Daily Archives: March 21, 2011

Trey Lockerbie – “Criminal” [VIDEO]

Trey Lockerbie is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter I randomly stumbled upon this morning. I found his songwriting to be fantastic and found his delivery to be soft and genteel, yet moving. Trey self-released Light Theory, his second EP, in the fall of 2010. From what I’ve heard of his released work, I eagerly anticipate a full album when that time arrives. “Criminal” is a track off Lockerbie’s first EP, “The Hummingbird – EP.” You can find out more information about Trey at his facebook fan page.

 

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

Sister Crayon [MUSIC][ALBUM][VIDEO]

Sister Crayon is refreshing to listen to.  It’s as simple as that.  Synth music with a trip hop soul takes over your ears… Perhaps that was a little over stated, but the soaring voice of Terra Lopez and Co. mixed with spacious distinct rhythms and carefully placed lo-fi effects is worth a listen.

(In) Reverse – Sister Crayon

“(In) Reverse” is the fourth track from Sister Crayon’s new record called “Bellow” released in February of 2011.

I played solo for about a year under the name (Sister Crayon), and then met Dani Fernandez, who played percussion. She started adding MPC beats to my quiet songs and we fell in love with the sound and just played together for about two more years until we met Nicholas Suhr, who plays drums. There have been a few line-up changes along the way, but we are now a four-piece band with the addition of Jeffrey LaTour, who plays keys and guitar. We are the strongest we’ve ever been. We are all really good friends – really like family, so it’s amazing to be able to play in a band and share ideas and create with blood members.

-Terra Lopez     from Full Frontal Fashion

When listening to this record it’s impossible not to hone in on Terra’s vocals.  Her ethereal voice is a perfect match for the heavy low end rythm backing her up.  The song “Anti-Psalm” off “Bellow” has just the right touch of lo-fi goodness, heavy low end and really good snare work.

Anti-Psalm – Sister Crayon

I just picked this record up having read a little about this band based on an upcoming show in LA on a complete whim.  I love it when stuff like this works out.  I wasn’t expecting this record to be as heavy or dark and distant as it is on some tracks like “Theif-Boxer, Asleep” and “Here we Never Die” in that order, but all the songs on the record work together as a truly rounded album should.  All different moving parts working together to deliver a great listen experience.  And then I got to the last track…

“Souls of Gold” is the last track on the record.  Just awesome.  It’s a little bit more my speed compared to the rest of the record, which is obviously why I’m drawn to it.  After listening to the whole record I just wasn’t expecting to something along those lines.  It was an unexpected taste of synth pop and a perfect way to end this record.

Souls of Gold – Sister Crayon

The best part about Sister Crayon is they are young and creative and willing to push the boundaries of lo-fi synth pop and trip hop.  The melodies are great and the songs are well constructed.  I won’t be surprised and hope I hear more from Sister Crayon in the future.

Here are a few more tracks mentioned in the article for your listening pleasure and a cool video from “Bellow.”

Thief Boxer, Asleep – Sister Crayon

Here We Never Die – Sister Crayon

SISTER CRAYON “I’m Still The Same Person” directed by Abram Pineda-Fischer

You can buy their record “Bellow” here. (iTunes)

Check out tour dates here.

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL |

Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Big K.R.I.T. – “American Rapstar” [MUSIC]

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Totally vibin’ to this track here. Reminds me of some of the old T.I. tracks off the King album. Big K.R.I.T. brings a sick swag to the southern country hiphop sound with really real lyrics to match the dope beats of the south. This Mississippi born producer is definitely moving up in the world and with the acronym K.R.I.T. meaning King Remembered In Time, I’d say he’s on the right track. You gotta get down with the “American Rapstar” and check out some more of his tracks here.

Desmond & The Tutus – “Peter” [VIDEO]

In honor of Human Rights Day here in South Africa I’m writing about Desmond & The Tutus, an indie pop rock & roll band based out of Pretoria, South Africa.  Formed in 2005 this band has been playing around the country for a few years and will be here in the Mother City this Saturday.  From the lyrics and videos this four man band produces, they seem like a fun loving high energy group that would be great to see live…

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC