Moushumi – Red Like Mine EP Review

Moushumi is a twenty two year old singer songwriter from Brooklyn who provides music of sweeping and rolling atmospheric soundscapes in a similar style to London Grammar, whose sound influences her music. She has recently released her debut EP entitled Red Like Mine in which she delivers these aspects of her sound in conjunction with her soft, wistful vocals and sharper edged instrumentation. ‘Alone’ is a track that best encapsulates all of the qualities of her sound as her vocals gently roll across the direct percussion and the steady, rumbling electronica. She achieves a great balance between intimacy and power in this track as the loosely produced elements of the track push forward that sweeping quality in an all encompassing manner. Songs such as ‘Stay’ are more subtle and maximise the soft tinged vocals of Moushumi as it’s surrounded by airy riffs and easy percussion. This heightens the focus of the lyrics and the emotive message behind them, matched by the emotive setting.

‘More’ swings back and forth between the fluttering riffs and snap of the percussion before being bridged by her sweeping vocals, a reverberating bass line and high pitched, understated synth. Each element plays off the other well and this also helps the song’s progression and development. In general, it is a cool and slick track delivered with an understated confidence that is present throughout the EP. Each track is made up a different instrumental variation to form a different type of soundscape with her fluid vocals being one of the only mainstays. She’s also shown that to deliver an album of perspective such as this, that making some elements bolder highlights those that are supposed to spaced out and this has given her more to work with as opposed to ensuring everything is spaced out. With this in mind, the simple and complex aspects of Red Like Mine are not only more prominent, but more appreciated too.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

Darren Campbell Q&A

It’s likely that you’ve heard of Darren Campbell before. That’s because I reviewed his single ‘Remember You’ about two weeks back. The Dundee singer/songwriter answered a few questions on his influences, his advice for up and coming British artists and what he has in mind for the future!

For anyone who hasn’t had the chance to hear your music; can you describe your sound and what you’re about?

A-     I’d like to think of my sound as a poppy (not too poppy) easy listening sound that anyone can like no matter what genre they prefer!

Who are the primary influences to your music?

A-     I listen to a lot of pop punk bands like The Wonder Years and Transit, and also a lot of Dance producers like Alesso and Avicii

 ‘Remember You’ is a great song What is the song about lyrically and musically?

A – I prefer to leave my songs open to the listeners interpretation, so they can relate it to whatever they are going through in their own lives, I feel if they know exactly what I wrote it about it can take away from whatever they relate it to (if that makes sense)! And thanks for the compliment 😉

What do you think is your most complete tune?

A-     So far “remember you.” However I am working on a new song which Is ten times better in my opinion.

Are there any songs that you like to cover? Any reason why?

A-     I don’t know why but I tend to avoid covers and playing them. I do however, have a cover up of “Bon Iver’s” Skinny love.

What’s the best venue you’ve played at?

A – A venue in my hometown called “Fat Sam’s” that was a few years back!

Is there a venue that you’d really want to make it to?

A – Well it is my dream to headline T in The Park. And just generally tour the world!

Where do you record your tunes? Is it easy to do so?

A-     I record in a Studio with my friend Paul who records the tracks. It can be stressful sitting and making sure everything is the best it can be.

What advice would you give to a singer/songwriter in Scotland and the rest of the U.K?

A-     Just get out and paly as much as you can. If you live in a small town that doesn’t do a lot of gigs or there are no venues. Go out and busk in town and get the locals talking about you!

What have you got in mind for the future?

A-     In the long term I want to make music my career. In the short term I’ll be playing around Scotland! I want to be successful so I’ll work to get it!

Thanks to Darren for the answers! You can check him out at https://www.facebook.com/darrencampbellsmusic (Image source), @1darrencampbell and http://www.youtube.com/user/DarrenCampbellmusic?feature=watch