Month: June 2016

Dani Cichon – Letter in the Sea

     While Vodka is always in search of the new and different, sometimes we come across something that is not really different but executed beautifully.  Such is the case with Dani Cichon, a singer-songwriter from Nashville, that writes friendly love songs.  Enter Letter In The Sea, from Dani’s 4-song EP, Fall Together (May 2016), which is just such a song.  Dani’s voice flows easily between phrasings with a lovely little lilt. Each of the tracks on the EP falls into this not new, but well-executed, beautifully performed, mold.  …

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River Kittens – Trouble

     The River Kittens are a little alt-folk-bluegrass threesome (plus Bass player Nate Gilberg not seen in this video) who, transplanted to St. Louis, MO through mutual personal circumstances and by good graces, found each other. The River Kittens have just released their self-titled debut EP (May 2016), on which the results are snarky in your face (Trouble [seen here], Dressing On The Side), more traditional (Mama, Blue), and religiously motivated (I’m On My Way, Praise Be).  Always just a bit in your face, The River Kittens are a breath of…

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Be About – Home

     Get up and dance! Yep! That’s the feeling that the Italian band Be About invokes with the first listen of Home (May 2016) from the band’s freshman (as near as I can tell) effort of the same name. The instrumentation throughout the LP tends toward the acoustic and is much more in the pop-folk vein than the pop-rock of Home (seen/heard here). Home (the long-player) is a nice introduction to a band that has some obvious chops to carry it further and do more.  Be About has a nice website,…

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Jon Bryant – Light

     Jon Bryant weaves the mournful pop gem with mastery here on Light from Twenty Something, his latest (February 2016) long-player, which houses a collection of the ten tracks in the same vein. That isn’t to say that each song sounds the same-not at all, but he loves a touch of the minor key and it works very well for his vocal range and style.  Most importantly, the compositions here are beautiful! Twenty Something is Jon Bryant’s junior effort, preceded by Two Coasts For Comfort (October 2009) and What Takes You…

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Mt. Doubt – Soak

     Edinburgh Scotland’s Leo Bargery has an alter-ego for music called Mt. Doubt and there is no doubt whatsoever that it is well worth your time listening.  This music falls into the vein of dark pop, but there is no denying the beauty of the music or the mastery of the instruments. Bargery’s vocals practically demand that you listen to the lyric lines; often mournful, plaintive stories in a folkish vein. Mt. Doubt released the first long-player, My Past Is A Quiet Beast (May…

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