Monday, September 26, 2011

Madi Diaz: 'Far From Things We Know' EP Review

Madi Diaz may be a name you've heard of before but it's a first for me. With as much television as I watch you'd think I'd of heard on of her song's being played on ABC's hit show 'Pretty Little Liars' or CW's 'Gilmore Girls' but nope, not me.

Considering I'd never heard her music before but am not a fan of either of the above listed shows I was sure I wouldn't be a fan...I was wrong. She's actually quiet good. Her music has catchy hooks, her voice is soft yet powerful and when it's combined with the sounds of a piano and guitar it only gets better.

Nashville born singer-songwriter-guitarist-pianist Madi Diaz is bringing more of her beautiful indie-pop-rock sound to everyone with a new 3-song EP entitled, Far From The Thing That We Know. Madi recently signed with tinyOGRE Entertainment who will release the EP and her full length album sometime in early 2012.

'Far From Things We Know' was recorded in Los Angles and Charlottesville, VA with world-r
enowned producer John Alagia (John Mayer, The Dave Matthew Band), this EP and forthcoming 2012 full-length album features Madi alongside her long-time collaborator, Kyle Ryan.

According to an interview, Madi and Kyle went through roughly 40 songs to get the full-length album down to only 11 songs...wow.
"We write so much, and it's been kind of a long process, putting this record out," Diaz says. 'Let's Go,' the single, Kyle and I wrote three years ago, when we first moved to Nashville. I'm such an instant-gratification person, and it's mind-blowing how long things take in the real world."
Although the EP contains only 3-songs, it's enough to leave a great impression. Personally I enjoyed the song "Johnny" more than the other two but they were just as good...just not as catchy or upbeat.

Madi's facebook page perfectly describes her music and newest album by saying:
"The music reflects a lifelong attraction to song craft as well her deep-rooted affinity for contrasting types of music. One part pop music and on part organic Americana, the album is a hooky, confident collection of songs that is as heartbreaking in some places as it is catchy in other, sometimes within the span of a single song."
I could easily compare the sounds of this album to the Beth Thornley, Christina Perri, and He Is We.

'Far From Things We Know' tracks (listen to them here):
1. Let's Go
2. Johnny
3. Heavy Heart

Madi Diaz is currently touring the following locations:
9/27 Tin Angel - Philadephia, PA
9/29 Cafe 939 - Boston, MA
9/30 Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ
10/3 Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
10/6 DC9 - Washington, DC
10/7 Martin's Downtown - Roanoke, VA
10/9 The Soapbox - Wilmington, NC
10/10 The Basbash @ Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
10/20 Rhythm & Brews w/Will Hoge - Chattanooga, TN
10/21 Tin Roof Nashville - Nashville, TN

You can purchase the EP album here.
Visit Madi Diaz on her website, facebook, twitter & tumlbr.

(Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of the EP, 'Far From Things We Know' courtesy of Sneak Attack Media in order to review it. I was not monetarily compensated for this review and the views/opinions in this post are all mine.)



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