Off The Record – ALBUM FOCUS – Love Sweat and Tears, Mariama

Have you ever wanted To listen to a new band or musician and not sure where to start? Well, instead of listening to their commercial music, why not start with something off the album first!  Today we look at the latest album by musician Mariama – Love Sweat and Tears 

The Name of the Game

This song has a very interesting intro and sort of plays with the dynamics of a bass and makes it sound sort of like Raindrops. The song really focuses on the vocals of Mariama and the cello really highlights the tenderness of it whilst also bringing emotion. At the end of the song there is a male voice that starts saying things – a one off is fine but I think if I had this song on repeat that would get a bit irritating. However I felw it goes with the tone of the album.

Stop

This song yet again has a calm vibe to it and having stripped back music really makes you focus on the singing. It also allows you to really focus on the instruments that are being played. This song is short and sweat again and has a minute of talking at the end. Whilst it is in tone to the album I am not a fan and find it a tad preachy. I don’t know if it’s intended but that’s personally how I find it – Mariama is a great singer I wish it was focused on that.

Grains of Wisdom

When this song opens the prominent sound it the bass guitar and this creates a rhythm that is dominant in the song but also it is quite mellow. The trumpet intertwining throughout the song brings an element of sadness to quite a jolly up tempo based song. This song is another one that really highlights Mariamas voice and there are parts of the song where she fits a lot of words into one beat and it really works effectively.

 

Lovers Dub

This song has a different sound to it and it works well with Mariamas style. The lyrics are also different as well they are all metaphorical and it really goes with the musical style. The song feels like it pulls from influences of reggae and blues and combining these two sounds is a really interesting mix.

Nature Boy

This is a cover of the David Bowie and has been stripped back musically to create an interesting sound. There is a completely different instrument used in the background which I can’t think of the name but it works well with this version of the song.

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