Her relentless creativity, unapologetic bluntness, and sincere storytelling are as inspiring as they are wholly original. Once I Was Loved, Acousticmaddie’s latest single, sees her unique style of sound art continuing to push the idea of music as creative expression.
Sleep Pills seeks to let the artist feel understood, but at the same time – it reaches out to understand those who live in a similar way; those who consistently burn the candle at both ends. It works well in this respect, becoming the kind of alternative anthem to make isolation feel less unsettling.
“Most of us go through phases where we are insecure and want to adapt, some stay there to become mainstream, but then there are those who go their own way and who are completely magical in performance and storytelling.”
Those happy hardcore vibes are partly nostalgic, but the synths and the way these have been intertwined – even the way they fall back to allow the vocal to shine once again – everything has been arranged with a clear understanding of how effective dance music works.
Swedish indie-pop duo I Am Nova made waves throughout the past year with their explosive live shows, and now – with the release of Good Enough – they rise even higher, showcasing some brilliantly infectious & energetic pop songwriting.
There’s an Enya-like feel to the presentation, the voice drives as if simply another instrument, so the collaboration just works. It sounds pleasant in itself, and should you choose to listen a little more intently – the concept reaches out to connect in a very pure and relatable way.
Maini Sorri’s vocal style is compatible with many different musical outlets & genres. In every case, it’s a compelling sound, and this album is one that offers an eclectic, emotional playlist, with plenty of impressive moments of power.
Spoken word snippets continue to appear throughout, the whole thing is a performance – a short piece of theatre. Every detail has been carefully incorporated.
A stunning soft rock song with the emotional warmth of a heartfelt, singer-songwriter offering, and the big-band, rather epic & near-orhcestral ambiance of something much bigger.
Billenholt’s voice has a fairly unique sound – it fits the tone of this alternative pop feel pretty flawlessly, but it also offers plenty in the way of personality, which lets you get a little closer to the artist as an individual.
As a producer, Pirnia clearly values the art of the job, crafting creative yet fairly minimalist soundscapes – particularly in the case of Every You Every Me. It’s a simple approach, thoughtful & fitting for the reflective, considerate lyrics that pour through.
The first few moments are perhaps the most striking, the placement of a well known children’s rhyme in such a dark setting really draws your attention & leaves you wondering what led to this.