Review: Daemon & Airdrie – China Shop

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The first time I listened to this song I thought Airdrie had such smooth vocals. Daemon complements Airdrie’s voice immensely in China Shop. The duo’s vocals work well together and produce a contrast which balances the song throughout. This single is an interesting introduction to the duo because of its seductive, moody tones.

Daemon & Airdrie is a trip hop, electronica, and dream hop duo who originated from Victoria, British Columbia. The band consists of Marley Daemon and Jesse Thom and they have toured UK and Canada in the folk trio Dirty Grace. The new single and music video China Shop is the duo’s latest creation of a uniquely stripped down performance and song. Furthermore, the production of China Shop was mastered by Manj Benning while the song was recorded and mixed by Jesse. China Shop has an unexplainable haunting beauty to it which entices its listeners. 

The title of the EP China Shop comes off as a little confusing because the lyrics state “make me a China Shop” and I don’t understand the reference. However, I understand that the artifacts of Chinese culture are often referred to as delicate, sensual, and mysterious. Both Airdrie and Daemon’s vocals balance each other out perfectly.

The duo definitely played with the balance of the stereo because the keyboard is barely audible with only the left earbud in. There was an extremely cool guitar sequence in the EP, however, it was muffled by the distracting noise of the keyboard. If the keyboard was more centred in the single then the sounds would be more balanced. I could definitely tell that they were going for a climax near the end. Despite these minor details, China Shop is a dynamic and interesting single.

The vocals of Daemon and Airdrie were balanced gracefully. At the 0:40 mark Airdrie doubles her vocals, which is a nice, detailed touch to the already spectacular single. It is undeniable that their vocals are quite breath-taking and it’s great that the duo centred their vocals so that the sound became more focused for the listener. Furthermore, they mixed in a lot of reverb which resulted in a really cool sound effect.

Overall, Daemon & Airdrie is a duo to look out for and their new single China Shop is a breath of fresh air.

Further Listening: Distant Grand, Intragalactic Omnivortex

Listen to Daemon & Airdrie’s EP China Shop at Daemon & Airdrie’s SoundCloud page. If you like their music, check out Daemon & Airdrie’s official website + the group’s Facebook, BandCamp and Twitter pages.

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Review: Gert Taberner – Fallen EP

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Gert Taberner is a folk music singer-song writer who has roots in Germany and recently moved to New York after the release of his first album. With the debut of the “Fallen” EP, Gert Taberner is conveying the concept of intimacy, which is something that he believes is lacking or often miscommunicated in the millenial era. His style is Folk Rock meets Pop, which is a rare mix of music genre. The first song which came to mind when listening to “Fallen” was the track “Let Her Go” by Passenger. Taberner’s style is influenced by artists like Damien Rice and Paul Simon.

His debut EP “Fallen” was intended to convey feelings of disillusionment, which I felt by watching the music video. The video was shot at the University of British Columbia and as a local, there is a feeling of nostalgia and familiarity. I believe the warmth of familiarity is what Taberner was trying to convey in his work. Furthermore, the actors in the video conveyed the feeling of loss and hopelessness, however in contrast, the song did not convey these feelings.

The technical elements and vocal range of the song fell short of the depth that Taberner was attempting to convey. The sounds of the guitar is strange because there is a strum or pluck almost every second of the song, which might be an intentional stylistic choice. Furthermore, the electric guitar added in the background doesn’t fit with the ambience of the rest of the song. The melody is excessively repetitive as the song progressed and the chorus was repeated at least three times.

The production was a little bit dry because “Fallen” didn’t include many effects. The entire track is just the raw instrumentals playing in the background. He kept the drums dry with not much effect, which makes the track a little bit lack-luster in the technical elements. In comparison with the guitar, the drums sounded extremely like paper instead of having a more rounded effect.

Taberner’s vocals is lazy in this song because he adds no strength to the beat. He might be masking his singing abilities because the lyrics were repetitive and he seems to possess and limited vocal range. Moreover, he added reverb to his vocals which made him sound very echo-y.

At the end he repeats “oh oh oh oh” and the song abruptly ends. Overall, the song is something that has been heard before and lacks the depth needed to be inspiring. “Fallen” feels like a song that’s been sung many times in the past.

Listen to Gert Taberner’s single “Fallen” here:

 

Further Listening: Damien Rice, The Lumineers, Passenger, Kodaline, Hozier
Websites:
https://www.facebook.com/gerttabernermusic/
https://twitter.com/G_Taberner
http://gerttabernermusic.bandcamp.com

 

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