Bryan Simpson independently released his project “The Whistles and The Bells” in March of 2014 and for those of us that heard it last year we knew we were hearing something special. Now on August 7 New West Records is re-releasing “The Whistles And The Bells” and that is something to celebrate.
Back in June of last year I downloaded “The Whistles And The Bells” for free off Noisetrade. Noisetrade is a pretty cool website. A whole variety of artists give away their music for free and if you want, you can pay for the music by leaving a “tip”. After three weeks of enjoying the album I went back to Noisetrade to leave a “tip” because I felt guilty for not originally paying for the album. Don’t get me wrong I have no problem not paying for music that is being given away for free. The thing is I listened to “The Whistles And The Bells” so many times I just had to pay for it.
The “Whistles And The Bells” is a project from Bryan Simpson formerly of Cadillac Sky. It’s an album that is very revealing and exciting. It is something different yet very accessible. When it came out last year critics had a lot of positive things to say.
“It is raw, yet refined, excitingly new, yet oddly familiar. It’s like seeing an old friend that you haven’t hooked up with in a while and knowing that there is something different about them, yet you can’t quite put your finger on what it is.” – Kim Jones, Music Times
“I have to say that it is downright intriguing, personal and honest. The music is killer: think Alt-J meets Mumford, with lots of guitar. This album rocks a category all its own.” -Christopher Tobias, Stereotonic
“If Jack White, alt-J, Modest Mouse and Mars Volta had a baby, it would be named The Whistles and The Bells.” – Amy Marino, The Crimson White
“The Whistles and the Bells, therefore, is a rarity these days — a record with something profound on its mind, unafraid of dark corners and uncomfortable honesty.” –Preston Jones DFW.com
I even remember doing an i-Tunes review where I mentioned that, “This is the kind of album that an artist would cut off his left you-know-what to have made. I’m talking artists like a Marcus Mumford or a Dave Matthews.” Not eloquent, but it conveys the uniqueness and power of The Whistles And The Bells.
The Whistles And The Bells easily made it on my list of Top Albums for 2014 and now that it is being re-released on New West Records on August 7th I am very excited for the added exposure the project will now have and for the music lovers who will now have the opportunity to listen. The question I have is that since The Whistles And The Bells will be a “re-release”, can I list it as a Top Album of 2015? Well technically, probably not. But to be honest I won’t let a technicality stop me.
GET THE VINYL !!!