The newest release of the London based label Lojinx is - and you can count this as an understatement - very VERY promising! Serious Poke is the debut album from Fred Abbott: The London based musician, until now best known as lead guitarist
and keyboard player in the recently disbanded Noah And The Whale
joined the band in 2009 and went on to huge success with that
group, especially notable being his contribution to 2011‘s
Platinum-selling and highly acclaimed Last Night On Earth. Abbott
enlisted the help of his Noah And The Whale compadres and other friends
for the recording of Serious Poke, with sessions taking place at West
London’s British Grove Studios over the past year. The album was
co-produced by Fred with Martin Hollis (Grinderman, The Rolling Stones and Take That).
Abbott says, "If you attended a Noah And The Whale
soundcheck at any time in the last five years then you probably heard
me, Urby, Mike and Tom jamming some of these songs. Last year while the
band was on hiatus I took the opportunity to record them properly, with
the boys from NATW and some other talented friends. Now that Noah has
officially split the time seems right to put this stuff out there.
Three years ago Marc Martel posted a video of a Queen cover on YouTube. I'm very sure he didn't expect at all what would happen after that: 10 million people watched the video. He became the frontman at the official Queen Tribute Band (Queen Extravaganza) - chosen by Queen drummer Roger Taylor - and toured the world. In 2013 he released his debut EP (Prelude EP), which was co-produced by Bleu and produced by John Fields.
Earlier in 2015 the full debut record was out (also produced by Fields): Impersonator has become my personal best debut record in at least the last 5 years. The record is filled with 12 songs and 47 minutes of pure intensity and passion for good music.
Yes, Freddie Mercury comparisons can't be denied. Listen to "Stalemate" or "Our Best" and get a picture of it. But please also listen to "Paradise" or "Say The Word". He is much more than a voice double. He is one of the most talented new artists out there. Listen to the songs:
And yes - he does sound a whole lot like Freddie Mercury. But that's not bad at all!
Naubinway - the first solo record of Minneapolis music legend Adam Levy (best known from The Honeydogs) - will be out in September 2015.
Ben Folds - So There
Ben Folds teams uo with yMusic and will release his new album "So There" in September 2015. Interesting fact: there are only 8 tracks - and a 21 minute long orchestral piece ("Concerto For Piano and Orchestra").
Darwin Deez - Double Down
Darwin Deez is back. Yay! His third record "Double Down" is out September 18, 2015. Listen to the first single "Kill your Attitude" here:
Fred Abbott - Serious Poke
The newest release of the London based label Lojinx looks - and you can count this as an understatement - very promising! Serious Poke is the debut album from Fred Abbott (lead guitarist and keyboard player from Noah and the Whale). The record will be out July 24, 2015. Listen here:
Brandon Schott - Crayon & Angels
Brandon Schott's lateat record is out soon - a crowd funding campaign has started already:
"It was in a small two bedroom condo on Louise Street in Glendale, California that the story of Crayons & Angels began. In the healing shadow of a life changing illness I started writing and recording an album called Dandelion. That album featured music that ended up being little meditations, reflecting back on the immediate past of those years.
But there were other songs that started to emerge at the same time. Songs that felt very different, that played through the darkness more like a celebration of spirit. They've been kicking around ever since, waiting for the right record to shine. These are the songs that inform the heart of Crayons & Angels.
If Louise Street is where this album started, Kickstarter is where the record begins a new chapter. And this chapter is all yours.
I'm so proud to be partnering with my dear friend Andrew Curry and our friends at Curry Cuts to bring this record to you. This is without question my most ambitious project to date, an 18 track record of songs that span the stylistic scope of my whole catalog. Working on this project was truly a celebration.
And to get this one fully across the finish line we need YOUR help. Crayons & Angels is yours now. From the bottom of my heart, thank you SO much for all your support, love and friendship."