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Why am I wearing this dirty old mac? Oh, no reason really. Lets get on with the review should we? OK! OK! I'll tell you. I get soooo tired sometimes of reviewing the endless line of male musicians the net seems infested with, so every once in a while I'll cast about and see whether I can find a female (that's the sex that is different to us geezers) musician who I can appreciate - musically, that is. Of course, it helps if the female in question is gorgeous but - over and above all that gooey stuff - I happen to like female vocalists. So, over the last month I have quietly been checking out Soundclick's female musicians, which is how I came across Florida based Simonesongs.
My kind of rock chick ;)
One of the things that made me stop on Simone is because a) I am a sucker for rock and b) as soon as I saw the video on her page, I knew I had found what I was looking for. Simone cites both Alanis Morisette and Gwen Stefani as influences and on Synthetic Sugar she definitely has echoes of both artists. However, she can stand up on her own two feet too because she has a strong, confident voice that has obviously seen its share of live work; Synthetic Sugar has the kind of vocal that makes you SEE the artist as well as hear it - if you know what I mean. Moreover, encasing all that in a very capable production shows that she also knows what she is doing as far as 'finished' product goes - and you KNOW I'm gonna like that.
Don't mean sheeit though if there isn't a good song for her to sing under the bonnet, and Synthetic Sugar is a huge blast of a song with a chorus that sends shivers down my spine. The wall to wall sound only serves to propel the track along with consummate ease, whoever these musicians are, they sure know what they are doing. Although I stumbled upon her by the purest accident, I'm not likely to be forgetting this artist for a while, thats what kind of impression she left on me. This is a very commercial sound and an immensely catchy track BUT she also has some new stuff coming out shortly and THAT I am definitely going to watching for. She's got the look, she's got the voice, she's got the songs... What she hasn't got is a record contract so what is wrong with this picture??
MUST HAVE powerful rock pop.