Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

Reviews From: Pop
Cribshitter - Cry A Little Rainbow

Cribshitter - Cry A Little Rainbow

Cribshitter
Cry A Little Rainbow
Label: Medicated G Records

Wow! 30 tracks of hilarious musical debauchery and mayhem. Madison brews them eclectic and this is right up there. Careening from poppy punk to country then retro electronica plus various other tangents du jour, all with a squinter of a rainbow in their eyes…


Faces Of March - Confessions

Faces Of March - Confessions

Faces Of March
Confessions
Label: Kurfew Records

Even though this female fronted gothic tinged power metal outfit sways a bit heavy on the commercial side for me, they throw down some catchy tunes, decent ballads and a tight vision of their future. Onward!

Faces Of March Website

Televangelist And The Architect - There’s A Song In There Somewhere

Televangelist And The Architect - There’s A Song In There Somewhere

Televangelist And The Architect
There’s A Song In There Somewhere
Label: Undetected Plagiarism

Rampant with artistic flair, these slightly droll folk rockers force out a slurry of simple yet downtrodden melodies and meandering story lines for us to follow.

The Televangelist And The Architect Website

Various Artists - Made In Iceland

Various Artists - Made In Iceland

Various Artists
Made In Iceland
Label: Iceland Music Exporrt

Perhaps the chill weather of January makes you think of Iceland. If so, this compilation showcases 15 rising Icelandic stars. Quirky indie overtones pervade, but a nice overview of offerings for sure.

Various Artists Website

Julie The Band - An Act Of Communication

Julie The Band - An Act Of Communication

Julie The Band
An Act Of Communication
Label: Baby Bird Records

Effervescent and artsy alt-rock that floats from the extremes of lush etheric choir vocals to abrupt post-punk skewered beats. A horn section adds depth and flavor to this eclectic mix.

Julie The Band Website

Nuke The Soup - Make Waves Not War

Nuke The Soup - Make Waves Not War

Nuke The Soup
Make Waves Not War
Label: Morada Music

Mellow, polished and safe adult rock with a splash of jam topped with feel good, well worn backbeats and lead by Mark Davison (Cubic Feet). Parts of this album work for me and the other half falls off somewhere into some land of energetic negligence.

Nuke The Soup Website

Suit Of Lights - Bacteria

Suit Of Lights - Bacteria

Suit Of Lights
Bacteria
Label: Visiting Hours Music

I don’t get this. Good quality (well paid?) musicians (including Trevor Dunn) playing the most flaccid, poorly produced alt-pop crap you can imagine. As a bonus, the album cover is forgettable, blaze and unreadable. Wow does this suck!

Suit Of Lights WebsiteSuit Of Lights Wiki

Lovewhip - Love Electric

Lovewhip - Love Electric

Lovewhip
Love Electric
Label: Self Released

These inviting new wave tinged electro pop anthems are synthesized for your dancing pleasure.  Specially delivered with a sleek and sexy, booty moving undertow the songs are delicately spiced with the fun, frisky and retro elements of disco, reggae, and rock.

Lovewhip Website

Ami Saraiya - Archaeologist

Ami Saraiya - Archaeologist

Ami Saraiya
Archaeologist
Label: Self Released

Sultry musical temptations shudder and delight throughout this deep and dreamy gypsy diatribe. Buffeted about on lilting waltzes bring forth a grand display of vocal and rhythmic variety from then and now as well as here and there.

Ami Saraiya Website

Luisa Maita - Lero-Lero

Luisa Maita - Lero-Lero

Luisa Maita
Lero-Lero
Label: Cumbancha

Singing in Portuguese, this sultry songstress who was born from a family of musicians in Sao Paulo and is a rising star in the Brazilian music scene, delivers a sleek samba swing injected with downtempo electronica and pop sensations.

Luisa Maita WebsiteLuisa Maita Facebook

Pierre De Gaillande - Bad Reputation

Pierre De Gaillande - Bad Reputation

Pierre De Gaillande
Bad Reputation
Label: Barbes

Georges Brassens was sort of a French Bob Dylan type dark pop bardic icon. Here his music and poetry is evoked, channeled and translated into English via De Gaillande’s tantalizing obsession with the silver tongued poet and musician. The simple rhythms were maintained as original as possible while being fitted for English. Thought provoking, memorable and disturbingly charming.

Pierre De Gaillande Website

Bottegasonora - Disco Naif

Bottegasonora - Disco Naif

Bottegasonora
Disco Naif
Label: Bottegasonora

Warbling ranty vocals are accompanied by quirky simplistic synthesized rhythms from this Italian musician. Lyrics are formed into pop format so the accented choruses are repeated often, but this is then countered by a curious and bewildering cabaret atmosphere. Fans of kitchy throwback electro music inspired by the late 70’s will find that this will hit the spot.

Bottegasonora WebsiteBottegasonora Facebook

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