Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

Reviews From: Progressive
Alo - Man Of The World

Alo - Man Of The World

Alo
Man Of The World
Label: Brushfire Records/Universal

Sublimely mellow rock music tumbled with expertly crafted tale telling courtesy of 4 childhood friends. Since it was by Jack Johnson and recorded at his solar powered studio in Hawaii ALO scored the opening slot on Johnson’s summer tour including Alpine Valley 7/24 and River’s Edge 7/25 and I am thrilled more people will get to hear them.

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Just A Band - 82

Just A Band - 82

Just A Band
82
Label: Akwaaba Music

Mellow moods shift in the glimmering of an emotion with embellishments of contemporary down tempo ethics. These 3 musicians from Kenya were all born in 1982, hence the name. Most songs were constructed and concocted within the influence of 80s synth pop while injected with ethnic grooves.

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Wes Hamil - White Man Red Road

Wes Hamil - White Man Red Road

Wes Hamil
White Man Red Road
Label: Babamuse

Envisioned as a soundtrack for a movie with the same title,  Hamil musically introduces us to the award winning culminations of his spirit quests and journeys through Native American ceremonies which ultimately afforded him the opportunity to being a sun dancer. Tribal chants are woven into the guitar driven songs producing a delectably catchy, memorable and enlightening experience.

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The Pints - First Round

The Pints - First Round

The Pints
First Round
Label: Self Released

Having played around the Madison area for several years, this jiggy Irish and Celtic loving septet brandishes 13 traditional ditties infused with their own dynamic flings and spills. Don’t forget your dancing shoes, kilt and designated driver!

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Feufollet - En Couleurs

Feufollet - En Couleurs

Feufollet
En Couleurs
Label: Feufollet Records

A progressive Cajun spirit permeates and immediately transports the listener to a different place. Originally a funnel for the creative talents of youthful phenoms, as time has elongated they have become a driving force instead of just a creative influence and as such they have incorporated advantageous aspects of all genres at hand.

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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.

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Devo - Something For Everybody

Devo - Something For Everybody

Devo
Something For Everybody
Label: Warner Brothers

Outstanding! A triumphant and glorious rebirth of these 1980’s new wave icons. From top to bottom, song after song their quirky signature staccato synth pop rock finds renewed life in the new millennium. The biggest difference is their signature red energy dome hats are now blue! Album details were honed by their online community and the results shine.

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Magnifico - Magnification

Magnifico - Magnification

Magnifico
Magnification
Label: Piranha

Provocative, controversial, infectious and flamboyant, this funky pan Euro/Balkan rock delivers chart topping material at home in the former Yugoslavia and Italy, but this is his first global exposure. Magnifico is Robert Peut and he is one suave’ musician from Slovenia slinging memorable sultry and significant rhythmic infections of delight.

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CEPHALIC CARNAGE - Misled By Certainty

CEPHALIC CARNAGE - Misled By Certainty

CEPHALIC CARNAGE
Misled By Certainty
Label: Relapse

Cascades of extreme metal come pouring forth from the instruments of this furious and hard working Colorado concoction. After hammering down the grind on the first dozen tracks of their sixth Relapse release, they end with the epic length, genre spanning “Repangaea.”

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DJ Centra - A Shared Will To Live

DJ Centra - A Shared Will To Live

DJ Centra
A Shared Will To Live
Label: Broke Boy Records

Spinning since the early 90s, and falling squarely in the trance side of the techno spectrum, this DJ begins by matching serene diva vocals with the beat before touching off the spark on several non-vocal tracks that explore the numerous nooks and crannies of what trance has to offer.

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Formosa Triangle - Formosa Triangle

Formosa Triangle - Formosa Triangle

Formosa Triangle
Formosa Triangle
Label:

They may have taken their name from an area located about 100 miles south of Tokyo, Japan, which has had mysterious ship losses, but the tight and heavy groove-metal that flourishes in the continuum established between the two lone members of this Chicago powerhouse may propel them further than the Pacific Ocean.

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Chico Mann - Analog Drift

Chico Mann - Analog Drift

Chico Mann
Analog Drift
Label: Wax Poetics Records

Except for the effervescent cover of Talking Heads ‘Once in a Lifetime,’ Analog Drift was composed and played entirely by Marcos Garcia who IS Chico Mann. As a member of Anatibala Afrobeat Orchestra he traveled the world and learned all about Afro-Cuban funk which he expertly employs here along with other well chosen influences.

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