Artist: Forest Kids
Released: December 15, 2017
The latest electronic offering from Forest Kids is an invitation for a psychedelic trip that you shouldn’t refuse. The new album from Paul Marchesani, AKA Forest Kids, sees the Philadelphia artist compose an impressive tapestry of sound that covers numerous genres in under 14 minutes. Read more
Artist: Andrew Huston
Album: Going Away
Released: August 4, 2017
Genre: Alt Country
“Going Away” is a “no-nonsense”, alt-country EP that warrants your time. Andrew Huston’s songwriting is purposefully ambiguous, but easily relatable. The Philadelphia-based artist’s inspiration from Wilco’s “A.M.”, can be felt on “Isn’t It Interesting”. This song displays Andrew’s unique talent of crafting upbeat melodies about negative experiences. Instead of wallowing in despair, Huston forms those memories into catchy sing-alongs that will improve the mood of any bar. Read more
One would assume that accomplishing the rare feat of finding success in both the DIY and venue scene in Philly would be incentive to carry on as a band. But, on October 29th, the groove rock collective known as Seoul Delhi played its last show. Having only grown acquainted with the band for a few months before their wake at The Beaver Dam, I can’t speak to their evolution over the years, but I was still able to recognize that Seoul Delhi was something special. They were a band for musicians that the significant others of those musicians could enjoy, too. As much as Seoul Delhi’s brand of intelligent jazz fusion could have been compared to groove based acts like The Aristocrats or Snarky Puppy, Seoul Delhi incorporated perfect harmonies and precise vocals that gave them a larger appeal.
The inevitability of most bands breaking up is an inherent element of any music scene, and it can be heartbreaking when a band you’ve come to respect decides to call it quits. Such was the case when Overfield broke up a year and a half ago. I’d played a handful of gigs with the band, watched them grow as musicians, and really felt that they had a promising future together. As I covered in a previous review, that wasn’t the case.
Jam Traffic’s self titled EP has caused me to reconsider my negative position on bands breaking up. The recent release by Jam Traffic shows that something great can come out of a band’s demise. Tony Nicosia, Tristan Jones, and Alphonse Campanese were all in Overfield, but Jam Traffic is by no means a retread of that band’s indie/alternative sound. Jam Traffic successfully establishes a new persona that is more polished and groove oriented than their previous endeavors; almost like the offspring of Phish, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Bravery.
Last Friday I was thoroughly entertained by Flux Capacitor’s concert at Boxcar Brewing Company. Earlier this year Flux Capacitor played Bonnaroo, so going into the concert, my expectations were extremely high. Flux Capacitor delivered. Read more
Larry Nodder’s latest offering is a great example of how recording in a studio can sharpen a band’s vision. The promise of Larry Nodder’s polished sound, as teased with the release of “Dr. Cox” earlier this year, is realized in full on this album.
On Doctor Ransom’s Facebook page, they proudly proclaim “Lehigh Valley garage rock. Playing Tunes Like it’s 1994!” It isn’t often that a band can so concisely describe their own music, but if their most recent single is any indication, the band knows their sound.