Indie folk poppers Magic Giant have been active on the festival scene and have toured with Beats Antique and the Revivalists, and now they are set to release their infectious debut album, In the Wind, this Friday, May 19th. The band blends folk and pop in equal doses, creating killer harmonies, intriguing instrumental accompaniment, literally using any instrument they happen to find, including drums, banjo, trumpet, saxophone, harmonica, synthesizers, electric bass, cello, viola, violin, dobro, lap steel, mandolin, and more. Their sound is huge and features melodies that soar to majestic heights, and the way the album was created has a lot to do with that.
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Megan Talay is a regular in the New York music scene, playing in the Guns N’ Roses cover band Guns N’ Hoses, sitting in as a session musician and fronting her own band. In 2015, Talay released her first EP, Piece by Piece, a rootsy rock set of five tracks. In June, she’s set to release her follow-up, Talay with five new tracks. But this time the young singer-songwriter has leaned hard on a pop-rock sound.
Fabriq (Daniel Davila and Cooper Bell) is a new dance pop/funk duo from Los Angeles who blend live instrumentation with programmed electronic beats in an effort resurrect ‘70s disco and funk sounds. The result is pure dance magic. “Electric Flow” is the group’s first single and it’s an instantly memorable dance pop confection, all full of glittery disco balls, slinky funk guitar, and beats that just don’t quit. However, “Electric Flow” is thoroughly contemporary and fresh with its electropop sheen. Los Angeles is ground center these days for artists re-imaging funk and disco with the venerable Dam-Funk looming large over the LA scene. Based on this successful first single, look for Fabriq to make ever bigger waves on dance floors as the summer comes into view.
Shades of the aural folk rock that’s pervaded releases by the likes of Band of Horses and Fleet Foxes flow through Bendigo Fletcher’s debut EP as naturally as they wear their Kentuckian roots on their sleeves, but there’s more to them than that. The quintet has only been around for a little over a year, and already they are breaking ground in the indie folk circuit as one of the latest hot commodities. With tight harmonies, soaring instrumental bridges, and a knack for developing earworm melodies across a broad scope of musical styles, it isn’t much of a wonder why that is.
Modern Mal is a duo from Northern Michigan (Rachel Brooke and Brooks Robbins) who mix traditional country sounds with a bit of noir, doo-wop, surf sounds, and tropical flair. Their new album releasing tomorrow, The Misanthrope Family Album, is something of a concept record as it explores the feelings of loss that arose following the death of a family friend that they were caring for. This figure is the misanthrope at the center of the record and, not surprisingly, a good bit of melancholia surrounds the proceedings. However, dark those feelings may be, Brooke’s voice adds a necessary lightness and brightness that play with the dark undercurrents while lending the music a summery vibe. Those seemingly opposing forces balance each other out and make this album an intriguing piece of art.
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