Empire of Gold – Raw – EP Review

Empire of Gold_Raw EPEmpire of Gold debut Raw EP is just what it says on the can.

This is the project of Michael Jack Dole who has made a very stripped down EP, and all of the songs feature loud parts with electric guitar and then switches to acoustic guitar very prominent in the alternative rock scene of the ’90’s, which seems to be making a coming-back recently.

As for the tracks you get themes of restlessness in What Are You Waiting For?, not having much friends left in Burning Bridges, and the self centring You (Shouted The Worst You Could do), though in Hot, Damn is quite a gothic rock track, and finally the acoustic song Help Me.

Raw EP is available @ Bandcamp

Caviare Days – Like Me – EP Review

Caviare Days_Like Me EP Caviare Days are an alternative psychedelic rock group from Sweden, have a new release – Like Me EP.

Originally formed in Brooklyn, America by sisters Lina and Maja Westin, that have not only relocated to their native Sweden but are currently a five piece band with Timmy Grim – drums, Boris Grubesic – guitar, and Marcus Arborelius – keyboards and synthesizer bass.

The songs are very ’60’s alternative psychedelic rock and ironically they’re all British influence have had the Abbey Road Studios treatment to get a raw echoey edge to the sound.

From the opening track Like Me, Great Minds – has some nice double vocals to get that stereo sound through the speakers, the epic revenge song Trigger, and the grungy Green, each have a good solid rhythm with parts of experimentation supplied by the guitars, and synthesizers to cut their unique sound above the rest.

Caviare Days are a group worth checking-out as they’ll sure produce some more musical surprises along their creative path.

Like Me EP is available @ Google Play

Littleshells – 5 Deep Under – Album Review

5-Deep_UnderLittle Shells have released an eight track album called 5 Deep Under.

Little Shells is the latest project fronted by vocalist/pianist Conchita Campos. She departs from her two earlier solo albums to a more soulful softer orchestra/pop feel on 5 Deep Under.

There is a heavy leaning to using an orchestra on the album, and in the opening track Another Night, it is used to etch a powerful and sudden burst in the choruses of this song.

Getting pretty urban in the next song Haik (God of the Sea), has a slow double kick drum beat accompanied by sampled piano, trumpet and later trombone that sounds as if they are playing on top of the roof in a ghostly town, but going by the title like a lost ship in the middle of the ocean.

Quite a spiritual song Feet On The Ground is set to another urban beat, but with a different tone added, that deals with the changes in our lives whether we like it or not because nothing stays the same.

5 Deep Under featuring Live Footage is best described as a modern classical influenced track, and has some nice easily accessible experimentation added on the layers of synthesizer and other electronic sounds incorporated into a song that is one feet higher than being buried.

Not departing in I’ll Remain, is a splendid folktronica/orchestral themed song. The following song breaks the album for a moment in Lola’s Song that has just piano with some atmospheric ambient sound effects set in the background as Conchita Campos sings this nice little tune.

When They’re Gone is full of sparks and energy with the full array of the orchestra, as the song touches on the erosion of freedoms that have been afforded us from much blood spilt.

Getting into a very mellow loose jazz song Goodnight, this song will at least make the farewell memorable.

5 Deep Under is available @ Bandcamp

Cantaloop – Avalanching – Single Review

Cantaloop hcantaloop_avalanchingave released their latest single Avalanching.

The song is about things getting too overwhelming in life, especially the struggling aspect and focuses on relationships and their unfortunate endings.

The music featuring the soulful and sonically beautiful vocals from Sam Rogers, is a soft jazz pop funk with a slice of trip-hop to create blissful tones, and is a sound that distinguishes Cantaloop.

There are two remixes by Fun Lovin’ Criminals and London Funk DJ’s.

Avalanching is available @ iTunes