Originally published and still available on The Girls Are (15/09/14).
A quick Google of the words ‘Heidemann’ and ‘singer’ leaves you with information and images of a talented and striking vocalist. It is important to note, however, it is Karmin singer Amy Heidemann who is more likely to appear in your search results. Whilst the lovely Amy is, no doubt a talent, in this instance, she is not the Heidemann we require. The woman of our quest (after much traipsing around in cyberspace) is the mysterious musician Monika Heidemann; an electro-pop pixie with a love of leopard print and an unabashed penchant for the 1980′s.
Heidemann has fled from former electro project Xylos in order to take full control of her debut solo effort, Orphan. The EP, co-produced by Sal Principato of LIQUID LIQUID and Jim Orso (formerly of Holy Ghost!) takes the listener on a time travelling escapade to the 1980′s over four delectable musical nuggets. In tracks such as ‘Another Life’, the New Yorker combines lush electronica with deliciously exotic beats to create something that sounds authentic to its time of influence whilst sounding relevant today. Rippling synths are intensified by a resolute, voltaic wobble before giving way to a spoken segment that emulates a young Madonna.
Elsewhere, the Brooklyn songstress showcases her vocal prowess in the frantic energy of ‘Well Well’; her strong, tuneful voice ricocheting between whispers and howls, whilst a cover of ABBA’s ‘The Visitors’ furthers the sense of nostalgia. Despite this delightful display, it is ‘Swords’ that shines brightest. With its stomping beat, ascending synth refrain and addictive pop hook “I could love you into the ground”, it is definitely a track that propels Heidemann forward as an artist to listen out for.
Given Monika’s current status as a hidden entity who manages to subvert the power of Google, the release of Orphan shows real promise of breaking through that veil and grabbing herself some exposure as an underground solo artist. Whilst the record is by no means challenging or experimental, it is a fun offering of ’80s infused pop. With electronica continually on the up, now is the time to make a mark on this field and this Brooklyn lady has made quite the impression.