The background to Summer Effect is that they are an Indonesian group, which for this album wanted to take things to smoother vibrations.
However, when you think things are nicely quiet you get awoken to blistering raised sounds, which extracted the depths of the energic fire within our souls.
The tracks on Afterlife are instrumental so when you listen to each instrumental composition, you just have to let go and start to build a visual picture of what Summer Effect are conveying to you – the listener.
The overall assumption combining each of the track titles together is how a person is perceived by others in life, and how they try-to-fit – into the world and people around them.
One of the best rules is just to be you, regardless of what others think of you!
So, Afterlife being the last track, sounds like a new beginning after all of the commotion that builds-up in a lifetime.
When you cover songs especially one by iconic musician Jimi Hendrix you have to either get it spot on or make it your own.
This version Laura Comfort has recorded with the talented international rock guitarist Matt Backer has achieved both in their quest of perfection of Hendrix’s song Little Wing, containing references of American Indian spiritual themes.
The music is a combination of fast thrash like in Neolithic, or the slowish doomsayer groove in Invaders.
The last two songs The Hunter has a loose and mis-stepped beats structure, while The Tide has a nice mellow introduction and is probably the lead track on the EP, considering it is just over ten minutes long.
Rene Benton album Xpressions Too!!! [Shört Storeez] is a mixture of rock, metal and acid-rock-jazz instrumental compositions.
Due to the fact that Rene Benton has served in the US military there are a few tracks that resemble his experiences starting with the first track Push Pull, which is a fairly aggressive piece of music. Then you have the following tracks East Meets West that has some Arabic musical phrasing going on. The intro to Drone 3.3 has some electronic signals effect on the guitar to kind of simulate the starting of this electronic remote control aircraft, while the chugging of the rhythm guitar is part of the mission and the lead guitar is the drone flying effortlessly high-up through the sky. Green Light Go! has a great adrenaline rush feel, well how would you feel if you had to jump out of an aeroplane? Exactly. Well these are the tracks that has been drawn on his global travels with his fellow US Marines.
You then get tracks that have a very different feel like Nation Of Struggle, which changes tempo, notes and style within the composition.
Getting into the space race of completely changing Mankind through computer technology is expressed in Clone Theory.
The next crop of tracks Part Of Me, This Is Life, Thingsz Happen, and V.U.S are more free flowing compositions that burst with perfect fluency and you hear how refined Rene Benton is whether playing raw or neoclassical lead guitar and how he crafts his instrument around what he wants to convey through his music.
Are you going to live or die is the theme of Lyfe Support, with added effects of the heart machine beeping and ambulance coming to the rescue.
Open Air is the last track and finishes the album on a high note.
Xpressions Too!!! [Short Storeez] is available @ CD Baby
Laura Comfort has released Don’t Ignore Me which in her own words is very personal resulting from a long relationship breaking-up. Bearing this in mind throughout the album Laura Comfort wants to experience her new found freedom and this is evident in the pop songs, Come Take A Ride, Cherry Lips and Take A Chance.
Majority of the tracks on Don’t Ignore Me are pop rock numbers, and they quickly get you jivin’ and leaving you in a good mood for the rest of the day.
Songs that reflect her new found liberty, but tells the story of things that have left an imprint on her is the ballad, It Hurts.
Quite clearly Before It’s Too Late is a subject all of us will get to in our life, questioning ourselves and Laura’s further reflective moments consumes the words in this track.
Addicted and I’m Going Crazy are electronic delights, the latter perfect for the hot summer days and disco floors.
Though Angelina Jolie wasn’t written by Laura Comfort, the music kicks you into a bounce and the song deals with the fantasy of wanting to be someone else and to think Dame Angelina Jolie (high to five to Great Britain) as she is now-known, that her lifestyle is full of glitz and glamour. But just to mention Dame Angelina Jolie has not only succeeded in her acting profession but the relentless campaigning on issues far removed from the comfort zone of America.
Many people can relate to the disco fusion song Was It Me. The questioning of why the other person didn’t call-back, or want a relationship with you? The correct term would-be more commonly known as unrequited love.
If a woman gets confused with relationships then no wonder men get it wrong when it comes to the opposite sex, and Don’t Ignore Me has good rhyming words that can make you smile if the lyrics hit home to you.
The finishing track Goodbye leaves you thinking whether Laura Comfort will return with another album, or this is it? Hope not. But that wouldn’t be describing this haunting and delicate song about love lost and thinking about the past. The song can relate to broken friendships just as well as lovers falling out of love.
Seep Away have released their self titled debut EP.
Though their sound is loud and full of distorted heavy metalist guitars and bass they have a certain attitude reminiscent of take this or die!
The three tracks are different as Trudge hits the hardest meanest sound, you can imagine you’re stuck in a swamp with just a pair of oars and facing down the schnoz of an alligator, great! But it’s a case of lock-up your wives or if you’re rich enough your bitches, cos’ these dogs are in town.
Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right has probably the longest instrumental intro with the lyrics starting at 1:58, into this southern slouch of a track.
Last up is Watch You Burn that has more underground grunge guitar that melts a common theme among the heavy metal scene.
Seep Away capture their raw no-nonsense sound well on their recordings, and you get a sense that if, when, and how you see them live they’ve got that reciprocal energy that you get just playing their music at home.