Robert’s Folking Reviews – Woods “With Light and With Love”

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Woods is a group that really does not have their name out there at all. From a few searches around the net it seems their folk rock style drives their music, and that really does ring true based off their new album “With Light And With Love” out now on their very own label Woodist. The group seems to combine best elements of folk and rock in one album, leaving a lasting impression on the ear that doesn’t seem to go away.

The album starts off quite folkie and twangy in nature, but delves further into the elements of rock as it further develops as a full song. The prominent guitar sound in the song stays the same the whole time, setting a wholesome mood for the song, with a violin coming in to compliment the sounds even further. Once the lyrics come in it becomes a more progressive folk, seemingly overly-synthesized vocals drive the soul of the song, and often is not something that is considered usual in a folk styled piece, but creates a unique style that is pleasant to the ear in this song. The next song does a complete 180, starting off more rock oriented with a larger array of instruments to drive it forward, with a less prominent guitar, and more prominent drum and piano. These contrasting songs do a great deal for the album and set the precedent for the rest to come on the album.

U.S. Royalty – Blue Sunshine

Written by rhianna. Posted in Music, Reviews

The high-spirited indie alternative maxresdefault[1]band U.S. Royalty’s “Blue Sunshine” incorporates an older feel in its instrumentals and mixes that old-time ambiance with an updated and more modern take on vocals. The mostly upbeat songs on the record emulate more retro-sounding songs by integrating a few instruments not commonly used in modern alternative such as the mellotron and organ.The band also included various synthesizers to create a different sound and personalize their music. Songs on the album that most evidently display this infatuation with older instrumentals are “Slow Dancing,” which puts out a bit of an 80s feel and “Valley of the Sun” which is slightly reminiscent of the 60s. Some of the sounds are even comical to an extent; in “South Paradiso” the song begins with a trailing guitar sound usually found in songs associated with the beach, much like the opening in the song “Wipeout.” This excursion from the typical sounds of alternative music exhibits the band’s playful affinity for deviating from normalcy and creating their own, blended sound.

The compilation of dated and modern instruments is accompanied by a powerful and confident voice. John Thornley, the lead singer, emits a self-assured tone when he is performing; he gradually raises his voice higher and louder like he is extending his voice and himself to the audience to emphasize his lyrics and his forward emotions. There is something slightly immature in the way Thornley sounds; his bold outbursts are resonant of teenage expression. Alongside these tracks of intrepid vocals and musical flashbacks, is the song “De Profundis,” which infuses the album with a strictly instrumental track. The gripping guitar played by Paul Thornley, vibrates with dark, daring, and suspenseful undertones.  After the unusual, but intriguing guitar break, the album delves right back into the hard-hitting and assured vocals. This catchy and rhythmic album takes a few chances by imitating an older sound, switching up instruments and synthesizers with background vocals, and putting forth uninhibited and brazen vocals. U.S. Royalty’s album is distinctive and definitely something to move to. -Rhianna Slager

Robert’s Folking Reviews – Matthew and the Atlas “Other Rivers”

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Matthew and the AtlasMatthew and the Atlas stole my ear a while back when I first heard their song “I Will Remain”. A couple weeks ago I saw they had a debut album coming out, and was super pumped. Sadly that enthusiasm did not end up being exactly what I had hoped for, as the album differs from what I am used to hearing. Matthew took the group in a direction that differentiates from the folk path by a longshot. His incorporation of electronic synthesizers and beats kills the folk vibe much more than I wish to admit. I appreciate him trying new things, but the new album is so-so in its attempts to swoon a different genre than just folk.

Matthew and the Atlas opens up their debut album, four years after their initial signing with Communion Records might I add, with a traditional sounding folk melody with soft-spoken lyrics, and a seemingly over-generic background beat that portrays a reminiscent rock style. As the audio waves go back and forth nothing too catchy pops out, just some lyrics that try and fill a gap during the song and a chorus line of “Ooh”. “Into Gold” left a rather bitter taste and thankfully didn’t set a precedent for the whole album. But alas the inevitable banjo comes in out of nowhere and tries to tie the whole song together into a folkier mix of genres.

Time Signature — 1958

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The latest episode of Time Signature is heading way back in time this week. 56 years from the release date of this episode. Special guest co-host this week Matt Hamilton sharing his knowledge on all things 1958. Musical styles included in this edition of Time Signature include: doo-wop, crooning, folk, jazz and early stages of rock and roll and more.

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