Meet MOTTEO, an emerging independent electro alt-pop artist that is based in New York City. He is releasing the next single from his upcoming debut EP, ‘I’m desparate for you‘. The song “Touch Me” says the artist is about how we as humans sometimes want to change ourselves to be more desirable to potential lovers. The song features an underlying slinky beat with glitchy synths on top as MOTTEO‘s vocals glide along in a lower register until towards the end of the track where MOTTEO breaks out into a lovely falsetto. His debut EP is set to be released this summer with each song on the EP speaking on different aspects of relationships and intimacy. MOTTEO garners most of his inspiration from his own life but the themes of modern love, loss and dating are universal, especially when told through a good beat and catchy hook or melody. “Touch Me” is out now and you can listen to it below.

Stream “Touch Me”: https://ffm.to/touchmelive

Until then,
Brittney x
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I want to introduce you to New York based gender-fluid musician and artist Areté. The concept-pop singer-songwriter and producer has released a scorching and futuristic Electro-pop number, ‘Trip’. With chilling yet fierce vocals atop a cool stuttering beat. ‘Trip’ tells the tale a dark tale of making bad decisions of which could only end in disaster. Yet it being one of the best feelings in the world. Areté says of the track “It’s a sci-fi road trip fantasy – like the beginning of a futuristic lesbian Thelma and Louise or Bonnie and Clyde – you know it will end with the deaths of its thrilling rebel protagonists, but you want to go on the ride anyway. It’s about the danger of being an adrenaline junkie and jumping in when you don’t know where you’re going.”

Areté by Alicia Fischmeister

Check out more from Areté and hear the daring song ‘Trip’ below.

Stream ‘Trip’ on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/aretespace/trip-1

Areté Socials:

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/arete.space/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/aretedotspace

Instagram: https://instagram.com/arete.space

Until then,
Brittney x

The Dawning Of MAY …

Meet MAY (now The Dawn Of MAY) , she’s the Melbourne born and New York City based singer-songwriter who voice and lyrics are beautiful and haunting. She is signed to Bastille’s Best Laid Plans where she will release her debut EP, Phantom and video “Last September” come November 2nd.

This week I not only had the privilege of seeing her play live in the most intimate setting in Los Angeles but I also got to interview her. You can view MAY’s answers below ….

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: I always start out with an with ice breaker question. So Early Bird or Night Owl?

MAY: I am a night owl, that is for certain… It’s the most enigmatic and curious time… When the best ideas come… Also, something mysterious and thought provoking about wondering who else is awake and who/what they are thinking about too.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Can you tell us how you got started as a Singer-Songwriter? What was the catalyst for you?

MAY: I have always written since I was a child and gravitated towards the piano. I would play how I felt from as young as I can remember. Writing and music have always been very sentimental for me.

TRB: Can you tell me more about your typical creative, recording and writing process and what goes on behind that?

MAY: For me, it purely begins with a feeling. I have to write about something almost immediately after it happens. I sit down at the piano and my hands find chords, depending on that feeling, and the story and words come from within those chords.

“MAY’s voice is instantly iconic and hauntingly beautiful.” – Dan Smith/Bastille

TRB: You just released a new song this past Friday called “Northern Lights”. Can you tell me more about that track it’s really is quite haunting in it’s sorrow.

MAY: Northern Lights is written in memory of my late father. I wrote it just outside of Hudson, New York, in the midst of the woods. I went up there for a few days and it, more so, wrote itself. To this day I cannot sing the whole song without a tear falling from my eye. There’s something about memories living on forever though music that has a profound effect on me.

TRB: Speaking of lyrics, Are themes of love and loss and human relationships where you feel most comfortable in your storytelling?

MAY: Definitely. I write when I cannot comprehend something or someone or a situation… It’s a natural exploration of my questions and findings in life; a way of moving on and making sense of the world.

TRB: Is there a lyric that you’ve written that has the most meaning to you or is your favorite?

MAY: I think as a whole, the lyrics in ‘Baby Save Me Tonight’ are my most favorite. It came almost word for word from an actual conversation I had, one whiskey filled night, with a friend in Montreal while I was working on the EP. I feel many people can relate to the meanings in this song.

TRB: Are there any current artists that have been “On Repeat” for you as a band lately? What music have you been digging?

MAY: I tend to listen to the same songs over and over again… My playlist is rarely updated… Mazzy Star, Leonard Cohen, Cigarettes After Sex. I am loving Erik Satie right now and Chopin – Prelude in E minor. One of my favorite songs to listen to whilst walking around New York is Tchaikovsky – Waltz of the Flowers.

TRB: Throwing in a fun one here… What was your favorite Children’s book growing up?

MAY: What I loved most was actually a series that my father used to make up and they were called ‘Mary Stories’ – About a little girl with green eyes and red hair and her brother Tom and all the mischief they would get up to. It was such a treat when he would be home early to put us to bed and tell us a ‘Mary Story’. Imaginary and made up stories were always my favorite.

“Insane voice “ Jessie Ware

TRB: How have your adoptive city (NYC) and hometown (Melbourne) inspired and influenced your songwriting?

MAY: New York has definitely influenced my writing. I feel, I have grown up a lot in New York and many significant life events have happened to me since moving. The imagery is all through my music and the very interesting characters I meet in the city play major roles in my stories and in my life.

TRB: And what’s next for MAY?

MAY: My EP, ‘Phantom’, will be out on November 2, along with a video for the next single ‘Last September’. I am also currently working on my next record, which I am very excited about…

WATCH MAY:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM585Mu1T5T7Iv9GJYEf68A

STREAM MAY // SPOTIFY:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5BOL6IPAKcXHbgXpiyoHUv?si=wEvKu2m6TkC-k2K89_lS3w

FOLLOW MAY // SOCIALS:

INSTAGRAM: www.instgram.com/thedawnofmay

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/thedawnofmay

TWITTER: www.twitter.com/thedawnofmay

Until then,
Brittney W.

Hey guys, It’s Brittney. I’m back with another review. This one is a band I’ve talked about a bit lately. Seeing as I just photographed their concert at The Peppermint Club and reviewed “Hot Streak” already. (I will post the links after this review). It’s Faulkner. The bi-coastal band consisting of Lucas Asher (vocals/guitar/songwriter), Eric Scullin (vocals/multi-instrumentalist/producer), Dimitri Farougias (bass), and Christian Hogan (drums). They released their album ‘PARIAHS’ on February 9th. Led by lead single “Hot Streak”. This is an album of Alternative-Rock for the protest generation. Full of loud forceful numbers, with just enough angst to keep one’s ears attuned while dancing. “PARIAHS” starts off with “Revolutionary” a stomp-rock number with just enough swag to help carry off such heavy lyrics. This leads to “Hot Streak” which is a fizzy Electro-Pop rocker and speaks to feeling invincible. We go into “NY Anthem” which is the track co-written and co-produced by RZA of the Wu-Tang-Clan. It’s as braggadocios as the NY streets themselves. The perfect new day anthem speaking of its highs and lows. RZA brings in a real hip-hop vibe. “Halo Me”, I’m Stoned”, & “Waters Are Rising” offer slightly quieter moments from the 10 track record, but aren’t any less powerful lyrically. “Waters Are Rising” features a great drum intro and “I’m Stoned” has the most acoustic sounds of the entire record. The last two songs “Keep Your Enemies Closer” (with a sweet guest rap from Royce Da 5’9) and “Molly” close out the album, ‘PARIAHS’ the way it started, with heavy electronic synths, a buzzy groove and plenty of guitars to start a riot …. but only on the dance floor.

Check out the “NY Anthem” Video here:

NY ANTHEM (with RZA)

Stream ‘PARIAHS’ on Spotify here:

PARIAHS

Stream ‘PARIAHS’ on Apple Music here:

PARIAHS

FAULKNER SOCIALS:

Faulkner: www.FaulknerOfficial.com

Twitter: @faulknermusic

Instagram: @faulknermusic

Hot Streak – Clip

Much love,

Brittney  xx

Twitter: @trbcreative

Instagram: @trbcreative

HOT STREAK REVIEW

THE PEPPERMINT CLUB PHOTOS

Hey, guys it’s Brittney again. I’m back to talk to you in a quick post. It’s about a new band I’ve been enjoying (in particular the latest single “Hot Streak”) which I think you guys will like. They’re called “Faulkner”. It’s a four piece bi-coastal Alternative Rock outfit made up Lucas Asher (vocals/guitar/Songwriter), Eric Scullin (vocals/multi-instrumentalist/Producer), Dimitri Farougias (bass), and Christian Hogan (drums).

The single which is what I want to talk about was released back in October of this year and from their upcoming debut record. “Hot Streak” is a catchy Electro-Pop ditty with a bit of New York punk strut and added RnB vibes for great measure. The lead singer’s voice has a unique tonality to it which adds something to the song. A little bit of Rock and Roll and a little bit of soul that bring a certain grittiness to a track that has a luster due to it’s Pop beat. The lyrics as the title “Hot Streak” hints at are about the joy, happiness and sometimes invincibility feeling one might attain when everything is going their way or going perfectly. Stuff that’s very relatable. But the best thing for you do to get your own vibe of the song and the band is to click play and listen below!

Faulkner: www.FaulknerOfficial.com

Spotify: “Hot Streak” – http://spoti.fi/2zdbPMe

iTunes: “Hot Streak” – http://apple.co/2zdXU8D

Amazon: “Hot Streak” – http://amzn.to/2jUK7LV

Google Music Play: “Hot Streak” – http://bit.ly/2C70njC

BAND BIO:

FAULKNER have hit the ground running on their journey to success. Landing their song “NY Anthem” in the hands of RZA, the Wu-Tang Clan mastermind, Faulkner captured the hip hop God’s interest, leading to their first major collaboration. As a result, the track can be heard at the New York Yankees home games, the US Open, NFL and more. Their upcoming debut album was recorded at Rick Rubin’s Shrangi La studio & East West with co-producers RZA (Wu-Tang), Mark Needham (The Killers), and JP Bowersock (The Strokes). Their first music video, “Revolutionary”, has over 2.3million views.

Much love,

Brittney 🙂 xx

Twitter: @TRB_creative

Instagram: @trb_creative

Faulkner Band Promo Image

Black & White pics from my trip to NYC back in March …