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Promote This: John Clement, Nufangled & Zedidiah Word

Posted by May 6th, 2014 No Comments »

Promote This is a long-running feature wherein we write about emerging and unsigned bands. Send submissions to @nadamucho with hash tag #PromoteThis.

John Clement – “Whiskey Another More”

“Whiskey Another More” is a quite pleasant little DIY guitar-pickin’ folk number that longs to be included in a set of early Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seger songs, but lacks the passion of those legends. The home-recorded recording style is more distracting than charming, as are the buried vocals and competent but lazy guitar work. I get the feeling that it’s the back porch “feeling” that Mr Clement is focusing on here, but it may be to the detriment of his songwriting. – Abe Beeson

Listen to “Whiskey Another More”

Nufangled – “Entertain Me”

“Entertain Me” is radio ready. Great song structure and the female vocals are confident yet still vulnerable enough to be believable. The guitars seem to dominate the track at times, and it would be nice to hear a bit more “low end” from the bass to balance out the overly slick feel, but solid drumming and great all around musicianship should have these kids opening for some national acts soon. – TBASA

Listen to “Entertain Me”

Zedidiah Word – “Fusillade” & “Kindle”

Man, this dude probably loves Father John Misty and Beck’s Sea Change. Denton, Texas’ Zedidiah Word released two projects last year and “Kindle” is from the most recent, Where Wolves Wait For Weaker Sheep, and it’s got a real pysch-folk accent to it. It’s a transcontinental lullaby, fitting for a long road trip or quiet afternoon, putting it in the same vein as Father John Misty’s debut album and Sea Change, never quite falling into one genre but unmistakably evokes a feeling of longing.

I appreciate how complete “Fusillade” sounds, which isn’t too much of a surprise considering how Word has been writing solo material since 2008, and seems to be selective about what he shares. The odd mix of terse percussion and xylophonic accents works well with Word’s light vocals. While the track could be mixed to give his voice more impact during the chorus, “Fullsillade” is a nice beginning for his solo career and points to prosperous future. – Cameron Deuel

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