Che Prasad

Che Prasad is the solo creator from San Anselmo in the USA who delivers alt-rock and blues.

Che Prasad - alt R'n'B from the USA

Che Prasad

Combining influences from across the globe, along with a disparity of strings Che Prasad utilises his talent and awareness to deliver music which reflects an underlying political perspective.

Whilst wrapped in the umbrella of R’n’B, the output itself has a global reach and reflective, providing an exhilarating journey into a genre I generally find somewhat insipid.

Utilising additional players and voices where appropriate Che Prasad is able to capture the focus as the listener wonders where the material will next lead. That isn’t to say it is a journey without direction as evidenced by his debut eleven track LP – Shiva Me Timbers – which has a natural flow to the material which ranges from the mainstream, through Sea Shanties to classical Indian sub-continent.

The idiosyncratic, slightly comedic lyrics are not overtly aggressive, more of a tempter for the audience to wrestle whilst around it lays a delightful construct of instrumentation for the audience to enjoy even on a non-engaged level. However to not work with the words and the sounds is to miss the full value of the out-put.

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Kid Tested

Kid Tested from Cleveland in the USA is the alt-indie rock trio of Shawn Mishak (Vocals / Guitar), Dominic Ricciardi (Bass) and Jim Beil (Drums).

Kid Tested - alt indie from the USA

Kid Tested

Offering a disparity of garage rock distortions to a range of genres gives Kid Tested an earthiness, yet beneath the surface lay experienced musicians who despite the manic nature of the sounds are absolutely in control of what they are delivering. A wealth of experience on the live circuit is reflected in their recorded material which contains that same sense of realism.


Whilst predominately playing music at a rapid tempo, they are also able to slow the sounds down considerably and in many ways the distortions and melodies combining gives the outfit a fun quirkiness despite that, inevitably for me, I prefer when they hurry through the tunes.

I also particularly appreciate how they have stayed true to their initial premise and rather than chasing a larger more mainstream audience Kid Tested has elected to remain off the radar, as undoubtedly there is the quality of playing and composition which if they took away the distortions would find this ‘radio friendly’. So it is with heartfelt thanks I say – I for one appreciate the choice to stick to their guns and long may they continue so to do. Recordings are rare, though I do believe a new LP is coming out in the middle of 2014.

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The Controversy

The Controversy is an ethereal-indie band from Los Angeles in the USA. The two players, Laura Vall (Vocals / Keys) and Thomas Hjorth (Guitars / Vocals) form the nucleus and on live performance  Jesper Kristensen (drums) and Spencer Wright (bass) complete the line-up.

The Controversy - ethereal indie from the USA

The Controversy

Serenely gliding through the room, The Controversy, explicate delivering complexities within a format that settle easily on the listeners ear. Apparitions of sound float euromythically into the ears feeding a sense of calmness, whilst captivating the brain in the purity and variance.

By no means easy compositions and what marks out The Controversy is, the way that they are able to take the intrinsic and make it everyday, enabling the audience to wallow in the luxuriance.

This is material of the highest quality that deserves wider recognition and it is a pleasure to introduce a band who I was first made aware of back in February 2012. In some ways a a salutary lesson of the realities of the music business, despite The Controversy having won numerous awards through 2012, they remain at the fringes as a band as they appear to have taken their eye off the ball expecting global success to naturally follow. Whilst having been able to leverage the coverage to afford them the opportunity to write scores for Films, Television and Video Games, they have also to their credit, dusted themselves down and are currently in the process of completing a second LP and I wish them all the best for the future.

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Real – The Controversy is available on iTunes*.

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Lael Summer

Lael Summer is a soul singer / song writer from New York in the USA with a new twelve track LP – Burden To Bear – set for official release on the 21st January 2014.

Lael Summer - Soul singer from the USA

Lael Summer

This marks the first time for the various sites over the past four and a half years of reviews that a second generation has been introduced as Lael is the daughter of Marla Mase who was first introduced back in December 2010.

This has been a long delayed introduction and one I am pleased to be able to rectify as Lael brings to life, with a punchy and gritty, a style and genre which regularly sits as nothing more than wall-paper music.


Reflecting on some aspects of her life Lael offers thoughts of some of the darker inward perspectives and insecurities. Whilst there are many singers and musicians who also do this, they often sit subsumed within a band. Here there is the voice alone on which the mind focuses. Not only does the material offer insight it also works as the voice is able to carry it off, as that is where the spotlight lays. I raise my hat to Lael for being able to deliver her thoughts emotively and in a manner which engages the listener.

The LP, which I don’t intend to review track by track, provides approaching fifty minutes of heart-felt outpouring, traversing through R&B, Soul Funk and Bossa Nova.

I wish Lael Summer every success with the release of Burden To Bear and her future career.

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The Meaning Of Life

The Meaning Of Life an alt-rock band based in New York, in the USA is the trio of Sanal Sunny Leejean, Marta DeLeon and Christian St-Gallo.

The Meaning Of Life -  alt-indie from the USA

The Meaning Of Life

Somehow it seems opposite to be taking a look at The Meaning Of Life in the same week that Monty Pythons Flying Circus announce a comeback, add to that, just at the beginning of this week I was chatting to a connection in Scotland about Twin Peaks, specifically Laura Palmer to whom the trio make constant reference and combine that with the fact that this is a band who sent me an email back in September 2012, but it has taken me until these conjunctives coalesce to get round to a review and no wonder people believe in witchcraft…. enough of the tangents, how about the band?


The Meaning of Life offer torn back sounds which scamper across the room in a frenzy of verisimilitude in the same vein of a Lynch film. Audible, tangent, yet metaphysical, as each escapade turns into a phantom and so the music floats across the boundaries, each note decipherable yet unreachable.  An EP – Play Fuego – which came out at the time of introduction remains the most recent material and so it was with some pleasure that I learnt that there is a new LP to arrive imminently, to be preceded by some singles.

As regular readers will know, references to Lynchian material means a big thumbs up from me. To my connection who was chatting with me about who killed Laura, was she real, did she die? – not revealed here – and you do need to read the books to get the answers.

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