Jared Rabin’s new album, Something Left to Say, grips the soul immediately. We enjoyed it, and we think you will too.
Jared Rabin is a multi-instrumentalist from Chicago, Illinois with a degree in Jazz. He plays guitar, violin, mandolin, banjo and “a few other things.”
His first solo record, which is also self-produced, features 9 songs in which he is playing nearly every instrument (aside from the drums) and singing. The instrumentation is very impressive and the vocal sits beautifully on top of it. “Eight Trips Around The Sun”, Jared has it all going on! You can get his record on BandCamp for only $8.
Catch Jared at his record release show in Chicago on December 4th at Martyrs. Tickets can be found on his site.
Emmy’s Unicorn is a boy/girl duo from the United Kingdom featuring Emmy-Lou Kay and Mr. Ronz. They just released their debut EP titled “not Dead Yet.” In the past, the bands demo tapes had gotten some attention on BBC R1 and BBC6 music. This inspired the duo to work on a professional release. Although there is not much information about Emmy’s Unicorn on the web, we can tell you that their sound is beautiful. Combining acoustic guitars, pianos, and harmonies, Emmy’s Unicorn came on to something magical in this 4-track EP. Our favorite song is “Save Me From Myself.” It carries the most raw emotion in the vocals starting with the lyrics “I’m going to drink myself to death.” Give NOT DEAD YET a listen! We can’t wait to hear more!
1. Not Dead Yet
2. Yeah Yeah Yeah
3. Save Me From Myself
4. If I Had A Gun
Fans can listen on soundcloud! This album is for sale on amazon and for streaming on spotify.
Seth Corbin is a anti-folk singer-songwriter based in London, England (Yes! Seth’s got an awesome English accent). The cool thing about Seth Corbin is that Seth is completely DIY. Seth records original songs on an “old school” 16-track, creates original album artwork (with a sharpie marker), and presses CD’s at home. Seth says it’s a time consuming process but extremely worthwhile. Below Seth describes his process:
“At the moment I record everything in my folks’ attic on my Yamaha AW16G 16-track. I learnt how to record when I was about 16 at my granddad’s house. Avoided school ‘work experience’ at some crappy supermarket and worked at his house learning how to use recording equipment instead.
My recording procedure is really old school. I don’t use a computer and everything is done in a whole take – no cutting or pasting production – everything gets adjusted via my 16-track.
Process of making the CD’s is:
1. Buy blank CD’s and sleeves
2. Make the CD’s covers
3. Photo copy the covers
4. Cut up the covers and put them into the sleeves
5. Burn the track listings onto the CD’s using itunes
It’s a time consuming but worthwhile process.”
More recently Seth Corbin released a preview of upcoming EP titled “Why is Social Anxiety Ruining My Life and Why Am I Drinking So Much Beer?” that can be pre-ordered via bandcamp. There is one track you can stream on this EP to preview it before pre-ordering it. It’s called “The Alcohol Song.” This short but extremely catchy song discusses alcoholism. It’s a dark song that talks about a serious topic that many artists don’t dare talk about. The chorus is insanely hooky and I’m sure Seth will get the crowd singing along at upcoming live performances.
August 22nd, 2014: Bohemia Hackney – London, UK (facebook event)
Visit Seth Corbin on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sethcorbinmusic
We rate this EP as the top indie EP to come out in June, 2014. It’s exploding with deep emotion and intense energy. Ross Palmer’s vocals and lyrics have so much feeling that they travel straight to the listeners soul. You can feel every word he says, you can feel how he feels. We are deeply impressed by how raw and real these four tracks are. Track One: “Reassurance” can be related to emo/post hardcore bands like Karate and Jets to Brazil. Track Two picks up the pace yet still follows the mood of the first track beautifully. Track Three seems to be entirely different, splitting the record up. It is less of an emo-indie anthem and more of an acoustic pop love song. “You seem to me like someone who can teach me to believe…” Ross Palmer’s emotions are still evident in the track regardless in the shift of styles. Track Four completes the record as it musically relates back to Tracks One and Two. Give this EP a listen, you will not regret it!
“Ross Palmer is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, engineer/producer and music blogger, living in a south-east London. On his 30th birthday his heart failed and he was told he would physically impaired for the rest of his life and may need a transplant. Instead, over the next year he got better, and decided to make the most of his second chance. He writes songs; performs, records and mixes them himself; plays drums for Sumner; records and produces artists including Yo Zushi and James McKean; blogs at Songs from So Deep; supports Tottenham Hotspur; and drinks black coffee.”
LISTEN: Ross Palmer, Reassurance EP
Indie band, These Knees, led by singer-songwriter, Stephanie Trivison released an incredible indie-pop album called “The Young and the Bright.” This album is filled with hooks. Each song is well produced but not over-produced. This record was released in September on Bandcamp and is available for purchase. Stephanie’s vocal style is similar to Paramore but the music is very different. The singing is confident and strong and very easy to listen to. There are elements of rock, punk, pop-punk, and pop in the music but the singing is strictly pop vocals. All music and lyrics were written by Stephanie Trivison. “Break Science, Make Art” (track 4), has a melodic guitar solo that will blow listeners away! Enjoy this new record and please buy it to support indie music!
“The New Year” (track 6) is the perfect anthem for today!
Joe Stevens of folk-band Coyote Grace and musical partner Bennett Wallace will be rocking Viento y Auga Coffee House in Long Beach, California on November 29th, 2013. Bennett Wallace, an incredible singer-songwriter, will be releasing his debut record “Real Boy Vol. 1.” The songs on this record are incredible and filled with raw emotion. Joe Stevens and Bennett worked very hard on the recordings and can’t wait to show the world. Please join upcoming artist Bennett Wallace and rockstar Joe Stevens in this special CD release! Pick up the CD to support indie music!
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/444530412324497/
Ben’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BenWallaceMusic
“Born and raised with the wind, a lover of tall trees, humanity, and the open road, Bennett has been writing songs since the age of 12. “Real Boy” is Ben’s first project, recorded and produced with Joe Stevens of Coyote Grace at the Second Story Arts Collective over the blazing hot Sacramento summer or 2012.”
More links: http://www.reverbnation.com/benwallacemusic
Oakland two piece band “Steel Cranes” are competing against three other Bay Area bands on The Deli SF Bay Area’s “San Francisco Artist of the Month” Poll. They are currently behind in the poll but their music is definitely ahead of the other bands.
Recently the girls duo released full length album: “Ouroboros.” This ten track LP consists of rhythmic rock and punk drums, screaming guitars that are simple, and vocals that sound like a combination of a more aggressive Meredith Brooks and a more confident Joan Jett. Some songs from the record also resemble Fiona Apple.
The album is loud, outright, and raw. The album isn’t overly produced and it’s sonically pleasing. You should expect big things from Steel Cranes.
The Steel Cranes kick-off their North American tour tonight in Olympia, Washington at Le Voyeur. On October 1st they will be appearing at Baby Bar in Spokane, WA. Tour dates can be found on their facebook page and on their official website. (links posted below).
Vote for Steel Cranes: http://sf.thedelimagazine.com/snacks
Follow Steel Cranes: https://www.facebook.com/steelcranesband