Lakotah - 'Silver Eyes'
Review by Patrick Joseph & Staff
“Silver Eyes” is packed with intensity. This is one of those songs that achieves a hypnotic quality without feeling static. An angsty, dissonant guitar intro sets the tone for what evolves into an energetic rock song with engaging emotional tone. Listeners will appreciate the care that went into the deliberate array of sounds on this track. Drum sounds are varied and diverse, the piano sounds haunting, and airy back-up vocals contribute to a dense sonic landscape.
Lyrically, “Silver Eyes” feels like a touching tribute to a lost loved one or the searching for connection. “I search the sea for your silver eyes.” The resolution of the lyrics matches the powerful, dedicated vocal take perfectly. “I’ve learned to get along, some way…crazy without you in my life…crazy without you.” We get the impression that the song is being sung to the open sea and it's awe inspiring life energy. Inspired vocals and a sweeping musical arrangement mesh with these lyrics nicely, creating a feeling of significance.
Arrangement techniques displayed on this track are brilliant. Tension filled verses explode into catchy, anthemic choruses. Toward the end of the song an absolute jaw-dropping musical moment is achieved by way of an unexpected drum break that splashes the listener in the face like a glass of cold water. I personally had to rewind the track to listen again. Bravo. The track ends with a pensive piano, perfectly resolving the musical statement and leaving the listener with a moment of reflection. “Silver Eyes” is 360 degree quality.
Lakotah's full length album, The Maker, as well as all her singles are available on all digital outlets, including Pandora, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and, or course, on her website .
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Lakotah is a Billboard Charting Recording Artist based in Los Angeles California, who's Alternative Electronic Rock is taking on the world. She first gained notable recognition with the release of her first solo CD entitled Shape Shifter. She then caught the eye of Deluxe Records and went on to form and front the bands Soul De Sire, Love 11, and The Deep Happy. The Deep Happy released two studio albums: Activate 11:11 and the self-titled album The Deep Happy.
As a solo artist, Lakotah released a full length album entitled "The Maker", released by BooBoo Records. Lakotah's new single "Silver Eyes" dropped on Dec 17 this year and takes us on a haunting journey of the intensity of love and longing. Like her last single "Pesticide", producer Sejo Navajas at 4th Street Recording in Santa Monica, CA, does another amazing job with the addition of the mixing and mastering artistry of Evren Goknar at Capital Music Group.
Prior to these latest tracks, the single "Hold Me Near" hit the Billboard 200 chart last year and US-Top-40/AC radio promoted by Howard Rosen Promotions. Lakotah's EDM/Dance Single "I Feel Your Body" (co-produced by Mickey Oliver/remixed by DJ Kool-A-Shay), reached #7 on the DJ Charts. This EDM/Pop song is still currently being played in clubs. Her first Charted Billboard Single "Falling" is also featured in the PBS Special “Baila” which aired nationally in the US.
Lakotah’s extensive song catalog includes over 250 compositions and has been used in motion pictures, television and video games. She is a prolific songwriter possessing skills that include: voice-over, programming/sequencing, producing, and especially performing. Lakotah plays the bass, guitar, drums, piano and the trumpet. Her shows are described as dynamic, emotional and affecting. However, considering all of her accomplishments thus far, it is Lakotah's voice that takes center stage.
Lakotah's vocals are rich, intriguing, powerful, and intensely passionate. She is reminiscent of strong female icons such as, Grace Slick, PJ Harvey, and Grace Jones. Lakotah captures the contemporary accessibility and excitement of current female superstars, such as Adele, Florence Welch, Alison Goldfrapp, and Lana Del Ray. But her biggest influence is, and will always be, the iconic Kate Bush.