Alternative artist Weather McNabb recently dropped her debut EP, Cubicle Zombie, featuring five tracks of vibrant music energized by elements of electronica, pop, and alt-rock.
Born in Minneapolis, McNabb has spent most of her adult life living just north of Boston. When the economy took a tumble in 2008, she decided to pursue her musical dream, making ends meet by working as a bookkeeper while working on her music. In 2012, she hooked up with Grammy-nominated producer Arty “Skye” Shweky on her first single, called “Join Me.” The song was never released.
Unable to afford studio time because she was out of money, McNabb put her music on the back burner while she finished her undergraduate degree and worked. In 2016, she hooked up with Boston producer Peter Moore and spent the next two years composing seven songs. She cut two of the songs, leaving her with five for her debut EP, Cubicle Zombie.
The first track on the EP is “Good Morning,” riding a pop-flavored alt-rock tune with sparkling colors, along with a tight, slightly austere rhythm. McNabb’s voice exudes delicious sonority reflecting hints of country-laced timbres and cool R&B textures. “Adapt” oozes sultry blues extracts atop a potently surging pop-rock melody. McNabb’s voice takes on wicked femme fatale pigments, giving the tune dark urgent dynamism.
“War Paint” reflects opaque, smoldering, sensual hues on a thick pulsing rhythm. When the song ramps up, McNabb struts the diva-like qualities of her powerful voice, reminiscent of Adele, but actually more dominant. “Time Machine” travels on cogent electronic surfaces, simmering with lush pushing sonic coercion. About halfway through the tune drops into slinky burlesque jazz savors, lingering with sumptuous sensuality.
“User Error” features components of industrial alt-rock and new wave pop-rock. A muscular bassline from the center of the earth rumbles with resonant oomph.
Cubicle Zombie is a powerful debut, full of flooding momentum and Weather McNabb’s stalwart tones.