first_imgIt’s been a great year for Maddy O’Neal thus far. The Denver electronic producer and DJ has been building hype and making a name for herself since breaking out as a solo artist a little over a year ago. Her sound is effortless and fiercely creative, with her bass-driven and genre-blending tracks synthesizing tastes of hip-hop, rock ‘n’ roll, funk, the blues, and jazz to create a sound uniquely her own. Characterized by lyric overtones, gorgeous production, and resounding bass, O’Neal is by no means timid in the way she crafts her music, and her fearlessness is continually rewarded. This year alone, she has been tapped for huge lineups nationwide, with Lightning in a Bottle, Summer Camp, Euphoria, Gem And Jam, and Sonic Bloom already under her belt and Camp Bisco, Pretty Lights’ Episodic Festival 6 and 8, Infrasound, Arise, and Big Gigantic’s Rowdytown VI at Red Rocks on the horizon. More good news is on the way for fans new and old, as Maddy O’Neal drops her highly anticipated sophomore EP, Parallels, today via Super Best Records.EXCLUSIVE: Maddy O’Neal Talks Personal Growth, Getting Big, And Girl Power“Wanna Know,” Parallels’ opening track, is patient from its onset, taking its time as it swells into its laidback, borderline-psychedelic groove. As the song unfolds, the song moves into an increasingly glitchy sound, though still maintains its initial spaciousness with an echoing combination of piano, electric guitar, and synth. Moving into “Going Down,” a favorite off Parallels, the album takes a distinctly heavier turn, with “Going Down” sporting a darker, more decisive bassline, though still maintaining the unhurried tone of the album’s opening track. “One And The Same” grows out of its sparse introduction, slowly building its volume with layered samples of horn and airy vocals before it drops its bass, with the unpredictable and dynamic number characterized by the diverse sound it offers across its length. After “One And The Same” tapers off, Parallels moves into “Everyday” — a more assertive song with a decisive tone driven by its hitting bassline and eerie orchestral samples. Closing out the EP is “Follow The Sound,” another favorite off the album, featuring Emily Clark on vocals. Opening with Clark’s soulful vocals soaring over a stripped-down synthy riff and orchestral swells, the melodic bass eventually drops in. At first featuring a bouncing, laid-back bassline, the song amps up into a glitchy, aggressive peak before shimmering out at its end with a return to its more expansive groove.Parallels, is a stunning display from Maddy O’Neal, highlighting the wide range of inspiration she draws on and — through her talents in production and her own meticulous ear — her ability to harmonize these influences into impressive, bass-driven electronic songs. Live For Live Music is proud to premiere this latest effort from the producer and DJ. You can stream Parallels below via O’Neal’s Soundcloud, and check below for her upcoming appearances. You can also peep her website for more information, including upcoming details about when she hits the road this fall with Pretty Lights.MADDY O’NEAL 2017 TOUR DATES7/8/17 – The Loft, Minneapolis, MN7/14/17 – Camp Bisco, Scranton PA7/15/17 – Infrasound Music Festival, Highbridge WI8/4/17 – Arise Music Festival, Loveland CO8/5/17 – The Gorge w/ Pretty Lights – George, WA8/18/17 – Northerly Island w/ Pretty Lights, Chicago IL9/30/17 – Red Rocks w/ Big Gigantic, Morrison COlast_img

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