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"Judge Me" - Ludic |Review

There is something ethereal yet groovy about Ludic's new single "Judge Me".

I think that the way this track starts as a solo is so inherently perfect. That one-sided inner dialog in a relationship, being concerned that your partner is judging you even though, despite that little voice in your brain, they are right there with you.

The harmonies tie in this notion of the collective and the partnership that is the only way you can make it through those darker introspective moments.

“The song tackles what it’s like to recognize harmful patterns in a romantic relationship,” Max Cunningham explains. “And the determination to mend all that is wrong because you are committed to your love for that person.”

“Judge Me,” marks the first time that guitarist Ayla Tesler-Mabe has joined bassist/lead vocalist Max Cunningham on vocals, to create a velvety smooth duet.

This song was written about feeling lonely in a relationship and feeling like you can't do anything right. Your constant effort to try and change is not working and is instead being met with more criticism by your partner. While intended to be helpful, being constantly criticized also hurts.

I love the way the track ties in these retro-sounding chord progressions but blends it with a bit of a funky synth just to make it something new and groovy. Even in its musicality, the track flirts with the feelings of being awkward and trying to make it work. It is infectious yet there are moments in the instrumentation that sort of take you by surprise in this endearing way that makes you just want more.

The trio, comprised of Ayla Tesler-Mabe and brothers Max and Rhett Cunningham, describe themselves as SOULFUNKJAZZPOP or Alien Motown and have cemented themselves as one of Canada’s most exciting and fastest-growing acts.

Not long after meeting at a neighborhood jam session, Ludic is on the rise to fame sharing the stage with artists such as Brittany Howard, Lawrence, Snarky Puppy, and Catfish and The Bottlemen in some of Vancouver’s most notable music venues. Ludic was also named top 10 in CBC’s annual Searchlight competition this year out of 1500 other competing artists.

Review by Hannah Schneider

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