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Daisy Victoria – Heart Full Of Beef EP Review

Daisy Victoria was singer and songwriter for musical venture, Maglia Rosa Group. She has now embarked on a solo adventure under the moniker, Daisy Victoria.

As part of Maglia Rosa Group, Daisy played Latitude 2013, The John Peel Centre for BBC Introducing and was short listed by Just Music That I Like for the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition 2013.

Her debut EP, Heart Full Of Beef, was recorded at her home with Wild Beasts and 2:54 collaborator, David Pye, and is available to download from bandcamp now.

Title track Heart Full Of Beef is a fabulous, female enthused rock track that sees Daisy’s distorted vocals sing, “I’ve got a heart full of beef and a belly full of love”. This track portrays Daisy as a strong female artist with passion, energy and power. Switching from Maglia Rosa Group to this, Daisy has managed to demonstrate her flexibility as an artist. Maglia Rosa Group saw her vocals take a more classical even slightly operatic approach whereas Heart Full Of Beef sees Daisy take on a whole other persona. It’s grungy and dark while remaining lyrical.

The other stand out tracks are Cloth which has soft, almost unable to hear vocals from Daisy at the start but somehow she still maintains her operatic style. Her vocals at the start sound softly strained which instantly makes them captivating. This song features choked vocals displaying emotion and making it an intriguing track but at the same time, Daisy’s vocals remain light and airy throughout. The music slowly builds and becomes dramatic; it goes from a single guitar to a full bodied track with lots of different instrumentation. The synthesised sounds create a haunting sound and the organ that can be heard in the background later on ensures this track has a dark side.

Secret Garden Path is the best song on the Heart Full Of Beef EP. It’s a little bit Imelda May with strong Jazz and Blues influences creating a lively beat. It sees those soft vocals return, showcasing a seductive side to Daisy’s voice. Secret Garden Path tells a narrative and has great story telling lyrics, “She arched and awed letting loose the latch/And as the gate swung to/He couldn’t see the catch/And she led him through the brambles to the strawberry patch/Where stood a sun burnt fisherman chewing on a match…” It’s a track with Gypsy and folk influences giving it that quirky, unusual sound.  

Heart Full Of Beef EP is an atmospheric EP using a huge range of instruments creating layers and dynamics in each song. There are influences from a range of genres which keeps it interesting and versatile. Daisy’s operatic style vocals give it a distinctive sound. Some of the tracks are haunting and dark while others are quite lively and upbeat (Macbeth To My Lady and Secret Garden Path). There’s a little bit of everything on this EP. It’s a great solo debut EP.

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Introducing…Daisy Victoria

Daisy Victoria was singer and songwriter for musical venture, Maglia Rosa Group. She has now embarked on a solo adventure under the moniker, Daisy Victoria.

As part of Maglia Rosa Group, Daisy played Latitude 2013, The John Peel Centre for BBC Introducing and was short listed by Just Music That I Like for the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition 2013.

Her debut EP, Blue Hubbard, was recorded at her home with Wild Beasts and 2:54 collaborator, David Pye. She has just released her first solo single, Heart Full Of Beef.

Heart Full Of Beef is a fabulous, female enthused rock track that sees Daisy’s distorted vocals sing, “I’ve got a heart full of beef and a belly full of love”. This track portrays Daisy as a strong female artist with passion, energy and power. Switching from Maglia Rosa Group to this, Daisy has managed to demonstrate her flexibility as an artist. Maglia Rosa Group saw her vocals take a more classical even slightly operatic approach whereas Heart Full Of Beef sees Daisy take on a whole other persona. It’s grungy and dark while remaining lyrical.

Daisy informed Rocking Republic that she enjoys the films of Jim Jarmusch, the photographs of Wolfgang Tillmans and the music of Bob Dylan. She stays sane by walking across muddy fields and talking to herself.

Daisy Victoria’s debut EP, Blue Hubbard, will be released this Spring. Keep checking back for more details.

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Maglia Rosa Group Interview

Maglia Rosa Group are a pop quartet from East Anglia but this isn’t pop in the modern form. There’s no cheesy lyrics, stupid dance routines or crazy outfits Lady GaGa style here. The Beatles, the Beach Boys and other bands such as the Monkees were all classed as pop bands once upon a time. Maglia Rosa Group mean pop in that form.

Consisting of brother and sister, Daisy Lawrence (lead vocals, guitar, synth-organ, flute) and Sam Lawrence (guitar/piano/backing vocals) with Owen Cox (drums), Matt Gadd (bass), Maglia Rosa Group produce music that would be hard to come across elsewhere. Combining chilled rock, slightly thematic music with operatic and classical vocals, this band sure do bring something completely new to the music scene.

Having been enticed by their newly recorded track Solace, I decided to find out more about this pretty unknown band. Sam Lawrence answers all my burning questions.

How long have you been together?

The band have been together for about a year now, although being bro and sis, Daisy and I have been playing and writing together for many a year.

Maglia Rosa Group

Maglia Rosa Group

How did you all meet?

I met Daisy during my infancy, shortly after her debut on planet earth. On being introduced, I’m told I tried to bite her. I was only one and a half.

Owen responded via e-mail to an advertisement we put up in a local music shop. Although he emailed us just a month or so after the ad, by that time we’d kind of forgotten to keep checking the email account we created for it. Eight or nine months after posting the ad, we inexplicably decided we would check it. On sifting through reams of months old emails, we tried to make contact with those who hadn’t since moved, changed email address, found a new band, or died. That narrowed the list somewhat. It turned out Owen was among those still living and, as it happened, he was also the most talented at hitting things. We liked him and luckily he liked us too and so that, as they say, was that. Now we’re hardly ever apart except for non-band practice times.

Looking back, I should have just posted my personal email address on the ad and none of the above lunacy would have come to pass. Still, that’s life. One minute you’re not checking a forgotten email account, the next minute you’re in Maglia Rosa Group.

By a stroke of good fortune we found Matt under a rock one day whilst out on a band walk. NOT! We actually found him by a stroke of good fortune on the world wide internet web.

What made you decide to make the music you do?

Well, thats a tough nut to crack. I think for me its just something that has to be done and it comes out how it comes out. That sounds unsatisfactory but I can’t think there’s an overly interesting reason as to why I must periodically pick up a piece of wood strung with metal wire and pluck away at it until it makes noises that I like.

Who are your influences?

No matter how corny the production is or talentless the singer is or lousy the lyrics are or emotionally manipulative and dishonest the writing is, I still find some pop songs very seductive. That said, most mainstream music sounds pretty ugly today. I think electronic things are starting to influence the way we write now, as well as artists such as Kate Bush, The Beach Boys, Talk Talk. People that have stood the rather demanding test of time.

Would you say your band and its music are original? Having a classically trained voice with modern music is rather unheard of…

Well, Daisy’s voice certainly helps us approach the ‘pop’ genre from a different perspective. She was a choir girl once (albeit very briefly) and that juxtaposition of a choral sounding tone with instruments more conventionally associated with the pop than classical genre hopefully produces some interesting results. It certainly directs much of our writing – the nature of her voice kind of sets the parameters for the songs, in terms of what they will be able to deliver lyrically and emotionally.

She’s also recently developed a new technique which I think makes her sound much better than ever she has done before. I’m really looking forward to hearing it recorded on our new stuff. But I’m her big brother so I guess I’m a bit biased.

Maglia Rosa Group

Maglia Rosa Group

What genre would you place your music in, if any? Maybe you have created a new genre…?

Well I’m happy to call it pop but I use the term loosely.

Who writes the songs? 

Daisy and I tend to always write together – unless we’re going through one of our  periods of temporary estrangement. Typically when writing, we’ll be hurling obscenities at each other in one breath then saying something complimentary in the next. It can get quite volatile but that often helps us work out whatever it is we’re trying to achieve. It can also be quite hilarious.

 If you could all choose one musician each to dine with (dead or alive) who would you choose? 

We talked about this in band practice last week and all agreed that we’d choose each other. We’re a very loving band. I think dining with anyone you admire would inevitably result in disappointment and disillusionment (and indigestion). You know the old adage ,‘Never meet your heroes”?

You can find Maglia Rosa Group’s music on their facebook page – click here.

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