Thursday, January 25, 2018

New Music From Singer/Songwriters Steve Barton & Sarah McQuaid

Music artist Steve Barton (Translator) is preparing to release his 7th solo album "Tall Tales And Alibis" on March 2nd through Sleepless Records. It will be a triple-album release with all three albums having their own unique feel. The first two albums were recorded and produced by Steve at his home studio in Portland, OR, while the third album was recorded with a full band in Los Angeles.

The first album contains 13-tracks, beginning with the acoustic folk poetry of "How Can I Believe" and the quick, aggressive strumming of "Shadow Of The Bride." Many of the songs on this release feel stark and in raw, demo form as a full band would have given songs like "Dawn" and "That Picture Of You" more impact. The first album closes with the alternative rock build-up of "You're A Star Tonight" as Barton showcases many different sides to his songwriting.

The second album begins with the quiet acoustic piece "Breath" as Barton slowly invites you into this mellower set of songs. He pours his emotions into the ballads "I'll Still Be Loving You" and "I Count The Minutes." It's a nice switch when Barton brings in the blues of "Haunt Me Tonight," before finishing up this second chapter with the troubadour folk appeal of "Stare At The Sun Tonight."

Barton seems to have the most fun with a full band backing him up as on the third album of this triple-record set. He gets things moving with the short alternative, post-punk feel of "Wake Up In Roses" and "Gimme Your Hand." Barton also works in the rockabilly flair of "The Day My Baby Went Blind" and the grunge-like fuzz of "Where Did I Go Wrong," before closing with the passionate, acoustic rock of "I Fly." To find out more about Steve Barton and his latest three album set "Tall Tales And Alibis," please visit stevebartonmusic.com.

Singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid is preparing to release her new solo album "If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous" on February 2nd. The new 12-song release begins with the raw blues of the title song as you easily find yourself lost in Sarah's vocals. She continues with the light, acoustic folk story of "Slow Decay" and the jungle rhythm of "One Sparrow Down." Her voice plays out beautifully on the ballad "Forever Autumn," before her music takes on a dark turn with the instrumental "The Day Of Wrath, That Day." Sarah McQuaid finishes up her new album with the country tones of "Cot Valley," the wonderful acoustic instrumental "New Beginnings" and the gentle, floating melody of "The Tug Of The Moon." To find out more about Sarah McQuaid and her latest release "If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous," please visit sarahmcquaid.com.

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