Friday, 31 January 2014

LISTEN/WATCH: Shivum Sharma, Orthy, Menace Beach, Madeline Mondrala

*Originally published for The Line of Best Fit (29/1/14 - 31/1/14)

Returning with a new version of his stunning bedroom demo, 18-year-old London soloist Shivum Sharma shares the unforgettable, “Flicker”.

A predominant composition of piano and voice, “Flicker” hears keys ponder, muted beats and Sharma’s falsetto crystallising upon its own breath. The demo that caused quite a stir last year has now been re-touched with lonely sax trails and bolder percussion at the close, making for a much more confident creation overall.

“Flicker’s” minimalism is charming, its melodies are cutting and it’s our Song Of The Day.

Menace Beach - "Fortune Teller"

Following the release of their debut EP earlier this month, Leeds fuzz-rock duo Menace Beach unveil the new video for “Fortune Teller”, premiering today on Best Fit.

Brimming with psychedelic imagery – from spinning aliens to neon flower flashes – the video is faultlessly suited to the track’s alluring, slacker-rock sentimentality. Dissonant guitars melt into one another and Ryan Needham and Liza Violet’s distorted vocals clash over languid drum pumps. We’re really quite mesmerised by it.

The band’s EP, Lowtalker, was released in January on Memphis Industries

Orthy - "Oasis"

Continuing the melodic makeup of “Night Touch”, Texan electronic five-piece Orthy present “Oasis”, premiering today on Best Fit. 

Taken from E.M.I.L.Y. EP, out now on NYC imprint Dither Down, the track is another nod to frontman Ian Orth’s love of multifarious tones and quintessentially bouncy house beats. It’s one blissed-out haze of grumbling bass, balmy vocals, shimmering synth and plucky guitars – welcome respite from January’s sharp bite.

Madeline Mondrala - "Busy"

Arts school student and New York soloist Madeline Mondrala reveals the video for her playful new track, “Busy”, premiering today on Best Fit.

Prancing ballerina-like in a vine-hugged abandoned space, Mondrala behaves like a true performer, matching her classical-meets-pop creation with smart visual poise. Solid piano notes bed themselves beneath Mondrala’s playful and erratic vocals, which in turn chase fleeting stringed instruments. The song brings to mind the kind of pop music Regina Specktor makes, but by all means Mondrala sounds like a popstar herself.

“Busy” is taken from Madeline Mondrala ’s debut CLOUD EP, which is streaming in full now and is available as a free download on Bandcamp for a limited time.

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