REVIEW: Cantina’s “A Sea Of Keys”

 photo Cantina_cover_zpstxggzqu3.jpg Indie pop can go anywhere and everywhere but the main thing about is to allow the artist to take you where they want you to be. In this case, Cantina want to show our adventurous they are with their songs and musicianship and while it sounds like nothing else you’re listening to today, you want to be there and stay. That is the case with A Sea Of Keys (We Know Better) where the five-piece combo will bring in keyboards, bankos, ‘ukulele, drums and things that could be found in a closet or garage and just make awesome pop songs for now people. I like it when someone opens up their world and allows everyone to sit and enjoy what’s going on, and that is what John D. has done, making some songs sound like it was straight out of Athens, GA or perhaps somewhere deep in North Carolina. Some songs are barel even two minutes in length but what they do is have you become familiar with their surroundings and when it’s time to leave, they’ll let you know and you’re on towards another adventure. Cantina are all about sonic adventures but in a minimalistic sense, acoustic pop where the only electricity is the chemistry between them, and it’s a good chemistry heard here.

(A Sea Of Keys will be released on July 22nd.)

VIDEO: Ethan Tucker featuring Michael Franti “Crazy Tonight”


Michael Franti finds himself on a beach helping out singer Ethan Tucker in a song that has a nice acoustic/folk touch with a slight hip-hop passion that may not be obvious to some. However, if you are aware of Franti’s history, you know how the musical blends can gel well, and Tucker is doing his thing in a way that could gear him up for a long career. Check out “Crazy Tonight” and find out if you too can get crazy tonight.

AUDIO: Fire/Works’ “Elephants”

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Jonathan Peters and David Lagacé are a Canadian duo who go by the name of Fire/Works and they have released some music over the last few years. They released a new album last fall called Shenanigans and they are hoping one of its songs will keep new fans around for awhile. Check out “Elephants” below and if you find it to be to your liking, check out the Shenanigans album and previous projects on their official Bandcamp page.

FREE MP3 DL: Tidelands’ “Dog Named Bart”

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New music out today by San Francisco duo Tidelands comes in the form of an EP called Old Mill Park, which is described as a return to “a revitalized organic sound”. Gabriel Leis and Mie Araki will be having a record release party over in Oakland this Saturday at the Underwood Cafe but until then, they’d like to introduce you to a new friend, a “Dog Named Bart”

VIDEO: Jessica Domingo’s “The Heart Wants What It Wants”

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I’ll be honest: while I know who Selena Gomez is, I’ve never heard her music so “The Heart Wants What It Wants” is an unfamiliar song to me. However, I like what Jessica Domingo does with it and I like her approach. Domingo continues to make new songs that are posted on her YouTube channel, so here’s to more covers and originals in the months to come.

VIDEO: David Bronson’s “Songbird”


My review of David Bronson’s new album was done last month but I am holding back from posting the review until the end of the year, so you’ll have to wait to read up on Questions You have about 15 days to wait for the review but you can trust your own ears by watching a video for one of the songs, this one for “Songbird”. The video also features some company, including guitarist Carlos Alomar and his daughter Lea Lórien, both of whom appear on the album.

FREE MP3 DL: Hedista R. Pranata’s “Here, There & Everywhere”

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Did a search on Twitter and came across this Beatles cover by a lady out of Indonedia named Hedista Rani Pranata. Played it, liked it, and decided to share it with you. It’s her cover of a song from the band’s 1966 album, Revolver, “Here, There & Everywhere”, and it’s just Miss Pranata with a voice and an acoustic guitar. It’s a simple treatement but one that works quite well. More of her songs can be heard on her Soundcloud page.