Hype Monitor: Brown Recluse, April Smith, Tekitha

August 6th, 2009 by J. Edward Keyes Leave a reply »

The Band: Brown Recluse
The Buzz: This Philly band, formerly known as Brown Recluse Sings, is named for a venomous spider, but their moniker stands in direct contradiction to their sound, which is warm, tender and inviting. The band has been plugging away quietly for three years, moving slowly from local favorites to indie up-and-comers.
Listen If: You wish Fleet Foxes were just a bit more twee, or that Of Montreal hadn’t abandoned their early psycy-pop stylings.
Key Track: “Rainy Saturday,” a bright stroll through a big field in spring, all broad strums and swooping vocals.

The Band: April Smith
The Buzz: Recently tapped to fill some of the early slots at Lollapalooza, this Brooklyn musician turns out sultry updates ragtime and swing, pouring her rich voice over tight guitar strumming. She’s amassed a healthy fanbase, many of whom are currently helping her fund her new record.
Listen If: You still have a soft spot for the Squirrel Nut Zippers songs where Katherine Whalen sang lead.
Key Track: The swift-kicking “Colors,” where Smith glides up and down the scale, pledging her love to a distant lover.

The Band: Tekitha
The Buzz: Tekitha first appeared back in 1997, providing vocals on two songs on Wu-Tang Forever. She was loosely affiliated with the Clan in the years that followed, but her oft-promised solo debut never materialized. Re-energized and paried with producer Armand Van Helden,Tekitha is readying herself for another go round.
Listen If: You wish more R&B vocalists knew that holding back can be just as effective as loading every song with melisma and tricky vocal runs.
Key Track: The laid-back groove of “Ridin’,” where gently pulsing bass and keys provide the perfect background for Tekitha’s warm, soulful vocals.


Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily

Leave a Reply