Recently discovered Philly bro Scott Olsen fronts the solo bedroom project MAVIS THE DOG. Olsen just released his second album, cleverly titled “The Second Album” on a series of 100 red cassette tapes, released entirely by himself. There isn’t a spot to buy this release physically, but you can just as easily download it for free by checking the Mavis the Dog blogspot. Olsen primarily enlists help from his guitar, a drumset and his own voice, occasionally branching out with some piano, harmonica and bass for good measure. These two songs below sound equally breezy and easy-going, encapsulating what the rest of the album might sound like to the listener. “Not All Things Must Past” sways along for a solid two minutes before breaking off into a quivering and carnivalesque guitar lead, while “End of Our Day” is a free-flowing and optimistic jam dominated by joyous pianos.
Hailing from somewhere out of the Czech Republic comes Mon Insomnie. Mon Insomnie is the name of a one-man bedroom pop outfit, and that’s about as far as I could get when it came to finding some information on the band. I couldn’t even figure out the lead singers name, but I did figure out the record label – Monster Heart Records. While they don’t quite have any physical releases to buy just yet, they seem to be in the process of getting that ready for us.
Going by the Mon Insomnie Bandcamp page, there is only a handful of music to listen to, with some of that being from their first 7″ record. The 7″ is three songs long, and it’s definitely worth a quick listen. The songs all evoke a longing feeling whether you like it or not – like you’re trying to reach out to something you just can’t grasp. The first two tracks, “Barbed Wires” and “Keep Love” definitely fall into the same vein, but the last track “They Left Me Here Where No One’s Around” is somewhat haunting, and more of an instrumental piano track that’s bound to paint a picture in your head. For some reason it reminds me of playing Resident Evil or something like that. But you should listen to these songs – head on over to the Bandcamp page so you can download them too!
Barbed Wires –
Keep Love –
They Left Me Here… –
My Rating: 6/10 Genre/ Tags: Lo-Fi, Singer/Songwriter, Bedroom Pop Barbed Wires 7″: Tracklist:
1.) Barbed Wires
2.) Keep Love
3.) They Left Me Here Where No One’s Around