Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Zigmat is an edgy duo consisting of vocalist Monica Rodriguez and bassist Stephen Yonkin. Both musicians attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA, at the same time, however the two didn’t meet until after graduation when they started talking at a bar in Brooklyn. It just so happened that Rodriguez was looking for a bassist and Yonkin was looking for a band. And so the fates of music decided that Zigmat would be born.
Sounds of Machines is Zigmat’s debut full-length album released in the U.S. in May of 2009. Haunting and sexy at the same time, the songs on this album are like nothing you have ever heard before. Each song showcases the strong, sultry voice of Rodriguez in a different way. One track is perfect for a 20′s style lounge scene; the next is something that could easily be mistaken for a song by the Sneaker Pimps.
Frequently categorized as an electronica band, their sound is hard to place in a single category. With the combination of electronic beats, solid bass guitar, Aretha Franklin style vocals on one track, Feist style vocals on the next, and the occasional verse in Spanish, it’s easy to see why picking a genre would be so difficult.
However, if you’re looking for something that defies standard music definitions, you have definitely found the right band. Sounds of Machines is an album that will make a unique addition to any music collection.
Recommended Tracks: Wait, Between Bullets, Don’t Tire, So Sure