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“Stay Here” with Cail for New Music Friday – October 21, 2022

We are so pleased that our efforts to show thorough love for what we lovingly refer to as The DMV Music Scene provides us the chance to celebrate the release of Trouble In Paradise, the debut EP from Cail of Richmond. I also fess up to moving too fast while reviewing submissions, resulting in us only now sharing the latest single from Zach Seabaugh. We are right on time for a new track and video by The Blue Stones, a Roy Orbison cover by Patrick Barry, the raw energy of Come At The King, the large and in charge sounds of Big Stuff, and, last but not least, audible motivation by Jack Kane. You can find this and more excellent (underlined for emphasis) music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify and YouTube. Subscribe to either or both and your weekend will be way better than the inside of any fortune cookie or your money back.

“Stay Here” by Richmond, VA -based singer/songwriter and indie bedroom pop recording artist Cail captures the yearning and longing amidst a breakup. “Please just stay here” becomes the refrain around words that one doesn’t always find the strength to say, but somehow Cail does. “Stay Here” is available now along with “Euphoria”, “Trouble in Paradise”, and “Better Than That” on his debut EP, Trouble in Paradise, newly released on all major platforms. 

With beautiful simplicity, The Blue Stones skillfully pose the question, “What’s It Take To Be Happy?”  Exploring lyrical themes including the band’s own level of success or accepting the fact that the band might not be the right audience for Billie Eilish; being comfortable in your own skin, the one you love is worth the wait, and a whole lot more are explored concisely. Producer and multi-GRAMMY Award-winner Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes, The Strokes, Spoon) expertly crafts drums, guitar, and vocals into something larger than life.

Discussing “What’s It Takes To Be Happy?,” Palestinian/Canadian frontman Tarek Jafar offered, “At this point, you’ve tried everything. You’re done conforming, you’re done caring, you’re over the hanging weight of shame, disappointment, or unchecked goals. You’ve let go, and it’s the most freeing feeling you’ve ever experienced. You just don’t give a shit, and it’s fucking great.”

Don’t do what I did and mistake “Christmas Lights” by Nashville based rising indie pop talent Zach Seabaugh as a song you have to reserve in time to celebrate the cold winter holidays. The track digs deep into personal relationships and celebrates them all year long through the use of an excellent play on words that we won’t reveal (you’ll just have to listen for yourself). It’s got all the feel-good feels of a sing-along without sacrificing intimacy. Seabaugh does justice to his influences by Ben Rector, Jack Johnson and John Mayer. If “Christmas Lights” alone doesn’t do it for you, check out “Slingshot,” co penned and produced by Chance Peña, “Maybe In The Morning” feat. Anna Hamilton, and “Thoughts” feat. Jaxson Free, all released earlier this year.

“You Got It” by Patrick Barry could be in the running as a modern classic. As a cover of the great Roy Orbison it can’t help but have some classic rock feels, but the composition overall is extremely approachable; having just enough of an edge to have teeth without forgetting it’s rooted in romance. Patrick Barry returns this Fall with a series of new music releases, starting with his version of “You Got It.” The track is recorded and produced by Patrick in his studio in High Point, NC, and includes a recording debut from his 17-year-old stepson Judah Reitnour on bass. Not the first family affair, Patrick and his younger brother Bradford released three EPs and toured regularly along the Southern Tier as The Barry Brothers Band– a bluesy, folk-rock group with a story-telling southern flair. 

If you are a fan of The Black Keys, you’re going to love “It’s a Good Life” by Come at the King, a rock and roll three-piece from London drawing influence from the blues-infused sounds of the early 00’s garage rock revival (White Stripes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Vines, Kings of Leon). We’re so glad this track is able to capture the level of raw energy the band exudes. If it sounds this good at home, then “come here and see it” is all the invitation we need to want to hear this power trio pull it off live on stage.

Elements of modern pop seamlessly transition from one into the next in “With You”, the latest single by NYC soul-pop band Big Stuff. With influences ranging from Prince, Emily King, and Lianne La Havas, you can expert expertly arranged layers of instrumentation and lyrics offered by this eight-piece act who lives up to their namesake (while also reminding me of Oreo cookie commercials from back in the day). The band has grown an east coast following while touring around the East Coast. “With You” timely coincides with the anniversary of the release of their debut EP Call It Nostalgia released in October of 2020.

You’d expect to see the “Underdog” last, but it’s nothing personal to London-based newcomer Jack Kane. We think this track whimsically and thoughtfully acknowledges that things can get tough, but if you’re the underdog you’ve got no place to go but up, if you want to that is. The lush and dynamic orchestration uplift Kane’s passionately delivered vocal performance that is sure to inspire.

Describing the inspiration and production of “Underdog”, Kane comments: “Sometimes you just have an absolute stinker of a day where it feels like the world is actively using your misery as a punch line. I have a friend who had just had one of these days, and I took that concept into a session with the production genius that is Mack Jamison, and out came ‘Underdog’. We decided on chords and a riff quickly, and within about two hours Mack had crafted the track and I had written the lyrics. Ironically it was one of those days where everything just goes right.

Underdog is about keeping your chin up in tough times and holding onto that fighting spirit we’re all born with.”

Daniel Warren Hill

Daniel Warren Hill is an American musician, writer, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the frontman for Washington DC area Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy, as co-founder of Capitol Groove Collective, and increasing the exposure of artists on a global scale through his work with Alchemical Records. 

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