Ever wonder what a Herb Alpert and Shins record would sound like? Wonder no more! Sean Pawling just released such a fun, brassy tune, “Rio Grande.” It has groovy horns, a nice thump, and catchy vocals — a refreshing arrangement that is a pleasure to swing along to.
Mick Mullin tells it like it is in his latest release, “Nashville Man.” His voice is straightforward and honest in its assessment of his hometown. “It takes a Nashville man to sing a Nashville song” rings as a brilliant lyric alongside, “Whoever served you that beer wrote the best songs you’ll never hear.” Mick Mullin gets it.
Michael G. Moore is a timeless songwriter. His latest release, “You Don’t Even Try,” is a wondrous tune that blooms into a melodic masterpiece. Using organic and electronic elements, the arrangement is catchy, smart, and rises and falls like a musical wave. Very nicely done.
Vetle Forsell is fantastic. An unrivaled talent with a voice that quivers and sways in a wonderfully peaceful way, Forsell should be on every indie playlist of worth. “Adventures” is a storybook song with hints of frolicking folk and classical music. A lovely listen worth your attention.
Kimberly Townsend shows off a unique gift for intimate songwriting with her latest release, “The History And The Heart Of It.” Based in NYC, Townsend might be compared to Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson, but she has a sweeping emotive voice all her own. Her full album is due out mid-January, so keep an ear out!