Still flying high from their well received, self-titled 2011 album, Social Potion, Carmen Toth (singer, songwriter, guitar, keys) and Aaron Jones (percussion, guitar, keys/controller), are playing hard in the indie scene.
With ethereal trill and high register, Toth always tells a relatable story with each very distinct song. Whether through wistful harmonies, simple beats, thick bass lines, or synthesized keys, Social Potion carries with it the ever resilient soul of the ‘80s.
Stand out tracks, ‘Stevie’ and ‘Cordelia’, are fantastic stories and really help to give a sense of each piece, simply through the title clues. ‘Stevie’, I can only assume, is a wonderful ode to Stevie Nicks for the great musical influence she’s had on Toth and so many others, while ‘Cordelia’ is, I venture to guess, a more obscure pull, to be found in the music world, from Shakespeare’s King Lear: a story about a daughter who is “loyal to a fault”.
Beyond the album, some years removed now from the forefront of the indie scene, Toth and Jones are ever working away on newer, comparatively retro tunes, which now include rap as well! Social Potion’s new ‘Very Good Girl’ is a synthesized ballad, complete with rap breakdown, available to check out on their official web site, and YouTube.
Songs of reverence, loyalty, and broken hearts: Social Potion brings typical stories to the studio, but gives them a twist, and a new and incomparably simple composition, through which, clarity comes in the form of a social potion.
Don’t miss the chance to see this dynamic duo at the Central, this Sunday (November 24), between one and four in the afternoon, as part of the benefit concert for Typhoon Haiyan relief (suggested donation for the fund: $10).
And if you can’t make it out to the benefit concert, come see them at the International Pop Overthrow Festival at The Sister, for only ten bucks; catch them at 10:15pm.