A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our
New Music Monster
Music Reviews written by Tobi Davis
Track: “In the Dark”
Icelandic dream pop trio Vök deliver a three-minute twenty-two-second dose of shimmering melody and pulsating electro beat, with new single, “In the Dark”. Formed on the fly in 2013 for Iceland’s annual ‘Músíktilraunir’ competition, by singer Margrét Rán and saxophonist Andri Már, Vök has begun 2019 in similar prolific form, with “In the Dark” their second release of the year and follow up to ‘Erase you’.
An intoxicating, easy groove shifts the track forward in open, unfolding stanzas of tastefully layered instrumentation, carefully placed across the stereo field in a spacious arrangement that is equally pleasing and compelling to the ear. A smartly worked combination of tight dance kick and assorted electro percussion give the track both a driving center and engaging width. The on/off bassline is used to successful effect to create an ever-varying sense of dynamic and weight within the core of the track. Musical element is used sparingly. The band opting for contrast in absence as much, if not more than by addition. Guitar and synth are blended together to create an uplifting pop hook. Acoustic guitar adds extra texture and sonic interest.
Lead singer Margrét Rán vocals are given comfortable breathing space at the heart of the mix; lyrics delivered in well-judged phrases of short, punchy line and counter. Clever use of reverb and delay add emphasis and additional rhythm and ear candy. The choruses arriving in gloriously hushed harmonies that glide and resonate.
“In the Dark” is available on all major streaming platforms.
Track: “From Here”
Willfully anonymous multi-discipline Artist Someone drops dreamy electro sonics, lyrics in whispers and waves of fuzzy synth awesome, with her new single, “From Here”. Preferring to create, rather than be limited by brand/image, Independent Artist Someone expresses herself across a broad canvas of medium, from music to painting to film/video art. Her latest musical offering, “From Here” is her second of the year and follow up to “Say Something”.
A sweetly syncopated rhythm shuffles and snaps the track along in engaging swings and sways. Quirky melodic lines arrive and pass by, with apparent haphazard ease. The three-minute fifty-second song unfolding and folding back up in expanding/contracting layers of funky lo-fi synthesizer, modulated and filtered in sugary bites of electro bits.
The vocals are delivered in hushed harmonies of scarcely uttered phonetic. The vocal lines acting every bit as much as a melodic element, as a lyrical device.
The tracks breaths a wonderfully nostalgic air, creating a compelling and encompassing emotional experience for the listener.
Track: “My Love”
Stand out singer-songwriter and electro-pop artist Linney drops a quietly compelling moment of tenderness, regret, and hope on the slow burn and the lo-fi, with her new single, “My Love”. With electro-pop singles ‘FamØus’ and ‘Substance’ earning 95K and 41K streams in short number of months, respectively, and the breathtakingly graceful piano ballad, ‘Gave it All’ winning the hearts of fans and named Brash Song of 2018, Linney is an artist unafraid of taking chances and undaunted by the challenge of taking a creatively rewarding, but nevertheless challenging, path to Artistic and professional recognition.
The LA-based Artist begins 2019 with yet another twist of musical presentation. Her latest release, “My Love arrives in cascading and untidy flicks and strums of percussive acoustics, panned left and right. A tumble-down drum beat smacks and snaps in syncopated shuffles from the back. Piano keys set deep and dark, punctuate the track in heavy resonance. A Doppler effect whizzes and whines from side to side, in an odd, willfully random act of ear candy.
Linney vocals and lyrics remain the one constant through her recent eclectic turns. Her voice soars with hard-earned ease, riding light across the delightfully haphazard track. Linney’s striking talent for honesty through songwriting is in great and successful evidence here. Her vocal performance providing an emotional center to the impressively original alt-pop composition.
And perhaps that is the true and abiding value of all Linney’s work. Throughout her ongoing conversation between herself and her art, through the electro-pop, the piano, and the tumble-down, her singular gift for honesty acts as a constant star. No matter how ugly, painful, or problematic, her songs remain true to her heart and, in doing so, resonate with and earn a special place in the hearts of her fans.
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About Tobi Davis (BRASH! Magazine/Blog Writer)
Good producing is like good plumbing. If you do your job right, no one notices. Mix, Remix + Master. Run @monsterthread w/ Singer Songwriter Jon Magnusson. Host Thursday’s @musichouruk. Music Reviews for BRASH! Magazine. Promote. Occasional Lyricist. Love my beagle Enzo + fav bands Little Empire and Moxi.
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