“It’s hard to count sheep when all the sheep are screamin’,” growls Grant Sabin on “Dreaming,” available here for you to nab. And we’re inclined to believe him. In fact, Sabin’s musical voice rings so true, we’re inclined to believe anything that raw voice sings. The Colorado Springs musician with magnificent facial hair is set to release “Anthromusicology” on Blank Tape Records on Dec. 14 at Stargazers Theatre, and the title seems fitting. The album is a collection of songs that reference a host of sounds from the American musical canon, from Delta blues to straight-up rock ’n’ roll.
But rather than coming off nostalgic, or a hybrid novelty, there is a thread of authenticity throughout. This is Sabin’s sound, and these are his songs. Yes, his voice is raw, but there is always an underlying tonal beauty, and the music is a match. Sabin forgoes heavy guitar distortion by coaxing grit with aggressive playing.
Seems appropriate to post a song about hometowns the week following Thanksgiving, so here we have “Lubbock” from Denver newbies War Over Water. The three-piece is set to release its first EP, “The Authority,” on Nov. 30 at Unit E. Pretty straightforward indie rock here with power-strummed guitars and nonchalant vocals. But while listeners won’t find anything too groundbreaking, the tracks we’ve heard from the album show a band with a confidence and competency worth following.
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