Southern-Tinged Psych Rock
Self-Released March 3, 2017
I caught the latter half of Bendigo Fletcher’s appearance on the latest episode of WRFL-Live! – they’re a relatively new five-piece from Louisville, Kentucky. I hadn’t heard of the group before, but enjoyed what they played that night on the radio. Their songs were spirited, loose, and unusually uninhibited. Somewhere, towards the end of their set, they mentioned they were playing a show over the weekend with Lexington’s Johnny Conqueroo, and that they’d be marking the occasion with the release of their first single – a song called “Sleeping Pad.”
The track is the first they’ve released as a band, serving to tide their fans over until the release of their debut EP (coming somewhere in the fairly near future, perhaps?) Ryan Anderson, singer for the group, paints a simple, comforting picture of lying down for a well-deserved rest. The bright verses are punctuated with verses full of momentum, which in turn give way to instrumental breaks on guitar and violin – all sections of the song have enough space to breathe and develop. Songs like this seem to come out quite a bit less often than those about dark, difficult subjects; though perhaps we could all use the occasional musical reminder of the importance of a good night’s sleep and proper self-care. The group, though new, have a great sound, cohesion, and positive energy – it should be interesting to see how their future plays out.
Ben Southworth – March 5, 2017 – High Street
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
I imagine that this is a topic I’ll be blogging about more than once – especially as it seems like I hear about plans for a new album to come out almost every day – but here’s the first installment. Let me tell you about a few local albums that I’m looking forward to.
And you should be too!
Englishman – Unsafe & Sound
If you read the blog very often, you’ll know that I’m particularly fond of acoustic/singer-songwriter music. In fact, it’s what first drew me to Englishman’s eponymous LP. Since my first impressions of his first album – which was both a uniquely and beautifully recorded piece – my tastes have changed quite a bit. I’ve retained my love for the “easy-listening” that made up much of his first few releases, but have also learned to get excited for stuff with a little more grit. From the sounds of the first-released track on this upcoming EP, it sounds like English has too – there’s heavy synth-basslines and distorted guitars all around, things that definitely didn’t make it onto his first albums. That said, his recognizable sound and lyric-writing are both still strong here, and I’m very excited to see where he’s going with the rest of the songs. That, plus artwork from Robert Beatty (that I think is somewhat different from the image to the left,) as well as a few other things, make this a really exciting release.
Hear “More Than Insects” –
Warren Byrom & Fabled Canelands
A lot like Englishman, Warren Byrom and the Fabled Canelands were one of the first groups from around here that I got into – both of them are still favorites of mine. Though I’m not super sure what exactly it is that Warren and the boys have in store for us, from the last couple of times I’ve heard them – I think it’ll be good. Warren has been hinting around (and downright telling us) that they’ll be going into the studio to record eleven new songs within the next month. If I heard him correctly at his show with Joan Shelley on Friday, they’ll be doing their work at Shangri-La – Duane Lundy is a talented engineer, and Warren, Jose, Seth, and Robby have all got no shortage of chops. If you liked their first album, one that did a great job of sounding clean, while retaining the energy of their live performances, I think that this upcoming release will be great as well.
Hear their first album, “The Fabled Canelands”
In addition to these two, there’s some more that are on their way – I’d write about them now, but I don’t know much about them at the moment – I’ll have some words about them soon!
- Mayonnaise – 7-Song Demo
- The Rough Customers
- They Yearn For What They Fear
- Cheyenne Mize – Among the Grey
- Everyone Lives, Everyone Wins
- And yes… The WRFL-Live! Summer 2012 Compilation (keep your eye here and on our Facebook page, I promise we haven’t forgotten about it!)
I’m sure I’m forgetting something, and there’s always more to come, so I ask you this:
“What local releases are you looking forward to??”
– Ben Southworth