Monday, August 22, 2011

Jack of Hearts

Jack of all trades...master of none?  Nope. This does not apply to the Atlanta based rock group Jack of Hearts; for them, music is not just a trade. From the reports I have been reading over the last few months, they've shaken up the ATL music scene and with their upcoming tour they will be expanding their fan base.  Like the subject of my last post, Bosco, JoH is a part of The Big Up! artists collective. The group is comprised of Will Day (bass/lead vocals), Omar Ferrer (keys/guitar/vocals), Sarah Wilson (drums), and David Courtwright (guitar/vocals) and together they forge a very palatable alternative/indie rock style that has had me digging into the dark corners of the web for more of their work. There are only two tracks to be found (one just became available today), so it seems like for now you just have to head to one of their shows and get the album when it drops on August 26th...which isn't a bad idea. Check out the two tracks below and then check the tour schedule to see when they'll be coming to a venue near you. And if you're in the Atlanta area you might want to check out the album release party on the 26th where they will be kickin' it with Bosco and Speakerfoxxx; I'll have to wait for the NYC gig. 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Welcome back to Funkyolon

She's from the city of the land of nowhere and describes herself as "Gnarls meets a new-age Janis Joplin mothered by Sarah Vaughn". Meet Brittany Bosco. When you listen to her you think that in her description she forgot to mention her big sister Erykah Badu. She shoots out some really funky tracks with a well-controlled voice over electronic jazz/trip hop beats on her Spectrum 2.0 album. On one track (Billie's song) she used an excerpt from a Billie Holiday interview where she states "I've always wanted to sing like an instrument". Yes, when a musician has aspirations of singing like an instrument you know they're going to be serving you some good earfood. 

Bosco is a native of Savannah, GA who studied fashion design at Savannah College of Art and Design and  together with a few other SCAD alums she is a part of The Big Up! artists collective. She has had some classical voice training which she flexes and which definitely helps her to develop a unique style. Even so, her Spectrum 2.0 album gives a whole range of her musical flexibility and an eclectic musical taste. Open your ears and digest these tracks:

If you like that then get ready for her new release, Pacer EP, later this month. In the meantime check out the song "Pacer", the teaser below, and a couple of interviews here and there.


 BOSCO - Pacer