Joe Rhinewine – ‘Songs from NowHere’ EP out now

When it comes to music and song writing that chooses to step outside the normal bounds of style and genre, there’s a thin line between brilliance and pretentiousness. And whether you think this latest release from Joe Rhinewine is the former or the latter will likely come down to your taste.

Available to stream online now, new single ‘In The Box (Put It)’ finds Rhinewine on knockabout form, laying an improvised vocal over a very well executed blues backing. The approach may be jarring to some, and outright dismissed by others. But there’s a humour and purity of purpose here that gives the track a lo-fi charm that’s hard to dismiss, and it’s more than enough to raise interest in his debut EP – ‘Songs from NowHere’ – which is out now on Amazon.

‘Wonder’ track online now from excellent ‘Clockface’ concept album – The Kite Collectors

Clocking in at a healthy 14 songs, ‘Clockface’ is the critically acclaimed debut album by Wiltshere trio The Kite Collectors. Principally written by vocalist and guitarist Robby Allen, the album is a concept album full of sharp tales and wit, driven by the rock genre.

Taken from the album for promotional purposes, ‘Wonder’ is a track that stands ably on its own two feet. From the assured acoustic blues opening, there’s a feeling that this is a song that knows where it’s going. And as the fuller sound kicks in and the song rolls towards it’s short, sharp climax, that feeling doesn’t dissipate.

‘Shoot The Witness’ stream out now – Strangers Know More

Originally featured on album ‘Rumours, Lies, Tears & Tantrums’, the new streaming track from vintage rockers Strangers Know More is titled ‘Shoot the Witness’ and it’s available online now. It finds the trio on great form, and it comes as no surprise to learn that they’ve been playing music – both separately and together – since the seventies.

That sort of background breeds confidence, and there’s certainly plenty of confidence on show here. It builds on simple rock song structures and foundations, but adds in flourishes from punk, new wave and even moments of pure, catchy pop.

It’s a strong cocktail, and there’s more coming soon. For more on that you can find their website here.

‘Stone’ – the new Kelly Moneymaker LP out now

What do you get if you take good old fashioned rock and roll, mix it with some blue eyed soul, funky blues and a dash of Aretha? The answer is the new album from US vocal superstar Kelly Moneymaker. And if that sounds like a set-up and punchline for a joke, it’s not.

Previously a member of female vocal group Exposé (named among Billboards top ten female groups of all time, by the way), Kelly Moneymaker has returned to music after some time off to start a family, and is now working hard to claw herself back to the top.

Thankfully, the strength of her vocal alone is enough to get a lot of attention, and the fact that she’s being backed by a host of top quality musicians and kick-ass songs is just a bonus. This is blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll at its best.