Los Angeles based indie label Cleopatra Records and Hungarian-born songwriter/producer/musician Leslie Mandoki, the mastermind behind the living, breathing art-rock project Mandoki Soulmates, are proud to announce the release of the first full-length album since the two entities joined forces earlier this year. Living In The Gap + Hungarian Pictures which was released October 11, 2019, is actually a double album which along with Leslie Mandoki features performances by Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, Supertramp’s John Helliwell & John Siebenberg, Toto’s Bobby Kimball Manfred Mann’s Chris Thompson, Cream’s Jack Bruce, Jazz-Rock giants Al Di Meola, Cory Henry, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Bill Evans, Richard Bona and many more! This nineteen track progressive rock album features such great tracks as the title track Living In The Gap, Old Rebels, Wake Up, Mother Europe, Utopia For Realists, Transylvanian Dances, Return To Budapest and so much more. I was quite moved with the performance on this collection as well as excellent songwriting and a superb recording. This amazing album is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Discogs, Cleopatra Records, and all other retailers where music is sold. While you are at it be sure to check out Mandoki Soulmates and Ian Anderson’s special tribute to the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic – hospital workers, grocery store clerks, food delivery drivers, and others – on the digital EP, We Say Thank You! Proceeds from the EP will be donated to The United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund in support of the WHO (World Health Organization) and The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. In closing, I want to thank Red Rock Productions for the very impressive promo pack with CD, several books with information and photos, and a flash drive with the song We Say Thank You. I hope to hear the earlier work from this amazing group as well as their future releases.
Broken World is the May 15, 2020 EP by VITRUVIA, one of the Hottest Rising Alternative/Emo Rock bands in America. Their rising single ‘DO SOMETHING’ is the perfect anthem for uniting & inspiring people to HELP OTHERS in these challenging times. The Band has Dynamic Sounds, with Harder Songs mixing dirty & clean vocals, like BEFORE I WAKE & IT’S NOT OVER NOW, & more Melodic hard rock songs with catchy melodies, like Starbound & Piece Of Mind. Highly recommended, a 10+ with amazing vocals, great instrumental backup a superb recording. Available on Amazon, Apple, better stores & http://www.VitruviaMusic.com)
Remainder of None is the debut album by Los Angeles, California based artist Keelah Tay and produced by my friend and an amazing recording artist Fernando Perdomo. This six-track EP showcases an amazing voice with a rock and bluesy sound and superb songwriting skills on the tracks History (which there is a clean and unclean version), I Against Me, Lift Up, Paper Weight and the title track Remainder Of None. In addition to a great performance, this album features an awesome recording and production. This is an artist, I would love to hear more from in the future. This album will be available on July 1, 2020, on all major download platforms.
Observer is the upcoming album by Life On Mars scheduled for release on June 29, 2020. This album is the second review I have done for collaboration, consisting of Fernando Perdomo which I have reviewed fourteen times and is both producer, engineer and artist on vocals and most instruments, Earl Kayoss, who on my second review is the principal songwriter, producer, and artist on vocals, guitar, and piano. This album also features special guest appearances from Zak Nilsson on lead vocals, Salvador Navarra on piano, synthesizer, and the legendary Scarlet Rivera (Bob Dylan/Joni Mitchell) on violin. This seventeen track fourth album of new original songs are varied and range from ballads to some of the hardest rock you will ever hear and everything in between. I enjoyed this album from start to finish with such tracks as And One Day, The Ghost Of Elvin Hawkins, The Tall Man, The Hotel Underground, No Sky and so much more. In addition to an amazing performance, this release features great songwriting talent and a superb recording. I highly recommend this album to your music library which will be available in CD and digital download format on June 29th from Bandcamp and other music outlets.
Chepleeri Dream is the new album coming June 12, 2020, on the Cleopatra Records Records label by Indian violinist, vocalist, composer, and record producer L. Shankar which features Korn’s Jonathan Davis, world-renowned Vedic chanter P.N. Sivarama Krishnan, King Crimson’s Tony Levin, Chester Thompson (Phil Collins / Genesis / Frank Zappa), Scott Page of Supertramp & Pink Floyd, Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins, Norwood Fisher of Fishbone, and others! This eleven-track album features such great songs as In My Heart, Can’t Wait, Oceans Waves, Patience, and much more. I enjoyed this album from start to finish with a powerful performance, amazing songwriting talent, and a superb recording. This is definitely an album you will want to add to your rock library which is will be available on June 22 from Cleopatra Records, Apple Music, and many other music retailers where CDs, Vinyl, and digital downloads are sold. To learn more about this amazing artist, his music and more go to his official website http://lshankar.com/
Stæm is a July 29, 2009 album by Norwegian rock musician Petter Wavold. This album is all sung in Norwegian, but still a great piece of work with a mixture of classic rock with a little punk thrown in with such great tracks on this twelve song album such as the title track Staem, Punk, Another Bad Love Song, A Little Tolling, Heia Sweden and so much more. This release showcases a great performance as well as excellent songwriting talent and superb recording. It is so nice to hear music from around the world. This is my first review for an artist from Norway and looking forward to hearing his other albums. You can find this album on CD and digital download from Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify, and other music retailers. To learn more about this amazing artist, his music and upcoming tours go to his official website http://www.peterwave.com/
The other day I received the 20 September 2019 signed vinyl album by Ex Norwegian called Something Unreal: The Best Of on the Think Like A Key Records label. Ex Norwegian consists of Roger Houdaille playing most of the instruments on this album along with my good friend and talented musician Fernando Perdomo doing the drum work and more. This fifteen track vinyl and 48 track CD contains such great work as the title track Something Unreal, Unstoppable, Feelin’ It, Sudeki Lover, Love Is, I Like The Way, Hold Please, and much more. The two-CD set also contains a nice selection of live tracks. I was quite impressed with the performance on this album as well as Roger’s songwriting talent and a superb recording. In the upcoming weeks I will be sharing my review on the other vinyl he sent me called Hue Spotting and a CD called Spotting Hues. You can pick up your own copy of this vinyl, CD, or digital download from Amazon, https://shop.exnorwegian.com/music, and many other music outlets. To learn more about this amazing artist and his music, go to his official website https://www.exnorwegian.com/ where you can get your hands on his other recordings and much more.
This morning’s listen is a sound I have not heard before. You take some rock and mix it with jazz, Celtic, and some Johnny Cash threw in and you get the 26 April 2016 album Ready to Strike by Brazilian composer/producer, an American lyricist, and seasoned vocalists living in Mexico called Rapazzi. This seventeen track album features such tracks as Feather In the Wind, For The Child, State Of The Union, When A Giggles Run Too Deep, Snake In The Grass, Gone Missing, and much more. In addition to an interesting performance, there is an excellent songwriting and superb recording. With this different mixture, you need to check out this album to see if it is your cup of tea. This release is available on CD and digital download from Starburst Records, Amazon, Apple Music, and all other music retailers.
The Leo August Album is the May 19, 2020 concept album by Fernando Perdomo, guitarist, and bassist of the Dave Kerzner Band in which the concept of this amazing release is that Leo August is a singer-songwriter on his death bed at the end of his battle with a deadly disease. This ten-track album is my twelfth review for this amazing artist and has more reviews on my blog than any other. I am always looking forward to hearing new material from Fernando and am constantly seeing the growth of this artist as a songwriter and performer. I enjoyed this album from start to finish with such great tracks as Final Stage, Release, Fade Out, Don’t Forget To Say Goodnight and so much more. This amazing release features an unforgettable performance as well as brilliant songwriting and superb recording. I highly recommend you take a listen to this great piece of work which is available today at https://fernandoperdomo.bandcamp.com/album/the-leo-august-album/ where you can also find all of his earlier work. In closing, I want to thank you, Fernando, for giving me the opportunity to listen to this album and also turning me on to other artists that you have worked with.
Dull Uncomplicated Man is the 2016 Electro/ Industrial album by Orlando, Florida based band Stuck with Green featuring Ron Potter on electronic beats and synths, drum machine, vocals, and guitars and Evan Zappa and the Necessity on synths. Listening to this album I found out that this kind of music is not my cup of tea on this twenty track album which features such tracks Never Too Late, Isolation Fornication, D.U.M., Cemetery’s Promises, Plantings and much more. This album was well written and recorded, but the performance is not to my liking, I guess it is because I am not into this kind of music, even though there are a large number of people that would enjoy this kind of sound. This album is available on Spotify and other music outlets. To find out more about this band, go to https://www.broadjam.com/stuckwithgreen