Saturday, September 8, 2018

ASHRR - Delicious Abstract Art Pop of "Sometimes" and OFFICIAL VIDEO

Push play on Sometimes by ASHRR and you can't help but feel David Bowie and Brian Eno in the mix, you might even feel Bryan Ferry or Martin Fry. What all these artist have in common is their ability to inject abstract lines into their art with all manner of musical cues thrown in whether it be proto punk, glam or funk or romantic wave. It is crafted / blended into something that populists call art pop but it is much more. It is drenched in cool and painted with an elegant overcoat. Key in this type of  art rock milieu are vocal performances that are poised, sultry, self aware and a bit aloof in the most theatrical way. This all applies to ASHRR, the L.A. self described musical collective made up of singer songwriter Steven Davis and artist / producer Ethan Allen and Josh Charles. On Sometimes, ASHRR cuts a deep bass heavy groove with sexy synths, proto punk guitar lines and Davis' comely vocals that veer unworldly all framed in an aesthetic that screams, "Mommy... we're not in Kansas anymore." I love it.

Check it out and the accompanying Official Video featuring a slightly creepy doll and be transported.

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Robb Donker


PRESS NOTES:
ASHRR –
Steven Davis (Lead Singer / Songwriter) 
Steven comes from a fascinating musical pedigree ranging from his Midwestern church roots singing gospel to his booming career as a professional adult musician. Select highlights include headlining residencies at NYC’s esteemed Rainbow Room; sharing the stage with icons as Tony Bennett and Diana Krall; and co-writing with pop legend John Oates. His originals have been featured in movies and TV including the title track to “Just Getting Started” and co-writes with John Oates. He has over 500k plays on Spotify. 
Ethan Allen – Producer / Songwriter 
Ethan Allen is an American record producer, mixer, engineer, writer and musician currently living in Los Angeles, California. He is also a multi-instrumentalist and member of the band Gram Rabbit from Joshua Tree, California. Some of his credits include Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Ben Harper, The 88, Tricky, Luscious Jackson, The Cult, Gram Rabbit, Sheryl Crow, Tim Finn, Brant Bjork, Donita Sparks, Meg Myers, Patty Griffin, and Better Than Ezra. 
Josh Charles – Producer / Songwriter 
Josh Charles is a critically acclaimed piano prodigy, guitarist, singer, producer and songwriter mentored by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John. He has recorded for Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment, Island Records and Elektra Records/Warner Music Group. Josh has produced/co-produced and written/co-written seven albums, including his own Love, Work & Money(2010) and 1974 (to be released). He has been producing sound content for Native Instruments and Splice and released the ambient “Areazone” on AWAL. Josh has many songs on radio, film and TV including several cuts with John Oates. 
ASHRR 
Currently in the studio working on their debut album, their first single "Medicine Man" was released to critical acclaim and their follow-up "Sometimes" will be released this summer.  ASHRR's first EP will be released later this fall.


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