Various Artists: IAC Artists Sampler 2018
Posted by Jon Neudorf, SoT Staff Writer on 2019-03-26 04:33:53
IAC Records (Independent Artists Collective) is a newly formed record label with the focus on musicians in central and northern California. The label was formed in early 2018 by engineer/producer Don Setaro and musician/producer Eric Westphal.
On this sampler there are a total of seven artists all with new music in 2018. For an example of what you will find here the first couple of tracks are taken from Dirk Hamilton’s album Live at the Palms. Hamilton has been around since the early ‘70s but for some reason never really caught on and that is a shame as these two tracks, “Heart Of Soul” and “Alias I” are nice acoustic led numbers influenced by the likes of Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Seger and perhaps Bob Dylan. It’s quite folky with a bit of country and Hamilton’s voice has a pleasing earthy tone. On “Alias I” the supporting electric guitar is laid down with expert care. Next are two tracks taken from Eric Westphal’s Alice Street Sessions; “Footsteps” and “Stop And Smell The Roses”. The former is a catchy slice of Americana style rock with excellent guitar while the latter is a melodic mid-tempo number with hints of Steely Dan and includes sublime female backing vocals. On a different note, Nappa Valley Duo add a completely different flavour with just piano and cello. “Hotel” is a very slow moving and somber track followed by “See Me Feel Me/I Will Fight And Never Slack”, and yes, the first half is classic Who with the cello replacing the vocals quite effectively. The tempo shifts into higher gear with the jaunty “I Will Fight And Never Slack” before returning to the Who. Willie Hines is another artist that has that ‘California sound’ particularly with the catchy AOR track “Let’s Not Waste Time” followed by the equally melodic “On Fire”.
Although this is more mainstream than what I am used to I have to admit I had no problems listening to this easy flowing disc. For fans of radio friendly rock music in the singer/songwriter style.
Stay tuned in 2019 for even more great artists and releases from IAC RECORDS!
For more information about IAC RECORDS and Artists, please visit www.iacrecords.com
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