A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our New Independent Music Friday playlist
Music reviews written by Tobi Davis
Artist: Beach Riot
Brighton-Based self-described fuzz-pop outfit Beach Riot drop a rapid dose of alt-rock indie guitar grind with new single, “Robot”.
Six-strings kick-off left then right, fuzzed and blunt funky, tasty; bassline drops on the grunt, heavy hulk, overdriven obnoxious and awesome. Kick and snare punch the beat, double impact; metal fizz, rasp, and shimmer. The 3-minute 19-second track lurching at a glitch, percussive robotic.
Vocals ride on the rush, running the lyrics with ease, but at pace. Backing vocals adding width and depth. Additional flanging FXs bleeds hyperspace-texture left/right through the chorus. The light-glide of the vocal line contrasting the draggy groove and grind of the guitars.
Soaring, rocket-propelled, saturation-sonics lift, twist, and contort out of the track; glorious cacophonous distortion noise, swell and surge. Heavy-hit toms tumble in the flick, scatter, and landslide.
Cast raucous in the close sweat, the heave, and the rush of a packed pub gig, “Robot” delivers crowd-pleasing Independent goodness in thick, noisy portions. Never once missing a beat, the track drives throughout; a cover to cover barn-stormer. Come and grab some noise!
Artist: She Drew The Gun
Track: “Trouble Every Day”
Singer-guitarist Louisa Roach aka She Drew The Gun lights the fuse on a rallying call to arms with new single, “Trouble Every Day”.
‘Well, I’m about to get upset from watching my TV. Checking out the news until my eyeballs fail to see.’ And with those words, Roach lights the fuse on her latest release, “Trouble Every Day”. A lone acoustic builds in protracted rake, and percussive stroke; beats snap and cough in tight, dry stabs; the six-string opens up in rhythmic rattles, hi-hat snips and nips at the track, hustling it onward.
Roach’s vocals gather pace, chasing the beat; words crammed with increasing punch and drive, a streaming-lyric of outrage; manifesto in frustration.
Bass riff crunches and shifts, cranking down the center with low force and push. Tremolo electrics drop in a shimmered lick, Morricone overtones. Sonics burst in shards left and right, distant gun and cannon fire.
The 3-minute 22-second track rises up off-balanced and intentionally unhinged, a wild animal likely to snap. Roach delivers a shuddering, unrelenting tirade, a call to arms; a rallying cry to stand up, denounce, and fight the shocking inequality and injustice of our social/political system; a wake-up call to all of us who have been sedated, comfortably numb to the normalization of exploitation en masse.
In a world where freedom has been exchanged for convenience, where freedom to consume has replaced freedom of speech, where the people are dosed dormant and cast serf by a ruling class, whose privilege and wealth are equaled only by their insane greed.
If you’re not angry, you’re simply not paying attention.
Track: “Beyond the Grave”
Nashville-Based independent artist Notelle delivers a haunting, heady dose of her trademark ‘heavy, messy pop’ with new single, “Beyond the Grave”.
Beginning in breathy atonal pulsating chants, more akin to speaking in tongues than conventional vocal, sub and bass shudder and grind out of the shimmering ambient. Claps, stacked and distant, burst and smack. Melodic hook whistles, unreal, yet not unnatural; dark sonics modulating with fizz and shifting tone. Piano keys count down in deliberate steps, as a riser lifts ethereal.
The 3-minute 22-second track erupts in great saturated waves of blunt, odd, phonics; the beat skipping and snipping at speed, a percussive rush of high-frequency energy. A massive soundscape of deep, low pressure, pushing at the gut and swallowing the body.
Notelle’s vocal drifts rise and falls. A ghost melodic, caught in perpetual contradiction; soaring to die back. Well-judged vocal FX add glitch and stutter, textures EDM set against the strange cinematic sound design. The production shadows Notelle’s voice throughout; massive tides of sound are driven skyward, only to plummet into darkness or ebb abandoned into the dirt of the noise floor.
Set willfully at odds with itself; dance-pop trading blows the alternative, experimental, and macabre, “Beyond the Grave” is a darkly inspired composition of intriguing and unsettling depth; an oddity of genre, an intentional exploration and act of self-expression in confusion; and yet, with undeniable strength of purpose and method of intent. Pop as it was meant to be and of the highest quality.
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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.