Tuesday, December 17, 2013

CD Review: New Exciting Debut Albums From Erez And Labor Of Giants

After the release of his debut EP last year, Erez returns with the release of his first full-length self-titled album. He left his southern, laid-back state of Texas to record this album in the hussle-and-bussle of New York, but instead of adapting to his surroundings, he brought the feel of the south up north. The new album is available now on iTunes and a physical copy will be available on January 6th.

Erez's weathered voice and Americana rock sound are the perfect match on the opening song, "Let Me In." His vocals easily draws strong similarities to Jakob Dylan, but his delivery show glimpses of Leonard Cohen as on "Wondering." The album's latest single "Days Of Song And Laughter," is a slow gallop with powerful lyrics that get enhanced by Erez's matured voice. The highlight of the album has to be the six-minute guitar shuffle, revengeful story of "Near The River." The album closes with the classic rock sound of "Better Days," which sounds like Erez is back by Tom Petty's Heartbreakers.

Erez has a few shows lined up in Austin, TX after the release of the album. To find out more about this exciting new artist, please visit erez-music.com.

Also recently released is the debut album from Labor of Giants entitled "Jelly." The Connecticut-based "jam band" bring together many of their influences on this uniquely appealing new album.

The eleven-song album begins with a quick instrumental piece "Jelly," before the band move on to the jazzy sounds of "Time," featuring the wonderful vocals of Nancy Michaud. The band lock into a groove on "Satisfy" that you'd wish would just go one for hours. They stretch out on the upbeat sounds of "The Achoo Haiku," before moving on to the Phish-like "Tones Of The Setting Sky." Michaud's vocals become the main focus on "Requiem," befor the band showcases their musical talents on the ten-minute "OF..." The album closes with smooth jazz of "You're The One."

To find out more from this new rising band from Connecticut, please visit https://www.facebook.com/LaborOfGiants.

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