Album Review: The Weatherman

The Weatherman by Gregory Alan Isakov (Suitcase Town Music, 2013. 41 minutes) Gregory Alan Isakov is a singer-songwriter. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, he immigrated to the United States as a child, and was raised in Philadelphia. He began touring with a band at the age of 16 and has been influenced most by the music of Leonard Cohen, Kelly Joe Phelps and Bruce Springsteen. He now resides in Colorado.  Heavy Mellow I was sitting in my car driving down the road in the middle of the night. I knew there were a few albums that I needed to get into, so I put on Isakov’s newest release, The Weatherman. I found it a suitable audio journey as I braved the dark freeways of the night. At the same time, I found that Isakov’s… Read More →

Album Review: The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hands

The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hand by Matt Pond (BMG, 2013. 36 minutes) Since 1998, Matt Pond has recorded 8 full-length and 8 EP records with a wide variety of collaborating musicians. Sound Is Brand There comes a time for any musician when he or she must decide on a sound. Music, as an avenue for creativity, can be represented in a panoply of sound. On any given day, a musician could write a folk song, a rock song, a techno song, even on orchestral piece. But imagine a record with such a wide variety of tunes. It wouldn’t feel complete; it might even cause frustration as it jumps around without rhyme or reason. Bluntly, sound is brand…. Read More →

Album Review: Lonesome Dreams

Lonesome Dreams by Lord Huron (Iamsound Records, 2012. 45 minutes) Lord Huron is an American indie folk group from Los Angeles. They are signed to Iamsound Records and released their debut album in 2012. To Innovate or to Perfect: That is the Question? What’s better: the innovator or the perfector? We are often wowed when an artist appears, utilizing a new technique. Ernest Hemingway popularized short, staccato sentences where the content left out is as important and meaningful as what remains. However, since his time, many authors have used this technique, some perhaps to better effect. Likewise, consider Jimi Hendrix. His use of heavy distortion and lightning riffs revolutionized the sound of guitar. But is he the best guitarist ever?… Read More →