Week 62 | Tobi’s New Independent Music Picks

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

Tobi's new music monster

Sunday Afternoon by Katie KittermisterArtist: Katie Kittermaster
Track: “Sunday Afternoon”
Singer-Songwriter Katie Kittermaster delivers a quietly compelling slice of upbeat Indie-pop with new single, “Sunday Afternoon”.

Acoustic tones tumble in protracted rake, before opening up into percussive rattle and shake; a kick lands deep and bedded in, and the track builds with a low-frequency push and shaker rasp. Acoustic six-strings playing off each other left/right, the steady rhythmic build broken-up for a 4 count of bars; arpeggio and backing vocals held in amber. Piano keys add depth and weight during the choruses, as strings gently widened the track.

Kittermaster’s vocal walks the beat loosely, allowing the melody to drift; the 18-year-old Artist demonstrating impressive craft and maturity in what is a disarmingly talkative, understated, and well-judged performance.

The accomplished and tastefully ‘hands-off’ production, mix, and master reflects, supports, and enhances Kittermaster’s vocal delivery. The 3-minute 51-second track an object lesson for aspiring Artists in knowing when enough is just enough; a quiet gracefulness and warmth of spirit running throughout.

Artists are oft tempted to the cynical and downbeat as it lends itself more easily to earning the attentions of plaudits and the impression of integrity; but in a world that, of late, feels as though as it is darkening with each passing day, it is of the utmost importance that Artists and Entertainers deliver work of optimism and hope; there is, quite simply, no greater imperative; and it is, in this regard, that Katie Kittermaster has excelled. “Sunday Afternoon” is a quiet triumph; a beacon of light, shining bright against the rising dark.

Facebook.com/kkittermaster
Twitter: @kkittermaster
IG: katiekittermaster

 

The River Bend by Subculture + Rachel ChinouririArtist: Subculture + Rachel Chinouriri
Track: “The River Bend”
Subculture and Rachel Chinouriri come together to craft a bluesy ambient of soulful voice and scattered Acid-Jazz instrument with new single, “The River Bend”.

Bass stalks with deep dab, yet light on its feet. Brushwork shuffles with snare rattle and bleed; percussion landing metallic and blunt in stereo-cascade. Sample rasps in dry coughs and deadened sneeze. Ambient shifts with tonal impressions, too distant for definition; brass bursts in long, shrieked-sustain and shimmering delay. The space of the track fluid and in perpetual flux. Sonics erupt hectic in a well-worked mess of frequencies, random with clear intention.

Chinouriri’s vocals rise glorious from the ambiance; nonchalant and uttered in the swallow and close mouth, words drop like liquid gold; tone, understated, rich and thick with soul. A tour-de-force in voice, delivery, and performance; Chinouriri drawing the ear into the midst of the great undulating swell and surge of accomplished instrumentation.

Evocative of the uber-cool acid-jazz movie soundtracks of Dirty Harry, Bullet, and The French Connection, “The River Bend” is an inspired contemporary brew and exploration in rhythm, melody, and harmony; a living, breathing critique and conversation upon the subject of music and its artistic form; one that opens up the possibilities of creation and liberates the listener from the tired, the generic, and the cynical; a composition that dares you to be different.

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

Facebook.com/rachelchinouririmusic
Twitter: @rachelchinourir
IG: rachelchinouriri
Crazy Horse by MillyArtist: Milly
Track: “Crazy Horse”
LA-based Independent Outfit Milly drop a glorious dose of laid-back lo-fi and garagey goodness with new single, “Crazy Horse”.

Thrift Shop beats drop blunt and off-tonal, willfully awkward and intentionally warped; alternating off-balance and sat in odd, indifferent distance by quizzical and curious use of reverb. Six-strings delivered in tremolo and chorus, counting strings and rasping rakes, rattling off-set and played-off against each other; left to right, the stereo-field opened up, messing/smart. Bass drones heavy and deep, grinding the track forward in swells of low frequency.

Vocals land lazy and laid-back; teased by saturation and oft scattered by delay, in short, idle stanzas of gloriously lackluster melody and compelling understated lyric. Seemingly haphazard backing vocals, discarded distant and off-center, provide additional width and depth.

Deceptively effective and well-worked in its production, the 3-minute 14-second track peppered with undersold sonic delights, reverses, and keys, crafting shifting layer and contrasting texture into the composition. “Crazy Horse” slow-burns to a triumphant and chaotic crescendo of awesomely distorted guitar noise and dirty swell, as though the noise-floor itself is rising up to bring the song to a cacophonous and glorious end.

Proper independent, alternative music.

Twitter: @millymusicgroup
IG: millyleband


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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.

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Week 61 | Tobi’s New Independent Music Picks

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

Tobi's new music monster

Robot by Beach Riot - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Beach Riot
Track: “Robot”
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!

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


Trouble Everyday by She Drew a Gun - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist:
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.

Facebook.com/SheDrewTheGun
Twitter: @shedrewthegun
IG: shedrewthegun

beyond the grave by notelle
Artist:
Notelle
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.

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


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Week 60 | Tobi’s New Independent Music Picks

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

Tobi's new music monster

"Violet" by Sea GirlsArtist: Sea Girls
Track: “Violet”
Rapidly rising stars of the UK Indie-scene Sea Girls deliver an anthemic crowdpleaser of barnstorming indie-pop-rock, with their new single, “Violet”.

Synthpop-sonics fizz and pulsate, ambients modulate in resonating loops; a rising sun, a distant star, stuck in amber; a percussive pitter-patter creates the sense of impending movement in contrast; kick and snare snap into life with tight punch on point and rasping smack; a series of electric guitar flicks lift on the left, while the bass rises up the neck and out of the soundscape. The chorus erupts in cymbal shimmer and six-string drives.

Having walked the beat in well-judged understated and compact phrases during the verse, the vocals soar in the chorus; euphoric sing-along melodies, lyrical rocket ships taking us to the heavens. Backing vocals add depth and width, while smartly encouraging the crowd to sing-along even harder.

The instrumentation swirls, swoops, and surges around the lead vocal line; great highspeed expanses of noise and energy. The track shifting like a rollercoaster, running the rails at a lean; diving into sonic space, only to hurtle upwards at near-breakneck velocity. Bass and drums working hard and tight at the heart of the arrangement, smacking and slapping the song into a great gallop of momentum. Synths pushing waves of harmony across the width and body of the track; crafting depth in layers, while the guitars rattle, fuse, and blaze in high-octane charged hyper-saturation; adding sudden bolts, rhythmic lines, and fizzing cascades of six-string infused excitement.

A barnstorming, upbeat, rabble-rouser, “Violet” will set live shows alight across the UK and beyond. Smart production and accomplished songcraft, framed by a highly competitive radio-ready mix and master, the 3-minute 29-second track built to conquer playlist and radio alike. Fiercely creative throughout, “Violet” provides the listener with an ever-evolving series of well-worked delights for the ear. But more than all that, so much more than that, it provides the listener with escape, with aspiration, and most importantly of all, hope. A song to beat back the rainy days, the daily commute, the bills, the grind; a song to set the world alight, to blaze and to burn; a song to make dreams come true; a rocket ship straight to the stars.

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


Orange Dreamer by Ay Wing + Chuuwee + ShukoArtist:
Ay Wing + Chuuwee + Shuko
Track: “Orange Dreamer”
Triple-threat Independent Artist Ay Wing, rhyme-sayer Chuuwee, and producer/composer Shuko team-up to drop an easy late-summer groove of lyrical flow, electro-beats, and inspired melodic and instrumental hook, with new single, “Orange Dreamer”.

Electro-sonics burst protracted in modulated strobes of funky warble and grungy wah, bass works the groove in low dabs of tightly controlled weight and force; kick ducks in blunted mid and transient-designed sub, perfectly understated, tasty; snare arrives in ultra-dry snaps, short and rasping. The instrumentation shuffles and slides in percussive shimmers and sidesteps, playing off, through, and around the sonic space.

Ay Wing’s voice dances in breathy breezes of compelling light melody; a vocal display of northern lights made phonic. In striking and engaging contrast, Chuuwee stalks the beat in effortless strides, turning the rhythm on a dime; fusing word and percussive form as one. The track swaying from one lyrical style to another, creating an intoxicating blend of structures and tones.

Intelligently worked production keeps the 3-minute 13-second song moving forward with well-judged use of evolving arrangement and ear candy; never once stumbling, nor overstepping; moving in an open, organic fashion, more akin to jazz improvisation than modern studio construction. A glorious, easy, breezy, late summer groove of inspired musicality and lyrical integrity. Roll the windows down low, and let ‘Orange Dreamer’ flow; a soundtrack to having no place to go, and loving getting nowhere slow.

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

Facebook.com/ChuuweeNCR
Twitter: @chuuw33
IG: chuuw33

Facebook.com/shukoshuko
Twitter: @shukoshuko
IG: shuko_music
Portand by Charlee RemitzArtist: Charlee Remitz
Track: “Portland”
Self-produced Independent Artist Charlee Remitz crafts a gently compelling slice of acoustic indie-dream-pop rich in late-summer nostalgia, perfect for hazy, lazy road trip mixtapes, with new single, “Portland”.

Six-string arpeggio drops acoustic tones in bright, warm cascades; Remitz voice arrives almost immediately in hushed, rushes of well-crafted percussive stanzas. Lyrical snapshots of hazy, dazy moments of friendship and adventure; a kick lands deep and bedded into the ground, hi-hat snipping and fizzing to the right. Synth-sonics sound brassy and beautiful in a quite simply inspired choice of instrumentation. Guitar arpeggio playing off each other, left to right, in an understated and graceful duet evocative of intuitive mutual understanding.

A sense of kinship runs throughout the 3-minute 51-second track; a musical scrapbook of memories and moments, both painful and precious. A quietly compelling testament to the great and endearing value of true friendship, of the unbreakable bond between two broken souls.

The song littered with reference, personal and specific; in-jokes and asides known only to those special two. And yet, in great demonstration of the accomplished songwriting, and despite its overtly personal nature, “Portland” resonates with a universal appeal. Remitz managing with impressive success to translate the singular and unique into a group experience.

A perfect indie-pop gem, a late-summer mixtape for late-summer road trips; for laughing on the run, and chasing the setting sun, a glorious tribute to the unspoken and inseparable ties that bind a pair of survivors, who have survived together, because of each other; in the face of it all, in the face of the callous and the malicious, the casually sadistic and the cruelly indifferent, the users and the abusers, the pimps, the pushers, and the players; a friendship born infinite in spite of the inequitable, and in celebration of love.

Facebook.com/CharleeRemitz
Twitter: @charleeremitz
IG: charleeremitz


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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.

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Week 58 | Tobi’s New Independent Music Picks

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

Tobi's new music monster

"Wise Gal" by Lauren Ruth WardArtist: Lauren Ruth Ward
Track: “Wise Gal”
Singer-songwriter Lauren Ruth Ward delivers a bluesy rock ‘n’ roller with gritty soul and dirty swagger, new single “Wise Gal”.

Cranked, overdriven Velvet Underground blunt, an electric six-string rattles percussive down the left; bass grooves low and dense, with the patter of a 60s-style kick; light on the subs and weighted to move; snare smacks crisp and dry on the transient with a touch a delicious wet in the sustain. The track and band sway as one, guitars rip and spank left/right as the chorus opens up.

Lauren Ruth Ward shifts from uber-cool walking talk to raspy, soulful rises and falls; her voice dancing about the beats, as a guitarist might roll around the rhythm. Lyrics cascade in snapshots of memory and personal reflection; but instead of being passive and distant, the words arrive rich, vital, and steeped in raw emotion. Lauren Ruth Ward’s vocal style more fierce tirade than introspective lemant.

“Wise Gal” rips and sworns with fizzy, psychedelic guitar solos that pan about the track; quadraphonic-like; music and vocal ebb and flow as one, thanks to accomplished instrumentation and the necessary well-practiced musicianship to back it up. Immensely enjoyable and unforgivably groovy, ‘Wise Girl’ is a soundtrack to dust-hot summer road trips and midnight drunk-dancing in the heat and humidity. A raspy, nasty, rock ‘n’ roller for your summer mixtape.

Facebook.com/laurenruthwardmusic
Twitter: @laurenruthward
IG: laurenruthward

"Ghost" by Erica - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Erica
Track: “Ghost”
UK-based rock outfit Erica drop their eagerly anticipated third album, featuring a super-tight slice of distortion and soul, new song “Ghost”.

With a crash, the track drops as one, guitars flick in understated riff and grind in muted fuzz and crunch; bassline running in controlled stuttered lines of low frequency, snare punching hard with fierce snapback; the kick bedded deep with a subtle layer of sub. Electric six strings suddenly rip open into blazing distortion, while cymbals splash and rasp; a tightly controlled chorus-heralding of glorious noise.

Woodward’s vocals stand tall with well-worked double and slap; working the melody in a series of evolving steps, his voice breathes with a rock snarl and an edge of grunge ‘n’ dirt.

Years of putting the hours in on the UK live scene have forged Erica into an impressive rock outfit. Well-crafted songwriting is supported and further enhanced by well-judged production and arrangement, “Ghost” every bit the radio-ready release. Yet, despite the abundance of quality in evidence, the listener is, nevertheless, left with one single impression above all others; and that is, Erica is a proper f**king rock band.

Facebook.com/ericaband
Twitter: @ericaband10
"Kiss" by LuviaArtist: Luvia
Track: “Kiss”
Brighton-based independent artist Luvia delivers a somber and soulful waltz, gloriously melancholic in mood and sublimely cinematic in presentation, new single “Kiss”.

808 drops deep into the track, punching dense craters of sub and low frequency. A crate-snare crashes protracted and distant, as though Motown-miced and sat at the back. A heavy bass drone bursts in steady, slow pulses; arpeggio electric strings rattle and shimmer in tremolo and chorus, set adrift in reverb and delay. Strings swoon in saturated fizz and timbre-shift; part virtual, part real, an odd, oblique serenade set warped and wondrous old Hollywood.

Luvia breathes and whispers through the verses in hushed stanzas of shattered image, delivered in snatches and glances. Her voice twisting and turning in teasing phrase, evolving percussive, building the pre-chorus in augmenting layers of expectation. Luvia breaking into mournful cry, soulful wail, and fatalistic shriek in the chorus; her vocal performance an odd, oblique serenade in reaction to and reflection of the string accompaniment.

“Kiss” shifts in short stab and ill-balance swagger; the track collapsing and re-constructing as one, forever malformed, forever beautiful; an eerie, sonic oddity, cast cinematic and willfully obtuse. Striped down in its instrumentation and quietly deliberate in its production; a unique listening experience that intoxicates and drags you under its darkening spell. Draw the curtains, turn out the lights, put “Kiss” on repeat and drown in glorious melancholy.

Facebook.com/luviamads
Twitter: @LuviaMusic
IG: luviamusic


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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.

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Week 57 | Tobi’s New Independent Music Picks

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

Tobi's new music monster

Heavy Metals by Tanners - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Tanners
Track: “Heavy Metals”
New York-based synthpop oddity Tanners drops an infectious slice of perfectly crafted, dark and delicious, electro-pop delight, with new single, “Heavy Metals”.

Synth-sonics unfold, massive and ominous; a dark heralding, a brassy dread harbinger electronic. Toms tumble beat-machine dry and fiercely percussive; the track shifting in the tight rhymic shudders. Ambient pads pulse distant and adrift, crafting depth and additional movement into the track. Momentum builds through the verses in carefully crafted layer and element, creating tension and, in turn, need for release.

Tanners vocals work the verses across the beats; stepped stanzas of phonetic twists and turns built around the click of the track; working the musical tension with image and scattered thought in compelling lyrical form.

Chorus break open with the pulsating pace and rise of Tanner’s perfectly pitched pop hook and singalong melody. The instrumentation dancing around and playing off her accomplished vocal line. Stratocaster-dry guitar strings smack and rattle, synths soar in fizzing saturation; electro-textures ripple through filter and modulation; delays creating pattern through feedback. Backing vocal and ambient set afar to add further size, width, and depth.

Since releasing her self-titled EP in 2018, Tanner’s subsequent three single releases have each demonstrated an increasing sense of confidence as an artist, songwriter, and producer.

“Heavy Metals” is a understated tour-de-force in alt-pop production; a testament to the craft of orchestration to create tension, dynamic, and contrast; instrumentation working in well-judged partnership with vocal and lyric. The music of Tanners continues to inspire, surprise, and delight in equal measure. We can only hold our breath and wait in quiet desperation and expectation for what extraordinary pop might come next.

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

 

Watching Me by Glossii - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Glossi
Track: “Watching Me”
South London-based post-punk four-piece Glossii deliver a raucous dose of guitar fuzz ‘n’ grind, smack you up drums, and vocal snarl with new single, “Watching Me”.

Six-string riff rips open the left channel with overdrive spike and crunch; with crash and splash of cymbal rasp and simmer, snare and kick, smack and punch the track into life; a flaming 3-minute 12-second drag racer of glorious distortion and noise. Grinding heavy and hard, a bassline is wrung by the neck. The guitars playing off each other left to right in spitting, growling saturation.

Vocalist Zanghirella towers and taunts above the explosive sonics of instrumentation, her vocal edged with fused drive. Lyrics arrive in rapid-fire salvos of percussive phonics, driving the verses in rhythmic tandem with the drums; soaring, snarling stanzas lift up through the choruses in darkly melodic phrasing.

“Watching Me” is more than just a rowdy, hard-drinking, crowdpleaser; built for the intensity of packed pub gigs and chaotic euphoric festival mosh pits, tight songcraft and accomplished production will allow this rock ‘n’ roll animal to thrive on radio and playlist alike. Hang your speakers out the windows kiddies, it’s time to wake up the neighbors.

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

 

Danger by Amorie - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Amorie
Track: “Danger”
Self-described, ‘electro-pop enigma’ Amorie returns with dissident riff, lyric cast in shadow, and drums from the abyss, with new single “Danger”.

Drenched in reverb and echo call, a tortured electric lick contorts and taunts atonal, blunt, and beautiful in somber, dissident oddness. Drums gigantic, cinematic and ancient pound left and right; deep resonance and sound pressure cast infinite in distance. Strings grind in percussive stab and flex; disturbed, evocative of the iconic, genre-defining soundtracks of Herrmann.

Amorie whispers, breathes, and swallows her words in weary absence, steeped in foreboding and dark prophecy. As the instrumentation grows, her vocal lifts, twists open into shriek, wail, and cry. And with her anguish, the orchestration splits and cascades into melodic shard and shattered phrase.

Amorie continues to craft her own musical testament. Fiercely original, willfully difficult and challenging; disfunction in action, and every bit an alternative release, “Danger” is a singular listening experience not to be missed by true fans of Independent Music.

IG: thatgirlamorie


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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.

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Week 56 | Tobi’s New Independent Music Picks

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

Tobi's new music monster

Frankie's Girlfriend by Lauran HibberdArtist: Lauran Hibberd
Track: “Frankie’s Girlfriend”
Rising star of the UK Indie scene Lauran Hibberd drops a midsummer slice of her now trademark sardonic Indie Pop with her new single, “Frankie’s Girlfriend”.

Raspy, rusty six-string riffs percussive and driving, hang distorted and noisy off the swaggered stomp ‘n’ smack of bedded-deep heavy kick and punch-blunt-weighted snare; the beat strutting and thumping down the center of the 3 minutes 28-second track. Bass guitar working in low dabs from the back, present in force of SPL. Electric guitars grinding rhymic burnt fuzz and shrieking pop-rock lick.

Hibberd’s voice walks tall and pushed sweet, the compelling Americanesque twang framed and sat perfectly by the grunt and overdrive of guitar. Building in rushes through the pre-choruses; lyrics set smartly for the pay-off in the choruses.

On the back of a successful sprint around the summer festivals and a string of upcoming dates across the UK, Lauran Hibberd’s latest release further cements her growing reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting young artists.

“Frankie’s Girlfriend” is available now across all major streaming platforms.

Facebook.com/lauran.hibberd
Twitter: @lauranhibberd
IG: lauranhibberd

Work on Things by Baby Bulldog Artist: Baby Bulldog
Track: “Work on Things”
LA-based drummer and Independent Artist Steph Barker delivers a home-brewed dose of fiercely percussive lo-fi goodness with solo project Baby Bulldog and new single, “Work on Things”.

Shifting at an edgy, hyperactive hustle and pace, the 2-minutes 2-seconds track shimmers kinetic in a rapid-fire exchange of percussive element; guitars and bass snap-stab in extra quick series, synth-sonics pulsate and modulate in an ever-moving ever-form-changing surge of texture electronic; nimble stickwork flicks, tickles, and slaps a smartly judged and contrasting array pad, skin, cymbal, and cowbell.

Barker’s voice sits deep in the ambient with harmony and slap delay; running the lyrics in an engagingly haphazard stream of thought, image, and observation. Her tone familiar, straight forward, and uncomplicated throughout. Though laidback in presentation, her vocal performance works the beats fierce and tight throughout.

“Work on Things” is a great and glorious mess of fantastic and willfully unrefined instrumental flavors, snapped into sharp focus by a each and every element working together to further the rhythmic experience for the listener. While other home-brewed creations are inclined to wander, prone to aimlessness, Baby Bulldog’s latest release feels direct and to the point. The result is a highly enjoyable slice of Indie-goodness.

“Work on Things” is out now on all major streaming platforms.

Facebook.com/BabyBulldogMusic
Twitter: @bbbulldogmusic
IG: babybulldogmusic

Sepia EP by OK ButtonArtist: OK Button
Track: “Nostalgia” (Sepia Secrets EP)
Aberdeen-based dream-pop trio OK Button’s debut EP, Sepia Secrets is a sweeping midnight landscape of sonic texture, understated melodic grace, and quiet brutality.

In whispers and whisps, in textures and tones, ethereal, unconscious, and darkly romantic; In dislocated oddity and stark honesty; in broken form, and scattered musical element. In instrumentation adrift; in the silence of absence; in the inspiration of loss, the desperation of imagination, in spite, and because of, insufferable pain. In breathlessness. In the pause between heartbeats.

In all of this, OK Button craft a musical world apart from, and in reflection of, our own. The intoxicating expanse of their dream-pop soundscape is struck to its very core by a bedrock of great emotional depth, hewn from the day to day of their own lives; delivered without apology, raw and direct. This staggering contrast of musical presentation and lyrical content makes for a singular, beautiful and brutal listening experience.

Sepia Secrets unfolds in layers of inspired instrumentation and sound design. Vast continents of pulsating synth-sonic, scattered beat, distant bass drone, and chaotic sound FX breath into life; musical bar growing in surge and swell, one after another. Tracks build and rise, only to break, fall back, and rush you again. The stereo field shifts in shuddering waves and cascading percussive elements.

At times idling in wistful nostalgia and melancholy, or darkly lingering in malice and resentment; only to burst, rip open in torrents of ambient, sequence, and melody; towering musical expressions of hope, dismay, defiance or fatality. A tour-de-force in production, cinematic with depth, movement, height, and width; drawing upon a wealth of influence and idea.

Great bands don’t just create music, they create their own worlds. To listen to ‘Sepia Secrets’ is to step into the world of OK Button. Extraordinary, somber, romantic, singular, beautiful, brutal, and odd. A great undiscovered country of musical gems and striking lyrical truths. A unique listening experience and one not to be missed.

Sepia Secrets EP is out now on all major streaming platforms.

Facebook.com/Okbuttonmusic
Twitter: @okbuttonmusic
IG: okbuttonmusic


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About Tobi
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.

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Week 55 | Tobi’s New Independent Music Picks

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

Tobi's new music monster

Where Did My love Go by Alex McArtor Artist: Alex McArtor
Track: “Where Did My Love Go”
Sixteen-year-old singer-songwriter Alex McArtor delivers a sublime slice of percussive groove and uber-cool cinema moods with her new release, “Where Did My Love Go”.

From the distant mono of the lo-fi radio, six-string flex and hand drum patter fade into stereo; tremolo rakes shimmer, Tarantino infused cool. Electric keys add groove and soul. Instrumentation drifts, glimmers in the cinema dark; ambient in reverb and delay, between us and the vista-haze. Brass swells in rusty moods, Peckinpah west, and ‘old Mexico’.

McArtor’s voice floats like cigarette smoke in the dead of a film noir night; soulful and deep with glorious low mid-tones. Words bleed effortlessly from French to English, to Spanish, to English again. McArtor’s vocal stalks Travolta walks through verses; ghosted by harmonies, diffused like heat-haze. And in the chorus, rises up like city lights from asphalt pitch and interstate; a midnight run in resonate melody.

Effortlessly cool and sublimely musical, “Where Did My Love Go” is just one of many cinema-infused gems waiting to be discovered on Alex McArtor’s new EP, Spoken Word. Fiercely creative and strikingly original, McArtor’s debut is a bold testament to the inspired talent and limitless potential of the sixteen-year-old singer-songwriter.

“Where Did My Love Go” and Spoken Word are available now on all major streaming platforms.

Facebook.com/alexmcartormusic
Twitter: @alexmcartor
IG: alexmcartor_

 

Heartbreak Radio by Abbie-Ozard Artist: Abbie Ozard
Track: “Heartbreak Radio”
Manchester-based Independent Artist Abbie Ozard drops a 3-minute dose of dreamy indie-pop with new single, “Heartbreak Radio”.

Served up with gloriously saturated guitar riff, playing off and with each other left to right; ‘Heartbreak Radio’ arrives at engaging pace on a series of rapid-fire bassline dabs, with nimble kick punch and sweetly crisp smack of snare, tripping and skipping the track along. Six-strings burst, pulse, and drive in an ever-evolving salvo of crunch, fuzz, and overdrive.

Ozard’s voice drifts with lingering reverb, dreamy and absent-minded; sat above the instrumentation, gently compelling the ear with quietly graceful melody and understated lyric. The talent songwriter leaving space for the track to breathe musically; her words delivered in protracted stanzas.

Though musically accomplished and demonstrating great skill in songcraft and production, “Heartbreak Radio” is wondrous in its lack of pretension. Put simply, it is, just a damn good song.

“Heartbreak Radio” is available now via all major streaming platforms.

Facebook.com/abbieozardmusic
Twitter: @abbieOzard
IG: abbieozard

 

Melpomen by Gould Eleni DrakeArtist: Gould ft. Eleni Drake
Track: “Melpomene”
On the lo-fi and the acoustic groove, Independent Artist Gould and singer-songwriter Eleni Drake deliver an easy beat and soulful vocal for the summer daze and the heat haze, with new single, “Melpomene”.

Adrift in darkened reverb and blunted late relections, acoustic chords resonate distant and rusty in percussive pulls, protracted. A voice ambles and floats, lost in moment and mood; part ambient, part ethereal. ‘Melpomene’ shimmers into fidelity, acoustic six-strings shifting left; delayed, thrown right in touches and accent. Bit-crushed beat coughs and dabs low frequency in shuddered movements.

Drake’s voice flows in surges, slow-motioned and soulful; words rich in absent imagery and idle idea, are swallowed conversational, half-lost to breaths, and allowed to rise, whistful. Additional voices glimmer and hallow in the distant stereo; vocal textures, phantom and fleeting; barely realized and outside of time.

Disarmingly understated and singularly poetic, “Melpomene” is an absent soundtrack for the long, lingering heat of summer’s deep nights. A lo-fi lament, a modern-day odyssey in oddity.

“Melpomene” is available now on all major streaming platforms.

Twitter: @beatsbygould
IG: beatsbygould
IG: elenidrake


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About Tobi
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.

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Week 54 | Tobi’s New Independent Music Picks

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

Tobi's new music monster

 

Adversary One VideoArtist: On Video
Track: “Adversary”
East London-based four-piece On Video deliver a raucous dose of well-worked garage guitar pop with new single, “Adversary”.

Out of the electro noise and the feedback fizz, an ‘oh so tasty’, and ‘oh so nasty’ guitar riff rips open in arpeggio; kick ‘n’ snare arrive, with tight punch and swagger. The 2-minute 40-second track alive with Clash infused strut and attitude. Electric six strings are worked in percussive dab and palm-mute; burst of blunt metallic crank, and driving blaze of distortion and glorious noise. The bass catching the groove in a well-judged mixture of sustain, rapid run, and mute.

Vocals are delivered in a rush and on the hustle; changing up from tight percussive stabs through the verses to soaring salvos of indie-sing-along melodies; voice and instruments building as one to lift the track sky high. Spoken, sung, and chant mixed up to great and compelling effect.

A barn-storming slice of pub-gig and summer festival indie-rock; confident and upbeat, a soundtrack for taking on the world, shooting the breeze, blowing it off, and giving all you’ve got.

“Adversary” is out now on all major streaming platforms.

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

 

If I Needed Someone by Firemaid + Lake Cube - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Firemaid + Lake Cube
Track: “If I Needed Someone”
San Fransico-based Firemaid and Lake Cube conjure a dreamy rendition of George Harrison’s “If I Needed Someone”.

Driven from the back by gloriously dense bassline, the 2-minute 59-second track shifts and shimmers in ethereal layers of lush ambient and cosmic sustain; the inspired instrumentation free to explode and explore in imaginative riff and stanza, liberated in creative orbit of the thick, pulsating bassline. Grungy synth sat double above the bass and in compelling contrast to percussive acoustic guitar and twisting electric six-string arpeggio.

Vocals expand in the vast landscapes of harmony and double, delay and reverb; lyrics flowing in long passages of graceful language. Word and melody more intoxicating and mythical than the Fab Four’s original. The spirit and soul inferred and implied in the 1965 release, opened up and allowed to blossom and breathe.

Both faithful homage to the ‘Rubber Soul’ original, and re-invention in its own right, Firemaid and Lake Cube have crafted a track of sublime musicality; wondrously trippy and organic in form and arrangement, uniquely beautiful and evoking a quiet sense of boundless creative possibilities.

“If I Needed Someone” is out now on all major streaming platforms.

Twitter: @firemaidmusic
IG: firemaidmusic

 

As they Do by Fade Awaaays - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Fade Awaaays
Track: “As They Do”
Toronto-based Garage rock band Fade Awaays drop an upbeat update for your summer mixtape with new single, “As They Do”.

Born of the club scene, the festival circuit, and relentless gigging, the 3-minute 9-second track drives from the drums, from beginning to end; snare and tom tumbling down in riotous cascade and percussive thunder, kick punching light and tight. As cymbals fizz left/right in hyped-excited ambient, electric six-strings rain down; delayed and modulated, textured and toned in glorious saturation, the guitars burst, smack, and explode in fuzzed overdrive, shimmering chorus, and soaring, tortured distortion. The bass dancing in rapid-fire dabs of low frequency and sleight of hand.

Vocals slung with attitude and swagger; standing tall and standing out, daring you and compelling you to sing along; well-worked and confident application of tape slap and reverb, adding size and depth. Voice and guitar playing off each other, the song rocking back and forth between ego, player, and performance.

With echos of Oasis and The Jam, Fade Awaays demonstrate the great potential of their accomplished songwriting, arrangement, and production. A band with the building blocks for a bigger stage and a much wider audience. One to watch.

“As They Do” is out now on all major platforms.

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


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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.

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Week 53 | Tobi’s New Independent Music Picks

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

Tobi's new music monster

Wandering by Demi MitchellArtist: Demi Mitchell
Track: “Wandering”
Australian born singer-songwriter Demi Mitchell delivers a soulful dose of Indie-Folk with new single, “Wandering”.

Quiet, understated rasps of electric six-string, gasping at the tender edge of overdrive; a chord pattern strung together in loosely strummed flicks and strokes; treble tones, rattle and crack. Bass notes, dull and dabbed; low frequencies kisses from the shadows.

Mitchell’s voice lingers somber and soulful. Lyrics feel full, physical, and smoked. The vocal melody adrift in reverb; embers afloat in the dark of the night air. Thought and memory presented in idle meandering; shimmered echos cast long into the ambient, distant and vague.

Disarmingly simple in its production and compellingly uncomplicated in its performance, graceful and poetic, a beautiful, timeless oddity.

“Wandering” is out now on all major streaming platforms.

Facebook.com/demimitchellmusic
Twitter: @demimitchell_
IG: demimitchellmusic

 

 "Tomorrow is Yesterday" by Timi TempleArtist: Timi Temple
Track: “Tomorrow is Yesterday”
Independent Artist Timi Temple cooks up a delicious dose of grunge rock with a dash of psychedelia on the side, new single “Tomorrow is Yesterday”.

The band drops as one in a series of well-pitched stops and starts; guitars worked in distorted cranks and metallic dabs; wailing riff swoop and soar, flange, chorus, and tremolo providing variety of texture and tone. The drums delivered in a tightly performed hustle, driving the track onwards with a compelling pitta patter of percussive punch and push. Bass working the groove with deft timing and touch.

Timi Temple talks and walks through the verses; opening up during the choruses in raspy saturated stanzas of singalong melody. Lyrics rich with smartly worked hook and ear-catching phrase; Temple playing with words, running back and forth; setting the language at odds with itself.

Born of and built for the live stage, an indie-anthem for summer festivals, road trip mixtapes, and quiet riots. “Tomorrow is Yesterday” is out now on all major streaming platforms.

Facebook.com/timitemple
Twitter: @timitemple
IG: templetimi

 

What Is It About Men by Kyan - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Kyan
Track: “What Is It About Men”
Stand out Independent Artist Kyan delivers an inspired, thoughtful rendition of Amy Winehouse’s 2003 release, “What Is It About Men” with sublime musicality, soul, and grace.

A beat punches dry and tight. A distant ambient, suspended. Shard of instrument shudder, snippets of brass and keyboard in brief moment. Bass notes arrive heavy in swollen dabs. Voices build on the edges, left/right. The piano begins to live in delicate lines; musical meditations. String in solo, strained and rare; achingly beautiful.

Kyan’s voice builds with the instrumentation; the talented singer demonstrating both technique and taste, his vocal graduating from within himself to compelling range and depth; always in step with the beat and the tone of the arrangement.

Whereas Amy Winehouse’s original was intentionally unrefined, staggered, and broken-up in rich and raw musical idea, Kyan’s rendition is understated, more crafted, and every bit the equal in terms of musicality. The two versions are so different and yet, so very much the same. The soulful, somber, honesty of Winehouse’s song is lovingly reflected in Kyan’s cover; and in doing so, he pays sincere and respectful tribute to her unique legacy. Two young artists of exceptional talent, though separated by mortality, connected by their inspired originality and sheer force of creativity.

“What Is It About Men” is out now on all major streaming platforms.

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

Week 52 | Tobi’s New Independent Music Picks

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

Tobi's new music monster



Same Soul by Lauren Ruth Ward & Desi ValentineArtist:
Lauren Ruth Ward + Desi Valentine
Track: “Same Soul”
Lauren Ruth Ward and Desi Valentine deliver an exuberant dose of soul, stomp, and swagger with new single, “Same Soul”.

With bass walking tight from the back and guitar double adding texture and edge, ‘Same Soul’ struts from out of your speakers. Stick and snare working the pocket precise; kick applied in swift dabs of low punch. The track shifts and shimmies with fierce percussive energy; clap and stomp crunch ‘n’ smack, adding crisp width and depth through impact. Fizzing electric six-string riffs pounce in funky rhythmic stabs and stanzas; grinding overdrive added in dashes.

Lauren Ruth Ward and Desi Valentine rock and work of each other; bouncing back and forth in glorious, soulful counterpoint; and doubling in rich soaring melody. Each stalking the beat with accomplished finesse; lyrics delivered in sweetly timed phrase, reply, and harmony.

Drawing upon a wealth of musical heritage, “Same Soul” foundations are grounded deep with well-judged instrumentation delivered by a striking quality of musicianship; from which it rises to compelling heights of an inspired and original listening experience. Both old school and contemporary; a stand out composition, enthralling, entertaining, and engaging.

“Same Soul” is available on all major streaming platforms.

Facebook.com/laurenruthwardmusic
Twitter: @laurenruthward
IG: laurenruthward

Facebook.com/desivalentinemusic
Twitter: @desivalentine
IG: desivalentine

 

Mine by Sara PhillipsArtist: Sara Phillips
Track: “Mine”
With disarming grace and honesty, independent artist Sara Phillips delivers a stand-out track of singular beauty and inspired originality, new single “Mine”.

‘When we’re sitting in your car, talking about our favorite records, I think I could die tonight, just fine.’ Sara Phillip’s debut release of 2019 opens with a vocal synth-infused alt-pop hook of sublime musicality; compelling and instantly engaging, somber and romantic; an odd, conflicted mismatch of idealism and fatalism, realized in a paradoxical, yet perfectly formed harmony.

The 2-minute 27-second track shifts through contrasting stanzas of idea and structure; at times adrift and dislocated in six-string arpeggio, delayed and ambient; then bass grinding deep and resonant, with stuttered beat, glitched and dry; building and yearning towards honesty, elusive and mired in self-deception, destruction, and doubt.

Sara Phillips’ understated singing style, conversational and straight forward, adds a great and quiet weight of integrity; unassuming and uncomplicated. Words flow in a series of snapshots, never-forgotten shards of confessions and denials exchanged over years, in the act of falling apart and coming back together again.

Framed by deftly crafted production and perfectly judged arrangement, Sara Phillips and longtime collaborators Mike Daley and Mitchell Owens, have created a standout and stand-alone piece of modern pop. Strikingly original, disarmingly honest and quietly graceful, ‘Mine’ resonates with an unassuming vulnerability, an indefinable and elusive oddness; all of which, results in a track of compelling and inspired beauty.

“Mine” is available on all major streaming media platforms.

Facebook.com/saraphillipsmusic
Twitter: @sara_jphillips
IG: itssaraphillips

 

Soul on Fire by Raised on TVArtist: Rasied on TV + Ben O’Neil
Track: “Soul on Fire” 
LA-based alt-rock three-piece Raised on TV drop an high octane slice of 80s infused guitar riff ‘n’ grind and soaring indie-rock vocals on a rapid-fire punch ‘n’ drive beat, with new single, “Soul on Fire”.

Electric six-string riffs cascade down upon the track in firey flanger modulations, kick drum pulse bedding in deep and full; toms reverberate left/right, snare landing in tight, dry, smacks. The bass shifts and grooves low in the mix, present and tight; the slight menace of saturation, growling as it works the frets. Guitars skim in palm muted percussive stutters, shimmer in chorus liquid, and shriek ‘n’ wail deep and distant in glorious reverb.

The vocals are delivered at pace, rushing and hustling the track onwards. Playing with and against the instrumentation through verse to pre-chorus; only to lift and open up, huge and aspirational in the chorus. Lyrics delivered in fast phrases, jabbing and stabbing with force and finesse.

Raised on TV continue to impress as a legitimate independent outfit who know how to build and execute a great song. “Soul on Fire” carries great groove and mood; an indie road trip waiting to happen, a license yet to be synced; a yet to be realized hit, coiled and ready to go viral. Like so many talented bands fighting for attention in the mass upload world of streaming media, Raised on TV need a little of the noise, the spotlight, to rise above the din.

Why not help them out? “Soul on Fire” is available on all major streaming platforms.

Facebook.com/raisedontv
Twitter: @raisedontv
IG: raisedontvband


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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.

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