There was no forgetting Ben Alexander’s absorbing approach to production after hearing their artfully ambient electronica single Daybreak. Naturally, upon the release of their latest single Seek we were all too eager to delve into their experimentally bold, indulgently cathartic ingenuity once more.
This time, Ben Alexander used ethereally choral vocals which gave Seek a gospel feel, but even the impious will be able to appreciate this celestially stylistic single. There are also nuances of Indie weaved into the mix which amplify the accessibility and makes Seek all too easy to sink into.
It may be early days for the Norwegian artist, composer, and producer. Yet, their ability to orchestrate soundscapes which are simultaneously haunting and soulfully resolving indicates that Ben Alexander won’t be up and coming for too much longer. For your sanity’s sake, get them on your radar.
You can listen to Seek for yourselves via Spotify.
Review by Amelia Vandergast
MXK’s debut single Air featuring Olivia Meade is a hallowing mix of synth pop which captures the contempt of every women ever scorned as the narrative lyrics unravel, gripping you as they lead you through the track demanding that you share in her melancholy.
Along with acts such as Angel Olsen, London Grammar, Big Thief & Heavy Heart, this artist has got some stiff competition but with their first ever single, MXK and Olivia have blown it out of the park by creating this delectably dark ensemble that you can listen to time and time again.
To say that Air is an empowering track is possibly the biggest understatement I could make. The beautifully stunning singer song writer Olivia has been around on the underground with her guitar since 2009, it’s a tragic sign of the times that this track isn’t being blasted by every mainstream radio station.
Along with her staggering vocal ability, Olivia Meade is also a multi-instrumentalist, but her true talent lies in the passion she packs into her sound to create a powerfully transgressive mix with MXK.
Check out the debut single Air via Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5LpUpUlFpIzfj3rx6ppxue