Featured Listens is a weekly column which highlights three songs by artists from around the Grand Strand in an effort to help promote local music.
This week we're sponsoring a great event with Sleeping Policeman and This Is For My Friends, a pair of great local songwriters who will team up for a Double CD Release show at Fresh Brewed Coffeehouse on Friday. Check out a song from each of the three performing artists on the bill below and then head out to check out the show this weekend (full details here):
Husband “I Am The Arsonist”
Opening up Friday’s show with his solo act Husband is Charleston-based songwriter Justin Brewer Golightly, a young man who brings to life a beautiful soundscapes of piano, keyboards and organs with a post-modern outlook on songwriting.
“I Am The Arsonist” is the first single off his upcoming debut “Cold Black World,” an album he describes as a concept album “which exists after history has ended and pertains to the God(less) Universe being apathetic and all life being absurdly meaningless.”
While that existential concept may seem a bit pretentious, the music itself is much more accessible than the message within. Drawing from influences such as Thom Yorke, Trent Reznor and even Coheed & Cambria, Husband delves into a well-composed arrangement that holds together nicely as the lyrics (and vocals) come unhinged around it.
Overall it’s a sound that’s different and a bit disturbing, but interesting enough to make us want to hear more.
This Is For My Friends
“Nights With You”
Up next will be local flutist Alex Muller. OK, he’s also an adept guitar player and songwriter too, but it’s not so often we get to introduce someone as a flutist.
Muller, a 19-year-old student headed into his sophomore year at Winthrop will release his second solo album “To Call This a Home” on Friday. According to Muller, the album is loosely based on the concept of moving beyond the “boxes” which we put ourselves in and progressing into the future by going outside of ourselves and looking for a “home” where we fit in.
The album’s closing track, “Nights With You,” is meant to be a dark and introspective way to tie together the theme stated above and features a chorus of more than 10 fans/friends singing together — an effect Muller often utilizes live and achieved this time by soliciting participation online. Some of the voices include local musicians Paul McKinney, Brian Roessler, Kevin Goller, Joe Suthers and Dan McCurry among others.
Long known as one of the area’s most promising young singer-songwriters, 20-year-old headliner Charles Grace has made great strides toward evolving as an artist on his second album and will finally get to show that off as Sleeping Policeman performs Friday.
On the new disc entitled “Closing Chapters” Grace worked to creative more of a full band sound with contributions from a number of local musicians including string specialists Mary and Vinny Nicoletti (When Mary Met Vinny), drummer Mark Kendree (Attalaya) and bassist Mitch Thompkins (Chicken Day).
“Mountains and the Lake” immediately draws parallels to the Black Keys, a band Grace notes as one of his favorites and whose Bluesy guitar riffs surely influenced this track.
Add to that a bit more inflection and a touch of haunting soul to Sleeping Policeman’s usually monotone vocals and you can’t help but like the added dimensions this song — and likely this album — displays.