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May 21, 2020

On the cover, one is standing, brown and moustached, his curly hair animated by the breeze. The other is crouching, with a diaphanous blond hair and sunglasses, but make no mistake: this is by no means the obscure first attempt by the duo Hall & Oates.

Since the phenome...

April 22, 2020

Michael Franks occupied a uniquely popular niche in the world of soft jazz and pop music in the 1970s; he was one of those crossover artists who defied easy categorization on the radio (which made him ideal for FM radio of the period), and found an audience mostly amon...

April 3, 2020

"Midnight Driver" is the new single from London-based soft-rock and soul specialist Joel Sarakula. It's a driving soft-rock fantasy where the narrator laments his partner's nocturnal habits: 'When she's coming up, it gets me down'. The Californian sun-kissed guitars, v...

March 21, 2020

There was a time long ago, in the late 70s and early 80s, when west coast sound dominated the FM band. But what's the West Coast? Literally the West Coast, which is California. Because that's where everything was recorded and produced. Warm music that evoked sunshine a...

January 25, 2020

Trembles of Fortune is the working name of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Geoff Thevenot, currently of Crystal Lake, Illinois. (That's me.) Trembles of Fortune's strongly West Coast AOR-influenced sound brings together elements of 70s jazz and soul-flavored studi...

December 14, 2019

With this second album called Pacific Addiction, Mandoo continues following the line made with the highly noticed “Sweet Bitter Love”, released in 2012. The references to the finest west-coast melodies of the late 70s and early 80s are obvious. There is Bill LaBounty i...

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