This is what happens when your idols include Aretha Franklin or Ella Fitzgerald, and you take them seriously. You master an art and learn to embrace power with a delicate touch, you learn to compose what you do in such a way that it can be felt; you become someone like Emily Braden.

Maybe my admiration has something to do with the very first track I heard, Georgia O'Keeffe. To be named after a great artist would sink the song without a dab of genius, and that's exactly what I heard. You might fall under the same spell I did, and if you do you'll enjoy it.



To have such an impressively alert band is one thing, but to breeze through melodies with them, and then to hold such powerful notes for so long, this is where I found magic. Alone she would hold, she could sell and be admired, but the combination of her and the backing support is what makes this complete.

I find it hard not to love this one track over the rest of the album. I think it shows just a little more spark as far as overall cohesiveness goes, but the rest of the album is still really good. I would still listen to it, I would probably still want it. It's a well rounded, well composed effort that definitely hasn't gotten enough attention since its release in 2009.
http://www.d4am.net/2014/01/emily-braden-soul-walk.html
Stream | iTunes
I've only vouched for my personal tastes so far, so know that Soul Walk roams a hallway full of doors that lead to different eras and styles within Jazz. It displays instrumental, vocal, and lyrical value, constantly. It's really well balanced, and worth at least a quick listen.

If you want that listen, you might want to try the above Soundcloud stream featuring all the songs but Social Call (which you can still find at her website.) If you like what you hear, grab a song or two, maybe the album, give her a Like and check out Youtube for live performance videos and a taste of what she'll do when you finally see her on stage.
A little bit of digging and a lot of listening lead me to Yes I Know I've Loved This World, Valley Maker's latest release. The Indie-Folk band is pretty much Austin Crane's music baby, but he knew who to pick and where to use additional talents to make a shining album.

Today's track is a personal favorite that displays a lot of talent quirks I admire. It shows a lyrical composition that sways in style, and a delicate arrangement that still feels empowered. It might take a few minutes to see it all really come together, but it will.


Stream/Buy @ Bandcamp

Maybe I'm among the few to hear it, or maybe I'm just content with less as I'm not frequently overwhelmed with the genre, but this track feels complete. It's broken, purposely, to show that it can still fit. Awesome melodies and well portrayed talents aside, that's special to me.

This is the next to last track on the album, and it feels like every track works towards that bright light. A collection of songs dedicated to reaching a happy ending, despite a beginning that stems from content emotions. Occasionally cliche; always vibrant.

http://www.d4am.net/2014/01/valley-maker-yes-i-know-ive-loved-this.html
Stream/Buy @ Bandcamp
The album isn't quite perfect in my eyes, but it's real good. It's the perfect combination of Folk and Rock to fit between your own library with ease, and it still has enough character to stand on its own if you pay attention to how the elements go together.

It's not every day you get a well produced 10 track album for a minimum asking price of $5, so if price is usually a factor, don't let it be this one's excuse. If you like 'em just enough to see them live some day, go ahead and keep up through a Like or a Follow.
In the mood for a metaphoric twisting knife wound, I found Replacire tucked away within my notes. You'll have Melodic Progressive Death Metal today if you can stomach it, and if you can you'll be glad to sit through their offering.

Today's track is the longest on the album at just nearly 7 minutes in length. It also features the least screaming, making it one of the easier tracks to admire the individual talents. Don't let them catch you off guard, or risk the sounds of darkness overwhelming you.


Stream/Download @ Bandcamp

The live video is just added help to understanding how much effort goes into the track. The way the bass breaks apart from the melody at certain points to distract the ear without losing itself, the way the guitar can slick through the web of melodies and become known, and let's not ignore the vocal capacity of the lead. How he can sing and growl the way he does is nothing short of satisfying to a fan of the genre.

There are some downfalls as far as my ears were concerned, but it was mainly just the vocals. The more melodious side almost sounds too classical, this is just a matter of personal preference. The dark gritty yells are different, they're good, but just a few minutes under-cooked and a few meals overdone.

http://www.d4am.net/2014/01/replacire-human-burden.html
Stream/Download @ Bandcamp
A few odd vocal turns is no reason to be giving this work of art away as a name-your-price download, in fact it's almost sad. However, seeing the support they've gotten regardless only proves that music is rewarded for what it holds. In this case, technical ability worth admiring.

If the genre's not normally your thing and you found yourself indulging in The Human Burden's grasp, go ahead and grab a free digital copy. See if it sinks onto you, because why not? If you know this is up your alley, keep up on Facebook, buy them a beer, show them the impact they left.
From the first minute and twenty-three seconds that composed Feels Your Pain's Intro, I knew I was going to listen through the entire release. There was something pure about the instrumental Grunge introduction, with all the synchronized anger being displayed as crudely professional as it was.

They consider themselves a Blues influenced Grunge band, and despite my hesitation towards the description, I found they really knew what they were doing. It's just a dash of the good blues to contrast the fresh wound their core composition emphasizes.



I didn't even really like this song the first time I heard it, I just thought it was cool. I thought the clash of the bass with the lyrics was pretty sweet, but it didn't quite contort my insides the way it does now. A few listens is all it takes to see how deep they can affect you.

This isn't even my favorite track on the album (that'd be this one) this just works well. It shows how subtle the Blues influence is, but only if you really pay attention. It shows the value the lyrics have, the general direction. It might not be the only track that does, but this one pretty much begins the release.

http://www.d4am.net/2014/01/slothrust-feels-your-pain.html
Stream/Buy @ Bandcamp
So maybe sometimes they can get a little cliche. I mean, Feels Your Pain as the album title for the band that pride themselves in gritty lyrics and heavy tones. It's not necessarily the best first impression, but it's not the worst. Add the fact that they're true musicians, capable of displaying time changes, blends from different genres, and their own little twist to pop them out of the crowd of average talent out there, and I'd say they make up for any respect they could have possibly lost.

The album has a reasonable price, and if you end up loving them I'd really hope you show some support, but if you can't or won't there are loopholes hidden within their prior Bandcamp collection. If the genre's your thing and you like what you hear so far, skip ahead and say hi through Facebook or Twitter. Show them love before Of Course You Do is released, February 18th.
Today's EP is of a rare category. A name-your-price solo-artist release with exquisite production value and a modern twist that could honesty sell if it just got hold of the radio. You'll be listening to Maudlin Strangers' Dark Indie Rock when you play the Overdose EP.

The title track will seem a little generic at first. It's got the sound of a penetrating stare, and lyrics that work better with melody than they would on paper. You might wanna stick around for a couple of minutes just to see if the transitions work for you, too.


Stream/Download @ Bandcamp

Not to make it seem perfect, it steps a little beyond the commercial line here and there, but it doesn't even need another listen for it to hook its claws on your back and take you to its nest. It's the fact that it takes you to a nest built of emotional bedroom moments that makes the track so comforting.

What's more is that every track preceding the Overdose ending is actually really good. I can't say it's a perfect EP because I wouldn't buy every track. The good news is, even the tracks I couldn't imagine buying are still really good on their own. Cushion them with awesome Indie tracks on either side and you definitely have a solid release.

http://www.d4am.net/2014/01/maudlin-strangers-overdose.html
Stream/Download @ Bandcamp
If you enjoyed today's track, the release should be worth a listen. But even if you didn't, and you enjoy Indie Rock in general, please try this one out. Overdose isn't even my favorite track (that'd be between AIM and Stay Young) and it'd be a shame to have a perfectly good EP to waste because of one song.

If you're low on cash or just don't feel like paying for the tunes just yet, consider tagging along for the ride by following any or every social medium found on MaudlinStrangers.com. Maybe if you're lucky you'll get to see the solo act become a 4 piece live ensemble at a show in the future. It should be just as magical.
I found this sweet little Boston based band a few months ago, and liked what I heard. At least, at the time, I really liked the one song I had streaming into my ear canal. It's been quite a while since the find, and while I do realize why I had them noted down, I also have to wonder if I'd listened to the whole EP before I did.

What we have is a 5 piece ensemble that aim for vintage Rock sounds with a Blues twist. You can hear those influences all throughout, they're definitely inspired, but you're mostly going to hear the influences slide astray and turn into a kind of Rock-Country hybrid.



The title track is one of my favorites. Definitely not the favorite, but still makes for the perfect song to get to know them all with. It shows the general influences, the mood they set, and the messages the portray. It's also just got a really catchy swing to it, and once that chorus shows you know there's a lot of potential.

It also shows the flaws you'll witness more clearly through the rest of the listen. Some very commercial guidelines, and just a bit of uninspired instrumental works in select sections that I'm sure would sound very different live.

http://www.d4am.net/2014/01/27-plus-change-ep.html
Stream/Buy @ Bandcamp
What surprised me is that unlike I'm used to for this kind of release, the chorus is actually what brings everything together. The EP is pretty much made up of half built songs; solid hooks and decent music throughout the verses. Not quite perfect, but not the worst out there anyway.

As a name your price release, it should at least be worth checking out. Today's track is a perfect look into their general direction, but it's songs like The Last Word that give me hope for their future. Solid bass lines, and the ability to think outside of the box. We'll just have to wait and see.

If you're as curious for their future as I am, you might wanna consider tagging along their Facebook.
A few days ago I was allowed to take in this little Djent gem from Brazilian keyboardist Júlio Stotz. At just past 17 minutes, I was hoping for a rounded taste of what he offers, but instead found myself listening to caged promise. The talent is obvious, the music is pretty sweet, but I see potential for more.

Until the time when we get to see that final push happen, we've got the EP. It's got a nice visible Prog vibe, but the keys are dominant enough to have you focus on them more than the rest of the melodious twists. It's a good thing. If you like the general Metal influence, it's worth a listen.



My personal favorite from the release. It starts quick, and hides some of the stronger elements that really turn the track into an evolved piece. Some symphonic twists, a nice base melody, and enough dramatic tones to give it life.

While I like the track on its own, it's definitely not everything you look for in an EP. And luckily for me, it wasn't. Softer tracks, heavier progressions, and deeper focus onto the keys are all visible. I like the end result, if anything I just think sometimes it sounds like the soundtrack to an indie action flick.

http://www.d4am.net/2014/01/julio-stotz-suspended-in-reverie.html
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The release is a fine example of where a rising star can break forward from. It shows all the talent capable, and displays enough originality to really keep some people interested. I still think with a little more of that original spark, this one could hit much closer to home.

Definitely worth a listen if you like your instrumental Metal, but probably even more worth it as background music after your preferred Prog Rock album. It just works really well to fade out excellent pieces while maintaining a certain level of quality that some of us have a passion for.
Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy has gotten exposure on his homeland, but there's still plenty of Earth for him to cover. Seeing as I enjoyed his sweet little EP I thought I'd help spread the word. It's just class acoustic/studio material welded together nicely.

Today's track is a triple platinum certified ARIA single. Normally I'd say it's a track made for radio play, but if any kind of platinum certification doesn't say that on its own, I don't know what else can. Expect the kind of uplifting melodies that recreate your emotional state to better fit the song.



The video might make it easier to swallow for some of you, and if you get through it it'll be difficult not to tap a toe to the tune. It'll start slow and build its way up to a very complete, repeat-worthy listen. Maybe take that time to listen without the visual aid.

The rest of the EP walks down a simpler path. It keeps clearer acoustic influences while maintaining the well produced vibe. I wouldn't say it's up to par with Riptide, but it's a decent listen and deserves as much if you honestly enjoyed today's track.

http://www.d4am.net/2014/01/vance-joy-god-loves-you-when-youre.html
Buy: CD | mp3
The 5 track EP tries really hard to capture raw emotion, but only exceeds the commercial bar a handful of times. It's still very well produced and put together, with sweet lyrics and healthy influences. As an EP it does its job, I want to see more of Vance Joy, I just wonder if a full release will pluck at my heart strings the way I want it to.

The release is available for free stream as a playlist on his Soundcloud, make sure and enjoy it if today's track struck a chord. You could also give him a Like or a Follow to keep up with him and see where his road leads.
Not sure what to expect of a near-abandoned Bandcamp with a two and a half year old EP, I looked on. Certain tags were clearly visible, among them were Folk, Ukulele, and A Capella. Intrigue was sparked, and I gave the 15 minute release a listen.

I'm glad I did. It's sweet and subtle, with delicate vocal melodies and the sweet bliss of strings reigning in the background. Everything is clear, even the changes from track to track feel like life's most difficult tasks falling gracefully into place.


The ukulele sings such a sad song that it actually becomes difficult falling away from its lowly spiral. But it's such a beautiful spiral if you take the ride. It's a dark tunnel with a peach sunset waiting for you at the end. Lovely vocals coating a beautifully executed, melancholic ukulele.

And that's just followed by change of pace and a lot of fun. Little differences that balance everything into a compact case full of emotion. It might even feel like a sentimental massage of sorts if you give it a full listen. It almost feels rejuvenating.

http://www.d4am.net/2014/01/amy-godwin-little-louder.html
Stream/Buy @ Bandcamp
Maybe it's a good thing the release is so short. Maybe it's a good thing there hasn't been anything else on there for years. It makes it so magical. I want more, but it might ruin the feel. There's simplicity here; there's so much within such a confined space.

It's a name-your-price release so pay what you can for it, download it free if you need some time to take it in. Once you realize what she's capable of, consider a donation, or at the least a Like. Who knows, maybe that'll be the motivation that will disturb the tranquility of her release. And maybe if it is, we'll see how much more she has to offer.
Last time I sought out Angel, I was both moved by her fluid MC abilities, and saddened by her lack of direction. It's because of the lack in material that I put off her latest effort for so long. Well, it's been 2 weeks, and she managed to impress me with her full length studio debut. It's as if she gathered all her deepest thoughts and saved them for this release.

Today's track shows some of those thoughts. It's an intimate piece showing the love she has for her mother. The psychological details behind every verse are tauntingly beautiful. It shows that not even the ego the rest of the album feeds is match for the love she has.


It's also one of the songs that show my least favorite flaw. She just can't get passionate about anything without shouting. It's not a deal breaker, but it gets old quick. You've got this awesome message, or a great outlook on life, and it's coated in this angry rebel yell. Meanwhile, every commercial track shows off her elegant charismatic side.

Despite my dislike for the coarse vocal tones she often displays, I can't help but fall into a state of awe as the rest of her album passes by. I think there might be two tracks I had to skip. Even though they were skipped, I know they're not enough to hold the release back. If she keeps the momentum going, this is just the start of a very bright future.

http://www.d4am.net/2014/01/angel-haze-dirty-gold.html
Buy: CD | mp3
Maybe it was my low expectations, just maybe, but I was really impressed with this release. I'm impressed with how she held her label at gun point to make sure the release happened. It's just so refreshing to see a young new rapper fight for an album that in the end is actually worth something. There's so much detail in the lyrics, there's such an extensive thought process going on. It doesn't even matter if you agree with her views, what matters is how well she portrays them. I commend her for being exactly what the hip-hop world needs, even if she strays from the path a bit at times.

Admitting it's not a perfect release is also a sigh of relief, it shows that she's still capable of coming up with rhymes that play games with your mind, and I can hardly wait. I'm ready to be let down, to see her faults shine through and to have labels push giant producers onto her, but I hope she can still tell them off when they go too far. Until then; I'm perfectly happy with Dirty Gold.
I've been eyeing this release closely for months now, and just finally heard it in its entirety yesterday. With all the hype it had, and all the potential I thought was possible, I expected something much different. For the most part, or for the first CD, it pretty much just sounds like a bootleg live recording. It's decent quality, but it doesn't seem professional at all.

The second CD sits much better with me, but it's a bit more dramatic once the acoustic studio work kicks in. It also features a sweet softer take on Stillborn, the final live performance track. If you're a huge fan, give the whole album a listen. If not, give the melodically inclined version of Stillborn an ear.


It'll take a minute to really start up but once it does and the guitar shows its colors, it leaves behind any thought of the original. It shows that you don't have to scream like a musically trained angry hobo to really be BLS. I kinda wish this track was one of the Unblackened studio releases, but the few that are will have to do.

The rest of the album walks a little too crooked for my tastes. I'm a fan, I could sing along to a few tracks and it was fun, really. I'd never buy it though. The quality of the second half can't make up for the muddy sound the first CD brings, and those Unblackened studio tracks aren't all that amazing. I do admit I enjoyed hearing Zakk behind Ain't No Sunshine, comedic video and all.

http://www.d4am.net/2014/01/black-label-society-unblackened.html
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I'm pretty sure the quality could be tolerated if you're actually seeing the performance. I can understand that maybe, just maybe, they put a little more effort into the visual quality than the audio. The chance of that alone is enough to dock a few points from the final result, but that's just me being upset.

I can't say much on the quality of the composition, because most of it had been pre-recorded by the very same band. Yeah, it's great stuff, but you might as well grab a few of their best albums and piece together the best tracks. The only thing that makes the Unblackened live performance any more special than ordinary is how the audience will cheer even during silence. I wouldn't necessarily say you should stay away, I just think it's best left for the hardcore fans.
I don't remember where I first heard them, or who first told me to keep them in mind, but Sub-Radar Standard has been scribbled somewhere on my notes for long enough to go seek them out. I was expecting something different, but then I didn't really consider the option that their name would fit them so perfectly.

If you like radio when it hits its Pop Rock peak, or if you're a fan of the kind of overly thought out choruses that end up sticking with you for a few hours, today's track should be for you. It'll be just decent enough to keep on, but will stick with you if you decide to give it just three listens.


It hooks you with the fun little riff right from the beginning, and keeps you there with little tweaks to the melody here and there. Basically, they keep the Pop an active component and work around with everything else to keep as fresh as they can.

The way they pulled it off is one of the reasons this is such a star track on the EP. Sure, it's not the only catchy song on the release, but it's one of the easier listens while you get the hang of things. The rest of the EP can be a bit tougher, overproducing what could have been sweet tracks and often turning the generic nob a little too far.

Buy @ iTunes
To its advantage is a fresh take on the radio most of us know all too well. The predictability is just enough to understand and follow a song easily; it can be nice. To its disadvantage, it can get overly commercial quick. There are times where it's not just what I've felt I've heard before, it's also exactly what needs to be changed in radio play. There's only so much sugar coated monotony to be had.

Being as short a listen as it is, I recommend the release. If you end up tolerating it well, you might wanna give their previous album a listen, or give them a Like to tag along for the ride. I see potential, I think they could become much more than they are if they keep at it, I just don't know if I'll like the direction they take.
Some of Sumner McKane's more recent releases have been recommended, and so I tried to look into the instrumental guitar work with as little bias as possible. I think I pulled through with some deep understanding to what's presented on the following album, but there are still some shady areas I feel bad for not really getting.

Today's track is the second on the album, but the first I truly associate with the release. It's got some well blended progressions, and a nice Bluesy/Jazzy gracefulness to it that will either lull you to sleep or awaken some inspiration.



If this song is too slow for you, or lacking the action you really need at the moment, step away. It only gets softer and more detailed from here, often appearing to be more of a soundtrack than a studio album (though that can be blamed on how his work usually is a soundtrack...)

Make sure you give it at least a couple of minutes before letting it out of your reach. It's gonna take a bit of getting used to before it seeps into you and transforms. It's a lovely feeling if the mood fits, but it really felt to me like you have to be in a specific emotional range in order to feel its pull.

http://www.d4am.net/2014/01/sumner-mckane-select-visual-history.html
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As the title implies, each track really sounds like part of a specially put together photo album. Something you can look back on, share an emotion with, and put back away. Each title implies a general direction, and the rest is for your mind to decipher.

Despite how beautiful the idea seems; this won't be for everyone. How far you can take the listen before you decide to switch depends solely on your mood and how deeply you can admire a well played guitar. For some, this is the perfect release, full of shifts and pauses and some wonderful compositions. Just in case that's you, I'd do my part and try the album out.
Inspired to look through a series of artists from a recent musical mind, I've found Adron, a female act complete with serene values and a rainbow assortment of influences. She won't mind knocking down language barriers, genre molds, and the modern perception of what Pop is supposed to be.

Today's song is one of the few that truly stood out. The kind of track that shows what an artist often only hopes to, while maintaining a breeziness to it that never feels forced. Enough of my experience with it, try it out yourself and see.



This one's got that light tropical sound over a certain Pop base that's very difficult to put your finger on. It's that slight mind-game together with such a smooth sound that makes it stand out. The rugged lyrics over such gentle melodies are just icing on cake.

Not a single song on the album that can represent the entire experience, so try not to judge today's track by general sound, but by talent. The wonderfully played guitar; the flexibility in the vocals. Together, and with an assortment of surprises, they make a very original album. I feel it's a little rough around the edges, but I also think that's what ultimately gives it character.

http://www.d4am.net/2014/01/adron-organismo.html
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The release is so organic I could barely feel it transition. I felt, though. I felt the passing airs of Bossa influences, the soul of well remembered Jazz masters, and a classic Folk touch that glazes the album for a pristine shine. Maybe not quite perfect, but a beautiful listen if you give it a chance.

I suppose certain drawbacks to the entire release might exist if you dislike an excellently played acoustic guitar, or if you're not in the mood for simple music with extreme talents. The odds you've heard a bird sing a melody through so perfectly are slim, but I suppose they aren't impossible outside the confinements of Organismo.
I was expecting what was tagged. I wanted the Meshugga influences, the Post Hardcore effects, the general Metalcore vibe. I guess I really did get it, I just hoped for something a little more old school. These guys are far from bad, just keep an open ear as you give them a listen.

Today's track is the first on the EP, and probably the best way to know what they're made up of. You should expect screams, but also some wonderful displays of talent from the entire ensemble. The vocals can switch to clear, the drumming is concise, the guitar work is melodically inclined, and without the bass the sound would probably fall apart.


Stream/Lyrics/Buy @ Bandcamp

To some of the dedicated D4AM readers, this is gonna be a little too harsh. To others, this is gonna be just right. I love the sound these guys bring out, but I wanted more. I wanted something not necessarily darker, but heavier. Stronger, with more walls of solid energy than what we're hearing now.

My honest final verdict is that these guys sound better live. I haven't seen them personally, at least I haven't seen them yet, but the composition sounds like the vibrations stay with you as the melodies kick in. The resulting lyrics over everything else would then calm into a thick audio substance.

http://www.d4am.net/2014/01/protocols-introverse.html
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I'm just an admirer of a good live performance, and these guys feel like they are. The composition is nice, but it wasn't produced for the masses by some classically trained hotshot. I'm pretty sure this release was made while the band were together, jamming out or just making things sound right, until they came up with what they needed.

Needless to say I recommend the listen if you enjoyed today's track. There's some fluctuation in sounds and composition value that makes it very easy to digest. Give them a shot, and if they've earned it, maybe a like too.
Hawaiian born producer Mkaio decided to finish the year off with a different pace. The Chillwave single shows the diversity I've come to realize the artist has a knack for, while still maintaining to the life that feeds his every release.

You'll notice meditative drones and a consistent percussive base that feels inclined to industrial backgrounds, it's a refreshing twist that's rarely used as well as Mkaio has. I find the track is best enjoyed with closed eyes and an open mind, but the video might be to your liking if you enjoy elaborate Calvin Klein commercials of the future.



If you chose not to watch the artsy video featuring beautiful people; you'll need to be patient with the progression of the track. It might be 3 minutes before it starts to turn into something you might like, or it might captivate you right from the start. To me, the track is more of a mood song than it would be a general favorite. In that sense, it has a broader audience.

The only thing I dislike about the release is that it's not a similarly themed EP. The mood Mkaio has created here would make for an excellent 15-20 minute listen. Maybe it'll happen in the future, or maybe it'll come as part of a progressive moods album. Until then, we have the single to enjoy.

http://www.d4am.net/2014/01/mkaio-december-breeze.html
Stream/Buy @ Bandcamp
You have to wonder (or at least I do) what the symbolism behind the release date might be. He waited until the very end of the year to put this one out. Maybe this is a new chapter, maybe he's finishing one, or maybe it's all just a coincidence. Regardless, once again, it makes me wonder what's in store in the Mkaio future.

If you like what you hear, you might want to check on some of his previous work. Despite the genres, the influences, and first impressions, he really seems to appreciate music from a broader point of view than the average producer. It shows; it's nice.
I've been following Pedrito since before the release of this studio album, and I was actually a little sad I didn't have anything to write about. Now that there's finally a release, I can say something, but still feel the need to tread lightly.

It's hard finding the studio material online, so today's track is a live version on one of my album favorites, La Luna. I prefer the live version, less thought out and much more passionate. It features broader horizons and is probably easier to jump around with.



If it makes a difference, the softer-spoken studio version features Steve Gadd. It might not mean anything to some of you, but those of you who know him will know to expect percussive genius on the track. Granted, it's 4 minutes shorter, but that might make the version even more persuasive.

You can hear the fundamentals to the album right here on this track, a relaxed tune played by musicians who express their passion through their instruments. It's fun to watch, great to hear, and if you feel the motivation to dance you'll get the full effect of the group's magic.

http://www.d4am.net/2013/12/the-pedrito-martinez-group.html
Buy: CD | mp3
Most of the album is probably easier dance material for people just getting into the genre, so it has that going for it. That, and the fact that aside from Gadd, featured artists include Wynton Marsalis and John Scofield. It's hard not to salivate from a music-nerd perspective, but it all pays off for the average listener regardless.

Unless you have Spotify, this one's a tough stream. The only way to get a clear idea of what the group's about is to check the live videos on the website. I'm not sure how much longer they'll be up there, so take advantage of those while you can.
I've had this release bookmarked for months now. The promise of a new release is well on its way, and I'm still back here on Whitey's Lost Summer. If you don't know what to expect, you're gonna find yourself in an Electro-Rock fusion that might take a few minutes to get used to, but settles really well with time.

My favorite track is somewhat hidden. It's the first track on the release, and if all you do is hit play on Bandcamp you'll automatically skip it. It starts off with a fear-inducing version of Richard Strauss' Also sprach Zarathrusta, and then turns into Nobody Made the Monster. Try it.


Stream/Buy @ Bandcamp

It might just be me over analyzing things, but it also feels like it relates to certain Space Odyssey as far as the message goes. As far as the music, however, this is one of those tracks that reminded me of a less dramatic Muse. Great composition, very well executed bass lines, and just enough of an electronic touch. No Matt Bellamy.

That particular touch is only truly visible on a couple of other songs, but the fusion of genres is raw and obvious all throughout.  Even when it tries to be subtle, it's hard to deny the culmination of carefully pieced together oddities.

http://www.d4am.net/2013/12/whitey-lost-summer.html
Stream/Buy @ Bandcamp
It's free to listen on the page, so give it a round or two before making up your mind. The general Rock and/or EDM enthusiast should have a bit of a weak spot for the album's result. It just might take a few difficult listens to reach it.

If you really get into it, you might want to hurry in on everything even I missed out on. The already funded Kickstarter, the exclusive-to-Bandcamp releases, and even a deal or two on his Facebook. Whitey excels at making life work as an independent artist, but he also knows to show the fans some love.
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