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Showing posts with label Transdreamer Records. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Transdreamer Records. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Transdreamer Records artist: Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs - Coulda Shoulda Woulda - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Coulda Shoulda Woulda, from Holly Golightly and the Brokoffs and it's a lot of fun. Opening with Heaven Buy and Buy, a catchy pumped up rocker with teammate Holly and Lawyer Dave on vocal and Jeff Walls on guitar. Super opener. Apartment 34 has a clever tango twist trademark lead vocals, with seductive piano, warm keys and backing acoustic guitar. Nicely done! Title track, Coulda Shoulda Woulda, has a pop/punk feel with a touch of surf. What's not to like...really! Lawyer Dave takes the lead vocal on Jump in the River with it's 3/4 time. This track is so well constructed with organ, tambourine, guitar, drums and vocals it has a solid life of it's own. With Holly's backing vocals and flailing guitar work, this track really sails. Jackhammer has a "waltz"/carousel feel and beautifully understated vocals by Holly make this one of my favorites on the release. Caressed by rich backing vocals and complimented by percussion, piano and guitar it's unmistakably cool! Marijuana, The Devil's Flower, recorded in the 50's by the mysterious Mr Sunshine has a gospel feel and tight bluegrass accompaniment including banjo and fiddle. With Holly on lead vocal, Little Mule has a nice rock swing with live farm animals for effects behind really loose guitar riffs and trembend vibrato. Excellent! Vocal ballad, What He Does, is really nice, featuring Holly on lead and acoustic guitar backing and acoustic slide guitar accents. This track has nice radio appeal across numerous genre. The Emperor's dance craze track, Karate, gets a straight up cover by Holly and Dave and will certainly get the audience jazzed when they perform it live. Loads of fun! Lonesome Grave is a particularly strong rural country duet featuring Holly and Dave. With pure country style instruments (banjo, washboard, fiddle) this track is simply cool! No Judgement Day has a distinct, rockin' country feel with ruggedly blended vocals and instrumentals. Not too flashy, just right! Wrapping the release is a smooth as silk, Christmas Is A Lie, with holiday theme, chimes and crushing lyrics. This is a solid finisher for a really strong release.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Transdreamer Records artists: Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs - New Release Review

I have just received a recording by Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs called Sunday Run Me Over which is set to be released on October 9, 2012. To say that this recording is unusual may be a bit of an understatement but I really like it. The recording, a collaboration between London born Holly Golightly and Texas bred multi-instrumentalist Lawyer Dave, is made up of 9 original tracks and 3 classic tracks which have been arranged by Golightly. The recording opens with Goddamn Holy Roll a blues like track which is quite enjoyable and also the source of the recording title. They Say is a much more traditional haunting country blues type track that has a very authentic sound and feel. Dave and Holly's voices are well matched and slide work dresses the otherwise single note droning rhythm.Tank has the basic feel of Rollin' and Tumblin' without any of the polish. This entire cd is very raw (in a great way). I Forgot More, a 60's spiritual track is given the straight country waltz treatment and the vocals, arrangement and instrumentals are superb. One For The Road is so waltzy that it could be from a Merry Go Round. It's really nice to see people who aren't afraid to do something totally different. Instruments sound improvised and primitive creating an experience. Turn Around is just a little pop country ditty and features Holly on vocals. The Davis Sisters 1953 hit I Forgot More became A Whole Lot More... and an interesting theory set to music. Hand In Hand finds Dave on lead vocals alternating with Golightly and there is no attempt to make it sound Hollywood. The music is pristine and clear and real. On The Future's Here I hear echo's of Dan Hicks and Jim Kweskin. This music is fun and simple. The instrumentation isn't ostentatious but solid and interesting with particularly cool distorted slide work on this track. Hard To Be Humble, a Mac Davis track, is given the "Speck Rose" treatment and is some icing on an already rich cake. Goodnight is a rich rural track featuring Golightly on vocals ... just good solid music. The recording is completed by This Shit Is Gold. This track has the sound of country street punks. It's hard to describe it in another way. It's raw, it's real and it's fun.

I really like this recording. I hope to hear more from this band soon! (Watch for it on the best of list!)
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