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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2009
    Almah - Fragile Equality

    Almah - Fragile Equality

    Almah
    Fragile Equality
    Label: Blistering Records

    Well flavored and maturely tempered power metal featuring former Angra members. Robust guitar solos are intertwined with pulsating rhythms and urgent vocals justifying the quality and caliber of this melodic power metal fury.

    Almah WebsiteAlmah Wiki

    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

    James Eisele - Coming Into A New Age

    James Eisele - Coming Into A New Age

    James Eisele
    Coming Into A New Age
    Label: Self Released

    Sly, cool, and swinging jazz temptations are blown about by the blues guitar backbone this artist is known for. At some points I think I am listening to some forgotten Burl Ives record or something.

    James Eisele Website

    La Otra Banda - Cuatro Tunes

    La Otra Banda - Cuatro Tunes

    La Otra Banda
    Cuatro Tunes
    Label: Sanjonero records

    A trio of musicians originally from Venezuela, now slowly transplanting to Madison, bring us a teaser of their world beat amalgamation of South American melodies purposely infected with global influences.

    La Otra Banda Website

    Laura Reed & Deep Pocket - Live At Tree Sound Studios

    Laura Reed & Deep Pocket - Live At Tree Sound Studios

    Laura Reed & Deep Pocket
    Live At Tree Sound Studios
    Label: Treeleaf Music

    Recorded live for Pandora’s Music Genome Project, this soulful high energy crew, lead by energetic South African born female vocalist, blasts their way through a saucy selection of material, displaying their song talents plus banter and anecdotes to round out the experience.

    Laura Reed & Deep Pocket Website

    New Monarchs - Blueprints

    New Monarchs - Blueprints

    New Monarchs
    Blueprints
    Label: Soup Bowl Records

    This Minneapolis duo generally generates dreamy electronic drone-scapes with nice genre flairs blistering into eruptions of trance, industrial, ambient and dance. Perfect for late night drives to nowhere.

    The New Monarchs Website

    Pelican - City of Echoes

    Pelican - City of Echoes

    Pelican
    City of Echoes
    Label: Hydra Head

    Chicago born, hard hitting massive expansive rhythm-scapes filled with anxious doom and a crusty chagrin. Not all is lost though, as the musical twists and turns afford some blissful vistas via dynamic plateaus and sonic soliloquies.

    Pelican Wiki

    Siebenburgen - Revelation VI

    Siebenburgen - Revelation VI

    Siebenburgen
    Revelation VI
    Label: Blistering Records

    Impending gothic doom gives way as a firestorm of melodic black metal is unleashed upon the listener. The vocals are more growled and gritty than screamed and there are nice female vocal flourishes. Even though it is well done, evokes sinister ambience, etc. black metal has become kinda stale at this point.

    Siebenburgen WebsiteSiebenburgen Wiki

    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

    Casanatra - Death Ride

    Casanatra - Death Ride

    Casanatra
    Death Ride
    Label: Blue Worm Records

    Two guitars and a drummer from St. Paul blasting out plush, post-grunge, groovy hard rock complimented with multiple melodic vocals and warm fuzzy tones. This band sounds better all the time!

    Casanatra Website

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