We took a bit of a break from reviews, while trying to figure out what the next single is. Have you listened to both choices and decided yet? Anyway… Summer 196 is me asking weird and wonderful people around the world to review the album. So far, we’ve had a review from Cape Town, Maputo and Geneva.Up next is Eric Johnson from Memphis
Black Porcelain has released her truly independent self finance album. We first wrote about her in 2011 when she released a remix of Butterflies. Then in 2012 when she released the video of “Today Is the Day”. To this day I still love this song. Which listening to “Invincible Summer”, I was very happy to hear it as the first track. Kind of a feeling of being at home, and put me in comfortable place with this new material.
As I said the first song is “Today is the Day”. It’s a very deceptive song. It’s the most upbeat positive “Get the Hell Out” song I have every heard. The simple yet effective piano keeps the song very light and positive. Most other singers in the genre would and have made this subject more dark than it should be. That’s why for me it’s very refreshing to get her take on this type of song. Also the horns arrangement on the song is excellent.
The next two tracks “Aching Head” and “Hot Pink” continue the strong start of the album. With “Aching Head”, the bass guitar plays big part in establishing the tempo of the song. Which could be taken as a drinkers anthem. lol. In the song “Hot Pink”, her voice really stands out and takes over the song. In doing so, you realize something. That the first three songs are not similar at all, and Black Porcelain’s voice handles each distinctly and masterfully. You don’t notice her voice strain, or reach areas where she is uncomfortable.
The album continues with song after song that describes her on her Journey. Each song is a glimpse into that journey and her life, which makes this album very personal and meaningful. This album has many reasons why I love independent artists. I feel that each fan, album purchase and “like” helps that artist accomplish their dreams, which is repaid by more music for the fans.
– Eric Johnson (Memphis, TN, USA)
Eric is a music lover and blogger who live is Memphis and loves to travel. Did I mention that he LOVES music. I’m not joking. Check out his blog Soulified if you don’t believe me.