Jan 052016
 

Mega-thanks to Rick Jamm at Jamsphere for his review of Night Flowers. He also managed to get it published on Soundlooks and  VideoMusicStars.  #SALUTE to Rick Jamm. Check Jamsphere out on Twitter & Facebook.

1.05.2016

Psychedelic, Jazz, Bossa Nova, Alt. Pop band, The Other Day, from Birmingham, Alabama USA, made up of Jennifer Skates: Lead Vocals, Flute, Trumpet, Songwriting, Lyrics | Catt Shiflett: Lyrics | Bobby Shiflett: Guitars, Background Vocals, Songwriting, Lyrics | Andrew Reid: Bass | Kenneth Shiflett: Drums, Percussion | Derek Nolin: Keyboards and Special Guest: Jeff Waites: Percussion, has finally released its debut album entitled “Night Flowers”.

Bobby Shiflett started looking to put together a new project in 2014, and together with his wife Catt and Jennifer Skates, they began collaborating on writing new material. By mid-2015 they had assembled most pieces of the project’s musical puzzle and went into Avondale Sound Studios in Birmingham to record “Night Flowers.” The album is set for a 15th of January release and we got to sample a preview of the recording.

Don’t let the smooth sound of this Bossa Nova and Jazz induced album fool you. There’s so much going on here. Listen to how the drummer accents, punctuates, and sparks the band with just the right rhythms and fills. The keyboards color the sound, while adding harmonic texture on several levels. It also adds an, oh so understated emphasis to the rhythm. The bass player is the anchor in this group, yet he can improvise his bass runs in such a way that he leads you into the changes effortlessly. He’s obviously done his homework.

The guitar player, on the other hand, is probably a virtuoso, yet he doesn’t remind you of it all the time. He knows when to play rhythm, knows when to comp, and he stays clean and understated, allowing the vocalist to paint the sonic canvas with varying melodic textures of emotional substance. These are musicians that serve the music, not the ego, making this a true gem.

The production quality on “Night Flowers” is superb, the bass is nice and low and on even a mediocre system it fills the room beautifully. This is very good cuddle music, in front of a fire, under a blanket with that special someone. At least that was my personal experience, but you could so easily be doing some romantic Bossa Nova steps across any dance floor with these organically mellow, but uplifting rhythms.

The opening song, “Sway” is perhaps the most beautiful song on the entire album. The blend of seductive acoustic guitar, alluringly emotive vocals and the distinctive, syncopated drum rhythm, is awesomely well matched. The pictures that it brings to my mind tell a story that every feeling soul can relate to. It’s mesmerizing.

Other outstanding tracks would include “Mi Flor de la Noche” with its trumpet interludes and layered arrangement. The swinging temperament of, “We’re in the Mood (for Love)”, as well as the powerful and spirited vocals of “Body Surfer – Another Cha Cha Cha”. If you want something smooth and upscale, this is what you’re looking for. The Other Day creates classy music for those who want the best, regardless of genre.

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Jan 012016
 

A big THANKS to Brett Stewart for his review of The Other Day’s debut, Night Flowers, on The Independent Spotlight.

http://brettstewart.net/the-independent-spotlight/theotherday

 

The Other Day – ‘Night Flowers’

Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.

In this morning’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we’re going to be delving into the music of The Other Day, an eclectic outfit founded by Bobby Shiflett, a guitarist who previously founded the band Alamantra. The Other Day includes several members from his previous endeavor, but focuses on a new idea: reminding listeners that music is indeed poetry. The group’s debut effort exemplifies this mantra. Let’s talk about an early preview of ‘Night Flowers.’

Perhaps the most compelling piece of ‘Night Flowers’ is that it’s an album rooted in instrumental prowess. The charismatic lead vocalist, Jennifer Skates, also performs flute and trumpet. The core lineup includes a bassist, percussionist, and keyboardist as well, all elegantly showcased through the collaborative nature of The Other Day’s songwriting. The songs on ‘Night Flowers’ are written by Shiflett, his wife Catt, and Skates. The result is a collection of songs that defy genre, slyly maneuvering through jazz, Latin, and lounge styles with tactful grace. ‘Sway’ does a fine job exhibiting that.

‘Sway’ is lounge jazz at its finest; Skates is so wonderfully accented by classical guitar and jazzy percussion. Whenever I review an album for the Spotlight, I head to the studio and queue it up on the monitors. For the most part, The Other Day’s music is well-suited to a quality set-up. At times on ‘Sway,’ I did find the timbre of the classical guitar to be a bit harsh, somewhat drowning out Skates’ vocals. I’d argue that ‘The Cosmos (Wasn’t Made in a Day)’ has a much sharper production that properly aligns the vocals with the instrumentation. I adore Skates’ flute as well on that tune.

‘Mi Flor de la Noche’ is a bit of a mixed bag. I really dig the Latin flair and the introduction of some very enjoyable key sections. In the verses, Skates’ vocals seem to be strained, as if she’s attempting to envelope a specific sound or persona that doesn’t fit her pipes as kindly as ‘Sway’ or ‘The Cosmos.’ ‘We’re in the Mood (for Love),’ the following track, harnesses that intense, passionate delivery much better. It feels fitting on ‘We’re in the Mood,’ and the songwriting is a beautiful vehicle for Skates’ most poignant performance on the record.

A massive potential pitfall of this type of jazz is having your record spin into obscurity as it unfolds. Like any other genre, this type of smooth jazz has to be altered noticeably from track to track to remain consistently interesting. Otherwise, your album runs the risk of sounding like an hour long elevator ride or stroll through Nordstroms during the holidays. I’m compelled to argue that The Other Day traverses this impeccably, and tunes like ‘Body Surfer-Another Cha Cha Cha’ exhibit that. The instrumentation and suave lyricism is unmatched on this tune, proving the outfit’s ability to change the formula up just enough from track to track to maintain interest.

Goodness, that electric guitar and organ banter on ‘Unencumbered’ is fantastic. It’s like a Doors rehearsal got lost in a late night jazz club. It rounds out the preview I obtained of ‘Night Flowers’ with terrific energy. (I’ll be the first to tell you that I don’t typically describe smooth jazz as energetic or consistently interesting, either.) The vast majority of the production harnesses the chemistry of The Other Day in a very positive way, even ever-so-lightly toying with psychedelic effects. That’s why I’d highly recommend The Other Day and ‘Night Flowers.’ This is contemporary jazz done right by musicians who clearly have a deep knowledge and love for the genre. Check them out below, and keep tabs on ‘Night Flowers,’ slated for January 15.

Site: http://theotherdayband.com
Soundcloud LP: https://soundcloud.com/theotherdayband/sets/night-flowers-preview
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/theotherdayband

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Jan 012016
 

We’d like to thank Mark Weber for taking the time to review The Other Day on his music blog.
http://markwebermusicblog.com/2015/12/29/the-other-day/

“The Other Day is a band I instantly liked upon hearing “Sway.” They’re bringing back the bossa nova sound, combining Latin rhythms, jazzy moods, surf rock and other ambient sounds to create a sonic soundscape that’s music to my ears.

With Jennifer Skates’ distinct voice and the band being the brainchild of experienced musician Bobby Shiflett, The Other Day is bound to attract a wide variety of fans who appreciate Americana, The Blues, Be Bop, and the aforementioned “Latin Rhythms.” The Other Day is an eclectic band and I like that! Their debut, Night Flowers, is out January 15, 2016. –Mark Weber Music Blog”

The Other Day at English Village Sunday December 13,2015 Photographed by Kevin Worley L-R: Derek Nolin, Bobby Shiflett, Jennifer Skates, Kenneth Shiflett, Andrew Reid

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Dec 202015
 

Now that The Other Day has gotten our printed CDs in ready for the release and have this nifty blog for our little soapbox, I’d like to start with a few shoutouts and acknowledgements.

First— a shoutout and thanks to everyone who has gotten this project to where it is: the band: Ken, Andrew, Derek, Jennifer and Catt — all of our families, spouses, kids and those who look after our charges so that we can do what we do — in particular: Keith and Moriah, our incredible studio engineer: Bradley Timko, .  We also want to thank all of the other musicians who have blessed us with their talents while we were trying to get this band off the ground: Steve Casteel, James Mitchell (aka Tony Slaughter), Shea Heatherly, Carlos Fair, Chip Schwartz and last but not least: Jeff Waites and Rob McClendon with whom we began this journey.

Even though the music isn’t set to be released until the 15th of January, Andrea Young of Aspen Public Radio saw fit to play the preview track of “Sway” we sent out back in November, making them the first radio station to play our material, and we appreciate what she did for us. Thank you Andrea.

The second radio station to pick up The Other Day is Huntsville Alabama’s WLRH 89.3 FM/HD.  A big thanks to Brad Posey at The Invisible City for playing “Mi Flor de la Noche” on the Dec. 19th, 2015 episode. Salute!

Finally there are a WHOLE lot of folks who have been very good to The Other Day on twitter …more than this space or time permits. However there are a few in particular that do so much for all of the indie music presence I twitter that we just have to give them a little shoutout: Walter Hargrave who has tirelessly promoted bands via his IndieMusicBus, IndieGreats, IndieHabit, IMBScout and ClubKnowledge networks for years. There is also Limey59 who runs Limey59Music community on Facebook and is a indie promotion enthusiast. Also: VIP Music Promotion, Bham FreePressMusic, Dr. Decade, IndieOnTheMove, JessLoveRock, GailKingSongs, ConnieImage, Kareña K and CrazyForJensen

Ciao!

 

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