Devil at Our Heels
The devil may be in the title, but this six-song EP is a satisfying journey that blends infectious power-pop with Beatlesque rock 'n' roll. The Cleveland singer-songwriter's sixth album, which he recorded in Nashville with Grammy nominee Chris Grainger (Switchfoot), spans the moody keys of John Deaderick on "Girl, You Made Your Mark" to the pure joy of the melodic "Lovebomb!"
Featuring The Alan Cox Show's Erika Lauren on vocals, Ruthless is an intoxicating collection of no-apologies, fully charged party anthems. The back-and-forth vocals between Lauren and Ian Ver make "Creatures (of the Night)" a fun going-out primer, while bonus track "Loaded Gun" will keep you going past last call.
The Harbors We Seek
Harbors sounds like a walk through a sun-drenched forest. The Kent indie-folk band recorded its third album in a cabin in the Pennsylvania woods, making for a stripped-down record emanating warmth. "The Heart of it All," a strummy ballad about living close to home, shines brightest.