I love it when Militia Vox releases new music because she always surprises – one reason why I have followed her for almost 5 years now. Her newest release, “This Leather Heart” demonstrates why the multiple award-winning singer, songwriter/composer, host, actress, visual artist, model, director, producer and founder and lead singer of the Judith Priestess tribute band is always fresh and intriguing. A remix of her song “This is She,” the new release “This Leather Heart” is a mashup of experimental jazz, metal, mystery, dream rock and Militia Vox sonic imagery. It works at several levels. It spaces you out with its deep-from-hell’s-caverns base sound with Militia’s haunting voice from “This Is She” spiraling up like the smoke from a snuffed candle, carried by electronic accents, beats, and synth-drone wings.
As always, Militia has taken the concept and sound from “This Is She” and created something that is like nothing else, and something you can’t listen only once. “What is in there?” your mind asks while your ears explore the layers of sound. Played in the background, “This Leather Heart” creates its own environment, like a forest fire creates its own weather. In headphones it pulls you into that environment. I suspect there is a reason the heart of the song is leather because so is she. Whether it is playing with Judith Priestess, lighting up the Rocky Horror Show at the Whiskey in Hollywood, or posing for stills on a very big motorcycle, Militia Vox is leather. So why shouldn’t her heart be too, at least in this song? Which is why “This Leather Heart” is yet the latest in the musical world of Militia Magic.
Patrick O’Heffernan is co-host of the LA-based, nationally syndicated weekly program, Music FridayLive! and is a music reviewer for online magazines Vents, The Hollywood Progressive and MusicJunkie. He has also co-hosted a national political talk show, The Fairness Doctrine, and hosted the “Uplinks” media segment on Saturday All Things Considered on NPR. He holds a PhD in International Relations from MIT, has been awarded an Emmy, four Addy’s, and a Webby-Honors, among other awards. He has published 5 books and ghost-written others. A project he co-launched, the North Asia Nuclear Free Zone, was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. He serves on the Board of Netroots Nation.