Week37 |Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our
New Music Monster

Music Reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

Maiah Manser See Thru It Artist: Maiah Manser
Track: “See Thru It”
LA-based noir-pop songstress Maiah Manser delivers an inspired pop paradox of soulful voice and lyric, juxtaposed by robo-cool beat and synth, with new single, “See Thru It”.

Willfully stunted synth stab and stop/start rhythm break ‘n’ bolt the 2-minute fifty-six-second track in dysfunctionally funky grid-snapped stanzas. Phat monophonic deconstructed electro-tones swagger awesome and obnoxious, while lo-fi sonics oscillate and fizz left/right. Manser’s vocals work the percussive with great success. Her stand out voice intentionally and rudely warped by sudden heavy pitch shift and shunt.

An intelligent slice of smartly crafted post-modern pop, as abrasive as it is audacious, “See Thru It” is out now on all major platforms.

Facebook.com/maiahmansermusic
Twitter: @maiahmanser
IG: maiahmanser

 

Elephanz ImperfectionArtist: Elephanz
Track: “Imperfection”
French electro-pop duo Elephanz drops a super-cool dose of electronic groove and old school soul with new single, “Imperfection”.

Crafted in understated high fidelity and deceptively unassuming quality production, the three-minute twenty-second track arrives in tightly timed beat and accomplished arrangement. Deft use of instrumentation makes for rich and compelling listening experience, with individual element carefully selected for both their musical and sonic characteristic. Lyrics are delivered in a light flourish and phrase; Elephanz working seamlessly from French to English and back again.

A smartly finessed pop gem, “Imperfection” is available now across streaming media platforms.

Facebook.com/ELEPHANZ
Twitter: @elephanzmusic
IG: elephanzmusic

 

computer magic remixes - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Computer Magic + Futurecop!
Track: “Perfect Game” (Futurecop! Remix)
British composer Manzur Iqbal aka ‘Futurecop!’ brings a neo-synth-sonic space adventure to New York-based artist and producer Danz’s Computer Magic release, “Perfect Game”.

Framed in glorious fizzing electronics and lush 80s reverb, the 4-minute twenty-eight-second track unfolds in graceful overlapping melodies of burning electrodes and modulated sustain; contrasted by funky blunt 8-bit sequencer stabs. Gated Linndrum style beats punch/drive and exploded in bubble-pop fills. Danielle Johnson’s (Danz) vocals echo sweetly in tastefully constructed ambiance. Her voice a perfect pop blend of brittle phrasing and uber cool nonchalance.

“Perfect Game” (Futurecop! Remix)’ is available now as one of five ‘Perfect Game’ remixes, presented together in the EP, ‘ Remixes, Vol 1’.

Facebook.com/zdanz
Twitter: @zdanz
IG: danz_cm


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​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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Week36 |Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our
New Music Monster

Music Reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

caroline by IndianaArtist: Indiana
Track: “Caroline”
UK-based Independent Artist and superstar in waiting, Indiana delivers a sultry cool slice of synthpop sizzle and stand out songcraft with new single, “Caroline”.

Having parted company with Sony in search of artistic freedom, self-confessed narcissist Indiana has thrown herself into the life of an Independent Artist, making music and music video alike with a pronounced single-mindedness and single focus, to work her own way back to the top of the charts on her own terms.

Latest single, ‘“Caroline” represents Indiana’s first new material of 2019. Framed by glorious synth sonics and fizzing ever-shifting ambient drenched in delay, modulation, and sweet saturation, the 3 minutes 34 seconds track hustles to a bit snipped hi-hat and Linndrum dry kick snare/kick snare. Well placed stutter and glitch adds further syncopation and excitement, as Indiana’s soulful pop vocals soar. The talented vocalist working an impressive range from rich soulful tones to breathy and brittle pop laments.

Impressive production enhances the emotional dynamic with smart use of arrangement and FX, opening up and closing down the track in an ever-changing phonic dynamic. Vocals FXs are applied with taste, as imaginative use of pitch, synth, and echo create harmony, double and foreshadow. For all its qualities, it is the elegance and integrity of Indiana's songwriting that stands “Caroline” apart from the weekly slew of dance-pop offerings. Where her contemporaries so often fall short, Indiana excels. Reminiscent of the great pop songs of the 80s, “Caroline” tells a cautionary tale by successfully pairing compelling melody, both mournful and engaging, with lyric rich in image and idea. The result is nothing short of a modern pop classic, quietly operatic and softly spoken poetic.

With a backlog of material to release and a highly active presence on social media, Indiana looks set to take 2019, and take it, very much on her own terms. Without access to mainstream distribution channels afforded to major label artists, Indiana will have to move the mountain to her by sheer force of will and talent. Fortunately for fans of her music, she’s not lacking for either.

Facebook.com/indianathegirl
Twitter: @indianathegirl
IG: indianathegirl 

 

Hindsight 20 20 by UPSAHLArtist: UPSAHL
Track: “All My Friends are Rich” (Hindsight 20/20 EP)
Indie pop rising star UPSAHL releases her debut EP, ‘Hindsight 20/20’; rich in soul, swagger, sarcasm, and the sardonic, typified by the opening track, “All My Friends are Rich”.

Having only released her debut single, “Can You Hear Me Know” in 2018, UPSAHL has enjoyed a rapid rise to the impressive heights of placements on both Spotify and Filtr playlists, the attention of tastemaker publications, Consequence of Sound, Indie Shuffle and Ones to Watch, and #1 on the Hype Machine Charts. The young artist’s follow up singles, ‘Kiss Me Now’ and ‘Rough’ were produced by Max Frost and Tim Pagnotta & Brian Phillips respectively.

Drawing upon an eclectic range of genres, ‘Hindsight 20/20’ features a dazzling range of musical influences and delights for the listener. Each one successfully and seamlessly blended together across the five track EP. While Indie Pop remains the constant at the heart of each song, in turn, each one arrives, with its own unique flavor; the second track, ‘Stressed’ explodes into life with a sumptuous and swanky eruption of brass, the following track, ‘Drugs’ trading on Enimen-style loop ‘n’ sample.

Quirky and insightful, odd and ill-tempered, UPSAHL’s inspired use of lyrics catches and engages the ear from the get-go. Her singular use of phrase and expression, both familiar and, paradoxically, alienating at the same time. A refreshingly honest degree of obnoxiousness is present throughout; although UPSAHL has no interest or need to appear anything like ‘perfect’ in our eyes. Her vocal delivery works the beats well, moving from strut to rush with effective ease.

An intoxicating mix of smartly produced, creative instrumentation and arrangement, coupled with UPSAHL’s uniquely compelling songwriting makes for a highly enjoyable and original debut EP. Hindsight 20/20 exceeds the considerable expectations upon its creator’s young shoulders.

Catch the new video for ‘Drugs’.

Facebook.com/upsahlmusic
Twitter: @upsahlmusic
IG: upsahlmusic

 

beverly hills by madgeArtist: Madge
Track: “Beverly Hills”
DIY pop producer Madge drops glorious electro on the most excellent lo-fi with her stand out rendition of Weezer’s 2005 smash hit, “Beverly Hills”.

Born and raised in Utah, now based in LA, Madge’s 2018 debut was an inspired cover of Sum 41’s ‘In Too Deep’. The MTV-friendly indie rock bop cast anew as a melancholic oddity of drawn-out guitar riff, willfully unrefined saw wave, and deconstructed drum machine fill. Madge managing to find depths in a track few had any idea existed.

2019 and Madge makes a welcome return to the art of the cover song with Weezer’s Grammy-winning MTV rotation all-conquering mega-smash, “Beverly Hills”.

Stripped down beat, bit and stab and chunky, cumbersome monolithic synth bass spit and grind; Madge tackling the opening verse in hushed rushes of double-tracked whispers, opening up to wonderful indie talk vox through the chorus. Sonic strangeness floats in the ambiance; modulating, escalating, auto-saturated, sequence and synth fizz, ripple, and squish. The track building in uneven lunges and bursts.

Stubbornly alternative and bold testament to the underproduced, untidy, wonder of the home brewed and truly independent, Madge’s reimagining of Weezer’s “Beverly Hills” will delight and dismay in equal measure. Refreshingly unapologetic in its intentions, the track is by no means for everyone; nor is it meant to be. Clearly indifferent to indifference, Madge is making music for you to love or for you to hate. A compulsion shared by all genuine Artists.

Facebook.com/madge.tunes
Twitter: @Madge_music
IG: Madge_music


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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.
Check out Tobi Sonics – Mixes + Remixes!

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Week35 |Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our
New Music Monster

Music Reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

"Plan B" by Hollie Carmen - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Hollie Carmen
Track: “Plan B”
UK-Based pop/soul singer-songwriter Hollie Carmen drops a tightly produced slice of stripped-down groove and sweet vocal hook with new single, “Plan B”. The London born and breed Independent Artist released her debut single, lo-fi beats and anthemic on the low-down chorus, ‘Warrior Love’ just last year. Her second single, the easy swagger ‘n’ dub, ‘Butterflies’ was co-written with Marlon Roudette and earned a premiere with tastemaker publication, ‘Line of Best Fit’. Hollie finished off 2018 with an acoustic version of ‘Butterflies’.

Lastest single, “Plan B” represents Hollie’s first release of 2019. Having quickly found her sound in a short number of releases, “Plan B” carries itself with Hollie’s now signature laid back flow and intuitive use of sonic space. Guitars drop easy and lush with room to breathe, thanks to the well-crafted stereo field. Smart use of voicing and placement makes for a shifting, contrasting left/right balance. A drum-machine feel beat lands minimal ‘n’ right with a nice touch of dirt.

Hollie’s vocals hold the center both of the mix and the listener’s attention. Working the timings well, her words flow percussive. Verses move in long conversational lines, while choruses are framed tighter in short vocal-hook stanzas. The track is gently singalong throughout, without ever forcing the issue or intruding upon the listener. Additional backing vocals, adlibs, and melodic riffs add width and depth to the vocal canvas.

“Plan B” marks three impressive original releases in a row for Hollie Carmen. With further material in the works, this talented young artist looks set for a breakout 2019. One to watch.

Hollie Carmen will be playing The Waiting Room, London March 19th.

Twitter: @holliecarmen
IG: holliecarmen

 

"You Don’t Know Anything"  by tomato tomato - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Tomato / Tomato
Track: “You Don’t Know Anything” (Canary in a Coal Mine LP)
Folk/County duo Tomato / Tomato deliver 12 tracks of soul, song, and sing along with their new album, Canary in a Coal Mine . The self-described, ‘genre-bending power duo’ has been crafting their unique take on folk ‘n’ country, since their debut album, ‘I Go Where You Go’ was released in 2016. Along with two further albums, Tomato / Tomato spent the subsequent years building a reputation as a stand-out live act.

Their fourth album, Canary in a Coal Mine  moves seamlessly through a wide-ranging array of musical flavors and moods. From the nostalgia on a gentle rush, ‘Kite Song’ to the stomp and shout of “You Don’t Know Anything” to the classic open road soundtrack and the title track, Canary in a Coal Mine .

Though impressively varied, the album is held together by quality musicianship and arrangement throughout. Each song carefully worked in terms of structure and dynamic. The 12 tracks turn over in an easy time, one compelling the listener after the next. And while produced to a high standard, the record retains the authenticity of a live performance from start to finish.

Above all else, it is the humor of wife and husband Lisa and John McLaggen, that catches and holds the ear across the 12 tracks of Canary in a Coal Mine . Alive and evident, not just in their lyrics and vocal performance, but also in use of instrumentation and rhythm. Uninhibited by pretention, the album ebbs and flows to match emotion and mood. A beautiful work, quietly graceful, and so very human.

Facebook.com/TomatoTomato.SJ
Twitter: @TomatoTomato_SJ
IG: TomatoTomato.SJ

 

Blue by Rose Gray - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Rose Gray
Track: “Blue”
East London-based singer-songwriter Rose Gray brings a melancholic musical moment with grace and swing, with her new single, “Blue”. Having only released her debut single, ‘Good Life’ at the beginning of this year, Independent Artist Rose Gray has quickly established herself as an accomplished music maker of talent and integrity. Her debut earing nearly 10k monthly listeners on Spotify alone.

Lastest single, “Blue” further demonstrates Rose Gray’s growing artistic confidence. The song is impressively framed by a depth of well-thought-out production and arrangement. A tightly placed electro beat skips and snaps, in crisp snare smacks and deaden dry kick thuds. Gorgeous soulful keys trickle in tastefully judged riffs that fizz and tease or resonate in lush expanses of delicious chords. The quietly driving bassline lands in spaciously placed droplets.

Rose Gray’s vocals rise and fall in rich soulful surges of tone and emotion. Her vocal performance strikingly restrained and intelligently crafted for one so young. Creative use of vox FX to create backing vocal, harmony, double and echo add extra emotional depth; while, at the same time, providing depth and width to the mix. Additional sonic elements further enhance the stereo field with synth oscillation, delay, and modulation.

A compelling emotional and musical experience for the listener, “Blue” is a stand-out track of well-worked instrumentation built upon a bedrock of first-rate songwriting. In just two releases, Rose Gray has put down an impressive marker. A marker that the tastemakers and curators would be wise to heed. 2019 may well belong to Rose Gray.

Catch Rose Gray live at Mirth, Marvel, and Maud March 28th.
Facebook.com/rosegrayyy
Twitter: @rosegray_
IG: rosegray_

 


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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.
Check out Tobi Sonics – Mixes + Remixes!

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Week34 |Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our
New Music Monster

Music Reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

Electric Remix by Clara Nova x Penguin Prison - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: CLARA-NOVA + Penguin Prison
Track: “Electric” – Penguin Prison Remix
French-American singer-songwriter Sydney Wayser aka CLARA-NOVA and New York-based producer/remixer Chris Glover aka Penguin Prison come together to bring us bright slice of quietly cool electro-pop, with their new single, “Electric” – Penguin Prison Remix.

Having adopted the name CLARA-NOVA in the mid-2010s, former Indie Folk Artist Sydney Wayser has built a hard-earned reputation for smartly produced, upbeat electronic pop with heart and integrity. The official version of ‘Electric’ blends heavy synth sonics with bright electro ear-candy, a snappy, bit crushed beat, and chorus on the rush.

In approaching his remix, Glover (Penguin Prison) demonstrates his taste and good judgment by leaving much of Wayser’s original intact. And in doing so, manages to preserve the soul and rich vein of emotion that runs through the core of the official release. His choice of additional elements, feel like an organic extension of the source material. Where most remixers fall short, Glover has excelled in staying faithful to the emotional experience of Wayser’s song, while heightening the percussive and infusing the track with greater emphasis on transition and dynamic; and in doing so, gently expanding that emotional experience to that of a crowd experience.

Much maligned and ignored by critics (many music blogs/magazines refusing to even accept remixes for review), Glover’s deft handling of Wayser’s stand out track offers clear testament as to why it is high time, remixers are given the recognition they deserve as creative music makers and collaborators.

The Penguin Prison remix of “Electric” is out now on all streaming media platforms.

Facebook.com/CLARANOVA
Twitter: @helloclaranova
IG: thisisCLARANOVA

Facebook.com/penguinprison
Twitter: @penguinprison
IG: penguinprison

Neon Me Out by Sego - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Sego
Track: “Neon Me Out”
LA-based awesome or terrible (un)professional noisemakers Sego deposit a gloriously appalling dose of Independent/unsigned Lo-Fi magnificence/amateurish mess, with their new single/excuse, “Neon Me Out”.

With their highly unanticipated (their words), new album out April 5th, 2019 looks set to be a big/indifferent year for the willfully ‘un-willful’ four-piece. The unique quality (or ‘self celebrated ‘lack thereof’) of Sego, is best summed up their inspired/stupid choice of title for their upcoming album; what began life as an abusive hashtag, ‘Sego Sucks’, was embraced wholeheartedly/sarcastically by the band.

Their latest release, “Neon Me Out” combines richly saturation/distorted guitars with authentic/poorly recorded live drums and a roughly overdriven/carelessly clipped bassline. A deftly crafted/haphazard track that will delight fans of real alternative/DIY music and horrify audiophiles in equal measure. Vocals stream in talk-sung (can’t sing) streams of lyrical image & idea (confused word porn) or soar in great indie anthemic expansions (atonal vocal drones).

With production line pop (professional productions), devaluing/invigorating the mainstream, Sego’s intentionally underproduced (badly made) sound (din) is a bold/unwise artist choice, that inspires hope/dread that the real Independent noise is finally on the rise again (whether you like it or not). #segosucks #segorocks

Facebook.com/SegoMusic
Twitter: @Sego_Music
IG: SegoMusic
I'll Just Be Me by Gravity Castle - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Gravity Castle
Track: “I’ll Just Be Me”
Utah-based Indie pop duo Gravity Castle delivers a disarmingly upbeat chart-friendly crowdpleaser and quietly anthemic singalong, with new single, “I’ll Just Be Me”.

Having taken the long and windy road to finally working with each other, Oliver and Gabriel (aka Gravity Castle) released their first single last year, with the graceful slice of bittersweet pop, ‘I’m Sorry’. A second single and their debut EP, ‘Beginnings’ followed later that same year. Their newest release, “I’ll Just Be Me” represents their first new material of 2019.

Recorded in their self-built home studio, the three-minute twenty-five-second track draws from an ecleptic mix of genres. Sharp, bit-crushed beats, further enhanced by EQ filter and delay, snap and ricochet along-side piano and electric guitar. The lead vocals are, for the most part, strikingly unprocessed and natural; while in contrast, pitch dropped vox hook morph, shift, and slur in modulated double and echo.

The production breathes with creative use of automation. EQs and reverbs are panned and saturated in an ever-moving ambient of depths, layers, and widths. The pair making smart use of sonic space and smart arrangement to craft an open, yet busy mix. The result is a compelling listening experience that is both engaging and easy on the ears, pop accessible and rich in soul and heart. The track manages to feel both contemporary and old world.

Critics of every artform have always been quick to credit the cynical and downbeat with integrity while ignoring or actively devaluing the few artists who dared to craft the positive and optimistic. But in these increasingly difficult times, what could be more vital than to strive to bring light and hope to the lives of those lost and alone in the gathering dark.

Twitter: @gravitycastle
IG: gravitycastle


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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.
Check out Tobi Sonics – Mixes + Remixes!

Showreel
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Week33 |Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our
New Music Monster

Music Reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

 

Vicious by The Trusted Artist: The Trusted
Track: “Vicious”
Brash Magazine Band of the Year, The Trusted are back with that trademark alt-rock strut ‘n’ dirty indie hook, with new single “Vicious”. Playing over 120 gigs in 2018, the Southend-based four-piece have been grinding it out; building a loyal and engaged fanbase. Single releases, ‘No Real Control’ and, ‘Cigarettes and Chandeliers’, attracted plaudits and airplay from Indie blogs and Radio show alike; while at the same time, demonstrating a growing maturity and sense of musical identity. With a much-anticipated EP in the works, their first release of 2019, “Vicious” offers a tantalizing taste of what’s to come, while, at the same time, providing a yardstick by which to measure the hard-earned progress of the previous 12 months.

Described by lead singer Tom Cunningham as, ‘a playful song about love/hate relationships and conflicting emotion.’, The Trusted’s latest single burns with a quiet intensity through the verses, Dave Batchelor’s drums coiled tight in the pocket, like a caged animal; the bass (Fin Cunningham) shifting with idle menace in the back, Dale Holt-Mead’s guitar coughs in overdriven cranks and spine-tingling licks of bittersweet saturation. Delivered in a series of tense, teased phrases, Cunningham’s vocals work word and image-play sideways, trading off on connections between rhyme and meaning. His voice and lyric switching to sardonic glee and tongue in teeth revelry in the choruses, ‘it’s so vicious it feels so good’; the band opening up around him, Batchelor punching snare and kick in well-worked stabs, with Fun Cunningham running the frets at pace and Holt-Mead’s guitar erupting in blistering crescendo and rasping riff.

While lacking the ‘straight to the gut’ swagger of ‘Cigarettes and Chandeliers’ or the rapturous indie-noise of ‘No Real Control’, the new single, “Vicious” smolders throughout with accomplished musicianship and songwriting craft; engaging the listener with steady confidence and a compelling touch of rock ‘n’ roll attitude. Whereas other bands born of the live circuit might fall into the trap of ‘going at it, 100% of the time’, their latest release, “Vicious” demonstrates The Trusted are not afraid to take their foot off and believe rightly that the stand-out quality of their music, is enough to hold the listener. In showing yet another side to their sound, The Trusted begin the new year as they left the last, proving day by day that they are, indeed, destined for great things.

Facebook.com/thetrusted
Twitter: @thetrustedband
IG: thetrusted_

Hold on Me by Owain FelsteadArtist: Owain Felstead
Track: “Hold on Me”
Stand out singer-songwriter Owain Felstead drops a tight slice of smartly produced pop rich in soul, with new single, “Hold on Me”. At sixteen years old, UK based Independent Artist Owain Felstead has already amassed nearly 300K streams on Spotify, with 2018 release, ‘Clover’ earning a place on Spotify’s editorial playlist, ‘Alone Again’, where it has attracted 75k+ listeners.

Latest release, “Hold on Me”, produced by rising star of the UK music scene LVR, is a strikingly accomplished and mature piece of work for two young music makers. LVR’s production is restrained, deliberate and executed with well-judged taste; the track making use of carefully placed vox and percussion sample to great effect. Felstead’s exceptional vocals provide an emotional focal point for the song; his performance delivered with quiet confidence.

Built upon a foundation of solid songwriting, “Hold on Me” is a track of considerable credibility and integrity; an impressive calling card and profound statement of intent for the two talented young Artists.

Facebook.com/owainfelsteadmusic
Twitter: @owainfelstead
IG: owainfelsteadmusic

 
Leave it out by Mae MullerArtist: Mae Muller
Track: “Leave It Out”
UK-based Artist Mae Muller delivers a 3 minute 16-second dose of dub ‘n’ swagger and word to the wise, with new single, “Leave It Out”. Having only dropped her first track on Soundcloud two years ago, the soulful slow-burn, ‘Close’, the now 21 years old Muller has risen higher than the heels on her Jimmy Choos (Cho-Choos) in 24/7 time, releasing two EPs and catching the attention of a raft of Spotify playlists; her music now earning the attention of 175K listeners a month.

Muller’s first release of 2019, ‘Leave It Out’ arrives packaged tight in well-crafted production, that successfully manages to be both polished and refined enough for the pop charts and playlists, while remaining true to the soul and grit of Muller’s North London origins. Stylishly worked electro dub and deep sub-drops punch and drive the track from the back; 808 style hi-hat, bit crushed to fizz, are delayed percussive; tasty sonics are thrown left/right, saturated and modulated for flavor. The song walks with the easy strut and confidence of a harden street-player; who knows they own the room, so why bother?

Mae Muller talks and sings her words alive and comfortable on the beats. Her casual conversational style belies the finesse and skill with which she composes her lyrics; Muller bringing image and insight throughout verse and chorus, as she chats away, with hard-earned, yet apparent ease. In the words of her bio, speaking, ‘..directly to and for her generation’.

A stand out track that stands back and draws you to it, “Leave It Out” is further evidence of the striking talent of Mae Muller. An Artist capable of delivering that most rare and precious of commodities; pop with integrity. An Artist with something to say and something people want to hear. Mae Muller is an Artist with a bright and long future.

Facebook.com/maemullerx
Twitter: @maemuller_
IG: maemuller


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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.
Check out Tobi Sonics – Mixes + Remixes!

Showreel
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About The Monster Thread
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Week32 |Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our
New Music Monster

Music Reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

In the Dark by Vok Artist: Vök
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.

Facebook.com/Vokband
Twitter: @vokmusic
IG: vokmusic

From Here by someone

Artist: Someone
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.

Facebook.com/someonesmusic
IG: someonespictures

My Love by Linney Artist: Linney
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.

Facebook.com/linneyofficial
Twitter: @linneyofficial
IG: linneyofficial

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​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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Week31 |Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our
New Music Monster

Music Reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

Flesh and Blood by OK ButtonArtist: OK Button
Track: “Flesh & Blood”
Darkly dreaming synthpop trio OK Button deliver a shattering snapshot of depression and dislocation with new single, “Flesh & Blood”. Having already established themselves with both tastemaker magazines and Spotify playlists, as a band of depth and integrity with their debut singles, ‘The Message’, ‘Chelsea Hotel #1’, and ‘Beds’, the Aberdeen/London based three-piece begin 2019, needing to build upon the hard-earned momentum of their first year.

‘I never thought I’d see the day when I’d be scared of you.’ Lead singer Amber Wilson’s disarmingly simple openly lyric stops the world on its axis as the new release, ‘Flesh & Blood’ opens up; a searing ambiance of shifting synth pads burned on the down low, punctuated by pulse dropped kicks and subs; an odd sense of grace, adrift in stereo. The three minutes forty-seven-second composition breathing in sporadic bursts of movement through percussion, broken up by breathless stanzas of quiet melody.

Amber Wilson’s bittersweet vocals paint pictures in eerie tones; part meditation/part confession, the talented artist conjures a shadow life of dysfunction and grief for the living. Adeptly supported by well judged and accomplished musicianship and production from Nass Donald, Adam Falkner, and producer Craigie Dodds. Beautiful. Somber. And breathtaking.

“Flesh & Blood” is out on all major platforms along with accompanying music video (made with BAFTA-winning director Tim Courtney).

Facebook.com/Okbuttonmusic
Twitter: @Okbuttonmusic
IG: Okbuttonmusic

 

Nothing in Your Eyes by born again virginArtist: Born Again Virgin
Track: “Nothing in Your Eyes”
Independent Glorious Noisefest Born Again Virgin drop a two-minute twenty-nine-second slice of trashy drums, guitar fuzz, and shout-along vocals, with new single, “Nothing in Your Eyes”. Austin, Texas-based Solo Artist Anna Roenigk completed her debut EP back in 2017. Released under the name ‘Born Again Virgin’ and produced by Brian Beattie, the five-track collection of noisy guitars and roomy drums set a bold maker for Roenigk, both as a songwriter and an artist.

February 2019 sees Roenigk deliver her first new music of the year. Confident from the outset, “Nothing in Your Eyes” drives hard down the center with heavy bass and punchy kick/snare. Thick, distorted guitars are thrown left/right, framing the track in awesome saturation. Swirling, wailing fused up six strings swim and swing in the mid-field, chasing up and down the great walls of shifting pulsating distortion.

Roenigk’s vocals have a rough and ready soulfulness in depth, contrasted and complemented by a fierce undertone and edge of very rock ‘n’ roll anger. Through the verses, lyrics run in tight, ear-catching stanzas; only to open up and let rip in the chorus. The combination of voice and instrument an intoxicating assault of alt-rock awesome. Music to jump around and shout to.

“Nothing in Your Eyes” is out now with accompanying music video.

Facebook.com/bavatx
Twitter: @bavatx
IG: bavatx

 

 

Sugardaddy by Lauran HibberdArtist: Lauran Hibberd
Track: “Sugardaddy”
Self-described, ‘Fuzzy Indie Pop maybe Rock or something’ Artist Lauran Hibberd delivers a perfectly crafted dose of the sardonic and the saturated, with new single “Sugardaddy”. The Isle of Wight raised singer/songwriter enjoyed a rapid rise, on the overdrive, in 2018, attracting plaudits and support from a host of tastemaker magazines, BBC Introducing and BBC Radio 1.

Hibberd’s latest release, “Sugardaddy” arrives at an exuberant bounce; an Indie Pop/Rock Tigger, brimming with sarcasm and most excellent noise (‘because that’s what Tiggers do best’). Bass and drums working together to create a series of short, punchy steps; the track pouncing from one to the next. Guitars are smartly layered in contrasting degrees of distortion, from crunch to crash; the compelling assortment of six strings playing in both percussive stabs, snaps, and shuffles and melodic surges, sizzles, and stanzas.

Hibberd’s bubble pop vocals skip percussive with accomplished timing throughout the verses; landing in darkly joyful stabs in the chorus. The lyrics are a triumph of smart, nasty/charming pop and stand grand and well-deserved compare with masters of the art, Morrissey, and Bowie. Much like Bowie and The Beatles before him, Lauran Hibberd’s music successfully manages to draw heavily on the US and yet remain, uniquely British in its world view. Independent pop of the highest quality.

“Sugardaddy” is out now. And Lauran Hibberd will be touring the UK and Europe from Feb 14th – Mar 04th.

Facebook.com/lauran.hibberd
Twitter: @lauranhibberd
IG: lauranhibberd

 

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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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