Matthew Perryman Jones: Land of the Living

Guest Post By: Brendan

Matthew Perryman Jones’ Kickstarter-supported album, Land of the Living, was written shortly after the death of his father. Perryman Jones has credited inspiration from sources as varied and impressive as Rumi and Vincent Van Gogh. You can watch the video for the track “O Theo” from the album below. His song “Save You” was one of the more memorable songs featured on One Tree Hill during its nine year run. You can hear it towards the end of this Mountain Stage stream and also watch the video below.

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Tyler Hilton: Forget The Storm

Forget The Storm is singer-songwriter (and actor) Tyler Hilton’s third studio album and his first independent release on his own label, Hooptie Tune Records. Tyler himself said of the album, “The songs and sounds of Forget The Storm came together as a reaction to the major label system and the heartbreak it kept putting me through.” That heartbreak came after five years of working on another album (The Storms We Share) for major label Warner Bros. only for the songs to gather dust. Tyler left the label when it became obvious the album would never see the light of day and started on a fresh batch of songs, the title Forget The Storm the only reference to the album that never was.

Tyler’s appearances on the final season of One Tree Hill successfully drew my attention to his new album, Forget The Storm. Unfortunately, Chris Keller’s (Tyler’s OTH alter ego) heartfelt acoustic performance of “Prince of Nothing Charming” and rowdy bluesy rock rendition of “Loaded Gun” led to disappointment when I first heard the more polished pop versions on the album.

Once those overblown expectations faded, though, I was able to enjoy and appreciate the album for what it is. It’s a very catchy pop album with a few pretty ballads and a couple of strong rock tracks.

Tyler is best known for laidback, singer-songwriter ballads and this album has it’s share of those, but the best tracks are those in which he fully embraces blues and rock – such as “Loaded Gun” and “Ain’t No Fooling Me.”

There’s a dusky warmth to Tyler’s voice and melodies that occasionally hint at early Ryan Adams, but the slick production pushes most of Forget The Storm into the pop genre. It’ll be a good summer road trip album.


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Mp3 Menagerie: Wakey!Wakey!, Patrick & Eugene, Tracy Shedd

Wakey!Wakey! – Twenty Two *

Catchy new single by Wakey!Wakey! – better known as the new bartender on One Tree Hill. His sophomore album Almost Everything I Wish I’d Said the Last Time I will be released on February 2nd.

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Patrick & Eugene – Don’t Stop (mp3) *

Fun, brassy electro ditty by UK duo Patrick & Eugene. Their new album All Together Now was just released this week in the U.S.

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Tracy Shedd – City At Night (mp3) *

Beautiful piano ballad from Tracy Shedd’s new EP EP88.

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