Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this evening’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we’re going to be setting our sights on 1700 Monkey Ninjas, the moniker of an elusive composer, singer songwriter, and designer. As with everything here on the Spotlight, I like to first delve into the artist to provide some context to their music. That did prove, however, somewhat problematic with 1700 Monkey Ninjas...
1700 Monkey Ninjas doesn’t have time for social networking. He’s creating instead, and if you dig what he does, then you can go ahead and share it online instead. Oddly enough, I sort of dig this persona. He seems to focus on the task at hand, and more importantly, the music. As aforementioned, though, he’s also a designer and artist. He’s done some digital abstract work and has a storefront online with clothing. (He's a playwright as well.) Now, though, let’s check out the new tune.
‘Ahb Seshun’ is the first released recording from ‘Know That Music Is My Lifeblood,’ 1700’s upcoming album. Clocking in at just under four minutes, ‘Seshun’ is a peculiar jaunt through electronica musings and experimental themes. Thus, I’d like to first touch on the production of it. ‘Ahb Seshun’ is finely produced. From the beats, to the distorted alien-like vocals, to the repeating samples and laser sound effects, the track provides a wholly unique experience that’s well mixed and mastered.
The best part of ‘Ahb Seshun’ is its personality. The track actually has quirks and oddities that give it incredible texture and depth. As it bounces around an insane sonic landscape, you’re left with the awkward instrumental rendition of a cyborg hamster caught in a laser fight around heavy machinery, all encompassed in an eight bit video game. (That may be my favorite sentence ever published here on the Spotlight.) Here’s the deal, though: I absolutely love it. It’s zaney, creative, and immensely satisfying.
‘Ahb Seshun’ is very much worth your time. It’s by far one of the best independent pieces of electronic music we’ve delved into here on the Spotlight and it’s a promising high note to kick off 1700 Monkey Ninja’s upcoming record. The song is just... fun. It’s great fun. Check it out now on 1700’s website, you most certainly will not regret it.
1700 Monkey Ninjas Online: http://1700monkeyninjas.com/