Monday, January 26, 2015

CD Review: New Music From Indie-Artists Jonathan Rundman, Brooklyn Doran And Robin's Egg Blue

From Minneapolis, MN comes the latest release from singer/songwriter Jonathan Rundman entitled "Look Up." It is his first album of all new material in a decade and he anchored the recording with some of the best instrumentalists that the "Twin City" had to offer from bands like Owl City and Sara Bareilles. The new ten-song release is power pop/rock at its finest with catchy hooks and addictive choruses, beginning with up-tempo, modern rock feel of "Prioritize Us." The energy picks up with the post-punk chorus of "Northbound Traffic," before diving back into the folk storytelling of "The Ballad Of Nikolaus Rungius." Jonathan Rundman hits the mainstream nail right on the head with the feel-good rocker "Helicopter Of Love" and the country-ballad of "Painter." The album closes with the Paul Simon-esque feel of the fun-spirited "No More Old Times." To find out more about Jonathan Rundman and his latest release "Look Up," please visit
Canadian folk/pop artist Brooklyn Doran recently released her latest five-song EP entitled "There's A Light On." The music is a little bluesy on the opener "Cold Outside" as her vocals draw out the innocence in the lyrics. She becomes a little more playful on the uptempo jazzy swing of "There's A Light On (Kitchen Song)," then makes sweeter music on the gentle folk sound of "Lansdowne." The album closes with her attempt at a more mainstream pop sound with "S.S. Calamity (Sink The Ship)" as the song builds with steady rhythm and chorus. To find out more about Brooklyn Doran and her latest release "There's A Light On," please visit her Facebook page at
From New York City, comes the full-length debut album from the indie-baroque pop band Robin's Egg Blue. The new release "Circlefield" was recorded in Japan and mixed in New York and captures both of those music world within the album. The wonderful vocals of Atsumi Ishibashi are inviting on the two-minute warm-up of "Circle," before gently traveling through the steady electronic rhythm of "Edge Of The Woods." The album is highlighted by the airy ballad "Tarrytown" as the music and vocals are very soothing and relaxing. The music of "Shine" is just beautiful, before closing the album with the soaring vocals of "Deer (Reprise)" and the folk/pop feel of "Fields." To find out more about Robin's Egg Blue and their debut album "Circlefield," please visit

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