Featured Listens is a periodic column highlighting the latest in local music and other songs that are available for your listening pleasure. Whether it's the local and regional artists or just some of our favorite tunes from across the Web, this column represents the best of what's play for us this week:
1. SALT “Breathless”
This track comes to us from SALT, a band that formed mid-2011 and has since been holed up in the studio perfecting it’s smooth, multi-genre sound and working on its debut album.
The group consists of longtime friends Kevin Mason, Brett “Top Hat” Hatmaker, Alan Grundy Dave Unkefer and Justin Maitland (Wonder Shakedown). Mason (aka Kevin James) leads the group on vocals, but each member plays multiple instruments and contributes to the songwriting process.
The group has yet to begin performing out, but plans to release it’s album by late spring and hopes to ready for live performances by summer.
The song "Breathless," written by Mason and Hatmaker, is the title track from the band’s upcoming album and what they currently consider to be the band’s signature song.
“It will be a 12-13 song album of multi-genre music all capturing your attention with the very first note,” writes Mason. “From our Hard Driving, Fast Paced Contemporary Rock Songs to our Classic Style Modern Day Vintage tunes like Breathless we will keep your ears begging for more of the world’s most popular seasoning — SALT.”
Find out more about SALT and it’s music online at www.getsaltmusic.com or look for the band’s free app in the Droid Marketplace and iTunes store.
The series, which features Garrett Suggs (Beatholes, American Parts), Whit (Zu Cru), Lil’ Z and The ProsTpects, is designed to showcase both the talent of these artists as part of Corbitt’s effort to promote talent with T.R.E.P., but also to display the cinematography capabilities of Rancier Studios, which is well know locally for it’s sports photography and portraiture work with local high schools.
The videos are top-notch, production wise and feature some local music that’s worth checking out including “Sad Songs” off of Suggs’ 2010 album “When Archers Come” and Lil’ Z’s feel-good single “Ruin My Buzz.”
Check out all four full videos here on Rancier’s Vimeo page or find Rancier Photography online at http://www.rancierphotography.com/. Also check out more info on TREP Entertainment or check out Corbett’s full service recording studio in Socastee, JamTime Entertainment.
5. Release roundup
Admittedly, it’s been too long since the last Featured Listens column, and inevitably when that happens there’s a ton of great new tracks I’ve had submitted and have found online recently which need to be heard. Here’s a few links to tracks worth checking out:
• ”Brian Lea McKenzie’s Music Factory.Compilation 1”: This isn’t new, but we just came back across this compilation from local producer Brian McKenzie again recently — after listening to it heavily in the early days before starting ListenUp — and think you ought to go download it now.
• Josh Sewell “Her”: Surf Skate Music Culture member Josh Sewell shows off his solo acoustic chops with a track called “Her” here.
• Tim Allen’s Bluestime “Whiskey Man”: The latest studio recording from the local Blues group’s upcoming album “Texas In Me” on Soundcloud.
• Trouble T “Clean”: Latest trackfrom Now or Never Ent. artist. Check out the Video on YouTube.
• Today The Moon, Tomorrow The Sun “We Were Wild Remix”: Awesome dance remix of our favorite track from the electro-rock group’s awesome “Wildfire” album from fellow Atlanta-based group Stokeswood. Download it free on Soundcloud.