Ghostly Beard “Inward”

Ghostly Beard Inward

We’ve heard of the phrase “re-invent the wheel” right?  Well, what that basically means is making an exact model of something that has already been mastered by someone and has been in existence for some time.

So, let’s use this phrase metaphorically for music’s sake – okay?

Now think of this:  how many songs in mainstream commercial radio rotation (and streaming services) have the same hooks, command to the beat, and topics?  Many, right?  Well, isn’t it like they are trying to re-invent the wheel?  I mean, Honestly, they should give it up because they never quite get it right.  Right?

History and modern day mainstream music has taught us that one cannot re-invent the wheel – it’s shape or its purpose, but one CAN improve it!  Still, how many artists can attempt this refining technique and REALLY come out in the end with a fresh take or mastered effect?  Not many!

Ghostly Beard (Patrick Talbot) is such an artist who has redefined music but has stayed true to his sound and style.  And like wine, he just keeps on getting better and better and better ….

As an artist who knows HOW TO acclimatize his work, his sound is mastered; his technique has been perfected; and, his musical identity is etched and enjoyed – this is featured on “Inward” his newest album.

Ten songs grace the binding of this collection:

1) How Does It Feel

2) The Love in Your Eyes

3) Gone

4) Autumn Blues

5) Night Train

6) Let Go

7) It Doesn’t Matter

8) 9 to 5 (Barely Alive)

9) Let it Rain

10) Going Away

The six featured in this review dominantly display the artist’s interior – this is my interpretation. 

The album opens with a question in the form of a song – a wonderful technique that engages the listener’s ears and mind instantly!  “How Does It Feel” has a relatively straightforward arrangement with the artist’s vocals and warm musical accompaniment:  an organ, percussions and guitars.  The lyrics express the reality of feeling lost within humanity and poses a general question:  when you’re out there in the streets and no one sees you stumbling on your feet / when you’re bleeding off the walls and your beating heart is out of control / how does it feel? / to be less than real… how does it feel?  And even though this song is easy listening, Ghostly Beard once again wakes up your senses with his soul wrenching guitar skills.  I think “How Does It Feel” is set to become a popular song on AC radio with its easy like honey vocal execution and rhythms.

Ghostly Beard is mysterious and meticulous when it comes to his image, music and message, but he is surgical in making sure that what he feels translates into the music and is felt and grasped by anyone who listens.  To read more, go to http://www.klefnotes.com/music_reviews/ghostly_beard_inward/

 

What’s on YOUR Indie Music Summer Play List? How about Verity White?

Yes, this is some ah-some Rock music for your summer days and nights.

When I say Rock Music, or Rock Band, or Rock Star, what image(s) immediately comes to mind?  Kravitz, Guns N Roses, Kiss, The Cure, Hendricks, Van Halen, Zeppelin, Bowie? (to name a few)?

Well, I pretty much figured these would be some of the answers simply because looking back on music there were not many females in Rock even though women came onto the scene of Rock music back in the 1930s.  But clearly they were not on the main stage or making it to the airwaves until the 1960s.  So of course most fans of Rock music instantly think of the male form when they are asked this question and they are not wrong.

But when music videos became a cult favorite in the 80’s, females in Rock began to create more waves.  They were displaying their nine inch nails, their diamond studded stilettos, and their leather.  They were rebellious and they were raw. So now we have Chrissie Hynde, Tracy Chapman, Joan Jett, Bonnie Raitt, Courtney Love, Brittany Howard, The Go-Gos, Grace Slick, Tina Turner, Pat Benatar, Grace Jones, Annie Lenox as well as others who have laid tracks and are making and leaving their mark.

Well, I have run across many female “Rockers” today, but one that stands out in the crowd as a legend in the making is Verity White.  If you do not know her, shame on you, but there’s hope.  Read on, and I bet once you get finished reading, you will be a fan of this diamond.

Hailing from the UK, Verity White has the same work ethic, dangerous panache, and lyrical flavor and stamina as those females listed above.

Formally an active member in function bands and theatrical productions, it wasn’t until 2016 that Verity began digging her nails in Rock music as a solo artist.  She went on tour with Pendragon as a backing vocalist and followers began to become curious as to how her own voice sound.  Working along with her husband Alex, Verity found her sound and her style and introduced it to the globe professionally in autumn 2016 with her first release.

Since 2016, Verity has garnered accolades for her originality and sound receiving the honor of “The Best Female Indie Artist” (Spiderweb Radio) and “Best Alternative Rock Song” (Akademia Awards Jul 2017).  Indie radio stations have established her as a regular on their playlists across the world while she racks up promotional scores from active social media platforms and channels.

Preceding her most recent work in music are two EPs “Parentheses” and “Stripped Bare.” 

Her latest release “Breaking Out” is a collection of Rock songs kissed by Soul, Punk, Progressive, Folk, and EDM which just puts her above her Rock female competitors today on mainstream radio.

Verity’s personality is like a diamond which just gets brighter and of more value under pressure and she has conveyed this distinctiveness into “Breaking Out” which exhibits how females, like diamonds, just get better and better and they win!

That’s why she’s on my Indie Music List for the Summer – it’s going to be blazin!  I bet you pick her music to be on your summer playlist too.

Go to my music blog Klef Notes to read the FULL review of the artist whom I call “The Mistress of Rock!”

To purchase “Breaking Out” go to https://veritywhite.bandcamp.com/album/breaking-out.  Follow her on Twitter @VeeBear.