REVIEW: MASASOLO – ‘AT SIXES AND SEVENS’ 201

Relative unknowns to many until late last year, Masasolo have slowly earned themselves a steady following of fans after breaking out of Copenhagen and unleashing their own brand of psychedelic disco pop on the rest of the world. Now, the band are ready to take their sound and style to the masses once again, this time via their debut album At Sixes and Sevens.

“Ordinary Day” is the kind of track you’d play if you wanted to have one of those slightly-out-of-body experiences or to just escape out of your own thoughts for a few minutes. The instrumentation perfectly compliments the lyrics which draw attention to the struggles faced by front-man, vocalist and guitarist Morten Søgaard as he battles to overcome his depression and anxiety every day; something I for one am intensely familiar with.

Driven by a groovy disco rhythm, “Idaho” isn’t quite the type of song you can dance to, but that’s no bad thing. Instead, with a gorgeous vocal and a story about falling in love and the nerves that can and do come with such an experience, it will likely have listeners reminiscing about ‘the one that got away’ or even give them the courage to tell that special someone in their life how they feel.

Follow-up track “The Descender” has an air of romanticism about it, deeply underscored by a painful memory on and about which the song is focussed. The beautiful melody and instrumentation of “Then Comes The Rain” then sets the stage for Søgaard to bear his soul once more with one lyric in particular sure to hold significance for many: “Yeah, I’m getting better now, I can finally see the sky, but then comes the rain.”

Closing number “Maybe It’s Gonna Be Fine” is the most upbeat track on the collection, with the beats and the rhythms played with a sense of urgency. As a result, the album ends with far more optimism than it started with and the three minute instrumental, although perhaps longer than necessary, gives all those who hear it something to unwind and relax to.

A deeply personal but captivating album, At Sixes and Sevens plays a like a diary of Søgaard’s innermost thoughts and feelings, and while many bands and artists tend to shy away from such almost awe-inspiring honesty, he and the rest of Masasolo should be proud of themselves for creating a reflective album that scores of people around the world may feel was written specifically for them.

At Sixes and Sevens is available now.

Previous ArticleNext Article

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

REVIEW: EMILY FAYE – ‘HERE I AM’ EP 35

Championed by Rolling Stone last year and named one of their ‘Ten New Country Artists You Need To Know’, Emily Faye’s passion for music stretches far beyond the short time she’s been in the spotlight as a star in her own right. Having gone from writing songs in her bedroom and studying at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute, she’s now released her debut EP called Here I Am.

Opening with “Open Road”, the collection gets off to a great and upbeat start, thanks to Faye’s soft, almost innocent vocal perfectly being perfectly paired with a toe-tapping country rhythm. “Giving In” is much slower, but maintains the EP’s focus on Faye’s vocal talents as she delivers the tracks’ strong, emotive lyrics that hold a a hint of defiance and rebellion in them.

“Game Over” is the kind of track that deserves to be played when listeners are taking a summer’s day drive with their friends. There’s an unmistakable ‘freedom and exploration’ vibe to the song – a perfect accompaniment to the upcoming summer break – that is sure to have the piece put on repeat.

Written about being comfortable with someone; a boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, or friend, who loves you for you, no matter what, there’s a reflective, deeply emotive and connective feel to closing number “Me For Me”, and as someone who has always struggled with self-confidence, the song reminded me that I have people in my life who wouldn’t and don’t want me to change who or how I am.

The EP as a whole has a very almost old-school, traditional feel to it, making it stand out from the many other releases of recent weeks and months that have focused more on the modern music styles which dominate the charts and the industry in general. The collection is a fantastic introduction to one of the hottest names in country music right now and will certainly have fans eager to see where Emily Faye goes and what she creates with her talent next.

THE SUMMER SEASON KICKS INTO GEAR WITH THE IBIZA BURLESQUE FESTIVAL 59

As summer approaches and the festival season slowly gets into full-swing, one of the hottest upcoming events is the second annual Ibiza Burlesque festival, which takes place Friday 25th – Sunday 27th May.

Founded by singer-songwriter Sapphira, who has found the music of the white isle a lifeline during her struggles with bipolar, this years’ event, organised by the globally established company Sapphira’s Showgirls which champions self-expression and fundraises in support of mental health, includes a tribute of her debut single Money$hot as well as a special guest appearance by Billboard Top 20 and Grammy Award winning artist, Kim Cameron with DJ Halo.

Other highlights of the festival include performances from several world class artists, hailing from seven different countries, with Innocence Bliss and Jamilia Wardknott, both from the UK, and Italy’s Scarlet Lovelace among those confirmed to entertain those in attendance. There’s also a swimwear parade, a couple of pool parties and, if you fancy learning a little bit of burlesque yourself, you can take a beginner class in Sex A Peel with Sheila Starr Siani or Fantastic Fans with Sapphira.

The festival works in partnership with premium venues on the island, with the premier event – the Bass & Tease gala – taking place at the distinguished Heart Ibiza, a state-of-the-art restaurant come nightclub. From the first day to the last, the festival is set to delight and excite all those who attend.

For a full programme of events and to purchase tickets, visit the festival website.