Brooklyn-based band Tolani to release cathartic debut album on June 14th

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The self-titled debut album by Tolani, a Brooklyn-based five-piece led by the band’s namesake, Sameer Tolani, is out on June 14th.

This record is raw in many ways.

In its personal lyrics, candid production techniques, and cathartic vocal and instrumental performances that speak openly to the brutal honesty and authenticity of this record.

Tolani makes no issue about coming to the songwriting and record-making game with more passion than practical experience. It’s what makes the album so charming, frankly.

“I have a limited palette, but I don’t see that as a bad thing. The music that comes out is an expression of how I’m feeling, and letting it out is like therapy for me.”

In this way, Tolani’s songs can remind of John Lennon’s “primal scream” period, albeit with less screaming.

“Songwriting inspired the changes I’d been longing for. This record began as a coping mechanism and ended up as catharsis.”

Ryan Thompson & The Delicate Hounds debut set for May 24th release

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Ryan Thompson has been a visual artist, poet, husband, father, businessman, alt-rocker, and singer-songwriter. It took a lot of living to find his voice, and now Thompson is finally set to release his debut album of songs about that life (and maybe about your life, too.)

Waiting on a Ghost by Ryan Thompson & The Delicate Hounds arrives on May 24th. The album is comprised of Country-influenced songs about feelings and events that we’ve all experienced. Songs that resonate lyrically, but also melodically.

“Even the sad songs need hooks!,” Thompson jokes with the bit of truth that all good humor has.

NYC-raised band leader Oliver Kennan is songwriter, guitarist, vocalist behind one of city’s most exciting soul ensembles. Debut out May 10th.

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‘Waiting’ is a modern take on the rock and soul of the past,” says Oliver Kennan. “It’s the classic story of a young man searching for love in the loneliest big city in the world, NYC.”

The music calls back the up-tempo funk of Tower of Power circa “What is Hip” with a contemporary swagger and Oliver plays the part of the lonely loverboy with equal parts conviction and good humor.

The band channeled the vintage sounds of their favorite records by recording live to tape at The Bunker Studios and Thump Studios in Brooklyn. The track was produced by Graham Stone and mastered by Bob Ludwig.

Oh Boy arrives May 10th via Hornblow Recordings.

NYC-based band leader Oliver Kennan to release debut album, May 10th

Beneath Oliver Kennan’s youthful appearance lies an old soul. A first listen to his debut album Oh Boy (May 10th, Hornblow Recordings) makes it clear that his internal jukebox is stocked with classic 45s from the golden age of soul and funk. On Oh Boy, Kennan is spinning bits and pieces of those records into something entirely his own. The jukebox is stocked with modern hits, too: Kennan’s stated influences range from Otis Redding to Arcade Fire, Dr. John to Radiohead, and Wilson Pickett to Amy Winehouse. Kennan’s vocals, songwriting, and guitar playing skills honor all of his heroes, classic and contemporary, but his greatest talent may be in leading his band. The ensemble is comprised of accomplished performers in their own right, and together they are one of the city’s most exciting soul ensembles. Watch out for Oh Boy, the debut album by Oliver Kennan, arriving May 10th.