Monthly Archives: August 2012

Neon Faith – Tied Together

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I listened to some groovin’ music today from a band that emailed me for a review.  Their called Neon Faith and they’re from New York City.  Give this song a listen, and notice how they took tribal sounds, and turned it into a smooth beat accompanied by an ambient sound.  Just click the link below.

Neonfaith – Tied Together

Cool right?  I was a little skeptical in the beginning when all I could hear was that one sound, but they layered the other sounds perfectly to build the dynamics.  What’s your opinion on the tribal sound?

If you want to hear more of Neonfaith, check out the links provided.  And support this artist!  Because that’s what this is all about.  For more information on the blog, and how you can get your music reviewed, check out the About Page, and email me at samuelmountzfullsail@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NeonFaith

Twitter: @Neonfaith_

Soundcloud:  http://soundcloud.com/neonfaith

Jukebox The Ghost – Somebody

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Here’s a great song that you can jam out to in the car.  You might get a few looks, but it’s worth it.  Even though this song is kind of different, like previous posts, it’s still awesome music.  Check out the official music video for the song “Somebody,” by Jukebox The Ghost.

I think the best part about this song is the falsetto voice in the chorus.  It really keeps that upbeat feel in mind as the song climaxes after the verses.  But the verses are upbeat too.  The song has a way of transitioning with precision, from poppy choruses, to driving verses.  Is there anything else that you think makes this song so good?  Is it even good?  Maybe I picked a crappy song.  But regardless, you should give this artist a fair listen.

Jukebox The Ghost

Thanks for listening,

Sam Mountz

Links

Official Website:  http://jukeboxtheghost.com/site/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/jukeboxtheghost

Twitter:  @Jukeboxtheghost

Crash Kings – You Got Me

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I love rock music that has a raw, grungy sound.  The kind of music that makes you want to do something.  It’s motivational. But I also like pop music.  Music that has an upbeat feel with a mix of emotional messages.  So where can I find someone that represents all of this?  Crash Kings.  Listen to the song “You Got Me,” and hear the raw sound Crash Kings is learning to utilize.

Do you hear that in your face bass?  The raw sound of a distorted guitar?  It just takes the song on a fluctuating journey of dynamics, and then breaks into a chaos of bass.  Great stuff.  Not only does the song go hard, but the vocals are on point.  The lead singer has a knack of sounding unique while hitting every tone with precision.  He does this throughout their self titled album.

You should give Crash kings a listen.  It’s not very often that you cross a vocalist that sounds like a mix between Chris Cornell and Adam Levine.  Check out the video above if you haven’t already, and if you like it, there are some other great songs on the album.  Ones to check out are Non Believer, Mountain Man, and Saving Grace.

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Official website – http://crashkingsmusic.com/home.cfm

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/crashkingsmusic

Twitter – @crashkings

Grouplove – Itchin’ On A Photograph

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I have a special treat for anyone reading today.  Have you ever heard of a group called Grouplove?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  But regardless, they deserve a good listen.

The song that I have been playing on repeat, for who knows how long, is called Itchin’ On A Photograph, and it’s the first song on their Don’t Trust A Love Song album.  There are a few things that make this song great, and they all have to do with emotion.  It’s usually a given for music to have emotion.  Obviously.  What would music be without it?  But there are always songs out there that push different kinds of emotion.  Most people are used to the “heartbreak” emotion, and “love at first site.”  Even sexual emotions are expressed through today’s music (thank you mainstream hip-hop).  It’s nice to get a different perspective on things, and it’s great to hear something unique.

 

 

 

Combing steady claps, shaky yet on point vocals, and driving instruments (that lead the song while appearing subtle), creates a musical reality that is perceived differently by many.  This is what I hear.  I hear someone who’s itching to get away from the past, but the past is much appreciated.  You can hear the lead vocalist build his dynamics throughout the song as it builds.  At first he hits his notes with a shaky resonance, but throughout the roller coaster of sound, he belts his tune to the point of a raw, vocal sound.  The ever changing dynamics seem to describe how we tend to appreciate events in the past that have lead to our future.  But at the same time, we always live in the present, so getting away from the past is crucial

 

Artist Links

Official Website – http://www.grouplovemusic.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/GROUPLOVE

Twitter – @GROUPLOVE

 

 

Graffiti6 – Stone In My Heart

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Alright.  The first thing that needs to happen before you read this post is this:  Watch the YouTube video below and listen to the music.  The song is called Stone In My Heart, and it has some unique qualities that I want to discuss with everyone.

Thoughts?  Opinions? Concerns?  I have a lot of thoughts.  One opinion.  And no concerns.  Well, I have one concern… and its you possibly not liking the song.  Oh well.  Here we go.

I really can’t describe the sound that this artist gives off, but one thing is certain: They know how to write catchy music.  Lately I’ve been listening to music that gets stuck in my head.  Why?  I believe that if a song has the potential of being remembered for a while, then who’s to say its not good music.  But that’s the issue right?  What is good music?  Who are individuals to decide what good music is, if each individual has a different opinion.  That’s the beauty of it all.  If music is popular in even the slightest respect, then someone thinks that it is good, therefore generating different types of “good music.”

So why is this song considered to be what we call “good music?”  It’s different.  A lot of music is is just written to a formula that made good music in the past.  While this doesn’t hold true for all music (we all know a ton of great musicians and songwriters), we can all agree that the mainstream music industry is getting old.  So why shouldn’t Graffiti6 push the limit?  Why shouldn’t they write a really weird song that people are going to question?  Because someone will enjoy it.  And I’m sure that you’ll enjoy it as well.

Don’t be scared to speak your mind!

Comments encouraged.

Artist Links:

Official Website – http://www.graffiti6.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/graffiti6

Twitter – @Graffiti6

Fitz and the Tantrums – MoneyGrabber

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Fitz and the Tantrums

Do you wanna jam out?  Do you wanna get caught dancing and singing along to music on your way to work?  Brighten your day with Fitz and the Tantrums, a band that represents a mix between Young the Giant, Allen Stone, and Walk the Moon.  They know how to get a catchy song stuck in your head.  And that’s right.  They are NOT main stream.  Isn’t it hard to find catchy music that isn’t radio friendly? I think so, and I’m glad that I stumbled across these guys.  I promise you that you’ll be singing the song MoneyGrabber for a while, without this annoying thought that might have gotten caught in the back of your mind in the past:  “this song is so mainstream radio..”

What makes this song so good?  The choice of instrumentation.  Piano riffs start the song off with a groovy kind of feel, while background vocals introduce the kicking chorus.  Oh yeah!  There’s brass too!  Personally, I love the ways some artists use brass instruments to give their music different perceptions.  On top of all this, those drums really push the emotion of the song as the snare drum hits quarter notes in the chorus.  The song just drives your musical tastes to places they might have never been before.  Seriously.  This song makes you wanna get up and dance!  Or at least shake your hips a little.

 

 

Have I not convinced you yet?  If not, I personally want to guarantee a smile on your face and a kick in your step if you listen to this song, let alone the band.  Give it a chance!  And if you don’t like it, let me know why.  If I HAVE convinced you, I’m not sure why you’re still reading this.  Go listen!  And then come on back and let me know what you think.

Overall Rating:  4 out of 5 stars

 

Oh!  And check out these links for more information on this artist

Official Website:  http://fitzandthetantrums.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/fitzandthetantrums

Twitter:  @FitzAndTantrums