I just had the opportunity to review the newest release, Remain, from Bywater Call and it’s a cool, modern, southern flavored, funk fused rocker. Opening with Falls Away, Meghan Parnell on lead vocal, shows clear command of the track with Dave Barns on guitar, Stephen Dyte on trumpet and trombone, Bruce McCarthy on drums, Mike Meusel on bass, Julian Nalli on sax and Alan Zemaitis on keys. I particularly like the stiff drum rhythm by McCarthy played against the lush slide work of Barnes. Great opener. Title track, Remain, has all of the components of a top radio track with it’s sweet, memorable melody, strong vocals and instrumental arrangement with just the right amount of guitar. Let Me Be Wrong has a lot of sting with it’s R&B beat and excellent vocals by Parnell and warm keyboard / vocal backing. Meusel sets a great bass posture on Sea We Swim and with McCarthy on drums, Zemaitis on keys and full horn support of Dyte. Parnell really swings it vocally making this one of my favorites on the release. Excellent! Bring It Back with a R&B flavored feel and powerful vocals by Parnell and punchy horn work by Dyte and Nalli give this track a firm base and Barnes cuts his guitar loose for a great ripping slide solo. This really a cool release and one with broad appeal. Check it out.
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