Saturday, September 14, 2019

Rise Twain Album Review(Inside Out Music) Now Available!

5/5 Stars

The ever-changing landscape of music is never-ending and groups like this make me excited to open the ears and hear what they have to say both musically and vocally.
                                  J.D. Beck: Piano, lead and backing vocals
       Brett William Kull: Guitars, bass, keys, percussion, lead, and backing vocals

From Inside Out Music:
The self-titled debut from Philadelphia- duo Rise Twain is out now via InsideOutMusic. The union of Brett William Kull (producer, audio engineer, and member of Echolyn, Grey Eye Glances, and Francis Dunnery’s New Progressives) and J.D. Beck (The Scenic Route, Beck-Fields, author & playwright) bring their collective years of direct and varied experience in writing, performing and recording music together for their impressive debut.

I love the overall feel, the atmosphere generated by the sounds the two have created together, some of the strongest music I have heard this year so far.
            Here is the first song off the album on 
          Inside Out Music's TV YouTube channel.

I love this quote from the notes I was sent about the duo:
Discussing the album’s musical direction, Beck notes, “There’s not a typical structural theme that we use over and over and over. ‘Organic’ is a word that comes to mind. Seeking openness through simplicity and allowing the complexity of music to exist without the necessity of overly packing it or overly processing it. With that, we were able to achieve such a broad spectrum of sound, and a colossal sense of its existence, without having to have a billion guitars and a billion things put over top. There’s some coloring with strings and other embellishments, but it really is something very simple and stripped down, and it’s awesome.”
That in itself explains the simplicity of the album and yet like great music is a matter of musicians finding each other and using the talents of the other(s) to help grow their own strengths.
This is one of those albums where I cannot specifically state which is my favorite song, but if I had too it would be the following song
Audio-video below:

Song after song I am treated to more great musical wonders-reminding myself that this is just two people making all this music!
More on the band:
Talking of how the duo came together: “I produced an album for J.D.’s original band, The Scenic Route”, says Kull, describing his first meeting with Beck in 2007. “They were a rocky, progressive kind of band, like a Jeff Buckley kind of thing. I was immediately drawn to his vocals. He’s such a strong singer.” Kull says he and Beck immediately hit it off, what he describes as an “inevitable connection.”

Adds Beck, “I just knew I had to work with Brett on a higher level. When I came in to cut the vocals on the Scenic Route album, the way we worked together…some people you just gel with, and then some people you have a barrier with. Brett and I gelled.” They spoke of one day collaborating on their own project, which finally surfaces as Rise Twain.

Yet another song to share with you from this great group.

Available in many platforms, vinyl, CD and Digital all available through the Inside Out Music and other platforms.
The album is also now available on Limited CD Digipak, 180g Black Vinyl LP + CD & as digital album here

Thank you for reading this 
Anthony Nadeau

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