Something Unreal: The Best Of by Ex Norwegian

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.

Ready To Strike by Rapazzi

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.

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The Leo August Album by Fernando Perdomo

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.

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Dull Uncomplicated Man by Struck With Green

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

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Instantine by DVR

Instantine is the May 15, 2020 release by DVR, a studio music project by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Olav Christensen. Originally from Denmark, Christensen is now based in Brooklyn, NY, and writes, records, produces, and masters all his music.  This is my fourth review for this artist, my last one was for the album All Good Things which he sent me as a Vinyl which I still listen to on my turntable.  This eighteen track release which is only available as a digital download in which  I am very impressed with the growth on this album both as a songwriter and an artist with such great tracks as Agonizing Rhythm Of Time, Anytime Now, Golden Hour, When I See, Weather and so much more and can be purchased as of today from his Bandcamp page https://dvrmusic.bandcamp.com/

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Four Track Mind by Alan Davey

Four Track Mind is a four-CD compilation of home studio recordings from the brilliantly creative and exhaustively produced Alan Davey, an English bassist, singer, keyboardist, and songwriter, best known as the former bassist with Hawkwind scheduled for release May 22, 2020, on the Purple Pyramid Records label and distributed by Cleopatra Records.  This is also the fifth review I have done for this amazing artist.  This sixty-seven track compilation features such tracks as R.E.M. Time, Slumber Head, Moody Nation, The Call, Simulator, Lost In The Smoke, Fear At The Night, Bird Nebula, In The Game and so much more.  I was quite moved by the performance of this compilation as well as Alan’s brilliant songwriting talent and a superb recording.  This is definitely a collection you will want to add to your music library which will be available soon from Cleopatra Records, Amazon, Bandcamp, and all music retailers where CDs and digital downloads are sold.

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The Other Side by Nektar

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was getting close to my 1700th music review and wanted that slot to belong to a vinyl.  A couple weeks ago the band Nektar came to the rescue with their album The Other Side released January 24, 2020, on the Cosmic Cowboy Records label.  This psychedelic progressive rock band Nektar comprises of Randy Dembo on bass, 1 string guitar, bass pedals and vocals, Kendall Scott on keyboards and vocals, Ryche Chlanda on guitar and vocals, Ron Howden on drums, and Derek “Mo” Moore on bass. This double vinyl album on colored vinyl features such great tracks as I’m On Fire, Devil’s Door, the title track The Other Side, The Light Beyond and so much more.  I was quite moved by the performance on this album as well as excellent songwriting talents and a superb recording.  This is definitely an album you will want to add to your music library which is available on Vinyl, CD and digital download from Amazon, Cherry Red Records, Discogs and many other outlets where music is sold as well as the band’s official website  https://nektarsmusic.com/ where you can also learn about this band, their music, and more.  In closing, I want to give a major thank you to Derek Moore for sending a signed copy of this amazing album.

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Invisible by Nick D’Virgilio (NDV)

Invisible” is the second solo album by California born but Indiana based drummer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Nick D’Virgilio (NDV) and comes almost two decades after his debut solo offering.  The lineup on this release features Nick D’Virgilio on drums, loops, and vocals, Jonas Reingold on bass, Randy McStine on guitars, Jordan Rudess on piano & synths, and Nick D’Virgilio, Kat Bower, Beth Cohen, Nathan Heironimus, Sophia D’ Virgilio on background vocals.   This fourteen track album scheduled for release on June 26, 2020 collection of songs that make up the story of a man who is unhappy with where his life has ended up.  Listening to this album I hear a mixture of classical, progressive rock, jazz and with a little funk thrown in with such great tracks as Turn Your Life Around, Money (That’s What I Want), Mercy, Overcome, Wrong Place Wrong Time and so much more.  This release features an amazing performance, great songwriting, and a superb recording.  This is an album I would highly recommend to your music library which is available on Vinyl, CD, and digital download from his website https://www.nickdvirgilio.com/ and many other music outlets.   This is definitely an album I would love to own on vinyl.

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Fire Without Water by E D Brayshaw

Fire Without Water is the May 1, 2020 debut solo release by guitarist E D Brayshaw.  Having spent over thirty years as the guitar to go sideman for many other artists, E D Brayshaw finally put other projects aside to record his thoughts and emotions on this eight-track album.  I first got turned on to this amazing guitarist when I heard the album The Roads We Ride that he recorded with Wily Bo Walker. After hearing that album, I knew I had to hear more from this artist and now I got my chance with this eight-track album on which E D plays guitars, bass, drums, lap steel, mandolin, keyboards plus doing vocals which features such great tracks as Say What You Will, I Hear The Rain, The Call, Reckless (which I considered my favorite track with a sound like Stevie Ray Vaughn) and much more.  I was quite impressed with the performance on this album, as well as excellent songwriting and a superb recording and production.  You can get your own copy of this amazing album on CD or digital download by going to his Bandcamp page https://edbrayshaw.bandcamp.com/

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Destination Unknown by Signal 13

As I get closer to my 1700th review, I am proud to present as my 1696th review, the EP Destination Unknown by Baltimore, Maryland based progressive rock band Signal 13 which was released on April 17, 2020.  This five-piece band led by front-womanVicky Starr and joined by guitarists Johnathan Lassiter and Chris Starr, bassist Patrick Jenkins, and drummer Johnny Sexx.  This album with amazing vocals and a classic rock sound features the tracks Dirty, Karma, Make It Rain, Stay With Me, and All Fired Up.  I was moved by the performance on this EP, as well as excellent songwriting and a superb recording.  This excellent CD is available on CD and digital downloads from their website https://signal13band.com/, Apple Music, Spotify, and many other music retailers.  On their website you will also learn more about this band, their music and more.   In closing, I want to give a big thank you to Chip Ruggieri from Chipster PR & Consulting, Inc. for turning me on to this great band.

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