A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our New Music Monster
Artist: Jack Watts
Ambient soundscapes, shattered memories guised audio snapshot, blunted bass sonics and lofi-ed beats, shuffled to Motown seasoned syncopation, makes for the alt pop, electro experimental, canvas on which singer songwriter Jack Watts paints his latest release, the kaleidoscopic, helter skelter-ed, “Horrorscope”. Jack Watt’s soulful voice carries the lyrics gentle, in well worked, strained phrasing that compels, in quiet surges of emotion, as it flexes to breaking point ; accompanying harmonies add depth and warmth, but also contrasting disturbance and uneasy melancholy. The scattered shifting sonicscape works the stereo field in criss-crossing breaths ; sudden snatches of aural agony burst, breaking open the well crafted melodic flow. A jazz infused crescendo groove tops the track off, in a surprising turn of pace. Inspired as it is odd, delightful as it is disquieting, “Horrorscope” stands apart. Jack Watts is very much one to keep on ear on. ..if only to hear what he’ll dare to do next.
Track: Kingdoms Fall (DIS-ORDER EP)
Canadian born, LA based, bittersweet alt electro pop artist, X.ARI follows up on quick fire release, the dancefloor moving, Bimbo Jones remix of “Stay v Go”, with her much anticipated second EP, DIS-ORDER. Delayed two months, the hardworking songwriter left with no choice, but to take a well overdue break, the six track collection and creator, are perhaps best summed up by the conflicted beauty of opening title, ‘Kingdoms Fall’. Stadium filling singalong pop anthem, heartbreaking in their melodic elegance, sit oddly against FX drenched, percussive lyric riffs ; lofi stuttered bit blunted beats, are swallowed up by pitch drops cascading in rhythmic waves ; X.ARI’s words cast infinite in feedback washed delays, or plunged into unfathomable depths of reverb. The experience for the listener, akin to being caught in a sonic maelstrom, as X.ARI struggles to reconcile two great opposing forces ; her striking talent for crafting powerful chart conquering choruses, versus the delicate introspect, fragility and darkness of her lyrical world. And yet, it is through this act of struggling, X.ARI’s work excels ; the point of violent convergence, a vital spark that infuses her music with a bright light. Very much a star in ascendance, we can only hope that X.ARI’s inspiring artistic struggle does not come at the expense of her own health, as she turns her pain into our power.
*Kingdoms Fall will be released officially as a single on August 3rd. BRASH! makes no apologies for being ahead of the game 😉
Artist: Jon Magnusson
Track: “Sweetest Thing”
It’s been a busy year for Swedish singer songwriter Jon Magnusson, having already released his second EP, Always a Rebel and a string of supporting remixes, newly released, “Acoustic Dreams” retains the Independent Artist’s trademark mix of influences, ranging from punk to folk, metal to electro ; but in doing so, conjures an intoxicating nostalgia and a dreamlike sense of emotional place and time. Beautifully worked reverb and carefully, consistent use of panning and processing give the EP a binded together feel, rare in modern ‘multi producer / mixer’ releases ; providing a subtle frame in which to present, Jon’s talent for original arrangement and intuitive musical timing. The finger picked rendition of Stockholm based Indietronica duet, Almost Honey’s, “Sweetest Thing”, is an inspired blend of counterpointed arpeggios, wistful backing vocals and sweeping, intricate string accompaniment. With a growing canon of impressive musical works, Jon is steadily becoming an Artist of considerable integrity and depth. A storyteller who stands favorable compare with likes of Dylan, Petty and Springsteen.
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. Promote. Occasional Lyricist. Love my beagle Enzo + fav bands Little Empire and Moxi.
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