Thursday, November 21, 2013

CD Review: Strong Debuts From Newcomers Echosmith And The Rubens

From Southern California comes the young indie-pop, alternative band Echosmith with their debut album "Talking Dreams." They first burst upon the scene with their single "Tonight We're Making History," which was featured during the 2012 Summer Olympics. Echosmith was also featured in Alternative Press magazine as one the "Top 100 Bands You Need To Know."
Their album begins with their latest single, the explosive chorus of  "Come Together" as their sound fits in perfectly alongside fellow pop-rockers fun. They play to their adolescent audience with "Cool Kids," before sounding very mature on "March Into The Sun." All of their talents line-up perfectly for the folk-pop feel of "Bright," before the band plugs back in to show they can rock on "Talking Dreams" and "Ran Off In The Night." The album closes with the dance beat of "Safest Place" and the quiet acoustics of the enjoyable "Surround You."
Echosmith are wrapping up their headlining tour in November. To find out more about this new young band, please visit
From Australia comes the self-titled debut album from The Rubens. They have only been together for less than two years, but their sound is very mature. The lead single from the album, "My Gun" has a Black Keys vibe while "Never Be The Same" carries a Coldplay feel to it. The Rubens inject a little blues into their music on "Lay It Down" and on "Elvis," before returning with the marching beat of "The Day You Went Away." The album closes with the slow sway of "Paddy."
To find out more about this rising band, please visit

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