Album Reviews

BackNBloom: Music For The Modern Monkey

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Released September 13, 2011

I received this album directly from Lori Steele, vocalist and electric violinist of BackNBloom, the techno-fusion duo she shares with Alberto Beka.

They are from Los Angeles. We have an unspoken rule around here, real music, real instruments. So how does an electro-pop rock album fit into our set?

First, Lori's voice is a siren in the world of wanna-be-gruff women vocalists. She reminds me of Harriet Wheeler from the underrated 90's pop band The Sundays, or Mary Ramsey who joined the 10, 000 Maniacs after Natalie Merchant's departure. Her sound is consistent throughout the album and a joyously easy listen, with an interesting quality and range.

Alberto Beka engineers and plays guitar both on the album and during their live sets. There is a lot of talent to be had. With all original songs and unique arrangements, the understated guitarist will continue to add to the mix as this musical match evolves.

We love all genres and styles of music. More than that, I love interesting instruments and since my visit to the Birds of Flame with Chris Devine on electric violin, I can be easily led to follow an electric violin anywhere. BackNBloom sports this instrument proudly without showing off. I've watched the live footage and it is amazing to note that so many different sounds can emerge from two mere mortals.

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All songs written, recorded, produced and mixed by BackNBloom. *

* The song "Heed the Flashes" was mixed by Mark Needham (The Killers) at the Ballroom Studios, assistant mix engineer Will Brierre.

D Organization studios mastered the album.

BACKNBLOOM is: Lori Steele - Vocals & Violin; Alberto Beka - Guitar, Programer, Engineer

Visit their website for their entire collection here.  For interview and more live video of their set click here.

 

Out On The Tiles

Boston Music Awards 2011 New Artist of the Year : MOUFY !

Photos by Micah Gummel.

The Boston Music Awards is an exciting event that has been running for over 25 years. It was at the Liberty Hotel and the magnificent venue encapsulated a wide range of great artists that night. For complete coverage and venue photos click here.

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While researching the local bands on the nominee list, Moufy was an artist that stood out to me among the other nominated greats in rap and hip hop. I just loved his sound and energetic spirit.  I have been following rap since it started with Sylvia Robinson's label on Sugar Hill and genuinely mourned her death this year. With the history of rap and hip hop still ringing in my head, I was aware that this young artist came from a region that was not well known for this form of music. However, listening to Moufy gave me hope that the sound which had made its way through the urban streets for decades would continue to be true to the roots, because he puts his own spin on it, which ironically, brought it all back to the start.

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We watched the announcement of the awards and the experience was like witnessing the ball drop in Times Square. The excitement built up and the Moufy win brought cheers throughout the swank brick hotel that collected music lovers from all over New England. Once the announcements were done we ran to catch this rising star.

While waiting for Moufy to arrive, DJ Hustle Simmons was set up with old school funk and disco. Stevie Wonder's, Sir Duke, Earth, Wind and Fire's, Got To Get You Into My Life, Prince's Wanna Be Your Lover. Deep house music from the 1980's blared a familiar mix of club music and ended with Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock, Michael Jackson, tunes that kept people moving and targeted a wide range of ages in this crowd.

Jam'n 94.5 Boston announced Moufy and plugged their show 'The Launch Pad'. Moufy was gracious and then tore into all Boston related songs as a celebration for tonight. Twist It and Light It, Throw My 3's, Boston Lights and more.

The Liberty Room was packed. Moufy mixed with the crowd with non-stop energy that was infectious. We sung the lyrics to the point where you could barely hear Moufy himself. He was down and serious with getting his message of loyalty to New England and Boston. He raised us up to join together in unity as New England-ers. It was a wild party with positive vibes that did not stop. Most importantly, as serious as he is about the message, he smiles and emits that he just loves this music to the core. I can't imagine him doing anything else, he was completely in the zone. I sent his music to my writer friend Stephanie Hussey and she said the best line of "We In The Building" is 'It just feels so good to be us!'

At age 20, this man is just looking at the start of his career. My hope for him is that he keeps on track with what he is doing best, bringing people together with regional music that obviously means a lot to him. Lyrics that reflect the stories that are important to life. Music is the universal language that unites us and artists who reach for the higher ground will find it, as long as they don't give it up to the hype.

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