Our Pick: “Sleeping”
Teens have cornered the market on heartache. But for a young musician to fire off a five-song EP with the deft touch of Avon Lake’s Kelsey Faludy is a rarity. Much like how now-national artist Kate Voegele of Bay Village made a name for herself with a guitar and a handful of excellent songs, Faludy shows equal promise with the piano. Recorded at Cleveland’s Ante Up Audio with Michael Seifert (who produced the album, played drums, bass, guitar and keyboard on it and co-wrote one of the songs), Faludy’s voice is precise and confident as it cuts across a lot of third-person teen introspection that never sounds immature. The song construction is equally polished, and the hook-laden choruses will be bouncing around in your head for days.
Our Pick: “Fragile”
Is the alternative sound embodied by bands such as the Goo Goo Dolls, Eve 6 and Fuel in the late ’90s still a relevant force in the rock music scene a decade later? Cleveland’s Three Miles Out tries to prove so with its latest release,Nobody, a sonic collection of 13 songs that banks on big guitars and even bigger vocals. The band members are adept musicians who construct reliable rock melodies with spot-on harmonies. They know to keep the songs tight (none exceed three-and-a-half minutes), and the occassional guitar solo is the band’s only indulgence. Three Miles Out’s only limitation to garnering more attention from today’s modern rock audience may be that the band pays tribute to the genre that inspired it more than it offers any sort of reinvention.
Our Pick: “Reaching Out”