Maribou State, the best live act I’ve never seen. On three separate occasions, I have managed to neglect my musical priorities and missed out on seeing one of my favourite acts of the last few years. Despite this, my love only continues to grow for this Hertfordshire duo. I remember coming across them and being shocked by just how much of their music consisted of acoustically recorded instruments whilst maintaining such a progressive and electronic sound. For those of you who have read previous posts of mine, this combination of acoustic and electronic is something I just can’t get enough of.
Whilst much of this album, Kingdoms In Colour, relies on featured artists for their vocal chops, it’s the instrumental interludes which got me hooked. ‘Turnmills’ is a fantastic example of how you can make a track sound electronic without the staple electronic instruments such as synths and drum machines.
About the Curator: Hugh Kelly
Music was not something that seemed to initially come naturally to me. After a couple of unsuccessful choir auditions and a few unfruitful attempts at learning the piano in my younger years, my parents decided that perhaps I was just not musically inclined. It was very soon after this that I was given my first guitar at age 10 - an old Strat copy from the 70s with frets jutting out and tuning pegs rusting. Regardless of the state of the instrument, it sparked a profound interest which has only grown until the present day.
Fast forward to now, having just completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Composition and Performance from the University of Glasgow as well as a continuing career as a self-releasing musician, I am delighted to be joining the MusicTo team. Having seen streaming services from both the consumer and artist perspective, MusicTo certainly has the ability to provide great interest to both sides of this streaming dynamic.