The Myriad

June 7, 2009 at 11:25 pm (Indie Artists, Music Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

http://www.myspace.com/themyriad

http://www.themyriad.net/

http://www.youtube.com/user/themyriadmusic

Name:  The Myriad

Genre: Indie/Rock

Major/Indie/Unsigned: E1 Entertainment (Formerly Koch Records)/Epic Records

Album: With Arrows, With Poise

Released: 2008

Overall Rating (out of 4): 3

Musicality – This is a band that likes to challenge themselves with their music. They create interesting variations and layers to their songs, which add a delicious texture and makes the music always interesting. Also, you notice they mix with some sampled electronic sounds, but never overdo it to take away from their indie rock sound.

Singing – Jeremy’s vocals are subtle, but have a distinct character in his voice, almost a bit like Thom Yorke of Radiohead (meaning softer sounding breathy tenor vocals). I like how he doesn’t try to over sing, but has a good voice and knows how to use it. I would find it a little more interesting if he could vary his vocal dynamics and tones, just to bring some variety and liven up the vocals at times. As well, in the few tracks where they made the keyboard a focus, it really added a missing element (middle) with it’s melodies and chords. I wish the keyboards would be in more songs.

Lyrics – Their lyrics are very poetic and you need to search a little for the meanings to make sense to you (thinker’s lyrics). Even with the lyrics on a sheet, it would still take a few listens to adequately understand what “The Myriad” is saying. That’s a compliment.

Flow/Rhythm – Mellow/chill/cool/indie rock is what comes to mind when I think of “The Myriad’s” music. It’s music you would chill to, or even study to, and read a book to. I would almost think they are a slightly more rock sounding “Coldplay”. So, they do have a quieter vibe, but it works.

Freshness – It is pretty decent, but I think you need to be careful with the chill rock/alternative/indie sound. There are just so many people doing that style that you need really have some strong qualities in different areas to stand out.

Technicality/Recording – I’m not sold on the recording here. I think the engineers could have done a better job with the mixing. For example, i think most songs mix the instruments in a way that doesn’t maximize the best sound for the listener. The drum cymbals completely drown out the vocals, and the instruments cover the vocals a bit, which isn’t the greatest if you are a “lyrics” listener. But I’m just being nit-picky! All in all, great music!

Visuals – Top notch Myspace page. Excellent Youtube channel. Their homepage for the band is very good! No complaints on the online presence/marketing. The only thing is if they get twittering/tweeting, it will help them even more!

Top #2 Songs:

1. A Thousand Winters Melting (Just a great song, musically, lyrically, and it makes you feel good when you hear it!) – Unfortunately there was no video/live performance that I could find of this song. So I’ll choose a third.

2. You waste time like a grandfather clock (A great mix of rhythms, effects, dynamics, and amazing lyrics – just a compelling song; one that I would want to listen to multiple times).

2. A Clean Shot (A well balanced track, a bit New Wave-like, driving drums & bass, catchy vocals)

~ Jason Chu

@Chodidees

http://www.myspace.com/chodidee

http://www.youtube.com/Chodidee

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Chrisette Michele – “Epiphany”

May 15, 2009 at 3:03 am (Major Label, Music Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

http://www.myspace.com/chrisettemichele

Name:  Chrisette Michele

Genre: Soul/Jazz/Hip Hop

Major/Indie/unsigned: Major/Def Jam Recordings

Album: Epiphany

Released: 2009

Overall Rating (out of 4): 3

Musicality – An interesting mix of ballads, R&B numbers, and Jazzy pop confections makes the soft music you hear, quite enchanting.

Singing – I would compare her voice to a modern day Billie Holliday. Her voice is very sultry and has a maturity within the voice. Her voice is also very versatile, as she can crossover easily from Jazz, R&B, Hip Hop, and Pop.

Lyrics – Love, life, and everything in between. She sings every word convincingly.

Flow/Rhythm – Very chill, with a relaxed vibe.

Freshness – She is different and her mishmash of styles combined with her voice, make the music almost seem like fusion cooking (a blend of colors!)

Technicality/Recording – Excellent! Would you expect any less from Def Jam?

Visuals – Her Myspace page is excellent. The P.R. and marketing team sure know what they’re doing. A glam shot of the face of Chrisette Michele is probably the best way for her to develop major brand name recognition in the entertainment world.

Top 2 Songs:

1. Epiphany (Hybrid sound! Subtle hip hop beats with jazzy overlay, and then there’s her voice!)

2. Love is You (Just a beautiful song, sung wonderfully)

~ Jason Chu

@Chodidees

http://www.myspace.com/chodidee

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