Jake’s Take’s New Music Reviews: Week of May 20, 2022

Artists to Watch:

Jake’s Take’s Artists to Watch is back! Here are some of the recording artists and groups that are taking the music industry by storm.

IRL – EP by Dom 

Houston, Texas native Dominque Side (DOM) dropped her extended play: IRL. The singer, songwriter, and co-owner of VgnBae Music Group has been part of R&B and gospel music groups in her hometown. However, DOM steps into the pop and hip-hop musical genres in IRL – EP. The five tracks showcase that DOM could dominate the music industry with her seductive vocals, great lyrics, and her superb production team (Drakkar Wesley, Freddie Allen Jr., and Anthony Hall). Well done, DOM! A- 

Tracks to Download: “End Date,” “Crazy IRL,” “Know Me,” & “Man Eater.”

“Peace and Quiet” by Drew Kennedy

New Braunfels, Texas singer-songwriter Drew Kennedy released “Peace and Quiet,” his second single off his anticipated album: Marathon. The musician teamed up with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Jeff Hanna and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Matraca Berg. Drew Kennedy’s voice is superb for this genre and “Peace and Quiet” perfectly transports the listener to his location. I cannot wait to listen to the rest of Marathon. B+ 

“Melted Into Two” by Dune Rats

Brisbane, Queensland natives Dune Rats, are turning punk rock upside down. Danny Beus, BC Michaels, and Brett Jansch make up this superb trio. Their latest single, “Melted Into Two,” reminds me of Blink-182 and the Mowgli’s had a baby. Dune Rats’ brass sound will make listeners put the “Rock On” hand signals in the air. I am looking forward to hearing more music from them in the future. A- 

“Bad Spell” by Larkin Poe

Nashville-based multi-instrumental sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell are known as the Grammy-nominated rock duo Larkin Poe. The team released their first single off their upcoming sixth album, Blood Harmony: “Bad Spell.” As I listened to the song, I yelled, “WHY IS THIS THE FIRST TIME I AM LISTENING TO LARKIN POE? THEY ARE OUTSTANDING!” Rebecca and Megan are fantastic rock musicians, and their artistry reminds me so much of Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson. I believe that they will be the millennial generation’s most recognizable rock music siblings. A+ 

“Echo” by Venna 

Edmonton, Alberta-based singer-songwriter Venna rounds out this edition of Jake’s Take’s New Music Reviews. Her latest song, “Echo,” explores the tip into obsession, the reckless romanticization of an oppressive dynamic, and the underlying sadness that often drives it. “Echo’s” haunting background reminded me of The Phantom of the Opera’s title song and “The Music of the Night” as both songs dealt with Christine and The Phantom’s obsessive relationship. Venna has a lovely voice and is an incredible recording artist. B+ 

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