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CD Review: RetroFunk S/T

Every so often, you come across an album of music that contains nothing but cover versions of popular songs. Since each of the songs included is a cover version, what sets one of these albums apart from others of the same style of music is the talent of everyone that was brought together to bring the music to life. The better the playing and singing, the more enjoyable the album is. Plus, if the album comes with great arrangements and solid production quality on the songs, then you know you really have something worth checking out.

Under the watchful eyes of Executive Producer Fausto Guerrero and Project Manager (as well as singer) Sandra Perez, RetroFunk is a Mexico-based studio project that brings together talented recording and performing artists that have come together to create an album of music that is very solid. Part of the reason for that solid feeling is that some of the musicians that are part of the project are also responsible for arranging the music on the release. The album truly brings out the talent of all of the musicians involved.

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‘I just wanted to distill and distill until there was almost nothing left’: Ra Ra Riot’s Mathieu Santos on his solo LP

Mathieu Santos’s new album, Massachusetts 2010, is a ten-song debut LP for the Brooklyn-based composer. One of the founding members and bass player in the chamber pop quintet Ra Ra Riot, he takes a step away from this style to explore more stripped down, sonorous landscapes in an album written, composed and played almost solely by himself.

Here, Mathieu gets candid and offers some interesting insight into the creative process that shaped his album, how the songs originated and why “the treatment of just one distilled idea” is so important for his songwriting style.

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Get Your Musical Grub On: This Eaton’s Fantastic!!

Marcus Eaton – As If You Had Wings
self released

While listening to this new CD by guitarist/singer-songwriter Marcus Eaton, I recalled a kind of debate, if you will, overheard amongst music fans. And that is what has been mentioned by music lovers who have encountered spiritual-based, or Christian, music mixed in with their normal rock and roll listening diet is why the music in question is easily identifiable as Christian. While never really understanding what the negative aspect of that connotation was, after listening to a decent amount of Christian rock and other forms of contemporary Christian and spiritual music I knew what they were talking about.