REVIEW: ‘Stamp The Card’ – CiteMe

CiteMe – “Stamp The Card”

CiteMe is the musical project of LA based artist Natalie Gould. Formed last year, Natalie began releasing material in early 2020 and now launches her debut album, “Stamp The Card”. The album features the previously released tracks “Coup D’etat” and “Criminal Aftermath”, a remix of which opens this album. The track is a mix of brutal synths and dark, often spoke lyrics and serves as a apt introduction to the world of CiteMe. This is how it goes from hereon in. The style of “WTF” (which stands for “Worth The Fire”) is slightly lighter in the chorus but lyrically, is very clear in its message.

CiteMe says of her approach: “I am inspired by a powerful movement. Addressing issues that personally affect me, and many others, the intention is to bring various topics to the forefront of conversations that are usually frowned upon. I want to take my listeners on a journey through each release to paint a full picture of what it means to be inside the mind of someone grappling with societal expectations and reality”.

“Establishing Fear” is no less gentile while the previously mentioned “Coup D’etat” almost borders on rap with acid-tongue lyrics and robotic vocals. Get ready for the coup d’etat from CiteMe! There’s a beauty with the next track, “Never Me”, which features some frankly honest lyrics such as “I was never me when I was with you”, placing oneself outside the boundaries of comfort and normality. You would expect a song with a title like “Chaos” to be just that, but this is quite a down-tempo number compared to the previous tracks experienced. Being in limbo, feeling chaos is all around you is the subject here. This theme continues with “Intolerance”, as one has ‘built’ up an intolerance to society as is has become.

More sublime rhythms next with “To Be Loved”, a cry to be loved, nothing more and nothing less. The chorus is addictive while the echoing vocals add to the drama of this track. “Under” has an early 80’s Depeche Mode feel to it, musically, while at the same time, a remix would place this song on the early 90’s dancefloor. Higher pitched vocals resonate throughout this gorgeous number before we slide into the fibnal track, “Figured It Out”, and the album draws conclusion from its whole purpose.

A torrid and often deeply emotional collection, CiteMe’s debut is nothing like you’ve heard before. It’s beauty comes from the honesty and openess of the dark soul and heart that beats throughout every track. Sung, spoken, rapped, every one uses all the ranges available to CiteMe and is brilliantly conceived and produced. I hope its message and story is able to reach the masses and how we look, treat and view others around us.

For more about CiteMe, check out her WEBSITE and her FACEBOOK page

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!