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JINXBOX-Unmuttered

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jinxboxAnother Middlebury, Vermont band has released an album. “Unmuttered“, by Jinxbox, was released in December 2015, and contains 10 tracks of incredible alternative electro-rock. The songs are well written and arranged, and filled with some great guitar, cool bass lines, and I swear I heard cello and ukulele! The changes and transitions are exceptional, and deliver a progressive rock element. The melodies are beautifully seductive, enhanced by wonderful vocals, and musical themes that vary from something almost medieval, to a raucous vibe in the style of Depeche Mode or OMD. The synthesizers are well balanced, but the piano is what stands out. A wonderful album, that can be played for hours and hours. Check this out! Favorite tracks: ‘In A Jar‘, ‘Me Time‘, ‘Hidden‘. You can listen & purchase Jinxbox here.

 

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OLIVIA & THE CREEPY CRAWLIES-Tongue Tied

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occ1One year after the debut of their 2014 EP, ‘Charley‘, London, Ontario’s Olivia & The Creepy Crawlies have released the 5 track ‘Tongue Tied‘. While remaining true to the band’s Canadiana/folk sound, this latest album contains more pop sensibilities than I had anticipated. The melodies are wonderfully cool, with harmonies that seem to come out of nowhere, and vocal tracks that generally blew me away. Olivia Borkosky can sing!  The songs contain nice changes, and arrangements that include violin, electric mandolin, glockenspiel, autoharp, harmonica, and of course, ukulele. There is even hand clapping on “Supervillain“. The resulting sound is magical! There is so much going on here, you need to listen several times to get it all.

 

 

occ‘Tongue Tied’ is filled with wonderfully original songs, that demonstrate a unique approach to creating music as evident in the resulting sound. It is entertaining and uplifting, with wonderfully simple, yet cleverly meaningful lyrics. A wonderful album, that will make you smile. Buy it! Listen to it! Love it!

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PUNCHLINE 13-Cut The Rope

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p13 Punchline 13, has just released “Cut The Rope“, a dynamite album of power packed pop songs with the angst & urgency of punk. Out of Montreal, Canada, they deliver well crafted and executed songs, with way cool changes and transitions. The chorus and bridges contain wonderful hooks, and the guitar riffs and solos rock.  The songs are cool, offering great melodies, and nice harmonies. With pop melodies over punk instrumentation, Punchline 13 deliver a dynamite punk-pop sound with sweet arrangements. There p131are wonderful effects, sounds of a radio tuning in on ‘First Cut‘, ‘Second Cut: Let’s Take A Walk‘, and ‘Final Cut: Stars Are Aligned‘. I swear I heard ukulele, and I am impressed by Sylvain Campeau‘s  vocal tracks. A great album with wonderfully powerful and innovative songs. An incredibly good time. Stand out tracks include ‘Home‘, ‘Set It Up‘, ‘What Will You Do?’, and ‘Into The Dark‘. Definitely an early contender to make the I Can’t Believe My Earz Indie Album of the Year 2015 list. Yep, it’s that good!!!

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ELLIOTT BROOD:Days Into Years

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eb1 Since their inception in 2002, Elliott Brood has defined their style with Tin Type (2004), Ambassador (2005), and Mountain Meadows (2008).  Following their signing with Paper Bag Records in 2011, Days Into Years was released.

The album opens with “Lindsay“, a simple song that seems complex with the exceptional musicality of the band, a classic rock guitar riff and beautifully arranged pop harmonies. “Lines“, with its railroad sounds, blues/rock guitar and acoustic opening captures the theme of the song and has me wondering why wasn’t this on Mellancamp’s Scarecrow? “If I Get Old”  has a blues/rock feel, and a rock guitar riff all supporting Casey’s vocals with  Arlo Guthrie inflections. The banjo focus on “Hold You” coupled with Marc’s country styled vocals and the use of brushes on the drums, give this song a creative, rustic feel. The rock beat of  “Will They Bury Us” opens up this song for heavier vocals, repeating guitar riffs, harmonies, tempo changes and piano that seems to slow the song down briefly until it winds up again. An amazing piece of music.  “West End Sky” is a mellow song, played with acoustic guitar, banjo and brushes on a suitcase. “Northern Air” delivers great harmonies, an amazing bridge and harmonica to create the transitions. The harmonized vocals, ukulele and pedals used to create some amazing sounds, make “Owen Sound“. The eb3haunting intro of “Their Will“, which slowly builds into great melodic guitar sounds,almost  turns this  into a rock song. This is Elliott Brood rock; with great harmonies, distortion and special effects guitar. “My Mother’s Side” is a blues/rock song, utilizing slide guitar effects, guitar changes and drum shots, powerful vocals and the use of power chords throughout. The subtle guitar faintly playing in the background just puts this over the top. By far, the best track on the album.

With 10 solid tracks, Days Into Years is a must have album. The instrumentation is simple, yet the music is as creative as any I have heard. The songs are wonderful, personal narratives that invite you into the world of Elliott Brood. The music is addictive. It both soothes and excites at the same time. Not surprising that the album won the 2013 Juno for Roots and Traditional Album Of The Year.  Days Into Years is a classic piece of Canadianna that blows me away with every listen.

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