Half Catholic – Slow Down
You know, having a group member that can sing, actually SING, does tend to help careers in the music business. Of course, there are creative ways around it, and I hear you say. It’s sometimes the ones that find a way of managing the best to avoid those tough, high, on keynotes that end up making the most interesting records.
Thankfully for Half Catholic, this will not be a problem they will need to concern themselves with as they enter the murky water of the music business. Their obsession with power-pop greats goes hand in hand with the group’s passion for beautiful melodies, classic songwriting, and the occasional tearjerker lyric.
Half Catholic show that they have all the tools at their disposal to make their power-pop patrons proud. Slow Down is a tongue-in-cheek but beautifully crafted pop tune in the vein of Fountains of Wayne or Teenage Fanclub. The writing is solid, the singer sounds like he ditched choir practice to record this, and the tune is catchy. Ever forward!
Alex McArtor – Baby Don’t Cut Your Hair for Anyone
There are many people looking towards making steps and entering the music industry that will know and be able to point at the shortest route to having a hit or acquiring a fanbase. Good taste is certainly the bedrock to creating any meaningful career in music.
However, talent and ability are not always guaranteed. Life is not always fair, and some of the most clever musicians are merely forced to sketch their visions without expressing them on the scale they would like to do.
Many love Lana del Rey’s brooding neo-noir albums, but few have the imagination to create something of similar scope. Alex McArtor, though possesses the writing ability for which most musicians yearn. Baby Don’t Cut Your Hair for Anyone may be an anthem of inclusion, but it’s the offbeat lyricism and the tender vocals that make it an original, memorable proposition.