A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our
New Music Monster
Music Reviews written by Tobi Davis
Arriving in glorious lo-fi fanfare of Hip-Hop and B-Movie sample ‘n’ loop, the 3-minute 56-second track drives from the get-go with a dirty bass drone and the gliding hum of sonically blunt synth-oddity. Beats skip and snip, dry and funky; shifting through the groove in snapping rapid-fire. Brassy hook shunts and stabs; an intoxicating blend of leftfield instrumentation blends and hangs together, almost in spite of itself. Each musical element seemingly chosen for their perfect wrongness.
ORKID works the beats tight with her words. Her voice rising sweetly with soulful depth and compelling warmth. Both gracefully melodic and fiercely percussive, ORKID’s phrasing and lyric compelling, odd, and rich in imagination. Additional harmony adds color and contrast; enhancing the emotional and performance dynamic.
Successfully combining influences from Hip-Hop, Pop, Electro, RnB, Soul, “Melodrama” is an impressively crafted alt-pop composition. Well-judged and tastefully understated production add quality and further integrity. First-rate Indie-pop! Listen to ORKID’s new album, ‘I Don’t Give a Damn’ on all major streaming platforms right now.
Introduced in stubbornly unrefined/under-produced home-brewed trash and low mid smudge, the track rips open at 20 odd seconds with grasping, rasping guitars, howling gang vocal, and straight up in the gut live drums; snare smacking blunt and flat; the kick a tightly coiled fist of low weight and punch; hi-hat sizzle and cymbal fizz. Guitars soar in saturation and reverb; crash and crunch in dirty fuzz; drive with torque, distortion-fueled hyper-drone; animalistic and futuristic.
Stina Tweeddale spits, shouts, snarls, and sings in a series of taunting phrases, rants, and harmony infused chants. Perfectly imperfect indie-rock-pop vocal anti-hooks for the disillusioned and disbelieving to drink, dance, and shout along to. The 2-minute 31-second track burning through its runtime in anger, frustration, and awesome noise.
“Gibberish” is the fourth track on Honeyblood’s new 11-track LP. Available via all major streaming media platforms right now.
Artist: Charlotte OC
Track: “Better Off on My Own”
UK-Based Alternative Pop Artist Charlotte OC delivers a stand-out track of graceful melancholy and compelling musicality, with new single, “Better Off on My Own”.
Piano notes drop sparse and somber and an engagingly simple set of musical phrases. Charlotte O’Conner’s voice world-weary and soul worn. Her own phrasing matching the simplicity of the piano keys; the two musical voices paired in an oblique dance. The 3-minute 32-second track builds in understated layers; drums land present and driving, but never over-reaching; the bass running a series of tight low-frequency dabs down the center of the mix; piano climbing with organ and backing vocals.
O’Conner’s vocal builds with the track; well-judged instrumentation, arrangement, and production crafting a natural context for both her voice and word. Her lyrical style conversational and familiar; invoking thought, reflection, image, and suggestion in gently sing-along line and melody.
O’Conner’s work carries a depth of integrity both surprising and impressive for a young artist; her writing and production evocative of the grand old storytellers like Bruce Springsteen and iconic artists like Tina Turner. Strikingly accomplished and very much ready for radio, “Better Off on My Own” provides clear demonstration that Charlotte OC has the potential to appeal to mainstream and independent audiences alike. Very much an Artist with the talent to climb to the very top. And very much the kind of Artist we want to see at the very top.
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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.