Los Angeles, CA
“Golden harmonies, vintage tones, British rock”
“Kings of the World” opens up with glistening harmonies that define the magic of Purple Melon’s artistry. This classic rock nostalgia eagerly sends even the lonely souls into clouds of stirring company in skies of clearly heard Brit-rock music bliss. Through the course of this ear-enchanting journey, one can sense Henry’s Rocket is a product of a hard working group of musicians who dedicate themselves to exploring the music they followed growing up with their peers.
Charting their course from coast to coast, Purple Melon sails on glorious waters with a stunning piece of art in the world of classic rock. “Princess Peach” excites the palate of those who love honey-glossed vocals rich in harmony, following bluesy slide guitars and heavy Stone Temple Pilots-laden percussion. There’s no denying that Purple Melon’s message of good old-fashioned ’70s rock leaves you feeling soothed and satisfied. The pulse and meter of this album is fresh and exciting, as the team behind its production and engineering should be commended for leaving the sound raw and as live as possible.
The grooves are distinct and riveting, as the band’s lyrics further express themes of desire for security and brooding love, with angelic tunes bringing to mind vintage Def Leppard harmonies. The numbers are perfectly arranged in favorable order to shuffle the sounds and moods in various mid to high tempos. Stylistically, the instruments swell and boom to great heights in arrangements simply suited to energize those fans that love good ol’ fashioned, throwback rock. (Self-released)
Produced by Paul Stacey
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound
The Russian Wilds
San Francisco, CA
“Brooding, organic mix of nostalgic classic rock”
Utterly convincing in their message, Howlin’ Rain brings compelling energy in the rawest form, with simple, good-old fashioned rock, seemingly sent to us from the glory days. The Russian Wilds LP opens up with “Self Made Man,” a shimmering epic that dives into themes of self-reliance, exploration and re-discovery.
Like road trips to get away from it all, this record is perfectly designed for spur-of-the-moment decisions. Listen to “Can’t Satisfy Me Now” while packing your things and driving west to find a new perspective. A testament to classic rock nostalgia, the band fleshes out blues with a fever to dazzle their audiences. Howlin’ Rain is the new century’s answer to a strong cocktail of ’70s psychedelic rock, with a twist of lemon-brewed Zeppelin-esque hooks absorbed into CSNY vocal sweetness and Van Zant spontaneity. The soothing “Beneath Wild Wings” echoes with delightful vibraphones.
Shades of Hammond organs are fierce and explosive, adding a bona fide charm to a confident group. “Strange Thunder” paints a portrait of impressionist guitars, waves of percussion and golden vocals spilling out crystal clear at its crest. Cavernous and echo-enchanting, this track adds a sketch of dazzling poetic persona to the album, shedding deeper waters of creativity through the group’s production process.
Each tune is shaped with haunting, lyrical phrasing. The album triumphantly delivers angelic choruses that meld together a broad palate of instruments, nicely attuned in the final mastering. Throwing the needle down, one can feel at once its entrancing energy and delectable beauty. (American Recordings)
Produced by Rick Rubin
San Francisco, CA
“Smooth and soulful sounds from a Sri Lankan-San Franciscan”
You only have to get about 30 seconds into Bhi Bhiman’s almost-self-titled album, Bhiman, to realize he’s one of those rare people who’s lucky enough to be doing what he was born to do. Though it’s only Bhiman’s second release, Bhiman might already be his personal masterpiece– but if the album proves anything, it’s that Bhiman is on his way to a long and storied career, so it might be too soon to tell.
Bhiman is Bhiman at his sincere, passionate best: a collection of songs that seem to define him, ranging from the bouncy to the brooding to the downright beautiful. Bhiman has an exquisite ear for hooky melodies and pointed humor. Each song is delicate balance of punny rhymes, appealing melodies and powerful vocals, with a folky undertow that haunts the entire record. Something about Bhiman transports you back to a time before written music, reminding you of old, scratchy Lomax recordings. At the center of it all is his smooth, soaring voice. These are songs that will be stuck in your head for hours after, but you won’t really mind it. (Redeye)
Produced by Sam Kassirer
San Francisco, CA
“Velvety vocals layered over intricate instrumentals”
Ash Reiter and her indie-pop band from San Francisco have released their most recent EP, Heatwave, which will warm the hearts of listeners around the country. Close your eyes and the six-track EP will serve as a temporary time machine, warping you back to your most relaxing beach day. With a smooth and mellow sound, Reiter’s voice makes for a calming listen on your most hectic day.
The single itself, “Heatwave,” has a rather beachy sound to it, which is a result of Reiter’s voice and guitarist Drew Brown’s intricate guitar riffs. Reiter’s smooth vocals harmonize with Brown’s guitar-work, resulting in a beach-rock theme that is present within each track on the EP. Scott Brown, who happens to be Drew Brown’s younger brother, plays bass lines that also add to that beach-rock vibe of the disc.
The second track, “I’m Gonna Try,” sounds pleasant to the ear and showcases Reiter’s vocal depth as well as in her songwriting abilities. Loud ambiance and instrumental layering is featured on tracks such as “Won’t You Be My Muse,” and “Supercharged.” These two tracks are standouts and showcase the intense drumming of Will Halsey and elaborate chordal work from the Brown brothers. Listen to this band’s EP Heatwave and expect to feel relaxed, plain and simple. (Different Fur)
Produced by Koley O’Brien and Patrick Brown
Engineered by Patrick Brown
Recorded at Different Fur Studios in San Francisco