#MWE 2017 (Music Written Exercise) – Week 1 (2/1/17 – 2/7/17)

On February 1st, 2017 I was introduced to the phenomenon known as #MWE. Unfamiliar with the hashtag well so was I. However, the universe thought it best to introduce me to a world of musical exploration and to test my written skills. The project is the brainchild of @noyokono a music writer who ask individuals to listen to a new album each day in February and to write a few words about it. I, an avid listener and seeker of new music, took up this challenge immediately. Without further ado I give you my #MWE selections –

February 1, 2017

Artist – Priest

Album Title – Nothing Feels Natural

This album is a mix of upbeat riffs, dreamy lyrics, and an intense style reminiscent of old punk tunes. Favorite tracks include the breakneck anthem Pink White House, the intro Appropriate, and the title track Nothing Feels Natural.  If you love female rockers then you’ll enjoy this band immensely. If you’re looking for something outside the mainstream this fits it to a tee. Rating 6.5 out of 10

February 2, 2017

Artist – Milo

Album Title – So The Flies Don’t Come

This album is a mix of personal and whimsical tales from the mind of artist and creator Milo. I was drawn to this album because of his previous work with another Tempi’s World favorite Open Mike Eagle. The album is filled with personal stories of struggle, discovery, and evolution. Yet, you also get a glimpse of the lyrical mastery that Milo is known for. His ability to match up current issues with timeless references is an art style to itself. If you want some intelligent or thought provoking rap this is the artist/album for you. Rating – 7.0 out of 10

February 3, 2017

Artist – The Wind + The Wave

This album is a great collection of upbeat tracks that keep your feet moving, blood pumping, and your soul jumping. Great tracks include the delightful Grand Canyon and the pulsing track Under The Skin. An amazing collection of sounds and a powerful vocal performance make this an album that will grow on you like aggressive fungus. A worthy soundtrack for any round trip, indie film, or as an excuse to bring some joy into your world. Rating 7.5 out of 10

February 4, 2017

Artist: Barr Brothers

Album: Sleep Operator

This is a great folksy album that mixes smooth guitar rifts with amazing strings and soft percussion. Imagine the type of music you would expect at heaven’s greatest hole in the wall salon or watering hole. Their lyrics are sometimes simple, the sounds always addictive, and like a siren’s song the Barr Brothers slowly drag you down into their sound. Come In The Water is one of the best tracks on the album which displays their excellence in both lyrical and melodic forms. Rating 8 out of 10

February 5, 2017

Artist: White Lies

Album: Friends

Friends is the fourth album by the British band the White Lies. I choose this album because I had just seen them on Friday February 4, 2017. Fortunately the concert was much better than this album. While there are one or two good songs the album is largely disappointing. Previous albums had a concrete feel to them with loud rock rifts, emotional lyrics, and haunting sound. This effort felt fluid as if the band couldn’t figure out what they wanted to be. In the end this effort falls flat because of the high standard previous albums had. Take It Out On Me is a great opening track and Is My Love Enough is another highlight of the album. Rating 6.0 out of 10

February 6, 2017

Artist: JC Brooks And The Uptown Sound

Album: Howl

Howl is an explosive album of sound, soul, and funk laden fury. It’s as if someone took the spirit of a gospel choir, the funk of a George Clinton fever dream, and blended them with soul of an old school lounge singer. JC Brooks voice is one that is unforgettable and his emotion bleeds all over this album.  Every song is pretty much amazing but stand out hits include Before You Die, Control, and River.  Rating 9.0 out of 10

February 7, 2017

Artist: Lee Fields & The Expressions

Album: Special Night

Special Night is a throwback to an era long ago of soul singers and powerful bands. Lee Fields & The Expressions don’t disappoint as they bombard their listeners with funky drum beats, overpowering horns, and a soulful voice that sweeps the listener along a river of pleasure. The album is complete with slow swooning sounds, funky dance numbers, and pleading love ballads. Highlights include Where Is The Love, Let Him In, and the smooth ballad Work To Do. This is a complete album from front to back. Rating 10.0 out of 10


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