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Defective Monk Blends Genres With “Ruled x6”

Sharing his newest single “Ruled x6” is self-proclaimed “Anger-techno” artist Defective Monk. While Defective Monk describes himself as an “artist with broad creative scope, and a passion for energetic melodies and astonishing production aesthetics,” he also considers himself a singer, songwriter, musician, engineer, and producer as well. 

The start of “Ruled x6” starts off with an interesting production trick where the vocals are reversed or backwards even, adding a different kind of energy to the song. There’s a very dark and even more ominous feeling that the song projects to the listener, leaving a feeling of uneasiness as to what direction this sound is going to take, in an ambiguous sort of way. 

While I appreciate the work of Defective Monk for producing something way outside the box, the constant tempo changes were sometimes distracting. The track is jarring as it grabs attention. With that said, it was difficult to follow the direction of the song, as the song structure is truly unique in the recording as well. Things like tempo, or form, or repeating lines, are things that listeners hold onto because they give us a sense of familiarity and security. This song flips that on its head.

His strong ties to hardcore and death metal mixed with some techno is definitely apparent in some of the instrumentation and vocal style. I couldn’t tell you what the song was about, nor could I tell you what his intentions for this song were, but again, music can be one’s way of interpreting how THEY see music, not necessarily how others see it. 

Overall, Defective Monks creations all possess his “aggressive stylings” which he says gives the listener a “taste of the blends: metal, rock, industrial, electronica, techno, and sprinkling in hints of dub, and even more on occasion.” While the music isn’t something I typically go for, I can appreciate the energy and dedication that he has for his music, which is greater than what most have!

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Transviolet Shares Fire Music Video “Drugs In California”

Alternative and pop-rock band Transviolet shares their new music video for their killer song “Drugs In California.” Starting in 2015, lead vocalist Sarah McTaggart, producer and bassist Michael Panek, guitarist and key player Judah McCarthy, and drummer Jon Garcia come together to redefine alternative pop music as we know it with deep and thought-provoking concepts and catchy melodies to match. 

Their new music video for “Drugs In California” shows a “dystopian world where the feeling of fame has been synthesized, and you can take a diamond pill to feel adored,” even when this “glamorous drug” comes at such a high cost. Helping Transviolet bring their vision to life is director Kyle Vorbach and Cinematographer Skyler Bocciolatt who completely blew my expectations out of the water! This track is inventive and cutting-edge, which can be so hard to do when it feels like everything has already been done. Everything from the concept of the track to how they were about to bring it to life visually, speaks VOLUMES to the amount of raw talent that is Transviolet!

“Drugs in California” is a song about a “toxic relationship, and specifically, it’s about a toxic relationship between fame and adoration,” McTaggart shares. “It’s weird because I wouldn’t think of myself as famous, but the truth is, to some people, I am famous. I won’t lie to you, it feels amazing to have people connect with my work so deeply… However, that feeling can be really addictive, even destructive. it’s made me question myself- who I am, my intentions, my integrity; at times it’s made me feel isolated and disconnected from people. it’s fucked with my head more than anything else I’ve ever experienced.”

Watch the video for “Drugs In California” below

The phenomenally talented vocalist Sarah McTaggart has this to say about how much this pandemic has affected her career-wise, but also mentally and emotionally, which really speaks to the heart and undeniable hardwork that went into this video. 

“The high of performing has been something I’ve been craving desperately during this pandemic. It’s weird to put out music and not know if you’ll ever get to play it live. Being on stage is a place where I feel completely liberated, completely myself. Feeling heard, loved and connected is what inspired me to start making music in the first place. I think it can be really beautiful to receive that from others, but I’m also grateful I’ve had this time away, where I had to face some demons, and learn how to give those things to myself.”

If her words and mines haven’t already said enough, PLEASE check out this incredible song, and even more incredibly executed music video for their hit “Drugs In California” out now on all platforms!

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Irish Alternative Band Ugly Beautiful Share “Sunrise”

Irish Alternative rock trio Ugly Beautiful are stoked to share their newest single and music video “Sunrise.” Ugly Beautiful continues to blend their alternative rock sound with bits of indie and grunge influence, making their sound very much their own. Bringing this fantastic sound to life is lead vocalist and guitarist Kieran Lane, bassist Galagher, and drummer Falender. 

“The song tells the story of two people trying to help each other through this relentless, confusing, every distracting world that we live in,” lead singer and guitarist Kieran Lane tells listeners. “It’s a conversation – one person caught in their own thoughts, the other trying to help them get out of it. The chorus is a reminder to live in the moment – to acknowledge what’s happening right now in the present.” 

“Sunrise” starts off with a clear direction into what becomes an incredible listening experience. I loved the energy right from the beginning. They managed to create some thought-provoking lyrics that work well with their hand-crafted melodies. Only to be enhanced by their musicianship through their harmonies and beautifully executed song structure. I especially love their ability to increase the tension and build-up to this huge ending to the song, which just fits perfectly for both the music and the animation. 

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Helping to bring their music video to life is animator and artist Aaron Wiley. “We were delighted to get visual artist and animator Aaron Wiley on board to bring a visual element to the music because often the merger of sound and visual mediums can create something much bigger if you strike the right chord. Aaron has done an amazing job, taking things to a new level altogether. His story brings a new perspective to the song which is exactly what we were looking for. It’s a feast for the senses,” they share. 

“The video features a man working in a factory, going through the grim motions of life,” they share. “A light shines through the mundane, showing him a different way to see the world, and how to overcome the rut in which he finds himself. The dreamy psychedelic sequences are the sunrise within the music video. “

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed their ability to mirror the same intensity that they created musically to the visual aspect of the song, and I don’t think the video could have told a clearer story, so hats off to the entire team!

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UK Post-Punk Band Tricky Susan Shares “Grab” Single

Sharing their first single of 2021 is indie-rock London-based band Tricky Susan with their song “Grab.” Described as a “post-punk melodic track that combines the band’s signature style with relatable and conscious lyrics,” this new single seems to capture the very essence of the band to a T!

The band includes lead singer Camilla, guitar player Don, bass player John, and drummer Val. All four of these musicians come together with their personal styles and experience to bring their uniformed sound to life. The instrumentalists bring their signature angst and grit to the track, while Camilla delivers vocals full of character and attitude. 

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“Grab is focused around the feeling of continuously giving and waiting for our love to be seen and appreciated,” Tricky Susan shares. “Those moments when you’re so desperately in love that you are willing to wait, and keep on waiting, for whatever minuscule, lackluster token of love, that might eventually come your way.”

This grunge and punk-rock track also has an official music video coming to fans soon, so be on the lookout for it! “Grab” catches the dirty and heavy essence surrounding their genre, which I really appreciate. Camille has some pretty interesting vocals, and while it’s not a style I gravitate towards, I can appreciate the energy that she feels when she’s performing. I do feel at times the form blends just a bit too much because the sections arent quite as defined as they could be, but overall, this loosely structured track makes for a free, yet unique listening experience. 

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We cannot wait to get back on the UK gig scene when it opens up again this summer. We are genuinely so excited to be stomping the floorboards of music venues once more.” Tricky Susan tells fans. “After this single we plan to keep on writing new music, releasing it, playing bigger venues, and stumbling across more fun-loving Tricky Susan fans of course!” So if their sound suits your fancy, keep up to date on everything Tricky Susan right here!

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Find “Your Path” With Songwriter Jon Pattie

Folk singer/songwriter Jon Pattie is sharing his emotionally-moving single “Your Path” out now! As a teacher by day, and passionate singer/songwriter by night, Jon Pattie is stepping out of the background as a lead guitarist for other bands and stepping into the start of his solo career. 

“Your Path” is the first single from his upcoming EP Reflections: Vol II which will be his second project released to date. “All of my songs come from the heart,” Jon shares. “It’s a form of journaling and release for me when I write music.” “Your Path” is produced by Nashville producers, Andy Freeman and Brad Lindsay. 

This inspirational and moving single does wonders for reminding listeners why music is so important. There’s a sense of vulnerability in his lyrics that he executes so beautifully, and overall, creates a beautiful and cohesive listen. Pattie tackles the conversation of “overcoming the barriers life throws at you” through his fun and pop-driven sound. 

At its core “Your Path” connects with listeners on a deeper level, and uncovers the struggles we face when we are put in tough situations. As bad or uncomfortable as those situations might be, its how we handle them that defines us, not the event itself. Its songs like these that reassure those ideas, so thank you Jon Pattie for such a great and relatable song!

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Euphemia Rise Create Art With “Farewell to Greatness”

The Brussels-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Wim Lankriet releases new single/music video “Farewell to Greatness” as Euphemia Rise. Their music is described as “dark twisted love songs come in a distinctive style that blends alternative rock with influences from atmospheric, psychedelic and experimental music.”

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“Farewell to Greatness” has a very dark, but powerful presence about it from the very beginning of the track. There’s this chant-like high energy that surrounds the instrumentation. There’s a darker psychological aspect to the music video, which they also highlight in the music as well. Lankriet does a great job of showing his vulnerable side in the track, which he also brought to the music video.

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Lastly, catch the music video for “Farewell to Greatness right here!

Wim Lankriet is a songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, and keyboard player. His iconic signature sound is brought to life by “mixing songwriting with influences from cinematic and experimental music.” Be sure to keep up with Euphemia Rise, and be sure to check out the music video for “Farewell to Greatness” as well!

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Interview With Brazilian Artist Yndi

A little bit ago, I had the chance to get to know a little bit more about a beautiful soul in the Brazilian music community. Composer, producer and artist Yndi recently released her new single and accompanying music video “Novo Mundo.” 

Even more exciting, Yndi is debuting her album Noir Brésil which is set for May 28th via Nascimento/Grand Musique Management.

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Yndi starts off our conversation by elaborating on some of her biggest influences in both her music, and her life. 

“For the past years, my Brazilian culture and upbringing has nourished my creative process a lot. All the memories with my family, what music meant to my parents as young immigrants in France, what music means to people in Brazil. I feel like my vision of music as a healing force really comes from this.”

Just for the fun of it and because my curiosity was piqued, I asked her who she would want to collaborate with in the future. 

“It would be a dream to work with Milton Nascimento. His music was my re-discovery of Brazilian music when I was a teenager, really. I will forever admire him as a songwriter and lyricist.”

As our discussion continued, she shared some of her personal setbacks and roadblocks, which, as someone who deals with these frustrations as a songwriter, can really relate to. 

“When it comes to music, I’m a perfectionist which sometimes leads to unproductive self-judgments,” she openly shares. “I thought about quitting music many times since I started.. Overcoming the pressure to always be creative, the temptation to compare yourself to others, it isn’t always easy.”

“You made a remark in one of your posts about “Novo Mundo,” and you said “I’m doing this for my ancestors and future generations: My music and for my ancestors and future generations.” Can you talk about that a little more, and what this means when it comes to your music?”

Because of the music I make, the words I’m singing, the rhythms I use, I know my ancestors are with me, I feel a strong connection to them now, which hasn’t always been easy growing up in Europe. Sometimes I feel like I am their mother and sometimes I feel like I’m their child. In Brazil, through music and dance, we give homage to our ancestors in many ways, to those who have been “erased from history written by white hands” as activist-academic Beatriz Nascimento said.”

Another avenue we discussed were her thoughts on how her collaborations with the director of the “Novo Mundo” music video  Nina-lou Giachetti, and also Benjamin Geffroy AKA Bendudur.

Working with Nina-Lou and Ben was a beautiful experience, we exchanged ideas back and forth during the whole process, they were always so receptive of my ideas and were so committed to their craft. It’s a blessing today to be able to produce animated music videos, I’ve always been an animation nerd and I’d love to see more films like this coming from French studios.”

Check out the official music video for “Novo Mundo” right here!

She also shares that the music video is both “fun and deep,” as it depicts a “spiritual journey in a very cartoonish way with symbols from afro-brazilian religion Candomblé. It’s a luminous and hopeful piece,” Yndi explains, “the promise that a new world and a new life is always possible.”

Aside from her upcoming album, Yndi also shared with me that she has started a series on YouTube, dedicated to her creative process. 

“It’s kind of like giving my fans an insight of what is inside my head,” she shares. “I’ll share new videos every month about my workflow, my collaborations, my inspirations… many things are to come!”

Check out her video “How “Novo Mundo” Was Made” right here!

Yndi leaves our readers and her fans with some food for thought. “My mother always taught me that what you give to others, the universe will give you back double.” So I guess the saying is true, mothers do know best! Thanks mama Yndi!

She also leaves a message to those listening to her music, and all of her fans and supporters.

“I love you. I hope my music can help you heal your wounds and be a part of your journey on this earth.”

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Elise Eriksen Shares Music Video For “Smile”

LA musician Elise Eriksen is excited to share her new single/music video “Smile.” This, and her other single “Less” will both be on her upcoming spring debut album. This new contemporary pop gem is her second single to date!

While Eriksen is originally from Norway, she moved to New York to pursue her passion of music, and is now settled in Los Angeles. Still, she finds a way to pay homage to her home country. 

This strikingly beautiful song is co-written with Sasha Sloan (Charli XCX, Camila Cabello, Katy Perry.) “Smile” highlights Eriksen’s skills as a singer and performer. “Smile” is a song about smiling through the pain, and putting up this front to hide the fact that you aren’t okay. 

Watch Elise Eriksen’s video for “Smile” shot on an iPhone 12.

“This video captures the cold but beautiful atmosphere of Norway which is special to me considering it’s my home country,” Eriksen shares. “The days we filmed, it was -15° and completely freezing but we somehow managed to get a piano onto the ice and shoot everything with an iPhone 12. Even though I thought my hands were going to fall off at one point while I was playing, seeing the finished video, and the idea that we’d all had in our head come to life, made it totally worth it. I’m super happy with how this one came out!”

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