Saturday, July 5, 2014

Troubadour [Music CD]

Troubadour by the Stepkids

The Stepkids are a soul/jazz/rock/psychedelic/experimental trio from Bridgeport, CT. Their second album, Troubadour, is a wonderful collection of 70's and 80's inspired rhythm & blues and funk.

We're led into the album by a plunky banjo and what can be described as an earnest narrator. After the brief intro, it's off to the races with falsetto vocals, wild synthesizers, funky drumming, jazzy guitar and badass bass playing. The fun never stops either! While "The Lottery" sounds like a modern take on a Steely Dan tune, "Sweet Salvation" comes across like a hit from an era gone by with its soulful harmonies, synths and electric sitar.

At this point, I'm realizing that I've mentioned so many diverse (and possibly conflicting) genres. However, that's really the beauty of what the Stepkids do. Their musicianship allows the boys to take the music to so many areas and their superb songwriting reigns all of these various elements into a perfect funky, pop music collage.

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