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Ben LaMar Gay “Mestre Candeia’s Denim Hat”

Composer, singer and improviser Ben LaMar Gay has shared the video for the third single, “Mestre Candeia’s Denim Hat”, from his forthcoming album, Open Arms to Open Us, which due out on November 19th via International Anthem / Nonesuch Records.

The video was created by Andrea Rodea and Erik Mares, and is just as beautifully chaotic as the Gay's looping and wandering track.

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Daniel Wyche "The Elephant Whale II"

Guitarist and Composer Daniel Wyche has released the second single, "The Elephant Whale II", from his forthcoming album, Earthwork, which is due out on November 12th via American Dreams.

For this track, Wyche utilized a guitar riff that he came up with in High School to tackle current moments of loss and upheaval.

The entire project plays with memory and the passage of time as in the album's first single, "This Was Home (Single Edit)", below.

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Rumors of Fires "Elude"

Multi-Instrumentalist Jeff Anderson of To Destroy A City has released his latest solo album, Elude, as Rumors of Fire.

On this album he creates beautifully majestic ambient soundscapes using electric and acoustic pianos, cello, guitar, and analog synths.

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Indulge on a Fresh Glass of Disco Lemonade

Kitty Coen’s debut EP, “Disco Lemonade'' is officially out for the world to savor.

With every release leading up to this EP, the variety of different sounds and influences on display has continued to grow. Now that she has a more full body of work for people to explore, her artistic toolshed of skills and songwriting abilities appears larger than ever before. The 7-song slate proves that Kitty is here to stay for the long haul. Every song is unique in its own way, necessitating many listens, while also being straightforward and simple enough for the listener to easily absorb the magic of each song.

 

The album begins with my personal favorite, “Holy.” This track starts off being reminiscent of 90’s alt-rock, slowly building into a disco-ish beat that nearly guarantees a trip to the dance floor. Next is “Dark Soul,” the song that started it all for Kitty. In just three minutes, Kitty is able to blend pop, psychedelia, and electro sounds, showing that she’s far from being a one trick pony. “Lost in California” is driven by a groovy beat and features some more psychedelic vibes. Uncoindentally, the lyrics are inspired by a psychedelic experience, and Kitty’s ability to perfectly pair the instrumentation with the song-meaning is certainly uncanny.

 The EP transitions into the upbeat, latin infused title track, “Disco Lemonade.” Simply put, the song oozes sensuality and it also showcases Kitty’s ability to craft catchy, alluring vocal melodies. The next two songs, “Fade” and “Wave Side,” consist of hypnotic instrumentation with hints of dream-pop, and Kitty’s signature, Mazzy Star-esque vocal delivery. “Wave Side” in particular cultivates an atmosphere of floating through space, while also exhibiting some jaw-dropping vocals as the song progresses. Lastly, the EP concludes with a folky, acoustic driven track called “That’s Alright.” Yet again, she shows another side of her musicality, with influences of Fleetwood Mac and Bob Dylan shining through to create a 60’s/70’s soft-rock type of vibe.

What’s most impressive about “Disco Lemonade” is that no two songs sound the same. She effortlessly conveys many emotions and sounds through an entire gauntlet of different genres. This can be risky for some artists, but for Kitty, every song is uniquely her own, and the album as a whole is a fully-formed display of musical synergy. Kitty Coen’s young career is off to a blazing start. And as she continues to hone her craft even more, I think it’s safe to say her best work is still ahead of her, which is saying a lot considering that “Disco Lemonade'' is from top to bottom, a remarkable debut album.

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Brett Naucke “Rose Water”

Brett Naucke has released the second single, "Rose Water", from his forthcoming album, Mirror Ensemble, which is due out on October 1st via American Dreams.

For this project Naucke enlisted the help of two talented local musicians, Natalie Chami and Whitney Johnson.

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