Month: September 2013

Molly Lewis – An Open Letter To Stephen Fry

 It is by no means a surprise after listening to An Open Letter To Stephen Fry by Molly Lewis, that she once job shadowed with Johnathan Coulton, because the humor in this piece is more than a little Coulton-esque-and that is a good thing! Molly Lewis just released (June 2013) The Same Old Songs, But Live, which includes Letter as well as eight other originals and covers. The intro she does for Letter is funny all by itself.   You…

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Iseo – I Lost Count

 Touches of vocal jazz and blues echo throughout iSeo Pompaelo’s I Lost Count from her August 2013 EP, Red Garden. iSeo’s voice is somewhat reminiscent of Sade, though truly iSeo is decidedly immersed in her own unique sound. The video from 2012 (seen here) is sparse and simple, highlighting iSeo’s guitar and vocal, while the EP version is a bit richer, adding in tasteful keyboards, xylophone, a bit of echo to the early and late vocals, and just a touch of percussion to…

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Adrian Bourgeois – Everybody Knows It Was Me

    Update: The original video is gone. There are some live performance videos out there, but I always prefer studio quality. Here is an audio-only version:  Adrian Bourgeois makes happy feeling pop music for mass appeal. He has been releasing videos off and on for a few years, including Everybody Knows It Was Me (seen here) from 2011, which is also included on his new 24 track double-CD, Pop/Art, scheduled for release in February 2014. (For the thirsty, a pre-order of the physical CD will…

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Natalie Holmes – Child

 It’s pop music, but it isn’t just the same old, same old. Enter UK singer/songwriter Natalie Holmes and Child from her August 2013 EP of the same name. Child is playful and serious at the same time. Ms. Holmes uses her voice as much as an instrument as a delivery mode for her lyrics. The instrumentation is light and textural, but very well done. Natalie’s keyboard work is a highlight here. At first, I thought that Natalie’s bandcamp.com site did not link to any…

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Lake Street Dive – You Go Down Smooth

 Combining a penchant for jazz, rhythm and blues, pop and powerful vocals and harmonies, Lake Street Dive have a commanding presence, noted here with You Go Down Smooth from the band’s 2011 Live At The Lizard Lounge long-player. At home with pop gems, old favorites or original material, Lake Street Dive could be comfortable in your living room, a jazz club, a pop venue or on stage in an open-air concert. They are at once intimate and accessible. In May…

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