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Indulge on a Fresh Glass of Disco Lemonade

Kitty Coen’s debut EP, “Disco Lemonade'' is officially out for the world to savor.

With every release leading up to this EP, the variety of different sounds and influences on display has continued to grow. Now that she has a more full body of work for people to explore, her artistic toolshed of skills and songwriting abilities appears larger than ever before. The 7-song slate proves that Kitty is here to stay for the long haul. Every song is unique in its own way, necessitating many listens, while also being straightforward and simple enough for the listener to easily absorb the magic of each song.

 

The album begins with my personal favorite, “Holy.” This track starts off being reminiscent of 90’s alt-rock, slowly building into a disco-ish beat that nearly guarantees a trip to the dance floor. Next is “Dark Soul,” the song that started it all for Kitty. In just three minutes, Kitty is able to blend pop, psychedelia, and electro sounds, showing that she’s far from being a one trick pony. “Lost in California” is driven by a groovy beat and features some more psychedelic vibes. Uncoindentally, the lyrics are inspired by a psychedelic experience, and Kitty’s ability to perfectly pair the instrumentation with the song-meaning is certainly uncanny.

 The EP transitions into the upbeat, latin infused title track, “Disco Lemonade.” Simply put, the song oozes sensuality and it also showcases Kitty’s ability to craft catchy, alluring vocal melodies. The next two songs, “Fade” and “Wave Side,” consist of hypnotic instrumentation with hints of dream-pop, and Kitty’s signature, Mazzy Star-esque vocal delivery. “Wave Side” in particular cultivates an atmosphere of floating through space, while also exhibiting some jaw-dropping vocals as the song progresses. Lastly, the EP concludes with a folky, acoustic driven track called “That’s Alright.” Yet again, she shows another side of her musicality, with influences of Fleetwood Mac and Bob Dylan shining through to create a 60’s/70’s soft-rock type of vibe.

What’s most impressive about “Disco Lemonade” is that no two songs sound the same. She effortlessly conveys many emotions and sounds through an entire gauntlet of different genres. This can be risky for some artists, but for Kitty, every song is uniquely her own, and the album as a whole is a fully-formed display of musical synergy. Kitty Coen’s young career is off to a blazing start. And as she continues to hone her craft even more, I think it’s safe to say her best work is still ahead of her, which is saying a lot considering that “Disco Lemonade'' is from top to bottom, a remarkable debut album.

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Brett Naucke “Rose Water”

Brett Naucke has released the second single, "Rose Water", from his forthcoming album, Mirror Ensemble, which is due out on October 1st via American Dreams.

For this project Naucke enlisted the help of two talented local musicians, Natalie Chami and Whitney Johnson.

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Hunter Diamond "Entrance Velocity"

Saxophonist Hunter Diamond has released the opening track, "Entrance Velocity", to his solo debut album, Reflective Nostalgia, which is due out on August 6th via his new label Curio Records.

On this recording Diamond plays tenor sax exclusively while being recorded live at Atlantic Center for the Arts in northern Florida. The recording not only captures his experimental and improvised performance but the living environment around him.

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Brett Naucke "The Glass Shifting"

Brett Naucke has released the first single, "The Glass Shifting", from his forthcoming album, Mirror Ensemble, which is due out October 1st via American Dreams.

For this album Naucke teamed up with like-minded and extremely talented musician Natalie Chami (aka TALSounds) on Voice, Synthesizer, Organ, and Piano and Whitney Johnson (aka Matchess) on Viola, Violin and Organ.

Photo by Michael Vallera

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Blue Lick "II"

Experimental Electronic duo Blue Lick, Havadine Stone (Vocals) and Ben Baker Billington (aka Quicksails) (Modular Synth), have released the first single, "II", from their forthcoming debut album, Hold On, Hold Fast, which is due out on September 17th via American Dreams.

Billington creates shifting, swirling soundscapes to accompany the spoken word performances of Stone. Of her writing Stone had this to say, “I was trying to express the aggression I was feeling without sounding like I had a chip on my shoulder.”

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