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The Color of Cyan: Agape   

The Color of Cyan: Agape    

The original iteration of The Color of Cyan was formed at the beginning of the century in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Agape, recorded between Puerto Rico, Chicago, California, and Mexico City, is the quartet’s first full-length album.

Swansgate: Becoming Someone

Swansgate: Becoming Someone

The band; Draughn, Michael McKinney guitarist and keyboardist, Gabe McKinney on bass, and drummer Mike Kaloudis on the tunes where Michael Mc isn’t playing drums, do have a cool style of putting these concoctions together

Aura Blaze: Open-Mindedness

Aura Blaze: Open-Mindedness

How can you not love an EP this audacious, a musician having this much fun, and a sound delivered up to make you smile?

Spencer Elliot: SE3

Spencer Elliot: SE3

Although most of these eleven groove well for me, when Sydnor gets popping on “4_20,” I have to say the trio had me more than ever (and they had me throughout the six before). This one just gives rise to all the players here on top of their kinetic game, again with Sydnor’s bass providing the glue.

Leadbetter Band: Howl

Leadbetter Band: Howl

Pearsall’s bass is as front and center as it ever gets on any of these eleven, pumping the ender “The Hammer,” along with Bernal snapping his snare. Again, Leadbetter gives it his best here, and the band manages another singable chorus, heavy verses, and solid drive

Chawa Lilith: Euphonious 

Chawa Lilith: Euphonious 

This brand new Chawa Lilith EP is not going to be for everybody. It’s a particular type of singing/songwriting that might be bordering on ambient, tipping slightly into acapella, but is all specific, created and delivered by a lady who seems to have something to say, in her unique way of saying it.

Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz: Stuck Inside

Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz: Stuck Inside

This first one sets us up for the lots the duo has to say (and do) across the ten that follow.

1st Base Runner: Ellis 

1st Base Runner: Ellis 

Ellis, a rather strong EP offering, showcases what I feel are the strengths of the men behind it.

Flavour Nurse

Flavour Nurse

Dramatic orchestra strains, deep scary choir raises the drama of “Dystopian Galaxy” before it settles into the very Brian May-ian guitar opening of “Majesty,” as we get the one-two opening punch of UK’s concept rock group Flavour Nurse’s concept rock self-titled debut.

Vectralux: Each Morning and the Morning Thereafter

Vectralux: Each Morning and the Morning Thereafter

Each Morning and the Morning Thereafter gives you a lot to dig your teeth into; great tunes, a rush of styles but still a singular vision, and some real flights of fancy over solid playing and great vocals.

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