Friday, February 20, 2015

The Black Market Merchants - Volume 1

When I heard The Black Market Merchants debut self-titled EP back in '13 I was hooked big time on this experimental blues bending band. I asked when we could expect more, but they we're in the middle of a regroup and shuffle and didn't know what the future would hold. Well, the future is here and since the album is titled Volume 1 my hope is we can expect more.
Founder Nick Jenkins (Guitars, additional vocals) added an amazing new vocalist, Savannah Sturgeon whose vocals are haunting and powerful who unfortunately, is retiring from the band to pursue her career, Jonah Bobo (Additional guitars) fills the spaces brilliantly while Ralgy Cepeda (Bass, additional vocals) and Andres Valbuena (Drums, percussion) add the brooding beats. Miles Blue Spruce on Saxophone, keyboards brings a jazzy improvisational sound into the mix. It was definitely worth the wait as Volume 1 fulfills the vision that was hinted at on the debut.

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