Joonbug said “Michael is a self-taught, naturally gifted musician who explores a unique vocal style and emotionally-infused songwriting” in reference to Michael Persall, who will be releasing his debut EP in November called This & That and in order to discover why he has received such praise, you can listen to this in the form of a song called “Stance”. If you are a fan of Jason Mraz, Ed Sheeran, or John Mayer, you’ll become a fan of Persall. All of these things were mentioned in the press release, now compare him your own self.
Om will be touring next month but as you will see, they are only for the east coast and midwest. If you are a fan that have been waiting to see them, or see them again, you’ll now have a chance, or chances if you want to go the semi-groupie route.
October 2… Cambridge, MA (The Sinclair)
October 3… Burlington, VT (Signal Kitchen)
October 4… Portland, ME (SPACE Gallery)
October 5… New York, NY (Le Poisson Rouge)
October 6… Philadelphia, PA (Johnny Brenda’s)
October 8… Louisville, KY (The New Vintage)
October 9… Iowa City, IA (Gabe’s Oasis)
October 10… Minneapolis, MN (7th Street Entry)
October 11… Chicago, IL (Lincoln Hall)
Here’s something that’s interesting, peculiar, if not a bit on the “WTF?” side of things. Thickly Painted Walls could be the creation of a band or one man, but it sounds like someone picked up a guitar, didn’t bother to tune it and just made songs from his head. There’s something quite good in it, even when he goes off into an experimental tangent. It’s a four-song EP called Pen 15, maybe next time he’ll do a 15-song EP, each one being four seconds each. Check out other Thickly Painted Walls projects on the official Bandcamp page.
You might play this song and immediately bring to mind the ATL sound or even Twista, but his name is Canon and true to the title of the track, he knows how to “Go Off” and go off well. The actual song also features Lucius, which you’ll be able to find on Canon’s full project Loose Canon Vol. 2 (Reflection Music Group), headed out to you on October 7th.
The best hip-hop coming out today are most likely not found on a major label with very rare exceptions. If you want to find something that sounds good and is sensible, you’ll want to check out HiPNOTT Records, who just signed producer Confidence to the label. The roster continues to be solid and this signing is a very good one. Confidence just put together a song called “Can It Be”, which he did with his now-labelmates, The Regiment. While the spoken word portions are a bit too loud compared to the entire song, “Can It Be” works perfectly because of what is being said, this one one to truly listen to.
In order to get this free download, you have to click to the Soundcloud page below. It’s an Alt-J song remixed by Golden Pony, turned into a major dance extravaganza if you allow its rhythms to do it to you, and it wants to do it to you all night long, even in the morning. Maybe Golden Pony should remix more music for the next 18 months, find more remixes by heading to the official Golden Pony Soundcloud page.
The Cleopatra Club are a pop group from New Jersey who occasionally like to splash in a bit of groove with their songs, such as “Ride The Night”, taken from their current EP The Neon Collection. If anything, it shows there are singers who are moving far away from Auto-Tune and while the song has a slightly simple approach, it works for me on those two factors alone.
Someone called the music of Moulettes “orchestra folk” and that is just goofy. People are open to interpration but that doesn’t feel right to me. I hear pop, good ol’ pop with a lot of intricacies, and you may hear it in their song “Constellations”, which has been turned into a nice video. The group not only sound like creators, but innovators and interpreters, expect more good music from them in the near future.
If you didn’t know, Has-Lo and Castle has a new album on Mello Music Group called Live Like You’re Dead so as you’re living/dying, you may/may not want to take a listen to one of its songs, “Famished”. Safe to say, it’s best that you be alive to take a listen, it wouldn’t be helpful if you’re unable to smile after checking it out. Pat Murray directed this one.
Populous is gearing up to release a new album in just under two weeks called Night Safari (Bad Panda/Folk Wisdom) and from it is a song called “Fall”, in time for the new season and in time for you to be cautious while moving around while listening, hoping you will not fall down. The song features Cuushe. You can pre-order the digital files for the album via Bandcamp, or the hard copy (i.e. vinyl or CD) from Interbang Records.