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OK Button // fraser m // Paul Iwan // Esbie Fonte // Ben Grace

OK Button – Flesh & Blood

Flooding across the deep expanse of self-control and desolate loneliness, the mind becomes a fragment of the former self. Broken and shattered, it hitches on the remaining dignity which remained hidden, just in case. Found out, it surrenders, losing the last bits of defense against a step towards the cliffs. Amber Wilson, Nass Donald and Adam Falkner synthesizes those inklings of desperation in mental limitation, in ‘Flesh & Blood’. And when OK BUTTON delves into what ails our most basic of relationships, there lies a spark of enthusiasm and positivity. Weathered in the darkness of it all, there could be a sliver of light. There could be.

fraser m – machines (feat. annie dorrett)

Off of the full length album ‘Summer In Winter’, fraser m, considers the heady subject of ‘consumerism’ and what little ‘control’ we can have within its grasp. “This song is about what it is to be satisfied in a consumer society that seems to be spiraling further out of control,” stated fraser m. As he’d recruited childhood friend Annie Dorrett while her visit to Toronto, for her vocal contribution, the single is a drizzling reminder of how some of our emotional capacities work in our lives, barraged with the urge to ‘buy’. We think in a weird way fraser m definitely think of the rhythms of what ‘consumerism’ is, to be oddly aesthetic. The pulse of what we do, as end users, is a circus. But it’s a circus that has a pattern, due to our sometimes manic attitude towards material ‘things’. Guess our human ambitions and often mis-guided view of what ‘life’ should contain, triggers the use of a credit card, right? Something to think about.

Paul Iwan – Progress

From the upcoming album ‘RESISTER’ (February 22nd), PAUL IWAN sings his way to the minds of us all. With 80’s sensibilities, the modern interpretive offering rejoices in its selective and delicate lyrical continuity. Digitized elements deliver the electricity and as the strong AOR vocals of Paul drives the foundations forward, you find yourself riding towards the new horizon. “When I was writing ‘Progress’, I wanted to capture the feeling of the panic attacks I had been experiencing, try to to explain what happens.” From negative, into positive. The energy in this song is pure, and nothing can stop it.

Esbie Fonte – Rosie

Eclectic. Prominent. Revealing. Mysterious. ESBIE FONTE is your ultimate siren of your dreams. Unencumbered and radical in her approach, the cult-ish feeling artist produces a single called ‘Rosie’, where reality cannot surely be what it used to be. Formed around the ‘Ring Around The Rosie’ old nursery rhyme, the thematically dark but cinematic single is out of the next horror flick you’d been ‘dying’ to experience. Esbie’s raw, managed, and utterly spine-tingling vocals relegate your glands to squeeze out some beads of good ol’ classic cold sweats. “Who is this vision of darkness? Who is this ESBIE FONTE?” you muttered, as your feet moved to the rhythms of this dimension’s demise.

Ben Grace – Preacher’s Daughter

BEN GRACE’s body of work is beautiful. We’d gotten to know him through his prior single ‘Colorado’. And in continuing with the songwriter tradition, he goes on with ‘Preacher’s Daughter’. And we just listen, as our worlds evaporate into another level of clouds. The piano lead piece, continues to subtly guide you to a place of tears and memories; a place where we’d promised ourselves never to go again. The private safe has been opened, with the key played by Ben. Although we’re full of trepidation, the orchestral caress, is irresistible to ignore. “This song is a lament for the way patriarchy & purity culture has repressed women’s voices & desire,” said Ben. Desire to move from repression, when intertwined by tradition, is almost an impossible task. The guilt, the self hate, drapes from the moment of the first steps to newer freedoms. Breaking the chain, certainly calls for bravery, never accustomed. Ben hopes they can get there, where ever they may be.

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