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Calcutta Boy

by Rhett May

Calcutta Boy features infectious and hypnotic songs with an edge that spin around inside your head. Rhett May is a cross between Jim Morrison, John Lennon and Santana with a touch of Crosby Stills Nash.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Little White Powder Under Your Nose
2:37 $1.25
2. African Queen
4:16 $1.25
3. Have You Arms Been Missing Me
6:21 $1.25
4. Mirror Mirror
4:18 $1.25
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Album Notes
Cinnamon May

Four Gems Cut Out Of Black Rock
Calcutta Boy: A Multi-Faceted Creative Resurgence

BLACK ROCK, AUSTRALIA (08/28/08) - Diamonds take years to form in just the right conditions before they are pulled from deep within the earth. Calcutta Boy, the latest release from Rhett May, formed in much the same manner - taking years to develop. However, leave it to Rhett May, an experienced songwriter and musician, to uncover four diamonds from the depths of his creative subconscious and his underground studio! After years away from music, Rhett has prepared and polished these new tracks for the world to hear. Rhett May is back and Calcutta Boy contains gems cut straight from Rhett's Black Rock, Australia studio

It's been nearly thirty years since Rhett's past successes in bands such as The Flint Stones and opening for the likes of Freddie Mercury, Queen and Brian May. However, during the decades May left music for the corporate world, his creative processes continued behind the scenes. “The passion stirred and started bubbling…” says Rhett, “then all my creative juices started flowing…pouring… tumbling out!” The album is self-released and the melodies and lyrics are entirely penned by May. With help in the recording studio from his childhood friend, James Payne, Calcutta Boy is the first of much more material due to be released in May's creative rebirth.
It is May's years of exposure and experience in so many different musical genres that gives Calcutta Boy its varied styles and unique sound. Just as a diamond, each song on this album is truly multi-faceted. With a classic rock feel, “There's a Little White Powder,” has an addictive melodic hook running over an anti-addiction theme dealing with the social disgrace of cocaine addiction. Well-crafted lyrics encompass a Caribbean/Calypso-style beat in “Mirror, Mirror,” one of the more popular selections on the album. Even pop-styled ballads appear such as “Have Your Arms Been Missing Me,” which has a hypnotic chorus and moody background vocal effects. “African Queen” contains a well developed storyline over surreal soundscapes and clever rhymes, taking the listener on a journey.

Calcutta Boy owes a unique musical flavor to the way Rhett May has developed musically over the decades. His exposures Indian ragas- which encompass many notes to create a melody- and his exposure to the great melodic hits of the 50's and 60's have given Rhett a rare musical palette. Undoubtedly, Rhett May is in the middle of a musical renaissance. He has cut four shining new gems out of Black Rock, and more are sure to come!

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Shaun H. and the RadioIndy Reviewer Team

Pop/rock CD with harmonized vocals
Rhett May and his latest released CD “Calcutta Boy” gives the music listening world just a tasty hint of what he has to offer. The Australian native, who has opened shows for bands as big as Queen, wrote and recorded his latest disc at his home studio. His sound is hard to define as these four selections all feature a wide variety of influences, but it all molds together for a great album. “Little White Powder Under Your Nose” is a harmonious arrangement with impressive and well written lyrics about cocaine use. His experiences touring takes an evident role in the song “Have Your Arms Been Missing Me” with its lush Freddie Mercury type vocals and melody. Overall, “Calcutta Boy” is a good album and listeners will be looking forward to hearing his full length album.