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Hybrid Rose - EP Review: Awkwardly Eccentric

13 Aug 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Hybrid Rose’s EP, Awkwardly Eccentric, is an enjoyable ride through different emotions. On the opening track Pearl, featuring Jahleel, the passionate lyrics and delivery take this song through different waves of emotion. It’s fantastic and resonates with me. Pressure, it makes you strong inside. Just like a pearl. Clever.


In a complete twist, No Vacancy is a banger of a track. Huge bassline and dynamics to boost, I could imagine using this for my gym sessions. Hybrid Rose is already showing here that she has an ear for structure, dynamics and taking the listener on a journey. Especially when you get to that drop towards the end. Epic.

Dream Team took gave me inflections of the group M83 which was great. I love hearing influences in people's music and to me, I could hear it here. Lyrically, it matches the music so well. A dream team. Is that what we want in a relationship? Yes. There is an air of confidence in the delivery and chord progression. I really enjoyed this. And with that 80's pop feel to it… classic.

Heaven Spills featuring Emily Riordan is chilled and more relaxed track, the first we hear on the EP. This is also stripped back and played on piano and guitar which is called Heaven Spills (Deconstructed). Both versions are stellar. Beautiful lyrics and performances. This song was the standout moment for me.

The EP overall is a showcase of the songwriting and arrangement ability that Hybrid Rose has at her fingertips. Each song has its own character, like in Solitude which captures that enjoyment of just sitting at home watching TV or the instrumental tracks that fill in tracks that have vocals which do not feel like fillers. Music is about taking the listener on a journey and the EP feels like this.

Awkwardly Eccentric is clever. It is epic, and it is classic. It is an EP I would happily listen to from beginning to end over and over. Each listen I keep hearing new musical ideas. I cannot wait to hear what else Hybrid Rose has for us. And I would love to see her live! Make sure you check this EP out. It is fantastic.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Hybrid Rose

Citing a range of musical influences from Kevin Parker (Tame Impala) to Lady Gaga and Marina Diamandis, to Coldplay, Blenheim resident Rose Gray (aka Hybrid Rose) self-produces tunes that vary from chiptune ditty Video Games to the poppy, dance-y Pixel and distorted dubstep of Expectations.

Her influences go beyond music, however; the opening chords to Pixels came to her while watching an episode of Adventure Time for example. She also cites vintage design and graphics as an influence, especially in terms of the visuals she produces alongside her songs. While Gray doesn’t consider herself a political person, she says she’s very passionate about making change.

Her musical character is a little more involved however, and the music is occasionally politically inspired. Hybrid Rose, an electronic character. An infectious virus in your ears, an addiction you cannot quit.

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Releases

Awkwardly Eccentric
Year: 2019
Type: Album
Warhol
Year: 2018
Type: Album
Cherry
Year: 2017
Type: EP
Cosmic
Year: 2017
Type: Album

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