Tag: alt-pop

Lia Rye – Fever Dreams

     If I had to guess, I’d say that Lia Rye is still searching for a magic formula for her all-genre music. Fever Dream (seen/heard here) is the title track from her new EP and it is fascinating! The EP itself doesn’t feel cohesive as far as musical sound is concerned, but the use of multi MIDI melodies that juxtapose against each other (such as those in Fever Dream) playing minor-key against major-key, provide for a unique sound and drama that kept Vodka listening to the end of…

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Emily Henry – The Sound

     Just a little bit bluesy, Vodka newcomer Emily Henry’s wonderful The Sound suffers just a tiny bit from some instrumental over-production, particularly later on in the track (somewhere around 1:58). It wasn’t bad enough that it meant that I could forgo reviewing this little gem, however. I’m always a little put off when the music is pushed too far forward or too loud in the mix. That’s what volume controls are for, but luckily Emily Henry’s vocals are strong and shine through clearly, so she gets a pass-this…

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Olive Louise – Nothing’s The Same

     Blessed with a tuneful, breathy soprano, and a gift for playful, deeply personal, lyrical expression, Olive Louise presents Nothing’s The Same (seen/heard here). It’s not uncommon to look back on our youth and be wistful for what seems now a simpler, brighter time, or was it?  Nothing’s The Same examines, it seems, a young Olive Louise: “I remember the good old days Where I used to run outside to play Nothing’s the same Nothing’s the same Want to go back to being pre teen summers felt like eternity And my skin was so soft And…

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Minhee Jones – 6 Feet

     Minhee Jones is an artist worth following and monitoring. She makes interesting indie-pop that is accessible in a multi-generational and cross-genre way. Then there’s this single, 6 Feet, about Covid 19 and the effect that it has had on all of us, showing a collage of snapshots from around the world. It’s a sobering feeling to see the effects, both positive and negative, that the virus has had on people and places.  Lyrically, 6 Feet explores how individuals deal with the emotions of being in lock-down, such as this…

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Iamthemorning – Ghost Of A Story

     Vodka has been casually following Iamthemorning for a while now, without actually posting a video from these great artists. That’s on me!  But that changes here, with Ghost Of A Story from the soon-to-be-released long-player, The Bell, scheduled August 2, 2019. Combining classical elements with alternative rock sensibilities and folkish storytelling, Iamthemorning excels! Iamthemorning is essentially a duo comprised of Marjana Semkina’s beautiful voice and guitar work, and the wonderful keyboards of Gleb Kolyadin. Hailing from Saint Petersburg, Russia, the two flesh out their often macabre stories with great…

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