Week 43 |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

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All the Rest Our Youth - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: All the Rest
Track: “Our Youth”
Georgia-based Indie four-piece All the Rest drop a tight slice of compelling synthpop groove with new single, “Our Youth”.

Boasting impressively original and ear-catching synth-sonics, the 3-minute 24-second track works its playlist friendly duration at pace; Bass (Tre Houman) and drums (Jud Harris) playing off each other, to create a shifting, syncopated groove that dares you not to move; the obligatory, ‘Industry-standard’ grid-snapped precision set off nicely by an creative approach to rhythmic structure. Frontmen Caleb Smith’s and Baylee Waller’s voices contrasting and complementing in an engaging back and forth through the verses and a rising, soaring harmony in the choruses; framed by funky electro-phonics, derived from synth FX pedal and/or synth (I suspect a bit of both – answers on a postcard, please); the song providing a cool, neo-80s vibe throughout with inspired sound creation.

Backed-up by smartly judged use of pitch and filter FX on both vocal and instrument alike, ‘Our Youth’ engages throughout. Light on its feet and with an eye to the skies, All the Rest’s latest single wins you over with accomplished production and instrumentation; but wins your heart with strikingly honest lyric, delivered in a series of pop-perfect phrases and hooks. With both musical integrity and instantly singalong chorus, “Our Youth” clearly demonstrates All the Rest are ready and able to bridge the gap between the Indie act and mainstream success.

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

LA by Kyan Artist: Kyan
Track: “L.A.”
With sweeping majesty in instrumentation and soulful honesty in vocal rendition, independent artist Kyan delivers a singular and standout pop/soul epic with new single, “L.A.”.

Disarmingly lowkey in its opening moments, new song “L.A.” breathes into existence with gentle, but precise dabs of strings, shifting ambient and drum bursts that tumble and fall, cinematic. The instrumentation grows in pulse and surge to great ocean swells of string and emotion. Wonderous backing voice joins in soul-deep tone and harmony. Cymbal and crash shatter, explode and rasp; the track rising Olympus high. Throughout all Kyan’s voice soars magnificent; expert use of vocal technique and tone delivering a steady-build/slow burn of inevitable truth; part confession/part prayer.

With great finesse and deft hand, production technique is used to frame and enhance the 3-minute 43-second pop odyssey; inspired use of sound design casting an entire world of sonic texture; well-judged FXs applied with taste to create depth, variation, and movement within the stereo field. Sincere in intention and audacious in action, “L.A.” is pop music of the highest measure and offers further testament to the great talent and even greater potential of Kyan.

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

Woman with a Knife by FelinArtist: Felin
Track: “Woman with a Knife”
With swagger and strut, attitude and gut, Stockholm-based independent artist Felin delivers a sharp dose of cinematic electro-pop, with new single, “Woman with a Knife”.

In delightful taunt and quietly coiled malice, “Woman with a Knife” rises from the shadows in precisely orchestrated layers of building instrumentation and production. The 3-minute 3-second track shifting like musical theatre on a razor’s edge; kick and bass landing deep and proud, snare and percussion delivered with punch and slap. Sparse arrangement of piano and guitar making compelling use of sonic space, allowing the silence to hit hard. Felin’s vocals teasing, sardonic, and foreboding in the verses; rising anthemic in the chorus; tall and confident, brazen and unapologetic.

Delivered with dark humor and driven by raw emotion and considerable anger, ‘Woman with a Knife’ makes for a striking and intoxicating listening experience; threat, promise, rallying cry, and inspiration; “Woman with a Knife” is all of the above; framed in starkly cinematic tones. Felin’s latest single will echo through the bedrooms, college dorms, car rides, and homes of women everywhere. You better not f**k with a woman with a knife.

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


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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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Week35 |Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our
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Music Reviews written by Tobi Davis

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"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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About The Monster Thread
The #MonsterThread is a community of Independent Musicians, Bands and Artists supporting each other in making and sharing Indie Music.

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Week19 |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

Amorie - For No One cover artArtist: Amorie
Track: “For No One”
Self described, ‘Electro Pop Enigma’ Amorie delivers a haunting re-imagining of The Beatles’ 1966 release “For No One”. Taken from The Fab Four’s seminal Revolver Album, the song’s strikingly open and creatively off balance stereo field is carefully and lovingly reflected and cast anew for the contemporary marketplace, by a deftly crafted arrangement and mix; Amorie’s rendition echoing the original, by favoring a right biased compositio; a mournful soft pad breathing in and out in graceful waves, sits slightly right; the inspired use of right to left panning to introduce the iconic French Horn of Sir George Martin’s production, is recreated here with modern day riser blended in, across the stereo field; a stripped down version of the guitar part, is tastefully delayed to add ear candy. Amorie’s voice floats at the phantom center of the track; her engaging interpretation, bringing a longing sense of nostalgia and melancholy to Paul McCartney penned lyrics; well finessed reverb, framing her voice almost ethereal and gaseous. Lush and gorgeous use of backing vocal, double, harmony and FX, produces a rich multi-layered ambient of shifting depth and width. Though born and raised in St Louis, at 18 years old, Amorie moved to Liverpool to study at the city’s Institute of Performing Arts. In the stand out young artist’s own words, “I idolised the character of this song – I wanted to be the kind of girl that cried for no one, whose words would haunt long after she’s gone. It’s been a really empowering experience to put it into my own voice and style.” The long term and heartfelt connected felt by Amorie for this song, speaks quiet volumes of the common value that sits at the core of all great music – passion. Built upon a bedrock of sincerity, Amorie’s “For No One” is an accomplished and stand out work of profound artistic integrity. Put simply, is has been performed, recorded and produced with love.

“For No One” is out now across all streaming media platforms. You can find out more about Amorie via her website.

Facebook.com/thatgirlamorie
IG: thatgirlamorie

On the Subject of Breathing Cover FinalArtist: Bryde
Track: “On the Subject of Breathing”
With raspy guitar on the grind and lashings of lyrics on the unwind, UK based singer/songwriter Bryde cooks up a fierce portion of glorious Independent noise, with new single “On the Subject of Breathing”. The Pembrokeshire born Artist’s ninth release of 2018, following up on a rapid fire series of indie-drops, from the brooding build and break of “To Be Brave” (opening track of 2018 release and debut album ‘Like an Island’), to the graceful, oblique and beauty in obscurity of “Euphoria”, “On the Subject of Breathing” marks Bryde’s fifth single release of original material this year, with remixes of “To Be Brave” and “Fast Awake” and an acoustic version of “Peace”, adding to that tally ; the artist smartly embracing the ‘search engine friendly’ practice of uploading new material on a regular basis. Bryde demonstrating the importance for even the most strikingly creative and independent artists to work the market, thereby freeing themselves to craft original and challenging work. “On the Subject of Breathing” is a pulsating 3 minutes 18 seconds of contrasting dynamics, depths and moods. Driving, raw guitars crack, crunch and grunge the track forward; supported by heavy weighted drums, punching deep into the stereo field. Additional distorted six strings wail and sing in resonating sirens of feedback and loop. Bryde’s voice rises and falls in a great emotional landscape of dark valley, building hillside and soaring cliff edge. Her lyrics whispered and whipped at you, in conflicting stanzas of honest phrase, question in frustration and exclamation in anguish and relief. The work of the talented guitarist and vocalist working in odd, shifting harmony and partnership, both at odds and to the same end; Very much the embodiment of the singer/songwriter, instrument and voice inseparable, as one and in single act of creation, Bryde is part of a new wave of female artists, like fellow UK based Annabel Allum (Monster Pick “Sofa Song”) and Canadian Jeen (Monster Pick “Bring Out Your Knives”) creating noisy, unapologetic music that stands in willful protest and rejection of, a hitherto male dominated industry; content to rehash the same old, lazy and generic, ‘user friendly’ pop nothingness; placing the presentation of ‘hyper sexualized’ young women/girls, at the center of a tired and entirely amoral marketing scam, designed to ply the public with overpriced merchandise, they probably can’t afford and certainly don’t need.

Bryde is touring the UK throughout November. To find out more, check out her website!

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

eSensuals Cover Art - Fans of Jimmy CenturyArtist: Fans of Jimmy Century
Track: “Ghosts of Paradise – Acoustic Choirgang Remix”/ eSensuals Greatest Hits
Las Vegas based nu wave/indie pop/neo noir pro noisemakers Fans of Jimmy Century drop 12 track sonic odyssey, “eSensuals”, featuring acoustic rendition of their stand out hit, “Ghosts of Paradise”. Vocalist/Songwriter Alicia Perrone and Producer/Songwriter Victor James, aka Fans of Jimmy Century, began 2018 with an ambitious set of release targets; intended to test themselves, in terms of productivity, songwriting craft and musicianship. What followed is a roller coaster ride of month by month releases, that blended and bent musical style and influence, tasking the duo like never before. An aggressive and personally taxing promotion and networking strategy, supported the releases across social media, local radio and digital platform. Fans of Jimmy Century courting playlist curator, blogger and DJ; the seasoned campaigners, bringing the hustle to a new level of intensity. With the ever-necessary paying work in voice over, beat creation and video, also continuing on a day to day basis, Alicia and Victor had to walk the tightrope of burn out, stumbling on more than one occasion. In this regard, “eSensuals” is not only an astonishing and strikingly accomplished collection of musical style, idea and influence, it is testament to the dedication, passion and sacrifice required of the modern artist; working in a recovering, but nevertheless unforgiving market, that asks much of independent practitioners and gives little in return. Each track possessing it’s own distinct musical personality, each with it’s own unique value and intrigue; from the swaggering, theatrical and demented singalong, “All My Friends are Ice Queens”, to the hard-driving, mustang drag race, sonic rocket and attitude orgasm, “Best of My Generation (Johnny Rotten)” and pop rock, night at the opera and anthem on mars, “Ghosts of Paradise”; “eSensuals” draws its influences from the likes of Prince, Queen, Bowie and beyond, twisting and reworking each and re-imagining them as a sprawling, eclectic carnival of sound, melody, beat and harmony. Great bands not only create great music, they create their own worlds. Welcome to the singular, extraordinary, stand out and stand apart world of Fans of Jimmy Century.

Follow the day to day lunacy of Alicia and Victor via FOJCTV!

Facebook.com/fansofjimmycentury
Twitter: @jimmycentury
IG: fansofjimmycentury

Week19 Music Monster Picks

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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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Week14 | 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

Black HoneyArtist: Black Honey
Track: “Crowded City”
Self described, self controlled, self defined, self obsessed, pride, pomp and arrogance fest; Four piece, pop-rock electro-strut swagger-and-roll, uber-cool professional independent noise/troublemakers, Black Honey are, in their own words, ‘playing the big-boys game’, with self titled new album and the super-tronic, pulp-Morricone postmodernist, “Crowded City”. After a steady string of singles, dating back to 2015 debut release, and homage to the music of Tarantino movies, surf/heroin rock and no small dose of Nancy Sinatra’s staggering, Kill Bill introducing, ‘Bang Bang – My Baby Shot Me Down’; beautifully blended with Dick Dale’s tremolo guitar enthusiast’s wet dream and awesome ‘Pulp Fiction’ title welcome, ‘Miserlou’, stop/start, American-road-movie-crack-pipe, ‘Spinning Wheel’; and 2016 EP, the understated/under-the-saturated, 4am t*tty-bar-melancholic, four track zombie swing, ‘Headspin’, Black Honey are all growed up with twelve tracks of gloriously over-driven guitars in the reverb, sat-so-right/sat-back bass and slap n crunch drums, on shuffle, the hustle and the laid-back, syncopated don’t-you-fuss-y’all. Breaks, waves and reverses build texture and tension; overlapping vocals, fuzzed, fused and distortion blunted; set shifting in layers, further enhance the stylishly worked, B-movie/straight-to-video sound design. Izzy B. Phillips mouths and chews her vocals, with femme fatale nonchalance; only to break open, and break down in heart-surging, bursts of raw emotion; lyric and delivery, an ode to the melodic pageantry and poetry-disposable of great pop music. A twelve track tour-de-force of reference, nod and wink, ‘Black Honey’ deftly walks the line between legitimate pastiche and shameless rip off; ever-teasing the second, while revelling in the first; and in doing so, creates an inspired and singular experience for the listener; that elevates the act of homage to that of the band’s own genre. Jukebox slow dance, snakeskin striptease, mustang car chase and movie theatre bl*wjob, ‘Black Honey’ plays to the popcorn sticky, cheap seats in kodak tones of tail lights and bug zappers; sizzling and satisfying, like a bacon; this album will make you salivate. It’s tasteless and tasty!

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

Shut UpArtist: Millie Manders and the Shut Up
Track: “One That Got Away”
With glorious noise and great audacity, UK based self described, ‘cross-genre punk’ outfit and live touring animal, Millie Manders and the Shut Up, drop 15 minute slice of stomp, slam, chant and sing along, new EP Shutup; jam packed with a Rollicking gauntlet run of soul to ska, punk to pop, surf rock to shut up, the four track release burns through it’s runtime on a tear, with enough genre, idea and influence to feed a double album; resulting in a rapidfire, high contrast roller coaster ride of punch perfect, jump up and down songs, born of and built for the band’s trademark slamming live shows. Wrist tight guitar riffs, rattle and shift, exploding into pulp fiction style solo and lick; snare smacked drums, kick driven and spit off the cymbal and hi hat, toms on the verge of implosion; rhythm and change burst in well worked surges, bass and drum working as one, in swagging lurches and awesomely obnoxious struts. Brass slurs, slews and soars in great expanding, jazzy waves and sudden funk infused stops; Millie snarls, snears and screams; moving from crooner to shouter, she belows and grunts, sniggers and sings; making and breaking the rules as she goes; a punk-pop-alt-rock-superstar-machine, Madonna merged with Iggy Pop. Lyrics slung at you, word stabbed, syllable chewed physical; the social/political ranted, inequity decried, in angry pop hook. Millie Manders and the Shut Up are a band grounded in the culture and heritage of their music; hewn from concrete of high rise tower block, the graffiti of the underpass, the rush, stink and stress of the heavy city; they sweat The Specials, smack of Ian Dury and his rhythm stick; they Clash, they Bragg, they’re Madness, Skunk Anansie and never mind the b*ll*cks; against the machine they rage; a plague upon the houses of chart-friendly pop and lazy, indulgent indie rock. Shut Up!

Millie Manders and the Shut Up are currently touring throughout the UK. See their socials for details.

Facebook.com/MillieMandersMusic
Twitter: @MillieManders
IG: MillieManders

Let It FlyArtist: Katie Ellen
Track: “Let it Fly”
UK based singer songwriter Katie Ellen releases unplanned second single for 2018, stark portrait of a breakup, “Let it Fly”. The BBC Introducing endorsed Artist, having released her first single of the year in June, ‘Yours’ to stella reviews (Music Talks, describing it as ‘..how a great song should be written & heard’), had intended to follow up with a five track EP. However the rigors of holding down a fulltime job as a vocal coach, while trying to write and record, took its toll on Katie’s health. And despite the universally positive reception from critic and fan alike, the heartbreakingly beautiful, ‘Yours’ struggled to gain traction amongst the summer themed playlists and releases (made worse by Spotify adding the single to the wrong Artist’s account). In the midst of bad luck and frustration, Luxembourg based producer Tobi, completed the mix and master of “Let it Fly”. The combination of Katie’s trademark, intuitively simple songwriting and deft vocal performance, coupled with a creative and well judged sound design from Tobi, made for a stark, yet strikingly dynamic and original piano ballad ; upon hearing it for the first time, Katie was so reminded of the writing experience, she broke down; her best friend describing it as, ‘the best song Katie had ever written’. Though completed in July, the release of “Let it Fly” was held back until late September, the darkening evenings and Autumn weather a better fit for the mood and feeling of the track.

BBC Introducing premiered “Let it Fly” in early September, describing it as ‘a stand out track’.

Facebook.com/KatieEllenMusic
Twitter: @KatieEllenMusic
IG: KatieEllen_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.
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A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our
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Written by Tobi Davis

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Blue Roses by Karin ParkArtist: Karin Park
Track: “Blue Roses”
In prayer. In refusal. In honesty. In defiance. In violence. In realization. Swedish / Norwegian, singer songwriter and producer, Karin Park follows up on her 2015 release, “Apocalypse Pop” with new single, “Blue Roses”.

In prayer. In refusal. In honesty. In defiance. In violence. In realization of an inability. Piano strikes, hard and heavy; rooted deep into the ground, count the track in stark melodic progression, compulsive; ambient-scapes, shift the stereo in uneasy builds and willfully quiet risers; intended to disquieten, rather than excite and heighten. In realization of an inability, ever present in her work; an itch become unbearable; the inability to compromise. Saturated organic, dampened by over driven current, synth sequence, pulse and reverse, merge perceptual, with tourniquet string and noise born acoustic. The inability to compromise; unable to offer the merest contrivement, to bend the knee to the fashionable bland, blah of playlist friendly, chart targeted, cynically constructed, EDM pop nothing. Vocals, verse to chorus and back, overlap in carefully crafted contrast; Karin’s vocals stood titan tall, set down the middle, though verse; arrive the chorus, floated light, left and right, hi passed and pitched up (just), deftly distorted sweet, angel lifted up on dirty wings.

And in the realization of that inability, find truth, hitherto peripheral; history retold, an evolution of influence, revisited. Cast in soft depths, framed temple, sanctified upon ancient drum; the track wells up, like an approaching army from feudal time; beat inevitable, percussion by hand, glacial drift. Lyrics arranged in riffs; straight spoken, cut by imagery and cliché re framed honest, and mantra, ‘Stay off my sacred land’; Karin’s voice, older, angrier, with beautiful bluesy rasp; gun in her hand; defiance beyond act of will, born of primal reflex not rational reaction. Revisited through gritted teeth, by embittered revision; the violence of hindsight, an embattled honesty is stumbled upon. A song opened in hushed chamber, infinite space, cloistered; whispered chant, monastic; confessional, yet confrontational; evocative of both folk verse and nursery rhyme, the first used in hope to ward off evil, the second meant to instill caution through fear ; the vignette come chorus, a prologue of dark foreboding; the most personal of prayers, set at counterpoint to world weary mantra, and hardened battle cry, ‘Stay off my sacred land’.

Great Art is not just seen or heard, it is experienced. It rises to the defining significance of an event lived. It becomes bonded to who you are, by forever altering the way in which, you perceive the world around you. The title track of Karin Park’s forthcoming EP, due out early November, “Blue Roses” is out now on all major streaming media platforms. Take a deep breath. Your world is about to change.

Facebook.com/KarinPark
Twitter: @KarinPark
IG: KarinParkOfficial

 

Ghost by Ida KudoArtist: IDA KUDO
Track: “Ghost”
Pulsating electro drum, pagan beat and blunt broken, sonic shards, thrown left/right percussive, herald the arrival of new release, “Ghost” from rising star of the Copenhagen underground electronic scene, IDA KUDO. The half Japanese/half Danish Artist and Producer’s second single of 2018, and follow up to the swaggered primal, sampled charged, grace and majesty of previous release, “Wolf”“Ghost” treads lighter and faster on its feet; the tribal drive and energy of “Wolf” remains, but stepped up and hyped nice for the dance floor. IDA’s astonishing voice stabs and slashes, through the verses; lyrics whipped at you, cutting deep by the syllable. In chorus, her vocals amped ethereal, in lingering melodic shrieks, further enhanced with stylish use of reverb. An ever-contrasting, ever-moving, array of ultra cool instrumentation, cascades about the stereo field, creating width and depth at speed. The entire track, alive in perpetual movement; a blood boiling, phonic-cauldron; a rising charge, creeping up your spine; drawing the basic, the fundamental, the animalistic from deep down, inside your very core. Inspired use of creative double tracking, SSL style compression smacks and smart use of automation, heighten the track and your senses alike. A confident and accomplished piece of EDM/Pop production that will stand out on playlists, is taken to another level by the original collection of sample, sound and instrument, successfully woven together in a striking aural experience; all of which, underpinned and strengthened still further by IDA KUDO’s deft songwriting and singular performance. “Ghost” represents a bolt upwards, as this talented underground Artist continues her impressive ascent to the stars.

Facebok.com/IdaKudo
Twitter: @IdaKudoMusic
IG: IdaKudo

 

Side by Side by The Workday ReleaseArtist: The Workday Release
Track: “Side by Side”
Released on his wedding day, new single “Side by Side”, represents a heartfelt ode to fidelity and the most personal of promises for singer songwriter David Ottestad, aka The Workday Release. The Orange County based Artist’s second release of 2018, the carefully instrumented, “Side by Side” forms an oblique and oddly beautiful pairing to the willfully stripped down, earlier release, “Opposites” (Click here for my review). And whereas “Opposites”, stark in its presentation; testament to the beauty of simplicity, and intended act of demonstration against the hyper-produced music of our charts, was very much a protest song in the action of its production, “Side by Side” is disarmingly simple in its intentions. Produced by good friend, longtime collaborator and creative partner, Warren Huart, and recorded at his Spitfire Studio (located behind the English born/LA based Producer’s family home), with David and Warren playing all the instruments themselves; the 4 minute 9 second track sways in an open, deceptively easy, series of lovingly arranged, musical stanzas. The care and attention brought to the graceful production, speaks quiet volumes of the talent and experience of Warren Huart, whose well judged, in-obtrusive style of orchestration, works in tandem with, and is supported by, the multi-instrumentalist’s hard earned musicianship. David’s vocal performance, a tender rendition; his well worn heart, worn well on his sleeve; his voice resonating sweetly, as he strains to convey the depth and verity of his love. Well finessed and ‘hands off’ vocal processing, allows David’s vocals the necessary air to breathe, and, in turn, for us to feel; the lyrics, expressed in the characteristically straightforward and honest manner; those familiar with his work, will know and love. In an Industry where so many young Artists employ disingenuous, ‘by the packet’, ‘calls to action’, in lazy, less-than-half-hearted attempts to cheat/fake engagement with their fans, David’s decision to release, ‘Side by Side’ in celebration and recognition of his marriage; and in doing so, share the day with his fans ; is the embodiment of what rests at the centre any real relationship, an act of intimacy.

You catch the home-brewed music video for “Side by Side” on YouTube

Watch David and Warren record “Side by Side” via the Produce Like a Pro YouTube Channel

www.TheWorkDayRelease.com
Facebook.com/TheWorkDayRelease
Twitter: @WorkDayRelease
IG: TheWorkDayRelease
YouTube.com/TheWorkDayRelease

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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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Week4 | Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

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

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Spaceman by Chloe BlackArtist: Chløë Black
Track: “Spaceman”
Franco-Australian, self described, ‘International Woman of Misery’, the sardonic, the singular, the willfully particular, Chløë Black drops self released, hypno-cryptic, electro alt pop gem, “Spaceman”. Graceful melodic ambients, and contrasting sunken piano counts, forcefully blunted to obscure, saunter opulent on shunted snippet beats and stuttered percussive ripples, effected. Orbiting elliptical around a black hole sun, this grunge infused, EDM turned inside out, sonic spacewalk in freefall, resonates magnificent in ‘giving zero f**ks’ gravity. Contradiction brought to Art, through imitating life ; a musical personality borderline-ed, daring to be maligned ; iconic beauty, framed ugly, oddity extraordinary. “Spaceman” stands tall on broken legs ; shifting from pop consumable to composition ‘chart unusable’, an aural testament to the conflicted nature of its creator ; kaleidoscope of contradiction, singalong in introspection, in defiance of expectation, Chløë Black is writing the hymn sheet, from which we all gratefully sing.

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

No Real Control by The TrustedArtist: The Trusted
Track: “No Real Control”
Jump up and down to the real indie noise ; Southern based (UK) four piece, ‘The Trusted’, serve up a healthy portion of the guitar driven independent rock, with new single, “No Real Control”, that’s bad for your ears and very good for your soul. Lead guitarist, Dale Holt-Mead, drives the six string in a series of surging contrasts ; running the grunge rock gauntlet, from tightly finessed stops and starts, to well judged, flatout sprints of carefree, awesome distortion ; the shift and shape of the song held together by drummer, Dave Batchelor and bass player, Fin Cunningham, the latter doing the majority of the heavy lifting in the verses with a quietly confident Pixie-esque dragline ; Dave Batchelor, typifying the sound and attitude of band, by comprehensively working the whole kit, to bring out both emotional and sonic dynamics of the track, through creative use of rhythmic variety & percussive idea.

Lead singer, Tom Cunningham’s Indie-pop vocals resonate with a rasping, soulful edge that draws the ear ; his laid back pace, compelling the listener to take a step closer and care just a little bit more. “No Real Control” is pub gigs, beer stained floors and plastic cup ashtrays. It’s a singalong, bounce about, hug your mates, ‘it’ll be alright’ track. It’s late teens / early twenties and a world of infinite possibilities. It’s everything that might be and nothing that can’t. It’s whatever gets you through the night. ..it’s alright.

Facebook.com/TheTrusted
Twitter: @TheTrustedBand
IG: TheTrusted_
With My Army by Paloma RushArtist: Paloma Rush
Track: “With My Army”
LA based self described, ‘Pop / EDM / Hip Hop’, Artist, Paloma Rush delivers a tight right of punch & pop, electronic ‘don’t let the dance music stop’, with a deft left, word to the beat spoken drop ; a well crafted summer banger, of accomplished instrumentation and surprising depth in composition and mix ; that successfully combines, inspiring use of contrasting musical element, perfectly pitched vocal arrangement, and an ‘A to the X-to-the-Y-to-the-Z’ of electro pop, dance floor hot, percussive device and FX Vox ; with the driving swagger & shunt of a bassline grunt, and the low down pump of well judged, boom and bump, that engages the body and enriches the soul. “With My Army”, skips through the bars, light on its feet and built for repeat, the track changes up, floating on the four count, you had better fly! Very much an Artist on the up and up, Paloma Rush has just stepped up. ..she sings like it’s meant to be.

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

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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. Promote. Occasional Lyricist. Love my beagle Enzo + fav bands Little Empire and Moxi.

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