Jen Starsinic – Picture in a Frame
Starsinic leads by example on ‘Bad Actor’ (Feb. 7, 2020), a record that is equal parts coming-of-age soundtrack and personal battle cry from a songwriter who refuses to be defined by her past work. Said Jen: “‘Picture in a Frame’ when my dad was first starting to get really sick and I was also fresh out of a relationship that I would later learn to recognize as having been emotionally abusive. I was frustrated and angry at the extent to which my whole world seemed to be defined by superficialities and image, including friends who didn’t really want to talk to me about what I was going through. I was terrified by the possibility of losing my dad and feeling really alone in the world, but also learning to recognize and come to terms with the ways in which I also subconsciously imposed that on myself by choosing people who never had any intent to really show up for me anyway. One day I was laying on my floor playing guitar and look up at a little painting on my wall that I picked up in Arizona at some point of a Dia de los Muertos bride and groom and this song popped out.” We don’t want to be in that situation, sometimes. That situation, when it feels like it’s not fair. The Universe, it seems to be playing, against you. Sulking and depressed, we think about our plight, until we cannot any longer. The morning however, comes again, and another chance to change it all around. Accept, absorb, and move forward – that’s all that we can do in the best way we can. Beautiful sentiments from Jen, indeed.
LIYON – When We Were High
Rising up his way from Montreal’s music scene, Liyon started working as a full time music composer/producer in 2010. For years he wrote music for films and ads and won a gemini award for a film score in 2014. Through his new persona and moniker, Liyon, he aimed to deviate himself from working as a composer-producer for advertising and films, and commence a journey to unveil his original sound that comes from the heart. Dark and brooding, the heaviness at hand seems not to afford an escape. ‘When We were High’ doesn’t show its cards. It’s purpose. It’s existence to serve. But it manifests like an ever present vibe that nestles in the mind and heart of the listening pleasures, always reminding of what it was, and how it will never be again. That gray of ambiguousness, lingers with decadent precision. Cinematic, indeed.
Margo Zelle – Go
“’Go’ is about learning to let go,” said Margo Zelle. “Not necessarily of emotions or ideas, but of people you love deeply. Sometimes we have to realize that we can hold the people we love back from what they want or need. It is important to allow room for growth, change, and new beginnings. My hope is that “Go” encourages people to do just that.” Soul, R&B, and pop, singer-songwriter Margo Zelle impresses again with ‘Go’. And you can hear why. With soothing jazz vibes, standing there for all that is good of ‘love’ and its amenities, the sultry vocals of Margo expand out in the vestibules of life and its art to make its statement. When Joe Morales, who runs the Austin Jazz Club said: “Margo… is a talented up-and-coming R&B recording artist. Her show is a high- energy mix of original music with virtuoso jazzy vocals.” Indeed. We think Margo has to go deeper and wider with national exposure as quickly as possible. See the big talent next @ Parker Jazz Club, Austin Texas December 19th.
Mosa – Hard Times
Melissa Frabotta is Mosa, and she paints Rockwellian curios, with ‘Hard Times’. Taking the complex and examining the fine details of light and dark, within her lyrical constructions, Melissa offers sumptuous revelries and delightful indie-folk incantations. Though the lyrical themes here deal with the frustrations of modern expectations as an artist, the music itself revels in all the poignant passion of folk-rock’s finer moments in the last twenty years: the care and curiosity of Jenny Lewis’ balladry, the sincerity of Red House Painters, and the bittersweet slow-step of Mazzy Star. The NY indie folk/Americana singer/songwriter depicts life as she sees it, and tells us that things will be alright. With gust of energy and emphasis, her times of inner toil, is always dowsed with the sprinkling of goodness and optimism.
Bucky Krück and The Railroadstreetboys – Evil
Brand new and blue-sing. The band is from Germany and is here to stay. Born in 2019 this bluesy three-piece finds its way to the delta and through the bayous deep down south. The band is a unique blend of old and new and a unique take on Blues and Boogie Woogie. Barry de la Stronganov on his rumblin’ Bass together with Hank Ooglmeyer’s supreme feel is just catchy as hell and builds the perfect fundamental rhythm and bass for Bucky’s guitar work. They’re excited. We’re excited for them. The sights and sounds of ‘Evil’ is twisted and ironic and stays beautifully in step. As the song enters the pen-ultimate vibes of the guitar solo, you know you belong here – listening and enjoying. Looking forward to more, as they promise a new song each month.