Idiosyncratic non-conformist Meg Myers released her LP, “Sorry”, in September 2015. An alternative/indie rock artist exhibiting thick grunge influence along with the occasional hint of electronic, she delivers some very unique tunes. I wouldn’t be in too much of a shock if 1995 Chris Cornell had borrowed Marty McFly’s Delorean and popped in to help Myers construct her LP.
Catchy choruses are a common theme, brandishing vocals pushed nearly to the breaking point, emotional and dour. They mix well with the punk-esque guitar and drums, further fleshing out the sound.
“Sorry” is a satirically apologetic anthem. A slight build detonates into the chorus, slowing down again, the inconsistent tempo making for a mesmerizing 3 minutes and 56 seconds. “Make a Shadow” grabs you fro the get-go with simple guitar strumming joined by soft lyrics. A few drum taps are followed by a slight pause- and the guitar crashes back as Myers reappears with weighted down vocals, soaring through the chorus. The vocal velocity makes this track a stand out, very different than “A Bolt From The Blue”, which is more electronic and radio-friendly; it’s a less complex love song with simple lyrics.
Meg Myers is the music industry’s translation of Breakfast Club basket-case meets Gossip Girl’s Jenny Humphrey. Her LP is quirky and a bit haunting, a good listen overall.
The first track I came across from Heavy Metal was “Tongue Tied”, which somewhat resembles 80’s British alternative rock. I played it for my mom in the kitchen while she was cooking dinner one night, and as she ran back and forth between her nearly-finished dishes, she asked, “Isn’t this older?” The news that Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Heart’s album had dropped in the same year came as a slight shock, which is understandable considering the band’s more genuine music, heavily influenced by classic rock. The main vocals are relaxed, with background voices occasionally chirping in to add clean layers of harmony. Miles Nielson and the Rusted hearts have constructed an album with a stripped-down sound, free from any filler noises or pseudo-deep lyrics.
Nielsen lived his post-divorce life on the road with his band, engaging in musical therapy. Rather than bearing all to any counselors or psychologists, he put in in his music – the tumultuous nature of human relationships once again spinning straw into gold for a brokenhearted member of the music industry. The band’s music seems to present an overall a sunny outlook on life with this album placing a slight emphasis on the overcast moments. This album is great for anyone with a gently used heart, happy heart, or just a beating heart.
Released in July 2016, here’s a gem from Harrison Broome’s new EP. 🙂