Young Fox rocks

Modern rock gets a jolt from the Pittsburgh band Young Fox with their new release, “Predecessors.” The band wanted to put something beautiful into the world and give listeners something to contemplate– and they succeeded with a wall of sound approach to making music.

As a group heavy on guitars without sacrificing melody, Young Fox talks about pain but also redemption on songs like “The Answer.” Lead vocalist Luke Cypher has a voice made for modern rock and sings well. Give the band a listen via their Facebook page. –Mark Weber Music Blog

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Urban Flamenco from Eric Kamen

Blending his love for flamenco guitar and hip-hop, Eric Kamen has created a new-found fusion of world music which he calls “Urban Flamenco.” I love it! After you hear a sample (below) you’ll probably have the same reaction I did: “What a cool idea. Sounds good!”

His latest release, Serenades will leave you dancing just like the music video for lead single “The Lost Tribe.” A subtle, relaxing song that draws you in with romantic riffs and a catchy beat, “The Lost Tribe” is just a taste for what’s to come in Serenades.

The accompanying music video, produced and directed by Pola Rapaport and shot by DP Wolfgang Held, is a fresh take and spin on Spanish flamenco music. Shot in a dance studio, four young women take to the rehearsal space auditioning and interpret “The Lost Tribe” with a variety of contemporary hip-hop, urban, and pop dance passages which gracefully mirror Kamen’s precise guitar playing. Original improvisations are by dancers Holly Googe, Pearrie Hammie, Shakiver Gordon and Cecile Klaus.

Following his first successful experimental release, Native Unit, Serenades is an eclectic set of fifteen songs that will transfer listeners to a serene Spanish village featuring other stand-out tracks “A Rose From Russia” and “Red Moon.”

Serenades will be available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon and all major digital outlets on September 2. –Mark Weber Music Blog


Robin Romei releases Vapours

Robin Romei is a British singer from London with a cool new rock song called “Vapours.” Harkening back to the days when rock music mattered– instead of the mechanical dance music so prevalent right now– “Vapours” is like an ode to the days when The Clash and The Smiths made music for cool people with a bit of a punk edge. Judge for yourself and give a listen here:

I like the guitar-based “Vapours” complete with Romei’s overt British accent. The song will remind some people of the new wave sound of the early 1980s, coupled with modern day bands like Muse and Keane. –Mark Weber Music Blog


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