Vai Patri (pop) on debut single “Criminal”, plans for EP “Dynamite”

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As a follow up to our review of Denver, CO native, Vai Patri’s release of her debut single, “Criminal” we invited her on to chat for a bit about the track. We are excited to have her back on, and will be hopefully seeing more of her in the future!

1. What inspired you to write this track? 

I wrote “Criminal” about four years ago, when I was 17! What inspired me to write the track was a lack of motivation (haha, note the irony). I was in a period of my life where everything felt impossible; I was struggling with depression and some other mental health issues. I think, internally, everything piled up so much that I finally burst – and in this explosion, “Criminal” was born. Writing this song was me fighting an internal battle. It was telling myself: “I am alive, creative, life is unwritten, and I can be what I want”. I strongly felt need to share this message with as many human beings as possible, so when I wrote this song, I knew it was going to be the one I released, and I knew it was going to be the first single from my E.P. “Dynamite.”

 

2. Are you hoping to put together a music video for “Criminal,” or any further production for this single? 

 

Absolutely. I am currently writing the music video for “Criminal”. I see it all in my head! I am currently working on putting together a team. The music video is going to focus on mental health issues and overcoming various struggles. There is going to be darkness and light, and it is going to be very realistic.

 

3. How has the feedback been so far? 
The feedback has been fantastic! A lot of people have been telling me that the song has resonated very deeply with them. I am so incredibly happy and proud. 

 

 

4. Are you planning for any release shows, or shows that listeners can watch out for with summer coming? 

I am planning for a release show as soon as “Dynamite” is finished! I am planning for something late August! I am very excited.

 

5. Finally, any more releases planned for this year that we can expect from you? 

“Dynamite” my E.P. will come out later, in August! The songs are very diverse! There’s a little bit of everything.

This is all we know right now about her exciting plans for her new EP, and a video coming but we will keep you all in the loop about anything else we find along the way!

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REVIEW: “Criminal” by Vai Patri (pop) out of Denver, CO

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Denver’s newest emerging pop artist Vai Patri is gearing up to release her new single “Criminal” on April 27th. The 21 year old dubbed as, ‘a little girl with a big voice’ is making waves with her signature style promoting mental health awareness, as well as human and animal rights.

Patri has a remarkable set of pipes with a soothing and melodic transition between notes. The track is about feeling trapped in your own mind, and taking control of your life. The passion that courses through the track speaks volumes about Vai’s own love for music and the power of sound.

While unfortunately you all will have to wait until the release date to give this banging track a listen, we will be happy to have Vai on to chat about the upcoming release in the coming weeks so make sure to keep your eyes out for that!

Check out her current song “Let Live” which is her first ever single here!

REVIEW: “Beyond.Desire” by Dead Leaf Echo (nouveau wave) out of Brooklyn, NY

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Music finds us in different ways. Dead Leaf Echo is a prime example of my faith that good music is still present today– you just have to find it. It’s sophisticated, polished yet chaotic and lastly what makes the album so special is that it’s such a great example of what emotion itself, should sound like when it’s recorded. It’s passionate, layered with our anger, remorse, guilt, love. I highly recommend this album if you want to hear what it sounds like when a band goes their own way despite the risks. Its got moxy. The people behind it are equally as dashing, intellectually savvy and a powerhouse of a writing team. Everyone writes their own parts and has something to contribute. Nothing is done by accident.

I spent time speaking with the band, trying to understand them as artists, I immediately got the dynamic. The motto for this band is raw and relentless expression. One of the driving forces behind the band is LG Galleon (as Ana Breton put it, he’s truly a purist and has completely given himself to his art). Blood, sweat and more blood has been put into this album and the listeners can hear it. The album even takes a new light once it’s played live. They arranged it so that we see these two lead figures – one male and one female interacting off each other as if it’s a dance. Much like the album, the live performance is like a play. The concept of this album invigorates in a play-like manner, the way classical music does– in movements or acts. This format is of course, to me, reminiscent of some of my favorite albums like Dark Side of The Moon or Sgt. Pepper.

I asked the band if this was the concept behind the album, and just as I had suspected – they confirmed it. In Ana’s words, “We’re just telling a story – telling the truth.” The chemistry between these two figures is nostalgically refreshing. Lyrically the album explores the depth of want and desire, the human experience and how it relates to us. They talk about what matters. The struggles and diverse elements we face on a daily basis bound by the human condition. I’ll take that over mumble rap any day. Simply put, this album sounds like Brooklyn to me.

Right off the bat they start with solid songs like, “Temple,” “Strawberry.Skin,” and “Lemonheart.” Throughout the album the band’s sound is consistent. On a technical level, the album explores mostly legato sounds and melodies. They make good use of their sound by exploring different elements, and as a result there is a good selection of songs (be it a ballad, fast, slow etc.) to choose from. Dead Leaf Echo took their style and painted across a broad canvas.

Overall, these guys are very tight.The album builds and releases tension quite well in various moments and snapshots. Sometimes it’s done via the drums which are magnificently played. The bass is put in a sensitive position here because it has to gel just right in order for the songs to flow however it blends perfectly. The low end balances everything out by clever choice of notes.

Vocalists LG and Ana explore a lot of call and response in their vocals. They arrange the vocal structure in such a meticulous way which is evidence of their strong chemistry and attention to detail. LG lays down his parts and feel for the song and Ana then intricately develops her vocal positions. LG’s voice has depth and can transcend emotion to the listener; this ability is a rare occurrence today. His voice has a natural powerful yet sigh-like sound to it and fits perfectly with the reverb and ethereal sound of the band.

One thing I loved about this band is that they chose to employ the polar opposite of LG’s voice on the record. This is where Ana comes in. Her voice effortlessly dances on the songs which has a welcoming nature it has to the ear. Ana’s (vocals, guitar, synth) voice on this record is like a welcoming siren that pulls you in closer to the songs, tempting the listener. Many times in this record there is a pattern of great vocal takes that are dramatic, filled with melodic sighs accompanied by a great amount of soft reverb and echo.

If you haven’t heard this band yet, you can stream their album below and download it here. You can also catch them live on March 29th at the Secret Project Reboot in Brooklyn, NY and on their EU tour in May.

Written by Ricky Frank.