A Better Hand Debuts ‘Wrong One’ Video

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Independent rock band A Better Hand is giving audiences their first preview of its forthcoming album.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Wrong One‘ Friday. The song and its video are the first from the band’s forthcoming EP Cheap Smokes and Champagne. The EP is scheduled for release Feb. 26 through Mutant League Records.

The video for ‘Wrong One’ features the band in what looks like a live club setting as it performs its new single. The use of the lighting adds its own unique touch to the visualization.

The musical arrangement that is featured in the band’s new single is an emo-pop style composition that will appeal to fans of bands, such as Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy, and My Chemical Romance. That is made clear through the combination of the vocal delivery style and the instrumentation.

The lyrical content that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement will reach listeners in its own right.

Cheap Smokes and Champagne was produced by Seth Henderson (State Champs, Knucle Puck). The EP’s track listing is noted below.

Track List:

1. Silhouettes

2. Sleep With The Lights On

3. Wrong One

4. Autumn Leigh

5. Get it Right

More information on A Better Hand’s new single, video, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/abetterhandbandmn

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ABetterHandBand

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Audiences Will Be Grateful They Heard Riddim Doctors’ Debut LP

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Late this past September, international music collective Riddim Doctors released its new album Gratitude to the masses.  The record, which also features performances from Nigerian Grammy® award-winner Sikiru Adepoju, runs just short of an hour (48 minutes to be exact), but in that time, it makes for so much enjoyment and engagement for listeners.  That is proven throughout the nine-song record in part through its featured songs, which will be discussed shortly.  The musical arrangements that are featured within the songs build on the enjoyment and engagement ensured by the songs themselves to improve the record’s presentation even more.  They will be discussed a little later.  The sequencing of the songs featured in this album rounds out the record’s most important elements.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Gratitude one more of this year’s top new World Music albums.

Riddim Doctors’ new album Gratitude is a presentation that is sure to garner plenty of engagement and entertainment from World Music aficionados.  The debut collective project from Nigerian Grammy® award-winner Sikiru Adepoju, it proves so appealing in part because of its featured songs.  The songs in question are a mix of original compositions and covers.  The originals themselves stay right in line with the album’s title, as do the covers – a cover of The Staples Singers’ ‘I’ll Take You There,’ and an updated take of John Denver’s ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’  Each song, in its own way, is meant to exude a sense of gratitude and positive energy, which they do quite well.  From ‘Wake Up Afrika,’ which comes early in the album’s run and is meant to exhibit pride in Africa to ‘Palm-Wine,’ which is just meant to conjure warm tropical thoughts, to the album’s celebratory opener, ‘I Am The Spirit’ and so much more, the songs featured in this record completely stay in line in their own way from one to the next, with the theme of the album’s title.  That they do, and that they do so in varied ways adds even more to the positive that is the songs.  There is even a simple instrumental that echoes the joy in waking up daily and seeing the sun rise in the morning in the form of the aptly titled ‘Sunrise.’  When this and all of the album’s other songs are considered together, they show clearly why they are their own important part to the album’s presentation.  They are just one part of what makes the album enjoyable, too.  The musical arrangements that are featured within the songs add their own enjoyment to the record.

The musical arrangements that are featured in the album’s songs are in themselves so important to examine because they are diverse within their instrumentations.  Traditional African percussion, such as talking drums and bongos are paired with the tropical sounds of steel drums throughout the album’s varied arrangements to make for so much pleasure.  Agogo bells accompany the rich sound of the conga drums and other African percussion in ‘Wake Up Afrika’ to enrich the song’s arrangement even more.  The addition of the choral vocals to the song conjures thoughts of Ladysmith Black Mambazo while the light guitar riff gives the song the slightest touch of western influence along with the steel drums. 

On a completely note, the group’s cover of ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ is more decidedly western in its arrangement.  That is not to say that there is no African influence here.  However, the pairing of the vocals, drums, and guitar gives the song a defined R&B style approach and sound to the song.  The addition once again of the steel drums and the African percussion, so subtly at that, gives the song even more of a unique presentation while staying true to its source material.  It is just one more example of the depth that the record’s musical arrangements bring to its presentation.  The musical arrangement featured in ‘I Am The Spirit’ is one more example of that importance.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘I Am The Spirit’ is another clearly western-influenced work, what with its clear funk sound.  According to information about the song, it is meant to convey a sense of gratitude to the contributions of everyone’s ancestors.  Typically when one thinks of paying homage, one thinks of a certain sense of solemnity.  This song does present that sense to a certain point in its instrumentation.  That is evidenced through the song’s combined bass line, keyboard, steel drums (once again added so subtly), and even tone in the vocal delivery.  It really does leave listeners feeling that sense of warmth as it plays, in turn leaving listeners possibly having their own sense of reverence for their ancestors.  Few if any musical acts today would construct such a song.  To that it, it and the instrumentation pays off even more.  When this is considered along with the instrumentation of the other songs examined here and the rest of the record’s songs, the whole of the record’s musical content makes for its own solid share of engagement and enjoyment.  It is just one more key aspect of the record that makes it a success.  The sequencing of the noted content puts the final touch to the record’s presentation.

As has already been noted here, the musical arrangements featured in Riddim Doctors’ new album Gratitude are varied throughout the course of its 48-minute run time.  That variation in itself ensures in its own way, listeners’ enjoyment and engagement.  Building on that is that each arrangement presents its own warm, positive sound and energy.  Just as the arrangements’ styles change throughout the record, ensuring so much enjoyment and engagement, their energies change just as much, but never fall too much at any given point.  The energies are always upbeat and positive even in the album’s more relaxed moments.  The end result is a presentation whose sequencing does just as much to keep listeners feeling fulfilled.

Riddim Doctors’ debut album Gratitude is a strong offering from the international music collective.  That is proven in part through its featured songs, which as noted, stay in line with the theme of the record’s title.  The arrangements featured in the record’s songs add their own positive to the record.  That is because they successfully accomplish the task of translating the positive message in each song.  The sequencing of the collective content puts the finishing touch to the album, ensuring once and for all, listeners’ engagement and enjoyment.  That is done through the expert balance in the songs’ energies and the constant variance in the songs’ stylistic approaches.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make this record a presentation that will leave listeners grateful they heard.  More information on Gratitude is available along with all of Riddim Doctors’ latest news at https://www.facebook.com/Riddim-Doctors-106284451239953.

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