It’s Got to Be Now
(Mother West Records)
“Powerpop, jam-band with killer vocals”
Their fourth album, which dropped the first of April, is a great example of the evolution of this kickass quartet. Aloud has a fun, unique sound that is reminiscent of the days of yore. From their dynamic vocalists, to their jam-band instrumentals, this band is a great listen all day.
Henry Beguiristain and Jen de la Osa, who both play guitar and co-front the band, sound like they were made to sing together. Each offers the perfect balance for the other, and from the opening song to the title track, they perfectly showcase their vocal prowess.
Meanwhile, their instrumentation is impeccable. A perfect balance of grungy, gritty bass from Charles Murphy, crisp guitars licks and rhythmic drums from Frank Hegyi, the album offers and air of indie alt-rock, with a sprinkling of power pop.
“A Little Bit Low,” highlight’s de la Osa’s pipes, and general badassness with her soaring vocals over a rugged, instrumental. The album rounds out with the clear instrumentals, combined with Beguiristain smooth vocals on “The Ballad of Emily Jane” leave nothing to be desired.
With a powerpop, jam-band vibe, Aloud is perfect for lovers of bands like Dr. Dog, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Alabama Shakes.
Produced by Charles Newman, Benny Grotto, and Aloud
Recorded live at Mad Oak Studios in Boston, MA
All songs written by de la Osa/Beguiristain • Music arranged and performed by Aloud