nathan gathered a band around him — including co-writer and producer Max Radford, and began playing show after show. ‘It was a weird one because we were just moving along doing our own thing yet every show we ever played was packed out. Eventually Industry people started coming along and saying: ‘how the hell are you doing this?’ We just kept making music and playing and somehow it connected. I’ve always liked the idea of people getting on board because they want to, rather than it being shoved in their faces.’
Nathan’s work fuses two chief loves – one for the classic songwriting of Paul Simon or Van Morrison and the other an eagerness to experiment and push boundaries sonically. Perhaps unexpectedly he finds inspiration in left-field house music. ‘That’s where I get the emotions I like to bring into my own writing,’ he explains ‘I love the way it makes you feel – it’s euphoric, but sad, introvert but expressive. I can’t quite pin down what it is… I love that darker side of the genre, I guess.’”
The vocals are somehow both detached and impassioned. “All In One Night” tells the story of meeting a person, bringing her baby into the world, and marrying her almost two years later.
Stereophonics are a band from Wales. Their name emerges in conversations around bands that are highly successful in the UK, without significant success in the US. The song “Maybe Tomorrow” was impactful when used during the closing credits of the 2004 movie “Crash,” but the exposure didn’t have the carryover effect in the US.
The members of Stereophonics are Kelly Jones (vocals, guitar), Richard Jones (bass), Jamie Morrison (drums), and Adam Zindani (guitar, vocals).
Free and Legal Downloads? Yes, at least temporarily. Bands often temporarily permit free downloads of their releases. The end of an offer may be based on the expiration of a set period of time or on a limited number of downloads. But at least for now, here are songs that qualify as Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) downloads.
Finding songs that can be legally downloaded is easy. The difficult task is to find legally downloadable music that we recommend. Our plan is to post at least one FL&R song each Friday. This week, we are one day late.
DreamVacation is a Los Angeles-based band. According to their Facebook page, the members are human and their bio is:
"We're Transforming life into music. Putting death back into the silences in between. Using our blend of organics with instrument machinery, we create for you the sound of pictures."
“The Same Love” by DreamVacation
“Breaking Your Heart While It's Still Beating” by DreamVacation
SubmitHub is a site that allows artists to reach out to bloggers, video posters, and labels. There is a 48-hour time limit to respond to the artist. Sometimes, we don’t fully appreciate a song until after the the time has expired. Here are some examples of blogworthy submissions that deserve attention.
Quoting content from the post on SubmitHub:
"First Blush is the brainchild of Charles Sekel… First Blush's music centers around themes of depression and isolation, and the struggle to be optimistic while journeying through the darker corners of the psyche. Borrowing from sources as diverse as The Beach Boys and The Who to M83 and The Flaming Lips, First Blush melds its influences under a cloak of distorted and atmospheric textures." “Just Noise” by First Blush
“Our name is 8/7 Central; we’re a multi-national band currently based out of Brooklyn, NY. We are going to be releasing our debut EP this September in Berlin, Germany during our European tour to promote the record. We wanted to reach out to you guys and see if you’d want to back the single, 'Missile,' which was released on 8/7. Our sound has been described as a form of heavy new wave.”
The members of 8/7 Central are Victor Crusner (guitar, vocals), Evan Banks (guitar), Stephen Kingslow (bass), and Florian Mewes (drums).
Our love for quirky percussion dates back to the introduction to the Flying Lizards’ cover of “Money.” The Flying Lizards used a “prepared piano” that included the London telephone book, an ashtray and other odd items resting on the piano strings. The piano took on aspects of the banjo. They also used a typewriter and a clattering snare (yes, a cluttered piano and a clattering drum).
Near the start of the video for “Money,” a member of the Flying Lizards is shown using kitchen items (including a kettle) to provide the percussion. While it isn’t an accurate representative, it does provide a segue to “Junk” by Vivienne Chi. “Junk” does sound as if kitchen utensils were used. It’s both quirky and genius. It’s genius because the sound is first heard at the 0:46 mark, when Vivienne is asking what is hiding in your junkyard, a good place to find old kettles. And it’s genius because the sound of the kitchen kettles follows percussion that has the deep resonance of an orchestral kettle drum (aka timpani).
A major difference between the two songs is that while “Money” uses spoken word vocalization, “Junk” is vocally lush, textured and varied. The lyrics are sometimes whispered and other times forcefully asserted. Vivienne explains that her song was inspired by a homeless person, who is always smiling and carrying herself well. “Junk” ponders who is free. “Maybe we’re missing something.”
Vivienne Chi has relocated to London after living in Bristol and in Spain.