Monthly reviews for October 2017 include: Mastodon, Melanie De Biasio, Emma Ruth Rundle, Black Country Communion, Brigitte Rios Purdy and Placebo.
Mastodon – Cold Dark Place EP
If you are a Mastodon fan already, you don’t need much convincing to check their latest EP. However, be ready for the fact they took their progress even further and you my use their new release as a background music for a bed time storytelling for your little mastodons. It doesn’t necessarily fit for lonesome melancholic night walks, but I surprisingly find it amazing for open space environment. It’s perfect for getting blocked from surrounding noise and enjoying chilly ride. It’s not wild to push your stress even further, but at the same time arrangements are as broad and diverse to give you injections of positive mood. It allows you to enjoy small moments, where you just dive into convincing melodies and amazing vocal production.
Melanie De Biasio – Lilies
I have heard about Melanie De Biasio multiple times over the years and I knew very well about her high reputation. Lilies was the album which proved it to me as well, after a decent contact with her 2013 album No Deal. Her ambient jazz is sensational and my guests at Music For The Blind sessions did agree fully.
Emma Ruth Rundle – Marked For Death
One of the greatest discoveries this year. Main credit goes to Spotify, as I have been enjoying lately number of artists as Chelsea Wolfe, Russian Circles, all falling under Sargent House label. Emma Ruth Rundle hits everything I love on female vocals: natural convincingness, unique voice, inspirational lyrics and a bit of melancholy on top. It feels as if Lisa Stansfield, early Alanis Morissette and Chelsea Wolfe mixed. Marked For Death is a breathtaking touch of mature melancholy.
Black Country Communion – BCCIV
Absolute security from breathtaking line-up. We might think Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian cannot present anything low quality, but there is so much compromising and work behind it all. I am more than happy they managed.
Alice Cooper – Paranormal, Marilyn Manson – Heaven Upside Down, Pristine – Ninja, Au-Dessus – End of Chapter
Direct music messages
Brigitte Rios Purdy – Lucille Don’t You Weep
A new artist, Brigitte Rios Purdy, which opened a door to the world with her tribute to BB King. Not only in this track, but also within the few others she released so far including Blues Angel, she shows amazing voice and a great taste for blues and soul music. Looking forward for her full length album. Huge compliment goes also to Dave Osti on guitar and Ayeasha Jones with backing vocals.
Respect The Elders
There were also few albums which deserve digging out of history. First of all, based on the tip from Steven Wilson, I enjoyed Tears For Fears – Songs From The Big Chair for few weeks. These albums were much needed soundtrack to first two chapters of Lisa Robinson’s book There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll. I am talking about Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy & The Rolling Stones – It’s Only Rock’n Roll.
Placebo – MTV Unplugged
I was never a fan of Placebo, but I found new favorites here based on the recommendation from a guest from Music For The Blind presentation session.