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NYC Scene Report - herMajesty, baeb rxxth, & Shilpa Narayan
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

This week's NYC Scene Report is a little different. Three acts I've written about here have either recently released, or are scheduled to release, new EPs, so I decided it would be a great idea to share those projects in their entirety. That's right, three full EPs are right here for your listening pleasure, so kick back and enjoy the world premiere of the upcoming EP by herMajesty, along with just released efforts from baeb rxxth, and Shilpa Narayan.

* Last month I saw herMajesty perform an absolutely kick ass show at Webster Hall in NYC. On December 9th, having sufficiently rocked the faces off of audiences all over the city, the band will be releasing their debut EP, My Body Your Mind. Led by frontman John Pasagiannis, herMajesty have taken care to differentiate between their live experience, and their album experience, as their live shows are big, and bold, while their EP allows a listener to sit with the music, and really digest the lyrics. Featuring a sound that would fit in perfectly alongside the likes R.E.M., The Cure, and Radiohead, My Body Your Mind is an intelligent rock EP worthy of repeat listens. Check out the world premiere of the EP right here, and if you're in the NYC area, you can catch herMajesty at Pianos on January 6th.

* baeb rxxth is the awesome teaming of Nasimiyu Murumba, and Devon Craig Johnson, a duo who have created a unique brand of music they like to call trap-pop. After giving a listen to baeb rxxth’s debut EP, omw, I think you'll find trap-pop to be a highly enjoyable genre. The EP has a very intentional track sequencing, working its way from the high energy of "gutter" and "STRP," to the album’s chill finale of "groundhog day." The entire EP is a very cool ride that features great vocals, dope production, and excellent songwriting. Give it a spin.

* If you're looking to add some R&B to your life, you're going to want to give Shilpa Narayan's new EP, Through Haze, a listen. Narayan plays at the edges of the genre, sounding a bit like Rihanna, but with more power, and less whine, on songs like the opening "Whispers." She then switches things up with "Baby Go Home," which is more of a throwback, and fits in perfectly with the classic soul inspired pop that's found its way onto the airwaves (Meghan Trainor, Elle King). Closing everything out is the big pop ballad "Behind These Walls," which shows off Narayan’s impressive vocal prowess. Click play to hear it all.

For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.


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