Starting with a whimsical organ and joined by an urgent acoustic guitar is the start of “Sold Down the River” by Velvet Starlings. The most catchy piece of this very catchy song is the major turn around during the chorus where the commercial layers of vocals could have lead back to minor. The balance on the mix is perfect and the lyrics are reminiscent of acts such as Cage the Elephant. “Sold Down the River” features a palette of guitar choices from gritty guitars to clean rhythmic guitars. The layers of vocals range from in your voice to a choir in the back of the room which really helps the song come alive. You’ll be singing “Sold Down the River” for days to come. Please see attached artist biography below to learn an astonishing fact about him.
“Velvet Starlings is Christian Gisborne a 15 year-old indie rock singer/songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He is known for a powerful 60s era Eric Burdon influenced vocal style combined with a commanding stage presence. Velvet Starling’s unique performance style has invited media and industry insider comparisons to Jack White, Cage The Elephant, Alex Turner and Ty Segal. Grisborne’s early musical influences were The Beatles, The Who, The Doors, The Kinks and the Rolling Stones which is apparent in his music.
Already making a name for himself at such a young age, Velvet Starlings has garnered attention from Los Angeles powerhouse KROQ as well as Sirius XM. His fusion of gritty garage blues coupled with Brit inspired rock has led to high profile festival bookings including SXSW and Summerfest Milwaukee.
Velvet Starlings’ long awaited self-titled EP on Sound x 3 Records is set for release Fall 2018 which was a collaboration with producer songwriter Roger Gisborne (leader of 90s Brit Rock band “Plastiscene”) and mastered by Brian Lucey Cage The Elephant, Arctic Monkeys, Beck, Black Keys. The six track EP kicks off with leading single and video, “If Life Ain’t Getting You High”. The single features vintage guitar sounds, driving drums and hard hitting rock vocals. With introspective lyricism detailing living in the moment, “If Life Ain’t Getting You High” is an anthem for the youth of today. Second single, “Sold Down The River” showcases soulful Hammond B3 organ, gritty guitars and raw blues inspired vocals.
With captivating rock vocals, introspective songwriting and vintage styling, Velvet Starlings is an artist on the rise.”