"Blank Frames" is the second EP from industrial/Electronic duo Chelsey and the Noise. Hayward, CA (US) based duo Chelsey and the Noise find their strength in contradictions. Pairing heavy synths and distorted guitars with catchy melodies and heartfelt vocals to create a sound both intense and playful. The instrumentation is chaotic yet controlled, pierced by moments of atmospheric vulnerability in an attempt to find beauty among the mayhem. This dichotomy is pushed further by the themes explored in their latest release Blank Frames. An album as much about the pain of loss as it is about the exultation in starting over. Lyrically teetering between self-confidence and self-doubt while ultimately finding the strength to rebuild what was destroyed. Though it’s easy to find the darkness in this music, the album is ultimately a work of optimism and a celebration of human resilience.
Cherry Blaster is Iulia Ciobanu's solo electronic/synth project. After years of trying to write guitar music, she accidentally discovered the enjoyment of synthesized sounds and re-discovered the enjoyment of playing the keyboard. Cherry Blaster vacillates between aggressive and dreamy soundscapes as a result of attempting to channel the driving force of punk while not being able to shake her vocal pop upbringing.
Demo Reel is the first of two standalone singles that Cherry Blaster is putting out as an exploratory deviation in style - her previous album had a darker synth vibe whereas this is more indie pop.
"I've never been particularly good at taking initiative in social situations, and this has often allowed me to retreat behind walls of self-protection. Demo Reel paints a picture of what I initially feel from this vantage point: the earnest desire to be accepted that comes before the envy that then morphs into a fortifying yet toxic cynicism (the age old "If they don't need me, I don't need them" attitude). I think most of us have gone through this, especially in our youth, so I wanted to ensconce the honesty and vulnerability of the lyrics in a vibrant, mercurial sonic palette that evokes the innocence of our school days. "
Taking inspiration from their beloved hometown of London, ‘Mirrors’ is a celebration of individuality in a metropolis that’s becoming increasingly homogenised. Giorgio Moroder style propulsive synth bass and crisp guitar lines give the song a driving groove while the beatific synth leads lend an uplifting poignancy. This is Crooked Teeth at their most life-affirming yet. “You’ll be like no one else” Rob chants as the song crescendos to its heady climax. A bold assertion of individuality both musically and lyrically, ‘Mirrors’ is a snapshot of Crooked Teeth at this moment in time - thoughtful, unique and playfully experimental.
Ontario based electro project DAVIDS premiere “Crown of Burrs. The song propels forward with a combination of industrial grooves and rock riffs, while the vocals arrive from a new wave nightmare. ‘Crown of Burrs’ is a song that is perpetually building and it races to an elevated height.
"The inspiration for “Crown of Burrs” came after a long night of indigestion, caused by a Reuben sandwich of questionable freshness that I’d purchased at a roadside kiosk just outside of Birtle, Manitoba in August 1998. At one point I was vomiting with such ferocity out of the back of the camper that I heard an audible POP! in my spine. I lost consciousness. When I finally came to the bass line for the song was already in my mind, and it looped there for the remainder of the trip. Once I’d gotten home and dropped off the last of the scout troop I barricaded myself in the makeshift studio I’d cobbled together in a dumpster behind the local Giant Tiger. 19 years later I emerged, finished track in hand, with a pet rat that I’d taught to speak. His name is Brad and we are quite happy. Enjoy the song. Thank you. "
A combination of retro aesthetics, enduring lyrics and alt-rock grit.
The best music happens when artists refuse to remain stuck in their own comfort zones and creative boxes. Whenever this happens, they are free to give full range to their vision, and they can really come up with something that’s groundbreaking and personable. This is certainly the case here with Tommy Red and his brand new EP release, “I Wanna Be Exploited.”
Marva Von Theo is an Electropop / Synthwave duo formed in 2016 by the Athens-based singer-songwriter Marva Voulgari and the Vienna-based composer-producer Theo Foinidis.
Their Debut Album “Dream within a Dream” was released early in 2018. The 12 songs on their Album, lean towards an electronic sound that incorporates a variety of influences ranging from the music of the 80’s until today. Darkwave sounds, Jazz harmonies, Rock and Dance drum beats resonate together and mature into something darkly romantic.