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Official Website:Airport Impressions.com
Social Media:Face Book
Music Video: Berlin - Music Video
Rating:11 out of 10 stars
Review by: Charles Harrelson
Edited by: Charles Harrelson
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It took all year but on the final month of 2014 I was sent what I believe to be the Perfect Pop/Rock CD for 2014.
Mariette will be in the running for the Best Indie Release of 2014 as compiled by votes from our staff reviewers.
I haven't been this excited about a CD in years. Actually, two years. That was when Sacred Rite released their first album
in over 10 years called Resurrection. That CD was the #1 reviewed CD from 2012.
The four piece band features Errol Sammut (vocals and guitar), Johamm Schembri (guitars, banjo, mandolin),
Chris Curri (bass), and Steve Farrugia (drums). Each member adds something to make this a real package. I loved the added musical color
variations with the addition of the banjo, violin and mandolin within a rock mix. The extra colors add space to the guitar sound track.
Typically studios double or triple track
a guitar part to add depth to a typically thin single guitar track. By adding a banjo or mandolin in place of a guitar helps to colorize the sound while not
being obvious. This CD should be a lesson in sound mixing and engineering to up and coming studio ninja's.
The lost art of a booklet in the CD has become very unexpected over the years. Not only was the music excellent, the inside of the CD was
first class. The CD comes with a well designed glossy booklet which includes the lyrics for every song and band photos.
When most reviews are done the reviewer often classifies a band or artist with the "sounds like" comparison. To be honest, I don't know of a band
that sounds like Airport Impressions. This is a truly unique listening experience. In the early days of EvOR we provided web space
for quality up and coming artists. This was years before Facebook and MySpace came along.
I also had an Indie music radio station that streamed on line music. One of the bands had a singer who sounded a lot like Errol.
I racked my brian trying to remember the bands name. They had a more space/rock sound to them. I wanted to find this group and compare the vocals to justify my thinking.
I even went into the archives to pull up the old radio shows which I had mastered to
CD and still could not find the band I was searching for. After looking for a week, I gave up, the mystery remains.
Trying to discrib Airport Impressions is to explain a sunset to a blind person, but I will try.
The best I can do to try and give you an idea about how this band sounds. If you take a dash of Maroon 5 mixed with a
touch of Rascal Flatts (without the steel guitar) and a large dose of Daughtry and you might get close to sound of Airport Impressions.
The featured video from this album is track three. The song is called
Berlin. A folk/rock tune with a catchy whistling
melody which begins and ends the selection.
The melody is
guaranteed to stick in your head for days once you have heard it. The video was a bit confusing to me. Not because of the content but because
the lyrics did not seem to follow the video's capturing of two young ladies hanging out with (and on) one another but it had a good flow.
Shot in black and white the video was crisp and well edited. To watch the video
(go here). The featured song was definetly one of the better songs but this release
had no fillers. Every song was filled with excellent musicianship, passionate singing with well constructed, intelligent lyrics.
Wishing Well /
Come Alone /
Star Signs /
While You Wait /
Ballymena Sun /
If You Abandon Me /
All We Got /
Hymns of June /
Let It Shine /
I rearly discuss this in reviews because most listeners play music via a portable device on shuffle play so pacing is rearly an issue.
For the few people who listen from track one straight through to the end pacing is vital to how the music flows from one song to the next.
I find that very few Indie musicians understand this concept. Airport Impressions gets it! The album flows in and out seamlessly
from track to track.
In the Studio:
Recorded and mixed at Jagged House Studios by Howard Keith. All I can say about the recording is
if I was ever to return to the studio to record another album I would insist on this studio. This was one of the best sounding rock recordings
I have ever heard. Every instrument and every nuance could be heard in pristine definition. If audio could be in 3-D it would sound like this album.
I loved the ocassional use of fade and delay on the vocals to add a feeling of height to the sound stage.
My only complaint about the whole CD was the sound of the guitar solo on Berlin. The solo was just a variation from the songs lyrical melody but the
sound of the guitar on the solo was a bit thick and had a little too much lower midrange for my taste. Played through smaller speakers or listening on computer speaks
did not reveal any noticable issues with the guitar solo sound so 90% of the listeners will never hear what I heard.
As I stated at the beginning of the review, this was the best Indie Rock CD I have heard this year. How can I elaborate more about near perfection.
The recording was top notch with every instrument placed perfectly within the sound stage. Errol's vocals are crisp and clean. I'm not a big fan of using
a lot of vocal effects such as reverb and delay but I find the studio's use to be well within the range of acceptable.
I do not know what this bands plans are for the future but they should be working on getting signed to a major record label.
This band has my seal of approval and I look forward to seeing their CD's stocked in all the major national venues.
This CD was off the chain and so was my review. 11 stars out of 10...Yes..11...
The Best Indie CD's of 2014 will launch January 15th 2015.
The page is under construction now at: Top 25 of 2014. Final voting by our review team will
be January 10th.
Review by: Charlie Harrelson
Edited by: Heather Savage
Review Comments: firstname.lastname@example.org
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