Various Artists “Communicating Vessels Vol. 1”

Two tracks each from six different acts. Here’s a rundown:

  • Preston Lovinggood is a talented singer/songwriter who reminds me of Peter Murphy on “Duncan” and “No Baby”
  • The Green Seed is a storytelling hip-hop outfit on “Crack Kills” and “Preservation,” which samples like M.I.A. would
  • The Grenadines are a smooth sometimes-dance rock group with breathy male-female vocals on “Shake” and “Colourblind,” which is the best song on here even if too short
  • The Great Book of John sound a little like Echo and the Bunnymen on “Let Me Slide” and “On and On”
  • Sanders Bohlke is another folk singer on “Quiet Ye Voices” and “The Weight of Us,” although the female backing vocals really help the songs get to the end
  • Duquette Johnston and the Rebel Kings do Monkees-style ’60s pop, replete with handclaps, on “Roll Baby Roll” and “Rise Up Children”
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