Prolific songwriter Pickering Pick has just released a new album and follow-up to last year’s Prayer Flag titled (Tropic). And, with an Audubon-influenced insect lithograph reminiscent of those large, antique nature books used to showcase a species’ raw perfection, (Tropic) is a perfect example of folk music. An Englishman turned Californian, Pickering Pick’s music is everything you would expect from a songwriter who has made this kind of transition — warm, serene, poetic, and organic. Like his previous albums, listening to (Tropic) is a spiritual experience. It’s not spiritual in a religious sense, but it does affect and stir the spirit. His gentle performance and restraint allows you to meditate and focus on what is important — the eloquent lyrics, exquisite fingerpicking, and beautiful vocals — while becoming one with the songs. Pickering Pick is a rare talent who has the ability to create gorgeous, minimal music that makes you long for his longings and dream his dreams completely absorbing you into his words and world.
Coming out of the Fog continues Arbouretum’s journey as their most focused and best-recorded album to date. Dave Heumann’s vocals soar atop his guitar solos and Corey Allender’s crunchy bass lines. Arbouretum have reigned in some of their maximalist tendencies, with every song coming in under 7 minutes. Heumann, Allender, Brian Carey (drums), and Matthew Pierce (keyboard, synthesizer, percussion), continue to mine the same breadth of styles made familiar on The Gathering and Song of the Pearl, notably the languid ballads, fuzzed-out burners, and heavier songs that have defined the group’s unique doom laden folk-rock sound.Throughout Coming Out of the Fog, Heumann’s vocals take on a meditative quality, melodies unraveling effortlessly over Carey’s steady grooves. Syncopated rhythms come to the fore on “The Promise,” building tension, and leading to a climax of synth swells and chromatic guitar lines. Elsewhere, on “Oceans Don’t Sing,” guest musician Dave Hadley’s plaintive pedal-steel guitar lays a bed for some of Heumann’s most impassioned singing set to tape. Spending time on pre-production allowed for a more detailed approach to recording. Carey’s drums were tuned specifically for almost every track on the album, and tape was used to achieve the warmth only found in analog.
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Dileepan Ganesan: Vocals, Guitar
Fletcher Maumus: Vocals, Lead Guitar
Michael McGivaren: Backing Vocals
Nick Miller: Drums, Backing Vocals
Matt Stupp: Bass, Backing Vocals
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Tracks: 1. Take Me Down 2. I Got Gold 3. Restless Fugitive 4. Don t Stop Now mp3 VBR~227 kbps | 25 MB | UL | CL
Tracks: 1. From Camden Town To Bleecker Street 2. Deportees 3. Poet Drown In Lakes 4. Five Pints And A Wink From Gwendolyn 5. Take Tomorrow 6. On The Nickel 7. At My Weakest 8. Song Of Calamity 9. Grand Hotel mp3 320 kbps | 120 MB | UL
Mike Scheidt is certainly one well-known amongst fans of doom metal as the frontman for one of the sub-genre’s most talented and underrated acts, YOB. And on the hardcore scene in the mid-Williamette Valley area of his native Oregon, he’s maintained a prominent role playing with an assortment of local acts since he was a […]
Most Sacred Bones releases state the year the album was recorded on the cover, but in the case of Amen Dunes’ Through Donkey Jaw, the “recorded in 2011” is especially significant. Not only are these the first Amen Dunes songs recorded with a full-fledged band, they’re also the first proper recordings that Damon McMahon has […]
One of the original founding members of the multi-million selling rock band TOTO, Lukather will showcase his innate feel for rock and jazz guitar music, along with his impeccable song writing talents. Transition showcases extraordinary guitar playing performed across some of the most heartfelt songs of Steve’s career. mp3 320 kbps | 109 MB | […]
Jon Lord,Deep Purple keyboardist, began work on his solo album during his time in Whitesnake in the early ’80s. Before I Forget was the result, an album that is half instrumental and half rock songs. Like many a metal musician, Lord tried to bridge the gap between classical and rock with questionable success. Still, this […]