Tuesday, 12 March 2019 10:49

Liz Hogg- Artist Review

Written by Anselm Anderson

 

Liz Hogg is a Multi- instrumentalist, Electric/Classical composer and guitarist from Brooklyn, NY. Hogg’s music has been described as writing independent music that doesn’t reflect the trends,” ( I Heart Noise)

This description pales in comparison to her experience and growth as an artist, winning several prestigious awards, including the first guitarist to win the Maurice Kagan Memorial Scholarship Award for Excellence in an Orchestral Instrument.

The songwriter has also performed in over eleven countries playing at numerous festivals and concert halls including Carnegie Hall and Brookfield Place in her hometown.

Hogg has performed live on several radio stations including WFMU, WNYC and WTJU and has performed at notable music festivals such as New Sounds Live in 2018. Hogg’s performances have attracted praise from leading publications such as New York Times, NME and Big Takeover, including airplay on MTV with her track “Drifters” with previous band Beach Arabs.

The musician has now released her debut album S/T via Mouca Records, which she performed and recorded all the instruments. The album was borne out of a collection of kernels (small Song Ideas) Hogg recorded between 2009-2018 on a tape recorder. Hogg revisited the 5-60 second tracks she first recorded for the first time in 2009 to help with putting together her first album. Hogg was known as a performer with her band Beach Arabs, Fables and Kissing Is A Crime. Her ability to play individual notes at precision and pace will be explored further with a look at some tracks off this ten-track album.

 

Ridge - The track’s opener begins with an enchanting introduction into Hogg’s talent, who combines sweet melodies with sonic bursts of fingerpicking. The guitarist’s ability to pick arpeggios, whilst singing in hushed tones. I like how the mixtures of textures transcend throughout to create a story that is interwoven in gentle, structured tones.

https://soundcloud.com/lizhogg/ridge

 

Forgive Me - There is more of a multi-dimensional approach to this track with Hogg’s poetic lyrics accompanied by the introduction of dual harmonies on vocals and guitar. This gives an impression of a more vulnerable sound with the slow tempo of quickly strummed chords gradually building to a pulse. Hogg combines intelligent rhyme patterns with a fresh melody to create another compelling edge to a sound that matures with each track.

 

Monastery - There is more of a psychedelic feel to this track as it closes the album. The track begins with another blistering finger picking display on an acoustic guitar that alter in dynamic as Hogg combines percussive beats with stirring sound effects that feel like it is entering the unknown. This is another Facet to Hogg’s ability as a composer to capture theses raw emotions through differing guitar styles that appeal to the listener’s ears.

https://soundcloud.com/lizhogg/monastery

You can listen the full album S/L now via reputable platforms like Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

You can discover more information about Liz Hogg via the musician’s website

http://lizhogg.com/

Or alternatively, you can follow the musician via these social media accounts

https://www.facebook.com/lizmhogg

https://twitter.com/lizmhogg

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheLizhogg


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Furthermore, Liz Hogg is bound for a NorthEast America/ Canada tour that starts in April. Please find all the dates below;

4/17: Ithaca, NY: Brookton’s Market

4/18: Ithaca, NY: Collegetown Bagels

4/19: Ithaca, NY: Lot 10

4/20: Ottawa, ON: Bar Robo

4/21: Montréal, QC: Brasserie Beaubien

4/21: Montréal, QC: La Sotterenea

4/22: Burlington, VT: Radio Bean

4/23: Montpelier, VT: Bagitos

4/24: Concord, NH: TBA

4/25: Boston, MA: TBA

4/26: Providence, RI: Sahara Tea House

4/27: Allentown, PA: Soft Machine Gallery

4/28: Philadelphia, PA: 2219 E Boston St.

4/29: Nyack, NY: TBA

4/30: Brooklyn, NY: Muchmore's


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Written by Anselm Anderson - UK / Lancaster

My name is Anselm and I have a strong passion for music. I host two rock radio shows for the internet on a weekly basis. Also, I have experience in the past year of writing music reviews and conducting interviews with upcoming artists for several online music magazines. My main goal is to continue to write for thse interested in learning about what is new in the musical world.

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