Album Reviews

BackNBloom: Music For The Modern Monkey

BackNBloom: Music For The Modern Monkey (Album Review) thumb backnbloomalbum

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

Alabama Shakes at the Newport Folk Festival 2012

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I had some directions from the Managing Editor of the Boston Blues Society, as I headed out to the Newport Folk Festival for my first time this year. "Bird, if you hear any blues out there, you have a standing order to send me a review!" I had first heard of the Alabama Shakes from one of the readers here on Bluebirdreviews. So I knew well enough to make sure I stayed in my spot, to catch this fast rapidly rising band, while the multiple stages were running their sets. You want to catch the Alabama Shakes here in the Northeast? Act fast, they've sold out the House of Blues in Boston and Terminal 5 in NYC. When I got back from Folk Fest, I sent Mr. Managing Editor of the Boston Blues Society some music from the Shakes. He said, "Why don't you tear into this one (first)."

I was at their set during sound check and the band took this very seriously. Playing everything from blues riffs to Zeppelin phrases, their warm up could have been a performance in and of itself. A fan yelled out, "We LOVE YOU BRITTANY!" She smiled and quietly went on with her work. They take their music to the ultimate note. Then a big chicken came out! This is the type of fun mayhem you should expect from the Newport Folk Festival. Silly antics, friendly people and dancing chickens, but the bottom lines always come down to quality music. thumb img_4027

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