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.
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.
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One of those wholly irritating talented people who seem to be able to play every instrument, Chris Hornsby is a singer songwriter who clearly has a deep understanding of how music works. It’s deceptively simple in theory – plug together a rhythm, chord pattern, melody and lyrics and go from there – but the number of dire independent songwriters producing dirge just goes to show how rare it is that someone gets it right.
From the very first, bright, acoustic strum of EP ‘Human, To Human’, you feel in safe hands with Chris Hornsby. Comprising five tracks of wit, heartbreak and tall tales, the EP is a superb introduction to the songwriter if you’ve not heard his previous work.
Over the course of the EP, there are 15 instruments played by Hornsby himself, which may go some way to explaining why it all flows so nicely. These are the songs of an artist who understands where each track is going, how to get there and what it needs.
But, above all, it’s a damn enjoyable listen.