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WILLIAM LYON OF ROSYCROSS - "Alter in der Fülle"

Alter in der Fülle is a new release from self-described “demi-crossdressing Christian goth synthpop artist,” William Lyon of Rosycross - and the album description alone is worth the visit to the page for the release. IN summary, William describes a musical work recorded over a long period of time under the duress of being an absolutely pathetic individual. After the over-the-top self deprecation from this artist, you may be suprised to learn that this release is an absolute banger. An essential listen from an unlikely place.

FROG - "Whatever, We Probably Already Had It"

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Frog - “Whatever, We Probably Already Had It”

(Audio Antihero)

Solid rock and roll with pop inflection, melodic infection, and sing-along perfection greets us in this stellar release from Queens, New York duo, Frog. Whatever… is a precision delivery of high-energy alternative garage rock with sweeping, anthemic choruses, and snarky intimate lyrics full of sarcasm and promise.

After the fun intro track, Frog dons a thick southern accent for the track entitled American, which takes a raucous jab at the stereotypical USA creature. Something to HIde begins as a sardonic breakup song with a soaring chorus with a killer climb, while God Once Loved a Woman is an artistic ballad that slowly builds an enormous power underneath its tender surface.

The immediate driving jam of Journey to the Restroom makes a great contrast for a campfire song, Bones which gives us that great chorus that begins with:

Do you know that you are/

The guardian of a part of my life/

That I had forgotten?

Don’t Tell Me Where You’re Going hits hard with a strong rhythm and a harmonized chorus and closes out the album nicely.

A word that gets overused in the music industry and in music reviewing is “essential”, but in this case, the word applies. Whatever, We Probably Already Had it is a short, but detailed look at life with all the joy, sorrow, and wry humor that comes with it. Each track has its own way of being both familiar and memorable, and the release overall feels like something you should have known about before.

Gray Lee

https://heyitsfrog.bandcamp.com/album/whatever-we-probably-already-had-it

ALEX HUNNICUTT - "Honey"

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Alex Hunnicutt - "Honey" 

The writers here at Houdini Mansions are no strangers to The Craving; the constant, gnawing hunger for different and challenging music. This insatiable desire drives us to dig through the digital crates of the Internet in the desperate hope of discovering something rare and delightful. Sometimes, we’re looking for something visceral, other times we need something more cerebral; but occasionally, we just need something that satisfies our musical sweet tooth.

Honey is the latest release from smooth rock and blues guitarist Alex Hunnicutt. Each one of the album’s eight tracks is endowed with a funky groove that serves to underscore Hunnicutt’s soulful singing and highlight his technical proficiency on the guitar. As a collection of songs, it is extremely appealing to both pop and light rock sensibilities

This is the kind of music my dad and I could agree upon. It has a little bit of something for most musical palates. In fact, I recommend pairing Honey with liquid spirits and good company.

Mark H. Jones 

Visit Alex's official website for more information on this excellent release.

https://www.alexhunnicutt.com/

Check out a live acoustic performance of the album's title track!!!!

P.S. Catch a special interview and live performance by Alex Hunnicutt with The Hoodoo Music Podcast. 

http://www.rootdoctormedia.com/hoodoomusic/2016/11/6/the-hoodoo-music-podcast-005-alex-hunnicutt