Mara – Post Office In Portland – Single Review

Mara Daniele, from Memphis (USA) now based in London (England), who performs as the cadent-folk musician Mara released the single Post Office in Portland today.

Mara

Mara

On occasion as a music reviewer I am hit by a gem and I just know this is a musician I want to follow their progress over many years – Mara is a case in point.

The quirky instrumentation, which gives Post Office In Portland an immediate anchoring in the ears is joined by a singular vocal that holds the mind transfixed in the rolling combinations of cadence and pitch and although aware there is a tale unfolding the listener feels themselves merging with the song and rather than focusing on any one thing becoming subsumed with the hypnotic effect of the composition and vainly wishing the track never concludes.

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Koto Kill – Fire Down – Audio

The London (England) based collaborative industrial-electro project Koto Kill centred around Gabriel Ralls releases the LP Fight Us All on the 16th.

Koto Kill

Koto Kill

Longer stay readers may recall Gabriel Ralls from the band Plastique, who played their final gig in March of last year, though have worked collaboratively with others since, if so will recognise the brooding electronica underpinning the music.

The six track album is available on bandcamp, with Vagabonds being the velvet cloaked closer.

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Francine Belle – Beautiful Heights – Single Review

The England based RnB creator Francine Bell released the single Beautiful Heights on the 15th.

Francine Belle

Francine Belle

A song inspired whilst asleep, there is also something of a dreamscape to the luscious ballad as it spreads through the room in waves of pulsing electronic percussion and through the quiet hazy layers of the composition launches the expressive and expansive vocal that glistens in the light like a sparkling diamond.

The well controlled and defined voice, whilst undoubtedly that of an experienced and skilful singer is also able to capture the emotion of Beautiful Heights and although the spotlight of the track, retains a sense of the tender fragility of the song which affords the piece a connection with the listener rather than merely a performance for the audience – a difficult balance within the remit of the style of the music.

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Robbie Zereka – Favourite Feelings – Single Review

The England based funk-rock creator Robbie Zereka released the début single Favourite Feelings yesterday.

Robbie Zereka - Photo by William Pavli Photography

Robbie Zereka – Photo by William Pavli Photography

Despite this being the first single, Favourite Feelings, has the quietly spaced confidence of a seasoned campaigner.

It is an interesting crossover track which draws from many sources – trad-folk, ’70s soul, radio-friendly, and a soupçon of dirty blues to deliver a song that is able to pull in both those of us who enjoy their music with some gravel ripped scratches as well as those who like smooth glossy veneers.

It will be interesting to hear where the ultimate direction of travel lays by a musician who evidently has the tools in the kit-bag to build a long lasting structure.

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Valerio Lysander – The Prince – Audio

The England based avant-garde creator Valerio Lysander released the LP We Are Like Coloured Moths Towards The Sunlight on the 21st.

Valerio Lysander - photo by Barry Locke Music

Valerio Lysander – photo by Barry Locke Music

Akin to taking a seat in a theatre to watch a play, so it is best to approach the bakers dozen album, which is available on bandcamp, as the approximately fifty three minutes performance performs its tale.

The tracks range through quiet soliloquies to broadside compositions which invite the audience to add their own imageboards.

The fifth song is the lilting melody of The Prince.

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