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LISCORE

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Liscore, a quirky band from Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, recently released their debut, self-titled album. Their original and unique sound immediately caught my attention.

liscore1The songs are short and simple, filled with great riffs, cool melodies and harmonies, and nice transitions. Nothing is overpowering here. The bass lines are dead on, and the guitar is sweet. The sound, sort of  story-teller pop/folk, incorporates funk, jam and world music influences. There are harmonics, great background vocals and interesting guitar solos. The vocals are nice, but the focus remains with the guitar. Most noticeable, is the band’s sense of humor. In “1 Wet Foot“, we hear Corey Small sing, “1 wet foot is 1 foot too many. Duct tape just won’t make your shoes complete. Duct tape only leads to soggy feet.” 

The album is a cool, little trip to Liscore’s psyche. Worth listening to. Overall, a fun time, but could use some additional production.

Check it out for yourself:    http://www.reverbnation.com/liscore

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JANN KLOSE-Mosaic

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jk2Well. Well. Well. I have listened to Mosaic, the latest album by Jann Klose, for the third time.  At first I was not sure what to make of it.  It simply defies genre.  The album is off the beaten path, and as eclectic as any I have heard. The reggae beat of “Make It Better“, the Irish folk ballad style of “On & On“, the Calypso influence of “Four Leaf Clover“, and the southern Roots feel of “Beautiful One“, make this a true mosaic of music.

Jann Klose writes songs with beautiful melodies, and wonderful changes and transitions. His lyrics speak of love, and love lost. The instrumentation, as diverse as his musical stylings includes great 1960’s organ, maracas, violin, flute and oboe, and I think I heard an accordion and some vibes, and electric piano. The arrangements are flawless, with beautifully woven harmonies. And, I find, Jann does not end songs. Somehow he leaves them hanging there after they stop. Very cool. Yes, this guy can write.

jk3Not just another singer/songwriter, this German now living in New York, comes from the same mold as Scott Walker and Tim Buckley.  Jann Klose is a story teller. An artist who paints with music and words. His vocals are outstanding, powerful, yet filled with emotional fragility. The acapella version of Tim Buckley’s “Song To The Siren“, devastatingly beautiful.

jk1My favorite song on the album, “Long Goodbye“, kills. This quintessential pop-rock song, contains everything: great melody, awesome guitar riffs and solo, powerful drumming, amazing vocals, and a way cool organ. Jann’s voice conveys so much emotion, one can feel his desperation.

I am not certain why this man is not a household name. The album, as exceptional as it is, throws more at you with each listen. It is timeless, as any good piece of music should be. Go listen to Mosaic now. Listen a few more times. Buy it. You will want to listen again, and again. Mosaic is that good.

You can listen to Mosaic:  http://jannklose.com/audio/mosaic/

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