Protea - BurnYouDeep
Alternative/Alt. Rock, Pop, Indie
Michigan, United States
Overall Impression: "BurnYouDeep" is the impressive debut release from the Michigan-based trio, Protea. This alternative pop/rock track features vocalist Kelly Staten's angelic vocals, as she soars atop drummer Jonny Torgna's steady, vibrant groove and guitarist Josh Mitchell's dynamic and compelling playing. Staten and Mitchell's voices mesh brilliantly in the choruses, with the pair exchanging poignant lines in the bridge. Its karmic lyrical themes and deeply resonating melodic hooks make Protea's "BurnYouDeep" an easy recommendation for alternative and indie rock audiences, particularly those who can appreciate the high levels of musicianship and fine attention to songwriting. Look for Protea's inaugural eponymous album Protea, available directly from the band's website or wherever music is sold.
Strongest Point(s): Outstanding production, excellent mix. At first I thought maybe the guitar was a bit too much out in front at times, but after repeated listenings decided it worked well here, love the tone, fuzz and filtering as well as the playing. Engaging arrangement and song structure, good dynamics and variation. Fantastic intro hook. Nice propulsive groove, does well to drive the song. Terrific chorus, big and wide with a memorable melody. Amazing vocal performances, Kelly's lead sounds incredible and the harmonies blend beautifully. Lyrics are heady and penetrating, without being too "on the nose." Should connect with more enlightened audiences, without alienating those who don't necessarily "get it." Overall, it's a wonderful song and a tremendous track, particularly for a debut. One of the most exciting things in the world is to witness a budding band develop their sound, and you're well on your way. Phenomenal work here, by everyone involved.
Target Audience Appeal: Fans of Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative
Artist target suggestions: 10,000 Maniacs, Mazzy Star, Beth Orton, Miranda Lee Richards, Hem, Liz Phair, St. Vincent, Laura Veirs, Cowboy Junkies, Feist, Rilo Kiley
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Steven Azami is a multi-instrumentalist with over 25 years of experience in the music industry. Both as a touring/session player and as a producer, his career has spanned nearly every genre, from bluegrass to jazz, from rock to reggae. In addition, his work as a music educator has allowed him to cultivate and foster talent among the next generation of musical explorers