Wednesday, November 20, 2013

CD Review: Connecticut's Independent Music Scene Is Alive And Well With New Music

Connecticut duo Becky Kessler and Floyd Kellogg never intended to become a band. Becky simply asked Floyd to produce her solo album and the two hit it off so well in the studio that Violent Mae was born. They recently were awarded 2013’s Connecticut Best New Band and released their debut album on November 19 and have an album kick-off show scheduled in Hartford on December 6.

The new ten-song release starts off with the raw grunge of the guitars on “Later On,” which into the mellow rock beat of “Hole In My Heart.” The vocal delivery of Becky Kessler on “Any Time You Fall” is a little haunting, but flawless amongst a stark backdrop of guitars which also becomes the recipe for “Man In The Country." The album closes with the stark, country-blues of “Long Hard Wait” and gentle chords of “Real Love Song.”

The new album from Violent Mae is available now, locally at Redscroll Records (Wallingford, CT) and Telegraph Records (New London, CT). To find out more, please visit their Facebook page at

Also from Connecticut comes the folk duo of Dan Garaffa and Nancy Michaud-Wozniacki, better known as Dancy. While the English definition of “dancy” means, suitable of or inviting dancing, their music is very suitable for their name. Their debut album “Stories” was released earlier this year and brings us back to a time when electronics and computers were not even thought of for producing music. Aside from a couple songs with electric guitars, everything is very roots based with acoustic guitars, ukuleles and hand claps.

The album is short and sweet, beginning with the folk-swing of “Big City Blues,” which finds Dan taking on the lead vocals, but the sound of Nancy’s voice on “I Guess I Won’t Forget You” is so genuine that makes you feel at ease. Dancy add a little country into their sound on “Toodle-oo,” before combining their vocals on “Our Song” as you begin to notice what brought them together. Their music turns a little dark on the low tones of “Famous Singer,” before returning to the more light-hearted sound of “You Were A Waste Of My Time.”

To find out more about Dancy and their debut album “Stories,” please visit their Facebook page at

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