Our Featured Debut series focuses on exceptional albums and EPs which launch the recording career of promising new rock artists.
Filled with extended, inventive tracks which finely display the talents of this German quartet, Fragmental is an exceptional debut album by Ashby. Musically, this record straddles the line between symphonic metal and classic progressive rock.
No Rain Remain, the debut EP by Steve Wilkins, contains songs of diverse themes that somehow gel together as a cohesive whole with an underlying statement speaking of the struggle between balancing a responsible life and satisfying a wellspring of creative impulses.
The Texas-based rock power trio Groove Think has debuted with a true prog rock concept album called Intellect. The tracks tell a story of a dystopian device and its effect on society, while the music captures the theatric vibe with the expert use of genre, tempo and dynamics.
Siblings Jocelyn and Chris Arndt have been writing and performing music together since they were kids, with the music continuing to grow and mature into original, strong and authentic rock. Their debut album, Edges, captures these fine compositions, led by Jocelyn’s powerful vocals and Chris’s blues-based rock driven guitar.
The Georgia-based quartet, The Orange Constant, fuses rock, jazz, funk and blues elements on their high quality debut, Time to Go. The album features top-notch production, solid compositions, and just the right amount of musical flourishes while remaining accessible and enjoyable throughout.
Buddha Trixie has released an impressive four-song EP which hits the sweet spot between hard rock and accessible pop. Real features strong rhythms, unique guitar textures, clear lyrical themes and the record gets stronger and more entertaining as it goes along.
The Whiskey Charmers are a Detroit-based duo who strike a perfect balance between laid back country and western and edgy folk rock. With the smoky lead vocals of Carrie Shepard and the stratospheric lead guitar textures of Lawrence Daversa, the self-released and self-titled 2015 album is solid from start to finish.
Franklin Gotham‘s impressive debut EP, Something You Remember features upbeat, hopeful lyrics and simple story telling and is complemented by a minimalist production technique as well as rustic, soothing acoustic instrumentation accented by sparing use of synths.
Hannah Ayrault is an impressive young vocalist with a distinctive voice both lyrically and sonically. On her debut EP, Me Right Now, songwriting is well experienced with various journeys of self-discovery and coming of age, all delivered with a sweet innocence in her tone to accompany the bubbly pop melodies and introspective ballads decorated with traditional instrumentation.
We launch our brand new “Featured Debut” series with a profile of Episodes, the 2015 EP by the Texas-based prog rock group Remanon, which features complex compositions and virtuoso performances.