Friday 18 Apr
CD reviews

Dustin Prinz - Eleven

Few musicians take the time to master their instrument in the way that Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Dustin Prinz has; he’s a guitar virtuoso in every sense of the word, and Eleven gives him the chance to show just how far he can push that skill.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss

Listening to Horse Thief’s previous release — the haphazardly melodramatic Grow Deep, Grow Wild — felt like a chore. Whatever potential the Oklahoma City folk-pop act demonstrated on the EP was obscured behind a formulaic, contrived and ultimately hollow cloud. But it at least offered a glimmer of promise for a band consisting of, frankly, five pretty talented dudes. Critics saw it; the band’s management saw it; its current label, Bella Union, saw it; and its increasingly fervid fan base saw it.
04/08/2014 | Comments 0

Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich

There’s always a sense of danger when debuting songs in a live setting and playing them well. Without having heard the studio versions, expectations are set according to the live incarnations. But capturing the breadth of free-flowing atmosphere and sheer volume on a disc, vinyl or digital file isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially for a band as vociferous as Colourmusic.
04/01/2014 | Comments 0

Em and the MotherSuperiors — Churches into Theaters

As titles go, Churches into Theaters is an apt descriptor for the debut album from Oklahoma City rockers Em and the MotherSuperiors. It’s a reverential record, one that shares the gospel of classic rock, blues and soul but embraces the need to refashion it for modern times, channeling The Dead Weather, Grace Potter and Cage the Elephant along the way.
03/25/2014 | Comments 0

Rachel Brashear — Revolution

Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.
03/18/2014 | Comments 0

MPFree: Alston David

Drop a tip in an indie Okie’s digital bucket.

By Matt Carney December 9th, 2011

Always love to see when Oklahoma City musicians harness their resources into creating and distributing their art effectively.

Alston David (as he goes by) is one such dude. His self-titled full-length is now available at NoiseTrade on a pay-what-you-want basis. After a single spin, I assure you it’s definitely a worthwhile effort for curious ears.

David’s easygoing delivery and bright musical tones make for pleasant music that tussles with tough questions early on with tracks like “When California Falls Right Into the Ocean” and “What Is Love.” Sunshiny day turns to a creeping night sometime around “Photograph (Angels_Devils),” however, eventually progressing to trippy electronic stuff like “Present Situation Abstract.”

I’m looking forward to giving this thing a proper listen. Hit up his NoiseTrade page for more info, including the artists and engineers who contributed to the album. Otherwise, you can stream the album right here for free, but I strongly recommended you leave a tip!

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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