One of the cool things about the music industry is learning about music that I would never have heard of in my previous incarnation. At the same time, it's frustrating because I now see and hear artists all the time and think, "Everyone should hear about these guys!" Sometimes I just want to shout from the rooftops for all my friends to stand up and pay attention to someone.
Naturally, this applies to my friend, Colin Gawel, but there are other artists that I've run across in the past several years that I want people to hear about just because they're great. Ever since I started talking with Colin seriously about music, he's been telling me about his friend Joe Peppercorn and his band The Whiles. But it wasn't until recently that I went and sought out his music (which raises another conundrum that Colin and I have been pondering: how do you get people to give music a try, much less purchase it).
I listened to The Whiles album "Colors of the Year" and immediately went out and bought it. This is one of those albums that I'm talking about. Clearly, this is a super talented band with some great songs. "Lonely River" sounds to me like a song that I've known all my life, even though I haven't heard it before. This album instantly takes its place on what I call my Sunday morning playlist, which means that it's soothing, introspective, layered and most of all, interesting.