Wednesday, August 2, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Indie-Artists Ryan Cassata, Elliot Knapp, Evacuate The Earth & Andy Pratt

From Long Island comes the latest release from singer/songwriter Ryan Cassata titled "Virginia, Pick Up The Phone." It features 6-tracks recorded live in the studio as Cassata strips everything away and just adds an acoustic guitar. The new release begins with the plea of "Oh Girl" and the wonderful storied lyrics of "The Race" as Ryan's songwriting sounds mature for this new rising artist. The new too short EP wraps up with the sweet innocence of being "Just A Kid" and the classic country/folk strumming of "Alcatraz." To find out more about the latest release from Ryan Cassata, please visit

From Seattle comes the latest release from instrumental artist Elliot Knapp. The new album titled "Prismatic" feature only 4 tracks, but is filled with new sonic landscapes for you to explore. The opening track clocks-in at over 21-minutes and has an ambient tonal beginning that gets taken over by Knapp's guitar work as if he is bouncing sounds off the walls in your mind. He continues with the built-up melody of "Reflected (Again)" and the soft, gentle rise of "Roy G. Biv" as Knapp is an expert craftsman with his layers of sound. To find out more about Elliot Knapp and his latest release "Prismatic," please visit

The trio from Milwaukee/Chicago area known as Evacuate The Earth recently release their self-titled sophomore album. Their new 8-song album begins with the spaced out, electronic rock of "Contact" as an urgent message is presented along with the intense music. They continue their new release with the jazz/funk instrumental "Interplanetary," then tread lightly with the atmospheric tones of "Arrival," before the sonic blast of sound and spiritual voices of "The Eyes." They finish up their new album with the six-plus minute "Evacuation Suite" as Evacuate The Earth plow their way through a number of different genres, showcasing the amazing musicianship within the band. To find out more about Evacuate The Earth and their latest self-titled release, please visit

From Chicago comes the debut album from jazz/folk artist Andy Pratt. His new release titled "Horizon Disrupted" features 8-tracks of nostalgic glow that will have you thinking of simpler times. Beginning with "Will You Be The One Tonight?," Pratt and his band deliver this slow waltz to get you in the mood for a relaxing album. The jazzy lullaby of "She's Gotten Into My Dreams" shows swagger in Pratt's vocal delivery, before slowing down for the gentle tale of "Rocket Ship." The album finishes with the sweeping melody of "I Saw You That Evening" and the incredibly descriptive lyrics of the slow jazz ballad "Through The Rain." To find out more about Andy Pratt and his latest release "Horizon Disrupted," please visit

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