The New York based band My Pet Dragon, whom I’ve covered previously have a new album now – Mountains and Cities. The release is a 12 track stunner featuring the fabulous vocals of Todd Michaelsen and the wonderful wife/actress and singer Reena Shah.
Mountains and Cities deliver some energetic melody driven pop rock tracks that really have an likeable sound. The album is introduced by “Majestic Lovers” an upbeat retro-esq feel good song that will capture the ears of a lot of listeners – great vocals and poetic lyrics! The tempo increases with concert tracks intended to be heard on a mass scale like “Moonshine” and “Lighting Inside”.
My Pet Dragon certainly keep a good flow throughout the album … keeping the sound uplifting and intense … Todd’s lyrical skills holds the interest of the listener and prevents the songs from becoming cheesy rock!
An album with soul and substance for sure!
Majestic Lovers [Free Download]
Flow [Free Download]
Merry Christmas people!
I’ve got a round up of what I consider to be the top tracks of 2010 (in no particular order). So enough of the chit chat from me and on with the show.
Aeroplane Dope & D-Skillz featuring Raggo Blunt – Pinky Finger (Piyush Bhatnagar Remix)
Akala – Yours and My Children
Anuj Rastogi (Omnesia) – The Dark Knight – Why So Serious (Indian DubStep Remix)
Aref Durvesh + Xfile (xfile remix) – Cloudsurfing dubrub remix
Awake (karsh kale’s morning remix)
Bandish Projekt – Brown Skin Beauty (Liquid Stranger Remix)
Barbouze – Otto Matic Rumble Mix
Bass Flo – Mount Everest
Bonita Applebum – Why Can’t Love
Clare Maguire – Ain’t Nobody (breakage remix)
Daft Punk – Derezzed (from TRON: Legacy)
Dimm Summer – Rubstep – slow burn mix
Engine-Earz Experiment (Feat. Lena Cullen) – Reach You
FILMI – Technicolor
Gaudi – Bad Boy Bass (Piyush Bhatnagar Remix)
Jalebee Cartel – Mirrors (Breed Remix)
Karsh Kale & Midival Punditz – Girl Fight (Enter the Dragon)
Kaya Project – When Only Sand Remains (Tripswitch Remix)
Lal Meri – Lal Meri (Bombay Dub Orchestra Remix)
Mirko Kosmos – Light Warrior
My Pet Dragon – Flow (Karsh Kale’s Way Of The Dragon Mix)
Phaeleh – Afterglow (feat. Soundmouse)
Rita Morar & Steve Carty – Rain (Piyush Bhatnagar Remix)
Shaa’ir & Func – Every time You’re Around
Shammi Pithia – The Seeker
Sub Swara – Bend You
Sukh Knight – Gabba Wasp
The Nasha Experience – REDZONE
Bob Marley – Waiting in Vain (Susheela Raman and Karsh Kale Version)
Amal Lad – Once Upon a Time in London
2011 Favourited already:
Generation Bass Presents Transnational Dubstep Compilation
From Brooklyn, New York comes a marvellous duo, My Pet Dragon. Actress/singer/dancer Reena Shah performs with her husband singer/songwriter/composer – Todd Michaelsen who encompasses gorgeous sounds of elements of rock, pop, electronica, folk and experimental music with a splash of Indian influences and melodic grooves.
Two separate incidences led me to My Pet Dragon. The first one, I was listening to Karsh Kale’s Dancing at Sunset from Broken English album when I came across the electrifying vocals of Todd Michaelsen. Never have I been so moved and absorbed by a male vocalist. It’s not only his soaring range but the sheer warmth you feel when you’re listening to him, sets him right apart from any other singer.
The second incident was when I watched Nina Paley’s award winning Sita Sings the Blues. Amazed by the soundtrack, it is Reena Shah who plays the voice of Sita and Todd composed the score for the film! For those who have seen it will know Reena’s voice is incredible, very melodic, soothing and filled with energy and creativity.
So a band with Reena and Todd backed bass player Mario Padron. And our guitarist Vincent Mascolo and drummer Rajeev Maddela, you can imagine the pool talent contained in My Pet Dragon. In fact you don’t need to imagine, here’s their new single “Flow” (which also includes a cover of Pearl Jam’s “Release”).
The single also includes four remixes of “Flow” by Karsh Kale, Randolph Correia (Shaa’r + Func), Big Will and Mercury Rev’s Carlos Anthony Molina. (Karsh Kale mix is friggin’ awesome!)
Their other maxi single Lover In Hiding that features Danny Louis from Gov’t Mule, is made up of six tracks, four versions of “Lover In Hiding”. Also two other great songs, “Between Us” and “New Nation”
My Pet Dragon has this beautiful feel good vibe, charming listeners with expressive lyrics and illustrious melodies – like giving your ears a hot bubble bath 🙂
Finally just a quick mention – Reena Shah is also starring in Ajay Naidu‘s film ASHES which I blogged not long ago!