With a well-bred attitude brimming with substance, both musically and lyrically, Kerchief is a welcome departure from what a listener might commonly find from a "twenty-something" female artist on today's Top 40. Kerchief (born Brittany Hill) hails from Ohio, but currently lives in Tennessee, brings a middle America sentimentality and work ethic to her most recent meticulous recording work with producer Matty Amendola.
After calling it quits with her band of seven years, Vanity Theft (Vigilante Music/Adamant Records) Hill's main focus was writing; Towing inspiration from the journey that has led her to where she is today. With five releases, two acclaimed web shows, and worldwide touring history with Hunter Valentine, Taking Back Sunday, and Sick Of Sarah, going solo was a cathartic experience that traced illustrations of what she was going through at that time.
"This album is a chance to connect with all those working so hard to make ends meet and make sense of life, and to remind them to cherish the moment," said Hill. "One day you'll look back and remember what it was like to want to work so hard for something you believed in, and you'll wish you were back there facing the unknown, but doing your best."
Throughout the upcoming album, Hill is commanding attention, asserting herself with the confidence that she needs to be heard. Listeners will not take long the answer the call.
"Machines & Animals" offers tracks that expertly weave Hill's smooth voice with the edge of her songwriting and lyrics. Guitar riffs bite into bass lines that ebb and flow with emotional vocals, taking inspiration from a personal journey. Heavy drum beats and layered guitars articulate the feelings behind stories of the pursuit of finding purpose in life's daily struggles, reflecting an evident influence from ‘90s alternative rock.
"From the writing process to pre-production, to the recording process with producer Matty Amendola, to the finished product, I feel that the songs became fully realized," said Hill. "I never had to bite my tongue. The songs were written from a raw emotional place, experimented with in the studio and brought to their full potential with Matty in Brooklyn, NY. This is the best thing I've done to date."
Amendola knew working with Kerchief would be a perfect fit as soon as he heard her demos. Working closely with engineer and Grammy Award winner Butch Jones, he created a sound that would bring Kerchief's debut album to life.
"What separates this record from the other indie rock out there, is that the songs themselves come first," said Amendola. "It's a rare quality to find an artist who's a real straight shooter and puts so much of her soul into her lyrics, while keeping everything simple and relatable.
After recording with producer Matty Amendola, he brought the full team on board from his music incubator 825 Records and signed Kerchief to an artist development and distribution deal. The first single "Milk & Honey" is slated for a March 24th, 2015 release. Full-length album "Machines & Animals" following in the Spring, as well as a Summer tour with dates to be announced.
Signed to Yes I Records
Every so often a group comes along and gets everybody talking, and so enter FAROUTT.
Stream here: http://soundcloud.com/farouttmusic/sets/faroutt
The Italian EDM group's most recent self-titled Faroutt project, may have been released some months ago, but it's still going strong, continuing to experience heavy rotation (see below).
Showcasing the type of sounds that'll have you eagerly anticipating summer's re-arrival, the funk & soul masters give us a set of tracks that you will savor for the coming months.
Forget winter umbrellas and the need for coffee, Faroutt's favorites, including "We Shine Bright", "Destination Love", "Dream with You", "Night is Over" & "I'm Tired" will leave you eagerly awaiting more bright material. Check out their music video's for each of these tracks on Youtube and Vevo.
With a number of enjoyable tracks to their repertoire already, the steady rise of Faroutt is one worth keeping a close eye on. Proving to be equally original and enjoyable, the trio manages to continually evolve. All while delivering song's with enchanting vocals, plucky chords and timeless beats.
The Italian group is based in Miami and consists of Funk & Soul musicians Guiseppe, Andrea and Gianpietro. Having met in Milan, the trio have been making sweet music ever since. For their live schedule and to stay up to date with all forthcoming releases see the more info links below.
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