Tuesday, December 1, 2009

What I'm listening to - Tia

Music holds a place in my heart and life that I don't think I will ever fully be able to understand. Regardless of what I'm going through I am never far from an iPod, cd or laptop full of music. That being said, my current album on repeat is Six Strings and a Drum Machine by Britten.

Thanks to the likes of Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke and if we're being honest (and accurate) Mike McDonald, we no longer think twice about white boys singing soul music. The problem with their familiarity is that when another one of them comes along we may have a tendency to try to compare the current one to the last one. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then comparison is its red-headed step brother.

Because the playing field seems to be filling up like training camp after draft day, new singers have to up their game in order to not get lost in the shuffle. Enter:Britten. New to the scene but not to the game, Britten brings a voice that makes you remember what singing is all about. Without gimmicks, heavy autotuning or any of the tricks of the trade that his less talented counterparts are relegated to, Britten melodically welcomes you into his world, his heart, his pain.

Equal parts singer and songwriter Britten tells his story through melody and verse. Real One effortlessly pulls you in with him on his search for that one we all hope is out there. As he sings, "Everyday's another day closer to you" you can't help but believe it's true. Get Gone plays like an anthem for fighting the Ms/Mr Right Now syndrome. I'm sure most of us have battled that, "But he's/she's good enough for right now" moment knowing that danger is just around that corner that we're about to take too quickly. And after the games have been played and love has been found, Stick To Your Guns makes us realize that now the fight really begins. It won't always be easy or fun but this love that you've found is worth the fight if it's real.

Amazing arraignments, a showcase of genuine guitar skills (yes, an artist who plays instruments...GASP!!!) and one of the dopest falsettos I've heard in a long time, Six Strings is a perfect introduction from the new kid on the block. Britten shows us his heart and his skill in just six songs (and one fly outro.) The passion that emanates from every track makes you wonder what he could have done with a full album. And because you'll find yourself hitting repeat constantly, you'll stick around to see what else this guy is gonna do.

Britten is currently on tour with Tony Lucca and Josh Hoge. Check out tour dates here. The EP is scheduled to be released on iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon and Lala December 15.

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