EP REVIEW – ‘inSUBORDINATE’ by ELODIE ADAMS

“My absolute favourite description of my music will always be, ‘Neo-Romantic, Post-Industrial Stalker Rock”

This is the latest from 24-year old Elodie Adams.

inSUBORDINATE, her debut EP, features her hit single, Born to Love You which is the theme song for upcoming Playstation game, Oddworld.

With all the lyrics, vocals, rhythm, synth, loops and sound design written by the artist herself as well as co-producing the EP, this is indeed a celebration of hard work.

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We are firstly introduced to, Born to Love You, her current single. Sexy and mystery plays a huge part as she opens us up into another world using her vocals to create character within the track.

The violin solo, performed by Adams herself, highlights her love for the violin and her major role towards the production of the EP.

The sexiness and mystery continues as the next track, Stockholm Syndrome plays. This song talks about female dominance and displays a lot of attitude. The drums, guitars and powerful vocals may remind you of band, Evanescence, who uses these elements to create darkness and feminism within the track.

It is said that the third track, Multiplayer, has a double meaning as the sound effects of the game highlight that the song could be about games yet Adams’s character in her vocals and lyrics could be interpreted as flirty.

For example: “I play on expert baby. We can make it baby.”

It’s here where I highly commend her originality and lyrics and it is a song where music does speak.

Fourth track, More Than You, is where the tone changes as we explore her emotional side lyrically yet keeping the grunge and mystery alive.

Finally, we are left with an instrumental finish as inSUBORDINATE plays to conclude the EP. The track is completely instrumental which highly demonstrates the power that music can have on the audience as opposed to just vocals. The violin solo, again by Adams, is dramatic and sets the scene, the mystery and the power it creates.

The track also includes the Oddworld remix of Born to Love You.

This EP is a great example of the amount of work that she and her team have to undertake in order to produce the final product. A big congrats to the Elodie and the team, it has definitely paid off!

To purchase inSUBORDINATE: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/insubordinate-ep/id907067213

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EP REVIEW: ‘RACHEL COSTANZO’ – RACHEL COSTANZO

If you’re into dance and club music and are a sucker for powerhouse female vocalists, then you’ve come to the right place.

17-year-old Rachel Costanzo is chasing her dreams with her self-titled EP now available to purchase/download online.

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The first track is her debut single, Blindside, a perfect dance track and opening for the EP. Unlike most dance tracks where there is a repeating loop and one line vocal hooks, Rachel’s voice stand out as they are flawless alongside the piano riff. With a funky drop, the beat will definitely make people dancing and singing along.

Keeping up with the club beat is her second single, Starlight. Although the lyrics are a tad cliché, it is still an inspirational and uplifting track, as the powerhouse vocals and infectious dance vibe don’t let the song down at all.

Next up is, Heartbeat Two Feet, a motivating and upbeat song talking about the hardships and the successes of Rachel’s career as she finds the light at the end of the tunnel.

Invisible is one of Rachel’s best tracks vocally as she sings with a heap of emotion as the track begins. The track includes a special feature by co-producer, Michael Paynter.

Yet, my personal favourite is the final track, Avalanche. This is where my love for powerhouse ballads come in as her vocals are immaculate. This would be spine tingling live with just vocals and piano.

This artist has huge potential to be big. If you haven’t jumped aboard the Rachel Costanzo bandwagon, you have to as she is definitely a star in the making.

 

To listen to the EP: https://soundcloud.com/rachelcostanzo/sets/rachel-costanzo-ep
To purchase the EP: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/rachel-costanzo-ep/id902619754

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To read Rachel’s feature profile on RSOM: click here.

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REVIEW: NUSSY EP LAUNCH – THE WORKERS CLUB, FITZROY, MELBOURNE (31/7/14)

If you have ever had the idea of going to a venue with the objective of discovering a new artist, this is it!

It was a perfect end to the day and an escape from the ‘lovely’ winter weather.

The night began with opening act Rachel Costanzo who graced us with a mixture of originals and covers, including a piano version of her latest single, ‘Starlight.’ (watch here)

Maxi was on next as her infectious vibe saw everybody dancing and singing along, bringing the excitement to the next level. Her indie-pop character is also a prominent feature as her set list saw a collection of hits, old and new, with ‘Walking With the Animals,’ being the latest. (watch here)

Then on came the fairy lights and the wait was over as Nussy made her grand entrance on stage while the SOLD OUT crowd welcomed her with huge applause.

‘Dizzy’, the second track on her self-titled EP brought more cheers as confetti balls were thrown from the stage into the crowd. With the band members jamming along to the beat of the drum, it was clear that all members on the stage were having fun. As the show went on, we were dancing along to the futuristic synth melodies as the third track on her EP, ‘Prowling’ saw some fiery solos and the final track, ‘The Other Side’ was a nice break in the setlist as it was relaxing with inspiring lyrics.

To this day, I am still left hearing “D-d-d-dizzy baby,” on repeat in my head! I am so glad I attended. Discovering artists at a live venue is the best thing anyone can do because you are surrounded by so much energy and you are engulfed in the singer’s emotions which makes their music more meaningful. I was left in awe and had to purchase a CD.

The EP ‘Nussy’ was released on July 18 after her debut single ‘Dizzy,’ was released on July 4. It is said that the EP is based on the challenges and pressures that young adults may be faced at some point. (buy single here)

Nussy’s second launch show was in Adelaide on August 1 at Pirie and Co Social Club.

If you are looking for some fresh music to add to your ‘Recently Added’ playlist, you have found it.

This artist is going to be big!

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Single Premiere: No Hands – Connor Ross

No Hands is the first single off the anticipated debut EP, Come To Think set for release next month. 

Written and produced by 19 year old singer/songwriter Connor Ross, the EP was produced at his parents’ home in NSW in the cold winter of 2015.

The single promises great versatility in the debut EP as the instrumentation in the track uses the synth, an initial experiment for the artist, in order to create a sinister mood.

“I really wanted to capture as much of the raw, rough, powerful sound of the synth that I could within the mix, to give the piece a real moody vibe.”

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He also said that the five-track EP was a chance to test himself as a songwriter and producer as he experimented with big band sounds as well as soft folk guitars. By doing this, Ross’ aim is to make the wider public aware of the many different aspects of music.

In a recent interview on RSOM TV , Connor described his music as alternative/folk influenced with jazz and blues. He goes by the motto, “If you can play jazz, you can play anything.”

Growing up in country New South Wales, his parents would play artists like Nick Drake, Nick Cave, Miles Davis, James Morrison as well as contemporary artists such as The Cat Empire which have had a great impact in his songwriting.

Connor packed his bags and moved to Melbourne last year and is currently studying music at RMIT. He praises Melbourne as the music capital of Australia. “If you want to be doing music in Australia, the best place to start is Melbourne. There are not only great musicians but so many bodies that advocate for music that nowhere else has yet.”

He has supported many artists in metro and regional Australia and has learnt along the way that there is never a bad gig.

“Even if you seem like a pretty big artist, you can still have some pretty rubbish gigs, but you have to got to push through those. Even if it is a small gig with three drunk people heckling you the whole time, you never know who might be in the corner of the room.”

You can check out Connor Ross’ interview on Real Songwriters TV below.

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