Material: Annabelle Maginnis and Kofi Asare-Aboagye are kindred spirits. Together, the co-founders of MetronOhm have been spreading their eccentric brand of folk music throughout the indie scene for nearly four years. Their first EP (Matter) was released in 2017. This collection of indie-folk songs featured compositions like “Birds Trill” and “The Space Between.” Since then, MetronOhm has expanded its original lineup to a three-piece band. The addition of Hunter Craig has coincided with a makeover in their songwriting. MentronOhm’s music has evolved from indie-folk to a fusion of alternative R&B, jazz and neo soul. Their latest single release, “Wabi Sabi (Can’t Complain),” has a groove and conscious feel that recalls music from the self-titled album that Lucy Pearl released in the year 2000.
Musicianship: During the developmental stages of MetronOhm, their songs were essentially a series of duets by Anabelle Maginnis and Kofi Asare-Aboagye. Hence, their melodic interplay resembles the vocalization once shared by the two singers from Groove Theory in the mid ‘90s. Both of the band’s primary songwriters play at least three instruments. But because of Annabelle’s vibrant personality, she has become the main vocalist. Hunter Craig’s ability to fingerpick quiet-storm jazz basslines has made him a vital part of MentronOhm’s musicality. Their next single, “Make it Last,” is a folk-soul song that further illustrates how essential Craig’s presence has been in MetronOhm’s growth as songwriters.
Performance: MetronOhm performed six songs as part of a showcase that highlighted a shortlist of indie bands that are being led by women singers. This festive environment was ideal for Anabelle’s big personality. She often plucked audience members from the crowd to join her on stage for a verse or two. Her stage persona was vibrant and her vocal range resonated beautifully in a tone similar to Corinne Bailey Rae. Perhaps the most touching moment came when Kofi Asare-Aboagye sang lead on a folk-rock song called “Glove.” The sound of his deep and bluesy voice evoked a comparison to the late Prince Be from the R&B group P.M. Dawn.
Summary: Moments before MentronOhm’s final song, Anabelle Maginnis invited every lead singer and DJ that was scheduled to perform that night to dance with her band on stage. The name of this song was “Mind,” an indie-folk/jazz composition about serenity. The eclectic imagery of this final performance told a story about her band and the overall message that they’re trying to convey.
Bootleg Theater Los Angeles, CA
Players: Annabelle Maginnis, vocals, guitar, mandolin, violin; Kofi Asare-Aboagye, vocals, guitar, pocket piano; Hunter Craig, bass