Saturday, August 20, 2016

Ep 32 - Song 5: "These Days" by Maids



"MAIDS’ original style of Midwest Disco is all about bringing people together in one place to have a good time and get immersed in waves of electronic dance pop. Whether the music is experienced through headphones or dancing at a live show, Danny Heggen and Mickey Davis have developed a homegrown, Midwestern concoction that reminds all of us that life, simply put, is awesome."
- from their homepage

"Conceptually, MAIDS is one of those projects that sounds like it may be so off-kilter that there’s no way it could work. You take Danny Heggen from Seedlings, a gentle, folkish act, and throw him in a blender with Mickey Davis (aka Is Home Is), an electronic producer and composer of mostly instrumental works. Both artists have put out great releases in their regular acts, but together? Fortunately enough, like chocolate and peanut butter, it ends up being a case of two great tastes going together.

"It’s not too big of a surprise that Davis has created strong backing tracks – his downtempo beats and synth flourishes are reliably magnificent. Hearing Heggen take more of an isolated vocal role, however, is a rewarding revelation – his voice is warm and welcoming at times... and heartbreaking at other times... And somehow, the melodies and arrangements all seem to complement each other in the best possible ways, shining together and never getting in each others’ ways...

"The project succeeds most during moments like that, where the moods gently pull at each other, without overdoing it."
- from Bryon Dudley for The DMMC (Des Moines Music Coalition)

"Judging by the sound of electro-pop duo MAIDS, you may guess they're from someplace much warmer and more exciting, like Los Angeles or New York. However, they hail from a place a bit more...corny (sorry, had to) - Des Moines, Iowa. They describe themselves as "Midwest disco" and judging from the sounds... I'd say that's pretty accurate."
- from Taryn Law on the 405 website

"It’s okay for 80s pop to be classified as retro. That’s exactly what MAIDS harnesses: good vibe synth-driven 80s pop vibes. It’s quite dashing, and totally fun... It’s the perfect juxtaposition you want from electronic music—not so sugary-sweet you get cavities, but also not so watered-down and lo-fi that you’re waiting a whole decade for the hook. MAIDS hits just right."
- from Matthew Leimkuehler on the Vice website

Lineup:
Danny Heggen - vocals
Mickey Davis - synthesizers, programming


Home page:
http://thisismaids.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/thisismaids

To download the podcast (right click and hit "Save as..."):
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode32/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2032_.mp3

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