The Billy Dechand Band provides an alternative to Alternative Rock. This guitar, bass, and drums trio also excels as a multitasking unit. Guitarists Billy Dechand and Vito di Bona share vocal duties, while the former also handles keys and bass. Drummer/percussionist Mike Yanoski operates the rhythms amid these concisely organized pieces with sociopolitical musings. The band augments its sound with accordionist Jay Cartwright, clarinetist Nancy Fiator, and others. The entire production clocks in at thirty-four and one-half minutes.
The group melds an element of folksiness via a verse/chorus stratagem atop simple crunch chords and a few unexpected time changes as they occasionally skirt the fringes of progressive rock. On the piece "The Emperor Has No Votes," the band enlists three folks who chant, "hip, hip, hooray!" subsequent to the vocalists' bubbly and altogether lighthearted choruses. Besides the straight-ahead rockers and psychedelic riffs, they also toss in a few countrified, Southern Rock motifs here and there. Yet, some of these pieces fail to impart a lasting impression, although the group's approach is miles ahead of a large portion of the rubbish on present-day rock radio.
World music pioneer Adam Rudolph and his groundbreaking Go: Organic Orchestra join forces with Brooklyn Raga Massive to create the monumental new album, Ragmala – A Garland of Ragas (Meta Records). Ragmala bridges generations, cultures and traditions in a deep-rooted, forward-looking sound born of 21st-century innovation and hybrid voices. Epic in scale and ambition, the project features 40 world-class musicians including Gnawa master musician Hassan Hakmoun, legendary drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake, forward-thinking cornetist Graham Haynes, and tradition-blurring flutist...
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