Debra-Jean Creelman – How Many Times
Although she’s been making music professionally for 25 years, it wasn’t until recently that Debra-Jean Creelman felt she had finally found her voice. The result is the 6-song experimental electro-pop EP ‘Triggers & Mirrors’. The project was a true collaboration between herself, co-writer and producer James Meger, producer/engineer Jesse Zubot, and vocalist/creative collaborator Molly Guldemond. “These songs are just as much James’ as they are mine. He built tracks around my hesitant demo vocals, and he, Jesse, and Molly supported me musically (and otherwise) as I gained confidence and momentum throughout the process. Coming out the other side of it, I feel stronger, happier, and more inspired to make music than I have in a very long time.” The first single from the EP finds Debra-Jean at her most vulnerable, dissecting the trauma and patterns that are passed down from generation to generation. “I was pretty sure from a very young age that I wouldn’t be a mother. My relationship with my mother was complex and challenging, and resulted in my not knowing her for most of my adult life. This song is about freeing myself from the traditional restrictions and societal obligations of being a woman and not passing on the programs and patterns I inherited to a child of my own.”
Federale – Trouble
Federale is a 7 piece ensemble based in Portland, OR. Spearheaded by longtime Brian Jonestown Massacre bassist Collin Hegna, the band was conceived as an outlet to channel inspiration from ‘60s & ‘70s European soundtracks, particularly those from Italy made famous by the Spaghetti Western & Giallo genres. The build of ‘Trouble’ is as you’d expect from the ol’ French romance films and of the tragedic ironies of the Italian westerns. A style that is influential to so many indie films of the past and hopefully of the future, Federale, captures that sentiment and stylistic excellence with equal balance and modern acumen. The grand anthem of ‘Trouble’ is all that is good, and it shows it off with deserved grandeur. The band is made up of Collin Hegna, Rick Pedrosa, Colin Sheridan, Maria Karlin, Nalin Silva, Brian Gardiner, and Sebastian Bibb-Barrett. See them next @ Kelly’s Olympian, in Portland, Oregon on October 16th.
Gary Kazazian – Gone Home
Gentle heaps of understanding is where Gary Kazazian’s latest single ‘Gone Home’ takes us. With a long and striding introduction that opens up a new world of possibilities, the single sips frugally from the vocal vibrance of Gary and makes beautiful and sentimental harmonies, its object. Mission accomplished. The thoroughfare in ‘Gone Home’ is a trip into neverland, where all of the things that make life living, put on the point of no returns and discounts. Absolute calamities of life seem to pause for a bit, when Gary’s single talks to you in the sign language of truth and half-promises. But charm is never-the-less one hundred percent, and you can’t deny that. Let’s hug, for the new year is coming, just around the corner. ‘Gone Home’ is a great way to start reminiscing.
Della Croix – August
Troy Simpson and Ryan DiLello have always loved to work with each other, but hadn’t had the opportunity to put their heads together and really MAKE something – until now. From Providence, Rhode Island, the duo make it a fact that they love making music. And from that genesis, it’s obvious that, the passion for the craft is inherent and exudes prominently though this uplifting lo-fi bedroom pop offering named ‘August’. It’s a coming-of-age single that is of the moment in the life of a person, growing up and learning in ta world that just ‘is’. There’s nothing the protagonist can do about it, for it’s a force that cannot be shaken. Or can it? The chime of the guitar strokes and immediacy of the singing vocals, bounce off of the walls of the lyrics like fire-cracker sparkles and gems. “This album is truly a labor of love – the brainchild of two best friends who want nothing more than to make music together and connect with people through it.” Charming, indeed.
Motion Sickness – All Systems Fail
‘All Systems Fail’ is the first studio release from Hamilton, Ontario punk rockers Motion Sickness. Penned by singer Rowena Fonseka, the track is based on an alien who is trying to, but failing to fit in with humans. It’s quick, it’s fast, it’s a V6 with a supercharger – ‘All Systems Fail’ not only is the rampant commentary for how many of the public feel, but how they imagine the world could be if there was no need for socialization with others. But alas, that part of being human in this connected world is a greater necessity than ever before. Oh well, at least we can jam out with Motion Sickness. Rock on, yo!