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Sandra Bouza – Falling away from me

Sandra Bouza – Falling away from me

 

I got lucky a couple months back and got a copy of this CD and I must admit it has grown on me. I simply would like to share a few insights. When hearing the opening notes to “Almost Love”, there is an arid swampy feeling that pulls itself into a smooth groove that has a warm, slightly hypnotic rhythm. Immediately you know this is going to be a good journey.

Sandra keeps a similar vibe as her smoky vocals adds steam to the air that you listen to. “Stone Junction”, is strong and stealthy with a strut of both confidence and defiance.

Every once in a while you have an artist that hits a perfect note, and I found one in her song, “Not like me”. It is a fast transition in the song, but it is flawless the way it flows. This is simply a great song of frustration and desperation rolled together that cry out to a higher energy.

The band has a very full sound and doesn’t leave many gaps in their playing. They seem to endlessly flow from one idea into the next and not break a sweat doing it.

They have danceable tracks like “Turn it up” and “Human Connection”. Human Connection seems to be a perfect song for our times. The idea of not being able to interact face to face has really changed our social landscape, and this song reminds us how important it is to practice this interaction in our lives.

You also have slow cooker songs that linger within you, like the lonely and pensive song, “Losing you”, and the biography of an, “East Side woman”, which has some pretty awesome reverb going on throughout the guitar solo.

Sandra finishes the CD off with the perfect goodbye song “Wrong Songs”. This seems to be an open letter to oneself about honesty and sorrow.

Ms Bouza and her band has a great Southern blues sound with all the slow, steamy  and  sometimes sultry bells and whistles that enhance the need for some warm sounds up here in Canada. The subtle nature of blending Blues, Funk, a bit of House, Southern Rock and Soul is Sandra’s calling card. She will be playing around Toronto, so keep an eye out for her.

Carlos Alonso- XLIX

Carlos Alonso- XLIX

When you listen to this outing by Carlos Alonso, the first feeling I got was it was an invitation to his 49th Birthday. After my first run through I understood the significance of 49. It is the birthday before you are at the half century mark, so what do you do at this stage. Do… Continue Reading

Blast picks apart Zuffalo’s Birdbrain

Blast picks apart Zuffalo’s Birdbrain

I just had a zoom with Zuffalo about their new album, Birdbrain. The band consists of:Kim Manning- Vocals, KeysMikey Vukovich- Vocals, BassSean Steele- Vocals, GuitarEric Vanier- Drums If you are wondering about their name, I looked it up and this is what I found on Wikipedia. Zuffolo (also chiufolo, ciufolo) is an Italian fipple flute. First described in the… Continue Reading

Devouring Saturn – Fortis Rebis

Devouring Saturn – Fortis Rebis

Reaching, striving for lofty goals, Devouring Saturn searches out it own personal levels of heavenly delights while digging new depths within themselves of new discoveries. The result is invocative and is mixed  within a harsh realm of alchemy that is called Fortis Rebis. This is a symphonic cacophony of a no holds barred ride into… Continue Reading

Art Griffin – The Venus Variations

Art Griffin – The Venus Variations

  Art Griffin, one of Toronto’s premiere Prog Rockers comes out with some new sounds that all of us need at this moment.  Of course I am speaking of our uncertain times with Covid, job loss, social and spiritual distancing. These are the real stresses we face daily these days.  Well Art seems to have… Continue Reading

Päter- Sole

Päter- Sole

Päter is a young Torontonian singer/songwriter with a lot of character. I recently was watching her during these Covid times and she challenged herself to write a lot of songs in a short period of time. 30 in 30 days to be exact. Her creative process was fast and furious and her style varied from… Continue Reading

Holly Clausius – Sunflower EP

Holly Clausius – Sunflower EP

Holly Clausius is a young singer from the small Ontario town of Exeter. She just released her debut EP in hopes to find a market in Toronto and other places nearby. The cover is very colourful and radiant with the hopes of that sound emanating from this artist. Her style is simple and has that… Continue Reading

Jupiter Hollow – Bereavement

Jupiter Hollow – Bereavement

  This is not a CD for the faint of Heart. I think that is a fair statement to start off with. It will challenge you intellectually, emotionally and technically. It is as if you become part of this onslaught. The story itself is pretty straight forward and self explanatory. The way they organize the… Continue Reading