• West Coast Music

    As the name indicates West Coast Music has its origin on the American West Coast. The music emphasizes melody, harmonies and arrangements, and the vocal and instrumental performances are always with great skill and of high quality. The music is often performed by pop/rock artists from the American West Coast, but is in no way limited to any geografical area.

News From Hemifran March 2019

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Hemifrån is an independent A&R, promotion and marketing company, based in the heart of Sweden, specializing in, what they call, “gut music” – The kind of music that you can feel in your gut, no matter what. Hemifran is promoting a lot of singer-songwriter, westcoast-pop, country, AOR and more. Here are featured some of their latest news – it is not all west coast, but dig into it!

Shapeshifters

Good Lovelies – Shapeshifters

You hear it a lot these days, the idea that something is greater than the sum of its parts, and yet there’s really no better way to describe the musical essence of the Good Lovelies. Kerri Ough, Sue Passmore and Caroline Brooks, immensely talented vocalists and songwriters in their own right, however, it’s their voices interwoven in harmony, powerful and pure, organic and inspiring, that elevates the Good Lovelies from impressive to peerless. Over the course of their decadeplus career, they’ve covered plenty of stylistic ground, adding tinges of pop, roots, jazz, and even hip hop to their country folk core at various points. More information at Hemifran.

Flat Earth Society

West Of Eden – Flat Earth Society

It was in Beijing, China, during West of Eden’s 2017 anniversary tour, that the first songs for “Flat Earth Society” were written and plans were drawn up. Why not pack the instruments and travel around Scotland and England to make our next album together with some of the best folk and trad musicians from the British Isles?. More information at Hemifran.

XO

Elias Elena Krell – XO

Elias Elena Krell is a trans genre multilingual singer songwriter who combines eclectic life experiences with a musical style that rides the line between folk conventions and queer pop quirkiness. They wrote their first song at the ripe age of 27, and have released 5 albums while maintaining an academic career that combines Latin American culture, music and women’s studies at Vassar College. They mostly live in New York’s Hudson Valley, writing, recording and performing music, always peeling back more layers of who they are as an artist. More information at Hemifran.

Yesterday´s Dream

John Blakeley & Jeff Larson – Yesterday´s Dream

They don’t often make new records anymore like ‘Yesterday’s Dream’, a brilliant throwback to the golden era of singer songwriters. Vocalist Jeff Larson evokes the fragile authenticity of the greats and unsung twang scholar John Blakeley of the ‘Endless Summer’ soundtrack lights up the spare, supple tracks on this haunting, compelling, altogether intoxicating debut.” ~ Joel Selvin. More information at Hemifran.

It´s About Time

Billy White Jr. – It´s About Time

True to form, Billy’s 3rd and latest album, “It’s About Time”, takes a wholly different approach. Described as classic rock and blues with a side of r’n’b, this one features 10 original songs and lots of rockin’ guitar without a steel or fiddle in sight. From the Duane and Dickey riffs of the opening track, “The Music”, to the slide swapping “Rock’N’Roll Fever”, to the funky licks of the instrumental “Shenanigans”, featuring legendary bassist Chuck Rainey, to the guitar saturated “Don’t Talk About Me”, it rocks out and clearly demonstrates his classic guitar influences, years of experience and wide range of songwriting skills. He sings all the vocals and wrote the horn arrangement too. More information at Hemifran.

Beyond These Walls

Elisabeth Carlisle – Beyond These Walls

Elisabeth Carlisle’s new release, “Beyond These Walls”, is a song about the strength to break down walls that life can put up sometimes. Although inspired by her husband’s personal battle with multiple myeloma cancer, the song is meant to give encouragement to those facing any struggle that may seem to be insurmountable, yet through love and faith we can go ‘beyond these walls’. More information at Hemifran.

Salt & Honey

King Of Foxes – Salt & Honey

King of Foxes offers up something of value, a musical divining rod that pulls the listener to an inner river that is at once both familiar and uncanny. Delivered in a voice equal parts fierce and fragile, frontwoman Olivia Street’s lyrics are poetic and evocative, deftly interwoven with seeing eye guitar hooks and a cogent understanding of songcraft. Her signature sound is quirky and textural, incorporating elements of Brit pop and melodic indie rock that inform a well read musical style. More information at Hemifran.

Black Roses & Hats

Christian Draghi – Black Roses & Hats

There are some Beatle-like harmonies crossbred with some Jethro Tull taste. Early Bowie’s flavours mixed with a bit of Dylan’s storytelling. Lennon’s exile in the Dakota Building comes after a soup made by pouring Clapton cream and bluesy vinegar. On the chef’s table you won’t miss a taste of crispy grunge cookies with psychedelic seasoning. On top, some groovy riffs and guitar solos in which Draghi bursts out his 70’s rocker attitude. All of this is kept together by melodies characterised by the author’s personal voice timbre. More information at Hemifran.

Grandeur

Dan Krikorian – Grandeur

“Grandeur”, uniquely divided into 2 “Acts”, begins with the powerful, “Words”, where Krikorian sings, “And when we talk about it, I wish that you would use your words”, setting the stage for what will be the beginning of a deeply personal Act 1. Things don’t stay down for long as the groovy and infectious “Need Me Bad” shines next with catchy guitar licks and an upbeat horn by Probyn Gregory and rhythm section by Jason Chesney and Shawn Nourse. “Act 1” goes on to feature fan favorites “Crazy Love” and “Don’t Look Like You” as well as Krikorian’s most intimate and personal song to date, “Monday Morning”, where he sings the heartbreaking lines, “Monday morning when I wake up, I wish I was in love”. The vocally powerful and emotional “59th Street” followed by the gentle “Bloom” complete Act 1 with Krikorian singing in a haunting falsetto, “Is it over now?”. More information at Hemifran.

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Good music enriches your life. At BLUE DESERT we are passionate about this particular yet wide-ranging style of music we call West Coast Music. This site is a modest tribute to the music and the performing artists, who through the (many) years have given us - and continue to give us - endless hours of musical enjoyment. As long-time fans we want to share our enthusiasm, experiences and views with fellow connoisseurs as well as curious newcomers. If we can do our bit to help promote this great music and all the gifted artist – well, then we have succeeded.

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