Song Review: “Compromise”, Near Deaf Experience featuring Tamanie Dove

History is riddled with musical combinations that appear to be doomed to failure on paper, but defy the odds to create memorable and incredible music together.  David Bowie and Bing Crosby.  Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.  Robert Plant and Allison Krauss.  The apparent clashes in musical stylings would prove that these artists have no chance of creating something beautiful, don’t they?  Fortunately, for all of us, the musical prowess of all these combinations far outweighed their styles and comfort zones, and they produced some of the most beautiful music of a generation together.  They put aside their musical differences and demonstrated that the art form was the important factor, and not the public’s perception of their limitations.  Which bring me to the focus of this article.

Near Deaf Experience. A duo (Jeff Hill and Josh Mitchell) producing some of the best electronic music around, and doing it all for charity.  Their unique sound comes from an amazing use of the musical space, weaving melodies and countermelodies in an environment of constantly changing phase, with resounding bass, multiple layers of sound and the spot-on precision required to deliver a ‘ready for primetime’ portfolio of astounding music.  You can learn much more about them and check out their latest album ,’Cognitive Dissonance”, at

Tamanie Dove.  Rooted in country music, this indie music diva is a song producing machine, with very few weeks going by without at least one new song being released.  Often whimsical and fun with her musings, Tamanie has made it a goal to blur the lines of musical stylings and genres by exploring areas outside of her comfort zone.  From the whimsical and fun sounds of “Cotton Candy” to the laid back and jazzy soul of “Sweet Stormy Soul”, she writes and sings with a bold authenticity that is refreshing to hear.

I was fortunate enough to see this all unfold.  A couple of months ago, in the show chat of a Music Mafia Radio show, Tamanie made the statement that she wanted to do some electronic music, to really stretch the boundaries.  In almost no time, Jeff Hill responded that he could make that happen, and from there things were set in motion.  In a display of the marvels of today’s technology, files went back and forth from Georgia to Florida, and in a matter of just a few short weeks, “Compromise” was born.

On paper, the combination of a carefree country artist and a precise electronic duo didn’t make sense.  Fortunately, the paper is wrong. “Compromise” showcases the talents of everyone involved.  From the slow, mysterious and rhythmic intro, to the strong vocal offering, to the awesome beat created after the first verse, this song hits on all cylinders.  Having listened to both artists do their own work in the past, it was a little overwhelming to hear the combination working together.  The complex instrumentation, with its layers of movement (many of which are extremely subtle) combined with the vocal stylings of the country girl, all comes together in a wonderful celebration of fruitful collaboration.  The short timeline from idea to finished product does show in places with somewhat dry vocal processing, but this in no way takes away from the beauty and mastery of the song.

If you’re looking for a fun, high energy song to add to your playlist, look no further.  Another “oddball” combination has produced musical gold.

“Compromise” is currently available on Reverbnation

New Releases, Part One

What better way to celebrate the beginning of Spring than to share some new indie music releases, something I plan to do on a regular basis.  I have complete confidence that this list is not complete, and I apologize in advance to anyone I missed.  As a result, expect a part two to this list in the coming days.  If you are a musician that would like to have their releases included in future lists, you can email the details to


New Indie Singles

The Wayne Hoskins Band, “Drive”.  A great indie rock song from a perennial favorite.  A fun song with a nice buildup to the chorus.


Rick Shelley, “Waiting on a Friend”.  Another fun indie offering with an interesting California country feel.


Eric & The Soo, “Every Time I Fall in Love”.  Coming from Canada, this indie rock offering has a driving beat with an ELO/Tom Petty thing going on.


Apollo Junction, “Paris”.  A top-flight pop song, with an energetic beat, precise instrumentation and awesome vocals.


Angie & The Deserters, “Stay”.  Americana at its finest. A great arrangement with pedal steel, mandolin and fiddle adding depth to the recording, combined with spot on vocals to create the perfect mood.


A New Nowhere, “You and Me”.  A fun alt rock song from a fan favorite.  Energetic beat with absolutely awesome vocals and harmonies.


American Road, “Homebound”. Indie country rock that will captivate you with its polished and perfect sound and feel.


John Tracy, “I’ve Got to Find Myself”.  The latest from one of the true contemporary troubadours, with the song reflecting the true life and times of the artist.


The Heart Vandals, “Fade Away”.  Awesome indie rock with shades of an alt feel.  High energy beat with strong vocals and intriguing vocal harmonies.


State of Ember, “Denial”. Straight ahead hard rock that is not for the faint of heart.  Precise instrumentation combined with strong vocals will make this a favorite for any hard rock fan.


Venice Cathouse, “Shreds of Glass”.  Another hard rock release with some funk in the neat.  Outstanding guitar work and strong vocals with a high energy beat.


David Starr, “I’ve Come for You”.  Rocky Mountain Americana.  Bluesy rock with great vocals and beautiful guitar work.


Fickle Friends, “Hello Hello”.  Spot on vocals and precise instrumentation pull off the perfect background for this fun alt pop song.


Tamanie Dove, “Home Run”.  Jazzy, bluesy goodness with top notch instrumental and vocal work.  Her voice transcends musicial styles.


Hippo Campus, “Way it Goes”.  New alt pop from these indie legends.  You feel a little bit of an ELO influence, and the strong vocals complete the perfect package.


Seven Story Fall, “I, Spy”.  Another fun indie alt rock tune with great instrumental work and ear catching vocals.


The Fame Riot, “Heart Stray”.  Amazing song straight out of the ‘80’s from soon-to-be alt pop royalty.  A great beat with awesome use of the musical space to create a new dance hit.


Daniel Trigger featuring Sally Trigger, “Reach Out”.  Classic stadium anthem rock, featuring a strong instrumental base with monstrous vocals over the top of it all.


Flood Hounds, “I Wanna Know”.  You’ll want to move when listening to this great indie rock song.


Ashley Wineland, “She’s Gone”.  Indie country with an authentic and classic country sound.  Everything you would expect from one of indie music’s up and coming stars.


Unlikely Heroes, “Up For Days”.  Hip hop punk?  It works in a great way, with high energy and some amazing guitar work.  It’s just plain fun all the way around.


Fortune & Glory, “The Worst of Me”.  Single from their premier album, a great alt rock song with some great switch ups that will keep you guessing.


Johnathan East, “American Farmer”.  Good ol’ big sound country, with great instrumentation and perfect vocals.


Color of Chaos, “Fadeaway”.  Stadium rock with a big, big, BIG sound.  Great instrumental work with awesome vocals and harmonies to complete this awesome song.