A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our
New Music Monster
Music Reviews written by Tobi Davis
Artist: Skye Wallace
Track: “There is a Wall”
With guitar grunt and low down swagger, stand out Independent Artist Skye Wallace delivers audacious noise in smoldered malice with new single, “There is a Wall”.
Electric guitars have to sound a little wrong to sound right. In tightly fused fuzz and tone-blunted overdrive, the guitars of Skye Wallace’s latest release stab, punch, and sucka in percussive bolts of perfectly pitched imperfection. The drums land pocket tight; snare alligator-snapping at the heel of the deadened kick; cymbal, crash, and ride wash in fizzy rafts of glorious ear candy. The 2-minute 28-second track shifting in an ever-building series of well-worked lurches; giving way to great drives of shrieking six-string riff.
Skye Wallace breathes and chews her words in part performance/part mantra; her vocal both intimate and engaging, threatening but compelling. Verses arrive brooding in the grungy mids amongst the grunt of guitars; smart use of harmonies lift, widen, and swell the vocal presence during the choruses. Skye Wallace playing on and off the beat, switching seamlessly from syllable tight on the count to syncopated ‘push & pull’ melodic phrases.
In following up the haunting and noisy slow burn folk-rock, ‘Suffering for you’, Skye Wallace not only continues to craft inspiring and bold musical statements but also demonstrates the great potential of her creative range. Animalistic and unrefined, yet self-disciplined and unrelenting, “There is a Wall” represents a compelling artistic counterpoint to the expansive expressionism of ‘Suffering for You’; both audacious in intent and unapologetic in action.
Artist: Emma Elisabeth
Track: “I’d Be Lying”
Swedish-born Berlin-based singer-songwriter and producer Emma Elisabeth crafts a sublime blend of graceful instrumentation and inspired vocal harmony, with new single, “I’d Be Lying”.
Moving gently in open musical stanzas of rich guitar tone, the 3-minute 14-second track drives in melancholic tones; six-strings are warm in low mids with texture on the string and pick, shimmering in well-worked reverb. Bass and drum land tight, shifting in grooves. The bass, quietly ever-present and forceful in weight. The drums dry, compact and giving width to the guitars and harmonies.
Emma Elisabeth’s vocals stand tall and draw your ear with sweetly crafted melody and hook. An inspired use of harmony providing additional width and depth to the vocals; enhancing and reflecting the emotional resonance of the lyrics.
Drawing immediate and favorable comparison to the music of bands like Fleetwood Mac, Emma Elisabeth’s latest release conjures impressions of the open road, of infinite highways, hazy sunshine rides, and midnight drives lost in idle pursuit of the vanishing point.
Artist: The Land Below
Track: “Walk Like Nothing”
Swedish Independent Artist Erik Lindestad aka The Land Below delivers a synthpop infused dose of expansive electronic soundscape and pulsating drum machine beat with new single, “Walk Like Nothing”.
Deftly timbered synth sonics resonate in percussive arpeggio, shifting lead, and ambient pad; timing, tone, and stereo placement crafting contrast and candy for the ear. Guitars add earthy grit and dense dirt, bedding the track in. A tight to the line bass synth dabs smart brushstrokes of low frequency down the middle. Kick snap-punches; Snare dry and dusty, smacking and holding the center point.
Erik Lindestad’s vocals arrive in a whispered rush; light tone and darkened word. The opposing forces of content and delivery making for an intriguing, enigmatic listening experience that draws and engages the ear.
Inspired choice of instrumentation and smartly worked arrangement creates a richly musical composition, with percussive and melodic element playing off and enhancing each other. Tightly produced and light on it’s the feet, darkness is, nevertheless, ever-present throughout, “Walk Like Nothing”. The production reflecting the paradoxical vocal line; light tone and darkened word.
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Tobi is a mastering engineer and remixer via Tobisonics. As well as writing music reviews for Brash and running various Independent Music playlists, he also hosts Thursday’s #Musichouruk on Twitter.