Saturday, June 27, 2015

Emily Bell - Hey Baby

This track is just pure fun. It makes me smile and tap my feet with each line, Austin based Emily Bell spits out. From her rapid fire delivery on the verses to the absolutely infectious chorus, Emily slays this track.  It's got a delicious retro vibe on the chorus that just makes me fall for it even more.  Not going to do a lot of talking about it, because it does a fantastic job of doing it itself.  I hope she gets a ton of recognition for this track and the whole album that's only $9 on Bandcamp.  It came out 2 years ago but it's an amazing example of Rock and Roll, the kind that we aren't seeing much of in today's music scene.  She reminds me of ZZ Ward and Amanda Marshall and Serena Ryder as she just owns the hell out of her art.

Brenda Bennett - Guiltier

Longevity isn't something that is the norm in the world of pop or dance.  And now with home studios across the world, there are new artists popping up like their being churned out of factories so when you actually get a cut from a an artist that's got some history and staying power to their career, it's pretty fantastic especially when that artist is none other than 1/3 of 2 of the most loved girl groups of all time, Brenda Bennett.  You may know Brenda from her time with Vanity 6 or Apollonia 6, both groups created by Prince but what you may not know is that she has had a prolific career as a recording artist throughout the past handful of decades.  She's not stopped recording music and as she's matured, she's only gotten better and better.  Her voice is strong and powerful with a conviction that you don't get out of mass market, over produced, throw away pop stars of today. 

Guiltier, one of her more current singles, is a fantastic confrontation song about a relationship gone bad.  It's amazingly catchy and easy on the ears.  It's got great production and it does an awesome job of showcasing her vocals and her prowess as an artist.  It's a message that, unfortunately, is timeless as we all have had instances in our lives when we may or may not have had cause to think something just isn't right in our relationships and what a better way of expressing those feelings than through music.  You see the changes.  You know the warning signs are there and it's time to do something about it.  You may be angry about the situation, but this song will help express those feelings in a much more energetic manner.

It's a pleasure to hear Brenda singing and I look forward to talking about more of her music in the very near future.

Bean - Wildfire

Nashville raised, Noelle Bean has released one of my favorite inspirational anthems of the summer.  Her voice flows easily across the track as she sings about rising up after being knocked down and going higher than you'd thought you previously thought you could.  Whether it's reinvention, like a phoenix or it's just proving to yourself and others that you aren't one to get pushed around, it's always awesome to have the idea reinforced that the things in our lives that make us stronger are nothing more than bumps in the road.  I think it's easy to forget that the small stuff is just that, small stuff and we get so bogged down in it so often that we forget where we've been and where we're going on our journey.

Bean does an amazing job of reminding us of that in this infectious pop track that it's not about how hard the fight is, all that matters is that you showed up for the fight.  I adore this song and can't wait to hear more from this amazing artist.

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