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Local Motion: The State Of, Fright Doll, and Andrew Bayuk

The State Of

The Live Studio Sessions EP (self-released)

Drummer Nabedi Osorio and vocalist/keyboard Steph Taylor have become local favorites with their work as the State Of. Both play well, and share an excellent chemistry that, though it's kind of journalistically douchey to do so, can be compared to a few similar national acts. There are the sentiments and the softness of Mates of State, the sexiness of Mommy and Daddy, and even the fun and cheekiness of the Captain and Tennille. These six ditties are great listens from beginning to end, with honest and poetic lyrics;  "All Come Back" and "Anything For You" are repeat faves. If you haven't already, check these two out live; they are excellent and engaging.

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Assimilation Illusion (Quantum Release Records)

Here's another disc I had in the "someday" pile and I might as

well get to it. Initially I thought, "Okay, this opens with a piano

number a la Tori Amos. This might work cause Ms. Frightdoll is not that

frightening and is kinda easy on the eyes if you're into that Gothic

look." And then "Alone in This" happens and sure, it's that weird

techno-tinged industrial thing with reverb-y bass that doesn't exactly

make a lot of sense to me. She revisits the feel of the opening track

on "Distant," while keeping the computerized stuff to a minimum and

closes on that note again in the ambient "Sweet Serenity." Personally,

I'd like to see more of the piano stuff.

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Andrew Bayuk
The Dreamer or the Dream (Guardians Records)

Andrew Bayuk hails from Coral Springs and has been active for many years locally. Here, in this 11-song effort, he further expounds on his folk-y take on protest compositions, guitar driven numbers, and generally hippie-ish tunes. Just check the titles of sons like  "Through the Eyes of the Other" and "Think Peace." While not exactly on the Bob Dylan tip, Bayuk is certainly more interested on concepts of self-improvement and his poetry drives the narratives that way. Local politicos might wanna buy the rights to his closer "Save the USA" if they plan on doing an honest job with their politicking. Oh wait, that'll never happen.

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Abel Folgar