Loud Sounds 33
Cover photo: náttúra
"Loud Sounds" are some of the best new tracks we've found. We are coming back with the 33rd installment of the series.
náttúra – survive

náttúra is a NYC-based producer of Italian descent who grew up in Moscow listening to 90s and 2000s industrial and rave music. He started producing electronic records 7 years ago and has now gone back to his roots, adding rock and industrial sounds to his palette. "survive" in particular brings together crunchy lo-fi distortion from a cheap amp with breakbeats and scary overdriven vocals. The result is a weirdly satisfying musical rollercoaster that definitely has a sound and vibe of its own.

I started this track back in March. I was just done working on a project with a band. I think that journey really inspired the sound of the song stylistically. I was very inspired by the 90's and mid 00's industrial and rave era bands. Nine Inch Nails have always been so inspiring to me, being one of the first bands I ever listened to. What I like about that is the rawness you could hear on those records, and I try to incorporate that.

It's funny how I always try to make things to sound as bad as possible and then see how I can make them sound musical in a mix. One of the interesting things in this track i think is the use of distortion. I used a cheap 20$ micro amp and i was running a bunch of things like the vocal samples, guitars and even the whole mix at some point, through it and then recorded them. The nature of the small speaker in it, as well as very crappy distortion created this cool texture that in my head was very reminiscent of that era. Few different guitars as well as a mix of tube and digital amps and a bunch of various pedals were also used. I always try to bridge the digital and the analog sounds. I usually have an idea of certain sounds i want in a track but most of the time is just experimentation trying bunch of different things and see what sticks.

From there I just try and feel for what the song needs and just keep adding from there till I'm happy with it.
Also check out the horror-inducing "serpentine".
7KY – TERRIBLE THINGS (feat. Avonlea)

7KY (pronounced Sky) is a 22-year-old producer and composer who describes himself as "based out of planet Earth". His latest single released by independent label Good Society is a beautifully short poignant electronic ballad that features a bittersweet melody and gently duetting male and female vocals.

This song sort of started out as a joke between me and my co-writer Bret Martin. We are constantly bouncing lyrics back and forth to each other as we go about our days, and one day he sent me a text that said "Nice to meet you, I've heard terrible things"

I love lyrics that make me tilt my head, but at first I didn't know if I liked it. I spent some time repeating and imagining it in a song, to which in a couple hours I came to the conclusion that it was a genius line.

When we got together I spent a few hours trying different instrumentals for the lyric.

I then came across my most recent beat and as soon as I hit play we looked at each other and something clicked, the song seemed to write itself in an hour from there – almost like it was just waiting to be found.

This was our fastest writing session ever and within 2 hours I had the whole thing recorded ready to show Avonlea for her part. The next day I played her the song, she loved it, recorded her part and knocked it out in 30 minutes.

There is a pinnacle lyric to which this song stems from saying "our scarlett letters intertwined."

In Nathaniel Hawthorne's book "The Scarlet Letter," the protagonist battles to regain dignity in a puritanical society where she is branded for all to see and shamed for her sexual indiscretions, yet the protagonists in Terrible Things aren't bound by such stigma as they are two of a kind who have sex and loves in their life that seldom last beyond the one-night-stand.

They are the ones who others openly scorn yet secretly desire. They meet and see themselves in each other immediately and if their reputations had preceded them, they would have felt an even closer bond because they simply want pleasure without chains.

They're fine with doing "terrible" things with each other to never reconnect again – as no attachment is needed for either of them because in their eyes, sex is to be enjoyed without strings
Ally Palmer – Need You Around

Ally Palmer is a Byron-based multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, surfer and environmentalist. Her latest single "Need You Around" is funky and playful and has a winning combination of dancefloor potential with a relaxed vibe coming from keyboards and vocals. However its best element that makes us come back to the song again and again is Ally's mesmerizingly beautiful vocal timbre and delivery.

Ally Palmer
The song "Need You Around" happened unexpectedly. I love playing more groove-based songs on the piano and I just started playing the main groove to "Need You Around" one day, not expecting it to turn into anything. After a few months, I noticed I couldn't sit down at the piano without playing this groove. I loved the piano part I'd come up with so much, I realized I had to take it somewhere and turn it into a complete song.
Check out Ally's earlier singles.