EP REVIEW: Strong Like Woman - Fortune (EP)
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"Fresh Sounding Music"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST -
Artist: Strong Like Woman
Techno, Power Pop,
Instrumentation & Lack of musical variety, Repetitive Catalogue.
Seattle’s own 3 piece “Strong Like Woman” releases their debut EP entitled Furtune EP in late 2010. Band members include Kaptn Atak (vocals), HMS ThunderChild (vocals). Influences include Of Montreal, LCD Soundsydtem, The Faint, Yacht, & The Presets.
The EP quickly takes to flight with driving intro piece “Long Live the Sons of God (Radio Edit)” This song methodically serves up driving industrial-esqe type rhythms against rich sonic melodies & psychedelic vocal flair. Track 2 “No One Else has to Die” dishes pulsating rock rhythm against well placed harmonies, impressive hypnotic musical flow & clever lyrical content. Track 2 is painfully simple yet painfully brilliant. Track 3 “Contact” is an impressive hypnotic groove that methodically slithers across your ears with its trippy vibe, satirical lyrical content & amazing originality. This song is quite original sounding, dynamic & full of musical peaks & valleys that flow & ebb through fruition. This EP is remarkably striking to the ears with its solid bottom end punch & pulsating bass grooves. I would classify this music as psychedelic punk rock with brilliant flashes of Industrial, techno, & even power pop – an interesting combination. The musicianship is pretty solid across the board as Strong Like Woman has created an amazing musical playground. I might add there are some impressive vocal harmonies & accents along the way that are both well placed & effective. Equally as impressive are some of the throbbing low end beats, grooves & rhythms meshed with acoustic guitar rhythms & rich layers of ambient instrumentation. Kaptn Atak’s voice is melodically consistent & makes the singer to listen connection. He’s got the zaniness yet musical brilliance of a David Byrne & even Nick Cave. From upbeat “Song of Opportunity” this EP has something for just about everyone. The EP ends with Long Live the Sons of God (Jazzyspoon Remix) the perfect finale statement for this EP.
The EP sounds extremely ambient, synthetic & electronic. There’s nothing wrong with that but it’s safe to say this catalogue is a bit repetitive to the ears. Like a BOLD FONT IN THE FACE it's very intense & can take a toll on the listener over time. Perhaps things like percussion, solos, horns, piano, electronic guitar would make the production value even better. KAPTN ATAK’s voice works well within the catalogue but is nothing spectacular. His baritone is relatively monotone as he elects to play it safe on all songs avoiding any serious risks that would indicate to me a world class vocal ability. He's kind of shouting the lyrics vice singing them. The heavy reverb on his voice definitely works in his favor.
Strong Like Woman 5 song EP is just a blast to listen. It is remarkably fresh sounding, full of spontaneous energy & possesses a high amount of originality. Its strong suit it’s amazing sonic ambience the song for song musical flow of the EP. This band gets high marks for their brilliant musical textures & high amount of originality & intensity - nice touch. This EP will be a real joy for those listeners out there who want an in your face musical experience that pushes the envelope & just lets it all hang out. Also present on the production were members of Eighteen Individual Eyes, Hair Envelope, You Yell You Kick & Bad Transplant. I recommend you just hit play, max out the volume like I did & see where the journey takes you. STRONG LIKE WOMAN is a dangerous band – I would keep a watchful eye on them if I we you.