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LITTLE TYBEE: The Self Titled Album Review

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LITTLE TYBEE- The Self Titled Album Review

As a personal advocate for the acknowledgment of the new golden age of instrumentalism, it is such a joy to see virtuosity blend together with quality songwriting. While the record labels no longer have the funds to push acts, the will to create lives on and is stronger than ever.

Enter Atlanta’s own Little Tybee. Consisting of members Brock Scott (Vocals, Piano, Acoustic Guitar), Ryan Donald (Electric/Double Bass), Pat Brooks (Drums/Percussion), Josh Martin (8-string Guitar), Nirvana Kelly (Violin/Viola), and Chris Case (Keyboard), the sextet is trying to do something new and refreshing.

Tracks:

Loaves of Bread: An uplifting piece of music that can best be described as walking through a park on a sunny day. A mix a little bit of Rusted Root and Deathcab for Cutie but with a lot more emotional depth and better instrumentalization. A very pleasant hook and a melody that makes you want to drive down a country road with the windows down. Brock knows how to hit the emotional tonal centers with his vocals.

Don’t Quit Your Day Job: By far my favorite tune on this record and a totally complete composition from start to finish. Not a single thing is either excessive or out of place. Everyone is just pulling their weight 100% on this track. Its so longing and sad yet not pessimistic, it invokes a sense of melancholy without being draining in anyway. Josh’s guitar playing is leading the way big time while not taking anything away from the composition. Nirvana adds absolutely gorgeous textures with her violin that glide over everything and gives you goosebumps. Ryan playing some seriously great pocket bass as well. If I had to choose one song to show someone this bands potential in one tune I would choose this. Worth the download by itself alone if nothing else.

More Like Jason: A shining example of Josh’s thump guitar being utilized in a fantastically textural fashion. Another very cheerful tune with a great uplifting feel. Nirvana and Josh work great as a unison pair pushing the melody with great enthusiasm. Ryan and Chris break it down at the bridge with a very cool double stop groove that then involves into a Frank Zappa-esque section of nutty guitar. Very enjoyable twist for the Prog heads out there. The song goes from Indie pop to Mothers of Invention. Very crafty songwriting that is most definitely original and fun.

Baritone: This tune is another gem of originality. It has a jam band vibe to it with a nice progressive edge. Kind of if like Steven Wilson killed Jerry and took over the Grateful Dead. Has traces of Porcupine Tree with a lot of texture from everyone in the band. Very nice groove based tune that flirts with the lines of psychedelic prog. The ending gets taken down into a very pleasant decrescendo.

Golden Delilah: A very pleasant ballad that reminds me of a new take on jazz standards. A very romantic sense to the lyrics and phrasing with incredibly musical turnarounds and tags. Brock keeps his vocals restrained and the dynamics in check with a song that would be a beautiful song for a first dance at a wedding. Hits you right in the feels big time. Nirvana as always providing textures that hit those emotional pressure points that we oh so love from a violinist.

The Alchemist: Another song meant for country driving. Picture a spring day driving up the coast and you can kind of imagine this tune. The lyrics are deceptive to the music and tell a story that give a very interesting contrast to the ambience around it. A very pleasant tune with some more great glitch tapping moments from Josh.

Quiet as a Sail: A texturally rich composition with a lot of ambient influences. Parts remind me of everything from Explosions in The Sky to even Opeth. Very melancholy but heart wrenchingly pretty. The guitar for me takes center stage here as it really does goes a ton of texture. At around 3:35 the pace changes up to a very cool staccato groove that once again invokes the bands prog influences.

As we Grow: Very mellow vibe with some more great moments from Nirvana and Josh providing clouds of sonic goodies. Ryan lays down wonderful bottom and provides tension with his bass that anchors things wonderfully. Overall just some really pretty melodic moments that culminate at the end.

Languid: My second favorite track on the record. The intro is so awesome as Josh paints the thump lines that invoke the image of soft rain hitting a pond, with Nirvanas violin again providing whimsical wind type imagery. When the groove kicks in the rhythm, section drives the tune with great force and confidence. This one has my favorite drum performance by Pat the drummer, as he truly branches out here and utilizes his dynamic range. Overall a great tune.

Synopsis: Little Tybees Eponymous release might be the surprise release of the summer. Ranging from lush ambient pieces to full scale prog the album feels like a complete and well thought out piece of art. All the players display great strength and a very serious commitment to melody and dynamics. It’s a 10/10 just for originality but it really shines due to just great songwriting and wonderful performances.

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Album Review: Mark Egan, Cross Currents

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Mark Egan, Cross Currents…

It is exciting every time I get a new album from Mark Egan as he is such an amazingly versatile player and I never know what to expect (except for excellent artistry!) In his latest release, Mark has teamed up with Shawn Peyton on drums and Shane Theriot on guitar to bring us “Cross Currents”.

This collection of eleven tracks transports me to the Gulf Coast (New Orleans specifically). Mark’s fretless basses lay down a solid groove and lots of juicy solo work for this rootsy collection of funk, ambient, swamp-rock, second line, ballads, Cajun and even Indian Raga.

This trio is super-tight and the musicianship is flawless as each member has ample opportunity to shine. Even though each player is very talented in their own right, I feel that the collective energy is greater than just the sum of the players on this album. Each musician contributed to composing music for this project but the lion’s share are Mark’s original pieces.

I spent the summer of 1981 in New Orleans and this wonderful music takes me back to those fond memories. I participated in a wacky raft race on Lake Ponchatrain and this opening track elicits images of fun, sunshine, music, and great food.

This is another superb album that everyone will enjoy. Get your copy today! Cross Currents is available online at Amazon.com. Visit Mark online at markegan.com.

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New Project: NEMESIS CALL Announce “Kingdom of Shred” Album

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ALBERTO RIGONI’s New Project NEMESIS CALL Announce “Kingdom of Shred” Album, Feat. Super Talented Guests Such as Mike Terrana, Alexandra Zerner + Many Others

Worldwide known Italian bassist and composer ALBERTO RIGONI (soloist, BAD As, Kim Bingham, Vivaldi Metal Project, etc.) announces the new album “Kingdom of Shred” of his new project NEMESIS CALL. 

Alberto says: 
“Even if my latest album “Unexpected Lullabies”, dedicated to my newborn Vittoria Parini Rigoni, was released on June 4th 2024, I felt the need to compose new music (yes, I really can’t stop!). This time will be quite challenging because I’m willing to release an instrumental shred/prog/rock/metal/melodic album, that will feature many talented top-notch musicians such as drummer Mike Terrana, Alexandra Zerner, Alexandra Lioness, Aanika Pai (11 years old!), Keiji by Zero (19 years old!), SAKI and many others TBA/TBC). It won’t be easy to manage all such great musicians but I will make it! Are you ready to face a new prog experience? The album will be released in Digipack CD and in high-quality digital format approximately at the beginning of 2025 or maybe for Christmas!.”

As an independent artist, Alberto Rigoni has launched a fundraising campaign to support the project. Support at www.albertorigoni.net/nemesiscall. 20% of the income will be donated to Lega del Filo d’Oro (www.legadelfilodoro.it/it), an Italian association that helps deaf and blind children!

Visit online at www.albertorigoni.net | albertorigoni.bandcamp.com | facebook.com/albertorigonimusic | www.badas.rocks

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New Album: Los Lonely Boys first new album in 11 years, Resurrection

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New Album: Los Lonely Boys first new album in 11 years, Resurrection

Today, Los Lonely Boys announce the release of their first new album in 11 years.

Out August 2nd via BMG, Resurrection marks a return to form for the GRAMMY-winning, multi-platinum trio of Texican brothers, who have performed everywhere from the GRAMMYs telecast to the World Series to recent tours with The Who. Lead single “Wish You Would” conjures the group’s classic sound, combining breezy guitar leads with hard-earned doses of wisdom.

“It’s something we think people need to hear—especially the youth,” says bassist/vocalist Jojo Garza, speaking on “Wish You Would” and Resurrection. “When we’re young, we think we have it figured out. When you get older, you start to see things differently. Having kids of our own, we see their ambitions and ideas of what they want to be, so we want to be good parents. The message is, ‘Be careful what you wish for. There could be a false light, and we don’t want you to get hurt’.”

After an extended break from recording, Los Lonely Boys are making a triumphant return with Resurrection. Rejuvenated and more cosmically attuned than ever before, the album rekindles the sonic fire that bonds the Los Lonely Boys brotherhood, while also paying respects to Texas legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Freddy Fender, among others. The album was recorded at guitarist/vocalist Henry Garza’s home studio in St. Angelo, TX, and El Paso’s Sonic Ranch (Fiona Apple, Bon Iver, Snarky Puppy etc), and mixed live in Chicago by Chris Gelin at Opus Audio Labs. 

This year Los Lonely Boys will also celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their self-titled debut, which reached double-platinum status and yielded the gold-certified, generational smash “Heaven,” which earned them a GRAMMY Award for Best Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and performance on the awards telecast. The brothers’ follow-up Sacred bowed at #2 on the Billboard 200, paving the way for fan favorites ForgivenRockpango, and Revelation. Along the way, Los Lonely Boys collaborated with legends such as Santana, Willie Nelson, and Dr. John. 

Even as they’ve been away from the studio, Los Lonely Boys have continued to tour tirelessly for decades, and this year they’ve hit the road again for an extensive, months-long run across the US. They will also perform on select shows alongside long time friends Los Lobos. Find tickets here. Pre-order Resurrection

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New Album: Alberto Rigoni, Unexpected Lullabies

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Alberto Rigoni, Unexpected Lullabies…

ALBERTO RIGONI Springs Surprises on “Unexpected Lullabies” Album, Out Today!

Today, Italian bassist and composer ALBERTO RIGONI has released his new solo album “Unexpected Lullabies” via Sliptrick Records, containing songs that are half-sweet and half rock-metal. The album is produced and partially composed by Alberto Rigoni and it’s dedicated to Vittoria Parini Rigoni and all newborn babies. 

Alberto shared: “There are no just tragedies in this world, life is going on!”

Album Design and Artwork created by Mark Barrett at elmtreecreative.co.uk

Among the various bass used one belonged to Randy Coven for the recording of Ark – Burn The Sun. Alberto searched it for years since he’s a great fan of Randy (Rest in Peace and Power)!

Tracklist:
01. Vittoria
02. Fly Me To The Moon
03. Azzurra
04. Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
05. Out Of Fear
06. Veni Laetitia
07. Nenia
08. Slap Lullaby
09. Saga
10. Vicky
11. Ocean Traveler
12. Strangers In The Night
13. Peaceful
14. Un uomo che voga

Order the album at deadpulse.com/product/alberto-rigoni-unexpected-lullabies/

This album promises to be a collection of auditory wonders, each track a testament to Rigoni’s genius and his ability to transcend musical boundaries. Featuring a symphony of guest musicians alongside Rigoni’s virtuosic bass, Unexpected Lullabies is poised to be a beacon for lovers of music, an invitation to explore the depths of creativity and emotion. What makes ‘Unexpected Lullabies’ even more exciting is the assembly of musical titans. The album features the legendary bassist Michael Manring, the keyboard wizardry of Alessandro Bertoni (of the Graham Bonnet Band) and Vitalij Kuprij (known for Artension and Trans-Siberian Orchestra), and many more yet-to-be-revealed guest artists.

Alberto Rigoni is:
Alberto Rigoni – Bass | Plus various guest musicians

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New Album: Ben Mortiz, MORENO

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New Album: Ben Mortiz, MORENO

The Chilean bassist, producer and sociologist, Ben Mortiz, celebrates the launch of his latest studio work, “MORENO” an album that mixes jazz, soul, and funk following the characteristic Latin style of  Mortiz. The artist completely produced the album under the label “Fallen Lab Records” in the south of Chile.

“MORENO” brings deep and smooth sounds, expressing a sophisticated and elegant Latin vibe. You will find meditative harmonies and joyful melodic voices. The record’s core is the human vibration that Mortiz feels from the Latin American music. The Caribbean rhythms and strong Latin percussions are the musical glue in every song that emerges with the force of the electric bass.

“MORENO” creates a real connection between corporal reactions and mind sensations, always in reference to the originality of Mortiz to fuse modern and classic Latin sounds.

For more information, visit online at danielbenmortiz.com/

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