I have always thought of Votel as a side project for a group of already over-extended musicians, a place for them to blow off some steam more than focus their full energy, but that has changed with a new slick song that popped up on the interweb the other day. The group are clearly morphing beyond just a unit to test things out and have obviously focused their sound, at least on the one song we have heard. Centered around the sugary sweet vocals of Maggie Morrison (Lookbook, Digitata) and the team of soundscape artists Makr, Drew Christopherson, Ben Clark and Adam Marx (about 50 bands between the four of them), their sound fits in well with the current electronic/R&B genre de jour. “Lasko” features a skittish drums, some darkly melodic beats and Morrison’s voice piercing the cold ambience as it sits front and center in the mix.
Seeing the group live it always felt like her voice was mangled by effects and buried in the mix, but that is not the case when they put their sound on tape, which is a good thing. This is the first song from their debut LP, which seems to be done and maybe will be released this year, and if “Lasko” is any indication, we will have another “buzzy” band on our hands as we solider on into 2013.
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