Keyboardist Scott Chasolen is best known for his progminded work with Pink Floyd tribute band the Machine, but his solo release Fracture is sure to get the word out about his budding career as a singer-songwriter. On tunes like “Novocaine” and “There She Goes Again,” Chasolen melds classic keyboards such as the Minimoog, Clavinet, and Rhodes with hooky choruses and deft band interplay. Fracture is raucous, retro-minded keyboard pop that’s worth a spin on your music player of choice. (scottchasolen.com)
Justin Townes Earle Midnight at the Movies
“I am my father’s son. I’ve never known when to shut up,” Justin Townes Earle sings on “Mama’s Eyes,” one of 12 unforgettable tracks on his latest release Midnight at the Movies. The outspoken son of alt-country icon Steve Earle proves he is very much his own man here, stepping out of his famous father’s shadow with a near-perfect set of rocking, rolling, and riveting singer/songwriter fare. Kudos to producers R.S. Field and Steve Poulton, along with keyboard ringers Skylar Wilson and Cory Younts, for framing Earle in inspired musical light. Earle whispers on the title track, pleads for mercy alongside prancing piano and pedal steel on the country cooker “What I Mean to You,” and struts like a teenager on the rousing, boogiewoogie- fied “Poor Fool.” One of 2009’s true breakout recordings, Midnight at the Movies is worth the price of entry — and then some.