Self-Released – October 21st, 2015
“We appreciate that your time is valuable. Stay tuned next month for a real song…”
The third track in the last month is out now from Matt Duncan – it keeps things quick, and I plan to do the same with this write-up. “On Hold” is a just shy of ninety seconds long, runs its course without the presence of any vocals, and like the name alludes to, it would fit right in with the music you hear when you’re on hold with the utility company. The track is light and fun, but that’s not to say it isn’t good or catchy. Thought it’s not quite a complete song (at least by Matt’s standards), it’s a nice, groovy piece of music and definitely not something created without a little bit of thought – plus, it ends cleverly and abruptly with the sound of a phone hanging up. Give the song a listen below and a download if you like – it’s fun, it’s free and it takes all of a minute and a half to listen to.
Ben Southworth – October 21st, 2015 – Kenwick Place
Self-Released – October 9th, 2015
DeBraun Thomas is an important guy when it comes to the Lexington music scene. He’s produced the Crunkadelic Funk Show since 2009 (at WRFL from 2009 to 2013, and at WUKY from 2013 to present) and does segment at WUKY called ‘Local Music Mondays’ highlighting a different member in Lexington music each week. DeBraun has been a part of different bands throughout the last several years (Relic Delic and Soul Funkin Dangerous), but recently he’s been playing around town under his own name. His first album, All My Colors Are Blind, is a collection of ten tracks that channel influences of funk, soul, rhythm & blues, and rock – the themes of the songs range from more serious explorations of things like love, longing, diversity and racial acceptance to lighter subject matters like being ‘Broke in Denver.’
All My Colors Are Blind is not only a collection of good songs, though – it listens well as an album, too. DeBraun shows an affinity for grooving, up-tempo blues in tracks like “Bedroom Stranger” and the aforementioned “Broke in Denver,” but these are broken up well with slower and more contemplative songs throughout. “Bourbon Tears” is a lead-guitar-heavy slow-burner, “Take Me to Olympus” is simply DeBraun singing with an acoustic guitar – the two tracks are back to back, and offer an intimate centerpiece to the record. The album is a great production the whole way through, and DeBraun thanks a long list of people for their help in making it that way – over ten skilled musicians, the talents of Shangri-La Productions, and a lengthy list of supporters and contributors (former WRFLian, Daniel Morgan did some great work with the album art and design, too). All My Colors Are Blind is a satisfying result from someone who has put in more than their fair share of work and support within Lexington’s music scene, and absolutely something to be enjoyed and appreciated.
You might be able pick up a physical copy of All My Colors Are Blind at CD Central and Morris Book Shop for a few more days, and the album is available for download online at these places (to name a few): iTunes | Amazon | Google Play
You can catch Debraun this Saturday at Cosmic Charlie’s for the release party for All My Colors Are Blind – RSVP and let him know you’ll be there.
Tracks I Liked: All My Colors Are Blind, Coming Back, Bourbon Tears!, Broke in Denver!, Zuberi
Ben Southworth – October 10th, 2015 – Kenwick Place
Funky Soul Pop
Self-Released – September 16th, 2015
Current New Yorker by way of Lexington, Matt Duncan, announced last Wednesday that he’d be putting out a free track twice per month – each first and third Wednesday at least “until he runs out of ideas or time, or the world ends.” The first of these tracks is the first new music I’ve heard of his since his widely-beloved LP from 2013, Soft Times, and it sounds and feels a lot like the Matt Duncan you may have heard before. It opens boldly with a few fairly bright chords before stepping into the first verse – “if I let it all go, what would there be left for you and me.” If there’s anything that I miss from this track, it might be due to the lack of horns, but it’s made up for with some really nice harmonized vocals that almost imitate horns at different points in the song. The electronic piano sound (maybe it’s an organ of some kind?) adds a nice texture and groove, and sits prominently in the arrangement. The opening chords are reprised in the bridge, allowing for some nice interjection of guitar before spilling back into another chorus – the chorus is simple on this track, but it’s a good one that got stuck in my head. The track as a whole is great, and while it certainly fits the feeling of music that Matt has released before, it seems to be a slight shift into an even more soul-flavored genre.
Best of all? Duncan has the music on his Bandcamp, and it’s free to download (as the single’s art might suggest) – you can stream it from the player below, or download it here. If Matt sticks to this whole ‘first and third Wednesday’ thing, you should be expecting another new track on or around October 7th.
Ben Southworth – September 24th, 2015 – Kenwick Place
Genre: A sedate mix of tracks they’ve accumulated over their last two albums
I was lucky enough to have this Louisville band come and play on WRFL-Live last week, and just as lucky to receive this album in advance from them. For the last week, I’ve been going back and forth from this one and 193 Sound and have had songs from both stuck in my head for days on end. What immediately sticks out to me about this album is the surprising cohesion that it has – for a collection of tracks that didn’t make it on to either of their first two albums, the songs on Put to Flight go together remarkably well. Though the band has done some post-production to fade from one song to the next, most of this unity comes from the fact that Whistle Peak has a sound. That sound, though difficult to sum up in a word or two, finds itself somewhere between indie rock, electronica, pop and even funk. Songs, especially like “Chinese Eyes” – which is the one that has been stuck in my head the most – have a certain groove to them that mixes everything from synths, electronic bass, and background vocals into songs that just feel good. Add in the distinct voice of lead singer Billy Petot, and you’ve got a really fun album from a great band. Sure a lot of the songs are a little goofy in subject matter, and some of the hooks and samples are humorous, but the album is a great listen and if you’re like me, it will lodge itself into your internal jukebox.
Tracks I Liked: Human Division!!, Universal Numbers!, Chinese Eyes!!!, Pocket Knife!, Just Like an Indian!, Stuffed Tiger!
– Ben Southworth