Small City Calling :: Hold Me Closer

Small City Calling

Michael Weybret recut his short film “An Early Autumn’s Hope” into a music video for the song that helped inspire the story. Just so happens to be “Hold Me Closer” by Froglix favourite Small City Calling. Check out the video below.

– DMitch

Picking Up Where They Left Off

artist: Small City Calling | genre: alternative, indie-pop | label: unsigned

listen:
Hold Me Closer :: Standing Room Only :: Satellites

When last we visited Small City Calling they were racking up 2010 Froglix Music Awards in bunches. Fast forward to 2011 and we find this talented quintet from sunny San Diego on the verge of releasing there newest record which, at the time of this writing, is scheduled to drop next month. I can’t wait.  I mean that quite literally, I really couldn’t wait.  As soon as I received word about the new album I begged SCC’s Ryan Erwin for a sneak preview.  Ok, perhaps “begged” is a bit over the top, but I did ask nicely and, thankfully, Mr. Erwin obliged by sending us not one but three (3) tracks from the new album!  (Many thanks, my good man.)

While I am saving my “full review” until after I’ve had a chance to hear the album in it’s entirety, I’ll say this.  I have now listened to “Hold Me Closer,” “Standing Room Only” and “Satellites” about (2) dozen times since downloading them earlier this week and, judging by what I have heard so far, if the rest of the tracks are even half as good as these, Golden State of Entropy is going to be a bonzer!  Luscious layers of melodica delivered with true originality.  This is a unique band with an unforgettable sound that has taken what they accomplished with their last EP, Oceanus, to a new level.

Don’t believe me?  Check it out for yourself and enjoy the aforementioned tracks by utilizing the Froglix “play” feature from this post.

– Drago

 

The Spoken and the Sassy

artist: Sheila Sondergard | genre: alternative, indie-pop | label: unsigned

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Spoke Too Loud
Same Ol Bend

Take a listen to “Spoke Too Loud,” the title track to Sheila Sondergard’s most recent CD, and if you don’t think it’s one of the grooviest songs you’ve ever heard…then you need groovy lessons.  The verses offer a jazzy/Krieger-esque guitar sound before jumping into a stellar indie-pop chorus.  Throw in some syncopated latin style riddims,  a buttery bass line to hold it all together and top it off with  sassy vocals from Miss Sheila and you’ve got it…grooviness times ten.  On the flip side, “Same Ol Bend” is awash with indie attitude.  Sparkly guitars give way to an unbridled edginess and siren like vocals.

– Drago


From the Shores of San Diego

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

listen now…
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