We appreciate the talents of anyone that breaks through the typical mold of an art form. Our latest outside-of-the-music-box thinkers to praise come as a pair who takes two instruments predominately used as accents to the standard guitar/bass/drums format and make them the focus, in a way that can't be ignored.
Crystal Cortez and Jess McFadden are Sea Charms, a duo that dynamically uses keys and a sax, respectively, to create large scapes blending jazz, electronic and hip hop. It's nearly impossible not to get lost in McFadden's sax tones, while Cortez's slick moves on the keys lay the base for the grooves to move on.
The two started out mainly as a live act, procuring news fans with every set played. With the release of their official self-titled recorded debut last year and a live album documenting their tour of the Midwest, we just can't get enough.
And it's with our insatiable desire for these two they've become our latest Artists of the Month and we congratulate them. Let's hope there's another chance to see them live again soon!