Thursday, August 16, 2018

Tar and Flowers ride the rails with "Ten Ton Heart"

Ten Ton Heart by Tar & Flowers out of Chatsworth, California has a wanderlust beat and folk country melodies. I thought of Beachwood Sparks, The Band and even Kris Kristofferson. 

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Robb Donker

The Sultry Rock Theater of M. Rivers' "Don't Drink The Water"

























M.Rivers' Don't Drink The Water has a seductive shuffle and feels like poised art rock with post punk / blues rock bones. River's vox is also is framed in such an art rock way with glam rock accoutrements for added allure.  Dripping with cool. It is no wonder that M.Rivers has amassed a huge and loyal fan base. From Ontario, Canada but currently based out of Los Angeles.

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Robb Donker




The Hannah Barberas and "Girl Is Gone" from the EP "The Hannah Barberas Are Here At Last"

Thank God they found her!

As stripped down and kind of porch punk rock as The Violent Femmes I am liking this bands sound. All recorded at home on an 8 track.

The Hannah Barberas (UK outfit) and Our Girl Is Gone from the EP: The "Hannah Barberas Are Here At Last".
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Robb Donker


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Emanuel Patterson a pop gospel lullaby in "Dreams" from the album "The Silver Story, A Starry Night"


























Emanuel Patterson is a visual and musical artist and pianist stirring up his own universe of songs in Minnesota. The track Dreams from his 15 track album "The Silver Story, A Starry Night" feels like a pop gospel lullaby. Like a fractured snow globe there is beauty to be held with the story clouded in a mysterious air. The perfectly imperfect cadence makes the song feel a bit child like which only adds to the whimsy. 

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Robb Donker


Dreaming Of Islands and the sonic cloud bank called "Dunes"

Dreaming Of Islands from Malmo, Sweden debut Dunes a song that swells with sounds and then lifts off. The organs, percussion, bottom heavy synth bass and pearly distorted guitar notes orbit around a pressing drum beat and what feel like sci-fi vox. 
Cool track. Band is a mystery.

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Robb Donker



Analog Saint punk rock with power pop bones - "Mexico (Lonely Man)" from the "New World" album

Los Angeles' Analog Saint churn out punk rock with power pop (even slightly glammy) bones. Their raw, dirty meets clean sound exists somewhere between the 70's punk of the Dictators and the 80's power pop of the Plimsouls. Paul Orea's sand paper voice sounds so perfect for this kind of stuff and while on their debut album "New World" they keep the songs pretty straight forward on songs like Messiah On Fire and Mexico (Lonely Man) they get more cagey and, in fact, I thought of Jane's Addiction a bit. Per their Facebook page, Analog Saint is Paul Orea (vox, guitar), Michael Orea (vox, drums) and Jarrod Moore (bass, comedian).

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Robb Donker

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Low River - "The Man That Death Forgot" feels like folk punk















The Man That Death Forgot sounds like a gritty novel, maybe a dark mystery or some illuminating revelation story. It is a song by UK's Low River (aka Paul Bardsley). The song feels like a punk folk song, down home, raw, a runaway beat and a glass cuts vocal performance. This song is the first release from Low River's third album "One Cat - Many Claws."
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Robb Donker


Animal Waves righteous rock sound on "WTF"

WTF by Animal Waves is saturated with the kind of basic rock and roll meets garage rock meets blues rock meets psychotropic drugs that makes teenagers head-bang in whatever decade they exist in. It is a familiar sound birthed by bands like Detroit's MC-5 infecting scads of bands like Led Zep, Black Sabbath, The Stooges, The Dictators, The Velvet Underground. That sounds has been reshaped and re-interpreted as of late by bands like Ty Segal, Jack White, Sic Alps and more. Animal Waves carries the whiskey infused torch and it sounds so fucking good.  

Animal Waves is the lovechild of Robert Wayne Davis, an underground LA session player and former guitarist of Lauryn Hill. Animal Waves released the thunderous contemplation, "WTF," the first track from debut EP1, set for release on September 28.

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Robb Donker

Bangladeshi musician, rapper, singer-songwriter, producer Dameer is only 17 - hear the tropical punk dream pop of "Easier"

17 year old Malaysia based, Bangladeshi producer, musician, rapper, singer-songwriter Dameer Khan has played with many hip hop / electronic flavors but his latest track Easier spins on indie tropical punk styles with a patina of dream pop too. The pearly guitars, floating bass sounds and that "move through a crowd while holding a beer" shuffle / sway has some Mac DeMarco-isms but only a little and, in fact, while Khan was inspired by the sounds he heard on DeMarco's 2014 "Salad Days" he exhibits a self assured and self aware vocal style (well beyond his years). About the track he says:

"Easier is actually my first ever indie track. I had mostly done jazzy hip-hop and various kinds of electronic music before that, but after hearing Mac Demarco’s 'Salad Days' album, I was compelled to incorporate guitar and vocals into my music. I began to play around with some riffs and eventually i came upon the melody for the song. The lyrics are unsurprisingly about my ex. I try to express the sheer frustration one can feel in a long term teenage relationship; wondering whether you did the right thing or not and questioning your own state of sanity. The chorus therefore begs the question, 'does it get easier?.'" 

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Robb Donker

Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Mosaics - Los Angeles chill psyche rock of "Wait"

Wait by LA psyche rock band The Mosaics might be the ultimate California come on. Duel leads almost sound like Mariachi horns and the rhythms feel like chill Chicano rock. The lyrics suggest that chill vibe too, "If the leaves haven't turned to brown....wait.... wait. If the snow won't stop falling down, wait.... wait..." and later, "it's alright!" The swaying sleepy bass line and pearly guitars feel a bit like tropical punk too and psychedelic flavors are stirred in as well in a trippy musical break. The blendo rock shifts into art pop as well. It is a dizzy mix of things that never does not compliment each style. Very cool stuff.
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Robb Donker