Posted by Marla on Nov 16, 2011
ALBUM: SPEAK DELUXE
- Marla will be releasing SPEAK DELUXE (2/28/13) -included on this album will be her underground hit AnnaRexia, Bill Laswell’s Dubmix of AnnaRexia plus 2 new songs!!
Marla Mase steps away from her theatre setting to provide us with a new album – Speak.
Marla Mase | Speak
A ten track album, Speak opens with – Lioness, a tribal vocal opens the track before we head off to the theme of the album – caging and compliance. The musicality heads to a new space for Marla, as she permits the lyric and music to paint the picture with no need for stage presence.
Scream continues the afro-beat housed in an urban construct, as broader instrumentation is given space to breathe over the confines of the encapsulating vocal. Themes and sentiments of confinement behind pillars of concrete restrict the underlying beats from spreading their wings.
Following in short order is Divine Restlessness, soul comes oozing out of the speakers as Marla heads to a new space. Her distinctive breathy vocal ties well to the composition, as the track loops like a caged animal.
She Hooked Him Up takes some great riffs on a tangential ride as the track whirls away, challenging the listener to find a space in which to rest the ears. The relentless progress hooks the audience in to an ever closing net as the story line lands the prey with ease.
Half-way through we hit Queen of Imperfection, takes a far more Rock based direction, which is a great space for Marla to expose her vocal. This is natural hunting ground which works extremely well. Great stuff.
Kill Love, well I think the sentiment is encapsulated in the title. A slower piece which enables the lyrics to say all that is essential, the added strings generate some wonderful depth.
As only a New Yorker can, New Cell Phone, has all that I like in Marla Mase, it is wrapped up in Brooklyn. At one time oppressed, while simultaneously feisty and unforgiving.
Ironically Dance the Tango takes us on a rock-a-billy ride out, really uplifting composition, with the ever present brooding lyrics which once again reflect on disappointment and unreflected truths. A superb composition.
Smithereens, finds another space in which the vocal sits with perfection. This is a subtle composition with the voracious appetite of a brown tree snake. Inconspicuous but laden with venom.
Once again I find myself at the end of a release wanting just a little more. Squirm harks back to the natural vocal range, with some deft guitar as the epitaph to a world which refuses to listen.
Album review by www.indiebandsblog.com
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ALBUM: A BRIEF NIGHT OUT
Marla Mase has recently released her album, A Brief Night Out, which is the story of a woman going through a nervous breakdown, exploring her place in life.
Marla Mase | A Brief Night Out
The album is best taken in the whole context. While individual tracks stand up to scrutiny, to miss the complete experience of A Brief Night Out – the story of a Middle-aged woman re-assessing her whole existence.
Opening with Things That Scare Me, a scene setter for the album. An off-beat reggae number, which shines with a strength of song-writing capability. The track swathes through Jamaican beats, while introducing some Indian melodies and even a nod to the Spice Girls, as the music identifies with the central character of the album. Some-one on the edge of a nervous breakdown. A clever track to open the release.
Texted, continues the theme of uncertainty, was that a real text, or as the ending suggest, merely a fantasy? Waffled electronica flows throughout the track as the lyric poses it’s diatribe.
Changing the tempo to an ever more disconcerted mood, Exquisite Drops, is riven with raced violin set to a tempo of the incessant voice of the Psychiatrist and a steady beat of dripping water. An extraordinary piece of composition, which delivers on every level.
I Fell in Love (Woman) is a soliloquy set to the scene of the central character which sends me to a scene – ‘Woman’ sitting on her own in a dimly lit café reflecting with a glass of wine, of love and hate.
The Rock number DFWME does exactly as it says on the tin. A strong emotional response to the opening tracks as the central character fight back. Again a great example of the way Marla Mase gets under the skin of what she is trying to portray.
Heading on to a Step or Two, A Brief Night Out continues with a step change to a sun-lit track reminiscent of 60′s pop, with some cleverly crafted flat notes which add an emotional twist in keeping with the album.
That Wall bounces male and female vocals against instrumentation to great effect. An atmospheric track, fighting to get outside the imprisonment of mundanity.
The acoustic guitar and open spaces of Gaping Hole are once again on the spot with the sentiment. This is an exemplary composition. There are too few writers who can match the structure of a lyric with the tempo and overall composition. If for this track only Marla Mase would be a superb addition to the Indie Bands Blog.
Lily Pad, has me reaching forcomparisons, albeit continents apart, Rajashtan Roots, as traditional folk is melded with country.
Heading towards the end of the release. The Penultimate track I’m Done sees the feisty character return. The overlayed core lyrics are a neat step, which add much to the track.
Finishing with RHM (Rockin’ Hot Mase) a tidy rock and roll conclusion to a well crafted release.
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Reviewed by Tim Whale of Indiebandsblog.com on 1/28/2011.
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