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From the Shores of San Diego

artist: Small City Calling
genre: alternative | indie-rock
album:
Oceanus (EP)
label:
unsigned

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Castaways :: We Are the Messengers :: My Friend the Ocean (Coming Home)

Just a few short months ago, San Diego’s Small City Calling released their 2nd studio recording and follow up to 2009’s The Living Room Demo. Their latest work, Oceanus, is an intriguing 7-song EP that, in addition to showcasing the talents of founding members Ryan Erwin (lead vox, guitar, keys), Kevin Adams (guitar, vox) and Jake Falzone (bass, vox), also marks the debut of the band’s newest addition, Hanna Hoffman (guitar, vocals, keys).
The blend of acoustics and electrics is stellar indeed, however, equally impressive is the interplay of melody and harmony that creates a cascading effect that leaves listeners awash in auditory bliss.  While there are certainly some tracks that I favour more than others, of the (7) featured on this EP there are none that I dislike. 
“Castaways” jumps in from the first downbeat with a quiet, steady cadence that is an instant attention getter.  Piece by piece, bit by bit it continues to build, culminating with a chorus drenched in pure indie attitude.  Dig it.  The groovy acoustic vibe beautifully complements the colourful vocal elements featured in “We Are the Messengers” and makes for a track that is much more than memorable.  Finally, as I listen to “My Friend the Ocean (Coming Home)” two words pop into me nugget…”simply inspiring”.  Coincidentally, those are the same two words which, if asked, I’d use to describe this EP and this band.

– Drago

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Roots, Wings and the Sky Life

genre: alternative | rock | power-pop
label: unsigned

theskylife

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Reflective Eyes :: Spinning Around :: Neon Stars

As one peruses the list of artists that are currently part of our global broadcast here at Froglix, it’s easy to see that our neighbors to the north are fairly well represented.  What is also readily apparent is that from the hard driving sound of 22nd Century to the groovy ska riddims of Rude City Riot, the Great White North’s indie music scene is a veritable smorgasbord of sound.  So what’s on the menu this week?  Edmonton, AB’s The Sky Life who join the broadcast with selections from their most recent disc Roots and Wings.  With this their second studio offering, Justin Carter (vox|guitar), Daniel Hooft (lead guitar), Bobby Kuhl (keys), Josh Steffen (drums) and Dwight Werbicki (bass) have channeled the collective sum of their creative talents and successfully crafted an album that is truly inspiring.  While theirs is a collage of sound it’s not without balance as the aforementioned players compliment each other quite well.  Luscious layers, memorable hooks and a solid performance add to inventive lyrics that are anything but cookie cutter and speak to that which is real for all of us.  Enjoy!

– Drago