“WATCH ME BREAK APART ” RELEASED ON 23rd July
Sliding up faders on the desk before him, Tarek Musa is in prime position to conjure his next trick. Surrounded by the controlled chaos of his box-sized studio in Liverpool’s creative Baltic Triangle, the producer, mixer, and musician, is pressing play on his songwriting alias Dead Nature and from within this small space, is ready to let slip a much bigger secret
“What’s created here can sound as huge as any record from a slick operation,” Tarek reveals of his maximalist production method.“It’s like a light prism; raw energy in its purest form goes in one side and this bold and high-end sounding aesthetic comes out. It’s not how you get there that maters, so long as the sound that comes through the speakers moves you.”
So let’s pour a glass of red, put on the headphones, and get up close and personnel with “ Watch Me Break Apart”.
Listening to this album certainly restored my faith in all that is good about music. Rousing, energetic and bursting with great guitar riffs, it essentially got my head rocking and my feet tapping! Let’s face it, life is too short to be listening to rubbish, but this album shoots straight out of the blocks and delivers a sound that had me thinking back to so many amazing acts and albums. Hints of the B52’s and Arcade Fire resonate like clouds of influence but only in a respectful way rather than anything untoward.
Rocking itself into the memory bank, ‘Watch me break apart’ feels it’s way through climate control, social media and everything in between, finding its own voice where there are so many right now. Relevant, topical and socially descriptive the album carries messages passionately without the sometimes flowery bits. It is an honest and brave look at the world around, in a way that is expressive, demanding but at the end of it all, hopeful.
Somewhere down the line, we will all wake up at the same moment and actually agree that we are the ones that will make this all better and an album such as this, goes a long way in helping that cause.
REVIEW BY LLOYD WAKELING
WATCH E BREAK APART TRACK LISTING
Watch Me Break Apart
50 Foot Wall
Nothing is Gonna Change
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