Sunday, March 29, 2015

Fourplay : All Day Sucker , The Eiffels , Sada Vidoo , Points North

All Day Sucker - Denim days (2015) Smooth, smoother, smoothest
Back from a few lovely days in Dublin, the hometown of Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy), Bram Stoker (Author of Dracula) and the Guinness beer. If you haven´t been there already, I can recommend you to go there if you want to be in the home of music. There´s music everywhere and real friendly people as well.
Now to the albums I´ve been listening to this weekend.
Ah, those well produced albums of the 70´s. The westcoast/power pop act All Day Sucker certainly knows how to recreate that sunny sound that is so rich of harmonies, it´s weird that this band ain´t famous at all but their fans are.
On their 3rd album, singer Morty Coyle and keyboardist Jordan Summers are backed up by an amazing rhythm section of Dan Rothchild - Bass (Heart), Jay Gore (Michael McDonald) and David Goodstein - Drums (Jackson Browne).
"Denim days" sounds like a mix between Dan Reed Network, Jellyfish and Steely Dan. We´re talking feel-good music all day long here that will make you feel just as relaxed as the Irish people.
7 years was a long wait between their previous album "The big pretend" and the new album but it´s worth every single day of waiting.

The Eiffels - The Eiffels (2015) Put on your dancing shoes and swing away
The music of L.A based trio The Eiffels puts a big smile on my face, their debut EP contains a lovely blend of 80´s new wave and modern synthrock. Imagine A Flock of Seagulls meets Phoenix and even traces of The Killers.
These songs bring back the memories of how it was when the dancefloor was filled to songs by Echo and The Bunnymen, Duran Duran and Classix Nouveaux.
The world needs more bands like The Eiffels, their self titled EP is available in April. The singles "I did it now" and "More" are out now.
Now let´s dance.

Sada Vidoo - A story with no end (2015) The leader of the fashion pack
Sada Vidoo, the living doll from Denmark. Her debut album "A story with no end" will also be the final album from producer/songwriter Russ Ballad who wrote or co-wrote 10 of the album´s 11 tracks. The only song Ballard isn´t involved in is the cover of "Love is a battlefield", written by Holly Knight/Mike Chapman and originally recorded by Pat Benatar.
So how does this album sound like then? Well, there´s a bit of both artpop, melodic rock, electronica and dubstep but it´s all being held together smart by Ballard.
It´s like we get a mishmash of artists like Kate Bush, Device, Robyn and Nero at the same time.
I think I´m in love.

Points North - Points North (2015) Instrumental nerd-dom strikes again
I enjoyed the instrumental trio Points North´s debut album "Road less travelled" from 2012 which was an entertaining prog/jazz/hard rock affair.
They continue to flirt with these genres on the 2nd self titled album that contains their first song with vocals, but "Colourblind" is quite mediocre though.
The musicianship is brilliant once again but the songs aren´t as entertaining as they were on the first album, there are some great moments on this record but I expected more.
Stay away if you don´t like Dixie Dregs, Rush or Joe Satriani.

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