Open Range Torch Songs – My Kind of Language

Posted: May 2, 2014 in Indie Pop Music
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This blog is dedicated to spotlighting select songs of independent or small-label artists. These songs can often (but not always) be characterized as pop music, encompassing its many sub-genres. However, none of these songs can be classified as “Top 40” (or any sub-genre thereof) typically heard on American radio and television. Proving that good, quality pop music is available…you just have to be willing to search for it or know where to find it. This blog takes away all of the work and leads the reader/listener straight to the discovery and enjoyment. The ultimate goal, of course, is to bring these “unknown” artists to the attention of the general public and give them well-deserved attention.

Song in the Spotlight: “My Kind of Language” (Open Range Torch Songs, from Open Range Torch Songs, Vol. II (2008?))

Genre:  Alternative Pop

Review:  Have you ever run across one of those songs that’s interesting and oh-so-fun, but frustrated because you can’t find/buy/download it anywhere?  That’s an apt description for “My Kind of Language.”  The vocals are a little scratchy and need to be re-mixed to bring them more to the fore, but that’s a minor criticism because the song is greater than the sum of its parts.  It has a certain Latin flavor overlaid by liberal doses of violin and you know exactly where the song is headed with the opening salvo of “Senorita, your eyes are holding mine.”  It’s a lust-filled, south-of-the-border yarn sure to pique your interest, if not your libido.  “My Kind of Language” would have made for a fun video, but alas, TuneTraveller suspects the band never had the funds or the proper backing.  It may take a little more work than usual to get this song into your musical library, but well-worth the small effort.  Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

Artist Bio:  Open Range Torch Songs was a Euclid, OH-based Americana, alt-pop band consisting of: Drew Clair (vocals, acoustic guitar and piano),  Jennifer O’Neal (vocals, guitar and violin), Frank Ian (vocals, guitar and harmonica), Ernie Richmann (percussion), Frank Matrka (pedal steel) and Andy Izold (later replaced by Tony Primiano) (bass).

Song available on:  First, the bad news.  Nothing released by O.R.T.S. appears to any longer be commercially available.  The good news?  You can find the full version here: http://www.reverbnation.com/playlist/view_playlist/-4?page_object=artist_684270 or here: http://www.gettyimages.com/music/download-songs/337553.  Copy and paste these URLs into your browser and listen to your heart’s content.  TuneTraveller doesn’t advocate not compensating an artist for his/her/their creative efforts, but when an artist has disbanded (or has been inactive for a long period of time) and their recordings are no longer available, the only alternative (short of stumbling across a copy of a CD in a bargain bin) is to turn on your computer’s microphone.

Artist Pedigree:  O.R.T.S. featured four of the five original members of local Cleveland band Woodshed Mercy.  Matrka hailed from Hayshaker Jones and Tony Primiano was a member of Martini Five-0.  The band started as Clair’s pseudo-solo project and morphed into a full-fledged band.  O.R.T.S. appears to have disbanded in 2011.

Artist Releases:  Open Range Torch Songs, Vol. I (____) and Open Range Torch Songs, Vol. II (2008?).

Artist Web Site:  https://myspace.com/openrangetorchsongs.

Web Presence:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Open-Range-Torch-Songs/317611400582 and http://www.reverbnation.com/openrangetorchsongs.

Video:  None.

Disclaimer: TuneTraveller makes no claim to ownership of any intellectual property reserved to the artist and/or record label. All links are provided solely as a convenience to the reader. Any mistakes in content are the sole responsibility of TuneTraveller.

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