King Riff – Unsung Lullabies
It’s hard to imagine or even accept it now, but back in the 1960s, in certain parts of the world, psychedelic-rock bands were the go-to entertainment for dances and parties, the equivalent of a disco band or a Jamaican sound system.
Was the dreamy, experimental sound that most of these bands made the right fit for these kinds of events. Sure, why not. Trends come and go like Empires throughout the history of humankind.
King Riff, in spite of smelling like a Californian dispensary, are a positive influence. They still believe in the potential of psychedelic-rock sounds. Unsung Lullabies is a trippy, shoegazey, piece of mind-expanding music, but it’s also a great single complete with convincing melodies, tight playing, and an effortless charm. There’s more to come from psychedelic music yet, we predict.
Dany Laj and the Looks – Don’t Keep Me Guessin’
In this business of writing singles that will hopefully appeal to as many people as possible, the great ones know to take their ideas wherever they can find them. Writers cover notebooks with words, some dictate into a recorder, and some stop their car in the middle of the road to record a melodic hook into their phone.
It could make the difference between everlasting glory and anonymity. It may sound like a tall order, but it’s the kind of thing music learn to live with like a secret agent always out on a mission.
Dany Laj and the Looks seem to have built their infectious power-pop of Don’t Keep Me Guessin’ on tried and tested hooks natural to folk and Americana. This a song that could have been written at any time and so is beyond the whims and the changes of trends.