Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

Reviews From: Alphabetical
Omar Akram - Secret Journey

Omar Akram - Secret Journey

Omar Akram
Secret Journey
Label: Real Music

This son of a UN diplomat brings us an infusion of world flecked jazz instrumentals set in melodic new age atmospheres. Piano is the dominant but not overpowering motivator here, complimented by violin, guitar, drums and keyboard.

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Juicehead - Devil Made Me Do It

Juicehead - Devil Made Me Do It

Juicehead
Devil Made Me Do It
Label: Misfits Records

Old school thought provoking punk rock from Chicago with raw raspy guitars, tinny drums, sing along vocals and thrashy hooks that pummel and cajole the listener into a good feelin’ frenzy.


Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu

Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu
Label: Heads Up Africa

Taking a break from their usual heavy handed Christian focused acapella, this Grammy award winning African singing group pays homage to Shaka Zulu, one of the greatest leaders in African history. Amazing harmonies as always.

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London After Midnight - Violent Acts Of Beauty

London After Midnight - Violent Acts Of Beauty

London After Midnight
Violent Acts Of Beauty
Label: Metropolis Records

This long time gothic band has retooled and reinvigorated their style by adding a substantial electronic element. This change makes for some fertile new musical frontiers and repeated listens.

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Dread Zeppelin - Bar Coda

Dread Zeppelin - Bar Coda

Dread Zeppelin
Bar Coda
Label: Cash Cow Productions

The basic “schtick” here involves an Elvis impersonator vocalist singing Zeppelin (and other) classics reinvigorated to an often reggae beat. This time they inject some Beatles, Bob Marley and other song snippets with their unique flavor as well.

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ASG - Win Us Over

ASG - Win Us Over

ASG
Win Us Over
Label: Volcom Entertainment

Friends of the surf/skate/snowboard scene, ASG dishes out heavy melodic rock with lots of stoner/psychedelic/alcoholic influences.  A perfect compliment to your adrenalin fueled experiences!

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Blake Lewis - Audio Daydream

Blake Lewis - Audio Daydream

Blake Lewis
Audio Daydream
Label: Arista/J Records

Once again a runner up on American Idol scores bigger than the winner. Dynamic and diverse, this release offers a great range of Blake-isms; from beat boxing and alternative pop to soul and hip hop all seen through his pleasant technotronic filters.

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D Numbers - Lightparade

D Numbers - Lightparade

D Numbers
Lightparade
Label: Self Released

Boarding on instrumental jamtronica but activating just enough quirky indie rock impressions as to not be permeated with a patchouli patina. The stylistic layered approach that this Santa Fe, NM trio utilizes is a constant but the sonic outcomes create a variety of tonal conundrums.


Diary Of Dreams - Nekrolog 43

Diary Of Dreams - Nekrolog 43

Diary Of Dreams
Nekrolog 43
Label: Metropolis Records

Dark and haunting gothic industrial electronica with sinister ambience yet beautifully breathtaking beats and passages. From the deep and demented mind and voice of Adrian Hates.

Diary Of Dreams WebsiteDiary Of Dreams Wiki

Edenbridge - The Chronicles of Eden

Edenbridge - The Chronicles of Eden

Edenbridge
The Chronicles of Eden
Label: Locomotive Records

A 2 disc set featuring 3 new songs, some rarities and bonus tracks on one disc with the other a “best of” compilation voted on by fans worldwide. A great overview of this female fronted Austrian symphonic metal group! For fans of Within Temptation or Nightwish.

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Meldrum - Blowin’ Up The Machine

Meldrum - Blowin’ Up The Machine

Meldrum
Blowin’ Up The Machine
Label: Locomotive Spain

By featuring guests Gene Hoglan on drums and Lemmy on some back ups, you get a good idea of what kind of kick ass metal this trio of fired up, ballsy females are gonna whip up.

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Putumayo Presents - Latin Reggae

Putumayo Presents - Latin Reggae

Putumayo Presents
Latin Reggae
Label: Putumayo World Music

I love reggae and Putumayo has managed to thrust a whole bunch of wonderful established as well as newcomer Spanish singing reggae based artists (largely from Spain) into the spotlight with this release. Ya mon!

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