4 Men and a Lady, and Music to Make You Smile

My Pet Dragon. Photo by DancingReena
My Pet Dragon. Photo by DancingReena

(from left to right)

Mario Padron – bass

Raj Maddela  – drums

Vincent Mascolo – guitars, vocals

Reena Shah – vocals, keys, percussion, dance

Todd Michaelsen – vocals, guitars

Brooklyn-based band My Pet Dragon just released their new album, Mountains and Cities on Gimme That Sound Productions – and it’s a winner. An upbeat, soulful soundtrack. The kind of album you play from beginning to end and along the way you find yourself lost in the melody – your head swaying, with a smile on your face because the lyrics were written for you. At least that’s how it feels.

The album is fronted by vocalist, guitarist and prolific lyricist (he wrote all the tracks) Todd Michaelsen.  Todd’s musical career has been heavily influenced by the music of Karsh Kale and Talvin Singh and a trip to India with now wife and fellow band member, Reena Shah.

The two met at drummer Raj Maddela’s flat a few years back and the rest is… well, listen to the album.

Already receiving rave reviews, Mountains and Cities is your  – drive down the coast, wind blowing your hair, destination unknown – kind of album. Whether you’re into Indie Rock or not, take a listen and let yourself go. This album marks a change from their first (First Born). As Todd says, “I let my guard down with this album.” And we’re glad he did.

Here’s a taste of the music and 2 free downloads (thanks MPD!)

Majestic Lovers – Free Download
<a href=”http://mypetdragon.bandcamp.com/track/majestic-lovers” mce_href=”http://mypetdragon.bandcamp.com/track/majestic-lovers”>Majestic Lovers by My Pet Dragon</a>

Flow – Free Download
<a href=”http://mypetdragon.bandcamp.com/track/flow” mce_href=”http://mypetdragon.bandcamp.com/track/flow”>Flow by My Pet Dragon</a>

If you’re in NY this weekend, you’re in luck. My Pet Dragon’s record release party is this Friday, August 5th at the Mercury Lounge.

Buy Mountains and Cities right here.

Todd Michaelsen and Reena Shah. Photo by Marissa Evans
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