Everybody I knew was in love with Montgomery Clift. Monty represented a new kind of man in the bleak 1950s, a guy who was poetic and vulnerable and disturbed and not afraid to show it. - Rosemary Santini
Grey Reverend is the solo project of songwriter L.D Brown. He began the project in 2005 while living in Philadelphia P.A, focusing on guitar and voice as a primary means of expression. Raised on a variety of musical genres, L.D. began playing the saxophone at age 9, but didn’t discover the guitar until the age of 22, when he moved into an apartment where someone had serendipitously left one behind. While living in Philadelphia, Brown was also fortune enough to meet and study music under the instruction and guidance of his mentor and jazz guitar legend, Pat Martino. Soon enough, he was performing in various jazz, rock, and blues outfits throughout the City of Brotherly Love.
Grey Reverend has been a featured artist on NPR’s All Things Considered in the U.S. and has also been showcased on MTV, ABC, NBC, HBO, BBC and Other networks worldwide. L.D. has toured with and has been a contributing member of The Cinematic Orchestra for nearly 6 years and has also worked with Bonobo, Fink, Lou Rhodes of Lamb, members of Wilco, Lizz Wright, Tortoise and many others. GreyReverend’s new album A Hero’s Lie was released September 2nd, 2013 and he will tour with Bonobo this fall.
REVIEW: We all know the raging changes in the weathers of life, from the shining highs to the storming lows, inconsistencies reign supreme over the waters we sail upon, but every now and then you will find a moment of calm and easy sailing. Where you can take breath and enjoy simply existing. Marco Argiro is that tranquil moment presented in sound. Proof that from a instrumental perspective you don’t need to set ablaze the neck of the guitar to play something truly worth listening to. Proof that you don’t have to be a multi ranged operatic diva to have a word worth hearing and proof that metaphor is not always the best way to decorate what you’re trying to say.So lend your ear to the many lines he offers, un-clutter your mind and allow the compositions to carry you to wherever you may be headed.
Review: A tale of serendipity and hard work, Coastgaard was born from the frustration that Matt Miller (Lead Vocals, Guitar) and Brian Dalessandro (Drums and Vocals) had with their former band, Sons of Sons. Matt was finding it increasingly difficult to stand behind the dark and moody melodies he was creating. Thus, over halfway through recording their first release, Sons of Sons disbanded with thousands lost and years spent, but Matt and Brian stuck together, unwavering. After months of composing new songs under no name, they were joined by Sean Glassman (Guitar, Keys, Vocals) and Paolo Codega (Bass, Vocals) whose jangly guitar styling and steady driving bass instantly clicked with the rhythms and melodies they were conceiving.
They hold a very distinct tone to calm and carry the listener from the office life to relaxing shores of the imagination. And I must say that I believe a great part of that effect lies within the vocals. Though the singer holds great talent and in the overall mix perfection to the desired aim, he is not belting out every line with a red faced gusto but nor is he softly lamenting a dirge in verse. The guy is singing… That’s it, he’s simply just singing. Almost to himself in tone. And that is… Brilliant!
Review: At first sight, Astraea’s free-spirited nature and distinctive look showcases her original style, but her sound is what speaks tremendous volumes. Astraea recently released her newest single “Still Dancing”, which currently sits at the #3 position on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club List. Produced by Sven Martin & Julian Schramm and written by ASTRAEA, Katrina Noorbergen, Rob Clores, and Dimitri Ehrilich; the song showcases her modernist electro-pop backbone fused with a Euro twist of rhythms that would sway the most eclectic hips.