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This week’s NYC Scene Report features a “Grenade” from retro soul-pop artist Fiona Silver, Sam O.B. introducing us to a groovy, funky, “Samurai,” rock duo Washer making music while dealing with losing their inspirations, and former Broadway star Brooke Moriber going a little bit country.
* With Little Thunder, retro soul-pop artist Fiona Silver released one of my favorite albums of the year so far. I’m not just talking about one of my favorite albums from NYC’s indie scene, I’m talking about one of my favorite albums overall, so when I found she’d released another video from it, I knew it would be front an center in this column.
The new clip is for the song “Love Grenade,” and when you check it out you may feel like Bruno Mars, because this is one grenade you’re going to want to catch.
* Are you ready for some Positive Noise? I hope so, because that’s exactly what Sam O.B. is giving listeners with his upcoming album, Positive Noise, due out August 11th on LuckyMe Records.
Judging by the single “Samurai,” which features vocalist Elisa Coia, the name of the album is apropos, as this is a song that slices through negative vibes.
With a foundation in old school disco, and funk, grooves, and even featuring a classic ‘80s style sax solo, this is a “Samurai” you can definitely chill with.
* Brooklyn-based indie rock duo Washer are readying their next album, All Aboard, due out September 15th via Exploding In Sound, and in anticipation of this they’ve released a brand new single, “Your Guess Is As Bas As Mine.”
The song has a modern indie rock meets ‘90s alt-rock vibe, with pained vocals inspired, in part, by Washer watching some of their favorite venues, and bands, disappear.
Give “Your Guess Is As Bad As Mine” a spin, and climb All Aboard the Washer bandwagon.
* Broadway star turned pop singer Brooke Moriber has gone a little bit country with her latest release, an EP titled Here and Gone.
Moriber spent a considerable amount of time in Nashville putting the EP together, and she notes both the trip, and who she worked with, had a huge influence on her.
“I have been spending a lot of time in Nashville these days writing and recording,” she explains, “The legendary Fred Mollin produced this EP for me. He has recorded my idol, Linda Ronstadt, and has helped to mold me as an artist. The sound is much more Americana than the pop tracks I have written in the past.”
Check out this live, acoustic, version of Moriber’s “99 Days of Rain” to hear the evolution of her sound.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.