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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Local Releases: The Alternative & The Acoustic

Brand new music from Barbaloot Suitz, Erasole James, Two Nations and more

Posted By on July 18, 2015, 4:25 PM

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We got a couple local albums to discuss today, including a triple release show happening in Provo, but we'll get to that in a moment. First, we'll start with the online releases, and we'll begin with Barbaloot Suits—an acoustic avant-garde duo based out of Ogden, composed of Jonali Sorensen on guitar and Michael “McFish” McFadden on trumpet. The sound they create is pretty cool, as there are elements that take you back to late '60s pop, '90s coffee shop, and modern alternative; this is definitely worth your time to check out. The band previously had a single and a three-track EP out this year, but Giant is their first full-length album, which you can download a copy of it for $10 from their Bandcamp page.

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While we're in Ogden, we also have a release this week from Palodine. This married duo composed of Katrina Whitney and Michael Aryn drifts more into the Americana and indie rock genres. They've been making music since 2007 with a few full-length albums under their belt; High Desert Hymns marks their fourth full-length album, which you can download for $9 off of Bandcamp.

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Taking a detour into the land of metal, we have the latest from American Fork-based project Bleeding Ink. These guys are a cool oddity, as they blend metal with elements of electronics and orchestral music, making every song more intricate and have a few extra layers than you might be used to. If this were created a decade earlier, I could see people dancing to it at Area 51. The single man behind this project, Josh Ward, has been making music under this name since 2013 with two other full-length albums to the name. Darkening Shadows is his third album, with a heavier electronic influence than the previous two, its worth at least a listen. You can download the album for $6.99 on Bandcamp.

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Switching to hip-hop, we have the latest works from Young O.N.E., an emcee based out of SLC. This guy tends to work more in the chill funk and '90s gangsta genres, which fit perfectly with his rhymes. He's had songs come out on Soundcloud over the past couple years, but this new full-length, Paper Planes & Paparazzi, looks to be his first big venture into Utah hip hop. The album is packed with cameos and some damn fine beats, which you can download for free of his Bandcamp page.

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While we're talking hip-hop, we have the latest from Erasole James. If the name doesn't jump right out, you may know him better as a member of Dine Krew. This album, Tawa's Nephew, is pretty fucking great. James' low-key vocals drag through every track, slicing through lyrics like a laid-back ninja, making it sound like everything comes so naturally. A must have for any local hip hop fan. You can download it for whatever you'd like to pay on Bandcamp.

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Getting to release shows, we have one tonight, but it's a hell of a show. Down at Velour, they're throwing a triple release show, featuring L'anarchiste (whom we already talked about last week). Joining them as the opening act will be James Allen Spirit, a kind of quirky psych-pop band headed up by Tyler Godfrey with members from Utah and California. Trying to find info on these guys is surprisingly ridiculous, as they have many avenues reserved for their project, but nothing posted. But the music they create is pretty solid and worth your time to listen. They'll be releasing their self-titled EP tonight as the opening act for the show.


After that, L'anarchiste will take the stage, followed with Two Nations closing out the night. This is a four-piece alt/indie group based in Provo, but primarily is the project of Provo musician Marcus Bently. It's been a minute since we've heard from Bently, who had his own array of electronic and alternative albums before this one. It's also kind of hard to tell sometimes where Bently behind and the band ends, but we know for sure that the self-titled debut album was arranged by himself and Nate Pyfer, with Aaron Anderson on drums. This album sounds fantastic, and why shouldn't it, coming out of the awesome June Audio studios. You can pick up a copy tonight at the Velour show, tickets are just $7 and the doors open at 8 p.m.

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