A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our
New Music Monster
Music Reviews written by Tobi Davis
New York based, alt electro pop Artist, Tanners delivers a tight slice of nu disco groove and uber cool synth stab ‘n’ build, with new single, “Venus”. It’s been a busy year for Tanners, having released both debut single and EP; her music breezing into the over saturated dance-pop marketplace, like the bohemian kid at a packed high-school party, who simply doesn’t give a f**k; roomy drums and darkly 80s-style synth phrasing, played alongside gated beats and sing-along Indie-pop melodies; Tanners playing the genres like an instrument; crudely at times, no doubt; a little rough and ready, but with the unmistakable brazen audacity/joyful liberty of someone, who simply doesn’t see the box; and therefore, doesn’t have to make the same effort to think outside it. The first 46 seconds of latest release, “Venus” plays like a well produced piece of chart-targeted electro-pop; the production has been stepped up and tighten; Tanners working the counts well, with her vocals; lyric and beat building in smartly fashioned unison. It’s not until the 47th second that the bohemian kid struts onto the dance-floor, and slams us with a bust of synth/beat sound pressure; the track alternating and contrasting between, percussive pop on the down lo and surging, eruptions of electro-sonics and soaring melodies; resulting in a dramatic, forever off balance, listening experience that engages and keeps the track feeling new and exciting, play after play; with well judged use of frequency/register, instrument and reverb to build the song, in terms of height, width and depth; both enhancing Tanners eclectic musical voice, and framing the track ‘more playlist friendly’, without sacrificing or comprising its creative intentions. Tanners has been hard at work, practicing ‘the genre instrument’, her playing has become more accomplished and comprehensive. You better step back, that bohemian kid is about to own the dance-floor.
Read my review of Tanner’s previous release “Crazy”.
Artist: Tokyo Taboo
Track: “No Pleasure only Pain”
Dirty vocals and gut punch drums, glorious guitar fuzz and bass line strut, shock rock nutjobs Tokyo Taboo drop 3 minutes and 28 seconds of awesome noise, new single, “No Pleasure only Pain”. London based Tokyo Taboo first hit Spotify (right in the face) in 2016, with their debut single, the electrocuting scream-fest and sonic exploding drag racer, “Make it out Alive”; following up in 2017 with second single, slammy jump-around crowd-pleaser, “Pussy Power” (gotta love that title); and their debut LP, 6th Street Psychosis, a ten track speed/demolition derby; striking, not for the obnoxious loudness (although it is impressively obnoxious in its loudness), but for the depth of songwriting and instrumentation. Tokyo Taboo kicked off 2018 (right in the balls), with 3rd single “Paper Cut” (taken from 6th Street Psychosis), a mustang on a razor-blade; precise and almost surgical in its noise, drive and aggression. “No Pleasure only Pain” works the ring, with well stepped menace; landing its punches in tight combos that snap and bite at the listener. The track sweats heavy, neo-bluesy swagger from the crotch; the verses built of stripped down bass-line; contrasted by thick, fisted guitar riffs that land left / right about your head; drums smack sporadic, sucka punching on the counter, fills splattered like shrapnel. Dolly Daggerz runs the gambit of vocal tone with great success; torturing and contorting her voice with simmering distortion; allowing it soar, like scram jet fumes, through reverb; or delivering rich, soulful melodies, often in call/response with her distorted alter-ego. The attitude, aggression and glorious, obnoxious noise remains, aided and abetted by accomplished production/arrangement; opening up the track and allowing the depth of the band’s songwriting and musicianship to better express/test itself. Tokyo Taboo began 2018, a street-fighter; a brawling rock n roll animal. In 2019, they’ll step into the ring, not a boxer; but an hardened, snarling ultimate fighter.
Watch the lyric video for “No Pleasure only Pain”.
Artist: Freya Alley
Track: “Black Hole”
Upon driving sub and dance pop kick, with lyric poetic, bound by percussive vocal hook, London based Lithuanian Artist and Songwriter Freya Alley’s new single, “Black Hole” is pop music with integrity. The Vilnius born Independent recording artist began her musical journey in 2016 with debut single, “Another Man”; a graceful piano ballad, with accomplished orchestration and mournful vocal melody. Though poetic and striking in it’s imagery and tone, it’s not until follow up “Swimming” (released in 2017), that Freya Alley begins to find her own brand of obscure, oddly beautiful and unique pop music. 2018 has seen the upcoming young Artist release a steady string of four singles, including the stand out, “Come Back”; a darkly melancholic, brooding tapestry of tribal drum and menacing guitar/string. Latest release “Black Hole” continues the trend alternating from melodic, singer/songwriter compositions to percussive alt-pop artist productions; “Black Hole” very much and very successfully belonging to the second, the new single representing Freya Alley’s most ‘playlist friendly’ release so far. Freya’s vocals stand tall in the arrangement, rich with idea and image; her voice rising above the instrumentation in great pulsating phrases, demonstrating her talent for both vocal and lyrical expression. A sub drone pushes the 3 minute 41 second track forward in slow burn build; weighty kick and snare/clap (in tried and true, kick/snare kick/snare pattern), punctuates the sub build in metronomic stomps and slaps. Synth-sonics fizz and sparkle in oblique sequences, creating an ambiance, stunned and punch drunk; the track opened up left/right with snaps and clicks. Solid production/mixing frame the track well, while smartly never attempting to overshadow or outdo Freya Alley’s singular style and creative identity. Very much an artist still in the early years of her musical journey, and clearly one not afraid to take chances, Freya Alley’s creative path will not be without the occasional misstep. However for every misstep, her fans will be repaid with inspiring musical moments; these moments made by possible, by the artist’s willingness to take risks and chart her own creative course.
Watch the official music video for “Black Hole”.
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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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