NeuHuman–Self-Titled: Las Vegas resident and multi-instrumentalist Al Azar created NueHuman in May 2008 in order to test his musicianship and to explore the bounds of his own imagination. Recorded in the spirit of taking single ideas and thoughts and developing them into unique and stimulating pieces of music, the debut album is one that is genre-defying with a splash of electronic music. Accented with spoken word segments from some of the world’s leading scientists and philosophers (Martin Luther King Jr, Geroge Orwell), the record speaks of evolution of mankind juxtaposed against its ascendance into a new technologic age. The music is hypnotic with a groove-based core with influences by jazz, hip-hop and rock. The album begins with “@ Odds With The Universe,” a track with delicate ambient swells and samples of thunder pulled together by drum loops. Many of the tracks on the album a topped off with delay and reverb all the while being laced with dancing vocals and key parts.
White Roses— Take Back Your Mind: Heather Rose is an award-winning songwriter originally from the Bay Area. With songs that range from traditional acoustic folk and blues to electronically charged rock, she creates a sound that is unique with a voice that is God given. Hot on the heels of White Roses’ 2009 release, their new album builds on the groundwork of their previous release and showcases Rose and the band’s capabilities to combine hard rock with the delicate elements of jazz and blues.
Sonic Bridge— American dReam: Sonic Bridge aka Marc Bridge can tell a damn story. He does it easily with wit and humor. The album begins with the truthful and witty “Celebrity Society” which examines the facade of modern day American culture through the narrator’s ambitions for get-rich-schemes. The title track, “American dReam,” plays out similarly to the first track using humor to examine the grey life marked by struggle and hard choices that is quite familiar. The album definitely highlights Bridge’s straightforward songwriting style. Backed by an all-star cast of supporting musicians, the album uses an eclectic mix of styles to showcase the lyric in its best light. He is exemplary in mixing serious social commentary with humor, great songwriting and an unforgettable sound.
Baylock—One Good To Be Told: Out of Providence, RI, Baylock emerges with their fast-paced Progressive Roots Rock. Largely inspired by the big wigs of alternative rock, the four piece band recreates vibes previously established (Third Eye Blind, Dispatch, Sublime). The albums lifts off with “Gone for Good,” a track that highlights the band’s darker side with eery guitar solos and truthful lyrics. The second track, “Rise,” brings you to the polar opposite of the opening, buzzing with a lighthearted feel and establishes the band’s ability to create a vast span of impassioned music. Finally, a delicate track and a treat is “Patience” which encapsulates the listening with several layers of alluring acoustic guitar, uplifting instrumentation and sad, heartfelt lyrics– a contradiction that works well and plays nicely.