Marial Mahal is a rarity these days, as she’s a triple threat – a model, singer and songwriter, who writes and records under the moniker, Seasick Mama. Her debut EP, Dead Like Money received a lot of attention and praise across the blogosphere; in fact, MTVu named her (and her backing band) one of the Seven Must-See Brooklyn Bands. Mahal, continuing on Dead Like Money’s success released the Dave Sitek (of TV on the Radio) produced Tip Top Shape last November, and that EP’s first single “Man Overboard” received attention for it’s stunningly shot and complex music video shot in the Dominican Republic.
Mahal’s latest single “With a Broken Heart” is comprised of layers of skittering synths and drums that are sparse enough to give her coquettish vocals room to float and dart about the mix until extra layers of synths are added around the 3 minute mark. Interestingly, the song has a catchy hook – but the hook takes its sweet time before it buries itself in your brain.
Lyrically, the song’s narrator describes the sensation of being involved with someone who’s actively trying to retreat from the relationship in a desperate attempt to avoid having their heart broken – and yet ironically, it doesn’t do much.