Friday, September 8, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Indie Artists Tokyo Rosenthal, Case Carrett And Stoney Spring

Americana artist Tokyo Rosenthal returns with his new album titled "This Minstrel Life." It mixes together new original tunes with a couple of cover tunes and also features a mix of studio and live recordings. He begins his new album with the swift, country shuffle of "Hundred Mile Man" as his words speak truth amongst an honest musical backdrop. Then he showcases his quieter side with the gentle acoustics of "The Seder," before heading back out to the country with the politically charged "Now I Believe There's A Devil." Tokyo turns the words of Moija Saucer into the dark tale of "Wiregrass," then finishes the studio portion of his new album with the island flair of "The Immigrant Revisited." He finishes up his new album with 4 live tracks that were recorded between 2012 and 2015, beginning with a quick strumming cover of Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried" with The Sap Brothers. He also includes a live version of his controversial, pro-gay marriage song "Love Won Out," performed in the U.K. To find out more about Tokyo Rosenthal and his latest release "This Minstrel Life," please visit tokyorosenthal.com.

Newcomer Case Garrett will be releasing his debut album titled "Aurora" on November 3rd. His new 8-track release features Garrett's brand of alt-country music with his warming, down-home vocals. He begins with the classic twang of "What Can I Say?" and the acoustic ballad "Long Way Down" as his vocals and lyrics sound very genuine. The song "Going Down To Mobile" appears twice on the album, first as a classic, up-tempo country swinging tune and again at the end of the album as a country rock radio gem with a bit more grit added to the song's over vibe. Garrett's new album also includes a countrified version of J.J. Cale's "Call Me The Breeze" and the exciting country sway of "Fill'er Up." To find out more about Case Garrett and his latest release "Aurora," please visit casegarrett.com.

Arriving October 20th is the latest release from psych-folk band Stoney Spring titled "The Natural Sweetness Of Cream." It features 10-tracks, starting off with the acoustic strumming of "I Think I Am A Rasta" as the song continues to build with each verse. The album continues with the the swift-moving, psychedelic/experiential rock of "Kindersound," before moving back to the folk-like, storied tales of "Revisiting The Past." Stoney Spring take you on a sonic trip with the instrumental "Class Of '72," before returning to the psych-folk delivery of "Chasing An Abstract Dream." They finish up their new album with the experimental, atmospheric tones of the spoken words of "Western States Part II" and the Frank Zappa-like instrumental "Black Vernissage." To find out more about Stoney Spring and their latest release "The Natural Sweetness Of Cream," please visit stoneyspring.com.

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