Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

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Freighter - s/t

Freighter - s/t

Freighter
s/t
Label: Self Released

A Madison trio that knows how to play with metal structures of the past while injecting a contemporary intensity to them. Progressive a-tonal riffs conjoined with plodding, pummeling or explosive beats while hoisting a flair for noisy experimental fringe offerings treated with harsh angst ridden vocals.

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 - French Horn Rebellion

- French Horn Rebellion


French Horn Rebellion
Label: Self Released

A quirky pop-tronica trio from NYC, but with roots in Milwaukee, WI. The infectious retro bent they shade their compositions with is their trademark and has an immediate off-beat commercial value that serves them well.

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Lost Dream - The Lost Dream

Lost Dream - The Lost Dream

Lost Dream
The Lost Dream
Label: Craig Sound Productions

This ambitious self-taught multi-instrumentalist composed, arranged, recorded, mixed and produced this release. She also played the entire range of instruments. Attempting to reconcile rock’n’roll with ambient atmospheres around a concept of lost hope sounds good in theory, but unfortunately comes off a bit flaccid and overly subdued.


Putumayo Presents - African Party

Putumayo Presents - African Party

Putumayo Presents
African Party
Label: Putumayo World Music

Celebrating Putumayo’s 15th Anniversary with a great compilation that pays tribute to the spirit of the music that inspired the label’s inception. With 20 million CDs sold, Putumayo’s world music party has been a global hit and “African Party” is another to add their list of success.

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Jamshied Sharifi - One

Jamshied Sharifi - One

Jamshied Sharifi
One
Label: Ceres Records

Ambient world atmospheres blend into trance imaginations as this release conscientiously crosses paradoxical global musical boundaries. This prolific and award winning multi instrumentalist and composer utilizes a smorgasbord of high profile guest musicians to become “One.’

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Jann Klose - Reverie

Jann Klose - Reverie

Jann Klose
Reverie
Label: 3 Frames Music

Framed by his multi-continental global up-bringing (Born in Germany, relocated to Kenya, then South Africa, Ohio and New York), this impressive singer and songwriter displays a wide variety of soulful ballads and emotive light rock ditties culled from a number of recording sessions with a variety of musicians.

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Mustasch - The Latest Version of the Truth

Mustasch - The Latest Version of the Truth

Mustasch
The Latest Version of the Truth
Label: Regain Records

Rip snortin’ hard n’ heavy rock ‘n roll that, at times, reminds me of newer Metallica, but with much more diversity and integrity. These refined rockers have even been nominated for a Swedish Grammy!

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Tantric - The End Begins

Tantric - The End Begins

Tantric
The End Begins
Label: Silent Majority Group

Throaty vocalist Hugo Ferreira may be the only original member remaining, but that hasn’t stopped him from taking a stab at reinvigorating the band with “a new perspective.” The result? Poppy commercial hard rock gussied up with violin and a post-grunge compassion. Some of it works well, some falls flat.

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Turbine - Reward

Turbine - Reward

Turbine
Reward
Label: Roofland Records

Melting catchy inflections of bluegrass, Americana and jam rock into a fun and furious spectacular of momentous proportions. The harmonious harmonica packs their sultry rhythms with an air of delicacy and intricacy as do the harmonic vocals.

Turbine Website

Twisterbait - I Spy

Twisterbait - I Spy

Twisterbait
I Spy
Label: Xacca Sounds

A tasty tornadic EP of hybrid techno metal. The trio of members has the added technocratic blessing of being produced by Simon Hanson (Death In Vegas) who undoubtedly morphed this into the vision of rhythmic pulchritude that it is.

Twisterbait Website

American Plague - Heart Attack

American Plague - Heart Attack

American Plague
Heart Attack
Label: Feedback Symphony Records

Hard driving, hard rocking trio serving up classic catchy heavy rock. Elements of angst and foreboding give way to campy rock.

The American Plague Website

Anew Revolution - Rise

Anew Revolution - Rise

Anew Revolution
Rise
Label: Koch Entertainment

Watered-down, radio-ready bubblegum metal. Oh, it’s so filled with emotions, intensity, blah, blah, blaze. For fans of such mass consumable and radio friendly bands as Staind, Dope, etc.

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