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DruCutler-PressShot_WebTampa, Florida native Dru Cutler has been making a name for himself for the past few years aby assuming many different roles in the recording industry. Whether as a musician, songwriter or film composer, Cutler has been an omnipresent presence in the Brooklyn area as he creates his own music and helps others to bring their projects to life. Having already released one album of his own music entitled Familiar, Dru Cutler is currently in the middle of creating his newest release; an album entitled Bring Closer the Distance. While still in the process of bringing the project to a close, Cutler has released a two-song EP as a way of promoting the upcoming album. The new two-song EP from Dru Cutler consists of the songs “Oceanside” and the Leonard Cohen track “Dance Me to the End of Love”.

Dru Cutler’s new two-song EP begins with the track “Oceanside”. Cutler wrote the track as a way of dealing with the relationship of his parents. The letter that the track is based around was written during a long-distance relationship between his parents. The lyrics about one of the parties being on one side of the country while the other misses them have a definite sadness to them. That sadness is matched up well with the moderate pace of the track. That moderate pace and slightly laidback energy level to the pop-rock music in the song creates a track that would fit in on Hot Adult Contemporary radio formats.

The second track on the new EP from Dru Cutler is his take on the Leonard Cohen-penned song “Dance Me to the End of Love”. Just like other songs written by Leonard Cohen, and especially with his strangely popular song of “Hallelujah,” there is something more to the lyrics of the track of “Dance Me to the End of Love” than is evident in the recorded song. The deeply haunting lyrics about dancing to the music in order to try to mentally escape the atrocities going on around you make for a very powerful piece of poetry. When matched up with the original music from Cohen, the inclusion of the violin added a definite Jewish flavor to the track. Plus, the rather lengthy playtime of the tune allowed for a slow dance to occur when listening to the song. And the slow pace to the song allowed for the sadness within the meaning of the lyrics to shine through. When Dru Cutler did this newly-recorded version, he included the violin to the music to give the song a good deal of familiarity when comparing his and Cohen’s versions. However, the more upbeat feel of the song and quicker pace to the music took away some of the sting that was meant to exist in the words. But the more upbeat version by Dru Cutler of Leonard Cohen’s song has probably ensured a wider audience for the track.

The new two-song EP from Dru Cutler containing the tracks “Oceanside” and “Dance Me to the End of Love” gives the listener a good indication of Cutler’s ability as a songwriter as well as his abilities as song arranger. The two different sides to Cutler’s personality as a musician come through in a very strong way on this release. And since this EP is just a small sample of what is to come from Dru Cutler’s upcoming album entitled Bring Closer the Distance, the listener is left with the desire to hear more. Luckily, it won’t be long until that desire is fulfilled.

To check out the new two-song EP from Dru Cutler containing the tracks “Oceanside” and “Dance Me to the End of Love,” check out this link HERE.

For more information, check out Dru Cutler’s PR Firm, Whiplash PR.  

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Divining RodAfter Miyuki Furtado had spent time creating some Alternative Rock with the band called The Rogers Sisters, the band dissolved and went their separate ways. But having spent so much time as a musician, it wasn’t long before musician Miyuki Furtado was looking for the next phase in his musical career. Before long, Furtado hooked up with Patrick Harmon. Like Furtado, Harmon had a background in music that included Rock and Roll. In fact, the band that Harmon had last been a part of created a style referred to as Psych-pop.

You would figure with backgrounds in such strong Rock and Roll styles that the two musicians of Miyuki Furtado and Patrick Harmon would end up creating a band together that was rooted in Alternative Rock or another style of Rock and Roll that was equally as powerful. However, once they came together as a duo, the two musicians started exploring their other musical influences. For instance, with Furtado having been raised in Hawaii, the Hawaiian music was a major influence on him as was Country and Bluegrass. Together with Harmon’s influences, the duo started creating music to fit around the lyrics written by Furtado. Together, the duo started creating music under the moniker of Divining Rod.

As Divining Rod, the duo splits up the musical responsibilities. As the main singer-songwriter, Miyuki Furtado sings and plays the guitar, bass and drums for the duo. At the same time, Patrick Harmon helps to flesh out the music for the duo as he provides the lead guitar/acoustic guitar for each of the tracks that Divining Rod creates.

Having already put out several short releases which includes the 2012 self-titled EP, Diving Rod is currently working on a full-length album that will be entitled Return to Crystal Cove. But for right now, the duo is promoting a two-song single to help get the word out about the upcoming album. The new two-song single from Divining Rod features the tracks “Hemlock Blues” and “Love Come Tumbling”.

The “Hemlock Blues/Love Come Tumbling” single from Diving Rod begins with the track “Hemlock Blues”. The track features a sound that is based around both the acoustic guitar and the electric guitar at the same time. The combination of the two different guitars creates a full sound that seems equally balanced right from the start. The resulting musical combination gives the listener a track that would have been right at home back in the seventies and ends up feeling like something that would have come from some of the more Folk-like musicians from that era. The track also contains a slightly psychedelic feel to that same musical combination while at the same time, containing a very driving feel to the music. Ultimately, because of the folk feel of the song along with the style of the lyrics in the song, the track of “Hemlock Blues” sounds like something from the supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young if they would have added a lot more energy to their music.

The new two-song release from Divining Rod continues with the second of the two tracks. The second song is entitled “Love Come Tumbling”. With this track, the duo of Miyuki Furtado and Patrick Harmon change the pace to the single by slowing the music down just a little. “Love Come Tumbling” features a style that is slightly retro in its nature as the duo creates a track that combines some elements of early Rock and Roll with more recent Indie Rock. The track begins with a rather simple guitar riff and an easy beat of the bass drum. The inclusion of the bass and the rest of the drumkit help to give the track that retro feel. The song moves along and includes an instrumental break that brings to mind songs from jambands like The Grateful Dead. After a while, the vocals from Miyuki Furtado return to help bring the song to a close. The song of “Love Come Tumbling” feels both fresh and retro at the same time.

The “Hemlock Blues/Love Come Tumbling” single features two tracks from Divining Rod that help to give the listener just a small indication of what is to come when the group finally puts out the Return to Crystal Cove album in the near future. With how strong the two tracks included in the single happen to be, the upcoming release promises to be worth the wait.

While the Return to Crystal Cove album from Divining Rod is still being created, their “Hemlock Blues/Love Come Tumbling” single will be released on November 11, 2017. Along with a digital version, you’ll also be able to purchase CD copies as well as actual record singles.

To check out the music of Divining Rod, click HERE for the Tiny Desk video to “Love Come Tumbling“.

For more information, check out the band’s PR Firm Whiplash PR. 

BarbottThe Barcelona, Spain-based band Barbott got their start as a band and has been creating music ever since 2012. Although the band has changed a few members over the years, the current lineup of the group consists of: Singer/Guitarist Guillem Sala, Bassist Marc Bertran, Guitarist Martí Rosselló, Drummer Josep Méndez and Keyboard player Albert Iribarne. Since coming together, this quintet has created two EPs of music as well as the 2016 full-length album entitled Curves. From this release, Barbott recently released the track “Cream” as a single. The song begins with both the keyboard and the guitar creating strong musical riffs that are both rather infectious. Together, the two riffs blend together to form the basis of the song. The combination of the two musical mindsets help to create a definite Indie Rock feel to the band’s sound. This creates an almost pop-like feel to the song. On this track, the vocals from singer/guitarist Guillem Sala contain a rather gentle quality to them. That gentle quality in the vocals mixes well with the instrumentation on the track. As the song progresses, the bass from Marc Bertran adds a rather strong bottom to the track adding a lot of energy to the song. Soon, the rest of the band joins in to create an upbeat track that features a strong guitar presence as well as a strong keyboard presence. Together, the pop approach of the song and the heavy bass line combine to create the band’s Indie Rock sound. “Cream” from Barbott is a strong track that contains pop, rock and even some psychedelic elements to the music. The track of “Cream” is only one song from Barbott’s full-length Curves release, but it is a great track to draw people over to the band’s music.

For the music of Barbott, check out the band’s BANDCAMP profile.

For more information, check out the band’s PR firm, Whiplash PR.

 

Every Other SundaySometimes when forming a band, the easiest thing is to look to those closest to you. John C. Corrado had been playing drums for a long time and his son John R. had been playing guitar for many years after learning to play drums from his father. Because of their musical connection and their bond as father and son, and having already joined up for an opportunity to play a party together, the Corrados decided they worked well as bandmates and combined their talents into one band. That band is called Every Other Sunday. Pretty soon, their band began to solidify. Combining players of John C’s generation along with younger musicians from John R’s generation, the resulting band is able to combine musical elements from many different stages of Rock and Roll. Every Other Sunday is currently exploring their ability to create a sound and style that makes use of those multi-generational influences. As a result, Every Other Sunday is currently promoting their first single titled “Ghost”. “Ghost” is an Alternative Rock track that brings John R’s musical tastes to the forefront while also adding a little bit of the older Rock and Roll influence to the music of the track. The rather laidback track brings to mind Alternative Rock bands like Green Day and Weezer. Ultimately, it is the Weezer influence that seems to stand out in the song’s music. “Ghost” from Every Other Sunday could easily have been found on the Blue album from Weezer as the track would have fit easily alongside tracks like “The Sweater Song” or “Buddy Holly”. While “Ghost” is only the first real single to be produced by Every Other Sunday, the track is rather strong and shows that there is real potential for more from this multi-generational band as they continue to solidify their style and sound.

Click HERE to discover the song “Ghost” from Every Other Sunday.

 

Singer-songwriter Steve Nick is an up-and-coming artist that is currently gaining speed as he releases his music to the world. Having already written over one hundred songs, Nick is currently promoting a new acoustic release that will be entitled “Unplugged”. As a way of promoting the new release, Nick has released the first single off of the release entitled “The Shadow of Your Eyes”. The track comes with a very simple acoustic rock approach to its sound. With the track being acoustic, “The Shadow of Your Eyes” consists simply of Steve Nick and his guitar and no other instruments. With only vocals and guitar, the simple track allows the song from Steve Nick to come through. The clear delivery in the vocals from Steve Nick may remind some of rock and roll singers from the eighties. Because of the simple nature of the music on the track, the music for the track finds Nick borrowing from any number of musical eras for the song. It is the strong guitar work on the song that shows off the talent of Nick as a musician. His guitar work for the song feels very timeless. As a result, the music for “The Shadow of Your Eyes” could have come from the eighties, nineties or today and could fit onto any number of radio formats. Together, the guitar work from Steve Nick, his vocal ability and the feel of the song itself all come together to create a track that is simplistic in nature and yet also gives the listener a really nice indication of what the entire “Unplugged” release sounds like.

Reviewer: Matheson Kamin

Rating: ***** (five stars)

Canadian-born musician and singer-songwriter Frederic Casimir took a step towards his dream of being part of the music industry and enrolled in Berklee College of music where he earned two music degrees. With an additional two degrees to go along with them, Casimir decided he needed a stage name. Today, Frederic Casimir is known as Freddie Atlas. Freddie Atlas divides his time between creating music that follows along with the education he received at Berklee and more pop-influenced music. Recently after releasing songs like “Vain” and “Visions” that are more orchestral in nature, Freddie Atlas went in a more pop-influenced direction and created the single called “Wicked Game”. “Wicked Game” is a song originally written and released by Chris Isaak. And while the original version released by Isaak is a fully fleshed-out pop-rock track that was created using the guitar as the main instrument, the newly recorded version of the song by Freddie Atlas breaks the song down into a very subtle, yet lush arrangement of just the piano and his vocals. Taking the track and arranging it to include the piano instead of the guitar was a great decision as it takes the song in a completely different direction than the original version. The new version of the song features vocals from Freddie Atlas. Atlas is one singer who can actually handle the vocals of this song as his voice and Chris Isaak’s vocals are very similar to each other. That similarity helps Atlas to create a version of “Wicked Game” that seems to have the same musical beauty as Chris Issak’s version. And while the two versions of the song are very similar in nature, Freddie Atlas’ vocal and the beautiful piano combine to create an arrangement that does more to bring out the beauty in the lyrics from Isaak than Isaak’s own version of the track. I can truly say that I really like this version of “Wicked Game” from Freddie Atlas as it keeps much of the original concept of the song from Chris Isaak while Freddie Atlas takes the song in a much different direction because of the use of a different instrument as the basis for the music of the song. A great arrangement and great vocal add up to a cover version that is as good as or better than the original.

Reviewer: Matheson Kamin

Rating: ***** (five stars)

(Click HERE to see the video to “Wicked Game” from Freddie Atlas.)

 The Only Ocean is a Rock and Roll band based in Lompoc, California. The band consists of Wesley Hill on Vocals, Guitar; Dustin Whalen on Guitar; Alex Burdess on Bass and Shae Kakos on Drums. The band draws their musical influences from many different styles of Rock And Roll such as Alternative, Shoegaze, Indie Rock and even Psychedelic Rock. With that blend of styles in one sound, the band creates music that moves from one influence to the next. That style of music is present in the band’s newly released track called “Daydreams”. “Daydreams” is a track that definitely has a large amount of Indie Rock influence within the music. The track begins with a with a light, yet very infectious guitar riff before the song launches into a harder and much more rocking feel. That infectious guitar riff returns again and again throughout the track. As the song progresses, the track alternates a between a very rocking Alternative Rock style and the Indie feel that begins the track. The song features guitar work from both Wesley Hill and Dustin Whalen and their interaction within the song creates many different elements within the music. The rhythm section of bassist Alex Burdess and drummer Shae Kakos helps to keep the song together as each of the band members alternates between the two musical feels in the music.  The vocals from Wesley Hill contain a gentle quality to them throughout the track. The supporting vocals on the track seem to complement the lead vocals and the use of the harmony within certain parts helps to add a nice texture to the lyrics. The final minute of the track feature the band really rocking out before the song ends in the same manner that it began with the band alternating between the easier and harder styles. With the way the song alternates between the two musical approaches, “Daydreams” from The Only Ocean is entertaining and leaves the listener wanting for more.

Reviewer: Matheson Kamin
Rating: ***** (five stars)