Nikki Hill (from the album Feline Roots available as a self-release)
Nikki Hill and her band return with Feline Roots, the album continuing the group’s plan to dig deep into Rock’n’Roll traditions, mining a sound that peels back the outer glossy layers of skin surrounding a song to expose the raw rhythms and pounding blood coursing through the beat. Singers come in all shapes and sizes, gently offering words that hold hearts in audio hands as they cradle and comfort lost souls while other voices aim for the back row, using the force within the notes to pass by emotion and go directly for the gut. Nikki Hill is a Soul shouter, her voice performing a double duty of delivering a message that hits like a hurricane while pumping heart and soul into the tale with a passion that is visceral. Album opener “Get Down, Crawl” becomes a demand impossible to ignore as Nikki Hill gets her point across over a tsunami of a garage rock jam while she rips a hole in the rhythms of “Holler Out Loud” as the storyline shreds her heart.
Subtly complementing the vocals is the guitar work of husband/bandmate Matt Hill. Matt’s guitar leaps from crackling electric twang (“Don’t Be the Sucker”) to bending strings that notes shot like arrows (“Might Get Killed Tonight”) while he adds accents to the thick backbeat with slashed chords (“Can’t Love You Back (It’s a Shame)”). Nikki Hill’s vocal is is the driving wheel for Feline Rootswhile Matt Hill’s guitar work provides the detailing to make the ride shimmer and shine. Feline Rootsis a supercharged mix of Blues, Punk Rock, Tent Show Gospel, Rockabilly, and feral Rock ‘n Soul shoot through with steroids. Nikki Hill draws a blood-red line through love with “Just Can’t Trust You”, ignites “The Fire That’s in Me” with open-road free range Rock’n’Roll, and puts a rumble in the rhythm to preach righteous truths in “Poisoning the Well”.
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