First Listen | Need to Know – Odd Year & The Reverb Junkie

Hey! I realized that I have mentioned “…when I first heard the song…” in a lot of my blog posts, so here’s a new segment I’m going to call First Listen. This will feature my opinions on songs that have recently come out and my reactions to the songs. All genuine reactions, nothing fake. You know me guys, I like to spit the truth. Even though sometimes I am a tad biased… lol.

This actually started out as a game for my friend Ash and I. We listened to songs for the first time and decided to record our reactions together. This segment is inspired by her.

Today The Reverb Junkie & Odd Year announced that their second collaborative EP has been released. I am a fan of both, so I had a hunch of what to expect. If you don’t know who these guys are, The Reverb Junkie is NBC’s The Voice, Michelle Chamuel, and her alternate EDM persona is The Reverb Junkie. In the summer of last year she released her debut album, All I Want. I’d also like to point out that she posted my cover on a song of hers on her TRJ tumblr last year. Check it out here! Odd Year, also known as David Gonzalez is a music producer/artist/programmer/remixer all within the EDM genre. Y’all know me, I like my EDM from time to time. 🙂

Here we go. Live reactions, written down. This should be interesting. If you want to listen to it as well, click the link at the top and press the play button now.

Intro – Okay, nice steady beat, digging the little synth melody. I’m bobbing my head to the beat. Cool.

Oh! The synths have a crescendo. It’s getting more prominent.

Verse – I like the melody so far. TRJ entering strong as always. Liking the echo, and the drop of the drum beat so we focus on the voice.

I hear that deeper tone now just as the drums come back in! A typical TRJ strategy. I always liked it, thought it was a cool effect.

Chorus – Still bopping my head. Short chorus, but really catchy. The deep tone is still evident.

Verse 2 – I like the drop of the beat in the second half of the verse. Kind of like an opposite approach of the first verse. Do you hear the percussion? It kind of sounds like a wooden xylophone. Never heard that in EDM. Nice touch David!

Instrumental – I can’t get over those wooden xylophone sounds! I actually really love it. Ahh here’s the long awaited distorted bass. I always had a love/hate relationship with them, but David seems to use it effectively here. It’s not overpowering which is something that’s easy to listen to.

Catchy chorus is catchy. Catchy chorus is catchy. Vocals on point. Girl slaying.

0:30 seconds left – I like this light synth. It kind of sounds like a lot of reverb with a guitar combined with an organ. Idk i’m not an expert on synths yet. Fading out.

Okay! So that was an interesting roller coaster. This song sounds more the minimalist type of electronic music than your typical progressive dance electronic music. My definition of minimalism is the more easy listening kind of electronic music. It’s probably the opposite of dub step. It’s calmer, relaxing and once again, easy to listen to. This was kind of the overall take of the EP, some songs were “louder” than others, so if you are an EDM fan, definitely check out EP 2 by Odd Year and the Reverb Junkie. Also make sure to check out a similar project by the both of them EP 1!


MTGM | It Could Be – Ella Riot

Hullo lovely people! I feel a bit iffy today, so bear with me. I came into a little bit of a dilemma for choosing a song today. I had so many in mind; I’m trying to limit myself so that I don’t seem over obsessive.

With that being said, this is ‘It Could Be’ by Ella Riot. This band meshes two of my favourite genres together to create their sound (Dance and Pop). This will be your new jam (if you haven’t heard this yet). The song is so funky that it will make you want to put on those dance pants and bust out the running man. That makes me sound ancient. I’ll have you know that I’m actually a good dancer. I’ll show you one day. Anyway, like I said earlier, it’s a funky tune. Why? Funk is all about the bass. The bass in this song defines funk; the riff and the classic bass slap. The song also features a guitar amped with a nice use of the wah wah pedal. The synths and the use of reverb for the vocals in this song creates that 80s effect that I absolutely adore. This song had me at the intro, with the drums, then as soon as that bass line came in, I was sold. The chorus is catchy, the arrangement is effective and the male falsetto in the bridge is surprising, but in a great way. It amazes me how this song isn’t a hit yet.

Ella Riot’s lead singer is the nerdy introvert from NBC’s The Voice, Michelle Chamuel. It was because of her, that I found out about Ella Riot, The Reverb Junkie, her alter ego, as well as s/he, another side project of hers. I’m not going to lie, my inner hipster self was mad when I discovered Ella Riot during Michelle’s season on The Voice; mad that I hadn’t heard of them earlier. I swear to you, the day I found out about them, I became obsessed with them and their sound. This is music that gets me.

Y’all can check out ‘It Could Be’ below, and you can buy their album ‘Love Child’ on iTunes, Bandcamp and Amazon. Hope you had a great day! Have fun listening to this jam. Be Happy, Be Awesome, Be You!