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Excellent New Release From Seryn


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Seryn Releases New Album

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After a long and tumultuous four year wait, Seryn is finally back with their much anticipated sophomore release Shadow Shows.

Since the 2011 release, of This Is Where We Are, the Indie rockers have changed their label, their management, tweaked their line-up, and maybe most significantly, relocated to the fertile Nashville music scene. They released their first single, “Disappear” a few months ago, and it’s a beautiful song, with nice harmonies, and excellent guitar. A nice sample of what you’ll see on the album:

The album was recorded in their old home of Denton, Texas, by talented engineer/producer McKenzie Smith of Sondre Lerche and Regina Spektor fame. Under his influence, we see the band branch a bit into the progressive rock genre, while still maintaining their folk rock roots.

Pick up the album today on iTunes.

Holley Maher – Euphorics – Review


 

Holley Maher Album Review

 

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Holley Maher – Euphorics Album Review
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I wasn’t even halfway through the second song, “Golden”, before I started to question the title of Holley Maher’s new EP, Euphorics.  The music is undeniably pleasurable, but more-so for whom?  Her or us?  You can hear it in her voice that she is in control and enjoying herself throughout every moment of these songs.  Light-hearted and sincere, you can hear her smile as she sings and it adds a fun, personal dimension to her music that is often attempted, but seldom executed with such grace.

Generally composed of a piano, acoustic guitar, drums and strings, the music is simple but charming.  Her sing-song  vocals on “Hiding Place” are certain to get stuck in your head and the strings add that movie soundtrack quality, making it perfect headphone music for long, solitary walks. The last track, “Whispered Words”, hints at elements of the electronic, which I think would be a fantastic direction for Maher to explore in the future.

My only complaint is the dual vocals on “I Do”.  Holley’s voice is strong enough to stand on its own, and the male vocals sound a little too close to something that’s heard on a contemporary, easy-listening stations.  The guy has a good voice; I just think that it takes the song somewhere that doesn’t necessarily mesh with the rest of the EP.

On a recent trip through Nashville it became clear that there is a lot more going on in Nashville than just country music.  Maher, who is based in Nashville, seems to have the talent to take her musical career in any direction she chooses.  Country radio, pop radio, or a darling of the indie scene, Holley Maher and her songs could take any one of them by storm.  Her attention, however, is split between her music, dance, graphic design, photography and fashion, so after learning that, it’s not a surprise that, for now, we have to settle for these five beautiful songs, and two previous EPs.  It is my own selfish wish that she chooses to focus more on music in the future, and maybe my wish will come true as I believe that “Golden” should be in heavy radio rotation.  She has a bright future in whichever endeavors she pursues.

– Broken Birdie –

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RARA’s Six Pack Interview with Kendall Meade


Anders & Kendall Tour

Anders Parker and Kendall Meade are offering an incredibly intimate East Coast tour including a handful of even more quaint house shows along the way.  Check it out here: East Coast Tour Dates, and check out our interview with Kendall to help get you ready.

Kendall Meade Interview

Talented Singer-songwriter Kendall Meade, well-known for her band Mascott, has collaborated with acclaimed solo artist Anders Parker for an infectious new indie rock album, Wild Chorus.  The duo will release their first collaborative effort on February 19th.  Wild Chorus is a captivating acoustic record whose first single “We’re On Fire, Babe” is pretty swoonworthy. It’s a nice debut effort from two familiar artists and as you’ll read, a promising sign of things to come.

We caught up with Meade and shared a RARA’s six pack of questions.  So grab your favorite beverage and check out a few words with the engaging singer from New York.

RARA’s Farm: I know that the two of you were occasional collaborators in the past, how did it work with the two of you collaborating so closely on the entire album?

Kendall Meade: It worked surprisingly well. Either we both brought individual ideas to the table and helped each other flesh them out or Anders would start strumming on a riff and I’d encourage him to keep going with it while I worked out a melody. We worked really hard to get to a place where we both loved all of the songs. We recorded 14 total and only 11 ended up on the album. It was so hard to choose!

RARA’s Farm: You and Anders complement each other’s voices so well – why didn’t this album happen earlier?

Kendall Meade: We’ve always talked about it, but it took awhile for us to get serious and come up with an actual writing plan. When the time was right, we just went for it. We mainly wrote on weekends. I’d fly to Vermont or Anders would come down to New York. He’s a talented guitar player. He’s got such a gift for writing riffs and creating cool arrangements. I’m also a huge fan of his voice. Always have been.

RARA’s Farm: Is this a one-time effort for the two of you?

Kendall Meade: No, we’re so excited to make another record! I hope we can do it sooner than later.

RARA’s Farm: You named the album Wild Chorus after Scott Minor’s studio, was he a big contributor to the way the album evolved?

Kendall Meade: Yes! His honest, gut opinions and way he precisely shaped the sounds on each song was really amazing. He cares so much about what he does, and worked so hard to help us get everything done…and done well. Also, I just like being around him.

RARA’s Farm: Who were your influences?

Kendall Meade: I love Richard and Linda Thompson. I love Fairport Convention. We listened to everything from Bobby Charles to the Zombies when we were driving down to Knoxville to record.

RARA’s Farm: If you could collaborate with any artist on future effort, who would be your dream paring?

Kendall Meade: I’ll head to Jamaica and record with any living Marley. Or I’d love head to my hometown and record in Detroit with Rodriguez.

Look for the new album, Wild Chorus, from Anders & Kendall, available on Tuesday, February 19th.

 

RARA’s Six Pack with Brooke Annibale


Brooke Annibale Interview

Singer-songwriter Brooke Annibale is set to release her new EP, Words In Your Eyes, on February 5, 2013. Annibale, a Pittsburgh native with a fantastic voice has relocated to Nashville and is offering up six new tracks on this follow-up to her 2011 full-length release, Silence Worth Breaking.

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We caught up with Brooke on the eve of her release and shared a six pack, RARA’s style. Here’s the RARA’s Six Pack with Brooke Annibale:

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RARA’s Farm: How has the move to Nashville helped you develop as an artist?

Brooke Annibale: I think Nashville has been really good for me. I went to college here and met a lot of people I still work with in music now. I’ve also been able to discover so many other artists that I may not have if i wasn’t following the scene here. There are just so many resources here for an independent musician. It’s a community where everyone is always being creative in someway, and that is really inspiring. It definitely pushes me to try and be better at what I do.

RARA’s Farm: You’ve received accolades both for your writing and your performing, which mean the most to you?
Brooke Annibale: Probably writing, since that’s really what got me started in music. I started writing lyrics before anything else.  I think that writing a good song is what is most important and rewarding to me. Of course I love when the song really gets to come to life in front of an audience though!

RARA’s Farm: What’s your favorite place to play live?
Brooke Annibale: Well, I always enjoy playing in my hometown, Pittsburgh and Club Cafe is a great spot for a singer-songwriter. I just got back from something called 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida (on the Panhandle). It is definitely up there on my list of favorite places to play.

RARA’s Farm: Being from Pittsburgh, is Primanti Brothers really that good?
Brooke Annibale: Haha! I’ve honesty only been to Primanti’s a handful of times in my life. But yeah, it is pretty good.

RARA’s Farm: I’ve seen you compared to Natalie Merchant? Was she an influence? Who has been?
Brooke Annibale: I was definitely really flattered to get that comparison, though I feel its more of a vocal rather than a genre/style comparison. I’ve had a lot of different influences and I always find that to be a hard question to answer, especially cause I’m not sure that who influences me actually shines through in my music all the time. I’ve always really liked artists like Brandi Carlile, The Swell Season…etc. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Kathleen Edwards, and I can definitely tell her music has had an impact on my writing a bit.

RARA’s Farm: What’s next for Brooke Annibale?
Brooke Annibale: I’ve got my new EP coming out on February 5. It’s entitled Words In Your Eyes, and features 6 new songs I worked on over the past year. Now I’m trying to write and record more, and get out on the road a bit too.

RARA’sFarm: Keep your eye out for Brooke’s new album, Words In Your Eyes, available on iTunes via the link below or at her website: brookeannibale.com

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Katie Herzig – The Waking Sleep Album Review

Katie Herzig The Waking Sleep
Katie Herzig The Waking Sleep

Time for us to wake up.  The Waking Sleep has been out awhile, but I just recently gave it a listen, didn’t know what I was missing…

Katie Herzig is evolving. With her latest release, The Waking Sleep, she has reinvented herself, building on her prior successes, while pushing herself in an entirely new direction. The result is a fantastically produced album, courtesy of Cason Cooley, packed with fresh, catchy tunes.

A few years ago she had proven herself as a reputable folk rock talent, well-known for her heart felt acoustic performances. Then she took an unexpected new route, when she had the opportunity to pen and perform a handful of songs for both the big and small screen (i.e. Grey’s Anatomy, Sex and the City).

Subsequent to that experience, she started experimenting with tape loops, sampling and digital recording. The result is a new sound for the Nashville-based singer-songwriter, a sound that is more energetic and diverse, a sound that is unique. Where else can you find beautiful cello mixed with techno drum beats? Cool stuff for sure.  At times I think of Metric, other times Enya, but most frequently it is her own distinctive sound.

The album kicks off with “Free My Mind,” a melodic, rich song that will leave you singing and bopping along joyfully.  It’s an excellent cut and one of several on the album cut from the same cloth, along with “Way To the Future” and the unforgettably addictive “Best Day of Your Life.”

Herzig demonstrates her immense versatility throughout the album, On “Make a Noise” she reflects on current world affairs and the need to speak out, while deftly channeling derivative sounds of Enya. “Midnight Serenade” is similar musically but focuses on a challenging relationship while beautifully spotlighting Herzig’s soulful voice.

“Oh My Darlin” is a bit more stripped down compared to the rest of the album but the perfect showcase for her captivating vocals as she reminisces about early love. It’s also my favorite cut on a superb album.

Check it out below and prepare for a nice selection of creative tunes on an album you won’t soon get tired of.

Rock On!
Cretin