Rise & Shine With SIMO Taking Us In A New Direction

Rise & Shine With SIMO Taking Us In A New Direction

Rise & Shine With SIMO
Taking Us In A New Direction

 

 

Rise & Shine With SIMO Taking Us In A New Direction, from the first click of the fingers, a boom of the drum and sonic guitar you are taken to a different place that their previous releases have never been or brave enough to take us.  The previous critically acclaimed album Let Love Show the Way was retro, accessible and familiar. Get ready to be amazed, aurally challenged and delighted on the album that is in two words summed up as Superb Experimental.

This is an album that is personal, spiritual and encompasses lyrics that at times hurt when you take in the message. But we can relate to them we have all travelled to that stony place JD Simo is describing in many of the songs.

Return is a track that absorbs, starkly crafted around a vocal that is strong in its frailty. This is about sinking into yourself without being aware of the effect on other people and reality becomes a stranger. Lyrics fuelled for a blues inspired song. Not this time a contemporary twisted shape with space to consider the sonics and words. Full of funk with a rawness that burns. There are echoes of other musicians Prince, Beck and others; this is SIMO reaching out and creating a new musical pathway of their own. A powerful number that leaves you wondering where has this new style come from? The guitar moans and groans as JD is almost crooning to himself as we just want to enjoy this new sound; learn it understand it and embrace it. So let’s Rise up and listen to a highly original album as JD says ‘Let It Shine’.

They laid down an intriguing gauntlet with the opening track. How to follow that. We are taken to a trance-like state as we join SIMO in the Meditation zone. This is not a silent space, the mysticism is ever present in tone, the awareness of self is absorbed into the driving beat. The beat that ignites your inner happiness and connects to your feet that want to get up and dance.  The album is slippery to grab hold of. It is mercurial, enticing and slightly dangerous, the sonic shape reinvents itself for every track. The tracks are linked together by personal experience, hurt, haunting and anger. They are linked by the authority of JD’s vocals and his guitar just screams and twists around the strings for attention, the deep bass lines of Elad Shapiro,  and crisp impassioned drumming of Adam Abrashoff on the beat shaping the depths of the sonic landscape created on Rise and Shine

We are taken into a slightly wild place with shine, fast curling beats auditory delights are created by a trio that embrace change and experiment without ever losing the strength of melody. JD’s vocals provide a clarion call on Shine.  Space and time continuum changes with I Want love. The sonics fade and the vocals and guitar take the lead role for your attention as JD plaintively sings I Want Love. A soul ballad that grows and grows with every note that is sung as we are taken on a soulful, smoky emotional journey. I Want Love.

All change as The Climb starts with a rock infused predominately instrumental full of shifting multi-hued coloured sands of psychedelia. Vocals are sparse spoken as they quote from JF Kennedy “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit the same planet” becoming another instrument added to the wild experimental mix. Music of darkness and light as we Rise and Shine in the company of SIMO on their aural journey.

The mood changes with the bluesiest number, Light The Candle.  The Sonics are measured and would be recognised as a blues driven sound by Howlin’ Wolf. This is blues for today different full of structure, sharp edges a harshness of modernity delivered by the instruments over the lyrics of JD. The Whoo Hoo of his vocals are straight out of the lexicon of blues sounds, whilst defying like the rest of the album to be captured within one industrial genre.

The album is masterful every track has a sense of purpose and direction. Listen to the whole album the numbers will cascade you into an aural wonderland. A theme park full of sonic adventures. Closing out the album with I Pray. Just over thirteen minutes where you are captivated in the land of SIMO. Starting off with measured, simple sounds and JD intones a prayer. A prayer that is a manifesto of a better more tolerant understanding world where we embrace difference. The track is progressive, full of rock and so much more. Thought provoking. Identifying the oppressed, addicted and those living under tyranny. It covers every issue the world is struggling with from climate change to social ills. The words have a message it is formidable. The music is structured each note and space is there for a reason. What a brilliant close for a brilliant album you want the licks, riffs and rounds of music to go on and on taking to a better place to Rise and Shine.

The sound comes from a trio of musicians that do not want to be contained in retro, repeating what others have done before. They want to produce their best music. Full of interpretations of the sounds the instruments take them as they explore the lyrics. The album had a long gestation as they toured relentlessly throughout 2017 to a point beyond exhaustion they found creativity.  The mutual understanding between the trio of musicians has made Rise and Shine a musical experimentation full of chemistry, harmonies bound in the heart of any song lyrics with something to say. Rise and Shine with SIMO and great a new day with the exciting new direction you will want to travel. Rise and Shine a real contender for my album of 2017. The album can be reviewed in one word EXCEPTIONAL!

Rise & Shine – SIMOProvogue/Mascot Label Group

Out 15th September 2017

TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Return
  2. Meditation
  3. Shine
  4. People Say
  5. Don’t Waste Time
  6. I Want Love
  7. The Climb
  8. Light The Candle
  9. Be With You
  10. The Light
  11. I Pray

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King King taking a new direction on Exile & Grace Album

King King taking a new direction on Exile & Grace Album

King King taking a new direction on
Exile & Grace Album

 

 

King King taking a new direction on Exile & Grace Album. The mix is matured and has a vibe of intent to deliver the music the growing army of fans want to hear.  The music has the solidity of granite rock and definitely a new cadence to the vocals from our kilt wearing Alan Nimmo.  The honeyed vocals have sharpened with a soulful considered delivery that rocks with a bluesy haze.

Opening number Gimme No Lovin will be instantly recognised thanks to the considerable airplay the number has received. There is definitely a nod towards Thunder. Danny Bowes’ vocals have curled their way into Alan’s vocal lexicon. On first listen that is what dominates, get to know the number then the vintage King King sound simmers and boils to the top, thanks to the stunning keys from Bob Fridzema who just keeps adding spicy phrasing to every number.  Exile & Grace has a fullness of tone modern and retro as Alan nods his head towards influences of his youth.

Nine tracks that take you on a winding road of textures and tones. Heed the Warning opens with a sound that is infectious as Wayne Proctor’s drumming combines with the bass of Lyndsey Coulson. Pulling in guitar riffs and scrumptious chords from Bob’s fingers. Then the vocals from Alan Nimmo.  Heed The Warning take note this is King King with a clear direction and a story to tell. Classic King King that is going to get the fans smiling when played live. As the notes fade, then the crescendo opening of Broken. This is a track where the lyrics dominate. Reflecting on society and no escape to higher ground. This is about a broken world punctuated by the King King Trademark instrument notations.  Heavier and reminiscent of early Whitesnake. this is a band defining the album. As they grow in stature carving out their own distinctive, recognisable sound.

How to follow that, take it down a notch or two. Draw a breath and a Nimmo ballad helps you Find Your Way Home. The angst and anguish flow out of the speakers and across the room from the vocals and the instrumentation. Alan begs for you to Find Your Way Home.  Broken hearted and trying to make sense this is a ballad we can all relate to. Another number that will be the next mainstay of the live set.

Wayne’s drums, crisply open up Long Time Running, a classic King King sound. As they said cowbell would have neatly fitted in but they resisted and the number is all the better for it.  Closing out with I Don’t Wanna Lie, Stevie Wonder style keys punctuate the lyrics framed by juicy tones from Alan Nimmo, A fun number leaving you on a High, you may be in Exile but you will always have Grace delivered by a King King quartet who have never strayed down an alleyway distracted by a musical style on an album full of rock credentials.

The Album is King King the band are a unit with a distinctive tone and musical approach. This is not a scatter gun approach trying to please blues and rock fans at the same time. The result was albums that at times disappointed them as seen as to blues for rock and to rock for blues. This is classic rock dipping their toes in the British Blues Explosion sound and reforming as the sound of King King 2017. Full of melodic intent, the cohesive force of a band enjoying the music they are playing. It took a few listens.  I had to cleanse my ears of previous albums including 2015 Reaching For the Light, where the music was so accessible. Preconceptions had to be washed away with the new King King approach.  My verdict it is a winner! Despite it being very short only thirty-nine minutes. The cover of Whitesnake’s 1987 classic Give Me All Your Love does not grace the CD but is a bonus track on the vinyl version of the Exile & Grace.

King King on Exile & Grace has found a mature structured sound.  The challenge they set themselves as a band definitely works. The production is crisp. Exile & Grace will never be exiled to the dusty corner of your collection, It will be in a constants state of Grace as the music is played often and loud lifting your mood every time. Rock just got classic again thanks to Exile & Grace with blues roots are never exiled. The fourth studio album builds on the past and King King sound shines brightly as they explore Exile & Grace.

 

King King – Exile & Grace – Manhaton Records

TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’
  2. Heed The Warning
  3. Broken
  4. Find Your way Home
  5. Tear It All Up
  6. Betrayed Me
  7. Long Time Running
  8. Nobody Knows Your Name
  9. I Don’t Wanna Lie

 

King King taking a new direction on Exile & Grace Album