Too often in music there seems to be a need for over complication. Highly technical extravaganzas of musicianship are brilliant and amazing things but often the simple can easily be just as, if not even more powerful. What is even more powerful still, is contrast and oh boy, does Garbage Queen get how to make the most of contrast! Whether it be in the sordid innuendo of the lyrics delivered in clean poppy styling or in the shifts from meandering wistful guitars into chunky riffs with some serious bite.
The effect of this on ‘Pretty Boy’ leaves me somewhat in mind of the louder side of Wolf Alice. Catchy but heavy. Sing along but eminently moshable. The chorus moves into a nice guitar breakdown that emphasises the off-kilter nature of the song. It wants to stick in your head but doesn’t want to get too comfortable while it is there, keeping you on your toes with an ever shifting pace. The real star of the show is the vocal delivery of the Garbage Queen herself. She strides confidently from pop rock to unhinged in a perfect mirror to the theme of the song, never sounding less than fantastic.
Couple this with a turn of phrase in the lyrics that knows how to create an effect: “I’m sucking your lies, sucking your lies,” and you have an excellent single. ‘Pretty boy’ is a pleasure to listen to and with countless interesting elements that will keep you pressing repeat. Garbage Queen takes many straightforward concepts and weaves them into a pattern greater than the sum of its parts, held together by the contrast between them.
Written by Jimmy Rocks
The artist who embodies Garbage Queen is Eva Monica, the noticeable insight you get straight away is the fact Eva delves deep in the character she has created and the music which pours out when she is Garbage Queen.
Eva is classically trained in a number of instruments, that allows a wide ranging amount of sounds to develop within her expression. There flashes of Post Punk and Theatrical Rock in this track reflection, so fans of artists like Bat for Lashes and PJ Harvey may find another artist to get behind with Garbage Queen.
‘Reflection’ is a record which tackles themes of abuse within a toxic relationship, every emotion will be stored and explored during this song. When the start of this track begins, a mammoth sound explodes out, it reminds you of the days of the 1970’s punk movement when bands would make a statement from the very first beat.
‘Reflection’ is haunting, strong, and raw, but at the same time the dramatic vocals absorb you with intrigue of a magical spell. The layers within ‘Reflection' are like a flowing river with lots of twists and turns. But the highlight is the chorus where the lyrics burst out around a huge amount of instrumental sound.
If you want to widen your musical palate then Garbage Queen has served a course you will enjoy.
Written by Kess Anthony