The newest young artist being promoted by Walled City Records is Eric Daugherty, a 22yr-old 'electro-pop' artist from the US who flew out to Ireland earlier this year to record at the Audio Booth studio with Oran. While no polished songs have emerged yet from this project for us to really get a good sense of this fellow, Walled City Records featured him this week on their youtube channel, an early introduction to Eric's music ahead of his in-progress EP. While these live session videos are generally acoustic so far, Eric's studio sound is most likely quite different. Knowing the range of music that is occasionally referred to as 'electro-pop' in Fort Collins, it is anyone's guess what Eric Daugherty's new EP will sound like, but here (below) at least is an introduction to this young man's acoustic side.
My,My,My) he keeps his fans happy by posting new demo videos on youtube quite regularly. He's covered all sorts of obnoxious pop songs, so far always improving on the originals by quite a bit, and also posts lots of original songs. His latest original song up on youtube is a more polished version of his "Love Song"; this is one that is just about ready to hop on an album tracklist.
And here's Darrell's latest cover video, of Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble". This one's still a bit rough, but Taylor Swift song or not, I could definitely hear the makings of another solid Darrell Coyle recording in this one.
In the meantime, Gem's new EP just recently came out and is doing quite well on the itunes charts. Her music, more than Darrell's appeals more towards a young audience, which sadly I am getting a bit too old to pretend to. I may still vaguely recall what being a teenager was like, but when I was that young cell phones didn't exist yet. Still, her songs are well-crafted and likable enough even for old people like me. Her style is a blend of pop, country and folk- in other words she sings songs that could blend in with contemporary pop and country music, but she has actual verses to her songs, and actually knows how to play her guitar, details a lot of teen pop-stars seem to skip entirely these days.
And in case anyone wants to compare Darrell's and Gem's versions of the same tune, here's Gem's cover of "I Knew You Were Trouble". Listening to Darrell's version I was envisioning it as a slow song for an alternative 4-piece rock band, but Gem channels more of the essence of Taylor Swift in her rendition.
Considering that Damian's Glee/Celtic Thunder fame brings in listeners from around the world, hopefully Walled City Records can evolve some sort of plan for touring their growing collection of talented young musicians throughout the UK, Ireland, the US and Australia. (I'm thinking of something along the lines of a Celtic Thunder style variety showcase at the moment, but I'm sure there are other models that would work too.) In any case a US tour will be ein order sometime so I can add some photo albums of their live shows on my facebook page for these lovely people.