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Brave New Girl, NYC
Brave New Girl, NYC (Self-Released)

By: Alex Steininger

Hailing from the mecca ska scene that is New York, Brave New Girl consists of six members, once of which is not a guitar player. Fusing samba, ska, and soul, their sound is one that will be sure to help you relax.

"One of These Days" appropriately starts off the disc. The female fronted vocals are very soulful, smooth and very full sounding, they take the music to the level at which it is at. Beautiful sounding, they have no problem working together with the percussion, bass, and keyboards. The percussion is very soft, keeping with the tone of the music. The bass helps the percussion to keep the rhythm soft, while also making it very hearty. Sprinkle in the soothing sounds of the keyboard, and you have a very relaxing combination that will get through any tension you have with ease. But don't forget the saxophone, as its elegant notes help enrich the music and soothe you over even more. "Looking Glass" picks up the tempo a bit, but still possess the quality and tenderness that made the first track so relaxing. Adding another female vocalist to help back-up the lead vocalist, the vocals become even more harmonious and rich sounding. Closing out with "I Thought It Was You," the band leans a lot towards the samba side of things. The vocals do a tremendous job of leading the band, but the percussion is the true leader of this song. They make every beat and note work, while the vocals help accent everything.

On this five song EP, Brave New Girl shows that they definitely have a future. Their soul is powerful, while their music is soft and relaxing. This is one of those discs that you can put on and just kick back with, which is really nice to have on those very stressful days. I'll give this album a B+.

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