The late fall has historically been the busiest time of the music business 12 months, and that continues to be true despite the fact that vinyl albums and CDs not loom massive as vacation presents. (Ever attempt to wrap a stream or a obtain? Not straightforward!)
So, it’s not stunning that even Hudson County artists who put out their very own music have been on a tear of late.
Right here’s a roundup of some current releases of notice:
‘TERROR IN THE NIGHT’
The Jersey Metropolis-based duo of Stephanie Cupo and Andrew Pierce carry out and report as Fascinations Grand Refrain. The self-described “dueling songwriting workforce” took a singular strategy to its new EP, “Terror within the Night time,” releasing it in items with the third and closing installment having arrived in late October.
This cinematic 24-track opus makes use of synthesizers, drums and Cupo’s ebullient vocals to mix two hallmarks of American tradition – traditional Sixties pop and horror films. Quick, spooky instrumental interludes separate a few of the tracks. Regardless of scary track titles like “Camp Blood,” “Last Woman” and “Prophet of Doom,” Fascinations Grand Refrain delivers nothing however catchy (and generally romantic) power-pop, channeling the nameless however timeless songwriting groups of the ‘60s who cranked out hits from the cramped cubicles of the Brill Constructing. There’s a particular whiff of nostalgia to what FGC creates, together with the flavour of your favourite bubblegum.
Warning: Extended publicity to “Terror In The Night time” might trigger uncontrollable dancing.
The album is offered for streaming or obtain at fascinationsgrandchorus.bandcamp.com.
‘DROP DEAD FROM THE RESPITE’
Jersey Metropolis’s John Gallagher, who information underneath the identify Commons 2, has simply dropped a brand new four-song EP, “Drop Lifeless From the Respite.”
The title would possibly seek advice from the COVD pandemic, however the songs – all written, sung, carried out and recorded by Gallagher – are something however gloomy or claustrophobic.
The multi-layered vocals and instrumentation on “Within the Water” recall the Seaside Boys at their most incandescent, whereas the shimmering, up-tempo “One thing Else” explodes like an expression of pure pleasure. “Till” slows issues down, an introspective meditation on the which means of life with a symphony of attractive guitars and ethereal whistling offered by the EP’s solely visitor star, Kyle Coulter.
Lastly, “Sparkle” greater than lives as much as its title, with an emphatic, multi-tracked vocal that makes Gallagher sound like a complete chorale.
Commons 2 – the numeral added courtesy of a trademark dispute – impresses with each launch, however “Drop Lifeless From the Respite” dazzles and astounds. One can solely think about what comes subsequent.
The EP is offered for obtain or streaming at listentothecommons.bandcamp.com.
‘NOT QUITE LOVE”
Hoboken’s Brett Altman has a boyish high quality to his vocals, however there’s nothing immature in regards to the songwriting on his new album, “Not Fairly Love.”
From Nineteen Nineties-tinged rock to sorrowful ballads (embellished with mournful cello), Altman and his band keep a light-weight contact on these tales of recent romance. He cycles by means of feelings like flashcards — anger, remorse, jealousy, hope – ramping up his voice on the passionately optimistic “Ready” after which dialing it down on the intimate “Small Speak.”
Altman’s easygoing type of Americana would really feel equally at house on nation radio or Lite FM, however fashionable rock audiences can relate to his confessional songwriting as effectively.
“Not Fairly Love” is streaming now; for extra data, go to brettaltmanmusic.com.
‘THE EMPTY VAULT’
One other Hoboken-based musician — multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Joe Darone — has simply launched the two-song EP “The Empty Vault” underneath the identify Go well with of Lights.
The bold, orchestral title observe revolves across the 1938 suicide of socialite and aspiring actress Dorothy Hale, who was immortalized in a portray by Frida Kahlo. With bandmate Arun Venkatesh, Darone delves into the pair’s Indian and Armenian ancestry for the otherworldly melodies and percussion, because the lyrics poetically element the crushed hopes of the would-be star.
The B-side, “Disentegration,” showcases Go well with of Lights’ capacity to create lush cinematic soundscapes that emulate the sounds of a full orchestra.
“The Empty Vault” is offered to stream or obtain at suitoflights.bandcamp.com.
If there’s a contender for Jersey Metropolis’s hottest rising artist, the title would possibly effectively belong to Adrian Danon, who from all accounts blew the roof off the Pet Store on the current launch present for his new single, “Stunning Ghost.”
Whereas the instrumentation on “Stunning Ghost” sounds lush and polished – courtesy of engineer Corey Zack at his Cocoon Studios in Jersey Metropolis – it’s Danon’s wealthy, mellifluous voice that instructions consideration, sliding from a croon to a falsetto.
The dramatic lyric apotheosizes a mysterious girl who’s captured the singer’s coronary heart.
“Stunning Ghost” is offered now on all streaming platforms.
And eventually, there’s a brand new face on the scene, Jersey Metropolis’s Eli Zeger. With pals Jake Miller and Stephen Browne on bass and drums, Zeger has simply launched “Breakout,” his first single underneath the identify The Gentle Bulletin.
“Single” is nearly a misnomer, for the reason that practically 10-minute observe lasts longer than some EPs.
Zeger’s vocal doesn’t are available till the 3-minute mark however as soon as it does, the track’s pleasant power-pop vitality takes cost with the attraction and innocence of a Nickelodeon kidcom however the instrumental prowess of seasoned veterans.
The Gentle Bulletin additionally recorded at Cocoon Studio; hear the observe at thesoftbulletin.bandcamp.com.
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