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CD REVIEW: The Non-Domestiks  - September Monday

by: Cyrus Rhodes





Artist: The Non-Domestiks
Album: September Monday
Label: Independent Artist
Website: http://www.nondomestiks.com/bio/

Genre: Acoustic Folk, Americana, Rock, R&B, Singer-Songwriter
Sounds Like: Indigo Girls, Joni Mitchell, Melissa Etheridge, Heart, Sara McLaughlin, Jewel.
Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: Flying High, Don’t tell me Why, If I had a Wish, September Monday

Weakness: More Vocal Passion (Finale moments) – Let Loose, a few winded songs


From New Jersey comes The Non-Dometiks (Rosalba Gallo and Katrina Wylie). How would one describe these gals? Take early 70's ballad pop in the likes of the Carpenters and Elton John, combine it with a hint of art and prog rock with classical influences similar to the Moody Blues and Renaissance, then throw in some Lou Reed, Bowie and Rundgren for a little edge and you may have an idea of what The Non-Domestiks sound like. The album paint an interesting narrative about  Love, Love lost then hope moving forward in the future  -a truly powerful concept.  

The CD kicks things off with the “Something that will Last” an uplifting earthy ballad that serves up inviting instrumentation, well-crafted melody and harmonies painted against inviting vocal presence. This first track is like a warm blanket or an inviting welcoming mat and makes a great first impression upon the listener. Track 2 shifts gears a bit with striking “Flying High” a rocking guitar driven follow-up piece that serves up impressive musical build, thought provoking lyrical content against a hypnotic vocal delivery and finale from Gallo/Wylie. Track 3: “Don’t tell me Why” shows us even more songwriting brilliance from these 2. This piece showcases a truly amazing little ditty showcasing an impressive songwriting prowess, flawless vocal harmonies against a grand slam chorus. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many musical textures reminiscent of classic vocal acts as Indigo Girls, Joni Mitchell, Melissa Etheridge, Heart, Sara McLaughlin and even Jewel to Tori Amos. The music itself combines classic elements of Folk Rock with an aftertaste of Soul, R&B, and Contemporary Americana The musicianship of everyone involved is clearly above the bar. You will also notice lush layers musical instrumentation layered everywhere which besides the 4 piece standard includes Keyboards, Piano, Saxophone, well placed percussive accents, impressive guitar solos, sonic vocals, lush harmonies, ambient sound effect and touches, all built upon a thick as a brick rhythm section. The CD has some truly impressive moments on it showcasing impressive songwriting, world class instrumentation via an appealing Mezzo-Soprano vocal delivery. Zeroing in now on the vocals – both voices go down smooth as they both makes the vital (singer to listener) emotional connection. They both harmonize very well together Their voices remind me a lot of  Heat and Joni Mitchell. Both  can hold your attention well during some of the CD’s solitary moments. This is not as easy as it sounds and when done properly will stop you I your tracks. Both girls execute the pin drop moments well clearly proving she is an artist worthy of your attention and praise. I like the dual vocal delivery as well as it provides a lot of vocal delivery. From bluesy “You Want Love” and “Is There no one” to heartfelt “Tomorrow” and September Monday” to jumpy “If I Had a Wish” to rocking “Change” and How Does it Feel” to dynamic” Change” this CD has something for juts about everyone. The CD ends with Track 15 “These Hands” the perfect finale statement for a CD like.  


It’s had to find any real noticeable weaknesses with this CD. But if could say anything to the Gallo/Wylie dream team it would be bring out more of that raw vocal passion especially during some of the finale moments of the music. Really bring home the raw emotion girls! Some artists will take a shot of whiskey or “truth serum” before they get behind the glass - to get to the point so to speak. Perhaps this may help loosen thing up. Vocal performances though effective need a jolt of something – let loose a little next time around. All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line.


From start to September Monday is an amazing collection of music by The Non-Domestiks. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really a weak piece on this entire catalogue. All pieces are short and sweet musical experiences, each one possessing its own signature groove, and musical personality to call its own. Gallo and Wylie are both infectious artists that knows how to write and sing you a powerful song and occupy a special place in your heart via a powerful message of love, life and hope moving on.   

Cyrus Rhodes