Tuesday, December 6, 2016

CD Review: New Music From Indie-Artists Gramps The Vamp, The Vaudevileins & Peter Joly

From Chicago comes the latest release from Gramps The Vamp. Their new album titled "The Cave Of 10,000 Eyes," combines elements of funk, jazz and psych-rock to create the perfect horror film-type soundtrack. The new ten-song release begins with the horn-infused mystery of "Bats!" and the use of radio airwaves and sonic guitar strums gives the song "The Incident" a jazzy, spooky, hip groove. Their sound becomes huge on the build up of "Krampusnacht," before rocking to the guitar frenzy of "Labyrinth." Gramps The Vamp delivery an eerie lounge vibe with "Shadow Puppets," before closing the album with the wonderful horns of "Pyramid Level." To find out more about Gramps The Vamp and their latest release "The Cave Of 10,000 Eyes," please visit grampsthevamp.com.

Another Chicago band, The Vaudevileins are releasing their second full-length album titled "Magician." It features ten, energetic indie-rock tracks, beginning with the power chords of "Sea Anemone" and the buzzing rock groove of "Sticky." They deliver their youthful post-punk, garage-rock energy in "Chasing Time," before slowing down for the sweeping melody of "Hell Jazz." The album finishes with the guitar-driven rhythm of "Fake Cigarette," the grunge-rock of "Prove It" and the epic, tempo changes of "Devils." To find out more about The Vaudevileins and their latest release "Magician," please visit vaudevileins.com.

Chicago-based singer/songwriter Peter Joly recently released his self-titled debut album. It features members of Iron & Wine, The Hoyle Brother and Ryley Walker helping Joly achieve the Americana sound he desired to deliver on this release. It begins with the build-up of "Heart Of Stone" as the soft, solo acoustics grow to into its full-band sing-along. His music settles down for the emotional ballads "Your Hand In Mine" and "God In Love In June" before delivering the classic waltz of "Lighthouse." Peter wraps up his new 11-song release with the sweet sounds of "Love" and quiet acoustic folk-style of "Secret." To find out more about Peter Joly and his latest release, please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/peterjjoly.

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