Week17 |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

Cigarettes and Chandeliers by The TrustedArtist: The Trusted
Track: “Cigarettes and Chandeliers”
With swaggered guitar riff and bassline strut, thunderous drums and vocals from the gut, The Trusted are stepping it up, with latest drop, “Cigarettes and Chandeliers”. On the back of their alt rock, indie ‘feel good’ noise-fest, ‘No real Control’ (Read my review), the Southend based four piece return with a 3 minute 36 second shot of radio ready rock, full spectrum top to bottom dynamics, with chart conquering slam, a slither of glam and a side order of attitude, straight from the man. Produced by Rees Broomfield and recorded at SS2 Studio, with seasoned campaigner Pete Gleadall, brought in to mix and master, the band’s latest release smacks of quality and well thought out production from the get go; whereas ‘No Real Control’ was a glorious, noisey celebration of Independent music and everything bad for your ears and very good for your soul, “Cigarettes and Chandeliers”, while retaining the Indie beating heart of their previous single, is very much built to be a heavy hitter for the majors and the mainstream. Drummer Dave Batchelor switches out the machine gun, blistering scatter stick of ‘No Real Control’, for depth charge deep explosions and hits; opulently trashy cymbals, rasp and simmer; the drums moving in fits and starts, deftly timed stops and inspired variation of pattern and combination. Fin Cunningham works his bass through the twists and turns of the track; like an F1 driver from the mighty turbo charged era, manhandling the low down grunt and drive , throwing the bass into the tight left and right handers and hairpins of the signature riff; opening up the throttle during the chorus and breakdown, with Senna-esque stabs and heavy dabs, to control the bass in a rapid fire stream of bolts and progressions, working his way up the neck in a series a chicane and high speed corners. With Keith Richard like stone-rolled cool, guitarist Dale Holt-Mead kicks the new single off, with a satisfying guitar hook of pride, pomp, fuzz and circumstance; dashes of crunch and crispy six string noise decorate the verses, bringing width and dynamic; choruses are powered by an array of guitar technique, idea and effect, trading blows between low mid builds and stuttered, hyped, high end blasts and soars; the breakdown shrieks and wails in a climbing, exhilarating, perfect pop rock crescendo. Lead singer Tom Cunningham answer to the impressive creativity and musicality of the band around him, is to step back and draw your ear to him; understated and soulful, with a vocal styling evocative of The Jam front man Paul Weller, Cunningham paints and expresses a series of scenes and ideas, through an accomplished pairing of well written lyric, supported and enhanced by smart use of timing and tone. A soundtrack for geezers to walk down the street to, “Cigarettes and Chandeliers” smacks of Ford Capris and 70s cop shows,of Britain at the breaking point, of concrete high rise and seedy Soho nightlife; an anthem for the ‘have nots’, living in a world run by the ‘have lots’; a song for Saturday night fevers, mad dog 20/20 and diamond white; for the downtrodden and looked down upon, to stand tall and look you right in the eye. With ‘No Real Control’ enjoying regular play on BBC Radio London and carving up 30k+ streams on Spotify from Independent playlist alone, and a string of gigs across London and the South East, often playing two shows a day, The Trusted are very much the real deal and are grinding out old school. Succeeding where many up and coming artists and bands fall short, they are building a genuine fanbase; a ground swell that will raise their stock amongst their fellow Indie acts, catch the eye of major labels and serve to buffer and protect them against the changing seasons of the Industry, tastes and trends. Far from a one hit wonder or flash in the pan, The Trusted are band built to last. And built to do great things.

Facebook.com/TheTrusted
Twitter: @TheTrustedBand
IG: TheTrusted_

Sofa Song by Annabel Allum - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Annabel Allum
Track: “Sofa Song”
In lusciously lazy guitar tones and fuzz, roomy drums extraordinaire and magnificent nonchalance, UK based singer-songwriter Annabel Allum drops another trashy slice of home brewed delight, new single “Sofa Song”. The stand out young Artist’s eighth release of 2018, “Sofa Song” is the latest in a stream of new material, live sessions and remix. Hailed as rising star of the alt/indie DIY scene, Annabel Allum’s latest release arrives as hazy, diligently haphazard production, with willfully uneven, and therefore engaging, arrangement. Drums roomy to the point of being on the verge of next door (‘..gonna take off the door.’), with smashy, crashy, boxy snare defly sat, just below the vocal line. Tasteless guitars tones are amp-warm, trashy frequencies pulled up, intentionally not cut; tastefully allowed to swell and build, catching the ear, but never offending it. Bass drags, drones, grinds and grunts, quietly and confidently driving the track throughout. Allum talks the lyrics in a series absent minded yawns; her voice framed in a carefully composed roomy verb, that compliments and contrasts the ‘garage-y’ space of the drums; front and centre; surrounded by sound, but never submerged. Slacker pop gem; pixies and pavements; PJ Harvey and Dinosaur JR; a “Sofa Song” for the clueless, the lost and the confused; a beautiful mess, a perfect fail. A rallying call for the Independent and Alternative, Annabel Allum’s music demonstrates the freedom and possibilities of DIY production; that it is the song and performance that counts, not the studio.

Annabel Allum is currently touring the UK. Find out more via her website!

Facebook.com/AnnabelAllumOfficial
Twitter: @AnnabelAllum
IG: AnnabelAllum

Something I Wanted To Know by Kirsten LudwigArtist: Kirsten Ludwig
Track: “Something I Wanted to Know”
With graceful waves of overlapping layers of texture, melody and thought, Canadian born wandering soul and Independent Artist Kirsten Ludwig releases new single, “Something I Wanted to Know”. On the back of two previous singles released this year, the melodic and mournful dream lost in motion, ‘There You Are’ and the darkly shifting, contemplation in introspection, ‘Back to Bed’, the singer-songwriter / Producer and nomad continues her journey of self expression and discovery with her latest release. A sublime use of reverb frames the track, with drifting musical element set wide, creating an ever changing, ever expanding series of sonic landscapes; depths breathe, blossom and blend into one, only to break apart again; the world of the song forever moving left and right/back and forth. Road movie guitar tones drip electronic, chorus and tremolo FX oscillating the loose stream of notes; delay and reverb add echo, diffusion and distance. The drums quiet, laid back and syncopated in offsets, evocative of jazz timings; the well crafted beat waltzing the track. With tasteful and deftly judged use of space, the bass lands in a series of protracted notes; deliberate and elegant. Kirsten Ludwig’s voice serenades the infinite and the silent almighty, lush and trance like in beautifully work reverb and delay; inspired use of double track and oblique stereo placement, further enhance the meditative listening experience. An odd reflection of consciousness, the 4 minute 44 second track both dis quietens as its sedates, engages as it escapes. A stand out musical moment in space and time, filled with nostalgia and meandering exploration, “Something I Wanted to Know” is testament to the great promise of this singular music maker and traveler. Kirsten Ludwig has embarked on a lifelong journey, without map or itinerary, with only the compass of her own spirit to guide her. You’d be wise to travel with her, and delight in the glorious music that will make up the roads and highways of her creative odyssey.

Facebook.com/kirstenludwigmusic
Twitter: @kirstenludwig
IG: kirstenlud

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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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Week13 | 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

Leg Puppy Twit MachineArtist: Leg Puppy
Track: “Twit Machine”
Following up on their Freshnet selected summer romp & stomp, and two fingered salute to the corporate nob culture (lack thereof), “Meds and Beer”, south London electro punk nutjobs, Leg Puppy are back with another trademark punch in the gut public service announcement, new single “Twit Machine”. A 2 minute 25 second, high speed rant of ear catching mantra and sing along chant, “Twit Machine” oscillates like a bi-polarized particle between, alarm driving riff and dub infused, delay drenched, guitar breaks; drum and bass style ‘one shots’, resonate deep in reverb; rapid stuttered beats break dry; dancefloor style kick, punches hard and tight, down the centre. Smart use of vox delays, further enhance the percussive assault; saturation used to contrast vocal lines and introduce a ragged edge to the accomplished production. Although ‘snapped to the grid’ on point, the track is willfully illformed; musical sections intentionally jutt out, left ugly and ‘user unfriendly’; Leg Puppy crafting satirical commentary into the construction of the track, as they rail against our lazy, convenience obsessed culture, with the very the act of composition; the knowingly heavy handed sonic juxtapositions, also adding a compelling and unconventional dynamic structure. From “Selfie Stick”, through to “Meds and Beer” and now, “Twit Machine”, Leg Puppy continue to put aggressive, fiercely contemporary, social commentary at the heart of their music. A tech-noir clown mask wearing rabble rouser; demented beats slinging, cage rattler; set the puppet amongst the pigeons (Watch Music Video), Leg Puppy are the rising noise on the UK scene, and you better be ready to listen, because they have something to say.

Facebook.com/LegPuppy
Twitter: @LegPuppyMusic
IG: LegPuppy

 

Evalyn Pill to CrushArtist: Evalyn
Track: “A Pill to Crush”
Scattered gutter trash, stereoized, saturated ripe in the Californian sun; stuttered vinyl scratch, caught in the wake, the updraft; sonic flash flood, ‘Revelry!’, delayed wash, left to right, storm drain trapped and carried downstream, ‘I wish that I could be a younger me’; singer/songwriter Evalyn releases 3 minute 41 second, ode to the sin, excess & grit of her adopted home/lover, the city of fallen angels, with new single “A Pill to Crush”. Taken from her forthcoming and eagerly anticipated EP, Salvation, produced by fellow Angeleno, Nicopop, “A Pill to Crush” swaggers and struts, with a limp; warped sickly, uber cool, ‘heroin rock’ infused, guitar loop and pitter patter, six string cracks, rattle and twine through the track. Beats burst and defuse, gated and modulated; pitch shifts and drops, crank and sling through dynamics on the hop. Evalyn’s vocals arrive in waves of fizzing reverb, expanding and enveloping the song; her voice intoxicates, lyrics lift ethereal; nonchalant in tone, irreverent in topic; she breathes vapor pop. Melodies build in teasing phrases, like perverted nursery rhymes. Creative use of double track, altered off-tonal, sit uneasy; the track, like the city of its birth and subject matter, at odds with itself. Driven by clear Artistic intention, the hyper-tight pop production stands apart, and a cut above; Artist and Producer crafting a composition of singular vision and bespoke aural experience. The toughest gig in town right now, female electro pop singer/songwriters struggle to make their mark in a crowded market, where supply and talent, more than outstrips the public’s demand/appetite for the overhyped, playlist-bot-bloated, alpha consumer-targeted, marketing department orientated, ‘more often than not, style over substance’ musical genre. Bringing lashings of both style and substance, “A Pill to Crush” is both bold artistic statement and confident marker within the marketplace; Evalyn’s obsession with and idolization of, her adopted home, Los Angeles, testament to the value of working to a singular vision. With so many of her contemporaries struggling to find ‘their sound’, Evalyn is focused on finding herself.

Facebook.com/ThisisEvalyn
Twitter: @YoEvalyn
IG: ThisisEvalyn

 

JEEN_GiftShop_1800x1800_v3.jpgArtist: Jeen
Track: “Pull Out Your Knives”
Cut on the rush, the overdrive, the fuzz, jump up and down drums and glorious noise, Canadian singer/songwriter Jeen drops new album, Indie Alt Rock, DIY dream , Gift Shop and opening track “Pull Out Your Knives”. Having already made a name for herself, writing songs for an impressive and eclectic array of recording artists, from folk rock band Great Big Sea to JPop, Idol Group Fawa Fawa, Gift Shop marks the third full length solo release for the prolific and talented artist ; and does so, in stark contrast to the growing trend of releasing EPs and lone singles, as a way to tame, and hopefully conquer the almighty streaming media beast. Jeen is no stranger to self produced material, her 2015 and 2016 releases “Tourist” and “Modern Life” having been recorded in her attic, latest release Gift Shop has a warm, roomy feel, rich in dreams and nostalgia; and a lovingly, joyful and disorganized sound ‘un-design’, successfully reminiscent of Pavement’s 1994 release, “Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain” and the more recent home-brewed offerings of DIY superstars, Swearin. Tortured guitar tones run the gambit, between screech and shimmer; garage drums thump, crash and slap, with raspy hi hat and deep, thunderous loud. Jeen’s vocals echo and dance in the layers of delay, diffusion and reverb; moving from distant cries at the back of your mind, to huge, cathedral like voicing, towering above the frenetic noise and sonic energy of the track. Gift Shop is an immensely enjoyable and rewarding experience and very much plays, like a proper independent release. While many unsigned artists lose the value of their independence in misguided attempts to create ‘cut price’ mainstream style productions, Jeen has chosen to celebrate and embrace the freedom of self produced / home recorded music; the result is an album of beautiful oddities and introspections, hazy dazy soundscapes and off-kilter sonic delights. Untidy, under produced and undeniably wonderful, Gift Shop is out now.

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

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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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Week12 | 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

Gave it All by Linney - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Linney
Track: “Gave it All”
Piano notes, broken, brittle, fall in delicate cascades; paused on the rep, to linger in the ambient; and in resonance, slight definition given, left to right; 2nd rep, build on the reverse, a sharp intake of breath. LA based electro-nostalgic, dream-pop artist, Linney drops it, pure and simple, with graceful piano ballad, new single “Gave it All”. North Carolina born, singer songwriter Caitlin Linney, has been working the electronic-dance/pop-phonic sound hard, with a string of eight, indie-EDM-sonic, singles ; from the sweeping and sequenced, majesty of ‘w/o’, to the upbeat come melancholic, yet pop-tastic, ‘The Hurt’, right back to the pulsating, synth-rising, aspiration of ‘That Night (remixed by Michael Sinclare)’; in a stark turn, and with the samples kept very much in the background, “Gave it All” has a feeling of ‘coming home’, for the talented young Artist. In comparing her latest release, with the 2016, Anchor + Bell collaboration and piano piece, ‘Unsteady’, the development curve is as striking, as it is steep; the compelling honesty that made ‘Unsteady’ so engaging remains, but now expressed in tastefully crafted pop hooks, well finessed lyrical surges, contrasting drops and quietly anthemic, sing along chorus; Linney’s voice, ever beautiful, has matured into a carefully, composed performance, with the singer demonstrating accomplished judgement and vocal dexterity, in working the emotional and musical dynamics of the track to great effect; all of which is backed up by an intuitively, seemingly effortless piano arrangement; moving through the song, in a series of inspired musical patterns. The hands off, kept on the low down, mix and production design, further enhances and elevates the emotional experience of “Gave it All”, with stylish cinematic drops, providing depth and drama, tense reverses and well placed backing vocals, adding width and additional depth, sat deep and ambient in the reverb. With an eclectic collection of EDM features, indietronica and dance-pop releases, plus acoustic and piano pieces, Linney is taking a bold, ‘genre-counterpointed’, road to pop stardom; one that challenges the ‘search engine friendly’ convention of strict branding and sacrificing of artistic freedom, for the sake of the ‘all important’ hashtag. And yet one quality, above all others, stands out and stands tall, throughout Linney’s music; an ever present awareness and respect of, the silent and most vital, unspoken contract between artist and audience ; on which all value and creative integrity rest, honesty; that whatever else, at the very least, what the artist tells you, will be true. In Linney’s own words, ‘I gave you all, I gave you all of me’. #honesty

www.LinneyOfficial.com
Facebook.com/LinneyOfficial
Twitter: @LinneyOfficial
IG: LinneyOfficial

 

Buried Alive by Me Not You - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Me Not You
Track: “Buried Alive”
Drawn up through the steam pipe vapor, the velvet slick of the asphalt, the clouded daze of the midnight headlight haze; New York built, self described ethereal garage pop duo come four piece, Me Not You, drop new single, “Buried Alive”. With five singles and a rapidfire 6 track, 20 minute EP, Reckoning 2 (follow up to 2017 released, Reckoning 1) and a slew of live shows to boot, the east coast outfit are grinding it out old school in 2018. Saturated vocals, delayed and reverb clung, open up the track with a perfect dose of pop-lyric calling-card; distant thunder drums land foreboding, synth sonics build ambient; the band working in shifting, overlapping layers; the track surges, six string rattles and synth pad glimmer textures; the experience, liquid, visceral; drowning in phonics, swallowed up by the East River tide. Well thought out instrumentation, encircles, reflects and enhances the accomplished pop vocal line; imagery and idea, arriving in a series of short percussive phrases; voice and word working together to create intoxicating effect. Throughout, the song compels and contrasts with an intriguing mismatch of neo synth pop elements set raw, against underground guitar blunts, trashy tasty drums and FX fused vox. Having already worked their way into the Hype Machine Top 10, with previous single, deliriously beautiful, ‘Imagine That’; and earned the favor of the Spotify Gods with places on their coveted playlists (‘Chill Vibes’, ‘Dream Pop’ and ‘Sad Indie’), Me Not You are a band on the move. And they are moving fast.

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

 

Hearts and Scars by Steve Maggiora - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Steve Maggiora
Track: “Hearts & Scars”
Orange County based pro music making animal, Steve ‘the Wreck’ Maggiora takes time out from playing keys with the ever-touring, Southern Rock, groov-i-fi-cation machine, Robert Jon and the Wreck , to bring us a healthy slice soul and good old fashioned musicianship, with new album and its title track, “Hearts & Scars”. With 300 live shows and counting for 2018, the singer songwriter, session musician and solo artist, Steve Maggiora is very much the embodiment of the modern day, hard working independent musician; working long hours, playing back to back shows and juggling multiple gigs, all to pay the bills in a post-download world; the optimistic projections for streaming revenues, skant comfort for the tens of thousands of professional musicians grinding it out 7 days a week, just to stay a float. With it’s real world instruments and live room feel, “Hearts & Scars” plays very much like an album from ‘back in the day’. A rich array of highly musical songs, each comprising of a series of intuitively crafted movements, framed by well judged arrangement and presented by a ‘band in the round’, group of accomplished musicians. One part of Robert Jon and the Wreck’s glorious three part harmonies, Steve’s vocals run the emotional gambit beautifully, as his voice surges and rises on the emotion highs, and lays back into heartfelt nostalgia and melancholy; drawing the ear and compelling the heartstrings. “Hearts & Scars” is every bit an album in the classic sense; every song being equal to the other and worthy of its place, that being said, ‘Right by You’ is a stand out, strikingly graceful piece of work. With the Industry struggling to get people back into the habit of paying for music, re-establishing the inherent value of the art form, in the mind of the consumer is paramount; rather than continuing the current strategy of hyping the already hyped to the max, strikingly average collection of dancers and models, produced by loop-schooled, well branded, midi-ocrity; the marketing departments of the major label’s corporate overlords, might want to use a fraction of their not inconsiderable talent and resources, to shine a light on young, hard working musicians like Steve Maggiora; who, in contrast to their chart topping contemporaries, are without doubt, the real deal.

Support Steve via his patreon site.

Robert Jon and the Wreck will be embarking on an European Tour in October. See their website for details.

Facebook.com/SteveMaggioraMusic
Twitter: @SteveTheWreck
IG: SteveTheWreck

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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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Week11 | Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

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

Written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster


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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Week10 | Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our New Music MonsterTobi's new music monster


High by Lis Asaro - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Liz Asaro
Track: “High”
New York based multi-genre influenced Artist, Liz Asaro drops her third release of 2018, new single, “High”; high concept, 80s inspired production, confidently paired with a contemporary, upfront mix, with stylishly finessed stereo field and disciplined use of reverb, ambitiously frames the well crafted, slow burn to explosion, blockbuster pop/alt rock, 3 minute 27 second epic. “Can You Feel It in the Air Tonight” drums, backed-up by a multitude of modern pop percussive elements, creating depth and width ; further enhanced by cinematic-style sound design, provide drive and scale for an impressive array of instrumental idea, intuitively arranged within well worked sonic space. Talented singer Liz Asaro delivers a striking performance ; her voice a compelling and contrasting combination of soulful, rock tone, lingering pop-sweet whisper and funk-attitude snarl ; packaged in a rapid-fire assault of chart-targeted, stutter/pitch/delay/reverse vox FX and vocoder/vox-synthed, double tracks and harmonies. “High” marks a step up in terms of production and songwriting for the New York based Artist. The track struts and swaggers, like a prize fighter ready for the big night; resonating a sense of confidence by the beat, landing it’s punches hard on the bar. Look high and listen up, Liz Asaro has found her sound. And she’s ready to rumble.

www.LizAsaro.com
Facebook.com/LizAsaroMusic
Twitter: @LizAsaroMusic
IG: LizAsaroMusic

Boys of Summer by Smoke Season - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Smoke Season
Track: “Boys of Summer”
In drenched reverb, shimmered after-echoed-glow and acoustic tender arpeggio, LA based electro soul duo, Smoke Season release sublime re-imagining of Don Henley’s 1984 hit, “Boys of Summer”. Having begun the year with a Jam in the Van, followed by bitter-electro-sweet-pop single, “Sweetest Thing”, Smoke Season’s mesmerizingly beautiful, smoldering slice of nostalgic-take on the founding Eagles’ iconic solo offering, marks their third in a series of characteristically eclectic 2018 releases. In quiet defiance of the band’s electro-influences, the haunting synthesized laments of Henley’s original, are neither replicated nor updated; electronic sonics instead float ambient, ethereal, creating layers and widths; the digital and the analog entwined, deftly saturated, reborn indistinguishable; Smoke Season daring the listen to tell the difference. Exquisitely judged vocal and instrument FX, processed/delayed, singular and bespoke, ‘ghost’ the expansive, multi-instrumental production of the 80s original. Gabby Bianco’s vocals rise and fall, building up and breaking apart, in a finessed and contrasting performance; quietly seducing and yet, melancholy inducing; the singer’s rendition, a living act of creation, improvisational, intuitive and inspired. A stand still moment; a breathless pause, held in intimate embrace; a smile caught in sunshine, blended almost invisible; hey baby, hey baby, hey; girls say, girls say; hey baby, hey baby, hey; boys, boys say.

www.SmokeSeason.com
Facebook.com/SmokeSeason
Twitter: @SmokeSeasonBand
IG: SmokeSeason

 

Hustle by Yumi and the Weather - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Yumi and the Weather
Track: “Hustle”
Brighton (UK) based neo-synth pop rush ‘n’ noir four piece, Yumi and the Weather arrive fashionably late to 2018, with new single and uber cool slice of synth-sonic-speed-racer, “Hustle”. Taken from their forthcoming, self-titled LP (release date: Sept. 14), the 3 minute 46 second track, drops on a dash; Ruby Taylor’s stylish vocal delivery, catches the ear from the get go; a hush ‘n’ run, cry from the technoir dark city, further enhanced by deft use of harmonies, blended lush on the reverb. Tonight’s the night, tight drums, snare gated, punch drive in high transient spikes; metronomic sequence, lead, wave and pad, simmer, sear, scorch and scold; guitar and bass, fused analog/digital hybrid, hot wired intrinsic to the expansive, cinematic sound design. Sound FX merge with the musical, vocal moments float, adrift in the sonic-space-infinite; building in pulsating layers of well produced, arrangement, “Hustle” rises on the low down; synth-tronic-solo, cast monumental against the breaking sun, ‘I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe.’; ear-caught vocals, blade-run-down to absence, drums deceased and synths resistored, sequencer stops, lost, ‘..like tears in the rain. Time to die.’

Yumi and the Weather’s debut LP is available to pre-order now, as both digital download and on limited edition 12″ orange vinyl, on Bandcamp!

YumiAndTheWeather.BandCamp.com
Facebook.com/YumiAndTheWeather
Twitter: @_YATW
IG: YumiAndTheWeather

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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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Twitter: @producedbytobi
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About The Monster Thread
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Twitter: @MonsterThread

Week9 | 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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Drink 2 U by Kate Lomas - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Kate Lomas
Track: “Drink 2 U”
All singing, all dancing, singer/songwriter/producer Kate Lomas, whips up a neo synth pop infused, beat bounced, electro-tastic slice of homemade dance-pop, with new single, “Drink 2 U”. Following up on the critically acclaimed, “Sweet Strange Days” (currently playing at an H&M near you), the UK based independent producer / artist has crafted an ‘ear catching’, playlist friendly, and yet, strikingly graceful, pop song. Huge, expansive synth pads open up the track in great waves of fizzing, ’80s evocative’ energy, and in melancholic contrast to the tight, electro piano dabs, well timed vox FXs and functional bit beat. Kate’s voice bubbles along with an accented edge of cynicism; lyric and tone modulating between ‘world weary’ and ‘world wonder’. The pleasingly straightforward economy of arrangement and instrumentation, deftly wrapped in well judged use of reverb, panning and stereo space, makes for an effortless and engaging listening experience. Having already attracted the support of BBC Radio 2’s Zoe Ball, and assorted Indie press, Kate Lomas is shaping up to be an impressive and inspirational standard-bearer for independent producers across the indie-sphere, hoping to make progress in this new, streaming media dominated market.

www.KateLomas.co.uk
Facebook.com/KateLomasMusic
Twitter: @KateLomas
IG: KateLomasMusic

Spun by Sextile - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Sextile
Track: “Spun “
The second release taken from their upcoming EP, 3 (out September 14), LA based neo-punk/electro-corrupted awesome noise machine, Sextile drop their latest dash of sonic, genre-blended, homebrewed, albeit music, new single, “Spun “. A noisy, guitar grinded, distortion fest of clattering six strings and feedback crescendos. The west coast recorded track, sweats New York influence with Sonic Youth styled percussive stabs, atonal slews & slurs, gloriously blunted Velvet-Underground-esque guitar breaks, and uber-cool, Ramonal shouty shouty vocals. The roomy, trashy, orgy of garaged saturation is bound together, rhythmic and punchy by Linn Drum beat. With the band’s electronic toys sat quietly, and intentionally, on the back burner, “Spun “ stands and sounds, in stark contrast to 80s sequencer driven, synth-wave-tastic, first release, ‘Paradox’ ; the two singles demonstrating the great width and depth of Sextile’s loud, explosive, musical jamboree. It’s in your face, and in the best possible, bad taste. It’s waking up your neighbours and the sound of the police. Rocks broken in the hot sun and who gives a sh*t who won. It’s Sextile.

Sextile’s new EP, 3 is Available Now for Pre-Order! 

Facebook.com/SextileBand
Twitter: @SextileBand
IG: SextileBand
Sextile.BandCamp.com

Shelter by Joe Sims - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Joe Sims
Track: “Shelter”
Independent singer songwriter Joe Sims adds to his impressive tally of releases this year, with his eighth single of 2018, the tender love song, “Shelter”. Tastefully ‘underdriven’ by an arpeggio acoustic guitar, paired well to Joe’s gently laid back vocals, the song has a dulcet, quietly engaging tone, that evokes a longing sense of nostalgia. The warm, ‘low mid’ and ‘hands off’ feel of the mix, without clever trick or FX, adds to the straightforward listening experience; creating the impression of an honest relationship between that of listener and performer. Additional instrumentation arrives as the song progresses, with bass, drums and percussion, swinging and swaying the song through chorus, into second verse and beyond; a well judged electric guitar solo adding a touch of ear candy and fizz. For fans of vinyl recordings, the good old ‘down the middle’ timbre of the track will feel like coming home. Very much a songwriter in the great American tradition, Joe Sims is crafting an impressive catalogue of well written, intuitively arranged material ; that demonstrates both creative integrity and good taste.

You can currently download three of Joe’s songs for free via his website! 

www.JoeSimsMusic.com
Facebook.com/JoeSimsMusic
Twitter: @JoeSimsMusic
IG: JoeSimsMusic

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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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Twitter: @producedbytobi
Instagram: ProducedbyTobi

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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Twitter: @MonsterThread

Week8 | 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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Kids in America by ofVerona - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: of Verona
Track: “Kids in America”
Kim Wilde’s 1981 debut single, “Kids in America” entertains the conjecture of a darker time, with alt pop/electro soul, three piece of Verona. The seminal 80s hit recast a wide sonic vessel of creeping ambients and melody in murmur; lead singer Mandi Perkins’ poring rendition, struts and frets her 3 minutes 36 seconds upon the band’s expertly crafted stage. Full of percussive sound and distant fury, much of Dillion Pace’s instrumentation deftly shrouded by EQ and set deep in layers of reverb. The pride, pomp and circumstance of Jeff Sojka’s glorious drum work, adds drama and depth to the mini pop odyssey. With many an pop act keeping it on the down low, the sheer cinematic scale and epic overtones of the LA based trio’s music, makes for an inspiring, if at times almost overwhelming listening experience. Set speakers Olympus high! Cry havoc and press play! “We’re the kids in America! We’re the kids in America! Everybody live for the music-go-round!”. Our revels now are ended.

www.ofVerona.com
Facebook.com/ofVerona
Twitter: @ofVerona
IG: ofVerona

 

Tanners EP -BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Tanners
Track: “This Crazy”
New York based artist/songwriter Tanners drops a 3 minute 58 second slice of alt pop/psychedelic dream pop and cautionary snapshot, with new single “This Crazy”. Short percussive bass riffs partner a drum kit, set roomy; the rhythmic pair driving the song in a shuffled series of darting stabs and rolls. Synthpopped electro hooks and shifting synthsonics, modulated ambient envelop the track, providing width and depth. Tanners vocals are clear and bright, with a soulful hush, emphasized by well worked reverb. The young Artist’s lyrics, ideas and memories flow in an intuitive rush of singalong melodies and percussive turns; engaging in their haste, as Tanners relives and reveals the great waste of indulgent/destructive youth. Part confessional, part conversational, part art rock, part chartpop, “This Crazy” is an accomplished blend of contrasting musical influences, that strikes a compelling balance between art and entertainment; and places its author at the heart of a growing movement of young women, intent on bringing intelligent, challenging, socially and artistically relevant pop back to our much devalued charts. Tanners is very much an artist on the up…whoever she might be.

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

 

Kaua E Mate Wheke by soccerpractise - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: SoccerPractise
Track: “Kaua E Mate Wheke”
Skip hop, trip electro, alt pop, four piece, SoccerPractise concoct a b*tches brew of simmering grooves, spiraled phrasing, and blue note inflections, with new single, “Kaua E Mate Wheke”. The heady mix of contrasting musical influences, shift like liquid, in layered depths, upon the stuttered and snapped, syncopated beat. Loop, sample and instrument, twist, turn and tiptoe in the sonic melting pot. Metallic shards sound percussive left/right; evocative of the experimental film soundtracks, belonging to 70s B-Movies, such as Tobe Hooper’s infamous flawed masterpiece, ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ (1974). The willfully unsettling instrumentation is grounded and given soul, by talented lead singer Geneva Alexander-Marsters’ quietly compelling, conversational vocal style and her use of te reo; the warm, open phonetics of the Maori language, bringing a rich, earthy weight to the hazy glissé of the quartet’s expansive musical expression. Ill-formed awesome, imperfect splendid, “Kaua E Mate Wheke” is an inspiring 3 minute 42 second slice of explorative art pop, extraordinary. Newly signed to Kartel Music Group, the New Zealand based group promise an ongoing musical journey, rich in possibility and improbability.

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

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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.

Showreel 
Facebook.com/TobiProducer
Twitter: @producedbytobi
Instagram: ProducedbyTobi

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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Twitter: @MonsterThread

Week7 | 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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Waves by YonakaArtist: YONAKA
Track: “Waves”
With pride, stomp and vocal attitude, guitar spat riffs and punch-punk drums, UK based YONAKA let slip new slice of glorious noise, “Waves”; the second release taken from their upcoming EP, Teach Me to Fight, (having already released, opening track, pop rock punk epic “Fired Up”), an atomic strut and Jagger-swaggered, percussive assault rifle of short, contained awesome noise bursts; guitarist George Edwards stabs, slings and syncopates, an aural array of six string sonics, smartly FX-ed to echo electro; the machined tight precision of drummer Robert Mason and bassist Alex Crosby, setting the band contemporary, and very much belonging to their moment. Lead singer Theresa Jarvis mixing footed intentionally heavily rhythmic verse with roaring melodic chorus. “Waves” is a snarling, battled hardened, dog of war, built for the mosh pit and listening loud.

Teach Me to Fight EP is Available Now or Pre-Order! 

www.WeAreYonaka.com
Facebook.com/WeAreYonaka
Twitter: @WeAreYonaka
IG: WeAreYonaka

Show You by CXLOEArtist: CXLOE
Track: “Show You”
Electrosonics scattered percussive, low drone, thickened for the build, punctuated by burst-wave kicks ; alt-electronic / electro-alternative artist CXLOE drops her third single, pop-tronic tour-de-force, “Show You”. Following the attitude smacked debut, “Tough Love”, and synth-epic, “Monster”, the Australian singer songwriter delivers a confident dose of well crafted chart ‘not unfriendly’ pop, rich in the obligatory vocal FX and EDM inspired beat ; but whereas other aspiring ‘pop stars’ fall foul of tired cliché and the lazy generic of FX/beat bought by the packet, CXLOE and Co demonstrates good taste and original thinking in designing a soundscape bespoke to the track and that of, her larger creative world. Smart use of vox synths, gated rhythmic to double track vocals, and a keen attention to detail, in composing musical element and layer, produces an arrangement with depth and subtlety. In the heavily over saturated market of dance/electro/EDM pop, the vast majority of Artists struggle to stand out. With new single “Show You”, CXLOE doesn’t stand out. She stands tall.

www.CXLOE.com
Facebook.com/IAmCxloe
Twitter: @IAmCxloe
IG: IAmCxloe

eleanor rigby by pomplamooseArtist: Pomplamoose
Track: “Eleanor Rigby”
Pop-modernist duo Pomplemoose, add to their, already generously overflowing, 2018 sonic fruit basket with new single, “Eleanor Rigby”. The northern californian based two piece’s interpretation of the iconic Dorian scaled Beatles classic, a palette cleansing black currant of sparse piano arrangement, jazz inspired bassline, framed within intuitive use of sonic space; and stands in stark contrast to the sugar sweet goodness of previous 2018 offerings, such as Raspberry funk-sucrose delight, Hall & Oates 1982 released, “Maneater” and the lemon pop-groove-tastic, bittersweet, zest of, “Love me! Love me! Say that you love me!”, forever Leo + Juliet, 1996 Cardigans hit, “Lovefool”. Nataly Dawn’s voice creeps the verses, in softly engaging murmur, as the deftly played bass tiptoes beneath her; choruses follow in gentle swoops and swoons, delicately executed by the talented singer; piano chords kissed breathless and subdued by dexterous frequency sculpting, are allowed to break bright, and tumble in cascading shards. A rare, strange and beautiful fruit, Pomplemoose’s dark, yet dulcet reimagining of the Fab Four’s ode to the lonely, “Eleanor Rigby” is a quiet pop gem; not bound for the quick synthetic sugar fix of chart topping success, but to be savored and enjoyed, time and time again.

www.Pomplamoose.com
Facebook.com/MusicPomplamoose
Twitter: @Pomplamoose
IG: PomplamooseMusic

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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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Facebook.com/TobiProducer
Twitter: @producedbytobi
Instagram: ProducedbyTobi

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

Facebook.com/TheMonsterThread
Twitter: @MonsterThread

Week6 | 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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THE+STRAND+ARTWORK.jpgArtist: Daniel Feinberg
Track: “The Strand”
Following up on two previous releases this year, a remix of “The One with the Tickets” by Italian producer Bzur, and a cover of Swearin’ 2012 release ‘Movie Star’ (with Mel Yaris on Vocals + Bass), Daniel Feinberg returns with his first original material since his 2017 album, A Dream to Unwrap, with new single, “The Strand”. The lofi, laid back, Indie summer anthem was written, performed and produced by the Daniel himself, with Luxembourg based Producer, Tobi brought in to mix and master. “The Strand” represents the second collaboration between the unlikely pair, Tobi having previously remixed Daniel’s beautiful serenade, and most popular release to date, “Want You the Most” (released December, 2017). A highly musical blend of contrasting percussive elements and sweeping melodies, “The Strand” features Daniel’s trademark singalong vocals and the talented, multi-instrumentalist’s love of using a rich array of instruments in his unassuming, yet engaging arrangements. The creatively crafted reprise provides a fittingly aural delight for the listener, that tops of the song, both in terms of meaning and sound. “The Strand” is beers and barefoot in the grass ; lazing, hazy days and hanging with your friends ; BBQs and kites, blues skies and counting clouds.

Facebook.com/DanielFeinbergMusic
IG: FeinbergMusic

swearin.jpgArtist: Swearin
Track: “Grow into a Ghost”
On-again, off-again, awesome noisemakers, the willfully haphazard, social media borderlined, Swearin are back with a tasty slice of saturated guitar fuzziness and indie rock alt grunge (pick a word), with new single, distortion at pace, “Grow into a Ghost” (released July 24th). A slamming, driving snare hit, punch-bounces the track throughout, providing much needed point of reference for the layers of overdriven, fuzzed and fused electric six strings to crank, wail, rocket and disintegrate in seemingly chaotic, but far from accidental, contrasting tones and complimentary musical shapes; a thick chocolate cake of amped bass amplitude, gained to the crunch, drag-drives the song from the ground up and up. Singer and guitarist, patchwork project leading, Allison Crutchfield’s voice speeds across the tone smacked asphalt instrumentation, lyrics lifting light on the breeze; but first grabbing traction with soulful tread and quiet snarl. “Grow into a Ghost” flatters to deceive with a crowd pleasing, playing to the cheap seats, array of guitar sonic treats, which belies a smartly produced, intuitively crafted piece of songwriting ; the track immediately bringing a smile to the face, with depth and noisy finesse to satisfy the appetites of repeat listeners.

Facebook.com/SwearinBand
She Was A Dancer ArtworkArtist: Millie Turner
Track: “She was a Dancer”
Attracting glowing praise from a string of heavy hitters across the Indieweb, for debut EP, Eyes on You; which drew together previous single releases, ‘Underwater’, ‘The Shadow’ and the quietly hypnotic, all conquering, 3 million streams and counting, title track, Eyes on You; plus so far unreleased fourth track, the sonicially delightful, engaging on the down low, “You and I” ; seventeen year old Millie Turner drops bit blunted, stripped back, percussive lofi oddity and pop odyssey, “She was a Dancer”. Lush brass phrases, drenched in reverb, shimmer within the synopation masterclass of beats, bits, snaps, claps and taps ; in absence of all but the barest minimum of melodic instrumentation, Millie’s vocal is free to sauter, sway, shift and swagger a bittersweet lyric, stepping gracefully around the count; ‘sung talked’ verses, laze compelling, off the back of the beat, instant singalong pre choruses, counter-rhythmic, and melodic centric choruses, draw the ear to listen and the heart to care. Millie’s voice having that rare quality, both accomplished and approachable, stunning, but never off putting ; she invites you to sing with her. Already playing on a host of Spotify’s local New Music Fridays (including the UK, Germany and Colombia), the strikingly mature and well judged, “She was a Dancer”, is set to propel this young superstar in waiting, to yet more dizzying heights.

Facebook.com/MillieTurnr
Twitter: @MillieTurnr
IG: MillieTurner

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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.

Showreel 
Facebook.com/TobiProducer
Twitter: @producedbytobi
Instagram: ProducedbyTobi

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

Facebook.com/TheMonsterThread
Twitter: @MonsterThread

Week5 | Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

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


Horrorscope by Jack WattsArtist: Jack Watts
Track: “Horrorscope”
Ambient soundscapes, shattered memories guised audio snapshot, blunted bass sonics and lofi-ed beats, shuffled to Motown seasoned syncopation, makes for the alt pop, electro experimental, canvas on which singer songwriter Jack Watts paints his latest release, the kaleidoscopic, helter skelter-ed, “Horrorscope”. Jack Watt’s soulful voice carries the lyrics gentle, in well worked, strained phrasing that compels, in quiet surges of emotion, as it flexes to breaking point ; accompanying harmonies add depth and warmth, but also contrasting disturbance and uneasy melancholy. The scattered shifting sonicscape works the stereo field in criss-crossing breaths ; sudden snatches of aural agony burst, breaking open the well crafted melodic flow. A jazz infused crescendo groove tops the track off, in a surprising turn of pace. Inspired as it is odd, delightful as it is disquieting, “Horrorscope” stands apart. Jack Watts is very much one to keep on ear on. ..if only to hear what he’ll dare to do next.

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

X_ARI_KINGDOMS_FALLArtist: X.ARI
Track: Kingdoms Fall (DIS-ORDER EP)
Canadian born, LA based, bittersweet alt electro pop artist, X.ARI follows up on quick fire release, the dancefloor moving, Bimbo Jones remix of “Stay v Go”, with her much anticipated second EP, DIS-ORDER. Delayed two months, the hardworking songwriter left with no choice, but to take a well overdue break, the six track collection and creator, are perhaps best summed up by the conflicted beauty of opening title, ‘Kingdoms Fall’. Stadium filling singalong pop anthem, heartbreaking in their melodic elegance, sit oddly against FX drenched, percussive lyric riffs ; lofi stuttered bit blunted beats, are swallowed up by pitch drops cascading in rhythmic waves ; X.ARI’s words cast infinite in feedback washed delays, or plunged into unfathomable depths of reverb. The experience for the listener, akin to being caught in a sonic maelstrom, as X.ARI struggles to reconcile two great opposing forces ; her striking talent for crafting powerful chart conquering choruses, versus the delicate introspect, fragility and darkness of her lyrical world. And yet, it is through this act of struggling, X.ARI’s work excels ; the point of violent convergence, a vital spark that infuses her music with a bright light. Very much a star in ascendance, we can only hope that X.ARI’s inspiring artistic struggle does not come at the expense of her own health, as she turns her pain into our power.

*Kingdoms Fall will be released officially as a single on August 3rd. BRASH! makes no apologies for being ahead of the game 😉

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

JON MAGNUSSON - ARTWORKArtist: Jon Magnusson
Track: “Sweetest Thing”
It’s been a busy year for Swedish singer songwriter Jon Magnusson, having already released his second EP, Always a Rebel and a string of supporting remixes, newly released, “Acoustic Dreams” retains the Independent Artist’s trademark mix of influences, ranging from punk to folk, metal to electro ; but in doing so, conjures an intoxicating nostalgia and a dreamlike sense of emotional place and time. Beautifully worked reverb and carefully, consistent use of panning and processing give the EP a binded together feel, rare in modern ‘multi producer / mixer’ releases ; providing a subtle frame in which to present, Jon’s talent for original arrangement and intuitive musical timing. The finger picked rendition of Stockholm based Indietronica duet, Almost Honey’s, “Sweetest Thing”, is an inspired blend of counterpointed arpeggios, wistful backing vocals and sweeping, intricate string accompaniment. With a growing canon of impressive musical works, Jon is steadily becoming an Artist of considerable integrity and depth. A storyteller who stands favorable compare with likes of Dylan, Petty and Springsteen.

Facebook.com/Jon.Magnusson3
Twitter: @JonMagnussonof
IG: JonMagnussonof

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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.

Showreel 
Facebook.com/TobiProducer
Twitter: @producedbytobi
Instagram: ProducedbyTobi

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

Facebook.com/TheMonsterThread
Twitter: @MonsterThread