Tuesday, September 2, 2014

CD Review: Amazing New Indie-Music From The Heart Of Texas

From Austin, TX comes the latest release from singer/songwriter Brian Pounds entitled "Strikes And Gutters." His songwriting shows a maturity as he pours his heart into the lead performance of "Somewhere, Maybe Carolina." The country vibe of the lead song carries on through the new five-song EP. His voice really soars on "Hold My Head High," while he gets his groove going with a little R&B flavor added to "Keep My Hands To Myself." The album closes with the smooth country flow of "Jesus, Don't Let Me Die." To find out more about Brian Pounds, please visit brianpounds.com.

The new album from Phoebe Hunt and The Gatherers entitled "Walk With Me" was released last week and features a band on the verge of stardom. The new eleven-song release features The Gatherers mixing together country music, jazz and pop to accentuate Hunt's wonderful vocals. Beginning with jazz/swing of "Darkness," you feel as if you are in for a treat as the music is irresistible. At times, Phoebe Hunt sound like the second coming of Norah Jones as her vocals become the spotlight of songs like "Song For Jacquelyn" and "Before I'm Done." The band goes pure country with "Walk Of Angeline," which could easily be mistaken for classic era country hit from Dolly Parton or Tanya Tucker. The album closes with the gentle piano flow of the heartfelt lyrics of "Send Out Your Love." To find out more about Phoebe Hunt and The Gatherers, please visit phoebehuntmusic.com.

Coming September 9th is the new four-song EP "Good As Gold B-Sides" from Texas soul band The Nightowls. Their music has been praised in Austin as "contemporary-vintage" along with "smooth Detroit stylishness." Right from the start of "The Feel Good," you feel like getting out of your seat and grooving to the funk supplied by The Nightowls. The song "Nobody Ever Wants To Leave" has that classic R&B appeal and is also featured at the official theme song of Austin. TX as commissioned by the Austin Convention and Visitor's Bureau. The all too short album closes with the smooth sound of the seventies feel of "Either Way." To find out more about The Nightowls, please visit wearenightowls.com.

Finally, we get to the new album from Foxtrot Uniform entitled "Cisco," which will be released on September 2nd. This album follows the local critical success of their 2012 debut "Huj! Huj! Hajrah!." The band combines the  psychedelic blues rock of "Cold Heart, Hot Hands" and "Bad Whiskey" with the Americana feel of "Honey Bee" to showcase the diversity in their sound. They travel back to the sixties music heyday with "Not Alone" as vocalist Katie Robertson takes the reigns. They plug in for the slow burning of "Empty Parking Lot," before closing with acoustic folk styling of "Dirty Lips." To find out more about Foxtrot Uniform, please visit foxtrotuniformmusic.com.

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