Mackenzie Ellis, who goes by the stage name Mothica, released an enchanting, catchy EP called Heavy Heart. The electro-pop singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, by way of Oklahoma City, OK, created an undeniable buzz around her lead single, “Sometimes”. Heavy Heart does nothing to diminish that hype and if anything it will continue to push Mothica into the stratosphere.
Thematically, the EP is an unapologetic anthem about heartbreak and the raw emotions of developing relationships. This is nothing particularly new about the subject matter but Mothica‘s ability to take her deepest, darkest emotions and create tantalizing, relatable tracks is outstanding. With the use of minimal voice modifications, synthetic samples, and some heavy dubstep bass, the underground style is brought more mainstream with its hip-hop and R&B feel.
While the majority of her songs are of the depressing variety, the upbeat tempos and her clear, haunting vocals create wonderful texture which is captured with stunning effect on the track “Fall”. It is filled with a myriad of vocal hurdles and fun, enticing riffs that keep the track interesting and fresh on every replay. It really is the same for any of the 6 tracks that grace Heavy Heart.
If a track had to be picked as the standout, “Out Of It” will probably take that prize. It is a tad bit slower tempo with slightly more forceful, urgent vocals, but still filled with tenderness and vulnerability.
There are zero missteps. Mothica reaches out with her emotions with reckless abandon and put together a stunning EP that is focused on every detail from production, vocals and lyrics. The dark pop singer/songwriter is truly on the path to stardom. Do not be left behind!
Heavy Heart by Mothica is due out May 25, 2017. While you wait, check out her latest single, “Sometimes”, below.
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