Looking for something new? Here’s what I’ve been listening to lately…
Artist: Josh Ehrmann
Album: Stone’s Throw (November 20, 2010)
Style: Reflective indie-rock songwriter
This young musician sounds perfectly at home with his acoustic guitar in this small collection of simply crafted songs. Offering honest reflections on surrender, silence, and unity, Josh writes with a wisdom more in line with his influences than his peers, whether he’s singing softly or shouting passionately. His sound is most reminiscent of the softer side of As Cities Burn (whose Cody and Aaron helped produce the album, and they make a few musical appearances). Timbre’s harp and harmonies provide additional aural beauty. It’s a shame some of the songs are so short, and sometimes I wish he’d let the precious grooves linger, but the humble songwriter is fast growing in experience and confidence. This is his first official release, and I hope it’s not the last.
Standout Lyric: I see so many words on blank pages
I hear the most when no one speaks
And all the noise that I fill my days with
It’s getting old. I love the silence in between…
Oh, God, if I ever say too much, just cut me off
Standout Lyric II: Well I wasted all my energy just staring at a computer screen
And now I’d love to fall asleep in my bed so I can dream
of doing all the things I should have done while I was awake…
So would you take all of my apathy and turn it into unending passion
In Case It Interests You: Josh Ehrmann is known as a Christian.
STREAM SOME TRACKS: myspace.com/joshsounds
If You Only Have 3 Minutes: Check out “Twenty“
Artist: The Chariot
Album: Long Live (November 23, 2010)
Style: Experimental hardcore
Despite switching labels as the latest band to abandon their T&N roots, Long Live picks up right where Wars And Rumors Of Wars left off with The Chariot’s unique brand of controlled chaos. There’s no such thing as a verse or chorus here: guitars feedback in harmony or conspire with the pounding drums and crashing cymbals to weave in and out of Josh Scogin’s emotive vocal delivery of his lines of grace and revolution. The rushing rhythms abruptly break over each other like colossal waves, periodically pausing on the intervening outbreaks of a harp (yep, Timbre again), accordion, beat poetry, or a rousing choral expression. Some of the tracks are randomly named for devoted fans – just another example of The Chariot’s expectedly unexpected creativity and community spirit. If you can get past the abrasive edges, don’t neglect to dive into this inspirational intensity.
Standout Lyric: They can take away one man / And they can take away his mic
But they cannot take us all /
No, they can’t dig a hole the right size to fit all of our dreams /
…Oh we stand hand in hand we walk without fear /
This is a revolution!
In Case It Interests You: The members of The Chariot are known as Christians.
LISTEN TO MOST OF THE ALBUM: myspace.com/thechariot
If You Only Have 6 Minutes: Check out the “David De La Hoz” music video – shot in one take
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