Steal This Track: Laura Brehm, Missing DuFrenes and the Sunset CurseBy | June 1st, 2010 | No Comments »
Wow! It’s Tuesday again. If you’re in the United States, it’s time to wipe the sleep and stardust out of your eyes from the long holiday weekend. If you’re not in the United States, you’re a day ahead of us in productivity. Either way, it’s time to sit up and get those right-clicking fingers ready for another edition of Steal This Track, Reverb’s weekly dose of free music downloads, freshly baked in the Centennial State.
Songstress Laura Brehm released her first album at the ripe old age of 17, and is set to release her second this month as a wiser 19-year-old. The Louisville-based singer’s youth shines through on “Dreams,” a radio-friendly collection of wide-eyed love songs that balance folky sincerity with pop sensibility.
Brehm’s fluttering piano arpeggios, delicate guitar figures, heart-on-sleeve lyrics and precious-yet-pitch-perfect vocals might not be for the too-cool crowd, but there’s a delicate beauty in the young performer’s earnest, heartfelt delivery. Check out, “Still Gone,” a song written and performed with fellow Colorado singer Adam Lockwood. The leading contender for hit single off of “Dreams,” the song showcases Brehm’s chops and her way with a pathologically catchy melody.
Laura Brehm | Still Gone (right click to save to your computer)
Missing DuFrenes is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Jonathan Snyder, but the outfit’s infectious power pop wouldn’t pack nearly the punch without the contributions of bassist Todd Divel and drummer Peter Higgins. While Snyder’s incisive lyrics and memorable melodies make his songs as tense as a tight wire, the rhythm section gives those songs a rollicking roughness that keeps the energy high and attitude punky.
Missing DuFrenes has undergone numerous lineup changes in its four-year existence, and Snyder even contemplated hanging it up not long ago. However, 2010 has been a busy for the trio, recording several songs (which Snyder has simply emailed to fans), playing several live shows, and contemplating some West Coast tour dates. Later this year, we might see a full-length album from the band, but for now, we’ll have to settle for bite-sized chunks, like the perfectly stealable “Why Do You Want Me Hanging Around?”
Missing DuFrenes | Why Do You Want Me Hanging Around? (right click to save to your computer)
The Sunset Curse crafts dark, itchy dance music that owes as much to Radiohead as it does to, say, LCD Soundsystem. The trio of Bradley Bakewell, Cody York and Chris Nelson has spent the past three years honing its sound and building a following, both in Denver and internationally.
After a successful tour of Japan, the group’s experimental electronic pop found a home at Randall Frazier’s Helmet Room Recordings, who will release its debut, “Artificial Heart,” on June 26. Though the album’s blend of electronica, indie rock, hard rock and the kitchen sink makes for a puzzling first impression, subsequent listens reveal a coherent artistic statement that is the musical equivalent of a nighttime stroll through nearly any 21st century city’s streets. You’ll get what we mean when you steal the album’s title track.
The Sunset Curse | Artificial Heart (right click to save to your computer)
If you like what you hear from the Sunset Curse, be sure to mark the band’s CD release show on your calendar. It’s scheduled for July 31 at the Hi-Dive, with the Pirate Signal opening.
Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.
If you’re a band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks to Eryc Eyl for consideration.
Eryc Eyl is a veteran music journalist, critic and Colorado native who has been neck-deep in local music for many years. Check out Steal This Track every Tuesday for local music you can HEAR, and the Mile High Makeout every Friday. Against his mother’s advice, Eryc has also been known to tweet.