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Follow up on the 51st State and Stuart Newman

As I promised, a follow up is in order. What better way to get through the summer than with some new music?avatars-000035976694-ivu6s9-t200x200 Especially some music from an artist that provides some nice mellow rock perfect for sitting around the campfire or hanging on the porch with friends enjoying some summer cocktails.

Stuart provides just such a back drop with his new single “The Whiskey”. Reminiscent of some XTC and Love and Rockets this single just starts, wham- vocals. I actually thought I may have missed something the way vocals are looped on the intro. Those first few seconds threw me but once I got into the song and the lyrics all was good. There is a lot going on in the lyrics and that is what I like about Stuart and his style.

The song contains some memorable lyrics, and is catchy enough to find yourself humming along to or in my case singing along to. “Every man’s castle needs a moat” is one such phrase that sticks with you. Overall, this song is built with a solid foundation and is lyrically smart. If you are one who likes to delve into a song and the lyrics than this song will satisfy your cranial needs. Stuart is definitely an artist to keep your eyes and ears on if mellower rock is your thing. I look forward to more from Stuart in the coming months and will keep you updated on his progress.

In the meantime, enjoy your summer and why not add some Stuart Newman to your summer music rotation?

Here is a link to make it easy for you https://soundcloud.com/stuarttnewman

And if you haven’t already done so check out some of his other tracks, you will find some Radiohead influence, intelligent songwriting and pleasantly mellow guitars.

There are also some videos and such out there if you want to see Stuart in action. I believe I found a few previously with a quick google search.

Enjoy!!!!

– NotHaydn

 

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50 States of Talent continues……. Pigeon

pigeonIt’s a bird, it’s a plane….. no it’s a band called Pigeon.

Hailing from the Chicago suburbs is a band called Pigeon.   What started out as a solo project for Dominic in 2011 has since evolved into a full fledged band called Pigeon  (Dominic Glimco- vox/guitars, Chris Hartley- guitar, Jeff Bensmiller- bass and Steve Berger-drums) with a very indie college sound.  Not a Ned’s Atomic Dustbin college sound. Take it down a few more notches and perhaps a very mellow That Petrol Emotion song or early Pop Will Eat Itself but much slower.

The songs come across as melancholy, depressing almost unless you listen to the lyrics then it becomes trance-like.  Dominic’s vocals are a combination deliverance/ sound wise of Thom Yorke, A Gallagher brother and Brian Molko of Placebo.

In a sense I could compare them to Placebo the way that the guitar loops and the vocals are very monotone.  There are a few songs that pick up the pace a little yet they still keep that very monotone feel.  They have Kiaro Skuro formula going on.  (Kiaro Skuro was a very popular indie rock college band a ways back.)

I would like to hear them take it up a notch vocally.  There are a few songs that step up and have a beat that moves, I want the vocals to match that. There are a few songs that do just that and those are the ones that got my toes tapping.  “I got a chilly willy” (I don’t, it’s the song title) is one such song. The further into the library I went the better the song compositions became, “Who Will Can”, “Where Are We”.  They are in there, it’s just a matter of discovery.

When not working on the band Pigeon, Dominic and some of his close friends are hard  at work on the indie record label Paperduck Records which they created to showcase the musical talent of the Naperville area.  They have released a compilation cd last year with plans to release another one this summer.

Pigeon also has plans to play the Chicago and Champaign-Urbana areas so check them out if you are in the neighborhood.

There is a Facebook page for both Pigeon and Paperduck Records.

You can also check them and Paperduck Records out at the following links:

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fpigeon69&h=zAQENIhQU

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fpigeon69.bandcamp.com%2F&h=zAQENIhQU

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fpaperduckrecords.bandcamp.com%2Falbum%2Fpaperduck-records-fruit-salad&h=zAQENIhQU

Happy listening. – NotHaydn

 

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