Sunday, May 25, 2008

The Guitarist and The Drummer

When our all-time favourite The Strokes went on hiatus, Albert Hammond Jr. is here to please the eager fans. He proceeded on with his sophomore album after a mild success with his solo debut Yours To Keep. New album ¿Cómo Te Llama? is set to be released on 7th July, but will be available on iTunes in advance from 17th June. The title of 'What's Your Name?' in Spanish is hints at the classic, summery music held within. Other than the band Matt Romano, Marc Philippe Eskenazi and Josh Lattanzi, personal friends are also featured in the records like Sean Lennon plays piano on 'Spooky Couch', and the string quartet of Earl Maneein (violin), Matt Szemela (violin), Jon Weber (viola) and Jessie Reagen (cello) demonstrates the bolder and more electic sound Albert attempts in this album. 'GfC' is the first single lifted from the album, and it certainly promises some greatness in ¿Cómo Te Llama? With a summer tour already penciled for Albert, it sure will be a long time before we hear any news from The Strokes.

Albert Hammond Jr. - GfC
Albert Hammond Jr. -
Bargain of the Century

Like Albert Hammond Jr.'s debut Yours To Keep, Razorlight's drummer Andy Burrows solo debut The Colour of My Dreams is made up of beatles-esque and guitar-driven tunes which are perfect for a breezy summer late night. Andy has demonstrated his song-writing skills in his band in songs like 'America' and 'Before I Fall to Pieces' and his lovely vocal in a cover of The Beatles' 'With A Little Help from My Friends' in a tribute to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 40th Anniversary. While Johnny Borrell is chasing his dream of rocker-ego as strong as Bono, Andy Burrows is pursuing a more subtle dream for charity cause. The album will be released on 26th May with the aim of raising funds and awareness to a Winchester children’s home, Naomi House, and their Jack’s Place appeal. The Colour of My Dreams was written and recorded at home by Andy, and was conceived during a break in Razorlight activity when the drummer stumbled across a book of poems by an old family friend and began setting them to music. The result is an easy-listening album with simple acoustic tunes that clock just under 20 minutes.

Andy Burrows - Boxes
Andy Burrows - Winter


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