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Mario Nardi – This Music is Organic EP

Sardinian born singer songwriter Mario Nardi has recently released his first EP which will leave you wanting to hear more.

Having been based in the UK since 2007, Mario Nardi is now signed to Gary Powell’s record label, 25 Hour Convenience Store. Originally a drummer, Mario decided to swap his drumsticks for a guitar and microphone which seems to have worked in his favour. Keeping a voice like his hidden is a sin.

Mario Nardi

Upcoming blues artist Mario Nardi

This Music is Organic is Mario Nardi’s first studio EP release. With husky vocals that sound like a blend of Kurt Cobain, Chad Kroeger and Brandon Boyd, Mario Nardi has produced five fantastic acoustic ¬†blues tracks where every emotion can be felt through the notes he holds.

The Stranger Revenge is the best song on the EP. It’s a breath-taking song which will have you transfixed on the first listen. Nardi’s vocals are inspiring and refreshing. It’s great to hear a voice that has something original and unique in it. Although he can be easily compared to Cobain and Boyd, Nardi’s vocals still feel brand new. The song showcases Nardi’s vocals. It highlights his powerful voice as the most important instrument with only a faint guitar heard being played in the background. It takes a great singer to be able to pull off singing acoustically.

The Stranger Revenge is more folk than blues especially due to the storytelling nature of the lyrics. The last part of the track contains all the emotion with the best lyrics, “Should I quit you, baby? Should I lie or should I just keep waiting for it to come?”¬†The whole song is very lyrical proving that Nardi isn’t just a good singer. His talent spreads much wider than just being a good vocalist.

Mario Nardi’s EP This Music is Organic is out now and can be downloaded through iTunes.

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Plastic Youth

Plastic Youth are a young band from Southend Essex about to unleash their first full release. Spending the last year running circles around their gig circuit, they have managed to land themselves a deal with Libertines/Dirty Pretty Things’ Gary Powell on his label, ’25 Convenience Store.

Plastic Youth

Plastic Youth

Their first release will be two tracks titled Death Row and Animal Style. The singles will be available for free download and limited edition seven inch vinyl.

After slipping into the studio with Verve and Black Ships’ guitarist Nick McCabe last year, Plastic Youth have gained massive support from the likes of Alan McGee who tweeted after hearing their demo, “I hope this is the first nail in the coffin for Mumford and Sons”.

Hearing Plastic Youth’s sound transports you back to the days of Oasis and the 90s when pop rock was at its height. Death Row is a song about the fall of society and was the first track produced by Nick McCabe. It has husky vocals with heavy grunge 90s rock music accompanying them. The grumpy attitude of the band added to these elements of the track makes it all fit together perfectly.

Animal Style is a little less in your face. With softer vocals and more of a laid back Oasis-esque feel to it, it’s a pleasant track to listen to. The musical instrumental between the chorus and verse brings forward the happier and fun side of the band that is lacking in Death Row.

Death Row and Animal Style will be available from 23 April.

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