GET IT OR FORGET IT – MONSTA X, CALVIN ARSENIA, LOST IN JAPAN, DUSTIN TEBBUTT, DAVE TAMKIN
The indie music scene never sleeps, and we have five more great releases to share with you that demonstrate this obsession. Let’s keep the train going.
Artist Name: Dave Tamkin
Album Name: Live at eTownLabel: Self-released
Genre: Singer-songwriter Pop
Track Listing: 1. Bleeding Orange; 2. Demons are You; 3. Fly Me; 4. Drift; 5. Mary; 6. Tuesday; 7. Thoughts up Here
Publicist: Pressed Fresh PR
Review: With a sound somewhere between Cat Stevens and Jim Croce, Boulder’s own Dave Tamkin delivers a sweet package of musical delights. His first track “Bleeding Orange” is about butterflies. The remainder of the tracks are equally amazing, and there are no weak tracks on the album. We think this one deserves to be on repeat, and we can’t stop listening over and over again, especially “Bleeding Orange,” “Fly Me,” “Drift,” “Mary,” and “Thoughts up Here.”
Recommendation: Don’t be a fool – Get this one too!
Artist Name: Monsta X
Album Name: Are you There?
Label: Starship Entertainment
Track Listing: 1. Intro: Are you There?; 2. Underwater; 3. Shoot Out; 4. Heart Attack; 5. I Do Love U; 6. Mohae; 7. Oh My; 8. Myself; 9. By my Side; 10. Spotlight (Korean version)
Publicist: Gramophone Media
Review: Boy bands never went away, they just moved to Asia and became K-Pop. On the other hand, although technically a “boy band”, Monsta X is so much more, combining elements of EDM, PBR&B, Latin rhythm, trap, rock, along with their signature English and Korean sound to keep the listener on their toes. Not only is their second album a stand-out, but the band is making history by becoming the first K-Pop band to ever play the main stage at the annual KIIS FM Jingle Ball concert, performing on November 30. We only wish we could be there to watch them shine. If you are in LA, their performance alone would be worth the price of admission.
Recommendation: Definitely Get this one and put it on repeat.
Artist Name: Calvin Arsenia
Album Name: Cantaloupe
Label: Big City Records/Bulleseye Records
Track Listing: 1. Headlights; 2. Tip Toe; 3. Equally; 4. Back to You; 5. Toxic; 6. Doomed; 7. The Game; 8. Palaces; 9. Poseidon; 10. Cantaloupe
Publicist: Effective Immediately PR
Review: Calvin Arsenia is a harpist, singer and multi-instrumentalist from Kansas City who is not satisfied to just play music. His goal is to transform the listener, while educating them on how to find themselves in the midst of people that want to run their life. He does this by merging jazz, soul, folk, classical and pop music, creating a sound that Atwood Magazine calls “vibrant, soul-tinged alternative folk,” doing for the harp what Lindsay Sterling has done for the violin. His voice is smooth, much like John Legend, and this sound will electrify your senses, whether he’s doing one of his originals like his first single, “Headlights” or totally re-creating an amazing cover like Brittney Spears‘ “Toxic.” This one is going on repeat, especially that amazing title track that closes this masterpiece collection.
Recommendation: Run don’t walk and Get this one!
Artist Name: Lost in Japan
Album Name: Lost in Japan
Genre: Indie Rock
Track Listing: 1. Lighthouse; 2. Fake Answers; 3. Message in the Stars; 4. For Your Heart; 5. Good for Now; 6. Orpheus; 7. Never was You; 8. Chasing Time; 9. Waves; 10. Don’t Want to let Go; 11. Passing Through; 12. Lighthouse pt II
Publicist: Auteur Research
Review: This Canadian band has everything they need to make it on the American music scene – amazing vocals, well written songs, perfect musical accompaniment, great guitars, and a chemistry that is palpable. If you like the music of Maroon 5, then you will love these guys. From the first notes of “Lighthouse,” you can feel the greatness bubbling up, and it continues to build until the last note of the album. Although the entire album is amazing, we really loved the sound of “Fake Answers,” “Message in the Stars,” “Good for Now,” “Orpheus,” “Chasing Time,” “Waves,” and “Passing Through.”
Recommendation: Jump on this train while you still can – they are definitely going places.
Artist Name: Dustin Tebbutt
Album Name: Chasing Gold
Label: Narvik Records
Genre: Singer-songwriter Pop
Track Listing: 1. Satellite; 2. Chasing Gold; 3. Satellite II; 4. Love is Blind; 5. All Your Love; 6. Innerbloom (ft Lisa Mitchell); 7. Atlas in Your Eyes (for Jasper Jones)
Publicist: AntiFragile Music
Review: Dustin Tebbutt is Australia’s version of the UK’s Ed Sheeran, He has that same haunting vibe to his voice, with well-crafted lyrical content and perfect and simple accompaniment that highlights the vocals. The title cut is Top 40 worthy, and his library should be a staple on American radio stations. These songs would also work well for placement in film and television, as they have a sweeping cinematic sound, especially the second half of the title track. Other amazing tracks include “Love is Blind,” “All Your Love,” the amazing duet with Lisa Mitchell on “Innerbloom,” and “Atlas in Your Eyes.”
Recommendation: Make this one a priority and Get it soon.