Song Review – New Pony Funk “Torch Song” from the album Let’s Get Real

I was having a whole funk moment this week and went thought a good run of songs from all over the world.  In the end I picked this song to review although there were two Ghost Funk Orchestra tracks that were in contention right up until a few seconds ago.  All of it is such good music.  

I think I picked this one because it has such a classic sound.  There are many iterations and different takes on funk these days and I do enjoy them.  Sometimes though, these classic sounds are just what I need…there is some Tower of Power running through this song in just the right way.

This track kicks right from the very beginning with a solid drum beat (with bongos:) and a soulful guitar leading into the horns.  I read on this band’s website that they do have the brass section with them at live shows which would be great to see…someday I have to get to Philly to check it out.  There is also a nice, punchy bass that sets a good vibe throughout and the whole jam just keeps you bopping along.  And check out the jumpy piano solo that starts around the 2:30 mark…outstanding!

You can check out more of the music and information on the Bandcamp page

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Song Review – Amyl and the Sniffers “Guided by Angels” from the album Comfort To Me

Sometimes…somethings…just remind you of something from the past…and I do mean in a good way.  This recent release from Amyl and the Sniffers had that effect on me.  

Way back in the day there was a few very specific things that drew me to punk rock.  It was not just the pent up anger and disaffection of the bands that I was listening to at the time.  There was also something about the clarity of the lyrics, the lack of pretension and the driving beats of the music that made sense to me.  That is not to say that this track or the overall album is derivative of that 70’s and 80’s era of punk rock…it is more like it is a fitting revitalization of that vibe.  And I have heard you must see this band in concert to appreciate it all even more…hopefully I can catch them soon.  

You can check out more of the music and information on the Bandcamp page

And remember to get out there and support your local artists – community is powerful!