Remember when herohill was all high & mighty, screaming we only do full record reviews and it made us special? Well, time’s proven that most people don’t care about what we have to say about a record, they just want to hear the jammy jams. So, lets give the people what they what… AMIRITE?

 

New Country Rehab - Angel of Death

 

It’s amazing when musicians that can actually play and understand how to meld styles creatively use their talents to create rootsy rockers. For Toronto’s New Country Rehab, it’s the way fiddle and harmonies take us back to the past, but modern guitars and pedals still explode into huge choruses that jump start the songs and help the band standout. Throw in the bass lines that dance through the songs and really, you’ve got a winner that will hit home with fans of Townes, Old Crow Medicine Show, bar rock bands and really, anything in between.

 

For all the Halifax readers, it looks like they have been accepted into the IDOW and will be playing here on Jan. 26th, so get ready. Hopefully I’ll have a copy of the record soon [hint @curlybecs] and be able to run a full review closer to the show.

 

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MP3:: New Country Rehab - Angel of Death
WEB:: http://www.myspace.com/newcountryrehab


 

Kites Overhead - Arsaniit

 

For Gene Kondusky, making music is a labour of love. A full time student (he’s currently working on his phd), Kondusky spends his limited free time constructing intricate feedback, layer, loop and blip combinations like a scientist in a lab. For most, it would mean it’s time to hit the road and start gigging, but since Gene doesn’t have the time to play shows he knows that his work isn’t going to be heard by many people. Still, he keeps writing.

 

Hopefully that attitude continues, because as Gene alternates between slow building, surging electro-pop anthems, and ethereal blips and bleeps he shows considerable promise, but unfortunately, You are a secret, and you must never tell it. doesn’t quite stand up as a full listen. For all the moments of excitement or pure emotion, there is one that derails the experience. Case in point, the opening moments of “The Two Elements” are sublime, but as the song progresses it gets muddled by layered vocals that detract from the concise sounds that hook you. It’s too bad because the flow into the album stand out track, “Arsaniit’ is really nicely executed. Given a bigger circle of musical friends to collaborate with (to help break up the vocal duties and offer different emotions), Gene could easily build the foundation for a fantastic late night, end of party record, but for now, we’ll have to settle for potential and promise yet to be delivered.

 

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MP3:: Kites Overhead - Arsaniit
WEB:: http://kitesoverhead.com/